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Ephesians, Chapter Five, Lesson Three

THE SPIRIT FILLED LIFE - Part 3            Page 5
V.18 (Cont'd.)

** What is the contrast drawn by Paul in this verse?

Drunkenness vs. Control by the Holy Spirit.

** Why would he say that to a group of Christians?

Ephesus was the location of the Temple of Diana, where pagan worship of false Gods included drunken orgies. The drunker they got, the closer they felt they were to "god". Paul is simply correcting the error and calling believers to be different in their worship. The choice is ours to make!

V.19-20

** In the next two verses we will learn the sixth characteristic of living "The Spirit Filled Life". We are also going to learn the quickest path to allowing the Holy Spirit to control our hearts. First of all, what are the two manifestations in our life that we are under the Holy Spirit's control?

1. We sing! God has placed a new song in our heart and we cannot hold back from singing His praises. cf. Psalm 33:1-3, Psalm 40:1-3

** How do we know that these songs are sincere?

We are "making melody with our heart to the Lord". It is the genuine praise for God which flows out from our regenerate hearts!

V.20 ** What is the second manifestation in our life that we are under the Holy Spirit's control?

2. We give thanks! Unsaved people, under the control of their flesh do not! cf. Romans 1:21

** How often are we to give thanks in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ?

"always giving thanks for all things" Remember 1Thessalonians 5:18!

** So the sixth characteristic of living "The Spirit Filled Life" is to be singing praises to God with a thankful heart, but what is the quickest path to allowing the Holy Spirit this much control of our hearts?

Consume God's word - allow it to change us from the inside out. Colossians 3:16 lists the exact same results, this time from letting "the word of Christ richly dwell within" us. This stands as a direct parallel to the Holy Spirit controlling our lives.

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