Warrior Angels

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There are wars going on in the heavenlies. There have been since the beginning. When the devil was cast out of heaven, a third of the angels followed, how many, I don’t think anyone knows, I’m not sure God would even tell them.

God was trying to speak to men again, and they were evil, so He spared Noah’s family and the population grew again. The enemy made sure there was idolatry, but Abraham heard Him and left Ur. From his seed, more people. God has seen a lot of people.

It was never a chess match. I used to feel like that, I would move and the enemy would counter or there was worse problem but we must never feel that way. God is for us, He has more angels, why believe the lies of the devil who has played these same tricks on people for millennia?

I want you to change your thinking and realize how God is working for us, and how many angels there are. It is not positive thinking or the so called cure for stinking thinking, it is just true. Only a third fell, so we have twice as many for us and if God is for us, who can be against us? Romans 8:31, certainly not fallen angels, they don’t have a chance with warriors angels charged and they are.

Suppose a dozen people get shot in a rampage, what about the seventy that didn’t? A tornado rips through the midwest and kills fifty, what about the thousand that didn’t. Four school children commit suicide because of bullies, what about the hundreds who do not?

9/11 was horrific, over three thousand killed but it was not all of Manhattan or New York, or Pennsylvania.  The same with wars, so many millions over the years and still the more who survived. Even in the Bible, of the twelve tribes, only Dan appears gone, though some are lost, but not to God.

Let’s remember to be still and let God be God, He knows what He is doing. As for those lost or killed or who died, there are reasons known only to Him. And who can say what words to comfort the mother of a little girl left in a daycare van? God can. He rescued her when others could or did not.

And how many times did the Holy Spirit or angels say to someone, ” Count the children or check the van. ” Distraction and destruction are like evil twin playmates, but goodness and mercy follow the believers. And while they may be pretty angels, they are ready for battle.

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Head of an Angel

Just a few months after completing his visionary Starry Night, Vincent Van Gogh created Half Figure of an Angel (after Rembrandt) Religious subjects were rare in his career.  Theo van Gogh had recently sent a copy of an etching based on the Rembrandt’s portrayal of the Archangel Raphael to his brother Vincent, who was   being treated at the mental asylum of St. Remy in southern France. theartis was plagued by bouts of mental affliction.

Vincent was moved by Theo’s gift, as though adorning his interpretation of the gentle Raphael in heavenly blue colors. It captures the imagination and uplifts souls in despair. Yet, the painting is missing.  Did Vincent send it to Theo, as he usually did? He was known to have entrusted him with most of his canvases and drawings.

Perhaps one day we will know what happened to it, whether left behind after he was discharged from the hospital, lost  in his personal studio that was an adjoining cell there?  Or did he give it to a member of the staff for safekeeping. Is it in a private collection or an attic somewhere, even a thrift store?

I really didn’t know the story of Vincent van Gogh very well until I started studying art again. I heard about him cutting off an ear, but even that story i don’t know about, did he send to a girl or just cut it with a razor or cut it during a confrontation with Paul Gauguin, and there’s the suicide. For years people believed he shot himself but recently other evidence has been uncovered. It is believed he died after being bullied by a teenaged boy in his neighborhood.

Sadly, Van Gogh ‘s mental worries were not his only troubles and he died too young, he became very successful as a tormented and creative genius but his story did not start that way, he was an art dealer and even a Protestant missionary. But later turned to alcohol and fell into depression, the enemy does go after creative people but greater is He who is in us.

Hopefully, a talented artist found mercy with the Creator. And now can paint in peace. He supposedly disagreed with suicide calling immoral, but stated not to accuse anyone, he shot himself. It does take the Lord to figure out the truth.

His peace, Rebecca Jones

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vincent_van_Gogh

Beholding The Face Of The Father

While this pretty lady is not an angel, her dress and cape and expression are perfect for this post. Let’s look at our verse.

See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels always see the face of my Father who is in heaven. Matthew 18:10

You really have to go back and read the whole chapter. Some people just read this verse and simply apply it to children. And while it is true. There are some instances where children are not so humble, they grow up so fast in today’s world that they are teenaged at five or seven.

