Rejoice always, pray continually

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NIV

We are called to rejoice always, pray continually, and give thanks in all circumstances. This happens as we mature in Christ and come to understand that the Lord is in control of all things.

Circumstances can often discourage us, especially if things are not working out the way that we expect. This is simply how faith grows. As we experience tough challenging times the Lord is continually calling us to trust and seek Him. As we seek Him through every circumstance He will strengthen us and He will continue to grow and refine us.

God has a perfect will for our life and His ways are high and above our ways. It is not based upon our understanding but simply trusting the Lord each step of the way. The Lord will always provide and always lead. He has simply called us to follow and trust Him. He is our Good Shepherd. The safest place we can be is in the will of God. There is nothing more exciting upon the earth than abandoning ourselves to the plans and purposes of the Lord.

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For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout

For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.

1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 NKJV

There is coming a day when the trump shall sound and the bride of Christ shall go home.  No man knows the day or hour this will happen.  It is utter foolishness to try and predict the day or time of the Lord’s return.  It simply causes confusion in the body of Christ.

The Lord has so designed things so the true believer will live every day as if the return of the Lord would be today.  Some will question what this looks like.  It simply looks like a believer abiding in the Lord through prayer and the study of His word.  As we abide in Him we simply grow in sensitivity to the Holy Spirit.  It is the Holy Spirit who leads and guides us into all truth.  He is the one who prepares our hearts for the Lord’s return.

There are some who claim to know the time of the Lord’s return.  Jesus told us the signs that would mark His return but the truth is that the apostle Paul believed the Lord return in His life time.  Every true believer throughout the church age has sensed the anticipation of the Lord’s return.  But we must live wisely during these days.

We must live as if the Lord will return today and plan as if we will be on the earth for a hundred years.  There is much the Lord desires to accomplish and there is a mighty harvest before us.  What the Lord desires in this hour is that we would simply be a house of prayer.  That we would walk in maturity and intimacy and have the fruit of the Holy Spirit growing in our lives.

As we seek Him daily He will open our eyes more and more to the truth and power of His kingdom.  In this hour the Lord is seeking faithful intercessors who will usher in His power and His glory into the earth.  As we pray and press on in prayer it open the door and creates an atmosphere in which the glory of the Lord will manifest in our midst.  Keep praying and press on.  Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness and know that each day we have upon this earth is one day closer to the trumpet sounding our going home.