Lift Up Your Light

September 8th, 2017

You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. Matthew 5:14-16

1. LIFT UP YOUR EYES. Sometimes we put our noses to the grindstone trying to figure out the intricacies of a problem, when what we really need to do is take a step back and look to Jesus. When your eyes are focused on Him instead of on the problem, you aren’t denying reality—you are looking to the One who has the answer.

2. LIFT UP YOUR NEEDS IN PRAYER. You can actually know and follow the promptings of the Holy Spirit. Take some time to pray and open yourself to what God wants to tell you. Pray constantly—pray in the Spirit, pray with your understanding, pray the Scriptures—pray about everything!

The entrance of Your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple. Psalm 119:130 NKJV

3. LIFT UP YOUR WORD INTAKE. Spend a little more time in your Bible. The Word of God will equip you, guide you, and make you effective for all that God has called you to do. As we enter into a season when society is becoming aware of their need for Jesus, the Scriptures will help us to distinguish between fleshly reasoning and God’s wisdom and understanding. (Hebrews 4:12).

4. LIFT UP YOUR VOICE AND REJOICE. “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! (Philippians 4:4a). If you are going through the proverbial darkness before the dawn, remember that you are fighting a spiritual battle (Ephesians 6:12). Keep on rejoicing! God is going to get you to the other side, and along the way He will open doors and increase opportunities for you.

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

DAILY CONFESSION:
I look to the Lord and I am radiant, and my face will never be ashamed (Psalm 34:5). I lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles, and I run with endurance the race that is set before me, fixing my eyes on Jesus (Hebrews 12:1-2a).

light, noun
Any device serving as a source of illumination. The quality of being luminous; emitting or reflecting light. A device for lighting or igniting fuel, charges, or fires.

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Look at This

September 1st, 2017

Lift up your eyes on high and see who has created these stars, the One who leads forth their host by number, He calls them all by name; because of the greatness of His might and the strength of His power, not one of them is missing. Isaiah 40:26

1. LOOK AT THE STARS. When you look up at the clearest and brightest starry night, remember that God has named every single one of those stars. God told Abraham and Sarah, a senior childless couple, that He was going to create a nation through them as numerous as the stars in the sky. Abraham lifted up his eyes to a faithful God, and the Jewish nation was born out of that moment of obedience and faith.

2. LOOK AT THE WORD. You’re invited to examine God’s Word to see the reality of His plan, His love, and His life-transforming power. When you receive Jesus, you become transformed. Reading the Word helps you to avoid spiritual amnesia and reminds you that you are a new creation in Christ (James 1:22-25, 1 Corinthians 5:17).

But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit. 2 Corinthians 3:18

3. LOOK AT JESUS. When you turn your eyes on Jesus and look full in His glorious face, things change. The eyes of the Lord are searching the earth so He can strongly support those whose hearts are His (2 Chronicles 16:9). So if you’re discouraged and you’ve been tempted to back off a little, don’t give up! God can re-ignite your heart. Lift your eyes off your circumstances and look to Jesus, the author and finisher of your faith (Hebrews 12:2).

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

look, verb
To perceive with attention; to direct one’s gaze towards. To search or seek. To have faith or confidence in.

PRAY THIS PRAYER:
God, I ask You to help me be sensitive to Your voice and obedient to You. Help me to not get busy with lesser things but to be available to You so that I can hit the mark. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13). Please help me to love You and stay on fire all the days of my life. I walk in mercy and I forgive everybody because You have forgiven me. I love You, Jesus! You are my Lord! Amen.

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Walking With God

August 25th, 2017

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

1. FIND REST. God has called us to a life that is different than it was before we knew Him—to a life of joy and abundance (John 10:10). If you’ve been distracted and things have gotten bland spiritually or you’ve been so filled with anxiety that you can’t rest, be assured that God wants to bring you into a place of focus and peace.

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7

2. FLOW WITH GOD. Imagine you are canoeing down a river. The flow and current are in the middle of the river. If you veer over to the edge, the water is slow and sometimes stagnant. We all want to be in the deep, beautiful, blue water where we hardly have to paddle. That’s what our walk with God can be like when we are flowing with Him.

For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. Romans 8:14

3. FIGHT AND WIN. God’s Word is sure footing and He has answers corresponding to every weirdness that tries to come at you. When you sit at the feet of Jesus, your mind gets renewed. That’s where you get revelation and instruction so you can stand up to fight and win the battles of life.

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing. 2 Timothy 4:7-8

Put your trust in God,
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

DAILY CONFESSION
God gives strength to the weary. And to those who lack might, He increases power. As I wait on the Lord I gain new strength; I will mount up with wings like eagles, I will run and not get tired, I will walk and not become weary (Isaiah 40:29, 31).

walk·ing, verb
To live or behave in a specified manner. To be or act in association with. To advance by steps

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Biblical People Skills

August 18th, 2017

But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. Luke 6:35-36

1. DRIVEN BY LOVE. God is interested in our growth. He wants us to be relatable, loving, genuine, and effective through the course of our lives. When Jesus was on earth, He gave us an example of how to walk out this life — not driven by the dictates of our flesh, but by the promptings of the Holy Spirit and the direction of God’s Word.

