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July 25, 2022 1:00 am
The storms of life not only occupy our thoughts—we’re often drowned by them. For Peter on the Sea of Galilee, tranquility quickly turned into terrible winds. In this message from Matthew 14, faith comes alive amid upheaval. Let’s learn about Peter’s faith in the Jesus who controls the storm.
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Wounds to rise quickly turning tranquility into terror on this campus Bible paints a vivid picture coming alive in the midst of a people picture yourself in a storm tossed boat and stay with us from the Moody Church in Chicago this morning to with Dr. Sir clear teaching make it across the finish line certain we are studying the life of Peter man chiseled by the Masters during a windy night on the Sea of Galilee, Peter joins Jesus on some churning water.
You know days. Peter is able to walk on water. Just as Jesus is able to walk on water, but then it says this, but when he saw the wind in my friend today. That's your problem, and that's my problem in the midst of all of the hustle and bustle and trials of life. Often times we see the wind. Let me ask you this question.
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Of course RTW offer is all one word RTW offer.com and when you're there, click on the endurance partner button or if you prefer you can call us at 1-888-218-9337. Now let us be reminded that in the midst of the storm. We have to keep our eyes on Jesus and Peter is doing what he is all so triumphant over the laws of nature is also breaking that all six but a buoyant force exerted by liquid is equal to the weight of the water displaced and Peter is walking with his master on the sea of Galilee, and he feels firmness beneath his feet as he walks to Christ.
That snapshot number two Peter saw an opportunity and he took it snapshot number three verse 30 but seeing the wind, he became afraid and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, you know, there's a time for long prayers and some of you think that that happens every Sunday morning.
It's time for long prayer and there are times when you just don't have time for long prayer and so you say it in three words may and this was a time for a short prayer and what does the text say and immediately Jesus stretched out his hand and took hold of them and said to him, oh you of little faith, why did you doubt Jesus did not rebuke Peter because he was so desirous to come to him, but he didn't rebuke him for his lack of faith, why did Peter look at the wind and the waves like what just think think for a moment because he recognized that he was doing something that really no normal person is supposed to be able to go. You're not supposed to be able to walk on water.
It hasn't happened before, and furthermore, once he began to do it. It seemed to be so supernatural and the wind was so strong it was pushing against him, and the waves were making so much noise in his distraction. He glanced over there and saw what it was that he was doing and he took his eyes off Christ. That's what happened to Peter and so we had to cry out, Lord save me. What are the lessons to be learned here. Lesson number one will you remember that the water that threatens to be over your head in the storms of life.
The water that threatens to be over your head is water.
Believe me, it is under Christ's feet, because if you're a believer you share in the victory of a very triumphant omnipotent, omniscient Savior, and he's walking on the water in which you are drowning. Always remember that I want you to know that there is no situation in life. Even the situations that took place in your life this past week that are either a surprise to Christ that catch him off guard, or for which he is ill prepared. He is the God who has been watching you in that storm and he knew exact.
We went to come to the disciples of the watch of the night when it was as if they were exhausted and Jesus shows up at the moment when they desperately again he was monitoring at all from the hilltop want you to know today that Jesus Christ is triumphant over the storm that you're experiencing 730 this morning the phone rings and the Luther household is a relative of ours in another state that is going through a messy, awful divorce husband that was unfaithful and now it's time to get that divorce you know and now suddenly he wants partial custody of the kids he never loved when he lived with her.
You know why he wants that.
Don't use it because he loves them.
Of course it's not because he loves them. He wants them because he needs to assuage his guilt so that he thinks to himself, you know I'm a good father. After all, because I really do want these kids. And secondly that's the bargaining chip to get his wife to see and so the preliminary hearing is that he's supposed to get the children at least a little bit of the time and the children go over there and they cry because they don't want to be with daddy they want to be with mommy and mommy has to sit there and go through this anguish and anger and and wondering how in the world. She's going to make it and so she found this at 730 today. Just for a little bit of encouragement because she said I don't know if I can go on. I said to her what I want you to know that this morning I preaching at Moody church on Peter walking on the water and I said I want you to know that the water that engulfs you is water on which Christ is triumphant and is walking but I said to her, remember this that just because you look at Christ that does not mean that the wind is going to stop. It does not mean that the waves are gonna cease to make their noise because even when Peter was walking on water.
The storm was still blowing and the waves were still high.
So remember, I don't know, dear lady, how much pain you are going to have to go through. I don't know how many tears you are going to have to shed.
