Archive for April, 2016

How to Get Fortified

Friday, April 29th, 2016

Then David and the people who were with him lifted their voices and wept until there was no strength in them to weep. Moreover David was greatly distressed because the people spoke of stoning him, for all the people were embittered, each one because of his sons and his daughters. But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God. 1 Samuel 30:4, 6

1. STRENGTHEN YOURSELF IN THE LORD. Sometimes, like King David, we find ourselves facing off with challenges alone with no one around to encourage us. But at that moment of depletion, we can find encouragement and fortification by seeking God. As we fellowship with Him, strength rises up on the inside of us and we are able to fight and not let up.

Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you. Colossians 3:16a

2. FEED ON GOD’S WORD.
Strengthening comes from both nutrition and resistance. Life offers plenty of resistance in the form of challenges and battles. But we get our nutrition from God’s Word.

3. STAY THE COURSE. Hebrews 11 lists great people of faith who “from weakness were made strong” (Hebrews 11:34). Take some time to meditate on that chapter and be stirred by the men and women who stayed the course their entire lives. As you stay in the faith fight, you will see breakthrough results—both in your life and in the lives of those around you!

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

DAILY CONFESSION:
I am strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might (Ephesians 6:10). I am strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus (2 Timothy 2:1). I will not fear for God is with me. I will not anxiously look about me for He is my God. He will strengthen me, He will help me, He will uphold me with His righteous right hand (Isaiah 41:10). In Jesus’ Name, amen.

for·ti·fy, verb
To strengthen and secure. To give physical strength, courage, or endurance to. To add mental or moral strength to. To add material to for strengthening or enriching.

Copyright © 2016 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. “Fortify.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. 26 April 2016.

How to Be Ready in Every Season

Friday, April 22nd, 2016

Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season. 2 Timothy 4:2a

1. PREPARE. God uses people who get ready. Preparation is a statement to your future that you are available. It’s a statement that you trust God with your future. We are called to be poised – not wound up or nervous, but ready. And preparation will set you up to be at peace and available for opportunity.

All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17

2. GET FUELED IN THE WORD AND PRAYER. Let your sufficiency come from the Word of God which equips you for every good work. When we pray, it changes things. As we consistently repent and keep our hearts clean, we can be ready to be used by God for every good work.

3. STAY AVAILABLE TO THE HOLY SPIRIT. Realize you matter to God and take your life seriously. Develop the gifts God gave you. You are on assignment. As you keep yourself available to the Holy Spirit, signs and wonders will follow you.

GET READY!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

DAILY CONFESSION
My steps are ordered of the Lord and He delights in my way (Psalm 37:23). As I prepare and develop the gifts God gave me, I’ll have increased effectiveness in my daily life.

Copyright © 2016 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. “Ready.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. 19 April 2016.

Rest for Your Soul

Friday, April 15th, 2016

“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Matthew 11:28-29

1. COME TO HIM. Jesus is the answer for every person – from the most sophisticated to the most down-and-out. If you are fatigued, Jesus is asking you to come to Him, learn from Him, and find rest.

You will make known to me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; in Your right hand there are pleasures forever. Psalm 16:11

2. LEARN FROM HIM. Jesus wants to be our teacher and show us how to rest. He wants to make known to us the path of life. We have been given gifts, purpose and equipping from God. Take some time to draw near to Jesus, to cease motion and activity, and get in His presence to be refreshed.

They [Adam & Eve] heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. Then the Lord God called to the man, and said to him, “Where are you?” Genesis 3:8-9

3. LISTEN TO HIM. God’s voice thunders through history, calling to humanity. Come to Jesus: if you’re lost, He’ll save you; if you’re sick, He’ll heal you; if you’re empty, He’ll fill you with the Holy Spirit; if you’re aimless, He’ll give you vision and purpose; if you’ve failed, He’ll give you forgiveness. He loves you!

Draw near to Jesus,
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

DAILY CONFESSION:
I trust in the Lord, commit my way to the Lord, and rest in the Lord (Psalm 37:3, 5, 7). My soul follows close behind God, and His right hand upholds me (Psalm 63:8). God makes known to me the path of life. In His presence is fullness of joy (Psalm 16:11a).

Copyright © 2016 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. “Rest.” The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

How to Live Ready for Jesus

Friday, April 8th, 2016

This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come. Matthew 24:14

1. HONOR JESUS. Jesus is the Messiah and He fulfilled every prophecy about Himself, and some day soon Jesus is going to come back. In the meantime, we are to exalt and acknowledge Him. And just like the crowds cried out “Hosanna!” (“Save us!”) when Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey, we are also coming into a time when our city, our nation, and our world will be stirred to ask for God’s salvation.

Most of the crowd spread their coats in the road, and others were cutting branches from the trees and spreading them in the road. The crowds going ahead of Him [Jesus], and those who followed, were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David; Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest!” Matthew 21:8-9

2. SPEND TIME WITH GOD. Spend an hour in prayer. If that feels like too long, pray for 15 minutes or five minutes. Open your Bible and read it, and God will bring restoration and peace to your soul. If you want to see power flow in your life, pray in the Spirit. If you want to see stability in your life, stay in church.

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes. Romans 1:16a

3. PREACH THE GOSPEL. The Gospel is powerful. Don’t let the devil shut your mouth. Understand the calling on your life to be help and hope to those around you – both covertly in your quiet time of prayer and overtly when God tells you to walk up to someone and say, “God loves you and has a plan for your life.”

Get ready!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

PRAY THIS PRAYER:
Jesus, I love You and praise You! I put You first in my life. Thank You for this life of adventure with You. I’ll obey everything You tell me to do. Show me when and where You want me to share the Gospel and I’ll do it. Show me who I should be praying for and I’ll pray. In Jesus’ Name, amen.

Copyright © 2016 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, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. “Hosanna.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. 05 April 2016.

How to Be More Effective

Friday, April 1st, 2016

O Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to you, avoiding worldly and empty chatter and the opposing arguments of what is falsely called “knowledge”—which some have professed and thus gone astray from the faith. 1 Timothy 6:20-21

1. CHECK YOUR HEART. God wants us to keep our hearts receptive. The Apostle Paul was urging Timothy to be aware of and guard the gifts God entrusted to him. It’s important to look at what is in your heart and create an atmosphere for the gifts to flourish so that you can bear good fruit.

2. AVOID EMPTY CHATTER. One of the ways to guard the treasure that is within you is to guard your tongue. There is a place for humor and wit, but make sure it doesn’t cross the line and become sarcastic and unfruitful. To check if your conversation is godly, see if you can immediately pray or talk to God afterwards. This doesn’t mean you have to be religious or talk in “church speak,” but let the words of your mouth and the meditation of your heart be connected to God (Psalm 19:14). Death and life are in the power of the tongue (Proverbs 18:21), so keep checking in to make sure your words are life-giving and edifying.

For this reason I remind you to kindle afresh the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline. 2 Timothy 1:6-7

3. STIR UP THE GIFT OF GOD. Living an obedient life of faith is where fulfillment is found. People out there need the life-giving truth you have. If you feel like your fire has burned low, take some time to stir it up. Now is not the time to hold back; it’s the time to step out and be bold.

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

DAILY CONFESSION
I pray that the fellowship of my faith may become effective through the knowledge of every good thing which is in me for Christ’s sake (Philemon 1:6). I’m anointed. There is a calling on my life. Jesus lives in me and His word abides in me. God is using me in interesting ways in the upcoming days to make a difference in people’s lives.

ef·fec·tive, adj.
Ready for service or action.

Copyright © 2016 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. “Effective.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. 30 March 2016.