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Do We Have Guardian Angels

Throughout history, the belief in guardian angels can be found in many pagan cultures and religions.

For example, listen to this traditional Catholic prayer to one’s guardian angel:

“Angel of God, my guardian dear, to whom God’s love commits me here. Ever this day/night be at my side, to light, to guard, to rule and guide. Amen.”

According to many Muslims, each person has two guardian angels, one on each side.

Do we have guardian angels? What does the Bible have to say about this?

1. Angels Are Assigned To Certain Countries

Daniel 10:12-13; 20-21 says, “Then said he unto me, Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words. But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia.”

“Then said he, Knowest thou wherefore I come unto thee? and now will I return to fight with the prince of Persia: and when I am gone forth, lo, the prince of Grecia shall come.”

Daniel’s prayer request wasn’t answered yet. The reason was that the prayer request was intercepted by a demon. An angel came and told Daniel that a spiritual warfare was going on between angels and demons of certain countries.

2. Angels Are Assigned To Children

Matthew 18:10 says, “Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven.”

The word despise means “thinking down upon someone or not caring for them.” This verse is teaching that whenever physical, emotional or spiritual harm is done to a child, that the angel will report that to God the Father. E.g., Child abuse, child neglect, making fun of their appearance, thinking bus kids are worthless.

The Greek word for little ones doesn’t refer to a teenager, but to little children. Little children haven’t reached the time of accountability, meaning they’re not responsible for their sins. If a little child dies, he is going to heaven. This truth should comfort you who have lost a baby or a little child.

These guardian angels have direct contact with God and may help ward off physical or satanic attack from someone.

3. Angels Are Assigned To Christians

Acts 12:7-15 says, “And, behold, the angel of the Lord came upon him, and a light shined in the prison: and he smote Peter on the side, and raised him up, saying, Arise up quickly. And his chains fell off from his hands. And the angel said unto him, Gird thyself, and bind on thy sandals. And so he did. And he saith unto him, Cast thy garment about thee, and follow me. And he went out, and followed him; and wist not that it was true which was done by the angel; but thought he saw a vision. When they were past the first and the second ward, they came unto the iron gate that leadeth unto the city; which opened to them of his own accord: and they went out, and passed on through one street; and forthwith the angel departed from him. And when Peter was come to himself, he said, Now I know of a surety, that the Lord hath sent his angel, and hath delivered me out of the hand of Herod, and from all the expectation of the people of the Jews. And when he had considered the thing, he came to the house of Mary the mother of John, whose surname was Mark; where many were gathered together praying. And as Peter knocked at the door of the gate, a damsel came to hearken, named Rhoda. And when she knew Peter’s voice, she opened not the gate for gladness, but ran in, and told how Peter stood before the gate. And they said unto her, Thou art mad. But she constantly affirmed that it was even so. Then said they, It is his angel.”

Some theologians don’t believe an angel is assigned to a person but they believe that all of God’s angels protect you. Whatever you believe, it doesn’t change the fact that God protects his people with his angels.

4. Angels Carry Believers To Heaven

Luke 16:22 says, “And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried.”

Notice that it’s not one angel, but angels plural.

Why do angels carry a believer to heaven? I don’t know the exact reason why, but I would like to offer some suggestions:

It’s a long way from earth to heaven to accompany you up there. Angels have wings and we don’t.

The devil is called “the prince of the power of the air.” It maybe that since you are going into the devil’s territory as you are going up that they are there to protect you.

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Posted by on May 22, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

What Angels Do For Us

Do angels flutter around heaven doing as they please or are they under direct command from God?

Ps. 103:20 answers that question. It says, “Bless the LORD, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word.”

Just like angels, you and I should be doing the will of God by obeying the Lord? They are perfect, loyal and faithful.

Ps. 148:1-2 says, “Praise ye the LORD. Praise ye the LORD from the heavens: praise him in the heights. Praise ye him, all his angels: praise ye him, all his hosts.”

There is no end to the praise they give to Almighty God for that is his will. “Now you say, that’s great, Pastor, but do angels do anything for me?” Well indeed they do.

Hebrews 1:13 says, “Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?”

I want you to notice three observations from this verse:

One: All the angels do God’s work, but they cannot be seen for they are spirits.

Two: Angels are our personal assistants. The word minister means “to serve.” They are here to serve our needs throughout our life.