I don't know how long these situations are going to drag on because I've noticed that sometimes they drag on for months and years and sometimes it's as if the storm never ends. But remember that in your trial.
Jesus Christ knows he understands Andy's walking on the water that is threatening to pull you under I want you to know today that Christ is triumphant Christ is trial, Christ is walking on the water seems to drown when I was in the seminary. Many, many years ago we still always be told, you should only be 1.2 message really inmate you may have an outline, but basically there's one bottom-line blood given you one but you know what, for no extra charge of getting to today. Aren't you glad you can second bottom-line is not only that Christ walks on the water that seeks to engulf us, but also the strength of our feet is determined by the focus of our eyes. The strength of our feet is determined by the focus of our eyes to see, as long as Peter was looking at the Lord Jesus Christ. As long as he was looking into his eyes. The eyes of the Savior. He was walking let the storm come as it may, but as soon as you look at the wind said my word. I can't believe what I'm doing under how long did it take for Peter to begin to sink when he took his eyes out Jesus second, I think of the many times I have failed Christ and I have failed Christ more times that I would ever like to admit that I have admitted those times to him. All of those times when I've done my own thing. What I thought my own thoughts, and I ask myself how long does it take for me to cease thinking about Christ and keeping my focus on him before I collapse and fall into sin, and the answer is not very long. Not very long. Those of you who are battling anger today and you are filled with resentment. Have you ever noticed that when your mind goes along those trails and you begin to look at those waves and you begin to hear that wind have you ever noticed how quickly it will engulf you and how soon you are going to be drowned and then you don't even know where to go because you can't swim in the waters pulling it out doesn't take long. Those of you who are filled with fears and anxieties and you look at those fears and those anxieties and as you begin to look at them. They grow in strength and they begin to say I got you I got I got you I got you I got you and you try to look at Jesus, but he so far away that all that you can do is to see the wind and all that you can see here the waves that are coming towards you, and they in golf. You may say you say where is Jesus now I don't even see it doesn't take long, doesn't take long early Friday morning I flew to Cleveland when I was on that United Airlines flight God knowing that I was gonna have to preach this message today very kindly look down from heaven and said you know I like to give urban Luther a concluding illustration for that message is working on was gracious, it wouldn't have had to do that but it was just an extra unexpected blessing sitting beside a man who used to be a commercial airline pilot and now flies a little playing his own little plane were talking about flying and he said you know he said. Many people think that these big huge jets are built more safely and that they are safer than those little plants and he said they think that because there are so many little plane crashes in comparison to those big jets but he said that's not true. He said the reason that you have so many little light planes crash is not because of that equipment. It is because of inexperienced pilots.
I said tell me more.
He said you know what inexperienced pilots do is their error is they refuse to believe their instruments. He said they are absolutely convinced, for example, that the altitude of the plane is increasing. There is an internal mechanism that tells them that, but he says it's not and they disbelieve the instruments and they begin to adjust the plane. Accordingly, or they begin to think that the plane is actually turning that it's banking and it's not and they adjust to bring it back to where their sense of intuition says it should be and eventually something happens and they end up crashing. He said you wouldn't have nearly as many light planes crash if those pilots blindly and devotedly believe their instrument panel rather than accept being information that is coming to them through their senses and I sit on it.
Thank you for that sermon illustration.
Think of all the Christians who crashed. Some of you who want to give up on the Christian life is you're saying you know Jesus doesn't work, you're about to crash. We wouldn't have nearly as many crashes spiritually. If we ceased accepting information from our senses and from the wind and the waves and the circumstances of life and the people who do SNMP and the job doesn't work out, and the struggles that seem to engulf us. We didn't receive information from them, but kept our eyes on Jesus on the panel make it even in a store. So how do you keep your eyes on Jesus. Well, I don't have much new to say. But I'll tell you what I'm gonna say now is incredibly important. First of all, of course, through the word of God, you know, there are some of you here who souls need to be purified by the word. What you need to do is to read several chapters of the Bible out loud every single day you read the chapters and you memorize the verse. Wednesday evening a woman in this church you is here this morning, but I am not now looking at her told me that memorizing the first 17 verses of Colossians totally changed her attitude and really changed her home. It's amazing what the word of God can say what we came here to Moody church.
We gave money in the offering plate to hear stuff that we already know, I know that you already know what but that's not why I'm telling it to you and telling it to you that you might do what you know the infusion of the word of God meditating in the law of God day and night. That's number one.
Number two is prayer.
Number two is prayer and then number three absolutely essential.
