Angels That Guard You

By on July 21, 2019

Scripture reading from Psalm 91

2 Comments to “Angels That Guard You”

  1. Victor Fernandes
    August 22, 2019

    Absolutely true, God is always faithfulthats why He said heaven n earth shall pass away but my ward shallow pass. Thanks.

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  2. Donald McMahon
    July 22, 2019

    “Angels that Guard You (Psalm 91)(7.21.19)
    LET US PRAY.
    Psalm 91 (NIV84)
    1 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
    will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
    2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”
    3 Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare
    and from the deadly pestilence.
    4 He will cover you with his feathers,
    and under his wings you will find refuge;
    his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
    5 You will not fear the terror of night,
    nor the arrow that flies by day,
    6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
    nor the plague that destroys at midday.
    7 A thousand may fall at your side,
    ten thousand at your right hand,
    but it will not come near you.
    8 You will only observe with your eyes
    and see the punishment of the wicked.
    9 If you make the Most High your dwelling—
    even the Lord, who is my refuge—
    10 then no harm will befall you,
    no disaster will come near your tent.
    11 For he will command his angels concerning you
    to guard you in all your ways;
    12 they will lift you up in their hands,
    so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
    13 You will tread upon the lion and the cobra;
    you will trample the great lion and the serpent.
    14 “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
    15 He will call upon me, and I will answer him;
    I will be with him in trouble,
    I will deliver him and honor him.
    16 With long life will I satisfy him
    and show him my salvation.”
    The word of God for the people of God.
    Title: Angels that Guard You
    INTRODUCTION:
    This week, one of our VBS Bible lessons was about the baptism of Jesus. Immediately after His baptism, Jesus was led into the desert to be tempted by the devil. In that temptation, the devil partially quoted Psalm 91:
    “For he will command his angels concerning you; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.”
    This is a common trick of the Deceiver, misquoting or modifying God’s word. Did you notice that he left out “to guard you in all your ways?” This is a crucial distinction because the parameters for protection require all our ways to be in the shadow of the Almighty. The parameters of protection requires us to profess God’s word. Jesus combats and defeats Satan by quoting, “Do not put the Lord your God to the test.” If we put God to the test, we are not walking in the way of our Lord.
    When the devil left Jesus, angels came and attended to Him. As a matter of fact, angels were always available in Jesus’ life and ministry. Angels announced His birth and directed shepherds to Bethlehem. Angels counseled Mary and Joseph before Jesus’ birth and warned them to flee to Egypt for safety when He was a toddler. In the Garden of Gethsemane, an angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him. At His arrest, Jesus states that he has more than 12 legions of angels at His disposal. Angels rolled away the stone of Jesus’ tomb, which we also studied during VBS. Angels witnessed Jesus’ ascending into heaven and announced that Jesus would return in the same way. And, we are told that angels will come with Jesus when He comes again.
    BODY:
    The Bible is very clear that angels are real and active in the world. Angels are literally everywhere, interacting with individuals and with nations. Jesus testifies to this truth:
    John 1:51 (NIV84) He then added, “I tell you the truth, you shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”
    Matthew 18:10 (NIV84) “See that you do not look down on one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven.”
    Luke 15:10 (NIV84) “In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”
    Luke 16:22 (NIV84) “The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried.
    The angels are agents and messengers of God and serve His purposes for this world. They look over us from the time we are children. They are concerned with our salvation and with our eternal life. In all our ways they will guard us.
    James Zintgraff remembers what happened when he was eleven years old:
    “The summer that Cullen was five years old, I was swimming with him and his cousins in their pool. One of the adults had said, “OK, everyone out of the pool.” Everyone else had headed inside the house, when Cullen saw a plastic life raft come floating by.
    He said, “Hey, James, watch this,” as he stepped off the side of the pool onto the raft like it was a solid piece. It flipped out from under him, and he fell backward into the water, grazing his head on the side of the pool as he fell. It was the deep end of the pool, and I watched Cullen, with his arms and legs outstretched, just start sinking to the bottom.
