Becoming Healthier in 2019 – Part 2
“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NIV)
Many folks make New Year’s resolutions to become physically healthier, but few end up following through; because not everyone is willing to make the changes necessary to make it happen. As Christians, there are steps that we too can take to become spiritually healthier as we grow in our faith.
Someone may say, “If only I knew what God’s will is for me, I would submit to it so that I could grow in my walk with him.” If we desire to know the will of the Lord for our lives, we can begin with these commands from Scripture: “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” Let’s consider these commands one by one:
Rejoice always. How do we rejoice even in sorrow? By reminding ourselves that, as Christians, we are saved and have eternal life. That is the joy of our salvation. Also, by remembering all the times when the Lord has brought us through in the past. Will he not help us again in any moment of need we may have in 2019?
Pray continually. How do we pray continually, and not just during that time we set aside to spend in the Lord’s presence each day? By having our hearts in the posture of seeking God; by fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith (Hebrews 12:2); by bringing our petitions before him with thanksgiving so that God’s peace can guard our hearts and our minds, as he has promised (Philippians 4:6-7); by praying with all kinds of prayers (Ephesians 6:18). This includes praising him in the moment, in our hearts or out loud, as the Holy Spirit reminds us of his goodness throughout our day.
Give thanks in all circumstances. How do we give thanks in all circumstances? By counting our blessings, and not our problems; and by realizing that even when our circumstances are difficult, we have an invitation to come confidently to God’s throne of grace where we will find mercy and grace to help us in our time of need (Hebrews 4:16).
Scripture also exhorts us to not give up meeting together, to encourage one another and to spur one another on toward love and good deeds (Hebrews 10:24-25).
As we follow these exhortations, taking in the food of God’s Word and exercising our faith through the help of the Holy Spirit, we can become spiritually healthier in 2019.
Read 1 Thessalonians 5:15-24.