Thursday, October 04, 2012
Today’s Topic: Spiritual Awareness
Today’s Text: Psalm 34:7 (ESV)
The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him, and delivers them.
A devotional I received this morning by email really got me thinking about truths we ignore. One of them is the truth that there is a spiritual realm outside of this physical realm in which we live, and God has designed it so the two can interconnect.
According to God’s design, the spiritual realm rules the physical realm, and consists of two governing bodies: the Kingdom of Satan and the Kingdom of God. Of course, as Creator, God is ultimately the ruler of Satan (Revelation 1:5 – and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth.), but for now, in this present age, Satan has been given dominion over the earth. (Ephesians 6:12 – For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.)
Every person is being governed in their physical existence by one or the other of these spiritual Kingdoms. Not both. Only one! Those who are living according to the flesh to fulfill its desires are being ruled by the power of Satan, and are children of the Devil. In John 8:44 Jesus says, You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. Those who are living according to the Spirit of God have God as their Father by rebirth through faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. Again, the words of Jesus – for the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God. (John 16:27) and that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. (John 17:21).
Now that the foundational truths are in place, let us consider what the Lord put on my heart this morning as I read the devotional about angels. As children of God the Father, we have direct and intimate contact with the spiritual realm that surrounds us. God has created and appointed ministering spirits called angels to serve Him on our behalf. They care for us, protect us, and deliver God’s will to us. They are not only looking over our lives but also looking into our lives to understand the glory of God’s redemption. Contemplate these Scripture passages today that relate to us what is happening all around us in the spiritual realm.
Psalm 103:19-21 The LORD has established his throne in the heavens, and his kingdom rules over all. Bless the LORD, O you his angels, you mighty ones who do his word, obeying the voice of his word! Bless the LORD, all his hosts, his ministers, who do his will!
Hebrews 1:13-14 And to which of the angels has he ever said, “Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet”? Are they not all ministering spirits sent out to serve for the sake of those who are to inherit salvation?
Psalm 91:11-12 For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.
1 Peter 1:12 …the things that have now been announced to you through those who preached the good news to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven, things into which angels long to look.
Ephesians 3:10 so that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places.
Congratulations are in order if you have stuck with this devotional to this point. Here’s my main point in the form of a question – How aware are you on a daily basis of the activity in the spiritual realm that exists around you? Do you understand how the Lord has established an army of ministering spirits called angels that are constantly ministering the grace of God to us? Do you understand how those angels are watching our lives so they can better understand God’s glorious plan of redemption? Do you understand how the way you live your life is a testimony to the spiritual realm – either to the demons of Satan or the angels of God?
I was so very blessed this morning to think about the love of God manifested in the constant care of my life. I am so guilty of seeing only the circumstances and the harm they are doing, rather than the spiritual realm of the angels that have been assigned to protect me and minister the grace of God to my heart. Take a moment and reconnect with the spiritual side of life, becoming more aware of the presence of God around us and in us.