Posts Tagged ‘prepare’
Friday, August 9th, 2019
Therefore, those who had been scattered went about preaching the word. Philip went down to the city of Samaria and began proclaiming Christ to them. But an angel of the Lord spoke to Philip saying, “Get up and go south to the road that descends from Jerusalem to Gaza.” (This is a desert road.) So he got up and went. Acts 8:4-5, Acts 8:8:26-27a
1. UTILIZE UNEXPECTED DETOURS. In Acts 8 the early Christians were scattered all over because of persecution by Saul, but they kept preaching the Word. God sent one of them, Philip, on a desert road where he encountered a court official from Ethiopia. This man was sitting in his chariot reading the book of Isaiah. He asked Philip what it meant and then, after learning about Jesus, he was saved and baptized! What felt like a disruption and a detour actually became the breakthrough to reach other continents with the message of Jesus.
2. PREPARE ON THE WAY. I’ve learned that the in-between moments, when you’re on the road to a destination, may feel like a waste of time. But if you keep yourself encouraged and stay ready, these moments can actually be pivotal times, transitional moments that get us prepared for the next thing. They can be times when we learn to listen to and obey God’s voice. They can also be moments that produce great fruit and bring change to entire nations.
3. LISTEN FOR GOD’S DIRECTION. The great encouragers of my life are men and women who have walked through difficulties and kept their eyes on God and their hearts open to what He was saying. Let’s not allow anything to hinder our ability to hear from Him — let’s repent, keep our hearts right, stay humble, and forgive each other. It’s inevitable we’re going to have challenges, but if we stay ready and all in like Philip, we can and will experience breakthrough!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®
PRAY THIS PRAYER:
God, I thank You that this is a year of breakthrough. I don’t compare myself with others but I move forward into what You have for me. I repent for any sin in my life and I forgive anyone who has offended me. “One thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:13b-14). Amen!
An instance of achieving success in a particular sphere or activity. A sudden, dramatic, and important discovery or development and benefits.
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Sunday, March 4th, 2018
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you. 1 Peter 1:3-4
I often refer to Easter as the New Year’s Day of the church. This is both a time for us to celebrate Jesus’ resurrection and what He has done in our lives and an opportunity for us to reach people with the Good News!
Here are some ways we can prepare.
1. PRAY FOR THE PEOPLE. As we approach Easter, let’s spend some time in prayer. Pray for the thousands of people who will come to the service on Good Friday, to the Egg Hunt on Saturday, and to Easter Sunday services. Pray for people you know and for the opportunity to invite them to church for Easter weekend. We are believing that people will get saved, rededicated to the Lord, delivered from oppression, and on fire for God!
2. INVITE OTHERS. Let’s stay open to the opportunities God has for us to invite others to church. Be bold to send the text, make the phone call, or ask a friend to come with you.
Your people will volunteer freely in the day of Your power. Psalm 110:3a
3. VOLUNTEER AT CHURCH. Easter weekend and the weeks leading up to it offer great opportunities to plug in and help at church! We will have a clean-up day to help the campus look fresh and inviting, or you can help at the Easter Egg Hunt or during the weekend services. Even if you can’t volunteer in this season, you are an ambassador wherever you go. When you come to church, smile and greet those around you. Believe God for the opportunity to bless someone—it could be life-changing for that person! God is moving in our time, and we get the opportunity to be part of it! So stay fresh in the Word and keep your heart open to what God wants to do through you!
God bless you!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church ®
WHAT WE ARE PRAYING FOR AS A CHURCH:
• The leadership of our nation.
• God’s strategy for our church to be revealed.
• Our church to be strong, obedient, and on fire.
• The children of the church—to succeed in life.
• Everyone’s needs to be met abundantly.
To make ready beforehand for some purpose, use, or activity. To put in a proper state of mind.
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Friday, September 15th, 2017
I will lift up my eyes to the mountains; from where shall my help come? My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth. Psalm 121:1-2
HE IS YOUR ANSWER. Mountains represent whatever is looming in your life—they are images of problems or difficulties. So whatever you are dealing with, look at it and ask yourself, “Where does my help come from?” It comes from the Lord! He is your answer. He is your help. He will never leave you or forsake you.
EDIFY YOURSELF IN THE WORD. Look at the truth found in God’s Word. Fix your eyes on Jesus right now. Take some time to read the Scriptures. They will make a clear distinction between your soul and spirit. Get out your best paper Bible, dedicate a pen, get a ruler, underline and highlight. Let God’s Word be a lamp to your feet and a light to your path (Psalm 119:105).
