Archive for September, 2013

God’s Eternal Faithfulness

Monday, September 30th, 2013

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Hebrews 13:8

The world is filled with fast-paced change, but the reality of God’s reliability, His faithfulness, and His constancy is so reassuring. Everything else changes, but Jesus stays the same.

For I, the Lord, do not change; therefore you, O sons of Jacob, are not consumed. Malachi 3:6

When circumstances are rapidly changing or your emotions are shifting from one moment to the next, find your identity in the changelessness of Jesus Christ. Anxiety leaves and peace takes its place when you understand and focus on God’s reliability. You are made in God’s image. You are loved, not based on performance or good deeds, but because of God’s great mercy (Titus 3:5). His promises are true. He can be counted on.

While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:18

As time marches on and borders shift and kings and kingdoms change, you can rely on Jesus and the authenticity and the power of His Word. Let the permanence, the solidity, the lasting power of God get into your home, your thought life, and your soul. Every day His power and grace are available to help you, and that never changes. God is faithful to your last breath and beyond.

The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever. Isaiah 40:8

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.

Remember This

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

I remember the days of old; I meditate on all Your doings; I muse on the work of Your hands. Psalm 143:5

Remember past breakthroughs. When King David wrote this psalm, he was meditating on the memorial stones in his life—meaningful realities to amplify his testimony and build courage into his system. Remembering your memorial stones means looking back and viewing your life in light of all the breakthroughs God has provided.

Remember the good report. Your breakthrough is either fueled or undermined by the things you choose to meditate on. When you deal with the phenomenal disruption of unexpected events, hurtful relationships, alarming symptoms, or personal disappointments or failures, take God’s grace and His Word and use them to build memorials in your life.

For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:4-5

Remember what Jesus did. Jesus said to take Communion “in remembrance of Me” (Luke 22:19). Whenever you receive Communion, you are reminding both yourself and others that you have attached yourself to the one Person who is uniquely qualified to seek and save the lost. Because of Jesus, the debt load of sin is canceled. Through Jesus you have provision, healing for your body, and healing for your mind, your emotions, and your will.

The world is filled with weapons of mass distraction that try to pull our minds away from God’s faithfulness, God’s power, and how present He is to help. Resist the devil by taking a fresh stand. Get up every morning and boldly declare the good report over your day—that you are above only and not beneath (Deuteronomy 28:13) and you are more than a conqueror through Him who loves you (Romans 8:37).

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.

The Power of the Gospel

Monday, September 16th, 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

In our era, a lot of people try to avoid their sin. They either drown it in substance abuse or deny it by calling it a good thing, or they deflect guilt by blaming their environment. But it’s all a dead end. You can’t avoid sin. Only Jesus can dissolve it.

None of us wants to come across as narrow minded, but the reality is this: Jesus is not one man in a long list of prophets. Our culture, with its relativism and pluralism, makes us feel embarrassed and awkward that there is no other name by which you can be saved. “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). The exclusivity of the Gospel may offend the modern mind, but it is the truth. Jesus is the only one with the capacity to save us from our sins.

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. Romans 1:17

Sometimes it’s easy to become conditioned and take things for granted, but if you are a believer in Jesus, you carry good news that is designed to radically change lives. There is hope for every nation, for the secular mindset, for people enshrouded in deception. So break out of routine, dust off the Gospel in all its beauty and power, and be transformed. Be a “bringer.” Be a “sharer.” Invite people to the feast!!!

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.

Memorial Stones

Monday, September 9th, 2013

God told the people of Israel to gather twelve stones as a memorial to remind themselves and future generations of God’s faithfulness—not to longingly look back at the “good old days,” but to use them as a point of reference: The God of my father and mother is my God. The God who helped Moses at the Red Sea is still faithful today.

These stones will stand as a memorial among the people of Israel forever. In the future your children will ask, “What do these stones mean?” Then you can tell them, “This is where the Israelites crossed the Jordan on dry ground“. . . He did this so all the nations of the earth might know that the Lord’s hand is powerful, and so you might fear the Lord your God forever. Joshua 4:7-24

When I talk to young people who were born after the start of our church or after the flood of ’93 or after 9/11, I’m required to communicate, without embellishment, what happened and how hard it was, but also to point out how God brought us through and how God brought change. Even markers of devastation can be turned into statements of overcoming when we look at our lives, remember those parts that the devil tried to destroy, and then use them to bring healing to others.

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

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

Note: Make a list of your own Memorial Stones. Itemize five things that God has brought you through.

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.