“Always”

3 Ingredients for A godly Attitude

“Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)

Some have wondered, I too am guilty of this inquiry, how is it possible to rejoice always, pray always, and in everything, offer thanksgiving to God, always. Are these three exhortations possible to apply in one’s daily life? Well, given the reality of God, it is possible when we continue to grow in our knowledge, love, and obedience of and for Him. We can be constantly joyful because of the abiding presence or indwelling presence of Jesus within us. We can pray all the time because we worship God in spirit and in truth. Just as the atmospheric pressure causes our lungs to respond with inhaling and exhaling, our awareness of the holy and awesome presence of our God causes our spirit to respond to Him in loving obedience. An attitude of prayer permeates our entire day, whether at home, on the job, in the car, at the grocery store, visiting a friend or family member, exercising, or a simple past time. We can always give thanks, not suggesting that we thank God for everything that happens to us, but we live with an attitude of gratitude towards God, always aware of how good, great, and glorious our God is.

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Nicholas Derouen is the husband of Rachel A. Derouen, ordained minister and graduate student at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.  He loves sports, reading and eating good food.  He is a guest contributor to Our Natural Glory Blog.  Look for more posts from him in the future!

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