Are you a brand plucked out of the fire? If you don't think you are, then you probably don't truly understand your horrible predicament before you came to know Christ. We were all brands in the fire, filthy, degenerate, prideful,evil and headed straight toward hell. Some of us were probably much hotter than others (moi included), and took a bit more time to cool off. :-)
Here's what these verses impressed upon me
- It was God who plucked me from the fire. I'd still be there if He hadn't reached down and grabbed me. None of us can come to know Him unless He makes the first move.
- What a frightening and precarious situation I was in before God rescued me. !!! I was burning up and didn't even know it.
- Satan has access to the throne room of God and stands there accusing us day and night. But if you are God's child, God will rebuke him and not listen to him. (Loved it when God rebuked Satan, basically telling him to shut up!)
Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments and was standing before the Angel of the Lord (Jesus). And He spoke to those who stood before Him, saying, Take away the filthy garments from him. And He said to Joshua, Behold, I have caused your iniquity to pass from you, and I will clothe you with rich apparel.....So they put a clean turban on his head and clothed him with rich garments.... And the Angel of the Lord solemnly and earnestly protested and affirmed to Joshua, saying, Thus says the Lord of hosts: If you will walk in My ways and keep My charge, then also you shall rule My house and have charge of My courts, and I will give you access to My presence and places to walk among these who stand here.
And believe me, there's no better place to be!.