“Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.”
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 NLT
The most important things are often the most difficult to achieve. We work hard to organize and plan our Battlefield maneuvers and they are fun and meaningful to the men who join us. But when they are over we go back home. The DBO that shows up in a text or an email each morning sparks our thinking and hopefully challenges us to action. Once they are read though we can easily just move on with our day. The thing that gives both of these lasting effects in our lives is not the activities themselves but the relationships they develop and foster.
This is why the Joshua Commission offers every man the opportunity to be part of a cohort (defined as a group of people with a shared characteristic). A smaller group of men who agree to walk more deeply together for a season, and possibly for a lifetime. Over the last 3 years we have used a training process called Every Man a Warrior to equip over a dozen cohorts of men to Walk with God, fight spiritual battles and find victory in life. This year we will also introduce the Joshua Challenge as a way to dive deeper into our creed. The materials are great but it is the extended time a cohort spends together pursuing God's truths for their lives that builds bonds that ensure a Kingdom Man never stands alone in the battle.
Daily Battle Order:
Don’t just be part of a great activity on a battlefield in 2023 or just read Daily Battle Orders shared by a friend. Do those things for sure, but take the next step. Carve out the time to be part of a cohort. It will take commitment and planning on your part. It will take work. But don’t be the man who falls and has no one to help him up.
Tomorrow we will wrap up the year 2022 and provide a preview for what is in store for 2023!
While we always prefer getting face to face with a brother we have learned how to effectively use video conferencing to build cohorts, so don’t let distance be a deterrent to getting engaged!