When I was first gave my life to the Lord my brother Vince gave me a Bible. I was so excited I told him, “I’m going to start at the beginning and read it all the way through!” He cautioned me to start in the New Testament, that way I wouldn’t get bogged down in some stuff in the Old Testament that I wouldn’t understand as an 11 year old boy. I remember the fervor I had and the diligence that lasted quite a while. But somewhere along the way other things of life seemed to crowd out my zeal.
I remember going through high school and frequently would hear this little voice in my spirit saying,
“Get into My Word!”
Sometimes I would obey it, more often, I would not. I was busy, you know!
But there were a few verses that I would keep coming back to me that seemed to sustain me(even in my distracted state):
1Th 5:16 Rejoice evermore.
1Th 5:17 Pray without ceasing.
1Th 5:18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
I found that these three verses are really vital keys to life.
Rejoice evermore ----
“What are you going to do? Be sad your whole life? Put a smile on that face! Why spread unhappiness around? “
Pray without ceasing ----
“You need God. If you think you can do this on your own you have a warped view of reality. Our Heavenly Father is standing by ready, willing and able to help you. But you must invite Him to help you. He doesn’t show up uninvited.”
In everything give thanks ----
“This keeps you happy and on the receiving end of God’s blessings.”
for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
It’s important to me to please God, I think He put that in my heart when I gave Him my life. So if I do these three things I’m assured that my life is pleasing to God.
Try it, I can guarantee improvement in your life.