Posts Tagged ‘value’

Your Identity Is Safe With God

Friday, May 3rd, 2019

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.

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

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.

Copyright © 2019 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. “value.” collinsdictionary.com. Collins Dictionary. n.d. Web. 01 May 2019.

Favor

Friday, March 20th, 2015

For it is You who blesses the righteous man, O Lord, You surround him with favor as with a shield. Psalm 5:12

Fullness. God is offering us His fullness instead of depletion (Ephesians 3:19). When we look back at Joseph’s life in Genesis, we can see that in the context of repeated challenges, God was faithful. He gave Joseph favor that eliminated barriers, changed impossible situations, and brought him into a place of effectiveness—that’s what God has for you!

Advantage. Because of God’s favor, you have an advantage in life. Step over the invisible barrier of fear and expect that God’s blessings will come upon you and overtake you (Deuteronomy 28:2).

Value. When you know you are valued, you can thrive in whatever situation you face. Instead of feeling insecure, know that you are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14).

Outstandingly Optimal.
God knows how to make the most out of whatever challenge you face. Joseph told his brothers: “As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive” (Genesis 50:20).

Reach. “Joseph is a fruitful bough, a fruitful bough by a spring; its branches run over a wall” (Genesis 49:22). God used Joseph to not only bring security and abundance to his family, but to save the Egyptians too. The impact of favor is not just for you alone. God has designed you to reach over the walls to your family, your city, and the whole world with the message of Jesus.

Daily Confession:
God’s favor is at work in my life. I listen and obey. When God tells me to do something, I do it. I see tomorrow with the eye of faith. And I trust You, God, to bring Your purposes to pass in the Name of Jesus, Amen.

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. “Favor.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 18 March 2015.

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®

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.“Value.” collinsdictionary.com. Collins Dictionary. n.d. Web. 02 March. 2015.

The Love Atmosphere

Monday, December 29th, 2014

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves
is born of God and knows God. 1 John 4:7

Set the Thermostat. Just like you can change the temperature to heat or cool your home, if you and I walk in love, we will set the thermostat of the world we live in. When you walk into a room and sense strife or conflict, you can bring change to the environment by simply operating in love. Every person you encounter is someone for whom Christ died. Even if you disagree with someone, ask yourself: “How can I genuinely value that person without compromising the truth?”

Do Care. Don’t Worry. Carry love in your heart for people, but don’t let their need hijack your process. Often we go to extremes: become apathetic and overly guarded where we don’t care, or overdo it and forfeit our journey by becoming doormats. We are all called to the hurting world around us, but we have to be led by the Holy Spirit.

Jesus answered . . . “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 [commandment] is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:29-31

You Are Loved. God’s perfect love casts out fear (1 John 4:18). The best way to love others is to first realize you are loved by God. You can overcome insecurity and change the atmosphere in your life by meditating on God’s love.

Daily Confession:
I love because God first loved me.
His perfect love casts out all fear in my life (1 John 4:18-19). My love abounds more and more with all knowledge and discernment (Philippians 1:9). Everything I do, I do in love (1 Corinthians 16:14).

at.mo.sphere, noun
A surrounding influence or environment

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. Scripture taken from The Message. Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002. Used by permission of NavPress Publishing Group. “Atmosphere.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 01 Oct. 2014.

Fervent Love

Monday, December 17th, 2012

The end of all things is near; therefore, be of sound judgment and sober spirit for the purpose of prayer. Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins. 1 Peter 4:7-8

LOVE IS VALUE. The best definition I’ve found for love is “value.” In modern society we see a huge devaluation of human life (Matthew 24:12). But if we just obey the Bible and value others in a meaningful, non-patronizing way, our lives will be a radical witness to the rest of the world.

LOVE CHANGES THE WORLD. The Christian life is not one of detachment or isolation. We are called to go out there and get involved with people. To care for others’ welfare. To show love in such a genuine way that it becomes contagious and spreads. But we don’t generate love in our own power. God gives us the grace to live it out!

By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another. John 13:35.

