Archive for the ‘effectiveness’ Category

What Are You Thinking About?

Friday, July 14th, 2017

Seek the Lord while He may be found; call upon Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way and the unrighteous man his thoughts . . . “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:6-9

1. FORSAKE WRONG THINKING. Instead of thinking our own unrighteous thoughts, we are invited to actually think the thoughts of God—to trade our thoughts for His and actually view life the way God views it.

2. GET RENEWED IN THE WORD. To get rid of toxic thinking and understand more about how God thinks, we must get our minds renewed by the promises of God. The next few days, seek the Lord and meditate on verses about your thoughts and then watch your thinking start to change.

Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. Colossians 3:1-2

3. BE FREE AND BE EFFECTIVE. God has not given you a spirit of fear, but God has given you a spirit of power, love, and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7). You have access to Divine empowerment that breaks chains off people’s lives. Always remember that you have been rescued from the dead and your assignment is to free others in the Name of Jesus (Hebrews 2:14-15).

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

DAILY CONFESSION TO RENEW YOUR THOUGHT LIFE:
I take every thought captive to the obedience of Jesus (2 Corinthians 10:5). I am not conformed to this world, but I am transformed by the renewing of my mind so that I may know the will of God (Romans 12:2). I lay aside the old self and I put on the new self which is renewed in the likeness of God (Ephesians 4:22-24). I trust in the Lord with all my heart and lean not on my own understanding (Proverbs 3:5).

think, verb
To form or have in the mind. To have as an intention. To reflect on: ponder. To call to mind. To have as an expectation.

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The Winning Life

Friday, October 21st, 2016

For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a slave to all, so that I may win more. 1 Corinthians 9:19

1. BE FREE. The apostle Paul is communicating that being free from fear of other people enables him to truly serve those people. “The fear of man brings a snare” (Proverbs 29:25). God wants to set us free to be more influential than we ever could be if we stay tripped up by what others think.

I have become all things to all men, so that I may by all means save some. 1 Corinthians 9:22b

2. BE REAL. Becoming all things to all people is not compromise. It’s about learning to flow like Jesus did. He would eat both with the religious Pharisees and the known sinners. The rich and poor were both important to Him. If we want to win people to God, we can’t do it with church lingo or with our own self-righteousness. We can’t do it by trying too hard to be relevant and diminishing our faith. Nobody needs artificiality, but like the apostle Paul, we must be so compelled to win others to Jesus that we become relatable and real instead of repellent.

Those who have insight will shine brightly like the brightness of the expanse of heaven, and those who lead the many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever. Daniel 12:3

3. BE READY. God has called you and me to become participants in His great plan. Take a deep breath and trust God. Be ready to share the Gospel both in the daily grind of life and in the quantum leap times of advancement (2 Timothy 4:2). Celebrate life, be bold, and have a spirit of faith. As you flow with God, He will make your remaining days impactful so that you may win more.

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

PRAY THIS PRAYER
Here am I Lord, send me (Isaiah 6:8). Use me. Help me to truly love people and to connect with others, to speak with competence and confidence, and to share the Gospel wherever I go. In Jesus’ name, amen.

win·ning, adj.
Very attractive; capturing interest. To win something through one’s efforts (verb).

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How to Be More Effective

Friday, April 1st, 2016

O Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to you, avoiding worldly and empty chatter and the opposing arguments of what is falsely called “knowledge”—which some have professed and thus gone astray from the faith. 1 Timothy 6:20-21

1. CHECK YOUR HEART. God wants us to keep our hearts receptive. The Apostle Paul was urging Timothy to be aware of and guard the gifts God entrusted to him. It’s important to look at what is in your heart and create an atmosphere for the gifts to flourish so that you can bear good fruit.

2. AVOID EMPTY CHATTER. One of the ways to guard the treasure that is within you is to guard your tongue. There is a place for humor and wit, but make sure it doesn’t cross the line and become sarcastic and unfruitful. To check if your conversation is godly, see if you can immediately pray or talk to God afterwards. This doesn’t mean you have to be religious or talk in “church speak,” but let the words of your mouth and the meditation of your heart be connected to God (Psalm 19:14). Death and life are in the power of the tongue (Proverbs 18:21), so keep checking in to make sure your words are life-giving and edifying.

For this reason I remind you to kindle afresh the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline. 2 Timothy 1:6-7

3. STIR UP THE GIFT OF GOD. Living an obedient life of faith is where fulfillment is found. People out there need the life-giving truth you have. If you feel like your fire has burned low, take some time to stir it up. Now is not the time to hold back; it’s the time to step out and be bold.

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

DAILY CONFESSION
I pray that the fellowship of my faith may become effective through the knowledge of every good thing which is in me for Christ’s sake (Philemon 1:6). I’m anointed. There is a calling on my life. Jesus lives in me and His word abides in me. God is using me in interesting ways in the upcoming days to make a difference in people’s lives.

ef·fec·tive, adj.
Ready for service or action.

