As I’ve taken the past two months to meditate on Zechariah 3–a story that is marked by God’s miraculous grace to save a man defiled by his own iniquities—I have become keenly aware of this continual work of grace happening in the lives of God’s sons and daughters even now.
As believers we stand before the Father fully clothed in the purity and righteousness of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Yet still, we are being transformed in our souls— our minds, character, thoughts, and feelings. Our minds are continuously being renewed in order to obtain the mind of Christ, our belief systems are being aligned with truth, and our actions are being adjusted to mirror only what we see the Father doing. Condemnation has been removed and we have been set free from guilt and shame, even while our souls are being purified from all that the enemy has defiled from the old patterns of this world.
As I awoke this morning I saw in my spirit a scene of snow falling. As it fell it began to cover the branches of each individual tree, then the soil and brush beneath the trees, causing the entire landscape to be clothed in this pure white snow. It was a gradual and peaceful transformation. The land did nothing to receive this gift, it merely received it.
The same is true in Zechariah 3 with Joshua the high priest; he merely stood and received the new garments (white linens) just as the land received the white covering of snow.
There is an accuser who desires to replay and remind God’s people of their past iniquities, hoping to cause them to return to the pig pens of his demonic defilement. He wants to keep our souls in his defilement so that our light will be hidden. The definition of defilement is to sully, mar, or spoil. impair, debase, degrade; desecrate or profane (something sacred), desecrate, profane, violate, or to violate the chastity of (a woman). Jesus has clothed us in new, white garments and removed our sins as far as the east is from the west. He has set us free from sin and it’s defilement, He is the pure oil that renews and transforms us into a bright and pure light that reveals Christ to a darkened world.
So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. John 8:36
Remember that just as it took time for the landscape to be fully covered in the white snow, and as the oil that was used to light the flame of the menorah took eight days to purify, so our souls are in a process of purification. Though we stand blameless before God because of the blood of Jesus, our souls are still being transformed.
Today is a day to yield to the transformational work of the Holy Spirit. I heard the Spirit say that there is a deep work of grace happening even now. He is removing defilement from lives. I saw the “landscape” of lives being purified from all the mire of iniquities of the soul and He is covering places that had been left uncovered.
The landscape represents all that pertains to your life. Just as in the scene of the snow falling, not only were the individual trees covered in snow, but the ground that they were planted in was covered and the growth around them was covered in white. Even the atmosphere was permeated by the falling snow. God is removing defilement from spiritual atmospheres, from lands, people groups, families, and from your life. He is covering every detail. All you have to do is to be still and receive it.
Come and see what the Lord has done, the desolations he has brought on the earth. He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth. He breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the shields with fire. He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:8-10
The Lord led me to read out of 1 Kings 18. This chapter tells the story of when the prophets of Baal challenged Elijah as to "who is God?"; Baal or the God of Elijah. They both set up offerings and then called on their Gods to send fire upon the altar.
As I recounted how Elijah made his altar impossible to be consumed by fire (by pouring water on it, putting water trenches around it, etc) I thought of all the "impossibilities" that are even now upon many of the lives of God's people. Maybe we are in a time that God will prove Himself to every false god and false prophet.
The prophets of Baal shouted to their god, they cut themselves until blood gushed out, they pounded their chests and yet their god did nothing. But Elijah drenched his offering with water and then prayed this prayer,
"O LORD, God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, prove today that you are God in Israel and that I am your servant. Prove that I have done all this at your command. O LORD, answer me! Answer me so these people will know that you, O LORD, are God and that you have brought them back to yourself.”
Then after his prayer, fire fell and consumed his offering