ACTS 27:23-25 Paul was annointed with appearances "Last night an angel of the God whose I am ~ and whom I serve ~ stood beside me and said, 'Do not be afraid, Paul. You must stand trial before Caesar; and God has graciously given you the lives of all who sail with you.' ~ So keep up your courage, men, for I have faith in God that it will happen just as he told me." Supernaturally, Paul received instruction and encouragement through the appearance of an angel. Was it Jesus who came to Paul in verse 25? Regardless, it was the God ordained revelation, appearance, annointing of Paul. "For the eyes of the LORD range (run to and fro) throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him." Jesus is not looking for a perfect person, we are all sinners, we all fall short of His glory, yet He seeks a heart who longs to serve Him, to honor Him with their very best. Hebrews 1:14 "Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?" Our angels listen to what we speak ~ when we speak outloud in agreement with God ~ we have given our angels an assignment ~ to work on our behalf concerning the promise of God. Whom has God sent into your life to witness His love? Have you thanked God for them? Have you hugged them? Hebrews 13:8"Jesus Christ is God and He is the same yesterday and today and forever." He never changes in love, doctrine or feeling toward all humanity, all creation ~ therefore, He appears to people today as He always has."The Supremacy of Christ ~ Colossians 1:15 "He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And He is the head of the body, the church; He is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in Him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross." GOD promotes His Word above all else. Psalm 138:2
"I will bow down toward Your Holy temple
and will praise Your Name
for Your love and Your faithfulness,
for You have exalted above all things
Your Name and Your Word." There came a man who was sent from God; his name was John. He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all men might believe. He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light. The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world. He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband's will, but born of God. The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, Who came from the Father, full of grace and truth." John 14:21 "Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show Myself to him." Galatians 1:12- Paul said that man did not teach him God's word. "I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it; rather, I received it by revelation from Jesus Christ." The word 'revelation' in Greek means to appear, to manifest or to be coming. Jesus first appeared to Paul in Acts 9:4 James 4:8 "Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded." He is pleading with humanity to come clean, to confess, to ask for help to keep focused on Him. He is inviting all humanity to come into His holy presence. God does not play favorites! He annoints, He appears, He speaks to the hearts of those who choose to be close to Him, to know Him, who long to hear from Him. LOOK UP THESE PASSAGES about visions, appearances from our Holy Father: Jeremiah 33:3 ~ Jeremiah 29:13 ~ Matthew 6:33 ~ Psalm 34:10 ~ Psalm 23:1 ~ John 5:14 ~ Mark 11:24 ~ Mark 9:23 ~ John 16:24 THE THINGS OF GOD are of the Spirt world ~ Hebrews 10:21"and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water." EZEKIEL 34:11 "For this is what the Sovereign LORD says: I myself will search for my sheep and look after them. As a shepherd looks after his scattered flock when he is with them, so will I look after my sheep. I will rescue them from all the places where they were scattered on a day of clouds and darkness. I will bring them out from the nations and gather them from the countries, and I will bring them into their own land." God keeps His promises ~ 2 Corinthians 10:5 "We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ." Proverbs 23:7 THINK of JESUS "As a person thinks in their heart ~ so are they" My heart is where the Holy Spirit dwells. The eternal Word of God is the food for our souls, it is our spiritual sustenance. Romans 8:28 "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to his purpose." Mark 11:24 "Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours." Matthew 5:6 "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled." Matthew 16:19 "I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven." We release our angels by speaking in agreement with God's Word. We bind with the Word of God the angels that are at our disposal, to do God's will. When we agree with the Word of God, and speak the Word of God with the authority of faith bound to belief in the power of God's Word, we release our angels to do His work. Matthew 26:53 "Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels?" Our angels rejoice when they are released to go to work on the behalf of God's will ~ which is to prosper us, not harm us. Psalm 103:19 "The Lord hath prepared His throne in the heavens; and His kingdom ruleth over all." The kingdom of God is within us ~ where the Holy Spirit resides ~ as Jesus promised that He would be with us always! The will of God for His chosen ~ is that we love God with all our hearts, that we speak His word boldly and call forth His plans. Psalm 13:20 "Bless the Lord, ye His angels, that excel in strength, that do His commandments, hearkening unto the voice of His Word." NOTICE that our angels harken to the voice of God's Word. The word voice in Hebrew means 'to call aloud, sound, proclaim'. What we proclaim OUTLOUD give voice to God's Word, and the angels are released to go out and bring forth all that is required for it to come to pass. Hebrews 1:14 "Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?" Our angels listen to what we speak ~ when we speak outloud in agreement with God ~ we have given our angels an assignment ~ to work on our behalf concerning the promise of God. Psalm 107:20 "He sent His word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destruction." God rejoices when we take up our cross, when we pick up His Words, our Sword of Truth, and command His angels to deliver us from evil, AMEN ~ We are to be "DOERS" of the Word and walk victorious and bring God all the honor and glory! Ephesians 5:17 v"Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord's will is." God does not hope that we can obey, He gave us the power to obey, to understand Him, and His will. Ephesians 3:4 "In reading this, then, you will be able