Archive for September, 2016

How to Avoid Compassion Fatigue

Friday, September 30th, 2016

Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. Colossians 3:1-2

1. MAINTAIN AN ETERNAL PERSPECTIVE. The best part of life is Jesus. Everything we do is for an audience of One. Life here on earth has too many needs for us to ever keep track of and take care of, and that’s why we must keep seeking the eternal things of Jesus and trust Him with this life.

So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; bearing with one another, and forgiving each other. Colossians 3:12-13a

2. BE LED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT. The overload of need can be desensitizing. When you are led by human sympathy instead of God’s compassion, you’ll end up doing the wrong thing that will stimulate your pride or sense of heroism. But when you are led by the Holy Spirit, you will have energy for the right things.

3. PUT ON A HEART OF COMPASSION. The Holy Spirit wants to move each one of us into places of tremendous fulfillment and achievement, but we can’t do that with compassion fatigue. Stay ready by refusing to allow a callus to grow over your heart. Every day ask God to create a clean heart and renew a steadfast spirit in you (Psalm 51:10). Keep on showing up, keep on seeking the things above, keep on boldly declaring the Word, keep on crucifying your flesh, keep on walking in love. Keep on keeping on!

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

PRAY THIS PRAYER
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me (Psalm 51:10). I keep my heart with all diligence for from it flow the springs of life (Proverbs 4:23). I put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience and above all I put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity (Colossians 3:12-14).

com·pas·sion, noun
Deep awareness of the suffering of another coupled with the wish to relieve it.

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The Assurance of Faith

Friday, September 23rd, 2016

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the men of old gained approval. And what more shall I say? For time will fail me if I tell of [those] . . . who by faith conquered kingdoms, performed acts of righteousness, obtained promises. . . Hebrews 11:1, 32-33

1. CONQUER KINGDOMS. Our place in life is to be more than conquerors (Romans 8:37). It’s not an earthly battle we’re fighting but a spiritual one against forces of wickedness (Ephesians 6:12). Jesus has given us delegated authority and we can pray from a position of victory, using Scripture to believe for great things to take place in our city, our region, and our nation.

By faith even Sarah herself received ability to conceive, even beyond the proper time of life, since she considered Him faithful who had promised. Hebrews 11:11

2. PERFORM ACTS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS. God has called us to be change agents in the world. No one thought the sound barrier could be broken or the mile could be run faster than four minutes. And God wants to equip us to press past previously-established barriers and carry out His plan.

For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us. 2 Corinthians 1:20 NKJV

3. OBTAIN PROMISES. Not one of God’s promises will ever fail (1 Kings 8:56). He is faithful to a thousand generations and He will be faithful to you (Deuteronomy 7:9). Read all of Hebrews 11 to see results of people who stepped out in faith. As you continually meditate on the promises of God, your faith will be strengthened and you can boldly reach out and take hold of those truths and see them come to pass in your life.

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

DAILY CONFESSION based on 2 Peter 1:3-4
God’s divine power has granted to me everything pertaining to life and godliness through the true knowledge of Him who called me by His own glory and excellence. By these He has granted to me His precious and magnificent promises so that by them I may become a partaker of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust.

as·sur·ance, noun
Freedom from doubt; certainty about something.

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Restoring the Soul

Friday, September 16th, 2016

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters. He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Psalm 23:1-3

REST. Rest is not a luxury; it’s a requirement. When we approach life from a position of rest, we will make better decisions and won’t be as susceptible to sin. That’s why we must take time to quiet ourselves before the Lord, to let His peace come in and replace the commotion.

The law of the Lord is perfect, restoring the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. Psalm 19:7

RESET. Every day you can push the reset button and let the crystal clear truth of God’s Word bring restoration. God’s Word can take an unbalanced life and bring stability. It can give peace to a troubled heart and wisdom to a seeking mind. It will restore your soul.

Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers. 3 John 1:2

PROVISION. God cares about all your needs and He will supply for you daily. When you recognize and understand God’s amazing provision, you can become an imitator of Him because He designed us to become distributors and providers for others!

