Sunday, September 08, 2013

Before the Fall...."That Could Have Been Me."

Jesus said, “I have observed Satan fall like lightning from the sky."  Luke 10:18 

We know that the devil's sin was pride that caused him to fall for all time.  Let us examine this.  Lucifer is an Angelic intelligence.  Before the fall he was constantly before the face of God, so he knew God, and he knew all God's attributes.  Lucifer knew that God's justice was perfect, if God said it was so, it was right and just. Lucifer new that the will of God was perfect, that if God willed something it was perfect and right.  Lucifer knew God and he knew the love of God.  Yes, God loved Lucifer, His light bearer.

The angels have free will just like we do, the danger came when in being God's light bearer, that Lucifer saw himself as having the attributes of God.  He thought because he bore the light, he was the light.  Lucifer also thought God could not do without him.  Lucifer was the light bearer, only he could do this job for God, no one else could!  Therefore if only I can do this, then MY will is what is primary, not God's. (Mistake #1: Thinking that we can do or give anything to God or add to his measure or that God would lack something without us, He would not.)

So if I am the only one that can do this task for God then, I must be like God too!  He needs me!  Since I know God and I know God's love, then because He loves me and only I can do this job for Him,  THEN NO MATTER WHAT I DO, HE WON'T PUNISH ME.  (Mistake #2: Assumption of a permanent state of Salvation.)  If we know Christ, we know that we fail Him and seek reconciliation daily, sometimes even hourly if needed.   It is very true that we must truly work out our salvation in fear and trembling!

The evil one's job is the same as it was in the Garden of Eden.
1.  Tell us that God is a liar, that what God's word says doesn't apply to you. (You won't be punished! You won't go to Hell! God loves you!)
2. That sin is actually good, and by your sin you will attain something.  By your sin you exercise your will as superior to God's will.
Example:  You live in common law, commit abortion, or use birth control and you say to yourself, "God understands."  You are basically saying that your will is above God's, and that God should be subject to your wants and desires.  I tell you the truth, those that do not repent and humble themselves before God will have the devil for permanent company.

The Annunciation is one of Lucifer's Greatest Torments

Then came the war in heaven and Satan's ultimate fall.  Oh and how great the fall considering what he knew of God!  As Lucifer knew the infinite God, Lucifer's fall is infinite as well, and is irrevocable.  I have wondered what the light bearer's job would have been in God's kingdom, I wonder if one of Lucifer's worst torments is that looking upon Gabriel giving the greatest message ever given to a human being, he says to himself, "That could have been me." 


"Nevertheless, do not rejoice because the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice because your names are written in heaven.”  Luke 10:20


Pray the Angelus Daily.

The Angelus

The Angel of the Lord declared to Mary:
And she conceived of the Holy Spirit. 
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of
our death. Amen. 
Behold the handmaid of the Lord: Be it done unto me according to Thy word. 
Hail Mary . . . 
And the Word was made Flesh: And dwelt among us. 
Hail Mary . . . 

Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray: 
Pour forth, we beseech Thee, O Lord, Thy grace into our hearts; that we, to whom the incarnation of Christ, Thy Son, was made known by the message of an angel, may by His Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of His Resurrection, through the same Christ Our Lord.