Archive for the ‘Jesus’ Category

Jesus: A Sure Foundation

Friday, May 24th, 2019

“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30

1. STRENGTH. Jesus didn’t come to complicate things – He came to set people free and remove their heavy burdens. He wants to be the strength of your life. If you’ve been fatigued and you have grown weary, He wants you to get rest and power from Him.

2. SOLIDITY. Peter underscores a profound reality about God: In the face of the constant bombardment that hits each one of us, we can cast ALL our cares on Him. Jesus is the solid rock, and He cannot be shaken.

Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully. 1 Peter 5:7 AMP

3. SECURITY. What are you dealing with right now? Jesus is more than enough to see you through every issue, every dilemma, every challenge. Cast your burdens on the Lord. Ask for wisdom and God will guide you, and the blessing of God will come in and crowd out oppression and bring you into a place of peace.

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

Pray this prayer:
God, You are my portion and I hope in You. I thank You, Lord, that Your lovingkindness never stops. Your mercies are new every morning (Lamentations 3:22-24). You, Lord, are a stronghold in the day of trouble and You know those who take refuge in You (Nahum 1:7). When I cry to You, God, You answer me. I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people—You, O Lord, are a shield for me, my glory, and the One who lifts my head (Psalm 3). I trust You, Jesus!

foun•da•tion, noun
The basis or groundwork, or anything; that on which any thing stands, and by which it is supported. qualified; able.

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Tell People About Jesus

Friday, May 25th, 2018

And He [Jesus] said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the Gospel to all creation.” Mark 16:15

1. CALLED TO EFFECTIVENESS. St. Louis Family Church was established in 1988 with the goal to honor God and help people. Jesus, the Head of the Church, is doing great things worldwide, and we are part of it. Together and as individuals we have a mandate on our lives to carry light and fire to the next generation.

The people who know their God will display strength and take action. Daniel 11:32b

2. CREATED FOR ACTION. God redeemed us from futility and has initiated us into purpose. You were created to accomplish amazing works, but the devil is fighting to distract you because you are so dangerous to him. Keep reading the Word and praying to prepare and stay ready for what God is doing in your life!

3. COMMITTED TO OBEY. The Gospel is powerful. We can’t let the devil silence us. God is activating us to nudge people out of darkness into the light. Ask the Holy Spirit to lead and guide you on how to pray and who to talk to. Begin to tell people what Jesus has done for you. As we each step out in obedience at the prompting of the Holy Spirit, we will see great fruitfulness and breakthrough as individuals, in our church, and in our world in the coming days.

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

DAILY CONFESSION:
I give thanks to the Lord, I call upon His name. I make known His deeds among the people (Psalm 105:1). For I am not ashamed of the Gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes.(Romans 1:17). I don’t worry about how or what I should say for I will know what to say at the right moment. It is not I who will speak but the Holy Spirit in me (Matthew 10:19-20).

tell, verb
To express in words. To relate in detail: narrate. To make known: divulge, reveal. To give information to.

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Receive Jesus

Friday, April 6th, 2018

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. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. John 3:16-17

1. WHY WE NEED JESUS. The Bible reveals that we all have sinned and fallen short of God’s wonderful plan for our lives (Romans 3:23). So God sent His Son, Jesus, to make things right. Sin can’t be overcome by self-help, philosophy, or good works. It’s conquered only by receiving Jesus who shed His blood and paid the penalty for us.

2. WHO JESUS IS. Jesus became part of the human race, taking upon Himself the form of man; yet He didn’t sin. He did not come to establish just another religion. He is not just one of many holy men. Jesus is the unique Being of the universe, one hundred percent God and one hundred percent man. And there is salvation in no one else.

3. WHAT JESUS DOES. Jesus came to save the world and restore what was lost. Whatever your problem, Jesus is the answer. He sacrificed his life, died on a cross, but then rose from the dead conquering sin and death (1 Corinthians 15:55).

4. HOW YOU CAN KNOW JESUS. God cares deeply for you, and from start to finish He has a good plan for your life. When we respond to Jesus and receive Him, something magnificent takes place: we’re no longer destined for hell – an eternity separated from God. Instead we get a new life filled with love and hope and joy. Call out to Jesus – He hears your prayer.

