Archive for January, 2015

A Year of Breakthrough & Accomplishment

Saturday, January 31st, 2015

As we believe God for all that He has for 2015, here are some specifics to continue to pray over your lives and over the church!

1. Pray for the removal of obstacles.
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, fixing our eyes on Jesus. Hebrews 12:1-2a

2. Pray for the increase of love.
And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ. Philippians 1:9-10

3. Pray for personal growth.
As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming; but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ. Ephesians 4:14-15

4. Pray for the 100% will of God.
For this reason also, since the day we heard of it, we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding. Colossians 1:9

5. Pray with the end in mind.
Then Jesus explained: “My nourishment comes from doing the will of God who sent me, and from finishing his work. Do you think the work of harvesting will not begin until the summer ends four months from now? Look around you! Vast fields of human souls are ripening all around us, and are ready now for reaping.” John 4:34-35 TLB

ac•com•plish•ment, noun
That which completes, perfects, or equips thoroughly.

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

Copyright © 2015 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. Footnote: Scripture quotations marked “TLB” or “The Living Bible” are taken from The Living Bible/ Kenneth N. Taylor. electronic ed. Wheaton :Tyndale House, 1997, c1971 by Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved. “accomplishment.” YourDictionary, n.d. Web. 27 January 2015. .

Seeing Through the Lens of God’s Word

Monday, January 26th, 2015

[I] do not cease giving thanks for you, while making mention of you in my prayers; that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him. Ephesians 1:16-17

Look to Jesus. So often, people look at Jesus through the filter of their struggles and conflicts. But Jesus is calling us to look directly at Him. Not to deny that problems exist, but to deny Satan the right to dominate us.

The Word Brings Faith. Christianity is not a baseless optimism, but it is a biblical hope. Go to the Scriptures and look through the lens of God’s promises of provision, healing, and breakthrough. Faith will come! A spirit of wisdom and revelation will rise up in you and the truth of what God says will become more dominant than your current circumstances.

I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. Ephesians 1:18-19a

Light Excels Darkness. Whether you are experiencing high times or hard times, God’s grace is going to see you through (Philippians 4:11-13). If the devil has backed you into a corner of despair, God’s Word will shine light in the darkest situations in your relationships, in your marriage, and in your finances (Psalm 119:130). Even though you don’t know everything that’s ahead, God does, and He has plans to give you a future and a hope (Jeremiah 29:11).

Daily Confession:
This is a year of advancement and breakthrough. I won’t back down from God’s plans and purposes. I thank God for a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him. I pray that the eyes of my understanding may be enlightened that I may know what is the hope of God’s calling and what are the riches of the glory of the inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward those who believe!

Lens, noun
Something that facilitates and influences perception, comprehension, or evaluation.

God Bless You,
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

Copyright © 2015 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. Footnote: “Lens.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 19 Jan. 2015.

Hitting the Bullseye in 2015

Monday, January 19th, 2015

I will stand on my guard post and station myself on the rampart; and I will keep watch to see what He will speak to me, and how I may reply when I am reproved. Then the Lord answered me and said, “Record the vision and inscribe it on tablets, that the one who reads it may run. For the vision is yet for the appointed time; it hastens toward the goal and it will not fail. Though it tarries, wait for it; for it will certainly come, it will not delay.” Habakkuk 2:1-3

God has a plan, and if you seek Him you’ll find Him. When we stay focused on God’s target zone and don’t go after other agendas, we’ll stay calibrated to what matters most. Here is our St. Louis Family Church to-do list for 2015 – for the church body and for our individual lives.

1. Live out our core values every day as a vital, living church.

2. Build on current outreaches and strategies in order to reach the lost and saturate our region with the message of the love of Jesus, placing special emphasis on winning the younger generation.

3. Continue to help hurting people regain a sense of purpose and value, offering love and acceptance to all.

4. Prepare for the anticipated harvest by continuing to build the physical and spiritual structures necessary to accomplish this increase.

5. Develop strategic new tools and vehicles and God-ordained programs to equip
and empower believers for their significant roles in our church and in their lives.

6. Raise up and send out people to influence the community, the media, and the nations with God-inspired vision and God-inspired purpose.

Watch, verb
Hebrew: tsaphah
To lean forward. To peer into the distance. To observe, behold, espy, look up, wait for, keep the watch.

God Bless You,
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Family Church®

Copyright © 2015 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. “tsaphah.“ Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible. Copyright 1890 by James Strong, Madison, NJ.

Start Your Day With God

Monday, January 12th, 2015

In the early morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house, and went away to a secluded place, and was praying there. Simon and his companions searched for Him; they found Him, and said to Him, “Everyone is looking for You.” He said to them, “Let us go somewhere else to the towns nearby, so that I may preach there also; for that is what I came for.” Mark 1:35-38

Be Fruitful Not Busy. Jesus only did what He saw His Father do. How did He know what God did? Jesus spent time with Him. Sometimes you can get distracted by too many opportunities and give your attention to the loudest or most urgent thing. But because Jesus took time to seek God, He received direction to know what He was supposed to do instead of what others thought He should do.

Fresh Start. When you are in a transition like the beginning of a new year and you crave a fresh surge of fruitfulness, Mark 1:35 is a credible pattern you can follow. This verse is saying that Jesus had to get alone with God and then goes on to show that He got great results. We can too.

Seize the Moment. Capitalize on alone time with God before the emails pour in, before the phones start ringing, before you have to get out in traffic. Choose some tools to help you: a Bible reading plan, a daily devotional, a Bible promise book—or read just a Proverb a day. It’s not just for highly self-disciplined or contemplative personalities—it’s for every person. There is no substitute for intentional time with God. The results are profound.

Pray this Prayer:
God, I commit to spending time with You at the start of every day. I resolve to sensitize myself to hear Your voice and follow Your purpose. I thank You, God, that You will get me where I need to be when I need to be there and I’ll avoid wrong contacts and I will make the right connections. In Jesus’ Name, amen.

fruit•ful, adj.
Yielding or producing fruit. Conducive to an abundant yield. Abundantly productive.

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

Copyright © 2015 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. “Fruitful.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 07 Jan. 2015.

Get Renewed!

Monday, January 5th, 2015

Call to Me and I will answer you, and I will tell you great and mighty things, which you do not know. Jeremiah 33:3

Get Back to Your First Love. Every day God offers us a fresh start, a new opportunity to push the reset button and turn our eyes to Him. He knows what to do when nobody else does.

Get Strengthened. If you have an area of weakness, go to the Word concerning that specific issue and get fortified. God’s Word pushes back darkness and brings confidence, assurance, and hope.

Get Wisdom. “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). The inclusive phrasing “if ANY of you” means wisdom is available for all: from the newest Christian, to the burned-out believer, to the person doing great.

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! … Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:4, 6-7

Get Joyful. Paul wrote these verses in a context of challenge, but with full confidence in God’s faithfulness. It’s good to be alive today. If you feel bottomed out, depressed, or anxious, God wants to restore joy to you. He wants to get you out of breakdown into a place of breakthrough.

Daily Confession:
God has a plan and I can trust Him. He that has begun a good work in me will perform it till the day of Christ (Philippians 1:6). Whatever is true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, of good report, if there is any excellence and anything worthy of praise, I meditate on these things (Philippians 4:8).

re•new, verb
To make like new, restore to freshness, vigor, or perfection. To make new spiritually, regenerate. To restore to existence, revive, to begin again.

Happy New Year!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

Copyright © 2015 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. “Renew.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 10 Dec. 2014.