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"Pilgrim and Sojourner." - 1 Peter 2:11

 The Spirit of intercession in place of the spirit of accusation

"We read in Revelation 12:10 that Satan is the `Accuser of the brothers', and that he accuses them before God day and night. This is a full time ministry that Satan is engaged in. And in this ministry he has many co-workers - both among his evil spirits as well as among men. The sad fact is that there are many believers too who are co-workers with Satan in this ministry of accusation.

God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world but to save the world (John. 3:17). And the reason our Lord is able to save us completely is because He always lives to make intercession for us (Heb. 7:25). The ministry of accusation and condemnation is the ministry of Satan and we should have no part in this. Our Lord, on the other hand has a full-time ministry of intercession and salvation. This is the ministry that we should have...

In Paul's letters, we see how he had this habit: He invariably began his letters by thanking God for the Christians - at Rome, Corinth, Ephesus, Phillipi, Colossae and Thessalonica and also for Timothy and Philemon (Rom. 1:8; 1 Cor. 1:4; Eph. 1:15, 16; Phil. 1:3; Col. 1:3: 1 Thess 1:2; 2Thess.1:3; 2 Tim. 1:3; Philemon 1:4). No doubt, there were many faults in all those Christians, which a godly man like Paul could easily see. But he refused to join hands with the Accuser in accusing them. God had sent him to help them and save them, not accuse them and condemn them.

Even when writing to the Corinthians, who had such serious problems in their midst, Paul began by thanking God for the good that he could see even in them. It was only after saying that, that he corrected them. Perhaps this was why the Corinthian Christians accepted Paul's correction readily (2 Cor. 7:8, 9). Perhaps this is also why others do not accept our corrections and exhortations – because we have never appreciated the good that we have seen in them!

...We who are believers could also ask ourselves this question: Is it really true what Satan keeps telling us that there is nothing good at all in those other believers whom we have been accusing for so many years??

God grant that, as much as the spirit of accusation and complaining and backbiting against others has found its place in our thoughts and in our hearts in the past, we will now be equally filled - and even more - with the spirit of thanksgiving and intercession for one another.

Thus the enemy will no longer find a place in our lives. The Accuser and his spirits will be overcome and driven out by the spirit of intercession. Will you be radical now and forsake this habit of accusing others - once and for all - and replace it with the spirit of intercession? May the Lord help us all to do so."

- Zac Poonen

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