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
I’ve realized something these past few weeks of opening myself to hear God; I had been living life with an entitled expectation. God exposed the places where I just assumed and expected what I felt entitled to in my life. The key word there is “I”. I have discovered how feeble an attempt my life has been to dying to self and truly embracing my love for God and apprenticeship to God’s will. I’m not sharing this in condemnation but in grateful recognition!
Father God, I realize just how much you love me that you continue to teach me and reveal the areas in my life that need healing. You continue to pour Your boundless wisdom into me through your Word. Lord, this scripture from 1 Thessalonians has poured new life into my soul;
Rejoice always! I haven’t rejoiced much lately… I’m rejoicing now!
Pray continually! My prayers have been fleeting. I’m falling to my knees Lord at what You have done and continue to do in my life despite my own rebellious spirit. I desperately need more of You and for You to continue to search my heart and expose the hidden things I need to remove to receive more of You.
Give thanks in all circumstances! This Lord is where You have truly exposed me. I have projected a grateful and thankful heart but when the future I thought was mine, and I was entitled was removed I quickly took on a spirit of ungratefulness and bitterness. Lord, I know Your heart is for my best and though I don’t see or understand at this moment, I’m giving thanks to You for my current circumstance and condition. I’m thankful that I have been so blessed with good health, beautifully, wonderful children and great brothers and sisters in Christ. The things I thought unfair, unjust, unexplainable all pale in comparison to the challenges and adversities so many others face. And the reality is I know I don’t need to draw comparisons either. I just need to live each day with the thanks of knowing You love me so much You continue to speak into me and continue to hold me and heal my brokenness. for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. Amen