Summary: how can we rejoice always?

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Many people make New Year’s Resolutions; making commitments to better themselves and for those around them. What do you think is the average percent success rate of actually accomplishing resolutions made??

A recent scientific study by the University of Scranton:

45% of Americans make New Year’s Resolutions

Success Rate of those who made Resolutions – 8%

There can be many reasons for such a low success rate of those who make New Year’s Resolutions. How many of us desire to be successful in life?? We make New Year’s Resolutions to try and better our lives. I encourage you to have resolutions to better your life! But,

Let me suggest 3 important factors in being successful in life:

1. Don’t just make annual resolutions, Commit to a better life everyday!! Everyday, let’s tell ourselves “I’m going to do good today with my life!”

2. Commit to God’s instructions! Why should we commit to God’s instructions??

We are to commit to God’s instructions because:

God is our Creator and He knows exactly what we need!

God’s instructions are always right!

God will not ask us something we can not do!

3. Have a Faith Partner, who will challenge, encourage, and pray for you!

And so consider this everyday; When you’re ready for your day, rub your hands together till their warm, open them to the Lord and ask “What do you have in mind for me today Lord Jesus?”, and if you need to be encouraged, or you sense someone else needs encouragement, make a phone call and pray with someone!

For the next few weeks we will look at 1 Thessalonians 5:12-28 and know, understand, and commit to the specific instructions from God. In preparation for Communion, I will highlight for this morning instructions appropriate for our celebration from 1 Thessalonians 5:12-28. Likely for 2 more weeks, we will look into detail the other instructions. We are to know, understand, and commit to these specific instructions from our Creator God. Read along with me the entire passage, 1 Thessalonians 5:12-28…..

I’d like to hone in on one verse for this morning for Communion and we will come back to the passage next week.

v16: Be joyful always! Come on God, be joyful always? Can a person really be joyful always as God instructs in v16?

Remember that God will not ask us something we are not capable of doing! For just human beings rejoicing always is impossible, but with God, nothing is impossible! Let us also note that joy is not the same as happiness; happiness is dependent on worldly circumstances; joy is from God who is always there! God is good??.... All the time??... and so, we can rejoice all the time!

The proper way to understand a Bible verse is to pray, read it in context, and look at the original Greek writing, therefore looking at other English translations. And so, let us again pray shall we………..

Now, if we look at the original Greek writing and other English translations of v16, the general idea is all the same, Rejoice all the time!

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