Posts Tagged ‘power’

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 .

How to Live Ready for Jesus

Friday, April 8th, 2016

This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come. Matthew 24:14

1. HONOR JESUS. Jesus is the Messiah and He fulfilled every prophecy about Himself, and some day soon Jesus is going to come back. In the meantime, we are to exalt and acknowledge Him. And just like the crowds cried out “Hosanna!” (“Save us!”) when Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey, we are also coming into a time when our city, our nation, and our world will be stirred to ask for God’s salvation.

Most of the crowd spread their coats in the road, and others were cutting branches from the trees and spreading them in the road. The crowds going ahead of Him [Jesus], and those who followed, were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David; Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest!” Matthew 21:8-9

2. SPEND TIME WITH GOD. Spend an hour in prayer. If that feels like too long, pray for 15 minutes or five minutes. Open your Bible and read it, and God will bring restoration and peace to your soul. If you want to see power flow in your life, pray in the Spirit. If you want to see stability in your life, stay in church.

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes. Romans 1:16a

3. PREACH THE GOSPEL. The Gospel is powerful. Don’t let the devil shut your mouth. Understand the calling on your life to be help and hope to those around you – both covertly in your quiet time of prayer and overtly when God tells you to walk up to someone and say, “God loves you and has a plan for your life.”

Get ready!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

PRAY THIS PRAYER:
Jesus, I love You and praise You! I put You first in my life. Thank You for this life of adventure with You. I’ll obey everything You tell me to do. Show me when and where You want me to share the Gospel and I’ll do it. Show me who I should be praying for and I’ll pray. In Jesus’ Name, amen.

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, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. “Hosanna.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. 05 April 2016.

Advancing Into the New Year

Monday, December 30th, 2013

For it is God Himself whose power creates within you the desire to do His gracious will and also brings about the accomplishment of the desire. Philippians 2:13 WNT

Power. God wants to give you both the desire and the power to accomplish all that you need to do in 2014.

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV

Love. Love is the atmosphere that will make the success of our lives happen. We’re at our best when we’re carrying tidings of comfort and joy.

Sound Mind. Stir yourself up by way of reminder (2 Peter 3:1). Take some time to study the Scriptures. They will show you who you are in Christ. As you realize that God is with you and the Holy Spirit dwells in you (1 Corinthians 6:19), insecurity gets overturned. You’ll get free from fear and go forward gladly and unafraid into the New Year.

Daily Confession:
“Jesus lives big on the inside of me. God has not given me a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind. I carry the presence of God everywhere I go. It is not I who live but Christ in me (Galatians 2:20). I go forward boldly into all God has for me this year. I will not back down or let anything keep me from the plans and purposes of God.”

Happy New Year!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

Copyright © 2013 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. Weymouth New Testament in Modern Speech. Third Edition 1913. Public Domain. Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

A Life of Favor

Monday, June 24th, 2013

God’s Favor. In the family of God there is no favoritism. Favoritism creates elitism, promotes jealousy, and produces an attitude of entitlement. But God’s favor overturns and eliminates those weird things. When you know you have favor with God, you are able to stand tall and step up to the challenges of life.

For there is no partiality with God. Romans 2:11

Jacob’s Favoritism. Partiality stirs jealously and envy. In the Bible, Jacob loved Joseph more than all his other sons (Genesis 37:3). This produced trouble and challenge in Jacob’s family that lasted for years.

Showing God’s Favor. Dispense with favoritism and move in the favor of God. When you give a compliment, make sure it doesn’t compare someone with others. Instead, use meaningful, God-ordained words that lift and strengthen and give people a boost in their vision and mission.

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; and let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good deeds. Hebrews 10:23-24

Strength & Power. God’s favor gives you strength. Even though Joseph inherited a bunch of family dysfunction, God gave him the victory (Genesis 50:20). That same God wants to equip you to overcome too (Ephesians 3:14-18). Even if your dreams have been suppressed or your timing delayed, you can trust God your Father to turn all things around for good (Romans 8:28).

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

Copyright © 2013 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.

Opportunities & Open Doors

Monday, May 21st, 2012

A wide door for effective service has opened to me, and there are many adversaries. 1 Corinthians 16:9

God’s kingdom is filled with opportunities and open doors. Like the early church, we are called into significance, and the sustaining power of God is just as intact in the 21st century as it was in the 1st. We live in a fallen world with troubles and challenges, but we have been given authority and victory through Jesus.

