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First Love

Monday, October 28th, 2013

“First” – pro’-tos (Greek): The reason you went after it in the first place.

I know your deeds and your toil . . . and you have perseverance and have endured for My name’s sake, and have not grown weary. But I have this against you, that you have left your first love. Therefore remember from where you have fallen, and repent and do the deeds you did at first. . . Revelation 2:2-5a

1. Remember. This verse is a snapshot of how God reignited the church of Ephesus when they had grown cold in their first love. The Lord commends them for their endurance and hard work, but something else had happened—there had been a priority shift and self-reliance had set in. God is urging them to get back to the basics and remember the beginnings of their faith.

2. Repent. Repentance is a moment of commitment and change that prompts us toward healing, breakthrough, and progress. With the Ephesian church, the strategy of the devil was to dampen their fire and reduce their effectiveness. If you’ve let worries, cares, or dead works choke your love and devotion to God, simply repent. God wants to help you rekindle the fire in your heart.

For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. Galatians 6:8

3. Do. Sow to the spirit by developing your spiritual life—pray in the Spirit, spend time in God’s Word, and worship Him. Get up tomorrow morning and choose to put Jesus first. Spend time talking to Him. When we remember it’s all about Jesus, and we repent for letting other distractions hinder that first love, God will help us restore our connection with Him so we can stay effective and on fire our entire lives!

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

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Be Assured

Monday, October 21st, 2013

Remember this, and be assured…Remember the former things long past…I am God, and there is no one like Me, declaring the end from the beginning…saying “My purpose will be established, and I will accomplish all My good pleasure.” Isaiah 46:8-10

Be assured by God’s Word. Assurance is a settled trust in God’s faithfulness, and it is a byproduct of biblical remembrance. When things are bewildering, go to what is clarifying. Instead of obsessing about things you can’t figure out, go back to the Bible’s amazing ancient truths to build your faith.

Be assured by God’s grace.
Sin is a terrible disease that causes eternal separation from God. It’s a breach that cannot be spanned except through Jesus Christ. But be assured! Because of Jesus we have the free gift of righteousness, and “if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9).

Be assured by God’s faithfulness. In the Book of Lamentations the author starts out focusing on the bad: “Remember my affliction…surely my soul remembers and is bowed down within me,” but he soon switches over to remembering God’s faithfulness, which completely changes his outlook to one of hope (Lamentations 3:19-20).

This I recall to my mind, therefore I have hope. The Lord’s lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:21-23

With all the variables in the world demanding your attention and time, you must choose what to focus on. Deliberately look at the biblical accounts of past miracles and take the time to itemize and jot down some of the cool stuff God has done in your life. Your confidence will grow, your purpose will be renewed, and your joy will increase.

I shall remember the deeds of the Lord; surely I will remember Your wonders of old. I will meditate on all Your work and muse on Your deeds. Psalm 77:11-12

There is no one like God!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

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God’s Eternal Faithfulness

Monday, September 30th, 2013

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Hebrews 13:8

The world is filled with fast-paced change, but the reality of God’s reliability, His faithfulness, and His constancy is so reassuring. Everything else changes, but Jesus stays the same.

For I, the Lord, do not change; therefore you, O sons of Jacob, are not consumed. Malachi 3:6

When circumstances are rapidly changing or your emotions are shifting from one moment to the next, find your identity in the changelessness of Jesus Christ. Anxiety leaves and peace takes its place when you understand and focus on God’s reliability. You are made in God’s image. You are loved, not based on performance or good deeds, but because of God’s great mercy (Titus 3:5). His promises are true. He can be counted on.

While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:18

As time marches on and borders shift and kings and kingdoms change, you can rely on Jesus and the authenticity and the power of His Word. Let the permanence, the solidity, the lasting power of God get into your home, your thought life, and your soul. Every day His power and grace are available to help you, and that never changes. God is faithful to your last breath and beyond.

The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever. Isaiah 40:8

God is faithful!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

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Remember This

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

I remember the days of old; I meditate on all Your doings; I muse on the work of Your hands. Psalm 143:5

Remember past breakthroughs. When King David wrote this psalm, he was meditating on the memorial stones in his life—meaningful realities to amplify his testimony and build courage into his system. Remembering your memorial stones means looking back and viewing your life in light of all the breakthroughs God has provided.

