Our Protection Plan
"For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways." Psalm 91:11
The word angel comes from the Greek word meaning 'messenger'. These messengers of God have specific jobs to do in heaven and on earth. God's Word tells us how the angels are delivering messages, accompanying the lonely, dispatching aid to humans in need of protection or in an emergency and fighting battles. Angels have superhuman intelligence and powers; they are beings created by God; they generally operate undercover and do not draw attention to themselves as they carry out their assignments given by God. They do not seek our worship (Revelation 22:8-9); they are numerous. We will probably never know how many times angels have delivered us, protected us from harm, helped us out of tight situations or even directly spoken to us. It is a blessing to have God send an angel in response to our prayer or in time of need (Psalm 34:7, Hebrews 1:14, Hebrews 13:2).
For many years I have known there are angels who watch over me. However, no matter how hard I tried, I couldn't keep my awareness alive until recently. I began seeing feathers out of nowhere, floating down before my eyes. When Sandi and I were out of town, my first 'feather' experience that I was aware of was at a restaurant while I was eating breakfast. I did not pay much attention to it, just blew it away and wondered where it came from. After I left the restaurant and got into my car, another feather floated down toward the dashboard. I held out my hand out to catch the feather and when it landed in my hand, it disappeared. During the course of that morning, eight feathers floated in my car. Later that day, when Sandi and I were driving down Freeway 101 past the airport in San Francisco, another feather floated down and landed on the dash. It was there for the entire trip to Carmel. This was the easiest drive in heavy traffic that we have ever experienced.
Back home, I was putting on my boots to move snow. A feather floated past my face and landed on my boot. I believed angels were there to help me with this chore. As it turned out, it was an easy and fun time moving the snow. As I was working, I said, "Thank you Lord for this great worship service."
Later that night, I went into my car to get my checkbook. When I opened the car door, a feather floated down past the steering wheel. I picked the feather up, went into the house and laid it on my checkbook where it stayed all night. In the morning, I held the feather in my hand and showed it to Sandi. As I laid it down, it disappeared. These experiences have increased my awareness and thankfulness for God's Word. I call these experiences the closeness of angels; it has changed something inside me that I cannot explain.
Psalm 91 Mixed with Faith
1. I dwell in the secret place of the most High. High means all sufficiency, all provided, all powerful, omnipresent.
2. I abide under the shadow of the Almighty. We are surrounded by the cloud of God's grace where there is no lack.
3. I say of the Lord, You are my refuge. When we are in a potentially dangerous situation, no harm shall come upon us.
4. I say of the Lord, You are my fortress. We are surrounded like a fort where outer circumstances cannot reach us. In II Kings 6:25-27, a servant man saw a host of enemy soldiers surrounding the city with horses and chariots. He asked Elisha what they should do because their army was smaller and not as well equipped. Elisha told him not to fear because they that were with them were more than what the enemy had. Elisha prayed to the Lord to open the servant's eyes that he may see the army of angels with horses and chariots that God provided for the battle. And, behold, he saw the mountain full of angels ready to do battle. If our eyes were opened to the invisible realm, we would see the multitudes of angels that are there providing for our needs.
5. I say of the Lord, You deliver me of the snare of the fowler and the noisome pestilence. By Jesus' shed blood, His death, His resurrection, He provided power for our deliverance of everything that attempts to rob, kill or destroy (John 10:10). The snare of the fowler is the one who sets traps. The traps are an opportunity to speak God's Word with confidence, allowing everything to turn to good (Romans 8:28). God gives us power over every illness (noisome pestilence).
6. I am not afraid of the terror by night or the arrow of the day. Realizing our gifted position by the provision of Jesus Christ, we believe and say that disease is illegal, lack is not real and we no longer have guilt, blame, fear or laziness control our life. When negatives attempt to get in our mind, we rise up and say NO!
7. Because I have made the Lord my Refuge, my habitation, no evil can stay on me and no plague can come near my dwelling place.
8. The Lord has given angels charge over me to keep me in all my ways. Psalm 91:9-11 is all part of our protection plan. For results, speak with authority, power and ability (Psalm 91:13-15).
9. With long life, You will satisfy me and show me my salvation. Salvation is discovering that Jesus Christ is the source and strength of our life, I believe speaking Psalm 91 keeps us safe and secure. Many things that could occur will not happen. With secure confidence, we see all things as possible and we have what we say!