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God’s Word Is the Answer

Friday, August 28th, 2015

For even when we came into Macedonia our flesh had no rest, but we were afflicted on every side: conflicts without, fears within. But God, who comforts the depressed, comforted us by the coming of Titus. 2 Corinthians 7:5-6

RELY ON GOD. I appreciate the honesty of the Scriptures. The Apostle Paul was candid about the challenges he faced. He was hassled while he was fulfilling the Great Commission for the same reason you and I are hassled when we try to step up and be productive and fruitful – because the devil comes to steal, kill, and destroy (John 10:10). Whatever mind-numbing challenge you are facing—when no one can understand how you feel and even you don’t know how you feel—God understands. He is a present help in time of need (Psalm 46:1): a redeemer who saves, a healer who heals, and a compassionate God who comforts the depressed.

Why are you in despair, O my soul? and why have you become disturbed within me? Hope in God, for I shall again praise Him for the help of His presence. Psalm 42:5

REPLACE NEGATIVE SELF-DIALOGUE. Life and death are in the power of the tongue (Proverbs 18:21). We must battle to interrupt negative self-dialogue and replace it with constant, meaningful vocalizing of God’s promises from His Word. Instead of allowing imaginations to seize you, remind yourself who God is and what Jesus accomplished on Calvary. Remember the help God sent when He poured out the Holy Spirit in the upper room. Get up in the morning and speak God’s Word over your day.

DAILY CONFESSION:
I stand on the truth and the conviction of the promises of God. Heaven and earth will pass away, but God’s Word is permanent (Matthew 24:35). This hope is the anchor for my soul (Hebrews 6:19). It’s the protection of my thought life, the healer of my body (Psalm 107:20), the wisdom for my finances, and the answer for this generation.

“I say that we must talk to ourselves instead of allowing ‘ourselves’ to talk to us! Do you realize what that means? I suggest that the main trouble in this whole matter of spiritual depression in a sense is this, that we allow our self to talk to us instead of talking to our self.” – D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

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

Copyright © 2015 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. Lloyd-Jones, David Martyn. Spiritual Depression: Its Causes and Cure. Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 1965. Print.

Seeing Through the Lens of God’s Word

Monday, January 26th, 2015

[I] do not cease giving thanks for you, while making mention of you in my prayers; that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him. Ephesians 1:16-17

Look to Jesus. So often, people look at Jesus through the filter of their struggles and conflicts. But Jesus is calling us to look directly at Him. Not to deny that problems exist, but to deny Satan the right to dominate us.

The Word Brings Faith. Christianity is not a baseless optimism, but it is a biblical hope. Go to the Scriptures and look through the lens of God’s promises of provision, healing, and breakthrough. Faith will come! A spirit of wisdom and revelation will rise up in you and the truth of what God says will become more dominant than your current circumstances.

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. Ephesians 1:18-19a

Light Excels Darkness. Whether you are experiencing high times or hard times, God’s grace is going to see you through (Philippians 4:11-13). If the devil has backed you into a corner of despair, God’s Word will shine light in the darkest situations in your relationships, in your marriage, and in your finances (Psalm 119:130). Even though you don’t know everything that’s ahead, God does, and He has plans to give you a future and a hope (Jeremiah 29:11).

Daily Confession:
This is a year of advancement and breakthrough. I won’t back down from God’s plans and purposes. I thank God for a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him. I pray that the eyes of my understanding may be enlightened that I may know what is the hope of God’s calling and what are the riches of the glory of the inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward those who believe!

Lens, noun
Something that facilitates and influences perception, comprehension, or evaluation.

God Bless You,
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

Copyright © 2015 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: “Lens.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 19 Jan. 2015.

Reset Your Life with God’s Word

Monday, November 17th, 2014

The revelation of God is whole and pulls our lives together. The signposts of God are clear and point out the right road. The life-maps of God are right, showing the way to joy. Psalm 19:7-8a MSG

The Map of God’s Word. Many people are wondering what to do with their lives. No one cares more about your life than God. He cares about your days and the hours and the minutes you spend. He knows what to do when nobody else does. He will lead and guide you by His Holy Spirit and His written Word.

