Alive and Active Life
Alive and Active Life


Have you ever seen an angel? I have not. I have a number of precious “people angels” in my life. But face-to-face with a real, live, heavenly angel? Not a chance!

Reality Check About Angels

Historically, whenever a person saw angels, they were dumb-founded, shocked, or simply terrified! Let’s look at a short list of encounters:

  1. Moses.
  2. Gideon.
  3. Shepherds.
  4. Joseph – first encounter.
  5. Joseph – second encounter.
  6. (It’s getting to be the “norm.”) – Joseph.
  7. Peter in prison.

There are fascinating details surrounding these 7 angel encounters. Regular people doing regular things when God sends a “power visitor” to change the course of their life.

Moses and the Burning Bush

Moses had been caring of his father-in-law’s flocks for years. Then it happened! A burning bush. If you know anything about fire and bushes – the bush is supposed to burn up. Not this one. It just kept radiating, burning, blazing – making an extraordinary statement.

Moses was dumb-founded and super curious. Ex. 3:2-3 says – “There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up. So Moses thought, ‘I will go over and see this strange sight—why the bush does not burn up.’ ” 

FYI – Moses obeys what the angel tells him to do from the burning bush!

Gideon Threshing Wheat

Judges 6:12-13 tells the story of Gideon’s angel encounter. He was threshing wheat at the time. Here’s the short version – “When the angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon, he said, “The Lord is with you, mighty warrior.”

Gideon then says what you and I would have at least thought, if not said. Gideon exercises “the fear of the Lord” with deep respect. But I just love his first words to this “larger-than-life” angel.

“Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but if the Lord is with us, why has all this happened to us? Where are all His wonders that our ancestors told us about when they said, ‘Did not the Lord bring us up out of Egypt?’ But now the Lord has abandoned us and given us into the hand of Midian.”

“Pardon me, my lord!” Isn’t that great?  . . . first words out, even with all his questions.

We often wonder about unsolved life mysteries. We groan at losses, grieve unfairness, regret mistakes, and hate unending barrage of problems. Worst of all, we sometimes lose “the fear of the Lord.” Gideon didn’t. His questions and frustrations were all couched within the context of deep respect for God.

FYI – Gideon didn’t need to understand everything to obey the angel to the detail!

Shepherds Watching Their Flocks

Luke 2:8-10 says, And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.”

These guys were “terrified.” An entity from another dimension appeared in piercing light and power. It made their littleness look even smaller! Have you ever been terrified? Not just scared. Terrified means you just hope to make it out alive. These shepherds would have rather taken on a bear or lion than an electric, powerful angel of the Heavenly Hosts.

FYI – the shepherds immediately obey the angel!

Joseph – First Encounter

From the beginning of his adult story, Joseph has recurring encounters with angels. Most of us get important messages via mail, email, texts, or phone. But Joseph gets jolting, real-life, very-powerful, personal angel visits! Wow.

Mt. 1:20 records the first visit – “An angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.” The Matthew Film portrays this visit dramatically. Joseph clutches his head, wondering if he is going insane, as he slowly sinks against a wall to the ground.

FYI – Joseph obeys the angel!

Joseph – Second Encounter

To be clear, Joseph gets critical data for “next personal decisions” from these electrically vibrant messengers. Visit #2 transpires after the wise men travel to see young Jesus.

“When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up,” he said, “take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.” (Mt. 2:13)

FYI – Joseph obeys the angel – again! Middle of the night. No questions. Gathers traveling stuff, wife, child. Saddles up the donkey. Has no idea they will be gone for years. Doesn’t think about his property. Just obeys.

Joseph – It’s Getting To be The “Norm.”

By this time, Joseph is getting used to the incredible angel directives. The next, and likely last, heavenly visit is recorded in Mt. 2:19. “After Herod died, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt and said, ‘Get up, take the child and his mother and go to the land of Israel, for those who were trying to take the child’s life are dead.’ ” 

Not that it is “hum-drum” by this point. But –

FYI – After these recurrent experiences, Joseph again obeys the angel! Probably not with a comfortable yawn as he says “OK” – but he definitely obeys.

Peter In Prison

Acts 12: 6-7 – The night before Herod was to bring him to trial, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and sentries stood guard at the entrance. Suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared and a light shone in the cell. He struck Peter on the side and woke him up. “Quick, get up!” he said, and the chains fell off Peter’s wrists.”

Peter is prepared to die. He’s getting good sleep, possibly anticipating “going home” to his beloved Jesus the next day. No fear. No worries. Just peaceful sleep. In fact, the angel has to hit him to wake him up! Wow.

FYI – Peter obeys the angel and walks out of prison. Not the “home-going” he anticipated, but grateful for more time to serve Jesus.

