Fallen Angels

 Oh most gracious Father, this is the day that you have made and we rejoice in it. Thank you for life, provisions, strength, and guidance and for all your benefits of Salvation through Jesus Christ. Thank you for your mercy and grace in giving us an opportunity to dwell with you forever and never know pain and suffering again. Praise and Honor to You dear Lord!

Revelation 12 says: “Now war arose in heaven, Michael and his angels fighting against the dragon. And the dragon and his angels fought back, but he was defeated, and there was no longer any place for them in heaven. And the great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world—he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.”

In Mark 3:24, Jesus said “If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.” [1]Satan is not imaginary; he isn’t something people dreamed up just to try to explain the existence of evil. Satan is real, and the Bible makes it clear that he is a powerful (and evil) spiritual being who is absolutely opposed to God and His goodness.”

Devoted followers of Satan’s kingdom are the angels who fell during his rebellion, and the hearts of unregenerate men. The unregenerate men or women are those who reject God’s plan of Salvation through Jesus Christ. Satan’s domain or kingdom is the system that denies the Creator yet praises the things He created. Satan’s kingdom focuses upon hindering the plan of God and manipulating as many Souls as possible to Eternal separation from God.

John 1:12-13 explains, “But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.

Theology for today Elmer L Towns page 371

[1] https://billygraham.org/answer/who-is-satan-is-he-a-fallen-angel/

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Warning Against Sin (Isaiah 59 NLT)

Warnings against Sin

Listen! The LORD’s arm is not too weak to save you,

nor is his ear too deaf to hear you call.

It’s your sins that have cut you off from God.

Because of your sins, he has turned away

and will not listen anymore.

Your hands are the hands of murderers,

and your fingers are filthy with sin.

Your lips are full of lies,

and your mouth spews corruption.

No one cares about being fair and honest.

The people’s lawsuits are based on lies.

They conceive evil deeds

and then give birth to sin.

They hatch deadly snakes

and weave spiders’ webs.

Whoever falls into their webs will die,

and there’s danger even in getting near them.

Their webs can’t be made into clothing,

and nothing they do is productive.

All their activity is filled with sin,

and violence is their trademark.

Their feet run to do evil,

and they rush to commit murder.

They think only about sinning.

Misery and destruction always follow them.

They don’t know where to find peace

or what it means to be just and good.

They have mapped out crooked roads,

and no one who follows them knows a moment’s peace.

So there is no justice among us,

and we know nothing about right living.

We look for light but find only darkness.

We look for bright skies but walk in gloom.

We grope like the blind along a wall,

feeling our way like people without eyes.

Even at brightest noontime,

we stumble as though it were dark.

Among the living,

we are like the dead.

We growl like hungry bears;

we moan like mournful doves.

We look for justice, but it never comes.

We look for rescue, but it is far away from us.

For our sins are piled up before God

and testify against us.

Yes, we know what sinners we are.

We know we have rebelled and have denied the LORD.

We have turned our backs on our God.

We know how unfair and oppressive we have been,

carefully planning our deceitful lies.

Our courts oppose the righteous,

and justice is nowhere to be found.

Truth stumbles in the streets,

and honesty has been outlawed.

Yes, truth is gone,

and anyone who renounces evil is attacked.

The LORD looked and was displeased

to find there was no justice.

He was amazed to see that no one intervened

to help the oppressed.

So he himself stepped in to save them with his strong arm,

and his justice sustained him.

He put on righteousness as his body armor

and placed the helmet of salvation on his head.

He clothed himself with a robe of vengeance

and wrapped himself in a cloak of divine passion.

He will repay his enemies for their evil deeds.

His fury will fall on his foes.

He will pay them back even to the ends of the earth.

In the west, people will respect the name of the LORD;

in the east, they will glorify him.

For he will come like a raging flood tide

driven by the breath of the LORD.

“The Redeemer will come to Jerusalem

to buy back those in Israel

who have turned from their sins,”

says the LORD.

“And this is my covenant with them,” says the LORD. “My Spirit will not leave them, and neither will these words I have given you. They will be on your lips and on the lips of your children and your children’s children forever. I, the LORD, have spoken!

Extrordinary Exchange

Dear God, thank you so much for this new day. Thank you for stamina, wisdom, and knowledge and thank you for our families, friends and loved ones you’ve sustained and kept alive. In the name of Jesus let us be mindful not to put off for tomorrow those things we can do today. We thank you for motivating us to keep it moving forward toward your plans and purposes in our lives.

We are finite which means we’re limited and of course, God is infinite, unlimited in all things. Because we are finite, we disappoint God ourselves and others. Hebrews 10:14 reminds us that “For by that one offering he forever made perfect those who are being made holy.”  You see,[1] Since we are stained by sin and cannot keep the Law of God, then the only one who could do what we cannot is God Himself. Only God can satisfy the Law requirements of a perfect life and perfect sacrifice that cleanses us from our sins. James 1:2-4 ESV reminds us saying “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. [2]A key New Testament verse for understanding perfection in the Christian life is 2 Corinthians 12:9: “But he said to me, My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’” True believers are perfect to the extent that they share in the perfections of Jesus Christ. Brothers and sisters, throughout the Bible we learn of God’s unique Holiness. He is the Rock; his deeds are perfect. Everything he does is just and fair. He is a faithful God who does no wrong; how just and upright he is! (Says Deuteronomy 32:4-5)We cannot be perfect in this sinful body, however, the attribute of perfection or holiness is given to us by God. [3]He exchanged our sins for his righteousness.[4]God laid our sins on Christ and punishes them in him. In Jesus Christ’s obedient death, God fulfilled and justified his righteousness and assigns ( or credits) it to us. Our sin was put on Christ, and his righteousness was placed on us. All our forgiveness, all our justification (or defense), all our righteousness is in Christ. We become perfect once we accept the righteous sacrifice of Jesus Christ who blotted out our sins when they were nailed to the cross. In Christ only are we perfect because he is perfect.

[1] https://carm.org/why-did-jesus-have-die-our-sins

retrieved January 31, 2018

[2] https://www.biblestudytools.com/dictionary/perfect-perfection/  retrieved January 31, 2018

[3] https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/the-great-exchange The Great Exchange Devotional by John Piper, retrieved January 31, 2018