Invisible Angels

God’s Angels are His invisible spirit-servants who serve His human-servants in their Christ-centric life and ministry. Sometimes they will visibly appear, but the majority of the time remain unseen.

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

~ Hebrews 1:14

Foremost in our understanding regarding invisible angels is that there are Two Types of Angels:

1. God’s Angels are commanded by God alone, operating in obedience to God in complete holiness and righteousness, and accomplish God’s purposes through serving believers; and

2. Fallen Angels (aka “demons”) are commanded by Satan for wicked objectives, but can be super-commanded by Christians [through their authorized use of the authority of Jesus Christ] to cease-and-desist their evil activities.

The scriptural “rules of engagement” that surround humanity’s encounters with the spirit realm in the form of angels and demons can be quite extensive, especially if entire scripture passages are quoted. So for our purposes here we will keep the focus limited to the basics about God’s Angels:

1. They are never to be directed by humans; they always receive their instructions either through the authority structure of God’s angelic forces, or directly from God.

2. They are never to be offered worship by humans; worship is to be offered to God alone.

3. They are never to be addressed in prayer by humans, only God is ever to be addressed in a believer’s prayers; other beings are never to be prayed to, whether angelic, or human (eg. spirits; dead human beings; living human beings; any other gods).

4. They are to be recognized as God’s servants in the spirit realm that serve to the benefit of the believer and God’s holy purposes.

Realizing the involvement of God’s Angels is a tremendous faith booster! Whether we see them with our physical eyes, or simply acknowledge by faith their possible presence and involvement, either way it can turn fear into courage. For example, the story of the Prophet Elisha with his servant when they faced an enormous army:

“’Don’t be afraid. Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.’

And Elisha prayed… the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he… saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.”

~ 2 Kings 6:16-17

So, if you are facing an enormous enemy and outnumbered in the visible realm, have faith! Ask the Lord to open your eyes so that you can see things as they REALLY are in both the visible AND the invisible realm. He may open your eyes in one of any number of ways, but whatever method He chooses it will result in your faith and courage erupting like a new river springing up from the dessert ground, becoming a fantastic source of joy that will refresh yourself and those around you.


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A Centered Spirit-Fighter

If the enemy can’t push us over, he will try to pull us down. Above all else, we should guard our Center of Gravity, staying “Centered” and mobile on our feet to maintain a solid stand in godliness whether we are fighting in a mode of offense or defense.

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power… so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is… against the spiritual forces of evil…

Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that… you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.

Stand firm then… with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.”

~ Ephesians 6:10-15

Being centered and mobile on our feet means to guard against the enemy (1) pulling us down by tempting us with an attractive sin that will destroy our ministry effectiveness if we pursue the fulfillment of that temptation; and (2) pushing us down by tempting us to become overly zealous in a foolish manner: self-righteous, legalistic, judgmental, and holier-than-thou in our attitudes, relationships, and ministry.

When we are a centered spirit-fighter, we remain resistant to temptation to sin, and resistant to being over zealous in a foolish manner. This second aspect is not about being “too holy,” but is related to being a hypocrite who does not allow others to benefit from the grace of God which leads to repentance. Being overly zealous in a foolish manner promotes immediate judgement without any recourse.

Stand strong using the armor of God, and “after you have done everything, to stand.”


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Agents of C.H.R.I.S.T.

The Church has within its ranks double-agents, but Christ is still accomplishing His mission. They serve other motives which are not Christ-centric, but the weeding out of most of those double-agents right now would do more harm than good. Jesus taught this principle to His disciples when He spoke of the Parable of the Weeds:

“The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field.. but his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat… The servants asked the owner, ‘Do you want us to go and pull up the weeds?’

The owner said, ‘No,… because while you are pulling the weeds, you may uproot the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest…”

~ Matthew‬ ‭13:24-30‬

Double-agents within the church are like weeds within a wheat field. Their roots under the surface of the good soil are intertwined with the roots of the wheat. To uproot the weeds means to uproot the wheat, and if the wheat has not reached the harvest stage yet, it will be completely lost. Notice in the parable that the wheat is still able to grow and reach the harvest stage. It may not be as robust as wheat in a weedless environment, but it still reaches maturity. It also requires much more work at harvest time to finally separate the weeds from the wheat.

