Archive for the ‘God's plans’ Category

What Is Your Preoccupation?

Friday, August 24th, 2018

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless His holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget none of His benefits; Who pardons all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases; Who redeems your life from the pit, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion; Who satisfies your years with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle. Psalm 103:1-5

1. GOD HAS A PLAN. Do you have a vision for your life – to do and see great things? When you receive Jesus as your Savior, God redeems your life from the pit and sets you on a path of abundant life. If you’ve been in a fog of darkness and heaviness, God’s grace is available to help you to get up, get out there, and believe God and conquer.

Don’t let them waste their time in endless discussion of myths and spiritual pedigrees. These things only lead to meaningless speculations, which don’t help people live a life of faith in God. The purpose of my instruction is that all believers would be filled with love that comes from a pure heart, a clear conscience, and genuine faith. 1 Timothy 1:4-5 NLT

2. GOD WILL PROVIDE. “Forget none of His benefits.” Instead of speculating about the hype and superficiality in the world around us, we need to preoccupy ourselves with God’s provision – to remember all that He has done and is doing. God, who created everything, knows your needs. He can and will sustain you both in good times and difficult times.

3. GET IN GOD’S PRESENCE. Auto pilot doesn’t work in a relationship with God. Morning by morning, we must reinforce who God is in our lives, continually feeding on the nutrition of the Bible. From the time we wake up, till we go to bed, we can fellowship with God. If you’re going to get preoccupied with anything, occupy yourself with what God is saying. As you let God’s Word become real in your life, you will be ready to share it with others.

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

DAILY CONFESSION: Let all that I am praise the Lord; with my whole heart, I will praise His holy name. Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never forget the good things He does for me. He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases. He redeems me from death and crowns me with love and tender mercies. He fills my life with good things. My youth is renewed like the eagle’s (Psalm 103:1-5 NLT).

pro·vi·sion, noun
From Latin provisionem: “A foreseeing, foresight, preparation, prevention.” A providing beforehand, action of arranging in advance.

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It’s All Working Out for Good!

Friday, June 22nd, 2018

And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28

1. THE DREAM. Joseph had a vision for his life. But sometimes, in between the dream and the fulfillment, ridiculous stuff can happen. Joseph’s brothers threw him into a pit and then sold him to some Ishmaelites. Then, in Egypt, he was unjustly thrown into prison. From age 17 to 30 his dream was challenged, but then God opened the door.

2. THE BATTLE. Joseph was faithful even when at his lowest. If you are weary and fatigued from protracted battles, receive God’s refreshing today. Stay faithful, overcome resentment, and trust God. He redeemed Joseph’s life and He will turn your situation around too.

As for you, you meant evil against me [Joseph], but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive. Genesis 50:20

3. THE RESULT. One day Joseph was in prison and the next he was the second in command in Egypt. Don’t quit. God turned things around for Joseph’s life, but God also used him to save an entire nation from starvation. Take hold of this biblical concept—that God causes all things to work together for good—and apply it at your job, with your family, to your dreams. God is so good and He cares for you and loves you. You can trust Him to come through for you every time!

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

DAILY CONFESSION:
I was born for such a time as this. All things to work together for good to those who love God, and are called according to His purpose. My circumstances are turning out for the greater progress of the Gospel (Esther 4:14; Romans 8:28; Philippians 1:12).

re·sult, noun
Something that follows naturally from a particular action, operation, or course; a consequence or outcome. Favorable or desired outcomes

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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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A Certain Mission

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

God knew what he was doing from the very beginning. He decided from the outset to shape the lives of those who love him along the same lines as the life of his Son. The Son stands first in the line of humanity he restored. We see the original and intended shape of our lives there in him . . . after getting them [His children] established, he stayed with them to the end, gloriously completing what he had begun. Romans 8:29-30 The Message

Daily Faithfulness. Your mission is not vague, but certain. You may not know at this moment the fullness of what God has called you to, but He put gifts and aptitudes in your life for a specific purpose. Do everything you can to press in and not let the devil disrupt your fellowship with God or diminish your effectiveness.