Three: Angels help believers. Are you an heir of salvation? Have you put your trust and faith on Jesus Christ as your Savior to forgive you of your sins? If not, you will go to hell. Occasionally the Bible reveals that angels interceded with unbelievers (E.g., Balaam, but that was to help Israel. Cornelius, but that was to get him saved). So you see, angels work on behalf of believers.

I want us to look at what angels do for us. As we look at these six things, keep in mind that these are things we should already be doing for others.

1. Guide Us

Remember when the angels directed Lot and his family out of Sodom? Gen. 19:15 says, “And when the morning arose, then the angels hastened Lot, saying, Arise, take thy wife, and thy two daughters, which are here; lest thou be consumed in the iniquity of the city.”

2. Encourage Us

Judges 6:12 says, “And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him, and said unto him, The LORD is with thee, thou mighty man of valour.” Gideon had zero confidence that he could do what God was calling him to do. Oh if we were like these angels who motivated and encouraged others on? I know of a pastor who left a successful ministry positon to take a church in Connecticut that was struggling and was about to close their doors? A lot of people told him, “God is with you, but remember that New England is cold to the gospel, just like the weather.” They told him about their sad experience of failure. By the time he got there, he was a little bummed. He refused to let that distract him and focused on doing what was right.

3. Deliver Us

Ps. 34:7 says, “The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.”

Acts 12:7 says, “And, behold, the angel of the Lord came upon him, and a light shined in the prison: and he smote Peter on the side, and raised him up, saying, Arise up quickly. And his chains fell off from his hands.”

John Paton, a missionary to the New Hebrides Islands, was once surrounded by natives intending on killing him and his family. In the mission headquarter, Paton and his wife prayed all night that God would deliver them. When daylight came, they were amazed to see that the attackers had left. A year later, the chief of the tribe got saved. Paton, remembering what had happened, asked the chief why he and his men didn’t kill them that night. The chief responded, “Who were all those men you had with you there?” Paton said, “There were no men there; just my wife and I.” The chief argued that they had seen many men standing guard-hundreds of big men in shining garments with drawn swords in their hands. They seemed to circle the mission station so that the natives were afraid to attack. Only then did Paton and the chief realize that God had sent his angels to protect him.

4. Protect Us

Ps. 91:11-12 says, “For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.” .

5. Enlighten Us

Matthew 2:19-20 says, “But when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeareth in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, Saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel: for they are dead which sought the young child’s life.”

6. Empower Us

Luke 22:43 says, “And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him.”

This word strength means, “to empower someone.” Jesus was physically, emotionally and mentally recharged so that he was ready to face the cross.

Do you feel trapped, isolated, alone in a desperate situation and you’re counting on your friends to help you? Have no fear, supernatural assistance is provided by the Holy Spirit’s power and angels to help keep you going forward.

 
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Posted by on May 13, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

What Are Angels Like?

Introduction: Angels are found throughout both the Old and New Testament. They are very active in Genesis such as in the Garden of Eden, to Hagar, to Abraham, to Lot and Jacob, the angel of Lord in the Exodus, Joshua, in the Judges, during the times of Elijah and Elisha, to Isaiah and Ezekiel, Daniel, Zechariah. In the New Testament during the lifetime of Jesus, we see angels connected with him in almost every major event and in the apostle Paul and John’s life.

The question is “What are angels like?” There are five characteristics of angels I want to talk to you about.

1. Immortal

Angels are created beings.

Ps. 148:1-5 says, “Praise ye the LORD. Praise ye the LORD from the heavens: praise him in the heights. Praise ye him, all his angels: praise ye him, all his hosts. Praise ye him, sun and moon: praise him, all ye stars of light. Praise him, ye heavens of heavens, and ye waters that be above the heavens. Let them praise the name of the LORD: for he commanded, and they were created.”

Nehemiah 9:6 says, “Thou, even thou, art LORD alone; thou hast made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth, and all things that are therein, the seas, and all that is therein, and thou preservest them all; and the host of heaven worshippeth thee.”

Angels were present very early in creation.

Job 38:4-7 says, “Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding. Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it? Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof; when the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?”

Ps. 104:4-5 says, “Who maketh his angels spirits; his ministers a flaming fire: who laid the foundations of the earth, that it should not be removed for ever.”

Believers, like angels will last throughout eternity

Lk. 20:36 says, “Neither can they die any more: for they are equal unto the angels; and are the children of God, being the children of the resurrection.”

