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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How to Overcome

March 8th, 2019

Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. Romans 12:21

1. KEEP HANGING OUT WITH GOD. We become like who we hang out with. “Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children” (Ephesians 5:1). How can we imitate God unless we spend time with Him? This week, instead of watching the news as much, or spending hours on social media, step away and take in some good news by fellowshipping with God.

Then [they] sent a message to me, saying, “Come, let us meet together . . .” But they were planning to harm me. So I sent messengers to them, saying, “I am doing a great work and I cannot come down. Why should the work stop while I leave it and come down to you?” Nehemiah 6:2-3

2. KEEP DOING GOD’S WORK. We are called to overcome and be carriers of God’s presence to the world around us. That’s why we can’t come down to indifference, to revenge, to being a hater, or to getting bored or overwhelmed. God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7). Jesus is the answer to society’s problems. Jesus is the answer to your situation. He is available and He is an ever-present help in time of need.

3. KEEP OBEYING GOD’S WORD. In obedience to God, the Early Church stepped out and impacted the Roman culture; Daniel impacted Babylon; and Joseph, in a moment of famine and social distress, brought improvement and help to the Egyptian people. As you spend time with God, don’t quit, and keep on obeying Him. God will open a door that no one can shut and the Word of God will go into all the world.

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

DAILY CONFESSION:
God’s praise is continually in my mouth! I don’t fret. I cast all my cares on God and receive His peace that surpasses understanding. He is available to help and He cares about me affectionately (Psalm 34:1; Psalm 37:8; Philippians 4:7; Psalm 46:1; 1 Peter 5:7).

o·ver·come, verb
To deal with successfully; prevail over. To surmount opposition; be victorious.

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Love Never Fails

March 1st, 2019

Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” Matthew 22:37-39

1. LOVE GOD. We can love because God first loved us. When we accept Jesus as our Savior, His love changes us completely. If you feel distracted or dull or if you have drifted, you can step into closeness with God again. Love grows when you spend time with Him. Take some time to turn off the phone, mute the TV, and say simply, “God, here I am. Forgive me for getting distracted. I seek You first. I trust You, Lord.”

2. LOVE YOURSELF. We can show love to others only in proportion to how much we love ourselves. If we listen to what the devil (known as the Accuser) says, then we will constantly feel like we are doing a crummy job as Christians. But if we focus on how much God loves us, then we can change the world. The battle is in our minds – so we must constantly go to the Bible to see what God says about us!

But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God. Jude 1:20-21a

3. LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR. Love is value. As Christians we’re assigned to be carriers of love and to show Jesus as He really is – someone who is “a very present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1). When we show up in work boots to help people with no other agenda but to love, it plants a seed that will germinate and grow into an awareness that God really loves them!

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

DAILY CONFESSION:
I walk in love. I am patient, I am kind and not jealous. I don’t brag and I am not arrogant. I don’t act unbecomingly; I don’t seek my own, and I am not provoked. I don’t take into account a wrong suffered. I don’t rejoice in unrighteousness, but I rejoice with the truth. I can bear all things, believe all things, hope all things, endure all things because love never fails (1 Corinthians 13:4-8; Ephesians 5:2).

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians  13:13

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How to Build for Eternity

February 22nd, 2019

And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
1 Corinthians 13:13

1. USE THE RIGHT COMPONENTS. Concrete is a durable building material composed of three things: rock, cement, and water. The Romans began construction on the Pantheon dome in 27 AD, and this concrete marvel still stands over 2,000 years later! Just as three elements come together to form concrete, so FAITH (belief and trust in God), HOPE (confident expectation of what God has promised), and LOVE (valuing and forgiving others because God first loved us) mix together to create the lasting substance of a Christian life.

2. GO BACK TO THE BASICS. The devil is real and he will try to antagonize us in areas of uncertainty. That’s why it’s important we reacquaint ourselves with what the Word of God says about how we should shape our lives and not just go by our assumptions. Take time to study scriptures about faith, hope, and love and how they can work in your life!

3. LET GOD BE THE BUILDER. You are under construction and God has designed you for longevity, for stability, and for purpose. God has achievements ahead for you that you can’t even grasp yet! Don’t underestimate the stabilizing you can bring into the marketplace, in a society, in a culture. As you stay in faith and maintain your hope and walk in love, watch your life become a steadying structure for those around you.

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

DAILY CONFESSION:
I trust You, God. I walk by faith and not by sight. I am an imitator of You, and I walk in love, just as Christ also loved me. I take hold of this sure and steadfast hope set before me and let it be an anchor for my soul. Above all, I’ll keep fervent in my love for others, because love covers a multitude of sins (2 Corinthians 5:7; Ephesians 5:1-2; Hebrews 6:19; 1 Peter 4:8).

a·bide, verb
To endure without yielding: withstand. To wait for: await. To remain stable or fixed in a state. To continue in a place.

