The secret to living in evil days!
Scripture reading for December 1st: Ephesians 1-6
Ephesians is one of my favorite letters from God through Paul. It contains amazing spiritual truth and insight for those in Christ’s church. There is a wealth of encouragement and some fantastic prayers! The Gospel is explained in Ephesians 2:8-11. The church and it’s purposes are laid out in Ephesians 4:1-16. Following that, there are practical instructions for wise living for those in Christ. I have often used these chapters in counseling others over the years I have ministered. The last chapter helps us with spiritual warfare and the armor of God.
“Be very careful, then, how you live–not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. Speak to one another with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your hearts to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Ephesians 5:15-20)
The only way to live wisely in these evil days is to be filled with the Holy Spirit! This is not a one-time experience of speaking in tongues or an emotional high at a Christian meeting. It is a personal relationship with God the Holy Spirit. As we live full of the Holy Spirit, we live a life of worship. When we are filled with the Spirit, our speech is pleasing and in harmony with the Spirit of God.
We thank God because we recognize that everything we have is from Him. Our strength and health, as well as our material possessions are gifts. We overflow with thanksgiving and melodious speech. Psalms and hymns and spiritual songs come from our hearts as we are filled with awareness of God’s many blessings.
This is the secret to wise living in evil days! Ask the Lord to fill you afresh with the Holy Spirit today! Begin your day with worship! Read some Psalms or sing a spiritual song of love to the Lord from your heart! Decide to speak in harmony with the Holy Spirit to everyone you meet today! May God unveil all the spiritual blessing that are yours today in Christ Jesus!