Jesus is praying for us to be sanctified, which means to be set apart from the world to the Word of God, which is the truth. Other truths in the natural world such as sickness, poverty, fear and recession are only a truth but not the truth, and the truth will always supersede these truths when we apply it. Jesus is praying that we would be separated from the attitudes, dictates and opinions of the world and be joined with His Word—the truth.
When we see the integrity of God’s Word and choose to apply it in our lives, we will see situations and circumstances change, just like Abraham who, contrary to hope, believed God and called those things which did not exist as though they did. Not wavering at the promise of God, he was fully convinced that God would perform what He had promised.
Romans 4:17-21 (as it is written, “I have made you a father of many nations”) in the presence of Him whom he believed—God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did; who, contrary to hope, in hope believed, so that he became the father of many nations, according to what was spoken, “So shall your descendants be.” And not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body, already dead (since he was about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah’s womb. He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform.
Facts including negative circumstances exist. While we don’t deny what’s going on, we deny their rights to have a place in our lives, and we change them by establishing the unchangeable truth of God’s Word in our hearts by meditating and acting on it.
We need to have this attitude towards God’s Word: God said it, I believe it and that settles it. It is His covenant Word with me and to me, and it is regardless of how I feel, how the circumstances are or the opinion of the world.
Whenever we encounter a problem and a negative truth that is set before us, run to God and seek a second opinion from the truth. God’s Word is forever settled in heaven, but it is up to us to settle it forever in our lives and to give it first place and authority in everything we do.
Sermon Series: Fight the Good Fight of Faith
耶稣常常为我们的圣洁祷告，让我们得以远离世界进入神的话语，也就是真理中。其他自然世界的存在如同疾病、贫穷、恐惧和经济萧条是确实存在，而绝非真理。当我们高举真理，这些自然存在的现象就必被真理取代。耶稣为我们祷告，让我们可以远离世间的态度、命令和意见，而得以进入神的话语 – 真理中。