You and I will get to fellowship with the angels and praise and worship Jesus alongside them.

2. Innumerable

The last part of Hebrews 12:22 says, “An innumerable company of angels.” That doesn’t mean they’re an infinite amount of angels, it means you can’t count how many there are.

How many angels are there? Rev. 5:11 gives us a hint. 10,000 times 10,000 equals 100 million angels. And there are thousands more. So are there enough angels to minister to my needs? Yes.

Charles Spurgeon once said, “I do not know how to explain it; I cannot tell how it is; but I believe angels have a great deal to do with the business of this world.” Angels are like busy bees for there are so many of them.

3. Invisible

Because they are spirits, angels are invisible. We are not aware of the number of intervention of angels.
Arab-Israeli War of 1967. Israel verses Egypt, Jordan, Syria. The Arab nations had almost twice as many soldiers. Yet during those six days, both Israeli and Arab foot soldiers and airpilots reported sightings of angels. Could this have been the mighty host sent to protect God’s people? Absolutely.

As to their appearance, notice what Matthew 28:2-3 says. “And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow.”

Acts 1:10 says, “And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel.” So angels are bright with a long white garment. They’re beauty surpasses anything known to man. But wait, have you forgotten that you will have a new glorified body.

4. Incredible

Peter Marshall was a chaplain of the United States Senate back in the 1940’s. In the book A Man Called Peter, his wife Catherine recounts an incident that happened when his husband was walking back home from work one night. He took a shortcut, knowing this path was near a limestone quarry (kwore). Suddenly an urgent voice called out, “Peter!.” He stopped. Yes who is it? What do you want?” For a second he listened, but there was no response, only the sound of the wind. He took a few more steps and then he heard it again, “Peter!” He stopped and soon investigated the ground. One more step and he would have plummeted to his death.

God has his angels where he wants them and how he uses them because he is organized.

Col. 1:16 says, “For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him.”

Our God is a God of order and organization. Every angel has his own job to do. Just like the military, they have different rankings.

Sometimes angels are called an army or host.
Rev. 19:19 says, “And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army.”

Angels are very strong.

Ps. 103:20 says, “Bless the LORD, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word.” Did you know the tomb that covered our Lord’s grave probably weighed about 4,000 pounds? An angel rolled it away.

An angel shut the mouths of the lions.

Dan. 6:22 says, “My God hath sent his angel, and hath shut the lions’ mouths, that they have not hurt me.”

Angels move swiftly and are not bound by gravity.

Dan. 9:21 says, “Yea, whiles I was speaking in prayer, even the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly (quickly), touched me about the time of the evening oblation.”

Angels know more than we do, but they don’t know everything. Mk. 13:32 says, “But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.”

5. Inquiring

They watch us

1 Cor. 4:9 says, “For I think that God hath set forth us the apostles last, as it were appointed to death: for we are made a spectacle unto the world, and to angels, and to men.” Angels are watching you and are personally involved in your life.

They wonder about us

Angels have emotions. Luke 15:10 says, “Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.” Don’t you want to make the angels joyful, then lead someone to Jesus.

1 Peter 1:12 says, “Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into.” The angels can inquire all they want to about salvation, but they will never comprehend it. They can’t understand what it was like to be lost and then get saved.

Hymn “Holy, Holy Is What The Angels Sing”
There is singing up in Heaven such as we have never known, where the angels sing the praises of the Lamb upon the throne, their sweet harps are ever tuneful, and their voices always clear, O that we might be more like them while we serve the Master here!
Refrain: Holy, holy, is what the angels sing, and I expect to help them make the courts of Heaven ring; but when I sing redemption’s story, they will fold their wings, for angels never felt the joys that our salvation brings.
But I hear another anthem, blending voices clear and strong, unto Him who hath redeemed us and hath bought us, is the song; we have come through tribulation to this land so fair and bright, in the fountain freely flowing He hath made our garments white.
Refrain: Then the angels stand and listen, for they cannot join the song, like the sound of many waters, by that happy, blood washed throng, for they sing about great trials, battles fought and vict’ries won, and they praise their great Redeemer, who hath said to them, Well done.
Refrain: So, although I’m not an angel, yet I know that over there I will join a blessèd chorus that the angels cannot share; I will sing about my Savior, who upon dark Calvary freely pardoned my transgressions, died to set a sinner free.

 
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Posted by on May 9, 2014 in Uncategorized