January 11th – “I am Gabriel. I Stand In the Presence of God”



How do you feel about the subject of angels? For most people brought up in this 20th century world, angels are thought of as belonging to the same realms as the tooth fairy and Father Christmas. Anyway, if God is all powerful and ever present, why does he need them?
Well the Bible has a lot to say about angels, from Lot to Revelation.They are God’s messengers. God chooses to use his creatures, even sinful humans, to work his will, and angels are described in Hebrews Chapter 1 v.14 as ministering spirits sent to serve God’s people. C.H. Spurgeon said about angels …. “We cannot tell whether they repel demons, counteract spiritual plots even ward off physical forces … perhaps we shall one day be amazed at the multiple services which unseen hands have rendered us. I’m uneasy at my life being lived out under the gaze of heaven’s hosts, but I am immensely encouraged by the thought that God’s personnel are guarding God’s people.”
No: angels are not to be worshipped, feared, nor addressed in prayer. They are not gods, but God’s servants. But imagine this today. Those that be with us are greater than those that be against us;
In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favoured! The Lord is with you.” Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favour with God. You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus.” Luke 1: 26-31
Today remember that creatures unseen, who can stand in the light of God’s blazing holiness without being shrivelled, who are nourished by God’s glory, are commanded to watch over you, because God loves you. Pray in wonder and awe at God’s love for you.
Now read Revelation Ch.5

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