Today’s Scripture: And he shewed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right hand to resist him. And the LORD said unto Satan, The LORD rebuke thee, O Satan; even the LORD that hath chosen Jerusalem rebuke thee: is not this a brand plucked out of the fire? Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments and stood before the angel. Zechariah 3:1-3
Can we get rid of our guilty feelings? Many people live with guilt and it feels like a heavy weight. So, what can we do about the weight of guilt that we carry? What do we do when the devil wants to remind us of our past?
God knows everything about us, both the public and private areas of our lives. He understands and is all knowing. God is very aware of our shortcomings and failures. According to Scripture, we stand before God in filthy garments. That is not how we want to think of ourselves, but it is fact.
In Zechariah 3:1, we have a scene with God, Joshua the high priest, and Satan. Satan still has access to God. Satan can physically be in the presence of God and often is. What does that have to do with guilt that keeps coming back in our lives? Satan was there to resist – Satan hates a Christian that wants to serve God. One of Satan’s ploys is to remind us of our failures and past guilt.
In verse 3, it says that Joshua was clothed with filthy garments. Before we are saved, that is what we are. We are sinners with filthy garments.
Think about the fact that we have been pulled out of the fire and have filthy garments. God has taken away those dirty garments and given us a set of new, clean clothes. That is our standing before God when we have put our faith in Him. When we have trusted in Jesus Christ, we have passed from death to life. He has taken away that set of vile clothes that we had and gives us the righteousness of Christ.
Now when the devil starts accusing you, or you get hit with guilt over sins that have been forgiven, what you need to say is, “I have been redeemed. I have the clothes of Christ upon me. So, when God looks at me, He does not see my filthy garments. He sees the garments of Jesus.” The purity of Christ is upon us all the time, never wearing out, never getting stained, never having a thread hanging. There is no weakness in that perfect suit of righteous – it can never be removed.
That is something you must remember, and you almost have to say it to yourself and to the devil because these things have a way of coming back over and over again. Satan loves to tell you to remember the things that you once did and wants you to feel like there is no way that God can love you. Always go back to the truth of God’s Word.
Devotional by Jim Scudder, Jr.