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What Time Is It?

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WHAT TIME IS IT – EPH 5:15-16 BBC JANUARY 13, 2008: STEWARDSHIP SERIES

EPHESIANS 5:15 SEE THEN THAT YOU WALK CIRCUMSPECTLY, NOT AS FOOLS BUT AS WISE, 16 REDEEMING THE TIME, BECAUSE THE DAYS ARE EVIL.

NLT EPHESIANS 5:15 SO BE CAREFUL HOW YOU LIVE, NOT AS FOOLS BUT AS THOSE WHO ARE WISE. 16 MAKE THE MOST OF EVERY OPPORTUNITY FOR DOING GOOD IN THESE EVIL DAYS.

INTRO: TIME IS THE ONLY FRAGMENT OF ETERNITY GIVE TO OUR HANDS WHERE WE ARE CALLED TO BE GOOD STEWARDS. OUR LIVES ARE LIKE THE SANDS IN THE HOUR GLASS THAT STEADILY PASS ALONG WITH THE SEASONS OF OUR LIVES. MOMENTS, MINUTES, HOURS, DAYS, WEEKS, MONTHS, YEARS, CENTURIES, ERA’S, IT IS IMPORTANT WE MIND AS WELL AS MANAGE OUR TIME. ON THE CHART IS A TIMELINE. IT IS THERE BECAUSE MOSES PRAYED, ‘LORD TEACHES US TO NUMBER OUR DAYS, AND SO WE MIGHT APPLY OUR HEARTS UNTO WISDOM.

OUR LIVES CAN BE DIVIDED INTO THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES

LIFE’S SOVEREIGN FOUNDATION, LIFE MATURING, LIFE CONVERGENCE, LIFE’S AFTERGLOW AND LIFE’S LEGACY.   WE WANT TO MANAGE OUR TIME WELL BECAUSE IT IS THE ONLY FRAGMENT OF ETERNITY GIVEN TO OUR HANDS.

EXP:IN THE TEXT WE ARE ENCOURAGED BY PAUL.

EPH IS DIVIDED INTO TWO PARTS; THEOLOGY – SALVATION BY FAITH ALONE

AND   THAT TRUTH REFLECTED IN OUR CHRISTIAN WALK.  EPH 5 WALK IN LOVE, 1-7; WALK IN LIGHT V. 8-14; WALK IN WISDOM V. 15-21

PROP: BE WISE WITH YOUR TIME

INTER: WHAT MUST WE KNOW ABOUT TIME TO BE WISE STEWARDS OF OUR TIME?

I. TIME WILL TELL V 15.

BE VERY CAREFUL, THEN, HOW YOU LIVE-- NOT AS UNWISE BUT AS WISE, WALK EXACTLY, CAREFULLY, DILIGENTLY...

TAKE TIME TO BE HOLY – LIFESTYLE- LIFE IS SACRED

GUARD – NO FELLOWSHIP W/ UNFRUITFUL WORKS OF DARKNESS

GUIDE – ORDER MY STEPS IN YOUR WORD

GOVERN- HOLY SPIRIT – BE FILLED AND REFILLED.

IMP. BIBLE TELLS US ABOUT TIM...TIME FOR EVERYTHING..ECC:

 

ECCLESIASTES 3:1-8  1 TO EVERY THING THERE IS A

1 SEASON, AND A TIME TO EVERY PURPOSE UNDER THE HEAVEN:

 2 A TIME TO BE BORN, AND A TIME TO DIE; A TIME TO PLANT, AND A TIME TO PLUCK UP THAT WHICH IS PLANTED;  3 A TIME TO KILL, AND A TIME TO HEAL; A TIME TO BREAK DOWN, AND A TIME TO BUILD UP;  4 A TIME TO WEEP, AND A TIME TO LAUGH; A TIME TO MOURN, AND A TIME TO DANCE;  5 A TIME TO CAST AWAY STONES, AND A TIME TO GATHER STONES TOGETHER; A TIME TO EMBRACE, AND A TIME TO REFRAIN FROM EMBRACING;  6 A TIME TO GET, AND A TIME TO LOSE; A TIME TO KEEP, AND A TIME TO CAST AWAY;  7 A TIME TO REND, AND A TIME TO SEW; A TIME TO KEEP SILENCE, AND A TIME TO SPEAK;  8 A TIME TO LOVE, AND A TIME TO HATE; A TIME OF WAR, AND A TIME OF PEACE.

