Many would never guess today that I am a woman who was once bound by hopelessness & addiction, pain, shame & guilt, until I was delivered from my bondage over 26 years ago in January, 1992.
Not only do I know firsthand the violence of the enemy who has tried to destroy me all my life as far back as I can remember, but I am also the mother of a son, Jordan Daniel Byrd (Jordi), whose life on this earth ended at 22 years old in May, 2011, from a fatal overdose of drugs. Thankfully all who knew Jordi had the assurance of his salvation and his eternal life beyond but many do not have that peace. And that’s when I really began to fight the devil with everything God has given me. I vowed that day, May 14, 2011 that Satan would never get any glory in my son’s life or death nor mine. What the enemy meant for evil, God meant for good, for the saving of a nation! Jordi’s story and our resulting work as a family who fights for the souls and lives of others has indeed resulted in many people coming to know Christ and to find new life with Him. That isn’t us, it is Holy Spirit of God working through us. As I continually battle alongside others, I feel their pain & heartache of the struggles of this world and I have held & wept with many parents and spouses who lost their loved ones to addiction & violence. It is not easy but it is my reasonable service as one who has been snatched from the fire of hell myself and have found the Amazing Grace of an intimate relationship with my Lord.
Since my deliverance day in 1992 when I made my election and call SURE by repentance of my sins, asking for forgiveness and then truly accepting in my heart and mind the salvation that Jesus had died to give me, He has been my personal Lord and Savior ever since. I’ve devoted my life to helping others get out of the pit & the clutches of the enemy before it’s too late. In 2009 God healed me of many years of unresolved grief that I had carried from many things and upon that healing He called me to serve Him from then on as a Minister of the Gospel, to Evangelize the world, mentor others and to impart the hope of Christ and Holy Spirit power of stirring of gifts, healing and deliverance unto others. My husband, David, and I serve together and individually as we are both ordained Ministers of the Gospel, going wherever, serving however He leads us.
There is power & victory in Jesus! We have His strength to fight back against the enemy of our lives and our seed and we have Holy Spirit wisdom to counsel and offer solutions to those who want help. We are overcomers through Him!
My husband and I have recently come together with others in our South Mississippi County, Ministry Leaders, Pastors, & Church bodies from various denominations as well as non-denominational bodies, Law enforcement officers, community groups and individuals, all concerned citizens working together side by side to form a battalion of Kingdom Warriors called “The Rescue Army”. We are a group who doesn’t just want to talk about what needs to be done, but we are going to put ourselves out there to do what has to be done. We are taking Pearl River County back for the Kingdom of God, for children & families to live & enjoy in safety and in peace so that they and we can flourish and grow as the people & community God intended us to be.
We are taking a stand against the Enemy, marching right up into his camp and taking back all that he has stolen from us and we are kicking him out of this area of God’s territory. There are signs that say “Jesus is Lord over Picayune” so it’s time for us to act like it and tell the devil and those who choose to follow him to heed that notice and vacate. But we know he will never leave willingly so that’s why we have formed this battalion of special forces to fight together & force him out. It’s going to take God’s people coming together in one accord, us getting our own spiritual houses in order, breaking down the walls of religion, denominational, racial & economic barriers in order to stand together as ONE, one unified coalition of Christ’s body marching together to say enough is enough. We aren’t going to take this violence, destruction, drugs, theft & death any longer! We are fighting the real enemy with the full powerful force of the weapons of our warfare, the Mighty Word of God, walking right in to the most concentrated areas of drug & gang activity throughout our county to set captives free by the powerful Name of Jesus. We will be praying warfare prayers over the people there as we go, and evangelizing in the drug and gang communities. We will be led in battle by the Lord’s army as we go in loudly singing in Worship & Praise of the one true Leader, that is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, Jesus Christ, offering hope and real help to those in need.
We are going after the real enemy of our people in his own camp to let him know he is not welcome here, he has no power or authority to be here or to steal, kill and destroy anyone on our watch! We are taking down the enemy of our souls, the enemy of our future who are our children, the enemy of our families, of God’s church, of our communities, country & world. He is the one who is fueling people to destruction with violence of all kinds, drug addiction & overdose deaths, child neglect & abuse, elder neglect & abuse, hunger, poverty, thefts & most especially spiritual starvation & hopelessness.
We are going to offer a way out to those who want to come out from among him and his but woe to those who choose to try to stop us, those who continue on to follow the enemy because they will be taken down with him. The time has come, the line has been drawn, he crossed it and now he & his henchmen have got to go!
As I was praying for our first organized Prayer Walk coming up on March 3rd into two such communities of gang & drug held territory, the Lord led me to Psalm 35, the Rescue from & Victory over The Enemy of God’s People – all people.
It Begins with Praise & Worship in verses 9-10; then diligent Fasting Prayer in verses 13-14; then ends with more Praise & Worship verses 18 & 28. This is an ongoing process we are called to until all God’s people worldwide are freed. This due diligence is what we are called to as Christians, as Intercessors, Leaders, Ministers & Priests of the Lord to praise fast, pray & carry the good news of Jesus to all people if we truly want to see change in our families, communities, country & the world.
Psalm35:9-10 “And my soul shall rejoice in the Lord; It shall exult in His salvation. All my bones will say, Lord, who is like You, Who delivers the afflicted from him who is too strong for him, And the afflicted and the needy from him who robs him?”
Psalm 35:13-14 “But as for me, when they were sick, my clothing was sackcloth; I humbled my soul with fasting, And my prayer kept returning to my bosom. I went about as though it were my friend or brother; I bowed down mourning, as one who sorrows for a mother.”
Psalm 35:18 “I will give You thanks in the great congregation; I will praise You among a mighty throng.”
Psalm 35:28 “And my tongue shall declare Your righteousness And Your praise all day long.”
Our souls must be burdened more for others in need of Jesus than our desire & quest is for comfort & enjoyment for ourselves in this world. If it’s not, then ask God to burden your heart more for others, to let you see, hear & feel the needs of other people the way He does & then partner with Him in response to those needs.
We who have overcome death by Christ have been given New life in Him. Therefore we are all God’s Rescue Army. Won’t you come join us either in person or in prayer on Saturday March 3, 2018 at 9:30am, when we gather to prepare to begin our first march at 10am.
Also watch for other events and upcoming opportunities from The Rescue Army to help free Pearl River County.
God loves you & I love you. Keep walking!
Over the last few days as I was studying the Bible, the word “URGE” in some of the Apostle Paul’s letters to the early churches kept jumping out at me. He would say “I urge you brethren” when teaching, encouraging, and even admonishing them when needed in their Christian walk. The Apostle Paul lived the life of an urger, one whose mind is set on the things of the Spirit, who knows the urgency of speaking Truth at all cost, and one who cannot waste time on the temporary things of this fast-fading world when we know lives and souls are at stake and our destiny purpose is to snatch people from the fire before it’s too late. So I ask, where have all the Urgers gone? You know, we used to have Passionate Pastors and people in our churches, workplaces, schools and communities who were urgers of others; always speaking truth to us, urging us to do the right things on purpose, to be the people God created us to be, to help others in need and treat people right, to work hard and disciplining us when we needed it. But where have they all gone today in this don’t ask how their doing, don’t tell your personal business, me first, don’t have time to be bothered by you world?
You see, Paul had always been an urger, he was created with that urger destiny purpose. Like all of us he had been born with gifts, he had just not always been using his gifts for God; the gifts of knowledge, of boldness, of leadership and persuasion he had alright, that was evident in his life, but he had not been using them in the way God intended them to be used. Paul had been a very devout religious man, a Scholar of the Law of Moses and the Prophets, but Paul had not always been a loving spiritual leader, a disciple of Christ, a missionary, or even for all his religious training and practice of the law, he had not always been a friend of God. Just like Paul, many of us get so caught up in the religion and law of God, we become totally blinded to the loving relationship with Him that can only come through our relationship with His Son, Jesus Christ. And like Paul, we all have gifts, but are we using those gifts to God’s glory and for His kingdom purpose, or are we using them just to fulfill our own selfish desires in life?
