Archive for the ‘obedience’ Category

The Ripple Effect

Friday, December 16th, 2016

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 16:9a

1. STEP OUT. Your life can precipitate all kinds of repercussive effects. We can be inspired by people who have gone before us and changed the limits of what was possible—Chuck Yeager, who broke the sound barrier; Roger Bannister, who ran a mile in just under four minutes though experts thought it couldn’t be done; Abraham and Sarah who were called by God to bear a baby in their old age (Hebrews 11:12); the Apostle Paul, who was assigned to take the Gospel to the Gentile world. God has called us both as a church and as individuals to set precedents, to pioneer new things that will have ripple effects into eternity.

2. LET GOD TURN IT AROUND. God doesn’t expect you to have arrived in life, but let the process begin. Life is not ideal, but God is so powerful, so amazing. He takes a bad thing—even your hurts and your disappointments—and turns it around for good (Romans 8:28).

“Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock.” Matthew 7:24-25

3. TAKE ACTION. Faith without corresponding action is dead (James 2:17). We need the daily application of God’s Word—to take what He says and act on it. When we see people struggling under harsh economic issues, we take action and give. When we see people sick, we believe God for their healing. As we establish a daily rhythm of being led by the Holy Spirit and stepping forward in obedience, we are going to enter a season with many opportunities. The pebble in the pond is just the beginning—the ripple effect goes on.

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

rip·ple ef·fect, noun
The continuing and spreading results of an event or action.

“WHAT WE DO IN LIFE ECHOES IN ETERNITY.” ~ GLADIATOR

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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.

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Follow Through

Friday, June 26th, 2015

He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? Micah 6:8

1. Do the Right Thing. This verse in Micah breaks down three components of a thriving spiritual life. Every day we can pursue justice—and we have the amazing Holy Spirit to help us discern the right things to say and do.

Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity. Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person. Colossians 4:5-6

2. Walk In Love. Be quick to forgive and quick to repent. If you’ve developed skill at itemizing and retaining hurts, trust God to bury it in the sea of forgetfulness and then move on from it. Have nothing to do with unforgiveness and everything to do with loving others.

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. Deuteronomy 6:5

3. Follow Through Obediently. Don’t give up before the breakthrough. We are called to live a life of follow-through. To get a fresh perspective, let your logic get cleansed by the Word of God. Every day is a new opportunity to reset your heart before the Lord and push past disappointments, forgive the frailties of others, and fight the good fight of faith.

Pray this Prayer
God, I thank You for sending the Holy Spirit to help me to daily walk in love, to know and discern the way of justice, and to follow through in obedience to the very end of my life! I love You, Jesus!

fol•low through, verb
To press on in an activity or process especially to a conclusion.

Press on!
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. Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved. “Follow through.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 23 June 2015.

One Life Can Change the World

Monday, September 27th, 2010

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 16:9a

God is looking for people who will give their hearts to Him. He’s not looking for methodology or fancy pants know-it-alls. God is looking for people He can use—people of prayer, people who are yielded to and following Him, people who are sensitive to the Holy Spirit.

Don’t underestimate the value of everyday life. The least-noticed things are facilitating the greatest impact. The real world changers in World War II were not just the guys on the battlefield—they were also the people under the ground digging up the coal to fuel the world. The real changers are the Rosa Parks of the world, who take a stand for justice at the end of a hard work day, or Mrs. Everest, Winston Churchill’s nanny, who cared for him when no one else did and took the time to tell him about Jesus. These people in their normal everyday lives shaped the future.

You and I have this little life moment to communicate Jesus to our generation. It’s about lifting up Jesus and obeying the voice of the Holy Spirit when you go to the grocery store, when you get gas, at the office, with your kids at the playground—God loves doing extravagant things in what seems like common moments.

Your life is valuable. The rest of the world won’t reinforce that—it will either belittle and undermine your life and mission, or support narcissism. So lay aside the mindset of “How am I going to figure out my deal?” and just go to the feet of Jesus and say, “Okay, God, accomplish through me what You desire.” It’s amazing what God can do with an obedient heart.

For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:6

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

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.

What God Requires of You

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? Micah 6:8

Let’s find out what is pleasing to the Lord and do it. If we dedicate ourselves to pursuing what God likes, we will stop comparing ourselves to others and accomplish God’s plan for each of our lives.

Do justice. God has called us to do what is right. We live in a world that is aimless and frivolous. But God has called us to translate our days into fruitfulness. Jesus said: “My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples” (John 15:8). I’m not talking about workaholism or using good works to become good — God looks at the heart. And He loves people who do what’s right just because it’s the right thing to do.

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

Love kindness. To walk in love means to regard others as valuable. Knowing God and how much value He places on people will help your attitude toward others. If your attitude goes sour, keep telling yourself: “That person is someone for whom Christ died.”

Walk humbly with God. Get close to God. Talk with Him, walk with Him. Throw yourself into God’s grace, expecting clarity to come. It’s time to get back to the root of the matter — knowing God. Jesus, in freeing us from sin, has made it possible for us to walk and fellowship with God!

There are more miracles that God wants to display through you more of the time. And it is these moments of obedience that will precipitate change in an entire city, across a nation, and throughout the whole world. Obeying God — what a noble way to spend a life.

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

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JUMP! Kids Camp

Monday, June 14th, 2010

NOAH AND THE KIDS WHO OBEY

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. Hebrews 12:1

The story of Noah is a story of perseverance and faith despite the lack of outward reinforcement.

By faith, Noah built a ship in the middle of dry land. He was warned about something he couldn’t see, and acted on what he was told. The result? His family was saved. His act of faith drew a sharp line between the evil of the unbelieving world and the rightness of the believing world. As a result, Noah became intimate with God.
Hebrews 11:7 The Message

Life is tough. Obeying God can be hard, and there will be times when you wonder if you even heard God right. But amazing things happen when you follow God. Decide to be in this for the long haul. Don’t look back at past mistakes—keep pressing forward!

You’re going to cross the finish line!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

PS Thanks to all who served in making the best JUMP! kids camp ever!

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