June 12

Today's Bible Readings
     Deuteronomy 17
     Psalms 104
     Isaiah 44
     Revelation 14
''Who makes His angels spirits, His ministers a flame of fire." (Psalms 104:4)
            Our brief memory verse brings together the angelic hosts created to serve the King of Kings; and the Company of the Redeemed, those who serve the Living God. The Bible teaches us that angels, like men, were created by God. At one time, no angels existed. At one time, indeed, there was nothing and no one, but the Triune God - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit - and God chose to create the angels. (Colossians 1:16-17)
            These important messengers of God are innumerable, numbering perhaps in the billions.  (Hebrews 12:22)  They are mentioned in 59 Bible books - every book with the exception of Ruth, Esther, Nehemiah, James, and John's epistles.   The empire of angels is as vast as God's creation. These angels are immortal.They will not marry in the Resurrection as do the physical creation of God.(Matthew 22:30)   These angels are not a race, but a company  They have not  experienced the grace of God, and are not the heirs of God. They cannot testify of salvation by grace through faith.
These angels are not to be confused with the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is God, not a representative of God. Angels are messengers of God.
            These angels are not little babies who have died and  gone to  Heaven. That sounds sweet and looks nice on a tombstone, but it is not Biblical and not true. Angels never draw attention to themselves. They ascribe glory to God, and press His message upon the hearers. These angels are usually invincible, and they are intrigued by salvation. (I Peter 1:12)
            We are introduced to some angels by specific category, such as the Seraphim in Isaiah, and the Cherubim in Ezekiel. We are also introduced to Michael, the Archangel and Gabrielby name. These seem to be some of God's special messengers. There is great theology connected with these angels. The writer of Hebrews tells us that man was created lower than the angels. (Hebrews 2:7) Now here is incredible theology. In our fallen state of creation and sin, humanity ranks lower than the angels. Then, when we gloriously experience the forgiveness of His grace, the cleansing of His blood, and the power of His Resurrection, we move in rank far above the angels. They cannot pray, ''Our  Father  which art  in  Heaven'', but are intrigued  to look into the kind of relationship  we enjoy with  the Heavenly Father.
            There is a significant characteristic that we hold in common with the angels. Both of us are messengers of truth, and we are absolutely and irrevocably invincible until He is finished with us.
            Take heart, friends. Satan's BB guns are no match for God's heavy artillery. God is for you, and He is committed to you and to His angels with strength and invincibility to wage war in the conflict of the ages. We can read the last chapter and discover that we will win. These angels are mysterious, majestic, mighty, ministering messengers, and so are you!
Focus your prayers today on the Republic of Malawiin Africa. This rapidly growing country has exceeded 15 million in population, and by the year 2025 will have 25 million souls. This country has all the needs of any poverty stricken African nation, but today I want us to focus our prayers on the people in Malawaiwith AIDS. It is a terrible but unreported scourge. Life expectancy has been cut to 43 in this country. It is estimated that of all the 14 - 49 year olds inMalawi, now about 30% are infected with AIDS. Pray that God will raise up the Christian medical teams and medications that are needed to fight this disease and to demonstrate the interest of the Christian community in the people of Malawi. The greatest scourge, of course, is the cancer of sin. They must know that we care, however, before they will  ever care what we know.   Pray for Malawi   today.
''In this world it is not what we take up, but what we give up that makes us rich."
H. W. Beecher