Angels and Housework

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Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation? Hebrews 1:14

For six days, the Lord created the heavens and the earth and all that’s in them. Then He rested. I know that most Bible teachings focus on that rest day – how and when and what’s too much and what’s too little and do we still have to observe an official Sabbath day or is that the law … yada yada yada. (You should google it. All the controversy will make your head spin).

I personally believe that the Old Testament day of rest is a little picture of the true rest that we find in Christ. In other words, we don’t have to worry about breaking the rules when we don’t rest on Sunday – or Saturday, as the case may be – from sun up to sun down. We can pick another day to relax because our rest is not in a natural day, it is in the person of Jesus Christ who has delivered us from all our desperate struggles to make ourselves pleasing to God. In Jesus and His completed work, we rest.

“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28

So enough said about that because I want to look at the other days. The six days that God worked. If we are to rest one day, doesn’t that mean that we are supposed to work six days?

Have you ever thought about the fact that no natural creature, except humans, intentionally and unnecessarily works? They gather food and do what else is absolutely necessary for survival. Only the image of God (that’s us) is enough like God to work with some other goal in mind. Humans commonly get together in order to solve a problem or improve something. Let’s say they decide that the traffic traveling from Point A to Point B is heavy enough to warrant the construction of a new bridge north of the old bridge. So, they hire consultants and engineers who draw up plans and hire staff to construct a new bridge. Only people do that kind of thing.

So, when you work, no matter what kind of work it is – washing dishes, emptying the litter box, bagging groceries or removing gall bladders – you are behaving like the image of God. This means that work – all work from low to high – is holy.

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord … Colossians 3:23

So, what does all that have to do with angels and housework? In September 2017 my mother passed away. The task of preparing her home to be sold had fallen to me. The day before, an auction company had carted off all of her remaining possessions, leaving me with a few cleaning supplies in an otherwise empty house. I don’t live in the same city, so when I discovered that the large vent covers of her HVAC unit needed to be taken off for a serious cleaning, I didn’t know what to do. The only tool in the house was a paint scraper.

I had already spent days going through her things, arranging for most to be sold; others to be set aside for family members. I had scraped up paint splatters, scrubbed bathrooms and windows, cleaned out the refrigerator and the fire place. I was weary and sad and overwhelmed. I missed my family. I was waiting for the real estate agent to come by. Then I was going home. I didn’t want to drive to the store to buy a screw driver.

So, I asked my angels a question: Are you guys able to help me clean these HVAC vents? Next thing I know, I have used the paint scraper to remove the screws holding the vents. I then washed, dried and reinstalled the big heavy things as if I were an expert at home maintenance (I am so not an expert). Looking at the sparkling clean vents, I wondered. Hmmm? What other ordinary tasks could the angels help with?

Housework is not my favorite thing. I like a clean house but making it clean isn’t fun to me. I remind myself as I scoop the litter box and wash the dishes, that all work is holy, but still … housework is not my thing. So, Sam and I were scheduled to host our small group which meant cleaning the house. Wondering if my angels could help me with the housework, I told them, “Angels. If you are able, help me clean this house.”

The next thing I know, worship music is belting out from my iPad and I am sitting on the floor hand-vacuuming the rug. Let me just say that, as a rule, I don’t voluntarily hand vacuum rugs. But here I was happily vacuuming away. I had been cleaning for hours! And I was full of energy. At 8 p.m. I finally thought to tell my angels they could stop helping me!

Curious to learn if enlisting angel-help for ordinary tasks would work for others, I passed this information to my buddy, Janie. Janie is getting her house ready to sell, so she wondered if her angels would help her paint a bedroom. Keep in mind that Janie is well into her sixties and a widow living alone. Janie reported that the room was painted in record time!

All of us face tasks that are too hard, high pressure or just boring and repetitive. But what if the angels want to give us a hand with our work? Wouldn’t that help to make work the joy that it is meant to be?

I invite you to try this, keeping in mind that work is holy. There is no honest work that is dishonorable. Not if Jesus can dress himself as the lowliest slave and wash dirty feet without losing His identity or self-respect. So enlisting the aid of your angels to accomplish your tasks in no way dishonors them.

