20 Oct Another confirming word
“God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us.” – Ephesian 3:10 (MSG)
It truly astounds me how God can do anything. Our founders’ God-inspired vision of taking the world for God has been a reality for over one hundred years. As I read and review the breadth of God’s Army around the world, my heart comes alive. 128 countries, 51 Territories, 24,888 Officers, 1,059 Cadets in training and over 1.13 million soldiers. We are a part of a global movement God has uniquely placed in every corner of the globe to transform lives with the love of Jesus. And friends, this movement is growing at rapid rates!
Over the past week we have been blessed with the presence of world leaders: Chief of the Staff and World Secretary for Women’s Ministries, Commissioners Brian and Rosalie Peddle. Brian and Rosalie have addressed Officers and Salvos at Officer Councils and a number of public meetings in their week-long visit to Australia. They also inspired our national leaders gathering with their renowned charismatic engagement style, global perspective of the Army’s work and spirit-filled words of encouragement and confirmation.
Note that word confirmation. I didn’t think we needed any further confirmation from God that we are on the right path to unite Australia as one Army. But the Peddle’s visit has given us yet another confirming word for the path we are on.
I was deeply moved and challenged as Commissioner Brian presented a graph to leaders about the growth over time of the Army throughout the world. It showed that since 1865 our Army has done nothing but grow. Revival and growth is happening even in places where Christians are regularly persecuted. The Commissioner then said “it is critical for the future of the international movement that Australia is strong. That you continue as partners in mission for Australians in need but also those in need right across the Army world.”
The Peddle’s visit confirms that God is with us! Although our focus is on Australia, our greater purpose is that God’s love has a global focus and He needs Australian Salvos to live, love and fight alongside others here and support our global mission to meet human need in the name of Jesus. In the words of Walter John Mathams: “make the future in the present, strong of heart, toil on and sing: God is with us, God is with us. Christ our Lord shall reign as king.”
On the theme of confirmation of action, Major Brendan Nottle finished his 40-day pilgrimage from Melbourne to Canberra this week to shine a light on the need for a national, bi-partisan strategy to combat homelessness and housing affordability. With each kilometre, he brought much needed focus to the issue of homelessness in this nation. I am pleased to report several positive meetings with government leaders and representatives over the past week, further confirming Brendan’s pilgrimage and I pray the Army’s influence will continue to expand. Thank you for inspiring Salvos across the nation with your passion and conviction, Brendan!
God’s ability to do anything is a refreshing reminder that we must continue to seek his voice in every move and decision we make. The breadth of our Army to every corner of the globe is a force to be reckoned with, and confirms that God is with us in our quest to transform Australia one life at a time.