From Pastor Mike's Prayer Closet
The other night the Holy Spirit placed this word AWOL upon my heart. He said, "Teach this to your church, teach this to your partners and teach this to the world."
We are all Christian soldiers. We are all in a battle. It is the battle between good and evil. There are two sides, God's side and devil's side. The devil hates God with a passion, and he hates anyone who is on God's side.
Satan of course wants to use the battle to turn us from God. Cause us to fear. Satan will win every time if you do not learn this strategy. And the success of every battle we face hinges on strategy. And every strategy hinges on information. That information comes from the WORD of God!
But today, at this very hour, God's is warning Pastors all across this globe to preach this message to the church to prepare them for the battles of all battles. It is a battle of stealth that no generation has every lived through. It is a battle where all that "Sci-fi" stuff…all that "mark of the beast" stuff, you know "666" and the "End of the World" talks, earthquakes, tsunami's, 911, famine, tornados, floods, same sex marriage, pre-martial sex is now becoming a reality………in our lifetime!
So---here are Satan's 3 major strategies and objectives.
Divert your attention from the spiritual to the physical. From and internal God to external one. He has created a diversion plan to throw us off his trail. You see he has everyone fighting over a piece of real estate the size of New Jersey called Israel. Yes that certainly is one part of his strategy, but it is not the "mother load". His ultimate target is not physical it is spiritual, it is souls, souls, souls……your soul and mine.
You say----that will never happen to me! I am secure, been saved for 20 years. I go to church every Sunday! Watch out! That's what Peter said before he denied the Lord not once, or twice but three times! He was persuaded by pubic opinion to "GOING AWOL."
Compromise and Tolerance!
You see, there are NOT simply good Christians and bad Christians. Good people or bad people. We "all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23). But there are some really good Christians that tolerate really destructive sin more than others. There are some really good Christians that do some really bad things.
"Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! (Isaiah 5:20)
These are days when everyone is expected to tolerate and even accept everything sanctioned by our great government. Idolatry, false gods, homosexuality, baby killing, and many other "Obamanations" are the order of the day. Don't you see it?
The world is also being welded together by computers that are interlocked worldwide by a web that contains the full contents of hell's inventory, which is piped into homes and offices worldwide.
Satan is fighting to win your soul, your devotion to the Spirit of Truth. Satan is fighting to win your soul. Satan is fighting to win your soul. Satan is fighting to win your soul.
Treason. Better know as "GOING AWOL, the great "falling away."
2 Thes 2:3-4 warns us......... Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come(rapture), except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
When we witness the great falling away (AWOL) or spiritual desertion, the Anti Christ is just a few blocks away.
Going "A.W.O.L" is a military term that means "Absent With-Out Leave. Some also use it to describe someone disappearing from their responsibilities. When someone goes AWOL it mean that the person disappears without telling anyone where they were going.
But for the Body of Christ, we use it to describe spiritual desertion, infidelity, treason or desertion from Christ.
Spiritual treason, or going "AWOL" is the trigger that will usher in the rapture of the church. Please hear me, I beg of you!
As I watch and pray fervently according to the instructions of our Savior's return, I see that something very amazing is happening. It is an unmistakable truth that can be clearly seen by true and discerning Christians everywhere. I am referring to the fact that the separation of the small but powerful true remnant of Almighty God from the multitudes of a deceived antichrist population is becoming more pronounced as we near the end of the world.
The people of Almighty God are getting more and more like the place they are going to. They are sick of this world and are vexed by its corruption. A new heavens and earth occupy the minds of the little flock of the last days, and eternal glory with Jesus remains the hope of their hearts.
But NOW…sadly, we also see Christians going AWOL in our churches. Their hearts are cooling towards the Spirit of Christ. The lukewarm church. You can see Christian brothers and sisters who once had "heaven of their minds" surrendering to Satan's will are getting more and more like the place they are going to, and hell's society now predominates the earth. People are preparing themselves for an eternity of damnation, and the forces of hell draw near to meet them. The primary question that arises to all who are reading this newsletter is this: which way are you going?
The church is now preparing to spiritually desert the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in favor of a more globally acceptable "generic god".
The marriage and ordination of homosexuals along with the acceptance of partial birth abortion are just some of the sins covered up and "normalized" inside the church.
How many Christians are faithful to the God of the scriptures? And just how many in the church will sign on with this Dan.9:27 global mega-deal?
"Tolerance", and "understanding" are the catchwords. Holiness seems to be a matter of human "choice" just like abortion and homosexuality. Compromise is an awful thing. This is well known to those who know the God of the Bible. Warnings from scripture about mixing "the cup of Christ with the cup of devils" (1Cor.10:21).
This deal of compromise spoken of in Dan.9:27 is the great apostasy. This is the trigger to the end-time. This act of AWOL against the King of Kings is what starts the drama of the final 7 years, namely, the much discussed '70th week of Daniel'.
AWOL---or---desertion from the faith is and will go undetected because of the power of public opinion."Everyone is doing it and getting away with it".
Infidelity to Jesus Christ. A double -dealing church. Nice and easy religion with half-truths and 'cover stories' crafted for the lukewarm Christians. Brothers and sisters rewriting the word of God to suit their lifestyle.
We need the "Spirit of Truth" so that we can be motivated to seek the face of God and repent. We need to seek the oil of His anointing to prepare our hearts for the coming trials. Spiritual darkness is coming. We are to procure the oil of the Holy Spirit for the lamps of our spirit against the coming night. Let's get away from the soap opera's, ballgames and stock-market reports and seek the face of God.
And as far as trials--- we need not worry about them if we have committed ourselves to God and our lives to His witness. There will be trials-----but the true test of a committed soldier starts in boot camp.
The conversion of compromise is infecting the Church. It will get worse before it gets betters. Just look around you at Church next Sunday. Look at how many few young people are living righteously? How many of our Pastors have bought into the lie of same sex marriage! No, its not just our kids or our Pastors, it all of us in one way shape or form. Admit it, the heart of the church is GOING AWOL.
So, let me conclude this article by giving you God's # 1 strategy to guard our hearts from GOING AWOL.
THE HOLY SPIRIT
"For we are the circumcision (internal), which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh (ecternal)." (Phil 3:3)
Why do we so often start out with zeal and passion for God? But it soon vanishes. Why do our hearts go AWOL.? Listen up and listen up good!!!!
It is the gradual absence and reliance on the Holy Spirit and rejecting His truths---whether we agree with Him or not! Yes, even if it means walking away from others in the church that are living a sinful and compromising lifestyles. Yes even if they are our own children.
When we trust in the flesh, that is, our opinions, public opinions, our philosophies, our theologies, and try to make perfect by the flesh what was begun in the Spirit we are substituting self for the Spirit of Truth. Jesus said in Mathew 7 that narrow is the way that leads to life, and few find it!
God's # 1 Strategy for Success!
Ask the Holy Spirit right now to teach you how to yield to Him. Ask Him to teach you how to cooperate with Him. Ask Him to saturate you in His truths, to love His truths, to hunger for His truths so that the spirit of repentance can cleanse your soul. Ask Him to guard your hearts from going AWOL.
It is an urgent matter, for time is about to expire. All salvation happens in the realm of time, not in eternity. You can call upon the Savior right now, and then follow through with obedience to the Gospel and a full and true conversion. Hell is no doubt full of people who would give anything to have the opportunity that you have right now. The Savior will receive you, and when the trumpet sounds we will all meet our Savior together in the air.
Do it now!
May our God richly bless you by the power of His Spirit. May He hide you under the shadow of His wings and in the confidence of His love.