Just keep in mind that angels are servants and soldiers. Servants and soldiers do not take initiative. They take orders. That means that you must tell themwhat you want them to do. If you want them to help you with your housework or yard work, tell them to help you. If you want them to help you complete your paperwork or homework, tell them.

I don’t understand how spiritual beings such as angels are able to help us with natural tasks, but they are and they’re very good at it. If you decide to lighten your load by employing your angels, would you take a minute to shoot me an email about it? You might have discovered something angels are able to help with that I haven’t thought to try.

the Lord your God will bless you … in all the work of your hands, so that you will be altogether joyful. Deuteronomy 16:15

Hugs and blessings,

Susan
thepool@thepoolministries.org
205.556.4555

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Angel Commander

the earth was filled with violence. Genesis 6:11

We live in a time when violence is closer to home than ever. Just recently, while walking in our neighborhood, Sam was threatened by a teenage boy. A few weeks before that happened, we drove up on a fight in front of a grocery store. While helping his customer unload luggage, a taxi driver was assaulted from behind by a stranger who pounded him with his fists before fleeing.

As our society erupts into acts of sudden violence, those of us committed to living a quiet life at peace with others are, understandably, fearful. We can sense a tangible spirit of menace lurking in the atmosphere. It is because of this that I wrote the article Combat Angels, in the hopes that the information will better equip God’s people to live without fear in such an environment. This article provides scriptural support for Combat Angels. If you haven’t read Combat Angels, send me an email and I will forward a copy to you.

By now I am sure that you are well aware of how our enemy casts doubt on any spiritual reality that threatens him. He would keep us ignorant. Learning to command our angels (which releases them to perform the will of God on our behalf) is a powerful weapon against the kingdom of darkness. Thus, our enemy fears it very much and will counter by attacking us with The Fear That We Are Doing Something Wrong.

To counter that attack, let’s look in scripture for bible precedent that supports commanding angels. Let’s look for practical examples and then for the principle underlying our active engagement with spiritual realities.

The Lord has established His throne in the heavens,
And His sovereignty rules over all.
Bless the Lord, you His angels,
Mighty in strength, who perform His word,
Obeying the voice of His word!
Bless the Lord, all you His hosts,
You who serve Him, doing His will.
Bless the Lord, all you works of His,
In all places of His dominion;
Bless the Lord, O my soul! Psalm 103:19-22

The psalmist is David who is speaking in the imperative voice. That is, he is commanding with authority that another carry out his will. It’s the same thing parents do when they tell the children to do their homework, when an officer commands a soldier, when a boss instructs employees or when a police officer orders you to hand over your driver’s license. Because David instructed the angels (and the hosts AND all the works of God) to bless the Lord, so we, too, should instruct the holy beings to carry out our will as it lines up with the will of God.

We do not have a record of Lord Jesus commanding his angels, but we do have a record of him saying that it was permissible for him to do so. (Keep in mind that Jesus journeyed through the earth as a man). When Jesus faced Pilate, he revealed that the angels given to him were his to command. Our Lord said this: “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?” Matthew 26:53.

Note the words “put at MY disposal.” They would be his to actively command. Consider the Lord’s words in John 14:12: “he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do.” In order to do the works done by Jesus, we must engage with the supernatural. There is no way around it.

Most of us take a very passive approach to our angels, hoping that they are protecting us. I think this is the wrong approach. Let’s see if we can find (and explain) the principle guiding us to actively participate in these kinds of spiritual realities.

In Numbers 13 and 14 you find the story of the Israelites who refused to go into the promised land because they were afraid. God wanted to bless them, but that blessing required their active participation. Because they were small in their own eyes, they remained in the wilderness for 40 years until every man 20 years and older had died. Only Caleb and Joshua would live to see the land, because they had urged the people to go forward.

Now there is a time to wait on the Lord. But that is not the passivity that arises out of fear. We wait when we are seeking to synchronize with him.

