Archive for July, 2012

Increased Expectation, Part 2

Monday, July 30th, 2012

I will lift up my eyes to the mountains; from where shall my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to slip; He who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. Psalm 121:1-4

When you face challenges in life, you can choose to hide out, bury your head in the sand, and get depressed, or you can turn to the promise-keeping God. Our help doesn’t come from our flesh or from our creative ideas—it comes from the Lord. Look to Him! Not one of His promises has ever failed.

Lift up your eyes on high and see who has created these stars, the One who leads forth their host by number, He calls them all by name; because of the greatness of His might and the strength of His power, not one of them is missing. Isaiah 40:26

I love going outside and looking at the stars. Recognizing the Creator of the stars can help get you out of cynicism and make you expectant of what He wants to do in your life. Instead of dreading what’s ahead, put your expectations back on the promises of God and believe for better and greater things. Staring at your problems will only wear you down. Instead, gaze at God your Helper and only glance at your problems.

Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:1-2

When you live in the reality that God is a rewarder of those who seek Him (Hebrews 11:6) and that favor surrounds you as a shield (Psalm 5:12), it will take the toxicity and sourness out of your thinking so that you can fully expect blessing to happen all through your life, move in a strong spirit of faith, and be the dynamic world-changer God has called you to be.

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

a•bide (verb)
To remain stable or fixed in a state.
–Merriam-Webster

meno men’-o (Greek)
A primary verb
To stay (in a given place, state, relation or expectancy):–abide, continue, dwell, endure, be present, remain, stand, tarry (for), X thine own.
–Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance Of The Bible

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God’s Word Is True

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

Hear my cry, O God; Give heed to my prayer. From the end of the earth I call to You when my heart is faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For You have been a refuge for me, a tower of strength against the enemy. Let me dwell in Your tent forever; let me take refuge in the shelter of Your wings. Selah. Psalm 61:1-4

You may be overwhelmed in a situation where you flat-out need divine intervention. Jesus came for that purpose, that He might destroy the work of the devil (1 John 3:8). “For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the Kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins” (Colossians 1:13-14). Jesus became a sin substitute and set us free, and He has given us authority over all things (Luke 10:19).

Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. James 4:7-8a

God is looking for us to understand our authority as believers. Satan comes to paralyze your planning, dilute your hopes and abort your dreams, and he must be resisted. “Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. But resist him, firm in your faith” (1 Peter 5: 8-9a). Satan will try to hinder you from stepping out and fulfilling the things assigned for you to do (1 Thessalonians 2:18). Remember: God’s Word is true. Drive a stake in the ground and stand firm knowing that at the name of Jesus demons flee. If you are preoccupied, spend some time in worship, meditate on the Word, and listen to good Bible-based teaching to get your mind renewed and on Jesus (Isaiah 26:3).

We are called to trouble-shoot and problem-solve. We are called on a mission to alleviate suffering, address poverty and famine, and save lives. Take hold of what God has for you and step into effectiveness.

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

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Increased Expectation

Monday, July 16th, 2012

And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him. Hebrews 11:6

We are created in God’s image for His purposes (Ephesians 2:10), but most people are living below their potential. This verse goes well beyond the simple acknowledgment of God’s existence. God asks that we take the extra step and embrace the Father’s love and believe that He really is a rewarder of those who seek Him.

If anyone serves Me [Jesus], the Father will honor him. John 12:26b

We must live with expectation. We have a responsibility to trust that the blessing of God will come down to our specific situation every time. When you get in the presence of God, your beliefs get reinforced. Prayer burns up anxiety and fear. As you and I love the Lord and meditate on His Word (Psalm 1:2; Joshua 1:8), lethargy and stagnancy will be replaced by a heightened sense of expectation. God’s anointing and power will be present for you. Opportunities will become clearer to you.

If you feel worn down by the pressures of life, remember: God can turn any situation around (Romans 8:28). God told the people of Israel, “I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten” (Joel 2:25a NKJV). Don’t let the past hold you back with a chip on your shoulder—believe God’s Word and expect great things for the future!

Because he has loved Me, therefore I will deliver him;
I will set him securely on high, because he has known My name.
He will call upon Me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble;
I will rescue him and honor him.
With a long life I will satisfy him and let him see My salvation.
Psalm 91:14-16

Let these truths from God’s Word get on that rebellious son or daughter. Let this get on your marriage that has grown a little bit stale. Let this get on your finances and on your future and on your expectations of where your life is going to be in the next few months and years. Let the truth of God’s love give you hope for the nations and hope for your generation.

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

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Clearing the Way to Be Led By the Holy Spirit

Monday, July 9th, 2012

Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:1-2

TRANSFORMED. That word “transformed” in Romans 12 is the same Greek word metamorphoo, where we get the word “metamorphosis.” It’s the word we use to describe the change from a tadpole to a frog and from a caterpillar to a butterfly. Just like those creatures, we are also in the process of formation. And with God, the transformation is actually doable! When God calls us to something, He is at work in us to enable us to accomplish it (Philippians 2:13).

MIND RENEWAL. There is no substitute for the Word of God. The Word gets into your system and straightens out how you think. Next time you study the Bible, go to Romans 12 and meditate on this “change-of-mind” chapter. These 21 verses articulate ways to eliminate every blockage and hindrance. As we get our minds renewed, we’ll get calibrated, focused, and sensitive to the promptings of the Holy Spirit.

Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor; not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer, contributing to the needs of the saints, practicing hospitality. Romans 12:9-13

BE AVAILABLE. God is looking for people who are available. Be like the prophet Isaiah, who said to the Lord, “Here am I, send me” (Isaiah 6:8). The most grievous times in my life have been when I resisted and didn’t follow through with what God was telling me. The best and most fulfilling things that have happened in my life have come from obeying the subtle promptings of the Holy Spirit!

PEOPLE NEED JESUS. Get radical about God-ideas on how to bless people around you. Send the text, pray the prayer, give the flowers, forgive, walk in love. As we daily stay available, we’ll be usable by God to produce really meaningful change. Acting on the verses of Romans 12 will keep you tuned in to the voice of the Holy Spirit to do what God has specifically designed you to accomplish.

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

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The Deliberate Life

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

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 16:9

Stay close to Jesus. God sent Jesus to restore that close connection between God and humanity. When we humble ourselves and commit to following Jesus, He sets us free, gives us a new nature, and shows us His purpose for our lives!

Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil. Ephesians 5:15-16

Be a doer of the Word. This scripture isn’t meant to make you feel desperate but to inspire you to live deliberately. God loves it when we are really doers of the Word (James 1:22). “Doing” pushes us away from settling for intentions and it gets us into divine action.

Follow God’s plan. We need to differentiate good ideas from God ideas. Ask yourself, “What are the specific things God has called me to do?” We’re not clones and we shouldn’t compare ourselves and our calling to others (2 Corinthians 10:12). Instead, God wants the proper working of each individual part throughout the church (Ephesians 4:16).

What pleases God? I like to bottom-line the purpose of life by asking: What pleases God? Micah’s prophecy to Israel in the Old Testament reveals what God wants from us. When we commit to living a life of service, walking in love, and keeping it all about Jesus, we’ll see great fruit produced!

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

He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? Micah 6:8

Copyright © 2012 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.