I Have Your Back

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

The phrase in English which means the most to me is “I have your back”. When I really trust that to be true no gift could be sweeter. If God plants a calling in you to participate with the Lord in transforming not only yourself but others in God's image, the world begins to change and the forces of evil take notice. Make no mistake about it, one way to know if you are doing good for Jesus is to discern if you are being attacked by the evil one. Satan will only go where Satan feels evil can do the most harm.

In Judges 4:8 Barak is getting ready to go into battle. He will lead thousands on behalf of God against forces that would wish to destroy God's people. Barak looks at Deborah and asks, "Do you have my back? If you will go with me I will go; but if you will not go with me I will not go." As the story goes, Deborah steps up to take her friend's back that God might rule the day.

My mentor and friend Leonard Sweet says, "a good friend is out there somewhere prepping to stab you in the back. Jesus had a Judas, a person on the inside who was used by evil to bring him down. Do you think you are better than Jesus? If Jesus had a Judas we will have one too."

A role that missional communities play (some call them churches) is to be an incubator of support. The Body of Christ is to be a place where we nurture relationships that have our back and we have the back of others. “Church” is also where we experience the mercy of God when we are wounded by a Judas or have been Judas to another.

May God call us who participate in GGCC to great things. May we accept the call to build up the Kingdom of God and scatter Jesus' light upon the world, praying each day that God will send us out taking each other’s back each step of the way.

God's richest blessings,

Pastor David J Jensen

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