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The Supernatural Walk
And it will come about after this that I will pour out My Spirit on all mankind; and your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions. And even on your male and female servants I will pour out My Spirit in those days. And I will display won- ders in the sky and on the earth, blood, fire, and columns of smoke.
- We must have fresh revelation from God.
- We must embrace mystery as a necessary part of our faith.
- We must declare and demonstrate that Jesus Christ is the same today as He was 2,000 years ago.
God still invade people’s lives with the supernatural today?
- What happens when God gets hold of a person? How is a per- son’s life changed by a God encounter? Certainly, as Scripture shows, nothing is ever the same again!
- Jacob’s encounter with the living God—in a dream in the wilderness at Bethel—changed him from a deceiving schemer and trickster into Israel, “prince of God,” and father of a nation of the people of God.
- Moses’ encounter with the living God—in a burning bush— changed him from a stuttering backcountry shepherd into a bold leader and deliverer of a nation who could confront the Pharaoh of Egypt, the world’s most powerful ruler.
- Deborah’s encounter with the fierceness of God changed a respectable judge into the deliverer of a nation who rendered courageous counsel to those in authority and vanquished the enemy’s army.
- Saul’s encounter with the risen Christ—in a vision on the road to Damascus—transformed
2 Timothy 1:7 AMP
For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control.
1 John 4:18 AMP
There is no fear in love [dread does not exist], but full-grown (complete, perfect) love turns fear out of doors and expels every trace of terror! For fear brings with it the thought of punishment, and [so] he who is afraid has not reached the full maturity of love [is not yet grown into love’s complete perfection].
- People have problems that sometimes remain untouched by conversion, the baptism of the Holy Spirit, Bible study, and their own personal prayer and devotional life.
- Hidden in the recesses of the subconscious mind are hurts and wounds surrounded by feelings that still adversely affect the person’s present life.
IS GOD STILL SPEAKING
If you can say “Yes!” to these statements, then rest assured that God is speaking to you!
- What you heard helps me to respect the Lord with a godly fear, and to depart from evil (Job 28:28).
- The message you receive from God increases your faith in His Word, as well as your knowledge and understanding of it (Prov. 4:7).
- When I obey what God told me to do, the results produce one or more of the spiritual fruits of purity, peace, gentleness, mercy, courtesy, good deeds, and sincerity without hypocrisy (see James 3:17).
- What I heard strengthens me “with all power” so that I can keep going no matter what happens (Col. 1:11).
- These words cause me to experience joyfulness and thanksgiving to the Father (Col. 1:12).
- Don’t make it complicated. It’s hard not to hear God if you really want to please and obey Him! Follow three simple steps that will help you hear His voice:
- Submit to His Lordship. Ask Him to help you silence your own thoughts and desires, and the opinions of others. You only want to hear the thoughts of the Lord (Prov. 3:5-6).
- Resist the enemy. Use the authority given to you by Jesus Christ to silence the enemy’s voice (see James 4:7; Eph. 6:10-20).
- Ask whatever question is on your mind and wait for Him to answer. If you expect your loving heavenly Father to speak to you, He will (see John 10:27; Ps. 69:13; Exod. 33:11).
- Allow God to speak however He chooses. Don’t tell Him how to guide you. If you listen with a yielded heart, then you will hear Him. He may choose to speak to you through:
- His Word.
- An audible voice.
- Dreams and visions.
- The quiet inner voice, which is probably the most common of all His methods (Isa. 30:21).
- Confess any known sins; a clean heart is a prerequisite to hearing God (Ps. 66:18).
- Always obey the last command God gave. Ask yourself, “Have I obeyed the last word God told me to do?”
- Get your own leading. God will use others to confirm your guidance, but you should also hear from Him directly (see 1 Kings 13).
- Don’t talk about your word too soon. Refrain from sharing your guidance until God gives you permission to do so. The main purpose of waiting is to help you avoid four pitfalls: pride; presumption; missing God’s timing and method; and bringing confusion to others.
- Know that God will confirm what He’s telling you. Expect confirmation. God will often use two or more spiritually sensitive people to confirm the message He has given to you (2 Cor. 13:1).
- Beware of counterfeits. Satan has a counterfeit for everything of God that it is possible for him to copy (Acts 8:9-11)
- Practice hearing God’s voice. The more you practice doing so, the easier the process becomes. It’s similar to picking up the telephone and recognizing a friend’s voice—you know his or her voice because you’ve heard it so much.
