Archive for March, 2013

Wisdom & Direction

Monday, March 25th, 2013

But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. James 1:5

You can know God’s will. If you have felt indecisive about what to do in your next steps, the good news is this: those who lack wisdom can seek God and find it.

The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and He delights in his way. Psalm 37:23 NKJV

The Apostle Paul instructed us to fix our eyes on Jesus, the perfecter of our faith (Hebrews 12:2). Meditate on Him, fellowship with Him. Make God’s Word what you study. When you are looking for direction and wisdom, find the corresponding contextual promise in the Bible and take hold of it and say, “God, this is what I stand on.”

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 12:2

God is the God of peace and not confusion (1 Corinthians 14:33). Use God’s Word as a sword to cut through the hindrances and uncertainty in your life. When you spend time in the Word, your mind will get renewed and clarity will come. Seek God—He will guide you!

So will My Word be which goes forth from My mouth; it will not return to Me empty, without accomplishing what I desire, and without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it. Isaiah 55:11

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. Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Thinking God’s Thoughts

Monday, March 18th, 2013

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6

When we encounter complex or challenging situations, it’s important that we don’t lean on our own limited perception but instead rely on God’s unlimited understanding. His thoughts are higher than our thoughts (Isaiah 55:9) and as we seek the Lord, He will show us His way. As we get our minds renewed to line up with the mind of God, our lives will be transformed (Romans 12:2).

The mind set on the flesh is death and decay, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace (Romans 8:6). When we spend time in the amazing Scriptures, things get clarified. The Word will give light and understanding to the simple (Psalm 119:130). It will help us get rid of toxic thinking and start thinking the thoughts of God.

Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. Philippians 4:8

Forsake toxic thoughts and think on God’s thoughts (Isaiah 55:6-7). When you do, you will learn that God is a Father who supplies all your needs (Philippians 4:19); that He is perfecting that which concerns you (Psalm 138:8); and that He will cause all things to work together for good for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28). Whatever your situation, let God have the final say—He’s always right!

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.

Take Courage

Monday, March 11th, 2013

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6

Faith in God is the key to turning your biggest problems into some of your greatest victories. What is “Faith?” It’s reliance on God and His Word in spite of circumstances and sensory input. It’s really pretty radical to “walk by faith and not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:7). But hey, this is what pleases God (Hebrews 11:6). Being a Christian is not a charge to be a superhero, but it is a call to live courageously, to keep on getting up and pressing on by the strength and grace of God.

These things I [Jesus] 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

You can trust that God is going to see you through in every situation, because what God initiates He brings to completion (1 Thessalonians 5:24). Be assured of this: there is enough of God’s overcoming, sustaining power to work out your deal—even the impossible looking one; even the one you can’t tell anyone else about. Whatever you’re facing right now, lean on God and let Him pour strength into your situation. Take time to listen to Him and acknowledge Him. He’ll sort it all out.

You are a culture shaper and change agent. In the midst of the daily grind, God can and will call you through prayer and action to address the bigger issues of the world around you. Take courage. He has anointed you to be a light bearer, to be a person of tremendous conviction. Though there are challenges, God supplies every need, in every area, every time. You can trust Him with your life.

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.

Confidence in God

Monday, March 4th, 2013

Therefore, do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. Hebrews 10:35

The storms of life try to unsettle our confidence, but when Jesus comes on the scene He changes the way we think and He changes our habits and our values. He offers us His power and authority. He causes the timid to be bold. He causes those with anxiety to have peace. To those who don’t feel like champions He says that we are more than conquerors (Romans 8:37).

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7

Where do you get confidence in God and His ability to see you through? Go to the Word and learn what God says about you. Study the promises of God and use them to fight the good fight of faith. God’s Word is a lamp to your feet and a light to your path (Psalm 119:105). It’s sure and it’s true. It’s a plumb line.

Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ. Philippians 1:6

God wants to equip you so you can be a deliverer for others. If you’ve made mistakes in your life, God can turn those around to become stepping stones to breakthrough. Get on the offense and press on with the expectation that what God has forged in you since before you were born shall surely come to pass.

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9

God is so good,
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.