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Giving Thanks In Everything
11/24/2011

Give Thanks In Everything
Rejoice Always

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1Thessalonians 5:18 (NKJV)

I don't know about you but I love the holiday season.  Thanksgiving is a great time to gather with family and to spend time with the ones you love.  No matter what is going on in my life I can always look forward to this special day and find myself very thankful. 

We can see the Apostle Paul speaking this truth to the believers in Thessonilica as well.  He told them to, "Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you" (1Thess. 5:16-18).

How could Paul instruct someone to "Rejoice always," and "In everything give thanks" if he didn't know about their lives?  What if they were facing serious hardships?  What if they had just lost someone they loved?  What if they barely had food and clothing, or perhaps they were even homeless?

Well to answer these questions we need to look at the rest of these three verses because we are given the answer along with a way to be successful.  After we are told to "rejoice always" we are told to "pray without ceasing."  This means we are to talk to God continuously about everything we are experiencing.  As we speak to God and we allow Him to speak to us through His written word, we are given much wisdom and understanding as to what we need to know.  As we meditate upon this we will be given a peace surpassing all understanding (Phil. 4:6-8). 

In 1Thessalonians 5:18 we can see the ultimate reason for our rejoicing always and this is because it is the will of God for us to rejoice.  God knows the only way for us to rejoice is for us to completely trust His plan for our life, especially in the midst of every hard time and difficult challenge we will face.   He knows if we look at our suffering as meaningless or unfair we will be caught up in a victim mentality and we will find ourselves hurt and bitter.  But if we look to our Lord, believing and trusting in His perfect plan, and knowing He is in control, then we will find ourselves content and at peace in every situation.  We can see Paul speaking of this very thing in his letter to the church in Philippi. 

Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:11-13 (NKJV)

I want to encourage you this Thanksgiving Day, think about the things God has done in your life, such as His forgiveness, love, mercy, and provision.  Think about the many blessings He has given you and is preparing for you right now.  Let's be thankful for our Lord today and everyday.  Let's choose to rejoice in the truth of our salvation and in His faithfulness. 

STUDY QUESTION: What can we learn from the Scriptures contained within this devotional?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Do you find yourself content in all things?  Do you find yourself rejoicing always?

APPLICATION: Choose to trust God in every situation.  Seek Him in prayer for everything.  Choose to abide in His Word for every decision you choose to make. 

Father, thank You for Your amazing grace and love.  Thank You for allowing me to see Your abundant provision in my life.  Thank you for my family and friends.  Thank You for the freedom we have to worship You.  Help me to continue to see these blessings clearly Lord when I am tempted to stop rejoicing.  In Jesus' precious name, amen...

 Be blessed and Happy Thanksgiving!  Pastor Scott


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