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Steps to Effectiveness

Saturday, July 4th, 2015

Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love. 1 Corinthians 16:13-14

These five actions from the Apostle Paul give us an amazing scriptural to-do list that can enable us to be effective all the way through our lives.

1. Be on the Alert. We are called to keep watch and stay alert and always ready for what God wants to tell us (Habakkuk 2:1). This doesn’t mean we are to be anxious, but instead we’re to be distraction-free and ready to pray and act as the Holy Spirit leads.

2. Stand Firm. “Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil” (Ephesians 6:11). Study Ephesians 6 to understand what the armor of God is and why you should wear it every day.

3. Act Like Men. God is telling both men and women to be courageous and act
(1 Chronicles 28:10). Be determined to not only start, but also to follow through and complete God’s plan for your life.

4. Be Strong. We go to God to find our strength because He is all-sufficient and His strength never runs out. “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength
of His might” (Ephesians 6:10).

5. Do All in Love. Saturate the four other actions in love. We don’t battle against natural things but against spiritual forces (Ephesians 6:12). So let God’s love be the beginning and the end of everything you do.

Daily Confession
I am steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing my toil is not in vain in the Lord (1 Corinthians 15:58).

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

a·lert, adjective
Watchful and prompt to meet danger or emergency. Quick to perceive and act.

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How to Sharpen Your Edge

Monday, October 29th, 2012

If the axe is dull and he does not sharpen its edge, then he must exert more strength. Wisdom has the advantage of giving success. Ecclesiastes 10:10

We have the capacity to be led by the Holy Spirit. But if your edge has been worn down in life, you have to exert more energy to get things done. God has given us ways to get sharp so we can make the big and little decisions, so we can have answers, and so we can advance.

CAST YOUR CARES IN PRAYER. But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God (Jude 1:20-21a). Worries and cares choke the Word and make it unfruitful (Matthew 13:22), but praying in the Spirit and walking in love will sharpen us. Whenever you have a situation, don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything (Philippians 4:6).

ASK FOR WISDOM. But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all men generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him (James 1:5). God wants to fortify and strengthen you. If you lack wisdom, ask God—He will never reprimand you for asking. He desires to lead us both in vital areas and in the minor issues of our lives.

MEDITATE ON THE WORD. For the Word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit (Hebrews 4:12a). The Word of God is sharper than the sharpest instrument known to man. Meditating on Scriptures will completely change and sharpen areas of your thinking. Our world is filled with weapons of mass distraction, but when you meditate on the Word, you are slowing down and taking time to contemplate.

God’s Word on your lips—the good news message of Jesus—can change somebody’s whole eternal track. Sharpen your edge by praying in the Spirit, by seeking God, and by meditating on the Scriptures. As you listen and obey the voice of the Holy Spirit, dullness will be replaced by razor sharp effectiveness.

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

Copyright © 2012 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.

Get Your Edge Back

Monday, October 15th, 2012

If the axe is dull and he does not sharpen its edge, then he must exert more strength. Wisdom has the advantage of giving success. Ecclesiastes 10:10

Like a sharp axe can cut down a tree, we are called to cut through oppression and impact lives. The cycles of life will endeavor to blunt, discourage, and distract you, but God knows how to sharpen your edge.

One way to stay sharp is to build yourself up by praying in the Spirit (Jude 1:20). If you’ve been super busy, seize times of aloneness when you can draw close to God. Go right into the Word instead of other things. (There are hundreds of TV options, but most won’t give you an edge.) Stay in church because as “iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens another” (Proverbs 27:17).

Jesus created you for good works, and He wants to use you to reach a hurting and broken world. Satan is constantly trying to blunt the edge of your effectiveness. That’s why, as you cut through all the darkness, you have to keep going to the sharpening stone of the Holy Spirit and let God strengthen you with His might and power (Ephesians 3:16). Get ready, because God wants to put people in your path who need the gifts and abilities you have. He wants to anoint you to pray huge prayers and to minister life to lost souls and persuade them to come to Jesus.

“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” -Abraham Lincoln

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

Copyright © 2012 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.

A New Life

Monday, March 29th, 2010

But I pray that your partnership in the faith may become effective as you fully acknowledge every blessing that is ours in the Messiah. Philemon 1:6 ISV

As we acknowledge the good things Jesus has done in our lives, our walk with God will increase in effectiveness and fruitfulness.

Because of Jesus we are now free from the vicious circle of sin and death (Romans 8:2 Phillips). Jesus took “the certificate of debt”—all the blame and sin that belonged to us—and nailed it to the Cross (Colossians 2:14).

