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Ephesians 5:15-17 says, “See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.”
Boundaries have correctly been identified as the foundation that holds our lives together. Since the beginning of creation, God has expected two things from us: faith and obedience. The two actually go hand in hand – faith in God produces faithful obedience to His Word.
1 Peter 1:13-16 says, “Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; as obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.”
Today, we’re continuing our focus on verse 17 where the Bible says, “Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.” The word righteousness means “to live in conformity to a standard or law.”
2 Corinthians 5:20-21 says, “Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God. For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”
The more I know about God and the closer that I get to Him the greater the change that takes place in me and that can be seen through me.
Philippians 2:13, 15 says, “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure…that ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world.”
We were created to bear the image and the likeness of God in this world – a purpose that becomes reality when we allow His character to be displayed through our behavior.
Galatians 5:22-25 says, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.”
The Word of God isn’t just meant to be the foundation of our beliefs; it’s designed to be the foundation of our behavior. Surrender to it isn’t meant to be a burden; it’s intended to be a blessing both to and through us.
Psalm 119:1-2 says, “Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the LORD. Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart.”
Proverbs 14:34 says, “Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.”
When we consider the context of Ephesians 5:15-17, we discover a few things that take place in our life as we grow in our walk with Him.
1) We develop a CLEAR MIND
Ephesians 5:18 says, “And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit.”
The word excess here means “unsafe or riotous.”
We live in a day where people are confused about a lot of things, and, as a result of their impatience and their impulsiveness, they often make poor decisions that often cause irreparable damage to their life and their testimony. That is not the way God desires for His children to go through this life.
1 Corinthians 14:33 says, “For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace…”
2 Timothy 1:7 says, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”
Life requires us to make decisions. But, when problems, questions, decisions, temptation, trouble and trials enter into the life of a mature Christian, they don’t panic. Why? Because they find comfort, clear direction, and confidence in the Word of God.
Isaiah 26:3 says, “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.”
2) We develop a CHEERFUL SPIRIT
Ephesians 3:19-20 says, “Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord. Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
There is enough sadness and sorrow in this world. In Christ, regardless of the circumstances, we can find the ability to smile. True joy is not dependent on our circumstances; it’s found in Christ.
Psalm 4:7 says, “Thou hast put gladness in my heart…”
Romans 15:13 says, “Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.”
3) We develop a COMPASSIONATE HEART
Ephesians 5:21 says, “Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.”
One of the primary character traits of Jesus was His genuine concern and care for those around Him. As such, His attitude and His actions always point others to His Father. So should ours.
Ephesians 4:31-32 says, “Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”
We’ve barely scratched the surface, but I trust that we have stirred your heart and mind in the right direction.
In conclusion< I want to leave you with the words of A.W. Tozer who wrote, “May God give us the courage to be obedient to His truths in this tragic, critical, and dangerous hour in which we live.”
Until next time, good day and God bless.