Archive for April, 2011

The Rescue

Monday, April 25th, 2011

Rescue: Recovery or preservation from loss or danger; deliver; to free from harm or evil; save.*

God rescued us from dead-end alleys and dark dungeons. He’s set us up in the kingdom of the Son he loves so much, the Son who got us out of the pit we were in, got rid of the sins we were doomed to keep repeating. Colossians 1:13-14
The Message

Freedom. Jesus was sent on a rescue mission to save broken humanity. God in His infinite love and mercy rescued us from the pit of despair and hopelessness and traded all our sin for His righteousness. Now, we can be free!

I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.
Romans 8:38 New Living Translation

Unconditional love. The Bible says that nothing can separate you from God’s love. This is so hard to understand if you have been unloved or if you don’t like yourself. But Jesus is so wonderful—you don’t have to try to fix yourself and get better before calling out to Jesus—He is on a rescue mission to save you right where you are. You are drowning in quicksand, and Jesus wants to pull you out and give you new life and make you a new person.

The best is yet to come. Jesus knows how to rescue us in times of trouble and calm the storms of life. When sorrows weigh us down, doubts rise up in our soul, or our burdens are too much to bear—He is our refuge. Your life is not over. The God who rescued people in the Bible is the same God who wants to help you in your situation today. Call out to God and He will answer you,

To receive Jesus, pray this prayer:

Dear God, in my heart I believe the truth about Jesus—that He’s Your Son and that He died for me and rose from the dead. Forgive me for all my sins. I receive Jesus into my life right now. You tell me what to do and I’ll do it. Help me to start a new life and follow You with my whole heart. Amen.

God bless you!
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. Colossians 1:13-14 scripture taken from The Message. Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Romans 8:38 scripture taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation © 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois. All rights reserved. *The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition © 2006 by Houghton Mifflin Company. WordNet 3.0 © Princeton University, 2006.

New Morning. New Mercies.

Monday, April 18th, 2011

Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and He shall hear my voice. Psalm 55:17 KJV

The greatest thing we can do as Christians is to maintain and cultivate our time with God—to start, end, and fill the middle of our days by connecting with Him. Set time aside—in the corner of your basement, in a quiet spot in the woods, at the kitchen table—find a place to pray. Start your day ministering to the Lord. While you’re getting ready in the morning, just begin to tell Him you love Him. In the car, turn off the radio and talk to God.

There are challenges all around, all the time. Yet, we are not without the presenceof a Savior who came to this earth on a rescue mission. He conquered death (1 Corinthians 15:55), so He can take care of everything else! Situations may be far beyond your human skill, but Jesus is the resurrection and the life, and nothing is beyond Him. He is willing and able to deliver.

The following verses show the prophet Jeremiah at a time when he had lost hope and was depressed, and anxiety gripped his heart. Then he shifted his focus from his circumstances and began to focus on God’s faithfulness.

I’ll never forget the trouble, the utter lostness, the taste of ashes, the poison I’ve swallowed. I remember it all—oh, how well I remember— the feeling of hitting the bottom. But there’s one other thing I remember, and remembering, I keep a grip on hope: God’s loyal love couldn’t have run out, His merciful love couldn’t have dried up. They’re created new every morning. How great your faithfulness! I’m sticking with God (I say it over and over). He’s all I’ve got left. Lamentations 3:19-24 The Message

God’s grace is covering your life. His love is steadfast. His mercies are hovering at your waking moment—new every morning. God is not vague and distant—He is present to help you in you time of need. Do you need wisdom? Ask God who gives to all generously (James 1:5). God’s arm is never too short to save you (Isaiah 59:1), and He is going to come through in your situation.

Seek God!
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. Lamentations scriptures taken from The Message. Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002. Used by permission of NavPress Publishing Group. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

A Fresh Start

Monday, April 11th, 2011

This I recall to my mind, therefore I have hope. The Lord’s lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:21-23

I’m grateful we get a fresh start every day. Each morning is a new day with Jesus. I could’ve had a weird last night, a weird yesterday afternoon, a weird last week— but His mercies are new every morning. If we start our day by giving Jesus priority, giving thanks, and cracking open the Bible, our spirit will be filled with substance and strength for the day.

If God is not first in our thoughts and efforts in the morning, He will be in the last place the remainder of the day. ~E.M. Bounds, “Power Through Prayer”

Try beginning your day praising Jesus. Let the first words out of your mouth be, “Thank You, Jesus!” In Psalms, David wrote: “Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name” (Psalm 100:4). God is inviting us to shift out of bitterness or an affliction mentality and instead magnify God and remember how great and mighty He is.

The enemy tries to keep us out of the secret place by keeping us busy doing other things. The devil knows that starting your mornings with God will precipitate a spirit of faith that will have repercussive effects for others. So you’ve got to be deliberate about spending the first moments with God. Find encouraging devotionals; read a Proverb a day; train yourself to read entire chapters and books of the Bible. If you don’t like reading, download the audio Bible on your phone or computer. Do whatever it takes to get the Word in you.

Whatever your battle, deny doubt and unbelief the right to govern your worldview and start praising God this very moment. Instead of gazing at your problems, gaze at Jesus, who has all the answers you will ever need.

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.

Who Are You?

Monday, April 4th, 2011

That the sharing of your faith may become effective by the acknowledgment of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus. Philemon 1:6 NKJV

When we acknowledge every good thing in us in Christ Jesus our effectiveness increases. As we acknowledge who God is, what He has done for us through Jesus, and who we are in Christ, we get out of lethargy and into action, out of dullness and into cutting edge. And we have God’s wisdom to understand the times and what we
are to do.

The unfolding of Your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple. Psalm 119:130

Jesus came on the scene and brought light to darkness (Isaiah 9:2a). But instead of finding the light, many people have adjusted their eyes to the darkness of the fall.

Something awful has happened; something terrible. Something worse, even, than the fall of man. For in that greatest of all tragedies, we merely lost Paradise – and with it, everything that made life worth living. What has happened since is unthinkable: we’ve gotten used to it. –John Eldredge, “The Journey of Desire”

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

I don’t ever want to adjust my eyes to darkness and live below the amazing standard Jesus provided for us when He died on the Cross and rose again. New things have come! We now have wisdom. We now can know the mind of Christ to help us deal with issues. We are now new creatures and we have God’s righteousness—we are whole and clean.

Jesus cleansed us so thoroughly that we are actually containers of the Holy Spirit! Sure you have scars and some grooves that have been worn into your life from hurt. Sure you’re locked up in some of your thinking. That’s why you need to be renewed in the spirit of your mind (Ephesians 4:23) by studying and meditating on God’s Word. Get up in the morning, get hold of the Scriptures, and look in the mirror of God’s Word. Remind yourself of what the Bible says about who you are in Christ. As you do, light will come and dissipate the darkness!

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. NKJV scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved. “Desire” by John Eldredge. Copyright © 2000, Thomas Nelson Publishers, Nashville, TN.