Daily Archives: November 24, 2014
Do you believe in angels? Have you heard that we all have a guardian angel? I have always prayed when I am traveling or going down the street to the store for God to send his angels and protect all inside the car.
I decided to google and see what others have to say. Interested in reading what I did? Well, I hope so, because here is what I discovered.
Reader Question: My name is Mariana from Indonesia. I am 28 years old and Christian. I have 3 questions for you:
- Is there really a Guardian Angel for every human being?
- I have heard that Guardian Angels will stay around us and sometimes can alert us when something bad is going to happen or help us when we are in need? Is that true?
- Can we communicate or work with them? What is the difference between a Guardian Angel and other Angels?
Christopher’s Response: Dear Mariana, You have asked excellent questions about Angels and I can see how sincere you are about seeking helpful answers.
1) Every one of has special Guardian Angels that watch over us. I have worked with thousands of people over the last 15 years and every person I have met has had at least two Guardian Angels. Your Guardian Angels are true spiritual friends and companions. They were with you in your soul form before you came to earth. They are with you in every breath you take, every step you take, every thought you think. They are gifts given to us from God to help us embody and express the highest gifts of our soul throughout our lifetime. They are also with us when we leave this lifetime and return to our soul form.
2) Your Guardian Angels are constant companions that help guard and protect you as well inspire and strengthen you to achieve your highest spiritual aspirations. Angelic powers include protecting, guiding, revealing (showing you the truth), providing, healing, answering prayer and caring for us at the moment of our death.
Question: “Do we have guardian angels?”
Answer: Matthew 18:10 states, “See that you do not look down on one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven.” In the context, “these little ones” could either apply to those who believe in Him (v. 6) or it could refer to the little children (vs. 3-5). This is the key passage regarding guardian angels. There is no doubt that good angels help protect (Daniel 6:20-23; 2 Kings 6:13-17), reveal information (Acts 7:52-53; Luke 1:11-20), guide (Matthew 1:20-21; Acts 8:26), provide for (Genesis 21:17-20; 1 Kings 19:5-7), and minister to believers in general (Hebrews 1:14).
The question is whether each person—or each believer—has an angel assigned to him/her. In the Old Testament, the nation of Israel had the archangel (Michael) assigned to it (Daniel 10:21; 12:1), but Scripture nowhere states that an angel is “assigned” to an individual (angels were sometimes sent to individuals, but there is no mention of permanent assignment). The Jews fully developed the belief in guardian angels during the time between the Old and New Testament periods. Some early church fathers believed that each person had not only a good angel assigned to him/her, but a demon as well. The belief in guardian angels has been around for a long time, but there is no explicit scriptural basis for it.
To return to Matthew 18:10, the word “their” is a collective pronoun in the Greek and refers to the fact that believers are served by angels in general. These angels are pictured as “always” watching the face of God so as to hear His command to them to help a believer when it is needed. The angels in this passage do not seem to be guarding a person so much as being attentive to the Father in heaven. The active duty or oversight seems, then, to come more from God than from the angels, which makes perfect sense because God alone is omniscient. He sees every believer at every moment, and He alone knows when one of us needs the intervention of an angel. Because they are continually seeing His face, the angels are at His disposal to help one of His “little ones.”
It cannot be emphatically answered from Scripture whether or not each believer has a guardian angel assigned to him/her. But, as stated earlier, God does use angels in ministering to us. It is scriptural to say that He uses them as He uses us; that is, He in no way needs us or them to accomplish His purposes, but chooses to use us and them nevertheless (Hebrews 1:7). In the end, whether or not we have an angel assigned to protect us, we have an even greater assurance from God: if we are His children through faith in Christ, He works all things together for good (Romans 8:28-30), and Jesus Christ will never leave us or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5-6). If we have an omniscient, omnipotent, all-loving God with us, does it really matter whether or not there is a finite guardian angel protecting us?
Well what are your thoughts now after reading what I saw?
When was the last time you took a risk (big or small), and pushed your own boundaries — socially, professionally, or otherwise? Were you satisfied with the outcome?
The last thing I did that was outside the box of what I do normally is write two books and publish them. The first book I wrote, called Dahlia, is an inspiring story. I thought it so well related to today’s living. Problems arise and we can make one of two choices. We can stand tall and break through the rocky road, or we can give up and move towards something else. This is what this book is about. I have had quite a few compliments on this book which made me feel pretty good.
The second book was written while my brother Al was going through the struggles of MSA. I finished the book soon after his death. This is full of Al’s story of his life and how we dealt with the horrible disease, which is quite rare. I wrote this book in hope that other families and caregivers would not be in such fear as they walked with their loved ones through the different stages.
Both of these books can be purchased through Create Space or at Amazon.
I am disappointed with my second book. The book is alright. It is the hope that I lost from writing the book. My hope continued to the point where I hoped to teach others through a class or have professionals want to read it. I feel like I have not carried on Al’s name by helping others.
There is so little known about this terrible illness, but the ones who are familiar with it; the ones living through it, I wanted so much to be able to help them.
Chocolate Candy Cane Cake – Shugary Sweets
Kentucky to Indiana
I haven’t been on-line since Friday. I went home to Indiana this weekend. I was able to see my two sons and their families. The time went too fast and before I knew it; it was Sunday afternoon and time to head back to Kentucky.
I took lots of photos and even took a few on the way back. I am already looking forward to Christmas when once again I get to spend time with all of my family. I just pray the snow minds itself and keeps the roads clear to and from.
The photos are;
Louisville, KY at night
A couple of geese
The dreary yet beautiful rainy skies