THE SPIRIT-FILLED SERIES
TEXT: Ephesians 6:10-12
“Finally” indicates that we have reached the last major section of the book of Ephesians. Paul closes with a challenge of Spirit-Filled Warfare and the Spiritual Power we HAVE to be victorious in our Christian walk.
THE SOURCE OF YOUR STRENGTH – vs. 10
• “Be strong in the Lord” – “strong” means “to be empowered; to be strengthened” – the spiritual strength you can possess comes from your relationship with Jesus
• “In the strength of His might” – “power” refers possessing “absolute authority & ability Ephesians 1:18-23
THE SOURCE OF YOUR STABILITY – vs. 11
• How You Are Embattled – “the schemes of the devil”
• How You Are Equipped – “put on the whole armor of God” – spiritual battle/spiritual armor
• “put on” – your responsibility – daily dress for the battle engaging the enemy in spiritual combat with absolute “authority & ability”
• “full” – every piece of “armor” is essential equipment for the battle
• How You Are Enabled – “be able to stand firm”- “able” possessing the “power, ability”
• RECOGNIZE: Recognizing you’re in a war!
• REFUSE: Refusing to be in passive warfare with the devil!
• RESIST: This is active warfare! James 4:7; 1 Peter 5:9
THE SOURCE OF YOUR STRUGGLES – vs. 12
• The enemy is Satan, and all the spiritual forces he controls- 1 John 4:4
• He deceives us by lying; by casting doubt on the Word of God; to doubt God’s GREATNESS, GOODNESS & GRACE- 1 Peter 5:8
SPIRIT-FILLED – IN CHRIST – YOU are a VICTOR and the devil is NO MATCH for you!
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TEXT: Ephesians 6:5-9
The entire Roman Empire functioned largely by slave power – slavery became abusive, God instructed Paul to lay down the Lord’s commands for the master-slave relationship. Let’s consider Spirit-Filled Service.
A WORD TO AN EMPLOYEE – vs. 5-7
• vs. 5 – How You Are To Submit – “be obedient” do what you are
told to do without argument or complaint – “with fear, and trembling”
means do what is right serving the Lord
• vs. 5-7 – How You Are To Serve – the Lord has given you a job – carry out the duties of that job to the glory of the Lord – God will bless!
• “with eye-service” refers to serving to impress – “men-pleasers” speaks of using flattery to advance on the job – both actions are manifestations of the flesh
• “as to Christ” “as slaves of Christ” “doing the will of the Lord from the heart” “with good will render service, as to the Lord, and not to men” – these statements teach us that we are to see ourselves as slaves to the Lord first and foremost to be pleasing to Him, our boss will be pleased with our service as well
• Serve Him out of Discipline – Compelled to serve the Lord
• Serve Him out of Duty – Convinced I owe it to the Lord
• Serve Him out of Devotion – Captured by the Lord –
I serve Him because I love Him – John 14:15
A WORD TO AN EMPLOYER – vs. 9
• A Christian employer’s first duty is to do the will of God and to manifest a Christ-like spirit in everything he does – based on God’s standards of righteousness, truth, and honesty.
• Employers or Employees are to be mutually submissive because they are equally loved, equally cared for and equally subservient to a common Master – Jesus
• 1. Employers or Employees – have the right heart (vs. 5-6)
• 2. Employers or Employees – have the right attitude (vs. 7)
• 3. Employers or Employees – have the right reward (vs. 8)
• 4. Employers or Employees – have the right perspective (vs. 9)
A WORD ABOUT ETERNITY – vs. 8-9
• vs. 9 – How God Considers Us – “no partiality with Him”
• vs. 8 – How God Compensates Us – the Lord will reward your faithful service
What’s the message? We are all servants. Every moment of our lives is to be lived in His service for His glory.
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TEXT: Ephesians 6:1-4
The Holy Spirit wants to control every area of your life (Ephesians 5:18) – Being “filled with the Spirit” – He will be in total control of our lives and we will live lives that pleases the Lord; we will worship in a manner that glorifies the Lord and every relationship in our lives will honor Him.
