Together We Fight

James 5:16 KJV “Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”

Does life seem to go easier when we shut everyone else out and just stay to ourselves? I know, we don’t seem to get hurt as much that way, right? I would like to share with you two passages that show why it’s so cool not to live like a hermit.

Proverbs 27:9 KJV “Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart: so doth the sweetness of a man’s friend by hearty counsel.”

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 NIV “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: [10] If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. [11] Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? [12] Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”

God says that just as ointment and perfume makes the heart rejoice so the hearty counsel of a friend has the same sweet effect. Yes, when someone is giving you good advice who truly cares for you (a friend) it’s like spraying yourself with fine perfume. It uplifts our soul. If the counsel is received the right way it can even make us feel good. But how can one experience this spiritual joy if he/she never shares their struggles with others?

Our enemy Satan hopes that you and I keep everything to ourselves. He knows the power of including others in your plans and getting good advice:

Proverbs 15:22 NLT “Plans go wrong for lack of advice; many advisers bring success.”

God says that two can fight together better than one alone. Two can defend themselves. One may be overpowered. And pity the person who falls down and has no one to help them up. The evil one also knows this. That’s why he will whisper in your ear, “Don’t say anything. Don’t tell others how you really feel. They don’t care anyway.” “What do you need their advice for? You’re grown. You can make your own decisions.” “Don’t confess that sin to them. Who are they? They sin too. Just tell it to God, he understands.” But is it not God who says in James 5:16 to confess your sins to one another and to pray for one another so that you may be healed? Sounds to me like someone doesn’t want us to be healed.

We need every member of Christ’s body to fight and defeat the Devil. That includes other Christians we don’t even know. What do I mean by that? In describing the last part of our spiritual armor to fight against evil demonic forces God says:

Ephesians 6:18 NLT “Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.”

Notice God tells us to pray (make supplication), “FOR ALL BELIEVERS EVERYWHERE, and that this is part of our spiritual armor?” Yes, we’re to pray for Christians we don’t even know, those we haven’t met yet. Would God tell us to pray for our brothers and sisters everywhere if these prayers were meaningless and ineffective? Remember, God says, “The earnest prayer of a righteous person HAS GREAT POWER and PRODUCES WONDERFUL RESULTS.” (James 5:16 NLT) Nothing God tells us to do is fruitless.

Here is the reason why we should always be praying for one another?

1 Peter 5:8-9 NIV “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. [9] Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.”

Yep, the Devil is lurking like a hungry lion, seeking which of us he can devour. Our brothers throughout the whole world are going through the exact same sufferings we are. This is why God tells us to pray for our brothers and sisters all over the world. Are we obeying God and praying for all the Saints?

THOSE WE KNOW

Now let’s talk about the brothers and sisters we know. What a privilege it is to know only one true brother or sister in this wicked world!😁 Jesus wasn’t lying when he prophesied concerning the time of the end:

Matthew 24:10-13 KJV “And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. [11] And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. [12] And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. [13] But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.”

This is exactly how it is today. If you have true believers in the faith you can talk to and share with what a blessing that is! Even if they live many miles away today we can still communicate and edify one another through our technology. I have Bible studies with Christians via cell phone often, and in person. I’ve used skype too in the past to share the good news and be encouraged by others.

Hebrews 10:24-25 KJV “And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: [25] Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.”

God tells us to assemble together. And not to forsake this gathering. He says to do this more and more as we see His day approaching. The purpose of assembling He says is to provoke one another to love and good works, to encourage one another. Why do you think He would tell us to do that? Because He is our Lord. And as Lord He knows what it takes to stay strong and win the fight. Coming together more and more as we see the day approaching is God’s instruction for His Saints. Are we obeying our Father?

Remember, Ecclesiastes says that one alone may be overpowered. But two can defend themselves. He didn’t say two hundred, or two thousand, He simply said 2. Jesus also says:

Matthew 18:19-20 KJV “Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. [20] For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”

There’s great power when just two believers meet together in Jesus name: “I AM IN THE MIDST OF THEM,” He says. It doesn’t get any more powerful than that! We fight well and defend ourselves better when we come together. There’s even more power in our fervent prayers when we come together too.

James 5:16 KJV “Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”

Notice there are at least two believers here in James 5:16? And notice the powerful effect of following God’s instruction? Healing! Some of us know many Christians. How cool that is! How much more of a blessing that is for us. But for those of us who may not know that many remember, JESUS SAID it only takes at least two.

To be a part of God’s church on earth is a true blessing. Make good use of God’s blessings and gifts He has placed inside each one of us. We all have different spiritual gifts the Bible says. And God has given us different ways of serving each other. As I was writing this article I thought about what people call having super-powers. I also thought about the super heroes in the old school comic books and movies today. When we became Christians all of us were given super-powers from God. The passages below in 1 Corinthians 12 and Romans 12 will explain this. Like in the movies where the good guys with their super-powers unite to fight evil and defeat the bad guys with their super-powers, God has given us real spiritual powers to fight in His name. I wonder if Hollywood and the comic books stole that too from the Bible? Hmmmmm. 🤔

We are much more effective when we fight together. Don’t try to do it alone. We’re a team. God has put us on His winning team and He uses every one of us. Every one of us gets in the game. No one sits on the bench. Even our prayers for Christians we don’t know yet helps the team win. And because each of us has different special gifts (super-powers) from God for the up-building of the church, it only makes sense to come together more and more so that we can be used by Him and take advantage of each others gifts that God has given us for His glory.

1 Corinthians 12:4-11 NLT “There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit is the source of them all. [5] There are different kinds of service, but we serve the same Lord. [6] God works in different ways, but it is the same God who does the work in all of us. [7] A SPIRITUAL GIFT IS GIVEN TO EACH OF US SO WE CAN HELP EACH OTHER. [8] To one person the Spirit gives the ability to give wise advice; to another the same Spirit gives a message of special knowledge. [9] The same Spirit gives great faith to another, and to someone else the one Spirit gives the gift of healing. [10] He gives one person the power to perform miracles, and another the ability to prophesy. He gives someone else the ability to discern whether a message is from the Spirit of God or from another spirit. Still another person is given the ability to speak in unknown languages, while another is given the ability to interpret what is being said. [11] It is the one and only Spirit who distributes all these gifts. He alone decides which gift each person should have.”

Romans 12:4-8 NLT “Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, [5] so it is with Christ’s body. WE ARE MANY PARTS OF ONE BODY, and WE ALL BELONG TO EACH OTHER. [6] In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you. [7] If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. [8] If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.”

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