Posts Tagged ‘freedom’

Read Your Bible: The Truth Will Set You Free

Friday, April 20th, 2018

So Jesus was saying . . . “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” John 8:31-32

1. WHY WE READ GOD’S WORD. The truths in the Bible, inspired and revealed by the Holy Spirit, will bring us into the understanding of who God created each one of us to be. As we invest our time in reading the Scriptures, our minds get renewed and we trade in a smaller way of thinking for God’s amazing, big, beautiful, eternal thoughts!

2. WHEN TO READ THE WORD. Whenever you can. Read a Proverb or a chapter in the New Testament. Ponder a verse and let it become entrenched in your thinking. Listen to the Bible in the car, play it when you’re cleaning the kitchen, while you’re falling asleep – let it become a part of your world day and night (Psalm 1:2). If you haven’t read the Bible lately, read a few verses right now to push the reset button on your brain.

3. WHAT GOD’S WORD WILL DO FOR YOU. Faith is hearing what God has said and then believing Him enough to act on what He commanded. Where there is darkness, you can shine the eternal light of the Scriptures. Where there is sickness, you can take the promises of God and bring healing. Where there is despair, you can bring the Gospel and set captives free. With a humble heart, open the Bible and let it restore your mind, renew your vision, and awaken you concerning God’s purposes.

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

DAILY SCRIPTURE CONFESSION:
Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. I pay attention to God’s words. I do not let them depart from my sight; I keep them in my heart. They are life to me and healing to my body. I continue in God’s Word and I will know the truth and the truth will make me free (Romans 10:17; Proverbs 4:20-22; John 8:31-32).

truth, noun
The body of real things, events, and facts. Fact. Sincerity in action, character, and utterance. A transcendent fundamental or spiritual reality.

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Overcoming Fear

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

He [Jesus] said to them, “Let us go over to the other side.” And there arose a fierce gale of wind, and the waves were breaking over the boat so much that the boat was already filling up. Jesus Himself was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?” And He got up and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Hush, be still.” And the wind died down and it became perfectly calm. Mark 4:35, 37-39

1. GO TO THE OTHER SIDE. God’s love will produce tremendous security even in the middle of a storm. He wants to set you free from fear so that you can both command the storm to be calm and trust Him enough to even be at peace in the midst of it. When Jesus is in the center of your situation, you will get to the other side!

2. GET FILLED WITH GOD’S WORD. God’s Word on any given subject will produce faith and bring a tremendous change to your perspective. If you’re worried about finances, study what God’s Word says about meeting your needs. If you are wondering about your future, find scriptures about God’s plan for your life. Whatever you are dealing with, write it down, answer it with the Word of God, and move forward!

3. FREE OTHERS. When Jesus got to the other side, He immediately encountered a demon-possessed man who desperately needed help. Jesus freed him and “the man who had been demon-possessed [was] sitting down, clothed and in his right mind” (Mark 5:1-15). When you overcome fear in your own life, you will be able to boldly preach the Gospel to the afflicted and set captives free (Luke 4:18).

DAILY CONFESSION
God has not given me a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a well-balanced mind. (2 Timothy 1:7) I sought the Lord, and He answered me, and delivered me from all my fears. (Psalm 34:4) God’s perfect love casts out all fear. (1 John 4:18) I have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again but I have received a spirit of adoption. (Romans 8:15)

o·ver·come, verb
To deal with successfully; prevail over. To surmount opposition; be victorious.

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. “Overcome.” The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition copyright ©2014 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Free

Friday, April 3rd, 2015

It was for freedom that Christ set us free. Galatians 5:1a

1. Free from Prison. Jesus came to set captives free (Luke 4:17-18). We can be free because of what happened on Calvary 2000 years ago when Jesus took the burden of our sin and laid down His life. A love like that can’t be earned; it just needs to be received.

