Posts Tagged ‘Jesus’

Living Water

Friday, November 3rd, 2017

Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’” But this He spoke of the Spirit. John 7:37-39a

1. GET IN THE FLOW. God’s flow is life-giving; it’s deep and beautiful. When Jesus offered the Samaritan woman living water (John 4:10), He looked past ethnic, gender, and religious divisions. He knew her condition and offered her eternal life. He knew her sin and was there to forgive her. The Holy Spirit never changes and the New Testament truths are for us today. Jesus is calling out to all of us, inviting us to partake in His flow.

2. DON’T CHOKE THE FLOW. In order to keep pipes from freezing, it’s important to always keep the water flowing. Unforgiveness and worry can stop up the flow of the Holy Spirit in our lives. When we forgive and repent, we push the reset button, removing the blockages. To cure stagnation and let living water flow through, you can continually lift your voice in worship and praise to God. Pray in the Spirit as you go about your day. Get in the habit of quoting scriptures out loud all the time.

But whoever drinks of the water that I [Jesus] will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life. John 4:14

3. INVITE OTHERS INTO GOD’S FLOW. God has given you the ministry of reconciliation, and Jesus is reaching out through you to a lost generation and to those who have never experienced God’s love. God didn’t design us to be reservoir containers but channels with outflow to reach this dry, parched world.

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

PRAY THIS PRAYER
Jesus, I thank You for Your living water available in my life. I watch over my heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life (Proverbs 4:23). I forgive anything I have against anyone so that my Father who is in heaven will also forgive my transgressions (Mark 11:25). I repent of any sin or worry and ask You to forgive me, God. I ask for Your amazing river of living water to flow in my life every day. I love You, Jesus. Amen!

flow, verb
To stream or well forth. To issue or proceed from a source. To proceed continuously and smoothly. To abound in something.

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Jesus – Your Help

Friday, September 15th, 2017

I will lift up my eyes to the mountains; from where shall my help come? My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth. Psalm 121:1-2

HE IS YOUR ANSWER. Mountains represent whatever is looming in your life—they are images of problems or difficulties. So whatever you are dealing with, look at it and ask yourself, “Where does my help come from?” It comes from the Lord! He is your answer. He is your help. He will never leave you or forsake you.

EDIFY YOURSELF IN THE WORD. Look at the truth found in God’s Word. Fix your eyes on Jesus right now. Take some time to read the Scriptures. They will make a clear distinction between your soul and spirit. Get out your best paper Bible, dedicate a pen, get a ruler, underline and highlight. Let God’s Word be a lamp to your feet and a light to your path (Psalm 119:105).

LISTEN ALERTLY FOR GOD’S VOICE. Alertness doesn’t mean we become nervous or anxious. Rather, we are focused and paying attention. When we let things settle around us and get quiet, God is going to speak. One day in His presence can do so much to counsel, to edify, to expose areas where you need to change, repent, clarify what’s available to you, and recognize who you are in Christ.

PREPARE FOR ACTION. Time is short and people need what we have. We have a responsibility to communicate the Gospel as succinctly, as excellently, and as long as we can. If you’ve let this mission get buried because you are tired, numb and struggling from the pressures of daily life, lift up your eyes to Jesus. He wants to help you both with the big picture and with the micro-level details of your life.

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

PRAY THIS PRAYER:
I thank You, God, that You instruct me in the way I should go. I ask You to counsel me with Your eye upon me (Psalm 32:8). Help me to focus and receive wisdom and clarity from You. I confess that I know what to do in every situation. I am getting sharper and more alert in the Name of Jesus. Amen.

a·lert, adj.
Vigilantly attentive; watchful. Mentally responsive and perceptive; quick. Brisk or lively in action. A condition or period of heightened watchfulness or preparation for action (noun).

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The Attitude of the Church

Friday, June 23rd, 2017

Make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose . . . Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus. Philippians 2:2-5

MAKE JESUS CENTRAL. The chief project of life is cultivating closeness with Jesus.

LOVE ONE ANOTHER. We love because God first loved us (1 John 4:19). Every day we have a choice to get bitter and hard or to forgive and walk in love. Decide today to be an agent of love.

HAVE FAITH IN GOD. The language of faith isn’t just a set of principles—it’s based on our faithful, trustworthy God. Because Jesus rose from the dead we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us (Philippians 4:13).

FOLLOW SOUND DOCTRINE. Read the Bible! The Word of God is the plumb line that will keep us from veering off into the ditch of false teaching or trends (Ephesians 4:14-15).

KEEP CRYSTAL CLEAR VISION. Let the Gospel of Jesus inform every other area of your life. Jesus will keep us focused and keep us out of secondary issues.

