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4 Ways God Humbles Man, Part 1

Sound of Faith / Sharon Hardy Knotts and R. G. Hardy
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February 7, 2022 7:00 am

4 Ways God Humbles Man, Part 1

Sound of Faith / Sharon Hardy Knotts and R. G. Hardy

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Greetings friends a new listener said, welcome to the sound of faith. I'm sure not thanking you for joining us today because we know faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God.

Today's message for ways God almost man walks us through Lucifer's liking fall from his lofty position in heaven, and why it was necessary for God to put safeguards in place when he created man in his own image and likeness discover four ways God humbles man this morning. I'm going to start a message that's going to be a two-parter because there's really no way that I can preach at all this morning without rushing through it. If you turn with me in your Bible. If you want to follow along. I do want to read a couple verses in first Timothy chapter 3 and our message is going to be the four ways that God humbles man, but in order to get to those four ways we have to lay a foundation of wine that would even be necessary because you know when you hear that title, you probably think I think I want to hear that message but you're going to find out why it is necessary, but how God does it in his great wisdom so just to set the tone for the message were looking at first Timothy three will look at verse one that says this is a true saying, if a man desires the office of the Bishop he desires a good work. Now he goes on to give you the qualifications that he should have were not interested in those things that's not our message we want to drop down verse six it says this is what he should not be he should not be a novice or someone that's newly planted. That's what the word novice means someone newly planted wine last being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil. What we want to focus on is what is the condemnation of the devil being lifted up in pride. Amen. Because pride is the sin that caused the devil a.k.a. Satan a.k.a. Lucifer to fall so far from such a high place to such a low place pride.

The word is to fail in the Greek and it means to to puff up to inflate something and hear witnesses lest he fall into the condemnation of the devil is talking about his sentence or his punishment.

That's what it means condemnation here now. It means lest he fall into the same judgment that Satan fell in or it can mean lest he be lured into sin, which pride opens the door to so the point is this Lucifer's pitfall was pride, amen. Now the question is this was the glorious being that God created. So how in the world did pride get created. Amen. So let's turn in the book of Ezekiel in the Old Testament.

Ezekiel 28 and looking at verse 11 and we are going to find out this morning for some of you this is not new material but for some of you it may be working to find out how the first sin was ever created because God did not create Lucifer to be a devil eating create Lucifer to be a liar and a murderer, a slanderer and and the evil person that he became God didn't create them that way. Amen. So the question is how did he become all of those things in the arch enemy of God and therefore my extension are arch enemy.

Amen. Ezekiel 2811 says moreover the word of the Lord came under me saying Son of Man take up a lamentation upon the king of tires and say unto him, thus saith the Lord God used seal of the Psalm full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. Working to find out right away that this is not a human king because verse 13 tells us you had been in Eden, the garden of God and every precious stone was your covering the sardius, the topaz, the diamond, the barrel, the onyx the Jasper. The staff are the Emerald and the carbuncle, and gold, thy workmanship of thy tablets and of thy pipes was prepared in the in the day that thou wast created. Do you know that this verse tells us that this glorious being with actually created musical instruments within his body that were being told here. Amen.

And he says that your tablets in your pipe snow that takes care of your percussion and you read and they will see in the book of Isaiah talks about his reveals which takes in the strings your violins and that so Lucifer had the ability with canyons health to play instruments. No wonder the devil uses music to deceive people and cause people to fall until lost in and all kinds of evil.

Amen. Because he was not only the worship leader in heaven worshiping God. He had the ability not only to seeing but to play instruments. I know you're looking at me kind of funny but you're trying to figure out how that works. I hope your interest. I want you to be in France and how glorious this creature was that God created. Amen. Verse 14 thou art the anointed cherub that covers and I have set you so you were upon the holy mountain of God. You walked up and down in the midst of this does fire. Again this proves were not talking about an earthly king. Amen.

Here we go. You were perfect in your ways from the day that you were created, you are prosthetic in your way from the day you were created and created is a very important word because it tells us that Lucifer is a created being. He's not God, he will make you think that in years. He has deceive people into making them think that he's not equal. How can he be God's people. When God created him. Amen. So he was perfect in his way from the day he was created all iniquity was found in the now we know God didn't create with iniquity and him getting of course not. God did not create Lucifer with sin and iniquity within him.

Something happened in the word iniquity not only refers to sin, it refers to a twisting a warping of truths, a warping of something to get it distorted and that's what the word iniquity here means that once something is distorted and that you can't straighten it out. How many know what I'm talking about, you know, if you go out there and pick up a limb from off of the ground that fell off of a tree and it's got a big bow and it and you better try to straighten up and make a straight stick, no you can't do that once that bow and that crook is in there you can't straighten out and that's what the word iniquity means so you were perfect in your ways from the day you were created, until iniquity was found in you.

