From the book “THE TRUTH ABOUT ANGELS”
by Terry LAW
Bless the Lord, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his WORD
I hesitate to say "activating" angels since that term has been misused in recent years to imply that angels are our servants, not just fellow servants of God. However, used in the sense that we can make it possible for them to help us, activating is an accurate term. They stand by watching, "unactivated," if we are not "on the right road" at the right time and place.
Essentially, angels are agents of the government of God, the sovereign ruler of the universe (Isa. 46:8-11; Rom. 11:36; Eph. 1:11). Activities of angels in the Bible were directly related to God's sovereign plan.
Nothing done by any man controlled the angels. Their primary motivation is obeying and serving God. However, men can do some things that activate angels, or put them in motion to act on their behalf.
In studying angels, I have discovered five biblical principles that seem to activate them to fulfill their role of serving God by serving His people. In other words, our actions seem to influence their actions. Those five principles are: authority, sacrifice, prayer, giving in obedience (or alms), and praise and worship.
[WEEELLLL….. I’M VERY DOUBTFUL BUT WE’LL SEE AS WE GO - Keith Hunt]
The first principle is obedience and submission to authority. When angels see us operating properly under authority, they are released to minister for us as the Holy Spirit wills.
The entire universe runs on the authority principle—including Satan's kingdom. The one place where authority is generally resisted is here on Earth.
As often as I have studied the subject of angels, I have been impressed time and again with the principle of authority as it relates to angels.
God's angels operate under God's authority
Satan's angels operate under Satan's authority
There is order in Satan's evil kingdom because it is an imitation of God's orderly, righteous kingdom. The most important point of all, however, as we consider just what the angelic hierarchy may signify, is that Jesus is high above them all. He has no equal and no superior.
[NO EQUAL? COME ON NOW! NO SUPERIOR? COME ON NOW! BUT WITH THE CATHOLIC AND PROTESTANT IDEAS OF THE “TRINITY” I GUESS HE DOES NOT SEE THAT THE FATHER HAS SUPREME AUTHORITY. JESUS SITS AT THE FATHER’S RIGHT HAND NOT INSIDE HIM OR ON TOP OF HIM, BUT AT HIS RIGHT HAND; YESSSSS…… THE GODHEAD HAS EQUALITY, BUT IN “AUTHORITY” THERE IS THE FATHER, HE IS TOP DOG AS WE SAY. THE NEW TESTAMENT IS CLEAR ON THAT IF PEOPLE WILL READ IT. MY OH MY, I UNDERSTOOD THAT WAY BACK WHEN I WAS AN EARLY TEENAGER, FROM READING THE WORDS OF JESUS HIMSELF AND ALL THINGS IN THE NEW TESTAMENT FROM AGE 7 IN A CHURCH OF ENGLAND SCHOOL, AND FROM READING MY BIBLE AT HOME REGULARLY - Keith Hunt]
He delegated His authority over evil spirits to the disciples even before He was crucified and resurrected. His example shows us how we are to walk in that delegated authority.
Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the powers of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Notwithstanding, in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.
Evil spirits can tell whether a person is operating in the authority of God's Word.
[YOU LIVE ACCORDING TO GOD’S WORD. LIVING BY EVERY WORD OF GOD, YOU NEED NOT FEAR SATAN OR THE DEMONS - Keith Hunt]
A biblical example involves seven sons of a Jewish priest named Sceva. They attempted to cast out an evil spirit in the name of Jesus "whom Paul preacheth." But they were not born again [BEGOTTEN AGAIN - Keith Hunt] so they did not have the right to use the authority of Jesus, and the evil spirit overcame all seven of them (Acts 19:13-16). In fact, the possessed man tore the clothes off the seven men and chased them down the street.
The spirit's reply to these men was, "Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye?" (Acts 19:15). You can almost hear the taunting belligerence in the tone of that spirit. He would not obey anyone who did not have authority over him. This is a law in the spirit realm-—the law of authority.
Neil Anderson says, "Spiritual authority is not a tug-of-war on a horizontal plane; it is a vertical chain of command." He wrote:
Jesus Christ has all authority; He is on top. We are underneath Jesus, because He gave His authority and power to His servants to be exercised in His name. And Satan and his demons? They're at the bottom, subject to the authority Christ has invested in us. They have no more right to rule your life than a buck private has to order a general to clean the latrine.1
If the church could get hold of this, the world would become a different place, even in the midst of the cosmos diabolicus.
Authority carries responsibility, and authority follows responsibility; it does not precede it.
The Great Commission demonstrates this. Jesus said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations," (Matt. 28:18-19, NIV). This is an incredible responsibility for the church. To get the job done, He has delegated His authority completely to the church. In other words, Jesus said, "Since I gave you the responsibility, you also have the authority of My name to do it."
If we don't take responsibility in this certain area, then our authority is canceled out. You may rule or govern by force, through some kind of power, but there is no authority behind it. Like the seven sons of Sceva, there is no point speaking to demons, much less principalities and powers, if you have not assumed responsibility for the lusts of your flesh.
