Posts Tagged ‘Holy Spirit’

Tell People About Jesus

Friday, May 25th, 2018

And He [Jesus] said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the Gospel to all creation.” Mark 16:15

1. CALLED TO EFFECTIVENESS. St. Louis Family Church was established in 1988 with the goal to honor God and help people. Jesus, the Head of the Church, is doing great things worldwide, and we are part of it. Together and as individuals we have a mandate on our lives to carry light and fire to the next generation.

The people who know their God will display strength and take action. Daniel 11:32b

2. CREATED FOR ACTION. God redeemed us from futility and has initiated us into purpose. You were created to accomplish amazing works, but the devil is fighting to distract you because you are so dangerous to him. Keep reading the Word and praying to prepare and stay ready for what God is doing in your life!

3. COMMITTED TO OBEY. The Gospel is powerful. We can’t let the devil silence us. God is activating us to nudge people out of darkness into the light. Ask the Holy Spirit to lead and guide you on how to pray and who to talk to. Begin to tell people what Jesus has done for you. As we each step out in obedience at the prompting of the Holy Spirit, we will see great fruitfulness and breakthrough as individuals, in our church, and in our world in the coming days.

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

DAILY CONFESSION:
I give thanks to the Lord, I call upon His name. I make known His deeds among the people (Psalm 105:1). For I am not ashamed of the Gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes.(Romans 1:17). I don’t worry about how or what I should say for I will know what to say at the right moment. It is not I who will speak but the Holy Spirit in me (Matthew 10:19-20).

tell, verb
To express in words. To relate in detail: narrate. To make known: divulge, reveal. To give information to.

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The Path of God’s People

Friday, December 15th, 2017

But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, that shines brighter and brighter until the full day. Proverbs 4:18

When we allow the Holy Spirit to lead us, we can trust Him to take us from faith to faith, glory to glory, and strength to strength.

For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed, both springing from faith and leading to faith [disclosed in a way that awakens more faith]. Romans 1:17a AMP

1. FROM FAITH TO FAITH. God sent Jesus to rescue us—He came to seek and save that which was lost (Luke 19:10). When we believe and receive the Good News message of Jesus, we can go forward and grow into ever-increasing faith.

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. 2 Corinthians 3:18a

2. FROM GLORY TO GLORY. It’s easy to be negative, but when we focus on who Jesus is and what He has done for us on the Cross, we see the amazing transformation in our lives. Because of Jesus, you are now a new creature and a carrier of God’s presence (2 Corinthians 5:17).

How blessed is the man whose strength is in You . . . They go from strength to strength. Psalm 84:5-7a

3. FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH. The God of miracles from the Bible is undiminished and unchanged. He has designed you to travel on the pathway of His plan, and when God calls you to do things out of your comfort zone, the Holy Spirit is there to help! God gives strength and power to those who need it (Isaiah 40:29).

The best is yet to come!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

DAILY CONFESSION
I walk by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7). I don’t waver in unbelief, but I grow strong in faith, giving glory to God (Romans 4:20). God is granting me, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man (Ephesians 3:16).

“Our weaknesses do not repel God; they attract Him. We may be hopeless, but the Spirit is God’s gift specially for the weak, to make up for our feebleness.” Reinhard Bonnke

Copyright © 2017 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. All rights reserved. Scripture quotations marked “AMP” are taken from The Amplified Bible, Old Testament copyright 1965, 1987 by the Zondervan Corporation and The Amplified New Testament copyright 1958, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Bonnke, Reinhard. Holy Spirit: Are We Flammable or Fireproof? Christ for All Nations, 2017.

Guided by the Holy Spirit

Friday, October 20th, 2017

“You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.” Acts 1:8

1. THE SPIRIT IS LIFE. “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words that I [Jesus] have spoken to you are spirit and are life” (John 6:63). Living by the Spirit gives life and peace, but the mind set on the flesh leads to death (Romans 8:6). The Spirit raised Jesus from the dead (Romans 8:11), led Moses and parted the Red Sea (Isaiah 63:11-12), hovered over the water at Creation (Genesis 1:2), and visited the disciples on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:4). And He is the same Holy Spirit who is available to us today!

