Archive for February, 2014

The Pursuit

Monday, February 24th, 2014

Now flee from youthful lusts and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace,
with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart. 2 Timothy 2:22

Pursue God. A relationship with God is worthy of all your faith, interest, and passion. Jesus tells us that if you seek first the things of God, the things you need will be added to you (Matthew 6:25-34). If you search for God, you’ll find Him.

Pursue People. Your pursuit of God benefits you, but it also pays off for others. As you truly walk with God, it’s noticeable because people are yearning for something authentic and real on which they can base their lives. Sometimes it’s just the lowliest gesture, a seemingly insignificant act of love that changes a life.

Pursue Perseverance. God has begun a good work in you and He will complete it. If you know Jesus, then you have a life of faith with God in Christ and you have the empowerment of the Holy Spirit. You have God’s Word as a lamp to your feet and a light to your path (Psalm 119:5). Heaven is cheering you on!

Daily Confession
Based on Psalm 34
I bless the Lord at all times; His praise is continually in my mouth. I keep my tongue from evil and pursue peace. I seek the Lord, and He answers me and delivers me from all my fears. I look to Jesus and am radiant and never ashamed. When I cry out the Lord hears me and delivers me out of all my troubles. The angel of the Lord encamps around me and rescues me. I seek the Lord and do not lack any good thing.

pur•sue verb – To follow in an effort to overtake or capture; chase. To strive to gain or accomplish. To proceed along the course of; follow. To carry further; advance: To take action regarding (something), especially with the intention of sustained effort. -The American Heritage Dictionary

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

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Walk in Love

Monday, February 17th, 2014

By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him. . . Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has seen God at any time; if we love one another, God abides in us, and His love is perfected in us. 1 John 4:9,11-12

The Atmosphere of Love. The atmosphere around us can be enhanced by the presence of love or hindered by the presence of strife. As you and I walk in love it will set the thermostat wherever we go.

Since you have in obedience to the truth purified your souls for a sincere love of the brethren, fervently love one another from the heart. 1 Peter 1:22

Sincere Love. Every Christian is called to be an oasis of love in a troubled world. This love isn’t sappy or fake or overly sentimental, but genuine. It’s the love that’s covered all our sins and it changes hearts and lives.

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love. 1 John 4:18

Worry-Free Love. Worry is not a form of love. We are called to bring people up into our celebration, not let them pull us down into their defeat. Don’t let someone else’s need hijack your progress. If you’re dealing with fear, insecurity, or worry, take time to meditate on God’s love.

Daily Confession
I don’t fear anything because God’s perfect love casts out fear. I love because
He first loved me (1 John 4:18-19). God does not give me a spirit of fear, but of
power, love, and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7). I am rooted and grounded in love
and strengthened with God’s power in the inner man to understand the breadth
and length and height and depth of His love. I know Christ’s love which surpasses
knowledge, and I am filled with all the fullness of God (Ephesians 3:17-19).

o•a•sis, noun: Something serving as a refuge, relief, or pleasant change from what is usual, annoying, difficult, etc.; haven, harbor, retreat, shelter. –Dictionary.com

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

Copyright © 2014 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. “oasis.” Dictionary.com Unabridged. Random House, Inc. 12 Feb. 2014. .

Love: A More Excellent Way

Monday, February 10th, 2014

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:34-35

Walk In Love. The apostle Paul called the love walk a “more excellent way” (1 Corinthians 12:31). Love covers a multitude of sins and causes us to face the future with a fresh start. We don’t have to rely on our human power to love. The love of God is poured out in our hearts and the Holy Spirit enables us to walk it out (Romans 5:5).

Do not judge, and you will not be judged; and do not condemn, and you will not be condemned; pardon, and you will be pardoned. Luke 6:37

Choose To Forgive. Walking in love is not emotional, it’s decisional. Feelings sometimes have to catch up with your choice. God doesn’t want us to live in the prison of resentment. He wants us to be free. You may be in the midst of the hurt, but today choose to forgive.

Treat others the same way you want them to treat you. If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. If you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. Luke 6:31-33

Release in Prayer. There is joy in forgiving and in being forgiven. Individually forgive and release each person you need to forgive. In prayer to God, declare out loud each person’s name. Plead the blood of Jesus and pray for mercy over each one’s life. God may lead you to talk to someone face to face, or He may not. Whatever God has you do, He’ll equip you for it.

Pray This Prayer:
Here am I Lord. I trust You to help me forgive. You forgave me and now I’m
grateful. And now I forgive everybody for everything and anything. I bear no ill
will. I forgive _____________ (say the person’s name). I am not the judge. I’m
walking in love because God first loved me. I do this in the Name of Jesus. Amen.

“Forgiveness is an act of the will, and the will can function regardless of the temperature of the heart.” –-Corrie ten Boom

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

Copyright © 2014 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. ten Boom, Corrie. Tramp for the Lord. Fort Washington, PA Published by CLC Publications. Copyright 1974 by Corrie ten Boom and Jamie Buckingham.

The Result of Wisdom

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

The wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable,
full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy. James 3:17

Wisdom from above. There is an earthly wisdom which is described in the Bible as sensual, demonic, jealous, and arrogant (James 3:15), but Jesus invites us to seek authentic godly wisdom which yields great results (Matthew 11:19).

But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously
and without reproach, and it will be given to him. James 1:5

How to get wisdom. There is specific wisdom corresponding to every situation, trial, or temptation. We get wisdom from Scripture; by the presence and counsel of the Holy Spirit; and by the benefit of godly people in our lives. If we
ask God for wisdom, He won’t mock or insult us—He’ll freely give it (James 1:5).

“Don’t expect wisdom to come into your life like great chunks of rock on a
conveyor belt. It isn’t like that. It’s not splashy and bold . . . nor is it dispensed
like a prescription across a counter. Wisdom comes privately from God as a
by-product of right decisions, godly reactions, and the application of scriptural
principles to daily circumstances.” ~Chuck Swindoll

The benefits of wisdom. Seek out godly wisdom for every area of life—in your job, in your home life, in your relationships. When we walk in wisdom, our blind spots get covered and we look smart. If we’re confused about something, the wisdom of God will clear the fog and bring peace and direction.

Pray this prayer:
Heavenly Father, I trust You to give me wisdom essential for each moment.
Lead me and guide me over obstacles, out of trouble and into the target’s
bullseye. Teach me Your ways, Lord, and I’ll walk in Your wisdom. I trust You
to guide me into precision accuracy in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

wis•dom – noun: The ability to discern or judge what is true, right, or lasting; insight. –The American Heritage Dictionary

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

Copyright © 2014 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. Swindoll, Chuck. Growing Strong in the Seasons of Life, Copyright © 1983, 2007 by Charles R. Swindoll, Inc. All rights reserved worldwide. Zondervan, Grand Rapids, MI. “wisdom” The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition copyright ©2013 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Web. 27 Jan. 2014.