[AS STATED: LIVING GOD’S WAY OF LIFE, WITH THE FATHER AND JESUS IN YOU VIA THE HOLY SPIRIT, YOU ARE MORE POWERFUL THAN SATAN AND ALL THE DEMONIC HOST. I SELDOM EVEN THINK ABOUT THE DEVIL AND THE DEMONS. I DO NOT FEAR THEM AT ALL; AS IT IS WRITTEN, “GREATER IS HE THAT IS IN YOU, THAN HE THAT IS IN THE WORLD” - OKAY I AGREE WITH POINT 1 - Keith Hunt]
Another element of authority is submission. Submission to authority is an act of obedience, but it is also a form of faithfulness.
If we want authority in the kingdom of God, we must learn first to be good followers and to submit to authority with the right attitude. God told the Israelites that if they were "willing and obedient" they would "eat the good of the land" (Isa. 1:19). Obedience under duress or with a reluctant heart is not true obedience.
In other words, if you want to operate in authority, you have to come under authority. That's because the levels of authority in the world are established by God. If you want to find out if you're under authority, see how you measure up to these seven guidelines. (These seven levels of authority are listed in order of supremacy.)
1. We must be obedient to the sovereign will of God. This is the highest level of authority. It is absolute and infallible.
2. We must be obedient to the veracity (truth) of God's Word. God's Word holds the position in the universe of veracious authority, with veracious meaning it is "always true."
3. We must not go against our own conscience. Some people's consciences will not permit them to do what other people can do. An angel of God would not ask you to go against your conscience—but an angel of light [FALSE LIGHT THIS IS] might.
4. We must obey the laws of the land and of our churches, as long as those directives do not conflict with those of the first three levels of authority. That's because all authority in the church and the world is delegated by Christ (Rom. 13:1). However, I am not advocating blind obedience to any law or man, but accepting civic and church authority as ordained and delegated by God.
Attempts to coerce obedience by emotional or spiritual force—fear, shame, guilt, and other negative manipulative techniques—are abuses of authority. Tyrannical political systems, such as Nazism and communism, are abusive authorities, not true representations of God-ordained authority.
5. We must honor stipulative authority, which is authority that is specified by agreement. An example of this kind of authority is parties signing a contract that is legally binding.
6. We must honor tradition if it has not become abusive or is not in conflict with other levels of authority. For example, tradition is wrong when it is given higher authority than the Word of God (Matt. 15:3-6).
[OH WOW….. THERE IS MUCH IN THE TRADITIONS OF CHURCHES THAT IS VERY WRONG. JUST ABOUT ALL CHURCH GROUPS LARGE OR SMALL, ARE GUILTY OF “WRONG TRADITIONS” EVEN IN THE TRUE CHURCH OF GOD…. SEE THE LAST LAODICEA CHURCH OF THE 7 GIVEN IN THE BOOK OF REVELATION - Keith Hunt]
7. We must honor the authority of others, which stems from their talents, abilities, or skills. This is called functional authority, and, again, it's origin is in God. We go to a doctor when we're sick—not a mechanic.2
[YES OKAY DO AGREE - Keith Hunt]
Angels and the words we speak
The authority of our words depends on whether or not we obey or submit to the levels of authority over us.
Let's compare the difference between Mary's words of faith and Zacharias's words of doubt when they had visits from the angel Gabriel. It must have been difficult for both of them to believe Gabriel; Zacharias was too old to have a child, and Mary was a virgin.
Zacharias asked a question that was full of doubt—he almost seemed to be asking for a sign that what Gabriel said would really happen (Luke 1:18). "Whereby shall I know this? for I am an old man, and my wife well stricken in years," he said. Gabriel acted quickly to stop Zacharias's words of unbelief (Luke 1:20). Zacharias was struck dumb and could not speak until John was born. He got his sign, but it probably wasn't the kind he wanted. Angels are sensitive to what we say. It appears our words of faith or doubt can "activate" or "deactivate" them.
[NOT SURE IF ACTIVATE IS THE RIGHT WORD TO US. OBVIOUSLY THEY HAVE A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF FREEDOM, TO ACT IN ANY SPECIFIC SITUATION, TO GET THE TRUTH OF GOD ACROSS TO ANYONE - Keith Hunt]
Mary submitted to the authority of God's Word and said, "Be it unto me according to thy word." I believe she became pregnant at that very moment. Her faith activated the Word of God, which immediately became flesh inside of her. Her submission to authority became faith that resulted in the conception of Jesus, the Son of God, in her womb. Her response is one of the most powerful faith statements in the Bible.
[YES WOULD AGREE HER REACTION WAS A MIGHTY EXAMPLE OF CHILD LIKE FAITH - Keith Hunt]
Jesus taught that we are redeemed, justified, or made righteous by our words, and we are also condemned by our words (Matt. 12:37). When we are sensitive to God, it is easy to discern the oppressive atmosphere created by words of doubt and unbelief.
[IT IS TRUE THAT WORDS CAN RELATE OUR ATTITUDE OF MIND - Keith Hunt]
The church teaches angels
Through Jesus, the church has been raised higher than the angels. We are of the family of God and seated at the right hand of the throne of God with Jesus. What a position of authority this gives to the church! Jesus delegated His authority to the church, and because angels understand authority, they are watching to see what we do with that authority.
