Archive for July, 2019

The Hope of Your Calling

Friday, July 26th, 2019

For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb. I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; wonderful are Your works, and my soul knows it very well. Psalm 139:13-14

1. YOUR LIFE MATTERS. You and I are God’s idea. He wanted to create us in His image and give us dominion and identity and purpose (Genesis 1:26). Then when Adam and Eve failed, God had a plan to undo what Adam did by sending Jesus. Where Adam failed, Jesus succeeded. What Adam lost, Jesus restored.

2. YOUR BELIEFS MATTER. The Bible says that “he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6b). Believing is a big deal. It means to live and exist in accordance with God, where your actions align with God’s viewpoint.

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth. Acts 1:8

3. YOUR FOLLOW-THROUGH MATTERS. God has delegated His authority to us. When we meditate on God’s Word, faith rises in our hearts (Romans 10:17). We’re just people, and yet we’re called to be ambassadors for Christ. God wants us to walk with Him, listen to His heartbeat through the Scriptures, and follow through with corresponding action. When you pray, mountains will move; when you preach, signs and wonders will follow and people will get saved; when you give, you will reap a harvest.

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

PRAY THIS PRAYER (Based on Ephesians 1:17-19):
God, I pray that You will give to me a spirit of wisdom and revelation into the knowledge of You. I ask that the eyes of my understanding may be enlightened that I may know the hope of my calling and the riches of the glory of the inheritance in the saints and what is the surpassing greatness of Your power towards those who believe. Thank You, Jesus. I love You!

hope, noun
Confidence in a future event; the highest degree of well-founded expectation of good . . . A belief that it is obtainable.

Copyright © 2019 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. “Hope.” Websters Dictionary 1828. Web. 23 Jul 2019.

Three Ways to Resist Temptation

Friday, July 19th, 2019

O taste and see that the Lord is good; how blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him! Psalm 34:8

1. RECOGNIZE YOUR NEED FOR JESUS. We all need Jesus. We all have sinned. When Jesus bore our sins on the Cross, the devil thought he had won by killing Jesus. But God, in His infinite wisdom, worked a miracle and reconciled the world to Himself through Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:19). Today God is still taking what the devil meant for harm and turning it around for good!

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.1 John 1:9

2. RUN TO GOD. One millisecond in the presence of the Lord is better than anything. At one time, the devil, who is the father of lies, led worship in heaven. But eventually he began to question why he himself was not the one being worshiped (Isaiah 14:13), and he fell from heaven. He still whispers his seductive lie to humanity – from Eve to Jesus – telling us that we don’t need God’s presence, that we have power and glory on our own. That’s why we must go to the truth to get free, and just as Jesus resisted the devil by speaking God’s Word we too can resist the temptation of the devil’s lies (Matthew 4).

You will make known to me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; in Your right hand there are pleasures forever. Psalm 16:11

3. RECEIVE GOD’S HELP. Jesus came to give life and give it more abundantly. But, because God gave us free will, it’s essential that we receive it. It’s the kindness of God that leads us to repentance (Romans 2:4). If you are being seduced by the devil’s lies and are numbed out; if you are battling discouragement or temptation – resist it and run to the Lord. He will help you to go forward in His strength and power. When Jesus comes into your life He makes you a brand new creation. He’ll take your numbed-out hard heart and give you a heart that is tender toward Him.

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

DAILY CONFESSION:
I taste and see that the Lord is good. (Psalm 34:8). I submit to God and resist the devil and he flees from me (James 4:7). The name of the Lord is a strong tower – I run into it and am saved (Proverbs 18:10). I am not conformed to this world but I go to the Word and am transformed by the renewing of my mind (Romans 12:2). Good and upright is the Lord; therefore He instructs me in the way (Psalm 25:8).

re·sist, verb
To take action in opposition to. To take action to defeat or thwart. To remain unaltered, undamaged, or unaffected by; withstand. To keep from giving in to.