For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace. Romans 8:5-6

2. REJECT BITTERNESS. Strife and bitterness are stifling and don’t contribute to real progress or change. Strife ruins beautiful moments and sours the atmosphere in every situation. But genuine love is powerful: bridling your tongue even when you have the perfect retort, giving in to kindness in the midst of condemnation, being merciful instead of cynical.

Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins. 1 Peter 4:8

3. A LIFE OF IMPACT. God wants to harden you to difficulties but keep you tender on the inside. You are designed to inspire and impact others and undertake life-changing exploits. If you, as a Christian, operate in these biblical principles of love, mercy, and forgiveness, the contrast to the world will be so glaring that people will see you’ve been around Jesus and come running to know Him.

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

PRAY THIS PRAYER:
God, help me to be ready to respond to people around me. I want to follow the Holy Spirit’s direction and not the dictates of my flesh. I press the reset button and forgive everybody. As I give, it will be given to me! I expect blessing to overtake me. Goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

skill, noun
An ability that has been acquired by training. Ability to produce solutions in some problem domain.

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The Cure for Worry and Anxiety

August 11th, 2017

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my rock and my Redeemer. Psalm 19:14

1. WATCH YOUR WORDS. Life and death are in the power of the tongue (Proverbs 18:21). If we guard our mouths, we can actually guard our soul from trouble and worry (Proverbs 21:23). We will have to give account for every careless word we speak (Matthew 12:36-37). So, let’s carefully consider our words, and speak life instead of worry and fear.

“Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:31-33

2. STUDY GOD’S WORD. What goes in is what comes out of us. The best way to keep our mouths from pouring out worry and fear is by filling our hearts with the Word of God. As you prioritize and seek first the kingdom of God, the things you need will be added to you. Get solid on the promises of God and let His peace fill your heart and mind.

Finally, brethren, 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, dwell on these things. The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:8-9

3. YOU CAN TRUST GOD. Worrying about tomorrow is futile and yet we get so tempted to do it. Jesus, in Matthew 6, reminds us in a big way that God is our provider and we are to look to Him to take care of every area of our lives. You don’t have to worry about the small stuff – it’s all small stuff to God. He is so reliable and He is so faithful. Let Him take care of your life.

Keep pressing on!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

DAILY CONFESSION
God, I know I’m worth more than the birds to You and I trust You to take care of my life. I thank You that You always lead me in triumph (2 Corinthians 2:14). Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to You, God (Psalm 19:14).

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How to Live Ready

August 4th, 2017

For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every evil thing. But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy. And the seed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace. James 3:16-18

1. AVOID STRIFE. Strife is a weed and can quickly take over to become a lifestyle of resentment, jealousy, unforgiveness, and quarreling. But God is calling us to pull up any weeds of strife—forgiving quickly, resolving issues, walking in love, and stopping quarrels before they start (Proverbs 17:14).

2. PURSUE LOVE. What amazing fruit we can bear as, above all, we keep fervent in our love for one another. Love covers a multitude of sins (1 Peter 4:8), so 24/7, in all of our relationships, we must stay committed to choose love over strife.

Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to accomplish His work. Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look on the fields, that they are white for harvest.” John 4:34-35

3. LIFT UP YOUR EYES. If life has pounded on you, lift up your eyes and remember the people that God has called you to reach, the lives that are attached to your obedience. Even if you don’t feel equipped, the anointing of the Lord is on you to walk in love. Keep your eyes on God and believe He’ll get you where you need to be.

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

DAILY CONFESSION:
I am a new creation in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17). The beginning of strife is like letting out water, so I abandon the quarrel before it breaks out (Proverbs 17:14). Faith works through love and I operate through love in everything I do (Galatians 5:6). By my God I can run through a troop and leap over a wall (Psalm 18:29).

read·y, adj.
Prepared mentally or physically for some experience or action. Prepared for immediate use.

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Pay Attention!

July 28th, 2017

My son, give attention to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. Do not let them depart from your sight; keep them in the midst of your heart. For they are life to those who find them and health to all their body. Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life. Proverbs 4:20-23

1. GUARD YOUR HEART. When we enter the secret place with God, we obtain strength, direction, and refreshing (Psalm 91:1 NKJV). But the strategy of the devil is to provide weapons of mass distraction that pull us away from attention to God’s Word. That’s why we must stay attentive—to guard our hearts and to keep life’s distractions from choking out the fruitfulness of the Word.

But the worries of the world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things enter in and choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. Mark 4:19

2. STAY THANKFUL. Take time to consider how rich, how amazing, and how wonderful redemption is. Unfortunately, on the way to the Promised Land, the Israelites let their discouragement lead them into trouble. They even complained about the heavenly food God provided for them, saying, “We loathe this miserable food” (Numbers 21:4-5). So savor all that Jesus has provided. A thankful heart will strengthen you and enable you to fend off discouragement.

