Archive for September, 2012

Praise and Peace

Monday, September 24th, 2012

I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. I sought the Lord, and He answered me, and delivered me from all my fears. Psalm 34:1, 4

Your thought life doesn’t have to be worn down by a bunch of fear. God said that He would keep us in perfect peace when our minds are set on Him (Isaiah 26:3). God has designed praise and worship as powerful tools to help us obtain breakthrough and freedom.

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

Apathy is a hindrance. We have to offset the voice that says there is no help for you in God with the voice that proclaims how faithful He is. Be deliberate and choose to enter His gates with thanksgiving and praise, which are the opposite of ingratitude and backing off.

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love. 1 John 4:18

Fear is an enemy. Fear will try to seize you, disrupt your creativity, and make you so worried that you don’t walk through the door of what God has designed for you. But God has not given you a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV). As you draw close to God through praise and worship and meditate on His faithfulness, you will begin to understand God’s perfect love—and fear will have no room to stay.

They looked to Him and were radiant, and their faces will never be ashamed. Psalm 34:5

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

Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him, bless His name. For the Lord is good; His lovingkindness is everlasting and His faithfulness to all generations. Psalm 100:4-5

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Praise God Through The Battle

Monday, September 17th, 2012

You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You. Isaiah 26:3 NKJV

There is a spiritual battle going on all around us all the time, but we have weapons that are divinely powerful. Some of you are in battles where it feels like things are out of control. What are you going to do? Get your eyes on Jesus. Hold on to Him, cry out to Him, and trust Him. Whatever your situation, God is reaching into your struggle with answers, and His hand is filled with abundance.

For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:3-5

Praise and worship are the opposite of worrying and complaining, the opposite of introspection and too much self-analysis. Worshiping God shifts our attention away from ourselves—away from guilt, shame, condemnation, temptation, distraction, and the allurement of other things—and gets us smack dab onto what matters most: knowing the Creator. When we honor God with praise, it sets up an atmosphere that invites the miraculous.

Therefore put on God’s complete armor, that you may be able to resist and stand your ground on the evil day [of danger], and, having done all [the crisis demands], to stand [firmly in your place]. Ephesians 6:13 AMP

Praise and worship will help you stay receptive and ready to be led by the Holy Spirit—not just once in a while, but every day. God wants to use you until your last breath. Consider the opportunities around you. There is no greater tribute we can give to God than when, at the end of our lives, we are found praising Him, giving to others, telling the lost about Jesus, praying for people who don’t pray, and being kind in a mean world.

Bless the Lord at all times. Praise Him in the middle of a battle and in the middle of a breakthrough. Praise Him in the morning, afternoon, and evening. Praise Him when you’re happy, praise Him when you’re sad. Sing praises. Shout Praises. Keep His praise continually in your mouth (Psalm 34:1).

God is faithful,
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

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The Past. The Present. The Future.

Monday, September 10th, 2012

But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved). Ephesians 2:4-5

Our salvation is past, present, and future. If you’ve accepted Jesus as your Savior, you can be settled about every season of your life. The God who saved you initially will continue in this process to show up in your daily life, and He has you covered for eternity.

THE PAST. Jesus took our sins and nailed them to the Cross so that we can be justified (“just as if I’d never sinned”). It’s not our own doing or something we earn, but a gift. When we call upon the name of the Lord, the historical action of what Jesus did in the past is brought into the vital present and we are forgiven, cleansed, and radically changed.

Restore to me the joy of Your salvation and sustain me with a willing spirit. Psalm 51:12

THE PRESENT. There is a joy that comes from the realization of this wonderful gift. If your vision has gotten disrupted, or your momentum is crippled by hurts, challenges, and trials, continue to stand and resist the devil—God is at work (Ephesians 6:13-14). If your fire has almost gone out, God can stir the ashes and fan the flame of a smoldering fire back to life. You may need to remind yourself that Jesus died for you, that you are a new creature (2 Corinthians 5:17), and that your citizenship is in heaven (Philippians 3:20).

Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him. Romans 5:9

THE FUTURE. God has your past, present, and future figured out. Because of the assurance you have through salvation, you can meaningfully look into the eyes of a lost and hurting generation and tell them with gladness there is hope for tomorrow. Bury regrets about the past and anxiety about the future, and trust God with your whole heart. When you get to heaven you will be so glad that you served Jesus.

Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation.
2 Corinthians 5:17-18

It’s worth it to follow Jesus,
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

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Praise God All Day Long

Monday, September 3rd, 2012

I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul will make its boast in the Lord; the humble will hear it and rejoice. O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together. Psalm 34:1-3

It’s easy to get busy or preoccupied and try to numb ourselves with entertainment. But God has called us to push past distractions and focus on Him. When we come before God in praise and worship, we’re reinforcing who He is, what He is capable of doing, and His faithfulness throughout the ages.

If you were a worshiper of God but life has contained your praise and you’ve lost your fire, don’t lament! You have a choice: You can sit and sulk and start to feel bad that you’ve let this slip, or you can start fresh right now. Every day is a new day (Lamentations 3:22-23), and God makes all things new (Revelation 21:5). You are a chosen generation called to proclaim the excellencies of God (1 Peter 2:9).

It is good to give thanks to the Lord and to sing praises to Your name, O Most High; to declare Your lovingkindness in the morning and Your faithfulness by night, with the ten-stringed lute and with the harp, with resounding music upon the lyre. For You, O Lord, have made me glad by what You have done, I will sing for joy at the works of Your hands. Psalm 92:1-4

When we thank God for who He is and what He has done, it helps us to be less introspective and more aware of our Deliverer. Fear and anxiety leave as our eyes get on Jesus. Our battles are won (2 Chronicles 20). Chains fall off and prisoners get set free (Acts 16:25). People are saved (Acts 16:30-34).

Saturate your day with praise. Praise Him with music (2 Kings 3:15). Praise God in your car; praise Him in your house. Shout out your praise (Psalm 95:1-2). “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord!” (Psalm 150:6).

My mouth is filled with Your praise and with Your glory all day long. Psalm 71:8

Praise God!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

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