Feb
27

How to Live to Know the Will of God

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How to Live to Know the Will of God
Living Wisely in a Foolish World

Key Passage
Eph 5:15 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.

 

Eph 5: 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.


1. AVOID EXCESSIVE LIVING.

Eph 5:18 And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation;

An ásœtos , a prodigal, is one who spends too much, who slides easily under the fatal influence of flatterers and the temptations with which he has surrounded himself into spending freely on his own lusts and appetites.

 

EXAM
What are the areas of your life that you have gotten into excess?

Is there an area that is controlling what you think about and what you do?

Are you willing to come back into balance?

2. BE FILLED WITH THE SPIRIT.

Eph 5:18…but be filled with the Spirit,

Literally “go on being filled again and again with the Spirit.”

EXAM
What is your relationship with the Holy Spirit?

Have you been filled?

Are you staying full?

When is the last time you asked the Lord to fill you afresh with His Spirit?

3. SING HIS SONGS OVER YOUR LIFE.
Eph 5:19 speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs,

“to one another” = reflexive pronoun. It is something you do that has an effect on yourself.

The Variety of Songs
Psalms = to pluck the strings. A song accompanied by stringed instruments that tells what God has done for you.

Hymns = A song that declares the greatness of God.

Spiritual Songs = Odes that are birthed by the Spirit. New songs are birthed through the Spirit.
The New Song
-Ps 33:2 Praise the LORD with the harp;
Make melody to Him with an instrument of ten strings.
3 Sing to Him a new song ;
Play skillfully with a shout of joy.

-Ps 40:3 He has put a new song in my mouth —
Praise to our God;
Many will see it and fear,
And will trust in the LORD.

 

-Ps 144:9 I will sing a new song to You, O God;
On a harp of ten strings I will sing praises to You,

-Ps 149:1 Praise the LORD!
Sing to the LORD a new song ,
And His praise in the assembly of saints

EXAM
Is there something or someone that has stolen your song?

When did you stop singing?

Do you have a new song?

When is the last time a song brought the presence of the Lord into your life?

4. MAKE MUSIC IN YOUR HEART TO THE LORD.

Eph 5:19…singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord,

You become an instrument through singing and making melody in your heart.

EXAM
Is your heart in concert with God?

Why isn’t the band playing in your heart?

Will you ask God to clear the stage so the music can start again?

5. GIVE HIM THANKS ALL THE TIME FOR ALL THINGS.
Eph 5:20 giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,

EXAM
Have you been uttering ingratitude?

What fills your heart if it is not thanksgiving?

Is the Lord or the Devil getting most of your attention?

Will you begin to thank God?

6. BE SUBMISSIVE TO OTHER PEOPLE.

Eph 5: 21 submitting to one another in the fear of God.

Understand the functions that God has given different people and live in the blessings and protection afforded.

EXAM
To whom are you accountable?

When is the last time you really submitted to someone else?

Will you place yourself under someone else?

 

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