Today’s post will focus on Satan’s fall from Grace. Many of us know that before his fall from grace, Satan’s name was Lucifer, the archangel. Lucifer was considered one of the most, if not the most beautiful of God’s angels. Lucifer was God’s praise and worship leader, but vanity and a desire to be worshipped, rather than to worship God, marked the beginning of the end of his time in Heaven. As Lucifer attempted a coup in Heaven, he gathered one-third of the angels to rebel against God. The archangel Michael led the fight against Lucifer and his rebels and the end result was God kicking him, now known as Satan and all those that joined him out of Heaven banishing them to earth where his cohorts are known as demons.
We know that Satan and his demons hate us and are always busy looking to turn us from Our Father’s face and to worship Satan. You see, God allows Satan to tempt us, however, God has Satan on a leash. We see this clearly in the story of Job. Here Satan met with GOD and other angels and was asked where he had been (or what he had been up to on earth, but be clear God already knew):
“One day the angels came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came with them. The Lord said to Satan, “Where have you come from?”
Satan answered the Lord, “From roaming throughout the earth, going back and forth on it.”
Why is Satan allowed to come after us?
We see what was done in the time of Adam and Eve. For the most part, Satan had free rein at that point. So when Satan told God he had been ‘checking in’ on Job, Satan declared to God that Job only worshipped God because God had blessed him with so much. However, God knew better and so He allowed Satan to test Job’s faith to God. In reality, we see that The LORD used Satan to prove Job.
So much can be said; so many times I am reminded of the season of Job.
Again I remind you that God keeps Satan on a leash, but Satan is allowed to test, tempt and try us all, on while attached to his leash. Imagine if you had a bulldog to dissuade intruders. In truly ‘unsafe’ neighborhoods, a fiercer dog would be necessary to dissuade potential robbers and thieves. Now, what does God do? If He spoke, Satan would be no more. Why is he still here? For The GLORY of The King, The LORD of hosts! Why do you think we have the story of Job? Many things may have been added over time, but the lesson remains the same. We go through so much. When we turn 100% to GOD and hand over 100% of our problems to Him, mind you I did not my say 99.9%, but 100% or all of it must be laid at the Cross.
Without God, you are nothing! It takes me a while to explain this. If you were not created, you would not be here. There would be no you.
This is where being of the medical persuasion kicks in. Sperm + egg leads to an Ova. Fetal development, birth, survival. For a second imagine where things could have gone wrong anywhere along that process, or do go wrong. What do we have then? Regrets? Funny thing is I have met many parents with disabled kids. For the most part it makes them stronger, different.
Me for example, my disability has taught me so much about my parents and unconditional love. Following my motor vehicle accident I learned just what true love means. It’s definition we find in 1 Corinthians 13 and I realize how appropriate this passage of scripture truly is, especially in my life. Love is patient; love is kind, love does not insist on its own way. All of this my parents showed me and so much more. They taught me the true meaning of love, its definition of which I was not clear on prior to my accident.
I now realize that I was supposed to go through this experience, yes it sounds crazy, but I would not be who I am today if I had not!
To say I ‘thank God’ for my accident would be an understatement because I have come to learn that I was spiritually dead in Him. Now I was saved, but I was not ‘alive’ in the spirit. Having gone through it all I have gained much more in my relationship with Him. I have ‘glimpsed’ Heaven and been blessed with not only a second chance at life to bear witness, but empowered with an anointing on my life that fuels and drives me daily. In my prior life I lived in and for this temporary existence, with not thought about eternity on a daily basis. Now, having been ‘renewed’ in my spirit and ‘reborn’ after being pronounced ‘clinically dead,’ I am bound to serve Him, to spread His word and to continually have praises to Him on my mouth as I let His light so shine in me.
Brothers and sisters in Christ, I like you still face attacks by the devil; they won’t stop until Christ comes back for His church. However, like Job, my faith endures despite these attacks a I know, through God, my change is coming if I continue to worship, commune, serve and pray to Him, He will deliver us out of the hands of Satan and restore us 100x to what we may have lost for our faithfulness in the midst of our storm.