When Christians get the revelation of their position in Christ, when they stand against the enemy in the power of the name of Jesus, recognizing the authority God has given to the church, angels understand that authority. If our desire is to see God's will done on earth, and we are under authority, angels will flow with us.
[RIGHTEOUS ANGELS ARE IN SINK WITH GOD; THEY ARE HAPPY WHEN WE ARE; THEY FUNCTION TO SERVE US AS GOD WILLS; AND DELIGHT IN WHATEVER THAT FUNCTION IS AS THEY SERVE US - Keith Hunt]
Sacrificing in any area out of love for God is the second principle that I believe activates angels. It shows a wholeheartedness toward God that brings a response. Sacrifice is actually closely related to praise and worship……
Abraham and David clearly understood the principle of sacrifice Abraham was willing to sacrifice his son Isaac to the Lord on Mount Moriah. An angel appeared as Abraham raised his knife, prepared to take Isaac's life. David had to offer a sacrifice to God on the threshing floor of Oman the Jebusite in order to stop the death angel whose sword was stretched over Jerusalem to destroy it.3
Why does God require sacrifice?
From the time Adam and Eve disobeyed, man has been the creature separated from the Creator by sin. The only way to approach God's holiness was through the substitutionary death of a living creature. The penalty for disobedience, required of all the human race after Adam fell, was death (Gen. 2:17). Until Jesus died vicariously once and for all, there had to be a death. Blood is a proof of such death, because the life is in the blood (Deut. 12:23). Animal sacrifice was a substitution—a merciful token of the one-time sacrifice of Jesus yet to come.
[GOD SAID THROUGH JEREMIAH THAT SACRIFICES WERE NOT TALKED ABOUT FROM GOD - JER. 7: 22, 23 - SUCH WERE ADDED BECAUSE OF THEIR UNCONVERTED CARNALITY. THEIR FAITH IN GOD’S PROMISE AND GOODNESS WAS SO WEAK THEY HAD TO BE TAUGHT THROUGH SHEDDING BLOOD; A CONTINUAL REMINDER SINS COULD NOT BE FORGIVEN BUT THROUGH THE SACRIFICE OF THE MESIAH SAVIOR TO COME, WHO WOULD SHED HIS BLOOD FOR SINNERS - Keith Hunt
Why did David refuse to take the threshing floor of Oman (Araunah) as a gift, but insist on paying full price for it before he made sacrifice to God (2 Sam. 24:18-25; 1 Chron. 21:17-30; 2 Chron. 3:1)?
David knew it was not a real offering unless it had cost him something. Human nature (our souls) would far prefer to praise God when things are going well, but to grumble and complain when they are not!
We tend to say, "God, what have You done for me lately?"
That attitude will not activate angels on our behalf.
[WE MAY BE WEAK IN THE FLESH, AND AT TIMES LIKE PAUL SAID IN ROMANS 7….. BUT THAT DOES NOT MEAN THE ANGELS CANNOT WORK WITH US, AND STILL BE SERVANTS. TO THINK WE HAVE TO BE AT SOME “CERTAIN SPIRITUAL LEVEL” BEFORE ANGELS HELP AND SERVE AND CAN RELATE A MESSAGE TO US, IS TOTALLY WRONG THEOLOGY. THERE IS NO VERSE IN THE ENTIRE BIBLE THAT TEACHES SUCH THEOLOGY - Keith Hunt]
Sacrificial worship provides a legal right for the angels to ascend and descend to and from God's throne bringing help to the saints. Gideon and Manoah and his wife offered sacrifices while they were being visited by angels, and the angels returned to heaven while the sacrifices burned (Judg. 6:21; 13:20). Most churches have praise and worship services, but most do not really understand what they are doing.
[I’M THINKING YOU ALSO DO NOT UNDERSTAND EITHER - Keith Hunt]
When Gabriel appeared to Zacharias to announce the birth of John the Baptist, it was while the priest was offering a sacrifice of incense to the Lord. Incense is a symbol of pure worship. In other words, Zacharias's sacrifice unto the Lord brought the angel to him with an answer to his lifelong prayer for a son.
[IT HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH ZACHARIAS’S JOB IN THE TEMPLE, OR ANY SCALE OF “SPIRITUALITY” HE WAS ON. YES THE LORD KNEW THEY WERE THE RIGHT COUPLE FOR JOHN THE BAPTIST TO HAVE AS PARENTS AND WOULD BRING HIM UP IN THE LOVE AND FEAR [DEEP RESPECT] OF THE LORD, TO DO THE WORK GOD HAD CHOSEN HIM TO DO. IT WAS THEIR HEART AND FAITHFULNESS IN SERVING GOD, NOT THEIR PHYSICAL JOB, THAT THEY WERE CHOSEN TO BE JOHN’S PARENTS - Keith Hunt]
I have found that if I can lead people into a sacrifice of praise, something about that brings angelic involvement. This is especially true of those who are sick and suffering.
