AMP Eph 5:15 Look carefully then how you walk! Live purposefully and worthily and accurately, not as the unwise and witless, but as wise (sensible, intelligent people),
NKJV 16 redeeming the time, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be unwise, but understandwhat the will of the Lord is. 18 And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, 19 speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord,
Col 3:16 Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.
THE HOLY SPIRIT WORKS WITHIN OUR HEART (SPIRIT)
YLT 2 Cor 6:11 Our mouth hath been open unto you, O Corinthians, our heart hath been enlarged! 12 ye are not straitened in us, and ye are straitened in your [own] bowels, 13 and [as] a recompense of the same kind, (as to children I say [it],) be ye enlarged–also ye!
WNT 11 O Corinthians, our lips are unsealed to you: our heart is expanded. 12 There is no narrowness in our love to you: the narrowness is in your own feelings. 13 And in just requital–I speak as to my children–let your hearts expand also.
STRAITENED OR NARROWNESS MEANS: TO HEM IN, TO RESTRICT
MSG 2 Cor 6:11 Dear, dear Corinthians, I can’t tell you how much I long for you to enter this wide-open, spacious life. We didn’t fence you in. The smallness you feel comes from within you. Your lives aren’t small, but you’re living them in a small way. I’m speaking as plainly as I can and with great affection. Open up your lives. Live openly and expansively!
FOR US TO INCREASE AND EXPAND WE MUST INCREASE AND EXPAND IN HEART FIRST.
THE CHALLENGE IS NEVER WHAT GOD CAN DO. IT’S WHAT WE CAN BELIEVE
ONE OF THE MAIN THINGS THAT RESTRICTS OUR HEART, KEEPS US FROM RECEIVING IS A HARD HEART.
Eph 3:16 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.
GOD CREATED US WITH THE CAPACITY TO BE FULL OF HIMSELF.
SOLOMON PRAYED A PRAYER LIKE THIS.
1 Kings 4:29 And God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding exceeding much, and largeness of heart, even as the sand that is on the sea shore.
NIV God gave Solomon wisdom and very great insight, and a breadth of understanding as measureless as the sand on the seashore.
MSG God gave Solomon wisdom—the deepest of understanding and the largest of hearts.
Prov 4:23 Guard your heart for out of it flow the issues of life
WHAT WE CAN RECEIVE IS AFFECTED BY HOW RESTRICTED OR NARROW OUR HEART IS.
A SMALL RESTRICTED HEART WILL HAVE YOU LIVING IN A LITTLE ME WORLD.
Mark 8:15-22 Jesus rebuked the disciples for hardness of heart.
SOMETIMES WHAT WE CALL GROWING UP IS GETTING HARD HEARTED.
Matt 18:3 “Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Whoever then humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
THIS IS DIRECTLY TIED TO OUR ABILITY TO UNDERSTAND.
Mark 8:17 Do you not yet see or understand? Do you have a hardened heart? 18 Having eyes, do you not see? And having ears, do you not hear?