Thoughts on 1 Thessalonians 5:18

By practicing these verses in the little things of life, little disappointments, little frustrations etc., we are building our faith and storing up for when the big things happen in our lives. We have then made it a habit  of thanking the Lord and looking for the blessings and it is much easier to do than if we had not put these verses to practice in the small things.

I think Psalm 50:14-15 speaks of this:

“Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving (could a sacrifice of thanksgiving possibly mean giving thanks when we don’t really feel like it or see how we could possibly do that) and pay your vows to the most High; (can paying our vows possibly mean to give obedience to God and his word when we don’t really fee like it only because He tells us to) and then call upon me in the day of trouble and I will deliver you and you shall glorify me.”

This verse is so true. When we store into God’s bank our thanks and praises prior to the great need in our life, we have built an account so to speak and the promise is that he will then deliver us, and the best part is that we will want to glorify Him.

November 2nd reading from God at Eventide: “The stored wealth of the Spirit of Jesus Christ. The giving out of that spirit-wealth. The supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ. This, My Spirit, must be absorbed, not in a moment of emergency, but in the quiet alone times, so that from this store all help and strength can be supplied….The mistakes my followers often make is that they rely upon this supply being ready for them to claim from Me at need, when the claim should have been made before, and My Spirit in all its fulness has already become a part of them…My Spirit is not a Spirit of Rescue alone. It is both Builder and Strength, making of my follower that stronger soldier ready for the emergency or strong to avoid it, as the need of My Kingdom may demand.”

When we sometimes think, “Oh the Lord could not possibly mean that. That is either too simple or too hard”….. These verses are good to remember when we either don’t understand or don’t agree with the verse as it is stated.

Isaiah 55:8-9 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not rely on your own insight….”

Proverbs 14:12 “There is a way which seems right to a man, but it’s end is the way to death.”