Archive for November, 2012

The Big Deal

Monday, November 26th, 2012

Now as they were traveling along, He entered a village; and a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home. She had a sister called Mary, who was seated at the Lord’s feet, listening to His word. But Martha was distracted with all her preparations; and she came up to Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to do all the serving alone? Then tell her to help me.” Luke 10:38-40

ONE THING IS NECESSARY. When Jesus visited these sisters we see two different reactions to His presence. Mary was restful and receptive to whatever He had to say. Martha was distracted by trying to serve Him. Mary was getting clarity and peace, but Martha got caught up in worry. When Martha asks Jesus to correct Mary, He addresses the real problem by telling her that only one thing is necessary.

But the Lord answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:41-42

FIGHT FOR THE PRIMARY THING.
It’s critical to get in the secret place. Martha was caught in the momentum of all the busyness and missed what Mary was receiving from Jesus. The weapons of mass distraction are aimed at our time of receptivity and rest because that is where we get charged and renewed. That’s why we’ve got to fight to keep the primary thing the primary thing.

One thing I have asked from the Lord, that I shall seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life. Psalm 27:4

SET YOUR MIND ON JESUS. Prioritization is easier said than done. Often the urgent is also important. But you can start by taking—as Pastor Chuck Swindoll calls them—“minute vacations” with God. Sing praises to Him. If you wake up in the middle of the night, pray. Go outside and look at the moon while it’s waxing and waning. Look at the stars and think, “I know the One who named those things.” It’s not mystical. Time with God is where you receive direction and clarity. It’s where you get the answers to the problems you’re facing.

If you’ve been distracted away from the primary thing—connection to Jesus—today is a new day! You can start fresh. Talk to Him. Open your Bible. Meditate. Smile at Him. He loves that stuff. Fix your heart on Jesus. Because when you draw near to God, He draws near to you every time (James 4:8).

The best is yet to come,
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

A Mission to Move Mountains

Monday, November 19th, 2012

Then he said to me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel saying, ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ says the Lord of hosts. ‘What are you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you will become a plain; and he will bring forth the top stone with shouts of “Grace, grace to it!”’” Zechariah 6-7

THE MISSION. We are people with a mission, a kingdom-advancing, life-changing message: Jesus is the King! The Lord. The imagery we see in the Old Testament is the same for us today. It’s not a message of evacuation and escapism but a call to go out and spread the good news message of Jesus to all the world.

BY GOD’S POWER. What God has called us to is supernatural—we can’t do it on our own. It’s going to take the power of the Holy Spirit for us to maintain united hearts; to continue to be good moms and dads; to have substance that impacts a deteriorating culture. These things can’t be done by human methodology or sophisticated systems, but it can be accomplished by the Spirit of God. Holy Spirit power and revelation are available if we just open up the Bible and seek God. Let’s press into our prayer closets, worship God, and devote ourselves to Bible intake. Try turning off the TV for five minutes, putting your phone on silent, and focusing on the Word.

And Jesus answered saying to them, “Have faith in God. Truly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says is going to happen, it will be granted him.” Mark 11:22-23.

MOVING MOUNTAINS. Carry the awareness that you have a mission from God and it’s critical that you live it out. The mountains we face are seemingly insurmountable things that loom before us: alarming symptoms in the body, disappointing relationships, needs that are far greater than what the current resource can supply, problems that we need to deal with, and things that govern culture. If a mountain is looming before you, face it with your spiritual authority. When others face their mountains intercede, supplicate, and stand for them. When you address the Father in the Name of Jesus on the basis of the Word of God, you are going to get huge results. Every time.

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

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.

Real Help Comes From God

Monday, November 12th, 2012

Why are you in despair, O my soul? And why have you become disturbed within me? Hope in God, for I shall again praise Him for the help of His presence. Psalm 42:5

The psalmist works through the struggles of his heart by asking the right questions and then concluding the answer—Hope in God.

GOD HAS A HOPEFUL PROPOSITION FOR EVERY SITUATION. O my God, my soul is in despair within me; therefore I remember You from the land of the Jordan and the peaks of Hermon, from Mount Mizar (Psalm 42:6). Like the psalmist remembered God’s faithfulness, we can look back and remember how God rescued people from desperate situations. Jonah was about to be digested in the belly of a fish but got put back on track. Daniel survived a long night with hungry lions without one scratch or bite. The people of Israel got attacked by Pharaoh’s army right in the middle of their miracle as they were walking across the parted Red Sea. But God used the moment to bury the enemy for good, never to be seen again.

FAITH BRINGS EVERYTHING TO GOD IN PRAYER WITH THE EXPECTATION OF RESULTS. Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the men of old gained approval (Hebrews 11:1-2). The malady of despair is epidemic right now. That’s why we need to get really serious about articulating the good news. We identify what the concrete substance of the Word of God says and we take our stand on those promises.

FILL YOUR HEART WITH GOD’S WORD. Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path (Psalm 119:105). There are answers corresponding to every challenge you face, and they are found in the Word of God. Find scriptures that pertain to your situation, write them down, and meditate on them. Then, take your stand and use the Word of God like a two-edged sword to cut through each despair-producing issue in your life. Faithful is God who calls you, and He will bring His plan to pass (1 Thessalonians 5:24).

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

Real help comes from God. Your blessing clothes your people!
Psalm 3:8 The Message.

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Confidence in God’s Faithfulness

Monday, November 5th, 2012

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. Hebrews 10:35-36

1. GET CONFIDENT. The devil antagonizes people in areas of uncertainty. That’s why we continually go to the Word to reinforce the truth—that God is trustworthy, reliable, and present. Find God’s revealed will regarding every given situation. Correctly interpret the context. Read. Meditate. Speak. Pray.

2. CONSIDER THE OUTCOME. “And the Lord blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning” (Job 42:12a). Many of us avoid the book of Job because we wince at all the hardship and don’t want to suffer with him. But when you look at the whole picture and consider the outcome of the Lord’s dealings, you see there was a beginning, a middle, and an end to Job’s challenges and trials, and that he persevered, stayed close to God, guarded his attitude, and resisted the devil.

As an example, brethren, of suffering and patience, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. We count those blessed who endured. You have heard of the endurance of Job and have seen the outcome of the Lord’s dealings, that the Lord is full of compassion and is merciful. James 5:10-11

3. IMITATE THOSE WHO PERSEVERED. There are examples in the Old and New Testaments of rugged, determined lives: people like Job, nations like Israel, kings like David, apostles like Paul, and a Savior like Jesus. Look at the results and learn to imitate those who through faith and patience inherited the promises.

And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence so as to realize the full assurance of hope until the end, so that you will not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises. Hebrews 6:11-12

4. TRUST GOD. Life tries to clip you at the knees, but God wants to bring you back to a place of stability, confidence, purpose, and renewal. He causes things that seem crazy to ultimately work together for good (Romans 8:28). Nothing is too difficult for Him (Jeremiah 32:17). So let this be a defining moment. Put your confidence in God’s eternal faithfulness and move forward with assurance, knowing that no purpose of His can be thwarted (Job 42:2). He’s got your back!

I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord In the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and let your heart take courage. Psalm 27:13-14a

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

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.