Angels Watching Over Us

When we dwell in the secret place of the Most High God, we have angels assigned to us (Hebrews 1:14). God gives His angels charge over us, to guard us wherever we go; they even lift us up in their hands, if we are about to come to harm (Psalm 91:11-12; Luke 4:10). Our angels are continually in the presence of God and He gives them the ability to influence and to protect our life (Matthew 18:10).

Angels announced the birth of Christ to the shepherds (Luke 2:1-20). They even came to strengthen Jesus in His time of need on the mountain after His fast; and also, in the Garden of Gethsemane prior to His crucifixion (Matthew 4:6-11; Luke 22:43). Angels guarded Jesus’ tomb after He rose, and they gave a message to the women who came to care for Jesus’ body (John 20:11-12).

In modern times, people are enamored by angels. They pray to or talk to their angel, worship them, buy paintings of them to protect their home and wear little angel lapel pins as a good luck charm. This is not Biblical and is taking the ministry of angels way too far. This is giving our worship, which belongs to God alone, to angels (Colossians 2:18).

Angels are created beings and existed prior to the creation of mankind (Job 38:4-7). There are various ranks of and purposes for angels. Some of them have no other purpose than to worship God around His throne, both day and night (Revelation 4:8). They shout for joy and praise God in His presence (Job 38:7; Revelation 5:11-12). They rejoice in heaven every time one sinner repents on earth (Luke 15:10).

Angels are messengers, and will also be used during the Great Tribulation to bring the gospel to every nation, kindred, tongue and people of the earth (Revelation 14:6; Matthew 24:31-35). When we die, angels carry us to the presence of God (Luke 16:22). However, human beings do not become an angel when we die. We are either a blood bought Saint in Heaven or we condemn our self to hell (John 3:18).

Angels are God’s ministering spirits and they are an innumerable host (Hebrews 1:14, 12:22). Angels do not get married, and we will not be married in eternity either (Luke 20:36; Matthew 22:30). However, we are made lower than the angels, and they are guardians over God’s Saints. They even carry our prayers to God in their hand (Hebrews 1:14, 2:6-13; Revelation 8:4).

Father God, Lucifer led a third of the angels to rebel against You (2 Peter 2:4). As a created being, he wanted to be equal to You, even though You already gave him great power (Isaiah 14:12-14; Jude 1:6). All of the angels are subject to Christ, who has all dominion and power both in Heaven and on earth (1 Peter 3: 21-22), because there are things, which angels do not understand (1 Peter 1:12). You are our only provider, protector, refuge and fortress. We put our trust in You, not in angels (Psalm 91:2). They simply do Your bidding and are not benevolent beings in their own right (Psalm 103:20). Thank You for directing our angels as You see fit.

Thought for the Day:
Do not forget to be hospitable to strangers, because some of them are angels in disguise. – Hebrews 13:2

Amazingly Made

God knows everything about each of us. We were not hidden from His sight, even when we were formed in the dark, secret place of our mother’s womb. He knitted our bones and organs together in the depths of the earth. Before we were ever born, He designed all of our days and kept a record of each one of them in His book.

The Lord God interlaced all of the intricate parts of our spirit, soul and body in our mother’s womb. From the hairs on our head to our complex inner organs, He created us all as unique individuals. We are awesomely and amazingly made. Our individual cells, our DNA, our internal organs and even the correct mix of chemicals, which keep us alive, work together so perfectly.

He knows us intimately. Even as we stand up, sit down, leave and go to sleep, He distinguishes every detail of our life. He recognizes all of our habits. He perceives our current, as well as our future thoughts and words. He puts boundaries around us and guides us with His hand. There is no place to go to escape from His Spirit.

We cannot run from God. He is in the heavens, the depths of the distant seas, and in the early morning clouds. His hand is right there directing our steps. His light shines like the day even in the darkest times of trial. He loves us with an eternal love, which never ends (Lamentations 3:22). He is merciful even to the wicked, who misjudge Him and use His name in vain. – Psalm 139:1-24

Father God, we thank You for the vastness of Your wisdom that is more numerous than the sands of the sea. You are with us during each new day and Your mercy is new every single morning (Lamentations 3:23). Investigate our motives and discern the intentions of our soul. Analyze us and point out the areas where Satan can tempt us. See if there are any sinful tendencies in us and direct us in Your eternal ways.

Thought of the Day:
For authentic Born Again Believers, God brings to light the mysteries, which He hid from the time He created all things. – Ephesians 3:9