Posts Tagged ‘connection’

A New Spirit

Friday, August 17th, 2018

Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will be careful to observe My ordinances. Ezekiel 36:26-27

1. SALVATION BRINGS CONNECTION. God is inviting us to know His thoughts (1 Corinthians 2:16). The new birth – salvation through Jesus – is not just verbiage. We actually become a new kind of being where our spirits can connect with God’s Spirit.

For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Hebrews 4:12

2. THE WORD OF GOD BRINGS RENEWAL. We are spirits, we have souls, and we live in bodies. Every day you can choose to be governed either by your new spirit or by your flesh. Distinguishing between the two hinges on how much your mind is getting renewed in the Word of God. There is so much seeking after intellectual, emotional, and physical fulfillment in the world, but there is a better way: don’t rely on your own understanding, but seek God’s way of thinking. Take time to seek Him and get into His Word, and let your inner self get renewed every day.

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

PRAY THIS PRAYER:
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me (Psalm 51:10). I repent for any sin in my life and ask You to forgive me. Jesus, You are Lord of my life. I ask for Your Spirit in me to help me walk in and obey Your Word. In Jesus’ name, amen.

re·new, verb
To make like new: restore to freshness, vigor, or perfection. To make new spiritually: regenerate.

Copyright © 2018 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. “renew.” Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary. Web. 04 Aug 2018.

Knowing God

Friday, July 15th, 2016

In the early morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house, and went away to a secluded place, and was praying there. Mark 1:35

1. CONNECTION. Christianity is a relationship—not just knowing about God, but knowing Him personally. We’ve all drifted at times and gotten into routine, but when we take time to connect with God—through prayer, times of worship, and getting in the Word—it makes all the difference.

It was at this time that He [Jesus] went off to the mountain to pray, and He spent the whole night in prayer to God. And when day came, He called His disciples to Him and chose twelve of them, whom He also named as apostles. Luke 6:12-13

2. WISDOM. After Jesus had gone to the mountain to pray, He chose the twelve disciples. When we seek the Lord, we will get wisdom. Our spirits grow and develop when we get into prayer, go to church, and—most important—spend time with God in the secret place (Psalm 91:1 NKJV).

Now as they observed the confidence of Peter and John and understood that they were uneducated and untrained men, they were amazed, and began to recognize them as having been with Jesus. Acts 4:13

3. IMPACT. Lingering in the presence of God translates into impacting others. When you know your God, then good fruit will come of it. Personal, political and societal issues are all resolved in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus—the Head of the Church and the hope for America.

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

Pray this prayer:
Jesus, I love You. I choose today to reconnect in my fellowship with You. You will make known to me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy (Psalm 16:11). Thank You for Your wisdom operating in my daily life. I know my God and I am strong and will carry out great exploits (Daniel 11:32b). In Jesus’ Name, amen!

Know, verb
To have a practical understanding of, as through experience. To have fixed in the mind.
To perceive as familiar; recognize. To discern the character or nature of.

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