Archive for May, 2013

New Thinking

Monday, May 27th, 2013

We have something to say about how we think. Just because thoughts come into our heads, it doesn’t mean we are required to keep pondering them. Every time our minds drift, we can choose to get our attention back on Jesus.

The steadfast of mind You will keep in perfect peace, because he trusts in You. Isaiah 26:3

Cease striving and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth. Psalm 46:10

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. Philippians 4:6

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. The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:8-9

Some of your circumstances are overwhelming right now. But you can stop striving and worrying—you don’t have to panic. God is stable, and you can rely on His promises and trust His ability to turn things around for you.

Start your day with just a little more devotion to Jesus. If you feel like you’ve been indifferent, repent. Every day, all day—between phone calls, while making coffee, on the way to work—pray. When you wake up in the middle of the night, talk to Him.

And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7

Trust God!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

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A New Day

Monday, May 20th, 2013

From start to finish, God has a good plan for your life. He knows the details of how it’s all going to come together and how it will be completed. Let the following Scriptures inform you about the amazing ways of God.

The Lord’s lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23

“For I know the plans that I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11

But just as it is written, “Things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard, and which have not entered the heart of man, all that God has prepared for those who love Him.” 1 Corinthians 2:9

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 . . . I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. Psalm 23:1-4

For from days of old they have not heard or perceived by ear, nor has the eye seen a God besides You, who acts in behalf of the one who waits for Him. Isaiah 64:4

God loves you and cares about you. Even if you’ve messed up, today you can repent and push the reset button to start fresh. Continue to follow Jesus. Continue in His Word. And watch God act on your behalf.

God is faithful,
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

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Victory Over Uncertainty

Monday, May 13th, 2013

Through God’s grace we are accepted (Ephesians 1:6). We’ve been made worthy because of what Jesus did on the Cross. When you understand that the God of the universe loves you with an everlasting love (Jeremiah 31:3), you can let go of insecurity and find your strength and identity in Jesus.

Because of the sacrifice of the Messiah, his blood poured out on the altar of the Cross, we’re a free people—free of penalties and punishments chalked up by all our misdeeds. And not just barely free, either. Abundantly free! He thought of everything, provided for everything we could possibly need, letting us in on the plans he took such delight in making. Ephesians 1:7-9 The Message

God has an ocean of blessing and provision for everything you need. Most Christians live in ignorance of what God offers. The best weapon against uncertainty is good information from God’s Word. When you study the Bible you find that God’s abundance is so vast, it’s described as unfathomable (Ephesians 3:8).

Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen. Ephesians 3:20-21

If you’re lost and don’t know Jesus—He is the Savior who will rescue you. If you’re a Christian who has become lukewarm—He can fan the flames back in your heart in a moment. If you are questioning your purpose in life—God wants to personally guide you into the most fruitful place. So draw near to God. Rise up in faith. Everything you need for the fulfillment of your destiny is found in Jesus.

God is faithful,
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

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Victory Over Impossible Circumstances

Monday, May 6th, 2013

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

Our help and hope are in Jesus. Whatever you’re dealing with right now, you are still more than a conqueror (Romans 8:37). When we believe in God and become born of Him, victory shows up even in the most ridiculous set of circumstances.

Stand on God’s Word. Faith is simply taking hold of God’s promises in His Word and applying them—trusting that God will follow through on His Word and that those promises will come to pass in your life.

Speak God’s Promises. Jesus taught His disciples the power of speaking faith-filled words against the circumstances of life (Mark 11:22-24). That’s radical but very scriptural!

Forgive. Jesus also told His disciples to forgive everybody when they go to pray (Mark 11:25). Forgive. Don’t let bitterness be the thing that stops you from walking forward in victory.

If you’ve been sucker-punched by circumstances, don’t quit. God can put the fight back in you. Take hold of His Word and speak it over your life. Forgive (even yourself), and having done all to stand, keep standing! God is faithful. You will see the victory.

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

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