Summary: Through God’s Word the Holy Spirit fills us with a thankfulness that seeks to use our time wisely, as he brings God’s truth deep into our hearts through music. Parts: A. Wisely redeeming your time. B. Singing spiritual words to your Lord with your heart.

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Text: Ephesians 5:15-20

Theme: Be Filled with Spirit-worked Thanksgiving in Jesus

A. Wisely redeeming your time

B. Singing spiritual words to your Lord with your heart.

Season: Pentecost 13b

Date: August 30, 2009

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Grace and peace to you from God our Father and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The Word from God through which the Holy Spirit brings us to live for Jesus is Ephesians 5

"Therefore, watch how carefully you walk [through life] -- not as unwise people but as wise, redeeming the time, for the days are evil. Because of this don’t be ignorant, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And don’t become drunk with wine, which wastes you away, but be filled in the Spirit, speaking among yourselves with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, always giving thanks to God, the Father, for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ." (Ephesians 5:15-20)

Dear friends in Christ, fellow saints washed clean in the blood of our risen Savior:

Uncle Billy had drunk too much at Harry and Ruth’s engagement party. He staggers out of the Bailey house, planning to head home. Good thing George was there to point him in the right direction.

So often we see drunkenness portrayed as comic relief. And maybe you have stories of college days or the local drunk at the bar or what happened at a wedding dance or Christmas party. But drunkenness is nothing to laugh at. It wastes you away. It dissipates your health -- physically, emotionally, and spiritually. How many fatalities come from drunk driving? How many livers have been lost to liquor? How many homes and families torn apart, emotionally abandoned or even physically abused? How many sins committed and opportunities to do good lost because the drinker was no longer thinking clearly? How much self-inflicted spiritual harm! Remember the drunkenness of Noah after the Flood and the shame and harm that brought.

Instead, dear friends, how much better to be filled with the Holy Spirit! "Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit" (Ephesians 5:18 NIV), the Apostle Paul writes. Be filled with the Spirit. For the Spirit points you to Jesus Christ. He works in you true thanksgiving. Be filled with Spirit-worked thanksgiving in Jesus. That’s the theme to take to heart. Be filled with Spirit-worked thanksgiving in Jesus, wisely redeeming your time (part one) and singing spiritual words to your Lord with your heart (part two).

A. Wisely redeeming your time

1. Why is using our time wisely so important?

For you see, when we live Spirit-filled lives giving thanks to God in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord, we grow wiser in using our time. The Apostle writes, "Be very careful, then, how you live -- not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil" (Ephesians 5:15, 16 NIV). The Holy Spirit leads us to redeem our time wisely with an attitude of thanks centered in Jesus.

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