Archive for April, 2009

Free To Fulfill The Call.

Monday, April 27th, 2009

Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst.” John 6:35

Jesus is the bread of life. He is the substance, the supply, the fulfillment, and the answer for all of life. He invaded the human scene to seek and save that which was lost (Luke 19:10). We are free because of what happened on Calvary 2,000 years ago when Jesus took the burden of our sin and laid down His life. A love like that can’t be earned; it just needs to be received.

Therefore they said to Him, “What shall we do, so that we may work the works of God?” Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent.” John 6:28-29

There are a lot of great movements and good causes. But no good work on our part can earn what Jesus supplies. All of our good works are like filthy rags — they can’t save us (Isaiah 64:6). What does save and change us is believing in Him.

God has called us to new beginnings. He has great big beautiful plans for our lives and wants to use us to do good works, change the world, and make history. Because of Jesus we can now have right standing with God, the wonderful Holy Spirit, and endless living water. Open your Bible and find out the amazing advantages He has to offer those who believe in Him.

It’s great to follow Jesus!

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.

Anointed For Effectiveness.

Friday, April 17th, 2009

And the book of the prophet Isaiah was handed to Him [Jesus]. And He opened the book and found the place where it was written, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor. He has sent Me to proclaim release to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, to set free those who are oppressed, to proclaim the favorable year of the Lord.” Luke 4:17-18

God placed this anointing on Jesus but He has also given this job description to the church. God has activated us to be world-changers. You are anointed to carry hope into dire situations, to speak a word in season, and to address the suffering around you.

As for you, the anointing which you received from Him abides in you, and you have no need for anyone to teach you; but as His anointing teaches you about all things, and is true and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you abide in Him. 1 John 2:27

God’s Spirit comes into our lives and changes us: “But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you know all things” (1 John 2:20 NKJV). The Holy Spirit is here to empower us, to give guidance so that we are not left in the dark. Situations that are out of the range of human knowledge are not out of God’s range of understanding, and He has given us His anointing to address impossible-looking problems and see them turn around.

As realistically as our bodies need certain foods to add bone density, we need to press past stagnation and pursue spiritual effectiveness so that we can hit the target of those things we are called to fulfill. I hope this motivates you to crack open and read your Bible or put it on your iPod. You are called to be the light of the world and the salt of the earth (Matthew 5:13-14). With the empowerment of the Holy Spirit, take up your job description and see God use you in amazing ways!

We’re anointed!

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.

Cope. Fight. Win.

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Hear my cry, O God; Give heed to my prayer. From the end of the earth I call to You when my heart is faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For You have been a refuge for me, a tower of strength against the enemy. Let me dwell in Your tent forever; let me take refuge in the shelter of Your wings. Selah. Psalm 61:1-4

You may be overwhelmed in a situation where you flat-out need divine intervention. Jesus came for that purpose, that He might destroy the work of the devil (1 John 3:8). “For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins” (Colossians 1:13-14). Jesus became a sin substitute and set us free, and He has given us authority over all things (Luke 10:19).

Submit therefore to God Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. James 4:7-8a

God is looking for us to understand our authority as believers. Satan comes to paralyze your planning, dilute your hopes and abort your dreams, and he must be resisted. “Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. But resist him, firm in your faith” (I Peter 5: 8-9a). Satan will try to hinder you from stepping out and fulfilling the things assigned for you to do (1 Thessalonians 2:18). Remember: God’s Word is true. Drive a stake in the ground and stand firm knowing that at the name of Jesus demons flee.

If you are preoccupied, spend some time in worship, meditate on the Word, and listen to good Bible-based teaching to get your mind renewed and on Jesus (Isaiah 26:3). We are called to trouble-shoot and problem-solve. We are called on a mission to alleviate suffering, address poverty and famine, and save lives. Take hold of what God has for you and step into effectiveness.

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.