2 Corinthians 12:2 talks about a man who was caught up in the third heaven. Logic dictates that if there is a third heaven one and two. The third heaven is Scripture is where God Almighty rules and reigns over the universe with His Holy angels. This is where the righteous receive their crowns of life after hearing the words, “Well done good and faithful servant.”
There are mansions of spend or and times that are dazzling white. The third heaven is our eternal home as children of the Highest God. It’s the city where the Lamb is the light, where tears are never shed and goodbyes are never uttered. There is no sorrow or pain, only joy, and sheer perfection, it’s the city where we will one day join the angels in singing, “Holy! Holy! Holy! God Almighty!” around the throne of God.
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The Second Heaven
The second heaven is where Satan rules his evil empire with legions of demons are fallen angels. Demons have power. They have personality. They have purpose. Satan has come to steal, to kill and to destroy. If he can mislead you down a wrong path that will destroy your life’s purpose… he has won the battle. The second heaven is his campground.
Make no mistake about it! Satan is a fallen angel who quotes Scripture to deceive and destroy the righteous.
The First Heaven
Is the heaven you can see with your natural eyes. It contains the sun, the moon, and the stars. We are now waiting on the blood moons.
America is fascinated by the supernatural. While our modern society seems to devour books and movies about ghosts and witches in droves, the most supernatural book in the universe is the Word of God. From the very first word in Genesis, the genius of God explodes as the universe is created from a handful of gift. God spoke four words and , right forever conquered darkness. He flung the glittering stars like diamonds against the black velvet of the night to reflect His glory. The sun and the moon and the stars are celestial evangelists who travel across the heavens declaring His greatness.
Psalm 19:1 says, “ The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament so His handiwork.”
Let’s talk a moment about angels, God secret agent. I don’t believe in angels because someone told me they saw one, or because I watched a movie late last night featuring Hollywood‘s rendition of a angel. I read in angels because the Word of God said they are real, if God‘s word says it, I believe it…because “His Word is truth” (John 17:17).
What is an angel? Angles are created (Colossians 1:16). They have superior knowledge, and they are without number.
Psalm 91:11 says he will give his angels charge over you and keep you in all your ways. Angles. Plural. Every believer has a right to believe that two angels have been sent from heaven to protect and defend us at all times.
Psalm 34 Tell the angels of the Lord and count around those who fear him. And the angels deliver us from evil. Encamp literally need to surround. So if you are a believer, then angels surround and protect you wherever you go.
Angels are innumerable, invisible and invincible. When you give your heart to Christ, you are under the protection of the Almighty God and his angels. Your protection is far greater than your enemies.
The President of the United States has a secret service. But you have angels, God secret agents, to protect you in all your ways. They have awesome power when executing Judgment of God. They can’t control the power of nature and the universe. They are not intimidated by the forces of evil. In the great tribulation, God is going to release his angels to crush the ungodly in masses. And I tell you, that is power!
What else do and you? Their office is twofold. First, they worship and adore God, the redeemer of mankind. John wrote in Revelation 5:11-12, “ when I looked, and I heard a voice of me angels around the throne… and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand… saying with a loud voice: “ worthy is the lamb who was slain Theresea power and riches and wisdom, and strength and honor and glory and blessing!”
The second thing of you is to serve God by carrying out His judgments. God judges nations, and he judges individuals. The Bible tells us that it is “ appointed wants to die and then the judgment (Hebrews 9:27).” There are two appointments every person will keep; One is with death, And the other is Judgement Day when they stand before God Almighty an answer for every thought word and deed.
God judges child abuse! Who ever wrong or injured a child intentionally brings the wrath and vengeance of God upon himself through that child’s guardian angel. On Judgement Day, The same angle that drags Satan into the flames of the eternal hell will chain the child molester, the sex trafficker, men and women who have harmed innocent children…And dragon straight into the judgment they deserved for all eternity. I didn’t say that. I loving and merciful God said that angels defend children.
Numbers 32:23 warn us by saying, “ are you sure your sins will find you out.” Nothing is done in secret! God sees everything! Angels drove Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden.
For every sin, satan is ready to provide an excuse. He is a fallen angel, ready to manipulate scripture so that it sound right…unless you are so familiar with the Word that you can recognize the truth. If Satan missed quoted Scripture in any effort to deceive the Son of God,He would certainly do the same to you.
Let’s be clear on this. Rationalization of your skin is Satan substitute for repentance! Walk away from the forbidden fruit. There is a high price for low living.
