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The Real Deal

Friday, November 24th, 2017

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. RESTORATION. A life with God is the most wonderful life. God sent Jesus to redeem sinners and to restore that close connection between God and humanity. When we humble ourselves and commit to following Jesus, He sets us free, gives us a new nature, and shows us His purpose for our lives. It’s really amazing, isn’t it!?

2. PURPOSE. We need to differentiate good ideas from God ideas. Ask yourself, “What are the specific things God has called me to do?” We’re not clones and we shouldn’t compare ourselves and our calling to others (2 Corinthians 10:12). Instead, God wants the proper working of each individual part throughout the Church (Ephesians 4:16). You don’t have to worry about where you fit in – just entrust your heart to God and He will use you. You have gifts. Discover them and implement them.

As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. 1 Peter 4:10

3. ACTION. God loves it when we are really doers of the Word (James 1:22). This isn’t meant to make you feel desperate but to inspire you to live deliberately. “Doing” pushes us away from settling for intentions, and it gets us into divine action. Faith without corresponding action is flat and hollow. Practical application of what God’s Word teaches is really rewarding.

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

4. FOLLOW THROUGH. I like to bottom-line the purpose of life by asking: What pleases God? Micah’s prophecy to Israel in the Old Testament reveals what God wants from us. When we commit to living a life of service, walking in love, and keeping it all about Jesus, we’ll see great fruit produced.

God is so faithful!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

PRAY THIS PRAYER:
Jesus, I love You. You are the Prince of Peace. You bring healing to the nations. You restore lives. I ask You to stir something fresh in me this week. Please ignite new fire in any lukewarm areas of my heart. My life is yours, God. Do with it what You want! In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

ac·tion, noun
A thing done. The accomplishment of a thing usually over a period of time, in stages, or with the possibility of repetition. A function of the body or one of its parts.

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Reasons to Fast: Preparing for Increase

Monday, March 12th, 2012

I’m dedicating March 11-17 to prayer and fasting so we can filter out distraction and seek God. God has some significant things up ahead. Let’s increase our Word intake and sensitize ourselves to the Holy Spirit so we’ll be ready to walk out His plan.

1. To Sow to the Spirit and Humble the Flesh. I humbled my soul with fasting. Psalm 35:13b

2. To Receive Direction. While they [the early church] were ministering to the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” Then, when they had fasted and prayed and laid their hands on them, they sent them away. Acts 13:2-3

3. To Obtain Breakthrough. Is this not the fast which I choose, to loosen the bonds of wickedness, to undo the bands of the yoke, and to let the oppressed go free and break every yoke? Isaiah 58:6

4. To Prepare for Action. Then Esther told them to reply to Mordecai, “Go, assemble all the Jews who are found in Susa, and fast for me; do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my maidens also will fast in the same way. And thus I will go in to the king, which is not according to the law; and if I perish, I perish.”
Esther 4:15-16

Approach fasting prayerfully. Don’t get legalistic. God may be calling you to fast just one meal. Daniel in the Bible fasted everything but vegetables (Daniel 1:12-18). Or you might fast media: King Darius fasted entertainment while Daniel was in the lions’ den (Daniel 6:18). Use wisdom; if you have blood sugar or medication issues, don’t just stop eating. The point is, ask God what kind of fast He is calling you to. As we jumpstart our year by fasting and seeking God, we will see breakthrough and we will receive direction.

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

PRAY:
• Removal of obstacles.
• Increased love.
• God’s perfect will.
• With the end in mind.

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.