Archive for October, 2014

Soul Prosperity

Monday, October 27th, 2014

Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers. 3 John 1:2

1. Hear the Word. So many things are vying for our attention, but we are responsible to tend to our souls (the mind, will, and emotions). God tells us to “in humility receive the word implanted, which is able to save your souls” (James 1:21). The right response to pressure, decision-making, and mood changes is to get back into God’s promises and ponder them. As we receive God’s Word, it will change the way we think.

But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves. James 1:22

2. Be a Doer of the Word. We must be willing to take action on what God says. If God says pray, pray. If God says give, give. If He says forgive, forgive. If God says don’t gossip, bridle your tongue. If God says cast down imaginations, do it. If He says resist the devil, resist the devil. As we hear and obey we will increase our capacity and advance.

And I pray that the fellowship of your faith may become effective through the knowledge of every good thing which is in you for Christ’s sake. Philemon 1:6

3. Finish Strong. Don’t grow weary, don’t shrink back, and don’t surrender to the vicious attacks of the devil (Isaiah 55:11). As you humble your heart and receive God’s Word, you will succeed in what God sends you to do. You are not where you’ve been, and you are not where you’re going to be. The best is yet to come.

Daily Confession based on Romans 12:1-2
By the mercies of God, I present my body a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is my spiritual service of worship. I am not conformed to this world, but I am transformed by the renewing of my mind so that I may prove what the will of God is—that which is good, acceptable, and perfect.

pros•per, verb
Greek: euodoo
To help on the road, succeed in reaching; to succeed in business affairs; have a prosperous journey. –Strong’s Greek Dictionary of the New Testament

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. Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible. Copyright 1890 by James Strong, Madison, NJ.

The Race Before Us

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us. Hebrews 12:1

Cultivate Endurance. We each have a specific race to run, and God has called us to finish strong. What God initiates He sustains and brings to completion. Along the way Satan tries to stop us through discouragement and distraction. That’s why we need to get our vision renewed so that we can run in such a way to see great fruit produced.

Therefore, do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised. Hebrews 10:35-36

Keep Your Confidence. You can rely on God. He is so strong and wise. Nothing is too difficult for Him. If you’re feeling weary, know that even if the righteous falls, the Lord lifts him up every time (Psalm 37:24). God wants to take your situation out of impossibility and into the miraculous.

Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the Cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. Hebrews 12:2-3

Consider Jesus. Faith comes by hearing God’s Word and standing on His promises. Fix your eyes on Jesus, the Word made flesh. Cultivate your friendship with Him; spend time with Him. Pore through the pages of the Bible and see Jesus going from village to village, healing all who were sick and oppressed by the devil (Acts 10:38). Nothing is too difficult for Him!

Pray This Prayer
God, You are supernaturally wise and strong. I thank You for turning things around in my life. You can solve every problem, answer every question, heal every disease, cast out every demon, defeat every enemy, overcome each difficulty, bring down any stronghold, break every bondage, open each prison door, meet every need, move the largest mountain. Nothing is too difficult for You. I trust You with my life, in Jesus’ Name, amen.*

en•dur•ance, noun – The ability or strength to continue or last, esp. despite fatigue, stress, or other adverse conditions.

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. “Endurance.” Random House Unabridged Dictionary, n.d. web 13 Oct. 2014. * Based on excerpt from Great Faith. Smith, Wendell. Copyright 2001 by Wendell Smith.

Five Benefits for Believers

Sunday, October 12th, 2014

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ. Ephesians 1:3

1. Eternal Life. “He who believes in the Son has eternal life” (John 3:36). The greatest benefit of all is that God sent Jesus on the great rescue mission so that we can be saved from eternal separation and darkness.

2. God’s Provision. The God who provided for His people in the Bible wants to take care of you today—He never changes. Life’s worries and cares constantly vie for our attention, but as we seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, God will meet our every need (Matthew 6:33).

3. Divine Protection. From the moment you wake up and wherever you go, you can believe for God’s protection. Psalm 91 is a powerful chapter about the security of those who abide in God’s presence. Read and confess it so much that it becomes built into the core of your memory.

4. Genuine Connection with God. Our relationship with God is the signature component of our lives. Jesus took the banishment and sin so we can have restored fellowship with God. If you haven’t been walking closely with Him, push the reset button today and step into the amazing vibrancy of connection with the Creator of the universe.

5. Equipped for Effective Service. “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you” (Acts 1:8). The purpose of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in the early church was to make us effective and equip us for amazing service.

Pray this Prayer:
God, I connect with You today. I seek You and pursue You. You are the God of all hope (Romans 15:13) and You give power to the weak (Isaiah 40:29). I reach out now and receive all the blessing You have for me in every area of my life. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

ben•e•fit, noun
Something that promotes or enhances well-being; an advantage.

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. “Benefit.” The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition copyright ©2014 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Rejoice in the Lord!

Monday, October 6th, 2014

The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me [Jesus], because He anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor. He has sent Me to proclaim release to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, to set free those who are oppressed, to proclaim the favorable year of the Lord.” Luke 4:18-19; Isaiah 61:1-2

Jesus came to restore us into relationship with God. Because of Jesus, we can rejoice every day, all day. Yet, we can get so numbed out by the challenges of life that our fellowship with God is hindered. If you have been meditating on all that is wrong in life, then it’s time to hit the reset button and start setting your mind on what God says about you.

You can get refreshed and renewed by spending time in God’s presence, by focusing on His promises, by saturating your prayers with thanksgiving, and by praying in the Spirit. Take the following truths found in Philippians 4 and make sure your meditation meets all eight conditions—true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, of good repute, excellent, and worthy of praise. Think on these things!

Daily Confessions Based On Philippians 4:4-9
I rejoice in the Lord always and again I will rejoice! The Lord is near. I am anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving I let my requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard my heart and my mind in Christ Jesus. 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, I dwell on these things.

re•joice, verb – To give joy, to gladden. To feel joy or great delight.

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. “Rejoice.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 01 Oct. 2014.