They are trying to tell the parent what to do. And that brings division into families. I do despise bad behavior in anyone including me. I never want to be what I hate. That said it is not wrong to hate or despise bad behavior, but not the child, so children need love and discipline.

Jesus called a humble child to Himself, as He explained divorce, He was sitting in Peter’s house. Here people are wondering who will be the greatest in heaven? I just wanted to go. I have seen a lot of arrogant Christians, believers in Christ who keep that sincere and repentant heart and walk in His love have a childlike innocence.

Yet, many of us myself are not always wise as serpents and get trampled instead of trampling. But we are to be harmless like the dove. It is like a mixed metaphor or ironic in a way. He wants us to grow up in grace, but stay childlike.

We have the perfect example in Jesus, He did what His Father said. And so should we. Like children we should obey our parents in the Lord. But everyone will not always be in the Lord, so we need Holy Spirit discernment as our angels behold His face, they are messengers who can get through to us what is His will and good pleasure.

So this verse is not just for children and  we should be aware that as believers even grown ups and those who a call of some kind, that offenses will come and we have to deal with them but when you despise someone so deeply that you find them utterly worthless, if you are cruel of judgement, you’d be better off with a millstone necklace.

Our angels are always looking at His face.

https://biblehub.com/esv/matthew/18.htm

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Mighty Angel

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I’m not sure who this angel represents but he is one I want on my side. Have you ever found yourself in spiritual warfare and not had a clear understanding why? Many of us think there are chinks in our armor and that could be true.

But many times the Holy Spirit will help you discern, and sometimes, He calms the child as the storm rages and a battle ensure in the heavenlies. Be sure God is our side as believers and it is just possible you may not need to know what is going on or even how to get through it, but know He has already overcome it.

I have spoken these things to you so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation. But take courage; I have overcome the world. John 16:33

Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. 1 John 4:4

Now judgment is upon this world; now the prince of this world will be cast out. John 12:31

The enemy was defeated at the cross and is being put out everyday, from you life or mine or someone’s, sure he may roam and prowl but we are not going to be devoured if we remain in His Word, in faith, taking a stand. And one day soon , he’ll be gone forever, into the lake of fire.

So when you feel the darkness closing in, not the night that God made and called good, for He is there, but the darkness that would harm your soul, remember, this verse and the angels like this one who are before you and cheer up.

What then shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? Romans 8:31

If we can walk in love, learn to forgive, and rest in Him, we are surely going to please Him.

 

The Expulsion

Although angels were created before the fall, and I have no way of telling how long that was, they were involved in heavenly duties and perhaps even carried out the orders of creation in some instances. The accuser, Lucifer, the fallen angel we know as the devil entered the garden and tempted Eve. She was deceived. Adam sinned willingly whether out of fear or just pride.

Before we blast Eve, it could have been any of us, after all she was perfect. God had to give people a free will and they exercised that freedom, only to lose all of it. They allowed fear in, to rule instead of love. We hear a lot about pride, there is both sinful and a better kind of pride.

While pride brought down a fallen angel, who ranked very high, and a perfect couple, God was proud of His beloved Son who gave His life for the redemption of mankind, should they believe, and remain in His love, they would not fall into the carnal or fleshly ways that brought Eden into disarray.

Jesus is referred to as the second Adam in the New Testament, He humbled Himself, was obedient to death and took the place of and punishment of the many who would believe and receive salvation. His will and even the fear He felt as a human being, obeyed the Father, whose love gave Him for us. That is why we have a choice. Remember , the devil tempted Jesus, he was adversary and accuser, though his temptation leaves out the phrase beloved, why remind Him He’s the Son of God, just like us, he makes us second guess salvation, motives, and even others.

It is about nothing we have done, no matter how much good, or charity work or money donated, or even how many times you read the Bible or attended church. Pride assumes a knowledge higher that God and there is none higher, because when He made an oath about the Eucharist, there was no higher one to swear by, He had to make the oath to Himself. And God is not a man who can lie.