God’s way is not always the easiest app, but it will bring you out to Rich fulfillment but no other journey you can ever imagine…if you only will persevere to the end. Gods message to our generation is this…struggle is evidence that you are next in line for a promotion! Don’t quit now! It’s during the struggle you find out who you really are.
The greatest my sentence tells us is that there’s plenty of time. Plenty of time to get our lives right with Christ. Plenty of time to share the salvation message. Plenty of time to sit back and relax.
But the trumpet of God could sound at any moment. Do not wait! Share the celebration message. Because very soon will be called up in a twinkling of an eye and it will just be that fast.
Many of God’s children are living defeated, unsatisfied and unsatisfactory lives. They never entered into the experience of the peaceful life (Isaiah 30:15); the overflowing life (John 7:37-39); the abundant life (John 10:10); the joyful life (John 15:11); the liberated life (Romans 6:7); the triumphant life (2 Corinthians 2:14); and the loving life (1 John 2:5) – and yet they long to do so.
What Is Meant By A Life Of Victory?
Sever characteristics of such a life are mentioned above, and many other scriptures could be cited. Consider the following:
It is not a life in which it is impossible to sin, but a life in which voiceover sin is possible. The first is unattainable in this life, but the second is attainable.
It is not an abnormal life or a life to be enjoyed by just a few of God’s children, but it is His provision for every Christian.
It is not a life where there is no temptation, but a life where temptation is overcome. Hebrews 4:15 tells us that “For we don’t have a high priest who can’t be touched with the feeling of our infirmities, but one who has been in all points tempted like we are, yet without sin.
It is not a life of outward victory only, but a life of inward and outward victory.
It is not a fully grown life where further growth in grace is unnecessary or impossible.
The victorious life is a life of victory over Sin, Self, and Satan; a life of freedom from the power of sin as well as freedom from the penalty of sin; a life that is not only “reconciled to God by the death of His Son” but a life that is also “saved through His life”Romans 5:10
Is Such A Life Really Possible?
Is it God’s will that we should live a life of victory? Has He made provision for each and all of His children to be victorious? If so, we sin against by accepting and being satisfied with anything less than His will. If it is not His will it would be a sin Him to seek or to expect to live this life. Reverse the question for a moment: is it God’s will that we, His children, should be defeated lives? Is it necessary for us to beset and over and overcome by such things as temper, touchiness, unfaithfulness, pride? God desires us to live and experience a victorious life.
What Is The Secret Of This Life Of Victory?
The secret is a fore-told, for the sake of simplicity and clarity I will state them:
1. Victory is not gained by human effort. We should be on the way to living a life of victory when we have truly learned this simple lesson. It is absolutely impossible to live this life in our own strength. 1 Samuel 2:9 says “Here is the reason for all our failure, we have tried to gain the victory over sin, self and Satan in our own strength, and we have failed every time! Remember this: God has excluded the work of man from every tense of Salvation. We are not saved from the guilt and penalty of sin by our own works (Ephesians 2:8-10; Titus 3:5); we are not saved from the power of sin by our own works (Romans 5:10); we will not be saved from the presence of sin by our own works (John 14:3; Exodus 14:13-14).
2.Victory is given – It is a gift. 1 Corinthians 15:57 makes it clear. The victorious Christian life is God’s gift, and it is offered to everyone who receives this gift. The victorious life which He offered to all victorious, triumphant life of His son. The Lord Jesus in a human body triumphed gloriously in His life and by His death over sin and Satan; and now His victorious life is offered to your and me as a gift to be received, that His victorious life may be reproduced in and lived out through our human bodies. There is on,y one victorious life, and when you receive the Lord Jesus (John 1:12), you received that life. Did you realize that? Now you must let Him live His life in you. Joshua 6:16 tells us that the victory over Jericho was not gained by effort and striving, but by simple trust and obedience. That Victory was a gift!
3. Victory is gained by a choice. It is vital to see this. I had long as we are in the world we will be faced with a choice, and Joshua faced the children of Israel with a choice (Joshua 24:15). This choice involves a definite, conscious act of our will. Every time we are tempted to sin, if we are to experience victory we must make a deliberate, conscious choice to please God who is already gained a victory for us, and who is waiting to give victory to us – and the moment we choose Him we receive His power and enabling. See Romans 6:13.
4, Victory is maintained by an attitude. Victory is only victory, of course, as victory is maintained. What then is the secret of conscious victory?
