VIDEO Angelic Encouragers – Guardian Angels Caught on Camera

Angelic Encouragers

Then an angel appeared to Him from heaven, strengthening Him. Luke 22:43

Earlier this year, a 51-year-old truck driver named Steve James decided to take up bicycling, but his first attempt was disheartening. After twelve miles, he sent out a tweet saying he felt “absolutely shattered.” He asked people for some quick tips. He got them! His tweet attracted 2,000 likes and nearly 900 comments, along with lots of encouragement.

It’s amazing how a word of encouragement can perk up our day.

According to the Bible, God’s holy angels encourage us more than we know. An angel encouraged Hagar in the desert (Genesis 16); Gideon under the tree in Ophrah (Judges 6); Elijah at Horeb (1 Kings 19); Daniel praying in Babylon (Daniel 9); Jesus on the Mount of Temptation (Matthew 4); Cornelius in Caesarea (Acts 10); and Paul on a sinking ship (Acts 27).

We may not audibly hear the voice of an angel, but who knows the multitude of ways they can encourage us with unseen strength just when we need it? Perhaps they arrange circumstances, extend help, divert attacks, and bring blessings to us, which, if we only realized it, came from their hands. Thank God for His angelic encouragers!

An angel is a spiritual creature created by God without a body for the service of Christendom. Martin Luther


Guardian Angels Caught on Camera – Amazing Footage & Testimony

I’m Sorry

Forgive as the Lord forgave you. Colossians 3:13

In 2005, Collins falsified a report that resulted in McGee being thrown in prison for four years, and McGee vowed to find Collins when he got out and “hurt him.” McGee was eventually exonerated, but not before he lost everything. Meanwhile, Collins’s many falsified reports were uncovered, he lost his job, and he too spent time behind bars. But both men came to faith in Christ while in prison.

In 2015, the two discovered they were working together in the same faith-based company. Collins recalls, “I [told McGee], ‘Honestly, I have no explanation, all I can do is say I’m sorry.’” It was “pretty much what I needed to hear,” said McGee, who graciously forgave him. The men were able to reconcile because both had experienced the incomparable love and forgiveness of God, who empowers us to “forgive as the Lord forgave [us]” (Colossians 3:13).

Now the two are great friends. “We have this joint mission . . . of letting the world know that if you owe an apology to somebody, put your pride down and go apologize,” said Collins. “And if you’re holding something against somebody, let go of the bitterness because it’s like drinking poison and hoping it’s hurting them.”

God calls believers to live in peace and unity. If we have “a grievance against someone,” we can bring it to Him. He will help us to reconcile (vv. 13–15; Philippians 4:6–7).

Dear Father, thank You for forgiving us when we come to You in sorrow over our sins. Help us to receive Your forgiveness and to extend it to others.

Christ sets us free to forgive.

By Alyson Kieda 

INSIGHT

Many of the themes in Colossians 3:12–17 are repeated in Ephesians 4–5. Paul challenges followers of Christ at Colossae and Ephesus to have a forgiving spirit (Ephesians 4:32; Colossians 3:13), to love one another (Ephesians 5:2; Colossians 3:14), to live in the peace of Christ (Ephesians 4:3; Colossians 3:15), to allow the message of Christ or the Holy Spirit to dwell within them and fill them (Ephesians 5:18; Colossians 3:16), and to worship God with singing (Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16). And everything is to be saturated with a thankful spirit (Ephesians 5:20; Colossians 3:15).

The common denominator is that we’re incapable of doing any of it in our own strength. It’s only as the Spirit fills us and the gospel changes our hearts that the higher ground of the Christ-life will be expressed in us.

For further study on forgiveness, see When Forgiveness Seems Impossible at discoveryseries.org/cb941.

Bill Crowder

Are You Saved by Grace

Ephesians 1:3-14

In Christian circles, we often hear people talk about grace, but do we understand what it means? Scripture uses this word in reference to God’s goodness and kindness, which is freely extended to those who are utterly undeserving—and that includes all of us.

God’s grace is the means of our salvation through Christ and the basis by which He sees us. By grace, we are …

Declared righteous. All of our guilt and shame have been removed, and Christ’s righteousness is credited to us as our own (2 Corinthians 5:21). Now we can live boldly for Jesus no matter who we once were.

Part of God’s family. A spiritual adoption has taken place so that we might become children of God and call Him Father (Eph. 1:5). Although the world may see us as insignificant, we should remember we’re children of the King.

Made co-heirs with Christ. Our inheritance is guaranteed and kept for us in heaven (1 Peter 1:4). We’ve been set free from the lure of materialism because we’re rich in the only way that matters (2 Corinthians 8:9).

Given new life. When we trust in the Savior, we are born again and receive a fresh start (2 Corinthians 5:17). The seal of this new life is the indwelling presence of God’s Holy Spirit, who transforms us into the image of Christ and guarantees our future resurrection (Eph. 1:13-14).