WE WILL APPEAR TO GIVE AN ACCOUNT...

NKJ 2 CORINTHIANS 5:10 FOR WE MUST ALL APPEAR BEFORE THE JUDGMENT SEAT OF CHRIST, THAT EACH ONE MAY RECEIVE THE THINGS DONE IN THE BODY, ACCORDING TO WHAT HE HAS DONE, WHETHER GOOD OR BAD.

APP: TIME WILL TELL ON US.

ILL:

II. TIME IS PRECIOUS – REDEEMING THE TIME.

ILL; TIME IS MONEY, YOU CAN MAKE MORE MONEY, BUT IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO MAKE MORE TIME.

BUY UP EVERY OPPORTUNITY TO BE A BLESSING AND DO GOOD.  REDEEM ...S&H GREEN STAMPS..BUY UP FOR ONESELF, FOR ONE’S USE. KAIROS...DUE MEASURE A PORTION OF TIME IN GOD’S ECONMY..VS. THE CHRONOLOGICAL TICKS OF THE CLOCK. 

IMP. YOU CANNOT GET BACK WHAT YOU LOST IN TIME...IT IS LOST FOREVER..

KJV ROMANS 13:11 AND THAT, KNOWING THE TIME, THAT NOW IT IS HIGH TIME TO AWAKE OUT OF SLEEP: FOR NOW IS OUR SALVATION NEARER THAN WHEN WE BELIEVED.

KJV GALATIANS 6:10 AS WE HAVE THEREFORE OPPORTUNITY, LET US DO GOOD UNTO ALL MEN, ESPECIALLY UNTO THEM WHO ARE OF THE HOUSEHOLD OF FAITH.

COLOSSIANS 4:5 WALK IN WISDOM TOWARD THEM THAT ARE WITHOUT, REDEEMING THE TIME.

NIV COLOSSIANS 4:5 BE WISE IN THE WAY YOU ACT TOWARD OUTSIDERS; MAKE THE MOST OF EVERY OPPORTUNITY.

APP; DON’T LIVE W/ REGRET..REDEEM TIME BECAUSE IT IS VALUABLE. WHERE YOU INVEST YOUR TIME...SHOWS OUR PRIORITIES....

THINGS TO DO LIST

VALUE TYOU TIME

DON’T PUT OFF TODAY

GIVE BREATHING ROOM.

ILL: QUEEN ELIZABETH SAID ON HER DEATH BED, I’D GIVE MY KINGDOME FOR JUST ONE ORE HOUR.

III. TIME IS SHORT DAYS ARE EVIL.

BECAUSE THE DAYS ARE EVIL...FULL OF LABOR, ANNOYANCES, HARDSHIP AND BURDENS..

IMP. WE LIVE IN URGENT TIMES...PAUL WAS THINKING ABOUT NERO...BUT TODAY HAVE A DIFFERENT SET OF EVIL, A STRONGER ...BUT WE ARE NOT TO WORRY...REMEMBER THE LORDS WORD...

MATTHEW 6:34 TAKE THEREFORE NO THOUGHT FOR THE MORROW: FOR THE MORROW SHALL TAKE THOUGHT FOR THE THINGS OF ITSELF. SUFFICIENT UNTO THE DAY IS THE EVIL THEREOF.

APP: DON’T PUT IT OFF...TIME MAY NOT GO ON AS WE KNOW IT...AND YOU MAY NOT HAVE THE TIME.

APP; TIME IS SHORT, THUS WE MUST BE FILLED WITH THE SPRIT.

ILL: THE BIG ROCKS IN FIRST.

TIME IS DEFINED AS INTERVAL BETWEEN EVENTS...

AND OUR GREATEST TIME IS YET TO COME...

KJV GALATIANS 4:4 BUT WHEN THE FULLNESS OF THE TIME WAS COME, GOD SENT FORTH HIS SON, MADE OF A WOMAN, MADE UNDER THE LAW,

LIVE IN THE PRESENT; IN THE LIGHT OF ETERNITY

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