Sometimes the pressures of life get to us so much that we lose focus of who we are and whose we are. But in 1 Thessalonians 5:16 God tells us to rejoice at all times no matter what the situation is. There are many scriptures that tells us to rejoice, like Philippians 4:4 which says, “Rejoice in the Lord always.” In John 14:28 Jesus said, “If you love me, you would rejoice…” Habakkuk 3:18 says no matter what, “Yet I will rejoice in the Lord. I will joy in the God of my salvation.” 1 Chronicles 16:10 says, “Let the heart of them rejoice who seek the Lord.” Psalm 5:11 says, “Let all that trust in God rejoice.” Then 1 Peter 1:8 says, “…rejoice with joy unspeakable.” All these scriptures tell us that God does not want His children to be unhappy or worried, but to rejoice.
Now to keep rejoicing means that you have to pray without ceasing. Think about it, it’s the only way you can continue rejoicing because as Psalm 16:11 tells us, in the presence of the Lord there is fullness of joy and at His right hand there are pleasures forevermore. Psalm 91:1 tells us, “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most high, shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.” So to be happy you have to be in God’s presence and praying is the best way to be in His presence, because you are in a personal intimate relationship with Him. If you don’t talk to Him regularly, how do you expect Him to help you so that you can rejoice. It’s so important to remember what Ephesians 3:20 tells us, He is the only one who can do exceedingly and abundantly above all that we ask or think. And He is the only supplier of all our needs according to His riches in glory through Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:13). When you know this, believe it, because it is then you will have reasons to rejoice.
Another way to rejoice is to give God thanks in all things, 1 Thessalonians 5:18 tells us this is His will in Christ Jesus concerning us. Thanksgiving shows appreciation for what He has done already, what He is doing now and what He is going to do. Prayer, supplication and thanksgiving makes your request known to God; don’t be anxious and you will experience the peace of God which surpasses all understanding Philippians 4:6.
Lord, help us to be more thankful so that we can show an attitude of gratitude. For all who have not received Jesus you should visit the Salvation Prayer Page.
“Giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Ephesians 5:20
“In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
– 1 Thessalonians 5:18
All glory, honor, praise and thanks go to God for using me to deliver this message. I pray that He will give all who read this message the spiritual gifts necessary to comprehend and act upon His word. I exercise my power and authority in the name of Jesus to bind every tactic of the enemy that will try to stop, hinder, or prevent this word from reaching its intended people. I ask the Lord to loose the Holy Spirit and the Heavenly angels to secure this word so that it reaches its intended people, according to Matthew 16:19 and Luke 10:19 in the omnipotent name of Jesus, Amen.