Posts Tagged ‘Love’

Eight Things God Does for Those Who Love Him

Friday, November 10th, 2017

“Because he has loved Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him securely on high, because he has known My name. He will call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him. With a long life I will satisfy him and let him see My salvation.” Psalm 91:14-16

Faith, love, and confidence in God grow with the continual confession of His Word. Take time to read Psalm 91 out loud and see the amazing promises distilled in this chapter.

1. HE WILL DELIVER YOU. God has designed and fashioned us to love Him. As we love Him, He will deliver us — even from temptation.

2. HE WILL SET YOU SECURELY ON HIGH. “The Lord is my strength, and He has made my feet like hinds’ feet, and makes me walk on my high places.” (Habakkuk 3:19). This is the God we serve!

3. HE WILL ANSWER YOU. “Call to Me and I will answer you, and I will tell you great and mighty things, which you do not know” (Jeremiah 33:3). Prayer is wonderful — when we call on God, He will answer!

4. HE WILL BE WITH YOU IN TROUBLE. Just as God was with Daniel in the lions’ den, and with Paul when they were persecuting him — God is with you in every situation.

5. HE WILL RESCUE YOU. Remind yourself that God is your rescuer!

6. HE WILL HONOR YOU. When you step out and say you want to give your life to Jesus, God will honor you with His presence and with the substance of His promises.

7. HE WILL SATISFY YOU WITH LONG LIFE. If you are facing alarming symptoms, believe God for healing. God wants the last days of your life to be amazingly fruitful and satisfying!

8. HE WILL LET YOU SEE HIS SALVATION. None of us deserves to be saved. Salvation doesn’t come to people who earn it, but to those who humble themselves and call out to Jesus.

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

If you’ve never asked Jesus to be your Savior, now’s the time to pray this prayer: Dear God, in my heart I believe that Jesus truly is Your Son and that He died for my sins and rose from the dead. I repent for every time I have sinned. I accept Jesus into my life right now, to lead and guide me as my Lord. Thank You for saving me, and thank You that You have a great plan for my life! Amen.

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.

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.

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. “Attitude.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 19 June 2017.

The God Kind of Love

Friday, May 26th, 2017

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

1. IT’S GOD’S LOVE. Walking in love is a process that involves sacrifice, commitment, and follow-through, but it doesn’t originate in our humanity. We are born with a tendency to act selfishly, but the moment we receive Jesus, God’s love is deposited within us and we can move into a new dimension of becoming considerate and valuing others.

The love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us. Romans 5:5b

2. SHOW MERCY. When you show mercy, you will be shown mercy (James 2:13). Study the Word to learn how God’s love responds: Bless those who curse you (Luke 6:28), pray for your enemies, and forgive those who have hurt you. If you get tempted to become judgmental toward someone, all you have to do is look in the mirror and get a reminder of how much mercy God has shown you.

3. FAITH WORKS THROUGH LOVE (Galatians 5:6). The power of the Holy Spirit— His anointing—is activated to flow when we are walking in love. If you aren’t getting good results in prayer, check your love walk. The world will know we are Christians by our love for one another (John 13:35)!

God Bless You!
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). The love of God has been poured out in my heart by the Holy Spirit within me (Romans 5:5). By His grace I can do this thing. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

a·gape, noun
Love as revealed in Jesus, seen as spiritual and selfless and a model for humanity.

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. “Agape.” The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition copyright © 2017 by Houghton.

The Value of Serving

Sunday, July 3rd, 2016

So Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers in this world lord it over their people, and officials flaunt their authority over those under them. But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must be the slave of everyone else. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:42-45 NLT

1. SERVE THROUGH LOVE. (Galatians 5:13b) The only time in the Bible we are told to compete with others is to outdo one another in showing honor (Romans 12:10). We are going to win the world not by flashy methods or by prowess or by badgering people, but by showing our care and love for them. So let’s get up every day and figure out how to serve others.

2. SERVE WITH GLADNESS. (Psalm 100:2) When we choose to walk in joy, strength will follow. We are at our best when we humble ourselves and serve not as doormats but with all our hearts, in the strength of joy and gladness.

3. SERVE WITH FAITHFULNESS. Jesus doesn’t condemn the desire to be significant. In fact, He teaches us the way to do it: the path to greatness is found in servanthood. Don’t be afraid that serving people will make you less esteemed or that others will misinterpret your standing. When you are faithful in the small things, in the seemingly menial things, God will expand opportunities for you. At the end of our lives we should long to hear these words from Jesus: “Well done, good and faithful servant” (Matthew 25:21).

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

DAILY CONFESSION
A generous person will prosper; when I refresh others, I will also be refreshed (Proverbs 11:25b NLT). The greatest in the Kingdom is a servant of all, and I choose to serve others with joy and gladness.

Serve, verb
To be of use.To be worthy of reliance or trust.

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Steps to Effectiveness

Saturday, July 4th, 2015

Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love. 1 Corinthians 16:13-14

These five actions from the Apostle Paul give us an amazing scriptural to-do list that can enable us to be effective all the way through our lives.

1. Be on the Alert. We are called to keep watch and stay alert and always ready for what God wants to tell us (Habakkuk 2:1). This doesn’t mean we are to be anxious, but instead we’re to be distraction-free and ready to pray and act as the Holy Spirit leads.

2. Stand Firm. “Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil” (Ephesians 6:11). Study Ephesians 6 to understand what the armor of God is and why you should wear it every day.

3. Act Like Men. God is telling both men and women to be courageous and act
(1 Chronicles 28:10). Be determined to not only start, but also to follow through and complete God’s plan for your life.

4. Be Strong. We go to God to find our strength because He is all-sufficient and His strength never runs out. “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength
of His might” (Ephesians 6:10).

