IN EVERYTHING GIVE THANKS
If we stop and look around us today, we see people that are in difficulties, people that are hurting, people facing financial problems, stress at work, marriage problems, rebellious children, drugs, etc. Many of these people are believers, Christians, and they are desperately seeking to hear from God; to know what his will is for their lives.
Maybe some of you are in that situation
Well, if you are, then this is your day.
We have his will right here (His Word), so let's look and see what his will is for us.
Turn to I Thessalonians 5:14-18.
14 Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient
toward all men.
15 See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to
16 Rejoice evermore.
17 Pray without ceasing.
18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
That's it. That's the will of God for you:
1. Rejoice evermore.
2. Pray without ceasing.
3. In everything give thanks.
These are our sacrifices.
In Psalm 27, David offered up a sacrifice of joy.
Some are saying, "Oh no, Dave, you don't understand, I need to know if God wants me to change jobs.
I need to know if I am called to preach. I need to know if I should change churches."
Have you rejoiced? Have you prayed without ceasing?
If you haven't obeyed the instruction already given, how are you going to hear more?
Start doing what you know to do. Start by obeying whatever instruction God has already given.
I knew some people who didn't want to pray or worship. They just wanted the man of God to have a word for them
whenever they needed it.
He did! Pray and seek the Lord!
Mom used to say, "Eat that and I'll give you some more." It seemed I often wanted more than I could handle. I needed
to grow up some.
You see, he never said, "Rejoice evermore as long as everything is fine." He didn't say, "Pray without ceasing as long as
you get instant results."
If we can't give thanks in what we're going through, then we are being disobedient to God.
Look at this. He didn't say, "Give thanks for what I am going through, but give thanks in what I am going through."
There is a difference.
No matter what your trial, you have a reason to rejoice.
I Corinthians 10:13. There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not
suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be
able to bear it.
You see, you might say, "Oh, my circumstance is so bad, I just can't pray. I just can't rejoice."
Then you might be missing your way of escape.
In trial we can thank God. He has already made a way of escape.
In financial trouble we can thank God for Philippians 4:19. But my God shall supply all your need according to his
riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
In sickness we can thank God that by his stripes we are healed.
You see, every time we enter into a hard trial, Satan keeps saying the same thing. He's like a broken record.
He says, "There's no way out of this one. You're trapped this time."
But that's not what God said. He said that with the trial comes a way of escape.
He said in Psalm 91 that he would deliver us from the snare of the fowler.
What happens to most of us is we get tunnel vision. All we can see is our problem. We forget to comfort the feeble
minded, to support the weak, and to be patient toward all men. We get so focused on our problem we can't see the
way out or maybe we even quit looking for it. We become like the lady with the spirit of infirmity who was bowed
unto herself. All she could see was her problem. That's why the Lord said to rejoice and give thanks.
Why does God want us to rejoice?
Nehemiah 8:10. Neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the LORD is your strength.
The joy of the Lord is not just a shout or a happy little feeling. It is an inner strength that makes you able to stand when all natural senses say you can't.
Jesus said in John 15:11, "These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might
be full. That tells me that by filling my heart full of the Words of Jesus, I will fill it with joy.
Satan has no defence against it.
Magnify God not the problem. Lift up the name of the Lord.
Try to imagine how Satan must feel when, in the midst of your trial, instead of saying, "I just don't know why Jesus hasn't
helped me?" you rise to your feet, lift your hands to Glory and say, "Yet, I will rejoice in the Lord who is my strength and
my salvation. Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation." He will make my feet like hinds feet.
He will make to walk upon mine high places."
You may say, "Dave, if I act like this my friends and family will think I am crazy."
There is an explosive charge on the inside of you. The measure has been dealt to every man. It is called FAITH.
The Word of God causes it to grow. There is a fuse on that charge called JOY.
I believe that if you will, by prayer, rejoicing, and giving thanks, light that fuse of joy it will set off that charge of faith
and blow that mountain of a problem of yours away.
David wrote in Psalm 51:12, Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation.
Maybe you should get on your knees and ask God to restore that joy.
David committed some serious sins, but was restored.
Paul said in 2 Corinthians 7:4, "I am filled with comfort, I am exceedingly joyful in all our tribulation."
Colossians 1:11. Strengthened with all might according to his glorious power unto all patience and longsuffering with
Proverbs 29:6. The righteous doth sing and rejoice.
Now if you are in a frame of mind where you think you can't pray, then you need to pray until your frame of mind changes.
Isaiah chapter 12 says with joy we draw water from the wells of salvation.
Many times we let our problems arise. We let hurt feelings arise. We let pride arise or unforgiveness, but Psalm 68 says
to let God arise, let his enemies be scattered, let the righteous be glad, let them exceedingly rejoice.