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Jesus declared in Matthew 18:10 that children have guardian angels.

The Book of Daniel states that an angel was interceding in the prophet’s behalf during a time of great struggle and during his time of intensive prayer.

The implication of these facts is that you and I have guardian angels.

That being the case, let’s think and act today in a way that the angel can go to God with a smile, not a frowning, shaking head.

Let’s live out Colossians 3:17.

And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”

If I were an angel representing you before the throne, my job would be a whole lot nicer if I could go to God with good news about your displays of faithfulness rather than with pleas for God’s patience and mercy.

A text from today’s Bible reading speaks to this point of divine monitoring: “For the Lord sees clearly what a man does, examining every path he takes.” (Proverbs 5:21).

I’m strengthened by the promise that I’m not alone in my struggle against the forces of this world and the flaws in my own flesh.

I’ve got greater powers to help me, including an angel who knows me better than I know myself.

I pray that you’re strengthened this morning by the fact that you have divine help as well. As you walk in that strength, God will see that you’re living to please Him and you’ll make your angel’s mission a whole lot more pleasant.

As always, I love you
Martin

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If not for the grace of God, we’d all face the outcome experienced by the unrepentant of Sodom and Gomorrah.

You know what happened to them.

Fried by the wrath of God because they rejected the righteousness of God.

You also know that Lot and his family escaped that wrath, but not because of boldness or spiritual perfection.

Instead, it was because God’s two angelic messengers sent to rescue them and to destroy the cities chose to impart God’s grace when Lot and his family wavered in faith.

Please read today’s installment of the One-Year Bible and you’ll see what I mean.

The most compelling verse to me in that segment is this one:

When he (Lot) hesitated, the men grasped his hand and the hands of his wife and of his two daughters and led them safely out of the city, for the Lord was merciful to them.” (Genesis 19:16)

We all have times when we’ve heard what God wants us to do for His Kingdom’s sake and our own, but for some reason, we hesitated.

Truth be told, we were doubting.

Or we were anguishing over what we’re having to give up in order to obey God.

It’s vital at such times that we think about what we’ll gain by obeying God, not about what we’ll lose.

And even that which we can’t keep should be seen as sacrificial offerings to demonstrate faith.

I’m sure that fleeing Sodom cost Lot a whole lot of money. But because the angels grabbed his hand and the hands of his family, his family was saved.

The next time you’re wavering in obeying the Lord financially or morally or with your availability for volunteer service, please take the Lord’s hand when you hear His voice gently reaching out to you.

He doesn’t want you to perish but instead to enjoy a new life forever.

As always, I love you
Martin

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It’s not something we typically think about, yet it is as real as the ground upon which you walk.

I’m talking about the fact that we have guardian angels.

The Bible doesn’t devote much space to these intercessors but when references are made, they’re very clear.

Today’s reading in the One-Year Bible includes such a reference.

“….angels are only servants—spirits sent to care for people who will inherit salvation.” (Hebrews 1:14)

The larger context of this verse involves the declaration that Jesus Christ, existing before creation, is greater than any angel.

Although Jehovah’s Witnesses define Jesus as a created, super-angel, Hebrews 1 is explicit in saying Jesus was no angel, but instead fully God.

The verse above gives me comfort and I pray that it does the same for you. I’m glad to know that God has assigned an angel or perhaps multiple angels to watch out for me and intercede in various ways when I encounter more than I can handle on my own.

How that happens specifically can’t be defined in a quantitative manner but there is no doubt that some of the provision and wisdom and encouragement that comes my way has been preceded by messages from an angel or angels back to Mission Control in heaven.

You’ve had such moments when there was no logical, merit-based reason that an intercessory blessing came into your life.

But it did.

That was no accident.

I want to believe that an angel had first talked with God.

Let’s thank God more for His grace toward us in forgiveness and provision and instruction.

And let’s remember to thank God for sending angels to watch over us.

I’m looking forward to the eternal day that I meet the angel or angels assigned to me. I’m sure that we’ll have plenty to talk about. I pray that you’ll have the same heart of anticipation.

As always, I love you
Martin

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