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Three Ways to Get Tenacious in Hope

February 15th, 2019

Be strong and let your heart take courage, all you who hope in the Lord. Psalm 31:24

1. REMEMBER YOU WERE RESCUED. The Bible describes the pre-salvation position as “having no hope and without God in the world” (Ephesians 2:12). But the emptiness of a fallen world has forever changed because of Jesus. He left the splendor of heaven and came on a rescue mission for us. He died to forgive our sins and heal our diseases (1 Peter 2:24).

2. KNOW GOD’S WORD. Biblical hope is based on the integrity of God’s faithfulness – His character, performance, and nature – and differs greatly from the baseless optimism that the world calls hope. Hope in God springs from knowing His well-documented track record in the Scriptures (Romans 15:4). The faithful God in the Bible is the same God who will help you in your situation.

Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13

3. CARRY HOPE TO THE WORLD. God wants to use us to offset the incredible negativity and pessimism in the world. Hope is something that gets in our vocabulary when everybody else is complaining, that rises up even when circumstances go the opposite way, and that adjusts our thinking to remember God’s faithfulness. You can be confident that God will cause all things to work together for good and as you stay steady in hope, you will see the goodness of God in this life (Romans 8:28; Psalm 27:13-14).

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

DAILY CONFESSION:
I take courage and hope in the Lord. I fix my hope on the living God, who is the savior of all. I hope because Jesus took my sins on the cross and by His wounds I am healed. He strengthens my heart, and I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living (1 Timothy 4:10; 1 Peter 2:24; Psalm 31:24; Psalm 27:13-14).

te·na·cious, adj.
Characterized by extreme persistence; relentless or enduring. Holding fast; characterized by keeping a firm hold.

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Three Steps to Renew Your Hope

February 8th, 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. TRUST GOD’S PROMISES. The prophet Jeremiah wrote these words almost 500 years before Jesus came to earth; yet we still have a right to this promise of hope. The same God who declared a future and a hope to an exiled people is our God today. He never changes (Hebrews 13:8). And because Jesus died for the sins of all humanity, we have a new covenant “inaugurated under better promises” (Hebrews 8:6). How much more are we now called to hope.

2. COMMIT TO GOD’S PRIORITIES. It is our responsibility to keep our hopes alive. Start your day with devotion to Jesus. Just as we follow through on commitments even when we don’t feel like it – going to work, taking care of our kids, etc. – we must set Jesus as a priority day in and day out. Read a Proverb a day, find a good devotional, read some Psalms, read a chapter of the New Testament. When we continually remind ourselves what God’s Word says, then we become equipped, encouraged, and established in truth (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:12-13).

Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13

3. RELY ON GOD’S PERSPECTIVE. Hope and faith do not deny reality. They are the product of trust in God’s faithfulness. Faith-filled believers understand that more is going on than what they can see. As Christians, we are called to have faith and hope that God is creating a masterpiece, even if we can’t yet see how it all ties together. So keep praying, keep loving others, don’t cave into negative bias, stay in the Word – and watch God use you as a voice of hope in the world.

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

PRAY THIS PRAYER:
I love You, Jesus. Today I renew my devotion to You. You are Lord and I give You first place in my life. Help me to be ready to give an account for the hope that is in me to anyone who asks. And help me to do it with gentleness and respect (1 Peter 3:15). Amen!

prom·ise, noun
A declaration that one will do or refrain from doing something specified. Reason to expect something. To pledge to do, bring about, or provide (verb).

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Hold Fast!

February 1st, 2019

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

1. BE PERSISTENT. In your pursuit of Jesus be persistent. If you are going to be stubborn about anything, then get adamant about your love for God. A lot of lesser things will vie for your attention. But lift up your eyes—the only place where you will get refreshing is in the presence of the Lord. Resolve to overcome drifting, and become really passionate about returning to your first love of Jesus (Revelation 2:1-5).

But if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it. And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. Romans 8:25, 28

2. BE PERSEVERING. We can continue despite opposition because we have hope that God is working on the behalf of those who trust in Him. Resist self-pity, which the devil uses to shut your mouth to keep you from speaking God’s Word and then to get you complaining—instead, hold fast to hope!

3. BE PATIENT. You can build your life on the Word of God. The devil will try to pry these truths out of your hands, but you have to tighten your grip! Hold fast to God’s promises and let them thunder forth in your life—He is faithful and He is abidingly trustworthy. As you rely on God, you will be one of those who through
faith and patience inherit the promises (Hebrews 6:12).

