Archive for the ‘words’ Category

How to Be a Carrier of Encouragement

Friday, March 31st, 2017

Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear. Ephesians 4:29

1. RESIST NEGATIVITY. Words are powerful. They can contain either hurt or healing and they can contribute to someone’s suffering or to someone’s cure. The Greek word for unwholesome in Ephesians is translated rot. So, just like the expression “one bad apple can spoil the whole bunch,” one complaining person can contaminate a whole group of people.

The tongue is a small part of the body, and yet it boasts of great things. See how great a forest is set aflame by such a small fire! James 3:5

2. SPEAK LIFE TO OTHERS. We can use our energy to articulate the problem, or we can use our brain power to speak encouragement to one another. Our words can start a raging fire of strife or they can fan the flames of each other’s calling. Listen to the Holy Spirit for what He wants you to say “according to the need of the moment!”

3. EXPECT GOOD THINGS. In Numbers 13, the people of Israel had a whole list of reasons why it was impossible to advance into the Promised Land. But Caleb had a different spirit and spoke with faith and expectancy: “We should by all means go up and take possession of it, for we will surely overcome it” (Numbers 13:30). Decide to be a carrier of hope and gladness and reinforce the promises of God to those around you!

God Bless You!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

DAILY CONFESSION:
Since life and death are in the power of the tongue, I choose to speak life over my day! The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want (Psalm 23:1). The Lord is my light and salvation; I will fear no one (Psalm 27:1). No weapon formed against me shall prosper (Isaiah 54:17). God knows the plans He has for me, plans for welfare and not for calamity, to give me a future and a hope (Jeremiah 29:11).

ed·i·fy, verb
To build; establish. To instruct in such a way as to improve, enlighten, or uplift morally, spiritually, or intellectually.

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. “Sapros.“ Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible. Copyright 1890 by James Strong, Madison, NJ. “Edify.” Webster’s New World College Dictionary. Web. 29 Mar 2017 .

Fountain of Life

Friday, February 10th, 2017

The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life. Proverbs 10:11a

WHAT’S FILLING YOUR RESERVES? When we get our hearts filled with the truth of God, it will not only benefit us personally, but abundant life will flow out of us for others. Value the Scriptures. What you value, you focus on, and what you focus on, you’ll speak out.

The lips of the righteous feed many. Proverbs 10:21a

The mouth of the upright will deliver them. Proverbs 12:6b

PEOPLE NEED WHAT YOU HAVE. God wants us to be feeders, healers, and deliverers. Ask yourself: Does your mouth usually feed people with truth and substance, or starve them through silence and empty speech? Does your mouth heal people with words of grace, love, and kindness, or wound people with insensitive, harsh, critical words? Does your mouth deliver people with advocacy and partnership, or join in on the attack?

There is one who speaks rashly like the thrusts of a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing. Proverbs 12:18

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

DAILY CONFESSION
My heart instructs my mouth (Proverbs 16:23). I fill my heart with good treasure and I bring forth good. Out of the abundance of my heart my mouth speaks life, healing, and deliverance (Luke 6:45). My tongue brings healing (Proverbs 12:18b).

THINK before you speak:
Is it
True
Will it
Help
Does it
Inspire
Is it
Necessary
Is it
Kind

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Victory Over Impossible Circumstances

Monday, May 6th, 2013

For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. 1 John 5:4

Our help and hope are in Jesus. Whatever you’re dealing with right now, you are still more than a conqueror (Romans 8:37). When we believe in God and become born of Him, victory shows up even in the most ridiculous set of circumstances.

Stand on God’s Word. Faith is simply taking hold of God’s promises in His Word and applying them—trusting that God will follow through on His Word and that those promises will come to pass in your life.

Speak God’s Promises. Jesus taught His disciples the power of speaking faith-filled words against the circumstances of life (Mark 11:22-24). That’s radical but very scriptural!

Forgive. Jesus also told His disciples to forgive everybody when they go to pray (Mark 11:25). Forgive. Don’t let bitterness be the thing that stops you from walking forward in victory.

If you’ve been sucker-punched by circumstances, don’t quit. God can put the fight back in you. Take hold of His Word and speak it over your life. Forgive (even yourself), and having done all to stand, keep standing! God is faithful. You will see the victory.

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

Copyright © 2013 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.

Life-Giving Words

Monday, April 30th, 2012

The heart of the wise instructs his mouth and adds persuasiveness to his lips. Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. Proverbs 16:23-24

Your words have power. In every situation, you can bring peace or you can contribute to the storm. Before you speak, ask yourself these questions: Is it Jesus-glorifying? Is it life-giving? Is it healing? We must learn to be selective with our words because at the end of the day we’ll give an account of what we have said (Matthew 12:35-37).

For the mouth speaks out of that which fills the heart. Matthew 12:34b

What goes into your heart will come back out. That’s why it’s good to pack the Word down inside so that when you need it, even when you don’t feel ready, you’ll be filled with wisdom. Or in those stressful situations when you’re fatigued and tempted to get angry, you’ll be able to bridle your tongue.

Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear. Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 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, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you. Ephesians 4:29-32

If you’re tempted to talk negatively about someone, before you say anything, ask yourself this question: Would I be uncomfortable saying this in front of the person I’m talking about? The Church is an accumulation of people who would be broken without the grace of God. Understanding that will help us to get that judgmental and bitter attitude out of the way and be kind and forgiving to others.

Who is the man who desires life and loves length of days that he may see good? Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking deceit. Depart from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it. Psalm 34:12-14

The hour is critical. Every situation we face has the potential to impart death or life. In times of discouragement I’ve had someone say a simple word to me that was like lighting a match to a fire, and it gave confidence to my spirit. As we get in the Word and renew our understanding about how powerful our words are, our effectiveness will increase and we’ll be used by God to speak life and change into situations all over the earth.

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

Copyright © 2012 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.