Archive for October, 2018

Prayer & Fasting

Saturday, October 20th, 2018

“Is this not the fast which I choose, to loosen the bonds of wickedness, to undo the bands of the yoke, and to let the oppressed go free and break every yoke?” Isaiah 58:6

I’m dedicating this week, October 21-25, to prayer and fasting for our church and for our country. We’ll be praying together in the Worship Center every night this week: Sunday-Thursday 6:30-8 p.m.

WHY WE FAST. Fasting is one of the biblical ways to seek breakthrough. In fasting, we break sin patterns in our lives. Fasting is sowing to your spirit. When you fast, you’re saying, “Flesh, you’re not the boss.” It humbles the soul (Psalm 35:13b) and addresses the pride we all think we don’t have. Paul wrote: “I discipline my body and make it my slave” (1 Corinthians 9:27a).

WHAT TO FAST. Approach fasting prayerfully. Don’t get legalistic. God may be calling you to fast just one meal. Daniel in the Bible fasted everything but vegetables (Daniel 1:12-18). Or you might fast media: King Darius fasted entertainment while Daniel was in the lions’ den (Daniel 6:18). Use wisdom; if you have blood sugar or medication issues, don’t just stop eating. The point is to ask God what kind of fast He is calling you to.

THE RESULT OF FASTING. Ninety-nine percent of fasting isn’t all that exciting. It sows seeds that may not be visible immediately but will yield amazing fruit. You may not sense the breakthrough at the time of your fast, but know that you will walk into blessing and clarity. God has some significant things up ahead. As we fast and pray, we will see breakthrough and we will receive direction.

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

PRAY THIS PRAYER:
Thank You, God, that this is a year of fruitfulness. I dedicate this week to prayer and fasting. I thank You for strength, fulfillment, achievement, prosperity, and abundance in my life, in our church, and for our country, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

PRAY:
• For the removal of obstacles.
• For increased love.
• For God’s perfect will.
• For spiritual growth.
• With the end in mind.

The Attitude of Faith

Friday, October 12th, 2018

Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep His promise. Hebrews 10:23 (NLT)

1. FAITH BELIEVES GOD’S WORD. In the Bible, the Israelites sent 12 spies to check out the land God promised them. When they came back and reported, ten men were freaked out by the fortified cities and the giant warriors, while only two, Caleb and Joshua, believed they could take the land. Caleb said, “We should by all means go up and take possession of it, for we will surely overcome it” (Numbers 13:30).

2. FAITH TAKES ACTION. The context for breakthrough is usually in the midst of conflict. Yes the Israelites had to face off with giants, but God was with them and they made it to the Promised Land. When Peter walked on water, it wasn’t on a glassy sea on a sunshiny day – it was in the middle of the night when the disciples were fighting strong winds and waves. We’re at our best when we aren’t waiting for ideal circumstances but stepping out and trusting that God’s Word is true – even in the middle of turbulent circumstances.

3. FAITH PRODUCES CONFIDENCE. “Worry weighs a person down; an encouraging word cheers a person up” (Proverbs 12:25 NLT). God’s love for you and His protection over your life are real. Find the encouraging word you need in the Bible. Remember all the Lord has done for you, and as you meditate on the Word of God, faith will replace fear.

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

Declare these truths based on Psalm 3:
But You, O Lord, are a shield around me; You are my glory, the one who holds my head high. I cried out to the Lord, and He answered me. I lay down and slept, yet I woke up in safety, for the Lord was watching over me. I am not afraid of ten thousand enemies who surround me on every side. Victory comes from You, O Lord (NLT).

con·fi·dence, noun
A feeling of trust (in someone or something). Freedom from doubt. A trustful relationship. A state of confident hopefulness that events will be favorable.

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. Scripture taken from the Amplified Bible (AMP), Copyright © 2015 by The Lockman Foundation, La Habra, CA 90631. All rights reserved. Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996, 2004. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. “confidence.” Memidex Dictionary/Thesaurus. Web. 2 Oct 2018 .

It’s So Good to Worship God

Friday, October 5th, 2018

Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth. Sing to the Lord, bless His name; proclaim good tidings of His salvation from day to day. Tell of His glory among the nations, His wonderful deeds among all the peoples. For great is the Lord and greatly to be praised; He is to be feared above all gods. Psalm 96:1-4

1. ADORE THE PERSON OF OUR WORSHIP. Many things try to distract and divide our attention, but Jesus deserves our whole heart. We worship Him as the supreme King and giver of life and eternal life. We worship God as our savior. We praise Him for all He has done. We celebrate, we contemplate, and we thank Him.

2. KNOW THE PURPOSE OF OUR WORSHIP. There is nothing like being able to stand before God and be invited into His presence. Worshiping God is the opposite of ignoring Him or disparaging Him. Worship is a way to show our love, our adoration, and our affection for Him.

3. ENJOY THE PRIVILEGES OF OUR WORSHIP. We in the United States are blessed to have privileges which people in many nations are denied, including freedom of assembly. But whether we are worshiping God from prison – like Paul and Silas did in the Bible – or in a church building, let’s seize our moments and worship God freely.

4. ASSEMBLE OFTEN IN THE PLACE OF WORSHIP. It’s possible to worship God 24/7 everywhere we go. But God doesn’t want any of us to be loners, and He insists on us also worshiping together. Don’t let anything keep you from church. Don’t let depression keep you isolated. These things are all the more reason to show up with your church family and draw near to God. He forgives our sins, He heals our diseases, and He redeems our life!

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

PRAY THIS PRAYER (PSALM 103:1-5):
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless His holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget none of His benefits. He pardons all my iniquities, He heals all my diseases; He redeems my life from the pit. He crowns me with lovingkindness and compassion; He satisfies my years with good things, so that my youth is renewed like the eagle. Amen!

wor·ship, verb
To honor or reverence as a divine being or supernatural power. To regard with great or extravagant respect, honor, or devotion. To perform or take part in worship or an act of worship.

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. Scripture taken from the Amplified Bible (AMP), Copyright © 2015 by The Lockman Foundation, La Habra, CA 90631. All rights reserved. “worship.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 24 Sept. 2018.