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God sees and knows everything. Nothing in this world happens without his permission. As those of us who live in the deep south recall, only 11 years ago on this very day, Hurricane Katrina made landfall in South Louisiana and Mississippi and the struggle of our nation was brought to the limelight as boats and homes were ripped to shreds, waters flooded up to 12 miles from beaches, people were left stranded to fend for themselves with no water, food, gasoline, or electricity for hundreds of miles inland, and heads of state did nothing but point fingers as people perished. The evil of that day did not come from the storm, but from the enemy of our land who twisted everything then ducked for cover and the citizens of the world were left attacking one other and calling one another names. 
In the physical, everything was falling apart, but in the spiritual, a new war was waging and satan was having a hey-day.

adversary3We want to think that satan is some ugly thing walking around with a pitchfork, red skin, and horns, but please read the following scripture to see exactly what happened with the “morning star”, Lucifer, the “bringer of the dawn.”  If we don’t recognize our adversary, how are we to wage war against him when he attacks?

Ezekiel 28:12-19 – “‘You were the seal of perfection,
full of wisdom and perfect in beauty.
13 You were in Eden,
the garden of God;
every precious stone adorned you:
carnelian, chrysolite and emerald,
topaz, onyx and jasper,
lapis lazuli, turquoise and beryl.
Your settings and mountings were made of gold;
on the day you were created they were prepared.
14 You were anointed as a guardian cherub,
for so I ordained you.
You were on the holy mount of God;
you walked among the fiery stones.
15 You were blameless in your ways
from the day you were created
till wickedness was found in you.
16 Through your widespread trade
you were filled with violence,
and you sinned.
So I drove you in disgrace from the mount of God,
and I expelled you, guardian cherub,
from among the fiery stones.
17 Your heart became proud
on account of your beauty,
and you corrupted your wisdom
because of your splendor.
So I threw you to the earth;
I made a spectacle of you before kings.
18 By your many sins and dishonest trade
you have desecrated your sanctuaries.
So I made a fire come out from you,
and it consumed you,
and I reduced you to ashes on the ground
in the sight of all who were watching.
19 All the nations who knew you
are appalled at you;
you have come to a horrible end
and will be no more.’”

adversary2You and I are engaged in a cosmic battle of epic proportions. We know we are facing a real opponent because this world bears the bloody, painful scars of this conflict: wars, genocide, hate, shattered lives, broken homes, suicide, rape, abuse, addictions, and immorality of every kind, not to mention storms that wreak havoc, kill people, and turn neighbors against one another when the hands that are supposed to reach out to help are not there. We must be careful as we walk through tragedy to see who the real culprit is behind our anger and injustice.

You can read Ezekiel 25-28 about Ezekiel’s call to prophecy and the vision of sin and judgment at www.biblegateway.com. What a testimony to God’s favor and mercy upon us all! Join in the discussion by posting comments or questions below and let’s do this together!! #ReadtheBible #bgbg2 #BibleGateway #newbeginnings #Ezekiel

To further your reading, consider this from:

adversary1Isaiah 14:12-15 – How you have fallen from heaven,
morning star, son of the dawn!
You have been cast down to the earth,
you who once laid low the nations!
13 You said in your heart,
“I will ascend to the heavens;
I will raise my throne
above the stars of God;
I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly,
on the utmost heights of Mount Zaphon.
14 I will ascend above the tops of the clouds;
I will make myself like the Most High.”
15 But you are brought down to the realm of the dead,
to the depths of the pit.

We must be careful what we let in, not only to our physical homes, but our spiritual homes as well. The devil doesn’t come in with a red cape and pointy horns. He comes in looking like everything you ever wished for. My heart breaks for those who had to pay the price for the injustice after Katrina. My heart breaks for the ones whose eyes were turned from the carnage because of their own agendas and people’s lives were lost in the process of the blame game. My heart breaks for everyone involved in that tragedy. Never forget that our God is bigger and He owns the cattle on a thousand hills. He is BIGGER…never forget….

Related Scriptures: James 4:7; Romans 11:36; 1 Peter 5:8-11