to understand My insight into the mystery of Christ" When we read the Word of God, we are given ears to hear, and the Holy Spirit gives us clarity, and a God given AHA, a sense of knowing what God is saying to us. He gives us understanding of His will for us. Let us know, let us be assured, let us be certain that God intended that His Word, His Son, His truth be known by us, as He has revealed by the Holy Spirit in us "The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law." 1 Corinthians 2:9 "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived, what God has prepared for those who love him" Lord Jesus thank You for all that You have prepared for me to receive ~ and I ask my angels GO FORTH and cause all necessary things to come into being that I may manifest Your best use of me, Your willing and faithful servant. THE HOLY TRINITY, the Father, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit John 3:34 "For the one whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God gives the Spirit without limit." God has poured out His spirit, in us, for us ~ to call upon, for us to speak His Word aloud, in agreement ~ to bring God unlimited pleasure in our obedience to His plan to prosper us beyond our human capacity to imagine. "For the one whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God gives the Spirit without limit." If we desire to bring God glory, if our love for God gives us the courage to speak our hearts aloud, as we rise up to "DO" what He asks us to do, then we cause His JOY to be complete in us! John 17:18 "As You (God) sent Me (Jesus) into the world, I (Jesus) have sent them (believers) into the world" According to Galatians 5:22-23 the fruits of the Holy Spirit are established in us because of God's unconditional love for us. 1 Corinthians 12:4 "There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all men." There are many different gifts, all from the Holy Spirit. Surrendering our will, our ways, to the Holy Spirit ~ when we submit to the authority within, the more we will be changed into the likeness and effectiveness of Christ on earth. AMEN Romans 3:28 "For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from observing the law." If we think that our purpose, our faith, our relationship with God is measured by our deeds, then we have been deceived. Phillipians 4:8 "Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things." There is no knowledge on earth that can compare to the positive, effective, nourishing, living Word of God!
Ephesians 4:22-24 "You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness." John 3:16 and John 17:3 ETERNAL LIFE is NOW "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life." Eternal life began the moment I was born again. As a believer eternal life is NOW. The Author of life defined eternal life for us. "And this IS life eternal, that they might KNOW Thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, Whom Thou hast sent." John 17:3 Knowing in the original language speaks of personal, intimate, experiential knowledge. It is when you KNOW that you KNOW, that Jesus is your Strength, that when you are weak, He is strong, He is the same, that Jesus never lies, He never changes. When we die to ourselves, when we are exhausted and let go of what we know, we surrender to His way, His peace, and THEN we experience His MANIFEST presence intimately. It is not knowing about Jesus because you heard the story of His birth. Knowing Jesus personally, is to know His word is alive, that He is active, that His light has entered your soul, that He has changed you from who you were, to who you are in Him. We get to come to Him, and to know Him by spending time with in slience, and in awe we read His Words, and we talk to Him, We worship His Presence, His word, His ways, His will for us. Jesus gave His life so that we can KNOW HIM in an intimate, close and personal way. As Jesus knows me, my intimate secrets, my personality, my heart, my gifts ~ I want to know more of Him. Jesus is closer to me than any person could ever be ~ He gave me all that I have, and He encourages me to come to Him for all my needs. Lord Jesus, You have given me all of You, the person of the Holy Spirit, never departs from me. It is my sincere desire to fully grasp and behold this amazing love You have for me so that I can return a great portion of that Love back to You. Deuteronomy 28:2 "All these blessings will come upon you and accompany you if you obey the LORD your God" Thank You Lord Jesus for all the blessings that are overtaking my family now! Living in Your eternal presence ~ is the best blessing of all! Psalm 37:3 Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Delight yourself in the LORD and He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD; trust in Him and he will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun. Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for Him; do not fret when men succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes." Those who hope in the LORD and speak His Word aloud will engage the help of His angels! We can shout Halleluiah for we inherit the full promises of God. If the LORD delights in a man's way, He makes his steps firm; though he stumble, he will not fall, for the LORD upholds him with his hand. Psalm 19:14“May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.”- May the words of my heart minister to my Lord ~ Oh God my Father, You are such a good God, a wonderful counselor, a perfect dad and I love You! Because God loves so deeply, so completely ~ He too is blessed by hearing my genuine praise for all that He does for me! A BIG LESSON OF TRUST: Trust God in all things, know with certainty and His assuring Word that in the unseen realm, Angels surround thee, and they work to guide and protect God's beloved. It takes time before what God has done in the spiritual world manifests in the physical world. REMEMBER: God is always at work, in all things, all the time ~ and He loves to hear from us! PSALM 52:8 "But I am like an olive tree flourishing in the house of God; I trust in God’s unfailing love for ever and ever." Jesus loves you, Jesus cares for you, Jesus dispatched angels to watch over you, and Jesus will return to earth, and we will see Jesus face to face! “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne." Matthew 25:31 ~ His living word also reminds us to hang on to what we have, and that is our certain FAITH that He is coming back for us. "And he will send his angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of the heavens." Mark 13:27