Archive for the ‘unity’ Category

How to Live in Harmony

Friday, August 19th, 2016

Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love, being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. Ephesians 4:1-3

1. RUN FROM STRIFE. “The beginning of strife is like letting out water, so abandon the quarrel before it breaks out” (Proverbs 17:14). God has designed us for unity and harmony, but as you go through life, opportunities for strife will come up (Matthew 18:7). Strife is seductive in the moment, but yielding to it will hinder your effectiveness and progress. As much as it depends on you, pursue peace (Romans 12:18).

2. LISTEN TO THE HOLY SPIRIT. We can’t change someone else’s attitude, but we can change ours and how we contribute to the situation. If you leave room for the Holy Spirit, He will deal with things. Take time to meditate on who you are because of Jesus, on how much Jesus loves you and gave His life for you, and then let the voice of the Holy Spirit silence the clanging voice of strife.

3. BE RESULTS-ORIENTED. Harmony leads to action. Throughout the book of Acts, the Early Church gathered together in unity before experiencing great acts of fruitfulness. God wants you to be fruitful too (John 15:1-3), and when you reject strife in your life you will walk in a greater lever of effectiveness!

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

DAILY CONFESSION
I walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which I have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for others in love. I am diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace (Ephesians 4:1-3).

har·mo·ny, noun
An orderly or pleasing combination of elements in a whole. A relationship in which various components exist together without destroying one another. A relationship characterized by a lack of conflict or by agreement, as of opinion or interest

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

The Power of Unity

Friday, August 5th, 2016

Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious oil upon the head, coming down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard, coming down upon the edge of his robes. It is like the dew of Hermon coming down upon the mountains of Zion; for there the Lord commanded the blessing—life forever. Psalm 133

1. THE PRINCIPLE OF UNITY. Unity creates strength. This is a law like gravity—it works for both the just and the unjust. In the Old Testament we see unity being used for evil purposes in building the Tower of Babel. When God saw what the people were doing, He said, “Now nothing which they purpose to do will be impossible for them” (Genesis 11:6b). If even evil agendas can use the power of unity to advance their causes, how much more can the godly advance when we unite under the direction of the Holy Spirit.

Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you. Ephesians 4:31-32

2. THE ANOINTING OF UNITY. When Moses’ brother, Aaron, became High Priest, he was anointed with oil. Unity is like that oil that represents the anointing of the Holy Spirit. It eliminates friction, stops sparks from flying, keeps things from sticking. Decide to forgive quickly and repent quickly—it’s not easy, but it’s worth it. Get strife out of your life so that the greater presence of God can flow through you.

3. THE PURPOSE OF UNITY. Our purpose as both a church and individuals is to champion the good news of Jesus in a culture that has gone completely whack. Don’t cheapen a moment of breakthrough with a moment of strife. Lay aside strife and work hard to maintain the love walk, and you will see the plan of God come to pass.

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

PRAY THIS PRAYER
Strong God, You made heaven and earth and sea and everything in them. Give me fearless confidence to declare Your Message, as You stretch out Your hand to heal and miracles and wonders take place in the name of Your holy servant Jesus (Acts 4:24, 29-30). Amen!

u·ni·ty, noun
The state or quality of being one or united into a whole. The state or quality of being in accord; harmony. Singleness or constancy of purpose or action; continuity.

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People of One Purpose

Friday, July 29th, 2016

Make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose. Philippians 2:2

1. GATHER TOGETHER. When the Early Church prayed together, things happened. When the apostles Peter and John were released from prison and told not to preach God’s Word, they gathered with their own companions and “lifted their voices to God with one accord” asking for boldness to preach the Gospel and for signs and wonders to take place (Acts 4:23-31). In the next chapter, we see their prayer in action – people getting healed and saved (Acts 5:12-16). When we gather together, united in spirit, prayer changes things.

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. Philippians 4:6

2. PRAY ABOUT EVERYTHING. Prayer makes power available (James 5:16). We are on assignment in our everyday lives to be people of prayer: private prayer, silent prayer, praying in the Spirit, praying with our understanding, praying in agreement, praying in faith, and praying together in corporate prayer. We can take every part of our lives to God in prayer.

3. FACE OFF WITH RESISTANCE. The Holy Spirit wants to equip us for effectiveness. When we face off with resistance and don’t quit, we get results. If fear tries to come in, we can’t fake it or talk ourselves out of it, but we can conquer it by using the Word of God and the Name of Jesus. Now is the time for the Church to get hold of how powerful God is and how significantly available Jesus is to help us as we lay down agendas and keep our hearts in one accord.

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

PRAY THIS PRAYER
God, I thank You that the heartfelt and persistent prayer of a believer can accomplish much (James 5:16). Help me speak Your Word with all confidence, while You extend Your hand to heal and perform signs and wonders through the Name of Jesus (Acts 4:29-30). Let Your love be poured out in my heart through the Holy Spirit (Romans 5:5). In Jesus’ Name, amen.

Gather, verb
To bring together into one group, collection, or place. To bring together or assemble from various places, sources, or people.

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. “Gather”. Dictionary.com Unabridged. Random House, Inc. 27 July 2016.

The Power of Unity and the Hazard of Strife

Monday, December 6th, 2010

Make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose. Philippians 2:2

The power of unity is a principle that resounds through the Old and New Testaments. When people get together in unity around a cause – even if it’s a negative ideology – things get done. God said of the people who unified in their own fleshly interests to build the Tower of Babel: “Nothing which they purpose to do will be impossible for them” (Genesis 11:6b). On the positive side, the Philippian church got so unified around the cause of Jesus that they were able to fund much of the outreach of the Gospel in other cities.

Unity is constantly assailed by the temptation to get in strife. Just as there is power in unity (Matthew 18:19-20), strife takes on a life of its own—don’t even open the door to it. “For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work” (James 3:16 KJV).

Woe to the world because of offenses! For offenses must come, but woe to that man by whom the offense comes! Matthew 18:7 NKJV

Don’t indulge in the luxury of strife this holiday season. Treat it as the poison it really is. Strife is like ringing a bell for the demons to come. As tempting as it gets to “go there,” we must do our level best to resist it and pursue peace with all people (Hebrews 12:14). Repent, humble yourself, and pursue unity.

God bless you!
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. NKJV Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.