Posts Tagged ‘forgive’

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.

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

Be an Encourager

Friday, September 11th, 2015

The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed. Proverbs 11:25 NLT

REFRESH OTHERS. Find a way to refresh other people, even when you are the one needing encouragement. When Titus visited the Apostle Paul, it created buoyancy and got oppression off of him: “But God, who comforts the depressed, comforted us by the coming of Titus” (2 Corinthians 7:6). In the same way, God wants to use us to be comforters and encouragers.

Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God. Colossians 3:16

SPEAK LIFE. You don’t need to be superficial or speak platitudes, but treasure the Word that is in you and use it to inspire others (Proverbs 7:1). The devil works overtime to shut your mouth because your words have the potential to change someone’s eternal life. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.

“Do not judge, and you will not be judged; and do not condemn, and you will not be condemned; pardon, and you will be pardoned. Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure—pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return.” Luke 6:36-38

SHOW MERCY. Have you ever been so hurt you can’t forgive? It takes time sometimes. But God wants to help us land on the mercy side. If you get hardened toward others, remember that Jesus died for you. You deserved judgment but were forgiven the $80 billion debt, so you can have mercy on the lesser debt owed you (Matthew 18:21-35).

Scripture confessions for encouragement:
• As I refresh others I get refreshed (Proverbs 11:25).
• I take courage and have peace. In the world there is tribulation, but Jesus has overcome the world (John 16:33).
• I am strong and courageous. The Lord my God is with me wherever I go (Joshua 1:9).
• I hold fast the confession of my hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful (Hebrews 10:23).

en·cour·age, verb
To inspire with courage, spirit, or hope: hearten. To spur on. To give help.

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

Copyright © 2015 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. “Encourage.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 01 September 2015.

Prayer Brings Breakthrough

Friday, June 12th, 2015

And Jesus answered saying to them, “Have faith in God. Truly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says is going to happen, it will be granted him.” Mark 11:22-23

1. Foundation of Faith – God
Have faith in God. This simple yet powerful statement reminds us that God is looking for people who will pray in faith. You are able to pray the prayer of faith when you have spent time in God’s Word, seeking out His will about a particular subject (Romans 10:17).

2. Function of Faith – Believe, Speak & Pray
When you delve into the Word and become aware of God’s promises, it produces confidence in your approach to life. Mountains represent looming things that don’t seem like they can move, but go they must—overwhelming situations, a rebellious child, a broken heart, troubled marriages—you know that things will turn around because Jesus said they must.

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. Whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father who is in heaven will also forgive you your transgressions. Mark 11:24-25

3. Qualification of Faith – Forgive
Show mercy, be quick to forgive, and be quick to ask for forgiveness. Take time to realize the value of prayer in your everyday life. Look to God and trust Him for clarity on the decisions you have to make on a daily basis. As we pray according to the Word of God, the breakthrough will come!

Pray This Prayer
God’s ear is inclined to my prayer (Psalm 116:2; Proverbs 15:29). I draw near with confidence to the throne of grace so that I may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need (Hebrews 4:16). God, I need wisdom today and I have confidence that when I ask according to Your will, You hear me and I know I have the requests I ask of You (1 John 5:14-15).

Trust, noun
Reliance on the character, ability, strength, or truth of someone or something.
One in which confidence is placed.

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

Copyright © 2015 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. “Trust.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 09 June 2015.

God’s Pattern for Prayer

Friday, June 5th, 2015

1. Start With Praise. “Our Father who is in heaven, hallowed be Your name” (Matthew 6:9). There are pools of wisdom and resource found in the presence of God. When you go to God, start out with praise first and focus on God before going into your petitions.

2. Pray for God’s Will. “Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10). Jesus told us to pray not for our will but for God’s will to be done. If you’re not sure about God’s will, spend time in the Scriptures studying and finding out what God thinks about a certain area.

3. Pray Specifically. “Give us this day our daily bread” (Matthew 6:11). Find promises in the Bible that correspond to your problems and believe for great results. As you study the book of Acts you will see breathtaking results to simple, faith-filled prayers.

4. Forgive. “Forgive us our shortcomings, as we also have forgiven those who have failed in their duty towards us” (Matthew 6:12 WEY). When you go before God in prayer, one of the first things He deals with you about is your attitude. We’ve all been hurt, and some of the offenders haven’t even acknowledged their wrong. But we are responsible to keep our hearts right before God and He will help us adjust our attitude.

5. Trust God Every Day. “And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.” (Matthew 6:13). With every temptation God provides a way of escape! You can draw near with confidence and find mercy and help in time of need (Hebrews 4:15-16).

Prayer is connecting and communicating with God. It’s not religious routine—so fight to stay real and keep your heart genuine when you pray. Stand on God’s Word and trust God for answered prayer!

hal·lowed, adj.
Holy or blessed. Highly respected. Sacred, revered.

