Archive for the ‘joy’ Category

Steps to Joy Restored

Friday, August 7th, 2015

Restore to me the joy of Your salvation and sustain me with a willing spirit. Then I will teach transgressors Your ways, and sinners will be converted to You. Psalm 51:12-13

EAT HEALTHY, NOURISHING FOOD. After the prophet Elijah had an amazing breakthrough, he got depressed. God gave Elijah practical steps to eat, get hydrated, and sleep to help get him out of discouragement.

SLEEP SEVEN TO EIGHT HOURS A DAY. God promises sweet sleep to you (Proverbs 3:24) and “gives to His beloved even in his sleep” (Psalm 127:2).

But he [Elijah] himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree; and he requested for himself that he might die . . . He lay down and slept under a juniper tree; and behold, there was an angel touching him, and he said to him, “Arise, eat.” . . . So he ate and drank and lay down again. The angel of the Lord came again a second time and touched him and said, “Arise, eat, because the journey is too great for you.” 1 Kings 19:4-7

KEEP COMPANY WITH GOOD PEOPLE. Surrounding yourself with positive people can help pull you out of depression. If you feel isolated and alone, plug into church. Find some people you are compatible with.

AVOID NEWS OVERDOSE. Instead of being freaked out by the distortion of the times, we need to look to the good news of Jesus. Don’t ignore the problems of the world, but definitely put them in their place by keeping first things first.

FOLLOW AN EXERCISE PROGRAM. Get up and walk. It’s important to move it so you don’t lose it!

DO SOMETHING MEANINGFUL EACH DAY. Get up and serve. If Jesus can rise from the dead, He can lift you out of the miry clay. We are called to represent Jesus in and through our lives. He will restore your joy so that you can get liberated to go out and set others free.*

Daily Confession
The joy of the Lord is my strength (Nehemiah 8:10). Since God is for me, who can be against me (Romans 8:31)? I believe that He who began a good work in me will see me all the way through (Philippians 1:6). Whatever the trial or the complexity of the battle, I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13). I overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loves me.

“How often the way to spiritual strength and mental restoration is that of physical renewal!” –G. Campbell Morgan

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. *Points used from Mayo Clinic Publication: Sood, Amit. The Mayo Clinic Guide to Stress-free Living. Boston: Da Capo, 2013. Print.

Rejoice in the Lord!

Monday, October 6th, 2014

The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me [Jesus], because He anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor. He has sent Me to proclaim release to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, to set free those who are oppressed, to proclaim the favorable year of the Lord.” Luke 4:18-19; Isaiah 61:1-2

Jesus came to restore us into relationship with God. Because of Jesus, we can rejoice every day, all day. Yet, we can get so numbed out by the challenges of life that our fellowship with God is hindered. If you have been meditating on all that is wrong in life, then it’s time to hit the reset button and start setting your mind on what God says about you.

You can get refreshed and renewed by spending time in God’s presence, by focusing on His promises, by saturating your prayers with thanksgiving, and by praying in the Spirit. Take the following truths found in Philippians 4 and make sure your meditation meets all eight conditions—true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, of good repute, excellent, and worthy of praise. Think on these things!

Daily Confessions Based On Philippians 4:4-9
I rejoice in the Lord always and again I will rejoice! The Lord is near. I am anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving I let my requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard my heart and my mind in Christ Jesus. 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, I dwell on these things.

re•joice, verb – To give joy, to gladden. To feel joy or great delight.

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

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Joy.

Sunday, April 20th, 2014

Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love. These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full. John 15:9, 11

1. Joy recognized. Jesus offers eternal life defined by joy instead of pain and disappointment. When you know the love of God, you know joy—not a superficial emotion, but deep gladness.

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

2. Joy restored. If your joy in life has grown cold, it can be restored. The answer to any challenge or blasé feeling is found in seeking God and reading His Word. Meditate on God’s great love for you, on His promises for your life found in the Bible. God is so great and wonderful. He can take a whisper of a prayer from your heart and stretch it as big as the universe.

3. Joy received. If you’ve never asked Jesus to be your Lord and Savior, pray this simple prayer: “Dear God, in my heart I know the truth about Jesus. I know He is Your Son and that He died for me and rose from the dead. Forgive me for all my sins. I receive Jesus into my life right now. Instill in me a fresh sense of vision and purpose. I ask for Your joy to strengthen me and Your peace to sustain me. I pray Your plan comes to pass in my life, in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

Joy.
Greek: chara
Cheerfulness, calm delight, gladness
–Strong’s Greek Dictionary of the New Testament

Happy Easter!
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.