Practicing The Will Of God For You This Year

What is the God’s WILL for me this year? How do I know God’s WILL for my life?

How many times have we heard or asked those questions? Thankfully Paul gives us a pretty simple recipe. For the next few weeks, we are going to be practicing the will of God for us in 2017.

Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16

We spent some time on Joy and the Will of God last year, but I am excited for us to practice this in a new way with some new insights! We are going to start with Always Rejoicing...keep being filled up by Joy. Check this out:

(God) You will show me the way of life; You will fill me with joy in your presence…(Acts 2:28, Ps. 16:11)

Remember, JOY is not something to be manufactured, made or conjured up by us. Here we see that God shows us His way/will for our lives. It’s to be filled with JOY over and over again by simply being in His presence (PERIOD).

I LOVE this idea from C.S. Lewis: “Joy is the serious business of heaven” (Letters to Malcolm)

Joy is “HECHO EN HEAVEN”. Joy is a main export from the Kingdom Of Heaven that according to Jesus is “at hand” (Matthew 3) and available NOW.

SOOOOO, this week we are going to start practicing God’s Will for us.

Jesus is WITH us. How could you practice Jesus’ reality/nearness/presence during this week? What would it look like for you to practice being more aware of Jesus everywhere you go?

My prayer for us is that by the end of this week and even this year, we Jesus People would be living more powerful, colorful, joy-filled, beautiful lives. Let’s start today! Practice well…

What does it look like for you this week to practice Joy that’s only found in the presence of God?