See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another in the fear of God.
WALK CAREFULLY – The word “circumspectly” means to “walk carefully accurately, sensitively as a person would walk through thorny terrain.”
- Foolish man walks unthinking, thoughtless. He gives little thought to his daily routine – where he should go – what he should do. If he makes a mistake, he does not matter much to him. Making mistakes is just the human way of life.
- Wise man walks carefully. He knows he is on a mission. He knows God personally and he knows that he is on earth to show forth the love and the righteousness of God. Mistakes matter to him.
Galatians 5:16 – “Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust (the strong desires) of the flesh.”
Colossians 2:6 – “As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established (made firm, secure) in the faith, as you have been taught….”
1 John 2:6 – “He who says he abides in Him ought also himself to walk just as He walked.”
USE TIME CAREFULLY
- Do not waste the days/weeks/months/years God has given us. We have all been given the same number of hours in a day. We will give an account to God of how we used them.
Psalm 90:12 – “So teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”
Ecclesiastes 12:1 – “Remember now your Creator in the days of your youth; before the difficult days come, and the years draw near when you say, “I have no pleasure in them.”
- Use the time because the days are evil and the opportunity to do well may not last.
- Opportunity to witness will pass.
- Opportunity to speak up will pass.
- Opportunity to love will pass.
- Opportunity to work hard will pass.
- Opportunity to give will pass.
UNDERSTAND GOD’S WILL – To “understand” means to “grasp, perceive, comprehend.”
- Know God’s Word
John 8:31-21 – “If you abide (take up residence, live in) in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know (perceive, understand, come to know, realize) the truth, and the truth shall make you free (liberate, deliver).
2 Timothy 2:15 – “Be diligent (exert oneself, make every effort, strain every nerve) to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”
2 Timothy 3:16 – “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.”
Psalm 119:9, 11 – “How can a young man (or woman) cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your word. Your word have I hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You.”
- Allow the Holy Spirit to lead you.
John 14:26 – “But the Helper (from Greek parakletos means “called to one’s side)”. The word signifies an intercessor, comforter, helper, advocate, counselor. An attorney who appears in court in another’s behalf.), the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.”
John 16:13 – “When He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak, and He will tell you things to come.”
Romans 8:14 – For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.”
BE FILLED WITH THE SPIRIT
- Leave drunkenness alone. The Greek here refers to being intoxicated with drink or drugs. This type of sin is so wrong for the Christian because it leads to other sins of the flesh.
1 Corinthians 6:10 – “Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards…shall inherit the kingdom of God.”
- Allow the Holy Spirit to fill you. The infilling of the Holy Spirit is the personal manifestation of Christ to the believer. It is a consciousness of His presence, of His leadership–moment by moment. However, this is an automatic experience. The responsibility of being filled with the Holy Spirit rests with the individual.
- The term “be filled” is in the present tense which means “to continually being filled”. It is not a one time experience. It is an ongoing life of daily yielding to the Holy Spirit and allowing Him to lead and guide each aspect of our life.
John 14:21 – “He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves me will be loved by My Father and I will love him and manifest (to cause to shine to reveal, to presents oneself to the sight of another) Myself to him.”