Posts Tagged ‘action’

The Attitude of Faith

Friday, October 12th, 2018

Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep His promise. Hebrews 10:23 (NLT)

1. FAITH BELIEVES GOD’S WORD. In the Bible, the Israelites sent 12 spies to check out the land God promised them. When they came back and reported, ten men were freaked out by the fortified cities and the giant warriors, while only two, Caleb and Joshua, believed they could take the land. Caleb said, “We should by all means go up and take possession of it, for we will surely overcome it” (Numbers 13:30).

2. FAITH TAKES ACTION. The context for breakthrough is usually in the midst of conflict. Yes the Israelites had to face off with giants, but God was with them and they made it to the Promised Land. When Peter walked on water, it wasn’t on a glassy sea on a sunshiny day – it was in the middle of the night when the disciples were fighting strong winds and waves. We’re at our best when we aren’t waiting for ideal circumstances but stepping out and trusting that God’s Word is true – even in the middle of turbulent circumstances.

3. FAITH PRODUCES CONFIDENCE. “Worry weighs a person down; an encouraging word cheers a person up” (Proverbs 12:25 NLT). God’s love for you and His protection over your life are real. Find the encouraging word you need in the Bible. Remember all the Lord has done for you, and as you meditate on the Word of God, faith will replace fear.

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

Declare these truths based on Psalm 3:
But You, O Lord, are a shield around me; You are my glory, the one who holds my head high. I cried out to the Lord, and He answered me. I lay down and slept, yet I woke up in safety, for the Lord was watching over me. I am not afraid of ten thousand enemies who surround me on every side. Victory comes from You, O Lord (NLT).

con·fi·dence, noun
A feeling of trust (in someone or something). Freedom from doubt. A trustful relationship. A state of confident hopefulness that events will be favorable.

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Tell People About Jesus

Friday, May 25th, 2018

And He [Jesus] said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the Gospel to all creation.” Mark 16:15

1. CALLED TO EFFECTIVENESS. St. Louis Family Church was established in 1988 with the goal to honor God and help people. Jesus, the Head of the Church, is doing great things worldwide, and we are part of it. Together and as individuals we have a mandate on our lives to carry light and fire to the next generation.

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

2. CREATED FOR ACTION. God redeemed us from futility and has initiated us into purpose. You were created to accomplish amazing works, but the devil is fighting to distract you because you are so dangerous to him. Keep reading the Word and praying to prepare and stay ready for what God is doing in your life!

3. COMMITTED TO OBEY. The Gospel is powerful. We can’t let the devil silence us. God is activating us to nudge people out of darkness into the light. Ask the Holy Spirit to lead and guide you on how to pray and who to talk to. Begin to tell people what Jesus has done for you. As we each step out in obedience at the prompting of the Holy Spirit, we will see great fruitfulness and breakthrough as individuals, in our church, and in our world in the coming days.

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

DAILY CONFESSION:
I give thanks to the Lord, I call upon His name. I make known His deeds among the people (Psalm 105:1). For I am not ashamed of the Gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes.(Romans 1:17). I don’t worry about how or what I should say for I will know what to say at the right moment. It is not I who will speak but the Holy Spirit in me (Matthew 10:19-20).

tell, verb
To express in words. To relate in detail: narrate. To make known: divulge, reveal. To give information to.

Copyright © 2018 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. Used by permission. “tell.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 23 May 2018.

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.

Copyright © 2017 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. Used by permission. All rights reserved. “Action.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam- Webster, n.d. 13 November 2017.

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.

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