2. THE SPIRIT IS TRUTH. “But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth” (John 16:13a). The Holy Spirit is our Helper and He has been sent to teach us all things (John 14:26). When the devil tempted Jesus, He responded to every temptation with “It is written” (Luke 4:3-12). Tether yourself to the Word of God, and when problems come, respond with the promises you’ve found in the Scriptures.

3. THE SPIRIT IS POWER. Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about Him spread through all the surrounding district (Luke 4:14). We are called to go in the power of the Spirit to impact the world around us. Only Jesus can bring the hope and harmony that people are looking for. We will be increasingly effective as we draw near to God and allow our lives be guided by the Holy Spirit.

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

PRAY THIS PRAYER: Based on Colossians 1:9-11
I pray that I may be filled with the knowledge of God’s will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding so that I will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord and please Him in all respects: bearing fruit in every good work, increasing in the knowledge of God, and strengthened with all power. In Jesus’ Name, amen.

guide, verb
To assist (a person) to travel through, or reach a destination in, an unfamiliar area, as by accompanying or giving directions to the person. To supply with advice or counsel.

Copyright © 2017 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. All rights reserved. “Guide.” Random House Unabridged Dictionary. Web. 17 Oct 2017 .

Help Is on the Way

Friday, September 29th, 2017

But the Helper (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor—Counselor, Strengthener, Standby), the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name [in My place, to represent Me and act on My behalf], He will teach you all things. And He will help you remember everything that I [Jesus] have told you. John 14:26 AMP

SIX WAYS THE HOLY SPIRIT IS OUR HELP:

1. COMFORTER. When we receive comfort from the Holy Spirit not only do we benefit, but we are also activated to go out into the world as shock absorbers and comfort others with that same comfort we have received (2 Corinthians 1:3-4).

2. ADVOCATE. “Put Me in remembrance, let us argue our case together” (Isaiah 43:26a). Jesus has paid the penalty for our sins and has sent the Holy Spirit to defend, support, and vindicate us!

3. INTERCESSOR. The baptism in the Holy Spirit is pure benefit to the whole Body of Christ. When we don’t know what to pray in our finite thinking, we can pray in the Spirit and “the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words . . . according to the will of God” (Romans 8:26-27).

4. COUNSELOR. When we ask the Holy Spirit for help, when we need wisdom, He will always guide us into the truth (John 16:13).

5. STRENGTHENER. In every facet of life, the Holy Spirit comes alongside as our strengthener. What is flimsy and weak in us, He makes strong.

6. STANDBY. What a relief when help shows up! The Holy Spirit is someone we can rely on in a tight situation. He is always the same and He is always available. Take some time to study the Scriptures to see the amazing advantages we have in the presence of the Holy Spirit, our Helper!

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

PRAY THIS PRAYER (BASED ON EPHESIANS 3:16-19):
I pray that God would grant me according to the riches of His glory to be STRENGTHENED with power through His Spirit in the inner man, so that Christ may dwell in my heart through faith; and that I, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth, length, height, and depth and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge—that I may be filled up to all the fullness of God. In Jesus’ Name, amen.

comfort, noun
A state of being relaxed and feeling no pain. A feeling of freedom from worry or disappointment. To give moral or emotional strength to (verb).

Copyright © 2017 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. All rights reserved. Scripture quotations marked “AMP” “The Amplified Bible” or “The Amplified New Testament” are taken from The Amplified Bible, Old Testament copyright 1965, 1987 by the Zondervan Corporation and The Amplified New Testament copyright 1958, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission. All rights reserved. “Comfort.” Memidex Dictionary/Thesaurus. Web. 27 Sep 2017

Fruit of the Spirit

Friday, April 21st, 2017

But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:16, 22-23

1. WALKING BY THE SPIRIT. When you receive Jesus as your Savior, your spirit is made alive in God! You become a child of God and you have the ability to hear His voice and receive His guidance. These are blessings attached to choosing the things of God. These attributes—love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control—are the tools that give us victory in life.

Be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth. Ephesians 4:23-24

2. RENEWING YOUR SPIRIT. God has called us to walk in a manner worthy of Him. His Word makes it possible for us to display the fruit of the Spirit instead of the deeds of the flesh. When you are consistently in the Word, then the Scriptures will be the first thing that comes to your mind when challenges try to overwhelm you. Speaking the Word will turn around the most impossible-looking situations.

