“Then out of the smoke locusts came upon the earth. And to them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power. They were commanded not to harm the grass of the earth, or any green thing, or any tree, but only those men who do not have the seal of God on their foreheads” (Revelation 9:3-4, NKJV).

Why is “greenness” important to our faith? Remember, the locusts are commanded not to touch anything green. Simply put, they can’t hurt anybody who’s walking in faith.

Even at the height of these demonic forces’ attacks, those who place their trust in God will stand tall like solid, green trees. They won’t be harmed by locusts of any kind. The best defense against every kind of hellish attack, every scorpion-like sting, is spiritual health; and this kind of health comes only as we turn to the Lord and trust in his promises.

Do you fully trust in God’s forgiveness? Do you depend on his blood to cleanse you of every iniquity? If you feel condemned and constantly strive to please God, you are not green and healthy. God’s foremost desire is that you accept his gift of forgiveness and rest in it.

Once you’ve accepted God’s forgiveness, do you trust in his unconditional love for you? Our Lord doesn’t cut us off every time we fail. He doesn’t constantly look over our shoulder, demanding we get it right. He simply asks that we come to him, confessing, “I believe your Word, Lord. Forgive me, wash me and hold me in your arms.”

God’s desire for us is that we live all our days without fear, so we should not allow Satan to accuse us with a failure from the past. If we’ve repented of it, we’re covered by Christ’s precious, cleansing blood.

Here is God’s promise to all who place their trust in him: “Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; but we will remember the name of the Lord our God. They have bowed down and fallen; but we have risen and stand upright” (Psalm 20:7-8).