Posts Tagged ‘purpose’

The Real Deal

Friday, November 24th, 2017

For the eyes of the Lord move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His. 2 Chronicles 16:9a

1. RESTORATION. A life with God is the most wonderful life. God sent Jesus to redeem sinners and to restore that close connection between God and humanity. When we humble ourselves and commit to following Jesus, He sets us free, gives us a new nature, and shows us His purpose for our lives. It’s really amazing, isn’t it!?

2. PURPOSE. We need to differentiate good ideas from God ideas. Ask yourself, “What are the specific things God has called me to do?” We’re not clones and we shouldn’t compare ourselves and our calling to others (2 Corinthians 10:12). Instead, God wants the proper working of each individual part throughout the Church (Ephesians 4:16). You don’t have to worry about where you fit in – just entrust your heart to God and He will use you. You have gifts. Discover them and implement them.

As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. 1 Peter 4:10

3. ACTION. God loves it when we are really doers of the Word (James 1:22). This isn’t meant to make you feel desperate but to inspire you to live deliberately. “Doing” pushes us away from settling for intentions, and it gets us into divine action. Faith without corresponding action is flat and hollow. Practical application of what God’s Word teaches is really rewarding.

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

4. FOLLOW THROUGH. I like to bottom-line the purpose of life by asking: What pleases God? Micah’s prophecy to Israel in the Old Testament reveals what God wants from us. When we commit to living a life of service, walking in love, and keeping it all about Jesus, we’ll see great fruit produced.

God is so faithful!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

PRAY THIS PRAYER:
Jesus, I love You. You are the Prince of Peace. You bring healing to the nations. You restore lives. I ask You to stir something fresh in me this week. Please ignite new fire in any lukewarm areas of my heart. My life is yours, God. Do with it what You want! In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

ac·tion, noun
A thing done. The accomplishment of a thing usually over a period of time, in stages, or with the possibility of repetition. A function of the body or one of its parts.

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The Power of Unity

Friday, August 5th, 2016

Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious oil upon the head, coming down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard, coming down upon the edge of his robes. It is like the dew of Hermon coming down upon the mountains of Zion; for there the Lord commanded the blessing—life forever. Psalm 133

1. THE PRINCIPLE OF UNITY. Unity creates strength. This is a law like gravity—it works for both the just and the unjust. In the Old Testament we see unity being used for evil purposes in building the Tower of Babel. When God saw what the people were doing, He said, “Now nothing which they purpose to do will be impossible for them” (Genesis 11:6b). If even evil agendas can use the power of unity to advance their causes, how much more can the godly advance when we unite under the direction of the Holy Spirit.

Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you. Ephesians 4:31-32

2. THE ANOINTING OF UNITY. When Moses’ brother, Aaron, became High Priest, he was anointed with oil. Unity is like that oil that represents the anointing of the Holy Spirit. It eliminates friction, stops sparks from flying, keeps things from sticking. Decide to forgive quickly and repent quickly—it’s not easy, but it’s worth it. Get strife out of your life so that the greater presence of God can flow through you.

3. THE PURPOSE OF UNITY. Our purpose as both a church and individuals is to champion the good news of Jesus in a culture that has gone completely whack. Don’t cheapen a moment of breakthrough with a moment of strife. Lay aside strife and work hard to maintain the love walk, and you will see the plan of God come to pass.

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

PRAY THIS PRAYER
Strong God, You made heaven and earth and sea and everything in them. Give me fearless confidence to declare Your Message, as You stretch out Your hand to heal and miracles and wonders take place in the name of Your holy servant Jesus (Acts 4:24, 29-30). Amen!

u·ni·ty, noun
The state or quality of being one or united into a whole. The state or quality of being in accord; harmony. Singleness or constancy of purpose or action; continuity.

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How to Serve the Purpose of God

Friday, January 29th, 2016

For David, after he had served the purpose of God in his own generation, fell asleep, and was laid among his fathers and underwent decay. Acts 13:36

1. RUN TO GOD. God gives equipment to you to enable you to serve His purpose in your generation. King David’s life was not perfect; it was a mixture of noble deeds stained with terrible sins. But he knew where his help came from and he continually ran back to the Lord (Psalm 121:2).

My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth. Psalm 121:2

2. STAY FAITHFUL. David was faithful to tend his father’s sheep, and it was preparing him for greater Kingdom purposes (1 Samuel 16-17). Don’t underestimate the value of where you’re positioned right now—draw close to God, settle your heart, and keep on obeying Him in the daily grind.

3. RECOGNIZE YOUR MOMENT. The goal isn’t to try to mimic all of David’s actions, but rather to get hold of the God of David. You’ve been given this lifespan to serve God and impact your generation. If you make mistakes, then repent, get right back up, and press into the purposes of God. Keep your heart tender before the Lord and from it will flow springs of life to nations, neighborhoods, and individuals who need Jesus (Proverbs 4:23).

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

DAILY CONFESSION
I seek the Lord, and He answers me and delivers me from all my fears (Psalm 34:4). In Jesus’ Name I’m going into this year less negative and more on fire than I’ve ever been. 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).

pur·pose, noun
The object toward which one strives or for which something exists; an aim or goal.

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Your Identity Is Safe with God

Friday, March 6th, 2015

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. John 10:10

1. Origin. In the beginning was God. You were fearfully and wonderfully made by an intelligent designer who wants to reveal mysteries to you. But the devil is after your identity. He will ruthlessly try to obscure who you are in Jesus, where you come from, what you have, and what you can do.

