Psalm 91:10-11 (NKJV) No evil shall befall you, Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling; For He shall give His angels charge over you, To keep you in all your ways.
Many Christians are sensitive to the presence of God.
Many can also discern the presence and activities of demons but when someone enthusiastically shares their experience of angels, they become nervous or even critical.
But if you have placed your life in the hands of Jesus, you belong to God and the armies of heaven are there to do battle with you against the forces of darkness.
One of the most majestic names of God is THE LORD OF HOSTS.
When David, the teenage shepherd went to fight Goliath, he declared the name of the Lord.
1 Samuel 17:45 (NKJV) Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin.
But I come to you in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.
The HOSTS are the armies of angels who outnumber all evil spirits two to one.
The name “The LORD of Hosts” occurs 239 times in the Bible, and the Bible also tells dramatic stories in which people saw angels of God.
Jesus taught us to pray to the Father:
Matthew 6:10 (NKJV) Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven.
… “Please, show me Your glory.” Ex 33:18 (NKJV)
In heaven, supernatural phenomena are normal, so we can expect to live a life of miracles.
In heaven there are thousands of millions of angels, so we can expect to be walking with angels on earth, and there is no reason why we should not also see them sometimes.
Our calling as followers of Jesus is to make this earth a colony of heaven.
Philippians 3:20 (NKJV) For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ,
- Colossians 3:1-2 (NKJV) If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God.
Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.
But doesn’t the Bible warn us to be careful not to be deceived by Satan, who can disguise himself as “an angel of light”?
But what is the context of this warning?
2 Corinthians 11:13-14 (NKJV) For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ.
- And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. The word ANGEL here has a double meaning. ANGELOS also means MESSENGER. Angels and preachers are messengers.
Paul is warning the Corinthian believers against preachers who falsely claim divine authority.
These preachers set themselves up like high priests to dominate the congregation and take over the direction of their lives, as some preachers also do today.
2 Corinthians 11:20 (NKJV) For you put up with it if one brings you into bondage, if one devours you, if one takes from you, if one exalts himself, if one strikes you on the face.
Paul rebukes the Christians for allowing preachers to dominate them and treat them like children rather than as brothers and sisters.
- There are many who are afraid to celebrate the presence of angels in case they exalt the angels rather than God Himself,
- yet some of these same believers put their lives under the control of church leaders rather than being personally led by the Holy Spirit… so they put man in the place of God.