Here’s the deal: Are you activating angelic messengers to protect you and your loved ones? While these supernatural, unseen beings operate at God’s bidding, we have a role to play to ensure they are with us especially in times of need.
Scripture tells us, “Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?” (Heb.1:14). As an authentic Christian, that’s you!
Jesus instructed us, “See that you do not look down on one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven” (Matt.18:10). While it’s exhilarating to ponder angels in heaven worshiping God, there are times our little ones need them dispatched to look over their welfare. “Ask and it shall be given you” (Matt.7:7). Are you employing this privilege?
In the early church, as seen in the Book of Acts, angelic activity was so commonplace it was almost taken for granted! After Peter was arrested and put in prison, “the church was earnestly praying to God for him” (Acts 12:5) so an angel was released to set him free (v.7-10).
When Peter came to the place where they were praying, Rhoda (not Valerie Harper from the old Mary Tyler Moore TV show!) greeted him at the door and when she ran to tell the other disciples they dismissed it saying, “It must be his angel!” (Acts 12:15).
Imagine this happening to you. It’s Sunday night and you’re awaiting the Papa John’s pizza delivery guy when the doorbell rings. Savoring the deep-dish treat with fresh pepperoni, jalapenos and mushrooms, you direct your daughter to answer the door as you elevate your voice, “Pizzas here!”
Moments later little Brittney skips into the kitchen smiling yet missing any Italian delight. “It was just an angel” she says nonchalantly. You stare at her in disbelief.
While I can’t explain why angelic activity operates more in the unseen realm today, in today’s increasingly dangerous world, we’d better be aware of the availability of these invisible protectors and make sure we activate their wonderful ministry in our lives and for those we love.
Years ago, Billy Graham wrote a tremendous book entitled “Angels: God’s Secret Agents” that I highly recommend from my hero in the faith. Dr. Graham tells us, “There is a tragic and widespread ignorance even among Christians concerning the biblical teaching about these supernatural beings. As a result, the average person has a totally distorted picture of these spirit beings, and all kinds of pagan superstitions have been accepted even by Christians. One of the most comforting truths in the Bible to me as I travel from one part of the world to another is to know that God has stationed his heavenly guards to protect, guide and lead me through life’s dangerous way. I cannot see these beings with my physical eyes but I sense they are present every day.”
Three Faith-building Testimonies
In the book mentioned above by Billy Graham he cited an incident when he was visiting American troops during the Korean War and was told of a small group of American Marines who had been trapped in North Korea with the thermometer 20° below zero. One of the men, a praying Christian, related how they had not eaten for six days when a wild boar came rushing towards them, suddenly stopped and dropped dead! Later there was a mysterious appearance of what appeared to be a South Korean who spoke English and told them, “I will lead you out.” He led them through forest and mountains to safety. When they looked around to thank him, he had vanished. They wondered if he was an angel sent by God to deliver them from their enemy?
Attesting to protection by angels, Rev. John G. Patton, a missionary in the New Hebrides islands, related in his book, “John G. Paton” how one night a group of hostile natives surrounded his mission headquarters. They intended to drive him and his wife out of the building by burning it and then kill them. The Patons prayed all during the night for deliverance and when the sun rose they were amazed to see the attackers suddenly depart without inflicting any harm.
A year later, the chief of the tribe was converted to Jesus Christ. Paton asked him what happened that night he and his tribesmen surrounded the mission headquarters and then left in the morning without damaging the building or harming them. “Who were all those men you had with you?” the chief asked. Paton told him there were no men with him, only himself and his wife. But the chief insisted that there were hundreds of big men in shining garments, with drawn swords, standing guard. It was then that Paton realized God had sent his angels to protect him and his wife.
Every day I pray for the protection of the President of United States and join my intercession with multitudes praying for our military servicemen and women. 2nd Lieut. Andrew Spelding of the 82nd Airborne Division shares this current testimony of angelic intervention.
“When I was on the highway in Afghanistan – more like a dirt road near the Pakistan border – I saw an angel flying in front of our convoy. It flew ahead of us, then stopped by a boulder near the side of the road and held up his hand. The driver of the lead vehicle stopped too, although he told me he didn’t see anything or anyone. It turned out there was a tripwire right there leading to a major explosive charge. If we’d ridden through it, we’d have been blown to Kingdom Come. I thank God every night that angel stopped our convoy!”