He had the strength and love  of a man and the love and compassion of a woman, it was not good for Adam to be alone, so He created Eve. I can barely imagine being full grown all at once. I know people don’t believe in creation, it’s their choice. He gives everyone a free will.

But He wanted a perfect world where people would choose to love Him as freely as He did them. He will not interfere until He is asked in the name of His Son, Jesus. And then all of heaven can move on our behalf if necessary.

As for that fallen one the Hebrew refers to him as Ha’Satan, the adversary, and he opposes God but is in no way as powerful, as God is the Father of believers, he is the fathers of liars, come to steal , kill and destroy. John 10:10, as opposed to our dear Lord who wanted us to enjoy life and life more abundantly.

Jesus acted as the Angel of the Lord, how sad if He was the angel with the flaming sword that expelled them after having walked with them in the garden. And remember, Eve was deceived by twisted words, Adam ate willingly and began to blame her. Men still do that do women, and women still have trouble being led by husbands who are not loving them like Christ.

God authors peace, The accuser, confusion. You need the Holy Spirit to help discern the lies, but have to be a believer, and sincerely desire to know that heaven is your destination, He will rid you of the enemy’s deceit sown into your mind and flesh, and help you walk in the Spirit.

He is not condemning, He gives a choice, He offers grace and forgiveness, His peace and I know there are so many discussion going on and they are heated on both sides. I’m on God’s side, it is easy to see right and wrong, but to understand how a spiritual enemy could deceive anyone. Please make sure you choose to open minded enough to seek the truth, Jesus is the truth, the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Truth. For when you still have a chance to hear His voice, don’t harden your heart, it is a sad thing to never hear it again, and that is hell. It was created for the devil not people, don’t be deceived like Eve or apathetic like Adam. Jesus will not come to die again.

 

A Summer of Angels

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Every summer it is a  theme from someone of something, A Summer of….reading, movies under the stars, of love. There are endless themes but I was inspired to step up with some extra posts on angels, so here we are, A Summer of Angels.

A majority of people will say they believe in angels. Whether they really do or not, they may just say so. But believers have to know so. It is so imperative in this day and time to know they are at work for us, just like God is.

How often are we rescued by unseen hands, or are spared from some disaster? We may never know, would God even bother to tell us when we get to heaven? Possibly so, for you see, one day we will judge our guardian angels. Did you know that?

Do you not know that we are to judge angels? How much more, then, matters pertaining to this life! 1 Corinthians 6:3 The passage is in reference to the judicial system, lawsuits , testimony, and how the church is to appoint leaders, the same way the natural world works. Now, if we can judge earthly things as believers, we can also judge heavenly ones.

And judging righteously is according to His Word, not being judgemental, hypocritical or self righteous. Many people really get into offense and heated debates but it is in there, and personally, my angels get a glowing report, for I do know some times that had it not been for His love and protection I would not have been here to write this. And I’m smart enough to know I don’t know everything or every time that an angel has stepped in. The brakes that worked, or the gas heater that wasn’t lit properly, the appointment that was postponed. You get the idea.

How will you judge your angels, do you even know about that verse? Do you even pray for God to charge them, send them to work for you. It is a matter of time before He separates the wheat from the tares, true believers from sinners or those who dabble in different beliefs and practice nothing. We are in perilous times, the Bible says, but protected times, God says as angels move on our behalf.

God is our righteous judge. We will have to bow before our Maker. The Lamb of God will open the Book of Life. But before that, the Rapture or catching away, just as the tribulation is shortened for the elect’s sake, I believe our time on earth is. Many will be deceived then and face eternal death. Many are now, but as believers we do not want to be deceived but know Jesus as Lord.

Part of that wisdom is to know His Word, He will make it beautiful in His time, and we can thank Him for that and the gift of His beloved Son. And we have angels to thank and tell them what great work they did for us. Praying you have a blessed and safe summer, and find a few minutes to visit.

And we can have some summer fun reading and learning about them, how to pray, what they do, and some lighter notes as well, as we enjoy a summer of angels.

