Posts Tagged ‘God’s will’

The Assurance of God’s Abundance

Friday, December 7th, 2018

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the men of old gained approval. For he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him Hebrews 11:1, 6b

1. ASCERTAIN GOD’S WILL. God’s will and nature are all about abundance. He delights in our prosperity (Psalm 35:27). God “supplies seed to the sower and bread for food” (2 Corinthians 9:10), which means He will meet your needs and enable you to help meet the needs of others.

2. ASSESS HIS PROMISES. To understand God’s will, it’s imperative that we go to God’s Word and learn about His promises. The psalmist tells us to “forget none of His benefits” (Psalm 103:2). So take time to study and write out God’s promises as they pertain to your life.

3. ACQUIRE EACH BENEFIT. King David didn’t say, “My cup is half empty” or “it’s half full.” He declared, “My cup overflows” (Psalm 23:5). God wants every area of our lives to overflow – spirit, soul, body, our relationships, our finances, and our callings.

4. ACT ON THE WORD. We are called to take action, to be doers not just hearers of the Word (James 1:22). God’s Word is like a light guiding our path (Psalm 119:105). As you act on the Scriptures and stand on the promises of God, you can trust that His mercy, provision, and forgiveness will be available to you every day.

5. ACCEPT IT BY FAITH. Faith is not mythology, denial, or escapism. It’s firm persuasion based on the reliability and unchangeableness of God’s nature. Hebrews 11 lays out the compelling examples of men and women who have gone before us in faith – Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham and Sarah, and others – they trusted God to fulfill what He promised! Just as God was faithful to them, God will be faithful to you. Trust Him. He will do it.

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

DAILY CONFESSION:
Every good thing comes from God (James 1:17). No good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly (Psalm 84:11). As I tithe, I trust God to open up the windows of heaven and pour out overflowing blessing (Malachi 3:10).

a·bun·dance, noun
An extremely plentiful or over sufficient quantity or supply. Overflowing fullness.

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. “abundance.” Random House Unabridged Dictionary. Web. 5 Dec 2018 .

Created for Impact

Friday, June 9th, 2017

Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to accomplish His work. Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look on the fields, that they are white for harvest.” John 4:34-35

GOD’S AMAZING PLAN. Jesus lived to do God’s will. There is nothing more fulfilling than to follow God’s plan for our lives. God has called us to be a culture of effective workers who do our work heartily to Him and have genuine impact in the lives of others around us.

Seeing the people, He felt compassion for them, because they were distressed and dispirited like sheep without a shepherd. Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest.” Matthew 9:36-38

ENDURANCE BRINGS EFFECTIVENESS. We’ve all been through rough stuff. But don’t get stuck in your devastation. God can use what you’ve been through to bring credibility as you reach out to others going through difficulty. Lift up your eyes and see the amazing opportunities all around you. Every day there are people you come into contact with who need some encouragement, who need prayer, who need kindness—be available to God and the amazing assignments He has for you as you go on your way!

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

PRAY THIS PRAYER
Thank You, Jesus, for the hope I have in You. Whoever calls on Your Name will be saved (Romans 10:13). I pray that You send people to cross the paths of my family and my friends who need You. And use me this week to be the answer to someone else’s prayer for a loved one. I pray that You will use me this year in my daily life to have a greater impact than ever. When You tell me to talk to someone, to encourage someone, to call someone—I will! I love You, Jesus!

im·pact, noun
Forceful impression. Influence; effect.

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God’s Pattern for Prayer

Friday, June 5th, 2015

1. Start With Praise. “Our Father who is in heaven, hallowed be Your name” (Matthew 6:9). There are pools of wisdom and resource found in the presence of God. When you go to God, start out with praise first and focus on God before going into your petitions.

2. Pray for God’s Will. “Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10). Jesus told us to pray not for our will but for God’s will to be done. If you’re not sure about God’s will, spend time in the Scriptures studying and finding out what God thinks about a certain area.

3. Pray Specifically. “Give us this day our daily bread” (Matthew 6:11). Find promises in the Bible that correspond to your problems and believe for great results. As you study the book of Acts you will see breathtaking results to simple, faith-filled prayers.

4. Forgive. “Forgive us our shortcomings, as we also have forgiven those who have failed in their duty towards us” (Matthew 6:12 WEY). When you go before God in prayer, one of the first things He deals with you about is your attitude. We’ve all been hurt, and some of the offenders haven’t even acknowledged their wrong. But we are responsible to keep our hearts right before God and He will help us adjust our attitude.

