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Lucifer's Greatest Blunder Part 2

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December 1, 2021 1:00 am

Lucifer's Greatest Blunder Part 2

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December 1, 2021 1:00 am

When God created the universe, everything was in perfect harmony—until one angel named Lucifer made a big mistake. In pride, he tried to steal glory from God. No matter who you are, it’s futile to stand in opposition to God. Through a continued look at the five stages in Satan’s dramatic career, you’ll be ready to reject lies and draw near to God.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)

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This is with Dr. Sir clear teaching helps us make it across the finish line talking again today about Lucifer's greatest blunder. Was it possible that he could have avoided making this wonder what you know that's a difficult question to answer theological.

Let's just simply say this is that if he had stayed where God put him all of this disaster would not have happened. I've often contemplated this and I'm not sure exactly what Lucifer knew when he decided to rebel against God. I don't think that he saw the future.

I don't think that he saw his future in hell he thought that he might be able to become arrival with God and get by with it and of course throughout history has always wanted to be worshiped, but today, as we think about this. We also are reminded of the triumph of Jesus Christ and what a blunder it is for us to make the same mistake as Lucifer and that is to underestimate the consequences of rebellion and sin. I want you to listen very carefully to this message today and at the end of this broadcast, I'm good to be mentioning a very special resource that we have for you because remember our desire is to help you along the race of life all the way to the finish line. Now let's listen carefully God had done. Now that sin had entered into the universe through Lucifer.

Well got to sit number one. I'm just going to exterminate you I just H I'm just going to vaporize you so that you are going to be in existence anymore. I guess that's one thing I could've done. He could've just simply said Lucifer I just crush you buyer all power said you know what I'm going to do I'm going to confine you to another planet. I'm going to set the bounds of your limitation and you're going to be there on that other planet and you're going to have all of eternity to do nothing but contemplate the doctor stupidity and horror of what you've done. That would be another option. God didn't see it fit to do it that way. He came up with another plan. He said Lucifer and now we can speak of him as Satan. Satan you can continue to rule planet Earth. I'm not going to take away your power the same power that you had before you send is going to be the same power that you have after you sent and I'm going to let you become the ruler of the world and I want you to try to see them to give you lots of time to see it. I'm going let you try to see whether or not it is even possible for you to bring some kind of order out of the chaos that I want to give you plenty of time to find out whether or not it is possible for a creature to oppose me and still come out okay. On the other end.

And so he was allowed to have awesome power. There's a staggering passage of Scripture found in the fourth chapter of Luke and you may turn to that.

If you would for a moment because if you don't turn to it. You may not even believe that it is there. Luke chapter 4 Jesus and Satan are having that famous confrontation and you'll notice, the devil is asking Christ to worship him is very important for you to realize that the reason is because Satan is just absolutely cons so with pride. Just absolutely consumed with pride. He is so full of envy, you know, when he sees us being able to approach God when he sees people redeemed. He is utterly frustrated and angry but I'm ahead of myself. That's to come in another sermon somewhere along the line in this series but notice what Jesus says to him in verse four.

Man shall not live by bread alone verse five. Any let them up and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time, and the devil said to him I will give you all this domain and its glory.

Notice, for it has been handed over to me and I give it to whomsoever I unbelievable. Now he were saying this to us. We review can we say that he's a liar and he always lives.

He almost always lies the only time you know that he's telling the truth is when he says I'm lying when you know is telling the truth but is not talking to you is not talking to me he's talking to Jesus and Jesus would know better if he had been lying and he says all the kingdoms of the earth have been handed over to me and I can give them to whomsoever I wish to get Jesus didn't rebuke awesome power.

God says retain your power over the earth but God also said what I'm going to do is to end up taking mankind who was created there in the garden of Eden and through the line of mankind ago to bring a Redeemer who is going to crush it and it's going to be a moral spiritual battle not just a crushing by raw power working to tough it out and you are going to come out on the short end of the stick. So we have the garden of Eden, which is part of our message next week and then the Satan tries to kill Jesus when he is born there in Bethlehem when all of the boys two years old and under are killed in that vicinity evidently tried to kill Jesus there in Gethsemane because he doesn't want Christ to go through with the cross and yet there was a part of him that wanted Christ to be crucified. It's the conflict of evil. But then Jesus Christ is put into that grave and he ascends into heaven showing Satan who has the power of death that Jesus Christ can outdo him and that Christ is the God of life and is stronger than Satan, so much so that Jesus could say just before he died. Now is the judgment of this world and now shall the prince of this world be cast out. And Paul says that Christ disarmed old principalities and old powers and made a show of them openly triumphing over them in at a total crushing to place the cross you say will if that's the truth, then why is it that Satan is still so active today.

