Archive for June, 2014

Daily Perseverance

Monday, June 30th, 2014

Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:13-14

Trust God. Faith is a position of confident trust and rest in the greatness of God. We know that in spite of the inevitable resistance we encounter in this life, God can and will lift us up, propel us forward, and always cause us to triumph (2 Corinthians 2:14).

Rely on the Holy Spirit. There are many voices coming at us. Some are to be dismissed and ignored, some are to be listened to. The voice of the Holy Spirit is the faithful, reliable indicator of what has been and what will be. He is ready to help you face every challenge and He will guide you into all truth (John 16:13).

“These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me [Jesus] you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

Expect breakthrough. Daily we must surrender our human idealism, realizing that life is challenging and in this world we’ll have tribulation—but God has called us to endure and overcome! Think of Caleb and Joshua pressing on through the wilderness, waiting through years that didn’t exhibit any apparent breakthrough. But there came a point when they were called to move forward and enter the Promised Land. God has good things up ahead for you. As you stay steady by the grace of God, you will see His purposes come to pass in your life, in your children and grandchildren, and in your generation.

Daily Confession:
My steps are ordered by the Lord. God’s plan is coming to pass in my life. I am filled with the Holy Spirit and know what to do in every situation I encounter. This one thing I do: I forget what lies behind and I press on to what God has ahead!

per•se•ver•ance noun
Steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, a state, etc., esp. in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement.

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. “perseverance” Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc.

How Much More?!

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

So that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God. Ephesians 3:17-19

Ask. If you want to understand God’s nature and how He relates to you, look at Jesus. He is the “exact representation” of the Father (Hebrews 1:2-3). Jesus didn’t come to condemn the world but that the world might be saved through Him (John 3:17). He came to seek and save the lost (Luke 19:10). He went around healing all who were oppressed by the devil (Acts 10:38). Open up your heart to understand we have a heavenly Father who cares about us personally and emphatically.

Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him! Matthew 7:7, 11

Seek. This verse doesn’t advocate that we go to God for self-indulgence or with a sense of entitlement, but it does tell us that if we seek, then we will find. As much as we humans know how to give good gifts to our kids, God wants to bless us so much more!

Knock. I’ve learned that God is good and He is a giver. When we seek, we know we will find the answers we are looking for. Circumstances come and go, feelings come and go, but God’s Word is true and His nature never changes—He is abidingly faithful. Study the pages of Scripture to comprehend the great love God has for you.

Pray This Prayer
Based on Ephesians 3:16-19
God, I pray that You would grant me, according to the riches of Your glory, to be strengthened with power through Your Spirit in the inner man, so that Christ may dwell in my heart through faith; and that I being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, so I may be filled up to all the fullness of God. Amen!

com•pre•hend verb – To grasp the nature, significance, or meaning of.

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: “Peace” Merriam-Webster.com. Wed. 03 June 2014. Footnote: “comprehend” Merriam-Webster.com. Wed. 18 June 2014.

How to Be Fruitful

Monday, June 16th, 2014

“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

Get rooted. Sustainability comes from being rooted and grounded in God. Burnout happens when we lose connection with our Source. We can see greater fruitfulness than we’ve ever thought possible as we learn how to rest in Jesus and let our roots grow deep in His Word and produce fruit in our lives. Read your Bible! It’s good for you!

Therefore we also have as our ambition, whether at home or absent, to be pleasing to Him. 2 Corinthians 5:9

Let God prune you. God is the master gardener. He is more interested in our fruitfulness and advancement than we are. He prunes our branches so they can bear more fruit (John 15:1-2). We sometimes confuse activity with achievement – so stay yielded to the Lord and let Him show you His priorities. Pray about priorities. Constantly ask for His will to be done.

Stay hydrated. When you stay connected to your Source, by meditating on God’s Word and following His plan, you will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in its season (Psalm 1:3). Tenderize your heart and let your thoughts be reformed and renewed by staying in the Word. Your leaf will not wither and whatever you do will prosper (Psalm 3:3). Drink from the wells of salvation. Living Water is always available!

