“Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right side to accuse him.”
~ Zechariah 3:1 NIV
“Saints are formed in the crucible.”
At least, that’s what my inner healing counselor said after I wept away at the current difficulty facing us. Saints, she said, are Christians set apart for God’s special purpose, and their purifying trial that they walk through (their crucible) leads to the creation of something new.
Leaning in, she said that the fire scorching my skin (my husband’s unexplainable health issues) only grew my faith, and I should consider that it takes magnifying the heat to melt away any impurities. After a pause, she admitted that when believers reach the other side of their discomfort, that’s when our faith morphs into a new level that normal living never would have obtained. She then shared how the persecuted church grew through their adversity (Acts 11:19-20).
I jotted notes the whole time she talked, amazed by this crucible idea, and left her office with much to research and pray about, especially because of the assignment she challenged me with at the end of our session.
From my studies, I found countless events that lined God’s Word showcasing how He formed His saints (Daniel 3, Job 42). When we read with a discerning eye, there’s an underlying message throughout Scripture that should bring peace to the hearts of those facing hardship. In essence, once we’ve won this battle, there will be no devil in Hades who will be able to stop us from pursuing God’s purpose in our life.
And that’s where His invincible power magnifies.
Through the pain.
Through the fire.
Through the crucible.
Take for instance today’s main verse, where Joshua the high priest stood face to face with an angel of the Lord. This scene amazes me. Please pause for a moment as you reread Zechariah 3:1, then close your eyes, and envision the image.
Did you see Satan hovering around Joshua’s right side, badgering him like a loud-mouthed bully?
He accused him of his mistakes.
He even prompted him to question anything positive the angel may have said!
Who would ever want this type of attack?
But if I’m reading Scripture correctly, Satan loves to unravel us with accusatory tactics.
Praise God that the next verse in Zechariah says that the Lord rejected Satan’s charges against Joshua. He then continued on rebuking the enemy, and commanded the angels to remove Joshua’s filthy rags, which cleansed him from any unrighteousness (Zechariah 3:4).
As fellow fighters, I think there is something else interesting to notice:
God didn’t keep Joshua from the discomfort,
He helped him walk Him through it.
I don’t know about you, but I needed to pause and let this thought sink in.
God surrounds us, and helps us fight every single cruddy thing we face when we surrender to Him.
Here’s another thought to consider about this section of Scripture. Joshua was a high priest, and in order to fulfill his prestigious status, it was vital that he stay cleansed from any sin. Yet Satan still chose to find some fault with one of the holiest men while he was face to face with an angel of the Lord?
Do you see the picture?
Oh, dear friend. If a high priest faces these types of attacks, then no one is immune to the devil’s devious schemes, where he thrives on beating believers down.
The only thing that saved Joshua was the Lord.
Please know this: God is on your side. Imagine Him standing with you each day you open His Word, and listen to Him whisper:
I’ve got this.
I hope you just sighed out loud like I did.
Hand it over. Silence the lies the enemy throws your way repeatedly. He’s just a chatterer.
But Christ is your Redeemer.
Your ticket to peace.
Right now, we are in the everyday throws of life, much like Joshua faced. The difference is God has given us His Holy Bible, a Reference Book of sorts to follow. This shows us the inside scoop on how the enemy works.
He’s giving us the secret, a gift if you will, we need only to meditate on His Word while we push past this temporary crucible scorching our skin.
My inner healing counselor wasn’t done with this lesson just yet. She ended our session by explaining one tangible act that flushes out all of our impurities. She asked if I was ready to do something radical?
She then encouraged me to research communion, and challenged me to practice this tradition on a regular basis.
This was initially a little out of my comfort-zone since I’ve only taken communion at church once a month, so hang with me for a few more seconds if this is new for you, too. The more I researched this topic, the more I realized that confessing our sins and taking the elements of communion rattles that spirit of darkness.
The enemy despises this powerful act of worship.
All the more reasons to schedule time to sit with a significant other and take communion as often as you can. Remember and thank God for His sacrifice, and for the purification you are going through.
And most importantly, the recovery that is to come.
The second you feel heat from this crucible, envision Who stands beside you. The Lord of Heaven’s Armies, fighting on your behalf. Bow before Him while you take the elements as a sacrifice of worship to Him.
One day this will be your story for His glory, and the precious process of redemption continues as you share Who stood by your side to defend you.
What actions did God impress upon your heart as you read this?
Write this as a prayer to Him today:
“According to Revelation 12:10, one of Satan’s main occupations is
accusing believers. In fact, the word, devil, actually means “slanderer.” When
Satan talks to you about God, he lies. He tries to get you to think that God is some
kind of cosmic killjoy who wants you to be miserable. He whispers in your ear
that God is mad at you, disappointed in you, through you.”
~ Jon Courson, Jon Courson’s Application Commentary Old Testament,
“Lord of Heavenly Armies, how happy are those who trust in you.”
~ Psalm 84:12 ISV
“For I pass on to you what I received from the Lord himself. On the night when he was betrayed, the Lord Jesus took some bread and gave thanks to God for it. Then he broke it in pieces and said, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way, he took the cup of wine after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant between God and his people—an agreement confirmed with my blood. Do this in remembrance of me as often as you drink it.”
~ 1 Corinthians 11:23-25 NLT
“But now, O Jacob, listen to the Lord who created you. O Israel, the one who
formed you says, ‘Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine. When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When
you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through
the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you.’”
~ Isaiah 43:1&2 NLT
I’d like to thank Joyce Romack for her amazing inner healing sessions she walked me through a few years ago. If you’ve never heard of inner healing, research this. These sessions were probably one of the most freeing experiences I’ve ever encountered.
Well, you know the drill. If you find a typo, or you don’t agree with this theology, please let me know. I’d happily put your name in the acknowledgment section of this 30 Day Devotional for the Newly Diagnosed.
God bless you all.
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