Give Thanks – This is the Will of God

Daily God Walk for Sunday, November 13, 2011

 Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

 The church at Thessalonica was founded shortly after Paul and Silas left Philippi. As was his custom when he entered the city he first went to the synagogue, but being quickly rejected there he went to the Gentiles to preach Christ.

Paul was in the city only long enough to get a body of believers established then he moved on. It is interesting that the same Jews who rejected him now began to cause trouble among his Gentile converts.

In the early days of the church communication was always a problem. Paul would stay in one place long enough to establish a work then move on to the next city. Once he had left a city he would appoint elders to lead the church and he would stay in contact with those elders. Nearly half of the New Testament is letters Paul wrote to the leaders of churches throughout Asia Minor and into Europe.

Paul knew that he would have very little time to spend with new believers so he was constantly warning them against the sins of the flesh and encouraging them to be consistently praying for God’s grace and leading in the affairs of life and the church.

It is in this context that he is writing to the church. In his closing words to the church he writes these instructions:

ü  Be joyful always;

ü  Pray continually;

ü  Give thanks in all circumstances;

ü  Do not put our the Spirit’s fire;

ü  Do not treat prophecies with contempt;

ü  Test everything – hold on to the good.

ü  Avoid every kind of evil. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-19)

That is a good set of instructions for all of us and especially that we should give thanks in all things because that is the will of God for us.

 Prayer: Help me to be consistent in my walk and gratitude to you.

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