Isaiah 14:12-15 “How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! howart thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.”
We all have had those that have said; ‘You remind me of so and so…’ or ‘You look just like your father/mother…’ They equate our likeness or our actions similar to another. Now, that could be a very good thing or a very bad thing depending on whom it is they are comparing.
Many a young person has taken on the fashion, music, language, and mannerisms of their favorite idol and changed what they are and who they are to match their hero. Some of us are more subtle. We quote our famous people, we mimic their mannerisms, we change a little bit here, a little bit there…
But there are some we would not want to be likened. Serial killers. Mass murderers. Infamous historical figures like a Benedict Arnold would not be one to aspire to. But when what we do is likened to someone like that seemingly unintentional on our part, we are surprised when someone points it out to us. Consider this scenario:
John 8:44 “Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.”
Jesus is calling out the Pharisees – the extreme religious, and likening them to the devil. Their utter denial of Jesus as Messiah put them in direct opposition of Him. We read that and say to ourselves; “That could never be me.” Yet, if I take an honest look at my life, there are far more examples of Satan’s handiwork than I would ever care to admit.
When I am silent at a time when I should speak up, I am more like the devil.
When I lie, I am more like the devil.
When my mind is carnally affected, I am more like the devil.
When I regard sin in my life, I am more like the devil.
I think you get the jist of what God is trying to tell us. When I consider the plan of God for my life, I can see why He might be a bit jealous and zealous when I side with the enemy.
As a saved child of God, I have the indwelling of the Holy Spirit in me. He is my comforter; the One who bears witness to the truth; the One who convicts me of sin and the One who leads and guides me to be conformed more and more into the image of Jesus Christ.
Many a parent can relate to this truth.
When our children mimic our good traits and qualities, we are proud and want them to do well. But when we begin to see in our children the more faulty side of our character, the words we wish thay wouldn’t say and the times when we flat out blew it; we lament that we ever said or did those things.
Our Heavenly Father has a plan for each of us to be made more and more into the likeness and image of His Son, Jesus Christ.
Galatians 4:19 “My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you,”
Paul sought to disciple the church at Galatia to be more and more like the Savior he preached. It is our desire today. But may we take heed not to follow those that would lead us away from the plan and path that God has set for us.
For many of us this Monday, the sermon we heard yesterday is but a memory. What we take with us into this day will matter for all eternity.
Let us shake off the former things of this world. It creeps in so quickly and snatches the seeds sown meant to grow into strong plants. May we pray to God to truly enable our eyes to see just what it is that is not more like His Son and aid us in shedding the carnal and worldly in our life.
The Word of God tells us to “walk circumspectly”. It literally means to be watchful on all sides; cautious, prudent; examining carefully all the circumstances that may affect a determination.
The devil wanted not just to be like God, he wanted to BE God. May we take the Word of God seriously enough to guard our steps, asking God to;
Psalms 141:3-4 “Set a watch, O LORD, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips. Incline not my heart to any evil thing, to practise wicked works with men that work iniquity: and let me not eat of their dainties.”
So, whenever the Holy Spirit convicts of the mannerisms that are more like the devil, may we humble ourselves to submit to His leading. You will be glad you did!