Archive for March, 2017

How to Be a Carrier of Encouragement

Friday, March 31st, 2017

Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear. Ephesians 4:29

1. RESIST NEGATIVITY. Words are powerful. They can contain either hurt or healing and they can contribute to someone’s suffering or to someone’s cure. The Greek word for unwholesome in Ephesians is translated rot. So, just like the expression “one bad apple can spoil the whole bunch,” one complaining person can contaminate a whole group of people.

The tongue is a small part of the body, and yet it boasts of great things. See how great a forest is set aflame by such a small fire! James 3:5

2. SPEAK LIFE TO OTHERS. We can use our energy to articulate the problem, or we can use our brain power to speak encouragement to one another. Our words can start a raging fire of strife or they can fan the flames of each other’s calling. Listen to the Holy Spirit for what He wants you to say “according to the need of the moment!”

3. EXPECT GOOD THINGS. In Numbers 13, the people of Israel had a whole list of reasons why it was impossible to advance into the Promised Land. But Caleb had a different spirit and spoke with faith and expectancy: “We should by all means go up and take possession of it, for we will surely overcome it” (Numbers 13:30). Decide to be a carrier of hope and gladness and reinforce the promises of God to those around you!

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

DAILY CONFESSION:
Since life and death are in the power of the tongue, I choose to speak life over my day! The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want (Psalm 23:1). The Lord is my light and salvation; I will fear no one (Psalm 27:1). No weapon formed against me shall prosper (Isaiah 54:17). God knows the plans He has for me, plans for welfare and not for calamity, to give me a future and a hope (Jeremiah 29:11).

ed·i·fy, verb
To build; establish. To instruct in such a way as to improve, enlighten, or uplift morally, spiritually, or intellectually.

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Benefits of Getting into the Word of God

Friday, March 24th, 2017

Let the wicked forsake his way and the unrighteous man his thoughts. . . For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:7, 9

1. WE LEARN GOD’S THOUGHTS. God’s lowest thoughts are higher than our highest thoughts. As we invest our time in reading the Scriptures, our minds get renewed (Romans 12:2) and we trade in our smaller way of thinking for God’s amazing, big beautiful, eternal thoughts!

For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Hebrews 4:12

2. WE DISCERN THE TRUTH. A two-edged sword was one of the sharpest and most precise instruments known at the time Hebrews was written. Now we can say God’s Word is sharper than a scalpel or a tungsten needle or a laser! As we humble ourselves and let His Word come into our lives, we receive correction, clarity, truth, and insight.

3. WE RESIST TEMPTATION. When the devil tempted Jesus and concluded by offering Him all the kingdoms of the world, Jesus resisted each time by quoting Scripture. Whatever is making you nervous and frustrated, whatever is tempting you, whatever is standing in the way of breakthrough, be specific and speak out God’s Word.

Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God. Colossians 3:16

4. WE HAVE SOMETHING TO OFFER OTHERS. When we study God’s Word—by meditating, focusing, fixating, feeding on it—we are ready with a word to give others in the moment when they need it (Ephesians 4:29).

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

DAILY CONFESSION (Isaiah 55:10-11)
As the rain and snow water the earth and give seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so God’s Word will be going into my life. It will not return empty, but will accomplish what God desires for my life, and it will succeed in the matter for which God sent it.

thought noun
Reasoning power. The power to imagine. A developed intention or plan.

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Ways to Get Strengthened!

Friday, March 17th, 2017

But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you. Matthew 6:6

FELLOWSHIP WITH GOD. God is all powerful and when we draw near to Him, strength will come. His presence shifts us from surviving to thriving. Delving into the Word of God and spending time in God’s presence will strengthen your heart. If you feel worn down by life, take time like Jesus often did to “slip away to the wilderness and pray” (Luke 5:16). The Creator of the Universe has everything you need—all the strength, all the power, all the insight, all the guidance. And always try to remember what Daniel 11:32b proclaims: The people who know their God shall be strong and do exploits!

