Archive for September, 2010

One Life Can Change the World

Monday, September 27th, 2010

For the eyes of the Lord move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His. 2 Chronicles 16:9a

God is looking for people who will give their hearts to Him. He’s not looking for methodology or fancy pants know-it-alls. God is looking for people He can use—people of prayer, people who are yielded to and following Him, people who are sensitive to the Holy Spirit.

Don’t underestimate the value of everyday life. The least-noticed things are facilitating the greatest impact. The real world changers in World War II were not just the guys on the battlefield—they were also the people under the ground digging up the coal to fuel the world. The real changers are the Rosa Parks of the world, who take a stand for justice at the end of a hard work day, or Mrs. Everest, Winston Churchill’s nanny, who cared for him when no one else did and took the time to tell him about Jesus. These people in their normal everyday lives shaped the future.

You and I have this little life moment to communicate Jesus to our generation. It’s about lifting up Jesus and obeying the voice of the Holy Spirit when you go to the grocery store, when you get gas, at the office, with your kids at the playground—God loves doing extravagant things in what seems like common moments.

Your life is valuable. The rest of the world won’t reinforce that—it will either belittle and undermine your life and mission, or support narcissism. So lay aside the mindset of “How am I going to figure out my deal?” and just go to the feet of Jesus and say, “Okay, God, accomplish through me what You desire.” It’s amazing what God can do with an obedient heart.

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

God bless you!
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.

Change & Growth

Monday, September 20th, 2010

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

The change agent—Jesus—makes us different than we were before. We were all without hope, but Jesus came on the scene—not to condemn or reinforce failure, but to become a sin substitute for us (2 Corinthians 5:21).

When everything else wears out, when ideas are blurred, when vision gets disrupted, when momentum gets crippled by hurts, challenges, and trials, it’s important to remember that God does not grow weary or tired. It is God who is at work urging and helping us to put off the old ways and keep putting on the new (Philippians 2:13; Ephesians 4:22-24).

One thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:13b-14

Could it be that all the demonic pressure and satanic bombardment hitting your life have been designed by the devil, who knows his days are numbered and is trying his best to hinder the ministers of reconciliation and grind to a halt the mighty moving force called the Church? Don’t miss what could be by looking only through the lens of your present circumstances. Instead, “lift up your eyes and look on the fields, that they are white for harvest” (John 4:35b). Resist the devil and fortify yourselves by taking up the whole armor of God and conforming to the image of Christ.

The path of the righteous shines brighter and brighter until the full day (Proverbs 4:18). Yes, you can change. Yes, your marriage can get better. Yes, you can grow in God, bear more fruit, prosper, be healed, be more effective, be more on fire, change the world, and contribute to the harvest. Yes, you can alleviate suffering. Yes, you can be the encouragement that might keep someone on his feet. We are to keep growing and growing and growing. The best is yet to come.

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.

Get an Attitude Adjustment

Monday, September 13th, 2010

Do all things without grumbling or disputing. Philippians 2:14

Stop finding fault. We live in a culture that has exalted fault finding to virtue status. It’s easy to grumble – “to murmur or mutter in discontent; complain sullenly”* – but grumbling or complaining doesn’t improve anything. Paul talks about how the Old Testament Israelites were destroyed by their bad attitude, and he exhorts the Corinthian church to avoid the same pitfall and not “grumble, as some of them did, and were destroyed by the destroyer” (1 Corinthians 10:10). The ones who grumbled got in a place of destruction and saw no breakthrough.

Adjust your attitude. Pastor and author Chuck Swindoll once said, “The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day . . . I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me, and 90% how I react to it.” Paul was in the middle of a terrible situation in prison when he wrote his letter to the Philippians – yet, he told them eight times to rejoice! “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!” (Philippians 4:4).

And there must be no filthiness and silly talk, or coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks. Ephesians 5:4

Develop a habit of giving thanks. In everything give thanks. If we’re going to have habits, we might as well have good ones. The flesh is inclined to look at whatever is negative. Discipline yourself to look at what is praiseworthy and what is right in a situation. Murmuring is contagious, but so is a thankful and grateful heart.

Rejoice! Rejoice! Rejoice!
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. *”grumbling.” Dictionary.com Unabridged. Random House, Inc. 07 Sep. 2010.
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Wisdom—For Every Step

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

Happy is the man who finds wisdom, and the man who gains understanding; for her proceeds are better than the profits of silver, and her gain than fine gold. She is more precious than rubies, and all the things you may desire cannot compare with her. Proverbs 3:13-15 NKJV

We need God’s wisdom to help us navigate through the challenges of life. I once heard a preacher combine the two primary Greek New Testament words for wisdom to describe it as “insight into the true nature of things with a view to the end result.” We need that big-picture thinking that God’s wisdom offers.

Look at the context. This is the wisdom corresponding to various trials. In other words, God has answers for every circumstance if we’ll ask and listen.

Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. James 1:2-5

When we face obstacles, God’s wisdom—which transcends people’s good ideas—is available! Ask God for that “spirit of wisdom and revelation” (Ephesians 1:17). He will give you guidance about that broken relationship. He will show you how to restore your finances, get your health back, and get your attitude, mood, and outlook on track. As you seek God for direction, He will walk you through every minefield and Mensa-level maze, and your life will be a testimony of God’s wisdom directing your steps.

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.