Archive for April, 2017

Yielding and Advancing

Friday, April 28th, 2017

“Yield now and be at peace with Him; thereby good will come to you. Please receive instruction from His mouth and establish His words in your heart.” Job 22:21-22

1. YIELD. A yield sign is a beautiful thing–it tells us to look and acknowledge traffic and people around us. We yield and listen to the Holy Spirit, not to be reticent or fearful, but instead to become aware of what He is saying in order to move forward.

Then the Lord said to me, “You have seen well, for I am watching over My Word to perform it.” Jeremiah 1:12

2. SPEAK. The Word of God doesn’t return empty without accomplishing what it’s been sent to do (Isaiah 55:11). When you pack yourself full of the Word of God, you can be ready for the amazing moments God has prepared for you. In every situation you can bring life to yourself and to others by speaking God’s Word. It is salvation for those who need to know Jesus, healing for the sick, and encouragement for the oppressed.

Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God [set aside self-righteous pride], so that He may exalt you [to a place of honor in His service] at the appropriate time. 1 Peter 5:6 AMP

3. FOLLOW. When we follow Jesus, we’ll see amazing things come to pass. People are ahead who need what we have. Occasions are ahead that will make all the endurance worth it. Don’t give up between now and then. Yield to the Holy Spirit, speak God’s Word, and watch God use your life in unique and impactful ways.

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

PRAY THIS PRAYER:
I dedicate my life to Jesus—no turning back, no distraction. I yield to You, Lord, to serve and obey You. I establish Your words in my heart. Thank You, God, for opening doors and giving me favor and new opportunities. In Jesus’ Name, a door for God’s Word is opening and I am walking through it!

yield, verb
To surrender or submit, as to superior power. To give place or precedence.

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. “yield.” Random House Unabridged Dictionary. Web. 26 Apr 2017 .Scripture quotations marked “The Amplified Bible” or “The Amplified New Testament” 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.

Fruit of the Spirit

Friday, April 21st, 2017

But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:16, 22-23

1. WALKING BY THE SPIRIT. When you receive Jesus as your Savior, your spirit is made alive in God! You become a child of God and you have the ability to hear His voice and receive His guidance. These are blessings attached to choosing the things of God. These attributes—love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control—are the tools that give us victory in life.

Be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth. Ephesians 4:23-24

2. RENEWING YOUR SPIRIT. God has called us to walk in a manner worthy of Him. His Word makes it possible for us to display the fruit of the Spirit instead of the deeds of the flesh. When you are consistently in the Word, then the Scriptures will be the first thing that comes to your mind when challenges try to overwhelm you. Speaking the Word will turn around the most impossible-looking situations.

3. ACTIVATING THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT. Every day we are being invited to get out of bed and walk by the Spirit—not letting primal instincts govern us, but letting the Holy Spirit pull us out of the flesh and into being divinely effective. As we fortify ourselves by getting in the Word, praying in the Spirit, and continually walking in love, we will become more sensitive to the subtle promptings of the Holy Spirit, and the fruit of the Spirit will show up powerfully in our lives.

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

DAILY CONFESSION
I am God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that I would walk in them (Ephesians 2:10). I am not conformed to this world, but am transformed by the renewing of my mind (Romans 12:2). I walk by the Spirit and I will not carry out the desire of the flesh. I daily walk in LOVE, JOY, PEACE, PATIENCE, KINDNESS, GOODNESS, FAITHFULNESS, GENTLENESS, and SELF-CONTROL.

fruit, noun
The effect or consequence of an action or operation: product, result.

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TRIUMPH

Friday, April 14th, 2017

But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place. 2 Corinthians 2:14

LIFE TRIUMPHS OVER DEATH. When Jesus died on the Cross, everything looked like a failure. But when He rose from the dead, it turned into victory over death and sin! Whatever you have been through, however you have messed up, Jesus wants to forgive your sins, give you a fresh start, and lead you in triumph.

But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved). Ephesians 2:4-5

MERCY TRIUMPHS OVER JUDGMENT. God loves you not on the basis of your good deeds, but because of His mercy (Titus 3:5). He loves you completely, and nothing can separate you from His love (Romans 8:38-39). Let this become a year of triumph for you. If you’ve let your heart grow cold, draw near to God and He’ll give you a fresh hunger for truth. If you’ve never asked Jesus to be your Savior, call out to Him now.

When you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions, having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. When He had disarmed the rulers and authorities, He made a public display of them, having triumphed over them through Him. Colossians 2:13-15

PRAYER TRIUMPHS OVER OUR CIRCUMSTANCES. God, thank You for sending Jesus to set me free. I know He is Your Son and that He died for me and rose from the dead. Forgive me for all my sins. I receive Jesus into my life right now. God, I give my life to You. Amen.

TRIUMPH!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®
HAPPY EASTER!

tri·umph, noun
A significant success or noteworthy achievement; instance or occasion of victory. Exultation resulting from victory; joy over success.

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Let’s Get Ready for Easter

Friday, April 7th, 2017

Most of the crowd spread their coats in the road, and others were cutting branches from the trees and spreading them in the road. The crowds going ahead of Him [Jesus], and those who followed, were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David; Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest!” Matthew 21:8-9

1. HONOR JESUS. Jesus is the Messiah and He fulfilled every prophecy about Himself, and someday soon Jesus is going to come back. In the meantime, we are to exalt and acknowledge Him. And just like the crowds cried out “Hosanna!” (“Save us!”) when Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey, we are also coming into a time when our city, our nation, and our world will be stirred to ask for God’s salvation.

2. PREPARE IN PRAYER. As we approach Easter, let’s spend some time in prayer. Pray for the thousands of people who will come to our campus on Good Friday, on Saturday for the Easter Egg Hunt, and on Easter Sunday. Pray for people you know and for the opportunity to invite them to church for Easter weekend. We are believing that people will get saved, rededicated to the Lord, delivered from oppression, and on fire for God!

WHAT WE ARE PRAYING FOR AS A CHURCH:
• The leadership of our nation.
• God’s strategy for our church to be revealed.
• Our church to be strong, obedient, and on fire.
• The children of the church—to succeed in life.
• Everyone’s needs to be met abundantly.

Get Ready!
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. Used by permission. All rights reserved.