Archive for November, 2016

Get Activated

Friday, November 25th, 2016

From whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love. Ephesians 4:16

1. CALLED TO EFFECTIVENESS. St. Louis Family Church was established in 1988 with the goal to honor God and help people. Jesus, the Head of the Church, is doing great things worldwide, and we are part of it. Together and as individuals we have a mandate on our lives to carry light and fire to the next generation.

The people who know their God will display strength and take action. Daniel 11:32b

2. CREATED FOR ACTION. God redeemed us from futility and has initiated us into purpose. You were created to accomplish amazing works, but the devil is fighting to distract you because you are so dangerous to him. Take your gifts and put them on the altar and make them available for God’s use.

3. COMMITTED TO OBEY. God is going to call you out to pray, to show some love, to express faith. He is activating you to nudge people out of darkness into the light. As we each step out in obedience at the prompting of the Holy Spirit, we will see great fruitfulness and breakthrough as individuals, in our church, and in our world in the coming days.

And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.” Mark 16:15

God Bless You!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

DAILY CONFESSION
I am fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14). I am God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, and I will walk in them (Ephesians 2:10).

ac·ti·vate, verb
To set in motion; make active. To organize or create.

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

The Value of Gratitude

Saturday, November 19th, 2016

As He [Jesus] entered a village, ten leprous men who stood at a distance met Him; and they raised their voices, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” When He saw them, He said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they were going, they were cleansed. Now one of them, when he saw that he had been healed, turned back, glorifying God with a loud voice, and he fell on his face at His feet, giving thanks to Him. Luke 17:12-16a

1. THANK GOD FOR WHAT HE’S DONE. Ten men were healed, but only one turned back to give thanks while the others were so excited they took off to re-enter society. We don’t want to be part of the group that forgets to be thankful. Thanksgiving week is a moment for us to pause, shake off an ungrateful heart, and start to celebrate and count our blessings.

2. DEVELOP THE HABIT OF THANKSGIVING. Complaining is contagious, but so is thankfulness. “Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise” (Psalm 100:4a). Thank God going into your prayer, thank God in the middle of it, and thank God at the end. Get in the habit of praising and thanking God.

3. GRATITUDE TRANSFORMS US. When we’re thankful, we push aside indifference and deepen our appreciation for what we have instead of being constantly aware of what we lack. Start to thank God for what He has done in your life. Say it out loud, even if you can barely get the words out. As we begin to praise and thank the Lord, we are transformed from murmurers to praisers, from being self-absorbed to being reflective of who God is and how capable He is to take care of our every need. Self-pity is ugly. Gratitude is beautifying.

Sing for joy in the Lord, O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming to the upright. Psalm 33:1

Thank You, Jesus!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

DAILY CONFESSION based on Psalm 118
I give thanks to the Lord for He is good; His lovingkindness is everlasting. The Lord is for me; I will not fear. What can man do to me? The Lord is my strength and song, and He has become my salvation. I will not die, but live, and tell of the works of the Lord. This is the day that the Lord has made! I will rejoice and be glad in it. You are my God and I give thanks to You!

thank·ful, adj
Conscious of benefit received. Expressive of thanks.

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

Get Equipped

Friday, November 11th, 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. WALK IN GOD’S POWER. God has called us to go out and change the world but only when we are clothed with His power (Luke 24:49). Though we live an earthly life, we do not fight an earthly war (2 Corinthians 10:3). God has made available spiritual weapons to believers—like the Name of Jesus, the Blood of Jesus, and the Word of God.

2. KNOW YOUR BATTLEGROUND. If you have been in a protracted battle, you can have a turning point today. There is a war for your mind. Fear will try to seize your thought life and fill it with all kinds of terrible images. The devil will try to tempt you and get you off track so that you stay stuck in chronic guilt. But you can overcome! The Bible tells us to take “every thought captive to the obedience of Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5).

I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven. Matthew 16:19

3. PRAYER CHANGES THINGS. We pray to bind the devil’s plan and to loose God’s plan for our lives—over our families, our nation, and the world. This is not a futile exercise. Using one of God’s amazing power tools truly changes things. No prayer is too big. So throw your shoulders back, get your head up, and know that the Lord has given you the authority of His Word, and in the Name of Jesus, things must change.

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

DAILY CONFESSION
Jesus is the Lord of my life. God is not weak toward me, but mighty in me (2 Corinthians 13:3). He is pushing me past any oppression or barrier that tries to hold me back. I am free from the law of sin and death (Romans 8:2) and God has blessed me with every spiritual blessing (Ephesians 1:3).

bat·tle·ground, noun
The piece of ground on which a battle is or was fought. A place or situation of strife or conflict.

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. Footnote: “battlefield.” Oxford Dictionaries. Web. 8 Nov 2016 .

A Different Way of Thinking

Friday, November 4th, 2016

The angel of the Lord appeared to him and said to him, “The Lord is with you, O valiant warrior.” Then Gideon said to him, “O my Lord, if the Lord is with us, why then has all this happened to us?” Judges 6:12-13a

1. GOD USES RELUCTANT WARRIORS. When God called Gideon to step up and rescue the people of Israel, Gideon responded with excuses: God’s abandoned us; I’m the least important and the youngest; if this is You, God, prove it. He was expressing attitudes that had been formed by years of oppression and disappointment. But God was introducing Gideon to a new way of thinking.

The Lord looked at him and said, “Go in this your strength and deliver Israel from the hand of Midian. Have I not sent you?” Judges 6:14

2. GO IN THIS YOUR STRENGTH. God is your strength. Gideon and the people of Israel were afraid of their oppressors, but then they were reminded of how big God is. Even if you feel like you’ve been operating in a difficult environment for years, God is calling you out and up.

So the Spirit of the Lord came upon Gideon; and he blew a trumpet. Judges 6:34

3. SOUND THE TRUMPET. If you don’t feel qualified to impact the world, join the club. Gideon considered himself the least important, but God encouraged him, equipped him, and eased him into his calling. Believe what God says about you in His Word and let Him replace insecurity with courage, disappointment with faith. God is not finished with you!

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

PRAY THIS PRAYER
God, I thank You for Your strategy for my life. I place my trust in the Word of God and not my past circumstances. I say yes to Your plans and purposes! In Jesus’ name, amen.

think·ing, noun
An opinion, or a set of ideas. The way that you consider things or react to them.

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. “Thinking.” macmillandictionary.com. © Macmillan Publishers Limited 2009–2016, n.d. 02 November 2016.