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Help Is on the Way

Friday, September 29th, 2017

But the Helper (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor—Counselor, Strengthener, Standby), the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name [in My place, to represent Me and act on My behalf], He will teach you all things. And He will help you remember everything that I [Jesus] have told you. John 14:26 AMP

SIX WAYS THE HOLY SPIRIT IS OUR HELP:

1. COMFORTER. When we receive comfort from the Holy Spirit not only do we benefit, but we are also activated to go out into the world as shock absorbers and comfort others with that same comfort we have received (2 Corinthians 1:3-4).

2. ADVOCATE. “Put Me in remembrance, let us argue our case together” (Isaiah 43:26a). Jesus has paid the penalty for our sins and has sent the Holy Spirit to defend, support, and vindicate us!

3. INTERCESSOR. The baptism in the Holy Spirit is pure benefit to the whole Body of Christ. When we don’t know what to pray in our finite thinking, we can pray in the Spirit and “the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words . . . according to the will of God” (Romans 8:26-27).

4. COUNSELOR. When we ask the Holy Spirit for help, when we need wisdom, He will always guide us into the truth (John 16:13).

5. STRENGTHENER. In every facet of life, the Holy Spirit comes alongside as our strengthener. What is flimsy and weak in us, He makes strong.

6. STANDBY. What a relief when help shows up! The Holy Spirit is someone we can rely on in a tight situation. He is always the same and He is always available. Take some time to study the Scriptures to see the amazing advantages we have in the presence of the Holy Spirit, our Helper!

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

PRAY THIS PRAYER (BASED ON EPHESIANS 3:16-19):
I pray that God would grant me according to the riches of His glory to be STRENGTHENED with power through His Spirit in the inner man, so that Christ may dwell in my heart through faith; and that I, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth, length, 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. In Jesus’ Name, amen.

comfort, noun
A state of being relaxed and feeling no pain. A feeling of freedom from worry or disappointment. To give moral or emotional strength to (verb).

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. Scripture quotations marked “AMP” “The Amplified Bible” or “The Amplified New Testament” are taken from The Amplified Bible, Old Testament copyright 1965, 1987 by the Zondervan Corporation and The Amplified New Testament copyright 1958, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission. All rights reserved. “Comfort.” Memidex Dictionary/Thesaurus. Web. 27 Sep 2017

The Outcome of Seeking God

Friday, March 3rd, 2017

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth. Acts 1:8

1. RECEIVE STRENGTH. We can strengthen ourselves in the Lord during difficult times (1 Samuel 30:6). Instead of backing down when we hit a challenge, we can draw near to God and remember what He has already brought us through; we can sing praises to Him; we can stay in the Word; we can stay connected in church and hear teaching to help us get strengthened.

2. RECEIVE POWER. When you connect with the Lord, people can recognize that you’ve been with Jesus (Acts 4:13). God is searching throughout the earth for people whose hearts are His (2 Chronicles 16:9), and He continues to look for people to stand in the gap and respond to His plan (Ezekiel 22:30). Instead of articulating your problems, caving into depression, and letting the devil silence your voice of faith, take hold of God’s promises and shout with a voice of triumph (Psalm 47:1 NKJV).

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

3. TAKE ACTION. As we seek God and strengthen ourselves in Him and receive His power, souls will be saved, lives will be healed, problems will be solved, bodies will be restored, relationships will mend, finances will come to advance the Kingdom and bring blessing to God’s people.

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

PRAY THIS PRAYER:
God, You are my refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble (Psalm 46:1). Thank You for all You have done and are going to do in my life. I trust You for the breakthrough; I trust You with every area of my life. I seek You and Your strength, Lord (Psalm 105:4). You have all the answers, all the strength, and all the power that I need. Because You are with me I will not be shaken (Psalm 16:8). Thank You, Jesus!

seek, verb
To ask for (something) from someone. To search for and find someone or something. To go to (a place).

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. “Seek.” Oxford Dictionaries. Web. 1 Mar 2017.

Why Words Matter

Friday, February 24th, 2017

By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible. Hebrews 11:3 NKJV

1. WORLDS ARE FRAMED. The whole universe is held together by the word of God’s power (Hebrews 11:3). What’s going to frame your world? Will you yield to doubt and fear? Cave in to depression? Instead, let the promises of God fuel your faith.

