Archive for November, 2017

Thank God

Friday, November 17th, 2017

Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. Do not quench the Spirit. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-19

1. REMEMBER WHAT GOD HAS DONE. God is inviting us into a lifestyle of expressing thanks and praise to Him. We have a lot to be thankful for! God sent Jesus to rescue us from sin and death. The most precious gift you have is your fellowship with God. When we give thanks, we’re acknowledging God has done something for us!

2. REJOICE ALWAYS. When the flood of ‘93 hit our church, I knew not to thank God for the flood but still thank Him in the midst of it. Not everything comes from God, but He will use everything and work it together for good (Romans 8:28). Christians who encounter trials, press on through it, and learn to rejoice are in a much better situation than the murmuring, whining person.

And there must be no filthiness and silly talk, or coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks. Ephesians 5:4

3. REPLACE COMPLAINING WITH PRAISE. Instead of worldly talk, empty chatter or coarse jesting, we are supposed to fill our mouths with praise. Maturity helps us, if we’ll listen, to develop an attitude of gratitude. When I was younger I used to go to God petitioning and complaining first. But I have adjusted my prayer life to fit God’s Word: “Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise” (Psalm 100:4a). Saturate your prayer life from beginning to end with thanks and praise. Thank God that He sent us Jesus. Thank Jesus for saving you. Thank God that He hears and answers prayer. Thank Him for His promises. Thank Him in advance for the breakthroughs you are anticipating. Thank Him that things are going to turn out for good. In everything give thanks!

I’m so thankful for Jesus!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

PRAY THIS PRAYER:
God, I thank You for Your faithfulness through all the mysteries of life. Thank You that Your mercy endures forever (Psalm 136:1). You are a very present help in trouble (Psalm 46:1). I invite You into my good times and hard times. I trust You to work things out. Thank You for Your grace and for Your mercy that triumphs over judgment! I love You, Jesus! Amen.

thank, verb
To express gratitude to. To give credit to whom credit is due. To deeply appreciate for blessings received.

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Eight Things God Does for Those Who Love Him

Friday, November 10th, 2017

“Because he has loved Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him securely on high, because he has known My name. He will call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him. With a long life I will satisfy him and let him see My salvation.” Psalm 91:14-16

Faith, love, and confidence in God grow with the continual confession of His Word. Take time to read Psalm 91 out loud and see the amazing promises distilled in this chapter.

1. HE WILL DELIVER YOU. God has designed and fashioned us to love Him. As we love Him, He will deliver us — even from temptation.

2. HE WILL SET YOU SECURELY ON HIGH. “The Lord is my strength, and He has made my feet like hinds’ feet, and makes me walk on my high places.” (Habakkuk 3:19). This is the God we serve!

3. HE WILL ANSWER YOU. “Call to Me and I will answer you, and I will tell you great and mighty things, which you do not know” (Jeremiah 33:3). Prayer is wonderful — when we call on God, He will answer!

4. HE WILL BE WITH YOU IN TROUBLE. Just as God was with Daniel in the lions’ den, and with Paul when they were persecuting him — God is with you in every situation.

5. HE WILL RESCUE YOU. Remind yourself that God is your rescuer!

6. HE WILL HONOR YOU. When you step out and say you want to give your life to Jesus, God will honor you with His presence and with the substance of His promises.

7. HE WILL SATISFY YOU WITH LONG LIFE. If you are facing alarming symptoms, believe God for healing. God wants the last days of your life to be amazingly fruitful and satisfying!

8. HE WILL LET YOU SEE HIS SALVATION. None of us deserves to be saved. Salvation doesn’t come to people who earn it, but to those who humble themselves and call out to Jesus.

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

If you’ve never asked Jesus to be your Savior, now’s the time to pray this prayer: Dear God, in my heart I believe that Jesus truly is Your Son and that He died for my sins and rose from the dead. I repent for every time I have sinned. I accept Jesus into my life right now, to lead and guide me as my Lord. Thank You for saving me, and thank You that You have a great plan for my life! 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.

Living Water

Friday, November 3rd, 2017

Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’” But this He spoke of the Spirit. John 7:37-39a

1. GET IN THE FLOW. God’s flow is life-giving; it’s deep and beautiful. When Jesus offered the Samaritan woman living water (John 4:10), He looked past ethnic, gender, and religious divisions. He knew her condition and offered her eternal life. He knew her sin and was there to forgive her. The Holy Spirit never changes and the New Testament truths are for us today. Jesus is calling out to all of us, inviting us to partake in His flow.

2. DON’T CHOKE THE FLOW. In order to keep pipes from freezing, it’s important to always keep the water flowing. Unforgiveness and worry can stop up the flow of the Holy Spirit in our lives. When we forgive and repent, we push the reset button, removing the blockages. To cure stagnation and let living water flow through, you can continually lift your voice in worship and praise to God. Pray in the Spirit as you go about your day. Get in the habit of quoting scriptures out loud all the time.

But whoever drinks of the water that I [Jesus] will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life. John 4:14

3. INVITE OTHERS INTO GOD’S FLOW. God has given you the ministry of reconciliation, and Jesus is reaching out through you to a lost generation and to those who have never experienced God’s love. God didn’t design us to be reservoir containers but channels with outflow to reach this dry, parched world.

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

PRAY THIS PRAYER
Jesus, I thank You for Your living water available in my life. I watch over my heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life (Proverbs 4:23). I forgive anything I have against anyone so that my Father who is in heaven will also forgive my transgressions (Mark 11:25). I repent of any sin or worry and ask You to forgive me, God. I ask for Your amazing river of living water to flow in my life every day. I love You, Jesus. Amen!

flow, verb
To stream or well forth. To issue or proceed from a source. To proceed continuously and smoothly. To abound in something.

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. “Flow.”