Archive for September, 2017

Help Is on the Way

Friday, September 29th, 2017

But the Helper (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor—Counselor, Strengthener, Standby), the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name [in My place, to represent Me and act on My behalf], He will teach you all things. And He will help you remember everything that I [Jesus] have told you. John 14:26 AMP

SIX WAYS THE HOLY SPIRIT IS OUR HELP:

1. COMFORTER. When we receive comfort from the Holy Spirit not only do we benefit, but we are also activated to go out into the world as shock absorbers and comfort others with that same comfort we have received (2 Corinthians 1:3-4).

2. ADVOCATE. “Put Me in remembrance, let us argue our case together” (Isaiah 43:26a). Jesus has paid the penalty for our sins and has sent the Holy Spirit to defend, support, and vindicate us!

3. INTERCESSOR. The baptism in the Holy Spirit is pure benefit to the whole Body of Christ. When we don’t know what to pray in our finite thinking, we can pray in the Spirit and “the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words . . . according to the will of God” (Romans 8:26-27).

4. COUNSELOR. When we ask the Holy Spirit for help, when we need wisdom, He will always guide us into the truth (John 16:13).

5. STRENGTHENER. In every facet of life, the Holy Spirit comes alongside as our strengthener. What is flimsy and weak in us, He makes strong.

6. STANDBY. What a relief when help shows up! The Holy Spirit is someone we can rely on in a tight situation. He is always the same and He is always available. Take some time to study the Scriptures to see the amazing advantages we have in the presence of the Holy Spirit, our Helper!

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

PRAY THIS PRAYER (BASED ON EPHESIANS 3:16-19):
I pray that God would grant me according to the riches of His glory to be STRENGTHENED with power through His Spirit in the inner man, so that Christ may dwell in my heart through faith; and that I, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth, length, height, and depth and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge—that I may be filled up to all the fullness of God. In Jesus’ Name, amen.

comfort, noun
A state of being relaxed and feeling no pain. A feeling of freedom from worry or disappointment. To give moral or emotional strength to (verb).

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 quotations marked “AMP” “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. “Comfort.” Memidex Dictionary/Thesaurus. Web. 27 Sep 2017

How to Detect and Avoid Snares

Friday, September 22nd, 2017

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust!” For it is He who delivers you from the snare of the trapper and from the deadly pestilence. Psalm 91:1-3

1. BE AWARE OF THE SNARE. The devil is the enemy of our souls and he wants to keep us from doing God’s will. Just knowing there are snares to avoid puts us in touch with reality and reminds us that we can’t save ourselves. Thankfully, God is our deliverer! He is trustworthy and has a plan to protect and guide us.

2. GET DELIVERED FROM THE SNARE. On the occasions when we need help, it’s humbling. Sometimes we override the voice of the Holy Spirit and listen to the imaginations of people rather than the heart of God. There are snares of seemingly “good opportunities” which aren’t really from God; the trap of flatterers who try to manipulate for their own agendas; the snare of people-pleasing when we care more what others think of us than what God is saying. But our help is in the Name of the Lord. When we repent and call upon Him, He will deliver us!

Our soul has escaped as a bird out of the snare of the trapper; the snare is broken and we have escaped. Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth. Psalm 124:7-8

3. AVOID THE SNARE. We need to be bold to act but obedient to what God is saying. That is why it is important to know the Master’s voice by seeking Him daily. We avoid snares not by being anxious and looking everywhere for them but by staying alert and keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus. Read the Word, pray in the Spirit and pray with your understanding. As you stay connected to God, He will help you and He will order your steps (Proverbs 16:9).

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

DAILY CONFESSION
Because I have loved the Lord, therefore He will deliver me. He will set me securely on high, because I have known His name. I will call upon Him and He will answer me. He will be with me in trouble; He will rescue me and honor me. He will satisfy me with long life and show me His salvation (Psalm 91:14-16).

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. “Snare.” Memidex Dictionary/Thesaurus. Web. 20 Sep 2017 .

Jesus – Your Help

Friday, September 15th, 2017

I will lift up my eyes to the mountains; from where shall my help come? My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth. Psalm 121:1-2

HE IS YOUR ANSWER. Mountains represent whatever is looming in your life—they are images of problems or difficulties. So whatever you are dealing with, look at it and ask yourself, “Where does my help come from?” It comes from the Lord! He is your answer. He is your help. He will never leave you or forsake you.

EDIFY YOURSELF IN THE WORD. Look at the truth found in God’s Word. Fix your eyes on Jesus right now. Take some time to read the Scriptures. They will make a clear distinction between your soul and spirit. Get out your best paper Bible, dedicate a pen, get a ruler, underline and highlight. Let God’s Word be a lamp to your feet and a light to your path (Psalm 119:105).

