Dear Friend in Truth,
The question was asked of us, “Where in the bible is the clearest statement of God’s will for how we should live?” Of course, there are many beautiful and meaningful passages, but one stands out most sharply:
“Rejoice always, pray constantly, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (I Thess. 5:16-18).
To rejoice always means each of us can be happy all of the time—the power to be happy is within our control. It is our choice to rejoice, and no outside force or thing can deprive us of our ability to make that choice.
To pray constantly has nothing to do with beggardly pleading with God to do right by us. To pray is to be in the consciousness of the one source—God, from which all things spring. When we are constantly in conscious awareness of our common union (communion) with God, then all we have need of in life is ours to be its steward.
Giving thanks in all circumstances is overlooked by many people. In our false belief in duality (good and evil), we feel that we must rate some circumstances hateful and others wonderful. We forget that there is no power in the circumstance itself. It merely is. The only power it has, is the power we chose to give it in our lives. Thus, if we apply the power of thanks and gratitude in every circumstance, we fill our every moment with the experience of joy and exaltation.
Happiness, stewardship of abundance through prayer and exaltation in the experience of thanks—these are indeed “the will of God in Christ Jesus” for each of us. Miraculously, God has given each of us the power to accept and follow His will. Do so today, and know peace, love, joy and wholeness in your life evermore.
God is blessing you now!
Frank and Margaret