Archive for April, 2014

Overcoming Power

Monday, April 28th, 2014

For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. Who is the one who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? 1 John 5:4-5

Get Certain. Our beliefs, when rooted in and built on God’s Word, create supernatural
strength and power. When you are attacked in an area of uncertainty, go to the stabilizing Word of God to get your mind renewed. Knowing God’s will through His Word will take you from disorientation to focus, from depletion and defeat to confidence and courage.

Get an Attitude. God desires for each person to be healed, delivered, protected and made whole. When you get hit with challenges, resist the enemy by equipping yourself with God’s promises. Instead of playing into the devil’s lies, go to God’s Word, cast down imaginations, watch what you say, and receive power from God for the answers to turn your circumstances around.

Get Going. We are called to be watchmen on the wall, holding up our shields to quench all the fiery darts of the enemy. Like the Bible heroes of old, we too are required to fight the good fight of faith. Jesus has anointed us to bring healing to the hurting and restoration to the broken and to save those who are crushed in spirit. It’s not always easy, but it’s worth it. Breakthrough and freedom are on the other side of the battle.

Daily Confession
The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble. He knows those who take refuge in Him. I resist the devil and he flees from me. I draw near to God and He draws near to me. I cast down imaginations. I take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. I crucify my flesh and I walk in the Spirit. In Jesus’ name, amen.

pow•er noun
The ability or capacity to act or do something effectively. The ability or official capacity to exercise control; authority.

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

Copyright © 2014 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. “power” The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition copyright ©2013 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Web. 23 April 2014.

Joy.

Sunday, April 20th, 2014

Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love. These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full. John 15:9, 11

1. Joy recognized. Jesus offers eternal life defined by joy instead of pain and disappointment. When you know the love of God, you know joy—not a superficial emotion, but deep gladness.

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

2. Joy restored. If your joy in life has grown cold, it can be restored. The answer to any challenge or blasé feeling is found in seeking God and reading His Word. Meditate on God’s great love for you, on His promises for your life found in the Bible. God is so great and wonderful. He can take a whisper of a prayer from your heart and stretch it as big as the universe.

3. Joy received. If you’ve never asked Jesus to be your Lord and Savior, pray this simple prayer: “Dear God, in my heart I know the truth about Jesus. I know He is Your Son and that He died for me and rose from the dead. Forgive me for all my sins. I receive Jesus into my life right now. Instill in me a fresh sense of vision and purpose. I ask for Your joy to strengthen me and Your peace to sustain me. I pray Your plan comes to pass in my life, in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

Joy.
Greek: chara
Cheerfulness, calm delight, gladness
–Strong’s Greek Dictionary of the New Testament

Happy Easter!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

Copyright © 2014 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. Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible. Copyright 1890 by James Strong, Madison, NJ.

Break Free From Fear

Monday, April 14th, 2014

“I have chosen you and not rejected you. 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 41:9b-10

1. God doesn’t give fear, so we shouldn’t receive it.
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV
Fear neutralizes the progress of our faith, but Jesus redeems and liberates us from the force of fear.

2. There is no fear in love.
To grant us that we, being rescued from the hand of our enemies, might serve Him without fear, in holiness and righteousness before Him all our days. Luke 1:74-75
The love of God casts out fear (1 John 4:18). We have the authority to take our place among the redeemed, not because of religious routine or being self-righteous, but because we know and walk with God.

3. Replace fear with praise and thanks.
And let the peace (soul harmony which comes) from Christ rule (act as umpire continually) in your hearts [deciding and settling with finality all questions that arise in your minds, in that peaceful state] to which as [members of Christ’s] one body you were also called [to live]. And be thankful (appreciative), [giving praise to God always]. Colossians 3:15 AMP
Use God’s Word as a weapon to cut down your worry tree with the axe of faith.* Break the habits of anxious thinking by directing your thoughts and mouth toward praise to God. There is freedom on the other side!

Pray This Prayer: Today I break the habit of fear with the voice of faith. Thank You, God, for saving me and setting me free from fear. You are faithful to fulfill all Your promises. Today I rest in God’s love. I choose to only be bold and courageous. Thank You, God, that You keep me in perfect peace as I keep my mind stayed on You. In Jesus’ name, amen.

We cannot help thoughts coming into our minds, but it is within our power to direct our thoughts . . . we can compel ourselves to quit thinking along some lines. It is usually easier to supplant improper thoughts with other brighter, more cheerful thoughts. ~Charles Naylor

You are an overcomer!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

Copyright © 2014 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. *Naylor, Charles. “The Secrets of the Singing Heart.” Copyright © 1930 by Gospel Trumpet Company. Amplified Bible (AMP). Copyright © 1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation. The Holy Bible, New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.

Courage to Overcome

Sunday, April 6th, 2014

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness. . . 2 Timothy 4:7-8a

1. Fight the Good Fight. Courage is the bridge between a dream and a corresponding action. It’s important to constantly refresh the original vision God has given you so that you don’t become discouraged along the way. If even Jesus had to slip away to fellowship alone with God, then we are not exempt. In the secret place we get our strength, our vision, and our purpose for the course.

2. Finish the Course. Courage is not the denial of fear; it is the conquest of it. God knows how to take a fearful Gideon and make him a warrior (Judges 6-7); how to take a young Jeremiah and give him the boldness to prophesy to the people of Israel (Jeremiah 1); and how to give you backbone to get to the other side of your battle.

3. Keep the Faith. “Now faith is the turning of dreams into deeds; it is betting your life on the unseen realities.” (Hebrews 11:1 Cotton Patch Gospel). One voice of faith can pray and stimulate change that permeates an entire people group. Whatever situation you are facing, God has strength for you to start, persevere, and finish with
courage.

Daily Confession
I am strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. I put on the whole armor of God. I’m gaining new strength. I’m getting wisdom. I’m receiving new strategy. My steps are ordered by the Lord. I’m living out my days. I’m cooperating with heaven. God’s purposes shall surely come to pass in and through my life. In Jesus’ Name, amen.

strength, noun – The quality that allows someone to deal with problems in a determined and effective way.

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

Copyright © 2014 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.Clarence Jordan’s Cotton Patch Gospel: Hebrews and the General Epistles. Smyth & Helwys Publishing Copyright ©2011. “Strength” Merriam-Webster.com. Wed. 2 April 2014.