Day 364: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (December 30)

Be joyful always; pray continuously; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Do you ever wonder how you should behave?  With so many different versions of the Christian walk, it can be confusing, but if we stay steeped in scripture, then we will remember….

Be joyful always!  Not sometimes, but all the time, because God is always good, no matter what we are walking through at any given moment.  Joy.  It’s not happiness, no, it’s much better than that.  Joy is a choice.  Joy is not circumstantial.  Joy is constant.  It is steady.  It comes from inside.

Pray continuously.  How many of you pray throughout your entire day?  It’s a really great thing to practice, and just like exercising your body, the more you do it the easier it becomes.  Also, just like exercising your body, the more you do it, the more you will want to do it.  I pray all the time.  When my own words fail me, I pray in tongues.  I never allow myself to have the excuse of not knowing what to pray.  I can always pray because He will always give me words.

Give thanks in all circumstances.  I have learned that one key to joy, is to remain thankful.  There is, without fail, always something to give thanks for.  There will never ever be a time in your life when you won’t have something to be grateful for.  You may have to look hard at your life to find it sometimes, but like a glimmer of hope, if you look then you will find it.

What is God’s will for your life?  Well, start with this verse because it makes it clear that the list above is God’s will for you.

If you are in a time of life where you are searching out God’s plan for your life and maybe your feeling discouraged, then at least you can be joyful, pray, and give thanks.  When you do that, you are walking in His will.

Are you facing sorrow and wondering where God is?

Well, be joyful, pray and give thanks….if you do, then you will find Him in that place.

He is found in your joy.  He is found in your prayers.  He is found in your gratitude.

We never have an excuse to wander aimlessly.  There is never an excuse to fall away.  God is near.  He is with you.  He will not leave, nor forsake you, and if you will do what 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 says to do, then you will be resting on a firm foundation.

Rejoice in the Lord always; and again, I say, Rejoice.  Philippians 4:4