You and I don't sing in the choir here and in many instances, there may be reasons for that. But I'll tell you there is nothing like singing and like a song to keep your eyes on Jesus. There is absolutely nothing like it. In fact, when some of those songs are in your mind and heart, and you know you can sing these to yourself so nobody's going to think that you need special counseling or anything.
When you fill your mind with the word of God. And when you begin to pray and when you have in your mind of the him the songs that exalt Christ when you have that you will be absolutely amazed. But here's what happened to the winds and the waves are going to constantly keep beating against always, these distractions always this problem is going to occupy your mind, that problem is going to occupy your mind and what it really wants to do is not just occupy your mind. Ultimately it wants to absorb airline it wants to take all what is in your mind and wants to grab you and drown you in despair disable that's the way I feel this morning well for openers. Would you do what Peter did Lord save me, help me, Jesus, I need you. I cannot bear my burdens along the load is too heavy. I'm tired, like the lady said to me at 730 this morning. I can't take it any more. Lord, save me, help did Jesus say well you know you got yourself into the six do you get it out, buddy top know immediately immediately verse 31 Jesus stretched out his hand and took him and said oh you of little faith, why did you doubt and together they got the boat and then the storm stopped. Jesus is here, Jesus is here and he's here, not just to help you in your storm, but is also here to save you from your sin. He is the triumphant Christ who walks on water and I invite you to him today. I asked you, I urge you to come to him, whether as a Christian who's got burdens that are far too heavy for you to bear or someone who doesn't know where he stands in his relationship with Christ. I ask you to come to the triumphant Savior Christ the Lord was the only one that can keep us from drowning. Let's break father, we confess that we have often often been engulfed by circumstances that we could've endured better if we have looked to you and so father I pray in the name of Christ that you might help us at this moment to like Peter look into your eyes and say Jesus you're gonna be my focus you're going to be my life.
You're gonna be my old whatever our spiritual need is from those who were unsaved that may be listening to those who know you a Savior, but are walking in such defeat. Such defeat, drowning, wallowing in self-pity and sin. Despair come and help us. Jesus Lord save us. We need you in Jesus name, amen. This is Pastor Luther my friend could I have a personal word with you. I can't help but think that there are many of you who have listened to this message and you will not be walking to Jesus on the water until your little boat is smashed along the shore and then you will say I need a captain to take me to the other side of the lake wanted to give up your striving right now and trust Jesus Christ the Lord of creation, the Lord of the water, the Lord of the storms and trust him. I'm holding in my hand a letter that someone wrote based on the message that you have just heard this person says I was in great despair and grief because of a relational conflict then Pastor Luther preached about the storms in our lives.
God got a hold of my heart and now I have peace again and I decided to forgive my neighbor so is wonderful for me to hear from you to let us know how running to win is blessing you would you like to become a part of this ministry.
Would you like to become a part of what I like to call the running to win family. Here's what you can do. Go to RTW offer.com when you're there you click on the endurance partner button, consider becoming an endurance partner that's RTW offer.com or call us at 1-888-218-9337 together were making a difference. Go to RTW offer.com or call us at 1-888-218-9337 it's time again for another chance for you to ask Pastor Luther a question you might have about the Bible or the Christian life. Today's question Dr. looks or comes from a listener in Connecticut. He asks, is it true that the Apocrypha was never part of the Jewish canon in Palestine, and the answer to that question is yes you are right, it was never a part of the Jewish canon is important to realize that when Jesus was here on earth. The Bible that he referred to the Old Testament had exactly the same books as our Old Testament. Now mind you, they were rearranged differently. For example, first and second Kings that would've been one book the same with first and second Chronicles, etc. so it might have appeared as if there were fewer books but the content was absolutely the same as our Old Testament, the Apocrypha, these books which arose some of them before the time of Jesus were written in Greek and they circulated and the reason that they made some claim to canonicity is because Jerome he was very reluctant to translate them but he did translate the Apocrypha and they appeared in the Latin Vulgate now throughout all of history hundreds of years. The church recognize that these books were not authentic. They were not breathed by God. Jerome himself spoke about them as being a kind of second canon.
The secondary canon, but then later on during the time of the Reformation.
These books were used against Luther and so forth. And then, the church officially recognize them. That is the Catholic Church recognize them as being fully authoritative.
So that's why there is this disagreement that still exists until this day. But the bottom line, the answer is yes.
Canon of Jesus is the same as ours, the one that he referred to in the Apocrypha was never a part of the Old Testament canon. Thank you Dr. Luther for that lesson in history. If you'd like to hear your question answered.
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