Day 36 Sacred Season
36. 14th July Refined by fire â Scrambled Squadron: 1 Peter 1:3-9; Ephesians 2:6-7; Romans 8: 31-39 Pastor (Uncle) Bill Hollingsworth
In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faithâof greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire âmay result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed (1 Peter 1:6-7 NIV)
Basis of Union Paragraph 16. The Uniting Church sees in pastoral care exercised personally on behalf of the Church an expression of the fact that God always deals personally with people, would have Godâs loving care known among people, and would have individual members take upon themselves the form of a servant.
Have you ever heard of Arthur Matthews? I donât know where he came from, but he spent some time in Adelaide. He was a missionary in China. He used to write editorials for the overseas missionary fellowshipâs paper. They put them together in a devotional book, like âa daily lightâ , for over a month. (1)
And in it heâs got some amazing insight in using illustrations in life itself . The illustration are really clear, precise and also relevant . He looks at the Hebrew people going through the fiery furnace. And the way he brings it out is amazing. And he talks about Daniel in the lionâs den, and also about prayer. He says we arenât adopting the best method of prayer.
He talks about the â Scrambled Squadronâ.
Towards the end of the second world war when Germany had conquered Europe, Germany had finally mounted the operation âSea Lionâ. They sought to bomb Britain out of the sea and to finish the war by defeating Britain.
So they sent all their bombers over to drop bombs on Britain.
Because Britain didnât have much to respond with , they had to devise a strategy to stop this happening and to beat the Germans.
So they organized whatâs called âThe Scrambled Squadronâ â a squadron of spitfire fighter planes. . They had to be ready at a momentâs notice.
As soon as anything appeared on the radar screen, that was suggesting a bomber squadron was coming over from Germany , the pilots had to scramble, get in their planes and take off.
But why they had to be so quick was to get altitude. So they got up as high as they could above the bombers, so that when the bombers came in towards their target, suddenly the German pilots found these planes coming at them, from out of the sun above them . And it threw them into consternation. They couldnât concentrate on their targets at the same time as coping with fighters coming at them from above.
The lesson that Arthur Matthews put up is this. We are fighting our battles from the wrong position. We are seated together in heavenly places far above all principalities and powers. We are already in a position of victory. Our squadron leader is the greatest war leader that you could ever have, that has ever been.
And instead of us fighting from a position of victory, we are talking about going on to victory, when we are already positioned in a position of victory.
If we start to take our place as the Melchizedek priestly order as brought into being through our High Priest, whoâs ripped the veil and given us access to the throne of grace and the mercy seat, our prayers will have confidence and assurance. And then we are going to get different results than what we are getting at present. But if we are trying to fight the enemy above us from bunkers then we will get nowhere. .
Reveal to us Heavenly Father , your will and purpose and fulfill that perfect will through the power of the Holy Spirit
Iâve been sitting here for the last hour contemplating, meditating, calling upon you to intervene. I thank that this is an opportunity Lord, thatâs come from you to record what you are doing. Lord youâve already decided and determined the outcome.
We are more than conquerors through him who loved us and gave himself for us. You obtained the victory and now you are calling us to share the spoils of victory with you, and to go into the enemies camp and Lord to destroy that which is contaminated and defiling, Redeem the hearts and lives of men and women, and rescue the perishing, care for the dying, snatch them in pity from hell and the grave. To weep for the erring one and lift up the fallen. To tell them of Jesus, the mighty to save
Father, We thank you so much that you hear our cry. We trust in you. You know the way we take. Lord we thank you in the name of Jesus that this is the way ordained by you, and that as you lead us, you inevitably lead us in triumph. All the glory, power and might comes to you, God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. You are, the Father of glory to whom be all the honour, praise and glory. For this we thank you in Jesusâ name. Amen.
OMF Born for battle Arthur Matthews
Pray for: Unitingworld partner – The Presbyterian Church in the Republic of Korea
Continue to Pray for Assembly. Today the appointment of the new general Secretary will be taking place. The nominee is Ms Colleen Geyer. Pray for the Lordâs leading if he wants Coleen to be confirmed in this role.
Give thanks to the Lord of the work of Rev Dr Terence Corkin as he concludes at the end of this year.
Nominees for President-elect will be announced. Begin to earnestly pray for the Lordâs choice for the President-Elect.
Assembly Standing Committee proposals will continue 7:30 â 8:30 pm.