What About the Angels?

Yesterday, a question was asked about the dead, as well as angels. Today, I would like to try and tackle the angels part of that question.

Good angels:
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With regards to angels, the Bible says that they are real. In fact, the expression “guardian angel” must come from the Bible since Jesus stated plainly that little children have angels. Notice the use of the pronoun “their” — possessive, meaning, “belonging to” (the children):

“See that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, that in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 18:10)

There is a lot to be said on angels, more than we could cover here (many good books have been written which you might want to read; Billy Graham has one called “Angels” I believe).

Two of the three “men” that appeared to Abraham in Genesis 18 by the oak trees were angels: “And the two angels came to Sodom at even; and Lot sat in the gate of Sodom: and Lot saw them, and rose up to meet them; and he bowed himself with his face to the earth.” (Genesis 19:1)

Like all creation, angels worship God and are commanded to worship him: “Praise ye him, all his angels: Praise ye him, all his host.” (Psalm 148:2)

Angels may have the purpose of ministering and/or strengthening us during times of weakness, hardship, or temptation: “Then the devil leaveth him; and behold, angels came and ministered unto him.” (Matthew 4:11)

At least some angels, if not all, are aware and actively rejoicing when a sinner gets saved! “Even so, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.” (Luke 15:10)

Bad angels:
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A bad angel is a fallen angel. Another word for a fallen angel is an evil spirit. There appears to be no difference, in fact, between the terms “fallen angel”, “demon”, and “evil spirit”.

While good angels seek to do the will of the Father (God) who is in heaven, bad angels seek to do the will of “their father” (the devil).

One of the chief aims of a bad angel is to inhabit a human being, so as to be able to control him. Actually, it works like this: A human being may have sinful habit patterns; let’s say “doubting” in God’s goodness to provide for them. They dwell on this (which is sin) and do not trust God for their provision. Thus, an “opening” is made for the devil and/or his angels to afflict that person. The person needs to quickly repent for his/her wrongdoing, and begin to trust God once again. The person may need to “cast out” that spirit from his/her midst. But the real enemy is the person’s heart that doubted, and not the devil himself.

“Keep thy heart with all diligence; For out of it are the issues of life.” (Proverbs 4:23)

A good way to keep free from evil spirits is to make sure you are always in the presence of God’s people, to worship regularily, and to not be afraid to abandon yourself to God as you praise him either publicly, or privately. It is essential that you begin to enjoy God and worship him freely, because only then can the fear that gives ground to the devil be broken.

Any sin, in fact, gives ground for the devil. Of the devil, Jesus said, “…the prince of the world cometh: and he hath nothing in me” (John 14:31). Jesus was completely free from the devil’s grip, because he submitted to God perfectly. However, the Bible indicates that this did not come without a cost:

“[Jesus] [w]ho in the days of his flesh, having offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and having been heard for his godly fear, though he was a Son, yet learned obedience by the things which he suffered.” (Hebrews 5:7)

The Lord bless you as you meditate on these passages today.