1 Samuel 17 records another event where active participation was required for deliverance. Facing a deadly enemy, the armies of Israel froze in fear, allowing that monster to mock God’s people for 40 days. It was David who confronted Goliath. Notice that the Lord did not intervene on behalf of his people until one person actively responded to the challenge. As long as everyone fled at the sight and sound of Goliath, there was no deliverance.

Jesus shows us how God blesses our active participation in Matthew 25:14-28, the parable of the talents. The person who hid his master’s money was ruled by fear and received no reward. Those that actively engaged with their master’s money in order to produce the will of their master and to increase his kingdom, pleased him and were rewarded.

At my very first prophetic conference, I was overtaken with intercession in the ladies’ restroom. (Of course it was in the bathroom because we all know that is the Room of Revelation – ROR for short). A kind, experienced intercessor took me to the prayer room and stayed with me for hours as, flat on my back, I groaned, wept and laughed (all the while wondering if I was losing my mind. See Romans 8:26). During that rather overwhelming introduction to intercession, I experienced vision after vision of angels, both large and small, in chains and behind bars. As I prayed I flung open the doors and removed the chains from these spiritual beings who then flew through the earth bringing forth God’s kingdom and will. My point: They were bound until I released them. Because I had no idea how to apply the visions, I put them aside until this present day, many years later. I believe the time has come to release our angels.

Let us release them together. We need their help and they want to help us. They only do what the Lord allows, so we are NOT risking anything by commanding them. But commanding them IS required. Remember! Servants and soldiers do NOT take initiative. They take orders.

Are they (angels) not all ministering spirits, sent out to render service for the sake of those who will inherit salvation? Hebrews 1:14

So how did Sam handle the confrontation with the aggressive teenager? And how did we respond to the fist fight in the grocery store parking lot? First, Sam. He was shocked, of course, and didn’t know what to do, but once home, he confronted the evil spirit by firmly informing it that it had overstepped a boundary. He declared that he was a son of God, therefore off limits to devils. He commanded the creature to never step over that boundary again. Then, he sent his angels to punish the evil spirit that had motivated that boy’s actions.

We both were shocked when we drove up on the fist fight. I immediately ordered the devils involved to stop. Then I commanded my angels to punish the devils if they did not obey me. (All this was shouted in a squeaky, panicky voice. It was a while before my heart rate slowed down!) It took just a minute and the fight was over, the man fleeing.

I would love to hear your angel stories, especially the results of you commanding them.

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Hugs from me to you. Susan

the earth was filled with violence. Genesis 6:11

Combat Angels

In the light of the recent shootings I am going forward with this message because it provides a powerful tool to combat the forces of darkness.

You and I are created in God’s image. The Hebrew word used in Genesis that describes us as His image is a very unique word. Only in the telling of our creation is this particular word – translated as image – used. This suggests that we are more than a reflection or statue or vague shadow of God. We are His image in the sense that He used His own design in the making of humanity. This sets us apart from God’s other creations: the animals and angelic beings and whatever else He has created.

Now, granted, we are mostly a hot mess because of the fall. Nevertheless, we remain set apart because our design is patterned upon God’s own. Now why am I starting an article about angels here? I am hoping to head off any inordinate fear of pride you may have and, also, to address the problem of extreme timidity. Most of us have been taught to fear becoming proud or of stepping out of line lest we incur God’s displeasure. This often leads us to live small, fearful lives instead of embracing the joy and challenges of risking and failing; learning and growing that the Lord counsels us about in Matthew 25. In the parable of the talents, God reveals that He rewards risk-taking but frowns upon extreme timidity. Now, I have learned the hard way to only follow the Spirit of the Lord in my risk-taking. So, let wisdom guide you. Still, do not shrink from taking risks or experimenting because of fear.

On to the subject at hand: Angels. I had a dream. What prophetic folks would call a night vision. In my dream, I was lying in the dirt, face down. Four men were kneeling around me. One of those men turned me over, lifting up my head and shoulders. He was extraordinarily beautiful. They all were beautiful, but not in the same way that humans are beautiful. They lacked that earthiness we have, and there was nothing at all sensual about them.

