Archive for September, 2014

Nuggets From Romans 8

Monday, September 29th, 2014

Just as miners prospect for gold, we can search out the Scriptures to find amazing truths. Let these few nuggets from Romans Chapter 8 encourage you to dig deep and prospect God’s Word for yourself.

For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. Romans 8:2

1. A Higher Law. This profoundly communicates the fact that a law from God surpasses a lesser law. Like the law of thrust and lift supersedes the law of gravity (so airplanes can fly), the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has freed us from the law of sin and death.

But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you. Romans 8:11

2. Healing. Jesus broke the impenetrable wall of sin that blocked us from God. Now we have received this amazing provision that gives life to our mortal bodies.

In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. Romans 8:26

3. Help From The Holy Spirit. When our humanity reaches its limit and we don’t know how to pray, we can connect with God and the Holy Spirit will intercede for us. This is what I love about praying in tongues: not only can we build ourselves up in our faith (Jude 20), but we can pray out mysteries that we don’t even know (1 Corinthians 14:2).

Daily Confession:
Because of Jesus I am set free and healed. I look into the mirror of God’s Word so I won’t forget what kind of person He has made me to be (James 1:23). I explore and search the Scriptures to find the truth that is better than gold or precious stones (Psalm 119:72). I have the help of the Holy Spirit to guide me where I have never been before.

Prospect, verb
To explore or search (for). From Classical Latin, lookout; to look forward; to look: see, spy.

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. “Prospect.” Webster’s New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio. n.d 22 Sept. 2014.

Trust God & Do Good.

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

Why do you say, O Jacob, and assert, O Israel, “My way is hidden from the Lord, and the justice due me escapes the notice of my God”? Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth does not become weary or tired. His understanding is inscrutable. He gives strength to the weary, and to him who lacks might He increases power. Isaiah 40:27-29

God loves you deeply, but self-pity and melancholy are designed to deactivate you from effectiveness for the rest of your life. They make you avoid ministering to others because you feel so bad. In those moments of self-doubt, do the opposite of what you feel: trust in the Lord and do good.

Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness. Delight yourself in the Lord; and He will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:3-4

The Bible is spiritual nutrition for your soul. Look in the mirror of God’s Word to see who you really are in Christ. It’s hard to murmur when you are meditating on the Scriptures. When you pore through its pages, tremendous hope will rise in your heart. That consistent God of the Bible is your God.

For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. Romans 15:4

Yield your heart to God. Pursue Him as your primary focus. As you get in His presence, He will burn out all the lesser pursuits that are of the flesh, and your heart will crave God’s purpose for your life.

Pray this prayer:
I praise You, God. Thank You for sending Jesus to save and rescue me. You give strength to the weary. I refuse to murmur or complain about anything. I trust You to bring about Your plan for my life. I thank You for Your power that creates in me the desire to do Your gracious will and also brings about the accomplishment of that desire (Philippians 2:13 WNT).

Trust, noun – Assured reliance on the character, ability, strength, or truth of someone or something.

The best is yet to come,
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. “Trust.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 16 Sept. 2014. WNT – Weymouth New Testament.

He Recovered All

Monday, September 15th, 2014

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. John 10:10

Restored Relationship. What Adam forfeited in the Garden of Eden, Jesus recovered to such an extent that we can hardly fathom it. We have restored fellowship with the Creator of the universe. But God didn’t stop there; He went on to offer us “every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ” (Ephesians 1:3).

David inquired of the Lord, saying, “Shall I pursue this band? Shall I overtake them?” And He said to him, “Pursue, for you will surely overtake them, and you will surely rescue all.” So David recovered all . . . 1 Samuel 30:8, 18a

Restored Life.When King David experienced crisis, he first sought God’s direction and “strengthened himself in the Lord” before taking action (1 Samuel 30:6b). When Job experienced great loss, he too drew near to God. The outcome was that David recovered all that was taken and God increased all Job had lost two times over.

Restored Years. God told the people of Israel, “I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten” (Joel 2:25a NKJV). Don’t let the past hold you back. God cares about you and knows how to restore—even if it’s the twelfth year of your battle. He can heal your body, rescue you from depression, reestablish your finances, restore your marriage, reach your rebellious child. So get tenacious. Draw near to Jesus, believe God’s Word, and expect great things for the future!

