Archive for March, 2019

Three Steps to Strength & Hope

Friday, March 29th, 2019

“Do not fear, for I am with you; do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10

1. CONQUER FEAR. Real help comes from God. Whatever you’re facing, God will help you. He knew fear is something we humans would have to deal with, so He tells us repeatedly throughout Scripture, “Do not fear,” and He gives us reasons why we don’t have to be afraid. We can trust Him with our relationships, with our thought life, with decisions we have to make, and with our health.

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

2. BUILD FAITH. Faith is confident expectation that what God promised He will accomplish. We’re called not just to survive or constantly be in recovery mode. We are more than conquerors – so we can help people. That’s why we go to God’s Word to see how He fortified and strengthened others in the past: The apostle Paul was called to reach a pagan culture; Daniel in Babylon advised many kings through multiple regime changes; David killed a giant and became king of a nation; Esther stood up for her people against the schemes of one man; and Moses led an entire nation out of slavery.

And Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today. . . The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.” And the Lord said to Moses, “Why do you cry to Me? Tell the children of Israel to go forward.” Exodus 14:13-15

3. ACT ON WHAT YOU BELIEVE. Just like the great men and women of the Bible, we are called to stand up to the fears, challenges, and weights we encounter and to follow through and take action corresponding to our beliefs. There is more for us to do. There is more fruit for us to bear. Take seriously the responsibility to maintain momentum in your heart by shaking off fear, building your faith, and moving forward!

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

DAILY CONFESSION:
God gives strength to the weary and to those who are weak He increases power. I hope in the Lord and He renews my strength. I will soar on wings like eagles. I will run and not get tired. I will walk and not become weary (Isaiah 40:29-31).

up·hold, verb
To support or defend, as against opposition or criticism. To keep up or keep from sinking; support. To lift upward; raise. To maintain in good condition; take care of.

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A Steadfast Hope

Friday, March 22nd, 2019

This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast. Hebrews 6:19a

1. STAY IN THE FIGHT. Paul the Apostle wrote to Timothy to “fight the good fight of faith” (1 Timothy 6:12a). This is different from the baseless optimism of worldly hope because it is anchored in the abiding truth of God’s promises. When we encounter challenges, we can face them with rugged determination to never quit, because when God calls us He equips us with all we need to fight and win.

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord. 1 Corinthians 15:58

2. STAY IN THE WORD AND PRAYER. The real mark of success in any endeavor is consistency. That’s why Paul said to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17). Sometimes in the daily grind of life, I can get in a place where I don’t want to pray and I don’t feel like reading my Bible. But I know as I draw near to God, I will find the answers and the breakthrough.

The steadfast of mind You will keep in perfect peace, because he trusts in You. Isaiah 26:3

3. STAY THE COURSE. God wants to bless us — not just for our own benefit but also for others who need our help! God has called us to be ready in every season. Much of life is out of season — an actual harvest goes on for only a few weeks out of the year. The rest of the time involves preparing for the harvest. So whatever season you are in, stay centered on Jesus. Stay in church, keep praising God, and stay ready for Him to use you.

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

DAILY CONFESSION:
My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises! I will not fear evil tidings because my heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord (Psalm 57:7; Psalm 112:7).

stead·fast, adj.
Firmly fixed in place. Not subject to change. Firm in belief, determination, or adherence.

Copyright © 2019 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. “steadfast.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. 19 March 2019.

Three Ways God Wants to Establish You

Friday, March 15th, 2019

And David realized that the Lord had established him as king over Israel, and that his kingdom was highly exalted, for the sake of His people Israel. 1 Chronicles 14:2

1. ESTABLISHED WITH PURPOSE. King David realized that God was doing something distinctive in his life and in the lives of the people and the country. This realization lifted David’s eyes off the difficulties he faced and gave him a new perspective. As we understand more about who God is and what He’s assigned each one of us to do, we can lift our heads, throw our shoulders back, and move forward in purpose.

But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit. 2 Corinthians 3:18

2. ESTABLISHED IN GOD’S WORD. When we look into the mirror of God’s Word, change occurs and we will start to act according to what God says about us (Romans 12:2). King David knew that God had established him, and he stepped out and began to take action in his new role. By spending time in the Scriptures our minds will be renewed, we will become transformed, and we can know God’s will.

