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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Tied Together

Today I'm reading Ecclesiastes 4:9-12.

"Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor; For if they fall, the one will lift up his companion. But woe to the one who falls and does not have another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm. But how can one be warm alone? And while a man may prevail against the one, the two will withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken."


1 Thessalonians 3:1-3 "So when we could stand it no longer, we thought it best to be left by ourselves in Athens. We sent Timothy, who is our brother and co-worker in God’s service in spreading the gospel of Christ, to strengthen and encourage you in your faith, so that no one would be unsettled by these trials. For you know quite well that we are destined for them."

I like the way Paul recognizes that Timothy's presence in Thessalonica could actually make them stronger. One person added to the mix, can make a difference. Can be a catalyst. Can take a group to somewhere higher. There is strength in numbers. There's no doubt about it - we can do more together than we can apart when we have the right combination of people. We can lift more, carry more, pull more. It is important to have a team of positive people around you. That's so key for finding strength for each and every day.

Ecclesiastes puts it this way: a threefold cord is not quickly broken.

Who's on your team? Who will lift you up when you stumble? Who are you lifting up? Who are you knotted together with in a strong threefold cord? Call, text, email or Skype some positive godly person today. Stay strong by staying connected. That's partially what I am trying to accomplish through this blog. Strengthening each other.


Today's prayer: Lord, God, My heavenly Father, You know that I am always in need for Your strengthening since I am nothing without you. At this time of need within my life, grant me strength. You told me to come to You if I am weary and heavy laden. You provide me with refuge and strength, and is ever willing to help me in times of trouble though you know I do not deserve it. I know, Father, that all I have to do is ask it of You and You would grant it to me, maybe not in my time but in Yours, I ask you to strengthen those whose hearts long for You and for those who need You but do not know how to ask. My body is growing ever more tired Lord, yet my hope is always in You, for it is built on the blood your Son has shed for me in His righteousness. I fear much in the world Father, especially falling away from the path you have set for me. Be ever with me, guiding my way, forever the light to my path for I know that You are with me. I am not worthy of the numerous blessings that you have granted me; guiding me as a Father, allowing me to speak to Jesus as a brother and leaving the Holy Spirit to intercede on my behalf. You who know my thoughts, grant me the strength to do what is right for Your sake. I know You help me each day that I live; that You shield me with Your mighty arm. Even as the shadows of sin, worldly pleasures and illness may seek to carry me away, I ask you to protect me for I know that all I have to do is ask and I will be comforted and given strength by my faith in You. Thank you for loving me Lord and grant me strength to do the things you ask of me and walk the path you have set for me. This and whatever else you see that I need I ask in the name of Jesus Christ, my Lord and my Saviour.

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