“Though there be no fruit on the vine …”

Many years ago, I felt God impress upon my heart my life verse: “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18.  

I had no idea then, what God had for me in this verse. Even today, I yearn to grasp the depths of all it means. “What are You saying, Lord, at times like these?”

“What is Your will for me?” “What is Your will for me?” “What is Your will for me?

And He responds, continually, “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks …” I had no clue, back then, how very, very difficult these three things would prove to be.

“How can I rejoice in this?” “There’s no way I can pray!” “I refuse to give thanks in this!” Over and over, God allows me to see what’s inside of me. And, quite frankly, it ain’t pretty!

But Jesus. He loves me. He’s gentle. He’s patient. He’s kind and full of compassion. He hears my yelling and faithless thoughts. He sees my fret and knows my every thought.

How can God be so great and mighty as that? To still love me – even after my words and actions and … yes, being a brat!

There is no One like God on this earth.

But, wait.

He reached out from on high when I was in the depth of a pit. He pulled me out of great darkness and I could see, finally, the love in His eyes.

“Receive My love?” I felt Him ask of me.”

“I do, Lord. Come and live in my heart. Restore my soul. O God, don’t let go.”

Now, He abides in me. I’m simply a branch of His Vine. He is mine. He is mine. 

“No matter what you might go through, my child, I am here. And these words are your fortress and refuge. These words are your Rock that you might not slip or drown in sorrow or fear. I am the LORD, and this is my will you.”

“I see the conflicts press hard form the outside. I see the fear that entangles and grips at your very breath. I know the loss, the pain. I know death.”

“This is hard, this is dark, this is excruciating, I know. I am the LORD. I have gone before, I will carry you through. Keep your eyes on me, through this most difficult test, My Word is your life, yes, this is what you are to do: “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks;” 

I will show you success and help you focus your mind, that you might be victorious one step at a time. Study my Word. Sing the Psalms in your heart. Gain wisdom and understanding, ask of Me and I will give.”

Do you believe … even in this? that I am Yours.  I care for you … now, rest.”

My life verse gives me instant direction. Will I scoff, or will I take the instruction? My response has already been written. I will sing it from my heart to my Chief Musician:

Though the fig tree may not blossom,
Nor fruit be on the vines;
Though the labor of the olive may fail,
And the fields yield no food;
Though the flock may be cut off from the fold,
And there be no herd in the stalls—
 Yet I will rejoice in the Lord,
I will joy in the God of my salvation.

 The Lord God is my strength;
He will make my feet like deer’s feet,
And He will make me walk on my high hills.

Habakkuk 3:17-19. In response to my life verse, no matter what happens – this I pray will be my response. Continually. And with my Love, I will abide for all eternity!

 

 

 

 

No Pillars to Hold the Sky

My eyes fell upon an old story told, that Martin Luther, in years gone by, spent time in awe and wonder at the “arch of heaven” as he gazed at the sky. It stands mysteriously “unsupported by pillars,” upheld by “unseen power,” with ocean-depth’s high.

“Certainly this is a lesson from God.” Martin Luther believed. “If God can hold up the heavens, He can hold up all that concerns me.” Luther pondered the Word in this way.  We can be reminded to ponder Him* too.

God holds up the arc of the heavens. He separated with His Word “the waters from the waters.” Genesis 1:6, we see this recorded.

“And there was evening, and there was morning—the second day.” Genesis 1:8. These verses are often brushed over with barely a thought.

But when the heavens feel as if to be crashing down on me – in a day of my life – causing great strife and deep, bitter grief. I think on the unseen pillars of God’s strong arms, which hold up the sky – with power that is able,  and I breathe …

through the present moment, and then the next.  The powerful Word changes my mind from losing it all together to being almost sane, one moment at a time.

“Can you see my strong arms?” I can almost hear Him whisper. So I search and I look and my eyes are lifted up. Fear and doubt and anxious thoughts fall as my eyes and my breath search and seek for Love’s powerful touch.

“Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; … with lovingkindness I have drawn you.” Jeremiah 31:3. “Think on these things. Think of Me.”

In a moment when I could go either way, from fear to faith – from faith to fear – unseen arms lift, the heaviness of the clouds that press down on me, up to separate and place me above the waters and waves of the stormy sea.

Ponder with me? Inspired by an old story.

Let us seek and search and discover together, the unseen arms of the One Who can hold us together.

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7, New Living Translation.

