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Daily Disciplines for the Christian Life: Seek The Spirit

Daily Disciplines for the Christian Life: Seek The Spirit

Eph. 5:15-21

For this sermon to make sense, we’ve GOT to understand that the Holy Spirit isn’t a “force” or a “substance”. He’s a PERSON – the Third Person of the Triune God.

Step Three In The Spirit

* Care For Your Conduct ~ Eph. 5:15-18

  • 15 “watch how you walk” what wisdom do you use to make your choices?
  • 16 “to go to market” carefully choose your moment!
  • 17 through THIS don’t become unable to comprehend; “put it together”
  • 18 don’t BLUNT yourself in dumb choices; let yourself be CRAMMED full BY the Spirit

=> problem: when we read verse 18, we see the metaphor of being filled with wine (a substance), and often equate the spirit with that idea. We are not to be filled with the substance of spirit – we are being filled by a person: the holy spirit. Think less of a colander, and more of a manager of a warehouse. The manager notices when the warehouse gets empty, and makes arrangements for fresh goods to be brought in to replenish it

* Keep Being Filled ~ Eph. 5:19-21

  • 19 (power of the participle!) BE speaking the music of the Spirit to each other! (emphasize the positive- pour the goodness of God into people)
  • 20 BE “giving thanks at all times for all things”
  • 21 BE arranging yourselves as if Christ were right here: BECAUSE HE IS!

You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you. My soul yearns for you in the night; in the morning my spirit longs for you. (Isa. 26:3, 9)

Do you want peace, REAL peace? Long for the Leading of the Spirit!


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