Why is he able to have so much power. He's basically out on parole, and God is allowing him a long leash to do his thing because God is trying to prove a point. And Satan knows the point that God is trying to prove by the way, this is not as if you know he's ignorant of what God is up to, but he keeps trying to prove the point anyway, and he keeps trying to to oppose God.

Even though God's point is that he wants to show the total futility of any will that is opposed to God under total.

May I use the word stupidity of any will. Whether it be human or divine, whether be human or angelic, I should say who wants to take on God's foolishness to see Satan is the prince of this world and yet he cannot organize this world.

You know what he is proving is proving that he can only be a destroyer he can never be a builder. He's proving that even with his awesome power he cannot bring about unity.

He can only bring about the vision, confusion, conflict, and he is proving ultimately that he is not wise. He is not wise. I say that carefully. He is very very intelligent, but is not wise. What a difference.

There is, you realize that Satan is so intelligent that while I can't prove it. I would suspect that he knows that I'm preaching about him this morning at Moody church is probably been told that by some of his underlings were under his authority were assigned to this part of Chicago probably knows it. He doesn't like what I'm going to say, but he knows it.

He is very intelligent, but he isn't wise because if he were wise he would cease-and-desist all activity against God instant you know why because every time he wins a battle he loses every single time he wins the battle he loses all necessitate loses or God would not be God's. I will wait a minute. I don't know if I agree with that. You tell me because after all, a look look at the havoc he's causing look at the Christian leaders were falling into sin.

Look at look at the Christians were bound by Satanic spirits look at look at the way in which he is blinding the eyes of the world unless they see the gospel and you're telling me that every time he wins, he loses absolutely because I want you to know, among other things, that every time he opposes God and gain so much of an inch. His judgment and the hell is going to be all rater, all the greater he's keeping up trunk men.

This amount of torment he would be better off to give up the battle right now. Stop all activity against God, but he doesn't do it because evil says no matter how bad it's going to be in the future. I get some perverted satisfaction of taking on God now, and that's all that counts.

And I we come to the final point of the drama stage for everlasting torment. Turn to Revelation 13 and then also chapter 20. Keep your finger in both passages of Scripture because I want you to see the highest and the lows Revelation 13 verse seven. Where in the middle of the tribulation. In this discussion in Revelation and Antichrist's ruling controlling totally Antichrist is Satan. And it says in verse seven and it was given to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them. And authority over every tribe and People and tongue and nation was given to him.

Isn't this mind-boggling that Satan has authority over every tribe and People and tongue and nation and all dwell on the earth will worship him, except a few everyone whose name is not been written from the foundation of the world in the book of life. Lamb was been slain everybody else's worshiping him this is is most glorious moment is most glorious. Here's a proud egotistical being comes so with a sense of his own beauty and import hating God with an incredible passion and hating us with the same passion because we are standing with God. Therefore, tremendous. Against the saints, and for one brief moment all the things that he has ever wanted have come to him old to dwell upon the face of the earth worship him every tribe, every family and he's getting all the glory. He's enjoying it only in a very very perverted way because he is in torment, even when this is happening because he knows that this moment of glory is so in Colorado early short.

So short gone just like that to Revelation 20 verse 10 and the devil who deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and brimstone deceived all the nation's yes he was thrown into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast's accomplices and the false prophet are also they will be tormented day and night forever and ever and ever and ever and ever and ever and ever. And that's what happens when somebody takes on God and says I want a piece of the action. All this glory going to God old glory to God about me in this, get some glory to where it ended with entitled the series.

What is got up to. So what is got up to a number of different things one for you to remember today, God is proving the doctor total futility. As I've already said of any being that stands in opposition to him that anybody who takes on God and reassess the Almighty and says I will not submit to his authority.

I'm going to do my own thing any person like that of necessity by divine law and sovereign decree must must use must lose roles God wouldn't be God.

