Message From Matt |September 14, 2018

The Process!

I can’t begin to tell you how grateful I am for all the ministry opportunities that God has given me in my life!  I have been able to go on mission trips and lead various groups within the church that have expanded my horizons.  I have been able to work with homeless and/or addicted men and see many lives changed through the effects of the gospel of Christ.  Currently, I am extremely honored to be the pastor at IBT and I often think to myself…why did God pick me to do these things?  In my mind, it still doesn’t make sense!  It doesn’t make sense because I still remember my beginnings.  I still remember me as a teenager that was average in certain areas and definitely afraid to speak in front of a group of people!  I remember my shortcomings and how I used to train my mind for failure rather than victory!  But God was working on me…and thankfully still is!  Because of His working in me, I can say that ” I am not what I once was“, but then I must also say “I am still not what I can be!”  
This is true because life is a process!  We should be constantly growing!  We live, we make mistakes, we should learn from those mistakes, then we should not make the same mistakes again…it’s a process! This truth works for our spiritual life as well as every aspect of our physical life.  The process is so very important for our long-term success in life and shouldn’t be overlooked or under estimated!  Think about your life!  Have you always lived right?  Probably not!  Are you living right now?  I hope so!  If so, why?  Is it because you have learned in the processes of life what is important and how we should live?  In the process of your experiences and realizing how God hasn’t given up on you, you begin to think about and do things differently!  

God’s work in you!

I love Philippians 1:6!  It states, 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.”  Never forget that once you become a believer in Jesus Christ, you always have God with you (Hebrews 13:5, John 14:16)!  He is working His process in you to make you of more use to Him!  Think about it this way…maybe you once did not give your tithe to the Lord, but through the process of teachings from God’s Word, hearing the testimony of other believers, and the Holy Spirit’s leading, you are now a giver!  Maybe you couldn’t ever think about praying out loud in church, but through the same process you are now a teacher of God’s Word!  I am always excited to see the fruit of God’s process in people’s lives, because the process is always about change!  Changing us to be more for Him!

Trust the Process….Trust God! 

I know that we oftentimes can try to do too many things on our own power without submitting to the processes of God.  I actually think that is one thing that God uses in His process…our frustration when our process doesn’t work!  So, the thing to do is to TRUST HIM! Even if things aren’t going right today…trust Him and His process!  He is working in you so submit to Him and see what He does!  His process works and works for our good!