- Cultivate an intimate relationship with the Lord. Relationship is the most important reason for hearing the voice of God. If you don’t communicate with Him, then you don’t have a personal relationship. True guidance comes from getting closer to the Guide. We grow to know the Lord better as He speaks to us. As we listen to Him and obey, we make His heart glad (Exod. 33:11; Matt. 7:24-27).
CHARACTERISTICS OF ANGELS
I believe that angels are as unique as people! Biblically, they possess quite an assortment of characteristics. Their unique qualities have to do with a God-given, specific design and function. Let’s consider a few of these distinctions.
- The language forms of angels include a heavenly language unknown to natural man (1 Cor. 13:1) as well as earthly dialects known to man. They can speak softly or shout loudly enough to shake the earth, and all angels—great and small—sing praises to God and before man.
- Certain angels have wings. Some have two wings; some have four wings; and some have six wings.
- Some angels appear to be dressed in white garments. The angel or angels who rolled away the stone from the Lord’s tomb had an appearance “like lightning” (see Matt. 28:2- 4), and “two men in white clothing” appeared to the dis- ciples who were staring into the sky after Christ ascended (Acts 1:9-11).
- Angels play musical instruments. Revelation, chapter 8, speaks of seven angels with trumpets (1 Thess. 4:16). Angels use trumpets to announce God’s will or to warn people of eternal judgment.
- Angels often have the appearance of men. Two angels of judgment met Lot in Sodom in Genesis 19. Their appearance was so pleasing that the homosexuals in the city wanted to rape them—until they were struck blind by the angels. Hebrews 13:2 warns us to be hospitable, for we might entertain angels unaware. Why? Because angels can take on the appearance of men in their look, walk, talk, and culture.
- Angels can come as wind or fire (Heb. 1:7; Ps. 104:4).
One powerful passage in Second Kings 6 reveals some additional truths we need to remember about angels:
2 Kings 6:15-17
Now when the attendant of the man of God had risen early and gone out, behold, an army with horses and chariots was circling the city. And his servant said to him, “Alas, my master! What shall we do?” So he answered, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” Then Elisha prayed and said, “O Lord, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.” And the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he saw; and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.
These verses illustrate seven key points about angels and angelic activity that I personally have seen, both biblically and experientially:
- Angels may be present and unperceived at any time.
- Angels may be present and unseen but perceived by feeling or hearing. (I urge you to read Ezekiel 10:5.)
- Angels may be visible to one person, yet invisible to another person standing nearby.
- Any of us may pray for someone’s eyes to be opened to this revelatory angelic realm.
- All of us can grow in spiritual sensitivity.
- Anyone who finally sees into the angelic realm will be astonished.
- Seeing into the angelic realm will bring a new reality into our hearts: “For those who are with us are more than those who are with them” (2 Kings 6:16b).
Yes, Lord, open our eyes to see into the supernatural realm!
THE MINISTRY AND FUNCTION OF ANGELS
Careful study of the subject of angels—including the 300 Scriptures in the Bible that mention them—reveals much about their ministry and function, as well as how human beings are to relate to them. God’s Word gives us three primary warnings concerning angelic beings:
- We are not to worship angels. “Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels…” (Col. 2:18 KJV).
- We are not to revile angels. “Yet in the same manner these men, also by dreaming, defile the flesh, and reject authority, and revile angelic majesties” (Jude 8; 2 Pet. 2:10-11.)
- We are to judge every message, whether from men or angels. “But even though we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to that which we have preached to you, let him be accursed” (Gal. 1:8).
Although Scripture identifies three primary functions of angels, we will also examine 14 specific angelic functions. Let’s start with three primary functions performed by angels:
- Service to God. “Praise Him, all His angels; praise Him, all His hosts!” (Ps. 148:2) Angels are created beings, and God is the Creator. The first function of every angel is toward God.
- Service to Christians. “And of the angels He says, ‘Who makes His angels winds, and His ministers a flame of fire.’…Are they not all ministering spirits, sent out to render service for the sake of those who will inherit salvation?” (Heb. 1:7,14) We are the created beings who inherit salvation; therefore, we are the ones for whom angels are sent to render service.
- Performance of God’s Word. “Bless the Lord, you His angels, mighty in strength, who perform His word, obeying the voice of His word! Bless the Lord, all you His hosts, you who serve Him, doing His will” (Ps. 103:20-21). This function appears to work in two or three different ways.
