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Topic: Lifeguard (11/09/06)
TITLE: Are you a floater or a sinker?
By Jim Holt
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Even the best of swimmers can run into trouble. Lack of knowledge of the waters they are swimming in can catch a person off guard. Sudden fatigue can leave a good swimmer helpless. Simple overconfidence, thinking they are a better swimmer than they really are. No matter how good of a swimmer a person is, sometimes a person needs a lifeguard to help them out.
We as Christians have much the same problems as swimmers have. Sometimes we have to fight just to keep our head above water. The lures of this world keep dragging us deeper and deeper into the world until we cannot breath and suffocate as Christians. We begin to compromise our ideals and beliefs and we get into uncharted waters. Then when caught off guard we can get dragged down. Some of us have been Christians for a long time and we do not think we need any help. Our overconfidence causes us to do it all on our own. At times we get so plummeted by the events in our lives that pretty soon we become fatigued. Our walk with God begins to falter.
The good news to these problems is our gracious, loving God. He has made provisions for us when we do get in over our heads. When we are in so deep we need someone to help pull us out. His name is Jesus Christ and He is our lifeguard. He is constantly watching over us as a shepherd with his sheep. He never lets us out of His sight and He promised that He would never leave us nor forsake us (see Hebrews 13:5). All that we have to do is call on Him when things get to tough. Paul gave us hope in 1 Corinthians 10:13 KJV “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”
So when things get tough and you cannot seem to find a way out, remember your lifeguard. Call on Jesus who is always there to help you out of any problem that you may have.
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