Archive for March, 2014

Biblical People Skills

Monday, March 31st, 2014

But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. Luke 6:35-36

Driven by Love. God is interested in our growth. He wants us to be relatable, loving, genuine, and effective through the course of our lives. When Jesus was on earth, He gave us an example of how to walk out this life—not driven by the dictates of our flesh, but by the promptings of the Holy Spirit and the direction of God’s Word.

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

Reject Bitterness. Strife and bitterness are stifling and don’t contribute to real progress or change. Strife ruins beautiful moments and sours the atmosphere in our homes. But genuine love is powerful: bridling your tongue even when you have the perfect retort, giving in to kindness in the midst of condemnation, being merciful instead of cynical.

Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins. 1 Peter 4:8

A Life of Impact. God wants to harden you to difficulties but keep you tender on the inside. You are designed to inspire and impact others and undertake life-changing exploits. If you, as a Christian, operate in these biblical principles of love, mercy, and forgiveness, the contrast to the world will be so glaring that people will see you’ve been around Jesus and come running to know Him.

Pray This Prayer:
God, help me to be ready to respond to people around me. I want to follow the Holy Spirit’s direction and not the dictates of my flesh. I press the reset button and forgive everybody. As I give, it will be given to me! I expect blessing to overtake me. Goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

“So let’s not give up the good fight, for our harvest will come in its own good time if we keep on keeping on. Every chance we have, let’s work for the good of all . . .” –Galatians 6:9-10a, Cotton Patch Gospel

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. Clarence Jordan’s Cotton Patch Gospel Copyright ©2004.

Overcoming Fear

Monday, March 24th, 2014

The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous runs into it and is safe. Proverbs 18:10

1. Seek the presence of the Lord and trust Him. Fear has been described as “False. Evidence. Appearing. Real.” The devil uses fear as a weapon to torment and hinder us. It forces wrong decisions and it prevents us from taking risks and using our talents. Life is a fight, but we come into God’s presence to exchange fear for God’s courage (2 Timothy 1:7) and our weakness for His strength (Matthew 11:28). Knowing God is with us is hugely reassuring.

2. Face off with your problems. We aren’t here to escape from living, but to run to God and find the adventurous life He has for us: to get out of the boat and walk on water; to face Goliath and lop off his head; to believe God for a great harvest of souls; to break out of “Never-Never Land” and grow up into all aspects of Him (Ephesians 4:15).

3. Stand on God’s promises. Fear is usually a direct challenge to what God says in His Word. Become familiar with the promises of God so you can face off with problems in the Name of Jesus. Spend time in praise and worship, in prayer. Having done all to stand, continue standing. “It is written” is a powerful response to the pressures of life.

Daily Confession:
When I am afraid, I will put my trust in the Lord (Psalm 56:3). The Lord is my strength and my shield. My heart trusts in Him and I am helped. Therefore my heart exults, and with my song I will thank Him (Psalm 28:7). I will not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord God is with me wherever I go (Joshua 1:9). I hope in the Lord. I am strong and my heart takes courage! (Psalm 31:24). In all my ways I acknowledge God and He directs my steps Proverbs 3:6).

cour•age, noun – The ability to face danger, difficulty, uncertainty, or pain without being overcome by fear or being deflected from a chosen course of action.
–Encarta College Dictionary

Press on!
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. “Courage.” Encarta College Dictionary. New York, NY: St. Martin’s Press, 2001.

Jesus: A Sure Foundation

Monday, March 17th, 2014

“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30

Strength. Jesus didn’t come to complicate things – He came to set people free and remove their heavy burdens. He wants to be the strength of your life. If you’ve been fatigued and you have grown weary, He wants you to get rest and power from Him.

Solidity. Peter underscores a profound reality about God: In the face of the constant bombardment that hits each one of us, we can cast ALL our cares on Him. Jesus is the solid rock, and He cannot be shaken.

Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully. 1 Peter 5:7 AMP

Security. What are you dealing with right now? Jesus is more than enough to see you through every issue, every dilemma, every challenge. Cast your burdens on the Lord. Ask for wisdom and God will guide you, and the blessing of God will come in and crowd out oppression and bring you into a place of peace.

