Archive for January, 2016

How to Serve the Purpose of God

Friday, January 29th, 2016

For David, after he had served the purpose of God in his own generation, fell asleep, and was laid among his fathers and underwent decay. Acts 13:36

1. RUN TO GOD. God gives equipment to you to enable you to serve His purpose in your generation. King David’s life was not perfect; it was a mixture of noble deeds stained with terrible sins. But he knew where his help came from and he continually ran back to the Lord (Psalm 121:2).

My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth. Psalm 121:2

2. STAY FAITHFUL. David was faithful to tend his father’s sheep, and it was preparing him for greater Kingdom purposes (1 Samuel 16-17). Don’t underestimate the value of where you’re positioned right now—draw close to God, settle your heart, and keep on obeying Him in the daily grind.

3. RECOGNIZE YOUR MOMENT. The goal isn’t to try to mimic all of David’s actions, but rather to get hold of the God of David. You’ve been given this lifespan to serve God and impact your generation. If you make mistakes, then repent, get right back up, and press into the purposes of God. Keep your heart tender before the Lord and from it will flow springs of life to nations, neighborhoods, and individuals who need Jesus (Proverbs 4:23).

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

DAILY CONFESSION
I seek the Lord, and He answers me and delivers me from all my fears (Psalm 34:4). In Jesus’ Name I’m going into this year less negative and more on fire than I’ve ever been. For I am His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that I would walk in them (Ephesians 2:10).

pur·pose, noun
The object toward which one strives or for which something exists; an aim or goal.

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How to Accomplish God’s Plan

Friday, January 22nd, 2016

Then he said to me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel saying, ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ says the Lord of hosts.” Zechariah 4:6

1. RELY ON THE HOLY SPIRIT. God has called us to things way beyond our human skill. Zerubbabel was called to rebuild the temple in Jerusalem after returning from exile in Babylon, despite great obstacles. God sent an angel to let Zerubbabel know that he would not get it done by his own human strength but by God’s power.

“What are you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you will become a plain; and he will bring forth the top stone with shouts of ‘Grace, grace’ to it!” Zechariah 4:7

2. SPEAK TO YOUR MOUNTAINS. Make 2016 all about Jesus. He is the Alpha and the Omega—the beginning and the end—and He is with you now. He is able to accomplish the impossible. Jesus told us to have faith in God and speak to our mountains. So don’t doubt. Shout, “Grace! Grace!” to whatever is hindering you and it must move. (Zechariah 4:7; Mark 11:22-23).

Also the word of the Lord came to me, saying, “The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house, and his hands will finish it. Then you will know that the Lord of hosts has sent me to you.” Zechariah 4:8-9

3. FINISH STRONG. When God calls you to finish something, remember that He is faithful and He will bring it to pass. Some of the most extraordinary miracles come out of ordinary obedience to Him and His Word. With the help of the Holy Spirit, you will finish strong.

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

DAILY CONFESSION
2016 is going to be a Holy Spirit year. All my expectations, hopes, and dreams I lay at the feet of Jesus – for I am His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that I would walk in them (Ephesians 2:10). I know my God and I will display strength and take action. (Daniel 11:32).

ac·com·plish, verb
To succeed in doing something, especially something that you have been trying to do for a period of time.

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How to Get Refreshed

Friday, January 15th, 2016

Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’” John 7:37-38

GET FILLED. When you get dehydrated, you drink water. When your gas tank is empty, you fill it up. When you get spiritually drained, tap into God’s living water to drink and be refreshed. Read God’s Word. Pray in the Name of Jesus and connect with God—and you will get results (John 14:14).

Therefore you will joyously draw water from the springs of salvation. Isaiah 12:3

OVERFLOW TO OTHERS. God wants us to operate out of the overflow. If you feel like you are stuck in drudgery, realize that God has His hand on your life for something bigger—not just for self-fulfillment to quench your own thirst but for rivers of living water to flow from you. When God’s living water flows, you step out of the natural into the supernatural; out of your own limitations into God’s overflow to reach many others.

You visit the earth and cause it to overflow; You greatly enrich it. Psalm 65:9a

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

DAILY CONFESSION
I hunger and thirst for righteousness and I will be filled (Matthew 5:6). I draw near to Jesus and drink of His living water and then rivers of living water will flow from my innermost being (John 7:37-38). The Lord will continually guide me and satisfy my desire in scorched places and give strength to my bones; and I will be like a watered garden and like a spring of water whose waters do not fail (Isaiah 58:11).

o·ver·flow, verb
To flow or run over the top, brim, or banks. To be filled beyond capacity. To have a boundless supply; be superabundant.

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How to Conquer Your Goliath

Friday, January 8th, 2016

So David arose early in the morning and left the flock with a keeper and took the supplies and went as Jesse had commanded him. 1 Samuel 17:20

1. STAY FAITHFUL. The story of David and how he conquered Goliath will help you to face off with the giants that are looming before you. Some of the greatest things we achieve never look that great at the start (Zechariah 4:10). David’s victory began with an average chore when his father told him to take bread and cheese to his brothers who were in battle. When we are faithful in the small tasks—like getting up early, leaving our sheep with a keeper, and taking food to our brothers—God will give us responsibility over greater things (Luke 16:10).

2. OBEY WITH A WILLING HEART. Jesus said “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to accomplish His work” (John 4:34). Our search for significance begins and ends in God—that’s where we find fulfillment. Instead of obeying with a bad attitude, yield your heart completely to God’s will and become teachable. When you submit to God’s process, the small, buried acorn becomes a mighty oak tree.

3. COMMIT TO THE END. There is something wonderful on the other side of the resistance, on the other side of Goliath’s taunts. Step up with decisive boldness and commit to see the battle through. As you build your house on the certainty and security of God’s Word, your beliefs, desires, and hopes will become action and you will see the will of God come to pass.

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

PRAY THIS PRAYER:
God, I humble myself before You. All I want is Your will. I know the willing and obedient will eat the good of the land (Isaiah 1:19) and when You tell me to, I’ll step up and take action with boldness. Help me to reach the fullness of all You’ve called me to this year. The battle is Yours, God, and I give You all the praise. I love You, Jesus! Amen.

will·ing, adj.
Acting or ready to act gladly; eagerly compliant. Done, given, or accepted voluntarily or ungrudgingly.

Copyright © 2016 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. “Willing.” The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.