Lily’s Big Angels

 

Lily thanking our church for praying for her, the very day she returned home from her long ordeal ❤

“This power he exercised in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms far above every rule and authority and power and dominion and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come” (Eph. 1:20-21, NET, emphasis mine).

The night that Lily was airlifted to Lima, our dear friend Yazna was there at the hospital. She had a vision of angels surrounding Lily in the ICU as the staff prepared her for travel. With her spiritual eyes, Yazna saw other angelic beings in the hallway, and still others standing ready to guard the waiting ambulance. Her vision provided strong comfort to me. It was also a confirmation of another Scripture Holy Spirit had been repeatedly stirring in my heart:

“For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone” (Ps. 91:11-12, NIV).

I am convinced it was those angels that facilitated and provided safe travel to Lima. They made sure Lily’s breathing tube stayed in place going over all those potholes. I also am convinced that they made sure she didn’t die when her airways were closing up, that first night in the ER.

Reflecting on this, here is another truth Holy Spirit brought home to me through this harrowing experience: The spiritual realm is superior to the physical realm. Angels are exceedingly strong; strong enough to do a perfectly executed job of protecting us from harm. And God’s power is far, far greater than all the painful circumstances we face.

Think with me for a moment about the story in Isaiah 37. We read there about the angel of the Lord putting to death 185,000 men who were threatening the wellbeing of His children. Just one angel. There is no story, anywhere, where a man, or even a big group of them, could slay an angel. But just one angel could take out an entire army of men. The angels have superior power – exceedingly superior. And God sends these powerful agents to take care of us! “Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation? (Heb. 1:14, NIV).

Not only that, but He also has proclaimed to us that His exceedingly superior power is “for us who believe” (Eph. 1:21). He long to exercise His power on our behalf. He also wants to pour His power through us for the manifestation of His superior Kingdom here on the earth. Every time He does so, change happens. Inferior circumstances line up with His Word.

Here’s an example: Not long ago, a precious sister I have discipled for years had her retina come detached. She was in need of emergency surgery. Deep, deep compassion, combined with a fiery passion from Holy Spirit, rose up inside me as I prayed over her. The superior Kingdom of Heaven manifested in those moments and physically repaired her eye. Surgery was no longer necessary. Her circumstance, as dire as it was (she was in imminent danger of blindness), was no match for the superior Kingdom realm.

The heavenly realm is manifestly superior to the physical realm. How essential it was for me to understand this truth, as I proclaimed the Word of God over Lily in the ICU! Every day, I sang, spoke, and prayed His promises over her as she lay unmoving on that bed. How vital was it for me to understand that His victorious, effective power was flowing as I did so — especially when I couldn’t see any results with my physical eyes!

Her pediatrician told me afterwards that he had been profoundly impacted by how immovable he perceived my faith to be during those long weeks. I do not report any of this because I am anything special. I want to point to my Jesus, and how Faithful and True He is! How absolutely worthy of our deep trust! How great his immense power is, available to us! If I trust Him so deeply, it’s because He has proved Himself to me trustworthy in ways not even possible to describe.

My friend, we are receiving an unshakable Kingdom. The Kingdom into which He has brought us has the answers that the broken souls around us so desperately need. Tangible answers. Real answers. Superior answers.

As we think about this Kingdom, where is King Jesus seated? Where is His throne? Ephesians tells us that it is “far above every rule and authority and power and dominion and every name that is named” (Eph. 1:21). “Far above” does not just refer to a measure of physical distance. It denotes superiority in every way. God’s power is exceedingly, abundantly greater than your circumstance.

Now, dear one, where are you? You are seated with Him in those same heavenly places, in that same “far above” position (Eph. 2:6). For those of us who believe, He has made His superior power entirely available.

Right now, in your office, room, car, or wherever you are, you are in the heavenly realm. You are far above whatever difficult situation you are facing today. You are in the superior position. And His power is for you. With all my heart, I encourage you to ask Holy Spirit to teach you how to let it flow through you more and more… into the hurting world around you.

“For the kingdom of God is demonstrated not in idle talk but with power” (1 Cor. 4:20, NET).

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In what miraculous ways have you witnessed God’s power at work in your world?

 

23 thoughts on “Lily’s Big Angels

  1. Absolute TRUTH…

    I’ve had the opportunity to sit in on a few meetings in church settings lately, and as I sat and listened to their tactics in handling and addressing certain issues whether private or corporate, the Lord spoke to me. He began sharing with me that the reason that these issues and/or our issues are never truly resolved, is because the church is fighting battles “to low.” In other words, the battles that we face and come against are never supposed to be fought in the “earth or physical realm,” rather the “spiritual realm.”

    “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places…Ephesians 6:12

    You’re ABSOLUTELY CORRECT, “The heavenly realm is manifestly superior to the physical realm,” SO the power for us to win and overcome physical battles rests in us learning how to fight. Even though we abide in the physical realm, we must engage in warfare in the spiritual realm..

    “And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, 8 but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer. 9 So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. 10 Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, “Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down. 11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death…Revelation 12:7-11

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  2. awww Lily is just a blessed light of joy and triumph — very beloved 💚💙💜💛. It is such a precious thing to see her recovery Jennifer; God bless you all and her pure heart. I am overjoyed to see her being able to take her precious little steps once again and for her to just speak to her brothers and sister from the heart.

    I saw your previous post about the issue and I was crippled with sympathy and compassion, but yet still it was very incredible knowing what she prevailed through. And then I saw this, and it moved me beyond imagination 🙌🙏. This is just so fantastic — one of the most important days of her and your lives my friend.

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      1. You are welcome, it is an honor Pata. I couldn’t help it, it was something that just called out to me. I knew how really hard these things could be and I just deeply wanted to embrace all of you through your journey, you are very very blessed and it is so good to see this — go lily go! haha

        I now realized that I liked my post by mistake; I just removed it. I have no idea how that happened 🤣🤣

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      2. Amen to that my friend. It takes me back to alot of the things you were saying in the post. The almighty I superior, and his ways are a blessing and if you trust and believe in his ways, then through him your will to live and overcome things will be far greater than any obstacle, no matter how old you are or what your circumstance is, because you start to think better, and you start to see better, and keep on pushing for the better.

        The human soul is incredible, and there is many ways to heal if we just believe and not let our hopes be snatched by grief or the slightest challenge. Each of us are far more than just what meets the eye, we all have the potential to become Angels of triumph and leaders of light to those who need it the most, all through the love and wisdom of GOD.

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      3. Thank you greatly, i’m humbled by your acknowledgement Pata 💙🧡. You contextualized and summarized it terrifically.

        The mind and the heart are the greatest assets which are often terribly undervalued, and it’s precious stories like Lilly’s healing because of her undying nurture and care and the will to rise and not give up; as well as the influence of the lord who’s mind was tortured and who’s heart was crucified but his love still remained, that reminds us all about this 🙏🌟.

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      4. Thanks Pata ❤. Lily’s recover was nothing short of a miracle in regard to the optimism, sense of relief and life-changing aspects.

        Seeing her walk and being able to just live her life and enjoy her most precious years of life (childhood), is a joy. And I hope that she continues to recover and that she continues to grow and be guided by love ❤ ❤.

        Cheers and I hope you all had a wonderful valentines hahaha

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  3. Wow! How powerful the testimony you just shared is! Just reading this is a worshipful experience! We belong to the mighty God of all creation and we can entrust our lives to him!

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