1 Kings 22; 1 Thessalonians 5; Daniel 4; Psalms 108,109

Amidst Paul’s final instructions as he closes out his first letter to the Thessalonians is this little nugget:

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

Paul isn’t telling me what to do; he’s telling me how to be.  This isn’t a response to what life sends my way, but a state of being that transcends any particular issue or problem that life deals me.

Be joyful always.

When I am depressed, afraid, or angry something  is wrong and it has nothing to do with my circumstances.  It’s a warning sign of heart disease – spiritual heart disease.

Pray continually.

When I am distracted or anxious and I choose to worry rather than bring my issues to God, I am missing out on fellowship with God.

Give thanks in all circumstances.

When I am jealous and ungrateful, I am rejecting the blessings that God has poured out on me.

Lord God,
Thank you for your promises.  Thank you that since you have conquered the grave so that I may reign with you, I really can be joyful always, pray continually, and give thanks in all circumstances.  Amen.

Greg (gmd40187)


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