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09/24/2009

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Who's Got Your Back?


"At my first defense, no one stood with me, but all forsook me. may it not be charged against them" (2 Tim. 4:16).

I'm not sure where the term "I've got your back " came from. If you have not heard it before, it has come to mean that I am on your side, or you can count on me. In team sports, having one another's back means that everyone is a part of the team effort and is willing to pull together to gain the win. Maybe this is where it came from. As Paul closes out the last letter our Bibles record that he wrote, he talks of his imprisonment in Rome. He lists all of those who have left him. You can read the list for yourselves in the 4th chapter of II Timothy. Lets see....Demas left him because "he loved this world" and went to Thessalonica. Crescens went to Galatia and Titus to Dalmatia. Only his faithful friend Luke is still there. Paul is doing "hard time" with this imprisonment and not just "house arrest" as before. It appears that winter is setting in and he does not have a coat and asks that his scrolls and parchments be brought to him as he has nothing to read. Through all of this, Paul remains upbeat, knowing that he has "fought the good fight" and "finished the race." Today's verse says that he made his first court appearance. Thinking of all those who Paul brought to the Lord and stood by his side, which of those appeared with him at his defense? Even Luke who was still with him was not there. We may be reminded of Peter denying Jesus three times when he could have stood strong. "No one stood with me," Paul writes.....No one "had his back."

But wait a minute....Lets read verse 17..."But the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength." We all treasure our friends. Many of them stand by us through thick and thin. But know this! When things appear to be the darkest and no matter how good our friends are, it is not their strength that will pull us through. Our real hope is the knowledge that no matter what, the Lord has our back..Paul knew this when he wrote, "I was delivered from the lion's mouth. The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to His heavenly kingdom" (Vs 17 & 18).

There is so much strength and loyalty in the fellowship of the Lord and let us never minimize that. So much encouragement that comes from those who in our same hope. But when it comes to our real hope....Jesus has our back...

Have a great day...Let your light shine for Him.... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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