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Walking With Jesus

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

profileRevival is coming on Sunday.  I tweeted the following yesterday –

Revival starts Sun. 3/2 & runs thru Wed. 3/5. Sun. morn. times 8:15 & 11 am. Evening services at 7 pm. @FUMC_Laurel http://t.co/mGipxWRhta

Revival is a time to revive the soul – to stir up the faithful – and to draw others to faithfulness in Christ.  Today’s passage comes to mind when I think about how we are to walk out our faith.  1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 – 16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.  Let’s take a look at some of the things we should be doing to walk out our faith as we break down this passage.

It begins by charging us to rejoice always.  Always rejoice and be glad in Christ our Lord.  One of my favorite sayings says – Happiness is circumstantially driven, while joy is spiritually derived.  Our joy does not – or at least should not – change with the circumstances of our day.  Our joy should be constant as we grow in our walk with – our trust in – Jesus.

Next it says to pray without ceasing.  I always thought – as a child – that this meant we needed to pray all the time.  If we prayed all the time – we wouldn’t accomplish much else.  If we prayed all the time – we would be hermits of sorts.  I later came to believe that this means we should always walk so closely with Jesus that communication with Him – prayer – would be so natural and easy.  We could always be ready to spend time in payer.

Next we called to give thanks in all circumstances.  Again – going back to one of my sayings – the circumstances change but our joy is in our walk with Jesus.  We should not give thanks for all circumstances but be willing and able to give God thanks in all circumstances.

Finally we’re told that these directions are the will of God in Christ Jesus for us.  I would suggest that passages that reveal God’s will for our lives should be seen as highly important dear readers.  What do you think?  Join us for the revival as we share tools to use to defeat Satan in our lives – and to walk more closely with Jesus.

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

P.S. – We’re having a revival at First United Methodist Church of Laurel on March 2-5.  Morning services on March 2 are at 8:15 and 11:00 am.  Evening services on Sunday through Wednesday are at 7:00 pm.  The church is located at 424 Main Street – Laurel – MD – 20707.  I hope to see some of our readers at the revival!

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February 27, 2014 - Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Holy Spirit, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Sermons, Theology | , , , , ,

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