And by the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned. Therefore I will cast you as profane out of the mountain of God, and I will destroy the old submarine cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire. So we see here right now we are not talking about an earthly king. A human being. We are talking about one of the cherubim that God created that was before his throne. A cherubim is higher than normal messenger Angel. Amen. And he was one that converts and so this means he was right there at the throne of God before the very throne of God. He was amen but sin was found in him. Amen. And so we sit on a cast you out of the mountain of God, and we know that's true because Jesus said in Luke 1018 IV had Satan fall as lightning from heaven.

Amen.

Here we go. Verse 17 were starting out it to hone in on what the problem was thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness. I will cast thee to the ground. I will lady before kings, that they may behold be, because thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffic therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of the it shall devour the and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth. In this site. Of all of them that behold the all day that nobody among the people shall be astonished at the thou shall be a terror and never shall not be anymore. Now we know some of this is yet to be fulfilled. So let's look at this. We see all the superlatives in the description of Lucifer, who we see now is the cherub you seal up the sum of beauty full of wisdom and perfect in beauty.

These are all superlatives superlative means you are the nth degree you can't go higher.

Amen. Something can be good and then he can be better but once it's the best that's it.

It's the best there is no faster, amen superlative, is best.

So when it says that you seal up the sound.

That means you ranged the best full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. This means that he was flawless, God created an absolutely flawless as we said he was not just a man. He was a cherub he had these instruments within him. He was able to leave the worship he was in the mount of the congregation that is before the throne room of God.

Amen. And he was covered with all of these gemstones you know instead of having skin like we had worked for like an animal has. He was covered with gemstones.

No wonder he's called Lucifer the word Lucifer means light bearer someone who is just full of light and managing all the lights flashing off all those gemstone as he stood before the throne of God leading worship playing instruments out of his own body and like the glory of God is falling upon these gemstones and emanating outwardly in radiance.

We can even really picture it, how glorious he was.

Amen. Phenomenal. I don't know what the words to describe him. He was the anointed cherub that covered and dotted sentiment is holy mountain. He said you walked up and down the stones of fire. This is the pathway that leads to the very throne of God. He walked up and down the stones of fire. And as the flames whatever leapt up in a flash upon his gemstones when his body was just glorious beyond what we can imagine he was perfect in all of his ways till iniquity was found in the end he said you have sinned. This is the very first mention of sin amongst all of God's creation.

The first mention of sin and how did it happen.

His heart was lifted up the sin is pride. The very first sin is pride. Amen.

And because of that pride that was in his heart he began to act on it. It said by the multitude of thy merchandise. So what was he doing he was going forth amongst all the other angels that God had and we know there's we can even there innumerable other incalculable the number of angels that exist, but he was going amongst them and he was slandering God.

Amen.

He was beginning to sow seeds of discord and that's why there's a scripture in Proverbs it says there are six things that God hates and one of them is he that sows this amongst the brethren because this is exactly what Lucifer set out to do.

Amen. And his heart was lifted up because of his beauty and he was corrupted. His wisdom was corrupted by reason of his beauty and his brightness. Now here's the thing about it. Lucifer was not under a delusion of how majestically beautiful flawless perfect. He was it's not like he had imagine himself to be more than he was.

The Bible says it was fact. The Bible states it was factual, his beauty, his wisdom, amen, that he was the light bearer. Scripture tells us he was excellent. No one or nothing that God had created surpassed the beauty of Lucifer. He excelled. Amen. And you know that makes sense to me. Of course God would want the cherub that is going to be closest to his throne.

The one that's going to be standing before him. Of course God is going to create that cherub to be absolutely beautiful.

The one that's going to stand before him the offer up the worship of the Angels. Amen in the worship because were Tony and Joe that the sons of God come together and worship it in the Old Testament, the sons of God are not men their angels. Amen. And so of course God would made Lucifer, the light bearer, the one that was going to stand in his face. If you will so beautiful.

But how, how did he become corrupted. How was this wisdom corrupted. Can I give you my understanding of this, because it's going to set the tone for the message as he focused on this, that he was the most beautiful of all undisputed. It was a fact amen that he was the wisest of all, again undisputed it was that fact. Amen. Sometimes people have an inflated image of themselves.

It's not true. How many know that sometimes they think they are more than they are and we think you're you're deceiving yourself, but here we understand it was true. He was all of these things. He was beautiful. He was wise he was perfect but he was not the creator. He was the created, but as he began to focus on himself self focus created a distorted view of his place and his position. Amen. And he began to feel a sense of entitlement. He began to feel like he should be receiving some of his glory and worship that was coming up to the God of God L, you don't know the God who is God all by himself. He said there is no one beside me. He said, is there any other gods beside me said well I'll answer my own question.

