Archive for March, 2015

Joseph: An Honorable Life

Friday, March 27th, 2015

If anyone serves Me [Jesus], he must follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also; if anyone serves Me, the Father will honor him. John 12:26

God’s Vision for Your Life.
In the Bible, the account of the life of Joseph tells the story of a man who overcame struggles and who stayed obedient to God’s plan for his life. Initially, Joseph didn’t know what he was called to do. All he had were some vague dreams about stacks of wheat bowing down to him and the sun and moon and stars bowing down to him (Genesis 37:6-9). Yet, God used him to save not only his family but an entire nation. As He did with Joseph, God will spend decades preparing you for things you don’t yet sense or see.

It came about that from the time he made him overseer in his house and over all that he owned, the Lord blessed the Egyptian’s house on account of Joseph; thus the Lord’s blessing was upon all that he owned, in the house and in the field. Genesis 39:5

Blessed to Be a Blessing. Whole groups of people can be blessed on account of one person who steps in with a robust awareness of God’s goodness. When Joseph was made to serve as a slave in Potiphar’s house, God blessed the whole house because of Joseph. You can go into your school, your workplace, and your neighborhood with a spirit of faith and the love of Jesus and believe for change and blessing.

Daily Confession
Lord Jesus, I connect my heart with Your faithfulness. I call upon You and You show me great and mighty things which I do not know (Jeremiah 33:3). You answer me and You are with me in trouble. You will satisfy me with a long life and show me Your salvation (Psalm 91:15-16). I believe I will see the salvation of the Lord in my particular case. Nothing is too difficult for You!

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

Copyright © 2015 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. “Honor.” The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition copyright ©2014 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Favor

Friday, March 20th, 2015

For it is You who blesses the righteous man, O Lord, You surround him with favor as with a shield. Psalm 5:12

Fullness. God is offering us His fullness instead of depletion (Ephesians 3:19). When we look back at Joseph’s life in Genesis, we can see that in the context of repeated challenges, God was faithful. He gave Joseph favor that eliminated barriers, changed impossible situations, and brought him into a place of effectiveness—that’s what God has for you!

Advantage. Because of God’s favor, you have an advantage in life. Step over the invisible barrier of fear and expect that God’s blessings will come upon you and overtake you (Deuteronomy 28:2).

Value. When you know you are valued, you can thrive in whatever situation you face. Instead of feeling insecure, know that you are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14).

Outstandingly Optimal.
God knows how to make the most out of whatever challenge you face. Joseph told his brothers: “As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive” (Genesis 50:20).

Reach. “Joseph is a fruitful bough, a fruitful bough by a spring; its branches run over a wall” (Genesis 49:22). God used Joseph to not only bring security and abundance to his family, but to save the Egyptians too. The impact of favor is not just for you alone. God has designed you to reach over the walls to your family, your city, and the whole world with the message of Jesus.

Daily Confession:
God’s favor is at work in my life. I listen and obey. When God tells me to do something, I do it. I see tomorrow with the eye of faith. And I trust You, God, to bring Your purposes to pass in the Name of Jesus, Amen.

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

Copyright © 2015 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. “Favor.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 18 March 2015.

Faith to Move Forward

Friday, March 13th, 2015

By faith even Sarah herself received ability to conceive, even beyond the proper time of life, since she considered Him faithful who had promised. Hebrews 11:11

God’s Timing. The devil tries to make you feel a day late and a dollar short. But God has called you to an effective, fruitful life, and He will bring it to pass. In the Bible, Sarah received the ability to conceive even though she was too old. Right before Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, He was told He should’ve come earlier (John 11:21). So don’t stay stuck on what you could’ve or should’ve done. Trust God. He knows how to take stubborn doors and bust them wide open!

By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible. Hebrews 11:3

Rugged Faith. Faith takes the promises of God seriously and rests in God’s power. Approach this life of faith with gritty determination, knowing that though you encounter challenges, God will deliver you out of them all (Psalm 34:19). Find God’s promises in the Bible corresponding to the issues of your life and let them anchor you—having done all to stand, keep standing (Ephesians 6:13).