The Joy of God’s Word. God wants to restore joy to you (Psalm 51:12). The devil wants you to ignore your Bible and be overwhelmed with 50,000 other things because when God’s Word is in your heart, you become a formidable entity on the earth. The Bible has answers for your questions and gives you direction in the face of uncertainty. It will get you out of breakdown and into breakthrough.

The unfolding of Your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple. Psalm 119:130

The Light of God’s Word. Whatever you are going through, God has a plan. The Scriptures cut through all darkness and confusion like a light beam from heaven. Turn to the Word and let it be a light to your path. Spend time reading Psalm 19 and Psalm 119 this month and let God’s Word restore your soul.

Pray this Prayer:
God, give me a desire for the Bible. I know Your Word is perfect and restores my soul; it makes me wise; it rejoices my heart and enlightens my eyes (Psalm 19:7-8). Revive me according to Your Word (Psalm 119:25). Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, oh Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer (Psalm 19:14).

res•tore, verb
Hebrew: shuwb
To turn back; call to mind; get oneself back again; give again; recover; refresh.
Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible

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. Scripture taken from The Message. Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002. Used by permission of NavPress Publishing Group. Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible. Copyright 1890 by James Strong, Madison, NJ.

Soul Prosperity

Monday, October 27th, 2014

Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers. 3 John 1:2

1. Hear the Word. So many things are vying for our attention, but we are responsible to tend to our souls (the mind, will, and emotions). God tells us to “in humility receive the word implanted, which is able to save your souls” (James 1:21). The right response to pressure, decision-making, and mood changes is to get back into God’s promises and ponder them. As we receive God’s Word, it will change the way we think.

But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves. James 1:22

2. Be a Doer of the Word. We must be willing to take action on what God says. If God says pray, pray. If God says give, give. If He says forgive, forgive. If God says don’t gossip, bridle your tongue. If God says cast down imaginations, do it. If He says resist the devil, resist the devil. As we hear and obey we will increase our capacity and advance.

And I pray that the fellowship of your faith may become effective through the knowledge of every good thing which is in you for Christ’s sake. Philemon 1:6

3. Finish Strong. Don’t grow weary, don’t shrink back, and don’t surrender to the vicious attacks of the devil (Isaiah 55:11). As you humble your heart and receive God’s Word, you will succeed in what God sends you to do. You are not where you’ve been, and you are not where you’re going to be. The best is yet to come.

Daily Confession based on Romans 12:1-2
By the mercies of God, I present my body a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is my spiritual service of worship. I am not conformed to this world, but I am transformed by the renewing of my mind so that I may prove what the will of God is—that which is good, acceptable, and perfect.

pros•per, verb
Greek: euodoo
To help on the road, succeed in reaching; to succeed in business affairs; have a prosperous journey. –Strong’s Greek Dictionary of the New Testament

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. Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible. Copyright 1890 by James Strong, Madison, NJ.

Nuggets From Romans 8

Monday, September 29th, 2014

Just as miners prospect for gold, we can search out the Scriptures to find amazing truths. Let these few nuggets from Romans Chapter 8 encourage you to dig deep and prospect God’s Word for yourself.

For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. Romans 8:2

1. A Higher Law. This profoundly communicates the fact that a law from God surpasses a lesser law. Like the law of thrust and lift supersedes the law of gravity (so airplanes can fly), the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has freed us from the law of sin and death.

But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you. Romans 8:11

2. Healing. Jesus broke the impenetrable wall of sin that blocked us from God. Now we have received this amazing provision that gives life to our mortal bodies.

In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. Romans 8:26

3. Help From The Holy Spirit. When our humanity reaches its limit and we don’t know how to pray, we can connect with God and the Holy Spirit will intercede for us. This is what I love about praying in tongues: not only can we build ourselves up in our faith (Jude 20), but we can pray out mysteries that we don’t even know (1 Corinthians 14:2).

