Friday, July 13, 2007

Sermon, though I'm not a preacher:)

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

Man, that's a tough pill to swallow for me. In the ever increasing stresses that life bring about, how can one always be joyful. And, giving thanks in all circumstances....that's difficult.
Life is hard, no doubt about it. God never promised it would be easy. In the midst of just getting married and adding the stress of trying to find a job, I will 100% agree that life isn't always as glamorous and easy as we would like it to be. But, that is life and we have to learn to accept it.
Honestly the only way we can always be joyful and to give thanks in all circumstances is through the middle part of that passage (verse 17) by praying continually.
All that life has to offer comes from God. The blessings are just that...blessings. They are not deserved nor guaranteed - they are gifts from the one who created us.
It's easy when life gets difficult to blame others or to blame God. It's easy when life gets difficult to forget about everything we have to be thankful for. Through prayer and strength God humbles us and helps us understand the circumstances placed before us are teachings for the future. And though we might not like them at the present, His will, will be uncovered.

This message, much like the last message I posted, truly rings home with me in the given circumstance.
I must ALWAYS be joyful, pray continually as that's the only way to make it through the day, and no matter what the situation, give thanks to Him because life is a blessing. Everything we have and do comes from someone so much greater than I and he deserves nothing less than our thanks and praise and more importantly our hearts in prayer.

God won't let us go through more than what we can handle and the trials we do have teach us the necessary lessons for the future.

The Bible - what an amazing...eye opening...amazing guide to get us through life's journey!!

I love you all very much! Be blessed this weekend!!

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