Sorry I am just now getting back to updating you guys on what we are talking about with the Youth group! Summer was crazy and fun but now we are about 6 weeks into the new school year and things are starting to get back in normal.
We started last night on a new series about the Doctrine of Angels, Satan, and Demons. Last night we looked at the origins of Angels, Satan and the Demons to help us make sense of who they are and what they do. I told the students that if they didn’t hear anything else, they needed to know two things. The first is: “Don’t get to FASCINATED or FORGETFUL with angels, Satan, and demons. We need a healthy balance.” There are some people who spend too much time worrying about or just focusing on angels, Satan, and demons. Some people want to talk with angels and ask for their help. Some just constantly talk about Satan. Others want to blame demons for everything. We cannot get over focused on these but at the same time we cannot forget about them.
First off, I believe that Angels were created right at the beginning of all creation when God created the Heavens. We get this from Genesis 1:1-3 and Job 38:6-7. Genesis tells us that God created the Heavens but then never does it talk about filling Heaven and then in Job 38:6-7 we see that during creation the Angels were celebrating and worshipping God as He created the world and everything in it. We people are like angels in that we were created to Worship God and give him glory!
Secondly, Lucifer was a high ranking angel of God who fell and became Satan because of His pride. There are so many passages that speak to this event: Revelation 12:7-12, Genesis 3:1-6, Isaiah 14:12-15, and Ezekiel 28:12-19. As God created everything for His glory, Satan became jealous of God and in his own pride wanted creation to glorify him instead of God. This is why Satan and tempted Adam and Eve to sin against God. Like Satan, we all want to live for our own glory rather than for Jesus.
Finally, one-third of the angels fell and became evil because they followed Satan, these fallen angels are the demons (Revelation 12:1-9 and Jude 1:6). What made the demons follow Satan? I think it was when they saw Satan successfully tempt the pinnacle of God’s creation, humanity, into sin. Satan was successful in taking the image of God and making it to worship creation rather than the Creator. Like the demons, we have followed after Satan rather than Jesus.
Over the next three weeks we will dive deeper into who Angels, Satan and Demons are, and what they do.
Please pray that our students will understand the main goal of this entire series which is the second thing that I wanted the students to remember: “You are fighting a REAL war against a REAL enemy for a REAL King who has ALREADY WON the victory!”
Love you guys and Praying for you!