Isaiah 14:12 (New King James Version)
12 “ How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, you who weakened the nations!"
Ezekiel 28:11-19 (New Living Translation)
11 Then this further message came to me from the Lord: 12 “Son of man, sing this funeral song for the king of Tyre. Give him this message from the Sovereign Lord:
“You were the model of perfection, full of wisdom and exquisite in beauty.
13 You were in Eden, the garden of God. Your clothing was adorned with every precious stone — red carnelian, pale-green peridot, white moonstone, bblue-green beryl, onyx, green jasper, blue lapis lazuli, turquoise, and emerald— all beautifully crafted for you and set in the finest gold. They were given to you on the day you were created.
14 I ordained and anointed you as the mighty angelic guardian. You had access to the holy mountain of God and walked among the stones of fire.
15 “You were blameless in all you did from the day you were created until the day evil was found in you. 16 Your rich commerce led you to violence, and you sinned. So I banished you in disgrace from the mountain of God. I expelled you, O mighty guardian, from your place among the stones of fire.
17 Your heart was filled with pride because of all your beauty. Your wisdom was corrupted by your love of splendor. So I threw you to the ground and exposed you to the curious gaze of kings. 18 You defiled your sanctuaries with your many sins and your dishonest trade. So I brought fire out from within you, and it consumed you. I reduced you to ashes on the ground in the sight of all who were watching.
19 All who knew you are appalled at your fate. You have come to a terrible end, and you will exist no more.”
1 John 2:15-17 (New American Standard Bible)
15Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
16For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world.
17The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever.
Yesterday we talked about the fact that sometimes we begin to forget that nothing we do is done in our our own strength and is because of our own efforts. We forget that God has given us our abilities and talents. But at times, we forget about Him altogether and take all the credit for ourselves. Our pride begins to take the best of us. So what is the root of what is really going on.
In the times before the time of mankind, God created a most beautiful creature, an angel of light, that was adorned with every precious stone found in the heavenly realm. He was an angel among the highest order and exalted, a cherubim like Michael and Gabriel. It has been said that he led the choirs of angels.
But the problem was that all of this exaltation caused him to be prideful and seek to set himself above God. He wanted to receive glory and praise for what he was. He forgot that everything he was had been given to him by God. In his pride he started a rebellion against God in heaven. For this, God cast him out of heaven along with one third of the angels(Revelation 12:7-9). Even now he and his company of angels roam the earth causing havoc and destruction.
He has a lot of influence on us, and his ways have incorporated themselves into every corner of this world. We as human beings have in the same manner become boastful and proud, and most of us choose to elevate ourselves and our efforts over God. We take credit for what we should be thanking God for; our abilities and talents that we use to accomplish things in this life. Do you recognize when you are doing this? Do you realize that all you are and all you have are because He who created you, He who should be your God, has blessed you beyond measure?
Satan wants to steal God's glory, and everytime we are praised for something we do, or we fail to pass on glory and honor and praise to God for what we do, we are doing just as a prideful angel did long ago. We too become part of the rebellion.