Posts Tagged ‘harvest’

How to Be Used by God

Friday, March 11th, 2016

The angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.” Luke 1:35a

1. COMMIT BY FAITH. When Mary was told she was going to supernaturally give birth to the Son of God, she asked “How can these things be?” The angel replied, “By the power of the Holy Spirit.” You and I are called to put our hands to building and to trust God for fruitfulness throughout our lives. But when you commit to anything big, you recognize your own inadequacy and inexperience. That’s why God reminds us that it’s not by our might or power but by His Spirit (Zechariah 4:6).

Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it. Psalm 127:1a

2. TRUST GOD IN EVERY SEASON. Jesus is your sustainer. Since the Lord is building the house, you can be assured that your work will be effective. Life has its rhythms—seedtime and harvest—but God is the author and finisher of your faith from the beginning to the middle to the end (Hebrews 12:2).

3. GET READY FOR THE HARVEST. There is going to be a day coming soon when Jesus will come back with power. Those in the valley of decision need to hear the Gospel, and the task of getting the message to the people is upon us. By the grace of God we can prepare for it and engage our generation and win our world. Get ready to see a tremendous number of people get saved and go on to serve God for the rest of their lives.

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

DAILY CONFESSION
The path of the righteous will grow brighter and brighter till the full day (Proverbs 4:18). Whatever I put my hand to will prosper (Deuteronomy 28:8). God, help me to advance Your purposes. The Gospel will flourish in my generation—JESUS will be famous and received as Savior all over the world.

sus·tain, verb
To give support or relief to. To supply with sustenance. To support the weight of. To buoy up. To bear up under.

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. “Sustain.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. 06 March 2015.

A Rich Harvest

Friday, May 15th, 2015

“Other seeds fell into the good soil, and as they grew up and increased . . . And those are the ones on whom seed was sown on the good soil; and they hear the word and accept it and bear fruit, thirty, sixty, and a hundredfold.” Mark 4:8, 20

1. Keep a Receptive Heart. Think of your heart as soil and the Word of God as seed. Jesus warns against rocky ground and says we must keep the soil of our hearts tender. The condition of your heart will determine how the crop grows.

2. Cultivate Growth. Deliberate planting of God’s Word will kill off all the toxic thinking that tries to take root in your life. As you daily renew your mind with Scripture, those kinds of thoughts will be crowded out.

“For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return there without watering the earth and making it bear and sprout, and furnishing seed to the sower and bread to the eater; so will My Word be which goes forth from My mouth; it will not return to Me empty, without accomplishing what I desire, and without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.” Isaiah 55:10-11

3. Bear Fruit. God’s Word guarantees a good crop, so lift up your eyes to see the fields that are ready for harvest (John 4:35). You are designed to be fruitful (John 15:8), and when you hear the Word of God and accept it, you can bear a ton of fruit.

Daily Confession:
My heart is receptive. I receive what God has for me. I hear the Word and accept it. In Jesus’ Name, I am able to comprehend what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that I may be filled up to all the fullness of God and continue to bear fruit all of my life—“thirty, sixty, and a hundredfold” (Ephesians 3:18-19, Mark 4:20).

cul·ti·vate, verb
To loosen or break up the soil. To foster the growth of. To improve by labor, care, or study

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. “Cultivate.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 5 May 2015.