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It's Time to Light Things Up

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 Ephesians 5:8-14 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light 9 (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), 10 finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. 11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. 12 For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret. 13 But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light. 14 Therefore He says: “Awake, you who sleep,
Arise from the dead, and Christ will give you light.”

           Paul has this “NOT SO SUBTLE” way of calling us out sometimes in the middle of a verse of scripture. The above is one such occasion. If we simply just cut to the point, we see Paul calling us to a radical obedience that he believes will change the world. Not only will it change the world, but it will completely transform the way we talk, walk, and live as children in the kingdom of God. What is he saying?
           For one, he is saying to all believers; “If you are going to call yourself a believer, a Christian, then live like you are one. If you really have met the LIGHT, then stop walking like you haven’t. If you really have come into the LIGHT, then it’s high time your life reflected the change. You ought always now to be walking with the fruit of the Spirt readily apparent in your life. Furthermore, if the fruit of the Spirit isn’t visible in your life, then maybe the Spirit isn’t in your life.” Beyond that, he says, “If you are actually children of the LIGHT, then should now be having no fellowship with those whose works are ‘unfruitful.’ In fact, not only should you not be having fellowship with the unfruitful, but don’t even speak of their deeds.” Is Paul saying we shouldn’t speak to sinners? No! Not at all. He is saying that you shouldn’t be in fellowship with them. He isn’t saying not to love them or speak truth to them. He is saying that our only response to them is to tell them of the grace and greatness of Jesus. Instead of ignoring their “lostness,” we should be telling them about the answer to their pain. He is calling the church to be the church. He is trying to awaken us so that in the days ahead when we are in dire need of God’s voice and Presence that we will be awake enough to have it. He is calling us to Himself. Listen and respond. It’s time to LIGHT things up!

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Walking in the Wisdom of the Father

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Ephesians 5:15-21 See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, 16 redeeming the time, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is. 18 And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, 19 speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, 20 giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, 21 submitting to one another in the fear of God.

God is calling us to walk in great wisdom right now. I don’t know of a more important time in my life where that has ever been more necessary. There are so many distractions and so many voices speaking right now that it’s hard to know which one to listen to. Our only hope is to draw near to the Father and seek to hear His voice above the roar.

In Ephesians 5, God gives us, through Paul, the outline for how wisdom is heard. He outlines at least four things in the above passage that can assist us on this path toward wisdom. As you read them, see which ones are already at work in your life. If you see some that aren’t, there is no better time than now to implement them.

He challenges us to:

1. Walk circumspectly! (Be cautious, don’t risk as you walk.) “Be careful what you allow to speak to your heart.”

2. Redeem the time. (Make every day count. – Time is the best gift we have.) “Time can’t be bought or sold. Use what you have wisely.”

3. Don’t get drunk with wine, but be filled with the Holy Spirit. (Clarity) “Clouded minds rarely hear the voice of God.”

4. Give thanks always. (Live Gratefully) “A grateful heart will lead you to worship. Worship leads to intimacy

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