Meet the Authors.

Sarah Burlingame is passionate about Biblical truth. Her diverse church background has taken her through Mainline Methodist, Evangelical, Charismatic and Roman Catholic circles. Her calling as an intercessor led her to receive a certification in Advanced Spiritual Warfare from LMCI (Liberating Ministries for Christ International) lmci.org . Sarah has served as a small group leader, worship planner, liturgical dance leader and online ministry coordinator. She holds a M.S. degree in Education and lives in northeastern Pennsylvania with her husband and their sons. They attend North Rome Wesleyan Church.

Joanne Reinhart asked Jesus Christ into her heart at the age of nine in a Sunday school classroom in Maryland. Her journey with the Lord took her through various careers, colleges, and universities. She holds Bachelor’s degrees in Art/Dance, Theology, and Education, and a M.S. degree in Educational Administration. Her passion for the Lord is evidenced through worship, dance, and teaching. She was liberated into her spiritual gifts and callings through the teaching resources of LMCI lmci.org . Joanne has danced and taught at Christian conferences and various churches in PA and VA. She currently teaches classical ballet and coaches dance for gymnastics. Joanne attends Lighthouse of Faith Church. She and her husband live in northeastern Pennsylvania.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Angels We Have Heard On High




“Angels we have heard on high, sweetly singing o’er the plains……….
Come to Bethlehem and see
Him Whose birth the angels sing;
Come, adore on bended knee,
Christ the Lord, the newborn King.”
If you are familiar with the lyrics to this Christmas song, perhaps you are wondering if angels are around now?  Or were they only at the birth of Christ as this songs says? What are angels exactly?  And, if they do exist, what are they doing? 
Can we see angels? Communicate with them? Some people say that a ‘guardian angel’ saved them from perilous incidents or even death.  Can this be true?  In the book of Revelation, John began to worship the angel who was showing him “the things which must shortly take place,” and he was told to worship only God.
Revelation 22:8-9 (NKJV)
"Now I, John, saw and heard these things. And when I heard and saw, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel who showed me these things. Then he said to me, “See that you do not do that. For I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren the prophets, and of those who keep the words of this book. Worship God.”
The Bible describes angels as God’s ministers, who are spirits, like flames of fire.  They minister to those of us who have believed and done the following:
Romans 10:9-10 (NKJV)
that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.  For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
It is good news indeed to know that angels are real today and they are available to help us! However, we would be remiss if we did not clarify that angels are the creations of the God of the Bible and not spirits of the New Age cosmos. In other words, angels should be understood by believers in Christ to be the created ministering spirits whom God designed as helpers of the human race. We also must clarify that 1/3 of the angels rebelled against God and His perfect plan for His creation. They especially hate God’s love for humanity and God’s grace offered to people through Jesus Christ. Fortunately, speaking and declaring God’s words and activating His obedient angels, is a wonderful reality we will be discussing in greater detail in the near future.
    
Hebrews 1:7, 14 (NKJV)
And of the angels He says:
“Who makes His angels spirits
And His ministers a flame of fire.”
Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation?

Psalm 104:4 (NKJV)
Who makes His angels spirits,
His ministers a flame of fire.
What can we do today to have this connection with the angels? How can we have them help or minister to us? 
Psalm 103:20 (NKJV)
Bless the Lord, you His angels,
Who excel in strength, who do His word,
Heeding the voice of His word.
When we speak God’s word over ourselves, our families, and our situations, the angels heed the voice of God’s word and help in the fulfillment of those promises. 
Psalm 91 also speaks of how the angels protect those who have made the Lord their refuge.
Psalm 91:10-11 (NKJV)
 No evil shall befall you,
Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling;
For He shall give His angels charge over you,
To keep you in all your ways.
So in closing, we want to emphasize that we can (and should) connect with the angels by speaking blessings in the name of Jesus. When we speak God’s word, the angels help us and minister to us when they hear us speak and pray in faith.
May this season of Christmas be a time filled with hope and wonder at all God has done for us through His, Son, Jesus Christ.
~ Joanne & Sarah


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