Summary: Now we see here that Paul is trying to tell us to wake up and realize what the condition of the world is and not just set there and let evil take over!
Problems That We As Parents Are Facing In This Modern Day.
Sunday June 18, 2000 A.M.
We take our text this morning from Ephesians 5:14-33
14 Therefore He says:
“Awake, you who sleep,
Arise from the dead,
And Christ will give you light.”
Now we see here that Paul is trying to tell us to wake up and realize what the condition of the world is and not just set there and let evil take over!
15 See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise,
Here Paul is telling us to not only wake up but stay awake, because there are people out there that would like nothing better than to see you fail!
16 redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
We need to be not only wise in our thinking but in our doing also, we need to stay one up on Satan!
The way to stay one up on satan is to pray without ceasing.
17 Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.
Understand what the Will of the Lord is, to understand the Will takes a lot of bible study and prayer.
A constant communion with God.
We need to pray to really find the Will of God and then ask for the Holy Spirit to help us to understand the Will of God!
18 And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit,
What Paul is talking about here is not to get drunk on wine of liquor or whatever because getting drunk with that kind of thing only gives you a temporary high or a buzz as they call it today.
What we need to be getting drunk on is the Spirit of God because the high that we get from that kind of drunkenness will give you a high or a buzz that will last you for the rest of your days here on earth!
If you will submit yourself daily to the teachings of the Word you will find a high, like you have never had before!
19 speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord,
With this high that you are on you will want to praise God all the day long!
20 giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,
I know that a lot of the time it may be hard to feel up and give thanks to God, but we are not thanking God for our problems.
We are thanking God for the strength that He gives us to make it through our problems!
21 submitting to one another in the fear of God.
Now a lot of the time this scripture is taken out of text.
We are not to become doormats for people to step on.
That is not the meaning of this scripture.
It simply means that we are to submit to the Will of God.
And do like it says in Matthew 5:48
48 “Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.
Submitting to the Will of God and staying in His Will is to be our mission.
22 Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord.
Here is another scripture that is often misinterpreted.
This scripture simply means that husband and wife are to be as one and see things in one accord.
23 For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body.
Here we find another scripture that is misquoted.
This is not a go ahead for men to treat their wives like a nothing.
She is not to be used and treated like a slave.
The husband is supposed to be a man and take care of his wife and children and to love them and nurture them, just like the wife is instructed in the previous verse.
24 Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything.
With the same kind of love that the church gives Christ so let the wives give there husbands also.
25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her,
Now this is a big one, Husbands Love your wives just like Christ loved the church and gave Himself for!
I have seen a lot of men who are big wigs in the church in front of the church people and then they go home and treat their wives worse than some treat their dogs.
I feel like those type of men will have a lot to answer for when they are called home.