Archive for December, 2016

Hope for the New Year

Friday, December 30th, 2016

For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. Romans 15:4

1. LAY DOWN YOUR BAGGAGE. Before David conquered Goliath, he first left his baggage in the care of the keeper (1 Samuel 17:22). As we prepare to enter into some breakthrough seasons, we need to lay down the weights and sins that hold us back and run with endurance the race that’s set before us. (Hebrews 12:1).

2. DON’T COPY OTHER PEOPLE’S METHODS. Saul tried to give David his armor, but David instead took five smooth stones and a sling to the battlefront (1 Samuel 17:38-39). We don’t need to complicate our own battles by using other people’s methodology. We don’t win by might or by power, but by the Spirit (Zechariah 4:6).

3. SLAY YOUR GIANT. Our faith in God is not baseless optimism but a biblical hope anchored in the Word of God. The giant you are facing might be an economic relapse, family issues, or anxiety about your future. Whatever it is, God has the right methods so that you can stand up to it in the Name of Jesus and command that giant to fall.

4. COURAGE IS CONTAGIOUS. Other people’s breakthroughs are attached to your obedience. When David killed Goliath, it paved the way for others to have the courage to stand up to their own giants. Years later David encountered another giant, but a different warrior rose up and killed him (2 Samuel 21:15-17). Fight and win your battle and then watch the repercussive effect.

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

DAILY CONFESSION
I know the plans that God has for me—plans for welfare and not for calamity to give me a future and a hope (Jeremiah 29:11). This hope I have is an anchor for the soul, both sure and steadfast (Hebrews 6:19). And as for me, I will hope continually, and will praise You yet more and more! (Psalm 71:14).

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.

Three Reasons to Rejoice This Christmas

Friday, December 23rd, 2016

But as for me, the nearness of God is my good. Psalm 73:28a

1. GOD IS WITH YOU. God’s presence changes everything. In the Bible Gideon was called to lead his people out of oppression, but he was a reluctant warrior who was in a rough place. When God sent an angel, Gideon argued with him asking, “Why has all this happened to us?” (Judges 6:13). God responded: “Go in this your strength and deliver Israel . . . Have I not sent you? . . . Surely I will be with you” (Judges 6:14, 16a).

2. GOD IS GUIDING YOU. As we close out the year, God is saying, “The Lord is with you, oh valiant warrior” (Judges 6:12). Like Gideon, we may feel depleted, we may be in a bad situation, we may feel weak—but God sees us differently than we see ourselves. And when we step out in obedience and in faith, amazing victories can happen. Take time to seek God—with Him at your side you will not be shaken (Psalm 16:8).

“I, even I, am the one who wipes out your transgressions for My own sake, and I will not remember your sins.” Isaiah 43:25

3. GOD IS FOR YOU. The only answer is Jesus. He is the hope for our country: the cities, the suburbs, the rural areas. He is the hope for every nation. When you are facing challenges, remember that God is for you (Romans 8:31). When you sin, repent. He wants you to succeed and be fruitful more than you do. So walk into the future with the strength of knowing God is with you, He is guiding you, and He is for you. With Him you can get through anything!

Merry Christmas!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

PRAY THIS PRAYER
Jesus, I give You my heart today. Be the Lord of my life. I repent for all my sins and ask You to forgive me. Help me to press past worry, fear, and discouragement and walk into Your big, beautiful plan for my life. I dedicate my life to serving You all of my days. Amen!

Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Listen carefully, the virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and she will call his name Immanuel (God with us). Isaiah 7:14 AMP

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The Ripple Effect

Friday, December 16th, 2016

For the eyes of the Lord move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His. 2 Chronicles 16:9a

1. STEP OUT. Your life can precipitate all kinds of repercussive effects. We can be inspired by people who have gone before us and changed the limits of what was possible—Chuck Yeager, who broke the sound barrier; Roger Bannister, who ran a mile in just under four minutes though experts thought it couldn’t be done; Abraham and Sarah who were called by God to bear a baby in their old age (Hebrews 11:12); the Apostle Paul, who was assigned to take the Gospel to the Gentile world. God has called us both as a church and as individuals to set precedents, to pioneer new things that will have ripple effects into eternity.

