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Message From Matt – May 22

Untapped?

“Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.”  – Ephesians 3:20-21

You have probably heard me say this a few times, but I want to say it again;  I believe that most Christians don’t understand the power of God that is within them!  

What I mean by that is that we have been given everything  we need to live a life pleasing to God and overcome sin and temptations, but oftentimes we live defeated, depressed or even devastated.  

 

I don’t wish this on any of us but the truth is that  maybe one of those “D” words apply to you?  If so, are you ready to break free from that downward spiral of troubling emotions to a life of experiencing the power of God?

I am not suggesting that we won’t have times of troubles and problems; being saved doesn’t “save” you from struggles and suffering…in some cases, it might mean more of that.  The point here that I want to get across is that we need help to overcome the daily struggles that we have and God is there, never changing in His power, to help us!  

 

As I spoke about on Sunday, God is Omnipotent! (Omni = All/Potent = Powerful) and according to Paul in the verse above, God’s power works in us for His glory!  God’s strength is unlimited and is our power source, but in many lives, His power is untapped!

So, what is too hard for God?…NOTHING!!

  • “Ah Lord God! Behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee:”  – Jeremiah 32:17
  • “But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” – Matthew 19:26

Does God every wear out or give in to pressure?…Not a bit!!

  • “Hast thou not known?  Hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.” – Isaiah 40:28

God’s power is hard to resist – Job 42:2

God’s power is hard to comprehend, but we just need to believe it – Ephesians 3:20

God’s power never changes – Psalm 102:25-27

When we read the Bible, look at Creation, or think about the fact that God will one day be rapturing out His children, we have to say that God is all-powerful…and His power can help you today!

Look at what Isaiah wrote about God’s power given to us…He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” Isaiah 40:29-31



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