Your Personal Angel
There has been a remarkable rise in interest about angels. Unfortunately this has not been accompanied by a corresponding Biblical knowledge about angels—that is, a true knowledge about angels.
Since the Bible teaches a special relationship between angels and believers in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, and since angels are destined to play a prominent role in the drama of the last days, then it is important to remember what the Bible says about their very personal interaction in the life of each Christian.
First, your PERSONAL ANGEL!
—On the 1st day of creation, your name, as one who would one day believe in Christ, was written in the Book of Life (Re 13.8).
— The angels were created within the 6 days of creation, with at least 1 angel being assigned the primary purpose of serving you (Exo 20:11; He 1.14).
— This special angel seems to have been assigned to you at the time of your birth—a guardian angel (Ma 18.10).
— Apparently, since angels are specifically concerned with the magnification of our Lord (Re 22.8+), your angel[s] played a major role in leading you to salvation in Jesus (albeit a subordinate role to that played by the Holy Spirit, 1 Co 12.3).
— At your salvation, your personal angel[s] was overjoyed with the whole heavenly multitude “in the presence of the other angels” (Lk 12.8; 15.10).
— Many of the “circumstantial” blessings of your life have undoubtedly been ‘arranged’ by this lifelong Guardian[s] of our well being and safekeeping (Ps 34.7; 91.11).
— Always faithful in service, your angel[s] has marveled at your growth in Jesus, your gift sharing and fruit bearing (1Pe 1.12).
— Finally, your lifelong Companion Servant will guide you through the Valley of the Shadow of Death (Lk 22.43) and escort you into the eternal portals of heaven (Lk 16.22).
These are not the “angels” of TV or the ‘pop Christian’ media’—for real angels would shrink from “angel worship”
"And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said to me,
Do not do that; I am a fellow servant of yours and your
brethren who hold the testimony of Jesus;
worship God. For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” (Re 19.10).
These are Angels of the Living God! Take Comfort.
Angels Are Real!
Perhaps Daniel chapter 10 gives us the greatest insight into the reality— and the very real activity— of angels, both good and evil.
In this amazing passage, just as the ultimate evil angel, Satan, is referred to as the “prince of the power of the air” in Ephesians 2:2, so to are these angels (good and evil) referred to using the term “prince.” The evil angels in this passage even have dark responsibilities; here we see them lurking behind the thrones of kings of equally dark earthly kingdoms such as Persia (modern Iran) and Greece in the “latter days.”
“But the prince (demonic angel) of the kingdom of Persia was withstanding me (an angel of God, probably Gabriel) for twenty-one days; then behold, Michael (the archangel of God), one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left there with the kings of Persia. (Da 10.13)
“What [Daniel chapter 10 adds to the Old Testament’s teaching on angelology is significant. It shows that angels were created by God with varying powers—or ranks—in angelic armies. [It] reveals that an invisible war is taking place between the angel armies of God and those of Satan, fought with forces whose numbers and power we cannot begin to imagine. It shows that nations as well as individuals are participants in the invisible war and that one facet of the hidden battle is waged to influence political events in our world of space and time.
What we are shown here and in the rest of the Old Testament is at best a glimpse—a hint of wonders hidden from us, trapped as we are in the material universe. But what we are shown is compelling evidence that there is a spiritual universe that exists alongside the universe we know through our senses. The angels and other spiritual beings are real. And our God is the ultimate ruler of the invisible as well as of the visible.”
(Lawrence O. Richards, commenting on Daniel 10.10-21 in Expository Dictionary Of Bible Words, pp. 44-5.; emphasis mine)
And of course, the Lord Jesus had a very real encounter with Satan on the “mount of temptation.” Conversations and debates were part of that encounter. There was reasoning and communication, and, indeed, temptation. But the Lord of history, being sinless, resisted, setting the pattern for us. Satan departed, defeated for the moment, to return another day, awaiting his ultimate defeat.
“…and he said to Him, “All these things will I give You, if You fall down and worship me.”
Then Jesus said to him, “Begone, Satan! For it is written, ‘
YOU SHALL WORSHIP THE LORD YOUR GOD, AND SERVE HIM ONLY.’”
Then the devil left Him; and behold, angels came and began to minister to Him. (Ma 4.9-11)
The same pattern will occur in your life if you are saved and if you commit yourself to pray and walk by the Holy Spirit. Note what the scripture says:
Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and HE WILL FLEE FROM YOU. (Ja 4.7)
Are they [Holy Angels] not all ministering spirits, sent out to RENDER SERVICE
for the sake of THOSE WHO WILL INHERIT SALVATION? (He 1.14)
Take Heart! Your personal guardian angel is at work.
Angels For & Against Us
If God is for us, who is against us? The answer, given by God Himself, is that nothing in all of creation can separate us from His unfailing love.
For I am convinced that [nothing] shall be able to separate us from the love of God,
which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Ro 8.31-39)
RIGHT: Your Guardian Angel
And this includes “[evil] angels, principalities, powers, or any created thing”—i.e., Satan and his demonic angels. vv. 38-9
There are, of course, mighty spirit forces aligned against us. (see Ep 6.12) Satan and a horde of powerful demonic beings are actively engaged to destroy the lives of God’s people. But it won’t happen!
First, the Lord has equipped us with the spiritual armor needed to ride out the storms of life and remain ultimately secure. Remember—if God is for us, who is against us…(who can possibly be victorious over a child of God?)
Second, we are equipped with the armor of God. Our armor includes assurance of our salvation, the righteousness of Christ (and the Spirit led ability to walk righteously), faith, the Bible, truth, prayer, and the gospel. (Ep 6.13+) But our confidence is based on the Lord’s statement “for the battle is not yours, but God’s. 2 Ch 20.15
This awesome spiritual warfare will continue until Jesus comes victorious. It is prophesied to flare up big time as the end of this age approaches.
But be bold in your faith! Look at Who is on your side.
JACOB SEES GOD’S GUARDIAN ANGELS
And he had a dream, and behold, a ladder was set on the earth with its top reaching to heaven; and behold, the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. (Ge 28:12