Heritage Church

Pastor Jon Hayashi

Heritage Church
302 S 1st
PO Box 509
Odessa, WA 99159
(509) 982-2951
Pre-K thru Adult
Education 9:00
Sunday Service 10:30

Current Sermon Notes

CORE: Of What Is Your Tank Full?

Ephesians 5:15-20

November 10th, 2019

I am a saint. We are the church. As Christ’s body we are called to be Jesus’ disciples: loving God more, loving each other better, and being godly examples to the world.

  1. I.     The Motivation
    1. The Days Are Evil

so that you will prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world, (Philippians 2:15, NASB95)

  1. Be Wise

1)    Wisdom in the Bible is theocentric not anthropocentric. It is God-centered not man-centered.

2)    It denotes the ability to apply with skill what one knows, especially in regards to religious truth.

3)    It denotes a fear of God and an understanding of His ways

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. (Proverbs 9:10, NASB95)

  • Respect with awe the Lord’s Position As Priority
  • Respect with awe the Lord’s Power, Plan, and Promises As Dependable – don’t depend on “idols” – money, power, fame,
  • Respect with awe the Lord’s Name and His Reputation As Worthy Of Protection.
  • Respect with awe the Lord’s Day As Precious.
  1. II.   The Mindset
    1. Be Careful How You Live Your Life

Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. But resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world. (1 Peter 5:8–9, NASB95)

  1. Redeeming The Time

So teach us to number our days, That we may present to You a heart of wisdom. (Psalm 90:12, NASB95)

  1. Do Not Be Foolish

III. The Means

  1. Understand The Will Of The Lord

1)    Heart Changed

I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh. Then they will follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. They will be my people, and I will be their God. (Ezekiel 11:19–20, NIV84) 

1)    Mind Transformed

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12:2, ESV)

  1. Be Filled With The Spirit

1)    Not drunk with wine

  • which leads to behaviors opposite of the Holy Spirit
  • a dependence on anything to supply what only the Holy Spirit can

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control…(Galatians 5:22–23, NASB95)

  • Heart Changed, Mind Transformed…

“He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’ ” But this He spoke of the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were to receive; for the Spirit was not yet given…(John 7:37–39, NASB95)

2)    Speaking and singing (Holy Spirit Led) to one another in

  • Psalms
  • Hymns
  • Spiritual songs

3)    Power to be God’s witnesses and dispensers of His grace.

but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.” (Acts 1:8, NASB95)

As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. (1 Peter 4:10, NASB95)

4)    We aren’t filled up with the Holy Spirit for our own benefit, even though we benefit from it.

And the disciples were continually filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit. (Acts 13:52)

5)    Caution: We can be the most gifted individual, but if we don’t love, we are nothing.

If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing. (1 Corinthians 13:1–3, NASB95)

Pursue love, yet desire earnestly spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy. (1 Corinthians 14:1, NASB95)

  1. Always Giving Thanks

1)    For all things

in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. (1 Thess 5:18)

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