Daniel Fast 2023

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Message Text

Psalm 100:1-5 NIVUK

1 Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. 2 Worship the Lord with gladness;come before him with joyful songs. 3 Know that the Lord is God.It is he who made us, and we are his;we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. 4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise;give thanks to him and praise his name. 5 For the Lord is good and his love endures for ever;his faithfulness continues through all generations.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NIV

16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:6-7 NIV

6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and
petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Message Notes

1. Thanksgiving is about who not what. 3 Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture The more you know God the more you are thankful for. Isaiah 41:10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Psalm 27:1 The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid?

2. Thanksgiving is an entry pass not a final applause. 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. What you need is found in the presence of God and entering the gate will require thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is a prerequisite to the solution not a result of.

3. Be unexpectedly thankful. God is always showing up in ways that we never expect and in circumstances we can’t anticipate. so if we wait to be thankful until we see something familiar we will spend most of our lives wishing we were more thankful. Be ok with the tension of being thankful and things not being the way you want.