Here it is in one sentence:
Let Us Fix Our Eyes On Jesus… Who Gives Us The Victory…
Hebrews 12:2 is our part
1 Corinthians 15:57 is His part
I have to say, I didn’t even know this word before I was a Christian.
In the Christian context backslide implies movement away from God rather the toward Him. A backslider is someone who is going the wrong way, spiritually. They are regressing rather than progressing.
The backslider had a one time demonstrated a commitment to God or once maintained a certain standard of behavior, by they have since reverted to their old ways.
Backsliding May manifest itself in several ways such as dropping out of church, losing fervor for God, walking away from a ministry or a church family, or falling back into old habits.
John 10:28-29 says, “God will not kick His children out of His family,”that is not how we will use the word. Backsliding simply means that someone is growing cold toward God. I think some people backslide because they are not growing in Christ ( meat). Although a backslide condition could indicate the person was never truly saved to begin with, and are only showing their true colors. It’s also possible for children of God to backslide, temporarily.
The Bible uses the phrase “fall away” rather than backslide, but the idea is similar. In the Bible “fall away” can mean two different things. In one instance, a person is saying break spearing and temporary period of questioning that could call a “crisis of faith.” In the other instance, the person was never saved at all the only temporary having behaved at the same person would. It’s like Taking a test drive and Christianity.
In Mark 14:27 Jesus told his disciples, “you will all fall away.” What he meant was that, when He was arrested, they would experience a crisis of faith, a life event so shocking that they would run from Jesus and question the very core of their beliefs. It was a night of offense, a night of stumbling for them. But this was a temporary condition. Three days later, Jesus rose from the dead and appeared to his disciples. Their faith and hope restored, stronger than ever.
The apostle Paul tells us how to handle a fellow believer who is backsliding: “Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted” (Galatians 6:1), James concurs: “My brothers and sisters, if one of you could wander from the truth…Somebody should bring the person back.” (James 5:19). The back slider has wandered from where he should be and is “stuck” in sin, but the church will work to restore him and set him back on the path of righteousness.
There are events in life, such as death of a loved one, that may cause us to question God. This is OK, as long as we go to God with those questions rather than using them as excuses to live in rebellion. The result of a crisis of faith is often that we come to know God more intimately than before. In times of trial, we should delve into the Word, pray with persistence (Luke 18:1). and surround ourselves with those whose faith is strong.
I see another type of “falling away” in Hebrew 6:4-6 and Luke 8:13. Hebrews 6 describe the apostate, Someone who had only “tasted the goodness of the word” verse 5 and later rejects it. In Luke 8:13. Jesus illustrate apostasy with the rocky soil – some fall away or backslide because “they have no root.” And each of these passages, a person outwardly appears to be a Christian, at least for a while, but he has not committed himself to God. Such a person might be attending church, reading his Bible, listening to Christian music, hanging out with Christian friends. He likes the wholesome atmosphere and a good company of being around Christian affords. But his heart is not changedHe has never been born again. Eventually, he backslides. He had taken Christianity for a test drive and decided he wasn’t buying.
Salvation comes by means of a genuine confession of Jesus as Lord to the heart that believe in Jesus’s death and resurrection (Romans 10:9-10). It’s a person who has been truly stayed later backslides – that is, he slips back into spiritually damaging attitudes and behaviors the slide will be temporary. The chastening of the Lord will bring him back. The good Shepherd will seek out the wandering lamb. (Luke 15-3-7).
It’s the person who was never saved but only putting on a good front backsides – that is, he dropped the charade and showed his true colors his last decision will be worse than the first (Hebrews 10:26-31). How can we tell one type of backsliding from another? We can’t always, unless given time, and even then, we don’t know how much time. God will take in restoring the backslider. Only God can see his heart.
The roar is supposed to scare the prey into running away. What the prey doesn’t know is it the lionesses have strategically place them selves or attack.
What the prey doesn’t know is that it’s the females lionesses not the males that are actually the hunters. The male lions are inherently too slow and lazy not unlike the human species. While the lion roars and makes the scene to scare the prey away the lionesses are in wait.
Scripture tells us that our enemy Satan Crowell around like a roaring lion, seeking whom it could desire. The reality is if you are a Christian, you are not in danger of being devoured by Satan. He has no claim over your life. Christians are a new creation, and no longer a slave to the curse of sin and death. But what Satan does if he tries to scare you into being devoured by pain and fear. In fact his intention is to steal, kill, and destroy you. He wants to steal your joy, kill your help, and destroy the purposes God has for your life.