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget none of His benefits. Psalm 103:2

3. ATTEND TO THE WORD. Whatever distraction you’ve been dealing with, commit to refocusing your heart on the Word of God. If you ask Jesus to help you in your walk, He will help you. Take hold of the promises of God and continue to move forward—keeping your eyes on Jesus and staying activated for God’s purposes for your life.

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

DAILY CONFESSION:
I have the same attitude of obedience to God that was in Jesus, and I say yes to God’s will for my life (Philippians 2:5). I keep the work of faith and the labor of love with steadfastness of hope in Jesus (1 Thessalonians 1:3). The Word of the Lord will sound forth from me into all the places God has called me to reach (1 Thessalonians 1:8).

at·ten·tion, noun
Consideration with a view to action.

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An Open Door

July 21st, 2017

A wide door for effective service has opened to me, and there are many adversaries.
1 Corinthians 16:9

1. THE IMPOSSIBLE IS POSSIBLE. Whenever you hear people say something is impossible, then you can celebrate, because God said all things are possible to those who believe (Mark 9:23). Let the Word of God push aside unbelief and fear, because God has called you to speak to the mountains and command them to be moved (Mark 11:23).

Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be granted you. Mark 11:24

2. BREAK BARRIERS. Impenetrable barriers can be traversed by the power of Jesus. He told Peter that the gates of hell cannot block the church (Matthew 16:18). Hell and all its forces are trying to stop and hinder what God is doing in this hour. But nothing can stop what God has initiated.

For by You I [King David] can run upon a troop; and by my God I can leap over a wall. Psalm 18:29

3. ATTITUDE IS EVERYTHING. If we want to keep growing in God, we have to keep the right spirit by continually laying aside the weights and encumbrances and sin that try to lay hold of us. Forgive. Be merciful. God has given us a mission, and our hearts must stay clear and vibrant, ready to hear and obey what God is saying!

Press On!
Pastor Jeff

DAILY CONFESSION:
I am steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord (1 Corinthians 15:58). He makes me as surefooted as a deer, enabling me to stand on mountain heights (Psalm 18:33 NLT).

bar·ri·er, noun
A material formation
or structure, such as a mountain range or wall, that prevents passage or access. Something immaterial that obstructs or impedes.

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What Are You Thinking About?

July 14th, 2017

Seek the Lord while He may be found; call upon Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way and the unrighteous man his thoughts . . . “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:6-9

1. FORSAKE WRONG THINKING. Instead of thinking our own unrighteous thoughts, we are invited to actually think the thoughts of God—to trade our thoughts for His and actually view life the way God views it.

2. GET RENEWED IN THE WORD. To get rid of toxic thinking and understand more about how God thinks, we must get our minds renewed by the promises of God. The next few days, seek the Lord and meditate on verses about your thoughts and then watch your thinking start to change.

Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. Colossians 3:1-2

3. BE FREE AND BE EFFECTIVE. God has not given you a spirit of fear, but God has given you a spirit of power, love, and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7). You have access to Divine empowerment that breaks chains off people’s lives. Always remember that you have been rescued from the dead and your assignment is to free others in the Name of Jesus (Hebrews 2:14-15).

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

DAILY CONFESSION TO RENEW YOUR THOUGHT LIFE:
I take every thought captive to the obedience of Jesus (2 Corinthians 10:5). I am not conformed to this world, but I am transformed by the renewing of my mind so that I may know the will of God (Romans 12:2). I lay aside the old self and I put on the new self which is renewed in the likeness of God (Ephesians 4:22-24). I trust in the Lord with all my heart and lean not on my own understanding (Proverbs 3:5).

think, verb
To form or have in the mind. To have as an intention. To reflect on: ponder. To call to mind. To have as an expectation.

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Hold Fast!

July 7th, 2017

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds. Hebrews 10:23-24

1. BE PERSISTENT. In your pursuit of Jesus be persistent. If you are going to be stubborn about anything, then get adamant about your love for God. A lot of lesser things will vie for your attention. But lift up your eyes—the only place where you will get refreshing is in the presence of the Lord. Resolve to overcome drifting, and become really passionate about returning to your first love of Jesus (Revelation 2:1-5).

But if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it. And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. Romans 8:25, 28

2. BE PERSEVERING. We can continue despite opposition because we have hope that God is working on the behalf of those who trust in Him. Resist self-pity, which the devil uses to shut your mouth to keep you from speaking God’s Word and then to get you complaining—instead, hold fast to hope!

3. BE PATIENT. You can build your life on the Word of God. The devil will try to pry these truths out of your hands, but you have to tighten your grip! Hold fast to God’s promises and let them thunder forth in your life—He is faithful and He is abidingly trustworthy. As you rely on God, you will be one of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises (Hebrews 6:12).

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

DAILY CONFESSION:
I hold fast to the confession of my hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful (Hebrews 10:23). God has not given me a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7). I consider it all joy when I encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of my faith produces endurance. I let endurance have its perfect result, so that I may be perfect and complete lacking in nothing (James 1:4).

pa·tient, adj.
Enduring trying circumstances with even temper. Tolerant; understanding. Persevering
or diligent.

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