Jessidith Allers - Rochedale, Queensland Convention - December 2006

Hymn 384

One day I was standing in the kitchen of a convention and stirring the pot, and when I glanced across the room, I noticed a little girl there singing at the top of her voice. The next meal I looked to see where she was, and there she was and she was singing, and she made a mistake, so she stopped and dropped her head because she had made a mistake. The next meal she didn’t sing, and the next meal she didn’t sing again, and now I was anxious to see if she would sing again. Then she sang very softly, and the next meal she sang a little again.

We all make mistakes and we make them frequently, and we feel so bad, and wonder what God is thinking. I wonder if He is anxiously looking and hoping that we will come on and not just stop there. When I started praying for this meeting, that picture of Joshua standing before the angels with filthy garments - Zechariah 3, and Satan standing on his right hand to accuse. Our accuser stands right there and says, what you have done, and he is right, and we have to say, “Yes, I did fail.” Then the Lord spoke to Satan and rebuked him and said, “O Satan, even the Lord that hath chosen Jerusalem rebuke thee, is not this a brand plucked out of the fire? You can be quiet Satan, I am going to use this man.” God caused the angel to change Joshua’s garments, and there he was ready for duty. The accuser comes in many forms.

I think of Hannah and her husband loved her, but she wasn’t bringing forth the fulfillment of her desire. Peninnah was there saying “You haven’t got a child!” It plagued Hannah and her adversary continued to tell her, “You don’t have a child!” Then she went to the Lord, and it all changed. I wondered what her adversary could say then. When God steps in, He made the difference.

Someone was attending meetings one time, and she came for 6 years, and she sat and listened and then one day we visited her and she poured out what was in her heart. She had a relationship which was illegal and she justified it because her husband was an alcoholic, and she felt she needed a bit of love. She sat in the meetings and she knew she was guilty. That day it was a very special feeling to be able to read with her John 8 about the women who was taken in adultery and her accusers said she was guilty, but she couldn’t say a thing because it was true. It was lovely how Jesus handled that. Jesus said, “Go and sin no more.” I don’t know, but maybe that day she also got a revelation of what Jesus was doing for her. Jesus was going to the cross to pay the price for her sin, and then He was going to go on and become the one who was pleading her cause before her Lord God. He was going to be an intercessor. There was hope, and that is what Jesus came to give us.

Jeremiah 29:11, we read, “'For I know the thoughts that I think toward you,' saith the Lord, 'Thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.'” The Hungarian Bible rendering is, “to give you an end, and give you a hope.” The day that Peter denied Jesus, and he heard the cock crow, he felt terrible - “I am guilty.” It tells us that Jesus turned and looked on him. I wonder what was in that look. Maybe Jesus was saying, “Peter, remember I have prayed for you - just hold on. I am going to the cross to pay the price for that.” Peter carried on and was able to declare his love to his Master. Jesus just carried on to the cross and He was our intercessor.

What has happened in the past, it doesn’t matter any more. If the accuser comes and tells you about your past, you just tell him about his future. Our future is a future of hope. Hebrews 6 speaks about the oath that God has made, “That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us; which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which entereth into that within the veil; whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.” It is sure and steadfast, and as we are following Jesus, we are going to obtain that reward. We don’t have to listen to the old adversary. Jesus went to the cross, and He hung there and suffered and died, and He knew that darkness from being separated from God. That is why He could pray, “Father forgive them, for they know not what they do...” He knew how terrible the separation from God is. His love and His suffering for our sins, I don’t want to ever forget it.

That day the accuser was standing there accusing Joshua to God. He might even accuse us to our God, and our friends in our meeting, but He can’t accuse us to God any more because we have an intercessor. We don’t have to listen to him any more, as he has no access to God. John 10 tells us the thief cometh in but to steal and to kill and destroy. That is what our accuser is about, to steal from us eternal life. Jesus said, “I am the good shepherd, and I know My sheep, and am known of Mine. As the Father knoweth Me, even so know I the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep.” We want to listen to the shepherd that gives us what will feed our souls. Words of the hymn I like to think of - “Made conscious of short comings and our need of help from Thee…Impart Thy Holy Spirit to give utterance to our plea…The tempter now accusing, from our vision Lord conceal...And interceding on our part, Our great High Priest reveal.” That is what we want to see. Every time the accuser comes, may we remember that he has no place in Heaven.