 And God said, “Let there be a vault between the waters to separate water from water.”  So God made the vault and separated the water under the vault from the water above it. And it was so.  God called the vault “sky.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the second day. Genesis 1:6-8.

This is what the Lord says: … “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.  Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.  I will be found by you,” declares the Lord, …” Jeremiah 29: 11-14. 

  • *Revelation 19:12-14. …”He has eyes like blazing fire, and many royal crowns on His head. He has a name written on Him that only He Himself knows. He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and His name is THe Word of God. The armies of heaven, dressed in fine linen, white and pure, follow Him on white horses.”

(1) Spurgeon’s Devotional Bible, pg.2.

Light. Day, inside of me? How about you?

Stretched out like a curtain, the blue heavens opened. A Word was spoken, “Let there be light.” And “light” was there. It’s written. “God said,” and it was so.

Light separates. Darkness escapes.

The Book’s been opened, the words are read. But is there something stirring in my heart, and my head? Could this be … “evening and morning” a new day dawning? Like a ‘first day’ for me. I’m so desperate for ‘new.’ How about you?

God says “Let there be light” (Genesis 1:3).  And somehow, I see something more than the ordinary. The hope is there, but it’s quickly erased by fear. Such a battle rages in every thought, every breath. Is there a way to move forward? Life is so complex.

Add to the mix, pain in the story. A bleeding heart or a body breaking down. The need for money so that the ends don’t fray. Life whirls past, then a new day.

There’s a hunger deep, for love, for more. Longing –  loneliness for someone to care. Someone to hear. Won’t someone listen? Anywhere?

On this day, in this moment, an old chorus comes to mind – from the need of love that never changes, that doesn’t turn and never leaves – a song from the deep came up to the surface:

“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases. His mercies never come to an end. They are new ever morning,”

“Never ceases,” the steadfast love of the Lord? How can His mercies never come to an end? Could they really be, new every morning? For me? Does God know my story? What about you?

“Let there be light,”

“And it was so.”

God says so.

No one did anything. God spoke. God simply “said,” and “it was so.” Incredible!

And, this day I read, perhaps, just for myself: “And there was evening, and there was morning–the first day” Genesis 1:5.

I can’t conceive, it’s too amazing to grasp, but even for me, even for me, and most definitely you too – on this new day, I believe. I believe in a whole new light. Somehow, there’s hope and courage for all things new.

Will you join me in this? His mercies never come to an end.

The word “never means according to the dictionary: “at no time in the past or future; on no occasion; not ever.”

Never do the mercies of God come to an end. “At no time in the past or future; on no occasion; not ever.” Guilt has no place, the Word dis-spells the darkness.

Genesis 1:5, God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning–the first day.

Today. God has separated the darkness from the light. Today, God has made my Night – Day. How about you? Let’s walk in the Light, and have courage to walk, step by step, with a willing heart to discover God’s Word. We can grow together in discovering just how much Jesus, the Son that God sent, loves us so:

Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so. Little ones to Him belong, they are weak, but He is strong. Yes, Jesus Loves me, Yes, Jesus loves me, Yes, Jesus loves me. The Bible tells me so. (Jesus loves me, hymn).

 

 

Teach us to pray with a hymn of old …

“Be Still my soul … ” (1)

O God … How can it be? The reality? God help us see – that You are the Almighty. “Be Still my soul … Be Still my soul.” 

Words – are powerful. Let us speak old words together. With tears and pain, whether seen on the outside – it is raining within. Let us cry out with our whole heart  – “O God – increase our faith  – again.”

 Words penned in 1752, over 200 years ago, bring health to the soul, somehow. So, today, let us pray together, to our God Almighty and our Father in heaven, with old words, true, (yet ‘first person’, is changed a few)-  that we might  comfort ourselves in You. Let us say together:    “Be Still my Soul.” 

“Be Still my soul, The Lord is on our side …

Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain.
Leave to our God to order and provide;
In every change, You faithful will remain.
Be still, my soul: thy best, thy heav’nly Friend
Through thorny ways leads to a joyful end.”

“Dear God there is so much change. But You, O LORD remain. We draw near to You, and You draw near when we do. O God, help us, today in such darkness, take hold of Your light and believe and rest …

in Your faithfulness:

“Be still, my soul: Our God doth undertake
To guide the future, as You have the past.
Thy hope, thy confidence let nothing shake;
All now mysterious shall be bright at last.
Be still, my soul: the waves and winds still know
Your voice Who ruled them while You dwelt below.”

