Thursday, 21 September 2017

The Lord orchestrates the battle

"'Write the vision and engrave it 
plainly upon tablets that everyone who passes may (be able to) read 
(it easily and quickly) as he hastens by.  

                           Habakkuk 2:2

In August I felt the Lord commissioned me to write daily on my blog for 40 days using the above title and verse, and doing that I gained greater understanding of the battle raging over our land.  When I read 2 Timothy 3 the title was “The Last Days” it certainly described the state of our nation today.  However, the Bible also tells us that the battle is the Lords.  Eph.6 says “we don’t battle against flesh and blood, but powers and principalities in heavenly realms”.

I believe the Lord is calling up His people to join His army. Unity isn’t uniformity, but a need to stand together and know we are “reading from the same hymn sheet.” It is essential we understand how much God loves us, resides in us and desires to bless us.  He doesn’t want us living in fear, but to know His voice, to be His watchman and be obedient to His call to play our part in these days.

Which brought me to consider that those in a battle had to be trained just as those in an orchestra. There are different instruments, as there are people. We often group together with those of like mind, and  He wants us to take our place to be ready to play our part and release the fullness of all He is in us.  Our heavenly Father is the ultimate conductor of creation amd we are made in His image.  That makes us a diverse, unique and a gifted people who He desires to use to bring His Kingdom on earth as it is in heaven.  

In the Father’s orchestra He is our tuning fork, and we need to know His perfect pitch. From an individual learning an instrument, to reading music and joining a group, there is a musical score to follow.  And when the groups come together their instruments make the harmony fuller and richer. It is the blending with others that the composer and conductor hear how to bring out the best sound to bring forth a symphony to delight the listener.  However, if everyone plays the notes they think are right, joins in when they desire, it is unlikely many will find the music uplifting!

I saw that our church denominations can be like that. It doesn’t matter if there are a variety of backgrounds, understanding and worship, but it appears some churches have lost the Biblical score. For those both inside and outside the church that brings confusion, because the harmony intended for the body of Christ to be seen and be attractive, has been lost.

It is wondeful there are organisations like ACW which have the ability to cut across God’s divided army and find agreement in the basic Biblical truth.  It is God’s vision for all His people to love, serve and unite.  And despite our diversity of belief it is good to enjoy fellowship and encourage one another as we write to reveal the rich fabric of life the Lord can bring..

Our part, our battle is to tune into His melody, and become that sweet, sweet sound in His ear.

Ruth Johnson
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