[IT DOES? DO NOT THINK SO! MOST CHRISTIANS DO NOT GO AROUND SINGING SPIRITUAL SONGS IN THEIR DAILY LIVING. AND SINGING IN CHURCH IS NOT AUTOMATICALLY GOING TO WAKE UP ANGELS TO SERVE YOU. IF YOU HAVE A COLD AND A THROAT INFECTION, AND JUST CANNOT EVEN MAKE A JOYFUL SOUND TO THE LORD; IT DOES NOT MEAN ANGELS CAN’T BE INVOLVED WITH YOU. AGAIN DOING SOMETHING PHYSICAL [LIKE GIVING HALF YOUR LIFE SAVINGS TO THE “CHURCH” TO SPREAD THE GOSPEL] IS NOT AUTOMATICALLY GOING TO GET “ANGELIC INVOLVEMENT” WITH YOU MORE QUICKLY OR MORE POWERFULLY; THAT WOULD BE AKIN TO HIRING ANGELS TO BE MORE ATTENTIVE TO YOU. THE BIBLE TEACHES NO SUCH THEOLOGY - Keith Hunt]
Prayer—the Word of God on Our Lips
The third principle that activates angels is prayer, especially praying God's Word back to Him. There is no question that prayer activates angels on our behalf. Moses' prayers of repentance on behalf of the Israelites saved them from destruction several times (Num. 14:11-21; 21:5-9; and others). Abraham's intercession on behalf of Lot and his family activated angels to rescue them (Gen. 18:17-33). Those are two of many biblical examples.
[THEY PRAYED TO GOD, NOT TO ANGELS. CHRISTIANS ARE NOWHERE COMMANDED TO TALK TO ANGELS. WE TALK TO GOD IN CHRIST’S NAME; THE ANSWER (DEPENDING ON THE PRAYER AND SITUATION) MAYBE THAT GOD SENDS AN ANGEL/S TO SERVE AND HELP YOU - BUT WE DO NOT TALK TO ANGELS…..I’VE NEVER TRIED TALKING TO ANGELS, AND I NEVER WILL IN THIS LIFE. I TALK TO GOD THE FATHER IN JESUS’ NAME. I DO AT TIMES THANK THE MOST HIGH FOR ANGELS THAT SERVE US, AND I KNOW THEY HAVE HELPED ME FROM SERIOUS ACCIDENTS THAT COULD HAVE KILLED ME OR ENDED IN SERIOUS PHYSICAL INJURY - Keith Hunt]
The primary way to renew our minds so that any thoughts dropped in by evil spirits cannot find a lodging place is to meditate on the Bible. I have found that something special happens in the angelic kingdom when Christians speak God's Word in the midst of contrary circumstances. It somehow releases the angelic world to work alongside us.
[GOD DECIDES IF ANGELIC BEINGS ARE TO WORK ALONG-SIDE US. READING HEBREWS 11, SHOWS NOT EVERY CHILD OF GOD IS SPARED FROM PERSECUTION, DESOLATION OF THE PHYSICAL, AND EVEN FROM DEATH. THE APOSTLE PAUL IS A CLASSIC EXAMPLE….. ALL THE THINGS HE WENT THROUGH IN HIS PHYSICAL LIFE TO TEACH AND PREACH THE WORD OF GOD, JESUS AS SAVIOR, AND THE KINGDOM OF GOD. SOMETIMES STONED AND LEFT FOR DEAD. HE SAID HE HAD KNOWN HOW TO BE FULL AND HOW TO BE EMPTY, TO HAVE AND NOT TO HAVE; HE SAID WHATEVER PHYSICAL STATE HE WAS IN, HE HAD LEARNT HOW TO BE CONTENT. NO ANGEL CAME TO FEED HIM WHEN HE WAS IN HUNGER; NO ANGEL CAME TO HAVE THE STONES THROWN AT HIM, MISS THE MARK; NO, HE WAS LEFT AS DEAD. THIS “RELEASING THE ANGELS” STUFF, THROUGH SOMETHING YOU DO, IS FLUFFY-DUFFY THEOLOGY, AND PENTECOSTAL PEOPLE ARE INTO THIS THEOLOGY ALL THE TIME IT SEEMS - Keith Hunt]
Our prayers are much more effective when we pray God's Word back to Him. That allows us to get in agreement with Him instead of wasting time and energy imploring Him to get in agreement with us. Many times we tend to pray the problem and talk about the problem so much that we finally operate in "negative faith"—faith that something bad is going to happen or is happening.
[PRAYER IS GREAT, BUT PATIENT ENDURANCE IS NEEDED; JESUS PRAYED THAT HE WOULD NOT HAVE TO GO THROUGH WHAT HE WENT THROUGH IN HIS LAST DAY TO HIS DEATH, BUT HE ALSO PRAYED, “NOT MY WILL BE DONE, BUT YOUR WILL BE DONE.” THE FACT IS, LIKE PAUL KNEW, CHRISTIANS ARE NOT DELIVERED OUT OF ALL AND EVERY PROBLEM, SITUATION, OF PHYSICAL TROUBLES THAT MAY COME. YES WE SHOULD PRAY, BUT FINISH WITH “THY WILL BE DONE.” - Keith Hunt]
Problems do not activate angels. God's Word activates angels.
