I Thessalonians 5:11 (GNT) And so encourage one another and help one another, just as you are now doing.

As the week comes to a close, here is a message to ponder for the weekend; alone we are vulnerable to the enemy of our soul and his many temptations, trappings, and torments. Together, however, we form a shield of protection for one another. God wants you and me to grow spiritually in a network of mutual commitment and accountability, where we help each other to think and live in new ways. I am excited about today’s message sisters and brothers!

The apostle Paul wrote, “In every battle you will need faith as your shield to stop the fiery darts and arrows targeted for you by Satan” (Ephesians 6:16). The shield of faith was likened to the shields carried by Ro­man soldiers, which were able to cover the entire body. To advance in battle, a group of soldiers would assemble together, making a wall of shields for protection as they moved forward. This is what we have to do today as people of God.

Similarly, we’re told to stick together. The writer of Hebrews wrote, “Let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage and warn each other” (Hebrews 10:25). Our encourage­ment of one another and our shared faith in God and his Word will serve as the shield we need to persevere in tough times. This is one of the main purposes of the Church; community, sharing and caring.

Who is standing beside you in the everyday battles of your life? Are you alone on the field or do you have trusted friends on each side? If you’re alone, how is that working out for you? Who has God called you to stand beside? Well today I want you to know I am standing by your side by Faith and in prayer on a daily basis. Blessings and love from the Ministry of Total Praise Generation to you and your loved ones everywhere; have a marvelous weekend!

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