Archive for August, 2017

Walking With God

Friday, August 25th, 2017

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters. He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Psalm 23:1-3

1. FIND REST. God has called us to a life that is different than it was before we knew Him—to a life of joy and abundance (John 10:10). If you’ve been distracted and things have gotten bland spiritually or you’ve been so filled with anxiety that you can’t rest, be assured that God wants to bring you into a place of focus and peace.

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7

2. FLOW WITH GOD. Imagine you are canoeing down a river. The flow and current are in the middle of the river. If you veer over to the edge, the water is slow and sometimes stagnant. We all want to be in the deep, beautiful, blue water where we hardly have to paddle. That’s what our walk with God can be like when we are flowing with Him.

For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. Romans 8:14

3. FIGHT AND WIN. God’s Word is sure footing and He has answers corresponding to every weirdness that tries to come at you. When you sit at the feet of Jesus, your mind gets renewed. That’s where you get revelation and instruction so you can stand up to fight and win the battles of life.

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing. 2 Timothy 4:7-8

Put your trust in God,
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

DAILY CONFESSION
God gives strength to the weary. And to those who lack might, He increases power. As I wait on the Lord I gain new strength; I will mount up with wings like eagles, I will run and not get tired, I will walk and not become weary (Isaiah 40:29, 31).

walk·ing, verb
To live or behave in a specified manner. To be or act in association with. To advance by steps

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Biblical People Skills

Friday, August 18th, 2017

But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. Luke 6:35-36

1. DRIVEN BY LOVE. God is interested in our growth. He wants us to be relatable, loving, genuine, and effective through the course of our lives. When Jesus was on earth, He gave us an example of how to walk out this life — not driven by the dictates of our flesh, but by the promptings of the Holy Spirit and the direction of God’s Word.

For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace. Romans 8:5-6

2. REJECT BITTERNESS. Strife and bitterness are stifling and don’t contribute to real progress or change. Strife ruins beautiful moments and sours the atmosphere in every situation. But genuine love is powerful: bridling your tongue even when you have the perfect retort, giving in to kindness in the midst of condemnation, being merciful instead of cynical.

Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins. 1 Peter 4:8

3. A LIFE OF IMPACT. God wants to harden you to difficulties but keep you tender on the inside. You are designed to inspire and impact others and undertake life-changing exploits. If you, as a Christian, operate in these biblical principles of love, mercy, and forgiveness, the contrast to the world will be so glaring that people will see you’ve been around Jesus and come running to know Him.

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

PRAY THIS PRAYER:
God, help me to be ready to respond to people around me. I want to follow the Holy Spirit’s direction and not the dictates of my flesh. I press the reset button and forgive everybody. As I give, it will be given to me! I expect blessing to overtake me. Goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

skill, noun
An ability that has been acquired by training. Ability to produce solutions in some problem domain.

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The Cure for Worry and Anxiety

Friday, August 11th, 2017

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

1. WATCH YOUR WORDS. Life and death are in the power of the tongue (Proverbs 18:21). If we guard our mouths, we can actually guard our soul from trouble and worry (Proverbs 21:23). We will have to give account for every careless word we speak (Matthew 12:36-37). So, let’s carefully consider our words, and speak life instead of worry and fear.

“Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:31-33

2. STUDY GOD’S WORD. What goes in is what comes out of us. The best way to keep our mouths from pouring out worry and fear is by filling our hearts with the Word of God. As you prioritize and seek first the kingdom of God, the things you need will be added to you. Get solid on the promises of God and let His peace fill your heart and mind.

Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:8-9

3. YOU CAN TRUST GOD. Worrying about tomorrow is futile and yet we get so tempted to do it. Jesus, in Matthew 6, reminds us in a big way that God is our provider and we are to look to Him to take care of every area of our lives. You don’t have to worry about the small stuff – it’s all small stuff to God. He is so reliable and He is so faithful. Let Him take care of your life.

Keep pressing on!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

DAILY CONFESSION
God, I know I’m worth more than the birds to You and I trust You to take care of my life. I thank You that You always lead me in triumph (2 Corinthians 2:14). Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to You, God (Psalm 19:14).

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How to Live Ready

Friday, August 4th, 2017

For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every evil thing. But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy. And the seed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace. James 3:16-18

1. AVOID STRIFE. Strife is a weed and can quickly take over to become a lifestyle of resentment, jealousy, unforgiveness, and quarreling. But God is calling us to pull up any weeds of strife—forgiving quickly, resolving issues, walking in love, and stopping quarrels before they start (Proverbs 17:14).

2. PURSUE LOVE. What amazing fruit we can bear as, above all, we keep fervent in our love for one another. Love covers a multitude of sins (1 Peter 4:8), so 24/7, in all of our relationships, we must stay committed to choose love over strife.

Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to accomplish His work. Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look on the fields, that they are white for harvest.” John 4:34-35

3. LIFT UP YOUR EYES. If life has pounded on you, lift up your eyes and remember the people that God has called you to reach, the lives that are attached to your obedience. Even if you don’t feel equipped, the anointing of the Lord is on you to walk in love. Keep your eyes on God and believe He’ll get you where you need to be.

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

DAILY CONFESSION:
I am a new creation in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17). The beginning of strife is like letting out water, so I abandon the quarrel before it breaks out (Proverbs 17:14). Faith works through love and I operate through love in everything I do (Galatians 5:6). By my God I can run through a troop and leap over a wall (Psalm 18:29).

read·y, adj.
Prepared mentally or physically for some experience or action. Prepared for immediate use.

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