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Sunday, September 16, 2012

Helpful or Heartless Toward Others?

"It is Christ ... who also makes intercession for us ... the Spirit ... makes intercession for the saints ..." (Romans 8:34, 27)

Do we need any more arguments than these to become intercessors - that Christ "always lives to make intercession" (Hebrews 7:25), and that the Holy Spirit "makes intercession for the saints"? Are we living in such a relationship with others that we do the work of intercession as a result of being the children of God who are taught by His Spirit? We should take a look as our current circumstances. Do crises affect us or others in our home, business, country, or elsewhere, seem to be crushing in on us? Are we being pushed out of the presence of God and left with no time for worship? If so, we must put a stop to such distractions and get into such a living relationship with God that our relationship with others is maintained though the work of intercession, where God works miracles.

Beware of getting ahead of God by your very desire to do His will. We run ahead of Him in a thousand and one activities, becoming to burdened with people and problems that we don't worship God, and we fail to intercede. If a burden and its resulting pressure come upon us while we are not in an attitude of worship, it will only produce a hardness toward God and despair in our own souls. God continually introduces us to people in whom we have no interest, and unless we are worshiping God the natural tendency is to be heartless toward them. We give them a quick verse of Scripture, like jabbing them with a spear, or leave them with a hurried uncaring word of counsel before we go. A heartless Christian must be a terrible grief t our Lord.

Ar you lives in the proper place so that we may participate in the intercession of our Lord and the Holy Spirit?

~Oswald Chambers~

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