Posts Tagged ‘fulfillment’

Five Steps Toward Fruitfulness

Friday, March 16th, 2018

If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit. John 15:7-8a

2018 is a season of fruitfulness. As we fast and pray in the following weeks, here are five words that the Lord put on my heart to help us accomplish all He has called us to this year!

1. STRENGTHENING. Like King David did, we can strengthen ourselves in the Lord and receive His power for the next steps (1 Samuel 30:6). Throughout your day, continually reinforce God’s perspective in your heart through reading the Word or a devotional or by listening to a sermon podcast.

2. FULFILLMENT. The dictionary defines this as a “feeling of satisfaction at having achieved one’s desires.” When we finish one mission, there is always another ahead. That’s why it’s important to celebrate our accomplishments and breakthroughs by taking time to be thankful and rejoice in what God has done.

3. ACHIEVEMENT. While everyone loves big heroic deeds, it’s also the daily acts of obedience that change lives. So we get up and pray expecting results. We go to our jobs expecting God to move in the workplace. We pick up our kids from school, knowing God is in it.

4. PROSPERITY. God delights in the prosperity of His people (Psalm 35:27). It’s not something to be misunderstood or ashamed of. God gives seed to the sower, meaning we are called to take His provision and be givers to the world around us.

5. ABUNDANCE. Jesus came that we might have abundant life (John 10:10). God invites us into His abundance in every area of life. His provision is without restrictions or limitations – He wants our souls to flourish, our families to be full of life, and our finances to be healthy so that we can provide for ourselves and others.

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

DAILY CONFESSION:
I smile at the future because the joy of the Lord is my strength. The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him, and I am helped. Therefore my heart exults, and with my song I shall thank Him. God is able to make all grace abound to me, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, I may have an abundance for every good deed. (Proverbs 31:25; Nehemiah 8:10; Psalm 28:7; 2 Corinthians 9:8)

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. All rights reserved. “fulfillment.” Memidex Dictionary/Thesaurus. Web. 14 Mar 2018 . “fruitfulness.” Collins English Dictionary. Web. 14 Mar 2018 .

How to Be More Effective

Friday, April 1st, 2016

O Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to you, avoiding worldly and empty chatter and the opposing arguments of what is falsely called “knowledge”—which some have professed and thus gone astray from the faith. 1 Timothy 6:20-21

1. CHECK YOUR HEART. God wants us to keep our hearts receptive. The Apostle Paul was urging Timothy to be aware of and guard the gifts God entrusted to him. It’s important to look at what is in your heart and create an atmosphere for the gifts to flourish so that you can bear good fruit.

2. AVOID EMPTY CHATTER. One of the ways to guard the treasure that is within you is to guard your tongue. There is a place for humor and wit, but make sure it doesn’t cross the line and become sarcastic and unfruitful. To check if your conversation is godly, see if you can immediately pray or talk to God afterwards. This doesn’t mean you have to be religious or talk in “church speak,” but let the words of your mouth and the meditation of your heart be connected to God (Psalm 19:14). Death and life are in the power of the tongue (Proverbs 18:21), so keep checking in to make sure your words are life-giving and edifying.

For this reason I remind you to kindle afresh the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline. 2 Timothy 1:6-7

3. STIR UP THE GIFT OF GOD. Living an obedient life of faith is where fulfillment is found. People out there need the life-giving truth you have. If you feel like your fire has burned low, take some time to stir it up. Now is not the time to hold back; it’s the time to step out and be bold.

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

DAILY CONFESSION
I pray that the fellowship of my faith may become effective through the knowledge of every good thing which is in me for Christ’s sake (Philemon 1:6). I’m anointed. There is a calling on my life. Jesus lives in me and His word abides in me. God is using me in interesting ways in the upcoming days to make a difference in people’s lives.

ef·fec·tive, adj.
Ready for service or action.

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. “Effective.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. 30 March 2016.

Walking Humbly With God

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time. 1 Peter 5:6

Fulfillment. In God, exaltation means identifying and fulfilling that place where God has called you to walk. For each one of us it’s different. Don’t get hijacked by an obsession for self-fulfillment. Jesus found His highest joys in doing what God wanted Him to do (John 4:34 NLT). Give your efforts to God and say, “Not my will but Yours be done.”

Then Jesus explained: “My nourishment comes from doing the will of God, who sent me, and from finishing his work.” John 4:34 NLT

The Big Deal. Seek God by getting up in the morning and starting with something other than just TV talk shows, music, or social media. Fill your sails with a fresh awareness of Jesus. “In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight” (Proverbs 3:6).

Timing. God has beautiful timing. As you trust Him, He’ll take your present circumstances and use them as building blocks for your tomorrow. Someday you’ll look back and realize how seemingly insignificant moments were actually turning points in your life. Be kind, be thankful, love people, and pray. Don’t value the distorted agenda of the world. Your real validation comes from simply obeying God and doing what He calls you to do.

Daily Confession:
I humble myself before God and in due time He will exalt me. What the enemy means for harm, God turns around for good in my life because I love God and am called according to His purpose. All the past sin or present feeling of dysfunction is covered by the blood of Jesus. I am a standard bearer of excellence everywhere I go. I do my work heartily unto the Lord and trust that I walk out His perfect timing in every area of my life.

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

Hum•ble (adj.) – not proud or haughty; not arrogant or assertive. reflecting, expressing, or offered in a spirit of deference or submission. –Merriam Webster Dictionary

Copyright © 2013 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 quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996, 2004. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. “Humble.” Merriam-Webster.com. Web. 25 Nov. 2013.