Archive for June, 2016

The Adventure of Faith

Friday, June 24th, 2016

But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves. 2 Corinthians 4:7

1. ADMIT YOUR NEED FOR GOD. God uses ordinary, flawed people to do extraordinary things. The life of faith is not humanity exerting our strength—it’s admitting our complete need for God and letting the vessel of our humanity be filled with God. When we humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God, He can use us!

2. CONSIDER YOUR CALLING. We are at our best when we consider our calling and realize it’s not by might or power but by God’s Spirit (Zechariah 4:6). That’s why we need to be filled with the power of the Holy Spirit—so that we can accomplish all that God has called us to do (Acts 1:8).

For consider your calling, brethren, that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble; but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong. 1 Corinthians 1:26-27

3. STAY STEADY. As you obey God over the course of time, phenomenal fruit will be born. Don’t become obsessed with the highs or get down on the lows, but understand and value each season in your life. God is knocking on the door of your heart and He is going to have you step up and do things when you least expect it. When you are willing to step into something you’ve never done before, that is the adventure of faith.

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

PRAY THIS PRAYER
Here I am Lord, send me. I push my flesh and ego out of the way and ask that You accomplish Your will through me. God, I thank You that You have designed me for fruitfulness and usefulness. Fill me with the power of the Holy Spirit so that I can be used by You in my town, in my country, and throughout the earth! In Jesus’ Name, amen.

con·sid·er, verb
To take into account; bear in mind. To look at thoughtfully. To think carefully; reflect.

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. “Consider.” The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition copyright © 2016 by Houghton.

Let God Use You!

Friday, June 17th, 2016

For consider your calling, brethren, that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble; but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong. 1 Corinthians 1:26-27

1. COMMIT YOURSELF TO GOD. God uses ordinary, flawed people to do extraordinary things. God called Gideon a valiant warrior while he and his people were still hiding in caves. Moses said he couldn’t speak, but God used him as His spokesperson. God even spoke through a donkey and a burning bush! It’s not by our might or power, but by the Holy Spirit.

2. RECEIVE GOD’S WISDOM. Jesus is the wisdom available to us when we don’t know what to do. Life is filled with so many variables, so many options, so many decisions. But God invites us to ask Him for the wisdom we need. You can trust the counsel of the Lord. That’s why it’s so important to read the Bible and keep its words in your heart.

For the eyes of the Lord move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His. 2 Chronicles 16:9

3. BE AVAILABLE. We are at our best when we realize we are just human—earthen vessels that God fills with His amazing power (2 Corinthians 4:7). God has chosen childlike faith, yielded hearts, and simple obedience to do great things. God is not looking for popularity or sophistication, but availability, willingness, and obedient hearts!

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

PRAY THIS PRAYER:
God, my heart is completely Yours. Here I am, send me, use me. I thank You that even when I feel weak, the surpassing greatness of power is from You. I thank You that Jesus is wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption. My boast is in You, God (1 Corinthians 1:28-31). Use me to fulfill Your plans on this earth!

avail·able, adj.
To present or ready for immediate use. Qualified or willing to do something or to assume a responsibility.

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. “Available.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. 15 June 2016.

Jesus Is Your Shepherd

Friday, June 10th, 2016

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters. He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Psalm 23:1-3

1. FOLLOW JESUS. The Bible uses the example that we are like sheep and God is our shepherd: we can trust Him and follow Him. If you’ve lost your way, call on Jesus. He will find you.

So He [Jesus] told them this parable, saying, “What man among you, if he has a hundred sheep and has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open pasture and go after the one which is lost until he finds it? When he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing.” Luke 15:3-5

2. READ GOD’S WORD TO GET RENEWED. Read the Psalms when you are going through battles, read Proverbs when you need wisdom, go through the Gospels to see Jesus’ character, read the Epistles to learn the amazing provision of redemption.

Know that the Lord Himself is God; it is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture. Psalm 100:3

3. TRUST GOD TO TAKE CARE OF YOU. He cares deeply for you, and from start to finish He has a good plan for your life. Even if you’ve messed up, today you can repent and push the reset button to start afresh. Keep reading God’s Word. Plug into a good church. Jesus, the Good Shepherd, will take care of you.

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

If you’ve never asked Jesus to come into your life, pray this prayer!
God, I need You. I open my heart wide to You. I repent for my sin and I ask for Your forgiveness and mercy to come into my heart. I’ll follow You as my shepherd my entire life. I receive Jesus as my Savior. Thank You for new life! In Jesus’ Name, amen!

shep·herd, verb
To herd or tend as a shepherd. To guide or lead on a course. To direct or instruct in a certain manner.

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.