Archive for February, 2011

The Wise Win Souls

Monday, February 28th, 2011

Salt is good; but if the salt becomes unsalty, with what will you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another. Mark 9:50

Salt is necessary to life. It does many things in different contexts: it provides traction, melts ice, enhances flavor, purges, revives, and preserves. Jesus said we are “the salt of the earth” (Matthew 5:13).

God has called us to be salt shakers in this earth, but the devil is waging a battle to get us to back off and become tasteless and mediocre. We get our potency by looking in the mirror of the Word (2 Corinthians 3:18) to have “knowledge of every good thing” which is in us “for Christ’s sake” (Philemon 1:6).

Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity. Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person. Colossians 4:5-6

Jesus said, “Follow Me and I’ll make you fishers of men” (Matthew 4:19). You will have opportunities to connect with lost people that no one else can reach. God knows the hearts and conditions of the people we encounter, so be ready to follow the prompting and leading of the Holy Spirit. The more you do so, the greater effectiveness you will have.

The wages of sin is eternal separation from God (Romans 6:23), so this is serious—people’s eternity is at stake. When Jesus says you are the salt, do something about it. When He says the wise win souls (Proverbs 11:30b), take that to heart and be ready for those moments.

Get ready for the harvest!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

Copyright © 2011 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. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Walk Through the Door

Monday, February 21st, 2011

A wide door for effective service has opened to me, and there are many adversaries. 1 Corinthians 16:9

Fulfilling God’s call on our lives elicits a response from the enemy. The devil doesn’t mind when we are blasé about our existence, but when we step up in obedience, there will be opposition.

Therefore, do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised. For yet in a very little while, He who is coming will come, and will not delay. But My righteous one shall live by faith; and if he shrinks back, My soul has no pleasure in him. Hebrews 10:35-38

When God opens a door of opportunity, we are often tempted to halt at the door and throw away our confidence. An open door of effective service means hard work and greater responsibility.

But we are not of those who shrink back to destruction, but of those who have faith to the preserving of the soul. Hebrews 10:39

Get a tenacious attitude and step forward in faith (Romans 1:17). Get your mind activated with the thoughts of God (get in the Word!) to get backbone and vision. Refuse to be an idle dreamer but instead press through the door. There are many souls at stake.

Faithful is He who calls you and He also will bring it to pass. 1 Thessalonians 5:24

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

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God’s Word Transforms

Monday, February 14th, 2011

For if anyone is a hearer of the Word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror; for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was. James 1:23-24

Our most valuable possession is our identification with Christ. But some of us have lost sight of what we really have and who Jesus is in us. We need to go back to the mirror of the Word to address this spiritual amnesia.

The law of the Lord is perfect, restoring the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. Psalm 19:7

The treasure of the Bible is worth more than anything you can find in life. God’s Word brings us out of ignorance and into wisdom. It restores us. It gladdens the heart! (Psalm 19:8). David writes that the scriptures “are more desirable than gold” (Psalm 19:10), and Psalm 119:162 says: “I rejoice at Your Word, as one who finds great spoil.”

But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit. 2 Corinthians 3:18

Before Jesus, there was a veil over our hearts, but “whenever a person turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away” (2 Corinthians 3:16), and we see in the mirror of the Word that we are new creatures on the inside (2 Corinthians 5:17). Like the moon reflects the sun’s brilliance, we reflect Jesus as we get in the Word and spend time with Him.

But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in what he does. James 1:25

The Word of God is always powerful—it does not return empty without accomplishing what it sets out to do (Isaiah 55:11). This ought to inspire every one of us to action. We can prevail in life, we can see our prayers answered, and we can overcome. We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us (Philippians 4:13). We’ve been set free from sin to have a renewed life, to walk with vision and purpose.

Get ready for the harvest!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

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Strength From God’s Word

Monday, February 7th, 2011

I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. Philippians 4:12-13

These verses from Paul in the book of Philippians put into context all the trials, afflictions, and challenges we face: Because of what Jesus did for us we are more than conquerors (Romans 8:37). In order to be more than a conqueror, it implies that we have something to conquer—we aren’t in heaven yet and we live in a fallen world. But every step of the way God is guiding and giving us direction.

These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world. John 16:33

Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all. Psalm 34:19

Let the truth of these scriptures lift the cloud of hopelessness that may be trying to settle on you. You could be very close to breakthrough, but the cares of this world have spread a fog over the true nature of your situation. Remember, the thief comes to steal, kill, and destroy (John 10:10), and that is why we must cast down imaginations and take every thought captive (2 Corinthians 10:5). If you don’t quit, you can expect breakthrough!

Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us. Ephesians 3:20

You might as well unplug from all the worry, fear, and freak-out, get an overcomer’s attitude and trust God. He has solutions for your problems. With every temptation, trial, and trouble, He provides a way of escape (1 Corinthians 10:13). God gives you all you need. He will strengthen you by might and power in the inner man (Ephesians 3:16) to not only have breakthrough in your own situation but to enable you to take Jesus to a broken, fractured world.

Press on!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

Copyright © 2011 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.