Joy is something we all want – that underlying feeling of well-being and blessedness despite circumstances. Some try to get that feeling through intoxication (just watch the ads during professional football games). Paul tells us there is an intoxicating joy but it is not obtained through alcohol. It is obtained by being under the control of the Holy Spirit.
The world wants us to conform to
its mold. Paul describes many of the world's activities in the first
few verses of Ephesians 5. That kind of behavior is not for us. We
might have been like that at one time but now we are children of
light. We are to be figuring out the kind of life to lead that is
pleasing to God!
That brings us back to the Holy
Spirit. When we are “filled” with the Spirit, we will be wise on
how we conduct our lives. We'll understand what the will of God is.
And it will show in our behavior. Giving thanks for everything?
Submitting to others? Those are tall marching orders. But when the
Holy Spirit is running our lives, that will be the kind of behavior
we will most want to do.
I am not going to get in a
discussion about what “Spirit-filled” means. As one fellow said,
it has less to do with exuberance or impulsive speech, and more to do
with a life marked by the ordinary and God honoring behavior identified as the fruit of the Spirit.
How will you submit to the Holy
Spirit and His guidance today?
the Lesson 7 video by Sue Edwards here.
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Edwards is an associate professor of Christian education at
Dallas Theological Seminary. She brings over thirty years of
experience to the classroom as a Bible teacher, curriculum writer,
and overseer of several women's ministries. She is the author or
co-author of several books. She has a D.Min. From Gordon-Conwell
theological Seminary and a master's in Bible from Dallas Theological
Seminary. She and her husband have been married for forty years, have
two married daughters and five grandchildren.
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