I Thessalonians 5:11 (NIV) Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.
Alone we are vulnerable to temptation. Together, however, we form a shield of protection for one another. God wants you and I to grow spiritually in a network of mutual commitment and accountability, where we help each other to think and live in new ways. In particular Godly ways!
The apostle Paul wrote, “In every battle you will need faith as your shield to stop the fiery arrows aimed at 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.
Similarly, we are e told to stick together as the family of God. The author 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. Do you have a church home?
Who do you have 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 are alone, how is that working out for you? Who has God called you to stand beside?
In His Service,
Pastor James Baker, Jr.