Archive for August, 2015

God’s Word Is the Answer

Friday, August 28th, 2015

For even when we came into Macedonia our flesh had no rest, but we were afflicted on every side: conflicts without, fears within. But God, who comforts the depressed, comforted us by the coming of Titus. 2 Corinthians 7:5-6

RELY ON GOD. I appreciate the honesty of the Scriptures. The Apostle Paul was candid about the challenges he faced. He was hassled while he was fulfilling the Great Commission for the same reason you and I are hassled when we try to step up and be productive and fruitful – because the devil comes to steal, kill, and destroy (John 10:10). Whatever mind-numbing challenge you are facing—when no one can understand how you feel and even you don’t know how you feel—God understands. He is a present help in time of need (Psalm 46:1): a redeemer who saves, a healer who heals, and a compassionate God who comforts the depressed.

Why are you in despair, O my soul? and why have you become disturbed within me? Hope in God, for I shall again praise Him for the help of His presence. Psalm 42:5

REPLACE NEGATIVE SELF-DIALOGUE. Life and death are in the power of the tongue (Proverbs 18:21). We must battle to interrupt negative self-dialogue and replace it with constant, meaningful vocalizing of God’s promises from His Word. Instead of allowing imaginations to seize you, remind yourself who God is and what Jesus accomplished on Calvary. Remember the help God sent when He poured out the Holy Spirit in the upper room. Get up in the morning and speak God’s Word over your day.

DAILY CONFESSION:
I stand on the truth and the conviction of the promises of God. Heaven and earth will pass away, but God’s Word is permanent (Matthew 24:35). This hope is the anchor for my soul (Hebrews 6:19). It’s the protection of my thought life, the healer of my body (Psalm 107:20), the wisdom for my finances, and the answer for this generation.

“I say that we must talk to ourselves instead of allowing ‘ourselves’ to talk to us! Do you realize what that means? I suggest that the main trouble in this whole matter of spiritual depression in a sense is this, that we allow our self to talk to us instead of talking to our self.” – D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

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. Lloyd-Jones, David Martyn. Spiritual Depression: Its Causes and Cure. Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 1965. Print.

The Word Is Your Counselor

Friday, August 21st, 2015

Your testimonies also are my delight; they are my counselors. Psalm 119:24

READ THE WORD. We need the guidance, direction, and counsel found in the Scriptures. The abundance of wisdom found in God’s Word from Genesis to Revelation is going to advance our lives, keep us from failing, and guide us to a place of victory and deliverance.

Where there is no guidance the people fall, but in abundance of counselors there is victory. Proverbs 11:14

GET FAITH FROM THE WORD. Jesus gives amazing counsel to the disciples in four powerful words: “Have faith in God” (Mark 11:22). Faith is not something we produce in our own power – it’s a result of feeding on the Word of God. Become “mighty in the Scriptures” like Apollos from the Early Church (Acts 18:24). Let the strength offered in the verses of the Bible inspire you to go forward in the purposes and plans God has for you.

This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success. Joshua 1:8

KEEP ON SPEAKING GOD’S WORD. Let the light of the Word get hold of you in the hospital room, in your car, in your cubicle at work, when you’re gripped with the oppression of the devil, when you don’t see or feel any encouragement or joy. Speak to the mountains, to the insecurities, to the ravages of time; speak to the oppression of man, to the worries of life, and command them to be taken up and cast into the sea (Mark 11:23).

DAILY CONFESSION:
Because of Jesus:
I am mighty in the Scriptures (Acts 18:24).
I fight the good fight of faith (1 Timothy 6:12).
I am strong and very courageous, for the Lord is with me wherever I go (Joshua 1:9).

coun·sel, noun
Advice or guidance, especially as solicited from a knowledgeable person.

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

Be Strong and Courageous

Friday, August 14th, 2015

Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the Lord your God is the one who goes with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. Deuteronomy 31:6

RELY ON GOD’S STRENGTH. When Moses gave this last counsel to Joshua, the bottom line is not “be strong” but instead “the Lord your God goes with you.” If we misinterpret this scripture, we would then rely on human performance instead of trusting in God’s strength. Avoid this temptation – especially if you are in a transitional time like Joshua and Moses were – by constantly affirming who God is in your life. Wait on Him to give you new strength (Isaiah 40:31).

“I know the plans that I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11

YOUR FUTURE IS SECURE. In the day of change, God will give you courage to navigate. The Early Church was born into a weird, hedonistic culture; yet they were required to step up and draw from the strength and courage that God supplied. You can step up too, knowing God will never fail you or forsake you. You can command the devil to take his fingers off your generation. When you resist him he must leave in the Name of Jesus and let go of your thought life, let go of your loved ones, let go of those who are bound in darkness.

DAILY CONFESSION

God has given to me every place where the sole of my foot treads. No man shall be able to stand before me all the days of my life. As God was with Moses, as God was with Joshua, as God was with the Early Church, so He is with me! He will never fail me or forsake me (Joshua 1:3-5).

cour·age, noun
Mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty.

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. “Courage.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 12 August 2015.

Steps to Joy Restored

Friday, August 7th, 2015

Restore to me the joy of Your salvation and sustain me with a willing spirit. Then I will teach transgressors Your ways, and sinners will be converted to You. Psalm 51:12-13

EAT HEALTHY, NOURISHING FOOD. After the prophet Elijah had an amazing breakthrough, he got depressed. God gave Elijah practical steps to eat, get hydrated, and sleep to help get him out of discouragement.

SLEEP SEVEN TO EIGHT HOURS A DAY. God promises sweet sleep to you (Proverbs 3:24) and “gives to His beloved even in his sleep” (Psalm 127:2).

But he [Elijah] himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree; and he requested for himself that he might die . . . He lay down and slept under a juniper tree; and behold, there was an angel touching him, and he said to him, “Arise, eat.” . . . So he ate and drank and lay down again. The angel of the Lord came again a second time and touched him and said, “Arise, eat, because the journey is too great for you.” 1 Kings 19:4-7

KEEP COMPANY WITH GOOD PEOPLE. Surrounding yourself with positive people can help pull you out of depression. If you feel isolated and alone, plug into church. Find some people you are compatible with.

AVOID NEWS OVERDOSE. Instead of being freaked out by the distortion of the times, we need to look to the good news of Jesus. Don’t ignore the problems of the world, but definitely put them in their place by keeping first things first.

FOLLOW AN EXERCISE PROGRAM. Get up and walk. It’s important to move it so you don’t lose it!

DO SOMETHING MEANINGFUL EACH DAY. Get up and serve. If Jesus can rise from the dead, He can lift you out of the miry clay. We are called to represent Jesus in and through our lives. He will restore your joy so that you can get liberated to go out and set others free.*

Daily Confession
The joy of the Lord is my strength (Nehemiah 8:10). Since God is for me, who can be against me (Romans 8:31)? I believe that He who began a good work in me will see me all the way through (Philippians 1:6). Whatever the trial or the complexity of the battle, I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13). I overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loves me.

“How often the way to spiritual strength and mental restoration is that of physical renewal!” –G. Campbell Morgan

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. *Points used from Mayo Clinic Publication: Sood, Amit. The Mayo Clinic Guide to Stress-free Living. Boston: Da Capo, 2013. Print.