THANKSGIVING

Chord Progression:  (C  F  F#dim  G)  (G#dim  F/A  Dm  C)

INEFFABLE

Awesome are You, GOD (Ps 68:35).

You are ineffable—

too overwhelming…

to be described in words (ref#110, p690).

 

You are lofty—very high,

extremely elevated (ref#110, p794).

You are illustrious, noble and renown—

having eminent fame (ref#110, p919).

 

You are magnific and imposing,

having dignity (ref#110, p813).

Splendor and majesty are before You,

strength and beauty are in Your sanctuary (Ps 96:6).

 

“…’Great and marvelous are Your works,…

Just and true are Your ways,…

Who shall not fear You…and glorify Your name?

For You alone are holy…” (Rev 15:3-4 NKJV).

CONFESSION

REFUTING STRONGHOLDS IN MY MIND

“…the weapons of our warfare are not physical…but they are mighty before God for the overthrow and destruction of strongholds,…we] refute arguments and theories and reasonings and every proud and lofty thing that sets itself up against the [true] knowledge of God;…” (2 Cor 10:4-5 AMP).

FATHER, I desire to sit before You for the purpose of identifying my strongholds. A stronghold is a fortified place. In my mind I keep certain thoughts at the ready to be quickly acted upon because I can trust them to get me through a particular type of situation.

These thoughts, turned to action, have worked for me. They have kept me independent. That’s why I consider them a stronghold and keep them fortified. More than anything I don’t want to abandon them for other thoughts that might not work.

But, FATHER, I know that these stronghold thoughts set themselves against the true knowledge of You for they are my thoughts, doing life my way, not Your way.  They require no faith or resting on You.  I do desire You transform me inwardly by a complete change of my mind (Rom 12:2) so I can take everyone of these stronghold thoughts and make them a prisoner capturing them and bringing them into obedience to CHRIST (2 Cor 10:5).

By faith I know that I can do this with Your help. My part in this process is to be willing to give strongholds up.

Stronghold thoughts that float into my mind when I’m idle, like prideful ones that serve to build up my ego, I can refute by willfully thinking of something else. So, FATHER, I ask You to call to my attention these stronghold thoughts so I can destroy them by neglect.

Thoughts though, put into actions that get me through frightening phobias, I’m not so willing to give up. But, by obtaining Your strength through faith I can also eliminate these self-preserving, strongholds. You give me the ability to do it when I willfully turn the thoughts toward You, for when my attention is on You I cannot initiate my self-preserving defenses. For it is impossible for two opposing thoughts to exist together.

FATHER, I desire to think upon You. You are true, worthy of reverence, honorable and just. You are pure, lovely and lovable, kind and gracious. You are excellent and worthy of praise ( Phil 4:8). With thoughts on You I lose the desire to think about my self-preservation and comfort at all. Strongholds vanish!

ADORATION

Chord Progression: (Am Dm Am Dm) (G7 C E7 Am)

I AM PRECIOUS IN THE LORD’S SIGHT

You, LORD, have formed me—

You have redeemed me

And, You, LORD, called me by name

I am Yours (Isa 43:1).

 

Since I am precious in Your sight,

Since I am honored and You love me,

You will give other men in my place,

And other people in exchange for my life (Isa 43:4).

 

I am Your witness

and Your servant whom You have chosen

in order that You may know me

and I understand You (Isa 43:10).

 

You will make a roadway in the wilderness,

and carve out rivers in the dessert for me (Isa 43:19).

And I, whom You formed for Yourself

Will declare Your praise (Isa 43:21).

 

I’ll sing to You, LORD a new song (Ps 149:1);

Let me exalt in Your glory (Ps 149:5).

Let the high praises be in my mouth (Ps 149:6).

For Your name alone is exalted (Ps 148:13).

PRELUDE OF PRAYER

 

Prayer Facts:

“If we are to pray with power, we must pray with faith….If we are to have real faith, we must study the Word of God and discover what is promised. Then, we must simply believe the promises…Faith must have God’s sanction. Trying to believe something that you want to believe is not faith” R.A. Torrey (ref#155, p45-46).

Reasons for Waiting for GOD:

Because You rule by Your might forever and You keep watch over the nations (Ps 66:7), I will wait for You.

Because Your judgments are true and righteous altogether (Ps 19:9), I will wait for You.

Because Your understanding is inexhaustible and boundless (Ps 147:5), I will wait for You.

Because You are unchangeable, what You want to do, You do (Job 23:13), I will wait for You.

Read Through the Bible in a Year: June 10th – 16th

June 10    Prov 16; Matt 10

June 11    Prov 17; Matt 11

June 12    Prov 18; Matt 12

June 13    Prov 19; Ps 60

June 14    Prov 20; Matt 13

June 15    Prov 21; Matt 14

June 16    Prov 22; Matt 15

SUPPLICATION

CHRISTIAN

[Because we are Christians and live in the world we will always need prayer for our walk and for witnessing to others about CHRIST. Here’s an opportunity to pray for others or even ourselves. Fill their name or your name in the blanks.]

