How to Walk in the Light, Part 8 — Ephesians 5:17 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #19)

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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.

TEXT: Ephesians 5:17: “Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.”

Patrick Henry said, “I have now disposed of all my property to my family. There is one thing more I wish I could give them, and that is the Christian religion.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “Satan fools and feigns, blows and bluffs, and we so often take his threats to heart and forget the ‘exceeding greatness of God’s power to us.'”

Paul summarizes all that he has said about not living in darkness and walking in the light with this verse: “Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.” The word “wherefore” takes into consideration all that has been previously written.

Considering the risk of judgment — of realizing that we might not be truly saved because of our sinful lifestyle — it would be wise for us not to be unwise. We should take heed to all that Paul has warned us about — the sins we ought to avoid and the good things we should be doing as children of light in our homes, churches, and communities. Only an unwise person would hear and read the severe warnings contained in this chapter and continue on his sinful way.

What we ought to be striving to do is “understand what the will of the Lord is.” Some Christians are ignorant of the will of God because they do not pray and they do not spend time in the word of God. They are not sure what to do or say as children of the light because they have not taken the time to learn.

Warren Wiersbe said, “‘Understanding’ suggests using our minds to discover and do the will of God. Too many Christians have the idea that discovering God’s will is a mystical experience that rules out clear thinking. But this idea is wrong—and dangerous. We discover the will of God as He transforms the mind. Romans 12:1-2 says, ‘I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.’ This transformation is the result of the Word of God, prayer, meditation, and worship. If God gave you a mind, then He expects you to use it. This means that learning His will involves gathering facts, examining them, weighing them, and praying for His wisdom. God does not want us simply to know His will; He wants us to understand His will.”

Jesus spent three years teaching the disciples by word and example. The church was established to continue the teaching tradition. The family is the primary place where what is taught in the church is to be carried out. In fact, Christian parents ought to be teaching the word of God and the will of God through prayer and Bible reading in the home. We cannot be Christ-like to our neighbors or to others in the community if we are not Christ-like in the home. God’s will is for us to not only be the light of the world but to be the light in our homes as well.

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