5. Trust God Every Day. “And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.” (Matthew 6:13). With every temptation God provides a way of escape! You can draw near with confidence and find mercy and help in time of need (Hebrews 4:15-16).

Prayer is connecting and communicating with God. It’s not religious routine—so fight to stay real and keep your heart genuine when you pray. Stand on God’s Word and trust God for answered prayer!

hal·lowed, adj.
Holy or blessed. Highly respected. Sacred, revered.

God bless you,
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. “Hallowed.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 03 June 2015. Weymouth New Testament in Modern Speech. Third Edition 1913.

A Year of Breakthrough & Accomplishment

Saturday, January 31st, 2015

As we believe God for all that He has for 2015, here are some specifics to continue to pray over your lives and over the church!

1. Pray for the removal of obstacles.
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. Hebrews 12:1-2a

2. Pray for the increase of love.
And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ. Philippians 1:9-10

3. Pray for personal growth.
As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming; but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ. Ephesians 4:14-15

4. Pray for the 100% will of God.
For this reason also, since the day we heard of it, we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding. Colossians 1:9

5. Pray with the end in mind.
Then Jesus explained: “My nourishment comes from doing the will of God who sent me, and from finishing his work. Do you think the work of harvesting will not begin until the summer ends four months from now? Look around you! Vast fields of human souls are ripening all around us, and are ready now for reaping.” John 4:34-35 TLB

ac•com•plish•ment, noun
That which completes, perfects, or equips thoroughly.

God bless you!
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. Footnote: Scripture quotations marked “TLB” or “The Living Bible” are taken from The Living Bible/ Kenneth N. Taylor. electronic ed. Wheaton :Tyndale House, 1997, c1971 by Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved. “accomplishment.” YourDictionary, n.d. Web. 27 January 2015. .

Filled With God’s Power

Monday, May 28th, 2012

But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves. 2 Corinthians 4:7

God is not looking for human wit or personal charm. He is looking for available, willing, and yielded vessels. He is looking for people who will connect to Him and be willing to serve Him through their lifetime. Regardless of how you may feel right now, God wants to use you for great things. He wants to get you positioned, poised, and prepared for what He has ahead.

In the Bible, we read about how God used many people who were plagued by personal insecurity. Gideon said, “I’m the least in my father’s house” (Judges 6:15). Moses said, “I stutter—use someone else” (Exodus 4:10). Isaiah said, “I am a man of unclean lips” (Isaiah 6:5). Peter said, “Depart from me—I’m a sinful man” (Luke 5:8). Yet, God used them powerfully. God is so faithful that even when you’re tired, exhausted, or distracted, He will come in and pour out His Spirit.

You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world. 1 John 4:4

You are from God! No matter what you are facing, the source of all power is linked up to your life. I pray you’ll rise up out of oppression and realize the devil has been lying to you—that he is in fact defeated. Because of what Jesus accomplished on the Cross, you can draw near (Hebrews 4:16); you are rescued from darkness (Colossians 1:13); and no weapon formed against you will prosper (Isaiah 54:17)!

You can pray and God will change the course of nations. You can serve and leave a lingering effect long after you are gone. The Greater One who lives in you is more than enough for your kids and your business. He’s more than enough to direct your motivation and help you with the next steps of obedience. So stay ready. Stay filled with the Holy Spirit and cultivate a tender and receptive heart. He will take your earthen vessel and fill it with wisdom, power, and the knowledge of His will!

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

For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of His will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives. Colossians 1:9

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Future Plans

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

So don’t worry and don’t keep saying, “What shall we eat, what shall we drink or what shall we wear?”! That is what pagans are always looking for; your Heavenly Father knows that you need them all. Set your heart on the kingdom and His goodness, and all these things will come to you as a matter of course. Matthew 6:31-33 PHILLIPS.

1. Worrying About Tomorrow Is Unnecessary. Five times in Matthew 6 Jesus addresses worry. He’s saying to quit obsessing on the “what ifs” and the “how comes” and seek first His Kingdom, and then all the other things we need will be added.

2. When We Acknowledge God, His Guidance Is Assured. Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul (Psalm 143:8 NIVUK). God is worthy of our focus. When we present our soul—our thinking faculties, will, and emotions—to the Lord, we have the assurance that He will bring guidance (Proverbs 3:5).

