Archive for August, 2013

Spiritual Strength

Monday, August 26th, 2013

For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace. Romans 8:5-6

Your spirit is the part of you that God speaks to. The soul consists of the mind that needs to be renewed, the emotions that must be subjected to the reality of Scripture, and the will that needs to submit to God’s purposes. The Bible tells us that we can walk in the Spirit and not fulfill the desires of the flesh, that we can identify temptation and find greater strength to resist it.

In every situation or crisis, the Holy Spirit wants to show you exactly what to do. The apostle Paul prayed that our inner being would be strengthened by the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 3:16). Jesus said that the Holy Spirit will be our Strengthener, Helper, Comforter, and Counselor (John 16:7 AMP).

I pray that out of His [God’s] glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being. Ephesians 3:16 NIV

No longer do we have to be soulish people who whip up a bunch of good ideas from our flesh. As we hear the Word of God and listen to the Holy Spirit, He will strengthen us and give direction to our spirit. This is where we get creative ideas, where we get answers, where we get direction, and where we get ready to face the next seasons of life.

God bless and strengthen 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.

Becoming Spiritually Strong

Monday, August 12th, 2013

Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass.
1 Thessalonians 5:23-24

You are a spirit, you have a soul, and you live in a body. God wants you to be spiritually strong—to learn to hear from Him and be led by Him. Here are two practical ways to help you develop your spirit and grow stronger in your walk with God.

GET IN THE WORD. God’s Word is life and it changes us. God doesn’t ask that we turn our brains off but that we get our minds renewed (Ephesians 4:23). The Bible will change the way we think—and help us to be led by the Spirit and not the flesh (Galatians 5:16). When you need to make big life decisions, turn off the TV and spend some time in the Word of God.

PRAY IN THE SPIRIT. Every day pray in the Holy Spirit. When you do, you are speaking mysteries to God (1 Corinthians 14:2) and strengthening your spirit (Jude 1:20). It will also help you to become more sensitive to God’s leading. You don’t have to flip a coin or look around for popular opinion. The Spirit of God will guide you and help you.

Our Christian experience should not make us weird. In fact, God is the one who takes us out of dysfunction and makes us functional. As we commit to developing ourselves through prayer, studying the Word, and obeying the Holy Spirit, we will see victory as we face life’s battles. We’ll be less carnal and more spiritual, less irritable and more loving, less selfish and more giving. We’ll take definitive steps into greater effectiveness, people will respond to the truth of the Gospel, and we will see revival in our generation.

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.

Three Things to Believe

Monday, August 5th, 2013

I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. Ephesians 1:18-19a

Understanding the basics of righteousness will change the way we think and help us implement God’s will in our lives. Here are three important basics to believe:

Believe in peace with God. Peace comes through repentance—because of what Jesus did on the Cross we can have peace and right standing with God. (Read Romans 5.)

Believe in the power of God. We have been given the baptism in the Holy Spirit so we can have assistance in the proclamation of the Gospel. You can change the eternal destiny of someone by sharing the loving message of Jesus in an authentic way. The Holy Spirit comes alongside to help you—in prayer, at work, in your marriage, in your thought life, and when you’re tempted. (Read Acts 1 and 2.)

Believe in the purpose of God. If something has happened in life to blunt your edge, you don’t have to stay stuck. You can get excited about Jesus and the plans He has for you. Take the Bible for all it’s worth—biblical believing will revolutionize your world. (Read Genesis 12.)

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

Since then it is by faith that we are justified, let us grasp the fact that we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through Him we have confidently entered into this new relationship of grace, and here we take our stand, in happy certainty of the glorious things He has for us in the future. Romans 5:1-2 Phillips Translation

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. J. B. Phillips, “The New Testament in Modern English”, 1962 edition, published by HarperCollins.