    I dove in and grabbed him under the arms, but he is unusually big for his age and weighed more than I did. His dad always said that he felt like a chunk of lead when you tried to lift him, so I wondered if I could get him to the top of the water—especially since he must have been dazed from scraping his head on the concrete.
    I knew we were in trouble, so I called on God, and suddenly, I felt someone grab me from behind and begin pushing Cullen and me straight up from the bottom of the pool. (I thought one of the adults had seen us and dove in to help me.) I shot up out of the water with Cullen above me. Then it was like someone pulled Cullen from my arms and laid him on the side of the pool. (I was in water way over my head, so there was no way I could have lifted deadweight out of the pool.)
    Cullen started crying and coughing, and when I looked around, no one was there—absolutely no one! I knew God had heard me call, and He had sent an angel to answer my call, just like He promises in Psalm 91.
    By this time the adults came running out of the house to see if we were OK. They treated me like a hero, and I was given a plaque that says, “James Zintgraff saved Cullen Ruth’s life,” but I knew that I could not have done that rescue alone. I was only an eleven-year-old kid. I know that God heard me and sent His angel to answer my call.”
    Billy Graham says: “As an evangelist, I have often felt too far spent to minister from the pulpit to men and women who have filled stadiums to hear a message from the Lord. Yet again and again my weakness has vanished, and my strength has been renewed. I have been filled with God’s power not only in my soul but physically. On many occasions, God has become especially real, and has sent His unseen angelic visitors to touch my body to let me be His messenger for heaven, speaking as a dying man to dying men.”
    Author Peggy Joyce Ruth shares:
    “A modern-day example involves someone we know personally. Floyd Bowers, a close friend of ours who worked in the mines of Clovis, New Mexico, had the responsibility of setting off the explosives. One particular day he was ready to push the switch when someone tapped him on the shoulder. To his surprise no one was anywhere around. Deciding it must have been his imagination, he prepared once again to detonate the dynamite, but he felt another tap on his shoulder. Again, no one was there. Floyd decided to move all the ignition equipment several hundred feet back up the tunnel. When he finally plunged the charger, the whole top of the tunnel caved in exactly where he had been standing. A coincidence? You could never make our friend believe that. He knew someone had tapped him on the shoulder.”
    For the sake of time, I have edited the testimony of FRED AND BOBBIE STRICKLAND
    “In every life there are days of joy and days of tragedy, days of peace and days when everything you’ve ever believed about God’s faithfulness is put to the test. An early day in May 2000 was such a day in our lives. Early that morning we sat together and prayed, as we usually do before a trip. We prayed God’s protection over us that we would arrive safely to San Angelo, Texas, where we were scheduled to pick up a large U-Haul moving truck, unload all our furniture from storage, and move it all to Glen Rose, Texas, our new home.
    Rain had been pelting Highway 67 from Glen Rose to Stephenville since early morning. Dark clouds hovered over the entire area, and we were aware that we should travel safely, for the highway was slick. We had approached a truck and trailer going very slowly. To get around the truck, Fred had to accelerate, and when he did, he began to hydroplane. “Bobbie Kaye, we’re going off the road,” he said. “I’m losing control! I’m losing control!”
    And in that freeze-framed moment, in what seemed like slow motion, our fully loaded truck began to turn over repeatedly, several times, until finally the motion subsided, and we sat upright in a farmer’s field.
    Through years of teaching from the Bible, we had come to know that words are literally a matter of life or death. My words from Psalm 91 that day, as our truck was flipping over and over, literally erupted up out of my spirit and through my mouth: “Father, because we have loved You, therefore You will deliver us! You will set us securely on high because we have known Your name! You have given your angels charge over us to keep us in all our ways! Thank You, Father, for saving us!”
    Because the truck had landed right side up, I quickly breathed a prayer of thanks and looked over at my husband. He was deathly pale with blood trickling down both sides of his head. I knew in that moment that he was critically injured, but again the spirit and the Word of God rose up in me, and I shouted at him, “You will live and not die, and declare the works of the Lord!”
