Archive for December, 2011

You Are Loved

Monday, December 26th, 2011

Long before [God] laid down earth’s foundations, He had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of his love, to be made whole and holy by his love. Long, long ago He decided to adopt us into his family through Jesus Christ. (What pleasure he took in planning this!) He wanted us to enter into the celebration of his lavish gift-giving by the hand of his beloved Son. Ephesians 1:4-6 The Message

When Jesus, the King, was born in a feeding trough over 2,000 years ago, God was showing the love and value He places on each one of us.

We were trapped and lost. We couldn’t save ourselves. Jesus became like we are so that we can be made right with God. What happened in that manger and ultimately on the Cross is fully available today. He died to save us, and when we call on the name of Jesus we bring that vital action into the present of our lives.

This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him. 2 Corinthians 5:17-18 NLT

People need breakthrough that only a Mighty God can give; they need an Eternal Father’s unconditional love and the Prince of Peace to save them from the war in their hearts. Jesus is each of those things, and He is available to you.

God sent His Son to save us from our sins. If you’re not a Christian, I encourage you to humble yourself and call out to God. He will respond. Bury your regrets about the past and your fears concerning the future—trust in a faithful God. He loves you.

Pray this prayer: Lord Jesus, You know everything about me. Please forgive me for all the wrong things I’ve ever said or done. I know that You died for my sins and rose from the dead. Please come into my life and be my Lord. Help me to follow You always. Amen.

Merry Christmas!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

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The Power of God’s Word

Monday, December 19th, 2011

There is a God in heaven who cares about you. When you experience high times and feel like you are flowing with the Holy Spirit, or when you feel worn slick with nothing going your way, God’s grace stays constant, undiminished. Wherever you are, day or night, you can cry out to the Lord and He will respond.

The Word of God is a hammer that you can use to pound through weird circumstances. It’s without error, it’s reliable, it’s trustworthy, and you can bet your life on it.

I [God] am watching over My word to perform it. (Jeremiah 1:12b)

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

Strong is he who carries out His Word. (Joel 2:11)

The Word of God is food for your soul (Matthew 4:4), renewal for your mind (Romans 12:2), and strength for your fight. It’s thunderously powerful. It’s a weapon—a two-edged sword of the Spirit (Hebrews 4:12).

Let it be to me according to your word. ~ Mary, Mother of Jesus (Luke 1:38 NKJV)

Just say the word, and my servant will be healed. ~ The Centurion (Matthew 8:8)

His Word was in my heart like a burning fire shut up in my bones. ~ The Prophet Jeremiah (Jeremiah 20:9 NKJV)

Stay in the Word, stay in fellowship at church, and learn how to give and serve, even in the midst of discouraging circumstances. God, the burden bearer and yoke destroyer, will raise you up in victory and strength to activate change in this world.

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

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Rely on God: Part Two

Monday, December 12th, 2011

Cast your burden on the Lord [releasing the weight of it] and He will sustain you; He will never allow the [consistently] righteous to be moved (made to slip, fall, or fail). Psalm 55:22 AMP

There is always the “day before the breakthrough”: the period of time when the weapons of mass distraction—anxiety, worry, lethargy—assail us. The devil loves to attack when we’re in these areas and times of uncertainty. But God is consistent. You can trust Him. As you read this, I pray that a spirit of faith will stir in your heart and you will be able to connect with just how faithful God is.

When you purpose to fulfill God’s plan for your life, you become a greater threat to the forces of darkness, so of course you are going to elicit a challenge. Any twig can float with the current. But the salmon swim upstream, over waterfalls and past grizzly bears, to reach their goal. Some of you are having a five-year challenge. Some of you wish it could have been just a five-year challenge because yours has stretched into a 20- or 30-year battle. But no matter how protracted your battle has been, God wants to see you through!

Most people who succeed in the face of seemingly impossible conditions are people who simply don’t know how to quit. Robert Schuller

Get specific. What is the primary thing bothering you right now? Take that item of worry and find corresponding promises in the Scriptures. Start speaking them over your situation. Go to God and trust Him to sort out that specific thing. No one else but God has the ability and inclination to care about your situation as if you’re the only person in the universe.

. . . Run in such a way that you may win. 1 Corinthians 9:24

Some of you are in the last phase of running your specific battle. Increase your expectation. Don’t drop off at 75 percent; stand for the next 25 percent! God knows the number of hairs on your head (Luke 12:7). He knows each item, each issue, and if you cast your cares on Him, He’ll work it all together for good (Romans 8:28).

God is faithful,
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

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You Can Rely On God

Monday, December 5th, 2011

Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully. 1 Peter 5:7 AMP

Jesus is capable and He has broad shoulders. He bore our sins and carried our sickness (1 Peter 2:24). We aren’t designed to carry burdens all the time. That’s why we need to defy the tendency to be super worried and instead cast our cares on God—He wants to bring vitality and strength to our lives.

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7

“Do not worry then, saying ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you” (Matthew 6:31, 33). Worry feeds on constant chatter. At the point of anxiety, it’s important to first bridle your tongue, and then cast your concern on the Lord. Then, ask God to fill your mouth with praise (Psalm 71:8) and begin to minister to the Lord. You do that by praising Him for who He is and what He is capable of doing and by thanking Him for victory and breakthrough.


Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (Hebrews 4:16)

God has the answer to every human dilemma, so invite Him into your world: into the hospital room, into your marriage, into the battle you’re fighting, into your weird thinking. Invite God in when you are between a rock and a hard place—He knows how to deliver. Shake off melancholy and distrust, and even if you have sinned, run to God. He absolutely cares for you. Trust Him with your business, your relationships, your physical body, and your next steps in life! He is a Father who cares for His children affectionately and watchfully! He will sustain you. He will never allow the righteous to be shaken (Psalm 55:22).

God is faithful!
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.