A.W.O.L. Christians: Time to Report for Duty

posted by Dr. Jael Ever @ 7:00 AM
February 6, 2017

gods-army        Serving in an Army takes training, hard work and discipline—often under harsh and dangerous circumstances.  Sure, there are ‘leave’ times–such as when a sailor gets to walk off his ship or submarine for shore leave–but these  ‘vacations’ are for very limited and specified times.  However, just as in any regular military service, or police forces, leaves and vacations can be cancelled.  Ephesians 6, Revelation 19, and many other Scriptures, point out that true Christians are in God’s Army.  Thus, God’s people must always be ready to stop being A.W.O.L.—Absent Without Leave–and report for duty.

This blog site is labeled ‘Worlds Collide.’ Those worlds are of both material and spiritual natures.  And certainly, they are in many ways unequal.  For instance, consider angels. Unlike people, they never need to sleep or rest. And they are always on duty. This identity is the same for God’s good angels and Satan’s evil angels.  While it is true that two thirds of these angelic hosts remained true to God, and that only one third of them revolted with Satan, these evil ones have their attendant demons—probably disembodied souls who served Satan during earth’s first destruction between Genesis 1: 1 and 1: 2—who are enslaved to serve them at all times.  God’s angels have no such helpers—unless, of course they would include those believers who are always in line with God’s will.

What’s the point? Too many born-again Christians—instead of being attuned to God’s Word and His Will—are A.W.O.L.  While the Wars between Good and Evil swirl around them, too often they lose the battle for themselves and for The LORD Jesus.  Moreover, Satan, his angels and demons could be stealing everything that these believers think they own.

God’s angels are particularly stirred up when His people start consistently and earnestly praying as often as possible. In the same way, those who serve Satan as their god stir up evil angels to do evil things to God’s people when they pray to him and his devils.  To prove their devotion to Satan, those who serve him often walk through fire with him.  They ‘worship’ him, either weekly or on special pagan holidays for special “moons” or other signs.  Often, they show devotion to Satan when they attend midnight services in basements several levels below ground, or during outdoor orgies in well-hidden woods close by dead water pools so they can wash away the blood of their animal and human sacrifices they have made.

To combat such foolishness, as He promised in His Holy Word, God has made special promises to true believers.  If we gods-promises-truewant to find out what these promises are, or how to bring them to pass, we must get off our A.W.O.L. keisters and get back into the war of resisting Satan—for instance—in the same way that the prophet Daniel did.  Believers who serve God and His Son Jesus stir up good angels when they fast, pray, confess their sins as well as the sins of others, and worship God with all their might.  You see, Daniel had read in The Holy Word that God had promised to free Judah (or the remaining part of Israel) from slavery after 70 years, and this was a promise that Daniel wanted to bring to pass!  Thus, he prayed:

“I Daniel understood by books the number of the years, whereof the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah the prophet, that he would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem.  And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes: And I prayed unto the LORD my God, and made my confession, and said, O Lord, the great and dreadful God, keeping the covenant and mercy to them that love him, and to them that keep his commandments; (9: 1 – 5).

“We have sinned, and have committed iniquity, and have done wickedly, and have rebelled, even by departing from thy precepts and from thy judgments: Neither have we hearkened unto thy servants the prophets, which spake in thy name to our kings, our princes, and our fathers, and to all the people of the land. O Lord, righteousness belongeth unto thee, but unto us confusion of faces, as at this day . . . .

“O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive; O Lord, hearken and do; defer not, for thine own sake, O my God: for thy city and thy people are called by thy name. And whiles I was speaking, and praying, and confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel, and presenting my supplication before the LORD my God for the holy mountain of my God; Yea, whiles I was speaking in prayer, even the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly, touched me about the time of the evening oblation (9: 18 – 21).

“And he informed me, and talked with me, and said, O Daniel, I am now come forth to give thee skill and understanding. At the beginning of thy supplications the commandment came forth, and I am come to shew thee; for thou art greatly beloved: therefore understand the matter, and consider the vision (9: 21 – 23).”

In the next chapter, the angel explained to Daniel that it took quite an angelic battle for that angel to get through to God:  “And he said unto me, O Daniel, a man greatly beloved, understand the words that I speak unto thee, and stand upright: for unto thee am I now sent. And when he had spoken this word unto me, I stood trembling.

”Then said he unto me, Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words. But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia (10: 11 – 13).”

Don’t you see beloved? The devil and his hosts will do everything possible to stop you from fasting and praying.  But you must not give up!  The promises of God’s Word in Wholesale Christian Bibles belong to you.  In these last days, it is high time to cancel all A.W.O.Ls. and get to work full time to fulfill God’s mission! (Don’t forget to hear and see us on Worship Radio Detroit on the internet at 7 p.m. Wednesdays.)  God Bless you now and forever!

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