Archive for February, 2013

Power to Overcome

Monday, February 25th, 2013

These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world. John 16:33

Because of Jesus, you can renew your determination to overcome in life—not in your own strength but by the power of God. When Jesus blasted out of the grave He offered powerless humanity the power of the Holy Spirit (Mark 16:15-18; Acts 1:8). He gave us the authority and power to become the children of God (John 1:12), to cast out demons (Mark 6:7) and heal the sick (Mark 3:15).

For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. 1 John 5:4

The name of Jesus is above every name. Use it fearlessly against the forces of darkness. When things get weird, pray. That same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead dwells in you (Romans 8:11). Take hold of the promises of God and use His Word like a hammer to break the bondages and barriers in your heart. As you trust God, He will walk you through what looked like absolute defeat into a place of victory (Romans 8:37).

Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. Romans 8:35, 37

God is faithful,
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.

God Will Take Care Of You

Monday, February 18th, 2013

Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? Matthew 6:26

God is not an idle deity at the corner of the universe who is no longer interested in humanity. He has the amazing capacity to care about each one of us (seven billion!) all at the same time. Let the following verses remind you of how much your Heavenly Father cares about every detail of your life.

He calls you by name.
To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. John 10:3

He numbers your hairs.
But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Matthew 10:30

He counts and orders your steps.
Does He not see my ways and number all my steps? Job 31:4

He bottles your tears.
You have taken account of my wanderings; put my tears in Your bottle. Are they not in Your book? Psalm 56:8

He takes your hand.
“For I, the Lord your God, will hold your right hand, saying to you, ‘Fear not, I will help you.’” Isaiah 41:13 AMP

When you realize how faithful God is and how much He cares about every detail of your life, fear and worry can no longer dominate you. You can be free to believe God for bigger things, knowing that He is an ever present help in time of need (Psalm 46:1); He will work all things together for good (Romans 8:28); and He will perfect that which concerns you (Psalm 138:8). Trust Him for the miraculous. He will always see you through.

God loves 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.

A Lifetime of Faithfulness

Monday, February 11th, 2013

Keep on asking and it will be given you; keep on seeking and you will find; keep on knocking [reverently] and [the door] will be opened to you. Matthew 7:7 AMP

The Path. God has created us for fruitfulness—for specific achievements. To accomplish all that God has planned, it’s essential that we embrace His sustaining power and dedicate ourselves to a lifetime of daily renewal.

“Jesus knew where he had come from, why he was here, and what he was supposed to accomplish. He came down from heaven not to do his own will, but the will of the Father. That determination controlled every decision he made. As a result, he was not distracted with trivia. He was never in a hurry, for he knew his Father would not give a task without the time to do it.” —Erwin W. Lutzer, pastor, teacher, and author

Singular Focus. Jesus’ main interest was doing God’s will. He was driven with the purpose of fulfilling the call. Every day, make it your aim to connect with God and learn His will. Love Him. Draw close to Him. Start your day with prayer. Read a devotional. Spend time confessing God’s Word.

They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Acts 2:42

Devote Yourself. Modern culture may be addicted to the rush of the start, but the middle and the end are very important too (Ecclesiastes 7:8). Cultivate biblical expectation. God has breakthrough for you on the other side of those ordeals and blockages. The Scriptures tell us that the righteous have afflictions, but God will deliver us out of them all (Psalm 34:19). Make it your goal to continue long enough to see God bring the deliverance!

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.

The Name of Jesus

Monday, February 4th, 2013

And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved. Acts 4:12

Salvation is found in the name of Jesus. Sin can’t be overcome by self help, philosophy, or good works. It’s conquered only by receiving Jesus who shed His blood and paid the penalty for us.

Whatever you ask in My Name, that will I do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask Me anything in My Name, I will do it. John 14:13-14

All of our spiritual authority comes to us because of what Jesus has done. We have the right to enter into the presence of God on the basis of the name of Jesus (Hebrews 10:19-22). Our prayers get their power from the name of Jesus.

Jesus’ name is exalted above every other name (Philippians 2:9-11). It’s above the name of every sickness, above the name of every principality and demon (Mark 16:17). When you speak in the name of Jesus, darkness has to flee.

Again I say to you, that if two of you agree on earth about anything that they may ask, it shall be done for them by My Father who is in heaven. For where two or three have gathered together in My Name, I am there in their midst. Matthew 18:19-20

Jesus is the most beautiful word that will ever roll off your lips. Use the name of Jesus to cut through the bondage and unhappiness that try to pull you down. Let the truth of God’s Word break the chains that are hindering you right now. Study the meaning of Jesus’ name, think about it, meditate on it. He is your Savior (Matthew 1:21), your Deliverer (Romans 11:26), and your Redeemer (Isaiah 59:20).

I love the name of Jesus!
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.