Archive for July, 2013

God Will Turn It Around

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

Now I want you to know, brethren, that my circumstances have turned out for the greater progress of the gospel. Philippians 1:12

Paul the Apostle didn’t feel like he was a big shot; yet he realized he was a carrier of the presence of God. He didn’t let imprisonment, shipwrecks, or snake bites keep him from being effective.

After he miraculously survived a shipwreck, Paul was bitten by a viper while collecting firewood—it should have been fatal; “however he shook the creature off into the fire and suffered no harm” (Acts 28:5). God then used Paul’s hand as an instrument of healing for the same people who had assumed he would die from the venom. What the devil meant for evil, God turned around for good!

And it happened that the father of Publius was lying in bed afflicted with recurrent fever and dysentery; and Paul went in to see him and after he had prayed, he laid his hands on him and healed him. Acts 28:8

We read about Paul in the snapshot of antiquity, but Christianity is not just a series of old pictures from the past. The God who rescued Paul is the same God who wants to turn your circumstances around. Things may look bleak, but God gives the assurance that He will cause everything to work together for good—that includes everything in your life (Romans 8:28). Find promises in God’s Word and hold to them (Isaiah 55:11). Believe as Paul did—that “it will turn out exactly as I have been told.”

Therefore, keep up your courage, men, for I believe God that it will turn out exactly as I have been told. . . And so it happened that they all were brought safely to land. Acts 27:25, 44b

Take courage!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

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Jesus, The True Friend

Monday, July 15th, 2013

No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you. John 15:15

Jesus is the greatest friend you’ll ever have. He runs toward your problem when most others are running away. We’ve all had fair-weather friends, but it’s rare to have a friend who sticks by you through thick and thin. Jesus is that friend.

Personality traits rub off. If you walk with the wise, you will be wise (Proverbs 13:20). When you walk closely with Jesus, you’ll be like Jesus. Friendship with God amplifies the best part of everything in our human existence.

Now as they observed the confidence of Peter and John and understood that they were uneducated and untrained men, they were amazed, and began to recognize them as having been with Jesus. Acts 4:13

Jesus is a friend to sinners—you can run to Him (not away) in time of need. He will never leave you or forsake you (Hebrews 13:5). When we understand how much Jesus loves us, we can carry that love to the world around us so that others can know His love and learn to walk in closeness with Him.

This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends. You are My friends if you do what I command you. John 15:12-14

Jesus loves you,
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

What man calls conversion is often only the discovery of the Great Friend. What man calls religion is the knowledge of the Great Friend. What man calls holiness is the imitation of the Great Friend. –Author Unknown*

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 Calling” © John Hunts Publishing, Ltd., New Alresford, Hants, UK.

Excel Still More

Monday, July 8th, 2013

Now as to the love of the brethren, you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves are taught by God to love one another; for indeed you do practice it toward all the brethren who are in all Macedonia. But we urge you, brethren, to excel still more. 1 Thessalonians 4:9-10

Church is God’s idea. It’s a powerful network, and the superglue that holds it together is love. God valued and loved the world so much that He died for ungrateful men and women. The mission on our lives is to take the message of Jesus to our generation in an atmosphere saturated with love.

Constantly bearing in mind your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the presence of our God and Father. 1 Thessalonians 1:3

The books of Thessalonians present an amazing snapshot of church and a model atmosphere of how God wants us to connect. When you read them, you see a fresh young church full of zeal and vibrancy in the midst of great opposition. You find a group of people turned from idolatry into fruitfulness and significance.

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

These people were courageous, they were thinkers and givers. They were catalytic, and that’s what God wants church to be – a healthy home base, with green pastures and quiet waters (Psalm 23). He wants it to be a launching environment that gives us strength for our potential and courage to walk with God through the course of our lives.

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

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Contrasting Positions

Monday, July 1st, 2013

But the centurion said, “Lord, I am not worthy for You to come under my roof, but just say the word, and my servant will be healed. . .” Now when Jesus heard this, He marveled and said to those who were following, “Truly I say to you, I have not found such great faith with anyone in Israel.” Matthew 8:8,10

Choose Faith. In the Bible, Jesus marveled at two contrasting positions: faith and unbelief. Every day, in every situation, you can choose to land on the side of trusting God.

Now He could do no mighty work there, except that He laid His hands on a few sick people and healed them. And He marveled because of their unbelief. Mark 6:5-6 NKJV

Discard Unbelief. Doubt and unbelief will obstruct breakthrough. The unbelief of the people in the town of Nazareth stopped Jesus from being able to do miracles. Don’t let unbelief hinder what God is trying to do in your life!

How To Stay In Faith. Faith is simply placing your trust in God. God asks that we do two things: believe that He is and believe that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him (Hebrews 11:6). When you act on the principles embedded in the Scriptures, you can face fear with the confidence that God is going to turn it around every time.

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