“Be still, my soul: when dearest friends depart, And all is darkened in the vale of tears, Then shalt we  better know Your love, Your heart,
Who comes to soothe our sorrow and our fears.

“Dear Lord, comfort the downcast with Your Spirit, we draw near.”

“Be still, my soul: the hour is hast’ning on
When we shall be forever with You Lord.
When disappointment, grief, and fear are gone,
Sorrow forgot, love’s purest joys restored.
Be still, my soul: when change and tears are past
All safe and blessed we shall meet at last.”

“Dear Father in heaven, we bow our heads together. The most important change that needs be, is that which must be done, inside of me. Increase my faith, that I might stand, and follow You, as You take hold of my hand:

“Be still, my soul: begin the song of praise
On earth, believing,  You, O Lord on high; to
Acknowledge You in all our words and ways,
So shall You  view us with a well-pleased eye.
Be still, my soul: the Son of life divine
Through passing clouds shall but more brightly shine.”

Today! Today! This is what You have given us. Teach us to pray!

Teach us to trust. Help us to take hold of You – who are Love, and let go of all lust. Let us put off the fight, and the anger, and the strife …

and let us make harmony as we sing Your melody throughout the rest of our life.

We bow our heads, we pray to You. We end our words  and whole heartedly say:  “Our soul is still, as we set our minds on the hill, where You laid down Your life, as a perfect sacrifice, forgiving my failures, Dear Lord Jesus, Thank You.

(1) “Be Still My Soul” by Katherine von Schlegel. 

Not just a Teacher

Not just a Teacher with impossible commands, “Be holy, be blameless, let love rule your heart. Trust Me with your life, take hold of My hand.” So much of His Word, we simply don’t understand.

Impossible with man, His commands prove to be. For example, “Love  – your – enemy.” But Jesus is more than a Teacher – He is. He’s Redeemer. He takes from us weakness, and gives His power in return. He takes from us doubt and reason of thought, and gives us hope and faith beyond what we are.

He’s not a rule-book, or judge, yet He is both of these. But first and foremost, He’s Redeemer and puts His very nature in me. Who wants to hear, “Blessed be the poor in spirit,” ? Jesus’ words exactly.

So the book is closed, because it brings about a storm, in the heart of man as we walk out our paths. And, step by step, our feet  become worn, and in our own strength, we become defeated and torn.

But, His Book is the main event. His Book is the main Story. Not about man and how he messed it all up, but about Jesus who was given to bring life back from death, to restore man’s weak breath, to open blind eyes to see, and give to ‘the poor in spirit’ the power of God’s glory.

The Book, the Bible, God’s Holy Word is a love letter to His Bride, His Redemptive Story. There is no understanding at all for a man, until he’s poor in spirit, then God fills his heart and his mind to understand.

Then a complete change in the spirit so poor, filled with the love of God that just wasn’t there before. Power to overcome, to hope, to believe. Resurrection power, not once and for all, but step by step, by the Spirit within. The Spirit of God, beyond our comprehension.

He’s not just a Teacher. He’s the Son of God. He’s been sent to be Savior, Savior of the whole world.  And He died, but He rose – that we might receive, all that He is at work now, in me. The very nature of God empowers a surrendered heart, forgets all that’s lost and brings a new start.

The Holy Spirit Comforts and guides and helps us at best. He reminds us, Jesus is not just a Teacher – He is Peace, He is Love, He is Hope, He is Life, He is Bread, He is Shepherd, He is Patient, He is Kind, – the whole entire Book, the whole of the Story is about the Redeemer, that we might presently, and eternally – have rest.

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Matthew 5:

1One day as he saw the crowds gathering, Jesus went up on the mountainside and sat down. His disciples gathered around him, 2and he began to teach them.

The Beatitudes
3“God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him,
for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.
4God blesses those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
5God blesses those who are humble,
for they will inherit the whole earth.
6God blesses those who hunger and thirst for justice,
for they will be satisfied.
7God blesses those who are merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
8God blesses those whose hearts are pure,
for they will see God.
9God blesses those who work for peace,
for they will be called the children of God.
10God blesses those who are persecuted for doing right,
for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.” Matthew 5:1-10.
These are the words of Jesus. New Living Translation, simple, not sweet. But written for life’s transformation.