Spirit-Filled Homes is an important teaching that every family needs to hear.
THE SPIRIT-FILLED CHILD – vs. 1-3
- Two commands:
- (1) vs. 1 – “Children, obey your parents” – two reasons given to “obey”- It’s the spiritual thing to do – “in the Lord” – It is the ethical thing to do – “for this is right” – Colossians 3:20 – “in all things”- Hebrews 5:8
- (2) vs. 2 – “Honor your father and mother” – “honor” means “to respect them; to value them; to hold them in high regard”
- Children who honor their parents are given a tremendous promise” “that it may be well with you and that you may live long on the earth”
THE SPIRIT-FILLED PARENT – vs. 4
- “fathers”- the Lord is speaking about the role of both parents in the lives of their children
- There Is A Caution – “Fathers, provoke not your children to wrath” – Colossians 3:21
- “provoke” means “give rise to” – 5 ways parents tend to do this (1) Overprotection (2) Overindulgence (3) Favoritism (4) Frustration (5) Neglect
- 4 factors necessary to prevent delinquency: (1) Fathers be firm, fair, and consistent in discipline – Love (2) Mothers loving supervise, keeping your eye your children’s lives to be sure they have what they need, and that they are walking the right path (3) Parents demonstrated love and affection for each other and for your children (4) Families spend time together where all participated
- There Is A Command – “bring them up” – (1) Discipline Children – “nurture” (KJV) means “education and training” – set boundaries (relationship plus rules to obey) – Proverbs 13:24, Proverbs 22:15 (2) Direct Children – “admonish” (KJV) means “to teach by means of words” – essential to spend quality time and quantity time with your children – demonstrate and communicate constantly to your children your faith in Jesus Christ – Openly talk about your faith – Teach them the Word of God. Love them unconditionally.
- Deuteronomy 6:6-9
REMEMBER: It is far easier to build a child than to repair an adult! May we be Spirit-Filled Parents, may our children be Spirit-Filled and may our homes be Spirit-Filled to the Lord’s praise and glory.
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TEXT: Ephesians 5:21
We have been studying about the Spirit-Filled life. In verse 18, the Lord commands us to “be filled with the Spirit” – this means we are brought under the Spirit’s control in every area of our lives.
The Holy Spirit takes control of the way you think, walk, talk, act, move – every aspect of the Spirit-filled life, being transformed by the power of the Spirit of God – In vs. 21, the Spirit-filled believer is to be a humble, submissive believer – it is a command to be submissive, with the humble heart of a servant.
SUBMISSION IS DEMANDED
- “Be subject (submitting) to one another…” – a command and not an option – we need to find out what submitting is and be about doing it
- “submitting” speaks to our relationships with others – Philippians 2:1-5
- Be Christ-like! Communion – Compassion – Cooperation – Consideration – Cross-Bearing
- Surrendering to the Spirit of God enables us to keep God and others in their proper place
SUBMISSION IS DESCRIBED
- “one to another” refers to the family of God – “mutual submission”
- Ephesians 5:22-32 – the marriage relationship
- Ephesians 6:1-4 – relationship between parents & kids
- Ephesians 6:5-9 – relationship between master and slave
- Christianity changed the whole dynamic of the culture – the submission God is looking for is “mutual submission”
SUBMISSION IS DIRECTED
- “in the fear of Christ” – “fear” refer to “reverence” – “honor” manifests in total obedience to Jesus and to His will in us
- Honoring Jesus means that we VALUE Him (and others)
- Honoring Jesus means that we put Him FIRST (and others)
- Honoring Jesus means that we are willing to make SACRIFICES for Him (and others)
- When Jesus holds the proper place in our lives, others will too.
Submission: we are to live to be Christ-like at all times – treat one another with respect – view every relationship as an opportunity to serve the Lord, by serving others.
