Archive for May, 2009

You’re Not Alone

Monday, May 25th, 2009

Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you. 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, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world. 1 Peter 5:6-9

The Bible is filled with biographies of people who thought they were alone in their situation, but God stepped into the picture and reminded them that He is an ever-present help in time of trouble (Psalm 46:1). He loves us so much that He wants to take care of our cares. Yes, there is an adversary, but we are not alone.

Elijah was a man with a nature like ours (James 5:17). He had just witnessed amazing miracles of God’s power, but when people rose up against him, he became afraid and ran for his life. Then he got depressed and thought he was all alone. Elijah’s struggle reveals something about the devil’s strategy against us (1 Kings 19). He wants to wear us down and get us in a place where our faith is flat-lined and we cave in.

But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. Romans  8:37

Swine flu, economic woes, emotional upsets, mid-life crises—God has an answer corresponding to every situation. Your problems are not bigger than God is (Matthew 19:26). He took care of Elijah and He will take care of you. Get your mind renewed in the Word and through fellowship with God and stay the course. You can believe the bad report and freak out, or maintain the good report, apply it to the bad report, and win!

If you are feeling despondent, remember there is a principle that he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed (Proverbs 11:25 NLT). Look out of the present moment of difficulty, look for a need, and minister to someone else. The world is watching and wants to see what we are made of. This is our finest hour.

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

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The Power of the Holy Spirit

Monday, May 18th, 2009

“Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,” says the Lord of hosts. Zechariah 4:6b

The advantage we have in this Spirit-filled life is beyond compare. The best of our commitments fail when done in our own strength, but when the power of the Holy Spirit is poured out on us, it goes way beyond mere human empowerment—it activates us for stuff we don’t even know about yet. “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10).

And suddenly there came from heaven a noise like a violent rushing wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them tongues as of fire distributing themselves, and they rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit was giving them utterance. Acts 2:2-4

The early church is a model of what church is to be in the 21st century. These first-century Christians went into the upper room, they prayed, and came out changed. The disciple Peter went from being a cussing denier of Jesus to leading over 3,000 people to Jesus on the day he was filled with the Holy Spirit! (Matthew 26:74; Acts 2:14-41). Through the power of the Holy Spirit, we have the same mission to make Jesus known!

God wants to empower you—not just for survival, but to pray huge prayers and minister to the lost. As you communicate the good news of the gospel, the Holy Spirit will be present to supernaturally reinforce the message of Jesus (John 15:26). The stakes are high. When you have a prayer, pray it; when you have good news, say it. You might just change the world.

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

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The Standard of the Word

Monday, May 11th, 2009

When the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him. Isaiah 59:19b KJV

We have a battle to win in this life. The enemy comes to steal, kill, and destroy, but there is authority and victory through Jesus (John 10:10). One of the devil’s strategies is to bring down our morale, but God has a strategy to help us win on multiple battle fronts. Observing Jesus’ response to the devil will prepare us to win against the enemy’s attacks.

While Jesus was fasting in the wilderness, the devil came to Him and said, “If you are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread” (Matthew 4:3). Jesus, full of the Word, responded, “It is written, man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4). Just as Jesus responded to the enemy with “it is written,” so our standard must be the Word of God. When the attacks come in like a flood and we are feeling overwhelmed, what are we going to do? Speak the Word!

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 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us? In all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. Romans 8:28, 31, 37

Those lies that are coming at you need an answer. If you aren’t familiar with the Scriptures and promises of God, start getting into the Word. If you’re not a good reader, get the Bible on your iPod. The life-changing nature of the Word of God is more precious than anything else.

Don’t let the devil shut your mouth. Don’t back down in the face of adversity. In the midst of a protracted battle, when several things come at you in a day, take the Word of God and boldly declare who He is, what you have because of Him, and what your rights are as a believer. God is the master of breakthrough!

Keep speaking God’s Word!

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®

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.