1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NKJV) 16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
The last two days, we have gone over verse 16: “Rejoice always,” and verse 17: “Pray without ceasing.” Today, I want to look at the last part of this powerful trio, verse 18. It says: “In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
Many people have taken this verse and made it say something that it was never intended to say, and that is, that no matter what comes against us in life, we are to give thanks for it. Well, I do not think that is correct, because the Bible says in 1 Peter 5:8-9: “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. 9 Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.”
If we were not to resist him, then we could say that no matter what comes our way, give God thanks for it. But here, these verses tell us who the enemy is and that we are to resist him. God does not want us to thank Him for what satan (or life) brings as calamity on people, but He wants us to resist the devil and push back his evil power. Yet, in all of it, we are to thank God for the victory in it.
God is for us and not against us. He wants us to be victorious over the works of the enemy. So again, this says in everything give thanks, but it does not say for everything give thanks. Today, give God thanks for all that He does, then defeat the works of the enemy, and give God thanks for the victory!
Confession: I will give my Heavenly Father all the thanks for all that He does. My God is a good Father, and He has my best in mind. Satan is a bad devil, and he want to kill, steal, and destroy. Today, I declare that greater is He that is in me than He that is in the world.
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