Archive for January, 2017

Designed for Durability

Friday, January 27th, 2017

The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him, and I am helped; therefore my heart exults, and with my song I shall thank Him. Psalm 28:7

1. LET GOD LIFT YOU. When King David had to strengthen himself in the Lord after a hard battle, it wasn’t easy. He wasn’t well rested; he wasn’t feeling spiritual; he didn’t have anyone else to encourage him. But still he got into God’s presence and received direction and encouragement (1 Samuel 30:6). Whatever circumstances you find yourself in, however depleted you may feel, seek the Lord—He has answers and strength for your every need!

2. WHAT’S FILLING YOUR HEART? When push comes to shove, that which fills our hearts will come out of our mouths (Luke 6:45). The best thing we can do is saturate ourselves with the Old and New Testament; pack in the Psalms and Proverbs; read the Gospels; read the Epistles. The more we meditate on the Word day and night, the more the power of God’s promises will flow out of us in times of crisis.

3. SURVIVE & THRIVE. God has designed us for longevity. He has called us to be more than conquerors (Romans 8:37). To overcome in the day of trouble, get in the presence of God. Get in the Word of God, so that you can survive and thrive in any crisis.

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

DAILY CONFESSION based on Psalm 1
The Lord knows the way of the righteous. I am blessed because I do not walk in the counsel of the wicked, nor stand in the path of sinners, nor sit in the seat of scoffers. But my delight is in the law of the Lord and in His Law I meditate day and night. I am like a tree firmly planted by streams of water which yields fruit in season, and my leaves don’t wither. In whatever I do, I prosper!

du·ra·ble, adj
Capable of withstanding wear and tear or decay. Made to withstand repeated use over a relatively long period. Able to perform or compete over a long period, as by avoiding or overcoming injuries.

Copyright © 2017 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. “Durable.” The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition copyright © 2016 by Houghton.

How to Strengthen Yourself in the Lord

Friday, January 20th, 2017

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Ephesians 6:10

1. ENTER INTO GOD’S PRESENCE. God has strength corresponding to everything we need and everything we are called to do—both for today and for our entire lives. Prayer is not just a discipline or duty; it’s a delight designed as a bridge to help us enter into God’s presence. When we get in the presence of the Lord and start praising Him and thanking Him, joy and strength will come into our situations (Psalm 16:11; Nehemiah 8:10).

2. FEED ON GOD’S WORD. The way to build spiritual muscle is through resistance and protein intake. Life provides plenty of resistance, but we also need the protein of the Word. It will change the way we think and speak. That’s why the enemy spends day and night trivializing the importance of getting filled with Scripture.

3. SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED. Staying in church keeps us at an advantage. It reminds us that we all have a place in the body of Christ. When I go to prayer meetings I find myself praying more, and it makes me aware that I am called to pray. If you have been out of the habit of going to church, just get right back in! When you maintain the rhythm of the simple, beneficial exercise of the Word, prayer, and staying in church, then you’ll remain strong in the Lord!

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

PRAY THIS PRAYER based on Colossians 1:9-11
God, fill me with the knowledge of Your will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding so that I will walk in a manner worthy of You, to please You in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God and strengthened with all power according to Your glorious might. Amen.

as·sem·bly, noun
A group of people gathered together in one place for a common purpose. A unit consisting of components that have been fitted together. A signal for troops to assemble.

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God Is at Work

Friday, January 6th, 2017

“It is God himself whose power creates in you both the desire and the power to execute His gracious will.” Philippians 2:13 Weymouth

YOUR HELP COMES FROM THE LORD. Any Christian who has taken on any kind of responsibility knows that we can’t do it alone—our help comes from God (Psalm 121:2). God never gets weary. When you hang out with Him, His likeness rubs off on you, His strength gets into you. That’s why we must take time to connect with the power source.

DAILY GRIND & QUANTUM LEAPS. Enjoy the daily routine while preparing for big breakthrough. In the Bible, Joseph worked faithfully in his daily life, but then came the moment where he was prepared to help save a nation from starvation. God is holistic: our domestic life, our spiritual life, our daily life, and our big moments all work together. Instead of being afraid that you’re going to miss out, thrive where you are right now—in your job, in your family—and realize that God has a plan for your life.

GOD’S POWER IS AT WORK IN YOU. Look at God’s work—whatever He starts He completes (Philippians 1:6). He calls us His workmanship (Ephesians 2:10). It’s by the help of the Holy Spirit that He gives you the impetus to keep pressing on (Acts 1:8). Not by your might or human power but by the help of the Spirit (Zechariah 4:6). In 2017, let’s commit to walking in constant expectation of God’s grace, His protection, and His help and intervention.

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

DAILY CONFESSION based on Isaiah 40:28-31
The Everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth does not become weary or tired. His understanding is inscrutable. He gives strength to me, and when I lack might He increases my power. I 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 become weary!

work, noun
Physical or mental effort or activity directed toward the production or accomplishment of something. To shape or forge (verb).

Copyright © 2017 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. “Work.” The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition copyright © 2016 by Houghton. Weymouth New Testament in Modern Speech. Fifth edition 1929.