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Nothing Can Separate Us from the Love of God
Pastor Adrian Rogers
"For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 8:38-39
What if you had an appointment with the doctor and found out that you had cancer? Maybe you have heard this news or heard it on behalf of a loved one.
I want to tell you some things cancer cannot do.
Cancer cannot shatter hope.
Cancer cannot corrode faith.
Cancer cannot eat away peace.
Cancer cannot place a limit on eternal life.
Cancer cannot quench the spirit of God and
Cancer cannot lessen the power of the resurrection.
That's how limited cancer is!
Is there someone in your life who is suffering from cancer? Give them the Good News that you've read today and pray that they will know the Savior.
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Comprehending the Decretive Will of God
with R.C. Sproul
God's decretive will is sometimes described as the sovereign, efficacious will by which God brings to pass whatever He pleases by His divine decree. An example of this may be seen in God's work of creation. When God said, "Let there be light" (Gen. 1:3), He issued a divine imperative. He exercised His sovereign, efficacious will. When He did so, it was impossible for the light not to appear. It appeared by the sheer necessity of consequence.
The decretive will can have no other effect, no other consequence than what God sovereignly commands. He did not request the light to shine. Neither did He coax, cajole, or woo it into existence. It was a matter of absolute authority and power.
No creature enjoys this power of will. No man's will is that efficacious. Men issue decrees and then hope they will bring about their desired effects. God alone can decree with the necessity of consequence.
Coram Deo: Living in the Presence of God
Read Genesis 1, observing how God repeatedly exercised His sovereign, efficacious will in creation.
For Further Study
Colossians 1:9: "For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding."
1 John 2:17: "And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever."
1 Peter 4:1-2: "Therefore, since Christ suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same mind, for he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, that he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh for the lusts of men, but for the will of God."
The mission, passion and purpose of Ligonier Ministries and Dr. R.C. Sproul is to help people grow in their knowledge of God and His holiness.
The Prayer of Supplication and Intercession
with Bayless Conley
Ephesians 6:18 tells us, Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints.
When Paul says, Praying always with all prayer, the Greek word he uses for prayer is just a general term for prayer used throughout the New Testament.
But the word he uses translated supplication means prayer for definite, specific needs. Most generally, you will find that this is a prayer prayed for others, as is the case in this verse.
In Philippians 1:4, Paul uses this same word for supplication, when he says,
Always in every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy.
Both the words translated prayer and request are the Greek word for supplication that we just read in Ephesians 6:18. But here it is translated as prayer and request.
I want you to notice who he is saying to pray for, Always in every prayer of mine making request for you all. It is for someone else.
Recently, I had a pastor friend ask me to pray for his church and their finances. He said things were really tight. So several times I brought the issue before God and made specific requests about it...or supplications.
Now, I did not pray, "I believe I receive it." That is not my place. What I did do was pray for God to help them. I prayed that God would give them wisdom, that God would inspire the people in the church to give, that people would have a heart for souls, and a number of other specific requests over the following several days.
That is the prayer of supplication...praying specific requests for specific people.
The Prayer of Intercession
The prayer of intercession is the sixth and last of the kinds of prayer we have been covering over the last week of devotionals.
1 Timothy 2:1 points us to this type of prayer,
Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men.
Intercession, as we find it here, is a technical term for approaching a king on behalf of another. In a general sense, related to prayer, intercession is seeking God on the behalf of others. But, more specifically, it is coming to God for one who has no standing with Him.
A number of years ago, I was ministering in Nigeria, speaking at a large conference in the city of Onitsha. While there, we were invited to go meet the king of Onitsha.
It was pretty exciting driving in a motorcade with little flags on all the cars. I felt like a big shot! But when we got to the palace, we had to have someone go on our behalf in order to meet with the king. I had no standing with the king, and neither did anyone else in our party.
The person who brought us to the king of Onitsha was an intercessor. And that is the idea of this word intercession. You are coming to the King of kings on the behalf of someone who presently has no standing with Him.
Do you remember when Abraham went before God for the city of Sodom—desiring that God would spare Sodom? What was Abraham doing? He was acting as an intercessor. He was coming between God and someone who had no standing with God.
We all should be praying prayers of intercession. You and I are to make intercession for the lost.
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