There is nobody like Jesus,
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

PRAY THIS PRAYER TO RECEIVE JESUS:
God, In my heart I believe that Jesus truly is Your Son and that He died for my sins and rose from the dead. I repent for every time I have sinned. I accept Jesus into my life right now, to lead and guide me as my Lord. Thank You for saving me, and thank You that You have a great plan for my life!

re·ceive, verb
To permit to enter. To act as a receptacle or container for. To accept as authoritative, true, or accurate.

Life in Jesus

Friday, December 29th, 2017

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. Psalm 91:1

LIVE DEEP. Have you ever noticed how your thought life can get bombarded with negativity? That’s why God invites us to study, ponder and meditate on His Word. I love to marinate foods, and the longer a steak is marinated, the more flavorful and tender it becomes. You and I are invited to soak in God’s presence and in His Word and let the truth go deep into our hearts.

This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success. Joshua 1:8

LIVE READY. Our culture has become skilled at restating the negative with very little inclination toward action to change. But what I see from the Scriptures is that God has called us as Christians to be His ambassadors; to be the forward presence of the Kingdom of God. Our responsibility is to make Jesus known. God has called us to bring real change, to be builders. He has called us out of apathy and basic survival into fruitfulness and freedom!

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

PRAY THIS PRAYER:
God, I thank You for giving us Your amazing Word as a lamp to our feet and a light to our path (Psalm 119:105). I thank You for Your mercy and Your strength; for Your wisdom and Your availability. You want to bring Your plans and purposes to pass through me. So I open up and trust You. Please guide me and show me the next steps of obedience. God, I pray 2018 will be the best year I’ve ever had – a year of accomplishment and fruitfulness; a year of abundance and blessing; a year of growth and progress; and a year of favor and protection in Jesus’ Name, amen!

med·i·tate, verb
To reflect upon; study, contemplate, etc. To plan or intend. To think deeply and continuously; reflect; muse.

Copyright © 2017 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. Used by permission. All rights reserved. “Meditate.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam- Webster, n.d. 20 December 2017.

Living Water

Friday, November 3rd, 2017

Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’” But this He spoke of the Spirit. John 7:37-39a

1. GET IN THE FLOW. God’s flow is life-giving; it’s deep and beautiful. When Jesus offered the Samaritan woman living water (John 4:10), He looked past ethnic, gender, and religious divisions. He knew her condition and offered her eternal life. He knew her sin and was there to forgive her. The Holy Spirit never changes and the New Testament truths are for us today. Jesus is calling out to all of us, inviting us to partake in His flow.

2. DON’T CHOKE THE FLOW. In order to keep pipes from freezing, it’s important to always keep the water flowing. Unforgiveness and worry can stop up the flow of the Holy Spirit in our lives. When we forgive and repent, we push the reset button, removing the blockages. To cure stagnation and let living water flow through, you can continually lift your voice in worship and praise to God. Pray in the Spirit as you go about your day. Get in the habit of quoting scriptures out loud all the time.

But whoever drinks of the water that I [Jesus] will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life. John 4:14

3. INVITE OTHERS INTO GOD’S FLOW. God has given you the ministry of reconciliation, and Jesus is reaching out through you to a lost generation and to those who have never experienced God’s love. God didn’t design us to be reservoir containers but channels with outflow to reach this dry, parched world.

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

PRAY THIS PRAYER
Jesus, I thank You for Your living water available in my life. I watch over my heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life (Proverbs 4:23). I forgive anything I have against anyone so that my Father who is in heaven will also forgive my transgressions (Mark 11:25). I repent of any sin or worry and ask You to forgive me, God. I ask for Your amazing river of living water to flow in my life every day. I love You, Jesus. Amen!

flow, verb
To stream or well forth. To issue or proceed from a source. To proceed continuously and smoothly. To abound in something.

