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Topic: Embarrassment (01/12/12)
TITLE: A Meal With an Appetizer
By Kelly Goss
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It ocurred to me as I was mulling over this subject that while embarrassment is not relished by any, and certainly something we never want to cause another, it is part of the Father's plan; a very big part. Oh, not in the way you think, if you're thinking that those occasional little doses, like vitamins, are good for keeping us humble. While it might be true that from time-to-time we may need a "heapin' helpin' " of humility, it is not this to which I refer.
I'm speaking of Satan as he stood along side Love on the elevated ground of Heaven. From that position, lifted up with pride, he would have exalted himself above even God. But, Humpty had a great fall!
Now, fast forward to the lake of fire. Satan and his forces are defeated before they can begin. Burning desire, grand plans, and complicated schemes foiled at both the beginning and end of his story with economy of effort. Oh, and let us not forget that little "time out" of a thousand years awaiting him between the two.
Speaking of the middle, which is where I've been going all along, what goes on with him there (or, I should say) here? You see, the middle part of his story is also part of our story. Expelled from heaven, he hurtled through space to Earth where, it is presumed, he landed. Yes, Satan has fallen, because like us, he is a fallen being. But, unlike we who may trust in Christ, he is still in descent, still falling. He doesn't stop falling until he plummets past the outermost boundry of that unquenchable furnace and lands entombed in eternal flame. His future end is one in which his shame is complete, his plans of grandiose proportions are utterly confused, and where he is imprisoned with the wriggling worms of who he was, what he had, and that for which he longs, like the flames in which he is awash, burn forever and forever. It is a meal that comes with an appetizer.
Daily, as children of God, we have opportunities to mortify the very being of Satan. Every time we trust our Father, the enemy is put to shame by a mortal so weak that he or she can do nothing apart from their Daddy. To trust in Him is to do so to Satan's embarrassment and to the delight of our Father.
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