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Then the angel showed me Sharon standing before the angel of the LORD.
Lord, here I am – standing before You alone – with nothing to show for myself.
The Accuser, Satan, was there at the angel’s right hand, making accusations against Sharon.
Lord, how the enemy hates me! He says the most awful things against me. But, Lord, here’s the truth. His accusations are true. I am unrighteous.
And the LORD said to Satan, "I, the LORD, reject your accusations, Satan. Yes, the LORD, who has chosen Sharon, rebukes you."
Really, Lord?! YOU stand in my defense?
"This woman is like a burning stick that has been snatched from the fire."
Oh yes, Lord. I’m a smoky mess. Singed with sin, sooty with ashy living. It is only in Your mercy that I am not consumed.
Sharon’s clothing was filthy as she stood there before the angel.
I hang my head in shame.
So the angel said to the others standing there, "Take off her filthy clothes."
What?? I look up tentatively…
And turning to Sharon he said, "See, I have taken away your sins, and now I am giving you these fine new clothes."
Oh, Lord!! I am so undeserving of Your grace! How I thank You for the gift of salvation! I am a new creation, indeed!
(Scripture taken from Zechariah 3)
"Since you have heard about Jesus and have learned the truth that comes from him, throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life…Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God – truly righteous and holy." (Ephesians 4:21-23)