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04/17/2009

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Reaching For The LifeSavior


"But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, 'Lord, save me'" (Matt. 14:30).

I have always been somewhat haunted by the sinking of ships. Maybe its because I live near the ocean, but a boat designed to float on the water going under gives me the chills. I remember watching the luxury liner Adrea Doria sink in the Atlantic on a July morning in 1956. I watched it on our black and white TV. What a feeling of hopelessness that comes over us as the ship disappears beneath the water's surface.

You have more than likely read this story from our verse today and heard sermons preached about it. I am not going to talk about the familiar "lack of faith" thing. (well maybe just a little bit) When we see men and women around us beginning to "sink," it fills our hearts with sorrow. Now make no bones about it, Peter had an impetuous type of temperament. Whether it was drawing his sword in Gethsemane, rushing to the tomb, or pledging his allegiance to Jesus before his denial, he was impetuous.

Peter began to sink in familiar waters. As a fisherman by trade, he knew the water. He knew these waters. Judas sank in familiar waters too. Right there among his fellow disciples. Very few of us take up new habits that cause them to sink. It is usually going back to the old that causes it.

As one who has navigated a small boat in rough waters, it is important to watch and react very quickly. Peter just watched and reacted in the wrong direction. When he should have been looking to Jesus, he looked to the waters. Eve, Lot, and Lot's wife, all looked in the wrong direction.

Peter began to sink even after a most loyal discipleship. There can be absolutely no doubt that he loved the Lord. As with all of us, Peter had weaknesses. Now for the encouraging part of this message. Peter knew where to turn in troubled times. He didn't look back to his buddies in the boat. He looked to Jesus and asked HIM to save him. He recognized the power of Jesus to save. No matter what our plight, Jesus can lift us out of the dark and murky waters. He more than likely has done this for you before and will do it again. We all need to be loyal to the "lifesavior" of our lives....Jesus Christ...

Have a great day....Go about doing good.....Love mark Phil. 4:11

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