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.
They may be afraid of being deceived by angels of light, disguised demons.
Of course we know there are New Age people who seek contact with angels but not through Jesus. They are really deceived.
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.
So why should we not also be excited about angels? Why should we not desire to see angels or celebrate it when people tell us they have seen angels?
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.
In Heaven the glory of God is overwhelmingly present, so we can cry out with Moses:
... "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.
Our calling as followers of Jesus is to make this earth a colony of heaven.
- 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.
Philippians 3:20 (NKJV) For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ,
Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.
- 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.
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”?
- Angels are bright, shining spirits, as Satan himself once was, so many people are afraid of being deceived by visions of demons in disguise.
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.
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,