[GOD ACTIVATES ANGELS NOT US; HE DECIDES HOW AND WHEN ANGELS WILL COME TO US, AND WHAT IS DONE WHEN THEY COME TO US; SOMETIMES IT IS TO HOLD OUR HAND SO TO SPEAK, AND GIVE US STRENGTH TO ENDURE; AGAIN HOW MANY TIMES DID THIS HAPPEN TO PAUL? I’M SURE MANY MANY TIMES. EVEN HIS “THORN IN THE FLESH” WAS NOT REMOVED, BUT GOD SAID HIS GRACE WAS SUFFICIENT FOR HIM - Keith Hunt]
Promises from God's Word bring provisions, including the assistance of angels if that is needed. Someone has said there are seven thousand promises in the Bible. God does not want to hear the problem. He wants to hear the promise that fixes the problem. He wants to hear us praise Him in advance for that promise. He honors prayer that costs us something.
[BUT IN IT ALL WE NEED TO REALIZE, AS PAUL DID (WITH HIS THORN IN THE FELSH) THAT GOD AND THE ANGELS ARE NOT ALWAYS GOING TO GIVE OR PERFORM THE ACTIONS, THAT WE WOULD WANT, SO IT IS AGAIN, “NOT MY WILL BUT YOUR WILL BE DONE” - Keith Hunt]
Remember, prayer by the church brought an angel to Peter in prison. Prayer brought an angel to shut the mouths of lions for Daniel. Faith words (prayer) by the three Hebrew children brought the fourth man into the fiery furnace.
[NICE TO THINK OF THE POSITIVES; YET READING HEBREWS 11, IT IS PLAIN NOT ALL OF GOD’S CHILDREN HAD DELIVERANCE; THE APOSTLE PAUL DID NOT, NOR PETER….. THEY WERE BOTH KILLED FOR THE GOSPEL’S SAKE, WHILE THE APOSTLE JOHN LIVED TO BE A RIPE OLD AGE….. IT IS GOD’S WILL NOT OURS. WHEN PETER ASKED WHAT WOULD BEFALL THIS DISCIPLE, JESUS ANSWERED BY SAYING, IN MODERN TERMINOLOGY “DON’T BE CONCERNED, MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS, JUST GO OUT AND DO GOD’S WORK” - [Keith Hunt]
Giving in Obedience
The fourth principle that activates angels involves giving to God's work, God's people, or to the poor and needy. Something about money and its use by the church touches the world of angels. Sacrificial giving activates angels as much as sacrificial praise. Evil spirits are trying today to hinder giving by God's people.
[GIVING MONEY TO A CHURCH ORGANIZATION, BE IT LOCAL OR LARGER (A GROUP OF CHURCHES) DOES ABSOLUTELY NOTHING IN ACTIVATING ANGELS. THIS IS ALL HOCUS-POCUS IN “KEEP THAT MONEY ROLLING IN” ATTITUDE, “OH YOU WILL HAVE ALL KINDS OF ANGELS LOOKING OUT FOR YOU” IS THE GREEDY TALK BY MANY. SOME PEOPLE JUST DO NOT HAVE ANYTHING TO GIVE ABOVE THEIR 10 PERCENT; EVEN THEN THE “CHURCH” SHOULD BE GIVING TO THEM; THE CHURCH SHOULD BE LOOKING AFTER THE WIDOWS AND ORPHANS AND SINGLE MOTHERS WITH CHILDREN. IT MAKES ME SO ANGRY AND SICK TO THE STOMACH, HOW THESE LARGE CHURCHES JUST WANT MORE AND MORE! DO YOU SEE HOW SOME OF THE LEADERS LIVE? BIG FANCY HOUSES, EXPENSIVE CARS, ONE, TWO, AND MORE PLANES….. IT IS TRULY DISGUSTING THE WEALTH OF SOME CHURCH LEADERS. THE ONE I WAS WITH FOR ABOUT 12 YEARS WENT THAT WAY……THE “LEADER” AND OTHERS LIVING IN A STYLE THAT WAS HOLLYWOOD FILM-STAR STYLE - LUXURIANT, EXUBERANT…. LIKE ROYALTY! WE ARE HEIRS TO ROYALTY, THE GREATEST ROYALTY IN THE UNIVERSE (GOD THE FATHER AND CHRIST JESUS), BUT WE HAVE NOT INHERITED THAT ROYALTY, IT IS AT THE RESURRECTION WE SHALL HAVE IT - Keith Hunt]
Cornelius, the first Gentile to be filled with the Holy Spirit, was a giver. The angel told him his prayers and his alms (money) had come up as a memorial before God (Acts 10:3).
[THE ANGELS SEE WHAT WE DO; THEY CAN AT TIMES REPORT BACK TO GOD. BUT IT IS GOD WHO THEN DECIDES HOW AND WHEN TO REWARD IN THIS LIFE. GOD WAS ENTERING A NEW PHASE OF HIS WORK ON EARTH - THE GOSPEL AND SALVATION WAS TO GO OUT, NOW TO THE MASSES OF THE WORLD - THE GENTILE MASSES. CORNELIAN HAD A GOOD “REPORT CARD” IT WAS NOTED, WITH THE RIGHT ATTITUDE….. THE FATHER CHOSE CORNELIUS FOR A SPECIAL BEGINNING OF THIS OPENING DOOR TO THE WORLD OF GENTILES - Keith Hunt]
When Satan became "god of this world" (2 Cor. 4:4), the finances of the world also passed under Satan's authority. The world economic system is Satan's system, his way of handling trade and money, not God's.
