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Rejoice Always, Pray Continually, And Give Thanks.

Rejoice Always, Pray Continually, And Give Thanks.

Thanksgiving
Day
is a day that our government has set aside as a national
holiday and a day of thanks. But, as Christians, everyday should be
a day of thanksgiving to God (and others)!


1
Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NIV)
says Rejoice
always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this
is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

Obeying
these three commands often goes against our natural inclinations.

Our
joy, prayers and thankfulness should not fluctuate with our
circumstances or feelings. When we make a conscious decision to do
God’s will, we will begin to see people in a new perspective and we
will find it easier to be joyful, pray continually and give thanks.

We
cannot spend all our time on our knees, but it is possible to have a
prayerful attitude at all times. This attitude is built upon
acknowledging our dependence on God, realizing His presence within
us, and determining to obey Him fully.

Then
we will find it natural to pray frequent, spontaneous, and short
prayers. A prayerful and thankful attitude is not a substitute for
regular times of prayer and giving thanks but should be an outgrowth
of those times.

Be
Thankful Even If You
Are
In Difficult Circumstances.

The
Bible does not teach that we should thank God for everything that
happens to us, but in everything. Evil does not come from God, so we
should not thank Him for it. But when evil strikes, we can still be
thankful for God’s presence and for the good that He will
accomplish through our difficult
circumstances.

Do
Not Be Anxious About Anything!

Philippians
4:6 (NIV)
says “Do not be anxious about anything, but in
every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present
your requests to God.”

Imagine
never being “anxious about anything”! That seems like an
impossibility because we all have worries on the job or business, in our homes,
in our relationships and at school.

But
the Bible advises us to turn our worries into prayers. Do you want
to worry less? Then pray more! Whenever you start to worry, stop
and pray, give your worries to God, let them go, and thank Him for
taking care of them!

We
Are God’s Representatives.


Colossians
3:17 (NIV)
says “And whatever you do, whether in word or
deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God
the Father through him.”

Doing
“all in the name of the Lord Jesus” means bringing honor to
Christ in every aspect of our life and daily living. As a Christian,
we represent Christ at all times – wherever we go and whatever we
we say or do.

What
impression do people have of Christ when they see or talk with you?
Is your light shining brightly? If not, what changes should you make
in your life in order to honor Christ?

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