Today’s advent reflection is by Ron Phillips, DMin, pastor of Central Baptist Church (now called Abba’s House) located in the Chattanooga, Tennessee area. Phillips has a bachelor’s degree from Samford University and a master of divinity and a doctorate of ministry from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the author of numerous books, including Our Invisible Allies and Everyone’s Guide to Demons and Spiritual Warfare.
One of the greatest visual representations we have of Christmas is angels.
An angel appeared to Mary and prophesied his birth, and we are all too aware of their grand presence at Jesus’ arrival. Today we memorialize them everywhere—in our Christmas stories, decorations, cookies and songs. But our fascination doesn’t just end after the holidays.
If you haven’t noticed, there is a growing fascination with angels in our society. I find this astonishing because as a child of the 1960s, I was reared in an environment dominated by the denial of God and the supernatural, but today, the majority of people believe in unseen spiritual forces that can be channeled and interacted with daily.
As Christians, we should remember that angels assist us in ways completely unknown to us. When living becomes difficult and you are in short supply of moral support and guidance, the instructions are simple and universal: join hands with your friends, family, spouse, and co-workers. These people are your allies. But be honest. Isn’t this hard to do sometimes? How can allies be trusted in a world full of corruption and decay? How are we supposed to trust these angelic beings in our spiritual lives? Aren’t there some angels who have “fallen”?
They will not abandon us in our efforts to spread the gospel to a lost and dying world. My hope and prayer is that you realize angels are friends that help guide, protect, and minister to us so that we may endure in the cause of Christ for our lives. The will of God consumes and possesses angels, and they passionately pursue his salvation for us. They minister to us in ways that are wholly unique from any guidance we can receive on earth. They comfort us, speak to us, monitor the spiritual climate around us, teach us, and help us. [Click to tweet!] But above all else, angels work for the master of the universe and share in our desire to worship him and accomplish his will. Angels are not just for Christmas. They are our allies.
Today’s advent reflection is by Ron Phillips, DMin, pastor of Central Baptist Church (now called Abba’s House) located in the Chattanooga, Tennessee area. Phillips has a bachelor’s degree from Samford University and a master of divinity and a doctorate of ministry from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the author of numerous books, including […]