Archive for July, 2017

Pay Attention!

Friday, July 28th, 2017

My son, give attention to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. Do not let them depart from your sight; keep them in the midst of your heart. For they are life to those who find them and health to all their body. Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life. Proverbs 4:20-23

1. GUARD YOUR HEART. When we enter the secret place with God, we obtain strength, direction, and refreshing (Psalm 91:1 NKJV). But the strategy of the devil is to provide weapons of mass distraction that pull us away from attention to God’s Word. That’s why we must stay attentive—to guard our hearts and to keep life’s distractions from choking out the fruitfulness of the Word.

But the worries of the world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things enter in and choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. Mark 4:19

2. STAY THANKFUL. Take time to consider how rich, how amazing, and how wonderful redemption is. Unfortunately, on the way to the Promised Land, the Israelites let their discouragement lead them into trouble. They even complained about the heavenly food God provided for them, saying, “We loathe this miserable food” (Numbers 21:4-5). So savor all that Jesus has provided. A thankful heart will strengthen you and enable you to fend off discouragement.

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget none of His benefits. Psalm 103:2

3. ATTEND TO THE WORD. Whatever distraction you’ve been dealing with, commit to refocusing your heart on the Word of God. If you ask Jesus to help you in your walk, He will help you. Take hold of the promises of God and continue to move forward—keeping your eyes on Jesus and staying activated for God’s purposes for your life.

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

DAILY CONFESSION:
I have the same attitude of obedience to God that was in Jesus, and I say yes to God’s will for my life (Philippians 2:5). I keep the work of faith and the labor of love with steadfastness of hope in Jesus (1 Thessalonians 1:3). The Word of the Lord will sound forth from me into all the places God has called me to reach (1 Thessalonians 1:8).

at·ten·tion, noun
Consideration with a view to action.

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An Open Door

Friday, July 21st, 2017

A wide door for effective service has opened to me, and there are many adversaries.
1 Corinthians 16:9

1. THE IMPOSSIBLE IS POSSIBLE. Whenever you hear people say something is impossible, then you can celebrate, because God said all things are possible to those who believe (Mark 9:23). Let the Word of God push aside unbelief and fear, because God has called you to speak to the mountains and command them to be moved (Mark 11:23).

Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be granted you. Mark 11:24

2. BREAK BARRIERS. Impenetrable barriers can be traversed by the power of Jesus. He told Peter that the gates of hell cannot block the church (Matthew 16:18). Hell and all its forces are trying to stop and hinder what God is doing in this hour. But nothing can stop what God has initiated.

For by You I [King David] can run upon a troop; and by my God I can leap over a wall. Psalm 18:29

3. ATTITUDE IS EVERYTHING. If we want to keep growing in God, we have to keep the right spirit by continually laying aside the weights and encumbrances and sin that try to lay hold of us. Forgive. Be merciful. God has given us a mission, and our hearts must stay clear and vibrant, ready to hear and obey what God is saying!

Press On!
Pastor Jeff

DAILY CONFESSION:
I am steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord (1 Corinthians 15:58). He makes me as surefooted as a deer, enabling me to stand on mountain heights (Psalm 18:33 NLT).

bar·ri·er, noun
A material formation
or structure, such as a mountain range or wall, that prevents passage or access. Something immaterial that obstructs or impedes.

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What Are You Thinking About?

Friday, July 14th, 2017

Seek the Lord while He may be found; call upon Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way and the unrighteous man his thoughts . . . “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:6-9

1. FORSAKE WRONG THINKING. Instead of thinking our own unrighteous thoughts, we are invited to actually think the thoughts of God—to trade our thoughts for His and actually view life the way God views it.

2. GET RENEWED IN THE WORD. To get rid of toxic thinking and understand more about how God thinks, we must get our minds renewed by the promises of God. The next few days, seek the Lord and meditate on verses about your thoughts and then watch your thinking start to change.

Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. Colossians 3:1-2

3. BE FREE AND BE EFFECTIVE. God has not given you a spirit of fear, but God has given you a spirit of power, love, and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7). You have access to Divine empowerment that breaks chains off people’s lives. Always remember that you have been rescued from the dead and your assignment is to free others in the Name of Jesus (Hebrews 2:14-15).

Press On!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

DAILY CONFESSION TO RENEW YOUR THOUGHT LIFE:
I take every thought captive to the obedience of Jesus (2 Corinthians 10:5). I am not conformed to this world, but I am transformed by the renewing of my mind so that I may know the will of God (Romans 12:2). I lay aside the old self and I put on the new self which is renewed in the likeness of God (Ephesians 4:22-24). I trust in the Lord with all my heart and lean not on my own understanding (Proverbs 3:5).

think, verb
To form or have in the mind. To have as an intention. To reflect on: ponder. To call to mind. To have as an expectation.

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Hold Fast!

Friday, July 7th, 2017

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds. Hebrews 10:23-24

1. BE PERSISTENT. In your pursuit of Jesus be persistent. If you are going to be stubborn about anything, then get adamant about your love for God. A lot of lesser things will vie for your attention. But lift up your eyes—the only place where you will get refreshing is in the presence of the Lord. Resolve to overcome drifting, and become really passionate about returning to your first love of Jesus (Revelation 2:1-5).

But if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it. And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. Romans 8:25, 28

2. BE PERSEVERING. We can continue despite opposition because we have hope that God is working on the behalf of those who trust in Him. Resist self-pity, which the devil uses to shut your mouth to keep you from speaking God’s Word and then to get you complaining—instead, hold fast to hope!

3. BE PATIENT. You can build your life on the Word of God. The devil will try to pry these truths out of your hands, but you have to tighten your grip! Hold fast to God’s promises and let them thunder forth in your life—He is faithful and He is abidingly trustworthy. As you rely on God, you will be one of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises (Hebrews 6:12).

Press On!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

DAILY CONFESSION:
I hold fast to the confession of my hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful (Hebrews 10:23). God has not given me a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7). I consider it all joy when I encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of my faith produces endurance. I let endurance have its perfect result, so that I may be perfect and complete lacking in nothing (James 1:4).

pa·tient, adj.
Enduring trying circumstances with even temper. Tolerant; understanding. Persevering
or diligent.

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. Used by permission. All rights reserved. “Patient.” Collins English Dictionary. Web. 5 Jul 2017 .