Archive for November, 2013

God’s Plans. God’s Timing.

Monday, November 25th, 2013

The people who know their God will display strength and take action.
Daniel 11:32b

Respond To God. The champions of the Bible were not unattainable superheroes. They were men and women who simply responded to God, believed the word that He had given them, and acted on the mission. That’s where they found the strength and that’s where we too will find the strength to complete our course.

Believe God’s Word. Instead of asking God to bless your plans, ask God to bless you with His plans. If we’ll lay aside our agendas in favor of God’s agenda, with Jesus’ adamant attitude toward the Father: “Not My will, but Yours be done” (Luke 22:42)—over the course of time we’ll thrive and our culture will be impacted
powerfully by the salt and light in our lives.

But My servant Caleb, because he has had a different spirit and has followed Me fully, I will bring into the land which he entered, and his descendants shall take possession of it. Numbers 14:24

Act On The Mission. There has never been a better time to invest all your heart into the things of God. You are called to be a world changer, to push back darkness, to bring hope—to be an Esther who was unassuming but stepped up and walked through the door God opened for her; to be like Caleb who had a different spirit; or to be like the apostle Paul who overcame detours and obstacles to fulfill God’s plan and finally preach the Word unhindered. God has His hand on your life. Hold to His plan. Believe for it, stand for it. His timing is always perfect.

Pray this prayer:
Lord, my heart is inclined to You and I know Your voice. Use me to make a difference and to have impact, for healing to flow, lives to change, and courage to come. Fill me now with the power of Your Holy Spirit. Order my steps. Thank You, Lord, that signs and wonders will follow my life. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Strength (noun) – The quality that allows someone to deal with problems in a determined and effective way. The quality or state of being strong; capacity for exertion or endurance; power of resisting attack. –Merriam Webster Dictionary

Happy Thanksgiving!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

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Open Your House to Jesus

Monday, November 18th, 2013

Jesus visits houses. When Jesus came to the place, He looked up and said to him, “Zaccheus, hurry and come down, for today I must stay at your house.” And he hurried and came down and received Him gladly (Luke 19:5-6). When Jesus enters a home, things change. Miracles happen. Zaccheus, the sinful tax collector, became a different person after Jesus dined at his house. He gave back all he had stolen and he no longer wanted to cheat people.

Jesus does miracles. When Jesus came into Peter’s home, He saw his mother-in-law lying sick in bed with a fever. He touched her hand, and the fever left her; and she got up and waited on Him (Matthew 8:14-15). Jesus wants to come into your house, apartment, or condo and heal whatever is sick or hurt. He wants to heal you so that you can be an instrument of healing and help for others.

Jesus is at the door. Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me (Revelation 3:20). People don’t need religiosity, tradition, emotionalism, or
hype—they need Jesus. Jesus values us so much that He gave His life so He could take up residency in our hearts. Invite Jesus in today. Let Him fill your home and your heart.

Pray this prayer:
“Jesus, I invite You into my house and my heart today. Fill my home with Your presence and power. Use me to minister healing to people. Fill my days with encounters that You have appointed. I pray that when I show up, people will feel Your love. Help me to be effective and anointed every day. I love You, Jesus!”

God bless you,
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

Home (noun)
1. One’s fixed place of abode; the family residence. 2. A family circle; household: a happy home. 3. The place of abode of one’s affections,
peace or rest. –Funk & Wagnalls Dictionary

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The Life of a Soldier

Monday, November 11th, 2013

For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 2 Corinthians 10:3-4 NIV

Courage. We are fighting a spiritual battle and God has called us to be good soldiers (1 Timothy 2:2). Life is not for sissies, but we don’t have to be nervous or freaked out. God wants to give us strength and grace for every circumstance we face.

Authority. God has given us the authority to pray in the name of Jesus and change circumstances. We don’t ignore the issues and instability of the world, but instead we focus on how stable and powerful God is. When you see something provoking on the news or in your own life, you can pray for God’s will and for resolve in every situation.

Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. Do everything in love. 1 Corinthians 16:13-14 NIV

Perseverance. A good soldier realizes that there will be troubles along the way but is not deterred by them, knowing there is advancement on the other side. It’s a daily fight of faith. Every day believe God for what you need—to live out your days, to experience healing in your body, to see your family come to Christ, to get breakthrough at work, to get strategy concerning your finances and your time. God will give you wisdom minute by minute.

Daily Confession: I am strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. God has not given me a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind. I put on the full armor of God, so I am able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. I take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. Having done all to stand, I stand firm. 2 Corinthians 10:3-5; 2 Timothy 1:7; Ephesians 6:10-17

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

per•se•ver•ance (noun) The quality that allows someone to continue trying to do something even though it is difficult; continued effort to do or achieve something despite difficulties, failure, or opposition. Merriam Webster Dictionary

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Courage For Your Course

Monday, November 4th, 2013

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

Equipped With Courage. God has a plan for your life, and He has called you to fulfill it with courage and conviction. If God tells you to be courageous, then you know you can do it—because when God calls you, He also brings it to pass (1 Thessalonians 5:24).

cour•age (noun): Mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty. Merriam-Webster Dictionary

Cultivate Courage. When you wait on the Lord, you are building courage and strength. Wait on the Lord through prayer; start your day with a devotional book. Turn off the radio and listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit. Avoid weapons of mass distraction and stay in the Word.

Wait for the Lord; be strong and let your heart take courage; yes, wait for the Lord. Psalm 27:14

The Final Result. When we look at the lives of courageous men and women from the Bible, we see the same powerful element—the strength not just to start but also to persevere and obtain. Keep the switch of faith turned on and hold to the conviction that God’s Word is true—He will fulfill His plan for your life.

Now behold, today I [Joshua] am going the way of all the earth, and you know in all your hearts and in all your souls that not one word of all the good words which the Lord your God spoke concerning you has failed; all have been fulfilled for you, not one of them has failed. Joshua 23:14

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

And having thus chosen our course, without guile, and with pure purpose, let us renew our trust in God, and go forward without fear, and with manly hearts. –Abraham Lincoln, in an address to Congress, July 4, 1861

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. “Courage.” Merriam-Webster.com. Web. 29 Oct. 2013.