Ephesians 5:15 …Look therefore carefully how ye walk, not as unwise, but as wise; 16 redeeming the time, because the days are evil. 17 Wherefore be ye not foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.
A. We need to consider the seriousness of how we conduct our lives in every day which God gives us to live!
James 4:13 …Come now, ye that say, To-day or to-morrow we will go into this city, and spend a year there, and trade, and get gain: 14 whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. What is your life? For ye are a vapor, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. 15 For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall both live, and do this or that.
B. Our conduct, example, and influence in everything we say and do is most important!
Romans 13:12 …The night is far spent, and the day is at hand: let us
therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.
13 Let us walk becomingly, as in the day; not in reveling and drunkenness, not
in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and jealousy. 14 But put ye on the
Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts
Ephesians 4:22 …that ye put away, as concerning your former manner of life, the old man, that waxeth corrupt after the lusts of deceit; 23 and that ye be renewed in the spirit of your mind, 24 and put on the new man, that after God hath been created in righteousness and holiness of truth.
I Timothy 4:12 …Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an ensample to them that believe, in word, in manner of life, in love, in faith, in purity.
I. LOOK THEREFORE CAREFULLY HOW YOU WALK! (vs. 15)
Ephesians 5:1-2 (Text)…Be ye therefore imitators of God, as beloved children; 2 and walk in love, even as Christ also loved you, and gave himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for an odor of a sweet smell.
A. Care must taken to be certain that we walk according to God’s directions...
I Thessalonians 4:1 …Finally then, brethren, we beseech and exhort you in the Lord Jesus, that, as ye received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God, even as ye do walk, -- that ye abound more and more.
Philippians 3:17 …Brethren, be ye imitators together of me, and mark them that so walk even as ye have us for an ensample. 18 For many walk, of whom I told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: 19 whose end is perdition, whose god is the belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.
II Corinthians 11:13 …For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, fashioning themselves into apostles of Christ. 14 And no marvel; for even Satan fashioneth himself into an angel of light. 15 It is no great thing therefore if his ministers also fashion themselves as ministers of righteousness, whose end shall be according to their works.
B. Our walk must be in the fear and respect of God and His Son!
Psalms 1:1 …Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the wicked, Nor standeth in the way of sinners, Nor sitteth in the seat of scoffers: 2 But his delight is in the law of Jehovah; And on his law doth he meditate day and night. 3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the streams of water, That bringeth forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also doth not wither; And whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. 4 The wicked are not so, But are like the chaff which the wind driveth away. 5 Therefore the wicked shall not stand in the judgment, Nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. 6 For Jehovah knoweth the way of the righteous; But the way of the wicked shall perish.
Ecclesiastes 12:13 …This is the end of the matter; all hath been heard: fear God, and keep his commandments; for this is the whole duty of man. 14 For God will bring every work into judgment, with every hidden thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.
C. Not as unwise, but as wise...
Romans 16:19 …For your obedience is come abroad unto all men. I rejoice therefore over you: but I would have you wise unto that which is good, and simple unto that which is evil.
Colossians 4:5 …Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.
II. REDEEMING THE TIME, BECAUSE THE DAYS ARE EVIL! (vs. 16)
A. The value of time is seen in “buying up the opportunity”...
Galatians 6:6 …But let him that is taught in the word communicate unto
him that teacheth in all good things. 7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked:
for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. 8 For he that soweth unto
his own flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth unto the
Spirit shall of the Spirit reap eternal life. 9 And let us not be weary in well-doing:
for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. 10 So then, as we have opportunity,
let us work that which is good toward all men, and especially toward them that
are of the household of the faith.
B. There is great danger because the days are evil...
Ephesians 5:3 …(Text)…But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as becometh saints; 4 nor filthiness, nor foolish talking, or jesting, which are not befitting: but rather giving of thanks. 5 For this ye know of a surety, that no fornicator, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.
Colossians 3:5 …Put to death therefore your members which are upon the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry; 6 for which things' sake cometh the wrath of God upon the sons of disobedience: 7 wherein ye also once walked, when ye lived in these things; 8 but now do ye also put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, railing, shameful speaking out of your mouth: 9 lie not one to another; seeing that ye have put off the old man with his doings, 10 and have put on the new man, that is being renewed unto knowledge after the image of him that created him:
III. BE YE NOT FOOLISH, BUT UNDERSTAND WHAT THE WILL OF THE LORD IS!
A. The serious danger of being foolish and therefore being deceived...
Ephesians 5:6 …(Text)…Let no man deceive you with empty words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the sons of disobedience. 7 Be not ye therefore partakers with them; 8 For ye were once darkness, but are now light in the Lord: walk as children of light 9 (for the fruit of the light is in all goodness and righteousness and truth),
Colossians 2:8 …Take heed lest there shall be any one that maketh spoil of you through his philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ:
I Timothy 6:20 …O Timothy, guard that which is committed unto thee, turning
away from the profane babblings and oppositions of the knowledge which is falsely
so called; 21 which some professing have erred concerning the faith. Grace be
B. Consider how tremendously important it is that we understand what the Will of the Lord is!
Hebrews 3:12 …Take heed, brethren, lest haply there shall be in any one
of you an evil heart of unbelief, in falling away from the living God: 13 but
exhort one another day by day, so long as it is called To-day; lest anyone of
you be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin:
John 8:43, 47 …Why do ye not understand my speech? Even because ye cannot hear my word….47 He that is of God heareth the words of God: for this cause ye hear them not, because ye are not of God.
Matthew 13:13 …Therefore speak I to them in parables; because seeing they see not, and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. 14 And unto them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall in no wise understand; And seeing ye shall see, and shall in no wise perceive: 15 For this people's heart is waxed gross, And their ears are dull of hearing, And their eyes they have closed; Lest haply they should perceive with their eyes, And hear with their ears, And understand with their heart, And should turn again, And I should heal them.
A. Our minds and hearts must be totally committed to spiritual matters!
Colossians 3:1 …If then ye were raised together with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated on the right hand of God. 2 Set your mind on the things that are above, not on the things that are upon the earth.
B. Every day that God gives us to live is an opportunity to walk in His ways and to show our love and respect His Truth!
Matthew 5:16 …Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.
By Ron Lehde
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