by the Spirit - Part 2
Read passage (V.15-17) (V.18-21)
** Are you aware of the things which are trying to control your life?
As Christians we have already seen the importance of being Saved
as an expressed fulfillment of Gods will in our lives, but what
are some of the things in this world that can take over who we are and
how we act?
1. Physical discomfort - illness/injury
2. Peer pressure
4. Substances (Alcohol, drugs, food, coffee)
5. Self-centered attitudes
6. Grumbling and complaining
** If we wish to avoid that list of negative influence on our marriages
and on our relationships with others
around us, what must we be willing to do? If we hope to live a Spirit-filled
life in the center of Gods
will, we need to listen to the heart of the apostle Paul in our passage
for today. He is going to give us
seven characteristics of living out the Spirit-filled life. Our joy is
going to come from learning these
marvelous truths and then applying them to our walk with the Lord.
Lets begin our passage for today -
V.15 ** Why does Paul draw a connection between our opening verse
for today and the passage that precedes it?
Because we are "children of light" and the world around us
is lost in "darkness", we must be
careful how we walk! But it goes even further back, if we are going
to be "imitators of God" we are going to have to be careful.
cf. Ephesians 5:1 and 8
** What does the word "careful" bring to mind when applied
to our daily walk with the Lord?
The phrase "be careful" is derived from two words in the
Greek - blepho (to look at) and akribos (with exactness). Paul is calling
for us to look at our daily walk with the Lord with an attitude of exacting
caution, to be on guard or beware of the influences around us.
All see - 1Corinthians 3:10-14
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