We all love it when someone tells us we look good, or they think our idea is a winner and we should go for it, but too often we don't take the power of encouragement as seriously as we should. The Scripture says, "But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called 'Today,' so that none of you may be hardened by sin's deceitfulness" (Hebrews 3:13). To encourage means "to impart courage, to make fearless, to make brave." God is saying that if we stand together like the defensive line on a football team, we will stand victoriously against the enemy's deceit and discouragement. That's powerful!
The enemy constantly works to isolate us, deceive us, and discourage us. He wants to take our courage and subtract from what God is doing in our lives. I've seen people get so discouraged, so down, so defeated, that they can't even think straight let alone stand against the enemy. You know those times when the enemy has gotten in and is having a heyday in your mind. He tells you that you're not good enough, you can't do it, you'll never get well, and you may as well quit trying. But when you have people around you who take their stand on the defensive line with you and encourage you, you will rise up and defeat the enemy together.
You see, we were never intended to stand alone or be isolated. When God created man, He said, "You need a helpmate. You need someone who's going to link arms with you and help you move forward." The Scripture says that two are better than one, because when one falls, the other is there to pick him up. That's why the enemy tries to take away the support that we were designed to receive from one another, and we can't let that happen.
God wants us to show up strong with encouragement for other people. Encourage your family, encourage your children, encourage your coworkers, encourage your boss, encourage your pastor. Ask God to give you someone today to encourage in a meaningful and profound way. Let's push back the darkness with encouragement every day!