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

DAILY CONFESSION
I trust in the Lord and do good. I dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness (Psalm 37:3). I shall not lack. God supplies all of my needs, and I am able to be a provider and giver to others!

re·store, verb
Hebrew: Shuwb
To turn back, recall, recompense, recover, refresh, relieve, rescue, retrieve, (cause to, make to) return.

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. Strong, James. Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 2007. Print.

New Beginnings

Saturday, September 10th, 2016

Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. 2 Corinthians 5:17

GO FORWARD. Jesus came on the scene not to condemn or reinforce failure, but to become a sin substitute for us (2 Corinthians 5:21). Don’t let the past hold you back. If there is an area of self-inflicted misery in your life, repent and move on. When vision gets disrupted, when momentum gets crippled by challenges, it is God who is at work urging and helping us to put off the old person and keep putting on the new (Philippians 2:13; Ephesians 4:22-24).

RESET DAILY. Like the beginning of a new day, God’s mercies are new every morning (Lamentations 3:22-23). God designed sunrise and sunset as a reset to help us so that we don’t carry the baggage of yesterday or even the dread of tomorrow. God has grace for each day (Matthew 6:34).

OVERCOME, DON’T SUCCUMB. This Christian life of change and moving forward is not for the elite few—it is accessible to all who seek God (James 4:8). Instead of succumbing to all the worries of the world, spend more time in the presence of God where you’ll find rest and renewal (Psalm 91:1-2 NKJV; Matthew 11:28).

WALK IN EFFECTIVENESS. All your life experiences prepare you for credibility, for contact, for incredible impact. The purpose of change is not about personal comfort but about getting ready for increase. People who have been disinterested in the things of God are becoming interested. Now we need to be ready.

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

DAILY CONFESSION
God, thank You for Your mercies that are new every morning! Today I repent of any sin. As I draw near to You, You will draw near to me (James 4:8). I push the reset button and I start fresh! I love You, Jesus. Amen!

O God, You are my God; early will I seek You; my soul thirsts for You; Psalm 63:1a

New, adjective
Still fresh. Different from the former or the old. Changed for the better; rejuvenated.

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

Security in God

Friday, September 2nd, 2016

Do not fret because of evildoers, be not envious toward wrongdoers. For they will wither quickly like the grass and fade like the green herb. Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness. Delight yourself in the Lord; and He will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:1-4

1. DO NOT FRET. Jesus wants us to be birdwatchers. Next time you go outside, look at the birds as a cure for anxiety. God supplies seeds, worms, and water for them, and you are worth much more to Him than they are. He will take care of all your needs as you walk out this life of faith (Philippians 4:19).

For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life. . . . Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? Matthew 6:25-26

2. TRUST IN THE LORD. The devil attacked even Jesus with questions of if: “If You are the Son of God, prove it. I’ll do this for You if You worship me” (Matthew 4:3-7). The same things Jesus dealt with, we get bombarded with too. To crush these seeds of doubt, we can do just as Jesus did and speak out God’s Word to counteract the lies of the devil.

3. DELIGHT YOURSELF IN THE LORD. We find our joy and rest in the Lord – in His green pastures and beside still waters where He calls us to settle our minds and hearts in Him (Psalm 23:1-3). As you mature, you see that the best thing you can have in life is a personal relationship with God – staying in touch with Him every day, accomplishing His purposes in your life. There is nothing better!

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

PRAY THIS PRAYER
I love You, Jesus. Thank You for Your Word that brings light to my path. I choose to put my trust in You each day all over again. I delight myself in You, I rest in You, Lord.I will not fret. My steps are established by You, Lord (Psalm 37:23). Amen!

“Relying on God has to begin all over again every day as if nothing had yet been done.” C.S. LEWIS

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. Lewis, C. S., and W. H. Lewis. “TO MRS LOCKLEY.” Letters of C. S. Lewis. New York: Harcourt, Brace & World, 1988. 395. Print.