Tag: understanding the Lord’s will
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 that lift us into the realm of God. The simple Gospel is explained in Ephesians 2:8-11 in an easily understandable form. 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. We are all in a battle against wicked forces in the heavenly realm.
“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 continuously 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. We do this when we are alone with God and when we are around others. When we are filled with the Spirit, we speak graciously to others. Our speech is pleasing and in harmony with the Spirit of God.
Our speech is to be filled with thanksgiving to God the Father for everything. We realize that everything we have is from God. Our strength and health, as well as our material possessions, are gifts. We are blessed by our relationship with God and realize all the blessing of being in Christ! (Ephesians 1:3-12) Christ is the reason for all that we have and we bubble over with thanksgiving and melodious speech. Psalms and hymns and spiritual songs come from our hearts as we are filled with thanksgiving!
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 like 96-100! Sing a spiritual song of love, thanksgiving to the Lord from your heart! Decide to speak in harmony with the Holy Spirit to everyone you meet today! What a difference! You will make the most of every opportunity! May God unveil all the spiritual blessing that are yours today in Christ Jesus! Let all who are in Christ be “being filled with the Holy Spirit!”