LISTEN ALERTLY FOR GOD’S VOICE. Alertness doesn’t mean we become nervous or anxious. Rather, we are focused and paying attention. When we let things settle around us and get quiet, God is going to speak. One day in His presence can do so much to counsel, to edify, to expose areas where you need to change, repent, clarify what’s available to you, and recognize who you are in Christ.

PREPARE FOR ACTION. Time is short and people need what we have. We have a responsibility to communicate the Gospel as succinctly, as excellently, and as long as we can. If you’ve let this mission get buried because you are tired, numb and struggling from the pressures of daily life, lift up your eyes to Jesus. He wants to help you both with the big picture and with the micro-level details of your life.

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

PRAY THIS PRAYER:
I thank You, God, that You instruct me in the way I should go. I ask You to counsel me with Your eye upon me (Psalm 32:8). Help me to focus and receive wisdom and clarity from You. I confess that I know what to do in every situation. I am getting sharper and more alert in the Name of Jesus. Amen.

a·lert, adj.
Vigilantly attentive; watchful. Mentally responsive and perceptive; quick. Brisk or lively in action. A condition or period of heightened watchfulness or preparation for action (noun).

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. “Alert.” The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition copyright ©2017 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Web. 12 Sept. 2017.

Lift Up Your Light

Friday, September 8th, 2017

You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. Matthew 5:14-16

1. LIFT UP YOUR EYES. Sometimes we put our noses to the grindstone trying to figure out the intricacies of a problem, when what we really need to do is take a step back and look to Jesus. When your eyes are focused on Him instead of on the problem, you aren’t denying reality—you are looking to the One who has the answer.

2. LIFT UP YOUR NEEDS IN PRAYER. You can actually know and follow the promptings of the Holy Spirit. Take some time to pray and open yourself to what God wants to tell you. Pray constantly—pray in the Spirit, pray with your understanding, pray the Scriptures—pray about everything!

The entrance of Your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple. Psalm 119:130 NKJV

3. LIFT UP YOUR WORD INTAKE. Spend a little more time in your Bible. The Word of God will equip you, guide you, and make you effective for all that God has called you to do. As we enter into a season when society is becoming aware of their need for Jesus, the Scriptures will help us to distinguish between fleshly reasoning and God’s wisdom and understanding. (Hebrews 4:12).

4. LIFT UP YOUR VOICE AND REJOICE. “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! (Philippians 4:4a). If you are going through the proverbial darkness before the dawn, remember that you are fighting a spiritual battle (Ephesians 6:12). Keep on rejoicing! God is going to get you to the other side, and along the way He will open doors and increase opportunities for you.

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

DAILY CONFESSION:
I look to the Lord and I am radiant, and my face will never be ashamed (Psalm 34:5). I lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles, and I run with endurance the race that is set before me, fixing my eyes on Jesus (Hebrews 12:1-2a).

light, noun
Any device serving as a source of illumination. The quality of being luminous; emitting or reflecting light. A device for lighting or igniting fuel, charges, or fires.

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.NKJV: Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved. “light.” Memidex Dictionary/Thesaurus. Web. 6 Sep 2017 .

Look at This

Friday, September 1st, 2017

Lift up your eyes on high and see who has created these stars, the One who leads forth their host by number, He calls them all by name; because of the greatness of His might and the strength of His power, not one of them is missing. Isaiah 40:26

1. LOOK AT THE STARS. When you look up at the clearest and brightest starry night, remember that God has named every single one of those stars. God told Abraham and Sarah, a senior childless couple, that He was going to create a nation through them as numerous as the stars in the sky. Abraham lifted up his eyes to a faithful God, and the Jewish nation was born out of that moment of obedience and faith.

2. LOOK AT THE WORD. You’re invited to examine God’s Word to see the reality of His plan, His love, and His life-transforming power. When you receive Jesus, you become transformed. Reading the Word helps you to avoid spiritual amnesia and reminds you that you are a new creation in Christ (James 1:22-25, 1 Corinthians 5:17).

But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit. 2 Corinthians 3:18

3. LOOK AT JESUS. When you turn your eyes on Jesus and look full in His glorious face, things change. The eyes of the Lord are searching the earth so He can strongly support those whose hearts are His (2 Chronicles 16:9). So if you’re discouraged and you’ve been tempted to back off a little, don’t give up! God can re-ignite your heart. Lift your eyes off your circumstances and look to Jesus, the author and finisher of your faith (Hebrews 12:2).

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

look, verb
To perceive with attention; to direct one’s gaze towards. To search or seek. To have faith or confidence in.

PRAY THIS PRAYER:
God, I ask You to help me be sensitive to Your voice and obedient to You. Help me to not get busy with lesser things but to be available to You so that I can hit the mark. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13). Please help me to love You and stay on fire all the days of my life. I walk in mercy and I forgive everybody because You have forgiven me. I love You, Jesus! You are my Lord! Amen.

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. “Look.” Memidex Dictionary/Thesaurus. Web. 30 Aug 2017 .