Similar to the servants in the parable of the weeds, we might wonder why Jesus doesn’t weed-out all the unfaithful, double-agents that have been planted within the Church and have grown deep roots. Both organizationally and spiritually they are undesirable for the Church, and they certainly shine a negative light on the reputation of the Church and its owner, Jesus Christ.

However, Christ in His wisdom has chosen the best approach for a maximum harvest. He will endure the subversive presence of most of the double-agents for now so that many in the Church who are tied closely with them will not be permanently lost in a premature clean sweep.

The Apostle Paul endured double-agents within the Church also:

“It is true that some preach Christ out of envy and rivalry, but others out of goodwill. The latter do so out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel. The former preach Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing that they can stir up trouble…

But what does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice….”

‭‭~ Philippians‬ ‭1:15-18‬

If your local church or ministry has some ill-motived double-agents within it that you can’t seem to pray successfully for their removal, perhaps the Lord of the Church has some insight to share with you regarding the timing and method of His removal of them to minimize damage to the good wheat that is in close proximity to them.

In spite of the weeds, the wheat is still growing and the Lord of the Harvest, the Lord of the Church, is watching over the entire field and is preparing for the Harvest.


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The Key to Personal Happiness

“These things I have spoken to you,
that in Me you may have peace.
In the world you will have tribulation;
but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

~ ‭‭John‬ ‭16:33‬

Generally speaking, the key to unlock the heart-gates for personal happiness is the Personal Choice to be a happy person. Without this key, even the sum total of all the blessings from God, family, and friends cannot force open the heart-gates and compel a person to be happy.

When we consider the above statement for our own lives, we may have a hundred exceptions come to mind. Things like: What about those who have chemical imbalances of the brain? Or, what about those who are in the middle of a traumatic event? Or, what if a person was born with a genetic predisposition to sadness?

While each question probably has an answer, let each one of us be transparent, honest, and sincere with ourselves, prayerfully considering whether we are holding on to any exception as an excuse for why we are not responsible for our own personal happiness.

Jesus taught [in the first half of the above scripture verse] that He inspires Peace in our life. Then in the second half of the verse He inferred that the tribulations in life inspire personal sadness (the opposite of good cheer). His solution to this state of personal sadness: choose to be inspired by Him for personal happiness instead of inspired by tribulations for personal sadness.

“Be of good cheer” is a call to action: to exert oneself, to put forth effort, to use energy to accomplish. Thankfully, the choice to become and to remain a happy person can be accomplished in partnership with the Holy Spirit. He always does His part, providing what we need by way of guidance, wisdom, and power. But, the key to our personal happiness remains in our own hand: our Personal Choice.

Choosing to be a happy person is not about being a fake or a phony. The choice for Personal Happiness that is spoken of here is one that involves the entire heart and soul. It’s a choice to change the tone and the tune of our life-song that we sing, both outwardly and inwardly.

Sometimes we have to sing a song out loud before we will feel it on the inside. Just as our singing worship songs outwardly begins to minister to us inwardly, so it is with being a happy person. Being happy outwardly will influence our happiness inwardly, and being happy inwardly will influence our happiness outwardly. It is a journey of effort and change, but it can start only after we turn the key, after we make the Personal Choice to become a happy person.


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Alexander is Breaking Bad

Throughout history there have been many who have stood in opposition to God’s messengers of their day. The Apostle Paul was one who had many opposers and oppressors, one of whom in particular is known as “Alexander, the Metalworker.”

“Alexander the metalworker did me a great deal of harm. The Lord will repay him for what he has done. You too should be on your guard against him, because he strongly opposed our message… But the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed… And I was delivered from the lion’s mouth.”

