Continuing on in 1 Thessalonians chapter 5, we read:
16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; NKJV)
This brings to mind a similar instruction from Paul in his epistle to the Philippians:
4 Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. 6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. 9 The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you. (Philippians 4:4-9; NKJV)
Take some time and consider the key words in these verses:
Rejoice, pray, thanksgiving, will of God, Jesus Christ, peace, true, noble, just, pure, lovely, good report, virtue, praiseworthy.
Evaluate your life today through the lens of these words.
Are you rejoicing in your own life and with those you care about or are you letting the bad things distract you?
Are you spending time in prayer whether it is a time you have set aside or continually conversing with your Father through the good and bad of your day?
Do you see the will of God today? Do you see Jesus? Are you trusting God is there and working? Does this bring you peace?
Are the things you are thinking about true, noble, just, pure, lovely, of good report, virtuous, and praiseworthy or is satan filling your mind with distraction?
God is a builder. Satan is a destroyer. Fill your heart and mind with the building materials of God, trust His will, feel His peace. That is what He is shouting from Heaven. That is my prayer for you and for me today.