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Rejoice. Pray. Give Thanks. (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 14)

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I Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NLT)
Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.

If you do nothing else in life, here are three things you should do that will make your days brighter and better: Rejoice. Pray. Give Thanks. Nothing blows the storms out of the path before us like rejoicing. Nothing keeps us stable, steady, and trusting like prayer. And nothing keeps us aware of our blessings like giving thanks.

You want to know what God’s will is? It’s these three things right here: Rejoice. Pray. Give Thanks. This is the duty and responsibility of those who belong to Jesus Christ.

What is life without rejoicing? It is a bored and tired, loathsome endurance. No one should want to live such a despicable existence. Even if we are sorrowful in any one instance, we can still find reason enough to rejoice. In Christ, we have a continual feast of good times and rejoicing. That makes sense because rejoicing is a natural condition of our heart and soul.

When we pray, we are compelled to rejoice. Never allow circumstances and situations that seem unfavorable and heartbreaking to hinder you from praying. When you cease to pray, you will cease to rejoice. Rejoicing always is a natural outgrowth of a praying spirit.

If we pray and rejoice, we will find millions of reasons to give thanks. Yes, we should make our requests known before God, but we should never do so without first offering up thanks. Giving thanks is a form of praise and praise causes us to rejoice for all we have been given. Every situation, no matter what it is, is a reason for us to give thanks.

All of God’s children are products of grace. Therefore, we should live by grace and extend grace to others. It is by grace we are reconciled to Jesus. In Him, through Him, and for His good will, we possess the ability to be filled with joy always, to pray continually, and to give thanks no matter what.

“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.”
— William Arthur Ward

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