In the Message, 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 says, “ Be cheerful no matter what; pray all the time; thank God no matter what happens. This is the way God wants you who belong to Christ Jesus to live.” In the KJV, I Thessalonians 5:16-18 says, “Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”

You know what?  Like someone said, if you’re happy and thankful and blessed because you trust in Jesus, send a message to your face.  ‘Course, if you’re frowning all the time, it’s probably (almost certainly) because your face knows the truth about what is in your heart.  Like Jesus says in Luke 6:45, “Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.”  Same goes for your face.  “Out of the abundance of the heart [your eyes and your face] speak.”  Being happy because you have an ongoing, growing relationship with God through Jesus; and the Holy Spirit is residing in you heart; that’s just not something you can force or fake.

And if you claim to have that relationship, but you’re still unhappy, it’ll show on your face.  Most likely it’s because you still haven’t really surrendered your whole self to God, to let Him run your life.  You’re still trying to take care of everything for yourself, to stay in control.  And as long as you’re doing that, God will to let you.

But when you finally give up and let Him have your whole life and your whole self; then you’ll get that sense of relief that only God can give.  You’ll know what rest is all about.  You feel that sense of security, inside and out, that only Jesus can give.  THEN, you’ll be rejoicing all the time and giving thanks for everything that happens to you, good, bad or indifferent.  And your face will be glowing, your eyes will be sparkling, with God.  You just won’t be able to hold it in.  Like Peter said in Acts 4:18-20, “We just can’t help but tell what we’ve seen and heard.”  You’ll be saying, “I just can’t help but grin because I’m so glad to get to be here; right in the middle of the hollow of God’s hand!”  Hallelu Jah!


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