Break it down.
We all want to know: “What is God’s will for my life?”
Paul breaks it down into three simple elements in 1 Thessalonians, chapter 5. ( Now, if you read the previous four verses, you’ll get more ideas about what exactly God wants from you. More tips to help you live in God’s will. More directions, as it were, to guide you through loving relationships while being in God’s will.) I love words, as you know. I love the extra explanations in the Amplified Bible. But…
Let’s Break it Down:
Step 1) Rejoice Always (verse 16)
Step 2) Pray Without Ceasing (verse 17)
Step 3) In Everything Give Thanks (verse 18)
That’s it. Simple? Yes —– Easy? Not always.
“How do I know this is God’s will for my life?” you ask. Verse 18 also says: “…for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
I invite you to explore other versions of these verses. I’m going to write the Amplified verses below. There are other verses that act as our road map, assuring us we are on the right route – in God’s will.
Do you have a favorite verse you cling to when you are trying to make a decision? I’d like to know what it is. We are all at a different place in our walk with Jesus, and we all need encouragement.
16-Be happy (in your faith) and rejoice and be glad-hearted continually (always)
17-Be unceasing in prayer [praying perseveringly]
18-Thank [God] in everything [no matter what the circumstances may be, be thankful and give thanks], for this is the will of God for you [who are] in Christ Jesus [the Revealer and Mediator of that will].