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SPIRIT-FILLED PRAISE & WORSHIP
TEXT: Ephesians 5:19-20
In vs. 18, the Lord commands us to “be filled with the Spirit”
– COMPLIANCE, CONTROL, & CONTINUANCE – to yield to the Holy Spirit – living a Spirit-filled life. Beginning at vs. 19 and continuing through the end of the book, we are given a description of what the Spirit-filled life looks like. Paul begins
to describe the Spirit-filled life with the way we Praise & Worship God.
THE DESCRIPTION – vs. 19a
- “speaking to one another” “verbal expressions” implies that you cannot participate in praise & worship and remain silent
- 3 types of verbal expressions of worship: (1) Psalms (2) Hymns (3) Spiritual Songs
- Spirit-Filled Praise & Worship is singing songs that honor and glorify Almighty God – Psalm 69:30-31
THE DEPTH – vs. 19b-20
- “singing and making melody in your heart” – implies that Praise & Worship is more than performing – “heart” refers to “the center of my being” that’s overwhelmed with love for the Lord – Psalm 103:1
- Total Allegiance
- Total Alignment
- Total Attention
- Hebrews 13:15 – 3 Benefits to Praise & Worship:
- (1) Gets your FOCUS on God
- (2) Increases your UNDERSTANDING of God
- (3) Build your CONFIDENCE in God
- Psalm 95:1-7; Psalm 97:1; Psalm 99:1
- Ephesians 5:20 – True Praise & Worship always reveals a thankful heart – TRUE, TENDER, TUNE
THE DIRECTION – vs. 19c
- The direction of our Praise & Worship must ALWAYS
- be “to the Lord”
- Exodus 15:1-3, 11, 18
Be filled with the Spirit . . . and sing . . . let your heart be so filled with love for the Lord that it overflows in verbal Praise & Worship with Thanksgiving!
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THE SPIRIT-FILLED WALK
TEXT: Ephesians 5:18 “And Prov. 20:1be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit” –Ephesians 5:18
Living the Spirit-filled life begins with being filled with the Spirit. Notice the demands Paul lays before us here. These demands teach us what we need to know about The Spirit-Filled Walk.
- The Lord commands us to “BE filled with the Spirit” – it is not optional – FACT: You cannot just decide and make it happen – God will fill you but only when you yield your life to Him – the first step is surrender yourselves to the Lord so the Spirit can fill you with His power.
- Acts 1:8
- “FILLED with the Spirit” – under the control of the Holy Spirit
- Galatians 5:16: THE SPIRIT GIVES US VICTORY OVER OUR LUSTS; OVER THE LAW; OVER THIS LIFE
- Romans 8:14: Different; Discerning; Decisive
- The flesh produces an “excess” of wickedness – the Holy Spirit produces and “excess” of holiness in every life He When the Spirit of God fills your life, He also controls how you walk, talk, and think – Galatians 5:22-25
- “filled” means “To be filled to the top; lacking nothing; nothing short of complete” – the Spirit is in residence in a BIG way – He will dominate every aspect of your life
- The verb “be filled” implies “ongoing action” – “KEEP ON BEING filled with the Spirit” – continuous action verb means two things: (1) a command to obey daily choosing to surrender my life to the Holy Spirit (2) a command to obey in ever-increasing measure – to allow the Holy Spirit to influence every area of my life – John 7:37-39
“Be filled with the Spirit.” This command OBEYED is life changing. Being filled with the Holy Spirit will transform every area of your life. You can “be filled with the Spirit.” You need to “be filled with the Spirit.” As far as the work of the church is concerned, we must “be filled with the Spirit.” Who would be willing to join me here at the altar asking God to fill us with His Spirit?
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BE IMITATORS OF GOD
TEXT: Ephesians 5:1-2
In the beginning of chapter 5, we are confronted by a passage that demands that we do the impossible. We are called to “imitate” God. It seems like an impossible task. How can we? The text has much to say about this call and challenge that’s presented to us.