Daily Confession:
Because of Jesus I am set free and healed. I look into the mirror of God’s Word so I won’t forget what kind of person He has made me to be (James 1:23). I explore and search the Scriptures to find the truth that is better than gold or precious stones (Psalm 119:72). I have the help of the Holy Spirit to guide me where I have never been before.

Prospect, verb
To explore or search (for). From Classical Latin, lookout; to look forward; to look: see, spy.

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. “Prospect.” Webster’s New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio. n.d 22 Sept. 2014.

The Certainty of God’s Word

Monday, August 11th, 2014

God’s Word never changes. He has sustained you this far and He will bring to completion everything He has called you to do. Let these scriptures get rooted in your spirit and produce firm conviction in your heart concerning God’s eternal faithfulness. Satan antagonizes in the area of uncertainty. As you gain clarity and specifics with God’s Word, you will begin to dispel all doubt.

I have been young and now I am old, yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken or his descendants begging bread. Psalm 37:25

You know the word which the Lord spoke to Moses the man of God concerning you [Joshua] and me [Caleb] in Kadesh-barnea. Joshua 14:6b

Behold, I [Caleb] am eighty-five years old today. I am still as strong today as I was in the day Moses sent me; as my strength was then, so my strength is now, for war and for going out and coming in. Joshua 14:10b-11

He has remembered His covenant forever, the word which He commanded to a thousand generations. Psalm 105:8

For He Himself has said, “I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you,” so that we confidently say, “The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid. What will man do to me?” Hebrews 13:5b-6

Daily Confession
I place my hope and trust in God’s Word. He is watching over His Word to perform it (Jeremiah 1:12). God’s plans and purposes will come to pass in my life and I will surely overcome! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

cer•tain•ty, noun
Firm conviction that something is the case. The quality of being reliably true. A general air of confidence.

Press on!
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. “certainty.” Oxford Dictionaries. Oxford University Press, n.d. Web. 06 August 2014.

How to Be Fruitful

Monday, June 16th, 2014

“I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.” John 15:5

Get rooted. Sustainability comes from being rooted and grounded in God. Burnout happens when we lose connection with our Source. We can see greater fruitfulness than we’ve ever thought possible as we learn how to rest in Jesus and let our roots grow deep in His Word and produce fruit in our lives. Read your Bible! It’s good for you!

Therefore we also have as our ambition, whether at home or absent, to be pleasing to Him. 2 Corinthians 5:9

Let God prune you. God is the master gardener. He is more interested in our fruitfulness and advancement than we are. He prunes our branches so they can bear more fruit (John 15:1-2). We sometimes confuse activity with achievement – so stay yielded to the Lord and let Him show you His priorities. Pray about priorities. Constantly ask for His will to be done.

Stay hydrated. When you stay connected to your Source, by meditating on God’s Word and following His plan, you will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in its season (Psalm 1:3). Tenderize your heart and let your thoughts be reformed and renewed by staying in the Word. Your leaf will not wither and whatever you do will prosper (Psalm 3:3). Drink from the wells of salvation. Living Water is always available!

Daily Confession
I dwell in the secret place of the Most High. Lord, I abide in the shadow of Your Wings (Psalm 91:1). You are my refuge and my fortress, God, and I trust You. I thank You, God, that You watch over Your Word to perform it. I look to You to increase fruitfulness in my life—prune off whatever needs to be removed. As I stay planted in the house of the Lord, I will flourish and yield fruit in old age!

fruit•ful adjective – Yielding or producing fruit. Conducive to an abundant yield. Abundantly productive.

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: “fruitful” Merriam-Webster.com. Wed. 09 June 2014.

A Time to Seek the Lord

Monday, January 13th, 2014

“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

“Call to Me” is the prelude to God’s promise to give us answers and understanding. Let’s get our hearts receptive so we are ready for the great and mighty things God has for us in 2014. As we seek God through His Word and prayer and fasting this month, here are four ways to help you study the Scriptures:

1. Approach the Bible reverently. We approach the Holy Bible with reverence, knowing it is God’s Word, living and active and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart (Hebrews 4:12).

