Archive for January, 2013

Freedom and Victory in Jesus

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

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

When Jesus enters your life, He changes you. The people who encountered Jesus in the Bible came in broken and sick and left restored and healed. Whatever you’re facing, God’s promises and miraculous work are just as alive today as they were in the Bible (Micah 7:20, Psalm 105:8, Hebrews 13:8).

Satan has tried to diminish the vibrancy of what Jesus paid such a high price to give. But we are called to fight the good fight of faith knowing we have the victory (1 Timothy 6:12). So refuse to live below your potential, and put your faith in God and in His promises.

For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. Who is the one who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God. 1 John 5:4-5

Carry this victorious attitude into your prayer closet, into your bad diagnosis. Carry it when your kids talk back to you, if your finances are tanked. Carry it when the world seems weird and scary. We have been invited into this miraculous life of freedom and victory. Instead of retreating, let’s fall into the arms of God and trust that we will see the salvation of the Lord.

But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:57

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

Copyright © 2013 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.

Walking With God

Monday, January 21st, 2013

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters. He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Psalm 23:1-3

God has called us to a life that is different than it was before we knew Him—to a life of joy and abundance (John 10:10). If you’ve been distracted and things have gotten bland spiritually or you’ve been so filled with anxiety that you can’t rest, be assured that God wants to bring you into a place of focus and peace.

Imagine you are canoeing down a river. The flow and current are in the middle of the river. If you veer over to the edge, the water is stagnant and covered with scum and branches. We all want to be in the deep, beautiful, blue water where we hardly have to paddle. That’s what our walk with God can be like when we are flowing with Him.

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. Luke 10:39-40a

God’s Word is sure footing and He has answers corresponding to every weirdness that tries to come at you. When you sit at the feet of Jesus, your mind gets renewed. That’s where you get revelation and instruction so you can stand up to fight and win the battles of life.

Yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary. Isaiah 40:31

Put your trust in God,
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

Copyright © 2013 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.

2013: Get Filled With The Word

Monday, January 14th, 2013

For the word of the Lord has sounded forth from you, not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place your faith toward God has gone forth, so that we have no need to say anything. 1 Thessalonians 1:8

Treasure the Scriptures. Read a Proverb or a chapter in the New Testament. Meditate on a verse and let it become entrenched in your thinking. Listen to the Bible in the car, play it when you’re cleaning the kitchen, while you’re sleeping—let it become a part of your world day and night (Psalm 1:2). It will rejoice your heart, enlighten your eyes (Psalm 19:8), and shine as a lamp to the incredible potential of your future (Psalm 119:105).

So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Romans 10:17 NKJV

God is faithful! Don’t be overwhelmed by 2013. The devil is working hard to discourage you, confuse you, and reinforce disappointment because your simple acts of obedience create a ripple effect that can change nations and lives.

Your prayers matter. Your obedience to walk out God’s plan matters. Receiving God’s Word into your life will transform and renew you. Where there is darkness, you can shine the eternal light of the Scriptures. Where there is sickness, you can take the promises of God and bring healing. Where there is despair, you can bring the Gospel and set captives free. This year, make it your goal to let the Word sound forth mightily in your life!

The law of his God is in his heart; his steps do not slip. Psalm 37:31

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

Copyright © 2013 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.

Jesus Is The Word

Monday, January 7th, 2013

And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14

Jesus isn’t just an amazing philosopher or teacher out of history. He is the Word, the exact representation of the Father’s nature. Because of Jesus, we have a new covenant and we are free from the vicious circle of sin and death. Because of that great gift, the fear of death is resolved. The price has been paid and we can have fellowship with God and receive help and counsel from an Eternal Father.

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

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. Psalm 119:105

So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” John 8:31-32

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. John 1:1-3

The most abiding, powerful, and effective means of comfort and revelation comes from the pages of Scripture. Hearts are arrested with conviction when the Word comes. When you receive Jesus, He reveals to you the Word with a spirit of wisdom and revelation. Spend time this January getting to know Jesus through the pages of Scripture. Get inspired to speak God’s Word over your situation. It will change the course of your year.

Happy New Year!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

Copyright © 2013 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.