Prior to the scales falling off Paul’s eyes, he had previously traveled with another urgent message, one from the enemy, yet disguised as a mission from God; Paul had previously lived in the deceptive urgency to stop those who believed Jesus was the Way, the Truth, and the Life, the Grace of God where the blood of Jesus was shed for forgiveness of sins – all of them for those who asked and believed, something that his religion said was blasphemy, and Paul stopped at nothing to stop those who believed in the fullness of God’s Promise, urgently rounding up and murdering Christians, men and women alike. Yet now, following Paul’s awakening to the Truth, the fullness of the Word of God, Paul knew, spoke, and wrote of the urgency we as Christians must all have in dealing with matters of the heart, in getting and staying in right relationship with God and in sharing that gospel message with others who need to know Truth.
A few months ago I began to pray differently. Instead of asking God for what I thought was best for people, I began to ask Him to give me eyes that see and ears that hear. I began to ask Him to show me and let me hear the needs of His people. I also began to ask Him to break my heart for what breaks His. Oh my friends, I wish that all God’s people would ask Him for those same things because what He has been burdening my soul with is a burden we all need to carry with Christ. Ya’ll time is running out. I have deep unrest in my Spirit that the time of urgency is upon us. There are so many of us with lost loved ones that we continually pray for before it is too late but what about all those millions of people out there we pass right by each day who are bound for hell that we could be praying for and sharing Christ with.
“For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God” Romans 8:19
People are dying all around us, some sitting right on the pews next to us, whether they are spiritual zombies – walking around dead inside from pain, shame, guilt, or bitterness, or those of all ages who are physically coming to the end of their lives, many dying suddenly without warning, and many of them are going to hell. All the while, we who conveniently call ourselves ambassadors of Christ, Christians, the Church, we entertain and fellowship ourselves continually all around them without ever having an urgency in our spirit to teach, preach or reach them with God’s Word or spend devoted time in intercessory prayer for anyone other than ourselves. There is a place for fellowship among the church but we have allowed our fear of not drawing a crowd or of turning people off to “religion” to cloud our eyesight to meet the real needs of people and to dumb our minds to God’s Word so that we begin to think, act and look like the rest of the world rather than a set apart people living for the Lord.
Acts 2:42 “They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer”
Where is the Apostles’ teaching and prayer in our churches today and among “THE CHURCH” – each of us Christian’s as individuals? That scripture is not talking about a “bless this meal” or quick opening prayer and a five to 10 minute devotion or 20 minute prepared topic outline once a week. Come on church, where is our urgency in studying God’s Word and speaking it over our lives, applying it to ourselves and sharing it with others? Where is our time of seeking God’s Face down on our face, going boldly before the Throne of Grace interceding in prayer for all those in desperate need. If all this entertainment and social club church gathering makes me want to spit, I can only imagine why God said in Revelations that He would spit those who are Lukewarm out of his mouth.
“Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.” James 5:16
I’m sorry Church, but Faith don’t come by fellowship or programs or baptism or even raising our hands to worship music, “Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of Christ” Romans 10:17.
We have to stop being afraid we will turn people off by praying boldly and preaching Holy Spirt fire-filled messages from the Word of God and start preaching them for as long as the Holy Spirit has a Word for those in need in the congregations of God’s “Houses of Prayer”.
Paul, who called himself chief among sinners, the least of the disciples, having a reputation as being a very dangerous deadly enemy of all who followed Jesus teaching, he is the very one that was chosen by God when he was still a sinner. Paul was chosen to be saved, redeemed from his sin, restored to the righteousness of God, transformed into a new creation, and sent forth with an urgent message to share with all people what he himself had been given in Christ, and to be an example of a life spent in loving return for His Lord. The Apostle Paul is an example to us, you, me, the Church, believers who together and individually form the body of Christ. We too should live our lives on purpose, on a continual daily mission for Christ, to share the gospel with all who need to come to know Him, urgently speaking up and speaking out telling the Truth of Who Jesus really is and what He did and will do for all who will receive Him. There is hope in Christ Jesus and we are called to be the urgent bearers of that good news of Hope.
In the story of Saul’s conversion in Acts 9:1-22, when Jesus called to Saul, (later renamed the Apostle Paul), as he traveled on the road to Damascus to round up and kill yet more people who believed differently than his religion did, that call to Saul from Jesus was so deep, so personal, so clear, that it knocked Saul right off his high horse and left him lying prostrate on the ground, blinded to the physical things of this world by the magnificent Light of God’s Glory, just as it does us when we recognize our own sin in contrast to His perfection anytime we come into the manifest Presence of our Lord.
See it’s easy to believe we are ok when we compare ourselves to the things of this present world. We put our blinders on, look at what’s in front of us, and think we are righteous and holy, we are doing the right things, we go to Church each week, participate in and do our duty to help out in all the programs there, we give tithes and even offerings above our tithes sometimes, we help out with the food bank, donate clothes and supplies to disaster victims, and maybe even the guy with the sign at the red light. And we all know we believe the right way and confirm that each morning in our 10 minutes devoted to payer and reading our devotion right? But, when we truly stop and come into the Presence of God, humbly acknowledging and inviting Holy Spirit to expose all the dark, dirty, secret hidden recesses of our heart, in order that He may convict us unto repentance, change our way of thinking and living, we have no choice but to see our lack in the face of His glory and see our sin and ourselves for what we truly are, filthy rags made righteous only by the blood covering of Jesus. Until that heart exposure was done in Saul, he really thought that by killing Christ-followers, he was honoring God. The enemy had him so blinded by religion that he couldn’t see who Jesus really was, just as many of us have been and many still are. Until Jesus called to him personally, and Saul answered that call, Saul didn’t know he was wrong and he certainly didn’t know that those others who were really following the Messiah were right. He didn’t have a real relationship with God because Jesus is the only way to God. And Saul certainly couldn’t be called by his real name, Paul, the name God named Him, an Apostle of God with a destiny to help shape a Kingdom and change the world, until the religious bondage he had been chained by was broken free by Christ, giving him a new clear view of Who His Lord is and of himself in Christ his Lord.
That day when Jesus called out to Saul, He pierced Saul heart and broke him free of self-righteousness and pride, the very sin that had led him to mass. Are we missing out on the fullness of the Word of God, our relationship with Him, and Holy Spirit power within us to operate in healing and deliverance ministry by being stuck in our own religious bondage?
Acts 9:3-5 “As he was traveling, it happened that he was approaching Damascus and suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him; and he fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?’ And he said, ‘Who are You, Lord?’ And He said, ‘I am Jesus whom you are persecuting.’”
So often we miss out on seeing God’s mighty hand move in the lives of others because we are afraid to go where the Lord is sending us to minister to the needs of others who may look or act different than us. Jesus tells His Disciple Ananias in a vision to go minister to Saul to assist in his conversion, but Ananias is reluctant due to Saul’s violent reputation, “ . . . Go, for he (Saul) is a chosen instrument of Mine, to bear My name before the Gentiles and kings and the sons of Israel; for I will show him how much he must suffer for My name’s sake.” Acts 9:15-16
There are some people reading this that need to see that the man who had the mass murder reputation of being the worst of the worst was actually God’s chosen instrument to go out and bear His Name. We need to think before we judge and condemn those who we think are hopeless and worthless. And just like Ananias, if God sends us to someone, He has already prepared the way for us with them. I’d rather die physically doing what God has called me to do than to spend an eternity knowing I didn’t and one who had been a chosen vessel was left behind because of my fear to go to them.
As the account of Saul/Paul continues, Divine appointments were made (Ananias went to lay hands on Saul as he was directed by Christ) for Saul’s eyes to be fully opened to Truth, and for Saul to be filled with the Holy Spirt as verse 17 tells us. Not only did Saul see and come to know Jesus Christ for Who He truly is, The Only Begotten Son of God, The Savior of the Word, King of Kings and Lord of Lords, but Paul also saw Who Jesus was to Paul personally, through Holy Spirit Who lived within Paul, the One that Comforted, Taught, Spoke to and through, Interceded for, provided for, and Directed Paul the rest of His life.
