Message From Matt – May 15

Not what I used to be….
I was with someone recently that had lost a lot of weight when the conversation turned to trying on new clothes.  This person made a statement in passing that stuck with me when she said, …”I’m not what I used to be!”  
Her statement is very true but not only because of her weight loss…it was true for her spiritually speaking as well!  As it is for her, it is for all of us who are believers in Jesus Christ when we say similar things.  Because of Jesus and our faith in Him, we are changed!  
The Apostle Paul said it best when he wrote to the church at Corinth in 1 Corinthians 6:11-13.  As he was writing a list of wrongs/sins that people do that keep them from the Kingdom of God, he finished with these words….13) “And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.” 
I love it!  Paul was saying as he is being inspired by God to do so…you weren’t great before Christ!  In fact, you were filthy in the eyes of God but because of Jesus you have been washed!  Because of Jesus you have been sanctified (set apart for God’s use)!  Because of Jesus you are now just in the eyes of God!  Because of Jesus and your faith in Him, you are not what you used to be…you are now a child of God!
Why is this important to know? 
It’s important because the enemy, the devil, wants to remind you of your past!  He wants to have you keep running in circles on the hamster wheel of regret, fear and worry so that you won’t experience the true freedom that comes with being a child of God!  He wants you to be depressed, defeated and discouraged!  He wants you to keep reliving in your mind what you used to be so he can trap you in a lifetime of defaulting back to those things.  But that is not from God!  God wants you to be free and to live with an understanding of all that He has done for you, for what he is doing for you, and what he has in store for you! 
Let me end with another verse from Paul to this church…”But as it written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.” – 1 Corinthians 2:9
Remember this quote: “I know that I am not what I should be, or what I could be…but praise God, I am not what I used to be!

Message From Matt – May 2

I was looking at past MFM’s and found one that stood out as one of my favorites.  The body of the story is from Dr. Adrian Rogers and pinpoints the truth that God is always with us!  God is more powerful than the enemies formed against us!  God loves us and has the best thoughts towards us!  I hope you will enjoy it again!
I received a devotional by email this week (Love Worth Finding, April 6th) that had a great story in it.  The story goes…”A little boy was trying with all his might to move a huge stone.  His little muscles were bulging, and there was perspiration on his face.  His father, who was watching, said to him, “Son, are you using all of your strength? And the little boy said, “Yes, Daddy, I’m using all of my strength.” And his dad said, “No, you’re not.  You haven’t asked me to help you.”  That story was sent to me in perfect timing!  It reminded me that I don’t have to face each day, and the struggles that often come with it, on my own!  I have the Holy Spirit inside of me, God’s Word to guide me, and an open line of communication with God through prayer.  It is through God’s power seen in the resurrection, that I can have peace, joy, life, and victory.  If you are a follower of Christ, don’t try to do everything on your own power!  Use the power of God in your life and find rest from your struggles! 
Remember…“Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.” Philippians 1:6

Message From Matt – April 24

Here’s a news flash…you are a created being!  Do you need a moment?  That’s not too hard to handle is it?
Ok, I know that you already know this truth but there is a good reason that I bring it up!  I bring it up to point out that since we are created, then there must  be a reason that we were created.  A creator must have a purpose for his creation or there would be no reason to create it!  
For example…the creator of the automobile created it to transport him farther and faster than the horse or bicycle!  The creators of the airplane created it to do even better than the automobile! The creator of the television created it to be used to entertain us and the creator of the creamy peanut butter and jelly sandwich created it to be the greatest sandwich ever!!!
So what was God’s purpose in creating us?
According to Isaiah, the purpose is clear; “Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him.” (Isaiah 43:7).  
First and foremost, we are created for God’s glory!  We are made in His image to glorify (praise and magnify in worship) Him!  In fact, everything that we do, even eating or drinking, we should do for the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31).  
You were created to glorify God! 
You might be asking yourself, what is it that I can do that will glorify God?  Good question!  Since there are multiple parts of the answer to that question (like obeying Him, loving God and loving others, being thankful to Him, etc..) I want to narrow this to just one answer…We glorify God when we give ourselves to serve Him and others, when we do good works!
Paul wrote about this to the Ephesians, “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”  (2:10).
You were created to do good works! 
Obeying God is a good work!  Loving God is a good work!  Serving others in the church and community is a good work!  Using the gifts that God gave you is a good work! 
Today, look for ways to glorify God and serve others.  This Sunday, ask our volunteer coordinator, Isabella, what you can do to help in the church and then glorify God with your service!  Let’s do what we were created to do!