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How to Be Ready in Every Season

Friday, April 22nd, 2016

Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season. 2 Timothy 4:2a

1. PREPARE. God uses people who get ready. Preparation is a statement to your future that you are available. It’s a statement that you trust God with your future. We are called to be poised – not wound up or nervous, but ready. And preparation will set you up to be at peace and available for opportunity.

All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17

2. GET FUELED IN THE WORD AND PRAYER. Let your sufficiency come from the Word of God which equips you for every good work. When we pray, it changes things. As we consistently repent and keep our hearts clean, we can be ready to be used by God for every good work.

3. STAY AVAILABLE TO THE HOLY SPIRIT. Realize you matter to God and take your life seriously. Develop the gifts God gave you. You are on assignment. As you keep yourself available to the Holy Spirit, signs and wonders will follow you.

GET READY!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

DAILY CONFESSION
My steps are ordered of the Lord and He delights in my way (Psalm 37:23). As I prepare and develop the gifts God gave me, I’ll have increased effectiveness in my daily life.

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An Eye Toward the Future

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

“For I know the plans that I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:11,13

Direct Your Vision. The prophet Jeremiah declared this message from God during a time of great challenge for the people of Israel. That same God wants to see you through today. Repeatedly the Bible tells us to lift up our eyes; to look to Jesus. Though we have never seen Him, we love Him. “He [Moses] endured, as seeing Him who is unseen” (Hebrews 11:27b).

But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called “today,” so that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. For we have become partakers of Christ, if we hold fast the beginning of our assurance firm until the end, while it is said, “Today if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts.” Hebrews 3:13-15a

Guard Your Heart. It’s so important to keep your heart tender and completely surrendered toward God. As you stay open to Him and keep your heart free of unconfessed sin or unforgiveness, He will bring you not just into a place of survival, but into a place where your heart can be connected with His and you can go forward, running your race with endurance to win.

Move Forward in Faith. Instead of being filled with fear of failure, you can step out in faith, trusting God. With God, you can see problems as just challenges to be overcome. Every day you can walk right into His presence and have fellowship with Him. If your heart has grown cold, God can make it fiery hot.

Pray This Prayer:
God, I love You with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength. I mix what I’ve read with faith and declare that all You have called me to be and do will come to pass. I will accomplish Your plan in my lifetime. I will see my generation come to know Jesus the Redeemer. I repent for any sins and keep my heart open to You. In Jesus’ Name, amen.

fu•ture, noun
An expectation of advancement or progressive development.

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

Copyright © 2014 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. “future.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 29 Oct. 2014.

Moving Forward in 2012: The Year of Stability

Monday, January 2nd, 2012

Now as they were traveling along, He entered a village; and a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home. She had a sister called Mary, who was seated at the Lord’s feet, listening to His word. But Martha was distracted with all her preparations; and she came up to Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to do all the serving alone? Then tell her to help me.”

But the Lord answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:38-42

God is calling you to carry joy to a fallen world, but the devil wants you to become so preoccupied with the issues in your own life that you stay in the constant cycle of maintaining and trying to overcome discouragement and distraction instead of being what God has called you to be.

Sing to the Lord a new song, sing His praise from the end of the earth! Isaiah 42:10a

Choose the good part like Mary did: “sitting at the Lord’s feet, listening to His word.” Don’t wait for the worship team or for an inspirational moment. Thank God in the morning, thank God in the noontime, thank God in the night. Enter into His gates with thanksgiving every day (Psalm 100:4).

You are still here. Whatever highs and lows you’ve had in 2011, you didn’t get alienated and cynical, you didn’t cave in to self pity, you didn’t throw in the towel, you didn’t let the devil run you off, and you didn’t negotiate with him when he was terrorizing you. Even if you feel meager and feeble in your faith, at any time, day or night, you can cry out to the Lord and He will respond. Don’t fear the future. If God has called you to a task, you will have grace and blessing equal to the task. As you take time to seek God and listen to His word, He will show you what to do.

Forward ever; backward, never!
–C.T. Studd, Missionary to China, India, and Africa

God bless you this New Year!
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.

JUMP 2009: Get Ready!

Monday, June 15th, 2009

“For I know the plans that I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11

This past week nearly 2,500 kids poured onto the St. Louis Family Church campus for our 2009 summer day camp. The reason we do JUMP is so kids can know that God loves them and has an amazing plan for their lives.

Over 700 volunteers got here early to direct traffic, check in kids, lead groups, cut up watermelon, act in the drama, sing on the worship team, bandage elbows, and pick up trash—this is church at its finest. If we did all of JUMP to change just one kid’s life, it would be worth it!

This year the kids learned about getting ready for their future. God is calling us all, young and old, to prepare for amazing exploits ahead. Whether you are eight or ninety-eight, it’s not too early or late to adjust your heart and follow God.

Jesus is the answer for the nations—He is the hope of the world. If you haven’t talked to God in a while, take a moment to get quiet and ask Him what he wants you to do with your time on this earth. If you feel burdened with the weights of life, crack open your Bible and find wisdom for your situation. God is ready and able to help you with every area in life (2 Corinthians 9:8; Psalm 46:1). Trust Him and get ready for good things ahead!

God bless you!
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.

A Time To Move Forward.

Friday, October 24th, 2008

Of the sons of Issachar, men who understood the times, with knowledge of what Israel should do, their chiefs were two hundred; and all their kinsmen were at their command. 1 Chronicles 12:32

Like Issachar’s tribe, God wants to sensitize us to His timing. Solomon wrote in Ecclesiastes that “there is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven” (3:1). It’s essential to understand the times in order to prepare for God’s calling.

God is bringing the nations to our doorstep and we must rouse ourselves. We’re getting ready to expand as a church, despite the fluctuating economy. It’s the right time to move forward. The church is not subject to the world’s ebb and flow because “we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken” (Hebrews 12:28). When darkness encroaches, we’ll step up and bring the light. “For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place and you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not attained royalty for such a time as this?” (Esther 4:14).

Get Alone With God: 1. In Prayer 2. In Quietness 3. In the Bible 4. In Praise. Esther prepared for her “such a time as this.” There are things that God wants to do through your life that you must prepare for. Between birth and death you have this thing called life, which is your season on earth to champion the cause of Christ: to manifest the love of God, to exhibit kindness, to press on through the battles, to achieve the great accomplishments for which you’ve been set apart.

Above all else, we must be sensitized to God’s timing and to what He is saying. During the dark time in her nation Esther relied on prayer and fasting. In the next month or so, some of the most significant decisions are going to be made for our land. We must pray now. Don’t lethargically wait to see what happens. Be an active doer of the Word. There are people attached to your obedience to pray big prayers, to avoid sin, to press on and not grow weary in well doing. As you push aside distraction and seek God in prayer, what was meant for harm God will turn around for good (Genesis 50:20).

Let’s move forward,

Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

Copyright © 2008 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.