Friday, August 22, 2014

Undercover Angel

"Angel Wings" by Laverne Ross
“God must have needed another angel” is a common saying when someone leaves this world.

Even though all the angels were created before the foundations of the earth, somehow it brings people comfort thinking their loved one is in the company of this heavenly host. 

There is a fascination humans have when it comes to the heavenly beings called angels. What is it that we are in awe of really? Is it the way we portray them in having super power or is it their beauty we admire? 
Maybe being compared to an angel isn’t anything to sneeze at.  They usually don’t get a bad rap when things go wrong.  How often have you said your angels let you down? That charge usually goes to God.
When I think about angels I picture large male forms that are ready to come to my rescue, so that I don’t dash my feet against a rock. (Psalm 91:12)
I have spouted off a few times, blaming my angels for not being on the job when I needed them.  If I was honest about my dilemma I would have realized it was something I may have done or said that tied my angels "hands".

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Job Opening ...
What is it that we are to expect from an angel?  What is their job?
“Are they (angels) not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those (believers) who will inherit salvation (eternal life)? (Hebrews 1:14 NKJV) 
An angel’s job is to minister to the children of God when they speak the Word of God. In other words, they are to serve others on behalf of the Heavenly Father.
Contrary to what we may think, they cannot act on their own behalf.  If they do, well we know what happened to satan and his angels when they went out on their own against God.  He kicked them out of Heaven.
Angels are always active for God, but not always for us. Let me explain that statement. The only time an angel can act on our behalf is when they hear us speak what God has spoken. In other words, they act when we quote scripture because it isn’t our words, but God’s that is giving the orders.  That’s why it’s so important to sing Psalms (or other passages) and memorize the Bible.  In doing that we are keeping our angels busy.
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I can picture it in Heaven … thousands of angels hanging out, sipping something to drink just waiting for an assignment.
If you have seen the film Tooth Fairy there is a scene something like that to give you an idea.  When the message comes in, they dash out the door ready to go to work.
See angels really do have a purpose that is in line with God’s plan and that’s where our lesson lies today.  No, it’s not about angels, but similar to the idea that an angel’s work is undercover in the fact that they are not to take any glory for it. 
They are to minister to us according to what they have been instructed by the Lord.
As children of God, we too have an assignment in ministering to one another.  When we do our homework as ambassadors of Heaven (not angels), the Lord remembers it and in turn blesses us with His favor to keep doing His work.
“For God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints (believers), and do (continue to) minister. (Hebrews 6:10 NKJV) 
Gift Package Received
In order for us to carry out our assignments we are given gifts from God at the time of salvation, and part of that gift is having the Holy Spirit come dwell inside our spirit.
The Holy Spirit doesn’t reside in an angel, because they are not part of God as mankind is, nor are they made in the image of God (see Genesis 1:26). They were created to serve, while we were created to be part of God’s family.  That’s why angels are confused about humans and are in awe of us (Psalm 8:2-6).  Worshipping angels should never be done by anyone.
This is sort of how we get things mixed up when it comes to admiring angels. Keeping in mind that everything created by God has a purpose, I’m going to try and make this crystal clear metaphorically.
Angels are like concrete blocks compared to humans who are gemstones.  Anyone in their right mind would never want to be a block when they could be a diamond, so why worship a block?  We are God’s precious jewels and nothing compares to what He has designed when it comes to man. (Zechariah 9:16 & Malachi 3:17 NKJV)
Let us be mindful of the reason there are angels, once again … to serve.  We were not created to serve, but do serve out of our love for our Creator, Maker and Heavenly Father.
Another thing to bear in mind is that angels aren’t given gifts.  They only do what the Word of God says literally, because they can only harken to His Words. They have to wait for orders. So when you quote Psalm 91, for instance, they are put to flight.
When we speak God’s Words the Holy Spirit releases our gifts with power or ability to do what is in the plan of God for our journey.  There is no waiting for God to give us an order when it comes to our ambassadorship, because we received those when we became Christians and the assignment hasn’t changed.
“As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace (favor) of God.  If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God. If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies (through your gifts and blessings), that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen. (1 Peter 4:10-11 NKJV)
Our gift(s) are to be used to minister to Saints (believers in Christ Jesus) and lead others to Him through our actions. We are to be good caregivers of the favor (grace) we have received.  How do we do that?  Follow God’s plan.
When we speak as representatives of Heaven our words are to be God’s (oracles).  Our words won’t do anything without His Words being tied to them.  However, when our actions line up with God’s plan for our journey, they become blessed or favored so the plan can be fulfilled.  God blesses us with favor, which is the ability to do something good for others that He may be glorified.
Going Undercover Openly

Today August 22nd, 2014 is "Be an Angel Day".  In the eyes of the world, angels always go about doing wonderful things for people without them realizing it is from them. 
In a sense we’re going to be “angel-like” in our task this week, but we all know that we’re really carrying out our assignment of the Great Commission …
"And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, All authority has been given to Me in Heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Amen. (Matthew 28:19-20 NKJV)

... and the Royal Law.
“If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you do well  ... (James 2:8 NKJV)

This Week’s Challenge:
Serving with Angels

We are blessed to be a blessing.

Our favor comes so we can pour it out on others 

As the angels go about doing the work of the Lord, so should we on a daily basis.  To help assist us in our task rather than rewrite an article I wrote, here is the link for "Be an Angel Day", and you can select which items you are going to complete for this challenge.  How’s that for a change?  
This is the first challenge that we’ve done that will incorporate everyone in the family. Each person will select their own projects. There are over 50 blessings you can participate in, but you only need to select three. You can do more if you like. Make sure you read the introduction so you understand the reason for this challenge.
Blessings may come in many forms and no one but God knows what they will be.  Sometimes they are birthed through trials, hardship or disappointments. One thing we know … God is always willing for it to turn into a blessing.  It may even come through you. If it does, you can be sure there was an angel involved somehow.
Let us, along with the angels, serve the Lord with gladness. (Psalm 100:2 NKJV)
We don’t have to be angels to do “angelic” kind of work. This week be the blessing someone didn’t expect; let the angels assist you undercover as you pour out favor on others. To God be all the glory. 

 Until next time, favor others with giving blessing.

“What if your blessings come through tears?”

– Laura Story

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