Archive for August, 2016

Heart Life

Friday, August 26th, 2016

“He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” John 7:38 NKJV

1. A PROTECTED HEART. Tending to the hidden person of the heart is very important in this hour. The devil will try to discourage you; so take control of what you allow to influence you. Shake off bitterness, unforgiveness, and strife and diligently guard your heart.

2. A STRENGTHENED HEART. God’s Words are life to your heart. Take time to strengthen yourself in God’s Word and listen to what He is saying – ponder a chapter and meditate on it until you understand it and it gets planted in your heart.

My son, give attention to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. Do not let them depart from your sight; keep them in the midst of your heart. For they are life to those who find them and health to all their body. Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life. Proverbs 4:20-23

3. AN ACTIVATED HEART. God’s Spirit will activate your heart so that you can spring forward into His plans. The prophet Elijah faced limitations like you and me; yet when the Holy Spirit came upon him, he outran a chariot (1 Kings 18:46)! It’s not by your strength or power, but by the help of the Holy Spirit. So remain “steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord” (1 Corinthians 15:58), and let God’s rivers of living water flow continuously and abundantly from your heart to a thirsty world.

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

DAILY CONFESSION
My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises! (Psalm 57:7). I am sowing to the spirit and I will reap eternal life (Galatians 6:8).

flow, verb
To move or run smoothly with unbroken continuity. To proceed steadily and easily. To be abundant; teem. A continuous output or outpouring (noun). I will be strong and let my heart take courage, as I hope in the Lord (Psalm 31:24).

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. “Flow.” The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition copyright © 2016 by Houghton.

How to Live in Harmony

Friday, August 19th, 2016

Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love, being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. Ephesians 4:1-3

1. RUN FROM STRIFE. “The beginning of strife is like letting out water, so abandon the quarrel before it breaks out” (Proverbs 17:14). God has designed us for unity and harmony, but as you go through life, opportunities for strife will come up (Matthew 18:7). Strife is seductive in the moment, but yielding to it will hinder your effectiveness and progress. As much as it depends on you, pursue peace (Romans 12:18).

2. LISTEN TO THE HOLY SPIRIT. We can’t change someone else’s attitude, but we can change ours and how we contribute to the situation. If you leave room for the Holy Spirit, He will deal with things. Take time to meditate on who you are because of Jesus, on how much Jesus loves you and gave His life for you, and then let the voice of the Holy Spirit silence the clanging voice of strife.

3. BE RESULTS-ORIENTED. Harmony leads to action. Throughout the book of Acts, the Early Church gathered together in unity before experiencing great acts of fruitfulness. God wants you to be fruitful too (John 15:1-3), and when you reject strife in your life you will walk in a greater lever of effectiveness!

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

DAILY CONFESSION
I walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which I have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for others in love. I am diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace (Ephesians 4:1-3).

har·mo·ny, noun
An orderly or pleasing combination of elements in a whole. A relationship in which various components exist together without destroying one another. A relationship characterized by a lack of conflict or by agreement, as of opinion or interest

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. “Harmony.” The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition copyright © 2016 by Houghton.

Watch Over Your Heart

Friday, August 12th, 2016

Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life. Proverbs 4:23

1. FROM BITTERNESS TO FORGIVENESS. Protect and guard your heart from the poison of resentment and fear. They are vision suppressors and growth inhibitors. Keep forgiving. Your heart needs to stay fresh and clear because there is plenty more God has planned for you to accomplish.

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful. Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you. Colossians 3:15-16a

2. FROM DISCONTENT TO PEACE. People are chronically plagued by “contentment deficit disorder,” which chokes the fruitfulness of God’s Word. Instead of being allured by the desire for other things, ask yourself what really matters most. As you keep sowing the Word into your spirit and letting it dwell richly in you, it will help you walk in God’s peace and contentment.

The worries of the world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things enter in and choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. 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 4:18-20

3. FROM WORRY TO FAITH. Worry is the enemy of your success. But God’s Word carries the authority and power to change things. So speak God’s Word. Look at your bills and say, “My God shall supply all my needs.” Stay informed with current events, but don’t let it spin into worry. Instead, speak the Word over the social ills you see, and believe God for His peace to come into our city, our country, and the nations of the world.

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

DAILY CONFESSION based on Ephesians 6:10-17
I am strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. I put on the full armor of God so that I will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. I put on the belt of truth and integrity and the breastplate of an upright heart. I prepare by strapping on my feet the Gospel of peace. I put up the shield of faith to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. I take the helmet of salvation and use the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God.

con·tent·ment, noun
Freedom from worry or restlessness: peaceful satisfaction.

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. “Contentment.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. 08 August 2016.

The Power of Unity

Friday, August 5th, 2016

Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious oil upon the head, coming down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard, coming down upon the edge of his robes. It is like the dew of Hermon coming down upon the mountains of Zion; for there the Lord commanded the blessing—life forever. Psalm 133

1. THE PRINCIPLE OF UNITY. Unity creates strength. This is a law like gravity—it works for both the just and the unjust. In the Old Testament we see unity being used for evil purposes in building the Tower of Babel. When God saw what the people were doing, He said, “Now nothing which they purpose to do will be impossible for them” (Genesis 11:6b). If even evil agendas can use the power of unity to advance their causes, how much more can the godly advance when we unite under the direction of the Holy Spirit.

Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you. Ephesians 4:31-32

2. THE ANOINTING OF UNITY. When Moses’ brother, Aaron, became High Priest, he was anointed with oil. Unity is like that oil that represents the anointing of the Holy Spirit. It eliminates friction, stops sparks from flying, keeps things from sticking. Decide to forgive quickly and repent quickly—it’s not easy, but it’s worth it. Get strife out of your life so that the greater presence of God can flow through you.

3. THE PURPOSE OF UNITY. Our purpose as both a church and individuals is to champion the good news of Jesus in a culture that has gone completely whack. Don’t cheapen a moment of breakthrough with a moment of strife. Lay aside strife and work hard to maintain the love walk, and you will see the plan of God come to pass.

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

PRAY THIS PRAYER
Strong God, You made heaven and earth and sea and everything in them. Give me fearless confidence to declare Your Message, as You stretch out Your hand to heal and miracles and wonders take place in the name of Your holy servant Jesus (Acts 4:24, 29-30). Amen!

u·ni·ty, noun
The state or quality of being one or united into a whole. The state or quality of being in accord; harmony. Singleness or constancy of purpose or action; continuity.

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. “Unity.” The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition copyright © 2016 by Houghton.