Rebecca Jones

This lovely picture was cropped from a ragged Holy Card.

Hearts and Angels

Hearts and angels may make you think of Valentine’s Day, but rest assured that angels deal with hearts everyday. They are sent by God, the Father, on the wings of the Holy Spirit to minister His love to us daily and especially in time of need, though they are always near.

Angels may whisper ideas to us, phone a friend, buy some flowers, pray for someone. We may not be aware that these whispers are either from the Lord or one of His angels, but I can promise you that He works that way, the other night in prayer I was praying for a particular person as led by the Lord. Then the next day I hear a similar incident on the news. It was no who I was praying for but something very much like it, so it made me think He was saving people from this problem.

You may not always know who or what the Spirit helps you pray, even with the gift of tongues, it isn’t necessary for it all to be interpreted unless in church or He tell you it should be. God is so good and works in many mysterious ways.

He can undo anything that has caused you heartache or break and restore it better than before. So be careful when something or someone is on your heart or mind to pray for them. Use your spiritual gifts, or sk the Lord to allow the Holy Spirit to help your pray.

Many times the gift of tongues will move angels at His command to where they need to be, He just allows us to intercede. God really doesn’t need our help. He just wants us to love each other and prayer can do that. You may never know who you have helped until you get to heaven.

God touches our hearts everyday and calls us to Him. We need Jesus and hearts and angels are a just an added benefit.

Bless the LORD, O you His angels,
you mighty ones who do His word,
obeying the voice of His word!
Bless the LORD, all His hosts,
His ministers, who do his will!
Bless the LORD, all His works,
in all places of His dominion.
Bless the LORD, O my soul!

Psalm 103:20-22 read the whole Psalm I am leaving a link, and there is a beauty secret in verse 5.

https://biblehub.com/esv/psalms/103.htm

More Angels For Us

While many think you die and go to heaven and become an angel, the Bible doesn’t back that up.  But we have this verse,

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us. Hebrews 12:1, angel can be that cloud of witnesses, and those who have gone before us could be as well.

I don’t believe they know everything here on earth or that would not be heaven to them, would it? It’s just they are hoping to see souls saved and family members but should they not be, that memory would be gone or as I said it would not be heaven.

I believe people remain themselves, but are in a spiritual, glorified body, that is how we would be like angels. Angels were created and were servants, they never had to be saved, though they are interested in salvation

But it’s safe to believe that the angels are there to cheer us on, to do battle and be our guardians. And while we are to run a race with faith, we are also to rest in His love and to seek His peace, He has already given it to us, but we must just look to Him.

 

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A Hedge Of Angels

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Isn’t this lovely?  Truthfully, I didn’t know what a diptych was. It is like a folded pair of painted tablets. I like those screens you see painted, most of them, are large and have three panels. But this is so exemplary of being hedged in by angels.

Angels had to protect Jesus, people wanted to kill Him even before He was born, and as a baby, and as He ministered. He had to slip in and out of crowds. There were Judases before there was Judas.

We get that phrase from the book of Job, God lowered that hedge when the devil took notice of the righteous Job. I was taught that Job’s fears caused it to lower, that the devil is fear, and he is, too. But God did not just sick him on Job or use him to torture a righteous soul. He prayed through the whole ordeal and was restored, with double.

We must remember that the book of Job is old, he lived in Joseph’s day. The devil also went after Peter, asked for him too. Jesus tried to warn him, just as God spoke to Job. Truthfully, I avoided Job. Most people are like, poor old Job. No, Job was prosperous. If in fact, if he did live in Joseph’s day, he was probably in a position that was prominent. I can’t say that for sure but Joseph has a man with the same name as one of the friends in his story.

We are not here to debate about the time and trials of Job. The enemy may have went after him because of fear, but it says he considered a righteous man. And he will go after you to prevent God’s plans, why we need the Spirit. We are here to find out about a hedge of protection, that I believe could be angels. You see, Jesus made us righteous by His death on the cross. Galatian 3:13 says he was cursed because of, it he took our place and was innocent or we would never have obtained righteousness.