Paul was so overcome by what Christ had done for him personally, forgiving him for those things he did in misguided urgency, that he became to Jesus from that moment of conversion on a bond-servant who suffered terribly for his bold, unwavering faith in Christ; never giving up, never giving in, suffering more so in order to share the Truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ with others than anyone else I’ve studied in the Bible or ever heard of so far. But still in the end, Paul said that no matter our suffering for Christ, it is just character and faith building in us, and that it’s a momentary and light affliction compared to the surpassing greatness of Jesus, of really knowing Him and having Him operating fully in and through us. He knew there was far greater coming at the end of this life on earth for him and for those of us who suffer for Christ here.
2 Corinthians 4:17 “For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison.”
Philippians 3:8-10 “More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ, and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith, that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death”
You know like Apostle Paul, those of us whose eyes have been truly opened, who recognize Christ for Who He really is and what He has done and continues to do for us personally, we who recognize just what all He has forgiven us for, we can’t help but love and worship Jesus with all our heart, mind, body and soul. And we hunger and thirst after more of Him, deeper relationship, deeper prayer communication, deeper study of His Word and applying His Word to our daily lives. THAT is our reasonable service of worship.
“If you love Me, you will obey my commands” John 14:15
How are we going to keep his commands if we don’t study His word to know what all He tells us to do and not do and understand the depth and meaning of those commands?
In Luke 7 Jesus explained to the Pharisee why the woman in that story loved Him so much she was willing to pour out her most expensive perfume to anoint Him; to wash His dusty, dirt covered feet with her tears and kisses and to dry His feet with her own hair.
Luke 7:47-48 For this “reason I say to you, her sins, which are many, have been forgiven, for she loved much; but he who is forgiven little, loves little. Then He said to her, your sins have been forgiven.”
We must recognize our own dirt, the sin we carry and are covered in, and then we must recognize God’s love, grace and mercy to provide the forgiveness of that sin through His son Jesus, and our repentance – turning from it, asking His forgiveness, believing He is faithful to forgive, and then receiving that washing clean in our Savior’s blood – that is what gives us freedom and love, greater compassion for those who are still covered in their own dirt, loving them where they are while reaching out to give them a hand of hope so they don’t have to stay there either, a hand out of their muck and mire by bringing them to the cross. Seeing with open eyes God working in the hearts of man, that’s what gives us greater love for our Lord.
In our love for God it makes us desire to sin less and to become more like our Savior; in our compassion for others, it makes us want to share this repentance, blood cleansing gift more and more with others, no matter the cost to us to do so. Just as Paul became an urger, we should be urging ourselves and others too; urging the sacrifice of the body of every believer; urging every believer to reject conformity to the world; urging every believer to continue to study ourselves/themselves approved, to take every thought captive, to guard ours hearts and to choose our words carefully, to speak truth and life and blessings over ourselves and others, and to seek the continual renewing of our minds.
Romans 12:1-2 “Therefore, I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.”
As children of God, we must honor that Name we have been given by God, honor it with our hearts and our lives, not just our empty words. It is time for God’s people to step out from among the Idols and worship the One True Living God with our lives while we urge one another to live fully surrendered, fully dedicated to Him and His plans for our lives, and stop living in conformity to the world around us. God is calling in His remnant. He is pouring out His Spirit. He is giving us the 11th Hour call. Judgment is coming and we His church continue to play church. It’s time to come back to your First Love, if He ever truly was your First Love. If you cannot answer yes that Jesus Christ is your First and Best Love, then make your salvation relationship sure with Him today. Today is the day of salvation. Come to Jesus or return to Jesus. It’s that simple yet the most important decision you will ever make. Who knows how long you have to make your election and calling sure, so do it today.
Jesus says “you have not because you ask not” Matthew 7:7. Ask, repent, believe and receive.
“Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before stumbling” Proverbs 16:18 Have you ever truly been knocked off your high horse yet? If not, it’s coming because the Hebrews 9:27 says “And inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment”. Beloved, get right with God now before that day appointed for you comes or you will get left to hell in eternal damnation, an eternity burning in a real pit of never ending fire and darkness apart from God, a place where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth and not even a drop of water to cool the tongue. Just as there is a real place called Heaven in all the glorious wonderful Presence of God, there is a real hell, a horrible place that you do not have to go to, but once there, you have no way of ever getting out. Hell was created for the fallen angels, those prideful, rebellious, evil demons that fell from grace by following after their leader satan in rebellion to God. he and his demons have been roaming the earth trying to destroy as many of us as he can before he is cast into the eternal pit of fire . Sadly many humans go there willingly by choosing to blaspheme the Holy Spirit which is ignoring His call, refusing to come to Christ before it is too late, and they die in their sinful nature never accepting Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
If you have sealed your commitment with Christ, then what are you doing with the life He has given you? Jesus didn’t save us to sit. We have many people who need to know Truth and need to know they do not have to die apart from Christ. He is faithful to forgive all. No sin is too great that He didn’t already die to wash away for any human. How much do you value your relationship with Jesus? Don’t you want others to know Him and have that abundant life of peace, joy, and love that He came and died to give us? Are you willingly laying down your flesh, your desires, your life in this world in order to stand in the Truth of God’s Word, all of it, not just the feel good, easy parts? Are you teaching and leading as an example to your family, your co-workers, your community in the way of the Lord? How much are you willing to suffer or give up in order to urgently share Christ with others before it’s too late?
God loves you and I love you. Keep Walking!
“Process”, “Patience” & “Joy”. All 3 of these words I keep getting over & over in everything I see, confirmed yet again here. It’s just a process to develop me, I must have patience, there’s joy in the wait & in the morning of development! Yes & Amen!
Imagine yourself in a dark room with no windows, a deep red light eminating from nowhere yet everywhere, a stillness in the air like you have never before felt. Your eyes adjust to the strange color in this room and you know there is great purpose here, but what? This is the place where the picture of your life gets fully developed.
The first job I ever had at the ripe age of 14 was working for an amazing couple in Ruston, LA after school and during summer at a photography studio. My very intellectual and inquisitive mind took in all of the details surrounding how a beautiful picture is exposed then developed from film onto paper in this elusive, exciting, mysterious dark room. It reminds me of the pictures of our lives. The things we wish for others to see. The reason we get dressed up and stand before…
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Often I find myself in the Old Testament especially when preparing devotional teachings in life lessons as was the case here. I was studying 1 Samuel 25 and began to think about how common it is today to see people explode, lash out in violence, and curse others and themselves even in the emotion of anger and the sin of pride. Common, acceptable to many if not most these day, yet how dangerous & destructive these unbridled feelings and outbursts are to us & others as well; dangerous and destructive physically, emotionally & spiritually. Sometimes we get bound up so tight in Life’s situations & circumstances, other people’s attitudes, our emotions & insecurities, fears, ego and pride, that we feel like we are going to explode don’t we? And sometimes we do, explode that is, even those of us who really know better and should do better and that never ends good for anyone, especially us.
Here is the story of the beautiful, wise, peacemaker Abigail, her explosive & foolish husband Nabal, & David, the man who would become King, the man after God’s own heart. In these people & their divinely appointed interaction, it is my hope that we will see ourselves more clearly & those we encounter in a new light, and learn to work things out in a new way. I would encourage you to read the full story for yourself in 1 Samuel Chapter 25 and see what else the Lord reveals to you personally through it.
1 Samuel 25:29 “Should anyone rise up to pursue you and to seek your life, then the life of my lord shall be bound in the bundle of the living with the Lord Your God; but the lives of your enemies he will sling out as from the hollow of a sling.”
Abigail was an Israelite woman who lived in Maon. The Bible describes her as intelligent and beautiful in appearance. She had 5 maids that attended to her needs and she was married to a very rich businessman named Nabal, a Calebite who worked in Carmel. The Bible tells us that Nabal had 3,000 sheep and 1,000 goats. The Bible also tells us that Abigail was a woman of great faith & was praised for her wisdom in contrast to her husband Nabal who was arrogant and overbearing. It also implies that her husband’s great wealth had been brought about by the wisdom of his wife rather than himself.