For we do not want you to be unaware, brethren, of our affliction which came to us in Asia, that we were burdened excessively, beyond our strength, so that we despaired even of life; indeed, we had the sentence of death within ourselves so that we would not trust in ourselves, but in God who raises the dead; who delivered us from so great a peril of death, and will deliver us, He on whom we have set our hope. And He will yet deliver us. 2 Corinthians 1:8-10

Paul was burdened for Asia Minor (present day Turkey). When Paul and Timothy encountered great resistance, where they despaired even of life, it was in the context of great potential—of Asia opening up to the Gospel. Earlier, Paul tried to go there but “the Spirit of Jesus had forbidden him” (Acts 16:6). Timing was everything. Eventually Paul taught in the school of Tyrannus for a two-year period. The result: all of Asia heard the Gospel (Acts 19:9-10).

God has given us the responsibility to carry life-changing truth to a harsh and broken world. You may not feel any indication of what God is getting ready to do through you. It may feel the exact opposite of an opportunity or open door. You can’t make it in your own power, but you can trust in the past, present, and future delivering power of God. If God can raise the dead, then He can surely help you.

He has delivered you. He is delivering you. And He will deliver you.

And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write . . . “I know your deeds. Behold, I have put before you an open door which no one can shut, because you have a little power, and have kept My word, and have not denied My name.” Revelation 3:7-8

What God does to you, He wants to do through you. When you understand how much God loves you, you can carry that love to the world. When you understand the authority you’ve been given, you can exert it to change desperate situations. While the world is on a search for significance, we know that we are created to trust in, rely on, and walk with the Lord. Open up your heart and set your hope on Jesus. As you follow Him, you will walk through the doors He opens.

God is faithful!
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.

Life-Giving Words

Monday, April 30th, 2012

The heart of the wise instructs his mouth and adds persuasiveness to his lips. Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. Proverbs 16:23-24

Your words have power. In every situation, you can bring peace or you can contribute to the storm. Before you speak, ask yourself these questions: Is it Jesus-glorifying? Is it life-giving? Is it healing? We must learn to be selective with our words because at the end of the day we’ll give an account of what we have said (Matthew 12:35-37).

For the mouth speaks out of that which fills the heart. Matthew 12:34b

What goes into your heart will come back out. That’s why it’s good to pack the Word down inside so that when you need it, even when you don’t feel ready, you’ll be filled with wisdom. Or in those stressful situations when you’re fatigued and tempted to get angry, you’ll be able to bridle your tongue.

Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear. Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you. Ephesians 4:29-32

If you’re tempted to talk negatively about someone, before you say anything, ask yourself this question: Would I be uncomfortable saying this in front of the person I’m talking about? The Church is an accumulation of people who would be broken without the grace of God. Understanding that will help us to get that judgmental and bitter attitude out of the way and be kind and forgiving to others.

Who is the man who desires life and loves length of days that he may see good? Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking deceit. Depart from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it. Psalm 34:12-14

The hour is critical. Every situation we face has the potential to impart death or life. In times of discouragement I’ve had someone say a simple word to me that was like lighting a match to a fire, and it gave confidence to my spirit. As we get in the Word and renew our understanding about how powerful our words are, our effectiveness will increase and we’ll be used by God to speak life and change into situations all over the earth.

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.

A First Century Church Model

Monday, March 21st, 2011

[I thank my God] for your fellowship (your sympathetic cooperation and contributions and partnership) in advancing the good news (the Gospel) from the first day [you heard it] until now.

And I am convinced and sure of this very thing, that He Who began a good work in you will continue until the day of Jesus Christ [right up to the time of His return], developing [that good work] and perfecting and bringing it to full completion in you. Philippians 1:5-6 AMP

The Gospel is the power of God, and when it went to the city of Philippi in Macedonia, the people were radicalized. They grabbed hold of it and stood on the edge of the Mediterranean region reverberating life to their city and all through the populated area of their world. God anointed that group of people to spread the Gospel in the first century, and God has appointed you to reach your world in the 21st Century (Acts 17:26).

In Acts, we see the beginning of the Philippian church when Lydia and her household got saved (Acts 16:14-15), when Paul cast a demon out of the slave girl (Acts 16:16-18), and when the jailer and his family were saved (Acts 16:27-34). These people didn’t just embrace a fancy philosophy; they found something with inherent, life-changing power.

They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Acts 2:42

As it was in the first century so I believe God wants it to be now. That’s why we keep going back to the Bible to see real people who experienced salvation with God and had a real effect on the world.

