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Topic: Where Angels Fear to Tread (not about the book) (09/08/11)
TITLE: God's Angels Have No Fear
By Fern Brown
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As a young teenager mowed the lawn on a blistery, hot day, her peripheral vision caught a glimpse of a stranger approaching. Because the family had recently relocated in the neighborhood, she told the tough looking woman, ‘I’ll get my mother”.
Giving the children firm instructions to stay inside, her mother sat on the porch with the visitor and conversed. “Hello, may I help you with something? I’m Linda.”
“I’m Jessica. I just need a place to sit for a few minutes,” the visitor’s voice was rough and raspy. “I have to go to the courthouse pretty soon.”
“Why are you going?” Linda wasn’t being nosey, just opening the conversation if the woman chose to tell her. Linda’s objective was to take every opportunity to talk to others about Jesus, although her antennae tuned in to imminent danger.
“I’m on probation and I have to check in with the judge.”
“Why are you on probation?”
“I was an accomplice to murder. I drove the get-away car. I’ve been in prison for the last five years and just got out three days ago.”
Linda steadily grew more uneasy with the situation and prayed for God to send His angels to care for her and the children and to give her wisdom.
“What happened to your arm?” Linda noticed the sling Jessica wore.
“I got angry with my friend yesterday and slammed my hand through a table - instead of hitting her. I broke it.” She began loosening the ace bandage.
Linda’s silent prayers bombarded the throne of God, wondering if the bandage concealed a weapon. Bible verses raced through her mind, “The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them (Psalm 34:7KJV), and other passages reminded her not to be afraid.
“I need to go in for just a minute,” Linda said, intending to warn the children to keep the door locked. As she stepped inside, Jessica stuck her foot in the door before Linda could close it to keep her out. Praying for guidance, she graciously managed to get her new acquaintance back on the porch.
Linda listened to Jessica ramble on about her wicked, filthy lifestyle, relating how jealousy over a friendship aroused her to have that friend killed. Carefully choosing her words, Linda told her about the Friend who would never let her down. She explained that Jesus is the only way to Heaven and told of His great love for everyone, no matter what sins they have committed. To Linda’s surprise, Jessica prayed to receive Jesus as her Saviour. Her prayer seemed genuine.
Jessica’s intimidating voice asked, “Can you drive me to the courthouse now? I need to be there in fifteen minutes and I’ll be late if I have to walk.”
Still wary and fumbling for the right answer, Linda said, “I’ll have to get my shoes on and my car keys.” She made sure Jessica couldn’t follow and locked herself in. “Please help,” she implored her Heavenly Father. “I am so afraid. Make a way out of this if my life is in any danger.”
Depending on God, she put on her shoes and found her keys. Trembling, she warned the kids, “Call for help if I don’t return within twenty minutes.” Carefully opening the door to prevent Jessica from getting inside again, she glanced around.
Jessica had vanished. Linda exhaled slowly, thanking God for His faithfulness.
Linda called Brad, her husband, who went to the police station and explained the entire situation. At the mention of Jessica’s name, they nodded their heads, saying, “Just minutes ago, we picked her up. There is a warrant out for her arrest and she’ll probably go back to prison for a long time. For now, though, she is off the streets and in jail.”
Brad comforted Linda, “We don’t always see how God works to take care of us. But He promised to deliver us from our troubles by His own hand, or by His fearless band of angels who are quick to obey His commands. I’m proud of you for sharing the gospel with her in spite of the danger you felt.”
“I’m so thankful God protected me – it was definitely a spiritual battle between good and bad angels. Thank God the battle will someday be over and the devil’s angels will spend eternity with Satan forever in the lake of fire. I’m sure that’s the only place any angel would fear to tread.”
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