3. ESTABLISHED IN WISDOM. The exhilaration of knowing he was established by God was followed by conflict for David. When the Philistines heard that he was king, they sent an army to attack him. David responded by first asking God what to do. After that first victory, he kept going back to God for each fresh situation. Inevitable pressure will come as we step out into what God has called us to do. But whatever challenge we face, we can take it to God and receive His wisdom and insight (Ephesians 1:17).

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

DAILY CONFESSION:
I am not conformed to this world, but am transformed by the renewing of my mind so that I may prove what the will of God is, that which is good, acceptable and perfect (Romans 12:2). I am a doer of the Word. I look intently at it and abide by it. I am not a forgetful hearer, but I am an effectual doer and I am blessed in what I do (James 1:23-25).

es·tab·lish, verb
To place or settle in a secure position or condition. To cause to be able to grow or thrive.

Copyright © 2019 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. “establish.” American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition. Web. 12 Mar 2019 .

How to Overcome

Friday, March 8th, 2019

Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. Romans 12:21

1. KEEP HANGING OUT WITH GOD. We become like who we hang out with. “Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children” (Ephesians 5:1). How can we imitate God unless we spend time with Him? This week, instead of watching the news as much, or spending hours on social media, step away and take in some good news by fellowshipping with God.

Then [they] sent a message to me, saying, “Come, let us meet together . . .” But they were planning to harm me. So I sent messengers to them, saying, “I am doing a great work and I cannot come down. Why should the work stop while I leave it and come down to you?” Nehemiah 6:2-3

2. KEEP DOING GOD’S WORK. We are called to overcome and be carriers of God’s presence to the world around us. That’s why we can’t come down to indifference, to revenge, to being a hater, or to getting bored or overwhelmed. God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7). Jesus is the answer to society’s problems. Jesus is the answer to your situation. He is available and He is an ever-present help in time of need.

3. KEEP OBEYING GOD’S WORD. In obedience to God, the Early Church stepped out and impacted the Roman culture; Daniel impacted Babylon; and Joseph, in a moment of famine and social distress, brought improvement and help to the Egyptian people. As you spend time with God, don’t quit, and keep on obeying Him. God will open a door that no one can shut and the Word of God will go into all the world.

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

DAILY CONFESSION:
God’s praise is continually in my mouth! I don’t fret. I cast all my cares on God and receive His peace that surpasses understanding. He is available to help and He cares about me affectionately (Psalm 34:1; Psalm 37:8; Philippians 4:7; Psalm 46:1; 1 Peter 5:7).

o·ver·come, verb
To deal with successfully; prevail over. To surmount opposition; be victorious.

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Love Never Fails

Friday, March 1st, 2019

Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” Matthew 22:37-39

1. LOVE GOD. We can love because God first loved us. When we accept Jesus as our Savior, His love changes us completely. If you feel distracted or dull or if you have drifted, you can step into closeness with God again. Love grows when you spend time with Him. Take some time to turn off the phone, mute the TV, and say simply, “God, here I am. Forgive me for getting distracted. I seek You first. I trust You, Lord.”

2. LOVE YOURSELF. We can show love to others only in proportion to how much we love ourselves. If we listen to what the devil (known as the Accuser) says, then we will constantly feel like we are doing a crummy job as Christians. But if we focus on how much God loves us, then we can change the world. The battle is in our minds – so we must constantly go to the Bible to see what God says about us!

But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God. Jude 1:20-21a

3. LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR. Love is value. As Christians we’re assigned to be carriers of love and to show Jesus as He really is – someone who is “a very present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1). When we show up in work boots to help people with no other agenda but to love, it plants a seed that will germinate and grow into an awareness that God really loves them!

Press on in love,
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

DAILY CONFESSION:
I walk in love. I am patient, I am kind and not jealous. I don’t brag and I am not arrogant. I don’t act unbecomingly; I don’t seek my own, and I am not provoked. I don’t take into account a wrong suffered. I don’t rejoice in unrighteousness, but I rejoice with the truth. I can bear all things, believe all things, hope all things, endure all things because love never fails (1 Corinthians 13:4-8; Ephesians 5:2).

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians  13:13

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