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Message Text

Ephesians 5:15-20

Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Message Notes

1. Take the mystery out of it.

Paul indicates that you can understand what the Lord’s will is. It doesn’t have to be a mystery.
Matthew 20:24-28
Acts 4:8-12
Matthew 28:19
God’s will for our lives is to Serve, Save, Shape in every circumstance.
We focus on figuring out what situation we should be in rather than looking forward to the opportunity in every situation.

2. Every situation has an opportunity.

We have to stop measuring our lives as pass or fail success or failure. God’s will can be known and done in success and failure. Failure doesn’t mean you are out of the will of God.

Albert Einstein once said, “Failure is success in progress.” What really matters isn’t that you managed to avoid failure your entire life, it’s that you went after your goals and learned the lessons behind the inevitable failures that came your way.

Romans 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

I assume If I’m in a situation there is an opportunity to serve, save, shape.

3. Take the advantage.

18Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit,19speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord,20always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

If you are going to Serve, Save, Shape in every situation you have to be prepared to take the advantage.

Fill me with your Spirit today in order for me to take advantage of every opportunity for you.

Now how I handle failure depends on how full I am
How I handle success depends on how full I am
How much I serve depends on how full I am
God’s will isn’t a mystery to people who are full. You just see the opportunity.