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Restoring the Soul

Friday, September 16th, 2016

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

REST. Rest is not a luxury; it’s a requirement. When we approach life from a position of rest, we will make better decisions and won’t be as susceptible to sin. That’s why we must take time to quiet ourselves before the Lord, to let His peace come in and replace the commotion.

The law of the Lord is perfect, restoring the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. Psalm 19:7

RESET. Every day you can push the reset button and let the crystal clear truth of God’s Word bring restoration. God’s Word can take an unbalanced life and bring stability. It can give peace to a troubled heart and wisdom to a seeking mind. It will restore your soul.

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

PROVISION. God cares about all your needs and He will supply for you daily. When you recognize and understand God’s amazing provision, you can become an imitator of Him because He designed us to become distributors and providers for others!

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

DAILY CONFESSION
I trust in the Lord and do good. I dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness (Psalm 37:3). I shall not lack. God supplies all of my needs, and I am able to be a provider and giver to others!

re·store, verb
Hebrew: Shuwb
To turn back, recall, recompense, recover, refresh, relieve, rescue, retrieve, (cause to, make to) return.

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. Strong, James. Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 2007. Print.

How to Get Refreshed

Friday, January 15th, 2016

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.’” John 7:37-38

GET FILLED. When you get dehydrated, you drink water. When your gas tank is empty, you fill it up. When you get spiritually drained, tap into God’s living water to drink and be refreshed. Read God’s Word. Pray in the Name of Jesus and connect with God—and you will get results (John 14:14).

Therefore you will joyously draw water from the springs of salvation. Isaiah 12:3

OVERFLOW TO OTHERS. God wants us to operate out of the overflow. If you feel like you are stuck in drudgery, realize that God has His hand on your life for something bigger—not just for self-fulfillment to quench your own thirst but for rivers of living water to flow from you. When God’s living water flows, you step out of the natural into the supernatural; out of your own limitations into God’s overflow to reach many others.

You visit the earth and cause it to overflow; You greatly enrich it. Psalm 65:9a

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

DAILY CONFESSION
I hunger and thirst for righteousness and I will be filled (Matthew 5:6). I draw near to Jesus and drink of His living water and then rivers of living water will flow from my innermost being (John 7:37-38). The Lord will continually guide me and satisfy my desire in scorched places and give strength to my bones; and I will be like a watered garden and like a spring of water whose waters do not fail (Isaiah 58:11).

o·ver·flow, verb
To flow or run over the top, brim, or banks. To be filled beyond capacity. To have a boundless supply; be superabundant.

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. “Overflow.” The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Be an Encourager

Friday, September 11th, 2015

The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed. Proverbs 11:25 NLT

REFRESH OTHERS. Find a way to refresh other people, even when you are the one needing encouragement. When Titus visited the Apostle Paul, it created buoyancy and got oppression off of him: “But God, who comforts the depressed, comforted us by the coming of Titus” (2 Corinthians 7:6). In the same way, God wants to use us to be comforters and encouragers.

Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God. Colossians 3:16

SPEAK LIFE. You don’t need to be superficial or speak platitudes, but treasure the Word that is in you and use it to inspire others (Proverbs 7:1). The devil works overtime to shut your mouth because your words have the potential to change someone’s eternal life. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.

“Do not judge, and you will not be judged; and do not condemn, and you will not be condemned; pardon, and you will be pardoned. Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure—pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return.” Luke 6:36-38

SHOW MERCY. Have you ever been so hurt you can’t forgive? It takes time sometimes. But God wants to help us land on the mercy side. If you get hardened toward others, remember that Jesus died for you. You deserved judgment but were forgiven the $80 billion debt, so you can have mercy on the lesser debt owed you (Matthew 18:21-35).

Scripture confessions for encouragement:
• As I refresh others I get refreshed (Proverbs 11:25).
• I take courage and have peace. In the world there is tribulation, but Jesus has overcome the world (John 16:33).
• I am strong and courageous. The Lord my God is with me wherever I go (Joshua 1:9).
• I hold fast the confession of my hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful (Hebrews 10:23).

en·cour·age, verb
To inspire with courage, spirit, or hope: hearten. To spur on. To give help.

