Sermon Prepared by James McCullen
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ANGELS IN THE INFIELD
Heb 1:1-7 (NAS)

1 God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, 2 in these last days has spoken to us in {His} Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world. 3 And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power. When He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high; 4 having become as much better than the angels, as He has inherited a more excellent name than they.

5 For to which of the angels did He ever say, "Thou art My Son, today I have begotten Thee"? And again, "I will be a Father to Him And He shall be a Son to Me"? 6 And when He again brings the first-born into the world, He says, "And let all the angels of God worship Him." 7 And of the angels He says, "Who makes His angels winds, and His ministers a flame of fire."

Introduction
In recent years a movie titled Angels in the Outfield became very popular. Today I want to focus on the subject of Guardian Angels. I will emphasize this with a title of Angels in your Infield. I mean by the term "infield" your interpersonal space. Your comfort zone but not your innermost spirit.

I want to emphasize the possibility of guardian angels. Many people believe in a guardian angel. Much of what is written comes from an individuals experience rather than the word of God. Many experiences are contrary to the word of God.

One extreme item related to guardian angels is written in the book Angels and the New Spirituality: by Duane Garrett. He tells of a lady in Canada who will contact your guardian angel for you. All you have to do is tell her many things about yourself as you sit before her focusing on a candle. She will then draw a picture of your guardian angel. She will do all of this for only $200.00.

Obviously this offer contradicts scripture. I found no notable minister who says without reservation that each Christian has a guardian angel. Billy Graham said in his book; Angels, Angels, Angels these words; "Some believe strongly that each Christian may have his own guardian angel assigned to watch over him or her." (P 88)

Yesterday I saw a bumper sticker that read "Angels, Don't Leave Home Without Them." That sticker seems to say it is your decision to have angels with you or not. I do not agree.

I believe God can and does on many occasions send His angel, or angels to protect and guide us. But there is not a guarantee they are not at our beck and call but at the discretion of God.

1. Angels in your Infield and the . .
Scriptures of God. Heb. 1:1-3


1 God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, 2 in these last days has spoken to us in {His} Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world. 3 And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power. When He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high;

A. The Scriptures and the Word from . . Prophets. v 1 a
Dan 6:22 (NAS)
22 "My God sent His angel and shut the lions' mouths, and they have not harmed me, inasmuch as I was found innocent before Him; and also toward you, O king, I have committed no crime."

B. The Scriptures and the Word from . . Portions. v 1 b

". . . in many portions and in many ways, . . . " NAS

". . .God who at sundry times and in divers manners . . . " KJV

Ps 91:11
11 For He will give His angels charge concerning you, to guard you in all your ways. (NAS)

C. The Scriptures and the Word from . . Power. v 2-3
Matt 18:10
10 "See that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you, that their angels in heaven continually behold the face of My Father who is in heaven. (NAS)
Acts 12:15 And they said to her, "You are out of your mind!" But she kept insisting that it was so. And they kept saying, "It is his angel." (NAS)

Illustration
Jesus refused to call for Angels to protect Him during the time of Satanic temptation. Over and over the Lord called on the scriptures for strength as He said "it is written."

When the temptation time was over the Bible says: Then the devil left Him; and behold, angels came and {began} to minister to Him. Matt 4:11 (NAS)

The word of God itself guarded Jesus and it will guard the Christian. The Psalmist said " Thy word I have treasured in my heart, that I may not sin against Thee. Ps 119:11 (NAS)

Application

Jesus went through an experience before Angels ministered to Him. God may desire the same experience for us.

2. Angels in your Infield and the . .
Sovereignty of God. Heb 1:4-7


4 having become as much better than the angels, as He has inherited a more excellent name than they. 5 For to which of the angels did He ever say, "Thou art My Son, today I have begotten Thee"? And again, "I will be a Father to Him And He shall be a Son to Me"? 6 And when He again brings the first-born into the world, He says, "And let all the angels of God worship Him." 7 And of the angels He says, "Who makes His angels winds, and His ministers a flame of fire."

A. Sovereignty and the . . Son. v 4 -5

B. Sovereignty and the . . Servants of God. v 6-7

Illustration From Probe Ministries Web page
One day, when my son was a baby, I tripped while I was holding him, and he went flying headlong toward a brick wall. There was nothing I could do to protect him, but I watched as he inexplicably stopped an inch from the wall and fell gently to the carpet. I knew immediately that an angel's hand had been his bumper pad.

Application

But a nagging question continues to arise: where are the angels when girls are raped, and drunk drivers crash headlong into a car of teenagers, and evil people blow up buildings with hundreds of innocent people in them?

C. Sovereignty and the . . Servants of God. Heb. 11::36-39
36 and others experienced mockings and scourgings, yes, also chains and imprisonment.
37 They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were tempted, they were put to death with the sword; they went about in sheepskins, in goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, ill-treated
38 ({men} of whom the world was not worthy), wandering in deserts and mountains and caves and holes in the ground.
39 And all these, having gained approval through their faith, did not receive what was promised, (NAS)
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Illustration Look at; Matt 26:53-54
53 "Or do you think that I cannot appeal to My Father, and He will at once put at My disposal more than twelve legions of angels? 54 "How then shall the Scriptures be fulfilled, that it must happen this way?" (NAS)

Application

Do you see Guardian Angels may not serve God's purpose? It may be the purpose of God for us to go through an unpleasant experience.
If you or I, seem to have A Guardian Angel Experience we will want it to be in agreement with the word f God.

3. Angels in your Infield and the . .
Spirit of God. I Jn 4:4; John 14:17 


A. The . . Position of the Spirit in the Life of a Christian.
1. The Spirit is Inside the Christian. I Jn 4:4 (NAS)
4 You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.

John 14:17 (NAS)
17 {that is} the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not behold Him or know Him, {but} you know Him because He abides with you, and will be in you.

B. The . . Position of Angels in the Life of a Christian.
1. Angels are positioned outside the body of a Christian.
Acts 5:19
19 But an angel of the Lord during the night opened the gates of the prison, and taking them out he said, (NAS)
Acts 12:7
7 And behold, an angel of the Lord suddenly appeared, and a light shone in the cell; and he struck Peter's side and roused him, saying, "Get up quickly." And his chains fell off his hands. (NAS)

Illustration
A few years ago Readers Digest printed a story about a Dr. S.W. Mitchell, a Philadelphian neurologist who was awakened in the middle of the night. It had been a long day and he had performed several surgeries.
He was finally resting for the night when he was awakened by a knock at the door. It was a wintry night with the snow falling and when he opened the door there stood a shivering little girl that said, "Please, Dr. Mitchell, would you come to my house. My mother is dying." Dr. Mitchell dressed, took his medical bag and followed the little girl to her house.

When he arrived he found the mother with a terrible case of double pneumonia. He called for medical care and an ambulance and medical care was arranged. Before the ambulance arrived, he said to the mother, "I just want to commend you on your little girl that she would walk through the streets in all this snow to bring me to take care of you." The mother said, "Dr. Mitchell, I don't have a little girl anymore. She died a month ago." Dr. Mitchell went to the closet and there were the clothes of the little girl. All were dry except her boots.

Could it have been an angel? I think so, but I will let you answer that question.

Application

If an angel appears to us He will be outside our body. The Spirit resides in our Spirit.
 

Conclusion
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Matt 6:33
33 "But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you. (NAS)


God may send a guardian angel for you however,     We are to seek Him and not His angels.
 
 

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