God centered day y’all. I must warmly greet you ALL for ‘faithing’ it and being taught to wait on The LORD. Miracles DO happen and one has happened here. All we do is wait on The LORD, His time IS the right time.
I was moved this day to read The Word – The absolute PROOF that God is AND God does is that ALL we see exists in Creation from what is NOT seen.
Even in doubt, existence which is what we have – came from a BEING that has NO time, relation to time and was and is The ALL. God created ALL we see. There were no warring parties in existence (not ‘time’) until ‘thought’ or ’emotion’ defiled what was created.
I always see Satan depicted as this red, horned, hideous-looking creature, when in all actuality he is one of the most beautiful of all of God’s creation. Ezekiel 28 tells us that Satan was “the anointed cherub.” These statements by God referring to Lucifer show him to be the most exalted creature that God created. God says of him, “You were the seal of perfection, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty.” Satan was the wisest creature God ever created. No other angel, no other being was created with the intelligence and beauty that God gave to him. The Bible tells us that this creation is “perfect in beauty.” Apart from God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Lucifer was the highest being created.
2 Corinthians 11:14 “Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light”.
As humans we often make the mistake and judge or determine a value on a person according to their outward appearance. Based on physical appearance alone, Jesus would lose to Lucifer as the Bible tells us in Isaiah 53:2 “He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.”
Yet the account of Satan in the Bible tells of the beauty of Lucifer. Ezekiel 28:17 “Your heart became proud on account of your beauty, and you corrupted your wisdom because of your splendor. So I threw you to the earth; I made a spectacle of you before kings.”
Satan is perfect in beauty on the outside, yet ugly and grotesque on the inside. We read in Isaiah that physically Jesus has no beauty in His appearance to attract us to him, but because of His love and grace, men and women have been drawn to Him since He died on a rugged cross for our sins over 2000 years ago. Our Lord redefines the word beauty, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
What God has made, no ONE could EVER change. The depiction of Satan as a horned being is ‘conjecture’, his pride got to him and he allowed pride in himself, NOT a heavenly trait of ANY good to dwell in him. We could go on, but there is a reason why not much is said in Scripture. he has an ‘underscore’, yes! We ARE to know what we ‘battle against’ face and contend with. BUT, we DO NOT fight this fight alone. It HAS already been fought! So, get behind Christ and march with confidence. We ARE at war, so keep your suit of armor at the ready!
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.”
It is amazing that The Word, is in THE Word! ALL we need to know is right there. We live a potentially ‘BLESSED’ life. Just open your spirit and your eyes.
“Reflect on what I am saying, for the LORD will give you insight into all this.”
2 Timothy 2:7
“For the Lord gives wisdom;
from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.”
Do you want to possess? PRAY! Your prayers are answered and in Faith we recieve even MORE than we ask for!
“Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.”
We have recieved!
“Now this he said about the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were to receive, for as yet the Spirit had not been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.” John 7:39
“Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you.” John 16:7
“And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.” John 20:22
“…for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” Acts 1:5
There are some distinct differences between the disciples receiving the Spirit in John 20:22 and their receiving the Spirit at Pentecost:
• In John 20, the Spirit was given only to the disciples, versus being available to all believers as a fulfillment of the prophecy in Joel 2:28-29 (see Acts 2:1-21, 38-39).
• The giving of the Spirit at Pentecost is referred to as a baptism of the Holy Spirit (Mk 1:8, Acts 1:5) and was distinctly different than Jesus’ breathing on the disciples in John 20. “And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance” (Acts 2:2-4).
• It’s possible the disciples received the Spirit temporarily in John 20, versus permanently at Pentecost (Jn 14:16)
As for Jesus’ declaration that the Spirit would not come to the disciples if Jesus didn’t leave, this may have referred to Jesus’ death and resurrection being a prerequisite for the prophecy of Joel 2 to be fulfilled (as mentioned in John 7:39, “…as yet the Spirit had not been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified”). (Incidentally, the giving of the Spirit in John 20:22 takes place after Jesus’ resurrection.) Clearly Jesus didn’t mean that his presence on Earth was incompatible with the Holy Spirit indwelling others, as John the Baptist was also filled with the Spirit as mentioned above.