Daily Confession
I am fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14). God has blessed me. He is leading and guiding me by the Holy Spirit. He opens a door no one can shut (Revelation 3:8). God’s plan is coming to pass in my life, in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

tim·ing, noun
The ability to select the precise moment for doing something for optimum effect.

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

Copyright © 2015 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. “Timing.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 08 March 2015.

Your Identity Is Safe with God

Friday, March 6th, 2015

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. John 10:10

1. Origin. In the beginning was God. You were fearfully and wonderfully made by an intelligent designer who wants to reveal mysteries to you. But the devil is after your identity. He will ruthlessly try to obscure who you are in Jesus, where you come from, what you have, and what you can do.

2. Value. Gideon is an example of someone who did not know his value. When the angel of the Lord told Gideon that God was with him, he replied: “If the Lord is with us, why then has all this happened to us? And where are all His miracles?” (Judges 6:14a). Gideon kept looking at his limitations: “My family is the least, I am the youngest, God has abandoned us.” But God kept calling him a valiant warrior, even while he was hiding out. So don’t go by how you feel. Walk by faith. If God is calling you a valiant warrior, then you can be a valiant warrior!

But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in what he does. James 1:25

3. Purpose. If you’ve lost sight of your identity in Jesus, look in the mirror of God’s Word to remind yourself that you were created with a purpose and you hold great value. Your prayers can change the future. Your words of encouragement can help someone out of a desperate place. Whatever your yesterday was like, God’s mercies are new every morning and He renews you day by day.

Because of Jesus . . .
I am firmly rooted, built up, established in my faith, and overflowing with gratitude (Colossians 2:7). I am God’s workmanship, created in Christ for good works (Ephesians 2:10). I have received the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Jesus, the eyes of my understanding being enlightened (Ephesians 1:17-18). I am submitted to God and the devil flees from me, because I resist him in the Name of Jesus (James 4:7).

val·ue, noun
from Old French, from valoir, from Latin valere
To be worth, be strong.

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

Copyright © 2015 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.“Value.” collinsdictionary.com. Collins Dictionary. n.d. Web. 02 March. 2015.

There’s More to the Story

Sunday, March 1st, 2015

After eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors having been shut, and stood in their midst and said, “Peace be with you.” Then He said to Thomas, “Reach here with your finger, and see My hands; and reach here your hand and put it into My side; and do not be unbelieving, but believing.” Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!” John 20:26-28

From doubting to believing. Don’t let a moment of doubt hold you back from the life of faith God has for you. Many people incorrectly label Thomas as “Doubting Thomas” because he refused to believe in Jesus’ resurrection without physical proof. But Jesus graciously showed up, addressed, and eradicated Thomas’s unbelief. It was a turning point when he saw Jesus and cried out in repentance and awe, proclaiming: “My Lord and My God.”

Therefore many other signs Jesus also performed in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these have been written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in His name. John 20:30-31

From denying to proclaiming. Wherever you are in your walk with God, Jesus wants to graciously help you move forward. Peter denied Jesus three times but was forgiven, and he went on to boldly proclaim Jesus. As a result, 3,000 people were saved in one day! So don’t quit. God has more for you up ahead.

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith. 2 Timothy 4:7

From breakdown to breakthrough. Don’t let yourself get stuck where you are – there’s more to your story. When your thinking gets adjusted by Jesus and by His Word, your heart will be strengthened and encouraged so that you can press forward with your head held high. Jesus is able to help you keep the faith and finish your course with joy!

Pray this Prayer:
God, You are so wonderful. I thank You for the stirring of the Holy Spirit in my heart. Help me to be ready this year for many opportunities to bring glory and honor to Jesus and help alleviate people’s suffering. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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

Copyright © 2015 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.“Believe.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 02 Feb. 2015.