In this message, Pastor John Lindell shares an encouraging sermon titled, “Angels on Assignment.” Join us as we study God’s Word and learn awe-inspiring truth about who angels are and how God uses them to impact our lives. Our prayer is that this message would remind you of the reality of the supernatural realm and God’s desire to strengthen and encourage you!
Angels on Assignment
Colossians 2:18-19 NIV
Do not let anyone who delights in false humility and the worship of angels disqualify you for the prize. Such a person goes into great detail about what he has seen, and his unspiritual mind puffs him up with idle notions. He has lost connection with the Head, from whom the whole body, supported and held together by its ligaments and sinews, grows as God causes it to grow.
1st Angels worship God
Revelation 5:11 NLT
Then I looked again, and I heard the voices of thousands and millions of angels around the throne and of the living beings and the elders.
Revelation 4:6-11 NLT
In the center and around the throne were four living beings, each covered with eyes, front and back. The first of these living beings was like a lion; the second was like an ox; the third had a human face; and the fourth was like an eagle in flight. Each of these living beings had six wings, and their wings were covered all over with eyes, inside and out. Day after day and night after night they keep on saying, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God, the Almighty— the one who always was, who is, and who is still to come.” Whenever the living beings give glory and honor and thanks to the one sitting on the throne (the one who lives forever and ever), the twenty-four elders fall down and worship the one sitting on the throne (the one who lives forever and ever). And they lay their crowns before the throne and say, “You are worthy, O Lord our God, to receive glory and honor and power. For you created all things, and they exist because you created what you pleased.”
Revelation 5:11-14 NLT
Then I looked again, and I heard the voices of thousands and millions of angels around the throne and of the living beings and the elders. And they sang in a mighty chorus: “Worthy is the Lamb who was slaughtered— to receive power and riches and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and blessing.” And then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea. They sang: “Blessing and honor and glory and power belong to the one sitting on the throne and to the Lamb forever and ever.” And the four living beings said, “Amen!” And the twenty-four elders fell down and worshiped the Lamb.
2nd Angels are warriors
Psalm 103:20-21 NLT
Praise the Lord, you angels, you mighty ones who carry out his plans, listening for each of his commands. Yes, praise the Lord, you armies of angels who serve him and do his will!
Revelation 12:7 NLT
Then there was war in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon and his angels.
Daniel 12:1 NLT
“At that time Michael, the archangel who stands guard over your nation, will arise.
Daniel 10:13-14 MSG
But I was waylaid by the angel-prince of the kingdom of Persia and was delayed for a good three weeks. But then Michael, one of the chief angel-princes, intervened to help me. I left him there with the prince of the kingdom of Persia.
Daniel 10:20 MSG
“He said, ‘Do you know why I’ve come here to you? I now have to go back to fight against the angel-prince of Persia, and when I get him out of the way, the angel-prince of Greece will arrive.
Judges 5:20 ESV
From heaven the stars fought, from their courses they fought against Sisera.
3rd Angels protect us
Psalm 91:11-12a NLT
For he will order his angels to protect you wherever you go. They will hold you up with their hands…
2 Kings 6:15-17 NLT
When the servant of the man of God got up early the next morning and went outside, there were troops, horses, and chariots everywhere. “Oh, sir, what will we do now?” the young man cried to Elisha. “Don’t be afraid!” Elisha told him. “For there are more on our side than on theirs!” Then Elisha prayed, “O Lord, open his eyes and let him see!” The Lord opened the young man’s eyes, and when he looked up, he saw that the hillside around Elisha was filled with horses and chariots of fire.
Matthew 18:10 NIV
“See that you do not look down on one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven.
4th Angels observe us
1 Peter 1:12 NIV
It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you, when they spoke of the things that have now been told you by those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. Even angels long to look into these things.
Ephesians 3:10 NIV
His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms,
Daniel 10:11a NIV
He said, “Daniel, you who are highly esteemed…
Daniel 4:13 ESV
“I saw in the visions of my head as I lay in bed, and behold, a watcher, a holy one, came down from heaven.
Daniel 4:17a ESV
The sentence is by the decree of the watchers…
Daniel 4:23a ESV
And because the king saw a watcher,
1 Corinthians 4:9 NLT
Instead, I sometimes think God has put us apostles on display, like prisoners of war at the end of a victor’s parade, condemned to die. We have become a spectacle to the entire world—to people and angels alike.
1 Corinthians 11:10a NLT
For this reason, and because the angels are watching…
5th Angels give us directions from God
Acts 5:19-21 NLT
But an angel of the Lord came at night, opened the gates of the jail, and brought them out. Then he told them, “Go to the Temple and give the people this message of life!” So at daybreak the apostles entered the Temple, as they were told, and immediately began teaching…
Acts 8:26 NLT
As for Philip, an angel of the Lord said to him, “Go south down the desert road that runs from Jerusalem to Gaza.”
6th Angels deliver God’s people
Acts 12:5-9 NLT
But while Peter was in prison, the church prayed very earnestly for him. The night before Peter was to be placed on trial, he was asleep, fastened with two chains between two soldiers. Others stood guard at the prison gate. Suddenly, there was a bright light in the cell, and an angel of the Lord stood before Peter. The angel struck him on the side to awaken him and said, “Quick! Get up!” And the chains fell off his wrists. Then the angel told him, “Get dressed and put on your sandals.” And he did. “Now put on your coat and follow me,” the angel ordered. So Peter left the cell, following the angel.
7th Angels take us to heaven when we die
Luke 16:22-23 NIV
“The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried. In hell, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side.
Matthew 24:31 NIV
And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.
Jude 9 NIV
But even the archangel Michael, when he was disputing with the devil about the body of Moses, did not dare to bring a slanderous accusation against him, but said, “The Lord rebuke you!”
8th Angels are agents of divine judgement
Acts 12:21-23 NIV
On the appointed day Herod, wearing his royal robes, sat on his throne and delivered a public address to the people. They shouted, “This is the voice of a god, not of a man.” Immediately, because Herod did not give praise to God, an angel of the Lord struck him down, and he was eaten by worms and died.
Matthew 13:49-50 NIV
This is how it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come and separate the wicked from the righteous and throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Revelation 16:8 ESV
The fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun, and it was allowed to scorch people with fire.
9th Angels bring messages from God
Daniel 8:15-16 NLT
As I, Daniel, was trying to understand the meaning of this vision, someone who looked like a man stood in front of me. And I heard a human voice calling out from the Ulai River, “Gabriel, tell this man the meaning of his vision.”
Acts 27:23-25 NIV
Last night an angel of the God whose I am and whom I serve stood beside me and said, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul. You must stand trial before Caesar; and God has graciously given you the lives of all who sail with you.’ So keep up your courage, men, for I have faith in God that it will happen just as he told me.
10th Angels strengthen us
Luke 22:43 NIV
An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him.
Daniel 10:17-18 NIV
How can I, your servant, talk with you, my lord? My strength is gone and I can hardly breathe.” Again the one who looked like a man touched me and gave me strength.
11th Angels appear to us without us knowing it
Hebrews 13:2 NLT
Don’t forget to show hospitality to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it!
Hebrews 2:14 NLT
Therefore, angels are only servants—spirits sent to care for people who will inherit salvation.