Posts Tagged ‘life’

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 .

TRIUMPH

Friday, April 14th, 2017

But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place. 2 Corinthians 2:14

LIFE TRIUMPHS OVER DEATH. When Jesus died on the Cross, everything looked like a failure. But when He rose from the dead, it turned into victory over death and sin! Whatever you have been through, however you have messed up, Jesus wants to forgive your sins, give you a fresh start, and lead you in triumph.

But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved). Ephesians 2:4-5

MERCY TRIUMPHS OVER JUDGMENT. God loves you not on the basis of your good deeds, but because of His mercy (Titus 3:5). He loves you completely, and nothing can separate you from His love (Romans 8:38-39). Let this become a year of triumph for you. If you’ve let your heart grow cold, draw near to God and He’ll give you a fresh hunger for truth. If you’ve never asked Jesus to be your Savior, call out to Him now.

When you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions, having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. When He had disarmed the rulers and authorities, He made a public display of them, having triumphed over them through Him. Colossians 2:13-15

PRAYER TRIUMPHS OVER OUR CIRCUMSTANCES. 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. I receive Jesus into my life right now. God, I give my life to You. Amen.

TRIUMPH!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®
HAPPY EASTER!

tri·umph, noun
A significant success or noteworthy achievement; instance or occasion of victory. Exultation resulting from victory; joy over success.

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Guard Your Heart

Sunday, January 19th, 2014

Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life.
Proverbs 4:23

See No Evil. The eye is the lamp of the body; so then if your eye is clear, your whole body will be full of light (Matthew 6:22). In the Old Testament, King Saul and the people of Israel got incapacitated by fear because they gazed at their problem and only glanced at God (1 Samuel 17). To move ahead, we keep our eyes focused on God—not in denial of circumstances, but knowing that God is mightier than any problem we face.

Hear No Evil. And He [Jesus] was saying to them, “Take care what you listen to. By your standard of measure it will be measured to you; and more will be given you besides” (Mark 4:24). Your brain is not a trashcan. It’s designed to carry the amazing, golden Word of God. This doesn’t advocate naivety, but as you and I feast on the promises and provisions of Scripture from Genesis to Revelation, our standard changes to match God’s heart.

Speak No Evil. Then you will call, and the Lord will answer; you will cry, and He will say, “Here I am.” If you remove the yoke from your midst, the pointing of the finger and speaking wickedness (Isaiah 58:9). As we spend time fasting, murmuring is one of the things that hijack its effectiveness. It’s so easy and habit-forming to grumble. But when you put away the temptation to murmur, your fasting will take on a new dimension of breakthrough and you will be ready for God to lead you and use you for His purposes.

Pray this prayer:
“God, I know You’ve designed me for good works and I renew my determination to guard my heart so I can be alert and ready for the exploits You have for me. When You tell me to pray about something, I will pray. When You tell me to talk to someone, I will do it with boldness. Thank You for fruitfulness in 2014!”

Guard verb – To keep safe from harm or danger; protect; watch over. Dictionary.com Unabridged

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. “Guard” Dictionary.com Unabridged Random House, Inc. Web. 13 Jan. 2014.

The Life of Jesus

Monday, June 11th, 2012

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. John 3:16-17

Jesus is the real deal. He is not like anybody else. You can bet your whole life on His faithfulness. You may be battling cynicism and doubt, but God wants to reveal himself to you. Just ask Him to show you He is real, and He will.

Jesus loves you. Whether you are a prominent leader like Jairus in the Bible, who asked for healing for his 12-year-old daughter, or a “nobody” like the woman with the issue of blood, Jesus wants to come into your life and turn around your situation.

Jesus gives life. The same Jesus who raised Lazarus from the dead is available to breathe life on your situation. Whatever your problem, Jesus is the answer. When Jesus died on the Cross and then rose from the dead, He forever changed the course of humanity. He can heal your body, rescue you from depression, restore your marriage, heal a dysfunctional family, reach your rebellious child—He’ll save your life if you’ll let Him. Trust Him. His promises are sure.

Receive Jesus. If you’ve never asked Jesus to be your Lord and Savior, pray this simple prayer: “Dear God, in my heart I know the truth about Jesus. I know He is 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. Help me to follow You always. Amen.”

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

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New Beginnings

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Colossians 3:1

RENEW YOUR PERSPECTIVE. There is more to life than meets the eye—more than maintenance, survival, or just coping. Your perspective is renewed when you seek the things above and start seeing yourself as God sees you. You can live the Christian life. You can pray amazing prayers and experience victory. And you can identify the call on your life and see it come to pass.