The names of people in the bible are important because they can tell us a lot about the person’s character. Abigail means “My Father rejoiced” but her husband Nabal’s name means “fool”. In doing a Biblical word study of fool, it translates from several uncomplimentary words to describe unwise and ungodly people, their behavior is described as “folly” and folly is opposite of wisdom, fool is opposite of wise. We get “rude, ill-bread, course, violent, worthless, intentional or malicious folly” with scripture such as Job 2:10, Proverbs 12:16, Eccl 4:5, Proverbs 9:4-6, 1 Samuel 25:25; 26:21, & Matt. 25:17 to back it up. Folly is equaled with spiritual blindness to truth, including thoughtlessness, the pursuit of unbridled aspirations and a lifestyle characterized by envy, greed, & pride. Wisdom based only on human intellect and experiences without considering God is folly.
Abigail was a woman trapped in her hard situation in life. She demonstrates the fact that money does not buy love or happiness. Her marriage would have almost certainly been arranged so she was considered little more than lifestock to her foolish husband. She loved the Lord and trusted Him to keep her in inner peace through their relationship no matter what anyone else including her husband could do to her. Her valuable most prized possession was her relationship with God and she kept it bound in a bundle, safe within her heart, trusting Him to keep her safe in his arms of love and mercy at all times. She was confident that her life was bundled up in God’s will and it was out of this safe, secure position that she was able to do the right thing & encourage David, a stranger to her at the time, when he felt threatened, even preventing him from sinning against God.
God rewards those who are faithful to Him, while judging and ultimately destroying those who resist Him. Don’t ever envy those who seem to have worldly power, position & material wealth. You never know what they may be lacking inside or have sold and to whom in order to gain the world. God’s Word tells us that many times for the rich & famous here on earth, that may be all they ever have is material surface things, temporarily here on earth with no eternal value to their soul. We should never envy anyone for any reason but seek our own treasure in Christ, We who are secure in Christ will have eternal riches no matter our temporary financial state, rich or poor. We will have the fruit of the spirit, love, peace, joy, & more, fulfillment in life here & the hereafter in relationship with Christ. That is worth far more than any earthly treasure.
So back to our story, David and his 600 men were hiding from Saul in the wilderness of Paran camped near the town of Maon. Saul had been chasing David to kill him so that’s why they were hiding out. Animal Theft & property raids was a big problem for the big sheep owners at that time so it was customary for armies to camp around a wealthy man’s possessions to deter enemies from stealing those possessions and in exchange the wealthy man would feed the army and even provide other things to them because they were recognized by the flock owners as a blessing to have around.
So David and his men had been camped with a watchful eye on Nabal’s flocks making sure no one bothered them but Nabal being the selfish man he was, did not look at David and his men as a blessing God had placed there to protect his flocks. Nasty Nabal just accepted the protection but in his pride & entitlement he didn’t want to thank David or God for it. Nabal looked at them as a nuisance when it came time to return thanks for what they had done.
When it came time that Nabal was to hold a feast for his sheepshearers, David & his men were there guarding the sheep & they heard about Nabal’s feast so naturally as was customary, they requested some food. In his drunken state Nabal not only denies David’s request for food, he insults David’s 10 messengers he had sent to ask him for food, insinuating that David is a mere slave who has run away from his master, Saul. As if Nabals stingy refusal to repay David for his protection was not foolish enough, Nabal also treated David with contempt as if he were so far beneath Nabal’s status that David and his men owed something to Nabal.
From verse 25:17 we get that apparently this was not just a one time drunken mistake Nabal made in being offensive, but a lifestyle for Nabal. David was offended and angry to the point of deciding he would take vengeance into his own hands on Nabal by killing him and all his household. BUT GOD, intervened & delivered David from the set up of his sin & resulting destruction by satan, which satan meant to cause a barrier between David and God, to destroy David’s testimony as a man of God, and to prevent David from walking into and fulfilling his destiny purpose as future King and direct lineage of Jesus Christ. That’s satans agenda with each of us as well, to kill, steal & destroy. Again I say, BUT GOD!!!
Nabal’s servants knew he was always foolish and mean but they also knew this time he had gone too far and with the wrong person. They knew they would all be killed because of him unless a wise peacemaker intervened on their behalf to diffuse this situation. So who do they go to but a woman no less, they went to Nabal’s wise wife Abigail and told her what was happening & asked for her help.
Abigail’s discernment of David’s character was keen and so she anticipated David’s reaction and what it would take to bring about possible mercy on his part. She loaded a convoy of donkeys with food to feed all of David’s men. As soon as she met David, she impressed him with her beauty, humility, praise and advise to prevent him from bringing God’s judgment upon himself if he acted in hasty anger & murdered.
Abagail’s quick and wise actions saved not only David from making a rash decision to commit sinful murder, a mistake that would have cost him so much in his relationship with God and man, but also saved her & her household from being killed. Abigail was the vessel that God used to provide a way out of sin for David to prevent David from the sin of killing. Abigail was a peacemaker. She assessed the situation and acted quickly without regard to her own life, instead going to the furious David to make ammends for her foolish husband’s offense without worrying about herself or what Nabal would say or do to her for it. Her obedience to God and righteousness was worth all risk.
Abigail’s response models the importance of wisdom in everyday living, especially in the face of someone else’s foolishness. David’s response to Abigail & Nabal proves out what my very wise & discerning friends Kathi James & Trina Smith always say, “Your response is critical.” That means Think & Pray before you speak or act or you may live to regret it.
After Nabal became sober and heard about David’s plans to kill him, he got so upset & scared he had a heart attack & died. You know going around in all that anger and pride, acting out of explosive ego trips & throwing temper tantrums as many do is a terrible burden on the physical body. Angry people get sick much more often than peacemakers, not to mention the emotional & spiritual mess a person stays in. And doing stupid stuff when your drunk & having to wake up and face it can certainly take a toll on a person. Nabal was a walking time bomb for sure so his ticker went out.
Following Nabal’s death, David being a smart guy himself & seeing what a great catch Abigail was, he married her, making her the second of his eight wives. As David’s wife, Abigail was loved & favorably taken care of the rest of her life. The Bible tells us they had a son named Chileab (2 Samuel 3:3). The Bible also tells us that Abigail was later taken captive by the Amelekites when they captured Ziklag, but David went to the enemy’s camp and he rescued her & took back all that the enemy had stolen from him. (1 Samuel 30:1-18) Which is another awesome Bible lesson for another blog but I’d encourage you to study it. And Of course I’ll be singing one of my favorite songs, Enemy’s Camp, from Brownsville Revival, all day now. Heck that’s my theme song!
I want to stress that Not only was Abigail physically beautiful, but she was even more beautiful in character. Her faith, character and her intelligence are admirable and she became a great help mate and asset to David. She discerned & judged correctly both Nabal and later Saul as God judged them protecting David from harm. She recognized in David his title as King, despite his personal imperfection. She also recognized his valor in fighting God’s battles and where others only saw David as a rebel, she a redeemer. All of this was not merely just the intelligence of Abigail’s head, it is accompanied by the godly wisdom, love & kindness of her heart as well. We must use both our head and our heart in discerning the will of God, in listening & following Holy Spirit when intervening in a matter as He directs & leads. Abigail did just that. David recognized that God used Abigail to prevent him from making a horrible rash mistake out of anger that would have cost him much pain and destruction and many their lives.
Matthew 5:9 “Blessed are the Peacemaker’s for they shall be called Children of God”
To be a Peacemaker such as Abigail it requires a person be humble, not too proud to seek out right, not too proud to admit wrongs, not too proud to even put themselves in harms way in an effort to prevent or repair relationships damaged by others. Peacemakers humble their hearts before God and man, being secure in who they are with nothing to prove to others except their willingness to do what’s right because of their security in Whose they are.
Revelations 12:10-11 “then I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, Now the salvation, and the power, and the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our bretheren has been thrown down, he who accuses them before our God day and night. And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, AND THEY DID NOT LOVE THEIR LIFE EVEN WHEN FACED WITH DEATH”
What value do you place on your own lifestyle? on who you are in the eyes of the world around you? on your very physical life? Are you too afraid to risk any of these things in order to be a peacemaker among a world full of violence, prejudice and hate?