~ 2 Timothy 4:14-17

For whatever reason, Alexander the metalworker was highly agitated by Paul and his message. He was so disruptive and harmful to the ministry of the gospel message that Paul issued a warning to his fellow believers to “guard against him.” To guard against him wasn’t a response of fear, it was instead a stance that provided an advanced warning about the harm he might bring, and that allowed for both defensive and offensive responses by the believers, should the situation and need arise.

Today, there are plenty of Alexander the metalworkers who are “breaking bad,” to borrow a phrase. They might be within the church, or around the church. Their activities and words are obnoxious and harmful, not just people who sincerely believe something different from the gospel of Christ. We must be on our guard, maintaining a stance where we cannot be pushed over.

Prayer, intercession, and fasting should also be implemented as a shield for the body of Christ, protecting them and their ministries from the very real “Alexander, the metalworker” type of harm.


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Inspired Blueprints

In the Old Testament, God gave to Moses the designs for creating and using the Tabernacle (the dwelling place for God among the people, a portable structure that would move with the Israelites when they were led to change locations in their desert wandering years). Many years later God gave to King David the designs for building and using the Temple (the next dwelling place for God among the people, a permanent stone structure in Jerusalem).

When David was nearing the end of his life, he passed on the plans for the temple to his son, Solomon:

“Then David gave his son Solomon the plans for the portico of the temple… the plans of all that the Spirit had put in his mind for… the temple of the Lord…

‘All this,’ David said, ‘I have in writing as a result of the Lord’s hand on me, and He enabled me to understand all the details of the plan.'”

~ 1 Chronicles 28:11-12,19

Today, in the New Testament era, rather than having a single dwelling place in the form of a structure, God’s Spirit now dwells (1) in the church body as a whole, and (2) in believers individually.

“Don’t you know that you (Gk: plural) yourselves are God’s temple (Gk: singular) and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst?”

~ 1 Corinthians‬ ‭3:16‬

“Do you not know that your (Gk: singular) bodies are temples (Gk: plural) of the Holy Spirit…”

‭‭~ 1 Corinthians‬ ‭6:19‬

Fellow church leaders, through the scriptures we have been provided the blueprints for the foundation and framing of our church ministries. The details and deeper understanding of God’s specific plans for our specific mission in His Kingdom are then provided by the Holy Spirit, just as the Spirit did with King David. We read this earlier: “… the plans of all that the Spirit had put in his mind… ‘and He enabled me to understand all the details of the plan.'”

God still inspires detailed designs for the building and use of His dwelling places: people! From evangelism to repentance, from salvation to discipleship, from elementary to maturity, God has specific designs available for His leaders to implement in both the building and the use of His dwelling places.

Let’s approach the Lord our God in prayer, asking Him to provide for us insight and understanding of His detailed plans for the arena in which we serve in His Kingdom. In anticipation of hearing from Him, let’s bring a notebook into our prayer times so we also can say what David said: “I have in writing as a result of the Lord’s hand being on me.”


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Prayer in The Spirit

Prayer has been God’s chosen primary method for communicating His thoughts and plans for over 6,000 years, pre-dating the writing of the scriptures that we are blessed to have today.

I pray that no one will misconstrue what I am saying about God’s method for communicating with us, erroneously assuming that I am disqualifying the scriptures as His communicated word for us, recorded in writing.

The scriptures ARE the Word of God through which He communicates, and are indispensable to every person. They are worthy of every drop of blood that the martyrs have shed in the providing and safeguarding of the scriptures over the centuries! The scriptures, however cannot be understood correctly or applied appropriately to our lives without the communication of God through His Holy Spirit.

Even the disciples needed an intervention from Jesus to understand the scriptures, scriptures they knew but did not understand correctly:

“Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures.”

‭‭~Luke‬ ‭24:45‬

Now, let’s read what the scriptures have to say (in at least one passage) about the Holy Spirit’s communication with us as followers of Christ:

“… the things God has prepared for those who love Him, these are the things God has revealed to us by His Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God… no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.

What we have received is… the Spirit Who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us.

This is what we speak… in words taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual realities with Spirit-taught words… the things that come from the Spirit of God… are discerned only through the Spirit. The person with the Spirit makes judgments about all things… we have the mind of Christ.”