I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me. Galatians 2:20

RELEASE YOUR PAST. When you get your perspective renewed in the Word, then you can release your past. In Ephesians, Paul reflects on past failures just long enough to amplify God’s faithfulness, but he doesn’t get stuck there (Ephesians 2:1-3). He goes on to tell us how God, being “rich in mercy, because of His great love,” has made us “alive together with Christ” (Ephesians 2:4). If we’re going to lead strong lives, we can’t hold on to our old selves and our old citizenship. Let the past show you how faithful God is, but press on toward the prize as a “new creation” (Philippians 3:13-14; 2 Corinthians 5:17 NKJV).

Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to accomplish His work . . . Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look on the fields, that they are white for harvest.” John 4:34-35

REMEMBER YOUR PURPOSE. God is looking for people who respond to Him, who take a stand and don’t let their minds get clouded by the accuser (2 Chronicles 16:9). I pray you get ridiculously hungry for the Word of God, where you just want to turn off the TV and renew your perspective. Use this beginning of the year to shake off any heaviness and sharpen your awareness of who you are in Christ. We might as well be those daring people who lift up their eyes and walk in confidence and faith, believing that one act of obedience, prompted by God, can change the world.

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

Copyright © 2012 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.

One Life Can Change the World

Monday, September 27th, 2010

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 16:9a

God is looking for people who will give their hearts to Him. He’s not looking for methodology or fancy pants know-it-alls. God is looking for people He can use—people of prayer, people who are yielded to and following Him, people who are sensitive to the Holy Spirit.

Don’t underestimate the value of everyday life. The least-noticed things are facilitating the greatest impact. The real world changers in World War II were not just the guys on the battlefield—they were also the people under the ground digging up the coal to fuel the world. The real changers are the Rosa Parks of the world, who take a stand for justice at the end of a hard work day, or Mrs. Everest, Winston Churchill’s nanny, who cared for him when no one else did and took the time to tell him about Jesus. These people in their normal everyday lives shaped the future.

You and I have this little life moment to communicate Jesus to our generation. It’s about lifting up Jesus and obeying the voice of the Holy Spirit when you go to the grocery store, when you get gas, at the office, with your kids at the playground—God loves doing extravagant things in what seems like common moments.

Your life is valuable. The rest of the world won’t reinforce that—it will either belittle and undermine your life and mission, or support narcissism. So lay aside the mindset of “How am I going to figure out my deal?” and just go to the feet of Jesus and say, “Okay, God, accomplish through me what You desire.” It’s amazing what God can do with an obedient heart.

For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:6

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

Copyright © 2010 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.

A Ready Heart

Monday, February 15th, 2010

Sow with a view to righteousness, reap in accordance with kindness; break up your fallow ground, for it is time to seek the Lord until He comes to rain righteousness on you. Hosea 10:12

In 2010, God is calling us to remove obstacles. He wants to rain down righteousness, but in order to receive it we must break up any hard ground in our hearts. The ground becomes hard when it’s trampled. In the same way, life can make our hearts harden so that fresh rain runs off instead of entering the soil of the heart. A tender heart is absorbent.

Water is essential to life. In Genesis, the Philistines filled Isaac’s wells with dirt, which stopped them up and blocked the flow of life-giving water. Isaac had to work at re-digging the wells until he finally reached a place where water flowed and he could live in peace.

He went on from there and dug yet another well. But there was no fighting over this one so he named it Rehoboth (Wide-Open Spaces), saying, “Now God has given us plenty of space to spread out in the land.” Genesis 26:22 The Message*

Just as Isaac literally dug wells to restart the flow of life-giving water, God is asking us to break up the fallow ground in our hearts to clear the way for His flow of life. Analyze the places where the enemy has thrown dirt down your wells and cultivate your heart with all diligence (Proverbs 4:23). Bitterness, hurt, and the flesh can clog up your heart. Be careful what you watch and listen to, and bridle your tongue. There is so much at stake!

The world doesn’t need your limited human resourcefulness; it needs living water flowing out of you. You are designed by God to be a dispenser of wisdom, an answer to someone’s problem, help for the hurting, and a carrier of the presence of God. Believers are designed to be conduits of God’s love and care. Jesus said, “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water’” (John 7:38). Clear out the obstacles and let rivers of living water flow through you!

Press On!
Pastor Jeff

Copyright © 2010 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.