March 19, 2017
Sermon Title: Stop Just Watching. . . . Spectator or Participator
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Scripture Reading: 2 Kings 20:1-10; Romans 8:37; 1 John 4:4
Scripture Text: Matthew 14:22-33
26 And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear.
28 And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.
29 And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus
Stop Just Watching. . . . Spectator or Participator
Whether we continue on in our journey of faith, or sink into an ocean of failure depends on what we are watching!
Point I. Let us notice some things in this story, and relate them to our present situation as a church.
The disciples had settled themselves into a comfortable structure, a sea-worthy boat.
This ship was designed to withstand the storm, it was designed to ride through heavy winds and high waves.
Not only were they in a safe place, they were there with many friends. Many people who could encourage them, give them a hand, keep them on the straight and narrow.
They looked out and saw the storm, and may have even commented on the storm, but yet, the Bible doesn't record that in this instance they were even the least bit worried by these inclement conditions.
Point II. Let me relate this to where I believe we are as a Church.
We have lived safely inside these four walls for many years.
Comforting one another, watching the storm rage outside, shaking our heads at the plight of the world.
Being so safe in the church that many times whether we said it or not, we didn't really feel it was necessary to have Jesus even in the boat with us.
We felt safe, and comfortable.
Point III. Our Human Nature is to focus on, and believe the Negative.
Isn't it amazing that when Hezekiah was told he would die, he just accepted it with NO questions asked!
But, when he was told that God had heard his prayer, he said, "I don't believe it - give me a sign!"
We need to be careful of what we believe without question!
So many times we take the bad report and receive it without question, BUT when someone gives a good report, we say, "Well, I am just gonna sit back and see what happens!"
I know that our enemy in the world is strong, but I also know that:
1 John 4:4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
Let's let our focus NOT be on the wind, or the problems, but let's keep our focus on Jesus! He is the one who called us, and will protect and keep us in this world!
I am not denying that there is a storm, but that is NOT my focus! I serve the Master of the Storm!
Conclusion: Stop watching the wind and realize that you serve the God of the wind! Stop worrying about the storm and realize that you serve the God of the storm!
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