HAVE A MIND TO WORK. Church culture is a dynamic family with a spirit of faith and love who with diligence work heartily unto the Lord.

COMMIT TO THE MISSION. This is all for Jesus. If you’ve never made Jesus Lord of your life, ask Him to be your Savior. If you’ve been apathetic, recommit yourself to finding that original spark. If you catch yourself murmuring and complaining, repent. There is beauty and power in commitment when you follow through and say, “But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” (Joshua 24:15).

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

PRAY THIS PRAYER
God, I know that love, like faith, grows with my continual confession of it. I love because You first loved me (1 John 4:19). Thank You that Your love is poured out in my heart (Romans 5:5). Thank You, God, that as I walk in Your love, I am patient, kind, and not jealous. I do not brag and am not arrogant. I do not act unbecomingly or seek my own. I am not provoked; I do not take into account a wrong suffered or rejoice in unrighteousness, but I rejoice with the truth. I bear all things, believe all things, hope all things, and endure all things (1 Corinthians 13)! In Jesus’ name, Amen!

at·ti·tude, noun
The arrangement of the parts of a body. A position assumed for a specific purpose. A bodily state of readiness to respond in a characteristic way to a stimulus.

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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

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Run Your Race

Friday, December 2nd, 2016

Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us. Hebrews 12:1 NKJV

1. LAY IT DOWN. Every day, minute by minute, we can cast our cares on the Lord. If stuff has happened to discourage you, then enter into God’s presence with thanksgiving and watch Him lift your heart and head as you praise Him and lay down every weight.

Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:2

2. STEP OUT. An amazing path lies before each of us and we are called to step out of the confines of fear and into a life of faith and love. Some of the great achievements that you and I are called to are rooted in a simple life of obedience and faith, keeping an attitude of thankfulness, and being quick to repent.

Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary. Galatians 6:9

3. RUN WITH ENDURANCE. We are made to be durable, to run this race, not just for a short time, but to bring glory and honor to Jesus our whole lives. Study and meditate on the Scriptures to get an awareness of your destiny and purpose so that you don’t miss out on a life of great fruitfulness.

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

en·dur·ance, noun
The ability of an organism to exert itself and remain active for a long period of time, as well as its ability to resist, withstand, recover from, and have immunity to trauma, wounds, or fatigue.

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New Beginnings

Saturday, September 10th, 2016

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

GO FORWARD. Jesus came on the scene not to condemn or reinforce failure, but to become a sin substitute for us (2 Corinthians 5:21). Don’t let the past hold you back. If there is an area of self-inflicted misery in your life, repent and move on. When vision gets disrupted, when momentum gets crippled by challenges, it is God who is at work urging and helping us to put off the old person and keep putting on the new (Philippians 2:13; Ephesians 4:22-24).

RESET DAILY. Like the beginning of a new day, God’s mercies are new every morning (Lamentations 3:22-23). God designed sunrise and sunset as a reset to help us so that we don’t carry the baggage of yesterday or even the dread of tomorrow. God has grace for each day (Matthew 6:34).

OVERCOME, DON’T SUCCUMB. This Christian life of change and moving forward is not for the elite few—it is accessible to all who seek God (James 4:8). Instead of succumbing to all the worries of the world, spend more time in the presence of God where you’ll find rest and renewal (Psalm 91:1-2 NKJV; Matthew 11:28).

WALK IN EFFECTIVENESS. All your life experiences prepare you for credibility, for contact, for incredible impact. The purpose of change is not about personal comfort but about getting ready for increase. People who have been disinterested in the things of God are becoming interested. Now we need to be ready.

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

DAILY CONFESSION
God, thank You for Your mercies that are new every morning! Today I repent of any sin. As I draw near to You, You will draw near to me (James 4:8). I push the reset button and I start fresh! I love You, Jesus. Amen!

O God, You are my God; early will I seek You; my soul thirsts for You; Psalm 63:1a

New, adjective
Still fresh. Different from the former or the old. Changed for the better; rejuvenated.

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Let God Use You!

Friday, June 17th, 2016

For consider your calling, brethren, that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble; but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong. 1 Corinthians 1:26-27

1. COMMIT YOURSELF TO GOD. God uses ordinary, flawed people to do extraordinary things. God called Gideon a valiant warrior while he and his people were still hiding in caves. Moses said he couldn’t speak, but God used him as His spokesperson. God even spoke through a donkey and a burning bush! It’s not by our might or power, but by the Holy Spirit.

