You said in your heart, ‘I will ascend to heaven; above the stars of God. I will set my throne on high; I will sit on the mount of assembly in the far reaches of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.’ – Isaiah 14:13-14 ESV
These are the 5, “I WILL” statements of Lucifer, the devil- El Diablo. Lets also look at corresponding verses in Ezekiel 28: “Because your heart is proud, and you have said, ‘I am a god, I sit in the seat of the gods, in the heart of the seas,’ yet you are but a man, and no god, though you make your heart like the heart of a god—you are indeed wiser than Daniel; no secret is hidden from you; by your wisdom and your understanding you have made wealth for yourself, and have gathered gold and silver into your treasuries; by your great wisdom in your trade you have increased your wealth, and your heart has become proud in your wealth— therefore thus says the Lord God: Because you make your heart like the heart of a god, therefore, behold, I will bring foreigners upon you, the most ruthless of the nations; and they shall draw their swords against the beauty of your wisdom and defile your splendor. (v2-7) Does this sound like the world we live in today? We seem to have gone full circle- we are like gods.
Leader, this is where you find the ORIGINAL SIN, it was in the heavenlies! It was PRIDE of LUCIFER, that brought the fall. Just as it was the PRIDE OF MAN that brought the fall in the Garden of Eden- see Genesis 3. Whether we are talking about THE original sin of pride, with Satan in the heavenlies or man’s original sin in the garden- wanting knowledge and wanting ‘what we want’. “Don’t tell me what to do with my body, don’t tell me who I can share my bed with, don’t tell me I have to have that baby…” The 5 I WILL’s of the devil, are not much different then the reality of most people today- Freedom is our god, and we are its Master. We get so wrapped up in our rights, and others ‘privilege’, that we covet what others have and claim, “ITS NOT FAIR”. Here we are again, telling God, He is UNJUST, HE IS NOT FAIR- He is wrong. This is also a clear violation of the 10th commandment-see Exodus 20:17.
Conduit, this is the path of RELIGION. Mans attempt to GET TO GOD, it started with Nimrod, the first leader of Babylon- the founder of RELIGION. Abandon your religion and seek a RELATIONSHIP! According to the historian Josephus, Nimrod “said he would be revenged on God, if he should have a mind to drown the world again; for that he would build a tower too high for the waters to reach. And that he would avenge himself on God for destroying their forefathers” (Antiquities of the Jews, Book 1, Chapter 4). The motive, according to Josephus, for building the Tower of Babel was to protect humanity against another flood. Don’t you hear it, “GO GREEN- SAVE THE PLANET- Nimrod. IT IS TIME TO LET GOD BE GOD and allow HIS WILL TO REIGN, not our will, NOT our desire, NOT OUR limited understanding! Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. (Romans 12:1-2) PURSUE a relationship with the Almighty! HIS WILL BE DONE- not ours! Amen.