THANKSGIVING

Chord Progression:  (Am  G/B  C  Am)  (Dm  Dm7  E  Am)

SOUND JUDGMENT

Your righteousness is like the mountains (Ps 36:6).

You have the power to judge rightly;

You are wisdom—

following the soundest course of action (ref#110, p1533).

 

Your judgments are like the great deep (Ps 36:6);

You are judicious and wise (ref#110, p731)—

forthright and direct (ref#110, p531)—

showing sound decisions (ref#110, p731).

 

You are justified in Your verdict (Ps 51:4)—

having and applying fair rulings (ref#110, p731).

You are deliberate—

tendentious (ref#110, p1378).

 

You are faultless in Your judgment (Ps 51:4).

You are not unjust or unfair,

nor variable or fluctuating—

nor equal to anyone else (ref#110, p1456).

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CONFESSION

BONDSERVANT

“Just as it is the disposition of the Lamb that bestows upon the blood its power, so it is only as we are willing to be partakers of the same disposition of the Lamb, that we shall know its full power in our lives. And we may be partakers of His disposition, for it has been made transferable to us by His death” (Phil 2:5; 1 Cor 2:16) Roy Hession (ref#97, p95,96).

FATHER, that I might be a bondservant of CHRIST who is Your bondservant. This means I will be treated as You treated Your Son—serving Your will and experiencing “the malice of men” Roy Hession (ref#97, p85).

FATHER, You made me in the first place to be Your bondservant so that there is nothing I can boast in because this is what I have been created for (ref#97, p86). A slave doesn’t boast, he just does his assigned work.

“’Will any one of you who has a servant plowing or keeping sheep say to him when he has come in from the field, “Come at once and recline at table”? Will he not rather say to him, “Prepare supper for me, and dress properly, and serve me while I eat and drink, and afterward you will eat and drink”? Does he thank the servant because he did what was commanded?   So you also, when you have done all that you were commanded, say, “We are unworthy servants; we have only done what was our duty”'” (Luke 17:7-10 ESV).

When I catch myself feeling good because of my Christian activities, deflate my pride by calling to my mind the above verse. It’s serious business to steal Your glory, O GOD.

“…we have no right and no appeal, where we are the absolute property of our Master, to be treated and disposed of just as He wishes” Roy Hession (ref#97, p84).

ADORATION

Chord Progression: (C G F G7) (C F C G)

HYMN OF INCARNATION

“He, even when he subsisted in the form of God,

Did not…cling to His prerogative of equality with God:

Nay, tenantless of all that glory,

He assumed the form of a bondslave,

 

“And appeared in the likeness of man.

So was He found on earth as a man in outward seeming,

And abased Himself in rendering submission,

even to the death—A death upon the Cross!

 

“Because He stooped so low, God uplifted Him very high,

And hath freely given Him The Name—

The Name that is above every name, decreeing

‘In the name of Jesus shall every knee bend in prayer,

 

“Alike of dwellers in heaven, on earth, in the underworld,

And every tongue shall utter this confession,

‘Jesus the Messiah is Lord!’

So rendering glory to God the Father’” Arthur S. Way (ref#38, p155-156 [Phil 2:6-11]).

PRELUDE TO PRAYER

Prayer Facts:

“If no answer comes, we are not to…suppose that it is not God’s will to give an answer. No; there must be something in the prayer that is not as God would have it…It is far easier to the flesh to submit without the answer than to yield itself to be searched and purified by the Spirit, until it has learnt to pray the prayer of faith” Andrew Murray (ref#19, FIFTH LESSON).

Reasons for Waiting for GOD:

Because You send the Counselor to represent CHRIST and act on His behalf (John 14:26), I will wait for You.

Because the SPIRIT will show me what is true (John 14:17), I will wait for You.

Because the SPIRIT will teach me everything (John 14:26), I will wait for You.

Because the SPIRIT will always be with me and help me (John 14:16), I will wait for You.

