Monthly Archives: September 2019

Michaelmas

Today is the remembrance of Michael and the archangels, or Michaelmas.

According to the Bible Angels are created beings similar to man in many ways, yet different too. They often bring messages to God’s people. In the old testament Angels often carried messages to the prophets,in the new testament they bring news to both Mary & Joseph about Jesus’ birth. Angels ministered to Jesus after the temptation in the wilderness, and again before he went to the cross.

Angels freed disciples from prisons, appeared with directions for people and apostles… An angel goes to Saint John on the Isle of Patmos with the message of the Book of Revelation.

Jesus taught on the reality of angels, as did the old testament prophets, and the new testament apostles and writers.

So today we remember maybe there’s mystery still left in the world. Maybe there’s more than what we see. The Book of Hebrews says we may have encountered angels and have been unaware of it… So today, on Michaelmas, we remember Michael, the archangels, and all angels as a part of God’s world and our allies in the fight for what’s good.

“Everlasting God, you have ordained and constituted in a wonderful order the ministries of angels and mortals: Mercifully grant that, as your holy angels always serve and worship you in heaven, so by your appointment they may help and defend us here on earth…”

Available And Out Of Gas

Oswald Chambers said-

“Ministering in everyday opportunities means being God’s special choice to be available for use in the seemingly random surroundings He has engineered for us.”
~My Utmost for His Highest

This quote actually played out in my life a while back-

A few years ago, Josh Stump from Nashville & I were in Joplin MO launching a new church plant. On the way back to the Tulsa Airport we ran out of gas in a sparse area of the country. Ultimately my AAA membership provided 4 gallons for us, Josh walked back with a 1 gallon container of gas which we didn’t immediately need. But we were on the road less than 5 minutes, and saw another car pulled to the side, it was a mom and child out of gas with their blinker lights on. We stopped, poured in the gallon of gas, enough to get her to the next exit. what seemed to be such an inconvenience for us (running out of gas) may have served another purpose. Were we there at the right place, at the right time, just for this mom & kid?

Poor examples we may be, but God had engineered, through seemingly random events, this coincidence and connection… simply because we’d made ourselves available.

Make this your prayer this week:
“Father-I am yours to use without having to ask my permission.”