LOVE AND FAITH. Sometimes people are not enjoyable to be around. Some people are grumpy, odd, or harsh, and they generate unhappiness. Love them anyway. Be merciful and patient. In that atmosphere of giving, sin loses its hold on people. In that atmosphere of love, miracles happen.

Love knows no limit to its endurance, no end to its trust, no fading of its hope; it can outlast anything. It is, in fact, the one thing that still stands when all else has fallen. 1 Corinthians 13:7-8a. Phillips Translation

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

Copyright © 2012 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.

Your Life Is Valuable

Monday, November 8th, 2010

Don’t underestimate your life. Jesus is the head of the Church and we are the body. While the world celebrates the visual part of the body, the seemingly unimportant things are what really make the body tick.

But now there are many members, but one body. And the eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you”; or again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” On the contrary, it is much truer that the members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary; and those members of the body which we deem less honorable, on these we bestow more abundant honor, and our less presentable members become much more presentable. 1 Corinthians 12:20-23

Jesus designed the Church to have variety, and each gift is important. If the little toe is missing from the foot, the whole body finds it hard to balance. Christianity is not about the performance of one celebrity or the function of a few “cool people,” but it is the “proper working of each individual part” (Ephesians 4:16)—that means you and your unique gifts are crucial, even if you feel like you are just a little toe!

There are different ways of serving God, but it is the same Lord who is served. God works through different men in different ways, but it is the same God who achieves his purposes through them all. Each man is given his gift by the Spirit that he may make the most of it. 1 Corinthians 12:5-7 J.B. Phillips Translation

The best way to understand God’s plan for the Church is to start with yourself and figure out what God’s particular gift-download is in you. As you meditate on the Word and see yourself how God sees you, you will break out of insecurity, painful comparisons, and others’ molds, and be who God called you to be!

Don’t let the world around you squeeze you into its own mold, but let God re-mold your minds from within, so that you may prove in practice that the plan of God for you is good, meets all his demands and moves towards the goal of true maturity. Romans 12:2 J. B. Phillips Translation

Look to Jesus,
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. Scripture taken from the New Century Version. Copyright © 2005 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. JB Phillips reference: Copyright ©1958-1972 by JB Phillips; The Gospels. All rights reserved.

God’s Love

Monday, November 9th, 2009

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

Without agape—the God kind of love—all other loves fall short. God’s love is different from natural human love; it’s supernatural and changes a person. Agape love is value: looking at a person and realizing that is someone for whom Christ died.

If you started out walking the love walk, but over time life has dealt you a weird hand and your attitude has changed, go back to the Bible and see the pattern that God set in place. “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good” (Romans 12:21).

You can’t control other people, but you can control yourself. Here is a description of love adapted from 1 Corinthians 13. It’s been modified so you can confess it over your own life every day—or ten times a day!

• I am patient.
• I am kind.
• I am not jealous.
• I don’t brag.
• I am not arrogant.
• I don’t act unbecomingly.
• I don’t seek my own.
• I am not provoked.
• I don’t take into account a wrong suffered.
• I don’t rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoice with the truth.
• I bear all things, believe all things, hope all things, and endure all things. I won’t be driven off course, because love never fails!

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.

A Renewed Life

Monday, October 12th, 2009

But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit. 2 Corinthians 3:18

The value of something is determined by what someone is willing to pay for it. The world evaluates worth based on appearance, performance, and status. But God doesn’t make superficial evaluations. Whether you are doing great or not so great, He absolutely loves you. You are worthy because of the blood of Jesus that reconciled you to God!

Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation. 2 Corinthians 5:17

In order for us to operate fully and effectively in the ministry of reconciliation, we must know who we are in Christ. The devil wants to keep us from seeing ourselves in the mirror of the Word so that we stay dominated by our flesh, fears, and sensory impulses. But God’s Word identifies us clearly and transforms us completely: “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect” (Romans 12:2).

Forget conforming to the expectations of the world. If you want to live radically for Jesus, get your mind on what God has intended you to be: someone who walks in close fellowship with Him and who carries the message of reconciliation to a lost world.

You are loved by God!
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.