 

 

 

Drawing pictures as the Story is read …

The Story is told. But often lost and forgotten.  Let’s read the old words, and bring the pictures to our vision: “The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and Even and clothed them.” This is Genesis 3:21, the New International Version.

(Rough rhyme, I’m aware. But perhaps rhythm and flow and melodious sound will help the ears listen to the old Words that are found.)

Did they ask for the garments? Did they cry out to God? The first man and woman, now knew they were bare. The Story is told in Genesis chapter 3, how they took itchy leaves and sewed them right there.

The sound of the LORD God was heard in the garden, so they took off and hid, from the LORD out of fear. “Where are you?” asked God.

Do you think He knew – that Adam disobeyed and Eve was deceived? Did God know they ate from the one tree forbidden? It’s quite obvious, they knew that He knew, from the Story that is given.

Adam blamed the woman, and she blamed the snake. The Story in Genesis 3 is repeated time and time again- but what happened next? Man wasn’t asking, “Where are You, God?” They were warned of a death if they disobeyed – now they were hiding, and blaming, and afraid.

“The LORD God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife,” God saw, God knew, God loved and made provision: The LORD God made garments of skin, “… and clothed them.” 

Adam and Eve were going to suffer for this deed, for the rest of our lives. Yes, our lives indeed. But God made provision, the picture is clear, way back when, that we might understand, His hands covered them, with a sacrificial lamb.

“Who is the LORD God?” “What’s He about?” “Where is He now, in this world upside-down?” “What’s He doing about all that we see?”  Confused hearts cry out, or think in their own reason completely.

But the Ancient Book on the shelves of all ages, has a sacrificial lamb written of, all through the pages. “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” John chapter 1 verse 29, brings more than a covering. This Lamb’s Divine.

The Lamb of God, provided by the Father, takes away all the mess, shame, guilt and lies, and clothes us anew. How can we refuse?

But, so often we do.

Perhaps the picture of God we have in our head, must be renewed and transformed, by finding out and searching for what He actually says.

“The LORD, the LORD, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin.”(1) This is the picture of God in His Book.

“The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and Even and clothed them.” Today, let us draw new pictures of God, and learn of Him. In His Word – let us daily take a look.

(1) Exodus 34:6,7.

 

The Gift Giver

Freedom to choose. Freedom to love. These are given to man from God, our Creator above.

The Author of life, with an eye for design, gained pleasure with color and sound, shape, and line.

But His greatest joy, I believe I have learned, is when we choose to believe, receive and love Him back in return.

Then a song develops deep in our heart, and abiding in Him, strengthened by Him, joy returns with each day’s new start.

He’s a gift giver, our Father in heaven, reaches out His great hand. He sees, He knows, He is able … and He waits … ’till we reach out to Him.

If we don’t, we won’t see – that our Father in heaven sent Jesus to save us and the Holy Spirit of promise to keep, comfort, and help us.

The gift of God is gloriously expressed in heavenly sunsets, and sunrises. He is the Master Artist, the Author of life, and patient as He waits … for us to call Him beside us.

He’s the Creator of all that we see. He is Great. He is God. And we all have a choice. To live in the Spirit in fellowship with Him, or walk away from Him and follow the lead of our own voice.

Freedom to choose. God, the greatest gift giver.  Freedom to love. When we choose Jesus, we bring God complete pleasure.

Revelation 3:20, Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.”

John 1:12,  Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—

 

“This I recall to my mind …” Lamentations 3:21

“This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope …” Lamentations 3:21. 

Jeremiah, a prophet of God, wrote these words. Who was Jeremiah? What exactly is a prophet?  What did he recall to his mind to bring him hope? Why was he so hope-less?

At a time like this, with a world filled with violence, and sudden destruction, and immorality, and confusion, perhaps we should recall the same things Jeremiah did, that gave him hope. 

Jeremiah lived in a time filled with much the same as what we experience today, only, this was around 600BC.

Jeremiah was a prophet of God. Webster’s Dictionary’s definition from back in 1828 reminds us that a prophet: In Scripture,  (is) a person illuminated, inspired or instructed by God to announce future events; as Moses, Elijah, David, Isaiah, etc.

Etc., including, Jeremiah. He was instructed by God to tell His people, (the nation of Judah, the children of Israel,) that they were bringing an avalanche upon themselves in judgement because they had turned away from their God.

Jeremiah was to show the people they had turned their back on their Creator-King, their Provider, their Protector. The One who gave them manna from heaven, the One who was their ‘pillar of cloud’ to lead the way, and their ‘pillar of fire’ to give them light in the night. 