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

Copyright © 2015 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. “Hallowed.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 03 June 2015. Weymouth New Testament in Modern Speech. Third Edition 1913.

Love Brings Revival

Monday, December 15th, 2014

See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God; and such we are. 1 John 3:1a

Loved by God. God loves you. He esteemed you so dear that He made the value of your life the death of His Son. When we know we are loved, we become secure. We can be kind toward others instead of overly guarded; confident instead of nervous; brave instead of timid; sincere instead of fake.

Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma. Ephesians 5:1-2

Love Others. “Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another” (1 John 4:11). If you have anything against anyone, forgive. Resentment can accumulate in our lives, sour our existence, and turn us into bitter individuals. That’s why every day we must push the reset button and root out any unforgiveness.

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 4:31-32

A Culture of Love.
Love scriptures are revival scriptures. As you meditate on God’s love, you’ll see a revival in your heart and life. Choosing to daily walk in love will change the city we serve and the nation we love and we will see this generation come to know Jesus.

Daily Confession: based on 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
I am an imitator of God and I walk in love (Ephesians 5:1). I am patient; I am kind and not jealous. I do not brag and I am not arrogant. I do not act unbecomingly. I don’t seek my own and am not provoked. I don’t take into account a wrong suffered or rejoice in unrighteousness, but I rejoice in the truth. I bear all things, I believe all things, I hope all things and I endure all things. Love never fails.

re•viv•al, noun
A bringing or coming back into use, attention, or being, after a decline. Restoration to vigor or activity. A returning to life or consciousness.

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

Copyright © 2014 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. Scripture taken from The Message. Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002. Used by permission of NavPress Publishing Group. “Revival.” Webster’s New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio.

Soul Prosperity

Monday, October 27th, 2014

Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers. 3 John 1:2

1. Hear the Word. So many things are vying for our attention, but we are responsible to tend to our souls (the mind, will, and emotions). God tells us to “in humility receive the word implanted, which is able to save your souls” (James 1:21). The right response to pressure, decision-making, and mood changes is to get back into God’s promises and ponder them. As we receive God’s Word, it will change the way we think.

But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves. James 1:22

2. Be a Doer of the Word. We must be willing to take action on what God says. If God says pray, pray. If God says give, give. If He says forgive, forgive. If God says don’t gossip, bridle your tongue. If God says cast down imaginations, do it. If He says resist the devil, resist the devil. As we hear and obey we will increase our capacity and advance.

And I pray that the fellowship of your faith may become effective through the knowledge of every good thing which is in you for Christ’s sake. Philemon 1:6

3. Finish Strong. Don’t grow weary, don’t shrink back, and don’t surrender to the vicious attacks of the devil (Isaiah 55:11). As you humble your heart and receive God’s Word, you will succeed in what God sends you to do. You are not where you’ve been, and you are not where you’re going to be. The best is yet to come.

Daily Confession based on Romans 12:1-2
By the mercies of God, I present my body a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is my spiritual service of worship. I am not conformed to this world, but I am transformed by the renewing of my mind so that I may prove what the will of God is—that which is good, acceptable, and perfect.

pros•per, verb
Greek: euodoo
To help on the road, succeed in reaching; to succeed in business affairs; have a prosperous journey. –Strong’s Greek Dictionary of the New Testament

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

Copyright © 2014 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. Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible. Copyright 1890 by James Strong, Madison, NJ.

Forgiveness & Freedom

Monday, January 27th, 2014

Then Peter came and said to Him, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.” Matthew 18:21-22

After Peter asked about forgiveness, Jesus told a parable of a slave who owed
his master $7.5 billion dollars (by today’s standards). Instead of throwing him
into prison, “the lord of that slave felt compassion and released him and forgave
him the debt” (Matthew 18:27).

But the slave who had just been forgiven a HUGE debt threw a fellow slave into prison when he couldn’t repay $2,054. When the master found out about this, he said, “You wicked slave, I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. Should you not also have had mercy on your fellow slave, in the same way that I had mercy on you?” (Matthew 18:32-33).

Jesus is telling us to factor in how much He has forgiven us. Offenses will come—some deliberate, some unintentional—and they hurt. Yet, by the grace of God, we can forgive. Don’t be a doormat or gullible, but when you have compassion and you release and forgive someone, you are setting yourself free.

Pray this prayer:
“Father, I forgive even as You have forgiven me. I refuse to be skilled at
bitterness. I choose today to bear no resentment—to forgive those who have
despitefully used me. I thank You that the love of God is poured out in my heart
through the Holy Spirit. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!”

Forgiveverb
1. To give up resentment against or stop wanting to punish (someone) for an
offense or fault; pardon. 2. To relent in being angry or in wishing to exact punishment for (an offense or fault). 3. To absolve from payment of (a debt, for example). –The American Heritage Dictionary

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

Copyright © 2014 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. “Forgive”- The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition copyright ©2013 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Web. 14 Jan. 2014.

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.