Pray this Prayer
I know, God, that You can do all things and no purpose of Yours can be thwarted (Job 42:1-2). Every good thing comes from You, God, and I refuse to murmur or sit in self-pity. Instead, I increase my expectation, knowing that You are working all things out for the good. I will fulfill Your plan for my life in Jesus’ Name. Amen!

re•cov•er verb
To regain health after being sick, wounded, or the like. To regain a former and better state or condition. To regain one’s strength, composure, balance, etc.

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. “recover.” Random House Unabridged Dictionary, n.d. web 09 Sept. 2014

The Power of the Holy Spirit

Monday, September 8th, 2014

Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’” But this He spoke of the Spirit. John 7:37-39a

Living Water. Jesus gave us the imagery of rivers to put us in touch with the power of the Holy Spirit. God designed us not to be reservoirs containing water, but to be gushing torrents of living water expressed through our prayers, through our random acts of kindness, through our combined work as a church body.

Fresh Water. When you read Ezekiel 47, you’ll find amazing river imagery showing that where the river flows, everything grows. Everywhere the river goes, it will bring life. Every dry place where the plan and purpose of God goes, it will bring change and healing.

Then he said to me: “This water flows toward the eastern region, goes down into the valley, and enters the sea. When it reaches the sea, its waters are healed. And it shall be that every living thing that moves, wherever the rivers go, will live. There will be a very great multitude of fish, because these waters go there; for they will be healed, and everything will live wherever the river goes.” Ezekiel 47:8-9 NKJV

Drinking Water. Jesus said, “Let anyone who thirsts come to Me and drink.” He will meet those needs in your soul that can’t be satisfied by any other thing. Next time you are dry and parched, take a ladle from the rivers of salvation. The Savior who saves, the Healer who heals withholds no good thing from those who walk uprightly (Psalm 84:11).

Pray this Prayer:
God, fill me with Your Holy Spirit today. I pray that I don’t just have enough but that I have overflow—that my life is a fountain of fresh living water. Freely I receive, freely I give. I thank You that I am designed by You. You knew I would be alive in this moment to fulfill Your purposes on this earth. Help me to be led by the Spirit. I pray any mental fog would lift and that I would have clarity about what You want me to do. I love You, Jesus!

riv•er, noun
A large natural stream of fresh water flowing along a definite course. Any abundant stream or flow.

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. “river.” collinsdictionary.com. Collins English Dictionary, n.d. Web. 21 Aug. 2014.

Established by God

Monday, September 1st, 2014

And David realized that the Lord had established him as king over Israel, and that his kingdom was highly exalted, for the sake of His people Israel. 1 Chronicles 14:2

Called by God. David realized something that we all need to understand: God wants to do extraordinary things in our lives. We are designed by God to connect with Him, to connect other people with Him, and to be fruitful and live significantly.

For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Hebrews 4:12

Get Sharp. If you are in an indecisive, fuzzy moment—double up on the Word of God, which is the divider between soul and spirit. If you feel super dull, connect with God. Do everything you can to wait on the Lord and gain new strength. You may not feel any anointing on your life right now, but the Author and the Finisher of your faith knows how to get you back on your feet.

Breakthrough. We can become hardened to difficulties but stay tender toward God. When the Philistines heard that David was anointed king, it provoked an attack (1 Chronicles 14:8). It caused him to “inquire of the Lord,” and then David was given strategy and the enemy was defeated. The attack comes because of the anointing, but victory will also come as we seek God.

The Lord will rise up . . . that He may do His work, His awesome work, and bring to pass His act, His unusual act. Isaiah 28:21 NKJV

Pray This Prayer:
God, thank You that You have sent Your Holy Spirit to guide me into all the truth. Help me to identify and fulfill those key things You have designed me for. I pray I walk in a manner that is so effective that it brings a multitude out of the valley of decision into the conclusion to receive Jesus. If You can make a valley of dry bones come to life (Ezekiel 37), then You can bring our generation into the Kingdom of God by the hundreds of millions. In Jesus’ Name, amen.

es•tab•lish, verb
To put in a position, role, etc., that will last for a long time. To make firm or stable. To put into a favorable position

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. “Establish.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 20 Aug. 2014.