my books: friends & counselors #12

Here is a guiding rule in all experiences of angels: angels that do not lead us to Jesus as King, Lord, and Savior are not spirits on God’s mission but false spirits. Angels in the Bible lead us to Jesus. Angel experiences that do not draw us to God’s Son must be held either loosely or not at all. Angel experiences may well lead people to think there is more than meets the eye or that there is a ‘hum’ of the divine all about us – but without taking us far enough. Frankly, the vast majority of angel experiences evoke transcendence at the most, but no element of leading a person to Jesus.

The Hum of Angels: Listening for the Messengers of God Around Us by Scot McKnight (Waterbook, 2017); p.125

tempered, tempted & true

Then the Spirit led Jesus up into the wilderness so that the devil might tempt him. After Jesus had fasted for forty days and forty nights, he was starving. The tempter came to him and said, “Since you are God’s Son, command these stones to become bread.”
Jesus replied, “It’s written, People won’t live only by bread, but by every word spoken by God.”

After that the devil brought him into the holy city and stood him at the highest point of the temple. He said to him, “ Since you are God’s Son, throw yourself down; for it is written, I will command my angels concerning you, and they will take you up in their hands so that you won’t hit your foot on a stone.”

Jesus replied, “Again it’s written, Don’t test the Lord your God.”

Then the devil brought him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. He said, “I’ll give you all these if you bow down and worship me. ”

Jesus responded, “ Go away, Satan, because it’s written, You will worship the Lord your God and serve only him.” The devil left him, and angels came and took care of him. (Matthew 4:1-11 CEB)

Wilderness. Waiting. Weakness.

Devil. Deceit. Decision.

Temptation. Testing. Trial.

Jesus. Jagged. Judgment.

Scripture. Strength. Success.

Angels. Assistance. Advance.

Word. Worship. Wonder.

Father in heaven, today, and in the coming forty days, help me to be emptied of self and full of you, fixed on you and focusing on others. For I pray here in this wilderness in the name of my Lord Jesus. Amen.