Archive for April, 2012

Life-Giving Words

Monday, April 30th, 2012

The heart of the wise instructs his mouth and adds persuasiveness to his lips. Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. Proverbs 16:23-24

Your words have power. In every situation, you can bring peace or you can contribute to the storm. Before you speak, ask yourself these questions: Is it Jesus-glorifying? Is it life-giving? Is it healing? We must learn to be selective with our words because at the end of the day we’ll give an account of what we have said (Matthew 12:35-37).

For the mouth speaks out of that which fills the heart. Matthew 12:34b

What goes into your heart will come back out. That’s why it’s good to pack the Word down inside so that when you need it, even when you don’t feel ready, you’ll be filled with wisdom. Or in those stressful situations when you’re fatigued and tempted to get angry, you’ll be able to bridle your tongue.

Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear. Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you. Ephesians 4:29-32

If you’re tempted to talk negatively about someone, before you say anything, ask yourself this question: Would I be uncomfortable saying this in front of the person I’m talking about? The Church is an accumulation of people who would be broken without the grace of God. Understanding that will help us to get that judgmental and bitter attitude out of the way and be kind and forgiving to others.

Who is the man who desires life and loves length of days that he may see good? Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking deceit. Depart from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it. Psalm 34:12-14

The hour is critical. Every situation we face has the potential to impart death or life. In times of discouragement I’ve had someone say a simple word to me that was like lighting a match to a fire, and it gave confidence to my spirit. As we get in the Word and renew our understanding about how powerful our words are, our effectiveness will increase and we’ll be used by God to speak life and change into situations all over the earth.

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

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Peace in Every Situation

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

The one on whom seed was sown among the thorns, this is the man who hears the Word, and the worry of the world and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the Word, and it becomes unfruitful. Matthew 13:22

Fears that try to plague your life are not coming to you from God. The devil attacks us with anxiety to choke the effect of the Word in our lives. But God is calling us to better things than giving ourselves over to worry from the time we wake up until we go to bed.

To defeat fear, make the Word your confession. Some of you will have to stop the negative intake you have been allowing into your life. Some of you need to find scriptures that address what you’re dealing with and meditate on them. When I’ve been worried and discouraged, God has instructed me to go to the Word and read His promises and remember His great faithfulness.

Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? Matthew 6:26

The steadfast of mind You will keep in perfect peace, because he trusts in You. Isaiah 26:3

Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness. Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass. He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday. Psalm 37:3-6 NKJV

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 comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Phil. 4:6-7

Your situation may feel hopeless, but with God nothing is impossible. When Jesus shows up in a rough situation, He calms the storm. So don’t go any further being burdened with worris and fears. Remember God’s faithfulness and speak out what the Word says about your life. He who has begun a good work in you will complete it (Philippians 1:6).

You can trust God!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

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Strength From God

Monday, April 16th, 2012

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. Ephesians 6:10-11

Satan will try to keep you from fulfilling the things assigned for you to do (1 Thessalonians 2:18). But God has given you the power to overcome everything that comes your way. Whatever set of circumstances you’re dealing with—sin patterns, hurts from past abuse, even self-inflicted misery—God wants to deliver you. His Word is true. You can drive a stake in the ground and stand firm knowing that at the name of Jesus demons flee.

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

If you feel unsure of where you are in life right now, the confidence-producing Word of God will adjust you back into your purpose. Cast down the weirdness in your head. Don’t underestimate the power of cracking open your Bible when you don’t feel like it, opening your mouth and praising God, and staying in fellowship with other believers. This consistency will sustain you.

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

If your vision has gotten disrupted or your momentum is crippled by hurts, challenges, and trials, continue to stand and resist the devil—God is at work (Ephesians 6:13-14). Don’t live in the distortion of the moment. Lift up your eyes and look to God to receive strength and strategy. As Paul said: “We learn to not trust in ourselves but in God who raises the dead” (2 Corinthians 1:9). There are miracles God has up ahead for you, mountains to climb, ground to gain, and people to reach. His sustaining grace will bring you through and enable you to fulfill the call.

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

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Repaired, Prepared, and Ready!

Monday, April 9th, 2012

What a God we have! And how fortunate we are to have him, this Father of our Master Jesus! Because Jesus was raised from the dead, we’ve been given a brand-new life and have everything to live for, including a future in heaven—and the future starts now! 1 Peter 1:3 MSG

REPAIRED – mended, fixed, and restored.
Jesus left the splendor of heaven on a mission to save what was lost—to repair what the first Adam forfeited (Luke 19:10). The Bible says Jesus went around doing good and healing everyone who was sick and oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him (Acts 10:38). When we turn to God, our lives get repaired and restored—we’re set free!

In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the Desert of Judea and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.” This is he who was spoken of through the prophet Isaiah: A voice of one calling in the desert, “Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for Him.” Matthew 3:1-3 NIVUK

PREPARED – equipped in advance for a particular purpose.
Preparation precedes opportunity. Before Jesus, there was a forerunner named John the Baptist who came with great conviction and urged people to get their hearts ready for the Messiah. God convicts us so that we can remove obstacles in our lives and prepare for action.

“For I know the plans that I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11

MADE READY – immediately available; poised for action.
If you’re feeling dull or apathetic and wondering what your purpose is, call out to God. He can take a cold heart and make it white hot and give you fresh hunger for truth. None of us is cut out to be “religious.” We are called to a new life in Christ. So focus on Jesus—He is the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6). This is the reason for our existence.

Happy Easter!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

There are generations yet unborn whose very lives will be shifted and shaped
by the moves you make and the actions you take today.
—Andy Andrews, Author & Speaker

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Future Plans

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

So don’t worry and don’t keep saying, “What shall we eat, what shall we drink or what shall we wear?”! That is what pagans are always looking for; your Heavenly Father knows that you need them all. Set your heart on the kingdom and His goodness, and all these things will come to you as a matter of course. Matthew 6:31-33 PHILLIPS.

1. Worrying About Tomorrow Is Unnecessary. Five times in Matthew 6 Jesus addresses worry. He’s saying to quit obsessing on the “what ifs” and the “how comes” and seek first His Kingdom, and then all the other things we need will be added.

2. When We Acknowledge God, His Guidance Is Assured. Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul (Psalm 143:8 NIVUK). God is worthy of our focus. When we present our soul—our thinking faculties, will, and emotions—to the Lord, we have the assurance that He will bring guidance (Proverbs 3:5).

3. Seek God’s Will About Plans For The Future. Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground (Psalm 143:10 NIVUK). When the will of God is known through the written Word of God (like in the areas of healing and finances) we don’t need to pray “if it be Your will.” But when it comes to life decisions—marriage choices, career choices, where to send the kids to school—keep an open heart and seek God’s will (James 4:13-15).

4. God Has Promised To See Us Through. Being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus (Philippians 1:6 NIVUK). God knows more about the future than we do about the past. The cure for anxiety and fear is realizing that as we daily put Jesus first, we can trust God to lead us through the course of our lives (1 Thessalonians 5:24).

5. God’s Plans Are Always The Best Plans. I desire to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart (Psalm 40:8 NIVUK). Knowing God’s will requires a submitted heart. God is looking for vulnerable, yielded, and humble people who are willing to step up and say: “Lord, I renounce complacency and apathy and submit to Your decisions. God’s will be done: in my life, in my town, in my church and in my generation, in Jesus’ name.”

Seek God,
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

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