We received this mass e-mail (click HERE to skip to Victor’s reply):
Do You Believe This???
A girl went to her friends house and she ended up staying longer than
planned, and had to walk home alone… She wasn’t afraid because it was a small COMMUNITY and she lived only a few blocks away.
As she walked along under the bike trail Diane asked God to keep her safe from harm and danger..
When she reached the alley, which was a short cut to her house, she decided to take it. However, halfway down the alley she noticed a man standing at the end as though he were waiting for her.
She became uneasy and began to pray, asking for God’s protection.
Instantly a comforting feeling of quietness and security wrapped round her, she felt as though someone was walking with her.
When she reached the end of the alley, she walked right past the man and arrived home safely.
The following day, she read in the newspaper that a young girl had been raped in the same alley just twenty minutes after she had been there.
Feeling overwhelmed by this tragedy and the fact that it could have been her, she began to weep.
Thanking the Lord for her safety and to help this young woman, she decided to go to the police station.
She felt she could recognize the man, so she told them her story.
The police asked her if she would be willing to look at a lineup to see if she could identify him.
She agreed and immediately pointed out the man she had seen in the alley the night before.
When the man was told he had been identified, he immediately broke down and confessed.
The officer thanked Diane for her bravery and asked if there was anything they could do for her.
She asked if they would ask the man one question. Diane was curious as to why he had not attacked her.
When the policeman asked him, he answered, ‘Because she wasn’t alone. She had two tall men walking on either side of her.’
Amazingly, whether you believe or not, you’re not alone. ( people ) will not stand up for God……
Send this and make the subject the name of (your city) if you truly believe in God…..
PS: God is always there in your heart and loves you no matter what
‘If you deny me in front of your friends, I shall deny you in front of my Father’
STAND UP FOR HIM
90% of people wont pass this on…. Will you be one of them???
To all who received this “amazing story” letter:
Is this story really true? It could be, but I highly doubt it is. There is more than one problem with it. More likely it is the product of an active imagination, yet another of many sappy stories circulated by would-be do-gooder “believers,” who think to glorify themselves or even serve God by telling tall tales, possibly mixed with truth.
My doubt isn’t because I don’t believe in God or that He protects by angels. The Bible clearly testifies of angelic protection and I have experienced personal supernatural protection for myself and others on several occasions. I have also been promised prophetically more than once and by more than one that a mighty angel has been assigned to protect me, and I have needed and do need that protection. Go to our site, thepathoftruth.com, and see why for yourself, if you can.
Is God always “in your heart” as the messenger says? Is this message for believers only, or for all? It does not say. Many believe the lie that all are children of God. Read Are All Persons Children of God? to learn otherwise.
Perhaps one might assume that this letter was sent only to believers, but the fact is that it is in the very nature of a true believer to be a witness unto the Lord, which he or she can only do by the Spirit of God, the Begetter (Father) of the new nature:
“But you shall receive power, the Holy Spirit coming upon you. And you shall be witnesses to Me both in Jerusalem and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and to the end of the earth” (Acts 1:8 MKJV).
If one is born again through Jesus Christ, that one has a new nature, that is, a new heart and, yes, God is there, and so is the angel assigned to that person. That person with the new heart will not be able to do anything but declare the risen Christ to others; that is the nature of the resurrection in Christ. He or she will testify of Jesus Christ though commanded not to do so, at the risk of corporeal punishment, never mind encouraged to do so, as this letter tries to do:
“And they called them and commanded them not to speak at all, nor to teach in the Name of Jesus. But Peter and John answered and said to them, Whether it is right before God to listen to you more than to God, you judge. For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard” (Acts 4:18-20 MKJV).
Consider that Peter denied the Lord three times before he was born again, but when he received the Spirit at Pentecost, he boldly stood up and publicly preached Jesus Christ, and continued from there in all faithfulness.
Dogs bark, birds fly, and hens lay eggs, not because they are required to do so, but because it is in them, and they cannot prevent it. If one has not experienced the genuine gift of repentance and the new birth of God, then you may as well expect a rabbit to lay eggs as expect someone who does not have the heavenly nature to testify of God and Jesus Christ. (By the way, contrary to Easter tradition, rabbits do not lay eggs.)
To whom does God give this supernatural protection? Here is what the Bible says:
“But to which of the angels, did He say at any time, ‘Sit on My right hand until I make Your enemies Your footstool?’ Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for those who shall be heirs of salvation?” (Hebrews 1:13-14 MKJV)
Little or nothing is said in this letter of sin, repentance, confession, faith, or obedience toward God in all things (without which, confessing His Name is an empty exercise). These all have their place of paramount importance, being essential principles of the Kingdom of Heaven. They are of absolute necessity before God, not only so one will be protected, but so He is loved, served, and glorified.
We receive well-meaning mass circulated stories meant to inspire, but which, through sheer artificiality, misplaced affections, mistaken notions, and contrived meanings, provide us, and now you, with abundant material for other valuable lessons not intended.
To be sure, all believers need fellowship, one way or another, at one time or another. But it is true fellowship they need, with true saints. Yet God has set some aside even from true fellowship for a time, in order to prepare them for the service to which He calls them. For now, however, we’re not talking about true spiritual fellowship, but about the fellowship that kills.
Using God’s Name has provided people with a great palate on which to paint whatever pleases them. God can do whatever we want, right? They pass these imaginative deceptions along to others who may be similarly pleased with the escapism from Reality and hard Truth. The lies told in God’s Name do not make those go away, they only seal off the way to man’s only sure Hope.