However, through the work Jesus did on the cross, the authority over the world's resources once again became God's. Because God has given us the responsibility to reach the world, He also has given us the authority to get the job done. Through the delegation of that authority, the church should be taking dominion over the silver and gold through biblical principles. Our stewardship in finance demonstrates probably more than anything else whether we have come under God's authority. The angels are aware of how we handle our money……
[THE ANGELS ARE AWARE OF MANY THINGS, BUT THAT DOES NOT MEAN WE GAIN THEIR FAVOR, LIKE WE PURCHASE THEM TO SERVE US - SUCH THOUGHTS ARE LUDICROUS AND ANOTHER WAY OF MINISTERS TO TEACH “PRAY AND PAY” - Keith Hunt]
Willie George, pastor of Church on the Move in Tulsa, Oklahoma, also believes very firmly that angels are involved with finances on behalf of the children of God.
[WELL THEY SURE MAKE A MESS OF A LOT OF WRONG FINANCIAL MANAGING BY MANY CHRISTIANS AROUND THE WORLD. AND HAVE YOU NOTICED THOSE “CHURCHES” WITH LEADERS LIVING IN SPLENDOR AND POMP, NEVER SAY TO ANYONE, “WELL AN ANGEL CAME TO ME THE OTHER DAY AND TOLD ME TO SELL MY MILLION DOLLAR HOME, EXPENSIVE CAR, SAILBOAT, ALL MY $400 PAIRS OF SHOES, MY $500 SUITS, MY $5,000 ROLEX, AND GIVE IT TO THE POOR, WIDOWS, AND SINGLE MOTHERS, IN THE CHURCH; I WAS TOLD TO LEARN TO LIVE ON 50 THOUSAND DOLLARS A YEAR.”
NOPE NEVER HEARD OF MINISTERS SAYING SUCH WORDS TO THEIR CONGREGATIONS - Keith Hunt]
The principle of giving in obedience was demonstrated to me when I was a very young pastor. This incident changed the course of my entire life. In 1967, I pastored a little church in Hatton, Saskatchewan, on the prairies of western Canada. My father was pastor of a larger church in Medicine Hat, Alberta, fifty miles away. My congregation numbered about twenty-five; it was an event when thirty people showed up for a meeting!
Obviously, a congregation this size could not pay me a full salary, so I supplemented my income by working with a local farmer, Ed Stahl. Ed was a successful farmer with a herd of five hundred purebred Herefords running on thirteen square miles of fairly barren, dry prairie land. Finding water for their stock was one of the biggest problems for area ranchers and farmers.
However, Ed was a very unusual man and one of the most godly, honest men I have ever known. He did not walk when he worked; he trotted, and all day long he prayed and talked to the Lord. One night, in a vision, God showed him where pockets of water form on the prairies. After that, Ed found water everywhere he dug for it.
He also had large wheat and hay operations, and my work included branding cattle in the spring and riding a tractor sowing wheat seed. During the summer, I spent long periods baling hay, hauling the heavy hay bales, and stacking them in the yard. Then, in the fall, I rode the combine and helped with the wheat harvest.
In the late summer of 1967,1 heard that Oral Roberts was coming to Edmonton, Alberta, for a healing crusade. Edmonton is about three hundred fifty miles north of Medicine Hat, and I got permission from Ed to take off work to attend one of the meetings. I had never seen Oral Roberts in person and did not know very much about his ministry.
I made the trip during the day. That night Roberts preached and prayed for the sick, which I watched intently, then I left for the parking lot.
In the lobby, I passed a large table with books and tapes and another table with literature promoting a school just started in Tulsa, Oklahoma, named Oral Roberts University. I paused at the book table for a moment, then picked up one of the brochures about the university.
As I picked it up, I had an overwhelming inner awareness that I was to attend ORU. I felt the call of God so strongly that I literally groaned. The last thing I wanted to do was go to school two thousand miles away! The biggest problem would be tuition and other expenses. My weekly salary was only about fifty dollars. There was no way I would be able to save the money. Besides that, like many other young preachers, I felt I was ready to "turn the world upside down" with the Bible school education I already had!
During the long trip home tears rolled down my cheeks as this strong call from God echoed inside me. For the next three months I wrestled with this, not telling anyone else about it, not even my father or mother. I did not mention it to Ed as we worked side by side during those three months. However, after three months of struggling every night with this call and my uncertainty about finances, I finally gave up.
One night, I said to the Lord, "All right! I’ll go to Tulsa!"
The next day Ed and I were working together digging holes for fence posts. This is hard, back-breaking work, and I paused for a moment with a posthole augur in my hand and with sweat rolling down my forehead. Ed was standing at the back of a half-ton pickup truck pulling fence posts out of the truck bed to drop into the holes.
I said, "Ed, I made a major decision last night. I believe the Lord has called me to attend Oral Roberts University, and I have made up my mind. I don't know how yet, but I'm going to go."
Tears came into his eyes so suddenly that I thought he had dropped a post on his toe.
He said, "Get in the truck. I want to show you something."
