“Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you” (1 Th. 5:16-18).
Nine wonderful words! This is what God has made provision for His people to do; it should be their mark, their characteristic. This is the program that Christ has for the daily lives of those who are His, while they are here in this world. Our joy must be in the Lord or it will not be real Christian rejoicing. And what a sure foundation for eternal joy is Christ the Son of God. The more we come to know Christ the greater will be our joy in Him. And what encouragement to every believer to call upon the Lord at all times and in all places, for He has said Ask, Seek, Knock, with the promise of answer. Why should believers do thus? “For this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” Always rejoicing, always praying, always giving thanks: just three blessed manifestations of and testimonies to the power of the living Christ. It is what is needed to make Him known in the world today. Also to know that this is what Christ has made provision for in the daily lives of His people.
As the year 2009 comes to close, it is our prayer that the Lord uses this issue of Toward the Mark to help you as you face the daily challenges of life.
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