Copyright © 2019 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. “resist.” American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition. Web. 17 July.

Get Your Hope Refreshed

Friday, July 12th, 2019

We have fixed our hope on the living God, who is the Savior of all men . . . 1 Timothy 4:10b

1. REMEMBER YOUR CREATOR. When someone loses hope, it’s hard to move forward and grow. Life’s pressures can distract us from the sweetness of knowing Jesus. That’s why we must resist stagnancy by keeping our eyes on Jesus and remembering our Creator (Ecclesiastes 12:1). In the busyness of life, carve out moments to take a deep breath and remember God’s goodness, His power, and His daily presence. He has created you in Christ for good works! (Ephesians 2:10)

So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” John 8:31-32

2. READ THE WORD. In a world of shifting sands and sliding tectonic plates, the Bible is a solid rock of truth that we can build our lives upon. The devil wants to steal our hope so that we live less than the person God created us to be. That’s why we must go to the Word and inventory God’s blessings and provisions for us. Every morning, get up and spend time with God. Read a devotional, memorize a verse, or read/listen to the Bible. Let the truth of God’s Word thunder in your spirit, crowd out apathy, and help you get on fire with God. His word is a lamp unto your feet and a light to your path! (Psalm 119:105)

3. REALIZE YOUR AUTHORITY. When Jesus rose from the dead, He gave us His authority to make a difference in the world. Every day we are called to take our stand and walk in newness of life (Romans 6:4). With the weapons of faith and God’s Word, we can stop the plans of the devil. While you’re driving on the way to work, pray about things. Stand in faith for those around you. When you start to dream God’s dreams and pursue God’s purposes, life’s potentials will begin to burst forth in your life.

Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us . . . (Ephesians 3:20)

The best is yet to come!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

re•fresh, verb
To restore strength and animation to: revive. To restore or maintain by renewing supply: replenish.

DAILY CONFESSION based on Ephesians 6:13-18
I put on every piece of God’s armor so I can resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then, after the battle, I will still be standing firm. I stand my ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. For shoes, I put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that I will be fully prepared. In addition to all of these, I hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. I put on salvation as my helmet and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. I pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. I stay alert and am persistent in my prayers for all believers everywhere.

Copyright © 2019 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. “refresh.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 09 July 2019.

Free

Friday, July 5th, 2019

It was for freedom that Christ set us free. Galatians 5:1a

1. FREE FROM PRISON. Jesus came to set captives free (Luke 4:17-18). We can be free because of what happened on Calvary 2000 years ago when Jesus took the burden of our sin and laid down His life. A love like that can’t be earned; it just needs to be received.

Because of the sacrifice of the Messiah, his blood poured out on the altar of the Cross, we’re a free people—free of penalties and punishments chalked up by all our misdeeds. And not just barely free, either. Abundantly free! He thought of everything, provided for everything we could possibly need, letting us in on the plans He took such delight in making. Ephesians 1:7-9 The Message

2. FREE FROM FORMER LIMITS. When you realize how faithful God is and how much He cares about every detail of your life, you will no longer be controlled by fear and worry. You can be free to believe God for bigger things, knowing that He is an ever present help in time of need (Psalm 46:1). Trust Him for the miraculous. He will always see you through.

3. FREE TO SERVE. Jesus invaded this world’s fatal cycle of bondage and brought freedom to prisoners. And He didn’t stop there: He set us free so that we ourselves can be liberators (2 Corinthians 5:18). People all over the world need Jesus. There is salvation in no other name (Acts 4:12).

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

PRAY THIS PRAYER:
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. Jesus, I receive You right now, and I give my life to You. Amen

Free, verb
1. To let someone leave a prison or a place where they have been forced to stay.
2. To remove something unpleasant that affects someone or limits their behavior.
3. Free to make someone or something available to be used for something else.

Copyright © 2019 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. “Free.” www.macmillandictionary.com. Macmillan Dictionary, n.d. Mon. 01 July 2019.