Archive for December, 2014

The Love Atmosphere

Monday, December 29th, 2014

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves
is born of God and knows God. 1 John 4:7

Set the Thermostat. Just like you can change the temperature to heat or cool your home, if you and I walk in love, we will set the thermostat of the world we live in. When you walk into a room and sense strife or conflict, you can bring change to the environment by simply operating in love. Every person you encounter is someone for whom Christ died. Even if you disagree with someone, ask yourself: “How can I genuinely value that person without compromising the truth?”

Do Care. Don’t Worry. Carry love in your heart for people, but don’t let their need hijack your process. Often we go to extremes: become apathetic and overly guarded where we don’t care, or overdo it and forfeit our journey by becoming doormats. We are all called to the hurting world around us, but we have to be led by the Holy Spirit.

Jesus answered . . . “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength. The second [commandment] is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:29-31

You Are Loved. God’s perfect love casts out fear (1 John 4:18). The best way to love others is to first realize you are loved by God. You can overcome insecurity and change the atmosphere in your life by meditating on God’s love.

Daily Confession:
I love because God first loved me.
His perfect love casts out all fear in my life (1 John 4:18-19). My love abounds more and more with all knowledge and discernment (Philippians 1:9). Everything I do, I do in love (1 Corinthians 16:14).

at.mo.sphere, noun
A surrounding influence or environment

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. Scripture taken from The Message. Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002. Used by permission of NavPress Publishing Group. “Atmosphere.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 01 Oct. 2014.

The Thrill of Hope

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. Hebrews 10:23

1. BECAUSE OF JESUS, YOU HAVE GREAT WORTH. So many people deal with feelings of worthlessness, but Jesus was willing to sacrifice to pay the price for your redemption. You are worth the Blood of Jesus; your life is worthwhile.

2. BECAUSE OF JESUS, YOU HAVE HELP. God has answers corresponding to all the problems you face. Not only are you a survivor, but you are more than a conqueror (Romans 8:37). The ridiculous challenges you are encountering now won’t even be worth comparing to the amazing breakthrough and testimony you will have on the other side of the battle.

For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison. 2 Corinthians 4:17

3. BECAUSE OF JESUS, YOU HAVE HOPE. You don’t have to lose heart. Jesus is the Light shining in the darkness and He also has shone in your life (2 Corinthians 4:6). The next time you watch the news or encounter dark circumstances in your own life, speak God’s Word over the situation. If you feel like you have a broken spirit, spend some time in praise and worship.

This Christmas, pray this prayer:
God, I trust You. I refuse to fall into the traps of worry and strife this holiday season. So now I take my eyes off the circumstances and people around me and instead look to You (2 Corinthians 4:18). I thank You that You provide all my needs according to Your riches in glory in Christ Jesus. This will be my best Christmas yet. I love You, Jesus!

            O Holy Night!
            The stars are brightly shining
            It is the night of the dear Savior’s birth!
            Long lay the world in sin and error pining
            Till He appeared and the soul felt its worth.
            A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices
            For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn!
            –Words by John Sullivan Dwight

Merry Christmas!
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.

Love Brings Revival

Monday, December 15th, 2014

See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God; and such we are. 1 John 3:1a

Loved by God. God loves you. He esteemed you so dear that He made the value of your life the death of His Son. When we know we are loved, we become secure. We can be kind toward others instead of overly guarded; confident instead of nervous; brave instead of timid; sincere instead of fake.

Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma. Ephesians 5:1-2

Love Others. “Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another” (1 John 4:11). If you have anything against anyone, forgive. Resentment can accumulate in our lives, sour our existence, and turn us into bitter individuals. That’s why every day we must push the reset button and root out any unforgiveness.

Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you. Ephesians 4:31-32

A Culture of Love.
Love scriptures are revival scriptures. As you meditate on God’s love, you’ll see a revival in your heart and life. Choosing to daily walk in love will change the city we serve and the nation we love and we will see this generation come to know Jesus.

Daily Confession: based on 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
I am an imitator of God and I walk in love (Ephesians 5:1). I am patient; I am kind and not jealous. I do not brag and I am not arrogant. I do not act unbecomingly. I don’t seek my own and am not provoked. I don’t take into account a wrong suffered or rejoice in unrighteousness, but I rejoice in the truth. I bear all things, I believe all things, I hope all things and I endure all things. Love never fails.

re•viv•al, noun
A bringing or coming back into use, attention, or being, after a decline. Restoration to vigor or activity. A returning to life or consciousness.

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. Scripture taken from The Message. Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002. Used by permission of NavPress Publishing Group. “Revival.” Webster’s New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio.

A Progressive Journey

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, that shines brighter and brighter until the full day. Proverbs 4:18

1. Brighter and Brighter
Living things grow. God has designed you for growth and advancement through all the seasons of your life. Let any regret break off of you, and step out in a new level of faith, knowing that as you walk with Jesus, your path will get brighter and brighter.

But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit. 2 Corinthians 3:18

2. Glory to Glory
When we look in the Word, we see the glory and grandeur of God. When we seek God’s face and get into the Word, we are changed into that same image. Where are you coming from? Glory. Where are you going? Glory.

They go from strength to strength. Psalm 84:7a

3. Strength to Strength
You can be strong in the Lord and the strength of His might (Ephesians 6:10). The best is yet to come – grab hold of this, and twenty years from now you will be able to say like Caleb: “I am still as strong today as I was in the day Moses sent me; as my strength was then, so my strength is now, for war and for going out and coming in” (Joshua 14:11).

Daily Confession
I live by faith—the Gospel takes me from faith to more faith (Romans 1:17). I wax greater and greater because the Lord is with me (1 Chronicles 11:9 KJV). As for me, I will hope continually and I will praise You, Lord, yet more and more (Psalm 71:14).

Progress, noun
A movement toward a goal or to a further or higher stage. Growth or development; continuous improvement. Forward or onward movement.

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. Scripture taken from The Message. Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002. Used by permission of NavPress Publishing Group.“Progress.” Random House Unabridged Dictionary, n.d. web 01 Dec. 2014.

Called for Such a Time as This

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this? Esther 4:14

Your Steps Are Ordered. Your times are in God’s hands, and just as He did for
Esther when it was her time to step up, He will establish your steps too (Psalm 31:15; Psalm 37:23). As you seek and pursue Him, you can trust that He will bring order to seemingly random events in your life.

Equipped to Make an Impact. God wants to equip you for every good work to do His will (2 Timothy 3:17; Hebrews 13:20-21). Jesus said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father” (John 14:12). As you seek God and make yourself available to Him, He will strongly support you (2 Chronicles 16:9a).

For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:6

Have the End In Mind. It’s critical to get rooted and tethered in the Word of God. If life gets dark, step out into the light of God’s Word, which is a lamp to your feet (Psalm 119:105). If you get weak, the spiritual nutrition of the Word will fortify and stabilize you, and you can face each day knowing you’ve been called for such a time as this.

Daily Confession
God is at work in me both to will and to do of His good pleasure (Philippians 2:13). He is the shepherd and guardian of my soul (1 Peter 2:25b). I fix my eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of my faith (Hebrews 12:2a). I know the plans God has for me, plans for welfare and not for calamity to give me a future and a hope (Jeremiah 29:11).

or•der, noun
The sequence or arrangement of things or events. A fixed or definite plan. A state or condition in which everything is in its right place and functioning properly.

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. Scripture taken from The Message. Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002. Used by permission of NavPress Publishing Group. “Order.” Webster’s New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio.