When I was in seventh grade, my school class went on a trip to an amusement park. Now, I was raised Pentecostal and there were some things, cool things, that we were just not allowed to do. One of them was ‘mixed swimming’. I was allowed to go on the trip, but what my parents didn’t know was that all my school friends were going swimming and I had snuck in a swim suit.

I had always been real fast at running and I liked to win, but when it came to swimming, I was in a different league! Well, we were all going to swim from one side of the pool to the other, but half way I saw that I was coming last. I decided to turn around and swim back, but I had swum into deep water and couldn’t touch bottom. I gasped… and gasped in my first gallon of water.

Do you know how uncool it is to be in the 7th grade and be drowning?! So, I privately began the process of drowning! Finally, I thought, ‘I am going to DIE!’ I gave up all self respect and yelled for ‘HELP!’

There was a girl who heard me cry out and jumped in to save me. I held on to her for my life and I will never forget her for that!

I’ve had times since that water experience, where I have begun to drown; in my bedroom, privately and quietly. The only water was the tears coming down my face. In the situation surrounding me, I was again, beginning to drown.

When you’re fixing to drown you do everything you can with all your own might and you know what it’s doing? Nothing! In fact what you are doing is helping yourself drown. You’ll be thrashing and flailing to help your marriage, your kids, or to get out of financial problems. The more you fight, the more you’ll sink.

Then you come to a humbling realisation that unless something comes from somewhere else other than you, you’re going to die! So you cry out ‘HELP!’

God hears. And in His mercy, He sends His Word to you. You have to have the sensibility to hold on to His Word and not let go until you are on safe ground. His Word will save you and give you access to the place of victory.

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