Archive for August, 2014

Understand the Times

Monday, August 25th, 2014

Of the sons of Issachar who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do, their chiefs were two hundred; and all their brethren were at their command. 1 Chronicles 12:32 NKJV

Right on Time. God has a plan and nothing takes Him by surprise. There was a group of observant people in the Old Testament—Issachar’s tribe—and they were described in two ways: They had understanding of the times and they knew what Israel should do. In our generation, God has called and equipped us to understand our times and to know what to do.

To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven. Ecclesiastes 3:1 NKJV

Rely on God’s Timing. God has impeccable timing—He is not last-minute. If you are in an uncertain moment, you can look to God who will give you wisdom for the next steps. As you rely on Him, He is going to get you where you need to be when you need to be there.

For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this? Esther 4:14 NKJV

Created for This Time. At a critical moment when the Jewish people were threatened, Mordecai told his cousin, Esther, that she had better step up. She did, and the results were amazing. God used her to rescue an entire people group from extermination. God’s hand is on your life and it’s time to step up and trust Him; it’s time to think differently. God will do great things through simple obedience.

Daily Confession
Jesus is the author and finisher of my faith (Hebrews 12:2). I am created for such a time as this. I understand the times and I know what to do. Faithful is God who calls me and He will also bring it to pass (1 Thessalonians 5:24).

un•der•stand•ing, noun
The knowledge and ability to judge a particular situation or subject.

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. “Understanding.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 19 Aug. 2014.

Run With the Vision

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

I will stand on my guard post and station myself on the rampart; and I will keep watch to see what He will speak to me, and how I may reply when I am reproved. Habakkuk 2:1

Stand & Watch. The prophet Habakkuk is standing and watching, ready to hear from God—not wondering if God will speak to him but listening for what God will speak to him. Let’s be ready for what God wants to tell us and for what He is going to do at the appointed time.

Then the Lord answered me and said, “Record the vision and inscribe it on tablets, that the one who reads it may run. For the vision is yet for the appointed time; it hastens toward the goal and it will not fail. Though it tarries, wait for it; for it will certainly come, it will not delay.” Habakkuk 2:2-3

Record & Run.
With a vision, we can run toward the goal. God wants to do great miracles through each one of us. Write down your prayers, what God reveals to you in the Scriptures, and what the voice of the Holy Spirit is speaking to you.

Pray This Prayer
God, You have given me everything I need pertaining to life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3). I thank You I am equipped to do Your will (Hebrews 13:21). You came that I might have life and have it more abundantly (John 10:10). You have called me to lift up Jesus, to pray huge prayers of faith, and to shine the light of the Word of God into the dark parts of this world. I thank You that I am filled with Your thoughts and plans, God. I follow only Your voice and not the voice of a stranger (John 10:4-5). In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

vi•sion, noun
Mode of seeing or conceiving: unusual discernment or foresight.

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. “Vision.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 13 Aug. 2014.

The Certainty of God’s Word

Monday, August 11th, 2014

God’s Word never changes. He has sustained you this far and He will bring to completion everything He has called you to do. Let these scriptures get rooted in your spirit and produce firm conviction in your heart concerning God’s eternal faithfulness. Satan antagonizes in the area of uncertainty. As you gain clarity and specifics with God’s Word, you will begin to dispel all doubt.

I have been young and now I am old, yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken or his descendants begging bread. Psalm 37:25

You know the word which the Lord spoke to Moses the man of God concerning you [Joshua] and me [Caleb] in Kadesh-barnea. Joshua 14:6b

Behold, I [Caleb] am eighty-five years old today. I am still as strong today as I was in the day Moses sent me; as my strength was then, so my strength is now, for war and for going out and coming in. Joshua 14:10b-11

He has remembered His covenant forever, the word which He commanded to a thousand generations. Psalm 105:8

For He Himself has said, “I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you,” so that we confidently say, “The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid. What will man do to me?” Hebrews 13:5b-6

Daily Confession
I place my hope and trust in God’s Word. He is watching over His Word to perform it (Jeremiah 1:12). God’s plans and purposes will come to pass in my life and I will surely overcome! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

cer•tain•ty, noun
Firm conviction that something is the case. The quality of being reliably true. A general air of confidence.

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. “certainty.” Oxford Dictionaries. Oxford University Press, n.d. Web. 06 August 2014.

The Secret Place

Monday, August 4th, 2014

But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you. Matthew 6:6

Activity and achievement are not the same thing. Activity can cause us to forget that the best part of Christianity is Jesus. Before the fall of man, Adam and Eve walked and talked with God in the cool of the day (Genesis 3:8). That’s what Jesus is inviting us to now—closeness and connection with Him.

This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success. Joshua 1:8

You can change people’s lives from your prayer closet—your front porch, the living room, the clothes closet. Put away your phone and draw near to God. Close your eyes, take a deep breath, let all the lesser voices back off, and focus on the goodness of God. When you read the Word, let it get into you. Meditate on a fixed scripture for a period of time. Ponder it, absorb it down into your insides—marinate in it, steep in it.

Pray This Prayer
Behold, God is my helper; the Lord is the sustainer of my soul. (Psalm 54:4). One thing I have asked from the Lord, that I shall seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord and to meditate in His temple. When You said, “Seek My face,” my heart said to You, “Your face, O Lord, I shall seek.” (Psalm 27:4, 8).

“It will cost something to walk slow in the parade of the ages, while excited men of time rush about confusing motion with progress. But it will pay in the long run, and the true Christian is not much interested in anything short of that.” —A.W. Tozer (1897-1963), pastor; written June 3, 1950.

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. Tozer, A.W. “Quality versus Quantity.” The Alliance Weekly 338. 3 June 1950: Web.