“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
These three have been called the standing orders of the Christian church. No matter the circumstances or occasion these are relevant, helpful and applicable.
“Even though the fig trees have no blossoms, and there are no grapes on the vines; even though the olive crop fails, and the fields lie empty and barren; even though the flocks die in the fields, and the cattle barns are empty, yet I will rejoice in the Lord! I will be joyful in the God of my salvation!” Habakkuk 3:17–18
This means you worship no matter what. It’s a mentality that says “even though everything may be falling apart around me, I will rejoice.” There is an invincibility that flows from joy. When the joy of the Lord is your strength you are unstoppable.
Pray without ceasing.
This is living with nothing between your soul and your Savior. We must practice the presence of God – a constant realization of His presence and work in and around us.
In everything give thanks.
Nothing will change your attitude like gratitude. It’s impossible to complain while you are saying thank you, and the best time to express thanks is when you don’t necessarily feel like it. This is being thankful in everything not necessarily for everything.
“Even on the darkest day there are blessings to count. We must remember that if we face the sun the shadows will fall behind us but if we turn our backs on the sun all the shadows will be in front.” -William Barclay