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How To Preach A Sermon From Ephesians 5:15-21

If you had one wish, what would you wish for?

  • Would you wish for wealth?
  • Would you wish for health?
  • What would you wish for?

One man in the Bible was asked this very question by God. "Ask! What shall I give you?" (1 Kings 3:5).

What did he ask for? He didn't ask for wealth, health or victory over his enemies. Instead, he asked for wisdom (1 Kings 3:6-12).

Wisdom is a precious commodity in the sight of God. God wants us to walk wisely in Lord. "Be very careful, then how you live - not as unwise but as wise" (Ephesians 5:15).

Walking wisely in the Lord involves...

1. Our Time

Look at verses 15 and 16, “See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.”

The Greek word used here is NOT hora (usually translated hour) and it is not chronos (usually translated chronology - measured time). The Greek word is kairos which refers to an appointed, a fixed or special occasion.

In other words, when opportunity knocks, don't let those occasions pass you by.

God gives us opportunities to hear His word, to share our faith and to serve His will, don't let those opportunities pass you by.

Walking wisely in the Lord involves...

2. Our Thinking

Look at verse 17, “Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.”

Discerning God's will for our lives is important. It will help us to think biblically and walk wisely in the Lord.

What is God's Will? Here are some thoughts!

  • It is God's will that we be saved (2 Peter 3:9)
  • It is God's will that we be spirit-filled (Ephesians 5:17-18)
  • It is God's will that we be sanctified (1 Thessalonians 4:3)
  • It is God's will that we be submissive (1 Peter 2:12-15)
  • It is God's will that we suffer (1 Peter 4:19)
  • It is God's will that we be thankful (1 Thessalonians 5:18)

Walking Wisely in the Lord involves...

3. Our Testimony

Look at verse 18, “And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit.”

In short, to walk wisely in the Lord is to have a testimony that reflects a Spirit-filled life.

What does it mean to be Spirit-filled? Someone said, "Each Christian has all of the Spirit, but the command here is that the Spirit have all of him or her."

In short, to be filled with the Spirit is to yield one’s life totally to God day by day and moment by moment.

Notice the results of a Spirit-filled testimony...

  • Inspiring Fellowship (5:19a)
  • Inspiriing Worship (5:19b)
  • Overwhelming Graditude (5:20)
  • Overwhelming Submission (5:21)

Walking Wisely in the Lord is all about God getting hold of our time, thinking and testimony.

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