Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus (1 Thess. 5:15-18).
Do the holidays bring painful memories and cloud your vision of God’s blessings?
As I sought God to help me prepare for this coming season of Thanksgiving and celebration, I noticed some powerful biblical strategies in 1 Thessalonians 5:15-18.
Rejoice always. First, this passage reminds us to rejoice, even if that choice seems impossible.
In Mark 10:27, we observe the disciples struggling with a seemingly impossible teaching. But “Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God’” (NIV).
This message is repeated in Philippians 4:4: “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!”
Pray continually. The Bible also teaches us to pray all the time, in every situation.
Philippians 4:5-6 reminds us, “The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”
Give thanks in all circumstances. Notice my emphasis of the words “with thanksgiving” in the previous passage. Again, the scripture tells us to give thanks in every situation.
I’ve noticed through the years that my emotions and feelings ebb and flow with time. But as I invite God to intervene, He helps me navigate through the storms and seasons of my life.
How did you prepare your heart and mind for Thanksgiving this year? We’d love to hear from you! Leave your comments in the space provided below.