Pastor's Pen for 05/22/2018Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. (Ephesians 6)

In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. There is a war going on. It is a spiritual war. War arose in heaven, Michael and his angels fighting against the dragon. And the dragon and his angels fought back, but he was defeated, and there was no longer any place for them in heaven. (Revelation 12)

Satan wars against Christ. Satan is at war against Christ’s Church. Satan brings his lies and accusations against you. Satan lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies. (John 8) This war’s weapon is words. Lies versus the truth.

If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. (John 8)

The Lord sends His Holy Angels to guard and protect you with God's Word. He will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. (Psalm 91) The word Angel means "messenger". What is their message? The Good News of Christ the Savior.

Bless the Lord, O you his angels, you mighty ones who do his word, obeying the voice of his word! Bless the Lord, all his hosts, His ministers, who do his will! (Psalm 103)

The angel Gabriel announced Jesus’ conception to Mary. The angel announced the Good News of Christ’s birth to lowly shepherds.

I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord…There was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” (Luke 2)

On Easter the Angels announced Christ’s victory over the grave. Christ has risen! He has risen indeed! Two men stood by them in dazzling apparel...Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you. (Luke 24) God's promises fulfilled in Christ for you.

They have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony. (Revelation 12)

Do not be afraid. God's Word has been signed in the Blood of the Lamb. God's messengers come to deliver GOOD NEWS of GREAT JOY TO YOU. God's messengers fight against every evil scheme of the devil. God watches over His little ones – guarding and protecting you in the faith – by the Word of God.

Jesus has bled, Jesus has died, and Jesus has risen for you. Bringing peace. Ministering spirits are sent out to serve for the sake of those who are to inherit salvation? (Hebrews 1) Rejoice! You are called to hear and believe the Gospel. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.

Rev. Lance D. Berndt is a pastor of Zion Lutheran Church ( in Omaha, NE.