Walking With God: Part III- Walk in Wisdom

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Sunday - 8 AM & 10 AM, Wednesday - 6:30 PM

Feb. 24

Text:Ephesians 5:1-21.

Introduction –

  • Regarding a novice farmer: "Here lies Clyde, Whose life was full, Until he tried, To milk a bull."
  • Regarding a woman who apparently lacked discretion: “Beneath this stone, a lump of clay, lies Arabella Young, Who on the twenty-fourth of May, Began to hold her tongue.”

Scripture offers a glowing tribute to a wise man named Enoch. Hebrews 11:5 describes him as having “pleased God.” So what was he doing that he’d be given such a wonderful commendation? The answer’s found in Genesis 5:21–24, and it’s there we find that"Enoch walked with God."

Walking with God: what does that mean?

  • The processes and seasons of our natural lives’ development is perfectly analogous to that of our spiritual lives. And how we learn to move about is one of them.
    • First, we really just lay there and wiggle as newbies... it’s all we can do!
    • Then, as infants, we learn to roll around;
    • Next, something compels us to stand;
    • And, finally, we learn to walk.
  • God longs to walk with you, which is why the Holy Spirit constantly calls us into closer friendship with Him... closer being synonymous with the way we mature in our ability to be mobile.
  • According to researchers, walking is one of the most profitable forms of physical exercise.
    • Six benefits of walking:
      • It stimulates the heart and lungs.
      • It strengthens the bones and muscles.
      • It makes blood flow throughout the body to surge.
      • It helps shed excess weight.
      • It steadies one’s balance.
      • It makes one’s disposition sunnier. (https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/fitness/in-depth/walking/art-20046261).
    • And so it is with one’s spiritual life when one takes up God’s invitation to walk with Him: we begin keeping company with Him!

What the quality of company we keep with God – our walk – looks like.

  • The Holy Spirit inspired Paul to offer the vital ways we walk in quality friendship with the Lord (Ephesians 5:15-16).
  • The Holy Spirit teaches us here, then, that a wise walk with God has two important qualities :
    • oCareful attention given to what’s going on around us (circumspectly).
    • Taking advantage of opportunities to profit spiritually by engagement and avoidance, alike (v. 16; cf. Colossians 4:5).
      • Redeeming the time literally means buying the opportunity, and is a metaphor describing how ancient merchants diligently observed and improved the seasons for trading goods (engagement).
      • ...For the days are evildenotes the worldly amusements, slothfulness, ambitions, fantasies, and indulgences encompassing us at all times (avoidance).
  • Putting it all together, then, those vv. can be paraphrased as: So be carefulhow you live. Don't live like fools, but like those who are wise. Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days.

How the qualities of a wise walk with God are lived-out.

  • Ephesians 5:17-21 show us those very things. 17 Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is. 18 And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, 19 speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, 20 giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, 21 submitting to one another in the fear of God.
  • To live-out how one walks in wisdom with God:
    • Vertically speaking (Loving God):
      • V. 17: we don't live carelessly, but learn and understand what The Master wants (Luke 9:23; I Thessalonians 4:3; 5:18).
      • V. 18: don't drink too much intoxicating beverages because that cheapens and hampers your life; therefore, “drink” the Spirit of God by asking for then abidingHis presence (John 15:26-27)!
      • Vv. 19-20: sing songs of adoration from your heart to God – praise Him for everything (I Thessalonians 5:18)!
    • Horizontally speaking (Investing in People): be courteous, to and respectful of, one another, as unto God, Himself (Philippians 1:1-11).

Conclusion –

It’s vital to realize who our Heavenly Father is. Since the day we were born-again spiritually, many of us have failed to take Father God up on His invitation to walk with Him.

How sad that we deny ourselves of God's richest blessing: Himself (Psalm 139:7-12; Ezekiel 48:35)! From the moment we exercised our faith in Jesus to come into relationship with Father God, He granted access to all things needed to walk the Christian road (see II Peter 1:3-8). It’s simply a matter of our decision to discovering what those things are by digging into His word!

Who’s ready to dig deeper into the wisdom of His word and walk more confidently with God today?