Archive for January, 2010

Keep Hope Alive

Monday, January 25th, 2010

“For I know the plans that I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:11-13

Meditating on a verse like this will pull you out of regret for the past and dread of the future, and it’ll make you aware that the future God has planned for you is a future with hope. If you read the beginning of Jeremiah 29, you’ll see that Jeremiah is prophesying in order to get four things across to the exiled Israelites stuck in Babylon. He is telling them to build, multiply, ignore the false prophets, and keep hope alive.

This strong exhortation communicates that even though the Israelites had some grim circumstances, God always works for the well-being of His people. Paul reiterated this recurring theme of God’s faithfulness when he wrote as a captive in a Roman prison: “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!” (Philippians 4:4). God is calling us to learn how to abase and abound (Philippians 4:12) and live as Kingdom people who are clear-headed, victorious, and full of love, independent of our circumstances.

But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, that shines brighter and brighter until the full day. Proverbs 4:18

Don’t let anything other than the Bible define who God is in your world. The problems come when our meditation shifts from the Word (Psalm 1:1-3) and we listen to the bad report or to false prophets. Take Jeremiah 29:11 into your spirit and let it stir your heart with courage and dispel the dismal outlook that has tried to settle on you. Just like His plans for Israel, God’s plans for you are good plans. Keep building. Keep multiplying. Don’t listen to false prophets. Keep hope alive!

God has good things ahead,
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.

I Am Convinced

Monday, January 18th, 2010

Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? … But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:35-39

“Who will separate us from the love of Christ?” is the important question. Paul was convinced, and now it’s crucial that we become convinced that nothing can separate us from God’s love.

Insecurity comes from being unfamiliar with who God really is and what His Word says! Let’s mark the beginning of this year by delving into the Word and getting convinced by the love of God. God absolutely loves you and me. This truth is constantly being assailed by the enemy and by our own misperceptions and distortions. The only way to set right the situation is to turn to the Scripture and rediscover God’s heart concerning His people.

Since then it is by faith that we are justified, let us grasp the fact that we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through Him we have confidently entered into this new relationship of grace, and here we take our stand, in happy certainty of the glorious things He has for us in the future. Romans 5:1-2 Phillips Translation

Let it resonate in your spirit. Pore through the pages of the Bible and get filled with God’s heart concerning His people. It feels good to be forgiven and loved. It’s the best place in the universe!

You’re loved,
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.

New Beginnings

Monday, January 11th, 2010

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis 1:1

The Genesis revelation—that the creation of this world was not a random accident, but was initiated by the eternal God—reveals an origin of value, purpose, hope, and endless possibilities. God made us in His image and He has designed Kingdom purposes for each one of us.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. John 1:1-4

The God of the beginning is consistent, permanent, and the same all through the ages. Things change and people change, but God never changes! His Word is immutable; He is eternal, the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8).

When you’re serving Jesus, life is worth living and days are worth planning. Now’s a good time to write down some details of what you want to see in your business, relationships, and finances. Strategize and aim high. Look into the Bible to see just exactly what God’s attitude is about any given subject. Get strengthened and stand firm. As time marches on, dwelling on God’s permanency will help you to be faithful in and out of season.

God Is Faithful!
Pastor Jeff

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.

Happy New Year!

Monday, January 4th, 2010

Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary. Galatians 6:9

I’m dedicating the month of January to prayer and fasting as we seek God about the next steps for the church and our personal lives. God has some significant things up ahead. Let’s increase our Word intake and sensitize ourselves to the Holy Spirit so we’ll be ready to walk out His plan in 2010.

Here are the five points we are continuing to pray. They make a great New Year’s resolution list!

1. Pray for the removal of obstacles.
2. Pray for the increase of love.
3. Pray for personal growth.
4. Pray for the 100% will of God.
5. Pray with the end in mind.

Don’t let the devil steal your joy this New Year. If you’ve let your love toward God grow cold, meditate on God’s great love for you, on His promises for your life found in the Word. “Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things” (Philippians 4:8).

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.