Over the years of my ministry, I have lost count of how many times I have been asked, as a minister/pastor, to say a special prayer for someone. Well, Jesus is the One that truly has the special place with the Father to offer a special prayer for all of us. One of the most precious and powerful truths of Scripture is that Jesus is always interceding for us that belong to Him, and we can have an idea of what He is praying by looking at what He has prayed in His high priestly prayer in John 17. In this message, we look at one part of His prayer - His prayer for our sanctification. We look at what it means for the Father to sanctify us, and the means by which the Father sanctifies us.
The big picture of all that is going on in the world is distressing and can be confusing. Through all the media outlets, there is a non-stop stream of discussion on what is going on with all the nations, between the nations. However, for true clarity, we need to have more discussion on what is going on between the nations and God. In Psalm 2, King David gives us a general, broad picture of the interaction between the nations and God. And the picture is not a good one. But the psalm is a good word. Psalm 2 begins on a disturbing note and ends on a delightful note. In looking at this psalm, we see the insanity of the nations, the indignation of the Lord, the inheritance of the Son, and the invitation to the nations.
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In these uncertain times, we Christians should be standing on and speaking out about a certainty that does not swing with public opinion and political elections. For our certainty, we are not ultimately looking to the occupant of any public office - even the Oval Office. For our certainty, we are looking to the Occupant of a throne that will never be up for election. In Hebrews 1:8-9, we see what God the Father declares to be true to and about God the Son, in the rock-solid permanence of His rule, the righteous perfection of His rule, and the refreshing pleasure of His rule.
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