For assuredly, I [Jesus] say to you, whoever says to this mountain, “Be removed and be cast into the sea,” and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. Mark 11:23 NKJV

2. MOUNTAINS MOVE. We need to know what we believe in order to plow through obstacles. If you are wondering if it is God’s will to heal, stop and meditate on how Jesus responded to sick people. He healed all who were sick and oppressed by the devil (Acts 10:38). He said to the leper, “I am willing; be cleansed” (Matthew 8:3). Let the Word get you out of fear and into faith.

Then He [Jesus] arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. Mark 4:39 NKJV

3. WIND & SEA ARE CALMED. When you spend time with God, you are changed. Go to a prayer closet, get out in nature, use your car—find a spot to get with God so that you can come back with the faith to speak life and change into your circumstances; to speak the Gospel over nations; to command demons to flee.

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

DAILY CONFESSION:
Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God (Romans 10:17). God’s Word does not return empty without accomplishing what He sent it to do (Isaiah 55:11). Whatever things I ask when I pray, I believe that I receive them and I will have them (Mark 11:24).

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.

Get Equipped

Friday, November 11th, 2016

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.” Acts 1:8

1. WALK IN GOD’S POWER. God has called us to go out and change the world but only when we are clothed with His power (Luke 24:49). Though we live an earthly life, we do not fight an earthly war (2 Corinthians 10:3). God has made available spiritual weapons to believers—like the Name of Jesus, the Blood of Jesus, and the Word of God.

2. KNOW YOUR BATTLEGROUND. If you have been in a protracted battle, you can have a turning point today. There is a war for your mind. Fear will try to seize your thought life and fill it with all kinds of terrible images. The devil will try to tempt you and get you off track so that you stay stuck in chronic guilt. But you can overcome! The Bible tells us to take “every thought captive to the obedience of Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5).

I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven. Matthew 16:19

3. PRAYER CHANGES THINGS. We pray to bind the devil’s plan and to loose God’s plan for our lives—over our families, our nation, and the world. This is not a futile exercise. Using one of God’s amazing power tools truly changes things. No prayer is too big. So throw your shoulders back, get your head up, and know that the Lord has given you the authority of His Word, and in the Name of Jesus, things must change.

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

DAILY CONFESSION
Jesus is the Lord of my life. God is not weak toward me, but mighty in me (2 Corinthians 13:3). He is pushing me past any oppression or barrier that tries to hold me back. I am free from the law of sin and death (Romans 8:2) and God has blessed me with every spiritual blessing (Ephesians 1:3).

bat·tle·ground, noun
The piece of ground on which a battle is or was fought. A place or situation of strife or conflict.

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. Footnote: “battlefield.” Oxford Dictionaries. Web. 8 Nov 2016 .

Dare & Endure

Friday, November 13th, 2015

Therefore, do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised. Hebrews 10:35-36

BE BOLD AS A LION. We can face the challenges of life with confidence because Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:2). Unexpected things happen that are designed to make us feel unsettled and disheartened. But whoever calls on the name of the Lord will not be disappointed (Romans 10:11).

DEFY DEPRESSION. Don’t throw away your confidence. God found Gideon in a hole; God found Joseph in a prison; God found Jonah in a belly of a fish—what we think is failure, He sees as future. God will redeem your life out of the pit (Psalm 103:4), so don’t let the darkness of the moment silence you. Defy depression. Get up and start singing praises to God!

But My righteous one shall live by faith; and if he shrinks back, My soul has no pleasure in him. But we are not of those who shrink back to destruction, but of those who have faith to the preserving of the soul. Hebrews 10:38-39

RELY ON GOD. Notice, we are not of those who shrink back! God has called you to fight the fight of faith—regardless of how heavy the load, how the fog obscures vision, or how long it takes. You may not have it all figured out, but God does. You can completely rely on His faithfulness. As you refuse to move from your position of faith, you will get the victory Jesus promised.

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

“This is no time for ease and comfort. It is time to dare and endure.”
Winston Churchill – January 27, 1940

DAILY CONFESSION
The righteous are bold as lions (Proverbs 28:1). I lay aside every encumbrance and the sin that so easily entangles me (Hebrews 12:1). Faithful is God who calls me and He will also bring it to pass (1  Thessalonians  5:24).

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.

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.

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. “Shepherd.” The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition copyright ©2014 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.