They're Nearer Than We Realize

I've been thinking lately about angels. That thinking has led to some study, the results of which I thought I'd pass along to encourage you. The Bible says that angels are "ministering spirits" sent to serve and assist believers. (Hebrews 1:14) The vast majority of time we're not even aware of their ministry to us. Here's some of the things they do!

1. They protect us. Ps. 34:7 says, "The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him..." Ps. 91: 10-11 says, "If you make the Lord most High your dwelling...He will command His angels concerning you, to guard you in all your ways."

2. They deliver us. In Acts 12 Peter's in prison on Death Row. He would be executed in the morning. Vs. 7 says "Suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared..." who set Peter free. I LOVE that word, "suddenly."

3. They convey answers to our prayers. Again, when Peter was in prison, the "church was praying fervently for his release." (Acts 12:5). In response to their prayers, God sent an angel to answer their prayers.

4. They strengthen and encourage us. In Acts 27 Paul was on a ship sailing to Rome when a violent storm arose that continued for two weeks. The Bible says that after 13 days the captain and crew had given up all hope of survival. But God sent an angel (vs. 23) to reassure Paul and everyone on board. He promised they would all survive, and they did.

5. They assist us in leading people to Christ. In Acts 10 Cornelius was praying that he might know God better. God sent an angel who said, "Cornelius, I've heard your prayers. Now send a messenger to Peter and he will come and tell you what to do." Peter came and led Cornelius and his entire household to Christ.

6. They watch us. (I Corinthians 4:9; I Timothy 5:21; Ephesians 3:10; I Peter 1:12). It appears that they are observing human affairs, perhaps waiting for a command to intervene or assist us in some way.

7. Finally, angels meet us at the moment of death (Luke 16:22) to take us to Heaven. Billy Graham said that when his grandmother died, "She sat up in bed momentarily and said, 'I see Jesus. And I see Ben (her late husband), and I see the angels,' then she slumped over, absent from the body, home with the Lord."

There's so much more to say, but be encouraged friends. Angels are busy all the time on our behalf. If nothing else, that ought to give us a much greater sense of security. We're not alone! There are angels up ahead! God is at work! Relax. Don't worry so much, even when times are tough...especially when times are tough. There are ministering spirits, dispatched by a loving Father, to carry us along and get us through. That's not fiction, friend; it's fact. Take heart. They're nearer than we realize.

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