Galatians 2:20“I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.
Matthew 5:14-16 “You are the light of the world. A City set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” Abigail certainly was a light that shone before men.
Luke 4:13 tells us satan uses everything he can to break us, but Job 1:1-12 tells us clearly that while satan is allowed to test us, God is still always in control. God puts a hedge of protection around us, and always provides us a way of escape from all sin just as He provided to David through Abigail. However, It is up to us to look for that God given way of escape from sin and take the righteous way out as David did
Proverbs 31:10-31 speaks to us about what it is to be a woman of excellence so that we too can become such. That is where we find the example to live by as a strong but meek woman of God. Meekness is NOT weakness. Quite the opposite, Meekness is demonstrating self control under pressure. Abigail with her clear headed calm & quick thinking meekly brought an explosive situation to a peaceful end saving her life, the life of her people, and King David from murderous destruction. Abigail certainly demonstrates to us the meek yet strong Woman of Excellence. God always honors obedience and here with Abigail & David, the peacemaking meek woman who had endured the wrath of an abusive drunkard husband ended up the wife of a King who loved God with all his heart.
I want to leave you with these precious words that my dear friend Summer Peacock posted on Facebook in July, 2014. They really spoke to me then as they still do today. They are a reminder to me of the gentle woman of encouragement I want to always be to others:
“A woman who speaks words of encouragement and has an attitude of contentment is inviting; she draws people to her, even if she faces times of crisis and pain. When your gentleness is evident to all, others will know that the Lord is near and they, too, will rejoice.”
God loves you & I love you. Keep walking!
AMEN & AMEN! Good Message brought through my friend Julie Keene. Choose Faith not Fear
Psalm 34:4 – I prayed to the Lord, and He answered me. He freed me from all my fears.
Fear imprisons us and makes us forget to have faith in anything.
What a beautiful run this morning as the sun played peek-a-boo over the horizon, the birds began their beautiful chorus to the Creator God to welcome in the dawn, the flowers opened their sleepy buds to watch the sun and the dew on the bright green grass slowly became part of the breathtaking clouds above my head in the clear, blue sky. I had not one care in the world, I was completely overtaken by the magnificent beauty that surrounded me on all sides and I watched nature wake up right before my very eyes.
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Isaiah 11:16-12:6 “And there will be a highway from Assyria for the remnant of His people who will be left, just as there was for Israel in the day that they came up out of the land of Egypt. Then you will say on that day, I will give thanks to You, O Lord; for although You were angry with me, Your anger is turned away, and You comfort me. Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid; for the Lord God is my strength and song. And He has become my salvation. Therefore you will joyously draw water from the springs of salvation. And in that day you will say Give thanks to the Lord, call on His name. Make known His deeds among the peoples; Make them remember that His name is exalted. Praise the Lord in song, for He has done excellent things; Let this be known throughout the earth. Cry aloud and shout for joy, O inhabitant of Zion, for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.”
You know we enjoy cooking and eating at our house. As a matter of fact, Grace House is known for the amazing pies that my husband David bakes from scratch in what seems to me, a diabetic who doesn’t eat sweets, to be baked way too often. But I will say on those pies I do taste on occasion, they seem to always be better, more tasty, the day after baking, just as most food does, when it sits longer for the flavors to have time to marry and be enhanced over time rather than being thrown together just before eating. Left-overs are more enjoyable to the pallet and really when you think about it, it appears that being a left-over with God is more enjoyable too.
Over the last couple of years the Lord has been spotlighting the word “remnant” to me in scripture passages as well as many other non-Biblical places I see or hear that word. Something, or rather Someone – The Holy Spirit within me, quickens me to take note, pay attention, and of course, He being my Teacher of all things, has to me to dig deeper into this Word He is giving me.
In my morning’s Bible meditation today, once again the Word remnant jumped out at me from Isaiah 11:16. I saw the most beautiful promise for God’s remnant, those of us who will remain by the Grace of God, who will overcome as Revelations 12:11 tells us, because of the blood of the Lamb, the word of our testimony, and we do not love our life even when faced with death; those of us who will remain even when others around us fall away, give up on God or are destroyed by their lack of vision, lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes or pride of life. My God says that for His remnant, He will prepare a highway, a clear road to travel, a way of escape that we only need to step out in faith and take, from Assyria, which represents bondage, slavery, captivity and sure death, to freedom, salvation, abundant life in Christ, our promised land, just as He did for His people when He parted the Red Sea and led them to their promised land. And we don’t have to take 40 years to make an 11 day journey with the Lord like they did if we stay focused on Him, but of course with us being human as they were, we get to sight-seeing taking our focus off Him, or complaining as they did, that things we knew in captivity were better than the unknown of walking daily with Him so like them, we often make some bumps & ruts in our God-given Highway, slipping and tripping into muddy pot holes or ditches sometimes, so we have to circle the mountain a few times ourselves until we get back right with Him again.
Revelations 12:11 “And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death.”
That’s a problem for most Christians today and why they are not overcoming the enemy of our souls and the situations and circumstances, trials and tribulations, afflictions we face in this fallen earth; its because we just want to claim the first two parts of that verse and question God why we aren’t able to overcome. He tells us in the last part that we have to stop loving “our” life and start dying to self. We were never meant to look like or act like the world ya’ll. We are to be a set apart people for a set apart purpose – Kingdom people with Kingdom purpose, God’s peculiar treasure. Stop trying to fit in and start standing out as one who stands up for Jesus and lives according to His Word regardless of what the rest of the folks around you are doing. Then you will overcome anything you face. There is power in the Name of Jesus so if you bear His Name, then you need to shine in it from your forehead as the first thing people see in you as one who moves forward, not hidden behind your backside while you lay up and rest on your laurels. Each day is a new day to seek and serve the Lord. We must Keep walking!
That Word “Remnant” is interesting to me. What I found in the Old Testament Hebrew expresses meaning from several words: Yeter, “that which is left over”; she’ar, “that which remains”; she’rit, “residue”; pelitah, “one who escapes”; sarid, “a survivor”; and, sherut, “one loosed from bonds”. In the New Testament remnant comes from the Greek words: kataleimma, leimma, and loipos where several activities of everyday life are associated with these words conveying the meaning that these “remnant or left-over” objects or people are being separated from a larger group by selection, assignment, consumption (such as eating food), or by destruction. Whatever is “left over” is the residue, or in the case of people, those who remain after an epidemic, famine, drought, or war.
As a survivor of child molestation, teen pregnancy & abortion, addiction, grief, death of a child, divorce, sin sickness & living in destruction of all kinds, some by my own doing and some at the hands of other’s sin, but by the Grace of God today I am forgiven and have forgiven others; washed by the blood of Jesus and adorned in His love, His righteousness, I am one who has escaped and you can too. I have escaped from bondage to freedom; escaped death, hell and the grave because I have absolute faith that Jesus took back the keys to those things for me when He died on the cross and resurrected from the grave. I am a member of God’s remnant. I was loosed from my bonds and have escaped in the way of the Lord where no tribulation can ever destroy my spirit, His Spirit within me, I am counted blessed in that great number. Hallejulah! Are you? You can be my dear friend, no matter where you have been, no matter where you are right this moment, you can give your heart and life to Jesus as I have, and be set free. Just confess your need to Him now and ask for His forgiveness, and turn from it to walk in the Highway that He has prepared already for you, the way that you should go from here. Let Him use your mess as your message, your test did not destroy you, it is your testimony. Walk in God’s grace from here, forgiven and free.
That thought of epidemic, famine, drought and war made me think of Revelations again and the multitude from the Tribulation, and again look at God’s beautiful promise for those who remain faithful to Him in the end.
