Tag : angels
Tag : angels
“Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” And Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.
(2 Kings 6:16-17, NIV)
Elisha, referred to as the man of God in 2 Kings 6, was a prophet that was protected by an army of angels when the king of Aram (now Syria) sent his earthly army to capture him. Ancient Aram was at war with Israel and the king of Aram was disturbed that Elisha was predicting where Aram’s army was going and warning Israel’s king—thwarting the king of Aram’s plan to capture Israel. He decided to send a strong force of horses and chariots to surround Dothan, the city where Elisha and his servant were staying. When the servant got up, and went out early the next morning, he saw the earthly army surrounding the city and he was afraid. In verse 17, Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.” In the next sentence we are told, “Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.” At first, being surrounded by a large army with seemingly no escape terrified the servant, who could only see the earthly army through earthly eyes. After the Lord opened the servant’s eyes he could see the army of angels that were protecting him and Elisha.
“Then I asked, ‘Who are you, Lord?’ “ ‘I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,’ the Lord replied. ‘Now get up and stand on your feet. I have appeared to you to appoint you as a servant and as a witness of what you have seen and will see of me. I will rescue you from your own people and from the Gentiles. I am sending you to them to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.’”
(Acts 26:15-18, NIV)
When Jesus spoke to Saul, who later became the apostle Paul, He said, “I am sending you to them to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light.” Like Paul, when you encounter and follow Jesus, the Light of the world, you will start seeing things more clearly through spiritual eyes. Jesus says in John 12:46, “I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness.” When the Holy Spirit is in you and is guiding you, you start seeing things that His Spirit wants you to see. He warns you of eminent danger. The result is a keen perception or a discerning spirit that empowers you to be victorious against the spiritual forces of evil in the world.
“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”
(Ephesians 6:12, KJV)
Recently, like Elisha, while in the middle of a personal spiritual battle, I was rescued by an army of angels led by my Lord and Savior, Jesus. While battling against the dark powers that surrounded me, I enlisted the prayer team of Pearls of Promise. I was fighting the rulers of the darkness of this world, and miraculously, an army of angels stepped in. I knew it was because our Pearls of Promise Founder, Lisa, my POP team members, and the prayer team were praying against this spiritual wickedness that was surrounding me. In 2 Thessalonians 1:7, the Bible says. “The Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels.” In Psalms 91, I am told He will command His angels to guard me in all my ways. Because I love Him, they will lift me up in their hands, so that I will not strike my foot against a stone. He says He will rescue me and protect me because I acknowledge His name. He will be with me in trouble, deliver me and honor me. What a gift salvation is! I know I did not do anything to deserve it, except to love and acknowledge Him as my Lord and Savior.
“For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. You will tread on the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent. ‘Because he loves me,’ says the Lord, ‘I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.’”
(Psalms 91:11-16, NIV)
It’s Christmastime and many people are delivering messages based on Luke 2, the chapter of the Bible where the birth of Jesus is detailed. However this year, the LORD has highlighted something like never before in that passage, and that is the appearance of the heavenly host of angels after a single angel announced Jesus’ birth to the shepherds.
“Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.’ When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, ‘Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about”
(Luke 2:14-15, NIV).
I began to imagine how awesome the heavenly host must have appeared. Can you visualize an entire sky filled with angels? It is overwhelming to think about. Yet, this week God has placed the Heavenly Host before me in Scripture reading, messages, and even at Prestonwood Baptist’s annual Christmas musical, The Gift of Christmas.
I believe the LORD wants us to try to comprehend His greatness this Christmas. Not only can He come to Earth in the form of a baby, not only is He the creator of the world, but at his command, the skies can fill up with angels, the Heavenly Host. If we really understood this magnificence, we’d be laying prostrate before Him.
These angels are not only around to praise God, they are also mighty warriors. When Elisha and his servant were surrounded by an army of horses and chariots, he told his servant, “Don’t be afraid. Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” Then God opened the servants eyes and he saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. It was the heavenly host!
Then at the end of time in a classic battle of good versus evil, archangel Michael and his angels fought against Satan and his demons and defeated this enemy of our souls—once and for all. The great and powerful heavenly host was victorious.
And who is God? He is Adonai Tzevaot. The Lord and Commander of the heavenly armies—armies he created.
Here’s the bottom line. God is Almighty. Take your understanding of Him to a greater depth this Christmas. He has unlimited power and he wants to use that strength to help you if you will let him. He has surrounded you with the Heavenly Host who can fight any and all of your battles. Give them over to Him, the Lord of the Heavenly Host.
The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still (Exodus 14:14, NIV).