Day 19: I trust You, Lord. My verdict is not guilty. Zachariah 3: 1-7
There are many unanswered prayers lingering around. Prayers that are righteous and good. Prayers that will help you in a time of trouble. Prayers that will give you just a little bit of relief. Why aren’t our prayers being answered?
We have an accuser named Satan. Satan walks around every day all day seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8). He sends out his minions to seek you out. They report back everything you have said and done. One little slip up and he gets excited. Then he runs to God to tattle on you. Yep. He’s the petty tattletale who reports every little misstep you make. He uses everything you say and do that’s contrary to the word against you. EVERYTHING!!!! Nothing is not used. If he doesn’t use it now, he is guaranteed to use it later.
For instance, you woke up with a slight headache. You sit up and say, “I think I am coming down with something.” He jumps for joy because now he can put sickness on you. You ever wonder why you get sick every time you call in sick as an excuse not to go to work. Well, don’t go blaming God for it. You used the powerful words ‘I AM’ and ‘that’ you became. He used that against you too.
What about the words indicating you have no money? You are unsuccessful? You’re depressed, down in the gutter, or lost God’s blessings. Depending on your mindset that you’ve created over time, Satan can easily be having a field day ratting on you.
These are just the words you speak against yourself (watch your words against others too...for example, calling your child dumb, stupid, bad, or anything else against the word is not only used against you, but also against your child as well). Your actions cause him to ‘run and tell dat’ too! Everything you say and do is under Satan’s microscope. He’s waiting for any slip up on your part.
But fret not! We have a lawyer on our side. His name is Jesus!
My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: 1 John 2:1 (KJV)
John starts this verse off speaking to his spiritual children. Because it starts off with ‘My little children…’, you may easily think this is a gentle directive he is giving, but knowing how Satan uses everything against us, you can also picture an urgency in his voice. “My dear fellow believers, PLEASE, PLEASE do not sin!” He goes on to say that if anyone does (ANYONE), you have an advocate who is in heaven that you can use to stand against Satan. (But keep in mind, he says 'sin NOT. Just because you have an advocate doesn’t mean you can go around sinning all willy nilly.)
You can picture God as the judge, sitting in the judge’s seat. Satan will be there as your accuser, or adversary, and Jesus is there as your lawyer, or advocate. This is why we pray ‘In Jesus’ name…’ because no man can get to the judge (the Father) except through Jesus (John 14:6). He simply needs you to confess, renounce (or cancel) the words spoken or action taken, and you will be found not guilty and your case will be closed. Satan will be shot down and unable to continue his plots against you.
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. And he answered and spake unto those that stood before him, saying, Take away the filthy garments from him. And unto him he said, Behold, I have caused thine iniquity to pass from thee, and I will clothe thee with change of raiment. And I said, Let them set a fair mitre upon his head. So they set a fair mitre upon his head, and clothed him with garments. And the angel of the LORD stood by. And the angel of the LORD protested unto Joshua, saying, Thus saith the LORD of hosts; If thou wilt walk in my ways, and if thou wilt keep my charge, then thou shalt also judge my house, and shalt also keep my courts, and I will give thee places to walk among these that stand by. Zechariah 3:1-7
This scripture passage speaks volumes as Zechariah is recording the vision, but what you should know is the Courts of Heaven were in session. Zechariah witnessed Joshua being found not guilty of whatever Satan was accusing him of. The Lord rebuked Satan and blessed Joshua. All Joshua had to do was ‘…sin not…’ Yes, there are always final instructions when the not guilty verdict is given.
You see how loving your Daddy is. He lights your path. He creates a way. And then he gives you instructions on how to stay clean. He takes away your filthy rags, and gives you fresh new ‘garments of praise’ to wear.
So trust your God. Trust that when you confess and seek forgiveness, the verdict will be ‘not guilty’ and your petitions will be answered. Stay on the path of God, and he will give you ‘places to walk among these that stand by’ waiting for you to fail!
Keiyia JOYet George
Trust Walk: Walking in His Steps coming soon!