A PERSON TO IMITATE – vs. 1
- “Therefore” points back to chapter 4 – having been saved believers are different in the way we walk, talk, and think – the “old self” with evil desires is to be “put off” (Ephesians 4:22) – the “new self” with desires for righteousness is to be “put on” (Ephesians 4:24)
- There Is A Command – “be imitator of God” – We are to learn all we can about the Lord from His Word and we are to put into practice everything we know about Him. We are to do the things we see Him doing
- There Is A Condition – imitate God as “beloved children” in the way we walk, talk, and in the things they do
- When the Lord saved us with a purpose – Romans 8:29
- Graced; Grafted; Gifted – So, walk with Him! Learn from Him! Be like Him!
A PRECEPT TO INITIATE – vs. 2a
- “walk” means “to regulate one’s life” – be controlled, be driven, be defined by “love” – Matthew 22:37-40
- Love God Supremely
- Love others as much as we love ourselves
- John 14:21
A PROVISION THAT ILLUSTRATES – vs. 2b
- To illustrate what genuine love looks like, Paul points to the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross
- Jesus is called an “offering” and a “sacrifice” – Romans 5:8
- “gave Himself for us” – we are to manifest that same kind of selfless, self-sacrificing love toward each other
We are challenged to be so surrendered to the Father that we love like He loves; forgive like He forgives; bless like He blesses – this kind of love is essential, necessary, priceless . . . this kind of love is available to all who will “imitate” the Father
LET NOT YOUR HEART BE TROUBLED
TEXT: John 14:1
In chapter 13: Jesus and His disciples had finished observing the Passover, Jesus donned a towel and washed His disciples’ feet – then He drops some bombshells – one of them will be betray Him (vs. 21-30), He’s going to go away (vs. 31- 33), Peter will deny Him (vs. 36-38) – The Savior’s words must have broken their hearts, and left them devastated. That’s why we have the precious words of Chapter 14. The Disciples were grieved….Their hearts were “troubled” – It’s the #1 killer – spiritually – It doesn’t have to be! Jesus said, “Let not your heart be troubled…” – Jesus doesn’t just tell them what to do, but HOW to do it. The Cure for a Troubled Heart Is:
TRUST IN COMPLETE CONFIDENCE – vs. 1
- “Let not” is a call to “Be Involved”
- John 14:27 – In Times of Difficulty & Doubt
- John 16:33 (1) A Word of Comfort vs. 33a (2) A Word of Confirmation vs. 33b (3) A Word of Conquest vs. 33c – “BE of GOOD CHEER; I have overcome the world” “TAKE courage”
- “believe” – Proverbs 3:5-6 – “with ALL your heart” “LEAN NOT on your own understanding”
- Believing comes from an intimate, deep relationship with Jesus – “KNOWING”
TOTAL AND COMPLETE COMMITMENT – vs. 1
- Confession of Faith:
- I am Governed by His Providence – Matthew 14:22
- I am Growing by His Plan – Psalm 4:1
- I am Graced by His Presence – Psalm 46:1
THRILLING AND COMPLETE CONSEQUENCE – vs. 6
- Divine Direction – Nehemiah 7:5; Isaiah 30:18
- Divine Dynamic – Jesus is the WAY without Exception!
- Jesus is the TRUTH without ERROR
- Jesus is the LIFE without END!
“THE DOOR OF OPPORTUNITY SWINGS ON THE HINGES
OF OPPOSTION” – Let NOT your heart be troubled . . . believe
THE CHURCH – A BRIDE
TEXTS: Ephesians 5
No relationship is more fundamental than the marriage relationship – when God wanted to express the love He has for His people He chosen this powerful image that likens the church to being His bride. God desires a “covenantal relationship” – the church is much more than an institution, like marriage, relationships are sacred to God.
INDIVIDUAL – UNCOMPROMISING
- Purity – vs. 1-14 – cannot have a good marriage if the individuals are not good! – Christ wants His Bride to live a pure life!
