This is the audio from the May 7, 2023 sermon, “Finding Help When You’re Afraid: Lifted UP!”, shared by Tom Lemler at the Deer Run Church of Christ.
Text: Jonah 2, Matthew 14:22-33
“In my distress I called to the LORD, and he answered me.
From the depths of the grave I called for help,
and you listened to my cry.”
Jonah 2:2 (NIV)
Today I began a sermon series about finding help in our times of need. Life in general, but I think particularly life as a Christian, doesn’t always go like we think it should. The series begins as we examine two Bible stories where people were filled with fear and cried out to God for help. Life has a way of creating waves of doubt and oceans of fear for us in ways that threaten our safety and sense of security. As we gaze into God’s Word, we find that when we cry out to Him in the midst of our fears that not only are we lifted up, but He gives us a lifted . . .
Understanding: — Jonah 2:3-6, Matthew 14:25-29
- Fear is driven by many different winds of life. Sometimes, as in the case of Jonah, we are afraid because of the consequences of our own disobedience or the disobedience of others. Other times, as in the case of Peter, we are obeying the instructions of Jesus when the things of this world creates enough doubt that we become fearful. Either way, God’s desire is to lift our understanding so that we would acknowledge Him as the source from whom we find help..
Purpose: — Jonah 1:16, Jonah 2:9, Matthew 14:32-33
- Living with a lifted purpose comes when God helps us to live with courage even when we’re afraid. Elements of fear and anxiety seem to be a natural part of living in this flesh and there are times when we need the help of various aspects of the medical community to overcome what is going on in our body. But even when that is the case, I believe that God’s desire is to use our struggles for a greater purpose in His kingdom. When we cry out to God in our times of need, He lifts us up with the purpose that we would worship Him whether He removes our fears or simply carries us through our fears..
When we cry out to God in our times of fear, He lifts us up and brings us to a place of worship..
Today, how will you live as one who has been lifted UP?