Active Duty – by Brian Troxel

Submitted by Dianna Green

“No soldier on duty entangles himself in the affairs of life,
that he may please Him who enrolled him as a soldier”
2 Timothy 2:4

Active duty is the posture of those who are alive in Christ. It is a Call which holds us to our posts ever watchful and ever engaged in the affairs of our hearts and in His Church. Their lives are governed by the full knowledge of the deceitful nature of their own hearts and the propensity of the church to slip into the darkness of slumber and lethargy.

It is ever the slumbering church which becomes the fearful church, for in her slumber she eventually awakes to discover that the enemies are at the gate and that she is ill prepared.

The Day is now dawning upon us, division and lawlessness is arising. Stay in the Spirit and we will not fall into fleshly carnal warfare. It is those who are not standing their posts, who are not on duty in Christ who get subverted to carnal issues.

“My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight…”
John 18:36

Jesus said IF His Kingdom was of this world then His servants would fight… but it is not of this world. If His people get caught up in the affairs of this dark world they cannot be active in His. It is a day to prepare ourselves to be at His disposal and to come to the place of grace and sacrifice. Suffering and glory cannot be separated.

May we encourage one another to stay in His Spirit and find grace to walk above the issue of this life. The rise of evil is upon us and blessed are they who find in Christ the grace to overcome evil with good.

Blessings to all my brothers and sisters; may we begin to feel the drawings of His Spirit into the union of His Life within us that we may be active in preparing one another to “stand in the evil Day”.

“Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand”
Ephesians 6:13

Brian Troxel

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Annual 10 Day Prayer and Fast

This year’s Annual Ten Day Prayer and Fast will take place starting Sunday, January 17, and going till Tuesday, January 26.

The church will be open for PERSONAL PRAYER from 9:00 am to 11:00 am each day of the fast. Covid regulations will be in place.

We will have music softly playing in the background, and the screens up front will have a list of any specific prayer requests we have received. PLEASE let Pastor Ken know of any other prayer requests you would like added to that list prior to, and/or during the fast.

Occasionally, there will be a couple inspirational articles or links posted here in the church website blog for the time of fasting. If you have something that you feel appropriate and worth considering, please email it to Pastor Ken at office@abundantlifepa.com

Types of Fasting

  • Absolute (nothing)
  • Normal (no food, but liquids)
  • Partial (remove something from diet)
  • Sacrificial (things other than food)

What to do during fast

  • Focus first on connection with God over petition (asking for stuff)
    • Fasting is not about getting your miracle… it is not A+B=C
    • It is presenting yourself from a place of repentance and humility
  • Worship and Pray
    • Sing, Listen, Soak
    • In the language of men, and in the language of angels
      • If you do not have this, this is a good time to seek God about it
  • Meditate on the Word of God (mull it over)
    • Read (I encourage you if possible, out loud) scripture – pray scripture – Listen to sermons
    • Write down any thought you feel God spoke to you
    • Pay close attention to things you feel God reveals that do not nourish the soul
  • THEN, Petition God