Stand By Me

Stand By Me

We all need some friends that can fight for us and with us.

2 Timothy 4:9-14
9 Do your best to come to me quickly, 10 for Demas, because he loved this world, has deserted me and has gone to Thessalonica. Crescens has gone to Galatia, and Titus to Dalmatia.11 Only Luke is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, because he is helpful to me in my ministry. 12 I sent Tychicus to Ephesus. 13 When you come, bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas, and my scrolls, especially the parchments 14 Alexander the metalworker did me a great deal of harm. The Lord will repay him for what he has done. 15 You too should be on your guard against him, because he strongly opposed our message.

  • Never Arrive At Alone
    • Always Be Asking Others To Join You
    • Paul was beaten up emotionally and spiritually
      • Demas has forsaken him
      • Alexander has hurt him
    • Paul needed some materials — don’t be afraid to ask

Ephesians 6:13
Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you (the church at Ephesus) may be able to stand your ground, and after you (the church at Ephesus) have done everything, to stand.

  • It Takes All Of Us To Make Our Stand
    • We have to put it on, so that when that day of evil comes…
      • You Will Be Able To Stand Your Ground
    • There Will Be A Few Tipping Points
      • People are either going to pull you in
      • Or push you over

2 Samuel 21:15-17
15 Once again there was a battle between the Philistines and Israel. David went down with his men to fight against the Philistines, and he became exhausted. 16 And Ishbi-Benob, one of the descendants of Rapha, whose bronze spearhead weighed three hundred shekels and who was armed with a new sword, said he would kill David. 17 But Abishai son of Zeruiah came to David’s rescue; he struck the Philistine down and killed him. Then David’s men swore to him, saying, “Never again will you go out with us to battle, so that the lamp of Israel will not be extinguished.”

  • Who Is Standing By You?
    • In the midst of the fight Abishai focused on David
    • They have one eye on the fight and one eye on their friend
    • Do you have enough around you to rescue you when you are weak?
      • Do you have every angle covered?
      • Do they notice when you are tired?
      • Do you they notice when you are in trouble?
      • Is all the weight on you? Or, just one or two others?
    • We All Need Some Friends That Can Fight With Us And For Us
    • We All Need To Be The Friend That Focuses On Others Even Though We Are In The Fight
    • It was not David’s strength that saved him that day
    • David had woven 37 strands of devotion into an elite fighting force
      • They had fought together
      • They had suffered together
      • They sacrificed for each other