"How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit."
(Isaiah 14:12, 14-15 KJV)
The above verse from the Book of Isaiah describes Satan's (Lucifer's) fall to earth and him starting his troubling of the nations of earth to dethrone Our Awesome God. When we talk about "spiritual battles," we are talking about there being a spiritual realm that we do not see and that we would like to ignore. But we need to believe that this spiritual realm exists because it does. Read Nehemiah 9:6, Luke 2:13-15, Ephesians 6:12 and then Colossians 1:15-16.
We all have the feeling, at times, that this world has more in it than we can see. If we can believe in Our Awesome God and Jesus Christ whom we can't see then surely we can believe in a spiritual battle that includes words, lies, deceit from Satan.
The Bible, Our Awesome God's Book, is filled with references to the heavenly realm (Numbers 22:22-25), a place that is physically invisible to our eyes today, yet very real in its existence. We Christians believe with the eyes of our heart, instead of just with the eyes in our head. There have been some who were able to see into the spiritual realm as physical images. (John in Revelation is one).
A portion of "spiritual battles" is the war within you between the flesh and the Spirit and it began in the Garden of Eden. It was the start of the second recorded battle between Satan and Our Awesome God in the war for God's place in heaven. Satan knew how much God loved man and chose to intercept men's souls (their allegiance) through lies and deceit in the Garden of Eden (the beginning of our spiritual battles). It is a battle between Satan and Our Awesome God and we are the pawns. So when we chose to sin, we chose to take Satan's side. Thus, we lose.
We need to know that the spiritual realm exists and that there is a spiritual battle for our souls so we can defend ourselves with God’s salvation and live eternally in heaven with Our Awesome God. Tomorrow, the Our Awesome God series will include "#2, The Earthly Battle."
Join us at LWBC as we work in Our Awesome God's vineyard to tell everyone about Jesus Christ and His salvation. We start with small groups on Sunday at 9:30 AM and Worship Service at 10:30 AM. There are many opportunities to learn about God in our programs which include Bible Study groups, Prayer Meetings at 7:00 PM on Wednesday and AWANA for children on Sunday evening at 6:00 PM. See what you can do and learn!
Flo & Bill