Heaven's angels have received a new assignment. God has released angels all around you—to help move you forward along your chosen path. I call them angels of destiny. They are assigned to the prophetic word over your life, and they help you fulfill it. The Bible calls them "ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation" (Heb. 1:14).
Many of God's chosen have been receiving prophecies about promotion, and when there's promotion, there's always an adversary who wants to stop us from going through the door. But God is releasing a new force, a new company of angels that will be governed by the Holy Spirit, to break you through. They will war with you, protect you and bring you to that place of new beginnings.
During my prayer and study time, God has continued to put images of angels before my eyes. He keeps challenging me to study them. He's been showing me that He is doing something new with angels on behalf of the chosen. He is reintroducing us to a whole company of supernatural agents on call to do our bidding. To get them to act on our command, we must speak what God is speaking. Our actions and instructions to them must be in line with God's will. Angels are not genies, and they are not subject to flesh. This is why it is so important that we walk according to the Spirit and in the knowledge of God's will for our lives.
As we pursue God and press into the Spirit, the Lord will begin to give us revelations about the natural army—you and me—and the spiritual army—the angelic host of heaven—moving together. What we see with this collaboration is a picture of the natural and the spiritual converging in the coexisting spirit realm. I want to show you how to stir up the angelic spirits sent to minister to us and the various roles they play in the lives of the chosen.
When I would see angels, the Lord would tell me to lift up my voice in praise and worship. "You are dispensing the angels," He'd say. He was helping me understand that praise and worship are how we release angels to set up ambushes against our enemies. We forget that at times, but when we open up our mouths and praise the Lord, angels start moving on our behalf.
This is exactly what the Lord did in 2 Chronicles 20:21-22 (NKJV) when King Jehoshaphat and the people of Israel were facing a mighty army where their defeat was inevitable in the natural. They sought the Lord about what they should do. Here is the word from the king: "When he had consulted with the people, he appointed those who should sing to the Lord, and who should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army and were saying: 'Praise the Lord, for His mercy endures forever'" (v. 21).
This was the outcome: "Now when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushes against the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; and they were defeated" (v. 22).
The account says, "the Lord set ambushes." But I believe by the Spirit of God, God dispensed angels to do this work. Their praise moved the hand of God, who then dispatched angels to set ambushes against their enemies. We see that when they began to praise and magnify the Lord, compassion for their predicament rose up before Him, and He was compelled to act.
In another example, two of God's chosen apostles, Paul and Silas, were in prison for preaching the gospel and casting out demons. Late into the night, Paul and Silas began to pray and sing hymns to the Lord. "Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken. And immediately all the doors were opened and everyone's shackles were loosened" (Acts 16:26, MEV). I believe this to be another angelic intervention, which eventually led to many lives being saved into the kingdom of God.
The Lord has been saying to me, "Tell My people I am releasing a new company of angels, angels of My presence. These are the angels of your destiny."
Certain angels will move with you, but others will be assigned to your specific assignment. They are door-opening, chain-breaking, earth-shaking, ambush-setting angels who will be released when you open your mouth in prayer, praise and worship before the Lord and in the face of your enemies.
Do you remember in Acts 12, when Peter was in prison? The church kept a 24/7 prayer vigil going on his behalf. As they prayed, the hinges of the prison doors blew off, and the angel of the Lord came and said, "Wrap your cloak around you and follow me" (Acts 12:8b). Step by step, the angel was with Peter, shielding him from being spotted by the guards, telling him which direction to walk in and clearing all exits until he was safely out.
God is getting ready to blow some hinges off some doors. When you learn how to praise Him and say, "The Lord is good and His mercy endures forever," and when you can say, "Oh, God, we bless You," even as the enemy is coming against you like a flood, you will see God release His angels to encamp around you and miraculously deliver you back onto your chosen path.
Let's now get familiar with the company of angels God has made available to us.
Psalm 103:20 tells us that angels hearken to the voice of God's word. Angels excel in strength. Angels are powerful spirits that have been sent to assist us in advancing the kingdom.
Though it can be hard to realize, it is important to know that we are not alone. First, God has given us His Spirit to comfort, guide, teach and empower us for our chosen assignments, but we also have the ministry of angels, who have been sent forth from the throne of God to minister on our behalf. They give us supernatural assistance.
Many who hear the word of the Lord spoken over their lives wonder how His word can manifest in their lives. Have you ever received a prophetic word that seems almost impossible? God has assigned angels to make it so. They help fulfill His divine purposes. When we speak and decree the word of the Lord, they begin to minister on our behalf.
Angels are at work behind the scenes, influencing cities, nations, governments and history, and as we've discovered, they are also sent to minister on behalf of individuals. And yes, angels are involved in helping you fulfill your destiny and purpose.
In Genesis 28:12, Jacob saw a portal through which angels were ascending and descending. This portal is Bethel, the house of God and the gate of heaven. The house of God today is the church. We are now Bethel.
A portal to heaven opens up when we pray, praise, worship, preach and prophesy. Angels ascend and descend through this portal. They are sent to help and assist us.
Angels are connected to God's chosen prophets and prophetic people. Jacob encountered a host of angels in Genesis 32:1-2: "Jacob went on his way, and the angels of God met him. When Jacob saw them, he said, 'This is God's camp.' So he called the name of that place Mahanaim."
Here, the angels were assigned to bring Jacob to his designated place. In other words, angels were a part of him fulfilling his destiny. Mahanaim in the verse above means "two camps." This was an angelic army sent to assist Jacob.
