Rejoice Always (1 Thessalonians 5:16-21)
Rejoice always, always be rejoicing
Pray without ceasing, prayer should be increasing
In everything give thanks for this is the will of our God
Don’t put out the fire of the Spirit
Listen to the words the prophets say
If they line up with the Word…if they pass this test
Hold on to what’s good, and leave the rest…
We are living in a very trying time; people are fearful of many things: -losing their life due to a worldwide pandemic called covid-19
-losing their businesses due to lockdown restrictions
-losing their way of life due to political maneuvering
-losing touch with friends and family due to social distancing
-losing, losing, losing…
BUT, in the midst of all of this, God encourages us to Rejoice, Pray, and Give Thanks…
When I take God’s advice, and do these things, the fear of losing fades into the background while Faith and hope start to rise within me.
God’s ways are higher than our ways; His thoughts are greater than our thoughts…He knows the conclusion of these trying times because He has already been in our future (He is outside of time restrictions). He has already told us that “he who endures to the end will be saved;” so, there’s no reason to give in to the fear of losing…
In Christ, we win…in Christ, we are safe…in Christ, there is no fear,
and for this, we can Rejoice, Pray, and be Thankful…!!!
Abide in Me; (John 15)
I AM the vine, and you are My branches
Abundant life flows from Me to you
I AM King of all kings, Lord of all lords…I AM
Abide in Me, abide in Me…
I AM the head, and you are My body
Authority flows from Me to you
I AM power and glory, wisdom and styrength…I AM
If you will come to Me and dwell in Me, you’ll find all that you need
If you will come to Me and dwell in Me, your soul will be set free
If you will come to Me and dwell in Me, My love in you will grow
If you will come to Me and dwell in Me, your joy will overflow
A branch can not remain alive if it is severed from its’ root. It is the root/the vine that draws nutrients from the surrounding soil. The vine seeks and soaks in water to keep the branches alive, and when the branches are properly fed and watered, they will bear fruit continually.
Jesus said, “I AM the vine and you are the branches…” Truly, our life depends on Him in everyway. He provides everything we need: joy, peace, provisions, freedom, vision, courage, hope and a future…everything we need is “IN Him”, and without Him, we can do nothing.
To “abide in Him” is simply to rest from our frantic efforts, and to trust Him and listen to what He is saying to us, then DO what He tells us to do.
Think about the life of a branch…it doesn’t struggle to stay attached to the plant, it just IS attached…it doesn’t struggle to bear fruit, it just does.
There will come a time when the branch needs to be pruned in order to remain effectively fruitful, but that’s another lesson for another day.
Abide in Jesus, stay connected to Him, rest and receive all He has for you…be fruitful.
“Future and a Hope” (Jeremiah 29)
Here we are in November, just a few months into a brand new era; a brand new start for some, an ending for others. Perhaps it’s time to hit the reset button. Perhaps it’s time to lay down some of the baggage that has weighed you down for too long, and chart a new course...press toward the mark of a higher calling. Maybe it’s time to walk out of the darkness and toward the rising Son.
“I will visit you and perform My good works in you and cause you to return to this place.”
“For I know the plans that I have toward you” says the Lord; “plans of peace, not evil, to give you a future and a hope... then you will call upon Me, and go and pray to Me,
and I will listen...”
“For I know the thoughts that I have toward you,” says the Lord; “thoughts of peace, not evil, to give you a future and a hope... and you will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart...”
“I will be found by you,” says the Lord; “and I will bring you back from your captivity, I will gather you from all nations, from all people, I will bring you back.”
“You’ll return to Me...you will return to Me...”
The future that we desire, a future full of joy and hope, is truly ours for the taking, or rather, receiving. Like the best Christmas present you could ever imagine, it has already been bought, paid for in full, and is waiting for you to unwrap at the foot of the tree/the cross.
Many of us have wandered far from our hope-filled future, but that has not deterred Him, God. His jolly Father’s heart is still bursting with expectation of that moment when you will return, receive your gift and
live your dream. He has thought out the plan and executed it to the tiniest of details, and now the present awaits at the foot of the tree/ the cross. Jesus, the Prince of Peace and the Hope of Glory, is waiting and wanting to give youyour heart’s desire.
The question is...will you return to the tree, kneel down, and open the gift He bought for you...your future and hope awaits your response.
Song #28: “O Righteous Father” John 17: 22-26
This song is taken from John 17, right after the Last supper. On the night that Jesus was betrayed by Judas, He knew He was going to be taken captive, and yet He prayed this prayer for all of us; His focus was not about Himself, but He was concerned for our welfare.
Listen/Download “O Righteous Father” at:
O Righteous Father, the world has not known You but I’ve known You, and these have known that You sent Me.
O righteous Father, I have declared to them Your name and will declare it, that Your love may be in them…Ooooooo
Father I desire that those You gave to Me will be with Me where I AM,
That they may see My glory, which You have given to Me, for You’ve loved Me from forever…
I in them, and You in Me, may they be made perfect in one that the world may know You’ve sent Me…
I have loved them as You have loved Me, as You’ve sent Me into this world, I AM sending them…Ooooooo
The glory that You gave Me, I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one…
I in them, and You in Me, may they be made perfect in one that the world may know You’ve sent Me…I have loved them as You have loved Me, as You’ve sent Me into this world, I Am sending them,
And I do love them, as You’ve loved Me, and I do love them as You have loved Me…Oooooooo
The tenderness of Jesus’ petition to Father God on our behalf is mind boggling, especially knowing that He was about to be betrayed, tortured, and hung on the cross. He knew full well what was in store for Him…He knew the end from the beginning, and yet He chose to intercede for us who would believe. And He still intercedes, prays for us, as He sits at the right hand of The Father. This is true love, agape love, unconditional love. This is the same love that He calls us to display in our lives; to give love away as He did to us. His New Commandment is “that you love one another as I have loved you,” this is far and away beyond “love your neighbor as yourself.” Most of us cannot love our neighbor because we don’t even love ourselves, so Jesus’ command to love as He loved us means that we first must go to Him to receive His love. Only then can we turn around and give that love, His love, to someone else. He’s the beginning of love, and the vehicle by which love is given…only He could do such a thing, of course, He is God, He is love, and we are the better for it. Are you ready to receive His love, His glory, His oneness with Father and each other?
Be extremely blessed today,
Song #10: “Be Anxious for Nothing” (Phil.4)
This song is on my “Words of Life” CD, which you can listen to at:
www.wesmichaelgorospe.com/songs. It is song #7 on the list.
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything, by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God that passes all understanding will keep your heart and mind in Christ Jesus.
Whatever is true, honest and just; whatever is pure, lovely and of good report; if the be any virtue, if there be any praise, think on these things. (Philippians 4:6-8)
With a world that seems to be flying sideways, and a news media that refuses to report truth without bias, it is easy to just give in to the noise and join the chorus of those who seem to have lost their sense of decency.
But we are called to a higher purpose, a higher calling to be salt in the earth. Salt can savor (make tasty), but salt can also sting when rubbed into a wound to cleanse it. When I was growing up in Hawaii, anytime I got a cut, I would go down to the beach, jump in the ocean, and let the salt water cleanse the wound, but it would really hurt at first.
God’s solution for us is that we rely upon Him…the constant theme of our lives. We are encouraged to not be anxious or worried about anything, but instead, to bring every request to Him in an attitude of humility and thanksgiving. Easier said than done.
He gives us the guidelines to think of things that are good, true, honest, just, etc. If we strive for what is good, and what lifts up rather than tears down, we can have true peace of mind and heart…and isn’t that what we all really want, peace? Think on these things!