Summary: Jesus wants to be The Harbor Master in our lives. He knows how to safely guide us into port. He knows the low spots, and only he knows how to get us there, safely. To do so, we must "give up our seat" as captain of our vessel. He must sit in the chair.

Jesus desires to rule in our lives, not to just sit and watch

us live our lives, but to be actively involved in our moment-

by-moment decision making. To be our Leader and Guide,..

to empower us, to guide us through troubled waters.

On TV recently, I saw a documentary about a

"Harbor Master" at a major U.S. Port.

Large ships come into this port many times a day.

A tug boat takes the Harbor Master out to the

in-coming vessel. The Harbor Master comes up

into the wheel house, taking the driver's seat of that new

vessel. He “takes over” as Captain of that incoming

vessel. The ship's Captain must STEP ASIDE. He

must turn over the controls to the Harbor Master, to

that stranger,.. and trust the Harbor Master to take care

of his vessel!

The Harbor Master is familiar with the waters

within his port. He knows where the low spots are. He can

NOT have "untrained" Captains coming into HIS port,

and running into other ships or closing down HIS port.

So, if you want to get safely into port,.. if you want it

done quickly and efficiently,.. if you want it done better

than YOU could ever do it,.. you must give it up, you

must surrender your vessel to the Harbor Master!

He (and ONLY He) can do the job!

Is Jesus My Savior? I know He is! Is He also

my Lord and Master? I made Him Lord! I gave Him

my seat,.. gave Him the controls,.. because only He can

guide me safely into Port. He's the ONLY one who has

ever successfully lived for God. You can't do it on your

own. Jesus must do it. Because only He can!

Jesus doesn't need our help. We can't help Jesus, to

make us better Christians. He must take over the controls.

Our job is to yield,.. to step down,.. to Make Him Master,

to trust Him to do what He needs to do,.. in us and through us!

The story of David and Saul is classic,.. it was a

unique situation in the History of Israel. No other time

where there TWO kings within Israel,.. both anointed

to be King,.. and neither of them sitting on the throne!

Saul had been rejected as King, because he had

assumed too much. Rather than wait for the prophet,

to lead the service (to worship), Saul takes it upon

himself to do the evening sacrifice! This was NOT

what the King did! This was unheard of! You just

didn't do that!

The prophet arrives and lets Saul know He is

OUT as King. Saul is sad, and repents, but it's no

use. God has cut him off from being king. The prophet

sets out to choose a new king, and God sends him to the

house of Jesse,.. and He anoints David as the new king.

In the following months, while Saul is still alive

and ruling,.. David (the New King) comes in to play the

harp for Saul,( the Old King) to soothe his sorrowful spirit.

Is Jesus (the New King) within our lives ONLY to

soothe our Spirits,.. or is Jesus there to Rule within our lives?

Things go from bad to worse,.. Saul ends up hunting

for David to Kill Him! (As if killing God's chosen New

King would be the answer to his problems!)

Saul hunts for David,.. while David is looking for

hiding places in caves, etc. to keep out of Saul's sight,..

to stay alive! This occupies both men,.. neither is ruling!

Nothing is going right!

David one day finds himself within inches of Saul,

and could have taken his life, two different times, but David

believes "this is the chosen one of the Lord,.. I will not kill

the Lord's anointed." (The Younger David shows more

maturity than the Older Saul!) David runs to save his life.

Saul pursues. Not a good picture.

Both men,.. and the nation,.. was suffering during this time.

"Someone needs to die." One needed to die,.. so the King,..

the rightful king, could rule.

Death finally happens. Saul is trapped,.. and falls

on his sword, taking his own life. Gives up His Life,.. finally,..

so that David can finally rule!

Death is our lot. "Take up your cross"... we need to die.

Paul said, "I am crucified with Christ,.. yet I live, but not I,..

Christ lives within me." (Gal. 2:20)

However you wish to look at it,.. we need to GIVE UP

OUR SEAT to The Great Harbor Master.

We need to die to self,.. "Deny self,.. take up

your cross.." Luke 9:23 We must step aside,.. we must yield,..

we must surrender, and give up our throne to Jesus.

How do I die? How do I yield? It's another step on

the road of faith. Trust. Will I trust Jesus to live through my body?

Romans 12:1 - "Present your bodies as a living sacrifice."

Why does God need our bodies? He needs a place to reside,..

a body to live within,.. to move within,.. to touch people through

our bodies. A phrase I used to hear often,.. (10 – 2 letter words:)

“If it is to be,.. it is up to me.”

But, truthfully,.. it should be more correctly read:

"If it is to be, it is up to He!"

Just as there were TWO separate areas within the Old Jewish

Temple, (1) The Holy Place and (2) The Holy of Holies,.. so

we must not only (1) Take Jesus as Savior (and enter into the

first area of the Temple) and

(2) Enter into the Presence of God, Behind the Second

Curtain, and Give God total control of our lives, as Lord and

Master! Many Christians have entered into that first area of the

Temple. They have invited Jesus into their Hearts and Lives.

But, many have failed to enter in Beyond that Second

Curtain! We somehow think we must "do this on our own"... to

live pretty much just as before, besides going to Church, and do

some praying and reading the Bible, with Jesus there to help us.

What we don't seem to realize why we have no power in

prayer,.. why it seems our prayers don't bring results! We can't

figure out why our lives aren't any better. We can't figure out why

we can't control our habits & behaviors. We even wonder if

God/Jesus is really there inside of us! We don't have peace,

just more questions. God seems distant and uninterested.

We can't figure out what is wrong with us!

God/Jesus is not there to "help us over the rough spots."

He is there to "Live Again through our bodies." God wanted

to be "close,.. near" to his creation. He walked in the Garden

with Adam. He spoke to Abraham. He showed Moses more of

Himself than to any others! He knocked Paul off his donkey

and blinded him, to get his attention. He wants a deep, personal,

intimate relationship with us.

Sadly, many Christians don't experience that deeper

relationship which is available, probably because they are still

afraid of God. They don't completely believe that God could

really Love them,.. that God could completely forgive ALL

of their sins! If we are fearful,.. that there is still something

between us,.. afraid that there is still things in our lives that

displease Him, and because of that, we avoid Him,.. we don't

talk to him very often,.. we don't get into The Bible very often,

because we fail to understand His Word,.. and it just reminds

us of our many failings!

The answer is to Believe,... Believe that we truly are forgiven,..

that He truly does love us, and desires to talk with us,.. and

desires that we yield to Him,.. to trust him to strengthen us,..

to empower us,.. to live and work through us!

The Galatians had this same problem,.. they had believed in

Jesus, but, were still trying to please God (keep the laws) in

the strength of their own flesh,.. their own will power. Paul

says, "Foolish Galatians,.. you began by faith in God to save

you,.. now you are trying to finish in the power of your own

flesh?" We started in faith,.. we must continue in faith.

Continue to Believe,.. continue to trust Him to work in us

and through us,.. continue to believe that He desires to

connect with us,.. to connect with me! I am valuable. I am

special. He loves me! He wants to walk and talk with me,..

He wants to bless me, and strengthen me, and live through me!

God is in the business of Glorifying Himself,.. getting

all the Glory,.. all the credit,.. to uplifting HIS name. That can't

be done, if we are doing things in the power of our own human

nature and will. It has to be done by HIS strength,..

it has to be HIS way,.. and for HIS Glory!