Freed from the power of sin, Satan, and self. Grace teaches us to deny ungodliness and live righteously in obedience to God (Titus 2:11-12).

From the beginning of salvation to our eternal future in heaven, we are covered by God’s unending grace.

Common Salvation

“Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation . . .” (Jude 1:3) 

The description of our salvation as “common” does not mean that salvation is “ordinary” or “normal” but rather that salvation is available to anyone who wants it. The term is translated “unclean” several times in passages that speak of items that are accessible to everyone rather than specialized foods or ceremonies available to just a few (Acts 11:8; Romans 14:14; etc.).

Right after Pentecost, the Jerusalem church experienced a quick growth in converts, many of whom were poor and needed practical help. The bond of the new church was so strong that “the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common” (Acts 4:32). That is the sense in which Jude speaks of a “common” salvation.

The salvation is available to all. “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth” (Romans 1:16). None are excluded from the possibility of salvation—except those who refuse to believe what God has provided through the substitutionary death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ (1 John 2:2).

But this salvation is also necessary for all. “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). It has become popular today to couch the gospel message in moderate terms, making the message appear optional or a “personal” belief system. No, it is the only salvation, even if it is “common.” “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6). HMM III

Walk worthy of God who hath called you

1 Thessalonians 2:1-16

This is the first of the apostles epistles, and was probably written by him from Corinth, when, having left Athens, he was joined by Silas and Timothy. Paul had founded the church at Thessalonica, and it had greatly flourished, but it had been subject to much persecution, hence he treats largely upon the second advent as affording the richest consolation to tried saints. The passage we shall read gives us a lovely picture of the apostles earnestness for the good of souls, and it furnishes us with a grand example of how we also in our measure should serve the Lord.

1 Thessalonians 2:3, 4

If the preacher of the word be not bold and truthful he cannot expect a blessing. A trustee of the gospel must be faithful to his charge.

1 Thessalonians 2:7, 8

Gentleness wins far more than severity. Many will be led who will not be driven.

1 Thessalonians 2:7, 8

If we would do good to others we must be willing to sacrifice ourselves. Selfishness and soul-winning never go together. Love is power. What are we doing for our neighbours? Have we an affectionate concern for their eternal welfare? If not, how can we hope that we are ourselves converted?

1 Thessalonians 2:9-12

Holy living is the great end of preaching. Hearing is nothing if it does not lead to this.

1 Thessalonians 2:13, 15

They had no love either for God or men. It is said of them that they would not even point out the way to a person of a different religion. Their bigotry had destroyed their humanity.) Nothing is more hardening to the heart than religious pride, it is the death of love.

1 Thessalonians 2:16

Men cannot oppose the gospel without incurring great guilt. If they reject the Saviour who saves to the uttermost, they bring upon themselves “wrath to the uttermost,” and that must be terrible indeed. May none of us bring such a doom upon our own heads.

 

Give tongues of fire and hearts of love,

To preach the reconciling word;

Give power and unction from above,

Whene’er the joyful sound is heard.

 

Be darkness, at thy coming, light,

Confusion, order in thy path;

Souls without strength inspire with might;

Bid mercy triumph over wrath.

 

The Moral Pronouncement

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path… I will keep thy righteous judgments. (Psalm 119:105-106)

What is God saying to His human creation in our day and time?

In brief, He is saying, “Jesus Christ is My beloved Son. Hear Him!”

Why is there rejection? Why do men and women fail to listen?

Because God’s message in Jesus is a moral pronouncement. Men and women do not wish to be under the authority of the moral Word of God!

For centuries, God spoke in many ways. He inspired holy men to write portions of the message in a book. People do not like it so they try their best to avoid it because God has made it the final test of all morality, the final test of all Christian ethics.

God, being one in His nature, is always able to say the same thing to everyone who hears Him. Christian believers must know that any understanding of the Word of God must come from the same Spirit who provided the inspiration!

 

True Humility Rewarded

“He that humbleth himself shall be exalted.” Luke 18:14

It ought not to be difficult for us to humble ourselves, for what have we to be proud of? We ought to take the lowest place without being told to do so. If we are sensible and honest we shall be little in our own eyes. Especially before the Lord in prayer we shall shrink to nothing. There we cannot speak of merit, for we have none: our one and only appeal must be to mercy: “God be merciful to me a sinner.”

Here is a cheering word from the throne. We shall be exalted by the Lord if we humble ourselves. For us the way upward is downhill. When we are stripped of self we are clothed with humility, and this is the best of wear. The Lord will exalt us in peace and happiness of mind; He will exalt us into knowledge of His Word and fellowship with Himself; He will exalt us in the enjoyment of sure pardon and justification. The Lord puts His honors upon those who can wear them to the honor of the Giver. He gives usefulness, acceptance, and influence to those who will not be puffed up by them, but will be abased by a sense of greater responsibility. Neither God nor man will care to lift up a man who lifts up himself; but both God and good men unite to honor modest worth.

 

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