Spiritual Warfare; March 1, 2023

Revelation 19:10 At this I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, “Do not do it! I am a fellow servant with you and with your brothers who hold to the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”

One thing that jumps out at me from this is that even John, the “beloved disciple,” started to worship the angel. After all, the angel had just said, “These are the true words of God.” It’s OK to be impressed with things, to be in awe of them even, but as the angel says here, worship is for God alone. Every human being has an innate impulse to worship, but when we worship anything less than our Creator we are instantly led astray. We don’t want that and neither does God. Angels are certainly impressive as my wife testifies, having seen a few. However, any angel that accepts worship is instantly shown to be a fallen angel, one who followed Satan in his rebellion, because a holy angel will always respond as this one did to John. It is very encouraging, comforting even, that such an angel would describe himself as “a fellow servant” with us. Our team has the best players! The thing that he says at the end almost seems out of place until you understand that Biblical prophecy is speaking God’s words after Him. He was telling John that by speaking “the true words of God” he was just prophesying, just as John or any child of God will do at times. Every believer needs to understand that they have entered God’s army, right alongside the angels and the saints who have gone before us, and we have been given armor and weapons accordingly. (Ephesians 6:13-18) We have no power or authority in ourselves, but the One who has called, equipped, and commissioned us has all authority and power, and He can and will speak and act through us to accomplish His works for His glory. We aren’t to worship angels, much less any human being, but rather come alongside them in the battle against evil, for the glory of God.

Well! I didn’t expect that! I feel like I’m being called to active duty, which shouldn’t be surprising, since the Holy Spirit is obviously on the move, at Asbury and elsewhere. I see so many people saying, “If it isn’t this way it isn’t a genuine move of God.” How narrow! How parochial! God has moved many different ways down through the centuries, but we are always tempted to try to put Him into one box or another. I am not to limit God, but keeping my eyes on Jesus I am to listen to whatever His Spirit tells me, willing to move however He directs. I have seen many encouraging things recently, in my own life, in this church, and even at a distance, such as in Kentucky. I am to rejoice that God not only has a plan, He is executing it even as I watch, and He may even use me in it! I’m not to run ahead but rather follow faithfully, exercising authority because I’m fully submitted to His authority, so that His will may be done in and through me for His glory.

Father, thank You for this Word. Thank you that it in no way conflicts with what You told me years ago, to rest, relax, and rejoice in You. I can’t accomplish anything in my own strength, but I can delight to see You do things through me. May Your name indeed be recognized as holy and Your rule and reign be established as Your will is done, for Your glory. Thank You. Hallelujah!

About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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