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4.2.2020 Surrounded!

I am back from my “Listening Post” this morning where I heard the word “Surrounded.” So I went back to my Study is to look up everything in the Bible that contains that word. I was encouraged to know that our Lord surrounds us & ALSO---God has dispatched ANGELS to surround us, protect us, minister to us, and guard us!

Psalm 34:7: The angel of the LORD encamps around (surrounds) those who fear Him, And rescues them. Hebrews 12:1-2 Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Psalm 139:5 You have enclosed me behind and before, And laid Your hand upon me.

Deut. 32:10 You are my hiding place; You preserve me from trouble; You surround me with songs of deliverance. Psalm 125:2 As the mountains surround Jerusalem, So the LORD surrounds His people From this time forth and forever. Zechariah 2:5 'For I,' declares the LORD, 'will be a wall of fire around her, and I will be the glory in her midst.'"

Psalm 91 “For He will command His angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.”

Hebrews 1:14 “Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?”

Angels are sent by God to protect us and help us inherit His full kingdom. The Bible tells us that angels are His servants, carrying out His will and work for our good. Angels are ministering spirits, sent to serve those who are going to receive salvation. By definition, salvation is deliverance from sin and its consequences brought about by faith in Jesus Christ. Angels ultimately assist in our deliverance from sin, or eternal death. The gift of God is eternal life.

Angels are fascinating spiritual beings. Not only do they serve a role as God’s messengers, but they are also His warriors—they WAR for us, combatting the forces of evil that seek to destroy us.

Angels praise and worship God, while also protecting and directing us on His behalf. When we get to heaven, we’ll probably be amazed to discover just how often God’s angels protected us or intervened on our behalf. Whether you realize it or not, angels are watching over you at this very moment. What a wonderful creator God is.

Angels are God’s special creations—called “flames of fire” and sometimes described as fiery stars in the heavens. They were made before the foundation of Earth. They were created to do God’s bidding, to obey His will. Angels are spirit beings, not bound by gravity or other natural forces. They do not marry or have children. There are various kinds of angels: cherubim, seraphim, and archangels. Angels are invisible unless God chooses to make them visible. Specific angels appeared throughout mankind’s history, because they are immortal—not having physical, aging bodies. The angelic host is too numerous to count; and while they are not all-powerful like God, angels do excel in strength.

They can exercise their own will, and in times past, some angels (1/3 went along with Lucifer when he fell) as they chose to pridefully rebel against God and pursue their own agenda—later becoming mankind’s greatest enemy, however; an innumerable number of angels stayed faithful & obedient to God, worshiping Him & ministering to the saints.

Although angels can be present with us and hear us, they are not God. They have some limitations. They must never be worshipped or prayed to because they are subject to Christ. Although angels are apparently intelligent and wise, we’re to ask God, not angels, for wisdom (James 1:5).”

Still, given that angels have been with believers throughout their lives, they have observed and know us. They have witnessed many of the blessed and crisis events in our lives. Won’t it be wonderful to someday hear their stories about what was going on behind the scenes? Christians are most familiar with the idea of angels guarding and protecting us. But that’s not all they do! Angels also can deliver, guide, enlighten or reveal information, provide for believers, serve as instruments of God’s judgments, carry out some of God’s answers to our prayers, encourage, strengthen, serve, and help God’s children at their time of death, carrying them to heaven. That last one intrigues me. Because Satan is the ruler of the power of the air, theologically I can picture angels being enlisted to protect us as we pass from this world into our heavenly home. We do not become angels—angels do not experience the wondrous redemption Christ provides for His children—but perhaps these special agents of God will be our teachers about heavenly things. After we leave this world, the immortal angels will likely still be our heavenly companions. These magnificent beings who express emotions like joy and curiosity have intersected our lives in so many ways, and as they carry us to heaven, they will perhaps be the first ones to see our amazed and joyous expressions as we pass through heaven’s gates.

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, we thank & praise you today for surrounding us with yourself, & the angelic host—besides giving us the Holy Spirit to be within forever, as believers. We thank you for giving us protection during this time of corona virus spreading like wild fire.

Our trust is in you, Lord, who surround us each day! Who or what shall we fear when we are surrounded by such a faithful, loving Father! You’re a good, good Father & we love you with all our heart, mind, soul & spirit! To God be the glory for all you have done, are doing and will do in the future. Ps. 46:1-2 assures us: God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea!

Pray this Scripture with me today—for ourselves & our loved ones—I have changed the words YOU to I—making it personal: Psalm 91

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.

I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”

Surely he will save me from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence (corona virus).

He will cover me with his feathers, and under his wings I will find refuge; his faithfulness will be my shield and rampart.

I will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day,

nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday.

A thousand may fall at my side, ten thousand at my right hand, but it will not come near me.

I will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked.

If I say, “The LORD is my refuge,” and I make the Most High my dwelling,

no harm will overtake me, no disaster will come near my tent (home).

For he will command his angels concerning me to guard me in all my ways;

they will lift me up in their hands, so that I will not strike my foot against a stone (or get infected by any virus).

I will tread on the lion and the cobra; I will trample the great lion and the serpent.

“Because she loves me,” says the LORD, “I will rescue her; I will protect her, for she acknowledges my name.

She will call on me, and I will answer her; I will be with her in trouble, I will deliver her and honor her.

With long life I will satisfy her and show her my salvation.”

Amen

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