Message From Matt – March 20

Don’t forget to think about God!

“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,” – Ephesians 3:20

Maybe this shouldn’t be called the Message from Matt this week because half of it is someone else’s work, but a devotional was sent to me containing the story below that I wanted to share. It is a good picture of God’s power that is in us that encouraged me and I believe that it will encourage you. It reads…

“When Mary Slessor heard that David Livingstone had died in Africa, she was convinced that God’s call was for her to become a missionary. Though it was rare for a single woman to be approved as a missionary, she sailed for Nigeria in 1876. Her work there bore great fruit. In addition to helping spread the gospel, she helped put an end to the practice of killing twins at birth because of the local belief that they were a curse. After a few years on the field, she was visited by friends from Scotland who expressed amazement at what she had been able to accomplish in the face of such great obstacles. One of the native chiefs who had been converted said, “You have clearly forgotten to think of the woman’s God.”

Though we are to be diligent in our labor for the Lord, we must never forget that it is not our strength, wisdom, and effort that bring the results. Paul wrote, “I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase” (1 Corinthians 3:6). Remembering how dependent we are on God’s power to make our work have meaning, value, and results helps keep us from yielding to the sin of pride. The praise and glory and honor must go to Him alone, because it is He alone who makes the work that we do fruitful. Only when we work in God’s power, will we see the results that only He can produce in our lives.” (From Paul Chappell)

I love the chief’s response…”You have clearly forgotten to think of the woman’s God.”!!! Can that thought be said of you? Do we forget what God has done and what He can do for us? Just looking at Jesus’ life, we see what He has done! We know that He created the world! He also healed the sick, gave sight to the blind, hearing to the deaf, and mobility to the handicapped. At salvation, we have new and eternal life! We have redemption from the life of bondage to sin and we have been given the Holy Spirit to seal us forever with Him.

Let’s not forget what God can do for us! He is capable of doing great things in your life! He is able to work through the problems that you might be having in your marriage, your family, or your job and do what some say is impossible! Because God is all-powerful!!