Scripture: Zechariah 3:5 NASB “You Can’t Touch This!”
“Then I said, “Let them put a clean turban on his head.” So they put a clean turban on his head and clothed him with garments, while the angel of the LORD was standing by.” Zechariah 3:5
Do you sometimes feel like you’re just getting “hammered” by the devil? Satan was called “the accuser of the brethren” in yesterday’s reading from Revelation 12:10. Here, in Zechariah, we see him in his work as accuser and abuser (Zech. 3:1). Joshua (not Joshua from the book of Joshua but the high priest after the exile) was doing the work of the Lord. As is often the case when working for the Lord, Satan will try to thwart us by haunting us with past sins or accusing us for being inadequate before the Lord.
He may bring up things we have done in the past and pull “skeletons out of the closet” to discourage us. In fact, discouragement is perhaps his greatest tool!
The antidote to his attacks are the promises in the Word of God as well as our faith (cf. Eph. 6:16-17). We are to firmly plant our feet (“feet fitted with the gospel of peace as a firm footing,” original NIV translation) and “resist” the devil (James 4:7). We even have a choice of headwear. Choose the helmet of Eph. 6:17 or the turban of Zech. 3:5. Either will protect your mind.
Perhaps the greatest protection we have against Satan is the robe of righteousness that the angels put on us. Joshua’s white jacket symbolized the purity of Christ that we are imbued with when we trust Him. We need to realize we are already clothed in Christ’s righteousness in God’s eyes and retreat to our “grace place” (cf. The Grace Place).
Here are Scriptures that indicate that God looks at us, spiritually speaking (“positionally”) as being as pure as Christ:
1 Cor. 1:2 To the church of God which is at Corinth, to those who have been sanctified in Christ Jesus, saints by calling, with all who in every place call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, their Lord and ours:
1 Cor. 1:30 But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption,
1 Cor. 6:11 Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.
John 17:17 “Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth.”
Heb. 10:10 By this will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
Heb. 10:14 For by one offering He has perfected for all time those who are sanctified.
You talk about self-esteem! We need to realize that God sees us as being as clean as Christ. That certainly is an incentive for holy living, isn’t it?
Then when Satan accuses us, we can say, in the words of the famous theologian, M.C Hammer,
YOU CAN’T TOUCH THIS!
If you do, you will find that you are choosing life (Deut. 30:19)!
If you’re not in the Word, you are fair game for the devil. If you’re in the Word, you’re fair game for the devil. You just have a better chance when you’re in the Word. In fact, if you’re in the Word and listening to God, you will be victorious.
Check out the verses above and think about them (it’s called biblical meditation!). If you do, you’ll find out, that like the old hymn, you can find
“A shelter in the time of storm” (cf. Ps. 91:1; also see, Ps. 62:8).
The Lord is a refuge for us.
Take refuge in Him. The devil will flee (cf. James 4:7-8; 1 Pet. 5:8-9).
The purpose of Choose Life is to pick a positive help out of the One Year Bible (OYB) reading plan for the day. There is always something positive in the Word of God to cheer us and give us strength. For more on today’s reading, check out my One Year Bible blog: The Beasty Boys