~ 1 Corinthians 2:9-16

To “Pray in The Spirit” is to deliberately engage in an intimate time of communicating with the Spirit of God. Communicating is two-way: to speak and to listen, to listen and to speak. Being able to hear the whisper of the Holy Spirit in the depths of our heart is a skill that can be developed and nurtured in conjunction with the reading of the scriptures. Everyone starts at an elementary level and maturation is a life-long journey.

Let’s be people of prayer. See you at the altar of prayer… and let’s bring our Bibles!


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Wife of Our Youth

“… you and the wife of your youth… she is your partner, the wife of your marriage covenant. Has not God made you one?

You belong to God, body and spirit… be on your guard, and do not be unfaithful to the wife of your youth… the one to be protected…”

~ Malachi 2:14-16

This short passage has a wealth of wisdom and instruction for you and I, gentlemen. Only a few of those nuggets will be addressed here.

1. Our wife is our partner. In other words, there is no other person (regardless of who they are) that is equal to her place in our marriage. Our partnership is established in a covenant, making all other relationships subordinate to it. Our best friends, bosses at work, pastors at our church, relatives, and all other relationships are subordinate to the priority of the marriage relationship.

2. Our wife has been united with us in our spirit and in our body, by God. Our marriage is ordained by God, anointed by God, and predestined by God for unity and peace. It is sin, not an innocuous “incompatibility,” that leads to a dissolution of the very relationship that God has intended for perpetuity.

3. Our wife’s spirit and body belongs to God, and so do ours. We are not the owners of our life or our wife. God is the owner of us and “our” marriage, and we are blessed with the privilege of enjoying “our” marriage, and with the responsibility of caring for “our” marriage.

4. Our wife is to be protected through our faithfulness to the whole marriage covenant. We are to be the guardian of her spirit and her body, of her emotions and her mind. Our faithfulness is in reference to our whole being, not just the faithfulness in regard to physical adultery. It is a faithfulness to her in our imaginations, in our desires, in our thoughts, in our passions. All of these should be centered upon a cherishing of her entire being as a woman, the daughter of our Heavenly Father.

If you are like me, re-reading the above has shined some light on areas of God’s marriage that I want to rebuild, build upon, or nurture.


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Delivered & Beautiful Again!

There is a proverbial saying that people use sometimes: “Their demons are killing them.” They might be referring to a person who is tragically fighting a losing battle with alcoholism, drug abuse, sex addiction, self-harm, or the like.

Two-thousand years ago the ministry of Jesus included delivering and healing people from both literal and proverbial demons, and restoring the beauty of their heart, soul, and body.

“When evening came, many who were demonized were brought to Him, and He drove out the spirits with a word and healed all the sick. This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah: ‘He took up our infirmities and bore our diseases.’”

‭‭~ Matthew‬ ‭8:16-17‬

Today, Jesus is still delivering from both literal demons and proverbial demons! Regardless of the number of demons a person might be battling in their heart and soul, Christ still has the power and authority (and compassion!) necessary to deliver them!

Are you battling demons in your life? Do your demons manifest as addictions or as self-harming activities? Or do they literally take control of your body and fill you with a death-fear that is paralyzing and beyond words to express? Have these demons stolen your beauty, leaving you with an ugly and dark countenance? Has your body and soul been marred and scarred by their hellish abuse?

Jesus is ready today to deliver, heal, and re-beautify you (regardless of how many or how powerful those demons might be) just as He did for many others 2,000 years ago (and has been doing since then).

“… some women who had been cured of evil spirits and diseases: Mary (called Magdalene) from whom seven demons had come out; Joanna the wife of Chuza, the manager of Herod’s household; Susanna; and many others. These women were helping to support them (Jesus and the disciples) out of their own means.”

‭‭~ Luke‬ ‭8:2-3‬

Jesus welcomes anyone who asks for His deliverance, healing, and re-beautification! Approach Christ today in prayer and ask Him for His help. Ask Him to make you beautiful again (or if you are a man, you can ask Him to make you handsome again)!


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