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Msg#1639 Angels All Around Me

What The Bible Says

Good Samaritan’s Penny Pulpit by Pastor Ed Rice

Christians tend to fuss and fret when politicians, circumstances, and/or friends turn against them. A stand for righteousness does that. In similar circumstances Elisha’s servant cried out, “Alas, my master! How shall we do?” (2Kings 6:15). At IBPF Pastor Calibretta pointed out that the servant needed to know, and we need reminded, that, “They that be with us are more than they that be with them” (Vr. 16). There is an army of Satan around us. We wrestle not with flesh and blood, and Satan’s “got the whole world in his hand.” He hates what God loves: Israel, marriage, children (they call them embryos), law and order, Christians, and whatsoever things are honest. He is the enemy of God, and born-again believers are the servants of God. Roll-play the servant. A servant is one who works to make another a success. Just as Gehazi, Elisha’s previous servant was sent to tell commander Naaman how to be healed of leprosy, Christ’s servants are sent to be ministers of reconciliation (2Cor 5:17-19). The normal progression is believer, to disciple, to servant, to friend of God, but the foremost roll is that of a servant. So that his servant would recognize their advantage, Elisha asked God to open his eyes. So that the enemy would do his beck and call, Elisha asked God to close theirs. If you, as his servant are going to see the angels all around you, you must turn to 2Kings 6; he wrote it down for our learning. It would behoove all of us to fret and stew about our circumstances a little less and recall that we have his enemies out numbered and out gunned. They are indeed in blindness and confusion of face. There has never been a better time to be a minster of reconciliation.

An Essay for week #39 Sep 25, 2016

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