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Lord, Save Me!
10/17/2011

Lord, Save Me!

But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, "Lord, save me!" Matthew 14:30 (NKJV)

When I think of great examples of God's faithfulness I think about the time when Peter was walking on water towards Jesus.  Peter was probably surrounded by massive waves as the wind was raging, and he began to fear for his safety.  He began to sink so he cried out the shortest prayer recorded in the Bible - "Lord save me!"  Peter knew whom he must call upon to be saved.
 
It seems pretty simple when you read the story, and we should definitely glean from it how we can count on God when we are sinking in our own choices we have made.  Bad choices are at the root of many of our crises, and we are responsible for those choices.  But all too often, we would rather sink with our bad decisions because of our pride, rather than to simply ask for help, or we may even refuse help when it is being offered to us.
 
I guess it comes down to whether or not we want to do what God would want us to do in each situation.  Will we say, "Yes Lord" when we are given wise counsel through His Word?  If we choose to do it our way then we should probably acknowledge our choices will probably compound our problems and make them worse.
 
Doing things our way rather than God's is a sickness called pride.  It can be very dangerouseven deadly.  God can heal us of this affliction if we call out to Him as Peter did and simply say, "Lord, save me!" God has already given us the prescription for the affliction of sin and pride within His Wordwe are to repent and obey.  It is our choice whether we receive it or continue to sink deeper.  Satan will do whatever he can to deceive us into choosing to ignore God's will for our lives.
 
"Your dwelling place is in the midst of deceit; Through deceit they refuse to know Me," says the LORD. Jeremiah 9:6 (NKJV)

I want to encourage you today to talk to God.  Ask Him to show you anything you might be doing in your life against His will - anything not in alignment with His Word.  You don't have to be strong enough to stop doing this stuff on your own.  You just have to be humble enough to be willing to allow God to empower you with the strength and ability of His Holy Spirit.
 
Don't make another mistake, take a cue from the Apostle Peter and cry out to the Lord, "Save me!"  Let Him take over with whatever you need cleaned up in your life.  You'll find that laying down those sinful habits will be easy.

STUDY QUESTION: According to Matthew 14:30 what did Peter do when he realized he was in danger?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to call out to God to save you?

APPLICATION: Ask God to save you today, first for eternal life, and then from the bondage of sinful habits.  It's simple to do, and because it is so simple, the enemy is telling you it is too simple.  Don't believe him, he's a liar (John 8:44).  Trust God today to help you in every situation, and watch your life change immediately.

Father, thank You for Your provision in my life, and thank You for Your protection as well.  I thank You today for all You are doing in my life.  Help me today to overcome the temptations being thrown upon me.  Fill me with Your power of the Holy Spirit so I might be empowered to do every good work You have called me to do.  In Jesus' precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott





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