Resolving Conflicts

1 Corinthians 6:3   (NLT)   Don’t you realize that we will judge angels? So you should surely be able to resolve ordinary disputes in this life.

As much as possible, I try to avoid conflict. God’s Word tells us to keep the peace if it’s at all possible and as much as it depends on us. There’s not a lot there that can threaten 1 Corinthians 6.3 - Resolving Conflictspeace more quickly than trying to correct a person. But God’s Word also tells us to correct and rebuke.

At least in my own personal experience, it’s harder to correct people who are influential, strongly opinionated, successful, achievers, those who are considered high status in society. The task of speaking with them to discuss a possible wrong they do can be very challenging and highly threatening to the peace we work so hard for and work so hard to keep. It can be daunting. And there may be times when we let things just slide; we just brush things off when the best action is to call wrongdoers on their offenses.

Often, we are accused of judging. And I agree; we ought to not be judgmental people. But the wisest king who’s ever lived taught that open rebuke is better than secret love. There is a place for open, loving rebuke.

No one should intimidate us to inaction. It doesn’t matter how famous, rich, powerful, influential the person is. If they need to be told of their wrongs, they need to be told. We will be judging angels, we’re certainly and sufficiently equipped by our loving God to effectively handle disputes and conflicts between others, even if we’re the ones directly involved.

Rapture and Tribulation

Revelation 12:12   (KJV)   12 Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.

Two things are happening here simultaneously; there is rejoicing in the heavens and those who live there, and there is woe to the inhabitants of the earth. This may very well Revelation 12.12 - Rapture and Tribulationbe referring to the Tribulation or Great Tribulation period that will be coming to earth.

There are many reasonable theories presented and forwarded when it comes to the timing of the “catching away” of the church more familiarly referred to as the rapture. I’m aware that there are some very well-meaning Christians who take offense in the term “rapture,” but however we feel about it, it’s indisputable: the church will be caught up.

Prior to the unleashing the devil’s wrath here on earth, the Scriptures declare: “And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne” (Revelation 12:5). The “she” here is often interpreted as the nation of Israel, and the “child” as the church. Clearly, the child will be “caught up” before the devil and his angels lose their battle against Michael and his angels, and gets thrown down to earth (see Revelation 2:7-11).

Whether or not the interpretation about the woman and the child is correct, the truth remains: during the unleashing of the devil’s wrathful tantrum here on earth because of his defeat, there will be rejoicing in heaven, and a catching away will happen first,

Let’s faithfully walk before the Lord, and diligently live out our mission—reaching out to the unsaved and discipling the saved, as we humbly and joyfully look forward to our Lord and His return.

Angels to the Rescue

Acts 12:7   (KJV)   7 And, behold, the angel of the Lord came upon him, and a light shined in the prison: and he smote Peter on the side, and raised him up, saying, Arise up quickly. And his chains fell off from his hands.

Angels are real; they are Divinely delegated powerful ministering spirits. God lovingly sends them to us for so many reasons. They help us, we who are blessed heirs of salvation. Though it seems that there are numerous times when they suddenly come out of nowhere, acts-12-7-angels-to-the-rescuethey’re in fact always present; we just don’t see them all the time. When necessary, when God deems it best for them to appear to give us special revelation, direction, or protection; they show up, literally.

There’s a lot of fascinating things we know and can know about these super-beings; the Bible is replete with stories involving them. From Genesis to Revelation—the first book of the Bible to the last, angels are found. God in His Sovereignty sees fit that they be a part of His grand plan. We know God can perfectly do everything all by Himself, but He graciously involves us in some tasks, such as preaching to the lost and discipling believers. He also involves this special breed of creation. His generosity of experience allows more of us to enjoy the action—glories and victories. And yes, at times, the special Angel comes—not just an angel, but the Angel.

