What does God want from you? What is God’s will? Many people want to know what God’s will is for their life. They seek God for that elusive perfect career, or for the right mate. But what if knowing God’s will is more simple than that? What if, you knew something practical, that could always keep you in the will of God. The scripture I want to share with you today, shows exactly that. Read, and let the Holy Spirit show you the attitude that is pleasing to God.
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
I Thessalonians 5:16-18 NKJV
This is the mindset that pleases God; joy, relationship, and gratitude. God wants you to rejoice always. That means no matter what, all the time, you are to cultivate joy. God wants you to joy-again. Re-joy all the time. You want to be in the will of God, then have joy, and do it again. Joy always is what God wants for you. Joy comes from the presence of God in you. Joy is a choice. Make it.
Pray without ceasing, is not about religious exertion, but about relationship. God just wants you. He wants to talk to you, and for you to talk to Him. Pray without ceasing, means to acknowledge God all the time. Set your thoughts on Him, and be aware of His presence. Talk to Him. Let Him be your best friend, and your loving Daddy. He is always with you, so set your heart on Him, and communicate with Him. Just be, in His presence. He already knows what you are going to say, but He loves to hear you say it, and He loves to talk to you about it.
God wants you to give thanks, always. That means have an attitude of gratitude. God is on the throne. He is in control. Be thankful for all the grace in your life. Be grateful for all the good, because it is from His hands. Even when it’s hard, be thankful, and thank God. Because God is working everything for your good, and He loves you. God has written your story, and He is bringing it to pass in real time. So the adversity, the struggles, and the trials, are all for a purpose. So you can even thank God for the bad.
Be a doer of God’s will by living in joy all the time, staying in close relationship with Him, and always being thankful and grateful, in every circumstance.
If you don’t know Jesus, I want to give you the opportunity to trust Him for your salvation and receive His finished work by faith. If you want to make Jesus the Lord of your life simply prayer this in your heart, as a way to put your faith in Him. Say, “ Jesus, I make you the Lord of my life. I know I’m a sinner, but I believe. I believe that You are the Son of God. I believe You died on the cross for my sins, and I believe that You rose on the third day for my justification. I ask you to save me now. I receive you by faith. In Jesus’ name. Amen”