I don't know of any. Amen. And so Lucifer began to focus on himself and self focus will give you a distorted picture.

Think about that for a moment. It will give you a distorted picture of yourself. Amen.

And that's what happened to him and he deceived his own wisdom and think that he could excel upon his creator self focus will always give you a distorted view. Sometimes a person gets a distorted view of themselves, as I just said a moment ago thinking a whole lot more themselves in the art there Scripture that says that we should not think more highly of ourselves than we ought to think.

Amen and take heed.

If you think you stand taking less you fall because proud feet stumble is what the wise man said in Proverbs. So often we see that it causes people to get lifted up within themselves and they feel entitled that they want titles and when they have titles they really feel entitled I should be treated in a certain manner because I had this title. How many know what I'm talking about. Amen. And they should be treated in a really above everyone else.

However, self focus can also distort a person's view and we see this happening, especially today when every body is trying to look like a goddess in the magazines put out pictures of these beautiful women and all of these photographs have all been photoshopped when they put a picture of a 50-year-old woman on there and there's not one single wrinkle on her face. You know good and well that was photoshopped.

Amen they only photoshopped the face. We know that there is some of your the big names out there. The rock stars and the singers and all that they Photoshop and I get rid of all that extra here get rid of the extra there. Amen. Yeah, they do all of this because sometimes the person doing the photo shopping is not really that talented and when they Photoshop.

He actually gets in the human body doesn't look right and you think what is amen they try to make it look like that they don't have big size and they start slicing some of the flies off when they do they make him a weird shape so they look like they got a square between her legs, no one talking about but they put these pictures on these using these young girls aspire to look like then and it's not the mole.

Because those women going like that. Amen.

And so they get a distorted view of the low self-esteem and they think that they're not seeing anything that their ugly and they think that their and their skinny but they're not skinny enough and so that is a serious problem to any can lead to eating disorders. Amen. They can lead to anorexia and things like that are cutting oneself, how many know that when you start harming your own body.

It's because you don't have any love for yourself, no respect for yourself you feel unworthy. You feel like you're not even worthy because you're not pretty enough and you're not smart enough in whatever it may be, and so they begin to harm themselves. This is what happens when you self focus will either lead to an inflated distortion of who you are or the opposite is the low self-esteem. Amen. And the devil works using both of those all the time. Amen. So self focus always creates a distortion and that in my opinion is what happened to Lucifer because I know that God created him perfect and flawless and sinless, with no iniquity in him.

So how did he get like that because he began to focus on himself and he could look in that mirror and it practically blinded him when he looked in there and saw his beauty and saw the light that was radiating off of the gemstones. Apparently he glowed with light and his name means light bearer and then when he could just throw his own body.

I don't know if he breed what happened. Many thinkers play an orchestra cry, taking with himself instead of him reflecting that glory onto his creator and saying I am so grateful you and me, so beautiful, you and me so majestic you have given me such superlative beauty and wisdom and I worship you. He focused on himself and he thought the distorted idea that he could usurp God's position. Amen. His pride deceived his own wisdom, to think that he could excel above his creator, but he actually reached that point and we can find that out in Isaiah the 14th chapter he actually reached that point where he believed that he could dethrone God. He believed it this and he wouldn't going on a campaign to go amongst all the angels and say you know what can join me and wanted dethrone God on the to become God. He wouldn't of done that if he didn't believe he could do it and were told in Revelation the 12th chapter that he deceived one third of the angels to join him. Now he do something spectacular to convince them to follow him to make believe also that he could actually dethrone God. Now I'm sure that he probably baited them and said, you know, if you follow me when I dethrone God and not become God.

I want to give you this position.

You deserve it. God is not giving you what you should have you follow me and I'll look out for you. I'll give you a better job than you have right now. I'll give you a higher position. Whatever he did. He convinced them and maybe maybe he did some spectacular things that always gemstones shining and begin to play those instruments. You then listen first absolutely no he's glorious. He's majestic he's beautiful.

He still lies.

Amen.

And so we got one third of the angels to follow him and were in Isaiah the 14th chapter were looking at verse 11. God is speaking to the prophet thy pomp is brought down to the grave and the noise of thy VOC. Here's why told about the string instruments and the noise of the ideals, the worm spread under the and the war worms cover the not talking about a man has with the right here verse 12 how art thou fallen from heaven own Lucifer, son of the morning sun on the morning wow what a title son of the morning. That means that he was shining like the sun, Lucifer, the light bearer shining like the sun. How art thou cut down to the ground which did is we can the nations. For you have said in nine heart sin always begins in the heart. It doesn't begin with the outward manifestation.

