Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. Quench not the Spirit. Despise not prophesyings. Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. Abstain from all appearance of evil. — 1 Thessalonians 5:16-22
I remember the days of making New Years resolutions. Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with wanting to make changes in your life. I am not sure why I (or you) would have to wait until the “New Year” to do it. I do believe that there are two key areas of focus for us when we seek to live a Christian life. The first being “when”, and the second being “what,” When We should all seek to make change in our lives, but let’s not make January 1 “The Day.” We should look to be better servants of God daily. If you fall short today, ask for forgiveness tonight, and start all over tomorrow. So many people set new targets and fail, but the biggest mistake is that they do not try again. What Here is a list of things that we should resolve to do daily: Rejoice! Not just when things are great, but, when nothing is going your way. God still loves you! Pray always! At your desk, from your car (not while driving), from your dinner table; thank God for all His blessings, and ask for His continued guidance. Give thanks! Sometimes, when I pray, I am always asking for more, rather than thanking God for all that He has already given me. Quench not the Spirit! Do your best to do your best, and be a shining light for God. The spirit is quenched when God’s people act like they are anything but God’s people. Embrace prophesy! Someone may stop you on the street, saying that God has told them to tell you something. Instead of running, listen. After you have heard, pray to God for confirmation. God does speak to each of us in His own way. Prove all things! What is happening should align with God’s word and His will for you. Stay away from the presence of evil! We should guard our steps very carefully, not only because God is watching, but also because someone may be looking at us to gain a better understanding of how they should walk as a Christian. Sounds like a busy day, doesn’t it? You can do it! And if you stumble, pray tonight, and start all over again tomorrow.
Lord, we are thankful for all that you have done for us. We ask that you continue to bless us and keep us. We pray that you guard our steps, and help us to be all that you would have us to be. Amen.
By Thomas (Mich)