The Devilís Photographer

Bible Reading: Revelation 12: 1-17

Text verse -10
And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation,
and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ:
for the accuser of our brethren is cast down,
which accused them before our God day and night.

The Welkom City centre and especially the area around the Post Office has become extremely unsafe of late. Because of the high incident of theft, mugging and stabbings in the area, the Post Office has closed
- locked the Post Box section at night. Unlike a few years ago,
Mail can now only be collected from your Post Box during daylight hours.
Almost every single person present here this morning has been a victim of a mugging or a robbery.
Georgie (my wife) has been a victim, having had her bag snatched on more then two occasions
in broad daylight outside the local Bank.

One is not even safe when in a group - Georgie, Deon, Eric and myself one Saturday Afternoon
decided to take a trip into the City Centre. Deon needed some stationery for a School project.
We needed to draw some money from the local ATM for the purchase.
While the four of us were walking away from the ATM we were suddenly rushed from the front and the rear
- almost knocked off our feet - by a gang of thieves.
The end result our last few Rands together with our Bank Cards, ID documents, Driverís Licences were stolen.
It all happened so fast, with the thieves disappearing into thin air !

Hopefully, our City Centre will once again be safe and crime free.
The Business Community have joined hands and installed Closed Circuit Television Cameras
- the cameras in the sky -
in the City Centre in an effort to combat the crime in the area.
Since the beginning of the month, November 1st, 1999, the control room monitoring the cameras
have been manned 24 hours.

But, what has all this to do with todayís Sermon, you may ask.
Within days of the Cameras been installed - 5 Robbers were ďcaught in the actĒ on film outside the Post Office. They were identified and later arrested and have already appeared in Court !
The interesting fact is that the Photographs taken were entered into evidence
by the State Prosecutor to be used against the 5 accused.

But, did you also know, that one of the Banks in Welkom has in addition to the Closed Circuit Television
in the Banking Hall installed separate Cameras behind the Tellers (Cashiers) ?
In an attempt to combat the high level of Cheque Fraud in our Country the Tellers have been instructed that when-ever a large Cheque or Saving Transaction is done - without the customerís knowledge - to push the button under the counter which in turn activates the Camera and thus the personís photograph is taken.
These Photographs are then used to settle any dispute that may arise concerning
the transaction and also as evidence should fraud be involved !

The State Prosecutor uses the Photographs as evidence against the Accused in the Court of Law.
The Photographs become the accuser to convict the guilty !

Remember, our Text verse:
Revelation 12: 10
And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God,
and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down,
which accused them before our God day and night.

The devil is our Accuser !
But first let me tell you something about him. The devil is not omnipresence, omniscient or even omnipotent
- the devil is limited in what he can tempt you with !
He cannot as some falsely believe, read your mind. Pastor but how do you know ?
Listen to the Word of GOD:

1 Corinthians 10:13
There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful,
who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able;
but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

Did you notice ?
Only tempt you with that which is common to man !
Always a way of escape !

He is our Accuser and he is busy together with his demons gathering evidence to use against us in that day
when we stand before the Great White Throne of Judgement.

Listen to the Word:
Hebrews 9:27
And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgement.

Photographs taken by the devilís photographers - the demons - to be used against us in that day.
Farfetched, you may say. Close your eyes for a moment, think of all the places you have visited recently,
all the things you have done recently - pictures - photographs form in your mind.
What if the devilís photographers had taken some of those photographs -
Are there perhaps some that you wish you could tear up ?

Farfetched, you may say. Pastor, the devil cannot be our accuser in that day because he will
already have been destroyed. True, but letís examine what the Scriptures say:

Revelation 20:10-12
And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast
and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever. And I saw a
great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away;
and there was found n o place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God;
and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the
dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.

Notice - and the books were opened - What if ? and I am only saying:
What if the devilís photo-album is one of the books to be opened ?
What if his photo-album is not destroyed with him ?
Would that photo-album be your accuser in that day ?
Can you afford to take a chance ?

If photographs were taken of everything you ever did - what then ?
Would you wish you could tear some of them up ? Would the devil be your accuser in that day ?

The Moslems believe that on the day of Judgement all your good deeds are placed on one side of a scale
and all your bad deeds on the other side. Your eternal future will depend on which side the scale tips.
No hope for a sinner !
They can only trust in their good deeds - but what if their sins weigh more then their good deeds ?

Were will it be - Heaven or Hell ? Some claim there is no Hell !
Some claim that death is the end of our existence.
But what if they be wrong ? Can you afford to take that chance ?
What will happen if your accuser has photographs taken during your earthly life
- photographs that you wish you could have been torn up.
Donít kid yourself we all have had such photographs taken because the Bible says:

Romans 3:23
For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.

Strange is it not that the devilís work is mostly done under the cover of darkness.
For Photographs to be developed you need a darkroom ! Any photographer will tell you.
Total darkness - behind closed doors ! Light will destroy and make a roll of film useless !

In the darkroom chemicals are mixed together in order to develop those photographs taken.
The photographs are developed in total darkness and the chemicals that the devil uses is called sin !
The chemicals of murder, the chemicals of assault, drunkenness, lies, false pride, covetness.
I am sure that you are able to name many of the other chemicals used
- but they all have one ingredient in common - sin !

Friend, listen to what Jesus said:
John 8:12
Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world:
he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

The devil is your accuser.
John 10:10
The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy:
I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

1 John 3:8
He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning.
For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.

Jesus is the Light of the world - When He enters onto the scene - The development of the devilís photographs
are ruined and the devil has no evidence to use against you.

Pastor can you be sure ?
2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature:
old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

What must I do, you may ask ?
1 John 1:9
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

All our sins - all our photographs can be destroyed ! We can be assured of eternal life !

Remember the day of Pentecost ?
Acts 2:38-39
Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ
for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off,
even as many as the Lord our God shall call.

BUT Friend, it is not enough just to confess your sins, you need to repent.
What does repentance mean ?
- It is more then just leaving something behind !
- It is more then just stopping sinning !
- It is a turning from sin and a turning to Jesus !

Close your eyes for a moment and examine the photographs of you life - Some you just cannot
tear up - the devilís photographer has taken them and is ready to use them to accuse you !

Only the Light of the World - Jesus can destroy them ! Can you afford not to invite HIM into your life ?
The devil is your accuser ! Heaven or Hell - what will it be ?
Where will you spend eternity ?

Only Jesus can help in that day - can you afford to take the chance ?

John 14:6
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Hebrews 2:3
How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord,
and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him.

Please remember the Holy Spirit can cleanse your soul, open up the darkroom of you Heart to Jesus now,
in order for HIS light to destroy all your sins, and to cleanse you
so that you can begin a new life in JESUS.


Pastor CSJ Claassen
PO Box 99

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