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God gave us angels so that we would understand that He has put tools in the earth for us to use. Most of the time, we think of angels in regard to Heaven, but He put angels right here on earth - in our house, in our car - wherever we go!

God wants us to understand that there is someone standing right by our side who is exceedingly strong! Our angel is stronger than the most powerful munitions our Armed Forces can muster.

You could shoot an angel with a high-powered rifle, but it wouldn't harm him. Instead, that angel would probably just take the gun and break it in half! Angels are strong, and, as our servants, they have the ability to strengthen us.

In Luke 22, we find an example of angels at work strengthening someone - Jesus Himself - as He prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane.
LUKE 22:39-43
39 And he came out, and went, as he was wont, to the mount of Olives; and his disciples also followed him.
40 And when he was at the place, he said unto them, Pray that ye enter not into temptation.
41 And he was withdrawn from them about a stone's cast, and kneeled down, and prayed,
42 Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.
43 And there appeared an ANGEL unto him from heaven, STRENGTHENING him.
The Greek word translated "strengthening" in verse 43 means invigorating. Jesus needed to be invigorated. There He was in that garden, knowing He was going to die on the Cross and that doing so was going to be the toughest thing He would ever have to do.

His flesh didn't want to do it, so He knelt down and began to pray. And as He was praying, an angel came and strengthened Him.

God intends for angels to be involved in the day-to-day life of the believer in this day and age. It's not just the people in the Bible God is concerned about. He wants us to benefit from the ministry of angels today.

Rev. Kenneth E. Hagin has seen angels many times. One time, the Lord even showed Brother Hagin his own angel. And, recently, a certain minister was preaching at the church I pastor, and he had an encounter with an angel. He said God showed him an angel and told him it was an angel of prosperity.

Well, we know that angels are involved in every area of the lives of the saints. They do their bidding according to the Word of God. In other words, what God's Word says, angels do!

In the twenty-five years that I've been preaching, I've had many people at different times tell me that they've seen angels during my services. Some have reported that when the anointing would come on me in a service, they'd see an angel approach me and speak to me, and, as he did, I would take off running across the platform!

You see, angels handle the anointing too. And they've been sent forth from God to strengthen us.

Jesus is Lord, but Jesus also has a Body. We, the Church, are the Body of Christ. And the Bible says that we are heirs of God and joint-heirs with Jesus (Rom. 8:17).

So since Jesus received an angel to strengthen Him when He prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane, guess what we can expect?

An angel can strengthen us too!

Source: Angels: God's Servants For You by Bishop Keith A. Butler
Excerpt permission granted by Word Of Faith Publishing

Author Biography

Keith Butler
Web site: Word of Faith International Christian Center
 
Bishop Keith A. Butler is the senior pastor of Word of Faith International Christian Center. Keith Butler is the founder and president of Keith Butler Ministries (KBM), an international organization established to take the life-changing message of the Gospel to "the uttermost parts of the earth." Through Live Your Faith Seminars and the establishment of our PISTIS School of Ministry in various locations, Keith Butler provides teaching of the Word of God on a variety of subjects such as how to live the life of faith, how to fulfill the call of God for your life, how to receive your healing, the importance of walking in love and many more topics. PISTIS is specifically designed to train ministers so that they are equipped to go out into their world and teach and preach Jesus effectively.
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