So, what about the angels?

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

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,” 

Taking time to think of God as Creator, and the beauty and majesty of it all, makes my heart proclaim: “Let the praises ring.”

“You are clothed with honor and majesty. 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, so 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 10, these words can be found.
Somewhere after Genesis 2:1, 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!

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The evergreen, in the midst of night …

The evergreen is brought in, this time again. Adorned with lights, and gifts, and angels of white, baubles of red and garlands of thread. With my thoughts ringing, “Do not be afraid, …”  remembering what the angel said.

“So much has changed.” as I hang a nativity up on the tree. “Dear God, I need You to speak in such a time as this. Please don’t be silent. I’m tempted to doubt that I can get through this …

So I open up the story, told over and again, and I read the words of the angel to Mary, from a long, lost time, from way back when: “… for you have found grace with God … you will give birth to a Son and  you shall call His name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the most High … and of his reign there will be no end.”

Luke Chapter 1 verse 33, Amplified. And, then You hear my heart cry, “Oh God, what does all this mean for me? In the midst of the night, let me hear, let me rest. Let me simply sit in this uncomfortable – ness!

So, I sit. In the night. But I marvel at the sight. Amidst anxious thoughts, wrestling to overthrow my rest and peace, I look upon the evergreen.

“For with God nothing is ever impossible, and no word from God shall be without power …” the Amplified version of Luke 1:37 speaks. I read them, and I wonder, “Do I believe?

Do I really believe the Word of God? Or only on sunflower days, and when the sod is soft and green. do I believe God when all seems against all my understanding?”

So as I look at the evergreen in the room. Adorned with lights, and gifts, and angels of white, I see the baubles of red, and remember the blood that was shed. I see the garland of thread, and think of the Good Word I have read:

Mary’s response to the news of the angel: “My soul glorifies the Lord
    and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, …”

Somehow I forgot Luke 1:47. How could I miss the response that was given.

“Oh dear Lord, may I choose to rejoice as well, and worship You, for, …
 “…for he has been mindful
    of the humble state of his servant …

for the Mighty One has done great things for me—

His mercy extends to those who fear him,
    from generation to generation.”

This is the story, Luke 1:48-50. These are the words breathed by God, to tell –

to tell me that today, even in the midst of night, that He is great and will extend mercy, even on me, all the same. “Give me grace, dear Lord Jesus, to magnify and give You my praise, through my heart’s tears and through the dark rain. The Son dwells in my heart forever. The Son Of God does great things,

and this Christmas, I will again, believe.

“O come let us adore Him, O come let us adore Him, O come let us adore Him, Christ the Lord.”