Posts Tagged ‘obedience’

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.

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How to Accomplish God’s Plan

Friday, January 22nd, 2016

Then he said to me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel saying, ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ says the Lord of hosts.” Zechariah 4:6

1. RELY ON THE HOLY SPIRIT. God has called us to things way beyond our human skill. Zerubbabel was called to rebuild the temple in Jerusalem after returning from exile in Babylon, despite great obstacles. God sent an angel to let Zerubbabel know that he would not get it done by his own human strength but by God’s power.

“What are you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you will become a plain; and he will bring forth the top stone with shouts of ‘Grace, grace’ to it!” Zechariah 4:7

2. SPEAK TO YOUR MOUNTAINS. Make 2016 all about Jesus. He is the Alpha and the Omega—the beginning and the end—and He is with you now. He is able to accomplish the impossible. Jesus told us to have faith in God and speak to our mountains. So don’t doubt. Shout, “Grace! Grace!” to whatever is hindering you and it must move. (Zechariah 4:7; Mark 11:22-23).

Also the word of the Lord came to me, saying, “The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house, and his hands will finish it. Then you will know that the Lord of hosts has sent me to you.” Zechariah 4:8-9

3. FINISH STRONG. When God calls you to finish something, remember that He is faithful and He will bring it to pass. Some of the most extraordinary miracles come out of ordinary obedience to Him and His Word. With the help of the Holy Spirit, you will finish strong.

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

DAILY CONFESSION
2016 is going to be a Holy Spirit year. All my expectations, hopes, and dreams I lay at the feet of Jesus – for I am His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that I would walk in them (Ephesians 2:10). I know my God and I will display strength and take action. (Daniel 11:32).

ac·com·plish, verb
To succeed in doing something, especially something that you have been trying to do for a period of time.

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. “Accomplish.” macmillandictionary.com. © Macmillan Publishers Limited 2009–2016, n.d. 18 January 2016.

Follow Through

Friday, June 26th, 2015

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

1. Do the Right Thing. This verse in Micah breaks down three components of a thriving spiritual life. Every day we can pursue justice—and we have the amazing Holy Spirit to help us discern the right things to say and do.

Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity. Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person. Colossians 4:5-6

2. Walk In Love. Be quick to forgive and quick to repent. If you’ve developed skill at itemizing and retaining hurts, trust God to bury it in the sea of forgetfulness and then move on from it. Have nothing to do with unforgiveness and everything to do with loving others.

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. Deuteronomy 6:5

3. Follow Through Obediently. Don’t give up before the breakthrough. We are called to live a life of follow-through. To get a fresh perspective, let your logic get cleansed by the Word of God. Every day is a new opportunity to reset your heart before the Lord and push past disappointments, forgive the frailties of others, and fight the good fight of faith.

Pray this Prayer
God, I thank You for sending the Holy Spirit to help me to daily walk in love, to know and discern the way of justice, and to follow through in obedience to the very end of my life! I love You, Jesus!

fol•low through, verb
To press on in an activity or process especially to a conclusion.

Press on!
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. Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved. “Follow through.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 23 June 2015.

Choose to Rejoice

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

And He [Jesus] got into one of the boats, which was Simon’s [Peter’s], and asked him to put out a little way from the land. And He sat down and began teaching the people from the boat. When He had finished speaking, He said to Simon, “Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch.” Simon answered and said, “Master, we worked hard all night and caught nothing, but I will do as You say and let down the nets.” When they had done this, they enclosed a great quantity of fish, and their nets began to break. Luke 5:3-6

Turnaround in Obedience. The night Simon Peter caught zero fish turned into the day he met Jesus (and filled his boats to overflowing). We can all relate to times of disappointment when we’ve pulled up empty nets. Yet, God is looking for people in the midst of their disappointment to continue to respond to Him in obedience like Peter: “I will do as you say.”

Thankfulness Through Every Circumstance. When you feel like complaining, thank God for whatever you can possibly thank Him for. It’s easy to rejoice when our emotions are solid, when people are kind to us, when we’ve had a couple of breakthroughs and doors are open to us. But the apostle Paul talks about rejoicing in both high times and hard times (Philippians 4:11-14).

Trusting God. We don’t have it all figured out, but God does. And He can be trusted. When you get around Jesus, things change. When you obey Jesus, things work out. You can trust Him with your whole life.

