The devil's on vacation, because we're doing his job!
The Bible says Satan is the Accuser of the Brethren. But you might think we have taken his job by the way some Christians pray. “Mr. So and So has done me wrong! That old sorry thing . . . and God you know how bad he’s done me…” And we keep praying… “God do you know what they did to me?”
If we are accusing those who have hurt us in our prayers, you are accusing them before the throne, and doing the devil’s job. He’s getting a day off because we’re in there accusing each other, “Kill them God. Get ‘em . . . Get ‘em good. Let them feel the flame!” And the devil’s over there smoking a cigarette, just taking it easy. He’s on vacation, because we are doing his job.
Have you ever really thought about the scripture in Matthew 18? It says, "Whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” This scripture has been used many times by believers to spiritually “bind the devil.” But for a moment take a look at the whole scripture. This is really a scripture on forgiveness.
“Assuredly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” (NKJV)
Guess what that means? That means, when I bind somebody in unforgiveness, say things like “You make me sick,” or “I hate you,” you are in effect “binding” them up.
Guess what just happened? Your prayers were hindered. If I bind you up in unforgiveness, my request gets ignored up in heaven. In reverse, when I loose somebody on earth through forgiveness and compassion, up in heaven, my miracle just got released! My prayers just got heard as well. Maybe rather than holding on to bitterness and unforgiveness, it’s time to get loose.
We can’t afford the luxury of unforgiveness.
Jesus put it like this in Luke 17, “Forgive seven times seventy.” That’s four hundred and ninety times in a day. If you break that down, that’s thirty times an hour. If you break it down even more that’s once every two minutes. You’ve got to live a life of forgiveness to forgive every two minutes.