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

KNOW WHO YOU ARE IN GOD. God is urging us toward a greater level of breakthrough than we’ve ever experienced. Like a soldier in basic training or like a surgeon who scrubs and prepares before the operation, there is something we are preparing for as a church. We get strengthened not only so that we can cope, fight, and win in our personal lives, but also for all the people attached to our obedience and for all the repercussive effects our lives are called to have.

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

PRAY THIS PRAYER:
I pray that I would be strengthened with power through God’s Spirit in the inner man, that Christ would dwell in my heart through faith and that I being rooted and grounded in love may be able to comprehend what is the breadth, and length, and height, and depth, and that I may know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge and that I would be filled up to all the fullness of God. Ephesians 3:14-19

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. Used by permission. All rights reserved. “Fellowship.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam- Webster, n.d. 14 March 2017.

God’s Power and Promises Are for You

Friday, March 10th, 2017

These who have turned the world upside down have come here too. Acts 17:6b NKJV

The people in the Book of Acts were living so effectively it was rocking the world around them. They had a message that was life-changing, and they were doing life together with a heart of faith and a resolve to follow God. When they came on the scene, their words were filled with the power of the Holy Spirit, and signs and wonders followed them.

How the Early Church responded to their world in the midst of persecution is an amazing model: They gathered, they prayed to the Father in the name of Jesus, and the power of the Holy Spirit came upon them.

“And now, Lord, take note of their threats, and grant that Your bond-servants may speak Your word with all confidence, while You extend Your hand to heal, and signs and wonders take place through the name of Your holy servant Jesus.” And when they had prayed, the place where they had gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak the word of God with boldness. Acts 4:29-31

God is still the same today (Hebrews 13:8). His promises are still the same today. This power from the Holy Spirit is still available today. Some of you who have believed God for years and have had one hard battle after the other—I want to put you back in touch with the power of the Word of God:

• God watches over His Word to perform it (Jeremiah 1:12).
• God’s Word is forever settled in heaven (Psalm 119:89).
• God’s Word corrects and equips (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
• God’s Word strengthens (Psalm 119:28).

You can dust off your dreams and hold to God’s promises with renewed boldness, renewed conviction, and renewed determination.

Trust God!
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. Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

The Outcome of Seeking God

Friday, March 3rd, 2017

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. RECEIVE STRENGTH. We can strengthen ourselves in the Lord during difficult times (1 Samuel 30:6). Instead of backing down when we hit a challenge, we can draw near to God and remember what He has already brought us through; we can sing praises to Him; we can stay in the Word; we can stay connected in church and hear teaching to help us get strengthened.

2. RECEIVE POWER. When you connect with the Lord, people can recognize that you’ve been with Jesus (Acts 4:13). God is searching throughout the earth for people whose hearts are His (2 Chronicles 16:9), and He continues to look for people to stand in the gap and respond to His plan (Ezekiel 22:30). Instead of articulating your problems, caving into depression, and letting the devil silence your voice of faith, take hold of God’s promises and shout with a voice of triumph (Psalm 47:1 NKJV).

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

3. TAKE ACTION. As we seek God and strengthen ourselves in Him and receive His power, souls will be saved, lives will be healed, problems will be solved, bodies will be restored, relationships will mend, finances will come to advance the Kingdom and bring blessing to God’s people.

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

PRAY THIS PRAYER:
God, You are my refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble (Psalm 46:1). Thank You for all You have done and are going to do in my life. I trust You for the breakthrough; I trust You with every area of my life. I seek You and Your strength, Lord (Psalm 105:4). You have all the answers, all the strength, and all the power that I need. Because You are with me I will not be shaken (Psalm 16:8). Thank You, Jesus!

seek, verb
To ask for (something) from someone. To search for and find someone or something. To go to (a place).

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. “Seek.” Oxford Dictionaries. Web. 1 Mar 2017.