thessalonians 5:16 18

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

Rejoice evermore.
Pray without ceasing.
In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
—  1 Thessalonians 5:16‭-‬18

What does the Bible say about decision-making?

The Bible offers many principles to aid the process of making decisions that honor God. The following list is not exhaustive, but it does represent many teachings of Scripture.

First, begin with prayer. First Thessalonians 5:16-18 says, “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” If we should pray in all situations, we should certainly pray in times of decision-making. As we pray, we ask for wisdom (James 1:5).

Second, define the issue. Wise decisions are informed decisions. It is important to understand what options are available. Once the factors are known, options can be further considered and evaluated.

Third, seek biblical wisdom. Some decisions become easy, if there is one clear choice consonant with God’s Word. Psalm 119:105 says, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.” When we follow the teachings of God’s Word, He guides our path and provides knowledge to make wise choices.

Fourth, seek godly counsel. Proverbs 15:22 says, “Without counsel plans fail, but with many advisers they succeed.” Sometimes, consulting with a friend or family member is enough. At other times, consulting with a pastor or other trusted voice can make the difference between a harmful decision and a helpful one.

Fifth, trust the Lord with your decision. In other words, if you’ve make your decision with prayer, sound wisdom, and biblical counsel, trust God for the outcome. Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”

Sixth, be willing to admit mistakes and adjust accordingly. In most cases, there is no wisdom in continuing down a wrong path after you have discovered it is wrong. Be willing to admit mistakes or failures and ask God for the grace to change.

Seventh, give praise to God for your success. When your decisions result in personal success, the temptation is to believe it is due to your own power, talent, or genius. However, it is God who blesses our efforts and gives strength. “A man can receive only what is given him from heaven” (John 3:27).

1 Thessalonians‬ ‭5:16-18‬ ‭KJV‬‬
“Rejoice evermore.
Pray without ceasing.
In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”

Don’t stop praying

“To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing.”–Martin Luther

Only someone could say that who knew exhaustion, pain, guilt, and the relentless attacks of Satan. Praying is not something that we need to be nagged into doing. You don’t need to be nagged to breathe. It is not a performance requirement. Prayer is simply God’s oxygen for the lungs of our faith.

“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). Prayer is a communication privilege that only Christians can enjoy, for access to God’s throne comes only through Jesus Christ. Through Jesus Christ, the Father guarantees that he will hear, decide, and act on everything we bring him.

And what a gift it is! Prayer guarantees God’s interaction with your life, no matter how small and unworthy you feel. God intentionally waits with the full measure of his blessings until you ask, in order that you might notice his working in your life. Prayer gives you a way to benefit the lives of other people, even when they are thousands of miles away or even if you don’t know their names. Prayer demonstrates to God that you are proud to identify yourself as his child.

What’s on your mind? Tell God. Ask God. Pray right now! Don’t stop!

I’m reminded of this verse today. ♥~Janet

“Always be JOYFUL. Never stop PRAYING. Be THANKFUL in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus”…1 Thessalonians 5:16-18.

estherleeeeeee  asked:

for the past few months I've been texting a friend of mine diagnosed with cancer a verse or two a day and my supply of favorites are running out. if you don't mind can you tell me your favorites or some that come to mind? if your followers would like to as well I'd be more than happy to have messages in my inbox of their favorite verses. thanks and God bless :))

Wow, that’s such a lovely and encouraging thing to do.  I’m really, really sorry to hear that your friend has to go through this scary, awful time.

I’ll do my best - I’ve had a quick look through my bible for some of my marked favourites.  Hopefully they don’t double up too much with yours and you find relevance in at least a few:

- Exodus 15:2

- Numbers 6:24-26

- Deuteronomy 31:8

- Joshua 1:9

- Joshua 23:8

- 1 Samuel 2:2

- 2 Samuel 22:2-3 & 29-37 (you may want to pick at parts of the latter section if you use it)

- 1 Chronicles 16:11

- Psalm 3:3-6 & 8

- Psalm 4:8

- Psalm 5:11-12

- Psalm 6:9

- Psalm 9:9-10 & 12

- Psalm 16:1-2 & 8-9

- Psalm 18:1-3 & 28

- Psalm 22:10 & 24

- Psalm 23 

- Psalm 27:1 & 5

- Psalm 29:11

- Psalm 31:14

- Psalm 34:4

- Psalm 36:5-9

- Psalm 40:1-3

- Psalm 39:7

- Psalm 46:1-3

- Psalm 55:16-17

- Psalm 56:3-4

- Psalm 59:16-17

- Psalm 63:8

- Psalm 73:23-26

- Psalm 91 (quite a long verse - I particularly like v. 1-2, 4-6, and 14-16)

- Psalm 112:7

- Psalm 119:114

- Psalm 121

- Psalm 139:1-18 (would be a good one to break up as it is also a bit long)

- Psalm 143:8

- Psalm 144:2

- Psalm 146:8 (especially like the part “The Lord lifts up those who are weighed down”.)

- Proverbs 3:5

- Proverbs 30:5

- Isaiah 26:3-4

- Isaiah 40:26-31 (particularly like v. 29-31)

- Isaiah 41:10 & 13

- Isaiah 43:1-2

- Isaiah 46:4

- Jeremiah 17:7-8

- Jeremiah 29:11 

- Jeremiah 32:17 & 27

- Lamentations 3:25

- Hosea 6:3

- Nahum 1:7

- Zephaniah 3:17

- Matthew 6:25-34

- Matthew 7:7-10

- Matthew 10:29-31 & 39

- Matthew 11:28-30

- Luke 2:78-79

- John 10:27-29

- John 12:44-47

- John 14:1-4 & 27

- Romans 5:3-5

- Romans 8:38-39

- 1 Corinthians 13:13

- 1 Corinthians 16:13-14

- 2 Corinthians 1:3-7

- 2 Corinthians 4:6-10 & 16

- Ephesians 1:8

- Ephesians 3:17-20

- Ephesians 6:10-17

- Philippians 4:6-8 & 13

- Colossians 2:7

- 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

- 2 Thessalonians 3:3 & 5

- 2 Timothy 1:7

- Hebrews 3:14

- Hebrews 4:16

- Hebrews 6:19

- Hebrews 10:23 & 35-36

- Hebrews 11:1

- Hebrews 12:1-2

- Hebrews 13:6 & 8

- James 1:2-5

- 1 Peter 1:6-7

- 1 Peter 5:7 & 10

- 1 John 1:5

- 1 John 3:1

- 1 John 4:4 & 16

I truly hope this helped in some way and am sorry if it’s a bit long.  I will keep your friend very much in my prayers and encourage anyone else reading this to do the same xxx

Anyone else feel free to contribute!!!!!