Christmas is on its way! It’s at this time of year that we are reminded of the angel Gabriel, who appeared to Jesus’s mother, Mary. Most angels work invisibly to the human eye, so Gabriel’s appearance was quite a shock to the young, Jewish teenager, especially as he had come to tell her that she, a virgin, would become the mother of a very special baby.
Of course, angels don’t just deliver good news, they also protect. I once knew a lady, who had been stopped from falling headlong down a long flight of steps by an angel’s unseen hand. She turned around to thank the person who had gripped her shoulder and pulled her back when she tripped, but there was no one there – at least no one visible!
The spiritual realm may be invisible to the human eye, but our spiritual lives can affect us in so many ways. For instance, to know you are loved and accepted for who you are, because the relationship you have with your Creator is real and not make-believe; the peace and fulfilment that comes, when you know you are in the centre of the Creator’s will. How important it is then to develop spiritually; to grow in the knowledge of God and to know Jesus in a personal way. One of the best ways to maintain your spiritual growth is to spend a few moments each day in the ancient scriptures, the Bible.
Prolific author and founder of Angel Therapy, Doreen Virtue, writes: “One of the best decisions I made in 2017 was to devote daily time to reading and studying the Bible. … [It] has opened my heart to God’s pure love, which is available equally for all of us. It is his living Word, and he speaks to our heart through the verses.
“… Reading the Bible daily is a transformative and healing experience. [It] has awakened me to know who God is. Before reading the Bible, I thought of God as a loving wise energy. So while I respected him and prayed daily, I didn’t feel close to him. How can you feel close to an energy? Reading the Bible has given me a personal relationship with God. … I can now fully feel God’s presence and love!”
Spiritual growth is a must-have if we’re to connect with someone greater. To follow Doreen Virtue’s example, find a Bible, preferably written in modern English, and spend a few minutes each day meditating on the wisdom found within its pages. Unlike most books, the best place to start is not at the beginning, but two-thirds of the way through, in the New Testament. Begin with one of the life stories of Jesus, such as Matthew, Mark, Luke or John. Talk to God about what you read; ask Him to speak personally to you. He loves you and wants to help you grow in your relationship with Him.
“Everything that was written in the past was written to teach us. The Scriptures give us patience and encouragement so that we can have hope.”
Romans 15:4 (NCV)