Like I said last Friday…
“And then there’s the one-two-three punch that seems to throw the opponent off kilter as the blows fire, right – left- right! Bam! Bam! Whammo!”
Who is the highlighted boxer?
Me. and You.
Who is the opponent we want to throw off kilter?
That evil, slimy, slithery, sneaky one: Satan.
Summer is certainly beckoning and the hammock is luring.
I feel strongly though, we must not think of our spiritual walk to ever take up that lazy summer attitude. What is good for our physical bodies – rest and kick back time – is not good for our spiritual bodies. With blessing we have the WORD that guides us into right understanding of walking with God.
So here it is: Hit number THREE —
“give thanks in all circumstances,…” (1 Thess. 5:18a)
Alongside the being joyful and praying continually is this command to give thanks in all circumstances. Two thoughts come to mind.
This is a hard thing to come by in this culture of entitlement – that idea that we deserve everything. What a blow to the Father to think that we deserve anything that He so graciously gives us. So, this may be an adjustment to our thinking…I know I have to keep reminding myself that I deserve nothing, but I am given everything because my Father loves me.
All, is again, one of those words without parameters and boundaries. Paul urges that we do not just give thanks when we like what we want – when we get enough – or when we feel like give thanks. We are commanded to give thanks in ALL circumstances — the good – the difficult – the sad – the whenever and whatever times too.
Give thanks in all circumstances.
Two. Bam! Bam!
Three. Bam! Bam! Whammo!
And the evil one goes flying!
the LORD will be pleased.
Why? 1 Thess. 5: 18b tells us:
“for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
Simple. And this IS really simple.
By being Joyful, and praying continually, and giving thanks in all circumstances we ARE doing the will of God.
What more can we desire for this summer?
Even as summer beckons, we can still do these three things. We can dole out the hits and be victorious! I believe too we can theoretically accomplish them in a hammock…at least some of the time!
Have a blessed and victorious summer, friends — I will resume writing as the cooler air approaches – unless the LORD moves me into the space of screen time.