3. Seek God’s Will About Plans For The Future. Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground (Psalm 143:10 NIVUK). When the will of God is known through the written Word of God (like in the areas of healing and finances) we don’t need to pray “if it be Your will.” But when it comes to life decisions—marriage choices, career choices, where to send the kids to school—keep an open heart and seek God’s will (James 4:13-15).

4. God Has Promised To See Us Through. Being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus (Philippians 1:6 NIVUK). God knows more about the future than we do about the past. The cure for anxiety and fear is realizing that as we daily put Jesus first, we can trust God to lead us through the course of our lives (1 Thessalonians 5:24).

5. God’s Plans Are Always The Best Plans. I desire to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart (Psalm 40:8 NIVUK). Knowing God’s will requires a submitted heart. God is looking for vulnerable, yielded, and humble people who are willing to step up and say: “Lord, I renounce complacency and apathy and submit to Your decisions. God’s will be done: in my life, in my town, in my church and in my generation, in Jesus’ name.”

Seek God,
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

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Fulfilling Your Mission

Monday, August 15th, 2011

[One of the scribes asked] “What commandment is the foremost of all?” Jesus answered, “The foremost is, ‘Hear, o Israel! The Lord our God is one Lord; and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:28b-31

Nothing matters more than making Jesus a priority. God wants you to finish stronger than when you started. He is more interested in your fruitfulness over the long course than in some little blip of what people call “success” followed by a faltering dead end. Even those of you who don’t suspect it or who are dealing with cynicism—God has a plan for your life, and He is doing something in your world.

Church is a launching environment for us to become thinking disciples of Jesus, loving Him with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength. In this life we will go through the fire, but as we follow God, we will bear much fruit.

But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Matthew 6:33

God does not show partiality. He values you (Acts 10:34-35), so seek the Lord and listen for His voice. He wants to download vision into your spirit. He will lead and guide you in His plans. Maybe you need to take a vacation day and fast and pray. Get a legal pad and have the audacity to write down what you are believing God for. Make sure it’s biblical. Expect God’s will to come to pass. When the will of God is known, faith will rise.

Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass. 1 Thessalonians 5:24

You may not have it figured out, but God has it all figured out. When you find out what His will is, get after it! There are other people attached to your obedience, and God wants to do some amazing things through you.

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

Copyright © 2011 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.

Growing In Love

Saturday, November 21st, 2009

Hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us. Romans 5:5

God’s love does not originate from our niceness—it’s been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit!

Our first increase of love needs to be toward God. We can start well in our love walk and then drift if we aren’t connected to the source. The believers in the Ephesian church, despite all their good works and perseverance, were held accountable by God because they left their first love (Revelation 2:4). If we’ve let our love grow cold, there is a way to get strengthened so that once again our love for God is central. “Therefore remember from where you have fallen, and repent and do the deeds you did at first” (Revelation 2:5a).

And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ; having been filled with the fruit of righteousness which comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God. Philippians 1:9-11

The love walk is the most vital thing you can be doing right now. As you renew your dedication to grow in your relationship with God and walk in love toward others, a by-product will be a sharpened understanding of the next steps you should take in life. As you are seeking God first, the other concerns in life will start to work out according to God’s will (Matthew 6:33)!

Press on!
Pastor Jeff

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God’s Stimulus Plan

Monday, September 7th, 2009

The effective heartfelt prayer of a righteous man will accomplish a lot (James 5:16b). As we approach the fall season, I want to give you some focus prayer points for these next 60-90 days.

1. Pray for the removal of obstacles.
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.
Hebrews 12:1-2a

2. Pray for the increase of love.
And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge
and all discernment, so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in
order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ; having been filled with
the fruit of righteousness which comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and
praise of God. Philippians 1:9-11

3. Pray for personal growth.
As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and
carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in
deceitful scheming; but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects
into Him who is the head, even Christ. Ephesians 4:14-15

4. Pray for the 100% will of God.
For this reason also, since the day we heard of it, we have not ceased to pray for
you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual
wisdom and understanding. Colossians 1:9

5. Pray with the end in mind.
Now if any man builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood,
hay, straw, each man’s work will become evident; for the day will show it because
it is to be revealed with fire, and the fire itself will test the quality of each man’s
work. 1 Corinthians 3:12-13

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

Copyright © 2009 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.