Daily Confession
I give thanks to the Lord with all my heart. I sing praise to Your name, O Most
High (Psalm 9:1-2). I cried to You for help, and You healed me (Psalm 30:2). I will
not die, but live, and tell of the works of the Lord (Psalm 118:17). Weeping may
last for the night, but a shout of joy comes in the morning (Psalm 30:5). The Lord
is good; His loving kindness is everlasting and His faithfulness to all generations.
(Psalm 100:5).

thank•ful adj.: Grateful; impressed with a sense of kindness received, and ready to acknowledge it. -Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary

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

Copyright © 2014 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. “Thankful.” webstersdictionary1828.com. Web. 26 Feb. 2014.

2013: Get Filled With The Word

Monday, January 14th, 2013

For the word of the Lord has sounded forth from you, not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place your faith toward God has gone forth, so that we have no need to say anything. 1 Thessalonians 1:8

Treasure the Scriptures. Read a Proverb or a chapter in the New Testament. Meditate on a verse and let it become entrenched in your thinking. Listen to the Bible in the car, play it when you’re cleaning the kitchen, while you’re sleeping—let it become a part of your world day and night (Psalm 1:2). It will rejoice your heart, enlighten your eyes (Psalm 19:8), and shine as a lamp to the incredible potential of your future (Psalm 119:105).

So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Romans 10:17 NKJV

God is faithful! Don’t be overwhelmed by 2013. The devil is working hard to discourage you, confuse you, and reinforce disappointment because your simple acts of obedience create a ripple effect that can change nations and lives.

Your prayers matter. Your obedience to walk out God’s plan matters. Receiving God’s Word into your life will transform and renew you. Where there is darkness, you can shine the eternal light of the Scriptures. Where there is sickness, you can take the promises of God and bring healing. Where there is despair, you can bring the Gospel and set captives free. This year, make it your goal to let the Word sound forth mightily in your life!

The law of his God is in his heart; his steps do not slip. Psalm 37:31

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

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. NKJV scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.

The Philippian Church — A Turning Point

Monday, October 18th, 2010

A vision appeared to Paul in the night: a man of Macedonia was standing and appealing to him, and saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” When he had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go into Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them . . . and from there to Philippi, which is a leading city of the district of Macedonia. . . Acts 16:9-12

Paul had wanted to go to Asia, but the Holy Spirit told him no and sent him to Macedonia instead. Amazing things came from not following a good idea but going with God’s idea. The effective Philippian church began from this missionary journey.

THE TURNING POINT. “A woman named Lydia, from the city of Thyatira, a seller of purple fabrics, a worshiper of God, was listening; and the Lord opened her heart to respond to the things spoken by Paul” (Acts 16:14). This entrepreneurial woman was the first person to get saved in Europe. Western civilization would be forever changed by her decision.

ANNOYANCES ON THE WAY. Sometimes in the middle of the breakthrough, attack happens. Following the wonderful salvation of Lydia and her entire household, a demon-possessed slave girl started harassing Paul while he was on his way to a prayer meeting. He cast the demon out of her, which angered her masters because her fortune-telling had made them so much money. As a result, Paul and his companions got beaten and thrown in jail.

THE JAILER. While Paul and Silas were singing praises to God, all the prison doors opened and the chains were unfastened. The jailer assumed everyone had fled and was about to kill himself. Paul, instead of holding this guy in contempt, started to minister to him. “Do not harm yourself, for we are all here!” (Acts 16:28). God’s presence was so strong that this hard-boiled jailer asked how to be saved. Paul responded with one of the most thunderous sentences throughout the centuries:

Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household. Acts 16:31

CONTINUED IMPACT. Like Paul, God wants to use you to be a shock absorber in a troubled world and tell all types of people not to bring harm to themselves. There is a world crying out like the Macedonian man in Paul’s dream. We must be sensitive to the moment we’re in and overcome the invisible barrier of fear to reach our generation. We owe our lives to what this Philippian church did. They funded a furtherance of the gospel in city after city. Just as the hinge point of western civilization is seen in the fruit of Paul’s obedience, so God wants us to be the turning point for our time and see hundreds of millions of people come to Jesus.

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

Copyright © 2010 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. All rights reserved.

What God Requires of You

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

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

Let’s find out what is pleasing to the Lord and do it. If we dedicate ourselves to pursuing what God likes, we will stop comparing ourselves to others and accomplish God’s plan for each of our lives.

Do justice. God has called us to do what is right. We live in a world that is aimless and frivolous. But God has called us to translate our days into fruitfulness. Jesus said: “My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples” (John 15:8). I’m not talking about workaholism or using good works to become good — God looks at the heart. And He loves people who do what’s right just because it’s the right thing to do.

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

Love kindness. To walk in love means to regard others as valuable. Knowing God and how much value He places on people will help your attitude toward others. If your attitude goes sour, keep telling yourself: “That person is someone for whom Christ died.”