SHATTERING A PERSON’S HOPE OF SALVATION

FATHER, You have redeemed ____ and given (him/her) opportunities to speak to others the Gospel summary which is “‘The Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world’” (1 John 2:2) (ref#7, Oct 15th)! Help ____, FATHER, to first think and speak of CHRIST.

The hope of being accepted by You interests most everyone. Therefore there are diverse ways to convince one’s conscience that You will accept them. Below is a list of some false hopes that people put their trust in. Prompt ____ to use the mention of these hopes as a starting point to convey true scriptural hope:

“…going forward in a meeting, praying a suggested prayer, imitating the experience of others, joining a church, attending many Christian meetings, being baptized, studying the Bible regularly, helping others, feeling good in a religious service or having a strong conviction that they are right with God…” Will Metzger (ref#79, p80).

FATHER, I intercede for ____ that (he/she) be bold enough to speak against all ideas that are without scriptural grounds. Reasoning about situations like the above will do nothing.

Empower (him/her) to always guide the conversation to JESUS. Give (him/her) the incentive to give “a strong dose of teaching on justification by faith. Unmerited mercy softens cold hearts” Will Metzger (ref#79, p173). People must hear that nothing but comparing their life with the standards of JESUS and submitting to Him alone will please You (ref#7, May 6th).

THANKSGIVING

Chord Progression: (C  Fm  Ddim  C/E)  (Ab+  Fm  G  C)

FLAWLESS

FATHER, You are GOD of all flesh (Jer 32:27).

You self-regulate—

functioning “without outside control” (ref#110, p1218).

You are not dependent on another (ref#110, p1336).

 

There is nothing too hard for You (Jer 32:27).

You are perfect—

“complete in all respects…flawless”—

You are “without defect” (ref#110, p1003).

 

You make Yourself known to all nations (Ezek 38:23).

You are substantive—

existing independently (ref#110, p1336).

You prevail and overpower (ref#110, p963-964).

 

You, LORD, show Your greatness and holiness (Ezek 38:23).

You are self-assured and confident (ref#110, p1217).

You master, conquer and overcome (ref#110, p963-964).

You are victorious, effective and successful (ref#110, p1067).

CONFESSION

OBEDIENCE

 “His timing is perfect, His will is our hiding place. Lord Jesus keep me in Your will.  Don’t let me go mad by poking about outside it” Corrie TenBoom (ref#84, p218).

FATHER, being obedient to You sounds simple enough, but how do I know it is You giving the orders instead of my flesh desiring to be spiritual? Can I not hear the same words from both You and my flesh?

No prerequisite is required for fleshly desires to enter my head. They are stand-alone commands rising from my depraved nature. They masquerade as important spiritual ideas appealing to my sense of logic. They beg to be put into action.

“Carnal pleasure, worldly profit and honour, the things of sense and time, are the things of the flesh…The favour of God, the welfare of the soul, the concerns of eternity, are the things of the Spirit” Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the Whole Bible (ref#18, [Rom 8:5]).

FATHER, draw me into submission. Make me wait on You to receive Your revelation in my intuition otherwise my flesh will assert itself (ref#101, p43). If I sense I’m being the boss over any spiritual project, I can be sure it is my flesh directing me. You FATHER, do not delegate authority over the control of Your work (ref#101, p42).

“Despite a great revival in Samaria, Philip was not responsible for the follow-up labor of strengthening. He must leave immediately for the desert in order that a “heathen” eunuch might be saved….All acts are in the hands of the Spirit; believers simply obey. Had it been left to human thoughts and wishes, many places which ought to be visited would not have been, and many others would have been visited which ought not to be. These experiences from Acts inescapably tell us that we too must follow the guidance of God’s Spirit in our intuition and not follow our thoughts, reasons or wishes” Watchman Nee (ref#101, p 42-43).

“Jesus takes us over for His enterprises, His building schemes entirely, and no soul has any right to claim where he shall be put” Oswald Chambers (ref#7, May 7th).

ADORATION

Chord Progression: (Am E7 Am A7) (Dm A7 B7 E)

BLESSED IS GOD FOREVER

“Be exalted, O God, above the heavens!

Let your glory be over all the earth” (Ps 57:5 ESV)!

Your throne, O God, is forever and ever.

The scepter of your kingdom is a scepter of uprightness;…” (Ps 45:6 ESV).

 

“In the greatness of Your majesty

you overthrow Your adversaries;

you send out your fury;

it consumes them like stubble” (Ex 15:7 ESV).

 

“’Who is like you, O Lord, among the gods?

Who is like you, majestic in holiness,

awesome in glorious deeds,

doing wonders” (Ex 15:11 ESV)?

 

“…’Blessed are you, O Lord,…forever and ever.

Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power

and the glory and the victory and the majesty,

for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours….” (1 Chron 29:10-11 ESV).