december5

Angels All Around You

Leon Fontaine Devoted

But during the night an angel of the Lord opened the doors of the jail and brought them out. “Go, stand in the temple courts,” he said, “and tell the people all about this new life.”
Acts 5:19 –20

The Bible contains so many beautiful stories about angels. Today let’s take a look at what happened when an angel appeared to the apostles in the Book of Acts, because I believe it will inspire you.

At the time, word had begun to spread about the apostles. People would bring their sick into the streets to be healed, and the High Priest and the Sadducees didn’t like this at all. They arrested the apostles and had them put in jail.

During the night, God did the impossible. Somehow his angel released the apostles, despite the fact that the jail remained securely locked and the guards were still standing at the doors!

At day-break, the apostles entered the temple courts to teach the people, as the angel had instructed them to do. Meanwhile, the High Priest and their associates gathered together and sent word to the jail that they wanted the apostles brought to them.

Can you imagine how surprised they were to hear that the apostles had escaped? How could they explain the fact that the jail was secure, and yet the apostles were roaming the streets, free?

I want you to be excited, because our God is God of the impossible. If your eyes were opened to it, you would see a host of his angel soldiers around you, everywhere you go. When you’re walking down the street, they are there. When you’re on a plane, there they are right beside you.

Nothing is impossible with God!

december4

Angels Fight On Our Behalf

Leon Fontaine Devoted

For it is written: “He will command his angels concerning you to guard you carefully.”
Luke 4:10

Isn’t it incredible to think that God has commissioned his angels to protect us, his people? In fact, angels have always fought to protect God’s people.

In one Old Testament story, God’s people had been called to go out and fight, under David’s leadership.  The instructions David received from God were very specific: wait until you hear the sound of marching in the leaves of the trees. Only then would David’s army know that God’s army of angels had gone out before them to defeat their enemies (2 Samuel 5:24). And angels still protect us today!

These angels are under God’s command, but I want to clear up a misconception today. This doesn’t mean that angels are controlled by God. Angels have the freedom to decide whether or not they will obey God. We know this because Satan is a fallen angel named Lucifer who made the decision to try to overtake the throne, and he convinced a third of God’s angels to band with him. Angels have a choice.

Another misconception is that the angels who serve God and those who serve Satan are at war with each other. Nothing in the Bible says that. Jesus defeated Satan, and at the end of this age when his time is up, the Bible says that one angel will lock him up. There is no giant cosmic war happening in the heavens.

The only important thing you need to focus on is the fact that God’s angels have been commissioned to serve and protect God’s people—that’s all of us who follow Christ. And when you claim God’s promises, God’s angels go to work on your behalf. God is so good!

december3

Angels: What Do They Do?

Leon Fontaine Devoted

Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation?
Hebrews 1:14 (NKJV)

Have you ever wondered what angels do on this planet?

We’ve been on a series of devotionals discussing a few common misconceptions about angels. Today let’s discuss what the Bible says about their purpose.

The first verse I’d like to mention is Isaiah 47:4. In it, God is referred to as the “Lord of hosts,” which is also translated to “God-of-the-Angel-Armies” in the Message Bible. In other words, angels are God’s forces, and we are told they are innumerable (Hebrews 12:22).

Angels are here to serve God.

And according to our verse today, angels have been commissioned by God for a very specific task. God commanded his angels to serve believers.

Angels minister to us.

In 2 Kings 6, we find the story of how angelic armies came to the rescue of the prophet Elisha. When the king of Aram found out that Elisha was the reason he couldn’t defeat the Israelites, he sent his army to surround Elisha’s tiny village. Elisha’s servant thought all hope was lost, so Elisha asked God to open the servant’s eyes. Immediately he saw that the hills surrounding them were filled with an angelic army on chariots of fire!

Then Elisha asked God to blind the enemy army, and he led them into captivity. It’s quite the story! If our eyes could be opened to what was really going on around us, we would be in awe!

Angels are here to serve God and he has given them the job of ministering to you, as a believer. No matter what you’re facing today, remember that God is your provider and your protector!