You Can Depend on God

May 17th, 2019

And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. 2 Corinthians 12:9

1. WHEN WE ARE THE NEEDIEST, GOD IS THE MOST SUFFICIENT. When the Apostle Paul was suffering from constant persecution and recurring battles, God told him: “My grace is sufficient.” That’s what God is telling us. Whatever we are going through, He is an ever-present help (Psalm 46:1). That’s why we go to and study the promises of God found in the Bible. Then, when we pray for things, we can pray in faith because in Jesus, all of God’s promises are yes and available to us (2 Corinthians 1:20).

2. WHEN WE FEEL THE LEAST, GOD IS THE GREATEST. Refuse the temptation to compare yourself with others. Our security comes from God (Psalm 37). He is with us. He knows when we sit down and when we get up (Psalm 139:1-2). He will never leave us or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5). He is a friend who sticks closer than a brother (Proverbs 18:24).

And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed. 2 Corinthians 9:8

3. WHEN WE FEEL THE MOST USELESS, GOD IS PREPARING US. If you feel at a disadvantage because of failure, get back up again. God is getting you ready for the next step. If you’ve been hurt by others, forgive. If you’ve sinned, repent. Let’s do whatever we can to keep our hearts right so that God can get us in a position to advance.

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

Pray This Prayer
Heavenly Father, today is a new day. Your grace is sufficient. Because You love me, I’m loving You back. I’m going the distance. I will walk this thing out not by my human power, but by the power of the Holy Spirit. I will see great harvest and revival in my lifetime. My church is blessed. My town is blessed. My family is blessed. Thank You for it in Jesus’ Name.

suf·fi·cient, adj.
Being as much as is needed; adequate; enough.

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Our Refuge & Strength

May 10th, 2019

The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble, and He knows those who take refuge in Him. Nahum 1:7

1. GOD IS GOOD. Circumstances come and go, feelings come and go, but God’s Word is true and His nature never changes—He is abidingly faithful. When you realize how good God is and how much He cares about every detail of your life, fear and worry can no longer dominate you. God will work all things together for good (Romans 8:28), and He will perfect that which concerns you (Psalm 138:8).

I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. Ephesians 1:18-19a

2. GOD IS POWERFUL. You can’t make it in your own power, but you can trust in the delivering power of God. When Jesus blasted out of the grave He offered powerless humanity the power of the Holy Spirit (Mark 16:15-18; Acts 1:8). He gave us the authority and power to become the children of God (John 1:12), cast out demons (Mark 6:7), and heal the sick (Mark 3:15). Because of Jesus, you can renew your determination to overcome in life—not in your own strength but by the power of God.

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1

3. GOD IS PRESENT. God is good and powerful and present. God is with us when our minds are confounded, He’s with us when our circumstances do not line up, He’s with us when things are disappointing. There is an end to every temptation that you face, but God’s mercies never come to an end (Lamentations 3:22). Trust Him for the miraculous. He will always see you through.

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

DAILY CONFESSION
For the Lord is good to me; His lovingkindness is everlasting and His faithfulness to all generations (Psalm 100:5). O my strength, I will sing praises to You; for God is my stronghold, the God who shows me lovingkindness (Psalm 59:17).

pres·ent, adj.
Readily available; instant. Mentally alert; attentive.

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Your Identity Is Safe With God

May 3rd, 2019

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

1. ORIGIN. In the beginning was God. You were fearfully and wonderfully made by an intelligent designer who wants to reveal mysteries to you. But the devil is after your identity. He will ruthlessly try to obscure who you are in Jesus, where you come from, what you have, and what you can do.

2. VALUE. Gideon is an example of someone who did not know his value. When the angel of the Lord told Gideon that God was with him, he replied: “If the Lord is with us, why then has all this happened to us? And where are all His miracles?” (Judges 6:14a). Gideon kept looking at his limitations: “My family is the least, I am the youngest, God has abandoned us.” But God kept calling him a valiant warrior, even while he was hiding out. So don’t go by how you feel. Walk by faith. If God is calling you a valiant warrior, then you can be a valiant warrior!

But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in what he does. James 1:25

3. PURPOSE. If you’ve lost sight of your identity in Jesus, look in the mirror of God’s Word to remind yourself that you were created with a purpose and you hold great value. Your prayers can change the future. Your words of encouragement can help someone out of a desperate place. Whatever your yesterday was like, God’s mercies are new every morning and He renews you day by day.

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

Because of Jesus . . .
I am firmly rooted, built up, established in my faith, and overflowing with gratitude (Colossians 2:7). I am God’s workmanship, created in Christ for good works (Ephesians 2:10). I have received the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Jesus, the eyes of my understanding being enlightened (Ephesians 1:17-18). I am submitted to God and the devil flees from me, because I resist him in the Name of Jesus (James 4:7).

val·ue, noun
From Old French, from valoir, from Latin valere. To be worth, be strong.