Revelations 7:9-17 “After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could count, from every nation and all tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes and palm branches were in their hands; and they cry out with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb. And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures; and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, saying, Amen, blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might, be to our God forever and ever. Amen. Then one of the elders answered, saying to me, These who are clothed in the white robes, who are they, and where have they come from? I said to him, My lord, you know. And he said to me, These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. For this reason, they are before the throne of God; and they serve Him day and night in His temple; and He who sits on the throne will spread His tabernacle over them. They will hunger no longer, nor thirst anymore; nor will the sun beat down on them, nor any heat; for the Lamb in the center of the throne will be their shepherd, and will guide them to springs of the water of life; and God will wipe every tear from their eyes.”
Isaiah 12:3 “Therefore you will joyously draw water from the springs of salvation.”
John 7:37-39 “Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water. But this He spoke of the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were to receive; for the Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.”
Revelations 7:17 “for the Lamb in the center of the throne will be their shepherd, and will guide them to springs of the water of life; and God will wipe every tear from their eyes.”
Holy Spirit of God, You flow from within me rivers of living water. You give me deep abiding abundant life, grace that is sufficient to face and walk through all things, peace in place of fear, strength in place of my weaknesses, joy in place of sorrow, eternal life which springs forth from within my soul. You spread Your tabernacle over me and cause me to dwell in Your Presence. I will praise and serve you day and night in this vessel, Your temple until You shed me of it for my Heavenly clothing. I joyously draw water from You Holy Spirit, the springs of my salvation. Jesus, I thank You my Lord and Savior for dying for me that I can live for You. It is an honor and privilege to be Your child. You wipe away all my tears and fill my heart with joy. Bless You my God. May You be blessed this day and every day through the works of Your Hands, the hearts of Your remnant, Your children, Abba, those who know you, and those who are still to come to know you. Holy Spirit fall on the lost and hurting soul who is reading this now, prick their heart and let all the deception, the shame, the guilt, the blame, the bitterness and the pain flow out of it so that You may fill it with faith in Jesus, with Your Spirit God and they, like me can know you and live to love You and others in the love that only You in us can bring. It’s all about You. It all comes from You. You are my love and my life. I am so thankful that in Your Kingdom those who are last here will be first and those who are first will be last. I am so grateful to be one of your multitude of left-overs in Jesus Name. Amen
God loves you and I love you. Keep Walking!
This is the third and final part of the unseen things that bring us Victory as a Child of God, the angel armies that our Father has standing on ready to defend you and me. I hope it brings you better understanding and comfort as you walk out this journey called life to face your trials and afflictions in boldness and faith. It’s a long blog because I just typed in the Spirit as He led, so chew on it as you can or print to use as a reference as needed later.
Did you know that as a child of God you have all of Heaven supporting you, fighting for you, and protecting you in the battles and dangers you face. You are not alone! You just have to have that emunah faith we discussed in Part 1 of this lesson and the Holy Spirit of God that we discussed in Part 2 in order seal your faith, look with your eyes, listen with your ears to trust God when you can’t trace Him, in order to believe Him when you can’t see Him, knowing that He is Who He says He is and He can and will do what He says He can and will do for you child. Ask Him to open your Spiritual eyes to see into all Truth in the battle you are facing. Ask Him to give you wisdom and discernment to know who is for you and who is against you, and to know how to fight to ensure you win the battles of life this side of Heaven. He has a host of angels ready, willing and able to defeat any enemy that comes against you.
I love the following scripture on Elisha and his servant. It shows us how critical our perception is, that is our view of ourselves and our situations and those who are coming against us. Our perception is critical in how secure we feel we are in life’s battles, whether we stand in faith, believing God is for us and with us to fight to win, or if our perception is tainted, distorted by doubt, fear, shame & guilt, we will cower and run feeling like we are abandoned in this situation to fight all alone with no hope of victory so we throw in the towel, concede to our enemies, our sin, ourselves, and give up in defeat. Hey, Jesus didn’t throw in the towel and give up on me so I’m not throwing in the towel to give up on Him! I’m fighting with Him with my eyes fixed on Him, knowing He is by me with Heaven’s army at the ready and He is all-powerful in me to win! Amen!!!
2 Kings 6:8-17 8Now the king of Aram was at war with Israel. After conferring with his officers, he said, “I will set up my camp in such and such a place.” 9The man of God sent word to the king of Israel: “Beware of passing that place, because the Arameans are going down there.” 10So the king of Israel checked on the place indicated by the man of God. Time and again Elisha warned the king, so that he was on his guard in such places. 11This enraged the king of Aram. He summoned his officers and demanded of them, “Tell me! Which of us is on the side of the king of Israel?” 12“None of us, my LORD the king,” said one of his officers, “but Elisha, the prophet who is in Israel, tells the king of Israel the very words you speak in your bedroom.” 13“Go, find out where he is,” the king ordered, “so I can send men and capture him.” The report came back: “He is in Dothan.” 14Then he sent horses and chariots and a strong force there. They went by night and surrounded the city. 15When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. “Oh no, my LORD! What shall we do?” the servant asked. 16“Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” 17And Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, LORD, so that he may see.” Then the LORD opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.”
The Arameans had plotted to capture Elisha the Prophet – the man of God, to stop him from telling the Israelites, God’s chosen people, how to avoid disaster, destruction and death to overcome their enemy and win.
I’d dare say the enemy sets up traps for you & me too every day, But God! Just like with Elisha, God has a host of angels ministering (serving) on our behalf too. If you could just see into the Spirit realm you would see like Elisha and his servant did and understand that there are more fighting with you and for you than there are fighting against you.
God wants us to look at Him, focus on Him, and not focus on the enemy or our circumstances. Meditate on the truth of God’s words, not the enemies lies and all the fearful thoughts that devil sends to you. Celebrate your victory even when you don’t see it yet with your natural eyes. Don’t even consider the possibility of defeat. There is no defeat in Christ.
The Bible goes on to tell us how the battle came out for Elisha in 2 Kings 6:18-23. Elisha didn’t have to pick up the worlds weapons. He didn’t have to run or hide. He didn’t even have to resort to the same tactics that his enemy was using. Elisha just had to stand firm in his faith in God, pray, believing that God would perform the miracles Elisha was asking of Him, and then step out in faith, believing and receiving as God did just as Elisha asked Him to.
2Kings 6:18-23 “As the enemy came down toward him, Elisha prayed to the LORD, “Strike this army with blindness.” So he struck them with blindness, as Elisha had asked. Elisha told them, “This is not the road and this is not the city. Follow me, and I will lead you to the man you are looking for.” And he led them to Samaria. After they entered the city, Elisha said, “LORD, open the eyes of these men so they can see.” Then the LORD opened their eyes and they looked, and there they were, inside Samaria. When the king of Israel saw them, he asked Elisha, “Shall I kill them, my father? Shall I kill them?” “Do not kill them,” he answered. “Would you kill those you have captured with your own sword or bow? Set food and water before them so that they may eat and drink and then go back to their master.” So he prepared a great feast for them, and after they had finished eating and drinking, he sent them away, and they returned to their master. So the bands from Aram stopped raiding Israel’s territory.
If you are in Christ, don’t run from life’s battles, run TO the battle line with the name of Jesus on you and in you. Be assured the devil will flee when you use your weapons of warfare.
Ephesians 6:10-18 “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Stand firm therefore, Having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints.”
Our part in the battles of this life is to
- Pray – Praise, Repent, Ask, Yield
- Exercise your God given authority as a child of God – speak those things that aren’t (yet) as if they are! And you MUST speak out loud because the devil and his demons cannot read your thoughts, however they can gain much tactical information on how to destroy you through your body language and actions. So be sober minded and on alert and speak as one with all authority as a child of God, speak the power of life out loud over yourself, your loved ones and your situations.
3.Obey God – Repent where and when necessary to keep the clean stream flowing to see and hear more clearly to Holy Spirit in you so you don’t block the flow with sin. Listen and move as the Holy Spirit leads you step by step.
And remember, God sends His angels to fight for us and protect us.
Romans 8:31-39 “What then shall we say to these things? If god is for us who is against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things? Who will bring a charge against God’s elect? God is the one who justifies; who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, yet, rather who was raised who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us. Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress or persecution or famine or nakedness or peril or sword? Just as it is written for your sake we are being put to death all day long; we were considered as sheep to be slaughtered. But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Romans 8:28 “And we know God uses all things to good to those who love Him and those who have been called according to His purpose.”
