There are only 3 times that the Bible specifically spells out God’s will for our lives. In that case, when He does, we should pay attention!
pray without ceasing,
give thanks in all circumstances;
for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
1 Thessalonians 5:16–18 (ESV)
Here are 3 words that should define our lives as Christians: JOYFUL, PRAYERFUL, GRATEFUL. Since God is for us, with us, and in us, we should be the most joyful, prayerful, grateful people alive! Even when it’s tough, we can’t stop and won’t stop.
Attitude determines altitude.
Ever wonder why you seem to be always cruising around in the dumps? Maybe it’s because you’ve allowed your attitude to decrease your altitude. Gratitude is the attitude that lifts our hearts out of the pit. Joyfulness and gratitude don’t stop life from being tough, but they help us soar above our circumstances.
The future may be unclear, but God’s will is always clear.
Life is full of plenty of unclear seasons in life, but God’s will is always crystal clear. No matter your circumstances, we know this for sure: God desires for us to live lives primarily defined by joy, prayer, and gratitude. Keep choosing those in every season and circumstance.
When God commands it, He enables it.
Of course it’s hard to constantly be joyful, prayerful, and grateful. That’s the point. But God won’t command us to do something that He won’t also empower us to do. God often gives us more than we can handle, but He’ll never give us more than He can handle. “This is God’s will” is less about commands and more about empowerment.
Since God is for us, with us, and in us, we should be the most joyful, prayerful, grateful people alive! Even when it’s tough, we can’t stop and won’t stop!
K E V I N • M I L L E R
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