Its Not Over - The Lord Will Bring You Through - The Lord Will Bring You Out
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Delivered By
Guest Minister: Rev. Tony Taylor
Delivered On
August 10, 2014
Central Passage
Matthew 14:22-27
Second Sunday Service

Commentary Data Source:

"Walking on Water with Jesus"

Matthew 14:22-33
Theme: The only way to rise above the crisis-times of life is by keeping our focus on the One who is above it all.

"As a pastor, I've been called upon to be with people during some very difficult and trying times. Everyone reacts to such times differently. But I've noticed something that is unique to my brothers and sisters in Christ at those times.

Perhaps it was because of the tragic death of a loved one. Perhaps it was because of the painful disappointment of a son or daughter who was going astray. Perhaps it was because of a loss of a job, or some crushing financial need. Perhaps it was because of unexpectedly bad news from the doctor. But whatever the nature of the particular trial, I have very often heard my brothers or sisters in Christ say: “I don't know what I would do in all of this if I didn't have the Lord Jesus in my life. What do people who don't have Him do?”

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I can't count how many times I've heard a brother or sister in pain say something like that. And when I hear them say it, it make me really appreciate how much of a blessing it is to claim Jesus Christ as my Savior, my Lord, and my greatest Friend.

I'm just one little person; and a very weak and frail little person at that. No matter how hard I may try, I simply can't control every detail of what happens in my world. Around every corner, on the other side of the many twists and turns of life, there's the potential for situations that exceed my coping capabilities; situations where the normal resources for life will not see me through; situations that can quickly cause the floor to drop from under me, and send me plummeting down in a free-fall.

And yet, in spite of the fact that those situations may come, I know Someone who is always all-powerful, always infinitely wise, and always immeasurably good. He loves me and knows me by name. I don't have any promise from my heavenly Father that my life will always be easy. But I know that He controls all things; and I have His promise that He will see to it that all things will work together for good to those who love Him and are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28). His Son Jesus has been honest and has told those who follow Him, “In the world you will have tribulation”; so I don't have any delusions about avoiding the tough times of life. But I also have hope in those tough times; because Jesus went on to say, “[B]ut be of good cheer, I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).

Jesus walks high above the circumstances of life. And so long as I keep my eyes on Him during those tough times, He lifts me up to where He is—far above them all.

I'm reminded of this when I come to this morning's passage. It's a passage that tells the story of how Jesus walked upon the water. And I believe that one of the reasons the Holy Spirit included it in the Scriptures is to teaches us just how “above it all” our Lord Jesus is; and how crucial it is that we keep our focus on Him.

Let's be reminded that the only way for us to rise above the crisis-times of life is by keeping our focus on the One who loves us infinitely, and who truly dwells in a victorious realm far above the circumstances."

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