Summary: Watching your walk, because the world is watching.

Watching Your Walk

Ephesians 5:15-21

Ephesians 5:15 (HCSB)

Pay careful attention, then, to how you walk-not as unwise people but as wise-

Attention to Detail

 Reasons to watch your walk

 God is watching

 Others are watching

 The witness of your walk

 Actions speak louder than words

 Integrity – “when the tongue in your mouth and the tongue in your shoe are pointed in the same direction”

Ephesians 5:16 (HCSB)

Making the most of the time, because the days are evil.

Using Your Time Wisely

 The urgency of the times

 Jesus is coming again

 There is work to be done

 The need for diligence

 Procrastination allows evil to gain a footing

 The enemy is working diligently

1 Peter 5:8

1 Peter 5:8 (HCSB)

Be sober! Be on the alert! Your adversary the Devil is prowling around like a roaring lion, looking for anyone he can devour.

Ephesians 5:17 (HCSB)

So don’t be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.

Do You Understand?

 Knowing the will of God

 Prayer

 Scripture

 Wise counsel

 Making your choices

 By what is revealed

 As it is revealed

Ephesians 5:18 (HCSB)

And don’t get drunk with wine, which leads to reckless actions, but be filled with the Spirit:

Under the Influence

 Drunkenness

 Leads to reckless actions

 Fighting

 Immorality

 Bad decisions

 Filled with the Spirit

 Under the controlling influence

 Directing all thoughts and actions

Ephesians 5:19 (HCSB)

Speaking to one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing and making music to the Lord in your heart

A Song in Your Heart

 The concert hall of the heart

 Full of praise

 Full of joy

 Sharing the music

 Speaking to others from the overflow

 Joining together in a symphony of praise

Ephesians 5:20 (HCSB)

giving thanks always for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,

Thankful in all Things

 The good times

 For the blessings

 For the happiness

 For the prosperity

 The bad times

 The strength for each day

 The provisions that see you through

 For the lessons of hardship

Ephesians 5:21 (HCSB)

Submitting to one another in the fear of Christ.

Out of Reverence

 Putting others first

 Does not mean being a doormat

 Look out for the interest of others

 The simple things

 Holding doors

 Giving up a parking space

 The example of Christ

 Did not demand his rights

 But willingly gave Himself

How Are You Walking?

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