Angels All Around Us
Angels, What Are They For?
“Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels” (Hebrews 13:2).
Jesus is not only our Lord and Savior but also our mentor and teacher. He is also our King and our example. Through His disciples, Jesus has shown us the way to move into the realm of the supernatural. It took Jesus three and a half years to show his disciples how to be used as a vessel of the Holy Spirit, to walk in the supernatural with evidence of signs and wonders following after them.
“Then Jesus said to him, ‘Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will by no means believe’” (John 4:48).
He has shown us how to receive and embrace angelic encounters, which bring about miraculous interventions. Jesus did many different healings and miracles, but He did so in many different ways so that we would learn not to get stuck on religious formalities. When we say the same prayer and use the same method every time we minister, we begin to practice a religious formula, which negates what Jesus is teaching us to do.
Jesus had some very unconventional ways in which we healed. He spit in the dirt to make mud and then placed it on a blind man’s eyes and they were healed. It is also written that he would spit directly on those who needed healing. You do not see these same types of ministries in operation today because it would not be socially acceptable. Jesus’ actions were bold, but before He ever acted Jesus first prayed to the Father. Whatever the Father told Him to do, Jesus did. This always worked for Him 100% of the time. Jesus has demonstrated what we are to do, and He expects us to do the work of the Father.
Today we want to see 100% accuracy in our ministries and churches. The world needs to see the evidence that Jesus is not dead but alive and is working throughout the body of believers. We are all members of the body of Christ. Each of us has a function and a purpose. Each of us has a gifting, whether we are aware of it or not. The spiritual gift of the Holy Spirit is there even though we are not sure we have a gift. These gifts can lay dormant for a long time. One of the ways your spiritual gift may be activated is through prophecy and the laying on of hands.
“Do not neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to you by prophecy with the laying on of the hands of the eldership” (1 Timothy 4:14).
We need to be aware of how Jesus moved and walked. The things Jesus did were done according to the will of the Father. He said, “I do nothing on my own authority. I only speak what I hear the Father say.” That is the Christian way. That is His example for us to follow. Many times Jesus would pray to find out what the Father had to say. When Jesus prayed, there were angels ascending and descending upon Him giving Him instructions from heaven above. Jesus taught us to pray; “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven” means we need to find out first from heaven what needs to be done on earth (Matthew 6:10). When your angel brings you the Word of the Lord and you begin to walk in it, nothing can stop you, for the “Lord is faithful, who will establish you and guard you from the evil one” (2 Thessalonians 3:3).
When Jesus was born in a manger, there was a rising up of an army who came looking for Him. Every child two years old or under was to be slaughtered because King Herod heard that a King was born and Herod feared the loss of his position as a king.
An angel appeared before Joseph and Mary and warned them to leave the town. King Herod sought the life of their newborn son, Jesus. They left the city and stayed away for a number of years until an angel appeared before them again and told them it was safe to return, for King Herod was dead. This was just the beginning of many encounters with the angelic host in the ministry of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.
When Jesus stood before those who were to judge him, Pontius Pilate said to him, “’Do you not know that I hold your life in my hands? I can give your life or I can take it away?”, Jesus replied, “Do you think that I cannot now pray to My Father, and He will provide Me with more than twelve legions of angels?”. 12,000 angels were at His disposal to defend Him (Matthew 26:53). Upon His word, these angels could have destroyed everything.
When Jesus walked into a city, people came from everywhere to seek him. Jesus did not have to advertise His presence. The people just showed up wherever He was because the angels of the Lord would go out and gather up the people.
“But to which of the angels has He ever said, ‘Sit at My right hand, till I make Your enemies Your footstool?’ Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister FOR those who will inherit salvation?” (Hebrews 1:13-14).
Jesus’s angelic encounters are important to us because they are examples of how our lives should emulate the likeness of our Lord. We are not to worship or pray to angels; however, we are to ask for spiritual gifts and His ministering spirits to be sent by God to minister for us.
“Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live?” (Hebrews 12:9b).
Written by, Kent Simpson, Apostolic Prophet
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