DON'T TEMPT ME - BUT IF YOU DO I'M READY
Dr. James Merritt
1 Corinthians 10:12-13
1. Question: Do you ever feel as if the whole world
is against you? Well, I've got news for you. If you
are a follower of Jesus Christ, it is! If you are a
friend of God you are an enemy of the world. God
expects you, from the moment you get up in the morning
until you go to bed at night, to "go out and whip the
world." For the next four weeks I want to share with
you exactly how to do that in a practical personal
2. I want to deal with a problem that we all face
every day. It doesn't matter whether you're young or
old, rich or poor, intelligent or illiterate, a brand
new Christian or a seasoned veteran; it has broken up
more marriages, destroyed more families, killed more
ministries than anything else and everything else put
together. It can all happen so quickly.
3. At approximately 9:00 o'clock on the morning of
July 23, 2001 four young cousins - three girls and a
boy, ages 11 to 16, waded into the knee-deep water at
a beach in far Rockaway, Queens, New York. Within
minutes three of the four were dead. All four had
been yanked off their feet by the waves and grabbed
and dragged under water by a current so violent and so
quick that before you could say "gone" they were.
4. What caused this catastrophe? We all know about
what is called an "undertow." Now an undertow can
only affect a swimmer because they only occur IN the
water or offshore. If you don't go swimming you can
never be caught in an undertow.
5. But there is one ocean phenomenon that can
literally reach up onto the beach and grab you and
drag you into deep water. Environmentalists call it
"the killer at the seashore." Its common name is a
"rip." The reason why a rip is so dangerous is that
it actually forms ON the beach. Children can be
wading in shin-deep water and a rip can literally ...
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