Proverbs 3:5 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight”
Hebrews 1:14 “Are they (ANGELS) not all ministering spirits, sent out to render service for the sake of those who will inherit salvation?”
We who know Christ as Lord and Savior of our heart and life are the “heirs of salvation” according to
Romans 8:16-17 “The (Holy) Spirit itself bears witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with Him, that we may be also glorified together”.
As John 6:44 & 65; and Rev 21:7 tell us, Christians are those called by God to one day “inherit all things”. Contrary to many popular beliefs, people never turn into angels when they go to heaven, so the bell ringing of the old movie “It’s a wonderful life” was just a Hollywood fable. Humans and humans created to live in relationship with God as His children, adopted sons and daughters. Angels are spirit beings created by God with greater knowledge and power than human beings (II Peter 2:11) created for the purpose of assisting those called and begotten by God (humans). Angels have been given power by God to do what they are called to do but they are not like God who is the only one who is All-Present, All-Knowing and All-Powerful. Humans are the only ones that God says are created in His Image. Angels were created as servants to God.
Here me on this, we are not to worship angels. We are led by the Holy Spirit, the 3rd person of the Trinity Godhead, as He appoints over us His angels to direct our path and fight for us.
Rev. 19:10 “And I (John) fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me See that you do not do that! I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren who have the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”
The Greek term translated “to minister”, in Hebrews 1:14 is leitourgeo, meaning “to worship, obey, relieve”. God will never leave you nor forsake you but you can quench the Holy Spirit causing you not to hear Him or operate or walk in Him and causing Him to withdraw His protective angels.
Exodus 23:20-22 “Behold, I send an angel before you to keep you in the way and to bring you into the place which I have prepared. Beware of Him and obey His voice; do not provoke Him, for He will not pardon your transgressions; for My name is in Him. But if you indeed obey His voice and do all that I speak, then I will be an enemy to your enemies and an adversary to your adversaries.”
Apostle Pauls’ says in 1 Corinthians 6:3 ”Do you not know that we shall judge angels? How much more, things that pertain to this life?”
These verses show that angels serve God’s people now and will also serve and answer to His children in the future.
In Job and in some other scriptures, angels are referred to as sons of God but they were not begotten of God as Christ was, they were called sons because they were created by God.
Romans 8:29 “says that Christ is “the firstborn among many brethren” – that again is us humans who are grafted in to God’s family by knowing Jesus as our Lord and Savior.
It is not biblical to say that we have only 1 Guardian angel per person, and again, your dearly departed loved one is not your guardian angel. They are up there praising and living in their eternal blessed glory with Abba God and Jesus. God’s word tells us He has a host of angels working on our behalf so let’s be glad in the fact that our loved ones don’t have to come back to do that work ok. There work on this earth is done.
Psalms 91:11 “for He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways.”
When Jesus was being tempted in the wilderness by satan the Bible says that satan said to Jesus:
Matthew 4:6 “and said to Him, if you are the son of God throw yourself down; for it is written, He will command His angels concerning you and on their hands they will bear you up so that you will not strike your foot against a stone”
Psalms 91:11 “For He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways.”
No one knows for sure how many angels were actually created. The bible tells us that when Lucifer, later renamed satan, was thrown out of Heaven because of his prideful rebellion, he took 1/3 of the angels with him and they became demons.
King David demonstrated the number of angels that are loyal to God by saying in
Psalms 68:17 “The chariots of God are twenty thousand, even thousands of angels: the Lord is among them, as in Sinai, in the holy place”
This shows that we have a vast spirit army on our side who wins! Whenever angels carry out their responsibilities, they are acting strictly on behalf of the Father and Christ and according to their express will and intent.
Revelations 5:11 says “ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands”
There is an infinite or innumerable multitude of angels in God’s Kingdom, some in Heaven and some serving Him here among us on earth.
Matthew 26:53 “Or do you think that I cannot now pray to My Father, and He will provide Me with more than twelve legions of angels?” (72,000)
Michael and Gabriel are the only two angels mentioned by name in the entire Bible. Angels have appointed assignments and their functions are different, just as our needs for them are different.
Psalm 34:7 “The angel of the Lord encamps round about them that fear Him and delivers them.”
Gabriel has been sent at times as mentioned in the bible to give understanding to humans of God’s plan such as to Zacharias, the father of John the Baptist (Luke 1:8) and Mary the Mother of Jesus) (Luke 1:30).
Michael was created as a warring spirit angel. Many times the Bible tells us Michael was involved in fighting the enemies of God and enemies of God’s people. Satan cannot stand against Michael and his angels. They are always victorious.
Daniel 12:1 “At that time Michael shall stand up, the great prince who stands watch over the sons of your people; and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation. Even to that time. And at that time your people shall be delivered, every one who is found written in the book.”
“Yet Michael the archangel, in contending with the devil, when he disputed about the body of Moses, dared not bring against him a reviling accusation, but said, “The Lord rebuke you!” Jude 1:9
Rev. 12:7-8 “and war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer”
In the book of Daniel, Michael came to Gabriel’s aid when he was unable to fight his way through the demonic principalities of the air (Daniel 10:13)
Many biblical accounts of angels physically manifesting themselves to God’s people show that they appeared as men, not women and not children. Again, the TV show “Touched by an Angel” was fiction.
Genesis 18 – three “men” visited Abraham . One of them was the “Angel of the Lord” and the other two were angels appearing as men. “angel of the Lord is the pre-incarnate Jesus” stayed behind with Abraham while the two angels went ahead to the city of Sodom. (again the account continues in Genesis 19:1 and are referred to as men in verse 5 where the perverted citizens of Sodom accosted Lot, demanding that he turn his guests over to them.
In the New Testament, angels appear as men in Matthew 28:5 and Mark 16:5 to Mary Magdalene and Mary, Zebedee’s wife; Luke 24:4 where they waited at Christ’s tomb as men and John 20:11-13 described the men as angels. Many New Testament accounts reference angels being present during the apostolic era where there was so much opposition to the Church and the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Matt 1:20; 2:19; 28:2-7; Luke 1:11-20; 26-38; Acts 5:19-20; 10:3-6; 12;7-9; Matt 18:10 and Galatians 1:8.
Here’s why this is very important to us today to understand as we can all see that evil is very present as the Word tells us and we need to understand that we are not fighting the battle alone. This is a Kingdom battle with spiritual warriors on both sides and we humans in the middle. There is no neutral ground.
One of my favorite scriptures that always reminds me of my Mamaw Franklin, my Mother’s Mother who lived in Tennessee is Hebrews 13:2. My mother said that when she was a little girl following the depression, my Mamaw would leave plates of food out on the back steps of their home for the Hobo’s who would walk up from the train tracks and eat it. Momma said that she was embarrassed about the Hobo’s always coming to their back door so when she said this to Mamaw that she wished she didn’t feed them, Mamaw quoted this scripture to her and said we never know when we are entertaining angels unaware. Mama didn’t complain to Mamaw anymore. My grandmother was not an educated woman by the worlds standards but a very wise and discerning soul, a faithful Woman of God very spiritually intuned with many gifts that were used to serve God by serving others.
Hebrews 13:2 “Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares”
As this scripture also tells us, when involving themselves in human affairs, angels seldom, if ever make it known that they are angels. Sometimes we find out after the fact, but usually never while they are here serving our needs or as in the case of my Mamaw, and Abraham in Genesis 18:1-8, Rahab and others in serving them while they are out serving God, as God has given us that opportunity.
Paul’s instructs us here that we are to always respond to those who ask for or need our hospitality as if they were God’s own spiritual messengers. Our treatment of these “strangers” may have a direct bearing on the extent to which we receive angelic protection and intervention.
When the saints of the Lord come together to pray, praise, and worship, the Lord’s Angels will enter into the midst of them.
