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February 1, 2022 1:00 am
Every one of us belongs to one kingdom or another. Since Satan’s infamous start in the Garden of Eden, he’s been blinding the minds of unbelievers and targeting believers through lies and intimidation. In this message, we’ll discover five limitations from God that guarantee the devil’s doom. How does God deal with Satan’s rebellion—and ours?Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Flores looking to Jesus first appeared in the garden of Eden as the servant of paradise. Now he's targeting every believer who runs the race of life toward God's goal today more about how Satan got his infamous start stay with us from the church in Chicago. This is running to win with Sir, whose clear teaching helps us make it across the finish line.
We're now in an eight part series on God's devil. Why did God think it necessary to create the devil you know Dave, one of the things I love about your questions is that they are seldom simple and this is a good example of asking a question that is very difficult to answer, at least in a few moments, but what we must recognize is that God created angels for his glory.
Lucifer was a part of the angelic realm.
He apparently acted like a choir director making sure that God got the glory but then unrighteousness was found in him, and this is critical what God wanted to do now.
He could've banished Satan.
He could've put them out of existence.
But God wanted to allow Satan to roam the world for God's glory. And yes, to serve God's purposes, even though that's the last thing Satan wanted to do so as we listen to these messages I need to remind you that I've written a book entitled God's devil and for a gift of any amount. It can be yours. Here's what you do go to RTW offer.com or if you prefer to call us at 1-888-218-9337 and of course I'll be giving you that contact info at the end of the message. Once again, now let us listen you can say to himself I can do my own thing I can rebel against God. I no longer have to look to the Almighty for my orders. Or at least that's what he thought was going to happen and I find this to be a scandal beyond irony because just think this through folks.
Satan rebelled, that he might no longer have to be God's servant, but he is still God's servant even today, a different kind of the servant to be sure before he served willingly. He served voluntarily. Now he service non-voluntarily but he serves. Nonetheless, he can only exercise that independence within the circle of God's divine providence and he cannot step outside of those bounds without the express permission of the Almighty sure doesn't sound like independence to me with not much he wants to harass God servant Joe and he can't do it except God says all right. You've asked us about Job, and we've talked together, go ahead and you can do thus and so to him, but that you can't touch his life, but you can do a BC but you can't do the and on and on. So what is he a have to do, he has to get permission from God.
He can take one of God's servants, and he can debilitate him. He can also give him. Perhaps the dizziness but in the end of God chooses to raise him up as a result of the prayers of God's people all will always triumphs and so Satan with his wheel with his independence. It turns out he's not very independent at all. Somebody asked me the question I said in this series of messages are you going to show that God actually uses the devil toward God's own ends and the answer is yes.
Doesn't seem like independence to me, but he was limited. Therefore, what he could achieve no Milton says that Satan would prefer to be a king in hell than a servant in heaven and actually as Satan discovered there is no king in hell. There is no king in hell.
What a disastrous decision number two. He was limited in what he could foresee. I've already hinted at that.
But let me explain what I mean by the second limitation. He was limited in what he could foresee. He could not foresee the consequences of his decision for one good reason there was no other example of rebellion in the universe is a you and I today you can say to somebody. Now if you don't obey God. There is this possibility and this possibility because we've seen these options played out so often, but it was no example of someone who had defied God so he was limited in being able to perceive the consequences.
He couldn't foresee that only one third of the angels would side with him. According to the 12 chapter the book of Revelation. Possibly he thought that when I rebel against God.
And when I say I like the most high, because all of the Angels were under my authority and I had the responsibility of making sure that worship God. God they all will side with me now just think of it, for every fallen angel that rebels and curses God there are two who still sing God's praises.
He could not have predicted that it would turn out that way he did know anything about the lake of fire and brimstone, in which he is going to be tormented and humiliated for ever and ever and ever.
That was beyond his ability to project and protect all that he knew was that there was this doorway that he was going to go through hoping that it would be a new kind of existence. A new kind of freedom and new kind of life and suddenly he discovers that it is God who keeps the last cards is God who writes the last chapter and now suddenly he finds himself trapped in a decision that he can't get out of, and that is the third limitation. The third limitation is that he was limited in damage repair is limited in damage repair. I have no way of proving this from the Bible but it is my own strong suspicion that he deeply regretted his decision the moment it was made when he began to see how corrupt he became when he began to see that no matter how he spun the wheel.
It was always God who controlled the outcome.
When he began to understand that now suddenly he was taking on the Almighty and and some of the effects of sin became clear to him.
He might have regretted his decision, but at this point, there was absolutely nothing that he could do about it.
Nothing from now all of eternity. Nothing could possibly change all you say, what if he would repent and no no chance for two reasons.