Press on in love,
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. “Encourage.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 01 September 2015.

Staying Refreshed!

Monday, November 7th, 2011

The righteous man will flourish like the palm tree, he will grow like a cedar in Lebanon. Planted in the house of the Lord, they will flourish in the courts of our God. They will still yield fruit in old age; they shall be full of sap and very green. Psalm 92:12-14

v. re·fresh: To revive . . . give new vigor or spirit to. To give new freshness or brightness to; restore. To renew by stimulation, to fill up again; replenish. The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition*

When I’m old I want to still be “full of sap and very green.” I want to be like Caleb, who said, “Now behold, I 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). Here are some ways to stay refreshed over a lifetime.

Choose the good report. Out of 12 men sent to spy out the Promised Land, Joshua and Caleb were the only ones who chose the good report. The good report will keep us alive long enough to get into the Promised Land. That “different spirit” (Numbers 14:24) of their good report kept them fresh and filled with strength. The good report does not deny the presence of challenge. Instead, by choosing the good report we are acknowledging that we trust God in the midst of this fallen world.

Stay in the Word. We need refreshing and reviving every day. Whatever you feel, no matter what, stay committed to filling yourself with the Word. Get it on your iPod. Listen to it in your car. Read a scripture on your lunch break. Read a Proverb a day. That’s where you’ll find God’s promises for your life. God’s Word is living and eternal and the answer for every problem you face. God is your refresher, restorer, and the one who can put fire back in you when you feel burned out.

How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, nor stand in the path of sinners, nor sit in the seat of scoffers! But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night. He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in its season and its leaf does not wither; and in whatever he does, he prospers. Psalm 1:1-3

Keep the vision before you. As a church we are called to the dual purpose of reaching the lost and encouraging other believers. Stay plugged into church, because that is where you will be strengthened by others, and it’s where they will call you out if you start to get weird!

God has an amazing plan for your life. As you seek Him, He will help you bear fruit that will be repercussive for generations to come.

It’s good to know God.
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. *The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition. Copyright © 2009 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.

Staying Refreshed!

Monday, August 9th, 2010

The righteous man will flourish like the palm tree, he will grow like a cedar in Lebanon. Planted in the house of the Lord, they will flourish in the courts of our God. They will still yield fruit in old age; they shall be full of sap and very green. Psalm 92:12-14

v. re•fresh: To revive . . . give new vigor or spirit to. To give new freshness or brightness to; restore. To renew by stimulation, to fill up again; replenish. The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition*

When I’m old I want to still be “full of sap and very green.” I want to be like Caleb, who said, “Now behold, I 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).

Here are some ways to stay refreshed over a lifetime:

Choose the good report. Out of 12 men sent to spy out the Promised Land, Joshua and Caleb were the only ones who chose the good report. The good report will keep us alive long enough to get into the Promised Land. That “different spirit” (Numbers 14:24) of their good report kept them fresh and filled with strength. The good report does not deny the presence of challenge. Instead, by choosing the good report we are acknowledging that we trust God in the midst of this fallen world.

Stay in the Word. We need refreshing and reviving every day. Whatever you feel, no matter what, stay committed to filling yourself with the Word. Get it on your iPod. Listen to it in your car. Read a scripture on your lunch break. Read a Proverb a day. That’s where you’ll find God’s promises for your life. God’s Word is living and eternal and the answer for every problem you face. God is your refresher, restorer, and the one who can put fire back in you when you feel burned out.

How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, nor stand in the path of sinners, nor sit in the seat of scoffers! But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night. He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in its season and its leaf does not wither; and in whatever he does, he prospers. Psalm 1:1-3

Keep the vision before you. As a church we are called to the dual purpose of reaching the lost and encouraging other believers. Stay plugged into church, because that is where you will be strengthened by others, and it’s where they will call you out if you start to get weird!

God has an amazing plan for your life. As you seek Him, He will help you bear fruit that will be repercussive for generations to come.

It’s good to know God.
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. *The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition. Copyright © 2009 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.