Because of the sacrifice of the Messiah, his blood poured out on the altar of the Cross, we’re a free people—free of penalties and punishments chalked up by all our misdeeds. And not just barely free, either. Abundantly free! He thought of everything, provided for everything we could possibly need, letting us in on the plans He took such delight in making. Ephesians 1:7-9 The Message

2. Free from Former Limits. When you realize how faithful God is and how much He cares about every detail of your life, you will no longer be controlled by fear and worry. You can be free to believe God for bigger things, knowing that He is an ever present help in time of need (Psalm 46:1). Trust Him for the miraculous. He will always see you through.

3. Free to Serve. Jesus invaded this world’s fatal cycle of bondage and brought freedom to prisoners. And He didn’t stop there: He set us free so that we ourselves can be liberators (2 Corinthians 5:18). People all over the world need Jesus. There is salvation in no other name (Acts 4:12).

Pray this Prayer:

God, thank You for sending Jesus to set me free. I know He is Your Son and that He died for me and rose from the dead. Forgive me for all my sins. Jesus, I receive You right now, and I give my life to You. Amen.

Free, verb
1. To let someone leave a prison or a place where they have been forced to stay.
2. To remove something unpleasant that affects someone or limits their behavior.
3. Free to make someone or something available to be used for something else.

Happy Easter!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

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Free From Dread

Sunday, May 11th, 2014

For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!” Romans 8:15

Reject Fear. You don’t have to be a slave to fear. Perfect love drives out fear and brings it to a complete halt (1 John 4:18). When you become a child of God, all that God has is yours. Lean on the Holy Spirit, stand on the promises of God’s Word, and hold fast to those truths.

Speak Faith. God will never desert us or forsake us in any situation. Declare this boldly over your life: “The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid. What will man do to me?” (Hebrews 13:5b-6). Speak God’s Word over your kids, over difficult circumstances, over alarming symptoms in your body—whatever challenges you are facing right now.

The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the defense of my life; whom shall I dread? Though a host encamp against me, my heart will not fear; though war arise against me, in spite of this I shall be confident. Psalm 27:1, 3

Walk in Peace. The result of our salvation is peace. Take hold of this freedom offered by what Jesus did on the Cross, and step from darkness into God’s marvelous light; out of timidity into boldness; out of the pride of self-reliance into confidence in God. We are called to advance the Kingdom of God, finance His purposes, pray big prayers, and step up to serve in unique and creative ways.

Daily Confession
God, I trust You because You are trustworthy. And because You have not given me a spirit of fear leading to slavery again, I am not required to go down the track of fear. I will forget those things that lie behind and reach forward to what lies ahead! I come against fear and alarm and I press forward to the goal of the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Thank You that the chains of dread are broken. Thank You that the bondage has lifted and the oppression must dissipate now in the name of Jesus.

dread noun
Fear of something bad that might happen or that is going to happen. To be continuously afraid of someone or something.

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. Footnote: “Dread” www.macmillandictionary.com. Wed. 07 May 2014.

Overcoming Power

Monday, April 28th, 2014

For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. Who is the one who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? 1 John 5:4-5

Get Certain. Our beliefs, when rooted in and built on God’s Word, create supernatural
strength and power. When you are attacked in an area of uncertainty, go to the stabilizing Word of God to get your mind renewed. Knowing God’s will through His Word will take you from disorientation to focus, from depletion and defeat to confidence and courage.

Get an Attitude. God desires for each person to be healed, delivered, protected and made whole. When you get hit with challenges, resist the enemy by equipping yourself with God’s promises. Instead of playing into the devil’s lies, go to God’s Word, cast down imaginations, watch what you say, and receive power from God for the answers to turn your circumstances around.

Get Going. We are called to be watchmen on the wall, holding up our shields to quench all the fiery darts of the enemy. Like the Bible heroes of old, we too are required to fight the good fight of faith. Jesus has anointed us to bring healing to the hurting and restoration to the broken and to save those who are crushed in spirit. It’s not always easy, but it’s worth it. Breakthrough and freedom are on the other side of the battle.

Daily Confession
The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble. He knows those who take refuge in Him. I resist the devil and he flees from me. I draw near to God and He draws near to me. I cast down imaginations. I take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. I crucify my flesh and I walk in the Spirit. In Jesus’ name, amen.

pow•er noun
The ability or capacity to act or do something effectively. The ability or official capacity to exercise control; authority.

