Archive for February, 2017

Why Words Matter

Friday, February 24th, 2017

By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible. Hebrews 11:3 NKJV

1. WORLDS ARE FRAMED. The whole universe is held together by the word of God’s power (Hebrews 11:3). What’s going to frame your world? Will you yield to doubt and fear? Cave in to depression? Instead, let the promises of God fuel your faith.

For assuredly, I [Jesus] say to you, whoever says to this mountain, “Be removed and be cast into the sea,” and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. Mark 11:23 NKJV

2. MOUNTAINS MOVE. We need to know what we believe in order to plow through obstacles. If you are wondering if it is God’s will to heal, stop and meditate on how Jesus responded to sick people. He healed all who were sick and oppressed by the devil (Acts 10:38). He said to the leper, “I am willing; be cleansed” (Matthew 8:3). Let the Word get you out of fear and into faith.

Then He [Jesus] arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. Mark 4:39 NKJV

3. WIND & SEA ARE CALMED. When you spend time with God, you are changed. Go to a prayer closet, get out in nature, use your car—find a spot to get with God so that you can come back with the faith to speak life and change into your circumstances; to speak the Gospel over nations; to command demons to flee.

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

DAILY CONFESSION:
Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God (Romans 10:17). God’s Word does not return empty without accomplishing what He sent it to do (Isaiah 55:11). Whatever things I ask when I pray, I believe that I receive them and I will have them (Mark 11:24).

Copyright © 2017 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.

Five Ways to Get Strong!

Friday, February 17th, 2017

1. PRAISE YOUR WAY TO STRENGTH. God is so good! He is worthy of praise! It pleases Him and, interestingly, He designed it to benefit us! He’s looking for worshippers who will worship in spirit and in truth. Worship and praise are weapons against fear, despondency, and stagnation. It will drive away introspection and fortify your faith.

But about midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns of praise to God, and the prisoners were listening to them; and suddenly there came a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison house were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were unfastened. Acts 16:25-26

2. WAIT YOUR WAY TO STRENGTH. This is not procrastination but a prayerful expectancy. We inquire of and talk to God and then we wait and listen.

Yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary. Isaiah 40:31

3. MEDITATE YOUR WAY TO STRENGTH. As you meditate on the Word of God, it will strengthen you to be ready to advance—to command mountains in your way to move, to fight new fights, and to take new land.

How blessed is the man . . . [whose] delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night. Psalm 1:1-2

4. REST & EAT YOUR WAY TO STRENGTH. There are times when we get worn out and discouraged like the prophet Elijah did in the Old Testament. God sent an angel with very practical instructions to strengthen Elijah: eat, drink water, and sleep (1 Kings 19:5-6).

5. LAUGH YOUR WAY TO STRENGTH. When the people of Israel became painfully aware of their failure and began to grieve for how far they had fallen, God accepted it and forgave them and said, “Do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength” (Nehemiah 8:10b).

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

Copyright © 2017 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.

Fountain of Life

Friday, February 10th, 2017

The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life. Proverbs 10:11a

WHAT’S FILLING YOUR RESERVES? When we get our hearts filled with the truth of God, it will not only benefit us personally, but abundant life will flow out of us for others. Value the Scriptures. What you value, you focus on, and what you focus on, you’ll speak out.

The lips of the righteous feed many. Proverbs 10:21a

The mouth of the upright will deliver them. Proverbs 12:6b

PEOPLE NEED WHAT YOU HAVE. God wants us to be feeders, healers, and deliverers. Ask yourself: Does your mouth usually feed people with truth and substance, or starve them through silence and empty speech? Does your mouth heal people with words of grace, love, and kindness, or wound people with insensitive, harsh, critical words? Does your mouth deliver people with advocacy and partnership, or join in on the attack?

There is one who speaks rashly like the thrusts of a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing. Proverbs 12:18

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

DAILY CONFESSION
My heart instructs my mouth (Proverbs 16:23). I fill my heart with good treasure and I bring forth good. Out of the abundance of my heart my mouth speaks life, healing, and deliverance (Luke 6:45). My tongue brings healing (Proverbs 12:18b).

THINK before you speak:
Is it
True
Will it
Help
Does it
Inspire
Is it
Necessary
Is it
Kind

Copyright © 2017 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.

Adequate & Equipped

Friday, February 3rd, 2017

All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17

1. BUILD YOUR FOUNDATION ON THE WORD. God has given us His Word to provide substance to our spirits so that we can be “adequate and equipped for every good work.” Jesus describes a person who acts on His words as a wise person who built his house on the rock (Matthew 7:24-27). When we build our lives on God’s Word, then—when the storms of life hit—there is a solid foundation.

Forever, O Lord, Your word is settled in heaven. Psalm 119:89

2. SPEAK THE WORD. God’s words are life to you. In the book of Matthew, a centurion said to Jesus, “Just say the word, and my servant will be healed” (Matthew 8:8). When the devil tempted Jesus, He responded with, “It is written” (Matthew 4:4-8). When you pack your heart with the Scriptures, that’s what will come out in times of crisis.

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. John 10:10

3. FIND ABUNDANT LIFE IN THE WORD. God always causes us to triumph (2 Corinthians 2:14). God will turn things around (Romans 8:28). He is the glory and the lifter of our heads (Psalm 3:3). He is our healer (Psalm 103:2). He turns our mourning into dancing (Psalm 30:11). And God will walk us through our process to get us to a place of more-than-enough in every area of our lives.

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

DAILY CONFESSION Based on Psalm 18
I love You, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge; my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies. The Lord is my stay. He brings me forth into a broad place. He rescues me because He delights in me.

a·bun·dant, adjective
Present in great quantity; more than adequate; oversufficient. Well supplied. Richly supplied.

Copyright © 2017 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. “Abundant.” Random House Unabridged Dictionary. Web. 31 Jan 2017 .