Luke 15:10 “Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents”
God’s Word clearly tells us to Fear Not and it also tells us that we have Heaven’s army fighting for us as well as “we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us”
2 Timothy 1:7 “For God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power and love and a sound mind”
– Satan uses fear to cause us to take our focus off God.
– Fear is a trap satan uses to keep us from yielding our lives to God and experiencing God’s peace & love
– Satan may win a few battles on this earth but the victory is God’s in the end and ours too,
– Fear is the emotional pain in the soul of unbelief.
– When we feel fear, it is God’s warning light to us that we need to respond with faith.
– Fear & faith cannot exist simultaneously in our soul.
1 John 4:18 perfect love cast out fear, because fear involves punishment and the one who fears is not perfected in love” “There is no fear in love;
If God abides in us and we abide in Him, we will know Him and communicate with Him and trust Him.
Prov. 23:;7 tells us “what a man thinks that he is”
Isaiah 41:10 “Do not fear, for I am with you, Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with my righteous right hand”
Phil 4:4-9 tells us be anxious for nothing and it tells us how to have peace by dwelling on the things of God.
Romans 8:6 “The mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the spirit is life and peace”
Luke 12:25-26 “And which of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life’s span? If then you cannot do even a very little thing, why do you worry about other matters?”
Psalm 103:20 “Praise the Lord, you angels, you mighty ones who carry out His plans, listening for each of His commands.”
Just as the secret service is always on the job, behind the scenes, watching and protecting earthly Kings, Prime Minister’s and President’s kids, we are children of the King of Kings, Jehovah God, are safety protected by his secret service angels too. These guardians not only specialize in observing and protecting, they also do their job without being noticed, sent to serve those who will receive salvation as Hebrews 1:14 tells us. Remember that wreck that should have taken you out but you walked away without a scratch while you were still out there living like the devil, well God knew before the world began that you were one who would receive salvation, just as you have now right, and here you were preserved until such as time as this.
Jesus tells us in Luke 16:22 that even when our time on earth is done and it’s time for our earthly death, for those of us who will be going to Heaven, God sends His angels to accompany us on our way home there too. That’s so comforting to me as a mother whose son has gone on to his eternal heavenly home, knowing that even though I was not there with Jordi when he died, Holy Spirit was, as were the ministering angels He called to come accompany his son home to glory.
I will leave you with these true stories from my own personal life where on three specific occasions I know God’s angels were sent to watch over and protect me. There are many many more where I had to have been entertaining angels unaware or I would sure not be here today.
The first was at Grace House where I was given clear vision to see out my kitchen window one more of a demonic in the form of a disfigured man that was cowered down, limping away from the front of our home as if he had been turned back forcibly by something as he tried to enter our home to destroy. He was looking back over his shoulder, looking straight into my eyes and then peering to my left at something as I stood watching this scene happening before my eyes. He had this look on his face of defeat and I had the understanding that he had been unable to accomplish his mission to gain access to our home. Then God showed me what was standing to my left that this demonic was cowering away from. He had been overpowered by the huge angel that was standing by the porch post on the corner of the house with sword drawn. The look was like when a dog has been scolded or overpowered and it cowers away with head down and tail tucked between its legs. Holy Spirit spoke to me in that moment and said, ”fear not, there are angels stationed on the four corners of your home, the enemy cannot cross the blood line, nor enter in. This ground is holy and consecrated unto God; you and all within are protected by God.” I was at perfect peace and have been all the days we have been here ministering and living at Grace House.
The second was in the Millard Jail where I went to pick up a young women one night to bring her into Jacob’s Well Recovery Center. I had interviewed her for the program during the day and was supposed to take her with me at the conclusion of the interview but suddenly a $7,000 bond hold appeared on her computer records when they were trying to process her out. The jailer told me she would have to get that taken care of first before she could be released. I went on back to Jacob’s Well where my husband and I were Directors and house parents at the time and about 6pm we began a house meeting with staff and the residents. My phone rang and it was the jail calling to say that the bond had been cleared up and could I come back right then to get the girl while she was already packed and being processed out ready to go. I jumped in my car and went back to the jail which was just about 5 minutes away. When I walked in I noticed this lady sitting at a table, actually I noticed the cute antique looking boots she was wearing first because I admit I have a slight boot obsession ok, well maybe not so slight but that’s for another blog lol. Anyway, as I was walking towards the lady and past her to the intercom to tell the guard I was there to pick up the girl, this lady gets this very strange look of almost shock on her face and looks a little pale and shaky to me. She was looking behind me and staring at me, almost through me, like she is following something as I moved forward. Well it was night and I was in a jail so at first I thought someone may be coming up behind me but I just kept going on my mission and pressed the intercom button, alerted the guard who I was and who I was there to pick up. When I did the lady seem to snap back to herself and she began to cry really hard, like uncontrollably in what looked like a release of something, relief and gratitude, thanking me and thanking God. She ask me did she hear me correctly, that I was there to get . . . where she named her daughter. She kept thanking me saying she was the mother of the girl I was there to pick up and how she had been praying not knowing how to handle this jail and bond situation. She said that she was called that morning and told by her daughter that she could go to recovery after I had interviewed her, but then called back and told she couldn’t get out to go to recovery because a bond had appeared on her record so until the bond was taken care of she would have to stay in jail and may miss the opportunity to go to recovery all together if we filled the bed. So she begged her mother to come up there that day to get it cleared up. She said that this was the first they had heard of a bond so she had called a bondsman, who suddenly appeared from another door as she was talking to me, and she introduced him to me as she was still crying and thanking me. The bondsman told me when they got there to bond her out they were told that the bond issue had been resolved and she was free to go to recovery but they were waiting to make sure that happened before they left. As you will see this mix up was all ordained for me and the lady to see one another that very night or for her to see something greater than me. The mom kept telling me I was an answer to her prayers so I knew she was a praying woman and believer in the power of God. I took the girl that night back to the recovery center with me where all went well.
About 2-3 days later I got a text from the mother saying that she hoped I didn’t think she was crazy but she had to tell me what she saw the night I entered the jail. She said although she didn’t know me, she knew immediately I was someone very special with a high calling and anointing on my life doing the work of God because when I walked through the front door she could see angels all around me with swords on their sides walking with me every step I took, guarding me as I walked. She said it was incredible and she couldn’t stop staring because she couldn’t believe her eyes. She said she knew I had to have seen her staring at me but she wasn’t going to say anything since she knew I would think she was crazy. She said that over the next couple of days she kept feeling like she needed to tell me because she believed that the Lord wanted me to know what she saw, that He has angel armies guarding me, protecting me as I go forth fulfilling God’s special call on my life. She said that it was the most amazing thing she had ever seen and that she had seen things in the spiritual before. David and I were together working with some of the girls when the text came in. We read it and we all cried. How blessed am I and all of us to be covered under the shadow of the Almighty.
The third time I was at Trinity Outreach Ministries, at the end of Morning Worship during alter call where I was consumed in deep prayer, praying in the Spirit interceding for others who were at the alter being prayed over and Pastor prayed over me at the last too. At the conclusion, I said goodbyes to people and made my way out of the crowded church to my car. Just as I was driving away a very anointed Minister of God came running out to flag me down excitedly saying she tried to find me because she had to tell me the most amazingly beautiful thing that she saw while I was praying at the alter. She said that “a huge beautiful white feathered wing appeared coming down from Heaven and wrapped itself around me, covering me completely, hiding me under the shelter of God’s righteous right arm.” She said that it was the most beautiful thing to see and God spoke to her and showed her how deeply loved I am by Him. This precious lady is a powerfully anointed Woman of God and a dear sister and friend. If she said it I believe it. This vision God gave her of His covering on me blessed me so much and gave me such peace. Friends God loves you in this way too. Seek to live in One with Him and He will reveal these sweet mercies to you all.
Psalms 36:7 “How precious is Your lovingkindness, O God! And the children of men take refuge in the shadow of Your wings.”
Remember know that you know Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord; Worship God, not Angels; pray for Baptism of Holy Spirit; pray in the Spirit; walk in the Spirit; study and apply to your life the full counsel of the Word of God; live in faith and live faithful to God.
God loves you and I love you. Keep Walking!