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Led by the Spirit - Part 2

SPIRIT-FILLED                                     Page 4
V.16 (cont'd.)

** 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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