She rushed breathlessly into my office early one Florida spring morning around 8. I looked up startled at her beaming face as she blurted out her story.
“Marc, my daughter came home last night from her church youth group and told us of a family that was protected by an angel! She saw a picture with a real angel.”
“What?” I seemed to remember replying.
I was a brand new Christian at that time in 1988, having been saved less than a year. But it was by all accounts the pearl of great price in my life, for Jesus the Master had invaded. Even in my sinful lifestyle that I kept for some time afterwards including living with a good looking floozy and doing light recreational drugs nightly, the Holy Spirit was relentless when no one else in the small Baptist church she and I attended had the courage, chutzpah, and bold love to confront me. Amazing grace, how sweet the sound.
But Sheri saw the change. She knew God had worked a miracle. Even as a pagan, she knew. And she wanted me to be the first to know of her daughter’s encounter that spring night. Why? Because I was weekly preaching the Gospel I knew of God’s love and judgment.
Apparently, the youth leader was a Christian counselor and knew this family in Clearwater Florida, the same town where I worked at that time. They were vacationing in Bear Lake in California when their date with destiny unfolded. I had Sheri get the counselor’s number, and he graciously sent me a copy of the picture.
Later, I called him once again and persuaded him to give me the family’s number to talk directly to them and confirm the encounter. And confirm they did. I still remember where I stood when I spoke to them in a grocery store using a pay phone. As I write this, the hair still stands up on my arm in marvel.
That copy of the picture, now laminated and in my Bible, reveals the picture date as “Feb 88,” long before the wonder of digitized photography.
The spirit world of angels, demons, principalities and powers is real. Real. Personally, I need grace to remember this every day. Since in the west, there’s little to no emphasis on this, it’s difficult to keep it in the forefront.
It was a moment in my life that I shall ever remember as a grace kiss from the Father and His Son that, obviously, I never deserved. Grace is quite something, no?! It changed my new life forever. I’ve shown the picture and told the story to hundreds of people since, both believers as well as pagans.
Years later, a friend of mine heard us tell this story and pulled out a book by Betty Malz about stories from the angelic world called Where Angels Walk. Incidentally, Betty lives in the same area that Bill and his family live! This encounter was in the book. The story follows below the picture:
Angels on Guard;
from the book Where Angels Walk, pg. 51-52
And Elisha prayed, “0 Lord, open his eyes so he may see. Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. 2 Kings 6:17
Perhaps the most fascinating angelic intervention is that which occurs when other people see a figure and the protected one doesn’t see anything at all. The Bible offers several examples. The one in the quotation above describes Elisha, God’s prophet, seeing the angels clearly, but the servant seeing only the opposing army until his spiritual eyes are opened.
Author Betty Malz tells of her friend Bill (who didn’t want his real name revealed). Bill, his wife, and two children were vacationing at Big Bear Lake in California, near Apple Valley. His wife was cooking on the open fire, and Bill took several photos of the family gathered around the fire. Then he read the Bible, asking God to protect them and give them a safe vacation.
In a moment, however, their peaceful surroundings were shattered by six men on motorcycles, who seemed to roar out of nowhere. One pulled a gun, demanding that the stunned family put their billfolds and purses on the ground. Terrified, they did so, and Bill, in his haste, dropped his camera too.
All of a sudden, as quickly as they came, the men seemed to be stricken with fright. Leaving the family’s belongings on the ground, they turned, ran for their motorcycles, and sped off. Why had they gone so suddenly, leaving behind the items they intended to steal?
Confused but relieved, Bill’s family gave thanks to God for sparing them a terrible ordeal, then went on to enjoy the rest of their vacation. It was not until they arrived home and had their photos developed that they saw what the bikers had apparently seen that night.
One of the photos clearly shows the form of a white-clad angel patiently standing watch over the family as they sat around the fire.
Probably the devil’s #1 scheme in the West is to get you and I to believe he and his millions-billions of minions don’t even exist, and the spirit world is a figment of our imagination.
Not so. In the East they fully understand that all things in the physical world have their origin the spirit world. Their practice of carving, and manufacturing, all sorts of gods, deities, and supernatural fetishes is a daily reminder to them that these spirit beings need worship and appeasement. They live in fear all their lives over this.
Praise God for our freedom in Him! But the spirit world is real. And active. Satan wants you, you kids, your grandkids, you family, you church. Everyone. He wants to take all of us to the lake of fire with him.
He’s a roaring lion seeking to devour you. He’s a supernatural genius. Be forewarned. Resist him. Seek deliverance.
We can recommend Mike Smith and his work at Hard Core Christianity in Phoenix. Mike is a gracious brother who has worked with both my wife Sandy and me over the phone. And I’ve spent several days with him at his ministry in Arizona.
Your friend and brother in fighting the good fight,
Saints, we’re one day closer to Home, and Him! Love Him wholeheartedly!
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THE DEVIL’S SCHEMES: Wisely knowing our arch adversary, and living accordingly; by Marc White, Director, Walk Worthy, Central Florida, USA
“(Obey God’s commands including forgiveness)…so that no advantage would be taken of us by Satan, for we are not ignorant of his schemes.” 2 Cor. 2:11; “Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” 1 Peter 5:8; The Devil’s Schemes, Copyright, a Walk Worthy ministry; permission granted to repost in full.
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The writers and speakers we quote may preach certain doctrines in their ministries and/or live lifestyles that we disagree with mildly or wholeheartedly. However, something of eternal value from them has been delivered to us by the Holy Spirit. And in that leading, we pass it on to you for your edification!
Marc, as the author of this publication, frequently confers with other brethren, including his dear wife Sandy, in discovering multiple perspectives in the Holy Spirit. In the end, any disagreements one may have and errors one may feel are reflected with the content deal with Marc alone and are his sole responsibility.