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I Need Back Up
Dave Cooper - February 17, 2008

Message Recap

Pastor Dave Cooper filled in for Miles this week to give a stirring message on something all of us Christians can use, but many of us don't... calling for back up.

Accountability: The state of being accountable; liable or answerable.
Liable: Legally responsible for the damage caused by your action.

Gene Autry is known as the singing cowboy of movies when the good guys wore white and the bad guys wore black (of course those were black and white movies too) but there were a few things you could count on with Gene Autry; a good song or two, Gene fixing a problem, and Gene always keeping his word. The sad fact is that I have to refer to these movies that are over 50 years old to show what an accountable man is.

A man of honor seems so rare today especially in the fields of sports, entertainment, politics… But accountability isn't a buzz word. It never has been. It is a lifestyle.

A police force has a very strong bond between its officers which is shown when there is a call for back up. One or two officers are in a situation and they think they may need help. So all the available officers in the area stop what they are doing and go to help one of their own.

We Christians ask for help but usually after the problem has arisen but why not be proactive? If we can why not ask for help, for prayer before the problem arises. Why don't we ask for back up?

Four Reasons We Don't Ask For Back Up

1. Calling for back up means we need help.

And sometimes our pride just won't let us do that as we think we can handle it all by ourselves.

But James 5:16 says Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.

2. Calling for back up means we expose our weakness.

Humans are prideful and that pride can stop us from seeking the help we need.

To admit that you have a problem is one of the hardest things to do even if that someone is a family member, a dear friend or even a spouse. We don't like to be judged as it is painful.

James 5:14 says, Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.

This is why the first step in any program to overcome an addiction; regardless of what the addiction is, is to admit that there is a problem. Humans are prideful and that pride can stop us from seeking the help we need.

3. Calling for back up has been unsuccessful.

This probably hits a strong cord with everyone as we have no doubt asked for help and were slapped down or worse yet; abused in some way. When someone is asking for help they aren't asking to be criticized for their mistakes. Also they aren't asking for the world to know their problems and we have to remember that.

James 5:14-16 doesn't say gossip about someone's problem or be harsh with them. It says to pray for them so that they will be healed.

4. Calling for back up means we have to be honest with ourselves.

This is another one of those pride things as saying that I have a problem is the hardest thing to admit.

Now those are the 4 reasons why we don't call for back up but there are 4 reasons we need to call for back up...

Four Reasons We Need To Call For Back Up

1. Back up is safe.

When you're able to be accountable to someone and tell them what you have done wrong for help it is safe; like returning home to regroup your thoughts and find some peace.

2. Back up is superior.

When we call for back up we have others praying for us (and sometimes more) and when we find an accountable person or group this back up is reliable and free from ridicule and reaction.

3. Back up is speedy.

Imagine the cop who calls for back up only to have it arrive an hour and half later due to other officers being on a lunch break. Not a good situation (remember the 3rd reason why we don't call for back up?). An accountable person or group will help and pray immediately for this person as situations like this time is usually important.

4. Back up is strength.

There is strength in numbers.

Alone we are weaker. Have you ever noticed lifting something heavy is hard for one but it is easier for two? And the lifting involved doesn't cut in ½ for some reason; it is a lot lighter. And that is applied to just about any work load whether physical, mental or spiritually.

When we are with someone it makes it easier, it makes us stronger. If you're not sure just look at it from the opposite view point; how do you feel when you're working with someone and they leave abruptly?

There is strength in numbers. One man didn't build the pyramids. One man didn't build the empire state building. One man didn't free the world from the Nazi regime. And sometimes it will take more than one man to solve your problems.

This Message

Today we examine the value and strength in seeking accountability and help from others, and are challenged to identify and let go of what inhibits us from calling for back up.

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