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Ephesians 5:17 “Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.”
God Almighty instructs His children by the Apostle Paul to be wise and to endeavour to seek and to understand what God’s will is.
How is the Christian to understand what the will of God is?
1. Christians must awake from their sleep
Ephesians 5:14 “Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.”
God promises to give light to them that awake out of their sleep and get serious regarding the things of the Lord; to sober up concerning eternity and to recognise the need of the hour in these last days. Time is running out!
Ephesians 5:16 “Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.”
Jesus said “Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.” ~ Mark 13:33
There must be an awaking from being apathetic, indifferent and nominal concerning eternal things.
2. God’s people are to live up to their Christian name
Ephesians 5:8 “For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:”
Many people call themselves Christians but you cannot tell that they are believers because of the life they live. Their lives resemble worldliness instead of Christ-likeness. There is no distinction.
Ephesians 5:6-7 “Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. Vs7 Be not ye therefore partakers with them.”
The way a Christian lives must reprove those that live in darkness. The Christian is the light of the world; their lives must expose ungodliness.
Ephesians 5:11-12 “And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. vs12 For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret.”
3. Believers are to be proving and discerning
Ephesians 5:10 “Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.” Ephesians 5:13 “But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light…”
The Word of God is what helps a person to know the difference between right and wrong; truth and error; what is acceptable and what is not. So many are accepting of new philosophies and ideas with no thought of how it may conflict with the Word of God.
Romans 12:2 “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise” Ephesians 5:15
In Christ Alone,
C Haddad - Galatians 2:20
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