2. LET GOD TURN IT AROUND. God doesn’t expect you to have arrived in life, but let the process begin. Life is not ideal, but God is so powerful, so amazing. He takes a bad thing—even your hurts and your disappointments—and turns it around for good (Romans 8:28).

“Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock.” Matthew 7:24-25

3. TAKE ACTION. Faith without corresponding action is dead (James 2:17). We need the daily application of God’s Word—to take what He says and act on it. When we see people struggling under harsh economic issues, we take action and give. When we see people sick, we believe God for their healing. As we establish a daily rhythm of being led by the Holy Spirit and stepping forward in obedience, we are going to enter a season with many opportunities. The pebble in the pond is just the beginning—the ripple effect goes on.

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

rip·ple ef·fect, noun
The continuing and spreading results of an event or action.

“WHAT WE DO IN LIFE ECHOES IN ETERNITY.” ~ GLADIATOR

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God’s Plans. God’s Timing

Friday, December 9th, 2016

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

1. RESPOND TO GOD. The champions of the Bible are not unattainable superheroes. They are men and women who simply responded to God, believed the word that He had given them, and acted on the mission. That’s where they found the strength and that’s where we too will find the strength to complete our course.

2. BELIEVE GOD’S WORD. Instead of asking God to bless your plans, ask God to bless you with His plans. If we’ll lay aside our agendas in favor of God’s agenda, with Jesus’ adamant attitude toward the Father: “Not My will, but Yours be done” (Luke 22:42)—over the course of time we’ll thrive and our culture will be impacted powerfully by the salt and light in our lives.

But My servant Caleb, because he has had a different spirit and has followed Me fully, I will bring into the land which he entered, and his descendants shall take possession of it. Numbers 14:24

3. ACT ON THE MISSION. There has never been a better time to invest all your heart into the things of God. You are called to be a world changer, to push back darkness, to bring hope—to be an Esther who was unassuming but stepped up and walked through the door God opened for her; to be like Caleb who had a different spirit; or to be like the apostle Paul who overcame detours and obstacles to fulfill God’s plan and finally preach the Word unhindered. God has His hand on your life. Hold to his plan. Believe for it, stand for it. His timing is always perfect.

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

PRAY THIS PRAYER:
Lord, my heart is inclined to You and I know Your voice. Use me to make a difference and to have impact, for healing to flow, lives to change, and courage to come. Fill me now with the power of Your Holy Spirit. Order my steps. Thank You, Jesus, that signs and wonders will follow my life. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

strength, noun
The quality that allows someone to deal with problems in a determined and effective way. The quality or state of being strong; capacity for exertion or endurance; power of resisting attack.

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. “Strength.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. 22 November 2013.

Run Your Race

Friday, December 2nd, 2016

Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us. Hebrews 12:1 NKJV

1. LAY IT DOWN. Every day, minute by minute, we can cast our cares on the Lord. If stuff has happened to discourage you, then enter into God’s presence with thanksgiving and watch Him lift your heart and head as you praise Him and lay down every weight.

Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:2

2. STEP OUT. An amazing path lies before each of us and we are called to step out of the confines of fear and into a life of faith and love. Some of the great achievements that you and I are called to are rooted in a simple life of obedience and faith, keeping an attitude of thankfulness, and being quick to repent.

Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary. Galatians 6:9

3. RUN WITH ENDURANCE. We are made to be durable, to run this race, not just for a short time, but to bring glory and honor to Jesus our whole lives. Study and meditate on the Scriptures to get an awareness of your destiny and purpose so that you don’t miss out on a life of great fruitfulness.

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

en·dur·ance, noun
The ability of an organism to exert itself and remain active for a long period of time, as well as its ability to resist, withstand, recover from, and have immunity to trauma, wounds, or fatigue.

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