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Jesus – Your Help

Friday, September 15th, 2017

I will lift up my eyes to the mountains; from where shall my help come? My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth. Psalm 121:1-2

HE IS YOUR ANSWER. Mountains represent whatever is looming in your life—they are images of problems or difficulties. So whatever you are dealing with, look at it and ask yourself, “Where does my help come from?” It comes from the Lord! He is your answer. He is your help. He will never leave you or forsake you.

EDIFY YOURSELF IN THE WORD. Look at the truth found in God’s Word. Fix your eyes on Jesus right now. Take some time to read the Scriptures. They will make a clear distinction between your soul and spirit. Get out your best paper Bible, dedicate a pen, get a ruler, underline and highlight. Let God’s Word be a lamp to your feet and a light to your path (Psalm 119:105).

LISTEN ALERTLY FOR GOD’S VOICE. Alertness doesn’t mean we become nervous or anxious. Rather, we are focused and paying attention. When we let things settle around us and get quiet, God is going to speak. One day in His presence can do so much to counsel, to edify, to expose areas where you need to change, repent, clarify what’s available to you, and recognize who you are in Christ.

PREPARE FOR ACTION. Time is short and people need what we have. We have a responsibility to communicate the Gospel as succinctly, as excellently, and as long as we can. If you’ve let this mission get buried because you are tired, numb and struggling from the pressures of daily life, lift up your eyes to Jesus. He wants to help you both with the big picture and with the micro-level details of your life.

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

PRAY THIS PRAYER:
I thank You, God, that You instruct me in the way I should go. I ask You to counsel me with Your eye upon me (Psalm 32:8). Help me to focus and receive wisdom and clarity from You. I confess that I know what to do in every situation. I am getting sharper and more alert in the Name of Jesus. Amen.

a·lert, adj.
Vigilantly attentive; watchful. Mentally responsive and perceptive; quick. Brisk or lively in action. A condition or period of heightened watchfulness or preparation for action (noun).

Copyright © 2017 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. Used by permission. All rights reserved. “Alert.” The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition copyright ©2017 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Web. 12 Sept. 2017.

Lift Up Your Light

Friday, September 8th, 2017

You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. Matthew 5:14-16

1. LIFT UP YOUR EYES. Sometimes we put our noses to the grindstone trying to figure out the intricacies of a problem, when what we really need to do is take a step back and look to Jesus. When your eyes are focused on Him instead of on the problem, you aren’t denying reality—you are looking to the One who has the answer.

2. LIFT UP YOUR NEEDS IN PRAYER. You can actually know and follow the promptings of the Holy Spirit. Take some time to pray and open yourself to what God wants to tell you. Pray constantly—pray in the Spirit, pray with your understanding, pray the Scriptures—pray about everything!

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

3. LIFT UP YOUR WORD INTAKE. Spend a little more time in your Bible. The Word of God will equip you, guide you, and make you effective for all that God has called you to do. As we enter into a season when society is becoming aware of their need for Jesus, the Scriptures will help us to distinguish between fleshly reasoning and God’s wisdom and understanding. (Hebrews 4:12).

4. LIFT UP YOUR VOICE AND REJOICE. “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! (Philippians 4:4a). If you are going through the proverbial darkness before the dawn, remember that you are fighting a spiritual battle (Ephesians 6:12). Keep on rejoicing! God is going to get you to the other side, and along the way He will open doors and increase opportunities for you.

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

DAILY CONFESSION:
I look to the Lord and I am radiant, and my face will never be ashamed (Psalm 34:5). I lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles, and I run with endurance the race that is set before me, fixing my eyes on Jesus (Hebrews 12:1-2a).

light, noun
Any device serving as a source of illumination. The quality of being luminous; emitting or reflecting light. A device for lighting or igniting fuel, charges, or fires.

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How to Live Ready for Jesus

Friday, April 8th, 2016

This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come. Matthew 24:14

1. HONOR JESUS. Jesus is the Messiah and He fulfilled every prophecy about Himself, and some day soon Jesus is going to come back. In the meantime, we are to exalt and acknowledge Him. And just like the crowds cried out “Hosanna!” (“Save us!”) when Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey, we are also coming into a time when our city, our nation, and our world will be stirred to ask for God’s salvation.

