Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Word FILLED Wednesday: Why NOT to be discouraged...

You know how those verses you've known forever sometimes just ZAP ya...in a different way. Lately, I've been wanting to remember that God is with me...and won't forsake me...and so I thought...ooo that'll be a good WFW...(Yes, I think in "blog")...

So, I looked it up...and set it up...and was ZAPPED with the last part...

DO NOT BE AFRAID...
DO NOT BE DISCOURAGED.

Hmmm...ouch...I really haven't been acting like I believe MY GOD is with me...

Satan wins when I'm discouraged. Satan is a MASTER LIAR...

...He'll say to me, "You're so tired...there's no light at the end of that tunnel...life will always be hard...nothing will change..."

And the very moment I
agree and wallow in my discouragement (or sin in any other way)...he rushes to God and accuses me...

..."Hey, check her out God...she says she loves You...that she wants a heart like Yours...that she would go anywhere and do anything for You...and yet...LOOK...when she doesn't get a shower, when her kids act like kids, when her husband has to work late...she forgets all about You and only worries about her. You really love this trash? She deserves to be with me...let me have her!"

AND there I stand...covered in my sin...Satan actually speaks the truth about me....

But thankfully, Jesus stands at God's right hand...standing up for me...saying, "No, she's mine...I died for her...her debt is paid" And rather than seeing my awful rottenness...He clothes me with his clean spotless righteousness...and encourages me to live for Him.

"Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right hand to accuse him. The LORD said to Satan, “The LORD rebuke you, Satan! Indeed, the LORD who has chosen Jerusalem rebuke you! Is this not a brand plucked from the fire?” Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments and standing before the angel. He spoke and said to those who were standing before him, saying, “Remove the filthy garments from him.” Again he said to him, “See, I have taken your iniquity away from you and will clothe you with festal robes.” 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.
And the angel of the LORD admonished Joshua, saying, “Thus says the LORD of hosts, ‘If you will walk in My ways and if you will perform My service, then you will also govern My house and also have charge of My courts, and I will grant you free access among these who are standing here. was standing by." Zech. 3


So, I'm humbled...there's nothing good in me...and without my Savior...I would and should be discouraged... I'm soooo thankful...that Jesus Loves Me! Where is my hope? My hope is in the LORD!

"But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint." Is. 40:31

To join WFW...link up HERE!

5 comments:

life's journey said...

I like this verse it remind us that whatever happens God is always there for us. Happy WFW! Mine is up too.

lori said...

Bobbi....THIS was great!!
WHOA...really good! (which reminds me I did get your cafe devo submission...and I will be getting back to you about it...the end of the month is always a bit crazy...I'll check in with about that;)!)

There are such nuggets in Deuteronomy...this is one of them...and yes living without fear or discouragement...that is the goal...

beautiful...and you are not the only one who thinks in "blog..." or WFW! lol!

peace,
lori

Cathy said...

What a wonderful verse we need to remember ~ Blessings ~

e-Mom said...

Your Zechariah quote is quite amazing! I love the parallels:

Joshua (or Yeshua) was the high priest at that time, and guess what? "Joshua" is the same name as "Jesus!" Jesus Christ is now "our great High Priest" who is pleading our case by his own blood. (Heb 9:11-15) What a Savior!

Also, according to this passage, Satan was at the right hand of God THEN, but Jesus is seated at the right hand of God NOW, interceding for us. (Rom 8:34)

I agree: So, I'm humbled...there's nothing good in me...and without my Savior...I would and should be discouraged... I'm soooo thankful...that Jesus Loves Me! Where is my hope? My hope is in the LORD!

Wonderful thoughts today, Bobbi.

Happy WFW. :~D

crittyjoy said...

Beautiful.

Just beautiful. You photo...your words.