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Overflowing Life

Friday, September 6th, 2019

The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance [to the full, till it overflows]. John 10:10 AMP

1. WHY WE NEED IT. Jesus is both the source and sustainer of abundant life. When He showed up on earth, the Roman Empire was in decline and had become enmeshed with hedonism and paganism. As a result, life was empty. In the Jewish religious community things had become a bit dry and there was some hollowness in all the ritualism and law keeping. Jesus came to earth at the perfect time to bring hope to a lost and diseased world. He showed a way of life that was so much better than anything in existence. And that same overflowing life is available to us today.

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

2. JUST RECEIVE IT. Nothing will satisfy like Jesus. God has set eternity in our hearts (Ecclesiastes 3:11). Blaise Pascal, the French philosopher, said that the abyss in us can only be filled by an “infinite and immutable object, that is to say, only by God Himself.” Wherever you’re at right now, Jesus is throwing a lifeline to you – He came to seek and save you (Luke 19:10). He cares about you more than anyone else does, and He has a plan for your life. Whoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved (Romans 10:13).

3. THEN YOU CAN GIVE IT. Christianity is full of vibrancy and power. We’re created in Christ for good works (Ephesians 2:10). Where the devil is trying to diminish you and blunt you, God is coming in to sustain and strengthen you so you can overflow in abundant life to the people God has purposed for you to help and reach. He that refreshes others shall himself be refreshed (Proverbs 11:25 NIV).

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

Daily Confession:
I joyously draw water from the wells of salvation. My mouth is filled with God’s praise all day long today. My cup overflows. Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever (Isaiah 12:3, Psalm 71:8, Psalm 23:5-6).

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

Copyright © 2019 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 Amplified Bible (AMP), Copyright © 2015 by The Lockman Foundation, La Habra, CA 90631. “overflow.” American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition. Web. 3 Sep 2019 .

The Availability of God’s Abundance

Friday, May 13th, 2016

Elisha said to her, “What shall I do for you? Tell me, what do you have in the house?” And she said, “Your maidservant has nothing in the house except a jar of oil.” 2 Kings 4:2

1. GOD USES WHAT YOU HAVE. In the Bible, a woman approached the prophet Elisha for help because a creditor was coming to take her children. God asks that we bring what we have: our only jar of oil, our empty containers, and ourselves, and then watch the miracles God will do just with what we have.

Then he said, “Go, borrow vessels at large for yourself from all your neighbors, even empty vessels; do not get a few…and pour out into all these vessels, and you shall set aside what is full.” 2 Kings 4:3-4

2. GOD INCLUDES OTHERS. God wants to give you so much that it overflows to others. Elisha told the woman to get her neighbors’ jars and God filled them with enough oil to pay off all her debts with more left to live on! God wants to change things in your life so that you can overcome and have abundance.

And he [Elisha] said, “Go, sell the oil and pay your debt, and you and your sons can live on the rest.” 2 Kings 4:1-7b

3. GOD MAKES YOU A PRODUCER. When you look past lack, emptiness and hurts and you look to Jesus, He transforms you from a consumer into a producer. Be willing to pour out what you have and sow it in obedience to God’s prompting and God will multiply it. It’s time to get ready for what’s ahead!

Get ready to overflow!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

PRAY THIS PRAYER:
I thank You, God, that the surpassing greatness of power is from You and not from myself (2 Corinthians 4:6-7). Today I have more than enough—overflowing love, grace, and resources toward each person and circumstance I encounter. Thank You, Jesus, Amen.

A·bun·dance, noun
An extremely plentiful or oversufficient quantity or supply. Overflowing fullness.

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. “Abundance”. Dictionary.com Unabridged. Random House, Inc. 11 May. 2016. .

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.

Five Benefits for Believers

Sunday, October 12th, 2014

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ. Ephesians 1:3

1. Eternal Life. “He who believes in the Son has eternal life” (John 3:36). The greatest benefit of all is that God sent Jesus on the great rescue mission so that we can be saved from eternal separation and darkness.

2. God’s Provision. The God who provided for His people in the Bible wants to take care of you today—He never changes. Life’s worries and cares constantly vie for our attention, but as we seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, God will meet our every need (Matthew 6:33).

3. Divine Protection. From the moment you wake up and wherever you go, you can believe for God’s protection. Psalm 91 is a powerful chapter about the security of those who abide in God’s presence. Read and confess it so much that it becomes built into the core of your memory.

4. Genuine Connection with God. Our relationship with God is the signature component of our lives. Jesus took the banishment and sin so we can have restored fellowship with God. If you haven’t been walking closely with Him, push the reset button today and step into the amazing vibrancy of connection with the Creator of the universe.

5. Equipped for Effective Service. “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you” (Acts 1:8). The purpose of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in the early church was to make us effective and equip us for amazing service.

Pray this Prayer:
God, I connect with You today. I seek You and pursue You. You are the God of all hope (Romans 15:13) and You give power to the weak (Isaiah 40:29). I reach out now and receive all the blessing You have for me in every area of my life. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

ben•e•fit, noun
Something that promotes or enhances well-being; an advantage.

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