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His Work in Me

A believer, in recovery, looking to the Bible to know who I am in Christ.

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Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. I Thessalonians 5:16‭-‬18

Verse I Often Glazed Over When I Read It

I am a believer in Jesus. I love the Lord.

And yet, this is one of those verses I have often glazed over when I read it.

Just look at this trio:

  • Rejoice ALWAYS.
  • Pray Without CEASING.
  • In EVERYTHING give thanks.

And just to make sure I don't miss it, He says: This is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

If that's it. I'm done. I'm through. Never mind. Because that's never going to be me. Okay, my reaction was never that blatant, but it was more like this: I read it and now I'm going to ignore it because I can't do it.

Three Strikes

I can't do any of the three. Three strikes.

I think that's why Paul writes it.

If this is the will of God for His children, then, He must have created a way for me to do it. (And I know this isn't how I get saved. Salvation is a free gift from God.) He must do it in me.

What do the three have in common? They are all expressions of our relationship with God.

  • I'm rejoicing because of His innumerable blessings in my life.
  • I'm praying because that's how I stay connected with Him.
  • I give thanks because of what He has done.

I'm being honest. I haven't figured out how this all works. I don't do any of them Always, Without Ceasing, nor in Everything... God works them in and through me. I think I'm just becoming open to being this kind of believer. Trusting that He works this into people's life. Not in some phony annoying way, but in a real, "I know God and I know He's right in the room here managing things, and interacting with me, right now," way.

Lord, teach me how to be a 24/7 believer. One who is aware of you the whole time. This verse says I can. Lord order things in my life so that I can be this person. This is being all-in. I want to be all-in. I want to know you deeply. I want to talk about you easily. I want to hear you when you speak. Today.

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