The Gift of Eternal Life

July 13th, 2018

And I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand. John 10:28

1. IT IS BROUGHT BY AN ETERNAL PERSON. Eternal life is the greatest blessing you
or I will ever come across – immortality is what people have craved through the ages. God has set eternity in our hearts and only He, the Eternal One, the beginning and the end, can give eternal life. And we must receive this gift by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8).

2. IT IS BASED ON ETERNAL PASSION. The eternal God is eternally in love with you. “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). God loves us so much that even when we were lost in sin, He sent Jesus for us.

3. IT IS BESTOWED BY ETERNAL PROMISES. The Bible is written by men and inspired by the Holy Spirit. Heaven and earth will pass away, but God’s Word and His promises remain forever (Matthew 24:35). Study the promises of God about eternal life. Let them inspire you to look at everything in your life in the light of eternity.

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

4. IT IS BACKED BY ETERNAL POWER. Eternal life is not just quantitative – an endless length of time – it’s also qualitative. God wants you to have an abundant life! God wants to bring answers to questions, vibrancy instead of dullness, fruitfulness instead of barrenness, and healing to hurts. Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8), and the same Power that created the stars, that conquered sin on the Cross, that offers eternal life, is available to you.

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

PRAY THIS PRAYER:
When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained; what are mere mortals that You take thought of them and care for them? Yet You crown me with glory and majesty! (Psalm 8:3-5). Thank You, God, for eternal life and that my path is like the light of dawn, that shines brighter and brighter until the full day (Proverbs 4:18). I love You, Jesus!

e·ter·nal, adj.
Having infinite duration: everlasting. Characterized by abiding fellowship with God. Continued without intermission: perpetual.

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God Is Able

July 6th, 2018

And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed. 2 Corinthians 9:8

1. HE IS ABLE TO MAKE YOU STAND. Anxiety can weigh a person down, but Jesus is the cure for anxiety. When we put all of our attention and focus on God and delight ourselves in the Lord through prayer, worship, and studying the Word—He is the one who lifts that pressure off of us and gives us abundance for every good deed!

2. HE IS ABLE TO COME TO YOUR AID. God is faithful and an ever-present help in trouble (Psalm 46:1). King David wrote in Psalms that from the time he was young to his old age he had never seen the righteous forsaken (Psalm 37:25). Jesus said, “I’ll never leave you or forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5).

Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him . . . Do not fret; it leads only to evildoing. For evildoers will be cut off, but those who wait for the Lord, they will inherit the land. Psalm 37:7-9

3. HE IS ABLE TO DO EXCEEDINGLY ABUNDANTLY ABOVE ALL WE ASK OR THINK (Ephesians 3:20). Worry tempts us to take things into our own hands. But our sufficiency is in God—it’s not by our might or human power but by His Spirit (Zechariah 4:6). God will be faithful to guide you and give you wisdom through the different challenges of life. As you seek Him, you will find Him!

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

PRAY THIS PRAYER:
You have not given me a spirit of fear but of power, love, and a sound mind. You have called me to do mighty deeds! Jesus, I know it’s not by might or by power but by Your Spirit. I don’t trust in my ability, but I put all my hope, faith, and trust in You, Jesus. I know I will reap great fruit if I don’t quit. Thank You, Jesus, that You are able to do exceedingly abundantly above all I can ask or think according to Your power working in me (Ephesians 3:20).

a·ble, adj.
Having the necessary means, skill, know-how, or authority to do something.

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Rely on God

June 29th, 2018

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

1. GOD FINISHES WHAT HE BEGINS. As realistically as rain and snow come from heaven to replenish the earth, so God’s Word will replenish you and accomplish what God desires. Let this truth resonate in your spirit: He who has begun a good work will perfect and perform it in you—regardless if you are nine or ninety-nine (Philippians 1:6).

2. GOD WORKS EVERYTHING OUT FOR GOOD. God has designed us, male and female, in His image, for amazing purposes – for accomplishment, excellence, and breakthrough. He knows more about your future than you know about your past. When something doesn’t seem to reconcile, put it on the altar knowing that God causes all things to work together for good for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28).

For it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure. Philippians 2:13

3. GOD WILL BRING YOU THROUGH THE BATTLE. We’ve all had times when we responded pathetically to our battles; yet God still brought us through. It’s not because we are “all that,” but because we rely on our accomplishing God. So cast your worries, cares, troubles, and anxiety on Him because He cares for you deeply, watchfully, and affectionately, and He is faithful. God will accomplish that which concerns you.

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

DAILY CONFESSION:
The Lord will perfect that which concerns me. I will accomplish what God has called me to do today. I fix my eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of my faith. I won’t be hijacked by lesser things, but I will lay aside every encumbrance and sin that entangles, and I will run with endurance.

re·ly, verb
To depend confidently; to put trust in.

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It’s All Working Out for Good!

