Archive for October, 2016

Empowered for Effectiveness

Friday, October 28th, 2016

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.” Acts 1:8

1. CLOTHED WITH GOD’S POWER. These famous last words of Jesus before He ascended to heaven show that He did not leave us powerless. We can go out into the ridiculousness of a challenging world with confidence, knowing that He has clothed us with “power from on high” (Luke 24:49), and that it’s as available for us in the twenty-first century as it was for the Early Church.

2. POWER TOOLS. Just like emergency teams use the Jaws of Life to rescue people trapped in their vehicles, God has given us power tools—like the Name of Jesus, the Blood of Jesus, and the Word of God—to pry people free from sin and death. Our Rescuer redeems our lives from the pit (Psalm 103:4)! The point of these tools is not for looks or status, but to rescue someone and make us more effective in the kingdom of God.

3. DELEGATED POWER. What the Lord has called us to do cannot be done by human strength but only by the power of the Holy Spirit. God has empowered you to take the Name of Jesus and break off every weight and encumbrance. You are authorized to preach the Word of God boldly, pray for others to be filled with the Holy Spirit, and lay hands on the sick and they will recover.

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

DAILY CONFESSION: BECAUSE OF JESUS…
I am delivered from the power of darkness and translated into God’s kingdom (Colossians 1:13). I am complete in Him, Who is the head of all principality and power (Colossians 2:10). I have the mind of Christ. (Philippians 2:5; 1 Corinthians 2:16). I am strengthened with all might according to His glorious power (Colossians 1:11).

em·pow·er, noun
To give or delegate power or authority to; authorize. To give ability to; enable or permit.

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The Winning Life

Friday, October 21st, 2016

For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a slave to all, so that I may win more. 1 Corinthians 9:19

1. BE FREE. The apostle Paul is communicating that being free from fear of other people enables him to truly serve those people. “The fear of man brings a snare” (Proverbs 29:25). God wants to set us free to be more influential than we ever could be if we stay tripped up by what others think.

I have become all things to all men, so that I may by all means save some. 1 Corinthians 9:22b

2. BE REAL. Becoming all things to all people is not compromise. It’s about learning to flow like Jesus did. He would eat both with the religious Pharisees and the known sinners. The rich and poor were both important to Him. If we want to win people to God, we can’t do it with church lingo or with our own self-righteousness. We can’t do it by trying too hard to be relevant and diminishing our faith. Nobody needs artificiality, but like the apostle Paul, we must be so compelled to win others to Jesus that we become relatable and real instead of repellent.

Those who have insight will shine brightly like the brightness of the expanse of heaven, and those who lead the many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever. Daniel 12:3

3. BE READY. God has called you and me to become participants in His great plan. Take a deep breath and trust God. Be ready to share the Gospel both in the daily grind of life and in the quantum leap times of advancement (2 Timothy 4:2). Celebrate life, be bold, and have a spirit of faith. As you flow with God, He will make your remaining days impactful so that you may win more.

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

PRAY THIS PRAYER
Here am I Lord, send me (Isaiah 6:8). Use me. Help me to truly love people and to connect with others, to speak with competence and confidence, and to share the Gospel wherever I go. In Jesus’ name, amen.

win·ning, adj.
Very attractive; capturing interest. To win something through one’s efforts (verb).

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. “Winning.” Memidex Dictionary/Thesaurus. Web. 17 Oct 2016 .

Power for Life

Saturday, October 15th, 2016

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.” Acts 1:8

God has given us spiritual power tools that take us from a hand saw to a power saw; from a shovel to a front-end loader; from a mediocre situation to supernatural strength. If you feel stuck in a pit or depressed, it’s time to utilize some of these powerful tools from your toolbox.

1. THE NAME OF JESUS. For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name.(Philippians 2:9). When we pray to the Father in the name of Jesus, it changes everything. When we use the authority of the name of Jesus, situations change, mountains move, demons flee, and bodies are healed.

2. THE BLOOD OF JESUS. In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace (Ephesians 1:7). Because Jesus shed His blood on the Cross, we are forgiven and healed, and we overcome. The blood of Jesus can cover and protect you and your family as it did in ancient Egypt when death passed over the homes with the blood of a lamb on the doorposts (Exodus 12).

3. THE WORD OF GOD. The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever (Isaiah 40:8). God’s Word is the basis for every step in all aspects of our existence. It’s eternal. It’s truth. It plows through circumstances. When you have alarming symptoms, you can stand on the Word of God. His promises never fail and they are our foundation.

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

DAILY CONFESSION James 5:16 AMP
My heartfelt and persistent prayer will accomplish much when put into action and made effective by God—it is dynamic and will have tremendous power in the Name of Jesus.

pow·er, noun
Great or marked ability to do or act; strength; might; force.

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. “Power”. Dictionary.com Unabridged. Random House, Inc. 11 October 2016 Scripture quotations marked “AMP” are taken from The Amplified Bible, Old Testament copyright © 1965, 1987 by the Zondervan Corporation and The Amplified New Testament copyright © 1958, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Hold Fast to Your Confession

Friday, October 7th, 2016

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. Hebrews 10:23

1. MAINTAIN THE GOOD REPORT. What we speak will determine success or failure in our lives. God is calling us to embrace and maintain the good report through the powerful profession of our faith. Our faith isn’t based in human optimism but in the eternal truths of God’s promises.

Then Caleb quieted the people before Moses and said, “We should by all means go up and take possession of it, for we will surely overcome it.” Numbers 13:30

2. SPEAK THE WORD TO OTHERS. Every moment, someone has a need. We must always be ready to give an answer for that hope that is in us (1 Peter 3:15). God’s Word is healing to the nations, healing to someone’s body, someone’s problem. Like Caleb did for the people of Israel, you can get up with the voice of faith and proclaim “We will surely overcome it!”

He who guards his mouth and his tongue, guards his soul from troubles. Proverbs 21:23

3. GUARD YOUR SOUL. Garbage in means garbage out. Commit and discipline yourself to speak the Word only. Continually acknowledge who Jesus is and what He has done for you, instead of reiterating what you are miserable about. Confess what God’s Word says about each area of your life, no matter what your circumstance. You can be confident that God will do what He promised. He is faithful every time.

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

DAILY CONFESSION
I hold fast to the confession of my faith. All things for which I pray and ask I believe that I have received them and they will be granted to me (Mark 11:24). I repent of any unbelief coming out of my mouth. Because of Jesus, I am called out of darkness to carry light into this world. I am healed, I am whole, I have more than enough to give to others. I speak to the mountains in my life and I say, “Move!” in Jesus’ Name.

con·fess, verb
To acknowledge or avow. To own or admit as true. To acknowledge one’s belief or faith in; declare adherence to.

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. “Confess”. Dictionary.com Unabridged. Random House, Inc. 02 October 2016.