The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (part 2)

Good Morning Brothers…

This devotional is entitled “The Good”…a continuation of last weeks devotion on angels. Hopefully, its June 25th, and this weeks edition found your inbox at 6am. If all of that is true…then I should be drinking coffee right now, watching the sunrise, at 14,000 feet in Colorado with my oldest son…thinking about the Majesty of God painted across the eastern skies. I wrote this devotion weeks ago, and through much help, scheduled it too automatically “post” on this day, at this hour. Hopefully, that has all worked out.

When you think about it, some of our most treasured stories from Scripture…contain roles filled by “The Good” angels.

  • The Passover:  “For the Lord will pass through to smite the Egyptians; and when He sees the blood on the lintel and on the two doorposts, the Lord will pass over the door and will not allow the destroyer to come in to your houses to smite you.”     Exodus 12:23

Judgement is coming like a thief in the night, only those covered by the blood of the ‘passover’ lamb will be spared destruction.

  • The Calling: “Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the descendants of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. And coming in, he said to her, “Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.” But she was very perplexed at this statement, and kept pondering what kind of salutation this was. The angel said to her, “ Do not be afraid, Mary; for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name Him Jesus.”        Luke 1: 26-31

The message delivered to an innocent teen girl would change the coarse of human history and radically alter the presumed balance of the heavens.

  •  The Announcement:  “In the same region there were some shepherds staying out in the fields and keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened. But the angel said to them,  “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”      Luke 2: 8-11

The prophesied One has made His entry. The Savior…the Christ…the Messiah is born this night in the city of David.

  • The Ministering:“Then the devil left Him; and behold, angels came and began to minister to Him.”      Matthew 4:11

Jesus, ready to begin His earthly ministry, is cared for, nourished, and encouraged by the angels sent to Him by His heavenly Father above.

  • The Empty Tomb:“And behold, a severe earthquake had occurred, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled away the stone and sat upon it. And his appearance was like lightning, and his clothing as white as snow. The guards shook for fear of him and became like dead men. The angel said to the women, “ Do not be afraid; for I know that you are looking for Jesus who has been crucified. He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said. Come, see the place where He was lying. Go quickly and tell His disciples that He has risen from the dead; and behold, He is going ahead of you into Galilee, there you will see Him; behold, I have told you.”   Matthew 28:2-7

He is risen…Grace and Forgiveness and Love…are unbound and set free on the entire world. O Glorious Day…!

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Some of our most cherished, most beloved, most crucial to our faith passages in Scripture…involve the work of “The Good” angels. These angels still serve the Almighty God and carry out His orders and instructions. The Old Testament is full of references of angels delivering messages to Lot, Abraham, etc. The Book of Acts mentions angels every other page…breaking Apostles out of prison, exercising God’s judgement on the evil, etc. Have you ever asked yourself this question, “Are the angels still ministering too the faithful today, or has that time ended?”

The evidence is all over Scripture that the angels remain ministering spirits to us. The Lord standing over the ‘stairway’ of ascending and descending angels (Genesis 28:12-13) while declaring to Jacob the meaning of “I am your God, you are My people”. The vision of Jacobs Ladder is a vision of angels actively ministering to those who will inherit salvation.

“Yeah…but dude, that was like 6000 years ago. Do you know of anything more recent?”

OK…Jesus is teaching the parable of the lost coin in Luke 15:8-9…after the coin is found, Jesus says this, “In the same way, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” Now I know that story is from 2000 years ago…but it speaks to the nature of the “Good” angel. They care for us, why would that change with the flipping of the calendar? They are still ascending and descending from heaven to carry out God’s will for us here on earth. The angels seem to be tasked with carrying out ‘direct order’ and ‘standing order’ responsibilities. ‘Direct order’ responsibilities seem to  involve delivering and conveying messages, carrying out lethal judgement when God decrees it necessary, and interrupting the natural for a little super-natural when one of the saints needs rescued. ‘Indirect order’ responsibilities seems to fall under the ‘guarding angel’ category. However, this doesn’t really mean protection from falling out of trees or car accidents…its a protection, within the spiritual realm, that we can’t define. It seems, that ‘direct order’ responsibilities result in the angel being visible to us, while ‘standing order’ stuff takes place outside of our physical senses…at least mostly outside.

Very few of us, are recipients of the ‘direct order’ kind, however, some of us have certainly felt the shift within the spiritual realm. The shift, is in our attitudes and opinions on all things, due to the ‘standing order’ guardian angels doing spiritual battle with the bad angels and winning.

“What…c’mon, you can’t be serious…you really don’t believe there are “Good Angels” and “Bad Angels” fighting each other?”

I do…turn back with me to Daniel. Find chapter 10 and start reading…read the entire chapter. I’ll wait …

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OK…so we have 2 “Good Angels” fighting 2 “Bad Angels” because Daniel had set his heart to understand the vision and humble himself (verse 12) before God. The first angel, Gabriel, was sent with ‘direct orders’…but still in the manner of a ministering spirit. Gabriel was attacked and  detained and enlisted the help of the Arch-Angel Michael, which attracted another “Bad Angel” to join the fight. I admit, pretty wild stuff, but true none the less. We see in Matthew 13 and Matthew 25, the angels will be prevalent during the end times and are even described as “the reapers” of all the stumbling blocks and those workers of lawlessness. The battle rages around us everytime we pray and everytime we don’t pray…everytime we read God’s Word and everytime we don’t read God’s Word…everytime we are tempted to sin and everytime we are led to righteousness.

The battle rages for influence…influence of us.

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