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Chapter Five, Lesson Three
THE SPIRIT FILLED LIFE - Part 3 Page 6
V.21 ** Finally, let's look at the seventh characteristic for today. What is it, based upon verse 21?
"Be subject to one another" - hupotasso (lit. to arrange or rank under) This should be the defining characteristic of a Christian. If we are imitating the Lord Jesus Christ, we will desire submission to be THE attitude of our hearts. cf. Philippians 2:3-8
** What motive does Paul present to us for doing this?
** What impact would that have on our marriages if we all lived out that principle with our spouses?
** Alright then, let's review what Paul has shown us in this study. What are the seven characteristics of living "The Spirit Filled Life"?
** What was the motive for this kind of behavior?
** As you look into your own heart, do you see a desire for the Holy Spirit to have absolute control of who you are? Do you wish to see more of these characteristics displayed in your daily walk? If Jesus Christ is your Lord and Savor, out of worship for Him are you willing to make significant changes as His Holy Spirit leads you through your growth as a child of God who imitates his or her spiritual Father?
** For us to apply all of what we have seen today, we are going to have to do two things. One - do not focus on the role of our partner, how he or she is doing. And two - expose ourselves willingly to God's Holy Spirit that He might have free reign with our lives. May we become the husbands and wives that He desires us to be for His glory sake!
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