Walk humbly with God. Get close to God. Talk with Him, walk with Him. Throw yourself into God’s grace, expecting clarity to come. It’s time to get back to the root of the matter — knowing God. Jesus, in freeing us from sin, has made it possible for us to walk and fellowship with God!

There are more miracles that God wants to display through you more of the time. And it is these moments of obedience that will precipitate change in an entire city, across a nation, and throughout the whole world. Obeying God — what a noble way to spend a life.

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

Copyright © 2010 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.

Turn Your Eyes On Jesus

Monday, December 7th, 2009

What then shall we say that Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh, has found? For what does the scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness.” And [he is] the father of circumcision to those who not only are of the circumcision, but who also follow in the steps of the faith of our father Abraham which he had while uncircumcised. Romans 4:1, 3, 12

I met a modern day prospector on the beaches of California. He had a metal detector and a fanny pack full of his precious-metal findings. Fascinated, I asked him, “What did you find?” He excitedly began to show me his treasure of gold rings, watches, and old coins. When we go to God’s Word, the same question is posed: What has Abraham found? What treasure did he find concerning God’s character, about coping, about overcoming when he failed? He found that his justification before God came through grace and not by works. Even when things look “as good as dead,” there is still hope! (Romans 4:19).

Abraham developed a lifestyle of listening to God and obeying Him. We are called to learn from Abraham and walk in his footsteps (Romans 4:12 NET*). This is not just a fanny pack full of gold; it’s far more significant for our lives.

By faith Abraham, when he was called, obeyed by going out to a place which he was to receive for an inheritance; and he went out, not knowing where he was going. Hebrews 11:8

Let God be your preoccupation. Abraham had such confidence in where God was leading his life that he let his nephew, Lot, take what seemed like a better land choice. Lot became so focused on the here and now that he lost out in the long run. Don’t be attached to the stuff of this world, because it’s stifling to the larger things God has called you to. Abraham knew he wouldn’t lose out, and neither will you as you follow God.

“For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified” (1 Corinthians 2:2). I’ve found that the best times in my life are when I’m walking by faith and obeying God. So turn your eyes on Jesus. As you do, it will cause rightness to flourish in your life and help you to overcome wicked temptation and get up one more time than you fall. God is trustworthy. He will equip you to do His will (Hebrews 13:21). When we step out in obedience, He is there.

Press on!
Pastor Jeff

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. *New English Translation Bible (NET) Copyright © 1996-2009 by Biblical Studies Press (BSP), L.L.C. and the authors. All rights reserved.

Love: The Effective Life

Monday, October 19th, 2009

Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a

God has called us to an effective, significant life, and in order to fulfill this call we need love. Without love, our actions become white noise (1 Corinthians 13:1-3). Love is a force that we can apply to the challenges in our lives to move past obstacles to the next level.

Do not give the devil a foothold . . . and do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. Ephesians 4:27, 30-32

A huge part of the love walk is forgiveness. Said President Ronald Reagan of his assailant less than 48 hours after being shot: “I know that my healing depends on forgiving him.”* Your breakthrough may be dependent on your willingness to shut the door to bitterness. The Holy Spirit is right there to help you forgive: “Whom God calls He equips”—even the hardest calling of walking in love (Hebrews 13:21; 2 Timothy 3:17).

A door of opportunity is opening, and God is preparing us as individuals and as a church body with this daily life of love and forgiveness. That’s why simple acts of obedience—choosing love instead of anger or bitterness—must be the highest priority in an effective Christian life.

We love because God first loved us!
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. *Time Magazine April 17, 2000.

God Is Faithful.

Monday, January 26th, 2009

Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. Philippians 4:8

You may have been meditating on some pretty weird stuff, but God wants us to focus on things that are excellent and worthy of praise. If we are really going to revolutionize the world, we’ve got to be different in our thinking. Shake off the heaviness and fear by focusing on who Jesus is and by renewing your mind in the Word. Here are some scriptures that will help you press past the mind-numbing attacks of the devil and remember that God is faithful. He will calm whatever storm you’re in and get you to the other side (Matthew 8:24-28).

Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap; they have no storeroom nor barn, and yet God feeds them; how much more valuable you are than the birds! Luke 12:24

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Phil. 4:6-7

Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. James 4:7

For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:3-5

So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Matthew 6:28-29 NKJV

Now is not the time to vacillate. It’s time to be intent on one purpose, with hearts and minds in one accord with the Master’s work. While the world is anxiously looking for answers, you carry the truth. Don’t shrink back but learn to abide under the shadow of the Most High, where you can rest and find strength and renewed confidence for the
journey (Psalm 91:1).

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, 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. New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.