God's taking thousands of years to give men a good chance to take them on and to get all the demons of hell who fell with Lucifer a good chance to take God on edge, organize rebellion and look how far it's come. Look how far he's come nothing but despair and futility. And so you see, Satan reaches out and he wants to take that egg saw Hank bit of pleasure, put it in his mouth and so way back when he reached out and he took it and he put it to his lips and turned to ashes. Grading substance in his mouth so he reached out and he wanted to be God and so he he took his hand and he went for the handle of the star because he wanted to rule any discomfort that is reached out any went for it actually caught the blade is wounded, humiliated, you know that in addition to the pain of the torment in hell do know that one of the greatest torments that Satan will face is not just the pain that is going to face so that's awful is the total abject unbelievable shame and humiliation and that's all he's gonna have to prove to himself how great and wonderful and beautiful and I want you to know today. Folks that every promise that Satan ever makes every promise of the world ever makes.

Of necessity must be proven to be falls that only what God says is true. Some of you are believing the lies that say this if I take care of myself first. If I don't yield all my life to God. If I keep a compartment of it to myself. I will be better off because this is the way to happiness. After all, I cannot endure yielding this to the Almighty.

His demands are impossible because you know right well that if you submitted totally to him. You have to break some relationship you're involved in and it's a nasty process of breaking it and some of you say well you know if I really submitted to God. What about all of the things that he's given me I have to begin to think about what to do with the gifts of the money that is given to me I would have to reorganize my time and submission to God is not words that I need to keep a part of my life to myself and keep it under my control rather than yielding to the will and the purposes of the Almighty. I do know that.

To that extent, you are deceived, and will find that of absolute necessity.

I don't want to repeat myself, but I need to say it one more time. That, of necessity, you will lose out because no one who will oppose is God and her when. That's it was a young woman who lived in immorality, rebellious, she knows better than God. She knows better than the church is better than the elders and deacons. I heard the story many years ago.

The young lady's name was Tony Joe Henry. She lives somewhere in the South one day in a relationship with her boyfriend, which didn't work out, and they never really do work out today. Come to think of it. She ended up killing him because of the dispute that arose later on when someone visited her in jail. She made this profound statement. She said you know I knew that God ran the whole show. But she said I thought I could steal one small act is all that I want is one small act. Oh that the commentary on all of us. We know that God runs the show, but oh we need one small back to ourselves and it is that small act that becomes the seat of a whole host of troubles because God says no person pitted against me can ever possibly possibly win. The good news is in this conflict that not only did Jesus Christ win a moral victory, but when Jesus Christ died on the cross and he won that victory against Satan. God was able to remain just, and yet to justify people to cleanse them from sin because several pastor that's right, come today to go to church with all kinds of things in my life that are impure and that are wrong, Jesus Christ.

Death was such a sacrifice for sin that God says I cannot quit any person who believes in him, so that the past can be wiped out, and so that the future can become a future filled with the blessing of the living God. That's why God's greatest gift in all of the mess of this world is his son for God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, have everlasting life. Good news to proclaim in a world that is filled and torn with evil and strife and uncertainty and rebellion. There is hope through Christ our Savior and our king join me if you would, and let us pray father is. We have prayed so often in moments like this we know that you need to do what no man can you know those who have brought with them today to this auditorium pockets of rebellion issues that they are not willing to turn over to you, no matter what. And in this moment. I pray that you will cause them to give them up, and to say Lord I surrender it's game over. I put down the weapons of the rebel and I bring my wheel in harmony with yours. For those who do not know Christ as Savior.

We pray that they may understand that really what they need to do is to simply look to Jesus and be saved if they don't need to bring anything with them except the faith to look to the son of God.

For those who know you who already know exactly what it is they are holding out. Pray that today may be a day in which they give it all up to that Lord, we pray in Jesus name, amen. This is faster than insert. Isn't it wonderful to know that Jesus Christ triumphed over our enemy and you know if you been listening to running to win with any degree of regularity. You know that the great emphasis that we have on our hearts is the exaltation of Jesus as our Savior as our king and as our Lord and indeed is Satan has been trampled under his feet. All I know that we continue to see Satan work in the world but he is a defeated foe and he knows that his doom is sure I'm holding in my hand a resource that we think is going to be a tremendous blessing to you. It's entitled the Bible code. Now this has nothing to do with the da Vinci code that we heard so much about many years ago the Bible code is simply finding Jesus and every book of the Bible. Every one of these readings has a reference to Christ in the Scriptures in the various books and then a brief exposition of that particular verse because after all, the Bible is a unified whole. The Bible is one story line in this attractive book, which is very welcoming, very easy-to-read will remind you of its unity. The Bible code finding Jesus in every book of the Bible now for gift of any amount.

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