Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Be Careful How you Live--Like those who are Wise

Eph. 5:15-20    
  15 So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise.  16 Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days.  17 Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do.  18 Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit,  19 singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, and making music to the Lord in your hearts.  20 And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

How did you live today? Would Paul's advise to the Ephesians, and to us, describe your actions-- 'like those who are wise?' Opportunities for sharing wisdom came by you this day-- did you take advantage of them in the power of the Lord? Thoughtfulness characterizes those who's lives are hidden in the Lord Jesus Christ.  In stead of being carried away with intoxication over pleasures and substances.

The wise are refreshed by the very presence of God's Holy Spirit who fills them to over flowing. We can walk through our days with songs of praise to God on your lips and ringing in our minds. Favorite scripture verses will come to mind from moment to moment, relating themselves to the circumstances in which we are finding ourselves and bring more enlightenment. Life becomes a song-- music for the Lord in which He provides the melody and enables you to harmonize.

Whatever it is we faced today or will face tomorrow, by the Grace of God, and through His power we are able to give God thanks for it. Why? Because we know that whatever it is, a pleasure or a challenge, it will be yet one more opportunity to demonstrate God's grace as we obey Him. We obey him in our choice of responses and our actions are not the ones of our past life-- the ones intended to lift and glorify ourselves. Our actions are intended to Glorify the Lord God alone. In this way we are wise.
Your Servant in Christ's Love
Dan Elliott

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