“Rejoice in the Lord always. I shall say it again: rejoice! Your kindness should be known to all. The Lord is near. Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:4-7
Are we still trying to find the will of God for our lives? Let’s read the above scripture again. He is calling us to Always Rejoice, Pray Unceasingly and Give Thanks in all situations.
Maybe most of us will complain about our current circumstances. We’ll fear about what we can’t do. We’ll cry about all of our disabilities. But we need to make it a point from now on to quit our complaining and line ourselves up with the word of God. It’s until we accept these truths that we will begin to see a change in our life.
Rejoice. Rejoicing comes easiest when things are going great, but the Word says, “rejoice ALWAYS”. When you rejoice, you feel joy. You can’t give something you don’t have. If you have no joy, then you need to meditate on the things God has done in your life. Psalm 144:15 says, “Happy are the people whose God is the Lord.” Your joy lies in the fact that the Lord of your life is Jesus Christ! Things may not be where they should be right now, but rejoice that you have Jesus and are going to Heaven!! Train your mind to think of all the wonderful things that fill your life (Philippians 4:8) instead of being fixated on the one thing that needs improvement.
Pray. Once you received your joy, shift into prayer. Prayer isn’t complaining about everything. It’s going into the throne room of God with a precise request. When you plead your case, do it with boldness (Hebrews 4:16). Because you started it off with rejoicing, your downtrodden, woe-is-me attitude is cast off, and you can approach your Master with confident faith, knowing He can complete the good work He started (Philippians 1:6)!
Give Thanks. God can’t give thanks to Himself. That’s why it gets His attention! (Read Luke 17:11-19). Here we see the perfect example of people who get what they need from God and never show Him gratitude for it. Look closely at what happened here, though. Nine of them went away cleansed of their leprosy, but only one of them was made whole. Nine of them were healed of their terrible disease but were still missing limbs and body parts. Only one was made completely whole that day. Who was it? The one who gave thanks to Jesus! Don’t be part of the 90% who leave without thanking God. When you thank Him before something is done, your faith moves the hand of God to bring those things to their completion. And as Christians we are called to be thankful in any situation. Because true thankfulness means remembering God’s goodness even when things are crashing down.