Rejoice in the Lord is King
Holy spirit, truth divine
God moves in a mysterious way
Whate'er my God ordains is right
Now thank we all our God
Glory be to the father
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. Do not quench the Spirit.
Not an easy thing at all.
We need to remember all the time what Jesus has brought us out of. If we do our lives are marked by Thanksgiving.
All humanity knows God. We don't all know him the same way.
We aren't naturally thankful, we have to learn it.
But it is God's will for us in Christ Jesus:
. That we rejoice always
. Pray continually
. Give thanks in all circumstances
We have been joined to Jesus Christ by our faith in him.
We have Jesus Christ in us helping us to attain God's will for us.
ROMANS 8 being conformed to the image of his son. God wants us matured in our faith.
God doesn't leave us to work it out on our own. He works for our good.
This gives us reason to be thankful in all circumstances.
Nothing is outside the providence of God.
It is all for our good and for God's.
We might not always see it. But it is right there. It is there. Our good hidden within.
Joseph, slavery, wrongfully imprisoned, forgotten
Apostle Paul, imprisoned, beaten, burdened, felt as though sentenced to death,
It all is to make us rely on God all the more.
God doesn't leave us alone in our troubles.
We shouldn't be second guessing God's will for our lives. We only see the day , not the long term picture.
We shouldn't let our pride and self-centeredness get in the way of God's good for our lives.
Our old sinful nature fights with us.
But think more on God's will. Know that he has our good at heart.
See your lack of faith when you struggle.
Build up your faith, see his love and care for you. Trust him more deeply.
God is one of grace and help.
He forgives when we come in repentance.
He works in us so that we CAN give thanks in all circumstances.
So that we can pray unceasingly.
So we can rejoice all the time.