Archive for November, 2018

Daily Thankfulness

Friday, November 16th, 2018

In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:18

WRITE DOWN THREE THINGS YOU’RE THANKFUL FOR. Thank God for everything you can think of. The atmosphere of gratitude can foster amazing things. For starters, it breaks us out of selfish moodiness and prepares the way for us to enter into praise. As we accumulate things to be thankful for, we will get an increased awareness of God’s grace.

WRITE DOWN TWO BREAKTHROUGHS THAT SEEMED INSURMOUNTABLE, BUT GOD TURNED THEM AROUND. Faith comes by hearing the Word and it involves corresponding action. The Bible tells us consistently to stir up ourselves by way of reminder. Take time to build your faith in the Word of God and remember to thank God daily for past victories and future breakthroughs.

WRITE DOWN TWO THINGS IN PROCESS THAT YOU ARE BELIEVING GOD FOR. No one wants you to succeed more than Jesus does. He knows the challenges you will face and He understands every emotion you will ever have. He will supply clear, practical answers to help you face off with life’s problems.

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

PRAY THIS PRAYER:
Thank You, Jesus! I give thanks with a grateful heart. Forgive me for any complaining. Fill my mouth with Your praises. Help me, Jesus, to be a person of blessing – to bless You and to bless the people around me. In Jesus’ name, amen!

grat·i·tude, noun
A feeling of thankful appreciation for favors or benefits received; thankfulness

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Three Benefits Of Praising God Continually

Friday, November 9th, 2018

I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. I sought the Lord, and He answered me, and delivered me from all my fears. They looked to Him and were radiant, and their faces will never be ashamed. Psalm 34:1, 4-5

1. DELIVERANCE FROM FEAR. Both fear and faith are planted as seeds of thought. The Hebrew word for fear is also translated as a “storehouse,” which gives a good visual of how you can fill a whole barn with all your fears. Praise breaks that cycle. When you constantly speak out praises reminding yourself of Who God is and what His Word promises, God will deliver you from a whole silo full of freak-out!

2. DELIVERANCE FROM SHAME. When you look to God you become radiant. Let God’s praise continually be in your mouth – not just when you feel happy or when you are singing at church. This is counter-intuitive to our emotions, but praise and thanksgiving are the way to breakthrough. The apostle Paul wrote from prison: “Rejoice in the Lord always, again I say rejoice” (Philippians 4:4).

3. DELIVERANCE FROM APATHY. Connecting with God through praise and worship activates us. We are called to believe for people’s hearts to turn to Jesus, for evil in the world to be stopped, and for tough situations to turn around. When Paul and Silas praised God from jail, it set the atmosphere that caused the jailer and his family to get saved (Acts 16:25-34). Take time to magnify the Lord and tell of all His works. In doing so, you will prepare the way for lives to be changed, including your own.

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

DAILY CONFESSION:
I will rejoice in the Lord always; again I will rejoice! I will be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving I will let my requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard my heart and mind in Christ Jesus. Whatever is true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, of good repute; if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, I will dwell on these things. (Philippians 4:4; 6-8)

ra·di·ant, adj.
Sending out rays of light; bright; shining. Characterized by health, intense joy, happiness, etc.

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Prayer Patterns

Friday, November 2nd, 2018

“Pray, then, in this way: ‘Our Father who is in heaven, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.’” Matthew 6:9-13

1. START WITH FOCUSING ON GOD, and then make it personal. These patterns we’ve been studying for praise, prayer, and provision get us out of the “me, me, me” mentality. When we follow the prayer pattern Jesus set out in Matthew, and shift our focus to who God is, that fleshly side gets adjusted and we get free from too much introspection.

2. REMEMBER HOW GOD HAS PROVIDED. When I read the phrase “daily bread” I think of all God’s provision from Genesis till now. There is so much blessing, and we can choose to acknowledge it or ignore it. In the Bible, Moses called all the people together to set a time to remember all God had done for them (Deuteronomy 8). Thankfulness has to be deliberate or, as flawed humans, we can easily forget.

A Call to Remember and Obey: “Be careful to obey all the commands I [Moses] am giving you today. Then you will live and multiply, and you will enter and occupy the land the Lord swore to give your ancestors. Remember how the Lord your God led you.” Deuteronomy 8:1a NLT

3. RAISE YOUR EXPECTATION. Faith is confidence that God’s promises will come to pass. God wants to meet all your needs and answer all your prayers. When you build that assurance of God’s faithfulness by reflecting on scriptures in the Bible, you no longer are paralyzed by fear or dread, but instead you can step out and do the job God has for you. We are called to be restorers – to help lead people to Jesus. He brings peace in place of depression, He fixes toxic marriages, heals bodies, and offers eternal life to those who receive it!

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

DAILY CONFESSION:
I will remember the Lord my God. He is the one who gives me power to make wealth. God’s promises will not return empty. They will accomplish what God desires and succeed in what He sends them to do (Deuteronomy 8:18; Isaiah 55:11).

ex·pec·ta·tion, noun
Belief about (or mental picture of) the future. Anticipating with confidence of fulfillment.

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