We’re more than happy to have them and to have them on our team. They’re the perfect match against enemies of their kind—those who fell with Lucifer when he foolishly tried to exalt himself beyond the already very exalted place and status he had in the presence of God and all His other heavenly creations. How many times have we had our share of “close calls,” and for unexplained circumstances, the disaster we expected didn’t happen—to our pleasant surprise. There’s a big possibility that God’s angels continually keep us shielded and away from harm; we’re completely unaware about the majority of them. There are battles raging. There are enemies, even spiritual ones trying to kill us, steal from us, and destroy us. Praise God, we have God’s heavenly powerful armies performing unseen supernatural exploits on our behalf, making sure that we’re more than okay.

Heavenly Surprises

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Note:  Grateful for the pic, but the actual will definitely look so much more majestic and awesome.

Revelation 4:8   (KJV)   8 And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.

The eternal, supernatural realm transcends even the limits of our imagination.

No verbal or visual form of communication is sufficient to perfectly describe all that heaven is like.

We children of God, citizens of the Kingdom, despite all the special blessings of wisdom, understanding, insights, illumination, and revelation we receive from our Father, are still in for a huge indescribable pleasant surprise.

If we all draw some of the heavenly beings based on how we understand and picture them, there’s a big probability that we’ll all come up with very different images. Oh, heaven will be weirdly awesome.

Being in God’s presence, we’ll be surrounded by sounds of praises emanating from all of heaven’s inhabitants and reverberating all throughout. Praise is one of the most heavenly acts we can do.

We will have a totally different praise and worship experience in heaven. It won’t be an event, if will be a consistent, constant, and continuing lifestyle.

God’s holiness, almightiness, past, present, and return are more than sufficient reasons for unstoppable and unending worship and praise.

Angels Watching Over Us

Acts 12:7  (KJV)   And, behold, the angel of the Lord came upon him, and a light shined in the prison: and he smote Peter on the side, and raised him up, saying, Arise up quickly. And his chains fell off from his hands.

Peter was in prison. Herod wanted to use Peter as a form of entertainment. How? He was going to have him killed in front of an anti-Christian crowd. It didn’t look good for Peter. Herod had the power – a corrupted one. He just had John – another arch-apostle killed. That’s what actually led him to pursue the death of Peter; he saw the crowd pleased with it. Peter was securely guarded in prison – chains, gates, guards and all. It was impossible for Peter to escape, but escape he did – with a little help from his unknown and unexpected friend. The Lord’s angel rescued him: chains fell, gates opened, guards didn’t see. Peter was free. The impossible became possible. How? Through God’s supernatural delegates – His angels.

Angels are real. Supernatural world is real. Many of what we consider as impossible are impossible from the natural vantage point. But when the supernatural is involved, nothing really is impossible. I heard a “science” guy asked how any plant buried under water for a year could survive – attempting to refute the validity of Noah’s flood. That’s a good point – from an anti-supernatural perspective. But the answer is simple. He has forgotten that we who believe in the account of the Flood believe in the account of Creation. It’s obviously not a problem for our God Who created everything out of nothing, to revive the plants after the Flood. We are living in a material world, but we as believers aren’t limited to it; we’re living in a supernatural sphere as well. And God’s supernatural delegates are present. They’re powerful, they’re victorious, and they’re ministering to us. Wow. A famous singer sang “Angels watching over me.” That’s more than just a song; that’s truth. By the way, people often think that there’s a war between science and religion. Not so. Science simply means “knowledge.” The contradiction then is between God-denying, God-disbelieving, God-hating Science, and, God-affirming, God-believing, God-loving Science.

Our Creator, supernatural God and Father, nothing is impossible with you. Thank you for allowing us to enjoy the blessings of living also in the supernatural, unlimited realm. Thank you for sending us Your powerful angels to watch over us, and when necessary, to rescue us – even if it takes overpowering the laws of nature and physics – even if it would take a miracle. And when necessary, we may even see them. Hallelujah!!!