Psalm 139:7-14; “Where shall I go from Your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from Your presence? If I ascend to Heaven, You are there. If I make my bed in Sheol, You are there. If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there Your hand shall lead me, and Your right hand shall hold me. If I say surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light about me be night, even the darkness is not dark to You; the night is bright as the day, for darkness is as light with You. For You formed my inward parts; You knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise You for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are Your works; my soul knows it very well.” (ESV – all emphasis mine)
These few verses dispel numerous myths about God having limited power. It all started with an archangel, Lucifer. He’s also known as Satan and the Devil. He is one of the reasons that our Heavenly Father hates destructive self-pride. Satan was perhaps the most beautiful angel that God created, but he turned that quality into an obsession of evil.
Isaiah 14:13-14; “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.”
Satan was allowed to make his own choices, just as we humans have the ability of self-choice. That does not mean all our decisions are right, and our wrong choices can lead to very serious consequences.
In Revelation 12, we’re told the “dragon,” or Satan swept down a third of the stars of Heaven and cast them to the earth. These would be the angels who were influenced by Satan, that chose to follow him instead of God, and therefore had no further home with Our Creator. They became the demons, and have absolutely no pathway to forgiveness, just the same as their leader – the devil.
Therein lies the main difference between us fallible humans and the Heavenly host that sinned. We can be forgiven of all our sins if we receive and accept Jesus as our Savior before taking our last breath here. This is found in Romans 10:9-13.
As for Satan and his demons, they had already been in the presence of the Lord God Jehovah, and still they turned against Him. Their ultimate forever will be in the lake of fire (Revelation 20:10). Hell was specifically made for them, as we’re told in Matthew 25:41.
When our Savior was in human form on this earth, Satan was “allowed” to tempt Him in several ways. Jesus was physically weakened, as He had fasted for forty days. In spite of this, our Savior resisted the devil’s temptations, which was a Hallelujah time for all of us. If Jesus had sinned even once while He was on this earth as a human, His freely given blood sacrifice for us would have been null and void. The Father could only accept a sinless, perfect sacrifice for Him to be able to forgive all humans, past, present, and future.
Far too many people would rather accept Satan’s ploys and look no further than their time on earth than consider where they will spend all of eternity. Our life here is barely an eye-blink compared to forever, yet so many are allowing the devil to lead them to eternal damnation.
Galatians 6:7-8; “Do not be deceived; God is not mocked; for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption; but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.”
Please know, 2 Timothy 3:16 states, “All scripture is breathed out by God, and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.”
Peter tells us in 2 Peter 1:20-21, “knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation. For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.”
This does not mean that there are no false prophets out there. Just as we have false prophets and antichrists, we also have man-made Bible translations that do not come from the Holy Word that’s been passed down to us. Any work that changes the gender of God, or tweaks any of His word, saying that the abominations no longer apply, are works of fiction.
Our God is fully Omnipresent, or everywhere at once; Omnipotent, or all-powerful; and absolutely Omniscient, or all-knowing. He’s our God on the Mountain as well as God in the Valley. Tracy Dartt (1944-2022) wrote a wonderful hymn titled “God On The Mountain.”
(1) Life is easy when you’re up on the mountain, and you’ve got peace of mind like you’ve never known. But then things change, and you’re down in the valley; don’t lose faith, for you’re never alone.
(Ref) And the God on the mountain is still God in the valley. When things go wrong, He’ll make them right. And the God of the good times is still God in the bad times. The God of the day is still God of the night.
(2) We talk of faith when we’re up on the mountain, but talk comes so easy when life’s at its best. But in the valley of trials and temptation, that’s when faith is really put to the test. (Ref)
We were never promised a life of luxury and ease just because we have received and accepted Jesus as our Savior. In fact, in John 16:33, Jesus states, “I have said these things to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world, you will have tribulations; but take heart; I have overcome the world.”
We are seeing a shift in attitudes against anything that has to do with Jesus, or just taking the title “Christian.” Because we do not approve of or participate in all the perversions that are gaining ground in this world today, we are being labeled as “haters.” However, we follow our Lord’s command to love everyone but not to do or like what they do. Jesus had the most disturbing incidents that involved the religious leaders of His day.
Jesus has not changed, as Hebrews 13:8 states, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” Jesus, the Father, and the Holy Spirit make up our Holy Triune Godhead, and 2 Peter 3:8 states, “But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord, one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.” Our God is not bound by time as we are. He created time for us in Genesis 1:3-5.
If you have not received and accepted Jesus the Christ as your eternal Savior, today would not be too early to do so. We do not know the day or hour that all believers will be removed to avoid the Tribulation, but obviously, it’s getting closer all the time (1 Thessalonians 4:13-17; 1 Corinthians 15:51-53; 1 Thessalonians 1:10; 1 Thessalonians 5:9-10 and Romans 3:10).
God will not force anyone to choose His Son but will honor all who truly do. Romans 10:13 states, “All who call on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
He’s waiting, but we don’t know for how much longer – call today.
Maranatha (Come, Lord Jesus)!