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Things not understood
The work of angels
The angels assist us in a way very much like waiters. They fetch and carry. (See also Rev 22:9; 1 Kings 19:5-7; Matt 4:11)
“Also I say to you, whoever confesses Me before men, him the Son of Man also will confess before the angels of God. But he who denies Me before men will be denied before the angels of God.” Luke 12:8-9
We see that there is no such thing as a silent disciple. We must speak God’s Truth. There is no place for anyone who is ashamed of the Gospel. When soul winning, expect the angels to minister to those you are witnessing to. It is important to remember that angels cannot preach the Gospel - only we can. However, we can ask God for the angels to protect and strengthen those to whom we are witnessing.
“For He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all ways. In their hands they shall bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone.” Psalm 91:11-12
The latter verse was misquoted by Satan to Jesus, but is an example to us that angels do protect us, but we must not provoke them or the hand of God to action.
Examples of where angels helped believers include the story of Daniel in the lions’ den. (Daniel 6:22). Note Daniel’s confession (or the words he speaks). Another example is in Genesis 21:8-21 where we see Hagar and Ishmael protected from thirst. Again read Matthew 18:10 for an example of the work of angels.
In 2 Kings 6:17 we see Elisha shielded from national foes. In Acts 12:5-11 Peter is guarded from a sadistic government official and in Acts 27:9-44 Paul and his companions were kept from death during a shipwreck. another instance we see angels at work helping believers is in Acts 5:19 when the Apostle is let out of prison.
Through the Word; the Voice of the Holy Spirit; through dreams, visions, an inner witness (conviction); through circumstances, a word from other people, through the gifts of the Spirit (like prophecy) and through angels.
The following Scriptures detail situations where angels ministered guidance to individuals:
- Philip told which road to take to find the Ethiopian. (Acts 8:26)
- Cornelius told to send for Peter. (Acts 10)
- Paul told that he must stand trial before Caesar. (Acts 20:23,24)
(Also from "Ask Val")
Hypnotism - what's the Word on it?
Hypnotism results in an altered state of consciousness where the mind becomes susceptible to outside influence and is less able to tell what is real and what is not. For example, the mind can refuse to acknowledge the reality of pain in the body. It also leaves the mind - the gateway to our spirit - open to far more dangerous and subtle influences, which can bring us into the realm of the occult. The Bible warns strongly against "charmers and enchanters" Deut 18:10-12. The Old Testament heathen practice of what has recently become acceptable in medicine and psychiatry as hypnosis.
The Word is clear on this. We are to love the Lord out God "With all of your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind." Matt 22:37 God has given us a "sound mind" 2 Tim 1:7 and we should not lose control of any part of it at any time. Our minds must be set on things "above" Col 3:1-2, fully concentrated on the Lord (Isaiah 26:3). sober (to be in your right mind - Titus 2:6) and fully committed to and open to His suggestions.
The potential dangers of this practice are such, that the Christian would be well advised to steer clear of it!