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first estate

God says,

” And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.”

Jude 6

The Holy Spirit is asking me to talk about how we have all left our first estate. This is an important message that applies to literally everyone who lives and breathes in God’s creation. It is also the fundamental reason we suffer and is why we miss our blessings in God.

Our first estate, the way we were created

God creates with purpose.  Our Father’s intelligent design is evident in every thing He does. There is logic and method in all that surrounds us. Indeed, even our very bodies are fearfully and wonderfully made.

The word “estate” is an old english way of saying “domain”.  Merriam-Webster’s dictionary defines domain as,

“Sphere of knowledge, influence, or activity.”

In other words, your first estate, in relation to God, is the sphere of knowledge, influence, or activity we were made to inhabit.  A fish is made for the sea, and eagle is made for the sky, and mankind was created in the image and likeness of God to have dominion over the earth. Each living thing God created was made after their kind. Within their kind there can be variation such as a Poodle or a Great Dane.  However,  no kind (i.e. species) ever becomes another kind nor do they want to.

The basic problem in our lives is that we all have left our first estate.  God declares,

Mankind left their first estate when we chose to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.  We, like Satan, were not satisfied with the domain God gave us, but wanted to be something more than our Father created us to be.

Naked ambition is not of God

Many have a drive to be something more than they are at present.  The first estate God gave them is not good enough.   Indeed, naked ambition is presented to us as something to be praised and admired. However, what is naked ambition, but Lucifer’s original sin repackaged?

For instance, feminism teaches women that they can do anything a man can do, and perhaps even do it better.  Thus, in media woman are often portrayed as high-powered executives, svelte ninjas who knock out strong men with a single kick, or lesbians who love other women. Men, on the other hand, are often portrayed as sensitive creatures who submit to women and sometimes even marry other men. Caitlyn Jenner, formerly know as the olympic athlete Bruce Jenner, is even in the process of becoming a woman. These are all examples of leaving our first estate.

Leaving our first estate is sin.  We miss the mark when we strive to be different from what God made us to be.  When we leave the domain God put us in we do violence to our very nature.  Refusing satisfaction in what made us to be is the essence of Satan’s original sin.

God said,

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.”

Isaiah 14:13,14

God never created Lucifer to be like the Most High.  It was not his purpose, nor his domain, to sit upon the mount of the congregation.  Lucifer, who later became Satan, left his first estate.  In his desire to be different from what God created him to be, Lucifer sinned and became the not something more, but something less that what God intended.

I counsel you to keep your first estate

The message is that we must seek to keep our first estate. We must joy in being where we belong and revel in maximizing our potential within the domain we are given. Men should do all they can be men and women should do all they can to be women.  Our only ambition should be to fulfill our destiny in God.  Anything that violates God original intent diminishes us.  Instead of demanding to be something we are not, why not simply glory in His choice?

I weary of pastors wanting to be prophets, tired of Apostles wanting to become evangelists, and troubled by teachers becoming pastors when they have no calling or gifting to do so.  Unfortunately, many aspire (they call this having a vision) to be something God never called them to be. In my view, this is one fo the fundamental sins of the church and many members in it.

Paul says,

“Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection.  But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.  For Adam was first formed, then Eve.”

1 Timothy 2:11-13

Sisters, I ask, “why, if you are a woman of God, to you object to being subject to men?  What does it matter to you if the apostle Paul commands you to be quiet?” “why do you desire to teach men when God Himself forbids it?”  If it bothers you that I say such things perhaps it is time to ask yourself, “what spirit am I of?”  The truth is, women create disorder  when they leave their first estate. Eve leaving her domain is, in fact, what lead to the flood and the destruction of almost all life on earth. The night sky is filled with remnants of a universe brought to the brink of annihilation by one act of disobedience. The destructive power of leaving our first habitation cannot be over stated.

The work of God goes undone

Meanwhile, while people are trying to be something God did not intend, the true work of the Holy Spirit languishes. What God really desires to accomplish gets put on the back burner while chaos reigns supreme. People who could otherwise do great things for God waste their time and talents doing things He never ordained them to do. Women who strive to be like men, take away from their most precious gifting, that of being mothers.  Nothing on earth compares with a woman’s ability to bring forth and eternal life.  No earthly achievement shall remain into eternity but the fruit of your wombs.  When the daughters of Eve leave their first estate, neglecting to be mothers, they deprive God of the souls they were created to give birth.

Men, I urge you step into your leadership position

Men, don’t allow women to ride the church government like a harlot riding the seven headed beast of revelation.  These days, women dominate because men are out-of-order and refuse to take up the mantel God gave them.  Women fill in the gaps in spiritual leadership, not because they necessarily want to, but because there is a vacuum created by men’s absence. As men refuse to keep their first estate it causes women and even children to leave theirs.

Paul says,

This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.  For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy.  Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,  Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;  Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.”

2 Timothy 3:1-5

Honestly, it’s not very pretty when pigs fly

In conclusion, stop trying to be something you are not.  Refuse to listen to Satan and join him in his rebellion.  Remain in the domain God gave you and glory in your Father choice. Decide today to quite striving to be something other than what God made you to be. Submit to your Father’s wisdom and be all that you can be in your sphere of influence. Men, be men. Women, be women. Children be children. Allow God to mold you as He sees fit. Refuse to be made into anything else than what God ordained  you to be. Honesty, even if a pig could fly, it wouldn’t be very pretty.

Keep your first estate

Finally, if mere animals refuse to be different from how they were created, why should we?  I hate, with a passion, the world that seeks to pervert and change the plan of God in our lives. Personally, I loathe feminism that seeks to make women into bad copies of men. I adamantly oppose the notion that men have a feminine side and that same-sex marriage is “normal”.  I feel fed up with leaders of God’s church usurping the Holy Spirit’s authority among His people. It is high time that we all go back to our first estate and submit to the wisdom of our Creator in His son Jesus Christ.

This is a woman who has kept her first estate.  Isn’t she a wonder to behold?

Way Maker by Sinach