June 22nd, 2018

And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28

1. THE DREAM. Joseph had a vision for his life. But sometimes, in between the dream and the fulfillment, ridiculous stuff can happen. Joseph’s brothers threw him into a pit and then sold him to some Ishmaelites. Then, in Egypt, he was unjustly thrown into prison. From age 17 to 30 his dream was challenged, but then God opened the door.

2. THE BATTLE. Joseph was faithful even when at his lowest. If you are weary and fatigued from protracted battles, receive God’s refreshing today. Stay faithful, overcome resentment, and trust God. He redeemed Joseph’s life and He will turn your situation around too.

As for you, you meant evil against me [Joseph], but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive. Genesis 50:20

3. THE RESULT. One day Joseph was in prison and the next he was the second in command in Egypt. Don’t quit. God turned things around for Joseph’s life, but God also used him to save an entire nation from starvation. Take hold of this biblical concept—that God causes all things to work together for good—and apply it at your job, with your family, to your dreams. God is so good and He cares for you and loves you. You can trust Him to come through for you every time!

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

DAILY CONFESSION:
I was born for such a time as this. All things to work together for good to those who love God, and are called according to His purpose. My circumstances are turning out for the greater progress of the Gospel (Esther 4:14; Romans 8:28; Philippians 1:12).

re·sult, noun
Something that follows naturally from a particular action, operation, or course; a consequence or outcome. Favorable or desired outcomes

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Understand the Times

June 15th, 2018

Of the sons of Issachar who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do, their chiefs were two hundred; and all their brethren were at their command. 1 Chronicles 12:32 NKJV

1. RIGHT ON TIME. God has a plan and nothing takes Him by surprise. There was a group of observant people in the Old Testament—Issachar’s tribe—and they were described in two ways: They had understanding of the times and they knew what Israel should do. In our generation, God has called and equipped us to understand our times and to know what to do.

To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven. Ecclesiastes 3:1 NKJV

2. RELY ON GOD’S TIMING. God has impeccable timing— He is not last-minute. If you are in an uncertain moment, you can look to God who will give you wisdom for the next steps. As you rely on Him, He is going to get you where you need to be when you need to be there.

For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this? Esther 4:14 NKJV

3. CREATED FOR THIS TIME. At a critical moment when the Jewish people were threatened, Mordecai told his cousin, Esther, that she had better step up. She did, and the results were amazing. God used her to rescue an entire people group from extermination. God’s hand is on your life and it’s time to step up and trust Him; it’s time to think differently. God will do great things through simple obedience.

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

DAILY CONFESSION:
Jesus is the author and finisher of my faith (Hebrews 12:2). I am created for such a time as this. I understand the times and I know what to do. Faithful is God who calls me and He will also bring it to pass (1 Thessalonians 5:24).

un·der·stan·ding, noun
The knowledge and ability to judge a particular situation or subject.

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Called for Such a Time as This

June 8th, 2018

For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this? Esther 4:14

1. YOUR STEPS ARE ORDERED. Your times are in God’s hands, and just as He did for Esther when it was her time to step up, He will establish your steps too (Psalm 31:15; Psalm 37:23). As you seek and pursue Him, you can trust that He will bring order to seemingly random events in your life.

2. EQUIPPED TO MAKE AN IMPACT. God wants to equip you for every good work to do His will (2 Timothy 3:17; Hebrews 13:20-21). Jesus said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father” (John 14:12). As you seek God and make yourself available to Him, He will strongly support you (2 Chronicles 16:9a). Signs and wonders follow an obedient life.

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

3. HAVE THE END IN MIND. It’s critical to get rooted and tethered in the Word of God. If life gets dark, step out into the light of God’s Word, which is a lamp to your feet and a light to your path (Psalm 119:105). If you get weak, the spiritual nutrition of the Word will fortify and stabilize you, and you can face each day knowing you’ve been called for such a time as this.

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

DAILY CONFESSION:
God is at work in me both to will and to do of His good pleasure (Philippians 2:13). I fix my eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of my faith (Hebrews 12:2a). I know the plans God has for me, plans for welfare and not for calamity to give me a future and a hope (Jeremiah 29:11).

or·der, noun
The sequence or arrangement of things or events. A fixed or definite plan. A state or condition in which everything is in its right place and functioning properly.

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Continual Devotion

June 1st, 2018

They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone kept feeling a sense of awe; and many wonders and signs were taking place through the apostles. And all those who had believed were together and had all things in common. Acts 2:42-44

1. BE DEVOTED TO JESUS. The Early Church had a mission to go into the whole world and make disciples. Since Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever, we still have that same assignment (2 Corinthians 5:18; Hebrews 13:8). We have the same Jesus, the same Holy Spirit, the same potential, and therefore the same direction to continually devote ourselves, saying, “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” (Joshua 24:15b).

