Posted by: arieliondotcom | April 26, 2009



Scripture:  Ephesians 2:4-6 “…God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus…”

SONG:  “Love Lifted Me”

As I write this, Summertime is upon us and with Summertime comes thoughts for most folks of swimming.  As you can tell from my athleticly pear-shaped body, I don’t do much exercise.  But one thing I know I am an expert in is the swimming maneuver of “The Dead Man’s Float.”  Not because I know the technique, but because, being placed in a large body of water, I will struggle and fight until I am literally dead so I will float like a dead man naturally.

You may know how to swim, even very well, physically.  But I am here to remind you that we must all remember to do the Dead Man’s Float spiritually.

The quickest way to make yourself dead when in trouble in the water is to struggle and fight.  Struggling drowning people are notorious for drowning those who try to save them because the drowning person refuses to simply relax and let the Rescuer do the work.  This is exactly the case in the Spiritual world, too.

We all get into trouble in spiritual storms of life:  temptation, lust, greed, anger, wrong choices, selfishness, pridefulness, deceit and self-deception.  And all it takes is that one moment of indulgence in any of these things to separate us forever from the shores of GOD’s Presence and drown us in the depths of the devil’s deceptions.  At such a time, we all need a Rescuer, a Savior, and He is JESUS.

Our Scripture today reminds us of how much GOD loves us.  We were spiritually dead through our willingness to choose anything other than Him and His desires for us.  He sent His Son, JESUS Christ, fully GOD and fully Man to be our Rescuer.  No fear of our struggles physically killing Him because they already have.  That’s the point.  Our sins led to His physical death to bring us back to the Father.  Now He lives to bring us new Life.

But there’s only one way to accept that Life, and that is to float and not to fight by trying to do things our way.  We are too far from GOD and cannot get to Him on our own.  We must float in faith of what JESUS has already done for us.

Some people say “Oh that’s wonderful that I don’t have to do anything to be rescued but trust the Rescuer because I know how to do it myself!  So between the two of us…Watch THIS!”  And they start to try some fancy swim maneuver.  Even those who have been Christians for years, even ministers, start believing that what they do has added that extra “something” to “help” GOD save them.

But their struggles and attempts to save themselves only lead to their death.  Even a little bit of water in the lungs will kill you though you think you are perfectly fine.  Even the tiniest amount of sin will kill you spiritually.  You cannot do enough to save yourself.  Only JESUS can.  And He did.

By grace are you saved…totally without any effort on your part, when you were “dead in the water” and helpless to help yourself.  All you must do is float in faith that JESUS has done all that is necessary to bring you to Life.

Relax.  Float, don’t fight.  Trust JESUS the Rescuer.

Once you have given yourself completely to Him, and are in His grip, lift your head up to GOD and keep your focus on Him.

When lifting your head to GOD, breathe as deeply as you can of His Spirit.  The more deeply you breathe of the Spirit the stronger the faith in your spiritual lungs.  He will give you instructions on how to hold onto Him as He brings you Home to your Father in Heaven.

And on the way, others will see your example, trust the Rescuer, and find Life in His Name as well.

You must float like a dead man in order to live as a Believer. May you find that life in the arms of the Rescuer and rejoice with Him on the shores of salvation forever.

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  1. Are you sure you’re not a Lutheran? This is a fine example of Grace Alone. Thanks for reminding us to get out of the way so our Loving Father can save us. We can’t hear this message too often because soon after hearing it, our old sin nature tries to sneak back in and add our own works to the equation. Relax, float, let the Rescuer do His gracious work!

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