Daily Confession
I dwell in the secret place of the Most High. Lord, I abide in the shadow of Your Wings (Psalm 91:1). You are my refuge and my fortress, God, and I trust You. I thank You, God, that You watch over Your Word to perform it. I look to You to increase fruitfulness in my life—prune off whatever needs to be removed. As I stay planted in the house of the Lord, I will flourish and yield fruit in old age!

fruit•ful adjective – Yielding or producing fruit. Conducive to an abundant yield. Abundantly productive.

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: “fruitful” Merriam-Webster.com. Wed. 09 June 2014.

A Person After God’s Own Heart

Monday, June 9th, 2014

For the eyes of the Lord move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His. 2 Chronicles 16:9
1. Put Jesus First. “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you” (Matthew 6:33). When we take our eyes off of our problems and put them on Jesus, things change. Whatever challenge you are going through right now—God wants to strongly support you.
2. Be Productive. “My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples” (John 15:8). God wants us to shoot for high standards and goals, but worry makes us weird and keeps us from bearing fruit. Crucify worry and replace it with trust in God.
3. Maintain Joy and Peace. “Delight yourself in the Lord; and He will give you the desires of your heart” (Psalm 37:4) Emotions can change from moment to moment. That’s why we must learn how to delight ourselves in the Lord through prayer, praising God, and reading the Word. As we feed our faith, we will starve our doubts to death.
4. Fight the Good Fight. “Fight the good fight of faith; take hold of the eternal life to which you were called” (1 Timothy 6:12a). God’s Word is the road map that guides us to victory. As you continue standing against the battles that try to wear you down, you will see amazing testimonies emerge from impossible-looking situations.
Pray This Prayer:
I fix my eyes on You, Jesus, with the confidence that God will see me through every time. I feed on God’s faithfulness for what I need right now in my life. I will trust in the Lord and do good. Thank You, God, for a spirit of wisdom and revelation for every situation I face. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. I love You, Jesus!

Peace noun – A state of tranquility or quiet. Freedom from disquieting or oppressive thoughts or emotions.

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: “Peace” Merriam-Webster.com. Wed. 03 June 2014.

God Is Able

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed. 2 Corinthians 9:8

1. He is able to make you stand. Anxiety can weigh a person down, but Jesus is the cure for anxiety. When we put all of our attention and focus on God and delight ourselves in the Lord through prayer, worship, and studying the Word—He is the one who lifts that pressure off of us and gives us abundance for every good deed!

2. He is able to come to your aid. God is faithful and an ever-present help in trouble (Psalm 46:1). King David wrote in Psalms that from the time he was young to his old age he had never seen the righteous forsaken (Psalm 37:25). Jesus said, “I’ll never leave you or forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5).

Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him . . . Do not fret; it leads only to evildoing. For evildoers will be cut off, but those who wait for the Lord, they will inherit the land. Psalm 37:7-9

3. He is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all we ask or think (Ephesians 3:20). Worry tempts us to take things into our own hands. But our sufficiency is in God—it’s not by our might or human power but by His Spirit (Zechariah 4:6). God will be faithful to guide you and give you wisdom through the different challenges of life. As you seek Him, you will find Him!

Fret verb – To be vexed or troubled; worry. To be worn or eaten away; become corroded. To move agitatedly. To gnaw or wear away; erode.

Pray this prayer:
You have not given me a spirit of fear but of power, love, and a sound mind. You have called me to do mighty deeds! Jesus, I know it’s not by might or by power but by Your Spirit. I don’t trust in my ability, but I put all my hope, faith, and trust in You, Jesus. I know I will reap great fruit if I don’t quit. Thank You, Jesus, that You are able to do exceedingly abundantly above all I can ask or think according to Your power working in me (Ephesians 3:20).

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: “Fret” The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition copyright ©2014 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.