Archive for February, 2018

Conquering Adversity

Friday, February 23rd, 2018

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

1. FIX YOUR EYES ON JESUS. So often, obstacles coincide with opportunity. For instance, when the apostle Peter walked on water at the bidding of Jesus, the atmosphere was stormy—wind was blowing and waves were crashing (Matthew 14:27-30). When Peter diverted his eyes to his circumstances, he started to sink. When we keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, ready to hear what He has to say—revelation will come, faith will be roused, and storms will be settled.

But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. Romans 8:37

2. RELAX IN GOD’S TIMING. There are perfect timetables for our lives if we follow the Holy Spirit. FOMO—fear of missing out—is built into our culture, where people become discontent, afraid they’ve missed opportunities. We can’t control the past, but the good news is that the Holy Spirit is present and ready to guide us into all truth (John 16:13). As we stay tuned to what God is saying, we can relax and trust that our steps are ordered by the Lord.

3. GET STRENGTHENED IN THE WORD. The Word of God is our sword and our weapon. Instead of speaking from a place of want or lack, we are called to speak from a heart filled with the promises of God’s Word. It puts us in a strong position to fight and win. From this place of strength, having done all to stand, we stand: we pray for one another, we believe God, and we step through open doors!

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

DAILY STRENGTHENING CONFESSION:
The Lord is the strength of my life and there is nothing to fear. I wait on Him and I gain new strength! I mount up with wings like eagles. I run and don’t get tired, I walk and don’t become weary. I am strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus and I can do all things through Him who strengthens me (Psalm 27:1 NKJV; Isaiah 40:31; 2 Timothy 2:1; Philippians 4:13).

con·quer, verb
To gain control of or subdue . . To defeat in war. To eliminate or minimize (a difficulty, for example). To overcome or surmount mentally or emotionally. To be victorious; win.

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. The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition copyright ©2018 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Web. 20 Feb. 2018.

A Time For Everything

Friday, February 16th, 2018

There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven. He has made everything appropriate in its time. He has also set eternity in their heart. Ecclesiastes 3:1, 11a

1. SAVOR THE SEASONS. Life is a series of seasons and stages. God has an overall mission for your life but there are different stages of your course. Along the way He has divine appointments prepared for you. So enjoy the journey!

2. WHEN YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO. We often want new direction and new anointing, when God is just looking for us to follow through and complete the things He’s already told us to do. If you feel unsure, obey what you already know to do—work hard and stay faithful in the small things. Daily obedience fosters big time breakthrough.

Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:13-14

3. PRESS ON. When we quit focusing on ourselves, we can begin to live a life of gratitude and purpose instead of a life filled with “should’ve, could’ve, would’ve.” Next time you get a prompting in your heart to pray—do it. If you feel like you should encourage somebody—don’t hesitate—call or send that person a text. Dig deep in the Word and get ready. God is opening doors for you!

The best is yet to come!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St.Louis Family Church®

DAILY CONFESSION:
I am strong in the Lord and the strength of His might (Ephesians 6:10). I devote myself to prayer, keeping alert with an attitude of thanksgiving, praying that God will open a door for the Word (Colossians 4:2-3). I am fighting the good fight, I will finish the course, I will keep the faith (2 Timothy 4:7).

stage, noun
A section or portion of a journey or course. The distance between stopping places on a journey; a leg. Any distinct time period in a sequence of events.

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Sowing and Reaping

Friday, February 9th, 2018

For whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary. Galatians 6:7b-9

God’s Word is spiritual seed and food. As realistically as your physical body needs physical food, your spiritual self needs the Word of God. It’s pure and powerful, and when you sow it into your spirit, you will reap amazing benefits.

1. BE INTENTIONAL. Take the responsibility to tend to your life as you would a garden. First till the soil of your heart to break up any hard ground, then the Word of God can take root and grow. For example, pull the weeds and remove bitterness, unforgiveness, and apathy.

2. DO EVERYTHING IN LOVE. Words are seeds. Stay away from seeds that yield poisonous plants and weeds that choke out the life of God’s Word (Mark 4:14-20). Avoid discord and strife. Instead, sow seeds of love and encouragement. As we sow God’s promises, faith is produced in our lives.

Now this I say, he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. 2 Corinthians 9:6

3. MAINTAIN AN ATTITUDE OF ABUNDANCE. Each one of us is called to be like “a tree firmly planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in its season and its leaf does not wither; and in whatever he does, he prospers” (Psalm 1:3). Keep sowing seeds of life morning, noon, and night into yourself and others with the expectation that it’s going to produce a giant result—both now and into eternity.

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

DAILY CONFESSION:
Today I sow life into my spirit. I treasure God’s Word in my heart (Psalm 119:11). For it is not my strength, but it is God who is effectively at work in me, both to will and to work — strengthening, energizing, and creating in me the longing and the ability to fulfill God’s purpose for His good pleasure. (Philippians 2:13 AMP).

“The land doesn’t care. It will return poison in just as wonderful abundance as it will corn … What we plant it must return to us.” –Earl Nightingale

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. Nightingale, Earl. The Strangest Secret. Merchant Books, 2013. Scripture taken from the Amplified Bible (AMP), Copyright © 2015 by The Lockman Foundation, La Habra, CA 90631. All rights reserved.

Timing Is Everything

Friday, February 2nd, 2018

For a wide door for effective service has opened to me [Paul], and there are many adversaries. 1 Corinthians 16:9

1. CALLED TO THIS TIME. Throughout the Bible we read of the different faith heroes who were strategically placed to impact their generation. The prophet Daniel advised many kings, Joseph saved a whole region from starvation, Esther was perfectly placed to rescue an entire people group, the Apostle Paul took the Gospel to the nations. Just as these people were in the right place at the right time, so are you. You are called for such a time as this.

For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this? Esther 4:14 NKJV

2. BE READY FOR YOUR TIME. Opportunities knock and we want to be ready for them. Readiness is when you’re prepared for action before any reinforcement occurs. What you’ve gone through before prepares you for what’s up ahead. This world is lost and sick and needs a Savior. People are bound up in sin and we are being launched like paramedics to bring healing.

3. WALK THROUGH AT THE RIGHT TIME. When God opens the door, we must be willing to walk through it. God is about to open up hearts and bring revival, and the power of the Holy Spirit will change our culture. If you’re afraid to walk through—do it anyway. Step over the invisible barrier of fear to minister to someone. If you feel worn out and blasé, walk through the door anyway. God is equipping you! There is amazing fruit on the other side.

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

DAILY CONFESSION:
I am God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that I would walk in them (Ephesians 2:10). I will not fear for God is with me. I will not anxiously look around 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).

read·y, adj.
Prepared or equipped to act or be used immediately: ready to go, ready for occupancy. Unhesitant; willing. Done or made without delay; prompt.

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. “Ready.” Webster’s New World College Dictionary, Fifth Edition. Web. 31 Jan 2018 .