Most of the crowd spread their coats in the road, and others were cutting branches from the trees and spreading them in the road. The crowds going ahead of Him [Jesus], and those who followed, were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David; Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest!” Matthew 21:8-9

2. SPEND TIME WITH GOD. Spend an hour in prayer. If that feels like too long, pray for 15 minutes or five minutes. Open your Bible and read it, and God will bring restoration and peace to your soul. If you want to see power flow in your life, pray in the Spirit. If you want to see stability in your life, stay in church.

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes. Romans 1:16a

3. PREACH THE GOSPEL. The Gospel is powerful. Don’t let the devil shut your mouth. Understand the calling on your life to be help and hope to those around you – both covertly in your quiet time of prayer and overtly when God tells you to walk up to someone and say, “God loves you and has a plan for your life.”

Get ready!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

PRAY THIS PRAYER:
Jesus, I love You and praise You! I put You first in my life. Thank You for this life of adventure with You. I’ll obey everything You tell me to do. Show me when and where You want me to share the Gospel and I’ll do it. Show me who I should be praying for and I’ll pray. In Jesus’ Name, amen.

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The Good Shepherd

Friday, October 30th, 2015

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. “I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.” John 10:10-11

JESUS THE SAVIOR. Jesus took our sin upon Him when He died on the Cross. We’ve all drifted like sheep, but the Shepherd and guardian of our souls has come to rescue us from our wanderings and get us back in fellowship with God (Isaiah 53:6).

JESUS THE PROVIDER. God is not distant. He is present, watchful, and caring. Whatever circumstances you are facing—if you are in the fight of your life—God is present and able to help you. If you’ve been in a fog, God’s light excels darkness. If you’ve been down, God is the glory and the lifter of your head (Psalm 3:3). If your heart is vexed, God brings His peace (Philippians 4:7).

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters. He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Psalm 23:1-3

JESUS THE GUIDE.
The Scriptures supply everything that the soul needs. At the start of every day, go to God’s Word to get direction and to get your heart settled on His plan. As you open your Bible, He’ll lead you on the path of righteousness into fruitful, green pastures.

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

PRAY THIS PRAYER:
Open my eyes that I may behold wondrous things from Your Word (Psalm 119:18). Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You have anointed my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever (Psalm 23:4-6).

shep•herd
One who herds, guards, and tends sheep. To guide or lead on a course. To direct or instruct in a certain manner.

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Desperate Faith

Friday, July 10th, 2015

One of the synagogue officials named Jairus came up, and on seeing Him, fell at His feet and implored Him earnestly, saying, “My little daughter is at the point of death; please come and lay Your hands on her, so that she will get well and live.” Mark 5:22-23

Jesus is available. This powerful story shows a man of great prominence and authority willing to humble himself—even to the point of falling at Jesus’ feet in the middle of a large crowd—and Jesus was ready and willing to respond to the man’s request. At any given moment, in an emergency situation or in the daily grind of life, we all need Jesus. And He will answer when we call.

Jesus is all-sufficient. While Jesus was on the way to heal Jairus’ daughter, a woman touched the hem of His robe. Not only did Jesus heal that woman, but when He got to Jairus’ house, He spoke to the little girl and she rose from the dead! God is not limited to one miracle — His power is unlimited. He is able to meet ALL your needs (Philippians 4:19).

A woman who had had a hemorrhage for twelve years … after hearing about Jesus, she came up in the crowd behind Him and touched His cloak. For she thought, “If I just touch His garments, I will get well.” Immediately the flow of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of her affliction. Mark 5:25-29

Jesus offers results. Jairus and the woman with the hemorrhage got breathtaking results. You can take your kids to the Lord just like Jairus took his daughter’s need to Jesus. At any point with any issue—you don’t have to wait for an emergency—you can throw yourself at Jesus’ feet and be assured He’s going to be willing and able to see you through.

Daily Confession:
I love You, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge; my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies (Psalm 18:1-3).

des•per•ate, adj.
Showing a willingness to take any risk in order to change a bad or dangerous situation

I love Jesus,
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. “Desperate.” dictionary.cambridge.org. Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary. n.d Web. 06 July 2015.