by the Spirit - Part 2
** What reason does Paul give us for being concerned about
how we spend our time?
"because the days are evil" - The world around us is evil
and will get worse. We may find ourselves running out of time to live
for Christ. The church at Ephesus disappeared during the second century
because they did not redeem the time, but rather left their first love
(Revelation 2:2-4). They caved in to the evil system around them and
did not take their stand for Christ.
** What do we know about the evil of our world today?
It too is going to get worse! cf. 2Timothy 3:1-5 We must not waste
our time in counter productive words or actions with our spouse, but
instead work together as a unified witness to the lost of the love of
Christ. They must see Him in us!
V.17 ** The fourth characteristic of living the Spirit-filled
life" is found in verse seventeen. Do you see it?
4)do not be foolish, but understand what the will of
the Lord is"
** Paul says "So then" - because we are being careful, because
we are wise, because we are making the most of our opportunity, we should
not be foolish. In the absence of foolishness, our lives and our marriages
should be based upon knowing God's will, what is it?
Our sanctification - 1Thessalonians 4:3
Our submission - 1Peter 2:13-15
Our suffering - 1Peter 3:17
Our satisfaction - 1Thessalonians 5:18
and from today's passage
Our sobriety - Ephesians 5:18
V.18 ** This verse introduces us to the fifth characteristic for
this study. We have seen:
1) we are careful how we walk, 2) we have wisdom from God's word,
3) we make the most of our opportunity, 4) we understand God's will,
and now 5)we choose what influences us.
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