VIDEO Partnering With Angels

I am your fellow servant. Revelation 19:10

Followers of Christ have a lot in common with angels. Sure, there are big differences. But twice in the book of Revelation, an angel described himself as a “fellow servant” with John. In Revelation 19:10, the apostle John was so overwhelmed by the angel, he fell down before him. The angel said, “See that you do not do that! I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren who have the testimony of Jesus. Worship God!” 

In Revelation 22:9, John again fell at the feet of a glorious angel, who said, “See that you do not do that. For I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren the prophets, and of those who keep the words of this book.”

If an angel appeared to you, you might be so startled you’d fall at his feet. But he would pick you up and reassure you of something. He would say something, like, “You and I are fellow servants. We are partners in ministry. We are here side by side to worship and serve God.”

What a glorious thought! Angels, like us, are soldiers in God’s army, ready to march for His glory.

How delightful it is to know that the angels are our fellow servants; that they are co-laborers with us in the Lord’s kingdom. Reverend Sabin Hough


Revelation 19:9-10 – In Depth – Pastor Chuck Smith – Bible Studies

The Wisdom We Need

Fear of the Lord is the foundation of true knowledge. Proverbs 1:7 nlt

Ellen opened her mailbox and discovered a bulky envelope with her dear friend’s return address. Just a few days prior, she’d shared a relational struggle with that friend. Curious, she unwrapped the package and found a colorful beaded necklace on a simple jute string. Attached was a card with a company’s slogan, “Say It in Morse Code,” and words translating the necklace’s hidden and wise message, “Seek God’s Ways.” Ellen smiled as she fastened it around her neck.

The book of Proverbs is a compilation of wise sayings—many penned by Solomon, who was acclaimed as the wisest man of his era (1 Kings 10:23). Its thirty-one chapters call the reader to listen to wisdom and avoid folly, starting with the core message of Proverbs 1:7: “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge.” Wisdom—knowing what to do when—comes from honoring God by seeking His ways. In the introductory verses, we read, “Listen when your father corrects you. Don’t neglect your mother’s instruction. What you learn from them will crown you with grace and be a chain of honor around your neck” (vv. 8–9 nlt).

Ellen’s friend had directed her to the Source of the wisdom she needed: Seek God’s ways. Her gift focused Ellen’s attention on where to discover the help she needed.

When we honor God and seek His ways, we’ll receive the wisdom we need for all the matters we face in life. Each and every one.

By:  Elisa Morgan

Reflect & Pray

Where do you go when you need wisdom? How can you keep God’s words in the forefront of your mind?

God, remind me that You’re the Source of the wisdom I need.

To learn more about the book of Proverbs, visit ChristianUniversity.org/Proverbs.

God’s Perfect Love

1 John 4:7-10

God’s love can be hard to understand because it’s not like ours. We tend to love those whose character, attributes, and interests are appealing to us. But in God’s eyes, there is nothing attractive in us that makes us worthy of His affection. We are all sinners who have rebelled against Him.

Out of divine mercy and grace, the heavenly Father chooses to love us. Through the sacrifice of His Son, He demonstrated His love to all those who would receive Jesus Christ. When we trust in the Savior, we permanently become God’s beloved children: Nothing can separate us from His love, which will never end or diminish (Rom. 8:38-39).

What’s more, no one is beyond the reach of God’s love. Jesus made this clear by saving people like a greedy, dishonest tax collector, a criminal on the cross next to Him, and Saul—a persecutor of His church. God’s love isn’t dispensed according to how good we’ve been. On that basis, no one could be saved.

Divine love can’t be fully comprehended by the human mind, but it can nonetheless be ours through faith in Jesus Christ. And from the moment a person receives that love, he or she will forever live under its protective canopy.

The Eternal God

“Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.” (Psalm 90:2)

This verse was written by Moses as the children of Israel prepared to enter the Promised Land. Perhaps the most basic of all the attributes of God is that He “inhabiteth eternity” (Isaiah 57:15). He is “from everlasting to everlasting,” the God who ever was and ever shall be.

Creatures of time cannot really comprehend the idea of past eternity. “But who made God?” children ask. “Nobody made God,” we answer. “He always was.” The alternative would be to believe in the eternity of “space” and “matter,” but these in themselves are utterly incapable of producing our complex universe. God, however, is an adequate First Cause to explain all the effects of our infinite, intricate cosmos.

There are many other Scriptures assuring us that God has always been. “Thy throne is established of old: thou art from everlasting” (Psalm 93:2). He is “the everlasting God, the LORD” (Isaiah 40:28). And this truth applies to God the Son as well as to God the Father. The Lord Jesus could say, “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last” (Revelation 22:13).

We find it somewhat easier to contemplate the fact that God will live forever. Still, certain foolish men have imagined that God is dead, but “the LORD is the true God, he is the living God, and an everlasting king” (Jeremiah 10:10).

The most glorious fact of all is that this living God did also become man, in the person of Christ Jesus, and He did die. But He soon defeated death and now can say, “I am alive for evermore” (Revelation 1:18). And now, since “we believe that Jesus died and rose again,…so shall we ever be with the Lord” (1 Thessalonians 4:14, 17). HMM

Blessed Among Women

Luke 1:26-56

THE beautiful story of the annunciation of the birth of Christ to Mary has suffered from overemphasis among some and underemphasis among others. Mary has been called “The Mother of God,” which she was not. She was the mother of the Man Christ Jesus. She was “highly favored” and “blessed among women” for exactly this reason: God had chosen her to be the virgin mother of His only begotten Son as pertaining to the flesh. There is a Mariolatry which ignores our Lord’s own attitude toward His mother.

