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Read I Thessalonians 5:1-28
In everything give thanks. ~ I Thessalonians 5:18
Twice in the Bible, we are definitively told what God's will is for Christians. We do not need to wonder about God's desire for us in the two specific areas mentioned in the Word of God.
I Thessalonians 4:3 says, "For this is the will of God, even your sanctification that ye should abstain from fornication." In this context, Scripture teaches that Chrisitans are to be obedient to God in their bodies. The body of a Christian is not his own, but belongs to the Lord (I Corinthians 6:19). Therefore, the "outside" is to be held in honor of Jesus Christ and obedience to Him. No matter what, Christians are to be morally pure with their bodies. That is definitely God's will and desire for every saint.
The second definitive statement declaring God's will for Christians is found in I Thessalonians 5:18, which says, "In everything give thanks: for this is the will of Gid in Christ Jesus concerning you." In this passage, the Bible teaches that Christians are to be obedient to Gid in their minds and hearts. The mind of a saint, like the rest of the body, belongs to the Lord, so the "inside" of our body is to be held in honor of our Saviour and obedience to Him. Without doubt, past generations of leaders in America knew this, so the holiday we know as "Thanksgiving" is a day to especially give thanks and express thanks to God for His goodness, mercy and bounty to us. It goes much deeper than football, turkey and dressing, and festivity with family and friends. Thankfulness in the life of a Christian keeps us from complaining, bickering, harboring ill will, resentment, and all other perverted attitudes. Attitudes of gratitude help us keep Christ preeminent.
David Hansen, Pastor
Immanuel Baptist Church
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