3. ACTIVATING THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT. Every day we are being invited to get out of bed and walk by the Spirit—not letting primal instincts govern us, but letting the Holy Spirit pull us out of the flesh and into being divinely effective. As we fortify ourselves by getting in the Word, praying in the Spirit, and continually walking in love, we will become more sensitive to the subtle promptings of the Holy Spirit, and the fruit of the Spirit will show up powerfully in our lives.

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

DAILY CONFESSION
I am God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that I would walk in them (Ephesians 2:10). I am not conformed to this world, but am transformed by the renewing of my mind (Romans 12:2). I walk by the Spirit and I will not carry out the desire of the flesh. I daily walk in LOVE, JOY, PEACE, PATIENCE, KINDNESS, GOODNESS, FAITHFULNESS, GENTLENESS, and SELF-CONTROL.

fruit, noun
The effect or consequence of an action or operation: product, result.

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Ways to Get Strengthened!

Friday, March 17th, 2017

But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you. Matthew 6:6

FELLOWSHIP WITH GOD. God is all powerful and when we draw near to Him, strength will come. His presence shifts us from surviving to thriving. Delving into the Word of God and spending time in God’s presence will strengthen your heart. If you feel worn down by life, take time like Jesus often did to “slip away to the wilderness and pray” (Luke 5:16). The Creator of the Universe has everything you need—all the strength, all the power, all the insight, all the guidance. And always try to remember what Daniel 11:32b proclaims: The people who know their God shall be strong and do exploits!

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth. Acts 1:8

KNOW WHO YOU ARE IN GOD. God is urging us toward a greater level of breakthrough than we’ve ever experienced. Like a soldier in basic training or like a surgeon who scrubs and prepares before the operation, there is something we are preparing for as a church. We get strengthened not only so that we can cope, fight, and win in our personal lives, but also for all the people attached to our obedience and for all the repercussive effects our lives are called to have.

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

PRAY THIS PRAYER:
I pray that I would be strengthened with power through God’s Spirit in the inner man, that Christ would dwell in my heart through faith and that I being rooted and grounded in love may be able to comprehend what is the breadth, and length, and height, and depth, and that I may know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge and that I would be filled up to all the fullness of God. Ephesians 3:14-19

Copyright © 2017 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. All rights reserved. “Fellowship.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam- Webster, n.d. 14 March 2017.

God’s Power and Promises Are for You

Friday, March 10th, 2017

These who have turned the world upside down have come here too. Acts 17:6b NKJV

The people in the Book of Acts were living so effectively it was rocking the world around them. They had a message that was life-changing, and they were doing life together with a heart of faith and a resolve to follow God. When they came on the scene, their words were filled with the power of the Holy Spirit, and signs and wonders followed them.

How the Early Church responded to their world in the midst of persecution is an amazing model: They gathered, they prayed to the Father in the name of Jesus, and the power of the Holy Spirit came upon them.

“And now, Lord, take note of their threats, and grant that Your bond-servants may speak Your word with all confidence, while You extend Your hand to heal, and signs and wonders take place through the name of Your holy servant Jesus.” And when they had prayed, the place where they had gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak the word of God with boldness. Acts 4:29-31

God is still the same today (Hebrews 13:8). His promises are still the same today. This power from the Holy Spirit is still available today. Some of you who have believed God for years and have had one hard battle after the other—I want to put you back in touch with the power of the Word of God:

• God watches over His Word to perform it (Jeremiah 1:12).
• God’s Word is forever settled in heaven (Psalm 119:89).
• God’s Word corrects and equips (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
• God’s Word strengthens (Psalm 119:28).

You can dust off your dreams and hold to God’s promises with renewed boldness, renewed conviction, and renewed determination.

Trust God!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

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Empowered for Effectiveness

Friday, October 28th, 2016

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.” Acts 1:8

1. CLOTHED WITH GOD’S POWER. These famous last words of Jesus before He ascended to heaven show that He did not leave us powerless. We can go out into the ridiculousness of a challenging world with confidence, knowing that He has clothed us with “power from on high” (Luke 24:49), and that it’s as available for us in the twenty-first century as it was for the Early Church.

