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Rules for Living

Posted by: David Carroll

1 Thessalonians 5:16-22 (NKJV)

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies. Test all things; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil.

In rapid fire like fashion, Paul lists vital Christian virtues that summarize the basic attitudes for life. Joy comes from the confidence in knowing your purpose and your destiny. You serve at the pleasure of the King of kings, the one who created all things. What could bring you more joy? You have direct access to him and He will direct your life. Continual prayer shows your constant dependence on him. Prayer is an awareness of and an active connection to God, something you can maintain all the time. It doesn't necessarily mean on your knees, eyes closed, and you don't have to sign-off with Amen as if you are hanging up the phone. Since God is sovereign and nothing happens to you without his approval, you can thank Him for everything knowing full well that He is in complete control.

How do you douse the fire of God's Spirit? With sin. Don't do it. How do you despise prophesies? By treating them lightly. Gods word is vitally important, every part of it. Treat it with seriousness. Move slowly on things that are unfamiliar. Compare them to scripture. When they match up, embrace them wholeheartedly, stay away from the others. Just say no to anything that might seem inappropriate for the child of God.

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