Remember the good report. Your breakthrough is either fueled or undermined by the things you choose to meditate on. When you deal with the phenomenal disruption of unexpected events, hurtful relationships, alarming symptoms, or personal disappointments or failures, take God’s grace and His Word and use them to build memorials in your life.

For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:4-5

Remember what Jesus did. Jesus said to take Communion “in remembrance of Me” (Luke 22:19). Whenever you receive Communion, you are reminding both yourself and others that you have attached yourself to the one Person who is uniquely qualified to seek and save the lost. Because of Jesus, the debt load of sin is canceled. Through Jesus you have provision, healing for your body, and healing for your mind, your emotions, and your will.

The world is filled with weapons of mass distraction that try to pull our minds away from God’s faithfulness, God’s power, and how present He is to help. Resist the devil by taking a fresh stand. Get up every morning and boldly declare the good report over your day—that you are above only and not beneath (Deuteronomy 28:13) and you are more than a conqueror through Him who loves you (Romans 8:37).

God is faithful!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

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Memorial Stones

Monday, September 9th, 2013

God told the people of Israel to gather twelve stones as a memorial to remind themselves and future generations of God’s faithfulness—not to longingly look back at the “good old days,” but to use them as a point of reference: The God of my father and mother is my God. The God who helped Moses at the Red Sea is still faithful today.

These stones will stand as a memorial among the people of Israel forever. In the future your children will ask, “What do these stones mean?” Then you can tell them, “This is where the Israelites crossed the Jordan on dry ground“. . . He did this so all the nations of the earth might know that the Lord’s hand is powerful, and so you might fear the Lord your God forever. Joshua 4:7-24

When I talk to young people who were born after the start of our church or after the flood of ’93 or after 9/11, I’m required to communicate, without embellishment, what happened and how hard it was, but also to point out how God brought us through and how God brought change. Even markers of devastation can be turned into statements of overcoming when we look at our lives, remember those parts that the devil tried to destroy, and then use them to bring healing to others.

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. Philippians 4:8

God is faithful,
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

Note: Make a list of your own Memorial Stones. Itemize five things that God has brought you through.

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Look at This

Monday, April 8th, 2013

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

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.

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

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®

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Confidence in God’s Faithfulness

Monday, November 5th, 2012

Therefore, do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised. Hebrews 10:35-36

1. GET CONFIDENT. The devil antagonizes people in areas of uncertainty. That’s why we continually go to the Word to reinforce the truth—that God is trustworthy, reliable, and present. Find God’s revealed will regarding every given situation. Correctly interpret the context. Read. Meditate. Speak. Pray.

2. CONSIDER THE OUTCOME. “And the Lord blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning” (Job 42:12a). Many of us avoid the book of Job because we wince at all the hardship and don’t want to suffer with him. But when you look at the whole picture and consider the outcome of the Lord’s dealings, you see there was a beginning, a middle, and an end to Job’s challenges and trials, and that he persevered, stayed close to God, guarded his attitude, and resisted the devil.

As an example, brethren, of suffering and patience, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. We count those blessed who endured. You have heard of the endurance of Job and have seen the outcome of the Lord’s dealings, that the Lord is full of compassion and is merciful. James 5:10-11

3. IMITATE THOSE WHO PERSEVERED. There are examples in the Old and New Testaments of rugged, determined lives: people like Job, nations like Israel, kings like David, apostles like Paul, and a Savior like Jesus. Look at the results and learn to imitate those who through faith and patience inherited the promises.

And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence so as to realize the full assurance of hope until the end, so that you will not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises. Hebrews 6:11-12

4. TRUST GOD. Life tries to clip you at the knees, but God wants to bring you back to a place of stability, confidence, purpose, and renewal. He causes things that seem crazy to ultimately work together for good (Romans 8:28). Nothing is too difficult for Him (Jeremiah 32:17). So let this be a defining moment. Put your confidence in God’s eternal faithfulness and move forward with assurance, knowing that no purpose of His can be thwarted (Job 42:2). He’s got your back!

