Archive for May, 2014

Strength for the Course

Monday, May 26th, 2014

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

God Empowers You. The same Jesus who commissioned the twelve disciples and gave them authority over demons 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.

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

God Strengthens 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!

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

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 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!

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. Footnote: Footnote: “Calling” Merriam-Webster.com. Wed. 21 May 2014.

Five Ways to Conquer Weariness

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith. . . Hebrews 12:1-2a

1. Pursue God’s Presence. “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you” (James 4:8). If you’ve let yourself get worn down, go to the Father who wants to impart fresh strength. Spend time in God’s presence—listen to Him, talk to Him, worship Him. It will take you out of lethargy and into momentum.

2. Get Quality Sleep. God offers rest to the weary (Isaiah 28:11-12). Even if you’ve dealt with insomnia or have children keeping you up, God wants to give you sweet sleep without fear (Proverbs 3:24). It’s His promise, so you can believe for it!

3. Pray in the Spirit. This practical, biblical tool will help you in your prayer life. You can pray on the go, but also set aside time alone to pray. You will be strengthened with might and power in the inner man (Colossians 1:11; Ephesians 3:16), and you will be built up (Jude 1:20).

4. Learn to Laugh. A merry heart does good like a medicine (Proverbs 17:22). Every one of us knows that life is too serious to pretend. And the Bible says that the joy of the Lord is our strength—through every circumstance of life we can have joy knowing that God has everything figured out and we can trust Him. Every day, try to crack yourself up.

5. Fix Your Eyes on Jesus. “For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart” (Hebrews 12:3). Get strong in the Lord and in the power of His might and you will win this thing. Keep your eyes on Jesus, and you will finish strong.

Wea•ry adj. – physically or mentally exhausted by hard work, exertion, strain

Daily Confession
Based on Isaiah 40:27-31
My way is not hidden from the Lord. He gives strength to the weary, and when I lack might He increases my power! Even young people grow weary and stumble, but I will wait on the Lord and gain new strength. I will mount up with wings like eagles. I will run and not get tired. I will walk and not grow weary!

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. Footnote: Footnote: “Weary” www.dictionary.com Unabridged. Wed. 14 May 2014.

Free From Dread

Sunday, May 11th, 2014

For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!” Romans 8:15

Reject Fear. You don’t have to be a slave to fear. Perfect love drives out fear and brings it to a complete halt (1 John 4:18). When you become a child of God, all that God has is yours. Lean on the Holy Spirit, stand on the promises of God’s Word, and hold fast to those truths.

Speak Faith. God will never desert us or forsake us in any situation. Declare this boldly over your life: “The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid. What will man do to me?” (Hebrews 13:5b-6). Speak God’s Word over your kids, over difficult circumstances, over alarming symptoms in your body—whatever challenges you are facing right now.

The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the defense of my life; whom shall I dread? Though a host encamp against me, my heart will not fear; though war arise against me, in spite of this I shall be confident. Psalm 27:1, 3

Walk in Peace. The result of our salvation is peace. Take hold of this freedom offered by what Jesus did on the Cross, and step from darkness into God’s marvelous light; out of timidity into boldness; out of the pride of self-reliance into confidence in God. We are called to advance the Kingdom of God, finance His purposes, pray big prayers, and step up to serve in unique and creative ways.

Daily Confession
God, I trust You because You are trustworthy. And because You have not given me a spirit of fear leading to slavery again, I am not required to go down the track of fear. I will forget those things that lie behind and reach forward to what lies ahead! I come against fear and alarm and I press forward to the goal of the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Thank You that the chains of dread are broken. Thank You that the bondage has lifted and the oppression must dissipate now in the name of Jesus.

dread noun
Fear of something bad that might happen or that is going to happen. To be continuously afraid of someone or something.

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. Footnote: “Dread” www.macmillandictionary.com. Wed. 07 May 2014.

God’s Timing

Monday, May 5th, 2014

There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven. Ecclesiastes 3:1

God Is Preparing You. Your times are in God’s hands (Psalm 31:15). You are not a day late and a dollar short. Every moment—even in the daily routines and harsh disappointments of life—God is building something into your core, building resilience into your system, teaching you things you didn’t know before.

Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I have appointed you a prophet to the nations. Jeremiah 1:5

God Is Equipping You. The great heroes of the Bible felt their own inadequacies as soon as they sensed God’s calling. Isaiah said, “I am a man of unclean lips” (Isaiah 6:5). Gideon said, “I am the least in my father’s house” (Judges 6:15). Peter said, “Depart from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man” (Luke 5:8). Yet God used them to accomplish His great plan on the earth. When God calls you, He also equips you (1 Thessalonians 5:24; Hebrews 13:21).

God Is Opening Doors. Every one of us has the opportunity to stand before the Lord, to listen to His voice and say, “Here I am. Send me.” Draw near to God and drive a stake in the ground with faith and confidence—knowing that whatever challenges you are going through, God has given you a door of hope (Hosea 2:15).

Pray This Prayer:
God, I thank You that my times are in Your hands, that my steps are ordered by You and I’m fearfully and wonderfully made. I thank You that I have been born for just this time. Stir my heart toward Your purposes. Help my prayer life to be more effective. I pray the fire of evangelism would burn in my heart, that I would have interesting conversations with people, and that lost people would want to know what I have! In Jesus’ name, amen.

Tim•ing noun — The ability to select the precise moment for doing something for optimum effect.

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. “Timing” Merriam-Webster.com. Tue. 29 April 2014.