What people often do when they encounter a trial, aIt knocked the breath out of us but it had like yours tragedy, or a painful experience is they try to run away from it. Pain is terrifying and messy. It sneaks up on us and can cripple us in an instant. It knocks the breath out of us but it can’t kill us. Most people are fearful of stepping into the pain, and letting your heart feel the full weight of it, but if we work through it and give it over to the Lord. In reality it will make us stronger. No longer feeling exposed and vulnerable. And we can actually come to a place of healing. We as humans car to box up our pain. Our first reaction is running from it, because we don’t want to hurt. But when we try to box it up, it booby fax us and we will feel more ferocity.
Instead of running away from the pain, decide to run toward it. Embrace it deal with it head on. Once you face something fears will reside and the pain goes away. We get stronger instead of weaker.
Doing opposite of what you feel like doing give you strength. Initially when you run towards the roar it’s excruciating, but eventually it’s healing.
Life has a funny way of getting us to deal with trials and tribulations. We must run around the mountain many times as we have to until we get it right. We can’t selectively numb our heart that feels pain and still be attuned be attuned to pleasure. We either numb it all and don’t feel anything at all, or feel the pain and feel the pleasure.
I have this nasty habit of either all at once, or nothing at all. I can choose either to feel all the pain and feel pleasures too, or numb the pain and numb the pleasures too. In order to feel the joy of dancing on the other side you must be willing to step into the sting of mourning.
So run towards the roar and start healing. You won’t regret it.
So many Christians attempt to live out their Christianity in their own strength, resource, and ability – sadly this always fall flat and comes up short.
Isaiah 64:6 tells us that even our best effort still only produces filthy rags.
So how is it possible to live out a godly life with the impossible standard we are called to?
We are told numerous times in Scripture that God alone can be righteous…
In our effort, in our strength, in our talent, in our ability, or whatever, it is impossible to live the Christian life as it was intended. I love what a one Major Ian Thomas says about the Christian life, he wrote
The Christian life can be explained only in terms of Jesus Christ, and if your life as a Christian can still be explained in terms of you – your personality, your willpower, your gift, your talent, your money your courage, your scholarship, your dedication, your sacrifice, or your anything – than although you may have the Christian life, you are not yet living it!… It has got to become obvious to others that the kind of life you are living is… beyond all human explanation! That it is beyond the comes of man’s capacity to imitate, and however little they may understand this, it is clearly the consequence only of God’s capacity to reproduce Himself in you!From “Saving Life of Christ and the Mystery of Godliness” – Ian Thomas
So how are we going to live the Christian life? How are we going to walk in purity, holiness, and righteousness?
We need to be indwelt by the One who is the fullness of purity. holiness, and righteousness.
Isaiah 61:10 talks about the Messiah (Jesus) and declares, “I will rejoice in the Lord, My soul, shall be joyful in My God: For He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness. As a bridegroom decks of himself with ornaments. And as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.”
We are to be clothed by Jesus Christ (Ephesians 4:20-24).
When Jesus indwells us by His Spirit (The Holy Spirit) then we experience His righteousness and fullness of life within us ( 1 Corinthians 1:30; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Ephesians 4:24; Philippians 1:11 3:8-9).
We are not merely to “look” righteous on the outside ( action. words deeds) but more importantly be righteous on the inside (thoughts, motives, attitudes) – Matthew 23:27-28
In Jeremiah expresses the concept in Jeremiah 23:5-6, Jeremiah talks about Jesus calling him the Branch of righteousness and giving Him the Name Jehovah Tsidkenu ( God our Righteousness). It says:
Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord. That I will raise to David a Branch of Righteousness: A King shall reign and prosper, And execute judgment and righteousness in the earth. In His days Judah will be saved. And Israel will dwell safely; Now this is His name by which He will be called: The LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.Jeremiah 23:5-6
Jesus’s Name is “.Righteousness.”
Jeremiah continues this idea in Jeremiah 33:15-16. This Righteous Branch (Jehovah Tsidkenu) is brought into Jerusalem and the place where the Branch (Jesus) dwells, takes on the same Name – Jehovah Tsidkenu.
Wherever the One who is righteous dwells, that location becomes righteous.
How do we live a life of righteousness? By allowing the One who is righteous to indwell out lives via His Holy Spirit.
We are the temple of the Holy Spirit, and as He in dwells our life. He makes us righteous. Which is an amazing reality!