Unspeakable Joy Devotional

July 1st

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Angels Among Us. Are angels still active? Billy Graham gave his answer in an article that I read:

The Bible makes it clear that God’s angels are still very much a work, although their ministry is largely unseen by us. The author of the book of Hebrews wrote “Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.” Hebrews 13:2

God may entrust them with special messages, just as He did when the angel Gabriel told Mary she would become the mother of the Son of God, Jesus Christ Luke 1:26-38 “And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, to a virgin espoused to man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. And behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: and he shall reign over the house of Jacob forever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end. Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren. For with God nothing shall be impossible. And Mary said, behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.”

But for the most part the angels have been given the unseen task of watching over God’s people and guarding them from spiritual and physical harm. Only in heaven will we realize just how much they did for us. The Bible says in Hebrews 1:14 “Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?”

We aren’t to worship angels or become overly preoccupied with them. But we should thank God for sending them to watch over us, and they should cause us to trust Him more fully every day. Because of them we know our lives are safely in God’s hands, and that some day they will take us into His presence forever.

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