Archive for the ‘God's love’ Category

How Much More?!

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

So that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God. Ephesians 3:17-19

Ask. If you want to understand God’s nature and how He relates to you, look at Jesus. He is the “exact representation” of the Father (Hebrews 1:2-3). Jesus didn’t come to condemn the world but that the world might be saved through Him (John 3:17). He came to seek and save the lost (Luke 19:10). He went around healing all who were oppressed by the devil (Acts 10:38). Open up your heart to understand we have a heavenly Father who cares about us personally and emphatically.

Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him! Matthew 7:7, 11

Seek. This verse doesn’t advocate that we go to God for self-indulgence or with a sense of entitlement, but it does tell us that if we seek, then we will find. As much as we humans know how to give good gifts to our kids, God wants to bless us so much more!

Knock. I’ve learned that God is good and He is a giver. When we seek, we know we will find the answers we are looking for. Circumstances come and go, feelings come and go, but God’s Word is true and His nature never changes—He is abidingly faithful. Study the pages of Scripture to comprehend the great love God has for you.

Pray This Prayer
Based on Ephesians 3:16-19
God, I pray that You would grant me, according to the riches of Your glory, to be strengthened with power through Your 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 what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, so I may be filled up to all the fullness of God. Amen!

com•pre•hend verb – To grasp the nature, significance, or meaning of.

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

Copyright © 2014 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. Footnote: “Peace” Merriam-Webster.com. Wed. 03 June 2014. Footnote: “comprehend” Merriam-Webster.com. Wed. 18 June 2014.

God’s Surpassing Power & Love

Monday, February 20th, 2012

I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might. Ephesians 1:18-19

The impact of the Good News. Occasionally all of us have to deal with feelings of inadequacy and insufficiency. This world’s system is depleted, but not so with God’s kingdom! It is vibrant and complete. Jesus came on a rescue mission, not to institute another world religion but to erase our sins and to lift us out of the pit (2 Corinthians 3:5).

For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, 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 4:17-18

A heavenly mindset. The worst we face in this life isn’t even worthy to be compared with what awaits us on the other side. If you’re hurting, bear this in mind and receive help from the Lord. There is no limit to God’s scope. He always does exceedingly abundantly beyond. He comes in on the scene and takes the impossible and turns it around. Paul said he wasn’t ashamed of the Gospel because it is the power of God to salvation to everyone that believes (Romans 1:16). “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us” (Romans 8:18).

[I pray] that you, being rooted and grounded in love may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God. Ephesians 3:17b-19

The amazing love of Jesus. The love God has for us is beyond the reach of our human understanding—it’s inexhaustible. As we begin to see how much God loves us and realize how rich in mercy He is, we can become carriers of His love to a lost and hurting world. His love helps us to become more tolerant toward others. You are anointed and empowered by God to impact people. Take hold of this and, having done all to stand, continue standing. (Ephesians 6:13-14).

Press on,
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.

You Are Loved

Monday, December 26th, 2011

Long before [God] laid down earth’s foundations, He had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of his love, to be made whole and holy by his love. Long, long ago He decided to adopt us into his family through Jesus Christ. (What pleasure he took in planning this!) He wanted us to enter into the celebration of his lavish gift-giving by the hand of his beloved Son. Ephesians 1:4-6 The Message

When Jesus, the King, was born in a feeding trough over 2,000 years ago, God was showing the love and value He places on each one of us.

We were trapped and lost. We couldn’t save ourselves. Jesus became like we are so that we can be made right with God. What happened in that manger and ultimately on the Cross is fully available today. He died to save us, and when we call on the name of Jesus we bring that vital action into the present of our lives.

This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him. 2 Corinthians 5:17-18 NLT

People need breakthrough that only a Mighty God can give; they need an Eternal Father’s unconditional love and the Prince of Peace to save them from the war in their hearts. Jesus is each of those things, and He is available to you.

God sent His Son to save us from our sins. If you’re not a Christian, I encourage you to humble yourself and call out to God. He will respond. Bury your regrets about the past and your fears concerning the future—trust in a faithful God. He loves you.

Pray this prayer: Lord Jesus, You know everything about me. Please forgive me for all the wrong things I’ve ever said or done. I know that You died for my sins and rose from the dead. Please come into my life and be my Lord. Help me to follow You always. Amen.

Merry Christmas!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

Copyright © 2011 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. Scripture taken from The Message. Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002. Used by permission of NavPress Publishing Group. Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996, 2004. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved.

I Am Convinced

Monday, January 18th, 2010

Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? … But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:35-39

“Who will separate us from the love of Christ?” is the important question. Paul was convinced, and now it’s crucial that we become convinced that nothing can separate us from God’s love.

