Please Leave the Lights On! Ephesians 5:1-14. Ephesians 5 & 6: Practical applications Purity Marriage Family relationships Work relationships Spiritual Warfare Prayer. What is darkness? Darkness does not really exist. DARKNESS IS THE ABSENCE OF LIGHT.
This ceremony celebrated the great pillar of fire, the glorious cloud of God’s presence, which led the Israelites during their journey in the wilderness and spread its fiery billows over the Tabernacle.
Paul says: You also, if you are a follower of Christ, have this Light in you.
Is your life in alignment with the source of the light, the Lord Jesus Christ so that you can fully reflect his likeness to the world?
Ephesians 4:32 - “Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every kind of malice.”
Sexual sin is the one place where pride, power, and pleasure are inordinately concentrated. If sin gains control, sexual immorality is often the result. Language and greed are so important because they are gateways by which sin finds entrance.
1 Corinthians 6:15–20 - Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ himself? Shall I then take the members of Christ and unite them with a prostitute? Never! Do you not know that he who unites himself with a prostitute is one with her in body? For it is said, “The two will become one flesh.” But he who unites himself with the Lord is one with him in spirit. Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a man commits are outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body. Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.
1 Corinthians 6:15-17 - Shall I then take the members of Christ and unite them with a prostitute? Never! Do you not know that he who unites himself with a prostitute is one with her in body?
foolish talk – root derived from word for “moron”. Foolish talk is stupid, pointless words.
Romans 12:2 - Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
1 Peter 3:15 – ...always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.
We need to be diligent in following Christ – reflecting His light to the world.
1 John 1:5–7 - This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.