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

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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.

Freedom and Victory in Jesus

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. 2 Corinthians 5:17

When Jesus enters your life, He changes you. The people who encountered Jesus in the Bible came in broken and sick and left restored and healed. Whatever you’re facing, God’s promises and miraculous work are just as alive today as they were in the Bible (Micah 7:20, Psalm 105:8, Hebrews 13:8).

Satan has tried to diminish the vibrancy of what Jesus paid such a high price to give. But we are called to fight the good fight of faith knowing we have the victory (1 Timothy 6:12). So refuse to live below your potential, and put your faith in God and in His promises.

For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. Who is the one who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God. 1 John 5:4-5

Carry this victorious attitude into your prayer closet, into your bad diagnosis. Carry it when your kids talk back to you, if your finances are tanked. Carry it when the world seems weird and scary. We have been invited into this miraculous life of freedom and victory. Instead of retreating, let’s fall into the arms of God and trust that we will see the salvation of the Lord.

But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:57

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

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Praise and Peace

Monday, September 24th, 2012

I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. I sought the Lord, and He answered me, and delivered me from all my fears. Psalm 34:1, 4

Your thought life doesn’t have to be worn down by a bunch of fear. God said that He would keep us in perfect peace when our minds are set on Him (Isaiah 26:3). God has designed praise and worship as powerful tools to help us obtain breakthrough and freedom.

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

Apathy is a hindrance. We have to offset the voice that says there is no help for you in God with the voice that proclaims how faithful He is. Be deliberate and choose to enter His gates with thanksgiving and praise, which are the opposite of ingratitude and backing off.

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love. 1 John 4:18

Fear is an enemy. Fear will try to seize you, disrupt your creativity, and make you so worried that you don’t walk through the door of what God has designed for you. But God has not given you a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV). As you draw close to God through praise and worship and meditate on His faithfulness, you will begin to understand God’s perfect love—and fear will have no room to stay.

They looked to Him and were radiant, and their faces will never be ashamed. Psalm 34:5

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

Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him, bless His name. For the Lord is good; His lovingkindness is everlasting and His faithfulness to all generations. Psalm 100:4-5

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The Rescue

Monday, April 25th, 2011

Rescue: Recovery or preservation from loss or danger; deliver; to free from harm or evil; save.*

God rescued us from dead-end alleys and dark dungeons. He’s set us up in the kingdom of the Son he loves so much, the Son who got us out of the pit we were in, got rid of the sins we were doomed to keep repeating. Colossians 1:13-14
The Message

Freedom. Jesus was sent on a rescue mission to save broken humanity. God in His infinite love and mercy rescued us from the pit of despair and hopelessness and traded all our sin for His righteousness. Now, we can be free!

I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.
Romans 8:38 New Living Translation

Unconditional love. The Bible says that nothing can separate you from God’s love. This is so hard to understand if you have been unloved or if you don’t like yourself. But Jesus is so wonderful—you don’t have to try to fix yourself and get better before calling out to Jesus—He is on a rescue mission to save you right where you are. You are drowning in quicksand, and Jesus wants to pull you out and give you new life and make you a new person.

The best is yet to come. Jesus knows how to rescue us in times of trouble and calm the storms of life. When sorrows weigh us down, doubts rise up in our soul, or our burdens are too much to bear—He is our refuge. Your life is not over. The God who rescued people in the Bible is the same God who wants to help you in your situation today. Call out to God and He will answer you,

To receive Jesus, pray this prayer:

Dear God, in my heart I believe the truth about Jesus—that He’s Your Son and that He died for me and rose from the dead. Forgive me for all my sins. I receive Jesus into my life right now. You tell me what to do and I’ll do it. Help me to start a new life and follow You with my whole heart. Amen.

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

Copyright © 2011 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. Colossians 1:13-14 scripture taken from The Message. Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Romans 8:38 scripture taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation © 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois. All rights reserved. *The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition © 2006 by Houghton Mifflin Company. WordNet 3.0 © Princeton University, 2006.