Archive for May, 2015

What to Do When Troubles Hit Your Life

Saturday, May 23rd, 2015

1. Identify the Problem.
O Lord, how my adversaries have increased! Many are rising up against me. Many are saying of my soul, “There is no deliverance for him in God.” Psalm 3:1-2.
A wise pastor once told me that the first step toward victory is admitting there is a problem. In this fallen world, we don’t get exempted from trouble, but God promises us strength and victory in the battle.

2. Identify the Solution.
But You, O Lord, are a shield about me, my glory, and the One who lifts my head Psalm 3:3.
“Real help comes from God” (Psalm 3:8 MSG). For King David, God was his solution, God was his focus, God was more important than title and position. What do we do in the day of trouble? Keep seeking God (Psalm 77:2a.)

3. Go to Battle.
I lay down and slept; I awoke, for the Lord sustains me. I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people who have set themselves against me round about Psalm 3:5-6.
David understood battle. Psalm 3:6 shows how he chose to stand in faith and refused to yield to the spirit of fear despite the overwhelming odds against him. God will see you through.

4. Start to Praise God.
Salvation belongs to the Lord; Your blessing be upon Your people! Psalm 3:8.
Take some time to lift your head and praise God. “Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise” (Psalm 100:4a). It can seem fake or hypocritical from the feelings standpoint, but it’s not. To press on and fight the fight of faith in the midst of your struggles is the best thing you can do!

Daily Confession Based on Psalm 3
God, You’re a shield for me. You’re the glory and lifter of my head. I was crying to the Lord with my voice, and He answered me from His holy mountain. I lay down and slept. I awoke, for the Lord sustains me. I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people who have set themselves against me round about. Salvation belongs to the Lord; Your blessing be upon Your people!

vic·to·ry, noun
The overcoming of an enemy or antagonist. Achievement of mastery or success in a struggle or endeavor against odds or difficulties.

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. “Victory.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 19 May 2015. MSG. Scripture taken from The Message. Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002. Used by permission of NavPress Publishing Group.

A Rich Harvest

Friday, May 15th, 2015

“Other seeds fell into the good soil, and as they grew up and increased . . . And those are the ones on whom seed was sown on the good soil; and they hear the word and accept it and bear fruit, thirty, sixty, and a hundredfold.” Mark 4:8, 20

1. Keep a Receptive Heart. Think of your heart as soil and the Word of God as seed. Jesus warns against rocky ground and says we must keep the soil of our hearts tender. The condition of your heart will determine how the crop grows.

2. Cultivate Growth. Deliberate planting of God’s Word will kill off all the toxic thinking that tries to take root in your life. As you daily renew your mind with Scripture, those kinds of thoughts will be crowded out.

“For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return there without watering the earth and making it bear and sprout, and furnishing seed to the sower and bread to the eater; so will My Word be which goes forth from My mouth; it will not return to Me empty, without accomplishing what I desire, and without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.” Isaiah 55:10-11

3. Bear Fruit. God’s Word guarantees a good crop, so lift up your eyes to see the fields that are ready for harvest (John 4:35). You are designed to be fruitful (John 15:8), and when you hear the Word of God and accept it, you can bear a ton of fruit.

Daily Confession:
My heart is receptive. I receive what God has for me. I hear the Word and accept it. In Jesus’ Name, I am able to comprehend what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that I may be filled up to all the fullness of God and continue to bear fruit all of my life—“thirty, sixty, and a hundredfold” (Ephesians 3:18-19, Mark 4:20).

cul·ti·vate, verb
To loosen or break up the soil. To foster the growth of. To improve by labor, care, or study

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. “Cultivate.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 5 May 2015.

SLFC People!

Saturday, May 9th, 2015

Let no one look down on your youthfulness, but rather in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity, show yourself an example of those who believe. 1 Timothy 4:12

When you and I become followers of Jesus, we are examples of lives changed by the power of the Gospel. Here are five key areas that, when they are lived out, will ensure greater effectiveness and impact as we commit for the long haul in this life of faith!

Speech. “The mouth speaks out of that which fills the heart” (Matthew 12:34b). Words reveal what’s going on in your interior world. Let your mind get renewed by God’s Word so that your speech will reflect the truth of what God says about your life.

Love. “For the love of Christ controls us” (2 Corinthians 5:14a). If Christians simply model God’s love, we will see revival in the church and harvest among the lost.

Faith. “Blessed be the Lord God, the God of Israel, who only does wondrous things!” (Psalm 72:18 NKJV). Stretch your faith by believing God for great things.

Conduct. “Walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God” (Colossians 1:10). People are looking for the real deal. The more upsetting the world gets, the more we must recommit to the essentials.

Purity. “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me”
(Psalm 51:10). The purity of a righteous life is a powerful weapon against the darkness of this present era. If you’re lapsing in any of these five areas—speech, love, faith, conduct, and purity—be quick to repent, and God will get you back on track.

Pray this Prayer
God, help me to exemplify the amazing work Jesus has done. I pray that the Word comes into my life and changes my behavior, habits, and character. I turn from sin and I reach out and embrace what God has for me. In Jesus’ Name, amen!

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. Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Walk This Way

Sunday, May 3rd, 2015

1. Walk With God. God has said, “I will live in them and will walk among them. I will be their God and they will be My people.” 2 Corinthians 6:16b
God wants to connect with us. Whatever our range of experience or personality, we can walk closely with Him. Most of humanity is running from God, but because of Jesus we are invited to turn toward Him. One moment with Him will change your life forever.

2. Walk in the Spirit. But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. Galatians 5:16
God is spirit and so are you. When you repent and surrender your life to Jesus, you don’t get weird, but instead you become naturally supernatural and supernaturally natural as you learn how to follow God’s leading.

3. Walk in Love. Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you. Ephesians 5:1-2a
Love is the first result of the recreated spirit. The apostle Paul called the love walk a “more excellent way” (1 Corinthians 12:31). Love covers a multitude of sins and gives you a fresh start. Love causes you to value others, knowing that they are loved and accepted by God.

4. Walk by Faith. For we walk by faith, not by sight. 2 Corinthians 5:7
You are called to be a rugged individual who lives a life of faith and confidence in God. See tomorrow with the eye of faith—don’t bury your head in the sand or get overly consumed with current events. Instead, keep your eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of your faith (Hebrews 12:2).

Pray This Prayer
O God, You are my God; I shall seek You earnestly; my soul thirsts for You, my flesh yearns for You (Psalm 63:1a). Thank You, God, that I am invited to a close walk with You. Thank You for the power of the Holy Spirit that equips me to go out into all the world and preach the Gospel (Acts 1:8; Mark 16:15). In Jesus’ Name, amen.

Walk, verb
To make headway. To pursue a course of action or way of life. To be or act in association: continue in union.

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. “Walk.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 28 April 2015.