5 Things We Need to Do When We Feel Like We're Sinking
What does God want us to do when we’re hit by life’s storms? How to we respond when we feel like we are sinking? If you’re sinking in a relationship. If you’re sinking in your finances. If your health is sinking. Whatever it is, you need to do these five thing
1) I must have COURAGE because Jesus is with me
Mark 6:50 “Don’t be afraid,” he said. “Take courage! I am here!
That’s the starting point. I need to have courage in the storm. Why? Not because of myself but because Jesus is with me. Remember what courage is. Courage is not the absence of fear. Courage is when we move ahead in spite of our fears.
2) I need to take a RISK in faith
When we are most afraid, when we are most scared, when we feel like we’re going under for the third time and the waves are coming up against our boat and they’re lapping into our boat and over our boat, we take a risk in faith.
Matt 14:28-29 Then Peter called to him, “Lord, if it’s really you, tell me to come to you, walking on the water.” 29“Yes, come,” Jesus said. So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus.
When you’re in a storm, when you’re handling a crisis – an emotional crisis or any other crisis – it is safer to be out of the boat with Jesus than it is to be back in the boat without Jesus. Does that make sense?
Peter knows it’s safer out there than it is here because Jesus is out there. He’s thinking, “The Lord’s there and I’m here and it’s a storm and we’re going under. I think I’d rather be with him.” So what we need to do is not focus on the storm but focus on him.
You want to walk on water? You’ve got to get out of the boat. You’ve got to take a risk. You have courage because Jesus is with you. You take a risk in faith.
3) I Stay focused on Jesus
This is what we need to do if we’re sinking. Don’t get our eyes on anything else. Keep our eyes on the Lord. Because the moment we get our eyes off the Lord, we’re going under. This is what happened to Peter.
Matt 14:30 But when he saw the strong wind and the waves, he was terrified and began to sink. “Save me, Lord!” he shouted.
First, it says when Peter looked around. Every time we start looking at our circumstances we’re going down. If you look at the world you’ll be distressed, if you look within you’ll be depressed, if you look at Christ you’ll be at rest. It’s all in what you have your focus on.
If you’re spending more time reading the news online than the Bible, you’re sinking. If you spend more time listening to talk radio than listening to the Lord, you’re sinking. If you spend more time watching Fox News and CNN and everything on television that’s going wrong, instead of spending time in the Word, you’re sinking. We’re either going to fill our minds with truth − the Word of God which sets us free, or we’re going to fill our mind with all kinds of negative stuff.
We’re going to look at the problem or we’re going to look at the problem solver. Stay focused on Jesus.
4) I refuse to doubt
You need to believe your beliefs and you need to doubt your doubts. Peter looks around and he starts to sink. The Bible says in verse 31
Jesus immediately reached out and grabbed him. “You have so little faith,” Jesus said. “Why did you doubt me?”
What is this saying? Jesus is saying it only took a little faith to walk on water. A lot of times we think the problem we don’t have any miracles is because we don’t have great faith. You don’t need great faith. It’s not the size of your faith that matters; it’s the size of your God. Put a little faith in a big God and you get big results. On the other hand, if you have big faith but you put it in the wrong thing, you’re going to get no results.
5) I Praise God
Praise God even in the situation. Even in the storm. Even when we feel like we’re sinking. Even when we’re scared to death. Praise him all the time. We thank God in the storm. We have two options when we are sinking in life’s problems. We can either worry or we can worship.
When they climbed back into the boat, the wind stopped. 33Then the disciples worshiped him. “You really are the Son of God!” they exclaimed.
The Titanic was supposed to be unsinkable. We all know what happened to it. It sunk! There’s only been one unsinkable boat ever. It was this little fishing boat. Because when Jesus is in your boat, it isn’t going to sink. There’s no way it’s going to sink if Jesus is in the boat.
So here’s the question: What storm is scaring you right now? What storm is sinking you right now? Why do you think God is letting you go through this storm right now? Same reasons he sent the disciples into the storm. To say, “I’m all you need. I can handle anything. I will come to you in the ninth hour. You just need to stop being afraid and you just need to totally trust me in faith.”