Genesis 3:15 now received fulfillment, and “the Seed of the woman” is coming to bruise the serpent’s head. Isaiah 7:14 here comes to fulfillment in the Son “Immanuel.” He is to reign over the house of Jacob from the throne of David, a prophecy yet to be fulfilled. Christ is at the right hand of the throne of God but not now on the throne of David.

It is significant that the first question asked about the virgin birth was asked by the virgin herself: “How shall this be?” Men have asked it ever since, but here is God’s own answer: that it is the supernatural work of the Holy Ghost and the power of God. Much argument is focused on the supernatural birth instead of the supernatural Son. The Son of God required a birth in keeping with His deity. Who He is explains how He was born.

Mary goes to Elizabeth with the good news and breaks forth into the Magnificat (Luke 1:46-55). Very similar is Hannah’s prophetic prayer in 1 Samuel 2:1-10, for both close with reference to Christ: “His king” with Hannah, and the “Help” promised Israel with Mary. The theme through both is the marvelous way in which God puts down the mighty and exalts those of low degree, even as He still does in His choosing of the saints (1 Cor. 1:26-31).

Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Ghost, had already called Mary “the mother of my Lord.” So she was, but mother of Him as man in no way elevates her to be worthy of adoration or worship. Bengel rightly says that she is addressed as a daughter of grace, not as the mother of it (Luke 1:28).

A beautiful little lesson in faith is gathered from verses 34, 37 and 45. “How shall this be?”—that is the query of men since the beginning when faced with the message of the supernatural power of God. The natural man cannot receive or comprehend how God works His wonders of grace!

The answer is “With God nothing shall be impossible” (v. 37). God is able to save (Heb. 7:25), to keep (Jude 24), to succor (Heb. 2:18), to deliver (Dan. 3:17), to do (Eph. 3:20), to subdue (Phil. 3:21).

Then verse 45: “And blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her of the Lord.” It is always so when we take Him at His word. He who promises will perform. Do not ask “How?” Take Him at His Word and it shall be done even as He has said.

Choose to Forgive

Whoever conceals an offense promotes love, but whoever gossips about it separates friends.—Proverbs 17:9

Jesus gives us stern and uncompromising warnings about forgiveness. But if forgiveness is so important and yet so difficult, how do we go about it? We must do several things.

First, we must not try to minimize or dismiss the offense as if it never happened. If it hurts, then we must face it and feel it. A common misconception that keeps people from forgiving is that they think in order to forgive they must come to the place where they look upon the things done to them as being really not that bad. That is excusing, not forgiving. C. S. Lewis says: “Real forgiveness means looking steadily at the sin, the sin that is left over without any excuse after all allowances have been made, and seeing it in all its horror, dirt, meanness and malice, and nevertheless being wholly reconciled to the man who has done it. That, and only that, is forgiveness.”

Second, we must see that forgiveness is not an emotional thing (though it can affect the emotions), but a matter of the will. It is making the decision that the wrong done against you will not count or cause a separation. In making that decision, remember you have all the resources of God available to you. This applies not just to minor matters like snubs, but major matters like divorce.

The task of forgiving must be more than a match for the magnitude of the pain involved. A choice has to be made. No matter how we are wronged, we can choose out of a desire for love to forgive.

Prayer

Lord Jesus Christ, You looked into the eyes of those who hammered You to a cross and cried: “Father, forgive them!” Help me do the same when I am confronted with lesser injury or hurt. For Your own dear name’s sake. Amen.

Further Study

Mc 6:1-8; 7:18; Isa 43:25

What does God delight to do?

What are we to love?

An Obstetrician’s Point of View

Mark 10:14

In the book Letters to Salvationists on Love, Marriage and the Home, the Army’s founder, William Booth, writes, “Children are, or ought to be, a great boon. It was the divine intention in the beginning that they should be the crowning blessing of a happy and useful life, and, beyond all question, that is the divine intention still.”

On a Sunday morning while listening to the junior songsters at my corps, I was awed at God’s handiwork. Each life, once a single cell upon conception with absolutely unique DNA, is now a trillion cells in the process of reaching full potential. These beautiful faces, some saved from the abortionist’s curette, now sing to the honor and glory of God, each one touched in some way by the programs of The Salvation Army.

In the United States since 1973, one-third of the children antepartum (residing in the womb) have been sacrificed on the altar of human choice. Over 32 million lives have been summarily extinguished through elective in utero extermination.

William Booth has declared: “To possess children is a natural and all but universal desire. A society in which this is not the case is a rotten society. Where children are not desired, there is an unnatural perverted state of things, generally resulting from utterly selfish and worldly, if not devilish causes.”

The gospel quotes our Lord as saying, “Let the little children come to Me and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these” (Mark 10:14). He entreats us to stand as children of the light, and we are admonished not to shed innocent blood. What could be more innocent than an in utero boy or girl in its amniotic maternal environment?

May we not consciously dehumanize the vulnerable or commit the sin of omission, standing by as children of all ages are persecuted, neglected and abandoned. May we truly be found faithful by those who follow in our footsteps, those tiny feet and tender hearts that are guided by our every word and example. May we not forget nor neglect our role to all, from the embryo to the grave, and all that is life in between.

Norman Raymond M.D., The War Cry