“In Everything?” ( 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, HCSB ) by Carley Evans

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“Rejoice always! Pray constantly. Give thanks in everything, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

God tells us to “give thanks in everything.” Sometimes this seems impossible! But note : God doesn’t say give thanks for everything; instead He commands us to be grateful in everything! You may not rejoice that you are unemployed or unhealthy, but you can give thanks while you are without a job or in poor health. Your attitude makes the difference between defeat and victory in Christ!

The main idea is that God wills you to rejoice always in Christ, who is your ultimate circumstance! As you live in Him, gratitude naturally flows from your heart. Be victorious because He is your victory!

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6 Comments Add yours

  1. lambskinny says:

    Thank you so much, Joe.

  2. lambskinny says:

    Blessings to you, Meeting in the Clouds — thanks for reading!

  3. mtsweat says:

    You capture an essential truth here, Carley! It’s unrealistic to think pain, suffering, and loss are joyful, and that’s not the message the writers of Scripture implied (just as you note!). Our joy is in Christ, He’ll not only deliver us through these times, but will use them to grow us to be like Him. Thanks for a great and vital truth during a time when it is needed much! God bless, good friend.

    1. lambskinny says:

      You’re welcome Michael! Thanks for your continued support and your prayers!

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