- The first involves the direct command of God, such as when He ordered Gabriel to deliver a message to Mary in the Gospel of Luke.
- The second involves the dispatch of angels in answer to intercessory prayer, such as when Daniel interceded for Israel and had Gabriel sent to him (Dan. 10:11-12).
- The third case may well involve the release of angelic activity in response to our uttering God’s rhema word in certain situations. Angels will not obey man’s word, but they may well obey God’s Word through man, as we echo His voice in the earth by His Spirit.
- Angels minister in the presence of God. Isaiah mentions the “angel of His presence” (probably a theophany of Christ) who would save and preserve (Isa. 63:9). Such an angel illuminated the earth with His glory in Revelation 18:1.
- Angels bring God’s Word. God sent angels to tell Joseph about Mary’s pregnancy and to warn him to take Mary and Jesus to Egypt (see Matt. 1:20; 2:13,19). Angels appeared to Zacharias and then to Mary (see Luke 1:19,26-27). They also delivered a resurrection proclamation (see Matt. 28:1-7).
- Angels release dreams, revelation, and understanding. The angel Gabriel released understanding to Daniel concern- ing the end times (Dan. 8:15-19). Revelation 1:1 specifically says that God “communicated [the revelation] by His angel to His bond-servant John.”
- Angels give guidance and direction. An angel of the Lord told Philip to meet the Ethiopian eunuch in Acts 8:26. In the Old Testament, an angel guided Abraham’s servant in his search for a wife for Isaac (see Gen. 24:7). The apostle Paul reassured the frightened men in his ship that no one would die in the storm because “…this very night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve stood before me, saying, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul…’ ” (Acts 27:23-24).
- Angels bring deliverance. One angel killed 185,000 Assyrians who threatened God’s people (Isa. 37:36; 2 Kings 19:35).
- Angels provide protection. They guard little children, have charge over and protect believers, “camp” around the saints, and deliver those who fear God (see Matt. 18:10; Ps. 34:7; 91:11-12).
- Angels minister upon the death of the saints. Psalm 116:15 says, “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His godly ones.” According to Jude 9, Michael the archangel personally disputed with the devil over the body of Moses (and obviously had his way). According to Luke 16:22, angels carried the body of the poor man named Lazarus to “Abraham’s bosom” when he died.
- Angels impart strength. Angels were sent to minister strength to Jesus after His 40-day fast and temptation in the wilderness (Matt. 4:11) as well as in the Garden of Gethsemane (Luke 22:43). The prophet Daniel was also strengthened by an angel (Dan. 10:16).
- Angels release God’s healing. An “angel of the Lord” stirred the water in the pool of Bethesda in John, chapter 5, and the first person to touch the waters was healed.
- Angels minister to God through praise and worship. An angelic chorus sang “Glory to God in the highest” when they pronounced the birth of Jesus (Luke 2:14). The Book of Revelation describes scenes of “ten thousand times ten thousand” angels declaring, “Worthy is the Lamb” (Rev. 5:11-12 KJV).
- Angels conduct war. Jacob encountered an army of angels (see Gen. 32:1-2). Michael and his angels defeated satan and his princes in open combat in the heavenlies (the princes in Daniel 10:13; and satan and all his angels in Revelation 12:7). There is strong evidence to indicate that high praises to God in our mouths become super- natural weapons of warfare in the hands of angels to bind “their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron” (Ps. 149:5-8).
- Angels serve as divine watchers. They look after the histor- ical affairs of mankind and are quick to notice, and respond to, sins of man against God (Dan. 4:13,17). “And imme- diately the angel of the Lord smote him [King Herod] because he gave not God the glory: and he was eaten of worms, and gave up the ghost” (Acts 12:23 KJV).
- Angels release God’s judgments. Angels struck the Sodomites with blindness and killed nearly 200,000 Assyrians (Gen. 19:11; 2 Kings 19:35). They brought death to stubborn Egypt and struck down Herod for blasphemy (Exod. 12:21-23; Acts 12:23). At the end, they will execute the final judgments of God on the earth and its rebellious inhabitants (Rev. 16:17).
- Angels are God’s reapers and gatherers sent to preach the gospel and reap the end-time harvest (Rev. 14:6,14-19). Angels will gather the lawless and the elect, in anticipation for their respective rewards (Matt. 13:39-42; 24:31).