1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.
We understand that Godís will is not about situations, circumstances, and environments as much as how we respond to those things. If you are really concerned about being in Godís will, you might consider a self-examination.
Ask yourself these three questions: 1) Am I full of joy? 2) Do I pray? 3) Do I give thanks?
Now be careful that you donít qualify your answer based on the circumstances or situations that you are facing. For instance, I am full of joy occasionally, I pray when I can find time, I give thanks when my circumstances allow for thanksgiving. No, Paulís words are clear: always, continually, in all circumstances this is Godís will for you. Are you living according to Godís will for you, or have you allowed your trials to dictate how you will respond to God? God is a restorer not a destroyer, ask him to restore you to his will for you.
In His Service,
Scott Chadwick
  September 2018  
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