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Summary: Every believer can recall an incident where they were unexplainably rescued.

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Angels: Activating God’s Secret Agents

Angels on Defense

February 14, 2010

Introduction

A Byron Preston

B Every believer can recall some incident, critical danger-miraculously preserved.

1 Near car wrecks, fierce temptation, tractor rolling over, tree stand, kid wandering in the road, etc...the presence of angels could explain why tragedy was averted.

a The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him, and rescues them. Psalms 34:7 (NASB)

b For, I think, God has exhibited us apostles last of all, as men condemned to death; because we have become a spectacle to the world, both to angels and to men. 1 Cor 4:9 (NASB) Paul believed angels were watching him (not paranoia, but a promise).

aa When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things.12 For now we see in a mirror dimly , but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known. 1 Cor 13:11-12 (NASB) One day, our eyes will be fully open to the full extent of the ministry angels have given us.

bb Ministering “spirits”

2 I believe God assigns angels (guardian angels) over us, perhaps at the time of infancy.

a See that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that their angels in heaven continually see the face of My Father who is in heaven. Matt 18:10 (NASB)

b These angels work on our behalf, for our protection (cf. Psalm 91).

3 I believe they always protect the Lord’s investment.

a That’s you! God has a plan, purpose, destiny, number of days.

b Angels are there in your life to keep you safe, sound, protection from demonic forces.

C Today, let’s look at how these angels can be activated by following protocols found in Psalm 91.

1 Not worshiping, praying, mistaking angels with Holy Spirit.

2 We know God uses angels to work the destinies of men/ nations/regions.

a At times God manifests His presence in different ways (dove at baptism).

b At times, He has chosen to manifest His presence through His angels, visible to men.

D I pray we get in on what God is doing in this realm when His secret agents are active.

I Angels protect & deliver us

A I believe Psalm 91 reveals three steps of protocol to unlock the increased angelic protection in our lives.

1 Intimacy-moving to safer ground. He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.2 I will say to the Lord, "My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust!"Psalms 91:1-2 (NASB)

a In biblical times, devout Jewish men wore a covering to temple called a tallith (prayer shawl), a private covering.

aa Symbolized they spent private, intimate time alone with God, in a secret place.

bb Abide means to tarry all night; it speaks of the intimacy of husband & wife who tarry all night loving each other.

b When we spend time alone with God, we experience His covering.

aa Want to avoid evil, desire to obey...abide in Him.

bb How? V. 2: “I will say to the Lord, ‘My refuge, my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”


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