Archive for September, 2015

How to Win

Friday, September 25th, 2015

For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:3-5

GET IN THE WORD. Let God’s Word transform your thinking. We have divinely powerful weapons to destroy everything raised up against the knowledge of God. When you get attacked in your thought life by distraction, worry, or fear, run back to the pages of the Word to get strength and clarity. With it you can cast down imaginations, quit worrying about lesser things, and instead lift your eyes to the big picture of God’s amazing plan for your life.

For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror; for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was. But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in what he does. James 1:23-25

HAVE FAITH IN GOD. When you look into the mirror of the Scriptures you become transformed into that image (Romans 12:2). Trust God for breakthrough in circumstances that look impossible. You are designed to pray huge prayers, to stand on the promises of God, and to think strategically. Take every thought captive and speak life to those visions, dreams, and desires.

DAILY CONFESSION based on Ephesians 6:10-13
I am strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. I put on the full armor of God so that I am able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. Having done everything thing to stand, I stand firm.

mir·ror, noun
Something that faithfully reflects or gives a true picture of something else. Something worthy of imitation.

Press on,
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

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Steps to Overcoming Depression

Friday, September 18th, 2015

TAKE CARE OF THE WHOLE PERSON. The prophet Elijah took a stand and brought reform at a time when society had gone crazy. Yet, between great breakthroughs he got discouraged and depressed. God directed Elijah to sleep, eat, and drink water. When you get worn down, it’s important to address both your practical needs and your spiritual needs.

He lay down and slept under a juniper tree; and behold, there was an angel touching him, and he said to him, “Arise, eat.” Then he looked and behold, there was at his head a bread cake baked on hot stones, and a jar of water. So he ate and drank and lay down again. 1 Kings 19:5-6

FIND GOD’S PROMISES. The biblical promises of God, when acted upon correctly, bring breakthrough. Write down what you are dealing with. Then find scriptures correlating to those problems and write them down too. One day you will look back and see lists of miracles—those things that seemed impossible until God turned them around.

Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,” says the Lord of hosts. Zechariah 4:6b

KEEP PRAISING GOD. Though we live an earthly life we do not wage an earthly war (Ephesians 6:12). God inhabits the praises of His people, and when we praise Him, things change! This world needs us to shake off the heaviness and fight in the Spirit by singing praises to God.

Pray this prayer:
God, I praise You right now. You came to bind up the brokenhearted and save the crushed in spirit (Isaiah 61:3; Psalm 34:18). I believe You for breakthrough on all fronts of my life: in my relationships, my work, my finances, and my future. You have lifted me out of the pit and set my feet upon a rock, making my footsteps firm (Psalm 40:2). Thank You, Jesus, for breakthrough! Amen.

Praise, verb
To express thanks to or love and respect for God.

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. “Praise.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 16 September 2015.

Be an Encourager

Friday, September 11th, 2015

The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed. Proverbs 11:25 NLT

REFRESH OTHERS. Find a way to refresh other people, even when you are the one needing encouragement. When Titus visited the Apostle Paul, it created buoyancy and got oppression off of him: “But God, who comforts the depressed, comforted us by the coming of Titus” (2 Corinthians 7:6). In the same way, God wants to use us to be comforters and encouragers.

Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God. Colossians 3:16

SPEAK LIFE. You don’t need to be superficial or speak platitudes, but treasure the Word that is in you and use it to inspire others (Proverbs 7:1). The devil works overtime to shut your mouth because your words have the potential to change someone’s eternal life. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.

“Do not judge, and you will not be judged; and do not condemn, and you will not be condemned; pardon, and you will be pardoned. Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure—pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return.” Luke 6:36-38

SHOW MERCY. Have you ever been so hurt you can’t forgive? It takes time sometimes. But God wants to help us land on the mercy side. If you get hardened toward others, remember that Jesus died for you. You deserved judgment but were forgiven the $80 billion debt, so you can have mercy on the lesser debt owed you (Matthew 18:21-35).

Scripture confessions for encouragement:
• As I refresh others I get refreshed (Proverbs 11:25).
• I take courage and have peace. In the world there is tribulation, but Jesus has overcome the world (John 16:33).
• I am strong and courageous. The Lord my God is with me wherever I go (Joshua 1:9).
• I hold fast the confession of my hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful (Hebrews 10:23).

en·cour·age, verb
To inspire with courage, spirit, or hope: hearten. To spur on. To give help.

Press on in love,
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. “Encourage.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 01 September 2015.

The Amazing Perspective of God’s Word

Friday, September 4th, 2015

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

CRAVE THE WORD. Pack yourself with God’s Word. There are a lot of ways to read it: as a whole from Genesis to Revelation, line by line for doctrine, or study by subject with a topical Bible Promise Book. If you haven’t read the Bible lately, read a few verses right now to push the reset button on your brain. Read Psalm 119, which is all about longing for God’s Word and the amazing counsel you can get from it.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. Matthew 5:6

GET COUNSEL FROM THE WORD. We all have blind spots and occasionally need perspective. Let the abundance of the Word of God counsel you out of foolishness into wisdom, out of fear into hope and faith, and out of inactivity into hope and fruitfulness.

In abundance of counselors there is victory. Proverbs 11:14b

OBEY THE WORD.
Faith is hearing what God has said and then believing Him enough to act on what He commanded. Acting on God’s Word makes you adequate and equipped for every good work and produces amazing fruit and reward.

All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17

PRAY THIS PRAYER Based on Psalm 119
Forever, O Lord, Your word is settled in heaven. Open my eyes that I may behold wonderful things from Your Law. Revive me and strengthen me according to Your Word. You are good and do good; teach me Your statutes. Teach me good discernment and knowledge, for I believe in Your commandments. Your Word I treasure in my heart that I may not sin against You. I will also speak of Your testimonies before kings and shall not be ashamed. Amen!

per·spec·tive, noun
The capacity to view things in their true relations or relative importance.

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. “Perspective.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 31 August 2015.