Archive for the ‘heart’ Category

How to Avoid Compassion Fatigue

Friday, September 30th, 2016

Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. Colossians 3:1-2

1. MAINTAIN AN ETERNAL PERSPECTIVE. The best part of life is Jesus. Everything we do is for an audience of One. Life here on earth has too many needs for us to ever keep track of and take care of, and that’s why we must keep seeking the eternal things of Jesus and trust Him with this life.

So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; bearing with one another, and forgiving each other. Colossians 3:12-13a

2. BE LED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT. The overload of need can be desensitizing. When you are led by human sympathy instead of God’s compassion, you’ll end up doing the wrong thing that will stimulate your pride or sense of heroism. But when you are led by the Holy Spirit, you will have energy for the right things.

3. PUT ON A HEART OF COMPASSION. The Holy Spirit wants to move each one of us into places of tremendous fulfillment and achievement, but we can’t do that with compassion fatigue. Stay ready by refusing to allow a callus to grow over your heart. Every day ask God to create a clean heart and renew a steadfast spirit in you (Psalm 51:10). Keep on showing up, keep on seeking the things above, keep on boldly declaring the Word, keep on crucifying your flesh, keep on walking in love. Keep on keeping on!

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

PRAY THIS PRAYER
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me (Psalm 51:10). I keep my heart with all diligence for from it flow the springs of life (Proverbs 4:23). I put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience and above all I put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity (Colossians 3:12-14).

com·pas·sion, noun
Deep awareness of the suffering of another coupled with the wish to relieve it.

Copyright © 2016 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. “Compassion.” The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition copyright © 2016 by Houghton.

Heart Life

Friday, August 26th, 2016

“He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” John 7:38 NKJV

1. A PROTECTED HEART. Tending to the hidden person of the heart is very important in this hour. The devil will try to discourage you; so take control of what you allow to influence you. Shake off bitterness, unforgiveness, and strife and diligently guard your heart.

2. A STRENGTHENED HEART. God’s Words are life to your heart. Take time to strengthen yourself in God’s Word and listen to what He is saying – ponder a chapter and meditate on it until you understand it and it gets planted in your heart.

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

3. AN ACTIVATED HEART. God’s Spirit will activate your heart so that you can spring forward into His plans. The prophet Elijah faced limitations like you and me; yet when the Holy Spirit came upon him, he outran a chariot (1 Kings 18:46)! It’s not by your strength or power, but by the help of the Holy Spirit. So remain “steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord” (1 Corinthians 15:58), and let God’s rivers of living water flow continuously and abundantly from your heart to a thirsty world.

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

DAILY CONFESSION
My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises! (Psalm 57:7). I am sowing to the spirit and I will reap eternal life (Galatians 6:8).

flow, verb
To move or run smoothly with unbroken continuity. To proceed steadily and easily. To be abundant; teem. A continuous output or outpouring (noun). I will be strong and let my heart take courage, as I hope in the Lord (Psalm 31:24).

Copyright © 2016 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. “Flow.” The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition copyright © 2016 by Houghton.

Watch Over Your Heart

Friday, August 12th, 2016

Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life. Proverbs 4:23

1. FROM BITTERNESS TO FORGIVENESS. Protect and guard your heart from the poison of resentment and fear. They are vision suppressors and growth inhibitors. Keep forgiving. Your heart needs to stay fresh and clear because there is plenty more God has planned for you to accomplish.

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful. Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you. Colossians 3:15-16a

2. FROM DISCONTENT TO PEACE. People are chronically plagued by “contentment deficit disorder,” which chokes the fruitfulness of God’s Word. Instead of being allured by the desire for other things, ask yourself what really matters most. As you keep sowing the Word into your spirit and letting it dwell richly in you, it will help you walk in God’s peace and contentment.

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. And those are the ones on whom seed was sown on the good soil; and they hear the word and accept it and bear fruit, thirty, sixty, and a hundredfold. Mark 4:18-20

3. FROM WORRY TO FAITH. Worry is the enemy of your success. But God’s Word carries the authority and power to change things. So speak God’s Word. Look at your bills and say, “My God shall supply all my needs.” Stay informed with current events, but don’t let it spin into worry. Instead, speak the Word over the social ills you see, and believe God for His peace to come into our city, our country, and the nations of the world.

