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.