Message From Matt | January 25, 2018

 

I was reminded this morning by a friend of the quote that I had forgotten about that states, “God comforts the disturbed and disturbs the comfortable.”  I am not sure who to credit for the quote as an online search has given me three different potential candidates, but whoever said it first, I agree with them.  I wish I would have remembered that quote when I gave the 2018 challenge to everyone on New Year’s Eve, but since I didn’t, I wanted to take this time to remind you again…God will comfort us when we have troubles but God does not want you to be comfortable in your spiritual walk! Being comfortable doesn’t lead to growth!
 
Proof verses for this is 1 Peter 1:1-13 which reads, “Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls. Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you: Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow. Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into. Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; “
 
The truth is that if God wanted you to be comfortable in your spiritual walk, then He most likely wouldn’t allow trials to happen in your life! But these trials have a purpose and great benefits:
  • Trials in your life can make you stronger in your faith! 
  • Trials in your life can produce good fruit in your life!  
  • Your faith through these trials is worth more and lasts longer than anything this world has to offer!
  • Your faith through these trials will bring praise, honour and glory when Jesus returns!

There is so much good that comes from having faith in God through your tough times – so be encouraged!  If you are going through something hard, don’t fret too much, but have faith in God!  He won’t let you down!  IT’s OK if we are uncomfortable – that grows our faith!!!

Until Jesus returns:

  • Focus your mind on God (gird up the loins of your mind)
  • Be aware of what’s around you (be sober)
  • Have hope in God! 
See you all Sunday – invite someone that is unchurched to come with you this Sunday!
 
Matt Roller