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Being Careful     Eph 5:15-21     Nov. 07, 2010


Introduction

       When do we most often hear the words “be careful?” I think it relates to driving? Well in the Christian life we need a constant prompting from the Holy Spirit as He guides un in Being Careful.

 

1.   Being Careful Walk in . . Wisdom. 5:15-16

       A.   Being Careful and Wise By Walking . . Respectfully. 5:15

15 Pay careful attention, then, to how you walk—not as unwise people but as wise—

 

       B.   Being Careful and Wise By Walking . . Redemptively. 5:16

16 making the most of the time, because the days are evil.


       The Book of James 1:5 says, “Now if any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, . . . and it will be given

to him. HCSB.” Doesn’t that verse inspire you to ask God for wisdom? If we want to walk respectfully we certainly need it. If we make the best use of our time we will desire to walk with a redemptive purpose and God’s wisdom definitely will direct us. Wisdom is not necessarily education. Spiritual wisdom comes from the Lord.

 

2.   Being Careful Walk in God’s . . Will. 5:17

       A.   Being Careful Walking in God’s Will . . Confidently. 5:17a

17 So don't be foolish, . . .”

 

       B.   Being Careful Walking in God’s Will . . Comprehendingly. 5:17b

“. . . but understand what the Lord's will is.”


       Confidence for the Christian comes from an assurance of walking in God’s will. At 32 years of age

I resigned my church and with my wife and two daughters took off for Ft. Worth and seminary. Several people thought we made a big step of faith. But we felt like we were following the Lord’s will. His assurance gave us comfort throughout those years. Because we comprehended the will of the Lord and witnessed His care through those years we look back and say those years were very enjoyable. We were careful but confident.

 

3.   Being Careful Walk in . . Winsomeness. 5:18-19

       A.   Being Careful Walking in Winsomeness . . Spiritually. 5:18

18 And don't get drunk with wine, which leads to reckless actions, but be filled with the Spirit:

 

       B.   Being Careful Walking in Winsomeness . . Singing. 5:19

19 speaking to one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing and making music to the Lord in your heart,


       All of us have different personalities. Some people are really people persons. They have winsome personalities. What causes that? Some simply act like their mother or father. As a baby my mom said I could entertain myself for hours in a playpen I think I have had to overcome that as an adult. My wife was the last of ten children and they all made over her and she enjoyed the attention. Her dad nicknamed her “crick” and her school friends added to it and made her “cricket.” She has a winsome personality. All of us can improve in our ability to be winsome because the Holy Spirit comes into our life and we can have His fullness.

 When asked why we need to be filled over and over again by His Spirit one lady spoke up and said, “because we leak.” She did not mean to be humorous, but she was both humorous and correct. Do you notice an affect that music has on your personality? An evidence of the Spirit’s fulness relates to music in our hearts.

 

 

4.   Being Careful Walk in . . Worshipfulness. 5:20-21

       A.   Being Careful Walking in Worshipfulness . . Thankfully. 5:20

20 giving thanks always for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,

 

       B.   Being Careful Walking in Worshipfulness . . Thoughtfully. 5:21

              21 submitting to one another in the fear of Christ. HCSB


       The Bible tells us thankfulness, and thoughtfulness comes from the fulness of the Spirit. Do you express thankfulness, are you thoughtful? Check on your relationship with the Spirit of God. There are times when a thankful word really means a lot to a person, and the Spirit will guide us to those times. The same is true about thoughtfulness. We must do our best at Being Careful especially in the fulness of His Spirit. Amen? Amen!