The prophetic word reveals and releases destiny. God has a destiny for each person, and we are responsible to discover it, pursue it and walk in it. Angelic assistance includes angels that go before us and angels that protect us. They assist us against human and demonic opposition. They assist us in overcoming resistance to the fulfillment of His word.
Angels were instrumental in the giving of the Law. They were involved in the establishment of the covenant between God and His people. Angels are always involved with God's covenant people. Those in covenant with God are not alone. We are not left to our own strength in fulfilling the word of the Lord.
Angels are spirits (Ps. 104:4). They operate in the invisible realm. They are spiritual beings who respond to the word of the Lord. They respond to prayer, praise, worship, fasting, preaching and prophecy. Spirits respond to spiritual activities.
Angels go before us to drive out the enemy (Ex. 33:2). They go before us to make way for us to possess our possessions. The word of the Lord is often a declaration of what belongs to us. We are not alone in trying to possess it.
Angels help us experience significant breakthroughs, overcome impossible odds and overcome giants and strong enemies.
As I said earlier, once the word of destiny or prophecy is spoken, angels are released to help fulfill it. The word of the Lord initiates the activity of angels in our lives. I also believe that different angels can be assigned from heaven to us at different times. God's word will prosper or succeed wherever it is sent, and angels can be sent before us to prosper our way (Gen. 24:40, Isa. 55:11). We can also prosper through prophesying (Ezra 6:14).
Prophetic intercession and prophetic utterances are instrumental in releasing the ministry of angels. God is committed to performing His word on behalf of His chosen ones, and He sends His angels to assist in its performance. God performs the counsel of His messengers (Isa. 44:26). His messengers were the prophets. God is committed to His word, and He sends angels to cause it to come to pass.
I love Jeremiah 1:12, which says, "Then the Lord said to me, 'You have seen well. For I will hasten My word to perform it.'" God watches over His word to perform it. Angels excel in strength to do the will of God. God has made them strong for this purpose. Angels are involved in what God's messenger speaks. We do not have the strength or wisdom to do the great things of which God speaks. Man is limited in his power and ability to perform the counsel of God. We are dependent upon heaven and its resources.
We can trust God to release His angels on our behalf when we speak and walk in His counsel. Angels are given charge over us. In other words, they are appointed over us. They assist us and protect us as we walk in God's purpose for our lives (Ps. 91:11).
Angels delight in hearing and fulfilling God's prophetic word. Angels take pleasure in assisting us to fulfill God's plans. They continually wait on God and His people. Angels love God's word, and they love performing it. Angels love God's presence, and they love to praise and worship Him. Angels visit our services, and it is possible that they have been there in the form of humans without us being aware (Heb. 13:2).
Strong worship is an atmosphere for angels and the chosen. The Hebrew word nataph means "to prophesy." Heaven drops at the presence of God (Ps. 68:8). As we know, the chosen also love God's presence and His word. Angels join us in our worship. They also listen to the word of the Lord.
Angels have a great desire to look into the things of which God speaks (1 Pet. 1:12). They are interested in His prophetic plans and seeing them come to pass. I believe they rejoice at the fulfillment of His word.
Angels often stand behind prophets and their ministry gifts when they are preaching. We have seen this many times in our services. Angels often stand on the platform. They are involved in what we are preaching and declaring.
Angels can even be provoked. God warned Israel not to provoke the angel sent before it (Ex. 23:20-22). Disobedience to the word and voice of the Lord can provoke angels. "Provoke" is the Hebrew word marar, meaning to make bitter or make enraged. This is a sobering thought. Angels don't like it when God's word is disobeyed; they place high honor on it. They are committed to God and His word.
Angels are therefore absolutely committed to seeing God's word come to pass. They are faithful servants of God and faithful to us as well when we walk in and obey God's word. The prophet Elisha was aware of the heavenly host and prayed for God to open the eyes of his servant (2 Kings 6:17). The Lord also opened the eyes of Balaam to see an angel in the way (Num. 22:31). This angel was sent to withstand Balaam, who was called by Balak to curse Israel. Balaam was spared and prophesied blessing over Israel, which enraged Balak.
We don't want to provoke angels. We want them on our side assisting us. They make great helpers but formidable enemies. When we submit to God's prophetic purposes, they will be our friends and not our enemies. They will help us succeed and fulfill God's prophetic word and plan for our lives.
When prophets prophesy judgment, angels can be released to fulfill it. Angels assist in carrying out God's judgments. Individuals and nations can come under judgments executed by angels (Acts 12:23). God watches over His word to perform it (Jer. 1:12). God can use human armies and angelic armies to release judgments. Angels are involved in the judgments released in the book of Revelation. And in 2 Kings 19:34-36, an angel destroyed the camp of the Assyrians after Isaiah released the word of the Lord to Hezekiah. This was an immediate fulfillment which again shows the power of angels and their obedience to the word of the Lord.
The chosen are connected to the angelic realm. The invisible realm responds to our commands as we align with the will of God. Our words are spirit and life, and the spiritual containers of the will and purposes of God. It is important that we grow in our understanding of how the angelic realm serves us.
I decree now that the heavens be opened and angels be released as God has commanded. I loose angels to ascend and descend the ladder to the gates of heaven on our behalf. I loose angelic protection over the lives and assignments of God's chosen. I decree that we will hear the voice of destiny pulling us forward and that destiny angels will be with us. I decree that angels will connect us to our destiny and people who will help us along the way. I loose angels of prosperity and promotion, destiny and purpose to minister to us in this season.
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Michelle McClain-Walters is an author who has traveled to more than 50 nations to lead prophetic schools and training.
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