Jeremiah prophesied for 40 years warning the people of destruction if they didn’t turn their faces to God. Not one person turned. Zero, zilch, nada.

Jeremiah is known as the weeping prophet. But, he wept for the people, not himself.

Jeremiah wrote: “All your enemies have opened their mouth against you; they hiss and gnash their teeth. They say, “We have swallowed her up! Surely this is the day we have waited for; we have found it, we have seen it!”  ( Lamentations 2:16).

Jeremiah weeps. He also writes: “Their heart cried out to the Lord.” (Lamentations 2:18).

Jeremiah reminds the people of Jerusalem’s hope: To cry out to the Lord,”O wall of the daughter of Zion, let tears run down like a river day and night; Give yourself no relief; Give your eyes no rest. Arise cry out in the night … pour out your heart like water before the face of the Lord …” ( Lamentations 2:18,19).

Jeremiah deals with depression and the devastation around him, and he writes words that are hope. 

Hope for him, Jeremiah who wept, and those whom he would hope to hear him back then.  And, hope for me and for you, if our hearts are soft, if we are willing to hear. Jeremiah wrote inspired by the Lord:

“This I recall to mind, therefore I have hope. Through the LORD’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.

“The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, therefore I hope in Him!”

The LORD is good to those who wait for Him, to the soul who seeks Him. It is good that one should hope and wait quietly …

For the salvation of the LORD.”(Lamentations 3:21-26).

Jeremiah, I hear the words you proclaim from the Lord,so many, many years later. I am here to turn my face to the Lord, for such a time as this.

Let us,’pour out our hearts like water  before the Lord’s face.

“Hear our cries Lord to You. We will trust in You, for You are our God.” Amen.

“Thy power … can change the leper’s spots …”

“Lord, now indeed I find, Thy pow’r, and Thine alone, Can change the leper’s spots And melt the heart of stone. Jesus paid it all, All to Him I owe; Sin had left a crimson stain, He washed it white as snow.” Elvina Hall, 1800’s hymn.

“Lord, …” means, ‘master,’ or, ‘captain of my ship. “Lord, now …’, means, this moment, the one I take orders from,’ or ‘the one I choose to obey.

“Lord, now indeed I find, …” brings me to a place where I’m searching for what You have to say.

“I hear the Savior say, ‘Thy strength indeed is small; child of weakness watch and pray, find in Me, thine all in all.”

 Even before he, (God), made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes.  God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, …

and it gave him great pleasure.” (1) The Bible is said to be true. Ask God to show you if these words are trustworthy. Ask God, Himself. He will answer you. 

“But, I’m full of fault, Lord! Now what do I do? I fail, everyday. I am far from being holy. Sin has left a crimson stain, tell me again, the Gospel Story.”

“Long ago, even before he made the world, God chose us to be his very own, …”(2) – don’t you remember, “His unchanging plan has always been to adopt us into His … family.” (3) His desire is to bring us back home.

The Father sent His only Son, Jesus Christ to die for us. He paid the debt we couldn’t pay, He laid down His life in sacrifice. So “we stand before him covered in his love.” (4) We are perfect, we are washed, we have hope of heaven. We have peace in this life.

“For nothing good have I Whereby Thy grace to claim; I’ll wash my garments white in the blood of Calv’ry’s Lamb. Jesus paid it all, all to Him I owe; Sin had left a crimson stain, He washed it white as snow.”

He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son, …” (5), this is the Good News found in Ephesians 1.

 “He forgave our sins.  He has showered his kindness on us, … along with all wisdom and understanding …” God now reveals to us, all that regards Christ – all that’s mysterious!

God reveals, He will fulfill His own good plan. “And this is the plan: At the right time he will bring everything together under the authority of Christ – everything in heaven and on earth.” (6) He was, He is, He is coming again.

The Gospel Story is that He saves you. He saves me. We can’t save ourselves – we all desperately need help.  But we are surrounded by voices, we are deceived by lies. But God reminds and instructs each one of us: Look up. “I will guide you with My eyes.”(7)

” … when you believed in Christ, he identified you as his own by giving you the Holy Spirit, whom he promised long ago. The Spirit is God’s guarantee that he will give us the inheritance he promised, …”(8) He has purchased us with His blood on the cross, this is how Jesus proves that He – lovesus.

