Who is in your Band?

Who is in your Band?

Last week we celebrated our nation’s independence. We spend time thinking of those who have served in the armed forces for our nation, and for our freedom. I hearing stories about the people and events that have taken place. There is a miniseries called Band of Brothers. It gives the account of the 101st Airborne-Easy Company during WWII. For the miniseries they interviewed members of Easy Company, and looked at journals and letters that were written. You saw their bravery, their fears, their hardships, and their victories. Throughout the series you saw the camaraderie of these men, and how they grew close to each other.

This past Sunday, Lucas Bair challenged us in confession to each other. In it says, “Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.” It’s not easy to share with people that you may not know that well what is going on in your life. Developing relationships that deepen and build trust. To have a spouse or friend that can speak into your life, and you can be brutally honest with, that you can “unmask” yourself, that you can challenge, that you can grow with.

I’ve been going through the Old Testament, and in it says,

“The Reubenites, the Gadites, and the half-tribe of Manasseh had valiant men who carried shield and sword, and drew the bow, expert in war, 44,760, able to go to war. They waged war against the Hagrites, Jetur, Naphish, and Nodab. And when they prevailed over them, the Hagrites and all who were with them were given into their hands, for they cried out to God in the battle, and he granted their urgent plea because they trusted in him. They carried off their livestock: 50,000 of their camels, 250,000 sheep, 2,000 donkeys, and 100,000 men alive. For many fell, because the war was of God. And they lived in their place until the exile.”

For me this kinda fits in with everything that I have been thinking over the past week. This group of 45,000 men were warriors. It says that they were brave, and were experts in war. They had to train with each other, they had to train countless hours with weapons, and strategies. They had to trust one another and become camaraderies.

But, it didn’t stop there. These warriors knew that they couldn’t just rely on each other. It says that they cried out to God and trusted in him. The foundation of their brotherhood was their relationship with God.

So, do you have a Band of Brothers? Or a Band of Sisters? Like Lucas asked, do you have someone that you can “take off your mask” with? Someone that can come alongside and will help strengthen your walk with God?

16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. (ESV)

18 The Reubenites, the Gadites, and the half-tribe of Manasseh had valiant men who carried shield and sword, and drew the bow, expert in war, 44,760, able to go to war. 19 They waged war against the Hagrites, Jetur, Naphish, and Nodab. 20 And when they prevailed over them, the Hagrites and all who were with them were given into their hands, for they cried out to God in the battle, and he granted their urgent plea because they trusted in him. 21 They carried off their livestock: 50,000 of their camels, 250,000 sheep, 2,000 donkeys, and 100,000 men alive. 22 For many fell, because the war was of God. And they lived in their place until the exile. (ESV)