Examining Ephesians-Part 45-Spiritual Indicators

Returning to Ephesians 5, Verse 19, the first indication of the Holy Spirit filling us is found in these words:  "…Speaking to yourselves…"  This lends itself to two applications. 1.) speaking to you, yourself. 2.) speaking, each one, to all the others. In the first thought, one very worthwhile Spiritual exercise is to repeat Words of Scripture, words of good hymns, and words of Biblically-based poems to yourself. In the second thought, sharing these things with each other, while assembled. Done in moderation and balance, this second thought can be very edifying. What are we to speak? "…in Psalms and hymns and Spiritual songs,…" A good Bible Dictionary will reward time spent finding the meaning of these three things. What else are we to do? Using Psalms and hymns and Spiritual songs we begin "…singing and making melody in (y)our heart to the Lord,…" Once again, two possibilities: 1.) singing together, out loud, in the assembly, and making melody in your heart to the Lord or 2.) singing together and, at the same time, making melody in your heart. (or both?) Verse 20 gives further indication of being filled. "…Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,…." Expressing thanks from the heart, trusting God, that whatever He causes or allows is always, sooner or later, for our good, is another evidence of The Holy Spirit's work in us. Finally, "…submitting yourselves one to another…" This is deferring to brothers and sisters in the faith (putting others ahead of yourself) . This is not being rude or haughty but being polite and considerate. This is to be done "…in the fear ( respect for and being in awe of) of God."  Selah! Think of what you can do to help your church implement and enjoy this kind of experience of the Holy Spirit.      Ron

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