    Then, after grabbing Fred’s briefcase, I quickly exited the smoking vehicle and walked up toward the highway for help. A young woman who had been behind us on the highway saw us go off the road, and had already called 911. We knew later that God had strategically placed just the right person behind us that day, so that someone could be there to help us. It turned out that she had been a former student of Fred during the days when he had been a vice principal at Glen Rose High School, years before. She knew us!
    She then quickly made me sit down on the ground, telling me that I looked to be in shock, all the while assuring me that help was on the way. In the meantime, Fred sat alone in a smoking truck, not knowing if he would live or die. He began to talk to the Lord, repenting and asking for help. He was aware that no one was there helping him and wondered why he’d been left there alone.
    As fearful thoughts began to envelop him, he suddenly felt a firm warm hand on his shoulder and heard the sweet gentle words of a woman saying to him, “Honey, you’re going to be all right. Everything is going to be all right.” Days later, as he remembered this terrifying moment in the truck, he would tell me and others about the woman coming to him. He asked us who it was. I told him that no one went back to that truck until the paramedics came—not I or our former student.
    There had been no one out in that field but him. But someone had spoken to him and reassured him. Someone had definitely been there! Who could be there with him? An angel? Yes, I believe an angel came that day to help my husband.
    Fred was eventually removed from the crushed truck by the paramedics, who came sometime later. We went to the Stephenville hospital, were checked out, and I was found to be in fairly good shape. Fred, however, was sent to the trauma unit at Harris Hospital in Ft. Worth. His head had been severely injured by a computer and steel toolbox that had been in the backseat of the truck. Apparently, they both hit his head as the truck rolled. His scalp was practically all removed from his head, and his back had been broken in several places. His entire body had been traumatized from all the contents of the backseat of the truck falling on him.
    He knew he was seriously injured. But God was faithful. The doctors told Fred that the MRIs had indicated that several vertebrae had been broken and that his head was injured to the point that he surely would endure permanent brain damage.
    They built Fred a body cast to be worn every day, which was made of a hard acrylic. It looked like a Roman soldier’s shield and went from neck to hip. He was told that he should have to wear it for six months to a year, maybe longer. He would become addicted to the painkillers and would face that also. Their prognosis was one of hopelessness and despair.
    But God was faithful. He had also said in Psalm 91 that He would satisfy us with a long life (v. 16). We knew that Fred could have that life if he would only believe and trust. We believed, we trusted, and God was faithful. In two or three months, Fred was able to remove the cast, and his head was healed from the critical brain injury that he was supposed to have. By autumn he was coaching in a Christian school! Praise His holy name!
    Many, many times in our lives we have been assaulted by the devil and by life itself. We’ve had many chances to despair, but we have learned that we can always stand on God’s holy Word. Psalm 91 is our covenant, and God is faithful if we believe and confess it. It is forever settled in heaven. God is good, and His mercy endures forever.”
    CONCLUSION:
    Do you remember this story of Elisha when he was surrounded by his enemies?
    2 Kings 6:15–17 (NIV84)
    15 When 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, 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.”
    17 And Elisha prayed, “O Lord, open his eyes so 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.
    Have your eyes been opened? Can you see that our God has made us great promises?
    11 For he will command his angels concerning you
    to guard you in all your ways;
    12 they will lift you up in their hands,
    so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
    Remember that these are conditional promises. Two weeks ago, we examined the requirement to Make the Most High Your Dwelling. Last week, we saw the Power in Professing God’s Word: I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” Today we are greatly encouraged to know that God’s angels have been commanded to watch over us. The condition is that we are walking in the ways of our Lord.
    Isaiah 30:20–21 (NIV84) tells us.
    20 Although the Lord gives you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, your teachers will be hidden no more; with your own eyes you will see them. 21 Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”
    Amen and amen. Let us pray.

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