Number one. He could not repent, you have no desire for repentance not followed this carefully when he was a creaturely creation with all of the beauty in the perfections with which God created him at that moment he had the capacity also for evil as we learned now that he had chosen against God. He would never again have the capacity for good effort. He was thoroughly and totally corrupted. There is no truth in him. When he speak of the speak of a lie. He is in darkness at all times. He is thoroughly corrupt and totally evil to hear redeemable evil. That's one reason the second reason is because there's been no provision made for his forgiveness won't take time to do it but you can do this on your own. Read the second chapter the book of Hebrews words is expressly that when Jesus came to this earth. He took not upon himself the form of an angel. But he took upon himself the form of a servant, and of the seed of Abraham that he might read deem of those who are the seed of Abraham is a God just can't say well he made a bad decision, but I'm merciful. Therefore, I forgive him know. The question is who would provide a sacrifice for his sins. It was not covered with Christ's death. Your sin was covered by Christ's death.
My sin was covered by Christ's death, but not Lucifer sin and therefore there was no possibility ever that he could rectify the mess he had created any learned a very important lesson in the lesson is that God's creatures can create a mess but God's creatures cannot clean that mess up, and that's why we who are human beings are so fortunate is because God chose to clean up the mess through the coming of Jesus Christ, an event which, again, a Lucifer could not possibly foresee but and the conflict of that to the will of course become apparent, and in future messages in this series but at this point, all that he could do is make the mess he could not take that mess, and he couldn't put it together again. Humpty Dumpty sat on the wall, Humpty Dumpty had a grateful Humpty Dumpty.
How does the rest of it go.
At any rate, whatever happened Humpty Dumpty.
I do remember this about the guy nobody could put them back together again. He was limited in damage repair number four. He was limited in his understanding of God is limited in his understanding of God.
Now folks I believe that he miscalculated. I believe that Lucifer miscalculated. I don't think that he understood something he did not understand health thoroughly. God hates sin and is going to judge it. I've been thinking about this series of messages for a long time and I've been trying to imagine what it would be like to be further and there you are. You see God in his beauty all that you see is a law of all that you see is grace all that you are acquainted with his mercy. You have never seen one single example of his justice, because there was no need for that. No need for it. As long as everyone did the will of God.
As long as there was harmony and beauty and symmetry. There would be no need whatever for God's justice, there would be no way that he could possibly predict God was going to be so exceedingly careful and judgmental of sin. He didn't know that that lake of fire and and nor could he have known that in God's economy. The higher a person ascends to go and exerts pride. The more we aspire to be like God, the more we need to be crushed and will be humbled. He did not know that I think he miscalculated just like people today they think to themselves, we know God is a God of love. God is a God of mercy and because he is a God of love and mercy. Why indeed there's no possibility that he is going to have any human beings in hell and they they miscalculated because they trade on the good side, the will of God is good, but I from our standpoint, they trade on the mercy and the compassion and the love and the grace of God. There's a whole other part of God's character of justice and judgmental reactions to hatred for sin that is unknown. I think that he was limited in his understanding of God.
He had no idea he judge sin so severely. Number five.
He was limited in his understanding of the difference between time and eternity. The difference between time and eternity is a there's no doubt that Satan now that he is Satan he does receive worship 20 wanted my dear friends today no worship on earth can ever make up for eternal humiliation in hell he desired honor and exaltation, and he has some honor and exaltation today, but there's no way that this little sliver of time in which he receives honor and exaltation. There is no way that that is ever going to be made up by eternal contempt in hell the contempt in hell simply will prove that the gamble this cosmic gamble was not worth it. Proud to just see independence and authority biting the dust of humiliation and contempt forever and ever. We remember something today. Folks that I hope that you never forget. No decision on earth can ever be good if it is not good also and eternity. Let me say that again no decision on earth can ever be good unless it is good in eternity and whatever benefits may have accrued to him in this small segment of time because of the disastrous consequences of eternity. He would've been so much better off to simply believe God. If you have simply said, you know, God is told me to be obedient to be obedient. I'm not even going to question whether or not he knows better than II not going to try to get out there and to test to see whether or not rebellion is as bad as it might appear to be. If only he had chosen to do that put a different story. We would have to tell today but within himself. He said I have to try it for myself. Just like some people today who say I have to try it for myself and the consequences are disastrous, and I have a question I have to ask you what were God's options while he could've exterminated the devil could have crushed them with raw power. He could've vanished into another planet and let him contemplate his fate. He could've thrown them into the lake of fire immediately and that would've been just and true. But God did not do that is what God decided, he said. Satan is now going to continue to be the prince of this world, he will be known as the prince of the power of the air at this prince of this world.