2. RECEIVE GOD’S WISDOM. Jesus is the wisdom available to us when we don’t know what to do. Life is filled with so many variables, so many options, so many decisions. But God invites us to ask Him for the wisdom we need. You can trust the counsel of the Lord. That’s why it’s so important to read the Bible and keep its words in your heart.

For the eyes of the Lord move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His. 2 Chronicles 16:9

3. BE AVAILABLE. We are at our best when we realize we are just human—earthen vessels that God fills with His amazing power (2 Corinthians 4:7). God has chosen childlike faith, yielded hearts, and simple obedience to do great things. God is not looking for popularity or sophistication, but availability, willingness, and obedient hearts!

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

PRAY THIS PRAYER:
God, my heart is completely Yours. Here I am, send me, use me. I thank You that even when I feel weak, the surpassing greatness of power is from You. I thank You that Jesus is wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption. My boast is in You, God (1 Corinthians 1:28-31). Use me to fulfill Your plans on this earth!

avail·able, adj.
To present or ready for immediate use. Qualified or willing to do something or to assume a responsibility.

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Rest for Your Soul

Friday, April 15th, 2016

“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Matthew 11:28-29

1. COME TO HIM. Jesus is the answer for every person – from the most sophisticated to the most down-and-out. If you are fatigued, Jesus is asking you to come to Him, learn from Him, and find rest.

You will make known to me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; in Your right hand there are pleasures forever. Psalm 16:11

2. LEARN FROM HIM. Jesus wants to be our teacher and show us how to rest. He wants to make known to us the path of life. We have been given gifts, purpose and equipping from God. Take some time to draw near to Jesus, to cease motion and activity, and get in His presence to be refreshed.

They [Adam & Eve] heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. Then the Lord God called to the man, and said to him, “Where are you?” Genesis 3:8-9

3. LISTEN TO HIM. God’s voice thunders through history, calling to humanity. Come to Jesus: if you’re lost, He’ll save you; if you’re sick, He’ll heal you; if you’re empty, He’ll fill you with the Holy Spirit; if you’re aimless, He’ll give you vision and purpose; if you’ve failed, He’ll give you forgiveness. He loves you!

Draw near to Jesus,
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

DAILY CONFESSION:
I trust in the Lord, commit my way to the Lord, and rest in the Lord (Psalm 37:3, 5, 7). My soul follows close behind God, and His right hand upholds me (Psalm 63:8). God makes known to me the path of life. In His presence is fullness of joy (Psalm 16:11a).

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. “Rest.” The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

LIFE!

Friday, March 25th, 2016

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” John 14:6

LIFE IS FOUND IN JESUS. Jesus is the greatest friend we will ever have—we can run to Him in time of need. He is not just part of a myriad of religious concepts in a pluralistic, relativistic world. He is the way, the truth, and the life, and He loves us so much that He took our sin upon Him when He died on the Cross.

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I [Jesus] came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. John 10:10

LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL. God wants to give you the gift of an abundant life. When you accept Jesus as your Savior, you are invited to a life spent loving and connecting with Him—it’s the answer to every search for fulfillment.

Happy Easter – God loves you!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

PRAY THIS PRAYER:
God I need You. I open my heart wide to You. I repent for my sin and I ask for Your forgiveness and mercy to come into my heart. I receive Jesus as my Savior. Thank You for new life! In Jesus’ Name, amen!

life, noun
That which imparts or excites spirit or vigor; that upon which enjoyment or success depends.

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Pray for Easter!

Friday, March 18th, 2016

Easter is the New Year’s Day of the Church! It’s a weekend when we have an opportunity to reach many people and tell them about Jesus – on Good Friday, at the Saturday Egg Hunt, and on Easter Morning. Use the points below to pray over the church this next week as we believe God for a great harvest!

PRAY THAT:

1. VOLUNTEERS ARE COVERED. Those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed (Proverbs 11:25b NLT). God, I pray that You bless those who are taking time to help others. I pray that they will have a fantastic weekend and that they will be safe and protected in Jesus’ Name!

2. IN-REACH AND OUTREACH ARE EQUALLY POWERFUL. I pray the anointing of the Holy Spirit will cover the entire weekend and that as soon as people step onto our church campus they will feel God’s love. I pray that everyone – from first-time visitors to those who have been here for decades – is reached with the life-giving power of Jesus.

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” John 14:6

3. PEOPLE’S HEARTS ARE OPEN TO RECEIVE. Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. God, I pray that the hearts of entire families will turn toward You and that You will add daily to the number of those who are being saved (Acts 2:47).

As you pray for Easter weekend, also believe God for opportunities to invite people to attend. It’s going to be a great weekend!

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

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