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

DAILY CONFESSION:
I hold fast to the confession of my hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful (Hebrews 10:23). God has not given me a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7). I consider it all joy when I encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of my faith produces endurance. I let endurance have its perfect result, so that I may be perfect and complete lacking in nothing (James 1:4).

pa·tient, adj.
Enduring trying circumstances with even temper. Tolerant; understanding. Persevering or diligent

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Breakthrough in Hope

January 25th, 2019

Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13

1. KNOW YOUR HOPE. Our beliefs fuel our destiny. Sometimes discouragement can settle in when we feel that life isn’t what it’s supposed to be. But when you shift your focus to Jesus and what He has done, you can get back to biblical hope. We fix our hope on the living God.

2. GROW IN HOPE. The one-two punch for building our hope is praying and spending time in the Word. It’s how we get refueled with confidence and courage to keep on moving forward with Jesus.

But in your hearts set Christ apart [as holy — acknowledging Him, giving Him first place in your lives] as Lord. Always be ready to give a [logical] defense to anyone who asks you to account for the hope and confident assurance [elicited by faith] that is within you, yet [do it] with gentleness and respect. 1 Peter 3:15 AMP

3. SHOW YOUR HOPE. There are not enough voices speaking encouragement and hope in the world. But God has called us to be carriers of hope and to “consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds” (Hebrews 10:24). We keep Jesus first in our hearts so that when we are asked why we have hope, we are ready to answer.

4. GO IN HOPE. Abraham believed God’s promise that he would become the father of many nations, even though he and his wife were way past child-bearing years. Yet he continued in hope, trusting God to fulfill His promise (Romans 4:17-19). We too can have a confident expectation of impending good, knowing that God’s Word is true and what was meant for harm, He will turn around for good (Genesis 50:20).

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

DAILY CONFESSION:
May the God of hope fill me with all joy and peace in believing so that I will abound in HOPE by the power of the Holy Spirit. I pray that the eyes of my heart may be enlightened so that I will know what is the HOPE of God’s calling (Romans 15:13, Ephesians 1:18).

Hope, verb
Biblical Greek word for hope: elpis
To anticipate, usually with pleasure; expectation or confidence.

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Abounding in Hope

January 18th, 2019

Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13

1. REDEMPTIVE HOPE. When something we are hoping for is delayed, our hearts can get discouraged (Proverbs 13:12). But even then, “the Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit” (Psalm 34:18). We base our hope not on the shifting sands of man but on the eternal Word of God. And we know that what He promises, He will do.

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. BIBLICAL HOPE. “Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs it down, but a good word makes it glad” (Proverbs 12:25). Jesus cares about the smallest detail in our lives. There is help for us when our hearts grow cold and our vision for the future becomes blurred. If you’re running low on hope, go to God’s Word to equip, encourage, anchor, and gladden your soul.

Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord. Acts 3:19

3. RENEWED HOPE. God wants our hearts to reconnect with expectation. Those of us who have been stuck in depression or have given into our flesh realize how great it is to be forgiven. The Bible is filled with examples of imperfect people and challenging circumstances, and God helped them and renewed their hope. Open your heart to God today and let His eternal hope fill you with anticipation for what He has ahead!

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

DAILY CONFESSION:
This is a year of breakthrough for me. I hope in the Lord, and my heart is strengthened and takes courage. When I pray, I obtain. I walk by the Spirit and do not carry out the desires of the flesh. I grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus and I am filled with the knowledge of God’s will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding (Psalm 31:24; Mark 11:24; Galatians 5:16; 2 Peter 3:18; Colossians 1:9).

a·bound, verb
To exist or occur in abundance; be plentiful. To be plentifully supplied (with); teem (with).

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Hope for the New Year

January 11th, 2019

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

1. ANCHORING TRUTH. Hearing the Word produces the ability to face the future with hope. What does the Bible say? Its anchoring thoughts are why we keep going back to the amazing stories of the Old and New Testaments. It builds in us an unshakeable confidence in God so that we can face off with the world’s challenges.

We who have taken refuge would have strong encouragement to take hold of the hope set before us. This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast. Hebrews 6:18b-19a

2. ENVIRONMENT OF HOPE. The Bible tells us to “consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds” (Hebrews 10:24). Look for ways to help people get out of the harsh dilemma of hopelessness – not by being flattering or offering hollow optimism, but by being encouraging according to the anchoring truth of God’s Word and making Jesus known.

Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13

3. STRONG IN FAITH. If faith is the substance of things hoped for, then we should maintain biblical hope. Hope is an expectation of some good, and hearing the Word produces the ability to face the future with hope and faith. So take time this month to draw near to God and get your hope strengthened. 2019 is going to shine!

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

DAILY CONFESSION (Lamentations 3:21-24):
This I recall to my mind, therefore I have hope. The Lord’s lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “Therefore I have hope in Him.”

hope, verb
To expect with confidence: trust. To desire with expectation of obtainment or fulfillment.

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