Archive for June, 2011

Get Fortified

Monday, June 27th, 2011

It’s important to go back to the Word every day to get fortified and remind ourselves of who God is and what He has done for us!

for•ti•fy (verb): To strengthen; to give physical strength to; to invigorate; to add mental or moral strength to; to confirm. To strengthen and secure by forts. Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary*

Those who love your law have great peace, and nothing causes them to stumble. Psalm 119:165

“I love you, O Lord, my strength.” The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge; my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies. Psalm 18:1-3

But You, O Lord, are a shield about me, my glory, and the One who lifts my head. Psalm 3:3

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth change and though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains quake at its swelling pride. Psalm 46:1-3

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust!” Psalm 91:1-2

Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy, to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen. Jude 1:24-25

If you’re feeling drained, worried, or stressed, set some time aside to strengthen yourself through prayer and reading and the confession of God Word. God wants to be your firm foundation and fortress.

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. Used by permission. All rights reserved. *Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary Fifth Edition. Copyright 1936 by G. & C. Merriam Co.

A Firm Foundation

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock. Matthew 7:24-25

Life is filled with challenge. But when the storms of life come, we have something to say about the stand we take.

Our life is the building and Jesus is the foundation. (1 Corinthians 3:11). You can build your life on Jesus’ substantial, solid, undergirding grace. “Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a tested stone, a costly cornerstone for the foundation, firmly placed. He who believes in it will not be disturbed” (Isaiah 28:16). Jesus is tested, costly, and firmly placed. When you believe in Him, you step onto solid footing.

The promises of God are true, and we can hold on to them. When we do what the Word of God says to do, we will have the results that the Word says we will have (James 1:22-25). Get a Bible with good binding, get a pen and a highlighter, and renew your commitment to reading, meditation and confession of God’s Word.

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

Even though we live in a shaky, fallen world, there is solid bedrock underneath all this impermanence—and His name is Jesus!

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

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JESUS

Monday, June 13th, 2011

Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. Matthew 7:7

Jesus has a plan for your life. He didn’t design us to be mediocre or to just float along. There is an ache in every heart, and Jesus is the only one that will satisfy it. He has called us to this life with Him—to worship God and then have it translate into helping people.

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. John 3:16-17

Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6). Knowing Jesus is what we can carry into eternity. He is not just one of a myriad of religious concepts in this pluralistic, relativistic world. Jesus is authentically the resurrection and the life (John 11:25).

Jesus is an ever-present help. He conquered sin, death and eternity (1 Cor. 15:55), and He can take care of everything else. Situations may be far beyond your human skill, but nothing is too difficult for Him. Jesus’ strength is so real and deep. He is responsive and available. He’s got this whole thing figured out, and He listens to your prayer. Call out to Him. Seek God and you will find Him!

There is nobody like Jesus,
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. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Fuel for the Week

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

God wants to pour out His strength on every moment of every day. Meditate on these verses and trust God!

Faithful is He who calls you but He will also bring it to pass. 1 Thessalonians 5:24

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:6-7

And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19

The people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits.
Daniel 11:32b NKJV

Yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength. Isaiah 40:31a

Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He will do it. Psalm 37:5

But we are not of those who shrink back to destruction, but of those who have faith to the preserving of the soul. Hebrews 10:39

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. John 15:5

For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:6

We learn to not trust in ourselves but in God who raises the dead. 2 Corinthians 1:9

This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him. 1 John 5:14-15

God Is Faithful!
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. Used by permission. All rights reserved.