Pray this prayer:
God, You are my portion and I hope in You. I thank You, Lord, that Your lovingkindness
never stops. Your mercies are new every morning (Lamentations 3:22-24). You, Lord, are a stronghold in the day of trouble and You know those who take refuge in You (Nahum 1:7). When I cry to You, God, You answer me. I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people—You, O Lord, are a shield for me, my glory, and the one who lifts my head (Psalm 3). I trust You, Jesus!

foun•da•tion, noun
The basis or groundwork, or anything; that on which any thing stands, and by which it is supported. -Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary

Press on,
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. Scripture quotations marked “The Amplified Bible” or “The Amplified New Testament” are taken from The Amplified Bible, Old Testament copyright © 1965, 1987 by the Zondervan Corporation and The Amplified New Testament copyright © 1958, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission. All rights reserved. “foundation.” webstersdictionary1828.com. Web. 12 March. 2014.

Praying Like Jesus

Monday, March 10th, 2014

But Jesus Himself would often slip away to the wilderness and pray. One day He was teaching; and there were some Pharisees and teachers of the law sitting there, who had come from every village … and the power of the Lord was present for Him to perform healing. Luke 5:16-17

Result of Prayer. Jesus is the Master Teacher of what to do while we are here on earth, and He tells us to learn from Him (Matthew 11:29). He replenished himself in the presence of God, and then, in the next verse, reached religious leaders from every village in the region, and the power of God was present to heal. When Jesus would go away to pray results would follow: healing power (Mark 6:46-56), direction about next steps (Mark 1:35-38), and the choosing of the twelve apostles (Luke 6:12-13).

Resist Distraction. Get away from your phone, the blaring TV, and the crowds long
enough to not let distractions hijack your prayer time. You may feel like you are just surviving right now, but God wants you to be strengthened and ready because people need what you have.

Draw Near to God. Every day, take your stand—God has answers for you. Pray when you’re in the car, flipping channels, going to bed, loading the dishwasher, or at work when you need wisdom and direction. Don’t let guilt or regret keep you from drawing near to God. He won’t judge or condemn you—He’ll give you rest in His presence (Matthew 11:28-30).

Pray This Prayer:
God, as I draw near to You right now, I find rest for my soul. As I seek You with all my heart, I find You. I receive all the answers and direction I need from You. This is the day the Lord has made; I will rejoice and be glad in it. I reject fear and replace it with boldness and courage from the presence of God.

In the morning, O Lord, You will hear my voice; in the morning I will order my prayer to You and eagerly watch. Psalm 5:3

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.

Choose to Rejoice

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

And He [Jesus] got into one of the boats, which was Simon’s [Peter’s], and asked him to put out a little way from the land. And He sat down and began teaching the people from the boat. When He had finished speaking, He said to Simon, “Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch.” Simon answered and said, “Master, we worked hard all night and caught nothing, but I will do as You say and let down the nets.” When they had done this, they enclosed a great quantity of fish, and their nets began to break. Luke 5:3-6

Turnaround in Obedience. The night Simon Peter caught zero fish turned into the day he met Jesus (and filled his boats to overflowing). We can all relate to times of disappointment when we’ve pulled up empty nets. Yet, God is looking for people in the midst of their disappointment to continue to respond to Him in obedience like Peter: “I will do as you say.”

Thankfulness Through Every Circumstance. When you feel like complaining, thank God for whatever you can possibly thank Him for. It’s easy to rejoice when our emotions are solid, when people are kind to us, when we’ve had a couple of breakthroughs and doors are open to us. But the apostle Paul talks about rejoicing in both high times and hard times (Philippians 4:11-14).

Trusting God. We don’t have it all figured out, but God does. And He can be trusted. When you get around Jesus, things change. When you obey Jesus, things work out. You can trust Him with your whole life.

Daily Confession
I give thanks to the Lord with all my heart. I sing praise to Your name, O Most
High (Psalm 9:1-2). I cried to You for help, and You healed me (Psalm 30:2). I will
not die, but live, and tell of the works of the Lord (Psalm 118:17). Weeping may
last for the night, but a shout of joy comes in the morning (Psalm 30:5). The Lord
is good; His loving kindness is everlasting and His faithfulness to all generations.
(Psalm 100:5).

thank•ful adj.: Grateful; impressed with a sense of kindness received, and ready to acknowledge it. -Webster’s Revised Unabridged 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. “Thankful.” webstersdictionary1828.com. Web. 26 Feb. 2014.