Always, Continually, In Everything

The Upward Look
© Copyright 2007, Max D. Hutto,

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

Three things God commands us to do. First, we are to fill our lives with joy. This joy comes from a deliberate choice of our will and not out of our emotion. Joy comes when we focus on God’s love and grace and not on ourselves and our circumstances. Second, we are to continually pray. We are to have an attitude of prayer, an awareness of God’s presence, constantly thinking about God, praising Him, and seeking His guidance. Third, no matter what happens, in all circumstances, we are to be thankful. This thankfulness comes from a total trust in God’s sovereignty and grace.

 Lord Jesus, fill my life with Your presence, love, peace, and joy. Help me to express gratitude for all You have done for me and for all who believe in You.


November 16, 2007


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