I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord In the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and let your heart take courage. Psalm 27:13-14a

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

Copyright © 2012 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, Encouragement & Perseverance

Monday, January 16th, 2012

For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. Now may the God who gives perseverance and encouragement grant you to be of the same mind with one another according to Christ Jesus. Romans 15:4-5

Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13

The historical accounts we read in the Bible reveal a pattern of how God consistently helps people. When we run into alarming situations, we can turn to the Scriptures to see examples of God’s faithfulness through the ages.

Take Daniel for example. Getting thrown into a lions’ den qualifies as a really bad day. When that happened he had no natural hope against the hungry lions. We’ve all had times like that, when circumstances betray us and there is no help in human terms.

Then the king arose at dawn, at the break of day, and went in haste to the lions’ den. When he had come near the den to Daniel, he cried out with a troubled voice…“Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you constantly serve, been able to deliver you from the lions?” Then Daniel spoke to the king, “O king, live forever! My God sent His angel and shut the lions’ mouths and they have not harmed me.” Daniel 6:19-21a

At the break of day we see that God had rescued Daniel from the situation that was designed to take him out. Daniel’s God is your God. Whatever battle you are in (even if it’s a protracted one)—your “break of day” is coming! Continue to stand. Follow Daniel’s example (Daniel 6:10) and consistently press into the promises of God. Pray and seek God. Spend time in praise and worship, even when the circumstances are pressuring you to do the opposite.

There is no pit so deep that God can’t pull you out (Psalm 103:2-4; 139:8). Even when the odds are overwhelming and the situation looks hopeless, God is right there with you, working things out for good (Romans 8:28).The God of hope will give you perseverance and encouragement—so face your battles with confidence, knowing that God will deliver you.

More than a conqueror in 2012,
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

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God Is Faithful

Monday, November 28th, 2011

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. Philippians 4:8

You may have been meditating on some pretty weird stuff, but God wants us to focus on things that are excellent and worthy of praise. If we are really going to revolutionize the world, we’ve got to be different in our thinking. Shake off the heaviness and fear by focusing on who Jesus is and by renewing your mind in the Word. Here are some scriptures that will help you press past the mind-numbing attacks of the devil and remember that God is faithful. He will calm whatever storm you’re in and get you to the other side (Matthew 8:24-28).

Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap; they have no storeroom nor barn, and yet God feeds them; how much more valuable you are than the birds! Luke 12:24

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

Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. James 4:7

For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:3-5

So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Matthew 6:28-29 NKJV

Now is not the time to waver. It’s time to be intent on one purpose, with hearts and minds in one accord with the Master’s work. While the world is anxiously looking for answers, you carry the truth. Don’t shrink back but learn to abide under the shadow of the Most High, where you can rest and find strength and renewed confidence for the journey (Psalm 91:1).

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

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The Reset Button

Monday, May 9th, 2011

This I recall to my mind, therefore I have hope. The Lord’s lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:21-23

Because of God’s grace, we get to push a reset button every day. Every morning, every night, at any moment of the day—we can choose to lift our eyes past the circumstances we see looming around us and say, “This is the day the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it” (Psalm 118:24 NKJV).

“Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and He shall hear my voice” (Psalm 55:17 KJV). We can sometimes take for granted the call to connection and intimacy with God, but it’s the source of our greatest strength. As you go about your day, acknowledge Jesus. Pause from your routine and take “minute vacations with God” (Chuck Swindoll).

You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You. Isaiah 26:3

As you draw near to God, He’ll draw near to you. Not only will consistent devotion to God produce joy and a renewed mind, but it will show up in the subtle steps and nuances of your life. It will keep you from getting so worn down and distracted by life’s issues that you miss those God-moments of reaching out in love to someone who is hurting.

If you feel like you’re doing a crummy job as a Christian or you’re dealing with insecurity—God’s faithfulness overrides man’s inconsistency! God told Jeremiah, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I have appointed you a prophet to the nations” (Jeremiah 1:5). God knows the plans He has for you! Give Him a thimbleful of devotion and He’ll flood you with an ocean of life. Pray a little prayer and mean it and He’ll stretch it as big as heaven.

Great is His faithfulness!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

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