Easter Angel On The Grave Stone

Now we consider the story of Easter. During that terrible week of preparation and suffering, Jesus is ministered to by His powerful, fully loyal, servant angels: glorious warriors of His Heavenly Hosts – God’s unstoppable army.

Then comes the critical cross. And burial. And then . . .

God sent an angel down to earth from Heaven after Jesus had already raised from the dead on Sunday morning. The angel is so electric, powerful, and pure, that he makes superheroes look like children at play. But this actually happens. The angel’s landing on earth likely shakes the earth.

The Easter Angel is given clear orders:

  1. Roll back the stone to the empty tomb.
  2. Sit on it. Let people see you.
  3. Assure My children to not be afraid.
  4. Assure them I AM alive as I said I’d be.
  5. Let them see the empty tomb.
  6. Tell them to pass the truth on to others.
  7. Tell them to meet up in Galilee with Me.


Application Questions and Thoughts

What would you do if an angel suddenly stood in front of you? Are you open to God’s messages without glorious angels? Do you receive daily from His Word? Are you honest, transparent, authentic, and respectful to the Commander in Chief of the Heavenly Hosts in your difficulties?

You can enjoy the comfort and joy of His undeserved friendship. God gives you friendship. He is the Commander in Chief of the heavenly hosts. He offers you friendship, and it doesn’t have to be through an angel. It’s real.

So the main question is: Do you obey . . . FYI?

Think about angels. And think about what it’s like to obey just because you trust God, and you love Him back. You want to respond to His friendship. Let that be your message to Jesus who gave you a very strong message at Easter time – “I LOVE YOU!”

*Portions taken from SharpShooting: Your Bronze Bow, day 87 – a study in Matthew.


Connect with Us and Get a FREE Resource!

SIGN UP and get – “How To Turn Scripture Into An Alive and Active Life” with practical ideas to refresh your Bible Study.

You will also receive weekly inspiring articles to read. If you are super busy, you can listen and multi-task, using the web player at the top of each article – OR – subscribe on your favorite podcast app.


* indicates required

Been Lied To?

Have you ever been lied to? I’m guessing you have. I have, too. It’s a devastating experience. You don’t know who to trust going forward. Consequently, that’s the power of a lie. It tears down trust and ruins what could otherwise be healthy and dependable. Although it’s become more common – even normal – to lie, all lies come from one place. Jesus identifies that source. Read More …

Read More »

When You Need Something Sharp

Some days you need a newspaper. Other days, you need money from your bank. Still other days, you need a prescription for illness. More than not, you need your phone – or some other form of technology. Then there’s the day you need a good friend to talk to. But more often than you might expect, are days when you need something sharp – like a sword! For protection, accuracy, carving away, cutting a path, and making a point.

As we explore this content, I hope to provide a word picture you can take forward into daily challenges. Let’s face it. In today’s world, you need a practical tool that’s reliable, effective, safe, and strong. And it needs to be applicable and versatile with current life issues. So – you need something sharp. Read More …

Read More »

A Resource For Better Thinking

I remember as a kid how excited I was when school let out for summer. That meant – freedom and fun. Then there’s the happy childhood memory of when I received a beautiful “Little Girl Lotion-Perfume” set from my grandmother at Christmas. As an adult, I’ve been thrilled when I owe less taxes than I thought – or get an extra bonus day off work. And at any age, there’s the joy of seeing new daffodils, tulips, and lilacs starting to share color and fragrance in spring. But nothing compares to how thrilled I was when I discovered a “Thinking Grid” in my Bible – a resource for better thinking! Read More …

Read More »

Sometimes It Takes A Third Party

I don’t think there’s a person alive who doesn’t sometimes need a third party in some way. Surely, you’ve been there. I know I have. When you’ve done all you can, when you’ve reached the end of your knowledge or resources, when you simply can’t see clearly . . . that’s when it takes a third party!

Here’s the backstory . . . Read More …

Read More »

When The Coffee Isn’t Good

I had a coffee nook  some years ago. I LOVED IT! My favorite place to visit first thing in the morning was this little spot in my kitchen. Half awake with blurry eyes and a groggy brain, my slippers dragged me toward the coffee nook. And much as I’d like, my French Press didn’t make coffee on its own. So, in a drowsy state, I found it’s best to wake up a bit before making coffee. All it takes is one miscalculation to ruin the coffee. Too much. Too little. Knocking it over. Forgetting cream or sugar. That’s when the coffee isn’t good.

But there are more times the coffee isn’t good – in your daily life – even if you don’t like coffee! Read More …

Read More »

It’s Your Choice

Do you ever get tired of making choices? You make them all day long! If you had to keep track of all your choices, you’d have thousands to track. God gave choice to each individual. Yet choice also brings significant responsibility to make informed, good decisions.  Because choices can be overwhelming sometimes, you need support and assistance. Still, at the end of the day, it’s your choice. What will you do? Read More …

Read More »