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Angels: To Serve and Protect

~~ Psalm 91:11-14 (NIV84) ~~  For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.  You will tread upon the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent.  “Because he loves me,” says the LORD, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.



by Carley Cooper

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It’s official!  The angel series of blogs I’ve been writing have taken on a life of their own.  I really did innocently started out just to share in a three article series a few interesting angel stories.  Then, it kept growing.  Again, this week I’m finding myself writing more about angels.  This time, at the request of a reader who wanted to know more about what the bible says about angels.  I’m wondering if this, the seventh article, will be the final one.  Since I always pray that God leads me in my writing and the messages I share, and seven is His favorite I believe that it He’s been the life behind this all along.

Here’s a brief overview of the series so far: 
  • In the first post (Angels From Heaven) I talked about how people in our lives can be like angels sent by God to help us.  I shared a poem I wrote to someone special in my life who has been like an angel for me. 
  • In the second post (Who Is Your Guardian Angel?) I talked about how God has given us angels, celestial beings, to protect us; to keep us from  danger.  Sometimes, if we are paying close enough attention, we will even get to see our angels as they’re digging us out of a pit that we got ourselves into!  My friend and author, Paul Duarte, experienced this first hand; literally!  As a Worship Melodies Guest Author, he shared his personal true story of being rescued by an angel from a situation that could have been fatal, on a cold winter day. 
  • In the third post (I Think I Just Saw An Angel) I talked about how God uses angels, of all types, to redirect us and keep us from getting into dangerous situations; or to keep us from wandering into a place that was never in His will for us to be.  I shared my own angel story about a woman who pulled me back when I was about to go ‘over the edge’. 
  • Then, in the fourth post (The Warm and Fuzzy Side of Angels) I talked about how our angels are there to give us comfort in our time of need. 
  • The fifth article (Angels: A Jack-of-All-Trades!) I gave a brief overview of what the bible says about angels. 
  • Finally, in the last article (How My Angel Fell Off the Edge of Heaven) I talked about fallen angels; specifically how I feel like I am the fallen angel in a painful situation in my own life, and how different the world looks when someone you love sees you in a different light.
In addition to all the purposes that they serve that we’ve already covered there are other interesting points as well.  The bible tells us that God sends out His angels to guard us (For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways ~ Psalm 91:11 (NIV84)) .  God sent angels to protect Daniel by having them shut the mouths of the lions so Daniel wouldn’t be killed by the lions (My God sent his angel, and he shut the mouths of the lions. They have not hurt me, ~ Daniel 6:22 TNIV)  Now that’s pretty awesome protection, and it wasn’t Daniel’s only interaction with an angel!

We are also told that there are those here on earth who are actually angels and we may not realize it or recognize them as angels.  We should be careful of what we say and how we treat others because we could in fact be interacting with an angel.  ~Hebrews 13:2 (TNIV) says “Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.”  

We are told that angels will take care of us when we need it (Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him. ~Matthew 4:11 TNIV). 

Angels will point us in the right direction when we need it.  I mean, literally!  They’re better than a GPS any day.  Just ask Phillip!  ‘Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Go south to the road—the desert road—that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.”‘  ~Acts 8:26 TNIV    

They will also help get you out of a mess if you find yourself in a sticky situation and God needs you to be somewhere else.  That’s what happened to Peter when an angel sprung him out of prison!  (But during the night an angel of the Lord opened the doors of the jail and brought them out.  “Go, stand in the temple courts,” he said, “and tell the people all about this new life.” ~Acts 5:19-20 TNIV)

God’s angels are also worriers and fight in battles, and He will also send an angel ahead of Him in the last days to announce His coming, when He comes down from Heaven to gather His children together to separate them from those of the world.  (For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.  ~1 Thessalonians 4:16 TNIV)

There is so much that we can know about God’s angels that can help us feel secure.   We can have a secure sense of protection because God loves us so much that He gives that to us.  God has armies of angels working for Him.  They are there to worship and obey Him.  Angels can be visible or invisible, they can appear as humans or shiny and full of glory, and they can be good or evil.  They can be guardians, guide, messengers, encouragers, comforters, attendants, deliverers, teachers, providers,  and rescuers.  Whatever God needs them to do for Him or for us, they are there to worship and serve.  (The LORD has established his throne in heaven, and his kingdom rules over all.  Praise the LORD, you his angels, you mighty ones who do his bidding, who obey his word.  Praise the LORD, all his heavenly hosts, you his servants who do his will.  Praise the LORD, all his works everywhere in his dominion.  Praise the LORD, my soul. ~Psalm 103:19-22 TNIV)



~~ Dear God ~~  You are so awesome.  There is no need that we have that You have not provided for.  Thank You for the angels that You surround me with every day that help keep me encouraged, protected, comforted and provide me with everything I need to keep me on the path that leads toward You.  Please don’t let me ever leave this path.  I want to be headed toward You and getting closer to You with each and every day.  In Jesus name, AMEN.


31 comments :

  1. LADYROSE49March 14, 2012

    Carley, this is...awesome!!! Thank you for sharing. I love Angels... :-D

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    1. Thank you so much. It makes me happy that you enjoyed it, and I so very much appreciate the feedback. HUGS.

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  2. Hi! Angels do serve and protect. I shared the link to my blog entry.

    http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4784676

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    1. Wow! AWESOME blog. Thank you for sharing your stories! You have a wonderful testimony to how real angels are and how much God loves us!

