1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NIV 16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. “Rejoice always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances.”
1. REJOICE ALWAYS
“The joy of the Lord is your strength” (Nehemiah 8:10).
“…for God loves a cheerful giver.” (2 Corinthians 9:7)
There are actually more than 2,700 passages in the Bible containing words such as joy, happiness, gladness, merriment, pleasure, cheer, laughter, delight, jubilation, feasting, exultation, and celebration.
Philippians 3:1 NIV 1 Further, my brothers and sisters, rejoice in the Lord! It is no trouble for me to write the same things to you again, and it is a safeguard for you.
Philippians 4:4 NIV 4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!
Hebrews 12:2 NIV 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
2. PRAY CONTINUALLY
‘I have so much to do that I cannot get on without three hours a day of praying.’
3. GIVE THANKS IN ALL CIRCUMSTANCES
‘When you drink from the stream, remember the spring.’ We may not be able to give thanks FOR all circumstances, but we can give thanks IN all of them. God’s will is that we are to be joyful, prayerful, and thankful because we are his children.