The Truth about Angels

Don’t forget to show hospitality to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it! Hebrews 13:2

 

Common Myths about Angels….

 

Myth #1: The cute baby myth

Myth #2: The loved one myth

Myth #3: The blond, blue eyed myth

 

Three Truths about Angels…

 

Truth #1: Angels are worshipers

 

But when God brought His first-born Son, Jesus, into the world, He said, “Let all the angels of God worship Him.” Hebrews 1:6 (NLV)

 

Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders. In a loud voice they were saying: “Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!”

Revelation 5:11-12

 

Truth #2: Angels are warriors

 

That night the angel of the Lord went out and put to death a hundred and eighty-five thousand in the Assyrian camp. 2 Kings 19:35

 

Then war broke out in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. Revelation 12:7

 

Truth #3: Angels are messengers

 

When the angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon, he said, “The Lord is with you, mighty warrior.” Judges 6:12

 

But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God.  You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. Luke 1:30-31

Simply the Best Physically

Six ways to take better care of yourself…

  1. Do less
  2. Rest more
  3. Work smart
  4. Choose an attitude of gratitude
  5. Plan ahead
  6. Get moving

Who is Jesus?

If you want to discover a person’s identity, there are four questions you can ask that will tell you pretty much all you need to know about that person.

 

Question 1: Where are you from?

 

The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. Colossians 1:15

 

Answer: Jesus is the physical revelation of the invisible God

Therefore: We can _know God_ personally.

 

Question 2: What do you do?

 

For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him.  He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. Colossians 1:16-17

 

Answer: Jesus is the _creator and sustainer_ of everything.

Therefore: We can _trust him_ completely

 

Question 3: What is your _role_?

 

And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. Colossians 1:18

 

Answer: Jesus is Lord over the church.

Therefore: We must _obey_ Him fully.

 

Question 4: What are your _goals_?

 

For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross. Colossians 1:19-20

 

Answer: Jesus will establish _His Kingdom_ on earth

Therefore: We will _reign_ with him forever

RSVP

Most of us have been involved in enough weddings to know that invitations go out and then an RSVP is sent back. Well in this case, all the RSVP’s have come back – the seating arrangement has been planned – but no one is turning up. How would you feel if that was your wedding?

 

So here are the three excuses that we need to be aware of in our own life…

 

Excuse #1: POSSESSIONS

 

“But they all began making excuses. One said, ‘I have just bought a field and must inspect it. Please excuse me.’” Luke 14:18

 

Excuse #2: WORK

 

“Another said, ‘I have just bought five pairs of oxen, and I want to try them out. Please excuse me.’” Luke 14:19

 

Excuse #3: FAMILY

 

“Another said, ‘I now have a wife, so I can’t come.’” Luke 14:20

 

God’s Answer to the Excuses…

 

The offer of GRACE to others

 

“The servant returned and told his master what they had said. His master was furious and said, ‘Go quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and invite the poor, the crippled, the blind, and the lame.’ After the servant had done this, he reported, ‘There is still room for more.’ So his master said, ‘Go out into the country lanes and behind the hedges and urge anyone you find to come, so that the house will be full. For none of those I first invited will get even the smallest taste of my banquet.’” Luke 14:21-24 (NLT)

Worship Expectations

  1. Our expectations of God

 

  • He will come when we gather

 

When one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, he went to the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table. Luke 7:36

 

  • He will behave as we wish

 

When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is—that she is a sinner.” Luke 7:39

 

  • He will punish the sinners & reward the righteous

 

“Two people owed money to a certain moneylender. One owed him five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. 42 Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he forgave the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?” 43 Simon replied, “I suppose the one who had the bigger debt forgiven.” “You have judged correctly,” Jesus said. Luke 7:41-43

 

  1. God’s expectations of us

 

  • We come prepared to worship

 

A woman in that town who lived a sinful life learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house, so she came there with an alabaster jar of perfume. Luke 7: 37

 

  • We are willing to learn

 

Jesus answered him, “Simon, I have something to tell you.” Luke 7:40

 

  • We accept all who come

 

  • We act on our faith

 

Then he turned toward the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. 45 You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet. 46 You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet. 47 Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.” Luke 44-47