How to Walk in the Light, Part 1 — Ephesians 5:8 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation #12)

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A series of homilies on Ephesians 5 & 6

A homily is “a short talk on a religious or moral topic; a usually short sermon; a lecture or discourse on or of a biblical theme.”


I am sharing a verse-by-verse series of short messages on Ephesians 5 & 6 (as well as other passages of Scripture) specifically targeted at reviving families and encouraging and exhorting husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, and children to do what God has commanded them to do, for if the church is to be revived and the country is to be awakened, the family must be revived first.

Ephesians 5:8:

8 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light.

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Ronald Reagan said, “All great change in America begins at the dinner table.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “You can’t live wrong and pray right.”

The simple message of this verse is that we should practice what we preach. Perhaps, it would be better to say, ‘Practice what we profess.’ If we profess to be Christians, we ought to act like Christians. If we are children of the Light, we should no longer walk in darkness.

After taking some time to examine the deeds of darkness — fornication, other sexual sins, uncleanness, filthy speech, and covetousness — Paul reminds us that we “were sometimes darkness.” In other words, we used to be people who regularly engaged in a sinful lifestyle.

However, NOW, something has changed. We are no longer doomed sinners, but saints who have been adopted into God’s family. Thus, we must begin acting like members of God’s family. We are now “light in the Lord.” We are not just the children of Light, we are Light itself; our very nature has been transformed. Formerly, we had a dark nature, and we were fully engaged in the sins of the flesh. Now, we have a nature of light, and the temptations of the world, the flesh, and the devil no longer have a hold on us. We do not have to be slaves to sin.

The word “walk” in the New Testament is used to refer to a person’s lifestyle or testimony. Because we are saved, we should no longer live in the darkness of sin, but in the light of forgiveness and salvation. When we are tempted or presented with sin, we ought to experience friction in our souls. This friction is the Holy Spirit of God (the Light within us) warring against the Darkness of the devil and the flesh. If you do not experience this friction, if you find it “easy” to sin, you ought to examine yourself to see if you are truly Light in the Lord.

Let’s pray.

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