September 23, 2011
"So the angel said to the others standing there, 'Take off his filthy
clothes.' And turning to Jeshua he said, 'See, I have taken away your
sins, and now I am giving you these fine new clothes.'” Zechariah 3:4
Ever felt so immersed in sin that you deemed yourself unworthy to stand before God? Ever whispered these phrases of defeat, "God could never forgive me for the things I have done. Surely He feels repulsed by me." Sister, you are not alone. Did you know that all--ALL--have sinned and fallen short of God (Romans 3:23)? No one stands righteous before God. Nope, not one (Romans 3:10). The Good News? On account of our Redeemer, our story doesn't have to end in shame or defeat.
God's Word teaches us that our battles are not against flesh-and-blood but against an enemy who remains unseen (Ephesians 6:12). Our enemy prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour (1 Peter 5:8). This enemy goes by many names: Satan, the devil, the father of lies. But the one name that I find most disturbing is--Accuser.
Satan's primary goal is to separate us from God. Disguising himself as an angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:14), he'll stop at nothing to keep us distanced from the Father. One such tactic the enemy uses is that of accusation. "God could never love someone like you," he taunts. "Think of all the things you've done. All the harm you've caused. All the disgust and filth you've amassed," the harasser continues.
Satan doesn't just attack you. He attacks even God's most high. Zechariah 3:1 reads, "The Accuser, Satan, was there at the angel’s right hand, making accusations against Jeshua."
The Good News?
God has rejected Satan.
Once desiring to be God, Satan lost his right standing before the Lord and was forever cast down in defeat (verse). God declared victory the day Christ was raised from the dead. Check! Therefore, there is now no condemnation in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1). all who call upon His name verse
God's response to Satan in Zech reads, "“I, the Lord, reject your accusations, Satan. Yes, the Lord, who has chosen Jerusalem, rebukes you. This man is like a burning stick that has been snatched from the fire.”
God not only rejects Satan's accusations against us, He clothes us in garments of white.
"Jeshua’s clothing was filthy as he stood there before the angel. 4
So the angel said to the others standing there, “Take off his filthy
clothes.” And turning to Jeshua he said, “See, I have taken away your
sins, and now I am giving you these fine new clothes.”
No sin is too grievious to be forgiven by God. 1 John 1:9 reads, "
fogivenss comes by salvation, salvation is a gift, can not be earned. Gift you must receive. Profess Jesus
Christ died to remove your filth. In Him, you stand clean. Come to the Lord and allow him to clothe you in garmets of snow.