Saturday, November 27, 2010

Knowing God - 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18


Be joyful always; 
pray without ceasing; 
give thanks in all circumstances,
for this is God's will for you
in Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Do you ever want to know God’s will?
My wife Mary Louise says, "That’s why I like this verse!"
To know God's will, God invites us to do three things:
  • Instead of thinking about what we get, need, what, or have – or don’t have – this verse invites us to focus on what we can give.
  • Instead of worrying about what may or may not come, we need to give things back to God – regularly, repeatedly, unceasingly.
  • And instead of being sucked into dramas that are dark – monitor your friendships, values, and TV choices – and habits that are unproductive, focus on things that are light, bright, worthwhile, productive and affirming. And see if joy doesn’t begin to chase you a little more.
In Christ’s Love,
a guy whose last name is Will
(and want’s his first name
to be "God’s" not "My")

Once upon a time I used to pray, "Lord, make your will the desire of my heart."  Lately it has been, "Lord, where are you?"  How do you follow the will of someone who has seemingly abandoned you?  How do you distinguish between his quiet voice and the evil one's seductive voice? 

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