Listen to the devil’s complaint. Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? Job 1:10. And this verse. Whoso breaketh an hedge, a serpent shall bite him Ecclesiastes. 10:8 KJV. Even a cut off head of a snake can bite or inject venom up to three days, that’s why they should be buried, Jesus was in the tomb doing just that cut off the enemy and burying him.

For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds.  2 Corinthians 10:4. Our weapons are our prayers, casting down imaginations, the pleading His blood, using His name. He has given us authority, Luke 10:17.

You may hear a lot of criticism from people about televangelists, spiritual gifts and money. But people don’t always know what they are talking about, there is too much dissention among believers. In researching this I found a lot of it. The enemy is the author of confusion. God is the God of peace, and He has the final say, and yes, I believe He prospers us, it is not wrong to give to ministries who help others if you choose to, it is not anyone’s business.

Yes, God built the hedge, not just a row of shrubbery but in Biblical times brambles and thorns, comparable to a barbed wire fence. I hope he falls right into that thicket. And yes we can built it with our prayers over our homes and children. Psalm 91 is good for that.

We must know our enemy, use every weapon, walk in love, forgive, keep our spiritual armor on. Yes, Job was afraid, yes, the devil is fear, the father of lies and a tormentor, he accuses night and day, that’s why we need a hedge of protection.

What is the hedge? Something God shields us with, the blood of Jesus, he can’t cross. It is His words spoken over us and our agreement with His covenant of peace. But is it more than that? It is the power, love and sound mind of His Spirit, and the angels that go with Him. And I like to think that I’m protected by a hedge of roses and thorns. if not angels, fed and nurtured like the baby cardinals. I was amazed how those little feet walked hopped about the bushed stepping lightly over the small thorns and avoiding the larger ones.

And He wore a crown of peace in exchange for a crown of peace. He loves me and I am hedged in by that love, even fear cannot sway me He understands and I overcome that by His blood and my testimony. Jesus encompassed us with love and hedges us in His protection.

Rebecca Jones

 

 

 

 

 

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Abraham’s Visitors

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I have been researching a lot of art and here is another wonderful painting by Rembrandt, what better story for Father’s Day that the angels visiting Abraham? As we know God promised Abraham that his descendants would be as many as the stars and only He can count them.

For a childless couple, who had left Ur and idol worship, been through Egypt, where Sarah was kidnapped by  the king and where Hagar enters the picture, it must still have appeared impossible to them and we know it’s not for God, we have the benefit of hindsight.

Even though a  change made His name father of many nations, Sarah decided to help God along and let him go to Hagar, not only allowing it, she insisted he father a child with the handmaiden, but that was not His promise. Isaac was the child of promise. And we know that caused problems later on, it is a cautionary tale to be sure.

Even so they are visited as depicted in the painting, by three angels. One of whom is the Angel of Lord, Jesus, Himself. He inquired of Sarah, and she prepares a meal. When she hears Him say that she will have a child when He returns the next year, she laughs. And even though she denies it to Him, He is not angry but says again she did.

Then He asks Abraham, His friend, as He refers to him if He should withhold what is about to happen. So Jesus proceeds to explain that Sodom and Gomorrah is about to be destroyed. And asks about the righteous, He wanted to save more people just like now, it was a time of grace, there was now law yet given.

But wicked people are paying the price everyday, when they have a savior before them and Jesus is still looking for the righteous. We are made righteous because as Galatians 3:13 says, He was cursed because cursed is every man that hangs from a tree. God imputed righteousness to  us and Jesus took our unrighteousness. Nothing was a fair exchange for Jesus, but He was willing to die in order to save souls and to give us access to His Father, as a believer we are crucified with Him, and heirs to salvation.

So as we celebrate Father’s Day, for earthy fathers or to remember them, what about our Heavenly Father, He deserves love and praise, for giving us the gift of eternal life. And if you don’t know Jesus or maybe, your father or sons don’t, it is a good day to get to know Him. He will love you like no one else can, like He kept a promise to Abraham, He keeps His promises and would love to visit you.