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Our journey of faith in Christ Jesus is not one to take alone. Throughout the Bible we read about the importance of Christian community and meeting together to build up one another. Hebrews 10:24 tells us, “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds (NIV).” In 1 Thess 5:11 Paul wrote: “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.”

In Ecclesiastes 4, Solomon writes about how two people together are better than one. In verse 9 he wrote: “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor.” In verse 12 he wrote: “Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves.” But it is the last part of verse 12 that really caught my attention. “A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”

I couldn’t help but think of the Trinity of God the Father, his Son Jesus Christ, and the Spirit of God tightly woven together in an unbreakable bond. In God we have our creator, the ruler of heaven and earth. In his son Jesus we have a divine role model for us, our means to salvation and freedom from the chains of sin. As believers in Jesus, we have the Spirit of God dwelling within us. When we are tightly wound within this Trinity, when our faith is woven into this three-fold cord, we are secure with the Lord against our foes in this world.

© 2019 CGThelen

I followed the others into the large room and took a seat with them. I sighed as I sat down, my body aching from another week of skirmishes; my emotions ragged from the continuing attacks. I wondered how much longer our small platoon could hold on.

For the moment we took refuge here, assembled together as one. I glanced around at the group. So many like me who had been fighting this battle for years. So many who bore the scars of relentless attacks from the enemy. I could see the fatigue in their eyes, yet I also saw their determination to press on. Together we were still a formidable force for the enemy to contend with despite our weaknesses.

In this moment together we sang praises; we shared our struggles; we prayed together; we joined together to find strength and renewal. We meditated on our mission and why we were placed here for this battle. We were told victory is ours. Each Sunday there is hope in the assembled faithful.

I left the church still feeling the fatigue and emotional trauma, but ready to take on the enemy for another week. This group of seasoned faithful, believers who deeply care, helped give me hope to carry on. Once again the enemy would try to break us this week because he feared us the most, God’s faithful warriors banded together as the church.

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 (NIV)

“He rescues me unharmed from the battle waged against me, even though many oppose me.” Psalm 55:18 (NIV)

“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another —and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” Hebrews 10:24 (NIV)

© 2018 CGThelen


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