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Strength for the Course

April 26th, 2019

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. GOD EMPOWERS YOU. The same Jesus who commissioned the twelve disciples and gave them authority over the devil and power to heal diseases is still calling and commissioning Christians today. With God, there is no duty too perilous, no responsibility too great, no difficulty insurmountable. He will give you strength according to the task at hand.

2. GOD EQUIPS YOU. If you don’t feel qualified, that’s not unusual. But God doesn’t rely on human strength or personality. He wants a heart submitted to Him. God called Paul – a sophisticated, well-educated Pharisee – to reach the Gentiles. He sent Peter – a foul-mouthed fisherman – to reach the Israelites. Though there is a paradoxical difference of temperament, God used both men to carry the good news of Jesus to the world (2 Corinthians 3:4-6).

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

3. GOD ENERGIZES YOU. We can get weary along the course – that’s why we are told to wait on the Lord to gain new strength (Isaiah 40:31). Right before breakthrough, extreme feelings of being overwhelmed will sometimes hit you. But if you press past it, pursue God and don’t quit, doors will open and something great will take place!

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

PRAY THIS PRAYER:
God, I trust You. On my worst day You are still at Your best – ready to impart strength and help. Today I turn my eyes away from my problems and focus on You. I thank You for turning around every situation for good. I don’t rely on my own power, but right now I receive Your new strength for today. Everywhere I go, I am a blessing to others. I speak life and healing to the people I meet. I am accomplishing Your plan for today. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

call·ing, noun
A strong inner impulse toward a particular course of action especially when accompanied by conviction of divine influence.

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Happy Easter!

April 19th, 2019

“REAL HELP COMES FROM GOD.” Psalm 3:8

1. HOPE. God cares deeply for you, and from start to finish He has a plan for your life. God sent His Son, Jesus, to rescue us. Those of us who have been stuck in depression or caught up in bad situations realize how great it is to be rescued and forgiven. Open your heart to Jesus today and let Him fill you with hope and anticipation for what He has ahead!

2. HELP. The Bible tells us that (1) inevitably we will have problems in this life, and (2) God will certainly work things out. Because of what Jesus did for us, we are not only saved, but we can have breakthrough. If you’re running low on hope, go to the Bible. If you are facing challenges, read the Book of Psalms. When you need wisdom, read the Book of Proverbs. To see Jesus’ faithful character, visit the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John).

“For I know the plans that I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11

3. HEALING. God wants to heal hurts from the past and fill your heart with peace and hope. Even if you’ve messed up, you can repent and start fresh – right now. Jesus is alive and available to all who call on His Name, and He is reaching out to every person all the time. If you don’t know Him, let Him rescue you and give you a fresh start today.

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

If you’ve never asked Jesus to come into your life, 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 believe that Jesus truly is Your Son and that He died for my sins and rose from the dead. I receive Jesus as my Savior. Thank You for rescuing me, and thank You that You have a great plan for my life. Amen.

break·through, noun
An act or instance of moving through or beyond an obstacle. A sudden advance especially in knowledge or technique.

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Three Ways to Build Your Hope

April 12th, 2019

“For I know the plans that I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11

1. REPLACE WORRY WITH TRUST. We are called to be a hopeful people and walk in constant expectation of impending good. This isn’t an artificial optimism; we know life is rough and this is a fallen world. Real hope is a biblically-based understanding of who God is and what He has promised. God is a present help right now – for you. (Psalm 46:1). The Eternal God watches over His Word to perform it – for you (Jeremiah 1:12).

You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:13

2. REPLACE DISTRACTION WITH FOCUS ON GOD. God is the most important part of our lives. If we have a problem, God has the answer. He invites us to seek Him (Jeremiah 29:13). He radiates wisdom and provision. He promises that when we seek, we will find (Matthew 7:7).

3. REPLACE COPING WITH OVERCOMING. We are created in Christ for something more than just surviving – God wants to do something significant through our lives. Some of you are facing issues that you haven’t mentioned to anyone. Cast those difficulties on the Lord. He promises to deliver you and then equip you to provide hope and help for someone else! God is good. Give your limitations to Him and put your hope in Him.

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

PRAY THIS PRAYER:
“God, I need help. I trust You. You are a sun and shield; You give grace and glory; No good thing do You withhold from those who walk uprightly (Psalm 84:11). You said to ask, and it will be given to me; seek, and I will find; knock, and the door will be opened to me (Matthew 7:7). I fix my hope on You (1 Timothy 4:10). Thank You for making Your wisdom available to me. I ask You for it right now. Show me what to do. In Jesus’ Name, amen!”

hope, verb
To cherish a desire with anticipation. To desire with expectation of obtainment or fulfillment. To expect with confidence: Trust.

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How to Abide in Hope

April 5th, 2019

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. He will not allow your foot to slip; He who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. Psalm 121:1-4

1. REMEMBER YOUR HELPER. When we face challenges, we can choose to hide out, bury our heads in the sand and get depressed, or we can turn to the promise-keeping God. Our help doesn’t come from our own strength or creative ideas – it comes from the Lord. Look to Him! Abide in His Word. Not one of His promises has ever failed.
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Three Steps to Strength & Hope

March 29th, 2019

“Do not fear, for I am with you; do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10

1. CONQUER FEAR. Real help comes from God. Whatever you’re facing, God will help you. He knew fear is something we humans would have to deal with, so He tells us repeatedly throughout Scripture, “Do not fear,” and He gives us reasons why we don’t have to be afraid. We can trust Him with our relationships, with our thought life, with decisions we have to make, and with our health.