LISTEN ALERTLY FOR GOD’S VOICE. Alertness doesn’t mean we become nervous or anxious. Rather, we are focused and paying attention. When we let things settle around us and get quiet, God is going to speak. One day in His presence can do so much to counsel, to edify, to expose areas where you need to change, repent, clarify what’s available to you, and recognize who you are in Christ.
PREPARE FOR ACTION. Time is short and people need what we have. We have a responsibility to communicate the Gospel as succinctly, as excellently, and as long as we can. If you’ve let this mission get buried because you are tired, numb and struggling from the pressures of daily life, lift up your eyes to Jesus. He wants to help you both with the big picture and with the micro-level details of your life.
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®
PRAY THIS PRAYER:
I thank You, God, that You instruct me in the way I should go. I ask You to counsel me with Your eye upon me (Psalm 32:8). Help me to focus and receive wisdom and clarity from You. I confess that I know what to do in every situation. I am getting sharper and more alert in the Name of Jesus. Amen.
Vigilantly attentive; watchful. Mentally responsive and perceptive; quick. Brisk or lively in action. A condition or period of heightened watchfulness or preparation for action (noun).
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Monday, January 19th, 2015
I will stand on my guard post and station myself on the rampart; and I will keep watch to see what He will speak to me, and how I may reply when I am reproved. Then the Lord answered me and said, “Record the vision and inscribe it on tablets, that the one who reads it may run. For the vision is yet for the appointed time; it hastens toward the goal and it will not fail. Though it tarries, wait for it; for it will certainly come, it will not delay.” Habakkuk 2:1-3
God has a plan, and if you seek Him you’ll find Him. When we stay focused on God’s target zone and don’t go after other agendas, we’ll stay calibrated to what matters most. Here is our St. Louis Family Church to-do list for 2015 – for the church body and for our individual lives.
1. Live out our core values every day as a vital, living church.
2. Build on current outreaches and strategies in order to reach the lost and saturate our region with the message of the love of Jesus, placing special emphasis on winning the younger generation.
3. Continue to help hurting people regain a sense of purpose and value, offering love and acceptance to all.
4. Prepare for the anticipated harvest by continuing to build the physical and spiritual structures necessary to accomplish this increase.
5. Develop strategic new tools and vehicles and God-ordained programs to equip
and empower believers for their significant roles in our church and in their lives.
6. Raise up and send out people to influence the community, the media, and the nations with God-inspired vision and God-inspired purpose.
To lean forward. To peer into the distance. To observe, behold, espy, look up, wait for, keep the watch.
God Bless You,
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. 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. “tsaphah.“ Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible. Copyright 1890 by James Strong, Madison, NJ.
Friday, October 24th, 2008
Of the sons of Issachar, men who understood the times, with knowledge of what Israel should do, their chiefs were two hundred; and all their kinsmen were at their command. 1 Chronicles 12:32
Like Issachar’s tribe, God wants to sensitize us to His timing. Solomon wrote in Ecclesiastes that “there is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven” (3:1). It’s essential to understand the times in order to prepare for God’s calling.
God is bringing the nations to our doorstep and we must rouse ourselves. We’re getting ready to expand as a church, despite the fluctuating economy. It’s the right time to move forward. The church is not subject to the world’s ebb and flow because “we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken” (Hebrews 12:28). When darkness encroaches, we’ll step up and bring the light. “For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place and you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not attained royalty for such a time as this?” (Esther 4:14).
Get Alone With God: 1. In Prayer 2. In Quietness 3. In the Bible 4. In Praise. Esther prepared for her “such a time as this.” There are things that God wants to do through your life that you must prepare for. Between birth and death you have this thing called life, which is your season on earth to champion the cause of Christ: to manifest the love of God, to exhibit kindness, to press on through the battles, to achieve the great accomplishments for which you’ve been set apart.
Above all else, we must be sensitized to God’s timing and to what He is saying. During the dark time in her nation Esther relied on prayer and fasting. In the next month or so, some of the most significant decisions are going to be made for our land. We must pray now. Don’t lethargically wait to see what happens. Be an active doer of the Word. There are people attached to your obedience to pray big prayers, to avoid sin, to press on and not grow weary in well doing. As you push aside distraction and seek God in prayer, what was meant for harm God will turn around for good (Genesis 50:20).
Let’s move forward,
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®
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