2. POWER TOOLS. Just like emergency teams use the Jaws of Life to rescue people trapped in their vehicles, God has given us power tools—like the Name of Jesus, the Blood of Jesus, and the Word of God—to pry people free from sin and death. Our Rescuer redeems our lives from the pit (Psalm 103:4)! The point of these tools is not for looks or status, but to rescue someone and make us more effective in the kingdom of God.

3. DELEGATED POWER. What the Lord has called us to do cannot be done by human strength but only by the power of the Holy Spirit. God has empowered you to take the Name of Jesus and break off every weight and encumbrance. You are authorized to preach the Word of God boldly, pray for others to be filled with the Holy Spirit, and lay hands on the sick and they will recover.

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

DAILY CONFESSION: BECAUSE OF JESUS…
I am delivered from the power of darkness and translated into God’s kingdom (Colossians 1:13). I am complete in Him, Who is the head of all principality and power (Colossians 2:10). I have the mind of Christ. (Philippians 2:5; 1 Corinthians 2:16). I am strengthened with all might according to His glorious power (Colossians 1:11).

em·pow·er, noun
To give or delegate power or authority to; authorize. To give ability to; enable or permit.

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How to Avoid Compassion Fatigue

Friday, September 30th, 2016

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

1. MAINTAIN AN ETERNAL PERSPECTIVE. The best part of life is Jesus. Everything we do is for an audience of One. Life here on earth has too many needs for us to ever keep track of and take care of, and that’s why we must keep seeking the eternal things of Jesus and trust Him with this life.

So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; bearing with one another, and forgiving each other. Colossians 3:12-13a

2. BE LED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT. The overload of need can be desensitizing. When you are led by human sympathy instead of God’s compassion, you’ll end up doing the wrong thing that will stimulate your pride or sense of heroism. But when you are led by the Holy Spirit, you will have energy for the right things.

3. PUT ON A HEART OF COMPASSION. The Holy Spirit wants to move each one of us into places of tremendous fulfillment and achievement, but we can’t do that with compassion fatigue. Stay ready by refusing to allow a callus to grow over your heart. Every day ask God to create a clean heart and renew a steadfast spirit in you (Psalm 51:10). Keep on showing up, keep on seeking the things above, keep on boldly declaring the Word, keep on crucifying your flesh, keep on walking in love. Keep on keeping on!

Press on,
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 keep my heart with all diligence for from it flow the springs of life (Proverbs 4:23). I put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience and above all I put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity (Colossians 3:12-14).

com·pas·sion, noun
Deep awareness of the suffering of another coupled with the wish to relieve it.

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How to Live in Harmony

Friday, August 19th, 2016

Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love, being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. Ephesians 4:1-3

1. RUN FROM STRIFE. “The beginning of strife is like letting out water, so abandon the quarrel before it breaks out” (Proverbs 17:14). God has designed us for unity and harmony, but as you go through life, opportunities for strife will come up (Matthew 18:7). Strife is seductive in the moment, but yielding to it will hinder your effectiveness and progress. As much as it depends on you, pursue peace (Romans 12:18).

2. LISTEN TO THE HOLY SPIRIT. We can’t change someone else’s attitude, but we can change ours and how we contribute to the situation. If you leave room for the Holy Spirit, He will deal with things. Take time to meditate on who you are because of Jesus, on how much Jesus loves you and gave His life for you, and then let the voice of the Holy Spirit silence the clanging voice of strife.

3. BE RESULTS-ORIENTED. Harmony leads to action. Throughout the book of Acts, the Early Church gathered together in unity before experiencing great acts of fruitfulness. God wants you to be fruitful too (John 15:1-3), and when you reject strife in your life you will walk in a greater lever of effectiveness!

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

DAILY CONFESSION
I walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which I have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for others in love. I am diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace (Ephesians 4:1-3).

har·mo·ny, noun
An orderly or pleasing combination of elements in a whole. A relationship in which various components exist together without destroying one another. A relationship characterized by a lack of conflict or by agreement, as of opinion or interest

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