Archive for April, 2015

A Fruitful Life

Saturday, April 25th, 2015

Those who sow in tears shall reap with joyful shouting. He who goes to and fro weeping, carrying his bag of seed, shall indeed come again with a shout of joy, bringing his sheaves with him. Psalm 126:5-6

Sow the Seed, Reap the Harvest. God is glorified when we are fruitful (John 15:8). The ground is always barren before the seeds are introduced—that’s why there is seed-time first, and then comes the harvest. You may have sown in tears, but don’t quit—you will reap in joy.

“Shout for joy, O barren one, you who have borne no child; break forth into joyful shouting and cry aloud, you who have not travailed; for the sons of the desolate one will be more numerous than the sons of the married woman,” says the Lord. Isaiah 54:1

Rejoice Before the Breakthrough. God is telling us to face off with the desolate places and to rejoice before we see the fruit. If you are experiencing the barrenness of depression, barrenness in your family, in your finances, in your health, take a minute vacation and retrieve some blessing from the past. Thank God for two or three things that He has done for you. And then thank Him for the breakthrough yet to be seen.

Have a Passion to Bear Fruit. God knows how to take barren areas and make them fruitful. In the Bible it says “A worker’s appetite works for him, for his hunger urges him on” (Proverbs 16:26). Get hungry to see breakthrough and fruitfulness in your life and in the lives of people around you. We’ve only seen a glimpse of the harvest, but God calls us to look up and see that the fields are ripe for it.

Daily Confession:
God has chosen and appointed me to bear fruit. Whatever I ask the Father in Jesus’ Name, He will give it to me. And my fruit will remain (John 15:16). Thank You, Jesus!

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

When the Lord brought back the captive ones of Zion, we were like those who dream. Then our mouth was filled with laughter and our tongue with joyful shouting; then they said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.” The Lord has done great things for us; we are glad. Psalm 126:1-3

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.

Jesus Is Willing

Saturday, April 18th, 2015

When Jesus came down from the mountain, large crowds followed Him. And a leper came to Him and bowed down before Him, and said, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.” Jesus stretched out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” And immediately his leprosy was cleansed. Matthew 8:1-3

Stretch Out Your Hand. God has called us to reach both the large crowds and the isolated individuals. At the time Jesus was on earth, lepers were considered untouchables; yet Jesus crossed that divide and put His hand on this man who was suffering. Jesus’ response to the leper’s request resounds across time: “I am willing.” To those isolated today, to those who feel like rejects, to those hiding their problems—call out to Jesus. He is willing.

And when Jesus entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him . . . saying, “Lord, my servant is lying paralyzed at home, fearfully tormented.” Jesus said to him, “I will come and heal him.” But the centurion said, “Lord, I am not worthy for You to come under my roof, but just say the word, and my servant will be healed.” Matthew 8:5-8

Say the Word. The Word is not religious routine. It’s exactly what you need. Just like the centurion recognized Jesus’ authority and just said “say the word,” we are called to speak the Word over the circumstances of our lives. If you are going through a season of discouragement, keep going until you make it through.

Great Faith. Faith came to the centurion because he saw Jesus in action and recognized His authority to change things (Matthew 8:5-10)—that’s what we need to provide for our generation. We are called to be a breed of people who show Jesus as He is, willing to stretch out His hand to the untouchables, willing to heal, willing to save.

Pray This Prayer:
I thank You, Jesus, that You came to give life and give it abundantly (John 10:10). When You show up, things change. You go around doing good and healing all who are oppressed by the devil (Acts 10:38). Thank You for showing up in my situation and turning things around. Use me to shape history and change the generations with the power of the Gospel. In Jesus’ Name, amen.

will·ing, adj.
Inclined or favorably disposed in mind: ready. Prompt to act or respond. Done by choice or without reluctance.

Press on,
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. “Willing.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 14 April 2015.

Understanding the Times

Friday, April 10th, 2015

Of the sons of Issachar, men who understood the times, with knowledge of what Israel should do, their chiefs were two hundred; and all their kinsmen were at their command. 1 Chronicles 12:32

1. Lift Up Your Head (Luke 21:28). Just like the sons of Issachar understood their times, we can discern what God is doing in our world and in our lives. By contrast, in the New Testament Jesus told a group of people: “You did not recognize the time of your visitation” (Luke 19:44b). Lift up your head so you can understand and not miss what God is doing!

2. Fear Not. I Am with You (Isaiah 41:10). Nearly one third of the Bible is prophecy. God gives us a heads up about things but He doesn’t want us to be freaked out. What do we do? We don’t ignore the problem. We do keep our feet on the ground, our heads held high and our eyes on Jesus.

3. Pray Without Ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:16). Take time to pull away from the busyness of life to get alone with God. As you spend time with Him, the Holy Spirit will show you what to pray about and how to pray—for your kids, about your job, for your city and your nation.

4. Take Wise Action Steps. If you study biblical teaching on the end times with a spirit of faith, it will activate, energize, inform you, and show you the next steps of obedience. Then you can courageously pray and learn how to take specific, deliberate action.

Pray this Prayer
God, I know that the Gospel will be preached to all the nations and then the end will come (Matthew 24:14). Help me to discern my times and to know what to do. I proclaim You as King of kings. I acknowledge You over all the nations and I believe that my country and the nations of the world will be filled with the Gospel of Jesus. I pray You protect and rescue those who are persecuted. In Jesus’ Name, amen.

un·der·stand, verb
To become aware of the nature and significance of; know or comprehend.

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

Free

Friday, April 3rd, 2015

It was for freedom that Christ set us free. Galatians 5:1a

1. Free from Prison. Jesus came to set captives free (Luke 4:17-18). We can be free because of what happened on Calvary 2000 years ago when Jesus took the burden of our sin and laid down His life. A love like that can’t be earned; it just needs to be received.

Because of the sacrifice of the Messiah, his blood poured out on the altar of the Cross, we’re a free people—free of penalties and punishments chalked up by all our misdeeds. And not just barely free, either. Abundantly free! He thought of everything, provided for everything we could possibly need, letting us in on the plans He took such delight in making. Ephesians 1:7-9 The Message

2. Free from Former Limits. When you realize how faithful God is and how much He cares about every detail of your life, you will no longer be controlled by fear and worry. You can be free to believe God for bigger things, knowing that He is an ever present help in time of need (Psalm 46:1). Trust Him for the miraculous. He will always see you through.

3. Free to Serve. Jesus invaded this world’s fatal cycle of bondage and brought freedom to prisoners. And He didn’t stop there: He set us free so that we ourselves can be liberators (2 Corinthians 5:18). People all over the world need Jesus. There is salvation in no other name (Acts 4:12).

Pray this Prayer:

God, thank You for sending Jesus to set me free. I know He is Your Son and that He died for me and rose from the dead. Forgive me for all my sins. Jesus, I receive You right now, and I give my life to You. Amen.

Free, verb
1. To let someone leave a prison or a place where they have been forced to stay.
2. To remove something unpleasant that affects someone or limits their behavior.
3. Free to make someone or something available to be used for something else.

Happy Easter!
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.“Free.” www.macmillandictionary.com. Macmillan Dictionary, n.d. Web. 01 April 2015.