Before God put living creatures in the earth He had a type of family in heaven. His family consisted of angels, but they were not created in His image and they would not have the free will that man would have. From the beginning of his existence, lucifer was jealous of God, he wanted a family just like God. He wanted a family that would love him and submit to his power. From the get go he wanted to be more and have more than what God gave him. Jesus was present when lucifer was evicted from heaven, he watched the Father create a place for lucifer called hades or hell. The devil was a non-factor in the earth, he had no place among God’s creation. God created the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and He told Adam to abstain from it or die if he ate of it.
Genesis 3:4 The serpent said to the woman, you will not surely die.
The devil never gave up on his dream to have a family and he didn’t care how he would accomplish it. He knew that if the man and women obeyed him they would become his servants. When a man becomes the servant of the devil he takes on the nature of his evil step father. This is the epitome of a dysfunctional family, a family that had no trace of love. The Jews believed Jesus was a false prophet and they set out to kill Him.
John 8:44 You are of your father the devil and the lusts of your father you will do, he was a murderer from the beginning because there is no truth in him.
These Jews were the seed of satan and didn’t even know it, they were members of lucifer’s family and they were acting just like him. The devil must have beamed with pride when he watched his family members commit to killing Jesus. There are only two families in the earth, the family of God and the family of lucifer, you shall know them by their fruit. One family is enlightened and the other is deceived. The first know the truth and they are free; the former thinks they are free but they don’t know what freedom is.
Ephesians 3:14-15 For this reason I fall on my knees before the Father from whom every family in heaven and earth receives its true name.
When the Apostle Paul got a revelation of the head of his family be bowed in reverence and awe. As born-again Christians we are of the family of God whether we be here in the earth or in heaven. We are bonafide members of a functional family, a family that functions by love. You may not have come from a functional family but you are in one now. I came from a dysfunctional family where love had to be earned but now I’m loved even when I don’t deserve it.
Luke 8:13 Some have no foundation under them, they believe for a while but in a time of temptation they fall away.
The devil has one motive for every temptation, he wants to separate us from our Father and take His place as our father. If you know who you are in Christ Jesus, every temptation will be a waste of the devil’s short time in our world. We have a family that will endure forever, why should we consider another family who will live in torment for all eternity.
Pastor Jerry Lamping
Born and raised in Helena, MT, has been a Pastor for over 20 years.