Archive for November, 2015

An Attitude of Gratitude

Friday, November 27th, 2015

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

The reason. Because God is worthy of praise, we can daily acknowledge that something wonderful has been done in our lives! We have not one, but 365 days of thanksgiving.

Habit of thankfulness. The flesh is inclined to look at whatever is negative. Discipline yourself to look at what is praiseworthy. When you feel like complaining, thank God for whatever you can possibly thank Him for. As contagious as murmuring is, a thankful and grateful heart is also contagious!

Attitude adjustment. Paul, while in the middle of a terrible situation in prison, wrote the letter to the Philippians, where eight times he said to rejoice. “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!” (Philippians 4:4). God has called each of us to have an attitude of perseverance, of expectation—an attitude that crucifies selfishness. As you submit your heart, God will reveal areas where you need an attitude adjustment.

No Fear. God’s peace surpasses anything you can find in the world. We conquer our worries and cares by casting them on the Lord. When you encounter overwhelming circumstances, instead of losing heart, take it to God and pray (Luke 18:1).

Keep pressing on. While the world is anxiously looking for answers, you carry the truth. Now is not the time to waver. It’s time to be intent on one purpose, with hearts and minds in one accord with the Master’s work.

Sing praises to God. It’s good to be alive today. If you are feeling bottomed out, depressed, or anxious, God wants to restore joy to you. He wants to get you out of breakdown into a place of breakthrough. Take some time to sing praises to God. Even if you feel like you can barely open your lips, tell God how much you love Him. Remind yourself how great He is.

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

thank·ful, adj.
Conscious of benefit received. Expressive of thanks. Well pleased.

Copyright © 2015 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. “Thankful.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. 20 Nov 2015.

How to Get Godly Wisdom

Friday, November 20th, 2015

But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. James 1:5

1. SEEK GOD. David inquired of God, saying, “Shall I go up against the Philistines? And will You give them into my hand?” Then the Lord said to him, “Go up, for I will give them into your hand” (1 Chronicles 14:10). King David modeled a life of seeking God. Sometimes we can become so numb that we don’t want talk to God, but this is a principle forged in faith. Don’t wait around for a feel-good moment of inspiration. Seek God right now.

2. SEEK GOD AGAIN. The Philistines made yet another raid in the valley. David inquired again of God, and God said to him, “You shall not go up after them; circle around behind them and come at them in front of the balsam trees” (1 Chronicles 14:13-14). Develop dependence on God. We are at our best when we put again in our situation. Again I’m at church, again I’m singing praises, again I’m giving in the offering, again I’m showing up, again I’m seeking God. Day by day, continually ask: “God, what would You have me do in this situation?”

3. OBEY WHAT GOD SAYS. But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy (James 3:17-18). When we find out what God wants us to do, we don’t waste energy on busy activity instead of actual achievement. As you tap into God’s wisdom, you can have divine encounter after divine encounter.

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

DAILY WISDOM CONFESSIONS
I call to God and He will answer me and show me great and mighty things I do not know (Jeremiah 33:3). I trust in the Lord with all my heart, and don’t lean on my own understanding. In all my ways I acknowledge Him and He makes my path straight (Proverbs 3:5-6). Jesus is my wisdom (1 Corinthians 1:30) and I have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16). I am filled with the knowledge of God’s will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding (Colossians 1:9).

wis·dom, noun
The ability to discern or judge what is true, right, or lasting; insight. A wise outlook, plan, or course of action.

Copyright © 2015 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. “Wisdom.” The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition copyright ©2015 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Dare & Endure

Friday, November 13th, 2015

Therefore, do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised. Hebrews 10:35-36

BE BOLD AS A LION. We can face the challenges of life with confidence because Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:2). Unexpected things happen that are designed to make us feel unsettled and disheartened. But whoever calls on the name of the Lord will not be disappointed (Romans 10:11).

DEFY DEPRESSION. Don’t throw away your confidence. God found Gideon in a hole; God found Joseph in a prison; God found Jonah in a belly of a fish—what we think is failure, He sees as future. God will redeem your life out of the pit (Psalm 103:4), so don’t let the darkness of the moment silence you. Defy depression. Get up and start singing praises to God!

But My righteous one shall live by faith; and if he shrinks back, My soul has no pleasure in him. But we are not of those who shrink back to destruction, but of those who have faith to the preserving of the soul. Hebrews 10:38-39

RELY ON GOD. Notice, we are not of those who shrink back! God has called you to fight the fight of faith—regardless of how heavy the load, how the fog obscures vision, or how long it takes. You may not have it all figured out, but God does. You can completely rely on His faithfulness. As you refuse to move from your position of faith, you will get the victory Jesus promised.

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

“This is no time for ease and comfort. It is time to dare and endure.”
Winston Churchill – January 27, 1940

DAILY CONFESSION
The righteous are bold as lions (Proverbs 28:1). I lay aside every encumbrance and the sin that so easily entangles me (Hebrews 12:1). Faithful is God who calls me and He will also bring it to pass (1  Thessalonians  5:24).

Copyright © 2015 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.

Jesus the Cornerstone

Friday, November 6th, 2015

“Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock.” Matthew 7:24-25

Jesus is the solid foundation upon which you can base your life. He is called the “chief cornerstone” (Luke 20:17). When you build your house standing on the promises of God, it will not be moved.

For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. Now may the God who gives perseverance and encouragement grant you to be of the same mind with one another according to Christ Jesus. Romans 15:4-5

Just like the flight attendant tells passengers in an emergency to tend to themselves before helping others, reach out and receive the oxygen mask of God’s Word and breathe deeply. Spending time in the Word will encourage you, give you strength to persevere, and fill you with hope. Now, with this firm footing, be available to help others.

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

DAILY CONFESSION
May the God of hope fill me with all joy and peace in believing, so that I will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit (Romans 15:13). He always causes me to triumph (2 Corinthians 2:14). I take refuge in God and I am blessed (Psalm 34:8).

cor•ner•stone, noun
The cornerstone of a large building gives it a reliable and firm foundation, leading to the cohesion and stability of the whole building.

Copyright © 2015 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. “Cornerstone.” Manser, Martin, ed. Dictionary of Bible Themes. 2009.