And you hath He quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins . . . But God, who is rich in mercy, for His great love wherewith He loved us, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) and hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. Ephesians 2:1, 4-6 KJV

And you hath He quickened. Ephesians 2 shows the before and after of becoming a Christian. If you’re feeling beat down, socially awkward, or insignificant, Jesus powerfully affirmed your value when He gave His life at the prime age of 33 so that people like you and me can experience freedom from bondage. As you renew your mind with the understanding of what God has done, you’ll break out of the confines of insecurity and apathy and step into greater fruitfulness.

Your purpose: “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10). Don’t manage your expectations for your life. Get in the Word and study your place in Jesus. You are being called out by God for Kingdom purposes beyond what you can even imagine right now—to pray huge prayers, walk in divine influence, be supernaturally natural, shape culture, and change this generation!

It’s good to be alive right now.
Pastor Jeff

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A Ready Heart

Monday, February 15th, 2010

Sow with a view to righteousness, reap in accordance with kindness; break up your fallow ground, for it is time to seek the Lord until He comes to rain righteousness on you. Hosea 10:12

In 2010, God is calling us to remove obstacles. He wants to rain down righteousness, but in order to receive it we must break up any hard ground in our hearts. The ground becomes hard when it’s trampled. In the same way, life can make our hearts harden so that fresh rain runs off instead of entering the soil of the heart. A tender heart is absorbent.

Water is essential to life. In Genesis, the Philistines filled Isaac’s wells with dirt, which stopped them up and blocked the flow of life-giving water. Isaac had to work at re-digging the wells until he finally reached a place where water flowed and he could live in peace.

He went on from there and dug yet another well. But there was no fighting over this one so he named it Rehoboth (Wide-Open Spaces), saying, “Now God has given us plenty of space to spread out in the land.” Genesis 26:22 The Message*

Just as Isaac literally dug wells to restart the flow of life-giving water, God is asking us to break up the fallow ground in our hearts to clear the way for His flow of life. Analyze the places where the enemy has thrown dirt down your wells and cultivate your heart with all diligence (Proverbs 4:23). Bitterness, hurt, and the flesh can clog up your heart. Be careful what you watch and listen to, and bridle your tongue. There is so much at stake!

The world doesn’t need your limited human resourcefulness; it needs living water flowing out of you. You are designed by God to be a dispenser of wisdom, an answer to someone’s problem, help for the hurting, and a carrier of the presence of God. Believers are designed to be conduits of God’s love and care. Jesus said, “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water’” (John 7:38). Clear out the obstacles and let rivers of living water flow through you!

Press On!
Pastor Jeff

Copyright © 2010 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. *Scripture taken from The Message. Copyright 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002. Used by permission of NavPress Publishing Group.

Remove The Obstacles

Monday, September 14th, 2009

Sow with a view to righteousness, reap in accordance with kindness; break up your fallow ground, for it is time to seek the Lord until He comes to rain righteousness on you. Hosea 10:12

Preparation precedes opportunity (Matthew 3:3). God is telling us to get our hearts ready for what is up ahead. We need to remove every obstacle in our path in preparation for a greater level of spiritual growth.

So this I say, and affirm together with the Lord, that you walk no longer just as the Gentiles also walk, in the futility of their mind, being darkened in their understanding, excluded from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardness of their heart; and they, having become callous, have given themselves over to sensuality for the practice of every kind of impurity with greediness. But you did not learn Christ in this way . . . in reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit, and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth. Ephesians 4:17-24

Ask God to help you identify anything that is dulling your spiritual appetite, and then humble your heart and ask Him to help you remove it. “And it will be said, ‘Build up, build up, prepare the way, remove every obstacle out of the way of My people’” (Isaiah 57:14). Step up and prepare for what God has called you to do. This generation needs a touch from God and we must be ready to step through the door and reach a hurting world.

Get Ready!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

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The Effective Life

Monday, August 10th, 2009

And others are the ones on whom seed was sown among the thorns; these are the ones who have heard the word, but the worries of the world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things enter in and choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. Mark 4:18-19

We live in a fractured world, and our enemy, Satan, is strategizing to take us out. We must be careful not to let the worries of the world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things hinder us from moving forward in effectiveness.

Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you. Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. But resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world. After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you. 1 Peter 5:6-10

Jesus became a curse for us (Galatians 3:13). He allowed humanity to put the crown of thorns on His head and nail Him to the Cross so the blessing of God could come into our lives (1 Peter 2:23-25). So choose to flat out trust God with the choices you have to make. If things are freaking you out, take them to the Lord. Cast down imaginations, take thoughts captive, speak God’s Word over your situation and refuse to back down, despite whatever kind of ridiculous battles, losses, or difficulties you’re experiencing. Life is full of thorns, but if we deal with those thorns properly, by casting all our cares and worries on Jesus because He cares for us, we will see the victory.

God has a good plan for your life!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

Copyright © 2009 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.