Read Through the Bible in a Year: Aug 26th – Sept 1st

Aug 26      Habak 1-3; 2 Tim 2

Aug 27      Zeph 1-3; 2 Tim 3

Aug 28     Jer 1-2; 2 Tim 4

Aug 29     Jer 3-4; Titus 1

Aug 30    Jer 5-6; Titus 2

Aug 31    Jer 7-9; Titus 3

Sept 1     Jer 10-12; Ps 50

SUPPLICATION

SICKNESS – LIFE THREATENING

[The majority of our prayers concern physical health. We all know someone who is dealing with a life-ending disease. Here is an opportunity to pray for them. Fill their name in the blanks.]

THE AFFLICTED SOUL UNABLE TO THINK

FATHER, ____ may be too deeply absorbed in sorrow, or too weakened by disease and racked with pain to muster prayers to You. Many situations make ____ unfit for concentrated spiritual thought. But, sweet JESUS intercedes in (his/her) stead (ref#61, Feb 10th).

 “…when human sympathy and power are exhausted, Jesus has ‘entered into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God’ (Heb 9:24)” Octavius Winslow (ref#61, Feb 10th).

Pray for ____, JESUS. When ____ in (his/her) affliction cannot think of You, aid (him/her) to know You are thinking of (him/her). You live to make intercession (Heb 7:25).

THANKSGIVING

Chord Progression:  (C  Gdim  Dm7  G)  (C  Ab7  Dm7  G7)

INDIVERTIBLE

FATHER, You sit on Your holy throne (Ps 47:8).

You reign as King forever and ever (Ps 10:16).

You are indivertible;

You cannot be turned aside (ref#110, p688).

 

You are the King of all the earth (Ps 47:7).

You cannot be kept from doing what You want;

You are undeterred (ref#110, p1456).

You cannot be defeated or surpassed (ref#110, p1451).

 

You reign over the nations (Ps 47:8).

You are supranational—

You are over all the nations in authority (ref#110, p1346);

You have within Yourself all that is necessary (ref#110, p1217).

 

You are highly exalted (Ps 47:9);

You are the highest point;

You are the pinnacle (ref#110, p1026).

Unbeatable and self-contained (ref#110, p1451, 1217).

CONFESSION

WHO IS DOING THE DOING?

“Not all deeds done for God are His deeds. Doing for Him is not enough; the question is, who is doing the doing? God will not recognize any labor as His if it simply reflects the believer’s activity and is carried out in his strength” Roy and Revel Hession (ref#101, p44).

When the Apostle Paul says I am to work out my own salvation (Phil 2:12-13), he is not saying to me to get busy and convince You, FATHER, that I love You. If I have any thought of impressing You it signals my activities are birthed from ruling myself. Working out my salvation is not choosing Christian activities that I want to do.

FATHER, instead of permitting my perverse nature to work out my salvation, bequeath me that I may, with concentration and care work out the nature You have put in me when You changed my nature (ref#7, June 6th). I want You to dominate more and more of my life (ref#7, June 7th); I want to be more and more acquainted with Your good work, not my own good work—Your rule, not my rule.

“The moment we begin to feel satisfied that we are making some progress along the road of sanctification, it is all the more necessary to repent and confess that all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags….God alone knows our good works, all we know is his good work. We can do no more than…carry on and rely on his grace,…and—sin” Dietrich Bonhoeffer (ref#10, p297).

ADORATION

Chord Progression: (C Dm C Dm) (C G7 C7 F)

JESUS Is LORD

You sent Your Son into the world

so that I might live through Him (1 John 4:9).

All Your promises in Him are Yes,

and in Him Amen, to Your glory (2 Cor 1:20).

 

He is perfectly adapted to my needs

—holy, blameless, unstained by sin,

separated from sinners, and

exalted higher than the heavens (Heb 7:25,26).

 

My LORD JESUS CHRIST, the Messiah,

yielded Himself up to atone for my sin

and to save and sanctify me—

to rescue and deliver me from this present age (Gal 1:3-4).

 

In Him I was made Your heritage

and I obtained an inheritance (Eph 1:11).

In accordance with Your will and

purpose and plan, my FATHER (Gal 1:4).