Archive for June, 2013

A Life of Favor

Monday, June 24th, 2013

God’s Favor. In the family of God there is no favoritism. Favoritism creates elitism, promotes jealousy, and produces an attitude of entitlement. But God’s favor overturns and eliminates those weird things. When you know you have favor with God, you are able to stand tall and step up to the challenges of life.

For there is no partiality with God. Romans 2:11

Jacob’s Favoritism. Partiality stirs jealously and envy. In the Bible, Jacob loved Joseph more than all his other sons (Genesis 37:3). This produced trouble and challenge in Jacob’s family that lasted for years.

Showing God’s Favor. Dispense with favoritism and move in the favor of God. When you give a compliment, make sure it doesn’t compare someone with others. Instead, use meaningful, God-ordained words that lift and strengthen and give people a boost in their vision and mission.

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; and let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good deeds. Hebrews 10:23-24

Strength & Power. God’s favor gives you strength. Even though Joseph inherited a bunch of family dysfunction, God gave him the victory (Genesis 50:20). That same God wants to equip you to overcome too (Ephesians 3:14-18). Even if your dreams have been suppressed or your timing delayed, you can trust God your Father to turn all things around for good (Romans 8:28).

God bless you!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

Copyright © 2013 St. Louis Family Church. All rights reserved. No part of this article may be reprinted or distributed in any form without prior written permission of St. Louis Family Church. Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture references are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation.

The Life of Joseph

Monday, June 17th, 2013

And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28

The Dream. Joseph had a vision for his life. But sometimes, in between the dream and the fulfillment, ridiculous stuff can happen. Joseph’s brothers threw him into a pit and then sold him to some Ishmaelites. Then, in Egypt, he was unjustly thrown into prison. From age 17 to 30 his dream was challenged, but then God opened the door.

The Battle. Joseph was faithful even when at his lowest. If you are weary and fatigued from protracted battles, receive God’s refreshing today. Stay faithful, overcome resentment, and trust God. He redeemed Joseph’s life and He will turn your situation around too.

As for you, you meant evil against me [Joseph], but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive. Genesis 50:20

The Result. One day Joseph was in prison and the next he was the second in command in Egypt. Don’t quit. God turned things around for Joseph’s life, but God also used him to save an entire nation from starvation. Take hold of this biblical concept—that God causes all things to work together for good—and apply it at your job, with your family, to your dreams. God is so good and He cares for you and loves you. You can trust Him to come through for you every time!

God loves you,
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

Copyright © 2013 St. Louis Family Church. All rights reserved. No part of this article may be reprinted or distributed in any form without prior written permission of St. Louis Family Church. Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture references are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation.

Put God First

Monday, June 10th, 2013

But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Matthew 6:33

The best thing we can offer God is an undivided heart. God is looking for people who are willing to put Him first, to push away distractions and make Jesus central.

Now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require from you, but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways and love Him, and to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul. Deuteronomy 10:12

He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? Micah 6:8

My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples. John 15:8

God can turn around an apathetic heart and make it optimistic and faith-filled. If you haven’t been reading your Bible lately, just start! If you are short on time, read one chapter. Some of the chapters I love to meditate on are Psalms 1, 23, 91, and 128; Romans 8; and Colossians 3.

Doing things God’s way is how you find joy and fulfillment. God has sustaining grace for whatever you are dealing with. His timing is impeccable. His purposes are powerful. His Word shall surely come to pass.

It’s worth it to serve God!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

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Overwhelmingly Victorious

Monday, June 3rd, 2013

But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:37-39

You are designed and created for a victorious life. When Jesus comes into your situation, He gives you supernatural strength, boldness, and confidence.

But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth. Acts 1:8

Be assured, all God’s promises are true, wise, and right. He has begun a good work in you and He will sustain you all the way to the end of your life (Philippians 1:6).

For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:8-10

Make God central in your life. Study the Scriptures to know who Jesus is, what He did for you on the Cross, and what He’s doing for you right now. When you understand the authority you’ve been given and walk in the awareness of the Holy Spirit, you won’t just barely be getting along—you’ll be victorious!

Press on!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

Copyright © 2013 St. Louis Family Church. All rights reserved. No part of this article may be reprinted or distributed in any form without prior written permission of St. Louis Family Church. Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture references are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation.