Today’s message was so simple, yet something I think that we all need to hear and know and reflect on. Even if no one else does, I do! 🙂 I can’t even begin to count how many times I have wondered what the Lord’s will for me in any given day is…..this passage tells me EXACTLY what God’s will is for me.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you
Really? Could it really be as simple as that? God’s will for me is to
That is pretty tough to do……life isn’t always easy, I don’t always have good things going on in my life. And God really still wants me to rejoice always! This is a tough one, but in other areas of scripture, we are taught the same thing…..find joy in the trials and sufferings that are in our lives. (And note that joy in this sense does not mean the same thing as happiness, it is talking of joy that can only come from God…..rather embracing our trials) Rejoice always….Lord give me the strength to do this.
Pray without ceasing
You know, I wrote a blog post about this verse a few years ago, and I discussed what I think that pray without ceasing means. Essentially, having a constant line of communication open with God. Shooting up little prayers throughout the day. Acknowledging His presence, His goodness, His grace, His majesty, His splendor, His reign in my life, His justice, His mercy, etc throughout the day in every circumstance. I used to be a lot better about this than I am now. I tend to talk to my family and friends about these things more than I do to God….need to change that again! Lord, help me to pray without ceasing.
Give thanks in all circumstances
Having just come out of the Thanksgiving season, and having posted almost all of 30 Thankfulness posts, my mind and heart are already in this habit, of finding things throughout my day to give thanks for. Lord, may I not forget, may this habit remain with me.
Thank you Lord for showing me Your will in my daily life! Lord help me to remember to rejoice always, to pray without ceasing, and to give thanks in all circumstances.