So he's going to continue earth will continue to be his sphere. But secondly, I'm going to give him time to see whether or not he can organize his kingdom whether or not he can bring order out of chaos I I'm going to give him time to see whether or not any good can possibly come out of his decision. I'm going to give him time to test his abilities to see exactly what his limits are and to know what will be accomplished as a result of his rebellion and God says I'm not going to win victory over him with raw power which I could do immediately. Just like that, but rather I'm going to win them on the basis of righteousness is going to be a whole class of beings created which Lucifer knew nothing about the human being and end they are going to side with Lucifer, but from among them. I'm going to purchase some for myself and exalt those beings higher than Lucifer himself was exalted all that hurt that proudly and so would God decided to do was to allow earth to become a drama which would be played out. Good versus evil, righteousness versus unrighteousness darkness versus light, and in the end, when the final curtain call comes, God is going to be completely victorious. Indeed, he is already victorious in all that is still needed is for the end time to be wrapped up until the whole universe agrees that God is victorious and were united into this Bible says that we are born into the kingdom of darkness. We are born under the condemnation of sin is, will learn in the next message we are born really under a Satan's dominion in the sense that we are born rebel. But the Scripture says that he has translated us from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of his dear son. And that's something that only God can do. You can't do that by living a good life. You can do that by saying lime as good as the neighbor next door you need a miracle to translate you from the kingdom of darkness with all of its prideful intentions into the kingdom of God's busted son and that's what redemption is all about and today God gives you and me. The wonderful opportunity to believe on Christ so that he might do it. He might do it there's anything that's clear in the Bible it is that nobody ever saves himself.
Nobody ever says I'm good enough now finally for God is something God and God can now do something for you and for me that he could never do for Lucifer and never will do for Lucifer and that is to translate us into the kingdom of his blessed son become under new ownership. Jesus Christ becomes our owner. We are given a new nature, our sins are forgiven and we are reconciled to God. That's only God is able to do. But remember, if you don't let God do that you will die as a member of Satan's kingdom with all of the awfulness and terror and shame and humiliation connected with it. That's clear. Just two kingdoms just two kingdoms.
The kingdom of darkness, kingdom of light kingdom of God kingdom of Satan and today every one of us listening to this message is in one kingdom or the other. If you are in his kingdom.
Satan's let God do in you. What only God can do and let us pray our father, we thank you today for the triumph of Jesus Christ, we thank you father that Satan's decision, though terrible, is not irreversible. For those of us who know Christ as Savior, we thank you that Satan is a model today of the disastrous consequences of disobedience and we thank you that his doom is sure.
We pray in these moments, Lord, that you will speak to every heart and for those who have never believed on Christ. May they do that, that they might be in the kingdom of light. We pray in Jesus name on my friend, this is Pastor Sir I love to emphasize the fact that if you belong to the kingdom of light. Just as I mentioned in the sermon. If you belong to the kingdom of light. You can be assured that as a believer you are going to be exalted above the Angels, no angel has ever been an heir of God in a joint heir with Jesus Christ. And I think that this is the reason why Satan is so angry with us. I've written a book entitled God's devil you might be surprised at the subtitle. It is the incredible story of how Satan's rebellion serves God's purposes let's remember that Satan would have never been able to roam this earth and do what he does unless God allowed him to do so. This book was written to build faith in your heart even as we pray against our enemy for a gift of any amount. It can be yours. Here's what you do go to RTW offer.com that's RTW offer.com or if you prefer, call us at 1-888-218-9337 pick up the phone right now: 1-888-218-9337 it's time now for you to ask Pastor lutes or a question about the Bible or the Christian life Pastor lutes are many churches today are far different from those our parents knew this.
Has Catherine concerned.
She asks what are your thoughts about contemplative or emergent churches.
I'm very interested in your answer, so I hope you can respond yes I can respond. Catherine the emergent church. What a topic. First of all let me say that among emergent churches, there is great diversity. There are some that are quite evangelical.
There are others that are way out there, so to speak, so it's always a little dangerous for us to generalize, but sometimes we have to generalize and to make some comments that are applicable to a number of different churches. One of the things about emergent churches is they downplay doctrine. In fact, one of the founders of the year one who originated the whole idea of the emergent church.
He said that someday theology will be like the architecture of the medieval church interesting to a few, but irrelevant.
That's a dangerous statement so far as I'm concerned, so theology oftentimes takes second place. Secondly, there's a great deal of emphasis on this life. They say that the whole emphasis on heaven and eternity is misplaced.
We need to know how to live here. And then, of course, in addition to that, you have a lot of emphasis on relationships and that might be good personal relationships but unfortunately those relationships often take precedence over worship over devotion over diligent Bible study and over theology. Bottom line, I'm concerned about the emergent church. Now many churches that have gone that way.
It may be too new to predict exactly where they will end up, but I would say that they are on a dangerous trajectory. Yes, there is much that we can learn from them. But at the end of the day theology corporate worship, the belief in absolute truths. All that must be dearly held by the church and so I need to say that there is a word of caution that we must be very careful when we abandon these for a contemporary kind of worship and church service.
Some wise words from Dr. Erwin lutes or thank you pastor lutes are if you'd like to hear your question answered.
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Each of us has a sin nature, a tendency to rebel against God by eating the forbidden fruit. Adam and Eve, no victim to sin, with catastrophic results. Why did the first couple in Paradise feel the need to disobey God for the answer to noon for our next broadcast for Dr. Erwin lutes or this is Dave running to win is sponsored by the Moody church