So I jumped in, and we traveled a couple of miles across the prairie up to the top of a hill.
"Do you see that spot over there?" he said. "Three months ago I was working in the field with one of the bulls when suddenly an angel of the Lord stood before me.
"The light was so bright I didn't dare look at him, and I fell on my knees. The angel spoke to me and said, Terry Law is going to make a decision. He is going to go to Oral Roberts University in Tulsa. When he makes that decision, God the Father wants you to cover the financial obligations of his university education. You are to pay the bills and make sure everything is taken care of.'"
It was my turn for tears to well up in my eyes. The decision I had struggled with, which looked so impossible, had been taken care of by the Lord even while He was calling me to go. Ed was faithful to the command of the Lord and covered my entire university education.
Since my graduation, I have seen literally hundreds of thousands of people make decisions for Jesus Christ in my missionary travels around the world. I believe that Ed has a share in every one of those people because he was obedient to the words of the angel sent by God.
[NOPE WAS NOT AN ANGEL FROM THE LORD, NOT AT ALL. ORAL ROBERTS HAS NEVER BEEN USED BY GOD TO BRING PEOPLE TO THE KNOWLEDGE OF WHAT THE BIBLE TEACHES. HE HAS BEEN A TOOL IN THE HANDS OF SATAN AND THE DEMONS TO DECEIVE PEOPLE SPIRITUALLY AND PHYSICALLY. AGAIN SUCH TALK FROM PEOPLE LIKE THIS, WITH “VISIONS” OF AN ANGEL APPEARING TO THEM….. HOW MUCH DO YOU THINK IT WOULD TAKE TO CONVINCE THEM, THEIR THEOLOGY IS WRONG; WHAT THEY TEACH IS WAY OFF BASE, AND WHAT THEY PRACTICE IN THEIR TRADITIONS IS ALSO WAY OFF BASE? IT WOULD TAKE A MIGHTY MIRACLE! FOR THEM TO ACKNOWLEDGE THEY WERE VISITED BY A FALLEN ANGEL WHO CAME AS AN ANGEL OF LIGHT AND RIGHTEOUSNESS, A DECEPTIVE DEMON……TO ADMIT THAT WOULD TAKE A MIRACLE…..A MIRACLE FROM GOD TO TAKE AWAY THEIR SPIRITUAL BLINDNESS. IF ANY SUCH PERSON AS LIKE THIS AUTHOR WERE TO READ MY COMMENTS AS WE GO THROUGH, ESPECIALLY THESE LAST CHAPTERS, OF HIS BOOK, I WOULD BE BRANDED AS MENTALLY SICK. PEOPLE WHO HAVE SUCH VISIONS OR A SUPPOSED “ANGEL FORM GOD” COMING TO THEM, ARE THE HARDEST PEOPLE TO EVER ACKNOWLEDGE THE TRUTHS OF GOD’S WORD. IT’S LIKE THE GUY WHO SAID TO ME, “I SPEAK IN TONGUES, SO I HAVE GOD’S SPIRIT, WITHOUT OBSERVING THE WEEKLY SABBATH.” ONLY A MIRACLE FROM GOD WOULD CHANGE THEIR WAY OF THINKING - Keith Hunt]
Praise and Worship
The fifth principle that seems to activate angels is praise and worship of God.
As I mentioned in chapter fourteen, before he fell, I believe Satan led the angelic hosts in praise and worship to the Father. He was heaven's choir director. Music was not created as a tool—even for evangelism—although God does use it that way. Music was originally ordained for one purpose—to worship the Father.
When Lucifer took his eyes off God and focused them on his own beauty and brilliance, something happened inside him. He became filled with pride. He began to desire worship for himself instead of giving and leading worship to God.
Satan's primary drive today is still to get worship for himself in any way that he can. His temptation of Jesus was designed to get the Lord to worship him! As Chafer wrote, one can hardly think of a more audacious, arrogant, conceited act. He failed with Jesus, who told him it was written that only God shall be worshiped and served.4
Satan's challenge concerning Job was one of the greatest insults he has ever given God.5 He implied that God really cannot be loved for Himself, but only for what He does for people or for what He gives them. Satan was saying God has to bribe people to serve Him. No wonder the Lord allowed Job to be tested! God knew what Satan was saying could be proven false. He knew Job's heart.
Jesus asked the same thing of the multitudes who followed Him after the miracle of the loaves and fishes. In effect, He said, "Are you following Me because of who I am, or because of what I can do for you?" (See John 6:26-27.)
True worship comes out of love and reverence, not fear, coercion, or a desire to be better off. This is what Satan has never understood. Judson Cornwall wrote:
Satan is still far more interested in worship than in sin. He is more likely to be in church than in the worst den of iniquity in any area. This fallen angel would rather pervert a person's worship than corrupt his morals, for he knows that if he can pervert our worship, we will corrupt our morals.6
Satan is a very religious being who desires and probably needs praise and worship. His goal is far less to destroy mankind than it is to receive worship from those created to worship God. He knows the power that praise and worship generate in the spiritual realm……
If Satan cannot subvert it to attention on himself, he tries to kill praise and worship altogether by turning it into ritualistic religion. Today, Satan is working on people, whispering in the ears of anyone who appears to have talent, promising them popularity and prosperity. Many top music groups today actually give Satan the credit for the lyrics they "receive" while high on drugs. Some groups perform songs seeking sympathy and worship for Satan. Christians who chant Satan's name or sing choruses about him as a part of spiritual warfare do not realize it, but he counts that as worship, not warfare.