2. Value. Gideon is an example of someone who did not know his value. When the angel of the Lord told Gideon that God was with him, he replied: “If the Lord is with us, why then has all this happened to us? And where are all His miracles?” (Judges 6:14a). Gideon kept looking at his limitations: “My family is the least, I am the youngest, God has abandoned us.” But God kept calling him a valiant warrior, even while he was hiding out. So don’t go by how you feel. Walk by faith. If God is calling you a valiant warrior, then you can be a valiant warrior!

But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in what he does. James 1:25

3. Purpose. If you’ve lost sight of your identity in Jesus, look in the mirror of God’s Word to remind yourself that you were created with a purpose and you hold great value. Your prayers can change the future. Your words of encouragement can help someone out of a desperate place. Whatever your yesterday was like, God’s mercies are new every morning and He renews you day by day.

Because of Jesus . . .
I am firmly rooted, built up, established in my faith, and overflowing with gratitude (Colossians 2:7). I am God’s workmanship, created in Christ for good works (Ephesians 2:10). I have received the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Jesus, the eyes of my understanding being enlightened (Ephesians 1:17-18). I am submitted to God and the devil flees from me, because I resist him in the Name of Jesus (James 4:7).

val·ue, noun
from Old French, from valoir, from Latin valere
To be worth, be strong.

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

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A Life of Victory

Monday, April 1st, 2013

God wants you to thrive. When you and I receive Jesus, we enter the ranks of the overcomers. We step out of defeat and into victory, out of sin into righteousness, out of aimlessness into fruitfulness. The miracle of spiritual rebirth is a reality. When sinners respond to God, Jesus turns their lives around.

Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God . . . For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. 1 John 5:1-4

The Bible defines humanity’s purpose as conforming to the image of
Christ—loving Him with our heart, soul, mind, and strength, and loving our neighbors as ourselves. Jesus doesn’t offer us a timid and apathetic existence, but one filled with strength and love, where our mind is clear and sound.

For since the world began, no ear has heard and no eye has seen a God like you, who works for those who wait for him! Isaiah 64:4 NLT

Waiting on the Lord means to engage in the life of faith. It’s choosing to trust God and embrace the promises found in the Bible. Whatever you are dealing with, it’s important to God. He knows the details and answers corresponding to the situation you are facing right now. Trust Him. With people it may be impossible, but with God all things are possible.

Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. I want every person to know the wonderful God who works for those who wait for Him. If you’re seeking, call out to Jesus. He’ll reveal Himself to you.

God has an amazing plan for your life!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

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A Lifetime of Faithfulness

Monday, February 11th, 2013

Keep on asking and it will be given you; keep on seeking and you will find; keep on knocking [reverently] and [the door] will be opened to you. Matthew 7:7 AMP

The Path. God has created us for fruitfulness—for specific achievements. To accomplish all that God has planned, it’s essential that we embrace His sustaining power and dedicate ourselves to a lifetime of daily renewal.

“Jesus knew where he had come from, why he was here, and what he was supposed to accomplish. He came down from heaven not to do his own will, but the will of the Father. That determination controlled every decision he made. As a result, he was not distracted with trivia. He was never in a hurry, for he knew his Father would not give a task without the time to do it.” —Erwin W. Lutzer, pastor, teacher, and author

Singular Focus. Jesus’ main interest was doing God’s will. He was driven with the purpose of fulfilling the call. Every day, make it your aim to connect with God and learn His will. Love Him. Draw close to Him. Start your day with prayer. Read a devotional. Spend time confessing God’s Word.

They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Acts 2:42

Devote Yourself. Modern culture may be addicted to the rush of the start, but the middle and the end are very important too (Ecclesiastes 7:8). Cultivate biblical expectation. God has breakthrough for you on the other side of those ordeals and blockages. The Scriptures tell us that the righteous have afflictions, but God will deliver us out of them all (Psalm 34:19). Make it your goal to continue long enough to see God bring the deliverance!

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

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Confidence.

Monday, May 4th, 2009

For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:6

Let that verse steep in your spirit. What God begins, He brings to completion. Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass (1 Thessalonians 5:24). Whether your life is humming or you feel fatigued, God is faithful yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8; 1 Corinthians 1:9a; Psalm 33:4).

If you feel unsure of where you are in life right now, the confidence-producing Word of God can lock you back into the purpose for which you’ve been set apart. Cast down the weirdness in your head. Get your mind renewed by searching the Scriptures and finding promises concerning God’s faithfulness to complete the good work in your life.

This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him. 1 John 5:14-15

Get confident when you pray. God hears you and He gets a kick out of answering prayer — so pray huge prayers. Find the promises in the Bible that correspond with the problem and take the situation to God in prayer. His ear is inclined to the upright (Psalm 17:6).

Wherever there has been laziness or sin, repent; wherever there has been unbelief and doubt, get single-minded. Keep presenting your heart on the altar and remember that it’s not your performance that saves you, but it’s God who saves you. As Paul said: “We learn to not trust in ourselves but in God who raises the dead” (2 Corinthians 1:9).

God is completing the work in you. What He initiates He sustains; what He sustains He brings to completion. Your greatest days haven’t happened yet!

God is faithful,

Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

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