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Don’t hold back!

15 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. 18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit,19 speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, 20 always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.  –Ephesians 5

I’m not going to talk about alcoholics today.  Ha!  I read this chapter of Ephesians and these verses popped out to me and not because it talked about being drunk; although, I have been effected by alcoholism in many different ways in my past.  It’s something I dealt with in my family from about the age 11.  It’s something I have to be conscious of now.

Anyway!  I’m not talking about that today (not to say it won’t come up sometime) …

I see this verse as a wake up to what WE NEED TO DO… It’s more of a DO than a DO NOT message to me.

Look at the part where it says “INSTEAD.”

We are to be HIGH ON THE SPIRIT!  Once we are filled with the Holy Spirit, we can then be free to do what we are really here to do.  We are meant to sing and speak praises.   Don’t let anything of this world hold you back.  Look toward the good–praise God for all he provides.  Don’t be oppressed by things around you which are not of God.   SING AND MAKE MUSIC FROM YOUR HEART TO THE LORD!  (my favorite part)

If you read the verses before the ones I’ve posted, in Chapter 5, it talks about other things we shouldn’t do, but also about how we should always be THANKFUL just as the end of these verses.  I love the way Paul tells us what we shouldn’t do to emphasize what we SHOULD DO.

So be thankful in all you do because you have the SPIRIT in you and don’t forget to…

open that mouth up and …

Animal-gottalent! SING…pic_1343731079_3 SING….twi_sing_by_really_unimportant-d66k1gtSING!!!

 

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