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    2. Thank you. I ususally do not share about supernatural happenings because some people do not believe; so I am glad to find those who know the truth. Ever since I was a little girl walking to elementary school; I would have visions of angels walking up and down a ladder to heaven. They were beautiful; then when I started reading the Bible, I realized that Angels are here all around us. This knowledge makes me want to sing.

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    3. You are indeed gifted and the veil has been lifted around you for sure. I agree that it is hard to share sometimes because unbelievers often make it difficult; but I try my best to share as much as possible because I feel it is my duty as a child of God. We know as Christians that we will be ridiculed and rejected just as Jesus was; but we also know we will spend eternity with Jesus! In the mean time we have our angels to protect us. Thank you sooooo much for sharing. Hugs.

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  3. Another great article... Thank you!

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    1. Thank you so much. It makes me happy that you enjoyed it, and I so very much appreciate the feedback. HUGS.

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  4. SUZANNE0606March 14, 2012

    Thank you so much for posting! You have done so much research on this.

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    1. Thank you so much. It makes me happy that you enjoyed it, and I so very much appreciate the feedback. HUGS.

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  5. When I was pre-school age, I saw the sky open and witnessed Jesus walking among the rocks.

    Then, again many years later while I laid in the ER not knowing if I were have a heart attack or not; I heard the voice of God telling me he wasn't done with me yet.

    Then, again some time later, I was in a different hospital in a different city. Again, I heard the voice of God [same voice] telling me he is still in control.

    By the same token demons are just as real, don't you think?

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    1. Wow. That's a wonderful testimony! Thank you for sharing it. And, yes, demons are definitely just as real. The bible makes that very clear as well. That's a whole other series of articles, study and interviews with people who have experienced those kinds of entities. I'm not sure I'm ready in my journey to take on that kind of project, but it would certainly make for an interesting study. I am so thankful though that I am on God's side and that Jesus is protecting me.

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    2. Oh, Yes! demons are very real and the reason for spiritual warfare. The following is a link to a poem which I wrote trying to describe a little an experience when I had been bothered by demons in the night. Maybe I might write all the details separately but lots of people are afraid of the spiritual world and sometimes equate spiritual battles with witchcraft; but those are two different happenings.

      www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_
      individual.asp?blog_id=4784745

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    3. I have had some of my own experiences with that. It's why I don't feel ready to do a study on it. It has been very hard. I also suffer from Bipolar Disorder, and truthfully, I've often wondered if it is connected to spiritual warfare. But in the book I'm writing about my life I have described a couple of incidences that several of my pastors and counselors believe was spiritual warfare. But I have Jesus in my life now, and He heals!

      I also have a friend that was led astray by demons and the scariest experience I've ever heard anyone describe with demons. He has refused everything connected with Jesus. I have discontinued contact with him because he refuses to hear the gospel from me; but I pray for him daily.

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    4. Jesus', being the Son of God, was not spared spiritual warfare during His life on earth. The demons attacked him as a baby by using Herod to try to kill him, living under the shadow of possibly being illegitimate, accused of blasphemy for using His Father's Name (false doctrine of the Scribes) and confronted during His 40 day fast by Satan himself. He understood spiritual warfare and has promised to be with us to enable us to overcome. "We are more than overcomers in Christ" :-D

      www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4787544

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    5. We are so blessed to be children of God. My heart goes out to those who have chosen not to be. I read your blog. That sounds like a horrible experience. I am so happy that you were able to overcome. God will never let us go. God is good!
      You should write a book about your experiences... good and bad.

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    6. (Jeremiah 31:3)
      "The LORD has appeared of old to me saying; 'Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you."
      The Creator's Love makes me sing.
      Oh, I am working on a manuscript for the book.

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    7. That's awesome. We'll have to exchange autographed copies when the time comes! lol

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  6. Thank YOU Carley! In His Love! Vic.

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    1. Thank you so much. I hope you liked it. I appreciate the feedback so much. HUGS

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  7. Thank you for the lovely article, it was a great help.

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    1. Thank you so much. It makes me happy that you enjoyed it, and I so very much appreciate the feedback. HUGS.

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    1. Thank you so much. It makes me happy that you enjoyed it, and I so very much appreciate the feedback. HUGS.

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  9. POETLKNG2LOSEMarch 16, 2012

    A lot of people who aren't Christians think everyone has a guardian angel. But that's not what it says in the bible. They are there for us who believe.

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    1. That is the truth for sure. Sometimes my heart breaks for those I love who are not believers or are not saved. I do my best to witness to them, and I pray daily for them. If they only could see the Light and know the Word; they would have the protection of any number of God's angels. Thank you so much for reading, and thank you again for the feedback. I appreciate it so much. HUGS.

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  10. QUILTINGBUDDYMarch 20, 2012

    Wow, so much great information! I'm so glad God is using you to share these things with us. Very insightful.

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    1. Thank you so very much. I am happy that you liked it. I appreciate you reading, and for the feedback. I hope you are blessed by it. HUGS.

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  11. I to have bean saved from a car crash.Something toke hold off the wheal and saved us.I have many more things like that happen to me.

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    1. Thank you so much for reading, and thanks for sharing. I love stories like this because it's just more evidence to prove God's existence to those who don't believe in Him. There's thousands of people who have had first hand experience with angels. I have a collection of true angel stories that I took out of magazines. Blessings to you and yours in this Easter season. HUGS.

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  12. Thank you! I am reading and checking it out! Have a great day! Jenny Hugs

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