Archive for March, 2010

A New Life

Monday, March 29th, 2010

But I pray that your partnership in the faith may become effective as you fully acknowledge every blessing that is ours in the Messiah. Philemon 1:6 ISV

As we acknowledge the good things Jesus has done in our lives, our walk with God will increase in effectiveness and fruitfulness.

Because of Jesus we are now free from the vicious circle of sin and death (Romans 8:2 Phillips). Jesus took “the certificate of debt”—all the blame and sin that belonged to us—and nailed it to the Cross (Colossians 2:14).

And you hath He quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins . . . But God, who is rich in mercy, for His great love wherewith He loved us, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) and hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. Ephesians 2:1, 4-6 KJV

And you hath He quickened. Ephesians 2 shows the before and after of becoming a Christian. If you’re feeling beat down, socially awkward, or insignificant, Jesus powerfully affirmed your value when He gave His life at the prime age of 33 so that people like you and me can experience freedom from bondage. As you renew your mind with the understanding of what God has done, you’ll break out of the confines of insecurity and apathy and step into greater fruitfulness.

Your purpose: “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). Don’t manage your expectations for your life. Get in the Word and study your place in Jesus. You are being called out by God for Kingdom purposes beyond what you can even imagine right now—to pray huge prayers, walk in divine influence, be supernaturally natural, shape culture, and change this generation!

It’s good to be alive right now.
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. Copyright © 1958-1972 by JB Phillips; The Gospels Copyright © 1996-2008 International Standard Version®. King James Version.

The Secret Place

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you. Matthew 6:6

Time with God in the secret place is the key to effectiveness. Madake is a common type of bamboo in Japan, and during its growth season will grow up to almost four feet in one day! It can take years, though, for the visible shoots to push through the ground because the plant first prepares for fast growth by developing a strong root system out of sight. Likewise, our public life is rooted in the preparation that happens during secret-place moments.

Don’t despise the day of small beginnings (Zechariah 4:10) or underestimate the value of the secret place. If you stick around long enough and refuse to grow weary in doing good, your strong root system will produce major growth (Galatians 6:9).

Because time in the secret place produces fruit for the public place, it is the subject of the greatest attacks by Satan. Don’t wait to have “enough time” to spend with God. Learn how to fellowship with God even when you are on the run. Take two minutes at the beginning of the day and connect with God. Turn off the car radio and the cell phone and set aside time to be with Him. Whether you’re in the shower, driving the car, or cooking in the kitchen—these are all moments you can use to draw close to God.

If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples. John 15:7-8

When you abide in the secret place, you are under the protecting shadow of the Almighty. Fear has to leave (Psalm 91:1 NKJV*; 2 Timothy 1:7). God protects you from others’ evil intentions: “You hide them in the secret place of Your presence from the conspiracies of man” (Psalm 31:20a). And God, who sees what you do in secret, will reward you openly (Matthew 6:6).

The secret place may feel dreary and dry at times, but God promises that if you seek Him, you will find Him (Deuteronomy 4:29). As a result of consistently spending time in the secret place, you will bear fruit, change lives, and reach the world.

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

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The Law of Life

Monday, March 15th, 2010

Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. Romans 8:1-2

When Jesus was nailed to the Cross, He paid the price for humanity, and you were freed from sin! The old law of sin and death has been displaced by the higher and better law of life. Walk in this new life. “Just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious [power] of the Father, so we too might [habitually] live and behave in newness of life” (Romans 6:4b AMP).

Physicists make it their life to study the laws governing the natural world. They now know that the law of thrust and lift will supersede the law of gravity. As followers of Jesus, we invest our lives to understand those spiritual laws that have overridden the law of sin and death. We look in the mirror of the Word to learn what the new things are of this life in Christ Jesus: who Jesus is, what we have as a result of Him, and what we can do in Him. Then, we can carry these revelations to our daily living.

Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. 2 Corinthians 5:17

God has given you an abundant new life, but the enemy wants to steal, kill and destroy your vision so you don’t walk in it (John 10:10). The gravitational pull of lesser things can keep you in a place where you aren’t soaring to your full potential. Delving into God’s Word, praying in tongues, and maintaining a grateful heart are some key things that will help you understand the law of life and bring victory to your thoughts, words, and actions. Don’t stay victimized by gravity; break out, because the higher law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free!

It’s good to know Jesus.
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

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Let the Word Change You

Monday, March 8th, 2010

Therefore lay apart all filthiness and the superfluity of wickedness, and receive with meekness the engrafted Word, which is able to save your souls. James 1:21 21st Century KJV*

The Word has the ability to change you: save your soul, change your personality, heal, restore, deliver, and maximize fruit-bearing. To get results though, the Word must be engrafted into your life. Once I visited a Washington state apple-grower. He grafted Fuji branches to his already established Red Delicious trees. To my surprise, he explained that the superior Fuji apples would grow from the grafting. When we receive God’s Word, better fruit is produced.

We get the Word in our lives by spending time pouring through its pages and meditating on what it has to say. When you and the Word are one, the devil can’t defeat you any more than he can defeat the Word of God. All the devil can do is try to hinder the engrafting process, try to trip us up and let the little foxes—the bitterness we hold on to, the “small” sins—come in and spoil the vine. (Song of Solomon 2:15).

Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full. John 15:4-5, 11

Before you die, God wants to use you to do some extraordinary things. “The righteous man will flourish like the palm tree; he will grow like a cedar in Lebanon. Planted in the house of the Lord they will flourish in the courts of our God. They will still yield fruit in old age; they shall be full of sap and very green” (Psalm 92:12-14).

God has done a great work in you, but He wants to do a great work through you. You’ve got a part to play by keeping your heart with all diligence, by stopping sin in its beginning, by choosing the love walk over bitterness. Then you will yield quality fruit your entire life.

Press on!
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 quotation taken from the 21st Century King James Version®, copyright © 1994. Used by permission of Deuel Enterprises, Inc., Gary, SD 57237. All rights reserved.

Face the Obstacles

Monday, March 1st, 2010

For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. Romans 8:2

There is a law of sin and death, but there is a higher and overriding law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus. The superseding law of what God will do in our lives is as real as the “law of lift” that Orville and Wilbur Wright discovered when they first flew an airplane. And this life in Christ Jesus will enable us to face and override anything the devil throws our way.

When we face obstacles with the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus backing us up, we know that as we hit rough headwinds God will make us “ride on the high places of the earth” (Deuteronomy 32:13). Trust God in every situation and stay engaged in the fight. Pray a little bit, get in the Word, and pray a little more to get your mind renewed. You can address your obstacles with the confidence that God who has begun a good work in you will complete it! (Philippians 1:6).

Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God. And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us. Romans 5:1-5

God is at work in you causing advancement and change in your life. So when you encounter tough circumstances, remember that “the new spiritual principle of life in Christ lifts [you] out of the old vicious circle of sin and death” (Romans 8:2 Phillips). Whenever the wind starts to blow, turn and face it with the confidence that you have the victory and are called by God to carry this good news to the world!

Press on!
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 ©1960-1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Copyright ©1958-1972 by JB Phillips; The Gospels.