Pilgrim’s Keyboard

January 16, 2009

Walking Daily …

Filed under: Bruce — pilgrimskeyboard @ 4:30 am

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. [NASB]

How is your day going for you? Are you having a “good day” or a “bad day?” All too often we allow how the situations of our life at a particular moment determine our outlook on everything else around us. Unfortunately, those around us can testify to the truth of such a statement.

Paul tells us here to rejoice always. This is not meaning that we are to smile every waking minute of the day. Nor does it mean that we cannot hurt or become depressed over trials that seem to never end for us – (cf. 2 Corinthians 12:7-10). No! What God is teaching us here is that we can rejoice always in Christ – no matter if we are having a “good day” or a “bad day.” Our situation does not separate us from the love of the Savior. Because of that you can rejoice always!

Paul also tells us here to pray without ceasing. Again this does not mean that we are to be constantly reciting prayers. Jesus told us not to use meaningless repetition for prayer (Matthew 6:7). God does not listen to or desire such from His children. However, what God is telling us is that we are to be in an attitude of prayer recognizing that God is our Father and it is upon Him that we are to be dependent and to come to Him with our petitions.

Paul tells us that in everything we are to give thanks. What has taken place in your life that you are not thankful for? Do you believe that God is sovereign? If you answer yes, then which part of His sovereign providence do you not want to accept when you cannot be thankful for those unwanted events in your life? Along time ago I learned that God cannot be God if he cannot be God. By that I mean if we do not allow God to have sovereignty over every aspect of our life – He cannot be God to us when we rule some aspect that He does not, cannot, nor be allowed to by us. If that is true for you, is God sovereign? The answer would be no – not in any situation. Paul says be thankful in all things. That is because we can trust that God, who is sovereign, has allowed this event or that situation to come into our daily life for a purpose that will ultimately bring glory to Him – (cf. Romans 8:28).

Lastly, Paul says:
(1) to continually rejoice
(2) to never cease w/an attitude of praying
(3) to always give thanks in everything in Christ Jesus.

We need to realize that “it is not about us, but it is about Him.” God is going to bring glory to His Son and in the “all things” that He would have us to do is for that purpose. May we live our life in a manner that reflects Christ.

ba

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2 Comments »

  1. That is a good teaching, there is much comfort in developing those spiritual habits, they emphasize His omnipresence, and open our hearts to the guidance of the Holy Ghost in ordering our steps.

    Amen!

    Comment by digitalpublius — January 16, 2009 @ 12:36 pm | Reply

  2. Hassan – thank you for the kind words. You are so right that we have to look to and lean upon the Holy Spirit’s leadership in our everyday Christian walk. Lord bless you brother.

    ba

    Comment by pilgrimskeyboard — January 16, 2009 @ 6:07 pm | Reply


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