For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. Romans 15:4

2. BUILD FAITH. Faith is confident expectation that what God promised He will accomplish. We’re called not just to survive or constantly be in recovery mode. We are more than conquerors – so we can help people. That’s why we go to God’s Word to see how He fortified and strengthened others in the past: The apostle Paul was called to reach a pagan culture; Daniel in Babylon advised many kings through multiple regime changes; David killed a giant and became king of a nation; Esther stood up for her people against the schemes of one man; and Moses led an entire nation out of slavery.

And Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today. . . The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.” And the Lord said to Moses, “Why do you cry to Me? Tell the children of Israel to go forward.” Exodus 14:13-15

3. ACT ON WHAT YOU BELIEVE. Just like the great men and women of the Bible, we are called to stand up to the fears, challenges, and weights we encounter and to follow through and take action corresponding to our beliefs. There is more for us to do. There is more fruit for us to bear. Take seriously the responsibility to maintain momentum in your heart by shaking off fear, building your faith, and moving forward!

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

DAILY CONFESSION:
God gives strength to the weary and to those who are weak He increases power. I hope in the Lord and He renews my strength. I will soar on wings like eagles. I will run and not get tired. I will walk and not become weary (Isaiah 40:29-31).

up·hold, verb
To support or defend, as against opposition or criticism. To keep up or keep from sinking; support. To lift upward; raise. To maintain in good condition; take care of.

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A Steadfast Hope

March 22nd, 2019

This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast. Hebrews 6:19a

1. STAY IN THE FIGHT. Paul the Apostle wrote to Timothy to “fight the good fight of faith” (1 Timothy 6:12a). This is different from the baseless optimism of worldly hope because it is anchored in the abiding truth of God’s promises. When we encounter challenges, we can face them with rugged determination to never quit, because when God calls us He equips us with all we need to fight and win.

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord. 1 Corinthians 15:58

2. STAY IN THE WORD AND PRAYER. The real mark of success in any endeavor is consistency. That’s why Paul said to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17). Sometimes in the daily grind of life, I can get in a place where I don’t want to pray and I don’t feel like reading my Bible. But I know as I draw near to God, I will find the answers and the breakthrough.

The steadfast of mind You will keep in perfect peace, because he trusts in You. Isaiah 26:3

3. STAY THE COURSE. God wants to bless us — not just for our own benefit but also for others who need our help! God has called us to be ready in every season. Much of life is out of season — an actual harvest goes on for only a few weeks out of the year. The rest of the time involves preparing for the harvest. So whatever season you are in, stay centered on Jesus. Stay in church, keep praising God, and stay ready for Him to use you.

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

DAILY CONFESSION:
My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises! I will not fear evil tidings because my heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord (Psalm 57:7; Psalm 112:7).

stead·fast, adj.
Firmly fixed in place. Not subject to change. Firm in belief, determination, or adherence.

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Three Ways God Wants to Establish You

March 15th, 2019

And David realized that the Lord had established him as king over Israel, and that his kingdom was highly exalted, for the sake of His people Israel. 1 Chronicles 14:2

1. ESTABLISHED WITH PURPOSE. King David realized that God was doing something distinctive in his life and in the lives of the people and the country. This realization lifted David’s eyes off the difficulties he faced and gave him a new perspective. As we understand more about who God is and what He’s assigned each one of us to do, we can lift our heads, throw our shoulders back, and move forward in purpose.

But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit. 2 Corinthians 3:18

2. ESTABLISHED IN GOD’S WORD. When we look into the mirror of God’s Word, change occurs and we will start to act according to what God says about us (Romans 12:2). King David knew that God had established him, and he stepped out and began to take action in his new role. By spending time in the Scriptures our minds will be renewed, we will become transformed, and we can know God’s will.

3. ESTABLISHED IN WISDOM. The exhilaration of knowing he was established by God was followed by conflict for David. When the Philistines heard that he was king, they sent an army to attack him. David responded by first asking God what to do. After that first victory, he kept going back to God for each fresh situation. Inevitable pressure will come as we step out into what God has called us to do. But whatever challenge we face, we can take it to God and receive His wisdom and insight (Ephesians 1:17).

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

DAILY CONFESSION:
I am not conformed to this world, but am transformed by the renewing of my mind so that I may prove what the will of God is, that which is good, acceptable and perfect (Romans 12:2). I am a doer of the Word. I look intently at it and abide by it. I am not a forgetful hearer, but I am an effectual doer and I am blessed in what I do (James 1:23-25).

es·tab·lish, verb
To place or settle in a secure position or condition. To cause to be able to grow or thrive.

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