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.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Angelic Help



“Angels are bright still, though the brightest fell.” This line from William Shakespeare’s play, Macbeth, certainly sums up the vast topic of angels. Angels are real angelic beings and if you are reading this blog that fact from scripture is most likely a very basic one for you. There are holy angels obedient to God (and us) and there are fallen angels who are hell bent on destroying humanity. Today, we will focus on God’s holy angels because we want to show you that you have absolute power in your lives, through the authority given to you by Jesus Christ, to commission these angels to help you. We also believe that utilizing heaven’s help is of utmost importance in these last days. Serious Christians recognize that we are indeed in the last part of the last days based upon a reborn Israel and vast evidence found in the book of Matthew (chapter 24), Daniel, and Revelation. The world is reeling with discord and chaos. Regardless of where you live, if you are a Christian you no doubt are feeling the effects of the enemy’s attempt to tighten his fallen from grace grip on God’s people and the rest of the world. For example, in the United States, moral codes which have been in place since the inception of our country are eroding before our eyes. Imbedded in Russia’s new “Yarovaya laws” is a ban on preaching, proselytizing or handing out religious materials outside of specially designated places. While this law is said to be aimed at anti-terrorism, we have to wonder if the true intent is to stop Christian churches from spreading the gospel. Other forms of oppression are settling in throughout the globe….. But, there is still HOPE. Jesus gave us weapons to stand firm. They are not earthly, physical weapons but rather we can have earthly, physical help straight from heaven in the form of God’s angels. 

Here is a more in-depth classifications of angels:  Cherubim, Seraphim, Living Creatures, Worshipping Spirits, Watchers, Archangels, and Ministering Spirits.  All have been created by Elohim, God, the Creator of the heavens and earth. (Genesis 1:1) 

“Ministering spirits are those assigned to earth… The word for “ministering” spirits is the Greek word leitourgos.  It has the connotation of being a public worker or a servant for people.” (Angels in the Army – How to Release the Heavenly Host in Spiritual Warfare, by Dale M. Sides, www.LMCI.org, p.14)

Hebrews 1:14 (AMP) Are not all the angels ministering spirits sent out [by God] to serve (accompany, protect) those who will inherit salvation? [Of course they are!]

If these angels are sent out to rescue, deliver, and save those who have made Jesus Christ their Lord (Romans 10:9-10), then why don’t we hear much about them?  How can we be sure that these angels will provide help in our time of need?  How can we ‘activate’ angelic help?

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 give ‘voice’ to His word, the scriptures, we can do what Jesus told us in Matthew 16:19, bind the enemy and loose the ministering spirits in our time of need. Matthew 16:19 (NIV) “I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”

Luke 10:19 (AMP)
Listen carefully: I have given you authority [that you now possess] to tread on [a]serpents and scorpions, and [the ability to exercise authority] over all the power of the enemy (Satan); and nothing will [in any way] harm you.
([a] is a reference to demonic powers, spirits)

The authority of our words spoken must be via the Holy Spirit’s direction.  When assessing a situation that you face, or any potential for harm, when you pray in the Spirit, you will know what scriptures to declare and what words to say (in your native language).  This is the revelation given to you from the Holy Spirit residing in you.  The Holy Spirit is the anointing you received when you were ‘born again’ and called upon the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. (Rom. 10:13; 1 John 2:20, 27)
Angel Statue, Bradford County Veterans Memorial Park

Lastly, here is one example of how you can pray to bring God’s angels into your area of need. This is a prayer we often use before traveling of any kind:
“Heavenly Father, we come before You in the name of Jesus. We thank You for covering us with the precious blood of Your Son. We bind the enemy according to the finished works of Jesus as shown in Your Word in Colossians 2:15 (NIV) “And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.”And now, we call in [commission] Your holy angels to go before us on our trip, to ride with us in our vehicles and to be our rear guard. We ask you to protect us with your swords drawn so that no weapon formed against us shall prosper. We pray this in Jesus name, Amen. 

You can pray like this in any situation where you feel led by the Holy Spirit and you will receive help.  

Thank you Lord, for Your ministering spirits (angels) and for the HOPE we have in You as we ride the tide in this world. 

~Joanne and Sarah 

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