by the Spirit - Part 2
** 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
when they are controlled by the Holy Spirit!
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
** So the sixth characteristic of living the Spirit-filled life is 6)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
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.
V.21 ** Finally, let's look at the seventh characteristic for
today. What is it, based upon verse 21?
7)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?
It is "in the fear of Christ". If we are truly His children,
we will obey out of reverential awe!
** What impact would that have on our marriages if we all lived out that
principle with our spouses?
With everyone serving each other, we would truly reflect Christ and
His church to the world as they observed our homes and marriages.
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