Archive for May, 2016

How to Abound

Friday, May 27th, 2016

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. REALIZE GOD’S WILLINGNESS. God is always pouring out grace and abundance to His people and His nature doesn’t change—what He told the Early Church stands true for His Church today. He delights in your prosperity (Psalm 35:27). Spend some time studying the Word of God to better understand the One we are called to cast our cares upon and the Father who has merciful provision and sufficiency for every situation.

Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us. Ephesians 3:20

2. RECEIVE GOD’S GRACE. God is more than enough for any lack in your life. As we study God’s Word, the Scriptures break us out of any ruts and advance us in God’s strength and sufficiency. He has designed us to be fruitful, to have miracles surround us, and to fulfill His plan for the earth.

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. John 10:10

3. RUN FORWARD. God is urging us forward. God’s prosperity is your ability to address and meet the need of any human condition. This expands beyond the monetary and into every aspect of your person so that you have everything you need to spiritually, mentally, and physically help those whom God has called you to reach.

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

PRAY THIS PRAYER
God, fill me with the Holy Spirit. Fill my thinking with Your Word. Create in me a fervency to walk with You. Steer my heart away from temptation and evil. Order my steps. I trust You for abundance and Your mighty provision. Thank You! In Jesus’ name, amen.

a·bound, verb
To be plentiful; exist in large numbers or amounts. To have plenty; be filled; be wealthy (in) or teem (with).

Copyright © 2016 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. “Abound.” Webster’s New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio.

How to Take Courage

Friday, May 20th, 2016

As night fell, the boat was in the middle of the lake and Jesus was alone on land. The wind was against the disciples and He could see that they were straining at the oars, trying to make headway. When it was almost morning, Jesus came to them . . . He said to them at once, “Don’t yield to fear. Have courage. It’s really me—I Am!” Mark 6:47-50 TPT

1. RECHARGE your spirit. Jesus’ words are spirit and life (John 6:63). We know that when life gets dry, the living waters of God can turn things around. Jesus often drew away to pray and get with God. Take time to wait upon the Lord. Spend time with Him and watch yourself gain new strength!

2. REFUSE to worry, but pray about everything. The wind of adversity is part of the fallen human condition – so don’t be surprised or tempted to quit when you encounter a fiery ordeal. Instead, take courage! God is an ever present help in time of need. He will never leave you or forsake you. He is with you always, even to the ends of the earth.

3. REPLACE the oppression mindset by fixing your mind on Jesus. If you’re dealing with oppression and trials, or going through a mourning process, turn your eyes to the One who has His eyes on you, even in the darkest situations. If you’ve grown weary or dull or feel like you’re straining at the oars, remember this: Jesus said to have courage, so reach out and take it. When you trade heaviness or sorrow for a garment of praise, you will receive renewal and anointing.

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

DAILY CONFESSION:
I will not fear, for God is with me. I will not anxiously look about me for He is my God. He will strengthen me, He will help me, He will uphold me with His righteous right hand (Isaiah 41:10).

cour·age, noun
The state or quality of mind or spirit that enables one to face danger, fear, or vicissitudes with self-possession, confidence, and resolution; bravery.

Copyright © 2016 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. “Courage.” The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved. Scripture quotations marked TPT are taken from Mark: Miracles and Mercy, The Passion Translation, copyright © 2015. Used by permission of BroadStreet Publishing Group, LLC, Racine, Wisconsin, USA. All rights reserved.

The Availability of God’s Abundance

Friday, May 13th, 2016

Elisha said to her, “What shall I do for you? Tell me, what do you have in the house?” And she said, “Your maidservant has nothing in the house except a jar of oil.” 2 Kings 4:2

1. GOD USES WHAT YOU HAVE. In the Bible, a woman approached the prophet Elisha for help because a creditor was coming to take her children. God asks that we bring what we have: our only jar of oil, our empty containers, and ourselves, and then watch the miracles God will do just with what we have.

Then he said, “Go, borrow vessels at large for yourself from all your neighbors, even empty vessels; do not get a few…and pour out into all these vessels, and you shall set aside what is full.” 2 Kings 4:3-4

2. GOD INCLUDES OTHERS. God wants to give you so much that it overflows to others. Elisha told the woman to get her neighbors’ jars and God filled them with enough oil to pay off all her debts with more left to live on! God wants to change things in your life so that you can overcome and have abundance.

And he [Elisha] said, “Go, sell the oil and pay your debt, and you and your sons can live on the rest.” 2 Kings 4:1-7b

3. GOD MAKES YOU A PRODUCER. When you look past lack, emptiness and hurts and you look to Jesus, He transforms you from a consumer into a producer. Be willing to pour out what you have and sow it in obedience to God’s prompting and God will multiply it. It’s time to get ready for what’s ahead!

Get ready to overflow!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

PRAY THIS PRAYER:
I thank You, God, that the surpassing greatness of power is from You and not from myself (2 Corinthians 4:6-7). Today I have more than enough—overflowing love, grace, and resources toward each person and circumstance I encounter. Thank You, Jesus, Amen.

A·bun·dance, noun
An extremely plentiful or oversufficient quantity or supply. Overflowing fullness.

Copyright © 2016 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. “Abundance”. Dictionary.com Unabridged. Random House, Inc. 11 May. 2016. .

Let God Be Your Security

Thursday, May 5th, 2016

The Lord’s faithfulness overwhelms the one who trusts in him. Psalm 32:10b NET

1. BE HONEST. Church is an atmosphere where it’s okay to have a problem but not okay to stay stuck. God wants us to look Him in the eye and deal with things honestly. He has complete sufficiency to deal with sin, guilt, and shame—His mercy triumphs over judgment (1 John 1:9).

When I kept silent about my sin, my body wasted away through my groaning all day long. I acknowledged my sin to You, and my iniquity I did not hide; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord”; and You forgave the guilt of my sin. Selah. Psalm 32:3, 5

2. PRAY ABOUT EVERYTHING. The Lord is a rock in the middle of the storm (Psalm 18:2). When you feel vulnerable, He is a high tower (Psalm 144:2 KJV) and a security for those who trust in Him (Psalm 91:1). We can run to Him and be saved (Proverbs 18:10). If you are grief-stricken over something, turn it into a prayer. Don’t worry about anything—instead pray about everything (Philippians 4:6 NLT).

Therefore, let everyone who is godly pray to You in a time when You may be found. Psalm 32:6a

3. SING PRAISES TO GOD. The devil will try to steal your song, but when you refuse to shut your mouth and instead sing praises to God, your voice is like a battering ram in the darkness. Remember all the times when God has preserved you from trouble and stir yourself up by way of reminder!

You are my hiding place; You preserve me from trouble; you surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah. Psalm 32:7

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

DAILY CONFESSION:
I will be glad in the Lord and rejoice—I will shout for joy because of what God has done (Psalm 32:11). When I feel unsure, God will instruct me and teach me in the way I should go; He will counsel me with His eye upon me (Psalm 32:8). God is my hiding place and will preserve me from trouble. He surrounds me with songs of deliverance.

se·cu·ri·ty, noun
The quality or state of being secure. Freedom from danger: safety. Freedom from fear or anxiety.

Copyright © 2016 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. “Security.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. 04 May 2016. NET New English Translation Scripture quotations marked “NET” are taken from New English Translation: NET Bible electronic edition Dallas, TX : Biblical Studies Press, 1998. Used by permission. All rights reserved. NLT New Living Translation Scripture quotations marked “NLT” are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved.