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Be Very Careful How You Live
By Pastor John

Ephesians 5:15-18
15 Be very careful, then, how you live-- not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord's will is. 18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.

These four verses point out four helps the Lord has given us to live a careful life.

We Must Live Wisely
15 Be very careful, then, how you live-- not as unwise but as wise,

We are to live our lives according to God's Wisdom, not the wisdom of the world.
Proverbs 9:10
10 "The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.

Proverbs 16:16
16 How much better to get wisdom than gold, to choose understanding rather than silver! This comes from Solomon, who received hundreds of tons of gold every year. He found the wisdom that God gave him to be much more valuable.

In the Bible, the Lord gives us wisdom on numerous subjects. These include:

Marriage
Ephesians 5:21-33
21 Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. 22 Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. 24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything. 25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her 26 to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, 27 and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. 28 In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29 After all, no one ever hated his own body, but he feeds and cares for it, just as Christ does the church-- 30 for we are members of his body. 31 "For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh." 32 This is a profound mystery-- but I am talking about Christ and the church. 33However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.

Finances
2 Corinthians 9:6-8
6 Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. 7 Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.

Romans 13:8
8 Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellowman has fulfilled the law.

Child Rearing
Proverbs 13:24
24 He who spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is careful to discipline him.

We Must Live to Serve the Lord
16 making the most of every opportunity (Kairos), because the days are evil.

In some translations, the verse is "redeeming the time, because the days are evil."  The word here for time, though, is not the usual Greek word "Chronos," which is the general word for time.  Instead, the word used is "Kairos," which is a specific time or season.  We are to take the opportunities given to us to serve the Lord.

Galatians 6:9-10
9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time (Kairos) we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity (Kairos), let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.

Colossians 4:5-6
5 Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity (Kairos). 6 Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.

We Must Live According to the Lord's Will.
17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord's will is.

The Lord will show us His will for our lives, if we are serious about seeking Him in prayer.

I John 2:17
17 The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.

We Must Live by the Leading and Power of the Holy Spirit
18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.

Alcohol destroys lives; the Holy Spirit blesses our lives.  We must be very careful how we live.

be filled with the Spirit - this in the Greek is a present, passive, imperative.
It is a command - imperative.  It is for now - present. It is to be accomplished by God as we surrender to Him - passive.

In John 20:22, the risen Christ breathed on his disciples and said, "Receive the Holy Spirit." Many days later, in Acts 2, they and others were baptized in the Holy Spirit.  In Acts 4, they prayed and the house was shaken, and once again they were filled with the Holy Spirit.  We as children of God should often ask our Heavenly Father to fill us with the Holy Spirit.

Luke 11:11-13
11 "Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? 12 Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? 13 If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!"

Romans 8:6
6 The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace;

Galatians 5:16
16 So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature.

Be Very Careful How You Live!


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