2. Read the Bible prayerfully. When Billy Graham reads his Bible, this is the verse he prays: “Open my eyes, that I may behold wonderful things from Your law” (Psalm 119:18).

3. Learn to understand each aspect of the Bible. From beginning to end you’ll find Jesus on every page—from the law and history books to the prophets and the poetry to the gospels and the epistles. Every chapter of the Bible blends into a beautiful harmony.

4. Endeavor to apply God’s Word in all you do. A New Year’s resolution that’s better than losing inches off your waist is to get strengthened in your spirit and seek God’s way. When you meditate on the Word, when you call out to God, you will get wisdom beyond your experience, expertise, or age.

Pray this prayer:
“God, I dedicate this season to a fresh inclination toward Your priorities. I call upon You and pray You show me great and mighty things which I don’t know. Help me to shake off apathy and not be hijacked by the dailies of life. I pray for breakthrough in my career advancement, spiritual growth, and relationships. Help me to respond to 2014 as a radical, on-fire person. This year I will be more effective than ever before by the grace of God in the Name of Jesus!”

CALL - Hebrew: qara’.
To call out to . . . cry (for help) . . . preach, (make) proclaim (-ation), pronounce, publish, read, say. –Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible

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: Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible. Copyright 1890 by James Strong, Madison, N.J.

Keep Remembering

Monday, October 14th, 2013

This is now, beloved, the second letter I am writing to you in which I am stirring up your sincere mind by way of reminder, that you should remember the words spoken beforehand by the holy prophets and the commandment of the Lord and Savior spoken by your apostles. 2 Peter 3:1-2

The Apostle Peter wrote to the Early Church to stir up their minds by reminding them of the words spoken by the prophets of the past and by the apostles. He wanted them to avoid having spiritual amnesia, where they experience the richness of God but then immediately look away from the mirror of the Word and forget what kind of people they really are (James 1:23-24). God wants us to keep looking into the Word, keep poring over its pages, and keep remembering.

But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in what he does. James 1:25

When you are cooking and something on the stove starts to spill over, you can stir down the boil to calm it down. If things are getting frenetic in life, you can go to the Word of God and “stir down the boil.” Stir down fear and anxiety by stirring up your heart and your mind in remembrance. Draw near to God and speak His Word.

We aren’t idealists who gloss over reality. But, because of Jesus, we are more than conquerors (Romans 8:37). Because of Jesus, we can have a victorious present and a breathtaking future. Keep going back to the mirror of God’s Word to remind yourself who you are and what you have through Jesus. He is available to help you right now.

Draw near to God,
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

Copyright © 2013 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.

Pay Attention

Monday, October 7th, 2013

My son, give attention to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. Do not let them depart from your sight; keep them in the midst of your heart. For they are life to those who find them and health to all their body. Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life. Proverbs 4:20-23

Guard your heart. When we enter the secret place with God, we obtain strength, direction, and refreshing (Psalm 91:1 NKJV). But the strategy of the devil is to provide weapons of mass distraction that pull us away from attention to God’s Word. That’s why we must stay attentive—to guard our hearts and to keep life’s distractions from choking out the fruitfulness of the Word.

But the worries of the world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things enter in and choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. Mark 4:19

Stay thankful. Take time to consider how rich, how amazing, and how wonderful redemption is. Unfortunately, on the way to the Promised Land, the Israelites let their discouragement lead them into trouble. They even complained about the heavenly food God provided for them, saying, “We loathe this miserable food” (Numbers 21:4-5). So savor all that Jesus has provided. A thankful heart will strengthen you and enable you to fend off discouragement.

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget none of His benefits. Psalm 103:2

Attend to the Word. Whatever distraction you’ve been dealing with, commit to refocusing your heart on the Word of God. If you ask Jesus to help you in your walk, He will help you. Take hold of the promises of God and continue to move forward—keeping your eyes on Jesus and staying activated for God’s purposes for your life.

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

Copyright © 2013 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.