Music played an incredibly important role in the Bible. There are more than eight hundred references to music, while hell is only mentioned seventy times. Our church services would be more productive in spiritual terms if we could learn that music is not a preliminary to the message, nor an icebreaker to get people warmed up. The song service is the protocol that God designed for the body of Christ to come into His presence.
Protocol is the procedure to be followed in approaching royalty and dignitaries on earth, a "code of ceremonial forms."
When we were invited to the Vatican, a monsignor took me aside and instructed me on the proper protocol. He said, "Terry, you are a Protestant leader. When a Protestant meets the pope, he does not respond to him as a Roman Catholic would. I want to tell you the proper phrases so that you will feel comfortable. You will not feel as if you are compromising your beliefs, or fear that you might show disrespect to a head of state."
I was taught protocol because addressing a cardinal, as we knew him first in Poland, and addressing the pope require different approaches. When I met Pope John Paul II, I felt as comfortable talking with him as I had when he was a cardinal. I knew the proper way to approach him.
The highest office in the universe is God the Father. If earthly officials require a certain protocol to approach them with respect, how much more should we feel that way about the Creator? Visitors usually bring gifts to heads of state. My group and I also took gifts to the pope: a cowboy hat from Oklahoma and other things.
The psalmist David indicated that the first step in the protocol of approaching God is thanksgiving. In Psalm 100:4, David wrote that we should enter into His gates with thanksgiving. The next step is to enter His courts with praise. Using the pattern of the tabernacle, David was saying, "Come into the outer court of God with thanksgiving and into the holy place with praise."
Thanksgiving in the Bible is retelling what God had already done for people. How often God's children come to Him with shopping lists of what we need or want Him to do. How seldom do we come with a "thanksgiving list" from the past. However, giving thanks for past blessings is one of the greatest faith builders that I know.
In the story of Jehoshaphat, king of Judah, we see an example of protocol in approaching God (2 Chron. 20:1-29). Jehoshaphat's heart was filled with fear when he found that three kings had invaded his territory with their armies.
The king first went to the Lord with thanksgiving. He reminded him of His greatness and of what He had done for the Israelites previously (2 Chron. 20:5-12). Then he essentially asked God to do it again.
A plan given to Judah by God through a young prophet was to send the Levites, the priests, out ahead of the army singing and praising the Lord for His mercy that endures forever. A group of singers heading out toward the enemy ahead of the soldiers would have been afraid, but they obeyed in the face of fear. They brought gifts to God of sacrificial praise, and God "set ambushments" (2 Chron. 20:22). The result was that the three armies—Moab, Amnion, and Mount Seir—turned on one another and destroyed one another.
As I read this one day, the word ambushments caught my attention. I began to trace it through the Bible. I saw that God consistently uses angels to set up ambushes. Some of these were for individuals such as Balaam. Others were for Israel and Judah. Still other ambushments of God were against Israel and Judah when the nations departed from following God's ways.
Perhaps the angels sang along with Jehoshaphat's priests. As you've read earlier in the book, there have been many reports of people seeing angels during praise and worship services. Other people have heard angels singing along with the congregation. So, angels may not only watch us worshiping, but also join in.
[MOST OF WHAT WE HAVE JUST READ, AS FOR WORSHIP TOWARDS GOD, I AGREE FULLY. THE LAST SENTENCE OR SO….. WELL, NOPE, ANGELS OF GOD ARE NOT THERE IN ROMAN CATHOLIC OR PROTESTANT CHURCHES, SINGING ALONG. THEY ARE OLD ENOUGH AND WISE ENOUGH TO KNOW HOW THE CATHOLIC CHURCH CAME OUT OF THE TRUE CHURCH OF GOD IN THE SECOND CENTURY A.D. THE RIGHTEOUS ANGELS HAVE BEEN AROUND TO SEE THE PROTESTANT CHURCHES COME OUT OF THEIR MOTHER CHURCH, CARRYING ON WITH TEACHINGS AND TRADITIONS THAT ARE THE PRODUCT OF SATAN AND HIS DEMONS.
ONCE MORE, WE DO NOT SOMEHOW GAIN FAVOR WITH ANGELS SO WE KINDA “WIN THEM OVER” OR “WIN THEM OVER MORE” BY OUR SINGING, SAYING, PRAISES, TO GOD. ANGELS WOULD EXPECT US TO DO THAT WHEN WE ARE CALLED TO BE GOD’S CHILD IN SPIRITUAL SALVATION.
WE DO NOT ACTIVATE ANGELS, LIKE THEY ARE SOMEWHAT ASLEEP ON THE JOB. THEY NEVER SLEEP, THEY DO NOT NEED SLEEP. THEY ARE THERE ALWAYS SERVING US, AS, WHEN, AND HOW, WE NEED TO BE SERVED AS DIRECTED WITHIN THE AUTHORITY OF GOD
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