Insecurity comes from being unfamiliar with who God really is and what His Word says! Let’s mark the beginning of this year by delving into the Word and getting convinced by the love of God. God absolutely loves you and me. This truth is constantly being assailed by the enemy and by our own misperceptions and distortions. The only way to set right the situation is to turn to the Scripture and rediscover God’s heart concerning His people.

Since then it is by faith that we are justified, let us grasp the fact that we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through Him we have confidently entered into this new relationship of grace, and here we take our stand, in happy certainty of the glorious things He has for us in the future. Romans 5:1-2 Phillips Translation

Let it resonate in your spirit. Pore through the pages of the Bible and get filled with God’s heart concerning His people. It feels good to be forgiven and loved. It’s the best place in the universe!

You’re loved,
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.

God Loves You

Monday, December 28th, 2009

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. John 3:16

God loves you! When you know you’re loved, you are free to spend life loving and valuing others. If you catch yourself being bitter, you have probably been giving until your tank is empty and trying to operate out of your own strength instead of relying on God. Take some time to meditate on God’s love for you and watch your attitude turn around!

During the holiday season, most of us get extra opportunities to take “pop quizzes” on the love walk! The best way to pass these quizzes is not to imitate your idea of a nice person, but to imitate God. “Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma” (Ephesians 5:1-2). Learn from God and then do it.

Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a

If you’re feeling pressure this Christmas, apply these ten rules for getting rid of the blues: Do something for someone else — then repeat it nine times! Every person has a fundamental need for a Savior, and the best way to introduce people to Jesus is by showing love. It’s the most important thing we can do with our lives. “Kindness has converted more sinners than either zeal, or eloquence, or learning” (Frederick W. Faber).

God bless you and Merry Christmas!
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, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation.

The Disciple Whom Jesus Loved

Monday, December 14th, 2009

See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God. 1 John 3:1a

You’ll become frustrated trying to walk in love if you don’t understand that we love because God first loved us. We can only truly walk in love as it flows out of our understanding of God’s love for us.

The apostle John had a profound understanding of God’s love. Four times John reiterated his awareness of God’s love by calling himself “the disciple whom Jesus loved” (John 13:23; 19:26; 20:2; 21:7). I used to think John was rubbing it in to Peter and the other disciples that he was the favorite. But now I realize the contrast between those two disciples at that point in their journeys: Peter was the disciple who tried to love Jesus, but John was the disciple who received the love from God.

It’s not about your loving God more—it starts at square one: God’s love for you. Let it resonate in your spirit that you are the disciple whom God loves, and out of that value, you can start valuing your relationship with God and valuing the people around you.

By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 1 John 4:9-11

God is calling us to revolutionize our generation with this radical approach called love that emanates from our relationship with God. We are at our best when this translates into practical action. How are we going to win the world? Not by our amazing sophistication, but by our love.

It’s good to be loved,
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, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation.

God’s Love

Monday, November 9th, 2009

And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ; having been filled with the fruit of righteousness which comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God. Philippians 1:9-11

Without agape—the God kind of love—all other loves fall short. God’s love is different from natural human love; it’s supernatural and changes a person. Agape love is value: looking at a person and realizing that is someone for whom Christ died.

If you started out walking the love walk, but over time life has dealt you a weird hand and your attitude has changed, go back to the Bible and see the pattern that God set in place. “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good” (Romans 12:21).

You can’t control other people, but you can control yourself. Here is a description of love adapted from 1 Corinthians 13. It’s been modified so you can confess it over your own life every day—or ten times a day!

• I am patient.
• I am kind.
• I am not jealous.
• I don’t brag.
• I am not arrogant.
• I don’t act unbecomingly.
• I don’t seek my own.
• I am not provoked.
• I don’t take into account a wrong suffered.
• I don’t rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoice with the truth.
• I bear all things, believe all things, hope all things, and endure all things. I won’t be driven off course, because love never fails!

Press on!
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, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation.

A Renewed Life

Monday, October 12th, 2009

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

The value of something is determined by what someone is willing to pay for it. The world evaluates worth based on appearance, performance, and status. But God doesn’t make superficial evaluations. Whether you are doing great or not so great, He absolutely loves you. You are worthy because of the blood of Jesus that reconciled you to God!

Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation. 2 Corinthians 5:17

In order for us to operate fully and effectively in the ministry of reconciliation, we must know who we are in Christ. The devil wants to keep us from seeing ourselves in the mirror of the Word so that we stay dominated by our flesh, fears, and sensory impulses. But God’s Word identifies us clearly and transforms us completely: “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect” (Romans 12:2).

Forget conforming to the expectations of the world. If you want to live radically for Jesus, get your mind on what God has intended you to be: someone who walks in close fellowship with Him and who carries the message of reconciliation to a lost world.

You are loved by God!
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, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation.