Archive for February, 2015

Redemption in Every Situation

Sunday, February 22nd, 2015

But Joseph said to them, “Do not be afraid, for am I in God’s place? As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive.” Genesis 50:19-20

Pressure Produces. We know that diamonds are formed through the combination of high pressure and high temperature.* In the same way, the inevitable pressures in our lives can produce beautiful results if we’ll just let God turn things around.

And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. James 1:4

God-Reliance. When we go through a battle or when we fail or sin, we become a lot less self-righteous and formulaic and a lot more reliant on a loving God who never leaves us or forsakes us. It’s not about having it all figured out. Instead, it’s about trusting God to redeem circumstances and turn things around for good (Romans 8:28).

For it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure. Philippians 2:13

Draw Close to God. The devil is fighting to disrupt our yearning for more closeness and depth with God (2 Corinthians 11:3). If you find yourself grumpy and irritable, you can get free from negative thinking and become joyful again. Take a deep breath and give thanks and praise to Jesus. Get built up in the Word of God. Ponder what Jesus has accomplished on the Cross. Fixate on things that are true, lovely, and pure (Philippians 4:8).

Pray This Prayer: based on Psalm 51:10-12
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Thank You for Your presence and for giving me the Holy Spirit to help me in every situation. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation and sustain me with a willing spirit.

re·deem, verb
To set free, as from slavery or kidnapping, by providing money or other compensation. To save (a person or soul) from a state of sinfulness and its consequences. To restore the honor, worth, or reputation of.

God bless you,
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louid 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.*Lineberry, Cate. “Diamonds Unearthed.” n.d.: n. pag. Smithsonian.com. SMITHSONIAN MAGAZINE, Dec. 2006. Web. 18 Feb. 2015.

You Can Depend on God

Monday, February 16th, 2015

And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. 2 Corinthians 12:9

1. When you are the neediest, God is the most sufficient.
When the Apostle Paul was suffering from constant persecution and recurring battles, God told him: “My grace is sufficient.” That’s what God is telling you. Whatever you are going through, He is an ever-present help (Psalm 46:1). Get built up on the promises of God found in the Bible. When you pray for things, you can pray in faith because in Jesus, all of God’s promises are yes and available to us (2 Corinthians 1:20).

2. When you feel the least, God is the greatest.
Refuse the temptation to compare yourself with others. Your security comes from God (Psalm 37). He is with you. He knows when you sit down and when you get up (Psalm 139:1-2). He will never leave you or forsake you (Hebrews 13:5). He is a friend who sticks closer than a brother (Proverbs 18:24).

And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed. 2 Corinthians 9:8

3. When you feel the most useless, God is preparing you.
Faith is the substance of things hoped for (Hebrews 11:1). It’s the firm foundation you stand on. If you feel at a disadvantage because of failure, get back up again. God is getting you ready for the next step. If you’ve been hurt by others, forgive. If you’ve sinned, repent and God will wash you clean. Do whatever you can to keep your heart right so that God can get you in a position to advance.

suf·fi·cient, adj.
Being as much as is needed; adequate; enough.

Pray This Prayer
Heavenly Father, today is a new day. Your grace is sufficient. Because You love me, I’m loving You back. I’m going the distance. I will walk this thing out not by my human power, but by the power of the Holy Spirit. I will see great harvest and revival in my lifetime. My church is blessed. My town is blessed. My family is blessed. Thank You for it in Jesus’ Name.

God loves 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. “Adequate.” The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition copyright ©2014 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved. Three point headings taken from the poem “He Is” by Samuel Abiodun.

The Great Commission

Monday, February 9th, 2015

The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, 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

Know Your Job Description. When Jesus stood up in the synagogue and declared His job description, He was setting the standard for the ages to come: for the disciples, for the church, and for you right now in the 21st century. Jesus said, “He who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do…” (John 14:12).

Keep Advancing. Instead of using your energies just to survive and maintain, God wants you to advance His plan on this earth. When Satan attacked Jesus in the wilderness, Jesus responded with the Word of God (Luke 4:1-13). “IT IS WRITTEN” is a formidable weapon against unbelief, identity crises, and not understanding your God-given spiritual authority.

And He [Jesus] called the twelve together, and gave them power and authority over all the demons and to heal diseases. And He sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to perform healing. Luke 9:1-2

Carry the Gospel. The Gospel is contagious and you are called to be a carrier of this Good News. As we catch this mandate from Jesus, we’re going to see greater levels of opportunities to engage with the brokenhearted captives, to pray for healing for those who are sick, to help free those in bondage. By the power of the Holy Spirit we can do this!

Thank You, God, that I have power from the Holy Spirit. I am anointed to preach the Gospel to the poor, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind. God has given me authority over demons and the power to set free the oppressed and heal diseases in Jesus’ Name. Amen!

com•mis•sion, noun
A formal written warrant granting the power to perform various acts or duties. Authority to act for, in behalf of, or in place of another. A task or matter entrusted to one as an agent.

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. “commission.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 02 Feb. 2015.