The act, the lustful act is carried out before it ever gets that far. It starts in the heart for you said in your heart, and now we have the five I wills the five I wills of Lucifer.

I will ascended to heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God and hear the stars of God do not mean that those bright twinkly things you see up in the sky. They mean angels just like they do in the book of Revelation. Okay, here they mean angels the stars of God. I will also sit upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north.

That's the throne room of God himself and God says, yet thou shalt be brought down to hell and to the sides of the pit. So he says how you are following a Lucifer, you have fallen from the highest point that a created being could be you have fallen from the point in a place that was right in the throne room of God before him what it says. The amount of congregation. The sides of the north where talking about the highest heaven, how many understand there were three heavens.

We know the first heaven is the atmospheric heaven and we than airplanes up there and we send rockets even further. But then there's a second heaven and the second heaven is where Satan's ruling now is not ruling from down here in the pit. He's got he's not. He's going there were told in Revelation 20.

He's going there but right now he's not there.

He's ruling from the second heaven and that's another message but I'll simply say that Ephesians 612 says we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against the virtual wickedness in high places, or we should stay in the heavenly.

So what is that mean were wrestling against powers and dominions and throne. Consider their and we know my going to Daniel the 12th chapter. We get to look behind the curtain we saw that when Daniel's prayer was answered. And God said Gabriel with the answer, but on the way down her in a secondhand and he was accosted by the Prince of Persia which was an angel and they had a standoff and it wasn't until Dodson Angel Michael who is a greater empower his name meaning he that is like God. He came down and he loosed Gabriel from the Prince of Persia so we can come on down. I told you that you could see, that's the second heaven, but there is 1/3 heaven that the paradise of God. That's where Paul was caught up but he said I wasn't given permission to tell you about it that you never really bugged him he saw things that are not lawful for me to tell you why God was saving that for John for John to tell us in the Revelation, so we see there are three heavens was up there right before the throne of God and he fell all the way down in Jesus and I beheld him. It happened so fast Jesus.

It was like lightning, and it was done. Amen.

And why did he fall so far because he said in his heart because he had a self focus of his own beauty and he gave him a distorted perspective of himself and he began to say I will do you know that I will is the strongest declaration that you can make in the English language. I will there's no stronger way than you can put something than to say I will and he said I will on the new ascended to heaven, I will exalt my throne. Hey now were learning something else about him. He had a throne room so that tells us that he was above above other aging shells. Amen.

He had a throne he said I will exalt my throne my place. Let's put it this way. Weather was an actual throne made out of gold.

I don't know, but he had a position he had a seat of authority. Amen.

He said I am going to exalt in my position and my authority above the stars of God, and that's not even good enough for me.

I'm not even satisfied to be over all angels, the gods created not. That's not good enough for me. I am the most beautiful IN the most glorious, I am wearing the unborn. I will sit upon the mount of congregation in the sides of the north.

I will be like the most high God, wow.

And he was a created being. And he still uses that same M01 people today. He tells people.

If you follow me, I'll give you power. Amen there are some people that are consciously had made the decision to follow Satan and his promise and power and he's given empower.

They had power to do evil things until they come up against the power of the blood of the land the week is Christian just a baby, save two seconds that believes in the power of the blood of Jesus Christ has greater power and authority over the vessels that Satan has empowered. Amen. It's just believing that enacting on it.

If he can scare you appoint Pharaoh when you do not relate get your faith and then he can carry out what he wants to do, but all I don't care if you're shaking in your stew. If you can barely open your mouth.

You know when you're trying to talk like this. I don't care. Get it out. Say the blood of Jesus to amen.

What a remarkable word for ways God humbles man Lucifer, the light beer was the most exotic and wisest creature of all God's angelic beings after his lightning fall from heaven, along with one third of the angels to be convinced to join him in his rebellion to the throne of God. God created mankind in his own image and likeness. This far exceeded the glory of cherubim and angels wasn't this risky.

If Lucifer fell because of his superlative beauty could not man made in the image of God also be tempted by pride. Yes, so God put in place safeguards to keep pride from destroying band like it did Lucifer this teaching for ways God humbles man is available on a two CD set for a love gift to the radio ministry of $15 or more request SK 221 mailto sound of faith PO Box 1744, Baltimore, MD 21203 or go to our Easter work on sound of faith.O RG were MP3s are available, but to order by mail set the minimum love gift of $15 request as K221 mailto PO Box 174, Baltimore, MD 21203. Until next time, this is Sharon Nazi married and


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