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Angels in Charge

Today, I’d like to share a story which illustrates God’s supernatural intervention on behalf of ordinary people who belong to Him.

My family and I were on our way to an eagerly anticipated revival service at our church. We stopped at a busy intersection with a particularly blind corner — a light pole on one side and a fence on the other. In order to see the traffic coming from both directions, it was necessary to pull a few feet past the stop sign.

As we waited our turn to cross the intersection, to my sudden alarm, a driver turning left onto the street where we were stopped cut his turn way too sharply. He had not noticed until it was too late that he was turning directly into the path of another vehicle, and he was making a last-second, desperate (but futile) attempt to avoid a collision. Of course, there was no time for us to back up and get out of his way. We just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

The oncoming car did not have time to stop, and smacked the left-turner broadside, spinning him around. As they crashed and spun, I tensed and shut my eyes, fully expecting that we would be caught up in the accident as well.

It took a few seconds to realize that the impact never came. We had heard the squeal of the tires and the screech of tearing metal, and thought we were part of the collision. When I opened my eyes, one of the cars was resting just a few inches from our front bumper. My husband got out and walked about, looking for damage to our vehicle. We were completely untouched.

It was then that I noticed our position. Before the accident, our car had been nosed out in front of the stop sign. Now we were resting about fifteen or twenty feet behind it. We gazed at each other in amazement, realizing that we had just experienced God’s supernatural protection. If our car had remained where it had been, the driver’s side of our vehicle would have been struck with violent force, and we could have been hurt badly.

We realized that there was no logical explanation for our deliverance other than that God’s angels had moved in, picked us up, and put us down just far enough back to keep us out of harm’s way. Truly, we had experienced firsthand the promise in Psalm 91:11, 12: “For He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways. They shall bear you up in their hands, so that you do not dash your foot against a stone.”

Do you have a story of God’s miraculous intervention in your life? Why not build the faith of others by sharing it as a comment?

Rules of Engagement — Derek Prince (Review)

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untitledI could probably count on my fingers and toes (maybe just the fingers) the books I call “keepers.”  A keeper is one of those books to cherish, to read again, and to buy copies of for my children and very closest friends.  Derek Prince’s Rules of Engagement: Preparing for Your Role in the Spiritual Battle is one of those books.

Many of you may know that Derek Prince was a pioneer in deliverance ministry.  He was also well known for his scholarly, yet practical, down-to-earth Bible teaching.  He was a lover of Israel, and lived there for several decades.

I thought I was getting a book that would help me understand more clearly the detailed ins-and-outs of how intercessors take part in warfare in the heavenlies, but I got much more than that.  It is a book about character and integrity — the integrity of God and the integrity we must come into if we are to win the war.

Here are a few quotes to encourage you and whet your appetite:

“God brings us to the place of total dependence upon Himself to demonstrate that He is totally dependable.”

“God applies special tests to those for whom He has special purposes.”

“God is more concerned with our character than with our achievements.  Achievements have importance only in the realm of time.  Character is eternal.  It determines what we will be through eternity.”

“God reveals His hidden wisdom only to those who have truth in their inward parts.”

“Truth is not obtained cheaply.  It demands much time given to prayer and study of the Scriptures, followed by practical applications in our daily lives.  It must take priority over the many forms of cheap entertainment offered by our secular culture.  It is a lifetime commitment.”

I also learned that the obstacle to taking up God’s purposes is independence (wanting to be self-sufficient and independent from Him).  This manifests in the world around us through a thirst for knowledge (as an antidote to dependence on God), religious rules and systems which shut out a personal need for God, and the accumulating of wealth (so that depending on Him is not necessary for daily needs).

 There is an excellent discussion on Antichrist and the domain of various types of angelic beings.

 Derek Prince concludes with a call to endure and to finish our race well, thereby winning the ultimate battle.

Buy from Amazon — Rules of Engagement: Preparing for Your Role in the Spiritual Battle

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Just Give Me Jesus

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I move in Christian circles that are decidedly prophetic, and I’ve experienced firsthand some wonderful, miraculous, heavenly manifestations.  I’ve seen gold dust come out of nowhere, even in little piles, and then multiply.  I’ve watched as angel feathers have wafted downwards among us during corporate worship.  I’ve been present when small gemstones have dropped in the room.  I have even seen manna suddenly appear, and I have tasted it.

You may think all this is not only decidedly prophetic, but decidedly crazy as well.  I can’t help that.  I’m a practical, down-to-earth person who would not, in my own natural inclinations, pursue supernatural manifestations.  But I know what I’ve seen and experienced.  If you do a little research, you will find that such things are happening in many places around the world, and that there can be no question that they are God-activities, not satanic activites.  But that is not my point in writing.

I want to express with all my heart that there is no greater revelation than Jesus.  Along with the gold dust and feathers, the manna and the gemstones, many people are seeing angels, even open-eyed.  Many are experiencing visions of heaven, and are receiving radical revelation about multitudes of things.  The stories of what people are experiencing are getting more astounding by the day.  But the most radical revelation of all is Jesus.

I believe that every time God does something supernatural in our natural world, every time He reveals something about heaven, every time He opens our senses to be aware of angelic beings, it is to be cherished and celebrated — simply because He has chosen to do it.  Encounters with God’s supernatural activity are never to be scorned, rejected, or made light of.  We don’t spurn gifts from the One we love.  But the most radical revelation of all is still Jesus. Nothing compares with revelation of Him — whether it is seeing Him in vision, sensing His Presence all around us, hearing Him speak to us in our inner man, or having sudden understanding of Who He really is and what He is like.

I have heard people tell of wonderful visions of heaven and of angels.  I have seen angels, too.  It’s good, but it is all quite pale compared to Jesus.  Both my husband and I have seen Jesus in spiritual vision many times.  If we were to tell other people about what our encounters with Him are like, we would not be invited to speak at hundreds of churches and we would not sell thousands of books.  Our stories would not be sensational enough to tickle anyone’s ears.  But I would not trade my simple, quiet, very personal encounters with this wonderful Savior for all the other visions and revelations in the universe.  When Paul and I talk with each other about it, it often brings tears to our eyes.  Sometimes my encounters with Jesus have been so deep, I will never share them, even with Paul.  They are between the Lord and me alone.   No one else has the right to know.

At times I am somewhat concerned with people’s over-preoccupation with angels and what or whom they have seen in heaven.  I don’t really care if I have visions of Daniel, or the Apostle Peter, or libraries in heaven.  I will think it is cool if these things ever happen to me, but the cry of my heart is, “Just give me Jesus.  He’s what I long for.”

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