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

DAILY CONFESSION based on Ephesians 6:10-17
I am strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. I put on the full armor of God so that I will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. I put on the belt of truth and integrity and the breastplate of an upright heart. I prepare by strapping on my feet the Gospel of peace. I put up the shield of faith to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. I take the helmet of salvation and use the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God.

con·tent·ment, noun
Freedom from worry or restlessness: peaceful satisfaction.

Copyright © 2016 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. “Contentment.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. 08 August 2016.

A Rich Harvest

Friday, May 15th, 2015

“Other seeds fell into the good soil, and as they grew up and increased . . . And those are the ones on whom seed was sown on the good soil; and they hear the word and accept it and bear fruit, thirty, sixty, and a hundredfold.” Mark 4:8, 20

1. Keep a Receptive Heart. Think of your heart as soil and the Word of God as seed. Jesus warns against rocky ground and says we must keep the soil of our hearts tender. The condition of your heart will determine how the crop grows.

2. Cultivate Growth. Deliberate planting of God’s Word will kill off all the toxic thinking that tries to take root in your life. As you daily renew your mind with Scripture, those kinds of thoughts will be crowded out.

“For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return there without watering the earth and making it bear and sprout, and furnishing seed to the sower and bread to the eater; so will My Word be which goes forth from My mouth; it will not return to Me empty, without accomplishing what I desire, and without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.” Isaiah 55:10-11

3. Bear Fruit. God’s Word guarantees a good crop, so lift up your eyes to see the fields that are ready for harvest (John 4:35). You are designed to be fruitful (John 15:8), and when you hear the Word of God and accept it, you can bear a ton of fruit.

Daily Confession:
My heart is receptive. I receive what God has for me. I hear the Word and accept it. In Jesus’ Name, I am able to comprehend what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that I may be filled up to all the fullness of God and continue to bear fruit all of my life—“thirty, sixty, and a hundredfold” (Ephesians 3:18-19, Mark 4:20).

cul·ti·vate, verb
To loosen or break up the soil. To foster the growth of. To improve by labor, care, or study

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. “Cultivate.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 5 May 2015.

Guard Your Heart

Sunday, January 19th, 2014

Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life.
Proverbs 4:23

See No Evil. The eye is the lamp of the body; so then if your eye is clear, your whole body will be full of light (Matthew 6:22). In the Old Testament, King Saul and the people of Israel got incapacitated by fear because they gazed at their problem and only glanced at God (1 Samuel 17). To move ahead, we keep our eyes focused on God—not in denial of circumstances, but knowing that God is mightier than any problem we face.

Hear No Evil. And He [Jesus] was saying to them, “Take care what you listen to. By your standard of measure it will be measured to you; and more will be given you besides” (Mark 4:24). Your brain is not a trashcan. It’s designed to carry the amazing, golden Word of God. This doesn’t advocate naivety, but as you and I feast on the promises and provisions of Scripture from Genesis to Revelation, our standard changes to match God’s heart.

Speak No Evil. Then you will call, and the Lord will answer; you will cry, and He will say, “Here I am.” If you remove the yoke from your midst, the pointing of the finger and speaking wickedness (Isaiah 58:9). As we spend time fasting, murmuring is one of the things that hijack its effectiveness. It’s so easy and habit-forming to grumble. But when you put away the temptation to murmur, your fasting will take on a new dimension of breakthrough and you will be ready for God to lead you and use you for His purposes.

Pray this prayer:
“God, I know You’ve designed me for good works and I renew my determination to guard my heart so I can be alert and ready for the exploits You have for me. When You tell me to pray about something, I will pray. When You tell me to talk to someone, I will do it with boldness. Thank You for fruitfulness in 2014!”

Guard verb – To keep safe from harm or danger; protect; watch over. Dictionary.com Unabridged

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. “Guard” Dictionary.com Unabridged Random House, Inc. Web. 13 Jan. 2014.