Archive for the ‘change’ Category

Change & Growth

Monday, September 20th, 2010

Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. 2 Corinthians 5:17

The change agent—Jesus—makes us different than we were before. We were all without hope, but Jesus came on the scene—not to condemn or reinforce failure, but to become a sin substitute for us (2 Corinthians 5:21).

When everything else wears out, when ideas are blurred, when vision gets disrupted, when momentum gets crippled by hurts, challenges, and trials, it’s important to remember that God does not grow weary or tired. It is God who is at work urging and helping us to put off the old ways and keep putting on the new (Philippians 2:13; Ephesians 4:22-24).

One thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:13b-14

Could it be that all the demonic pressure and satanic bombardment hitting your life have been designed by the devil, who knows his days are numbered and is trying his best to hinder the ministers of reconciliation and grind to a halt the mighty moving force called the Church? Don’t miss what could be by looking only through the lens of your present circumstances. Instead, “lift up your eyes and look on the fields, that they are white for harvest” (John 4:35b). Resist the devil and fortify yourselves by taking up the whole armor of God and conforming to the image of Christ.

The path of the righteous shines brighter and brighter until the full day (Proverbs 4:18). Yes, you can change. Yes, your marriage can get better. Yes, you can grow in God, bear more fruit, prosper, be healed, be more effective, be more on fire, change the world, and contribute to the harvest. Yes, you can alleviate suffering. Yes, you can be the encouragement that might keep someone on his feet. We are to keep growing and growing and growing. The best is yet to come.

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

Copyright © 2010 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.

Ready, Set, Go!

Monday, September 28th, 2009

Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord. Acts 3:19

The difference between conviction and condemnation is that conviction moves you forward and condemnation gets you stuck and moving backward. While the devil condemns, God will convict us for our own good—to get us prepared for the next steps. “He disciplines us for our good, so that we may share His holiness. All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness” (Hebrews 12:10b-11). Before we can reach nations and reach hearts, we need to deal with our own hearts before the Lord.

Sow with a view to righteousness, reap in accordance with kindness; break up your fallow ground, for it is time to seek the Lord until He comes to rain righteousness on you. Hosea 10:12

Breaking up the fallow ground means that we are willing to change. Live in an attitude of preparation—get ready for what’s about to happen. God is getting ready to rain righteousness, create breakthrough, bring equipment and provision, open up new doors, and place broken people in your life that you will be able to help.

Conviction reveals God is about ready to do something of an increased level in you. You have the anointing and capacity to change people’s lives by a more exponential level than you can imagine. Let this inspire you to receive correction for the next step. “For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:6).

Let’s prepare!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

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Moving Forward

Saturday, January 31st, 2009

Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. 2 Corinthians 5:17

I’d rather have the pain of moving forward than the pain of stagnation. God loves and accepts you right where you are, but He doesn’t want you to stay stuck there. When you become a Christian, you change and then you become a change agent to impact others’ lives. Some of you are encumbered by so many variables, and the stresses of life have been wearing you down, but don’t let the devil make you back away from a tenacity to push forward. Lift up your head, because Jesus has things figured out.

Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. Romans 6:4

As I’m advocating change, I’m talking about getting ready for increase. The purpose of the change is not about personal comfort, but about reaching souls. People who have been disinterested in the things of God are becoming interested because they have been shaken. Now we need to be ready. Nations and hearts that were closed are opening up, and God wants to gear you up to answer the problems in other people’s lives. This is not a spectator sport but the proper working of each individual part (Ephesians 4:16).

At some point you need to decide to trust God. Instead of succumbing to all the worries of the world, stay engaged in the presence of God and spend some more time in the secret place where you’ll find rest (Matthew 11:28). As you draw near to Him, He will draw near to you (James 4:8). And, as you wait upon the Lord, you’ll gain new strength (Isaiah 40:31). This Christian life of change and moving forward is not for the elite few—it is accessible to all who seek God.

Press forward!

Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

Copyright © 2009 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, 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.