Posts Tagged ‘salvation’

A New Spirit

Friday, August 17th, 2018

Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will be careful to observe My ordinances. Ezekiel 36:26-27

1. SALVATION BRINGS CONNECTION. God is inviting us to know His thoughts (1 Corinthians 2:16). The new birth – salvation through Jesus – is not just verbiage. We actually become a new kind of being where our spirits can connect with God’s Spirit.

For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Hebrews 4:12

2. THE WORD OF GOD BRINGS RENEWAL. We are spirits, we have souls, and we live in bodies. Every day you can choose to be governed either by your new spirit or by your flesh. Distinguishing between the two hinges on how much your mind is getting renewed in the Word of God. There is so much seeking after intellectual, emotional, and physical fulfillment in the world, but there is a better way: don’t rely on your own understanding, but seek God’s way of thinking. Take time to seek Him and get into His Word, and let your inner self get renewed every day.

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). I repent for any sin in my life and ask You to forgive me. Jesus, You are Lord of my life. I ask for Your Spirit in me to help me walk in and obey Your Word. In Jesus’ name, amen.

re·new, verb
To make like new: restore to freshness, vigor, or perfection. To make new spiritually: regenerate.

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Jesus Is the Light

Friday, December 25th, 2015

In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name. John 1:4-5, 12

1. RECEIVE THE LIGHT. For God so loved the world that He gave Jesus. Two thousand years ago, Mary and Joseph were looking for a place where they could deliver their Baby. Today, Jesus is looking for people who will open their hearts and welcome Him in. That’s when the miracle of salvation takes place.

Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the Light of life.” John 8:12

2. WALK IN THE LIGHT. With Jesus, we can walk in the light and see things more clearly than ever before. Read your Bible to find out who God is, what He has done for you through Jesus, and who you are in Christ.

You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. Matthew 5:14, 16

3. BE A LIGHT. This Christmas, God wants to rekindle the fire in your heart. If you’ve let worries, cares, or sin choke your love and devotion to God, simply repent. God will take your tiny fire, pour fuel on it, and set your spirit ablaze to radiate His light to others.

Merry Christmas!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

PRAY THIS PRAYER
I receive You, Jesus, as my Savior and Lord. Help me to walk in the light in a manner worth of You. I pray You do abundantly beyond all that I can ask or think according to Your great power (Ephesians 3:20). I love You, Jesus. Amen!

Light, noun
Something that makes vision possible. A source of light. Spiritual illumination.

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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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The Power of the Gospel

Monday, September 16th, 2013

And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved. Acts 4:12

In our era, a lot of people try to avoid their sin. They either drown it in substance abuse or deny it by calling it a good thing, or they deflect guilt by blaming their environment. But it’s all a dead end. You can’t avoid sin. Only Jesus can dissolve it.

None of us wants to come across as narrow minded, but the reality is this: Jesus is not one man in a long list of prophets. Our culture, with its relativism and pluralism, makes us feel embarrassed and awkward that there is no other name by which you can be saved. “And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). The exclusivity of the Gospel may offend the modern mind, but it is the truth. Jesus is the only one with the capacity to save us from our sins.

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. Romans 1:17

Sometimes it’s easy to become conditioned and take things for granted, but if you are a believer in Jesus, you carry good news that is designed to radically change lives. There is hope for every nation, for the secular mindset, for people enshrouded in deception. So break out of routine, dust off the Gospel in all its beauty and power, and be transformed. Be a “bringer.” Be a “sharer.” Invite people to the feast!!!

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.

The Name of Jesus

Monday, February 4th, 2013

And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved. Acts 4:12

Salvation is found in the name of Jesus. Sin can’t be overcome by self help, philosophy, or good works. It’s conquered only by receiving Jesus who shed His blood and paid the penalty for us.

Whatever you ask in My Name, that will I do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask Me anything in My Name, I will do it. John 14:13-14

All of our spiritual authority comes to us because of what Jesus has done. We have the right to enter into the presence of God on the basis of the name of Jesus (Hebrews 10:19-22). Our prayers get their power from the name of Jesus.

Jesus’ name is exalted above every other name (Philippians 2:9-11). It’s above the name of every sickness, above the name of every principality and demon (Mark 16:17). When you speak in the name of Jesus, darkness has to flee.

Again I say to you, that if two of you agree on earth about anything that they may ask, it shall be done for them by My Father who is in heaven. For where two or three have gathered together in My Name, I am there in their midst. Matthew 18:19-20

Jesus is the most beautiful word that will ever roll off your lips. Use the name of Jesus to cut through the bondage and unhappiness that try to pull you down. Let the truth of God’s Word break the chains that are hindering you right now. Study the meaning of Jesus’ name, think about it, meditate on it. He is your Savior (Matthew 1:21), your Deliverer (Romans 11:26), and your Redeemer (Isaiah 59:20).

I love the name of Jesus!
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.