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Tuesday, June 20, 2006 Mr. C. Pat Lanyon
Review: Godís holiness is His separateness from all aspects of His creation as illustrated by Light and Darkness. He is [to be] set apart, especially when being worshiped. (Character Attribute #14C Holiness) 1 John 1.5
The Works of GodIn Relation to Prayer to Him
Activity Web Doc #1: 1) Salvation by Godís Grace, | 2) Revelation by God | of His Self, | Will, | Call, | Word, |
Activity Web Doc #2: 3)Preparation for Service to Him, | 4)Character-Proving Tests, | 5)Leadership |
Activity Web Doc #3: 6)Friendship | 7)Privilege | 8)Inheritance.
From the Prayer Notebook:
PS 100.4; HE 11.6 1 Thess 5.17-18
2B. WHAT YOU DO Ė You give me . (God's ACTIVITY)
Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.
But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
1 Thessalonians 5:17-18
pray without ceasing,  in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
Since pleasing God requires faith in 1) Who "He is" and faith that 2) "He is a rewarder," we begin the next minor subsection of the Adoration Prayer Principle (1A) we call Godís activity. We see also that recognizing that He does reward is done principally through the act of giving thanks.
Two main sub-sub-points are covered in our outline: Thanksgiving for 1) Spiritual (Eternal) Blessings, and for 2) Earthly (Temporal) Blessings. Psalm 100 teaches us that taking time and doing this very activity is a means of entering His gates Ė a picture of entering His kingdom, or His presence, the place where we go to worship Him. We know this to be prayer Ė our means to communication with Him. 1 Thessalonians 5:17-18 teaches also that this is Godís will for us (see prayer principle 3A) and while pleasant things God does for us are easily acknowledged the unpleasant works of God must also be received with thanksgiving:
Psalm 119:75 I know, O LORD, that Your judgments are right, And that in faithfulness You have afflicted me.  Unless Your law had been my delight, I would then have perished in my affliction.  Before I was afflicted I went astray, But now I keep Your word.  It is good for me that I have been afflicted, That I may learn Your statutes. Continued On Page 2
God enables His servant to do His will (3A,2E below as well). Affliction 1)v.75 is good for me; 2)v.92 will cause me to perish if I do not delight in them; 3)v. 67, keeps me from going astray!; 4)v. 71, causes me to learn God law, 5)reveals whether or not I keep God law .(see 4D below) So Cry out (in prayer) to God for help in failure to attain Godís expectations in life.
Psalm 138:3,8 In the day when I cried out, You answered me, And made me bold with strength in my soul.  The LORD will perfect that which concerns me; Your mercy, O LORD, endures forever; Do not forsake the works of Your hands.
It is noteworthy to realize Godís Works (as identified by that which is eternal in nature) are to receive a special emphasis:
Applications (1C. For Spiritual Blessings) "You give me ." (God's ACTIVITY)
List some other Spiritual Blessings:
(2C. TEMPORAL Blessings)
Thanksgiving for Earthly possessions: List all on a separate sheet inserted in notebook.
These are what most people speak thanksgiving for in public to others.