5. Do All in Love. Saturate the four other actions in love. We don’t battle against natural things but against spiritual forces (Ephesians 6:12). So let God’s love be the beginning and the end of everything you do.

Daily Confession
I am steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing my toil is not in vain in the Lord (1 Corinthians 15:58).

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

a·lert, adjective
Watchful and prompt to meet danger or emergency. Quick to perceive and act.

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SLFC People!

Saturday, May 9th, 2015

Let no one look down on your youthfulness, but rather in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity, show yourself an example of those who believe. 1 Timothy 4:12

When you and I become followers of Jesus, we are examples of lives changed by the power of the Gospel. Here are five key areas that, when they are lived out, will ensure greater effectiveness and impact as we commit for the long haul in this life of faith!

Speech. “The mouth speaks out of that which fills the heart” (Matthew 12:34b). Words reveal what’s going on in your interior world. Let your mind get renewed by God’s Word so that your speech will reflect the truth of what God says about your life.

Love. “For the love of Christ controls us” (2 Corinthians 5:14a). If Christians simply model God’s love, we will see revival in the church and harvest among the lost.

Faith. “Blessed be the Lord God, the God of Israel, who only does wondrous things!” (Psalm 72:18 NKJV). Stretch your faith by believing God for great things.

Conduct. “Walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God” (Colossians 1:10). People are looking for the real deal. The more upsetting the world gets, the more we must recommit to the essentials.

Purity. “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me”
(Psalm 51:10). The purity of a righteous life is a powerful weapon against the darkness of this present era. If you’re lapsing in any of these five areas—speech, love, faith, conduct, and purity—be quick to repent, and God will get you back on track.

Pray this Prayer
God, help me to exemplify the amazing work Jesus has done. I pray that the Word comes into my life and changes my behavior, habits, and character. I turn from sin and I reach out and embrace what God has for me. In Jesus’ Name, amen!

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. Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. 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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Joseph: An Honorable Life

Friday, March 27th, 2015

If anyone serves Me [Jesus], he must follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also; if anyone serves Me, the Father will honor him. John 12:26

God’s Vision for Your Life.
In the Bible, the account of the life of Joseph tells the story of a man who overcame struggles and who stayed obedient to God’s plan for his life. Initially, Joseph didn’t know what he was called to do. All he had were some vague dreams about stacks of wheat bowing down to him and the sun and moon and stars bowing down to him (Genesis 37:6-9). Yet, God used him to save not only his family but an entire nation. As He did with Joseph, God will spend decades preparing you for things you don’t yet sense or see.

It came about that from the time he made him overseer in his house and over all that he owned, the Lord blessed the Egyptian’s house on account of Joseph; thus the Lord’s blessing was upon all that he owned, in the house and in the field. Genesis 39:5

Blessed to Be a Blessing. Whole groups of people can be blessed on account of one person who steps in with a robust awareness of God’s goodness. When Joseph was made to serve as a slave in Potiphar’s house, God blessed the whole house because of Joseph. You can go into your school, your workplace, and your neighborhood with a spirit of faith and the love of Jesus and believe for change and blessing.

Daily Confession
Lord Jesus, I connect my heart with Your faithfulness. I call upon You and You show me great and mighty things which I do not know (Jeremiah 33:3). You answer me and You are with me in trouble. You will satisfy me with a long life and show me Your salvation (Psalm 91:15-16). I believe I will see the salvation of the Lord in my particular case. Nothing is too difficult for You!

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

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A Year of Breakthrough & Accomplishment

Saturday, January 31st, 2015

As we believe God for all that He has for 2015, here are some specifics to continue to pray over your lives and over the church!

1. Pray for the removal of obstacles.
Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus. Hebrews 12:1-2a

2. Pray for the increase of love.
And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ. Philippians 1:9-10

3. Pray for personal growth.
As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming; but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ. Ephesians 4:14-15

4. Pray for the 100% will of God.
For this reason also, since the day we heard of it, we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding. Colossians 1:9

5. Pray with the end in mind.
Then Jesus explained: “My nourishment comes from doing the will of God who sent me, and from finishing his work. Do you think the work of harvesting will not begin until the summer ends four months from now? Look around you! Vast fields of human souls are ripening all around us, and are ready now for reaping.” John 4:34-35 TLB

ac•com•plish•ment, noun
That which completes, perfects, or equips thoroughly.

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

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The Love Atmosphere

Monday, December 29th, 2014

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves
is born of God and knows God. 1 John 4:7

Set the Thermostat. Just like you can change the temperature to heat or cool your home, if you and I walk in love, we will set the thermostat of the world we live in. When you walk into a room and sense strife or conflict, you can bring change to the environment by simply operating in love. Every person you encounter is someone for whom Christ died. Even if you disagree with someone, ask yourself: “How can I genuinely value that person without compromising the truth?”

Do Care. Don’t Worry. Carry love in your heart for people, but don’t let their need hijack your process. Often we go to extremes: become apathetic and overly guarded where we don’t care, or overdo it and forfeit our journey by becoming doormats. We are all called to the hurting world around us, but we have to be led by the Holy Spirit.

Jesus answered . . . “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength. The second [commandment] is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:29-31

You Are Loved. God’s perfect love casts out fear (1 John 4:18). The best way to love others is to first realize you are loved by God. You can overcome insecurity and change the atmosphere in your life by meditating on God’s love.

Daily Confession:
I love because God first loved me.
His perfect love casts out all fear in my life (1 John 4:18-19). My love abounds more and more with all knowledge and discernment (Philippians 1:9). Everything I do, I do in love (1 Corinthians 16:14).

at.mo.sphere, noun
A surrounding influence or environment

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. “Atmosphere.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 01 Oct. 2014.