"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 verses from the Book of Isaiah describe Satan's (Lucifer's) fall to earth and him starting his troubling of the nations of earth to dethrone Our Awesome God. Lucifer means the "Bearer of Light" and it was the name of Satan before he rebelled against God. The sin of pride cannot stay in heaven. He was God's most beautiful angel and was proud of it.
Luke 10:18 says, "And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name. And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven. (Luke 10:17-18 KJV). It appears that the name Lucifer was still accepted, even after Satan fell from heaven. 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 and can cause us problems. 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 and 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 hearts, instead of just with the eyes in our heads. There have been some who were enabled 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 when Satan successfully tempted Eve to sin. 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 but Jesus Christ has already won. 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 with Satan, his demons/fallen angels and God with His angels. And know that there is a spiritual battle for our souls so we can defend ourselves with God’s salvation through acceptance of Jesus Christ. Then we will live eternally in heaven with Our Awesome God.
Join us as we work in Our Awesome God's vineyard, telling others and reminding ourselves about His story, Jesus Christ's Salvation, and our eternal home with Him, trying to help them to understand Our Creator better. Our church starts with small groups on Sunday at 9:30 AM and a Worship Service at 10:30 AM. On Sunday evening at 6:00 PM, a Bible Study meets for an hour along with a children's program called AWANA until 7:30 PM. There are plans for more during the week of Bible Discussions in homes. Prayer Meetings are on Wednesday at 7:00 PM. We love visitors!
Flo & Bill