Summary: Every believer can recall an incident where they were unexplainably rescued.
Angels: Activating God’s Secret Agents
Angels on Defense
February 14, 2010
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.”