“Lord, now indeed I find Thy pow’r, and Thine alone, Can change the leper’s spots, and melt the heart of stone. Jesus paid it all. All to Him I owe. Sin had left a crimson stain, He washed it white as snow.”

We’ve been bought with a price. He knows our weakness. He knows our strife.  Yes, in receiving Christ, we become His Bride. “I am my lover’s, and my lover is mine. He browses among the lilies. (8) He is the rose of Sharon, the lily of the valleys” (9) I am my Beloved’s and He is mine. 

For now, for tomorrow, for all of time.

“And when before the throne, I stand in Him complete, I’ll lay my trophies down, All down at Jesus’ feet. Jesus paid it all, all to Him I owe; Sin had left a crimson stain, He washed it white as snow.”

He washed it white as snow. My past – I let it go. In the present, I choose to go:

“And now complete in Him, My robe, His righteousness, Close sheltered ‘neath His side,  – I am  – divinely – blest. Jesus paid it all, all to Him I owe; Sin had left a crimson stain, He washed it white as snow.”

  1. Ephesians 1:4, New Living Translation
  2. Ephesians 1:4, Living Translation
  3. Ephesians 1:4, Living Translation
  4. Ephesians 1:4, Living Translation.
  5. Ephesians 1:5, Living Translation.
  6. Ephesians 1:7, New Living Translation.
  7. Ephesians 1:10, New Living Translation.
  8. Psalm 32:8, New Living Translation.
  9. Song of Solomon 6:31.

 

So, what about the angels?

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis 1 verse 1.

So, what about the angels? Known as the host of heaven? Is this when life for them, had begun?

A prophet in the Bible spoke of the angels in 1 Kings 22:19:  “Therefore hear the word of the LORD,” he said,

 “I saw the LORD sitting on his throne with all the multitudes of heaven standing around him on his right and on his left.”

And, of course, most have heard the story, from Luke chapter 2, of a great company of angels, “of the heavenly host appearing, … praising God and saying, Glory to God in the highest …, and on earth peace. “ The angels proclaimed peace, (to all men too.)

(Emphasis added on the word peace, and all, because something’s gone wrong. We will soon learn of the fall.)

“In the beginning God created the heavens …” Yes, and  Psalm 104 sings: “ O LORD my God, You are very great; you are clothed with honor and majesty,” 

Let the praises ring!

“Who cover yourself with light … Who stretch out the heavens like a curtain …”  filled with messengers to His delight. “Who  makes His angels spirits. His ministers a flame of fire.” God’s word instructs, and passionately inspires.

Before the fall of man in Genesis chapter 3, let us not get ahead of where we’re supposed to be. There was a fall that is recorded in Isaiah 14. (An angel’s fall. The story a must read.)

“How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning!” Lucifer was an angel of light. “Day-star,” was his name’s meaning.

Yet, God didn’t create this angel as he is now. God made him, ‘full of wisdom,” and “perfect in beauty”. And it’s recorded of his fall for us all – the how:

Lucifer was an angel, whom God, was his focus of worship. But he began to admire his own talent, his own beauty, and desired himself to be Headship.

His heart was lifted up, it says in Ezekiel 28. Look it up, the story’s there- the mystery is made very clear. God sets the story straight:

“I am a god,” you said. “Your heart was lifted up,”  because of your beauty; your corrupted wisdom, and pride – listen up-

“Behold, I am against you,”God says, (Ez 28:22). Because you have said, “I will ascend into heaven;” “I will be like the Most High.”

“You are fallen from heaven … you are cut down to the ground…”

It’s recorded Jesus saw him fall, like “lightning out of heaven.” In  Luke chapter 10, these words can be found.
Somewhere after Genesis 2 verse 1, Lucifer fell and became Satan. “Thus the heavens and the earth, and all the host … were finished.” And “indeed it was very good”God said, at this time.

This is before Lucifer sought the worship he wished- the worship of, “me, … myself …, and I.”

Satan is the fallen angel of God, going about with 1/3 of the angels who now, ‘demons’ are called.

But “Do not fear!” A common word of the angels who abide in heaven. Be encouraged, two-thirds is more than one, when the math problem is given!

This is a sad and true story we read. But God has a plan- a good plan indeed. Satan hates God and you and your family.

But God sent His Son Jesus, to conquer Satan with victory. 

We all have sinned. We will learn as we study. “But God,” are the best words- because in Him is … the remedy. In the beginning … God’s word is  -a-m-a-z-i-n-g!