Application For Our Lives Today
While we may not be in the midst of war zones overseas, we are increasingly facing violence, terrorism and escalating crime in America. 2 Timothy 3:1 tells us that in the last days, “perilous” or “fierce” times will come. The Greek word here is used only two times in the New Testament. The other time it refers to the Gadarene demoniac who was extremely violent. In other words the period prior to the Return of our Lord Jesus will not merely be bad but mad!
Many Christians today are “packin'” and I certainly understand why. Many of us would be surprised even at how many of our lady friends have something tucked into that little purse (and I’m not talking about Skittles or breath mints!). Even Jesus instructed His disciples, “if you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one” (Lk.22:36) when H e sent them out into the world. Yet our primary protection should come from the One “under whose shadow we should daily abide” (Ps. 91:1). Then we can claim the promise that follows in verse 10-11, “then no harm will befall you, no disaster will come near your tent. For He will command His angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways.”
I can’t emphasize enough in these volatile days prior to His Return how important it is to stay in the center of His will and walk with a reverential fear of God. We simply cannot habitually violate God’s holy standards and presume on his grace to somehow keep us safe.
As I write this commentary, my wife and I are eager to welcome back our thirty something daughter from a three week mission trip in Uganda. After she departed we all heard of the horrific plane crash engineered by the German maniac killing all 150 people aboard the plane. You can imagine how we all had to deal with fears regarding not only her time in Africa but also the flights she would take in this time of terrorism and radical Islamic activity.
What gave us a “peace that passes understanding” was the assurance that she was in the center of God’s will and angelic hosts surrounded her exactly as we prayed and believed. We also knew she is sensible and doesn’t carry any “knucklehead spirit” doing something reckless or foolish on her journey! She promised not to bungee jump over Victoria Falls.
Seven Reasons Angels Are Amongst Us
Violent crime and danger surround us in today’s culture, which has drifted from Judeo-Christian standards. “God hasn’t given us a spirit of fear…” (2 Tim. 1:7) but we do need to be vigilant and prudent as we protect ourselves and our loved ones. His heavenly messengers are available to those who are aware and ask Him to activate their ministry in our lives. Here is what they do:
1. Communicate God’s messages — never contrary to Scripture (Islam and Mormonism error here).
2. Guard children — Matthew 18:10
3. Protect us — Psalm 34:7
4. Deliver us — Acts 12:7
5. Observe us — 1Timothy 5:21
6. Encourage us — Acts 27:23–4
7. Care for us at death — Lk.16:22; Jude 9
Someone may ask, how can angels care for God’s people at death?
Even though the devil is “the prince of the power of the air” (Eph. 2:2), the Bible teaches that God has assigned angels to see His children safely home through any host of demons in the atmosphere.
In Luke 16, Jesus told of the beggar who died and said that “he was carried by the angels.” The man was not merely escorted but carried! What a phenomenal experience it must have been for poor Lazarus who had lain groveling and begging at the gate of the rich man all of a sudden to find himself carried by angels into the presence of God! This is the glorious homecoming of a true believer – departing suffering and difficulties to be ushered by angels into God’s heavenly domain.
When my mom at the age of 87 lay dying in a bed, I stood next to her with my sister reciting Psalm 91. Just as I said the words, “He will command His angels concerning you, to guard you in all your ways, they will lift you up in their hands…” my mother took her last breath and went home. My Bible has this noted in the margin at this verse of the 91st Psalm.
Katherine Lippy of Hagerstown, Maryland shared the following story with which I close.” My nine year old friend Jason was hit by a car and killed. His mother and I are good friends. Last spring I was sitting painting a ceramic angel when all of a sudden Jason came to mind. I spoke my thoughts out loud, ‘Lord, where was Jason’s guardian angel that day?’ (as if He has to tell me!!!).”
“My all-too-human questioning brought an instant answer as I sensed Him speak to my heart, ‘Carrying Jason into My bosom.’ I certainly could see angels swooping Jason up – instantly as the car hit him – he didn’t even feel the pain – he just went to be with Jesus. Praise God! Angels really are ever present.”
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