Summary: To enumerate 3-fold GOD's Will: (1) be joyful always, (2) pray continually, (3) thank GOD in all circumstances.
What is GOD's will for us in CHRIST JESUS?
II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:
To enumerate 3-fold GOD's Will: (1) be joyful always, (2) pray continually, (3) thank GOD in all circumstances.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (Amplified Bible)
Be happy [in your faith] and rejoice and be glad-hearted continually (always);
Be unceasing in prayer [praying perseveringly];
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].
3-fold GOD's Will: (1) be joyful always, (2) pray continually, (3) thank GOD in all circumstances.
GOD's will for us in CHRIST JESUS
A. Author: Apostle Paul
B. Date written: 49 to 54 B.C. but uncertain
C. Purpose: to comfort believers and encourage them to a life of purity
D. To whom written: Thessalonica church
E. Main themes: Most personal of all of Paul's epistles
F. Keyword: Sanctification
1 Thessalonians 4:3 (Amplified Bible)
For this is the will of God, that you should be consecrated (separated and set apart for pure and holy living): that you should abstain and shrink from all sexual vice,
G. Key verses:
1 Thessalonians 3:12-13 (Amplified Bible)
And may the Lord make you to increase and excel and overflow in love for one another and for all people, just as we also do for you,
So that He may strengthen and confirm and establish your hearts faultlessly pure and unblamable in holiness in the sight of our God and Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah) with all His saints (the holy and glorified people of God)! Amen, (so be it)!
1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 (Amplified Bible)
For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a loud cry of summons, with the shout of an archangel, and with the blast of the trumpet of God. And those who have departed this life in Christ will rise first.
Then we, the living ones who remain [on the earth], shall simultaneously be caught up along with [the resurrected dead] in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air; and so always (through the eternity of the eternities) we shall be with the Lord!
Therefore comfort and encourage one another with these words.
VIII. MAIN BODY:
A. Be joyful always
"Be happy [in your faith] and rejoice and be glad-hearted continually (always); "
Deuteronomy 12:7 (Amplified Bible)
And there you shall eat before the Lord your God, and you shall rejoice in all to which you put your hand, you and your households, in which the Lord your God has blessed you.
Deuteronomy 16:11 (Amplified Bible)
And you shall rejoice before the Lord your God, you and your son and daughter, your manservant and maidservant, and the Levite who is within your towns, the stranger or temporary resident, the fatherless, and the widow who are among you, at the place in which the Lord your God chooses to make His Name [and His Presence] dwell.
Philippians 4:4 (Amplified Bible)
Rejoice in the Lord always [delight, gladden yourselves in Him]; again I say, Rejoice!
Being joyful like praying always is a lifestyle. You are not joyful, but you live in joyful lifestyle, knowing all the prayers you have asked GOD, already you received it.
2 Corinthians 1:20 (Amplified Bible)
For as many as are the promises of God, they all find their Yes [answer] in Him [Christ]. For this reason we also utter the Amen (so be it) to God through Him [in His Person and by His agency] to the glory of God.
RECEIVED is past tense, so we already received everything from Him.
John 1:16 (Amplified Bible)
For out of His fullness (abundance) we have all RECEIVED [all had a share and we were all supplied with] one grace after another and spiritual blessing upon spiritual blessing and even favor upon favor and gift [heaped] upon gift.
B. Pray continually
"Be unceasing in prayer [praying perseveringly];"
1 Chronicles 16:11 (Amplified Bible)
Seek the Lord and His strength; yearn for and seek His face and to be in His presence continually!
Ephesians 6:18 (Amplified Bible)
Pray at all times (on every occasion, in every season) in the Spirit, with all [manner of] prayer and entreaty. To that end keep alert and watch with strong purpose and perseverance, interceding in behalf of all the saints (God’s consecrated people).
Philippians 4:6 (Amplified Bible)
Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God.
With your own prayer language: praying in tongues yes you can be "online" like 24/7 internet, unlimited in your prayers, GOD does not mind if every minute detail you consult to Him in prayer. He loves it.