How can a heavenly anointed angel living in the presence of Almighty God, fall from his assigned place and function and end up spending eternity in Hell, completely banished from The Creator and Holy God? How can one third of Heaven’s holy angels fall in chaos and be thrown into the same pit? How are the mighty fallen?
When man comes to a place of independence and needlessness, he declares himself self-sufficient, needing no-one to draw from. Independence is very dangerous; this is why God placed a head over the body which is called the body of Christ. This placement in the body of Christ brings the purpose of many gifts that function as assistances and servants to one another.
The rage of this century’s modern church is to make leaders; it places everyone in a position of importance and demands output and skills to preserve its physique. Many of these leaders are not disciples. You can be a great leader and know nothing of servanthood. Leadership is not spiritual nor is it required. Kingdom servanthood is spiritual and it is what Jesus instructed us to attain to. The escalation of the two is an obvious contrast. Leaders go up and need no cross, while servants go downward which is the work of the cross. This push of the teachings of synthetic motivational intellectualism, or leadership, is one that can never be confused with true cross-bearing discipleship. The Webster definition of intellectualism is: the exercise of the intellect at the expense of the emotions. This is where it becomes a doctrine that is extremely dangerous to spiritual church structure. There is a significant difference between being made a leader and being made a disciple. I completely believe that the anointing from the Holy Spirit is the strength that makes effective kingdom servants. David was anointed king long before he was a king. He had to learn servant-hood next to the jealous anointed king.
I understand the writings in Ezekiel 31 to point to Lucifer’s fall from influence because of his greatness. He “shot up” because of the large river that watered him. Ezekiel 31:7 Thus was he fair in his greatness, in the length of his branches: for his root was by great waters. V.9 I have made him fair by the multitude of his branches: so that all the trees of Eden, that were in the garden of God, envied him. The pride of Lucifer produced an element of envy in the smaller trees in the garden. Does one’s envy produce a defense of pride, or does pride produce a dominance that causes someone to envy?
It is the accuser toward someone’s ego that acknowledges his own ego. It is an almost perfect analogy to conclude: that which one accuses in another, is also a proficient problem in the accuser himself. This rule of resemblance seldom fails. How are the mighty fallen? Is it the secret tangling of envy against pride? I do understand this to have been the cause of the fall of Lucifer and one third of the angels. This gives us a glimpse of understanding into why the kingdom of darkness is divided against itself.
We learn it to be of great importance that any disciple of Christ under the anointing of the Holy Spirit, guard themselves against pride in spiritual gifting. This is why we need to understand God’s chastening and buffeting at times. 1 Peter 2:20 For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God. The problem is that God does not set us down and inform us that we will now be chastened or buffeted. Herein is often a great misunderstanding in the saint. There is no one so perfect that he does not make mistakes. Everyone does so and to be buffeted for it is seldom a season of encouragement. It is to be taken with patience, knowing that all will be well again one day. We also need to discern whether it is Satan the accuser, or Jesus the chastiser.
The sovereignty of God uses these measures to keep His mighty servants of valor from a complete fall. Herein lies the making of true disciples. This element of truth is where Lucifer could not bow because of the strength of his pride. He could not yield his position as any lower than God’s placement for him.
The carnal instincts of man always fight for position rather than yielding to assignment. When one’s eyes focus on self-desired position, as in pride of leadership, he loses his assignment and a fall becomes imminent. Our eyes can never desire position. Position is what Lucifer desired and he even threatened to take God’s seat from Him.
2 Peter 1:10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election stable: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall: