Google+ 02/01/14 Will God Be Victorious With Us or Against Us?

1 Corinthians 14:7-9

 

Even lifeless instruments like the flute or the harp must play the notes clearly,

Or no one will recognize the melody.

And if the bugler doesn’t sound a clear call,

How will the soldiers know they are being called to battle?

It’s the same for you.

If you speak to people in words they don’t understand,

How will they know what you are saying?

You might as well be talking into empty space.

 

As we conclude our six-part devotion series entitled, "God vs. Satan...the Real Super Bowl!" we turn to the apostle Paul for our final battle advice.  Paul admonishes all the Corinthians to be clear about the Gospel Message.  He compares our conversations to musical instruments.  Paul refers to the "softer" instruments as lifeless.  He points out that even the flute and harp must play the notes clearly.  To all of us that are "soft-spoken,"  remember that we must also be clear in our testimony.  Sometimes silence is mistaken for incorrect agreement or a lack of caring.  We must never allow others to think either of one of these things.  We must be clear in what we say and even what we don't say!  The next part of today's Scripture is something I can personally relate to well.  As a Boy Scout, I was the troop bugler.  There were over fifty bugle calls that I needed to learn.  They were all different.  If I played "Mess Call" instead of "Revile," I would either get confusion or nothing at all.  The Scripture tells us that if we don't sound a clear battle cry, no one will show up to fight.  Finally, Paul addresses our speech.  He basically tells us to think before we talk.  If we don't, we will at the very least be unclear.  At the most, we will hurt others or give the entire wrong message.  Both can be disasters, especially in churches.  Paul says that if we do any of these things, we might as well just be taking up empty space.  Far be it for me to disagree with Paul, but I would add one thought to his clear and concise instructions to us and the Corinthians.  Even taking up empty space in a church can be VERY harmful to the people around you.  If we want to endorse a void, we will get sucked into it.  Voids are places that are completely empty.  There is an absence of life.  If you add a living person to a void, one of two things will happen.  People will immediately recognize the void and leave before it is too late, or as the Borg would say in Star Trek, "Resistance is Futile" and we will be assimilated and become void of all life.  This is why many churches are nothing but a void.  No one wants to do anything for Christ.  Many churches do the same basic thing every Sunday in worship and do nothing during the week to fellowship in the temple.  The longer this trait continues, the more likely we will find a "void" there soon.  As we conclude this series, let's remember that the battle belongs to the Lord.  It is His fight and He will win.  "Will God Be Victorious With Us or Against Us?" 

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