Take 15 minutes and read the book of Philippians. As you study the pages, faith will come and you will see the target God has for your life. The Philippians were of the same mind (Philippians 2:2) and committed to the cause of Jesus, and God used them in a powerful way.

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. AMP Scripture quotations 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.

Effective in Our Moment

Monday, June 8th, 2009

We give thanks to God always for all of you, making mention of you in our prayers; constantly bearing in mind your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the presence of our God and Father, knowing, brethren beloved by God, His choice of you; for our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit . . . 1 Thessalonians 1:2-5a

This Thessalonica church impacted their world and became an example to all believers because of three things: their work of faith, their labor of love, and their steadfastness of hope. These people became imitators of Jesus and because of it the gospel went out in their city, in their region, and throughout their world.

For the word of the Lord has sounded forth from you, not only in Macedonia
and Achaia, but also in every place your faith toward God has gone forth,
so that we have no need to say anything. 1 Thessalonians 1:8

The Thessalonians had their time, but now this is our time. We’ve received the gospel message not in word only, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit (1 Thessalonians 1:5a). God has called us to take our moment we’ve been given and express the love of Christ.

What I like about the Bible is it shows reluctant people, flawed people, and people with issues who were lost, but God shone His light on them and the gospel went into their lives—not just in theory, but also in power. We are not left powerless either. When Jesus ascended into heaven we received the amazing advantage of the Holy Spirit to equip us for effectiveness (John 16:7).

“The people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits” (Daniel 11:32b NKJV). God has called us in our daily life to have a heart and expectation for amazing exploits but with a willingness to serve in the daily grind in faithfulness, steadfastness, and obedience strengthened by the amazing Holy Spirit. Plug in. Stay connected. Pray. As you do that, you will be effective in spreading the good news of Jesus in this time!

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

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The Power of the Holy Spirit

Monday, May 18th, 2009

“Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,” says the Lord of hosts. Zechariah 4:6b

The advantage we have in this Spirit-filled life is beyond compare. The best of our commitments fail when done in our own strength, but when the power of the Holy Spirit is poured out on us, it goes way beyond mere human empowerment—it activates us for stuff we don’t even know about yet. “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10).

And suddenly there came from heaven a noise like a violent rushing wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them tongues as of fire distributing themselves, and they rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit was giving them utterance. Acts 2:2-4

The early church is a model of what church is to be in the 21st century. These first-century Christians went into the upper room, they prayed, and came out changed. The disciple Peter went from being a cussing denier of Jesus to leading over 3,000 people to Jesus on the day he was filled with the Holy Spirit! (Matthew 26:74; Acts 2:14-41). Through the power of the Holy Spirit, we have the same mission to make Jesus known!

God wants to empower you—not just for survival, but to pray huge prayers and minister to the lost. As you communicate the good news of the gospel, the Holy Spirit will be present to supernaturally reinforce the message of Jesus (John 15:26). The stakes are high. When you have a prayer, pray it; when you have good news, say it. You might just change the world.

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

Copyright © 2009 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.

Equipped With Power.

Saturday, November 1st, 2008

He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or epochs which the Father has fixed by His own authority; 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 1:7-8

We are not powerless. God has clothed us with power from on high to meet every situation we encounter; to be witnesses and love and serve Him with all our heart, soul, mind and strength (Luke 10:27; Luke 24:48). Apart from Him we can do nothing (John 15:5b). Our authority is rooted in relationship and connection with Jesus. “Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it.” (Psalm 127:1a). But through Jesus we can do all things (Philippians 4:13).

“I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire and they are burned. If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.” John 15:5-7

Let God’s Word settle in your heart and life. It is thunderously powerful. It is your sharp sword to combat the attacks of the enemy (Ephesians 6:17; Hebrews 4:12). Meditate on the promises of God until they bring a renewal to your mind and strength to your soul that push you past impotence into the effectiveness for which you’ve been created. “Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God” (Colossians 3:16).

In order to make a meaningful difference in the world, to see impossible situations in our lives turn around, we must connect with Jesus and abide in His Word. Talk to Him when you get up in the morning. Pull out your Bible over breakfast. God will help you to be able to understand the Scriptures (Luke 24:45). Even if you don’t feel like it, sing praises about God’s faithfulness. It’s impossible to keep worrying when you are praising God. His power is not for just an elite few. It is for you, for your everyday life (Acts 2:17).

Thank God for His Power!

Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

Copyright © 2008 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.