Archive for January, 2018

How to Triumph in Trouble

Friday, January 19th, 2018

We triumph even in our troubles, knowing that trouble produces endurance, endurance produces character, and character produces hope — a hope which never disappoints us, since God’s love floods our hearts through the Holy Spirit which has been given to us. Romans 5:3-5 Moffatt

1. REALIZE JESUS HAS TRIUMPHED. The Bible makes us aware of a couple things: (1) the inevitability of problems here on earth and (2) the certainty that God will work things out. Because of what Jesus did for us on the Cross, we are not only saved, but we have abiding victory. And we triumph even in our troubles!

The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous runs into it and is safe. Proverbs 18:10

2. RUN TO GOD. God deeply loves you. He is your refuge and strength (Psalm 46:1). When you encounter trials — don’t back off, don’t get melancholy, don’t feel condemned — instead consider it an opportunity to run to God. If you need wisdom for your finances, about your kids, about symptoms in your body, about a career change — God has that available for you.

In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 1:6-7

3. REJOICE EVERY DAY. We are called to be people who praise God instead of just articulating the problems of life. When the apostle Paul wrote “rejoice in the Lord always,” he wasn’t in denial about the problems he was facing, but he was plowing through and praising in the middle of it (Philippians 4:4). We can also rejoice in the middle of our trials because we have inside information from the Bible that breakthrough is ahead!

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

DAILY PRAISE CONFESSION:
I will bless You, Lord, at all times; Your praise will continually be in my mouth. (Psalm 34:1). Thank You, Jesus, for what You did on the Cross. Because of You, I triumph even in trouble. I have the victory in every circumstance. I can do all things because You are strengthening me (Philippians 4:13). I hold up my shield of faith and know that God, You are working on my behalf.

en·dure, verb
To face and withstand with courage. To last and be usable. To persist for a specified period of time.

Copyright © 2018 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. “Endure.” Memidex Dictionary/Thesaurus.

Faith for the Future

Friday, January 12th, 2018

Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. James 1:2-4

1. FEAR NOT, ONLY BELIEVE. God has called us to this life of faith. We build endurance as we learn to walk by faith and not by how we feel. Our emotions can change from morning to night or in a split second—that’s why we don’t rely on them. Instead, we get our eyes fixed on God, who has covered everything from the cradle to the grave and from eternity to eternity.

And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint. Romans 5:3-5a

2. RENEW CONFIDENCE IN HOPE. God never disappoints. Those of us who aspire to fulfill God’s plan sometimes get discouraged when we aren’t where we thought we were going to be at certain times in our lives. But even in challenging times, endurance and hope are produced! So we stop looking at our circumstances and look to God. He is the one who can and will open a door.

For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. 1 John 5:4

3. LEARN TO OVERCOME. The power of faith is dynamic. It’s action-oriented (James 2:14-17). Jesus saw the faith of the men who dug a hole in the roof and lowered their paralyzed friend to be healed. (Luke 5:20). That’s why we put practicality to our concepts and live out faith in action. Even in temptations, tests, and trials we can look at things in a redemptive way, with confidence and firm persuasion that God is working it out for our good and that endurance, perseverance, character, and hope are being produced.

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

PRAY THIS PRAYER:
Jesus, You are the strength of my life. Jesus, I really need You. I absolutely rely on You. I cast my cares and worries on You. I receive the miraculous in my life. I receive healing in my body, help in my family, blessing on my finances, and wisdom on my time expenditures and prioritizations. May this be a year of strengthening, fulfillment, achievement, prosperity, and abundance in Jesus’ Name, amen!

dy·nam·ic, noun
A force that stimulates change or progress within a system or process. Origin: Early 19th century (as a term in physics) from French dynamique, from Greek dunamikos, from dunamis – “power.”

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New Year — Same Faithful God!

Friday, January 5th, 2018

“Every place on which the sole of your foot treads, I have given it to you, just as I spoke to Moses. From the wilderness and this Lebanon, even as far as the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and as far as the Great Sea toward the setting of the sun will be your territory.” Joshua 1:3-4

1. TAKE YOUR PLACE. In Joshua 1 we see a transitional moment for Joshua and the people of Israel. Joshua was in his seventies when he became the leader of the people of Israel. But God imparted something fresh and called the people to go out and take their places. We too have empowerment from God. Young or old, God has something fresh for you in 2018, and as you seek Him, He will order your steps (Proverbs 16:9).

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

2. CAST YOUR CARES. Anxiety is nervous worry and tension. It distracts us and muddies up our headspace. That’s why God spoke to Joshua and encouraged him repeatedly to be courageous because He was with him. That’s why God tells us to cast our cares on Him (1 Peter 5:7) and take every thought captive (2 Corinthians 10:5).

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. Romans 15:4

3. FIX YOUR EYES. Be dogged and determined to fix your eyes on Jesus and His Word. The Bible’s voice from antiquity is as fresh now as it was then. The Book of Joshua is a powerful tool in a transitional moment. Reference it and re-reference it. Make it your own and let your life harmonize with it as you move forward into all God has for you in 2018. Like Joshua, we can emerge from different seasons and decades with fruitfulness and faithfulness!

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

PRAY THIS PRAYER:
Here am I, Lord. Send me. Speak to me. I have open ears. I have a receptive heart. Help me to walk in the Spirit. Help me to be obedient to You, Lord. I lift up my eyes and I lift up my needs to You in prayer. Help me to increase my Word-intake. I trust You to lead and guide me in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

fix, verb
To direct steadily. To capture or hold. To direct one’s efforts or attention; concentrate. To become stable or firm; harden.

Copyright © 2018 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. “Fix.” The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition copyright ©2018 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Web. 3 Jan. 2018.