Identity Issues pt 9: Living Wisely and Fully (Eph 5:15-20)

Living out our new identity in Christ requires supernatural wisdom and supernatural power and both of these blessings are described in Ephesians 5: “So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do. Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit.” Eph 5:15-18 (NLT)

Another more visual way of seeing the key points of this passage is below. Wise and full living involves 1) learning to see opportunities during bad times, 2) discerning God’s will when there is confusion and 3) being continuously filled with the Holy Spirit.

Problems and evil times tend to obscure our ability to see the opportunities of God’s promise and provision. 2 Kings 6-7 tells the story of the Syrian army laying siege to the city of Samaria. Things got so desperate that two women actually decided to eat their own children. The horror of this situation caused the King of Israel to give up on God and try to behead the prophet Elisha (see 2 Kings 6:28-33). The threat of the king was answered with a promise from God that the siege would end and provision would abound within 24 hours (2 Kings 7:1). The king’s servant heard the promise but refused to believe. For him, the size of the problem looked much bigger than God’s ability to provide and as a result, he missed out on a miracle (2 Kings 7:2).

Lessons from this story help us understand the kind of living described in Ephesians 5.

  1. When things look dark, learn to discern kingdom opportunities. There is no problem that does not attract God’s promises of deliverance and restoration. Recognising divine opportunities propels you past the problem.

  2. Remember that God’s will for you in bad times is always good! Don't give in to false ideas that God has forgotten or forsaken you; He is always present to help in times of need!

  3. Finally, don't let anything prevent you from experiencing the miraculous fullness of God’s Spirit. So many people are cautious and uncertain about pursuing a Spirit-Filled life but there is nothing to fear and everything to enjoy! Wonderful promises, blessings and seasons of revival and refreshing are being poured out from heaven. Sceptics keep their distance while desperate, hungry people are satisfied!

The Greater One is at work, don't miss out!

Ps George

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