I realized that I was seeing angels. As I looked into the face of the one lifting me up, I saw that he was filled with love. But the love that filled him was not personal to me or about me. He was simply a container of God’s love.

This is what he said: “Do not be afraid. We have slaughtered your enemies.” As I looked into his face, I thought, groggily, that my enemies sure didn’t act slaughtered. Then I woke up.

Was my experience weird? Not at all. Angels delivering messages from God are a common occurrence in the Bible. Daniel, Mary, Joseph, Zacharias, the shepherds keeping watch, the wise men, the women at the tomb, the people watching Jesus ascend, Cornelius, John and others all received messages from angels. They appear to have understood their messages better than I did though. I found the message delivered to me baffling.

Over the weeks, as I prayed about the message, I recalled little mini-visions I’d been having – flashes of angels standing about filing their nails; yawning and leaning against walls looking bored. I would see them from the corners of my eyes as I went about my day. Nothing real noticeable, and if I wasn’t a prayer minster who spends HOURS looking and listening in the spirit, I would have ignored those little insights into the spirit world. Then, out of the blue, a stranger called me to report that she, too, was seeing these flashes of angels, hanging about filing their nails (of all things), appearing to be bored. Adding these mini-visions to the nighttime message, I began to ask the Lord what on earth???? With a nudge from Holy Spirit, I started asking my angels to do things for me. I asked them to attack any demonic beings that were troubling my home and, especially, to break the drought that was prevailing over the region where I live.

That experiment resulted in very little shift. The drought worsened and demonic activity continued. Until one day, in the Room of Revelation (also known as the bathroom), as I was once again ASKING my angels to break the drought, I heard an insistent voice saying, “Command me!”

Very startled I obeyed and said, “I command you, angels, to break the drought.” And they did. That was last winter and we have enjoyed record rainfall ever since which has resulted in a complete recovery from a devastating drought. Coincidence? Perhaps.

Except I didn’t stop there. I might have gone a little wild commanding my angels as I tested out my new tool, but I have learned a lot. First, I learned that angels will not obey me when I command them to do something that isn’t the will of God. Good to know that I am safe from my own stupidity.

Also, I have learned that angels are soldiers and servants. Soldiers and servants do not take initiative. They take orders. This means that as much as they might want to help, unless they are ordered to help, they don’t. Therefore, asking doesn’t work with angels. They must be told.

I am well aware that the idea of bossing around angels makes some people nervous while others will have the pleasure of being offended by the very idea. Nonetheless, scripture declares that angels are servants sent by God to serve us. Because they are servants they follow orders. No orders? Then they stand around filing their nails. My angels are much happier slaughtering my enemies.

Are they (angels) not all ministering spirits, sent out to render service for the sake of those who will inherit salvation? Hebrews 1:14

When Jesus stood before Pilate, He said this: “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?” Matthew 26:53

Put at my disposal, the Lord said. In other words, angels would be given to Jesus to put to work as He pleased. It is the same for us. We, of course, are not wise in all things, so a nice safety net is in place to ensure that the angels only fulfill the tasks and follow the orders we give them as they align with God’s will. Yes. I learned that by experimenting.

Let me encourage you to be daring in your faith. Don’t let this world beat you down and keep you afraid. The Lord is your cheerleader. He rejoices over you. Listen to who He says you are. This is from Psalm 8:4-6.

What is man that You take thought of him,
And the son of man that You care for him?
Yet You have made him a little lower than God (Elohiym),
And You crown him with glory and majesty!
You make him to rule over the works of Your hands;
You have put all things under his feet

So, put your boss hat on and put your angels to work. They will appreciate it. An angel can only file his nails for so long. First of all, command them to aggressively attack the evil spirits that compel men to gun down the helpless. Tell them that you forbid such things to operate within your realm of influence. Forbid any intrusive spirits to operate anywhere that you go. Give your angels orders to protect you and yours; to attack those intrusive spirits that would harm you.

Let me know what you learn as you try out your new combat weapon. I have lots more to write on this subject so stay tuned. And please pray for me that I will find the time and quiet I need to continue to write.

Hugs from me to you. Susan