Posts Tagged ‘don’t worry’

The Love Atmosphere

Friday, May 5th, 2017

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 1 John 4:7

Set the Thermostat. Just like you can change the temperature to heat or cool your home, if you walk in love, you will set the thermostat of the world you live in. When you walk into a room and sense strife or conflict, you can bring change to the environment by simply operating in love. Every person you encounter is someone for whom Christ died. Even if you disagree with someone, ask yourself: “How can I genuinely value that person without compromising the truth?”

Do Care. Don’t Worry. The Word of God doesn’t return empty without accomplishing what it’s been sent to do (Isaiah 55:11). When you pack yourself full of the Word of God, you can be ready for the amazing moments God has prepared for you. In every situation you can bring life to yourself and to others by speaking God’s Word. It is salvation for those who need to know Jesus, healing for the sick, and encouragement for the oppressed.

Jesus answered . . . “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength. The second [commandment] is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:29-31

You Are Loved. God’s perfect love casts out fear (1 John 4:18). The best way to love others is to first realize you are loved by God. You can overcome insecurity and change the atmosphere in your life by meditating on God’s love.

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

DAILY CONFESSION:
I love because God first loved me. His perfect love casts out all fear in my life (1 John 4:18-19). My love abounds more and more with all knowledge and discernment (Philippians 1:9). Everything I do, I do in love (1 Corinthians 16:14).

at·mo·sphere noun
A surrounding influence or environment

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How to Sharpen Your Edge

Monday, October 29th, 2012

If the axe is dull and he does not sharpen its edge, then he must exert more strength. Wisdom has the advantage of giving success. Ecclesiastes 10:10

We have the capacity to be led by the Holy Spirit. But if your edge has been worn down in life, you have to exert more energy to get things done. God has given us ways to get sharp so we can make the big and little decisions, so we can have answers, and so we can advance.

CAST YOUR CARES IN PRAYER. But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God (Jude 1:20-21a). Worries and cares choke the Word and make it unfruitful (Matthew 13:22), but praying in the Spirit and walking in love will sharpen us. Whenever you have a situation, don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything (Philippians 4:6).

ASK FOR WISDOM. But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all men generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him (James 1:5). God wants to fortify and strengthen you. If you lack wisdom, ask God—He will never reprimand you for asking. He desires to lead us both in vital areas and in the minor issues of our lives.

MEDITATE ON THE WORD. 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 (Hebrews 4:12a). The Word of God is sharper than the sharpest instrument known to man. Meditating on Scriptures will completely change and sharpen areas of your thinking. Our world is filled with weapons of mass distraction, but when you meditate on the Word, you are slowing down and taking time to contemplate.

God’s Word on your lips—the good news message of Jesus—can change somebody’s whole eternal track. Sharpen your edge by praying in the Spirit, by seeking God, and by meditating on the Scriptures. As you listen and obey the voice of the Holy Spirit, dullness will be replaced by razor sharp effectiveness.

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

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