Language of Faith. It takes courage to fulfill God’s plan. You may have to step out of your comfort zone into some new areas, but know that those whom God calls He equips (1 Thessalonians 5:24; Hebrews 13:21). A faith-filled believer doesn’t whine and doesn’t speak from want, but from a position of abundance: “God is going to supply and meet my need right where I am.”

Culture Shapers. What do you want to see happen through your life? If you’re clueless about it, go to God and ask like Paul did, “Lord, what do You want me to do?” (Acts 9:6 NKJV). God leads you by His Word and He leads you by the subtle prompting in your spirit. In the meantime, be diligent in whatever you find to do (Ecclesiastes 10:9). You are called to be a culture-shaper—to cause hearts to be changed and whole nations to know the saving power of Jesus.

Pray this Prayer
Father, I pray in the name of Jesus that You would download creativity, supernatural strength, and the next steps of what I am to do. I thank You that I am designed to be a carrier of Your presence. Help me to be sensitive to the voice of Your Holy Spirit, to go where You say to go and do what You say to do.

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

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Run With the Vision

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

I will stand on my guard post and station myself on the rampart; and I will keep watch to see what He will speak to me, and how I may reply when I am reproved. Habakkuk 2:1

Stand & Watch. The prophet Habakkuk is standing and watching, ready to hear from God—not wondering if God will speak to him but listening for what God will speak to him. Let’s be ready for what God wants to tell us and for what He is going to do at the appointed time.

Then the Lord answered me and said, “Record the vision and inscribe it on tablets, that the one who reads it may run. For the vision is yet for the appointed time; it hastens toward the goal and it will not fail. Though it tarries, wait for it; for it will certainly come, it will not delay.” Habakkuk 2:2-3

Record & Run.
With a vision, we can run toward the goal. God wants to do great miracles through each one of us. Write down your prayers, what God reveals to you in the Scriptures, and what the voice of the Holy Spirit is speaking to you.

Pray This Prayer
God, You have given me everything I need pertaining to life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3). I thank You I am equipped to do Your will (Hebrews 13:21). You came that I might have life and have it more abundantly (John 10:10). You have called me to lift up Jesus, to pray huge prayers of faith, and to shine the light of the Word of God into the dark parts of this world. I thank You that I am filled with Your thoughts and plans, God. I follow only Your voice and not the voice of a stranger (John 10:4-5). In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

vi•sion, noun
Mode of seeing or conceiving: unusual discernment or foresight.

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

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God’s Plans. God’s Timing.

Monday, November 25th, 2013

The people who know their God will display strength and take action.
Daniel 11:32b

Respond To God. The champions of the Bible were not unattainable superheroes. They were men and women who simply responded to God, believed the word that He had given them, and acted on the mission. That’s where they found the strength and that’s where we too will find the strength to complete our course.

Believe God’s Word. Instead of asking God to bless your plans, ask God to bless you with His plans. If we’ll lay aside our agendas in favor of God’s agenda, with Jesus’ adamant attitude toward the Father: “Not My will, but Yours be done” (Luke 22:42)—over the course of time we’ll thrive and our culture will be impacted
powerfully by the salt and light in our lives.

But My servant Caleb, because he has had a different spirit and has followed Me fully, I will bring into the land which he entered, and his descendants shall take possession of it. Numbers 14:24

Act On The Mission. There has never been a better time to invest all your heart into the things of God. You are called to be a world changer, to push back darkness, to bring hope—to be an Esther who was unassuming but stepped up and walked through the door God opened for her; to be like Caleb who had a different spirit; or to be like the apostle Paul who overcame detours and obstacles to fulfill God’s plan and finally preach the Word unhindered. God has His hand on your life. Hold to His plan. Believe for it, stand for it. His timing is always perfect.