- Responsibilities: “Be imitators of God” “Live a life of love” “Live as children of light”
- Avoid: “Immorality” and the “Impure”
- Demonstrate Christ’s love and cleansing – fully devoted and fully committed to this loving relationship.
- Prepared – vs. 15-21 – purity doesn’t happen by accident (vs. 15)
- Must not be casual about sin – Must be uncompromising in principle & practice in your walk
INDIVISIBLE – UNION
- Partnership – vs. 22-30 – “submit” – it is an act of love, submitting on the “inside” and not just the “outside”
- Submission is the Divine Calling
- Love is the Divine Command
- “Headship” – two reasons why – (1) Protection – Security (2) Provision – Significance
- Husbands, your wife is your partner, not your servant!
- Wives, your husband is your partner, not your enemy!
- Permanence – vs. 31-33 – Marriage was meant by God to be a permanent relationship – “become one” – that’s complete-ness
- The church, the bride of Christ – a radical commitment to serve
- – a radical fulfillment of love – a radical dependence on Christ
- As the Bride of Christ we are to demonstrate the power of God’s love and commitment to us – that’s radical & irresistible! – Firmly Based in Grace & Forbearing and Forgiving
- Husbands: Love your wife – love seeks to free, not control. Christ loves His church, sets us free from sin’s dominion, and free to love Him back with a heart that desires to submit to Him.
- Wives: Respect your husband – 1) Respect him with your words 2) Honor him with your behavior
The importance of this picture of the church speaks of a powerful and permanent relationship; we are not just an institution but the very bride of Christ!
THE CHURCH – A NEW MAN
TEXTS: Ephesians 4
We are living at a time when one can join just about anything without having to change anything or make any serious commitments. Let me assure you that in God’s kingdom IT IS DIFFERENT, big changes are expected, and required! While it only requires faith and confession to find a new life in Christ it requires a changed perspective and changed behavior – “put off the old self” (vs. 22) and “put on the new” (vs. 23). The name “Christian” should match the reality! Being “NEW” is not an option – everything changes, all things become new and IT MUST SHOW! To have an IMPACT the world must see revolutionary lives, lives transformed by God’s power. Changed Hearts . . . Transformed Lives!
- Passionate – vs. 1-3 – BEHAVIOR confirms BELIEFS – WHO WE ARE & WHOSE WE ARE – 2 Corinthians 3:2
- “implore” (hear the passion?) WALK “worthy of the calling” IN Christ – NO EXCEPTIONS!
- 3 – Be passionate about God in PRINCIPLE and PRACTICE!!
- Priority – vs. 4-6 – Unity cannot be achieved by casual commitments – the Church cannot afford “casual relationships” characterized by a lack of commitment
- Don’t PARK in Church – PARTICIPATE in its life and commitments!
- Perspective – vs. 7-13 – Gifts of Jesus – 5-fold ministry – Purpose: Repair & Prepare – “BUILT UP!” – “equipping” – Matthew 4:21 – “preparing” “mending” – to BE a witness – “works of service”
- Unity & Maturity – Affection & Agreement
- Preparation – vs. 14-16 – Unity and Maturity brings Stability
· Pitfalls – vs. 17-19 – Importance of “being different” – “walk no longer live as the Gentiles”
- Proof! – vs. 20-32 – “proof” of the Gospel’s power! – “put off the old self and put on the new”
- “putting off” is an action – Dealing with anger; what comes out of your mouth; grieving the Holy Spirit; ALL bitterness, rage, brawling, slander, and malice
- “put on” the “NEW SELF” – demonstrating proof of God’s presence and power operating in you!
The first step in salvation is “confession” of sins and of Christ as Lord – this is only the INITIAL step. The next step is “conversion” means becoming NEW – a process of becoming who and what you are in Christ. It means “change” – from the old ways to the new ways, God’s ways! We are a new creation in Christ, let it SHOW!