2. IT’S A MARATHON, NOT A SPRINT. Endurance has decisional aspects. In the 1968 Olympics, marathon runner John Stephen Akhwari chose to complete the race despite an injury. His response when asked why he didn’t quit: “My country did not send me 5,000 miles to start the race; they sent me 5,000 miles to finish the race.” Like the forerunners in the Bible – Esther, Noah, Abraham, Ruth, Moses – let’s keep running our own race and continually devote ourselves to a life of pursuing God.

Day by day continuing with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved. Acts 2:46-47

3. GOD USES REGULAR PEOPLE WHO ARE HUMBLE OF HEART. When you look at the Early Church and the great men and women of old, you’ll see that it was not by human might or power that they accomplished great things but by God’s Spirit (Zechariah 4:6). God is the one who is helping us accomplish His purposes (Philippians 2:13). We run with endurance so that at the end of our lives we can say, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith” (2 Timothy 4:7). Our endurance and our devotion to Jesus – like those who have gone before us – will resound through all eternity.

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

DAILY CONFESSION:
Since I have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding me, I lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles, and I run with endurance the race that is set before me. I fix my eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of my faith (Hebrews 12:1-2a).

de·vo·tion, noun
Commitment to some purpose. The willingness to serve God. Loyalty and love or care for someone or something.

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Tell People About Jesus

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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Serve and Give

May 18th, 2018

Whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant . . . just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many. Matthew 20:26b-28

1. SERVING IS FUN! These words of Jesus provide an example that is totally different from the selfish human framework we inherited from man’s fall — He came to serve. And through that, He altered the eternal course of humanity. We honor God when we help people (Matthew 5:16). When we abandon constant introspection and preoccupation with “me, me, me” and get out and serve others, we get refreshed. “A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed” (Proverbs 11:25 NIV).

And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed. Now He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness; you will be enriched in everything for all liberality, which through us is producing thanksgiving to God. 2 Corinthians 9:8, 10-11

2. HOW TO GIVE. Since we are made in the image of God, we are called to be givers like He is — liberal and generous. When we give, it remedies greed and self-centeredness. The Bible tells us to tithe (give ten percent) from our income to our local church (Leviticus 27:30; Matthew 23:23, Malachi 3:10). Giving in addition to a tithe is an offering, over and above our tithe. Additionally, when we give our money or goods to the poor this is called alms. It’s better to give than receive, but we do also receive! We reap when we sow. It’s a win-win situation.

3. SHOW LOVE. God wants to anoint your daily routine. Start praying on a daily basis: “Here I am, God, use me,” and let the Holy Spirit use you. The little things you do for people — a text, a thank you, a door held open, an extra tip, sharing the Gospel — are the big things. If we function in these little acts of love with the heart of a servant, we can create a revolution in our world.

It’s more blessed to give than receive!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

DAILY CONFESSION:
I get to be a blessing to people – I don’t just look out for my interests, but I look out for the interests of other people. God delights in the prosperity of His people. When I refresh others, I will be refreshed, and when I sow bountifully, I reap bountifully! (Philippians 2:4; Psalm 35:27; Proverbs 11:25; 2 Corinthians 9:6).

tithe, noun
A tenth part. A portion of one’s annual income contributed voluntarily . . . especially a contribution of one tenth of one’s income for the support of the church.

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The Equipping Power of Baptism

May 11th, 2018

Peter said to them, “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off, as many as the Lord our God will call to Himself.” Acts 2:38-39

The Early Church models what Christianity is to be in the 21st century. Those believers went into the upper room, they prayed, and came out changed. The disciple Peter used to be a denier of Jesus. But in one day he was filled with the Holy Spirit and led over 3,000 people to Jesus (Matthew 26:74; Acts 2:14-41). Through the power of the Holy Spirit, we have the same mission to make Jesus known!

WATER BAPTISM. Baptism is a significant moment in the life of a Christian. Being baptized in water is an outward expression of the inward change of new life in Jesus (Galatians 3:27). The old person you once were has passed away, and the new person you are in Christ is alive and well! For a believer, going under that water symbolizes the death of the old person you were before salvation. Coming up out of the water symbolizes rising up into new life in Jesus (Romans 6:4).

You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth. Acts 1:8

BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT. Jesus promised that after He died and rose again, He would send us another Helper — the Holy Spirit. This promise of the Holy Spirit is for every person who receives Jesus as Savior. The baptism in the Holy Spirit is a separate event that happens after a person has become a Christian (John 20:22; Acts 1:5). It is a baptism of power and fullness (Acts 1:8). It gives us the ability to receive and function in the gifts of the Holy Spirit so that we can benefit the global Church and carry the message of Jesus Christ to the world (Luke 24:49; Mark 16:17).

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

PRAY THIS PRAYER (Based on Colossians 1:9-11):
I pray that I may be filled with the knowledge of God’s will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding so that I will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord and please Him in all respects: bearing fruit in every good work, increasing in the knowledge of God, and strengthened with all power. In Jesus’ Name, amen.

bap·tize, verb
To initiate. To cleanse or purify

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