Whether you are aware of it or not, God’s holy angels are actively working on this planet to provide help, protection, direction and provision for His people. As a matter of fact, God’s Word teaches that each and every believer has a special angel assigned just to help them!
In Hebrews 1:14 God’s Word says of angels, “Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?” In Psalms 104:4 it declares that God, “Makes His angels spirits; His ministers flames of fire.” Angels are God’s ministering spirits sent to help His children (those “who shall be heirs of salvation”).
Angels do not help and protect the unsaved. Psalm 91:9 & 11 declares, “Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the Most High, thy habitation…He shall give His angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.” The ministry of angels is an exclusive benefit to the redeemed!
God wants to bless your life and He has planned to use the ministry of angels to do just that! But He needs your cooperation. You see, the amount of help that you and I receive from angels depends largely upon us. God’s Word has a lot to say about the ministry of angels, and the time has come that we no longer remain ignorant of this wonderful, heavenly gift.
Did you know that there are five divisions of angels? 1 Thessalonians 4:16 and Jude verse 9 tell us that there are Archangels. “Arch” angel means chief angel. These are God’s highest ranking angels. In Daniel 10:13 we learn that there is more than one archangel when it says that the archangel Michael was “One of the CHIEF PRINCES.”
The scripture reveals that there were three archangels, but one has since rebelled and turned away from God. First we have Michael, who is in charge of defending God’s kingdom. Daniel 12:1 reveals that he has a special assignment to defend the nation of Israel. Next we have Gabriel, who is in charge of delivering God’s messages to the earth (Daniel 8:16, Daniel 9:21-22, and Luke 1:19 & 26). Lastly, Lucifer was an arch angel in charge of the worship of God and ruling the inhabitants of the earth before Adam (Ezekiel 28:13, Isaiah 14:12-13).
It seems that each of the three archangels had a third of God’s heavenly host underneath their command. This explains why when Lucifer rebelled, a third of the angels that were underneath him also fell with him. (see Revelation 12:4).
The second class of angels is called Seraphims. You can read about these unique angels in Isaiah chapter 6. They each have 6 wings. They use two wings to cover their face, two to cover their feet and with the other two they fly. Interestingly, we only see these angels operating in heaven, never upon the earth. Their primary job is to minister before the Lord.
The third division of angels is called Cherubims. These mighty beings are charged with protecting God’s throne and glory. You may find it interesting to know that Lucifer was actually a Cherub who also held the rank of Archangel (Ezekiel 28:14). These angels primarily operate in heaven. However, in Genesis 3:24 God sent Cherubims to earth to keep Adam and Eve out of the Garden of Eden and away from the Tree of Life.
The Living Creatures in the book of Revelation are the fourth division of angels. Like the Seraphims, they are only seen in heaven, never upon the earth. These angels worship God continually around His throne. They have 6 wings and eyes all around their heads (Revelation 4:6 &8).
The last division of angel mentioned in the scriptures is what we call “Common Angels”. These are the primary angels that minister on the earth, helping God’s people. You may be surprised to know that these angels do not have wings. In fact, these angels look so much like people that Hebrews 13:2 tells us that many times we cannot tell the difference between the two! It says, “Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unaware.”
However, it is actually possible to limit or even hinder your angel from helping you! Angels require at least three things from us in order to effectively minister for us.
NUMBER ONE: ANGELS WATCH OVER YOUR PRAYER LIFE
Angels cannot help the prayerless. Psalm 91:1 declares, “He that dwelleth in the SECRET PLACE, shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.” According to Matthew 6:6, the secret place is the place where we find God’s presence in prayer. One of the benefits of prayer is divine protection provided through the ministry of angels. This is made clear when in Psalm 91:11-12 it says, “For He shall give His angels charge over thee (over the ones who dwell in the secret place of prayer), to keep thee in all thy ways. They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.”
NUMBER TWO: ANGELS WATCH OVER YOUR WORDS
The confession of your mouth is very important to angels. In Daniel 10:12 the angel Gabriel told Daniel, “I am come for thy words.” Psalm 103:20 tells us that angels will not operate on their own. They only move into action when they hear the Word of God spoken. “Bless the Lord, ye His angels that excel in strength, that do His commandments, hearkening unto THE VOICE OF HIS WORD.”
It is the Word of God that gives them their assignments. When they hear the Word of God spoken out of your lips, they spring into action to bring that scripture to pass for you!
NUMBER THREE: ANGELS WATCH OVER YOUR GIVING
In Acts 10 we find the story of Cornelius. In verse 2 and 3 it says that he was a man of prayer and a generous giver. I want you to notice how his giving released an angel to help him. It says, “He saw in a vision, an angel of God coming in to him. And he said unto him, thy prayer and THINE ALMS ARE COME UP FOR A MEMORIAL BEFORE GOD.”
In Malachi 3:11 God says that when you bring Him all the tithe that He will rebuke the devourer for you. I am convinced that it is through the work of angels that the devourer is rebuked.