Walk Worthy / Week 10 / Living Under the Influence
Living Under the Influence Eph. 5:18-21 March 21, 2021 I. Introduction: A. At the recent No Regrets men’s’ conference, the speaker Chris Brown gave a powerful message about the life of Samson. He made this powerful statement “the scariest verse in the whole story was when Sampson woke up after having his hair cut but he did not know that the Spirit of God had left him!” Did you catch that – let me repeat that. 1. Then he asked this very convicting question: “If the Holy Spirit left your life/ministry, how long would it take you to figure that out?” Wow! 2. I had a similar question asked of me many years ago when I first came into the ministry from an older friend of mine named Bob Block! His question was this: Pat, if the Holy Spirit was removed from your life and ministry would anything be different? Did you catch that – let me repeat that. 3. As we discussed these questions the following week at the men’s breakfast, it led us to this: before we know that He left us, we need to know what it looks like when He is here! B. This morning I want to answer this question– “What does it look like when the Holy Spirit is in control of our lives?” • Turn in your Bibles to Eph 5 where it talks about… II. Being filled with the Holy Spirit A. Read v18 B. The first thing I want you to note is that there is a contrast in this verse and that is being drunk with wine and being filled with the Spirit. The point he is making is simply this: 1. When a person is drunk they are under the control of alcohol so that their behavior, attitudes and talk are all influenced by alcohol. a) By the way when it says “for that is dissipation” it is simply saying in this context that it is a reckless and mindless waste of time and opportunity! 2. When a person is filled with the Holy Spirit they are under the control of the Holy Spirit so that their behavior, attitudes and talk are all influenced by the Holy Spirit. 3. Just as everything is different about you when you are drunk so everything will be different about you when you are under the influence of, filled with the Holy Spirit. C. And by the way, this is an imperative, a present imperative. It is a command that indicates the way we should always and habitually be living our lives, filled with, under the control and influence by the Holy Spirit. • So the question now is “What would be different in my life when my life is controlled by the Holy Spirit?” That is what we see in the following verses… III. The results of being filled with the Holy Spirit: A. We see this in verses 19-21. 1. It is clearly laid out for us with 4 participles which describe for us what it looks like to be filled with the Spirit. These participles are: speaking, singing, thanks, be subject 2. Watch for these as I read this section, and more importantly as we read be radically honest with yourself and ask if this describes your life! 3. Read v19-21 B. Let me describe each one briefly: 1. Speaking: read 19a a) This is one that takes place during worship times with other believers as we speak to each other, that is teach one another truths about God and the spiritual life as we sing together b) So let me ask you are you just one of those who stands quietly either disengaged or critiquing while we sing or are you participating with all your heart? 2. Singing: read 19b a) This not only takes place on Sundays during worship but all week long as you are walking through life b) So let me ask you 2 questions: (1) Sunday mornings-are you just singing songs or are you directing your singing as a love song to God? (2) And also, as you sing is it from the core of your being, your heart or are you just singing words and hitting the right notes? (3) And finally during the week, when you are not even trying do you find a song ringing in your heart? Do you have a singing heart that is singing to the lord? 3. Thanks: read v20 a) Simply, are you a grateful person or more of a critical and complaining person? b) Are you grateful both for the big gifts and the small gifts that God gives us, and both for the good things and the painful things that He uses to do good things in us? 4. Subject: read v21 a) Do you submit to others in the body of Christ? Do you joyfully abide under the authority and opinions of other believers that they have for your life? b) Or do you not take serious what others bring to you about you, blow them off, or even shut them out and even refuse to listen to them? C. The way you answer all these questions will indicate if you are under the control and influence of the Holy Spirit or not! D. There is another passage that we can look at to see if the Holy Spirit is actively working in our lives. It is Gal 5:22-23 where we learn what the fruit of the Spirit is. 1. Fruit is what a tree or plant produces. So the fruit of the Spirit is what the Holy Spirit produces in our life when we are walking with Him in control of our lives 2. Read gal 5:22-23 3. How are you doing there? Are these evident on a regular basis in your life? Or is your life more characterized by selfishness, complaining and criticalness, uneasiness and anxiety, impatience, unkindness, evil, doubt, harshness and undisciplined? a) These are the things that are just the opposite of these fruits! b) The way you answer that will tell you if the Spirit is in control or not? 4. And note: this is a single fruit, not fruits as if there are 9 separate fruits. It is one fruit that has 9 different aspects to its DNA. 5. Let me try to illustrate it like this with just one aspect of this fruit: a) It is a patience right in the middle of very difficult, discouraging or stressful times that is full of love, a joyful patience, a patience that is full of peace and not anxiety, it is a patience that is kind and good, it is a patience that if full of faith rather than doubt, a patience that is characterized by gentleness rather than short and sharp with those around you, and it is a patience that is in control of your thoughts and desires! b) You see every one of these qualities is intertwined with all the other ones! E. So now we know what it looks like for the Holy Spirit to be in control of your life, and if these things we talked about in Ephesians 5 and Gal 5 are not what characterize your life and heart then we need to be honest with ourselves and not be like Sampson that had no idea that the Holy Spirit had left him! • Let me close by briefly speaking about 4 ways we get filled with the Holy Spirit. So let’s look at: IV. 4 ways we get filled with the Spirit: A. First, be radically honest with God and yourself if you do not see the evidence of the filling of the Spirit in your life. Confess to God that you are walking by means of the flesh rather than the Spirit. B. Second, ask God to fill you with the Spirit. We see in this context that it is directly connected to God’s will. 1. Read 1 John 5:14-15 2. Start by asking the Father to fill your life with the Holy Spirit. C. Third, I practice being where the Holy Spirit is! 1. If the Holy Spirit produces a worshipping, grateful and submissive heart then I am intentional to practice whole hearted worship, be intentional to practice daily gratitude and submit to and welcome those who come to you and speak into your life. 2. I find that as I intentionally and daily practice those things the Holy Spirit takes over and what started as a practice has become a new manifestation of the Holy Spirit in my life that comes naturally. D. Fourthly, it is interesting to note that in Col 3:16 it talks about God’s word richly dwells within you, that does not mean you getting in the word but the word getting in you deep enough that it becomes a part of who you are and the way you think. 1. Then v17 tells us when that happens, when we are filled with the word, the same results happen to us that happen when we are filled with the Spirit. 2. Listen to Col 3:16-17 3. This is no surprise as Jesus said that His words are Spirit and life! 4. When we meet with God in his word on a regular basis in a way that it is not just you getting your time in the word but in a way that the word gets in you, those very words fill you with the Spirit and life! E. Finally, come next week as we spend a whole message talking more about how we walk filled with the Spirit moment by moment!
Duration: 46 min