Archive for May, 2017

The God Kind of Love

Friday, May 26th, 2017

Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma. Ephesians 5:1-2

1. IT’S GOD’S LOVE. Walking in love is a process that involves sacrifice, commitment, and follow-through, but it doesn’t originate in our humanity. We are born with a tendency to act selfishly, but the moment we receive Jesus, God’s love is deposited within us and we can move into a new dimension of becoming considerate and valuing others.

The love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us. Romans 5:5b

2. SHOW MERCY. When you show mercy, you will be shown mercy (James 2:13). Study the Word to learn how God’s love responds: Bless those who curse you (Luke 6:28), pray for your enemies, and forgive those who have hurt you. If you get tempted to become judgmental toward someone, all you have to do is look in the mirror and get a reminder of how much mercy God has shown you.

3. FAITH WORKS THROUGH LOVE (Galatians 5:6). The power of the Holy Spirit— His anointing—is activated to flow when we are walking in love. If you aren’t getting good results in prayer, check your love walk. The world will know we are Christians by our love for one another (John 13:35)!

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

PRAY THIS PRAYER:
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me (Psalm 51:10). The love of God has been poured out in my heart by the Holy Spirit within me (Romans 5:5). By His grace I can do this thing. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

a·gape, noun
Love as revealed in Jesus, seen as spiritual and selfless and a model for humanity.

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It’s Good to Get in the Word!

Saturday, May 20th, 2017

The law of the Lord is perfect, restoring the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart. Psalm 19:7-8a

1. GOD’S WORD RESTORES THE SOUL. There is such a battle for our thinking, and what goes into our minds will come out. When the Word of God gets inside us, life flows out of us. When garbage gets in, garbage comes out. Weapons of mass distraction are vying for our attention and bombarding our minds and hearts. But as we constantly feed on the Word of God, we will be renewed and restored (Romans 12:2).

2. GOD’S WORD MAKES WISE THE SIMPLE. The Word of God is ancient truth, it’s living and active. It brings wisdom where there is naivety, and it brings understanding even when you’ve never before encountered a certain kind of problem. Feed on the Scriptures (Read a chapter of Proverbs a day.) and pray for wisdom. God will give us customized wisdom for each trial we face.

“For I know the plans that I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11

3. GOD’S WORD REJOICES THE HEART. Jesus is our hope. As we meditate on the Word of God, optimism and gladness will fill our hearts because we know that God is working on our behalf. God’s Word can enable a depressed, melancholy person to experience joy. It can take an anxious person into a place of confidence, a sick person into healing, and a sinner into a place of availability for righteousness and salvation.

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

DAILY CONFESSION:
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my rock and my Redeemer (Psalm 19:14). I will taste and see that the Lord is good. How blessed is the person who takes refuge in Him (Psalm 34:8).

re·store, verb
To give back (something taken away, lost, etc.). To bring back to a former or normal condition, as by repairing, rebuilding, altering, etc. To bring back to health, strength, etc.

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The Fruit of the Spirit

Friday, May 12th, 2017

NINE RESULTS OF THE PRESENCE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT IN YOUR LIFE

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 5:22-23

1. LOVE. Loving God and connecting with Him is the best part of life. God is love and His Spirit who dwells within us helps us to respond to others by walking in His love.

2. JOY. When we are going through hard times and we ache, there is a different kind of joy, independent of circumstances, that gives us strength deep down inside us (Nehemiah 8:10).

3. PEACE. God offers us peace that passes understanding (Philippians 4:7). Whatever you are dealing with that stresses you out, depresses you, or makes you feel numb – do not fear. God is an ever-present help in the time of need and He will surely help you!

4. PATIENCE. Patience is the ability to wait calmly for something that is expected and desired.

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

5. KINDNESS. Strife cripples, love heals. There is legitimate power in kindness, so take time to consider what might be going on behind the scenes when someone else is acting weird or mean. Don’t be overcome by their irritability – overcome meanness with kindness.

6. GOODNESS. Goodness is love in action. When Jesus comes into our lives, He changes us and makes it possible for us to operate in His goodness.

7. FAITHFULNESS. Every day we can get up and remain committed to our convictions, not backing off, not throwing in the towel!

8. GENTLENESS. Like kindness, gentleness is power under control. It’s humble and full of mercy and love. God’s wisdom from above is gentle and that’s how we can walk out our Christian life toward others.

9. SELF-CONTROL. When we set our priorities to stay sensitive to God’s voice and be aware of what matters most, then we can win in the battles of life.

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

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

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The Love Atmosphere

Friday, May 5th, 2017

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 1 John 4:7

Set the Thermostat. Just like you can change the temperature to heat or cool your home, if you walk in love, you will set the thermostat of the world you live in. When you walk into a room and sense strife or conflict, you can bring change to the environment by simply operating in love. Every person you encounter is someone for whom Christ died. Even if you disagree with someone, ask yourself: “How can I genuinely value that person without compromising the truth?”

Do Care. Don’t Worry. 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.

Jesus answered . . . “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength. The second [commandment] is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:29-31

You Are Loved. God’s perfect love casts out fear (1 John 4:18). The best way to love others is to first realize you are loved by God. You can overcome insecurity and change the atmosphere in your life by meditating on God’s love.

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

DAILY CONFESSION:
I love because God first loved me. His perfect love casts out all fear in my life (1 John 4:18-19). My love abounds more and more with all knowledge and discernment (Philippians 1:9). Everything I do, I do in love (1 Corinthians 16:14).

at·mo·sphere noun
A surrounding influence or environment

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. Scripture taken from The Message. Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002. Used by permission of NavPress Publishing Group. “Atmosphere.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 01 Oct. 2014.