Intercessors On The Move

                               By Phil Scovell

               I was visiting a church once  called The Church On The Move.
          I  went  three times  and  didn't  see  all that  much  spiritual
          movement myself but then, I'm naturally critical.  Besides, it is
          the  Lord's  fault.    He's  the  one  who called  me  to  be  an
          intercessor and a prophet.   Anyhow, the preaching in this church
          is good.   Not  as good as  my preaching,  but that  goes without
          saying.   Regardless, the preaching  is very good and  very faith
          based and that's a good thing.

               So, one  day, during the  pastor's sermon, he was  trying to
          explain how  we need  to control our  emotions.  He  was focusing
          that day on joy and how to be a happy Christian.  Of course,  joy
          and happiness are  two totally different  things.  Happiness  you
          can get of a hit from  a joint or a snort of powder  up your nose
          or a swig from a bottle of booze or from a roll in the hay with a
          beautiful woman.  Joy is uniquely God because it is His character
          and you can't joy from any human experience.  but I digress.

               In the pastor's sermon, as  he tried to explain that we  had
          to work at  being joyful as  a Christian, odd, though,  I thought
          that Jesus did all the work, but again, I digress.  As the pastor
          was trying to  explain how to  work at being  joyful in the  Lord
          throughout  your  life,  he  used  intercessors  as  an  example,
          howbeit,  a  poor example,  of  joyfulness.    He said  that  all
          intercessors were joyless people and walked around acting sad all
          the time.  Strange, I know a lot of intercessors and I don't know
          one who is  like he described.   Anyhow, he then said,  they need
          the joy  of the Lord in their life.   He said, intercessors had a
          bad attitude  about life in  general.  They thought  they carried
          the church  and if  they didn't  pray for  you, you  would be  in
          trouble.   Again,  quite unusual  because I  don't know  a single
          intercessor who  has this  attitude and  I  bet I  know way  more
          intercessors  than he  does.   I'm beginning  to wonder  who this
          pastor hangs out with if he is getting this sort of feelings from

               Since this  pastor has very little idea  what an intercessor
          is, let me tell you.  They are people who carry burdens for those
          who cannot  carry them.  They are people  who pray for, and with,
          others in  agreement.  They are  people who fast for  others when
          called  upon to  do  so by  God.   They  are people  who  will do
          spiritual battle for others who are to spiritually sick to  do it
          for themselves.   They often  are called upon to  confront demons
          and demonic  forces because  God allows them  to see  what others
          often never  see or  know.  They  are people  who lift  others up
          before the Lord; not take them down.  They are people who deliver
          God's love, through  prayer, to those who cannot  feel God's love
          any longer.   They are people  whom the Lord  reveals truth about
          others, without giving  them permission to  speak to that  person
          about what  they know concerning  their problem, but  affords the
          intercessor  a great  opportunity to  intercede  for that  one in
          need.  These are but a few things an intercessor is and does.

               finally,  unlike  some   pastors,  intercessors  never  pick
          themselves to  be intercessors.   If they  do, they  very quickly
          learn  they  are not  called  because  they get  beat  up  in the
          spiritual realm  before they  can set one  foot inside  the door.
          The only thing worse  is being called to serve God  as a prophet.
          Especially when  most people believe  the last  prophet died  out
          with the last apostle; whoever he was.

          Safe Place Fellowship
          Phil Scovell
          Denver, Colorado
          Mountain Time Zone

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