Pray this prayer:
Lord, my heart is inclined to You and I know Your voice. Use me to make a difference and to have impact, for healing to flow, lives to change, and courage to come. Fill me now with the power of Your Holy Spirit. Order my steps. Thank You, Lord, that signs and wonders will follow my life. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Strength (noun) – The quality that allows someone to deal with problems in a determined and effective way. The quality or state of being strong; capacity for exertion or endurance; power of resisting attack. –Merriam Webster Dictionary

Happy Thanksgiving!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

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Created for Purpose

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:1-2

God created you for very specific reasons to have an impactful and fruitful life—to accomplish things that have eternal repercussions. But there is a mind-numbing resistance to this call that we must resist by fixing our eyes on Jesus.

My son, give attention to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. Do not let them depart from your sight; keep them in the midst of your heart. For they are life to those who find them and health to all their body. Proverbs 4:20-22

We don’t have to spin our wheels in life. As you and I press on toward the goal, we get traction by staying in the Word and by maintaining close proximity to Jesus—by fellowshipping with Him, by worshipping Him, by plugging into church after a long work week, by continually offering up a sacrifice of praise even when our circumstances are freaking us out and other people are pulling us in other directions.

Not that I have already obtained it or have already become perfect, but I press on so that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus. Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:12-14

The race for you is distinct and particular. When apathy or temptation tries to seize you or distraction tries to pull you away, realize there is something up over the hill that you can’t see right now that’s worth your pressing on to follow through with God. There are things up ahead that will make all the challenges, trials, and battles worth the fight.

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

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Designed for Fruitfulness

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
Genesis 1:27-28

God has a big, beautiful plan for you—not to be idle or miserable, but to have an abundant, fruitful life (John 10:10).

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

God has a purpose for you as strong and well-defined as it was for the patriarchs in the days of the Pharaohs. As strong as it was for Esther when Mordecai looked at her and said, “You were born for such a time as this” (Esther 4:14). As strong as it was for Jeremiah when God said, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I have appointed you a prophet to the nations” (Jeremiah 1:5).

When you and I carry a certainty about who we are and what we are called to do, we don’t have to over-imply it. We don’t have to live religious clichés, because our lives are too authentic for that. The substance of what we have doesn’t come from ourselves. It comes from God. He is our sufficiency. He is the one at work in us (Philippians 2:13). He is the one who opens a door no man can shut (Revelation 3:8).

Amazing things can happen from a group of people whose mind set is in harmony with God and His Word. As we make Jesus central in our lives and get over resentments and forgive others, we will be like Joseph, who was described as a fruitful bough by a spring, whose branches run over a wall (Genesis 49:22). Lift up your eyes to Jesus and recognize your true potential in Christ and the expansive abundance He’s given you to reach a lost and hurting world.

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

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Your Place in the World

Monday, September 12th, 2011

But speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ, from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love. Ephesians 4:15-16

God’s plans for you are significant. 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. Worth is determined by the price someone is willing to pay. The significant and fruitful life is accessible to all who seek God—it’s not a spectator sport but the proper working of each individual part.

I ask—ask the God of our Master, Jesus Christ, the God of glory—to make you intelligent and discerning in knowing him personally, your eyes focused and clear, so that you can see exactly what it is he is calling you to do, grasp the immensity of this glorious way of life he has for his followers, oh, the utter extravagance of his work in us who trust him—endless energy, boundless strength! Ephesians 1:17-19 The Message

The world is laboring under a sense of futility. We as followers of Jesus must counteract that pointlessness by studying what the Word says about God’s amazing call and His provision for that call. Realizing that God is establishing you for something of significance will build in you the confidence to not shrink back—even during times of challenge.

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

God wants to use you to do some extraordinary things. 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 naturally supernatural, shape culture, and change this generation. He can even take the hurts of your past and turn them into credibility when you reach out to someone else going through similar pain. Lift up your eyes and see the amazing life God has for you!

God Bless You!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

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