Archive for April, 2019

Strength for the Course

Friday, April 26th, 2019

For consider your calling, brethren, that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble; but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong. 1 Corinthians 1:26-27

1. GOD EMPOWERS YOU. The same Jesus who commissioned the twelve disciples and gave them authority over the devil and power to heal diseases is still calling and commissioning Christians today. With God, there is no duty too perilous, no responsibility too great, no difficulty insurmountable. He will give you strength according to the task at hand.

2. GOD EQUIPS YOU. If you don’t feel qualified, that’s not unusual. But God doesn’t rely on human strength or personality. He wants a heart submitted to Him. God called Paul – a sophisticated, well-educated Pharisee – to reach the Gentiles. He sent Peter – a foul-mouthed fisherman – to reach the Israelites. Though there is a paradoxical difference of temperament, God used both men to carry the good news of Jesus to the world (2 Corinthians 3:4-6).

For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them. Ephesians 2:10

3. GOD ENERGIZES YOU. We can get weary along the course – that’s why we are told to wait on the Lord to gain new strength (Isaiah 40:31). Right before breakthrough, extreme feelings of being overwhelmed will sometimes hit you. But if you press past it, pursue God and don’t quit, doors will open and something great will take place!

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

PRAY THIS PRAYER:
God, I trust You. On my worst day You are still at Your best – ready to impart strength and help. Today I turn my eyes away from my problems and focus on You. I thank You for turning around every situation for good. I don’t rely on my own power, but right now I receive Your new strength for today. Everywhere I go, I am a blessing to others. I speak life and healing to the people I meet. I am accomplishing Your plan for today. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

call·ing, noun
A strong inner impulse toward a particular course of action especially when accompanied by conviction of divine influence.

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. “Calling” Merriam-Webster.com. Wed. 24 April 2019.

Happy Easter!

Friday, April 19th, 2019

“REAL HELP COMES FROM GOD.” Psalm 3:8

1. HOPE. God cares deeply for you, and from start to finish He has a plan for your life. God sent His Son, Jesus, to rescue us. Those of us who have been stuck in depression or caught up in bad situations realize how great it is to be rescued and forgiven. Open your heart to Jesus today and let Him fill you with hope and anticipation for what He has ahead!

2. HELP. The Bible tells us that (1) inevitably we will have problems in this life, and (2) God will certainly work things out. Because of what Jesus did for us, we are not only saved, but we can have breakthrough. If you’re running low on hope, go to the Bible. If you are facing challenges, read the Book of Psalms. When you need wisdom, read the Book of Proverbs. To see Jesus’ faithful character, visit the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John).

“For I know the plans that I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11

3. HEALING. God wants to heal hurts from the past and fill your heart with peace and hope. Even if you’ve messed up, you can repent and start fresh – right now. Jesus is alive and available to all who call on His Name, and He is reaching out to every person all the time. If you don’t know Him, let Him rescue you and give you a fresh start today.

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

If you’ve never asked Jesus to come into your life, pray this prayer: God, I need You. I open my heart wide to You. I repent for my sin and I ask for Your forgiveness and mercy to come into my heart. I believe that Jesus truly is Your Son and that He died for my sins and rose from the dead. I receive Jesus as my Savior. Thank You for rescuing me, and thank You that You have a great plan for my life. Amen.

break·through, noun
An act or instance of moving through or beyond an obstacle. A sudden advance especially in knowledge or technique.

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. “breakthrough.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. 17 April 2019. Scripture taken from The Message. Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002. Used by permission of NavPress Publishing Group.

Three Ways to Build Your Hope

Friday, April 12th, 2019

“For I know the plans that I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11

1. REPLACE WORRY WITH TRUST. We are called to be a hopeful people and walk in constant expectation of impending good. This isn’t an artificial optimism; we know life is rough and this is a fallen world. Real hope is a biblically-based understanding of who God is and what He has promised. God is a present help right now – for you. (Psalm 46:1). The Eternal God watches over His Word to perform it – for you (Jeremiah 1:12).

You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:13

2. REPLACE DISTRACTION WITH FOCUS ON GOD. God is the most important part of our lives. If we have a problem, God has the answer. He invites us to seek Him (Jeremiah 29:13). He radiates wisdom and provision. He promises that when we seek, we will find (Matthew 7:7).

3. REPLACE COPING WITH OVERCOMING. We are created in Christ for something more than just surviving – God wants to do something significant through our lives. Some of you are facing issues that you haven’t mentioned to anyone. Cast those difficulties on the Lord. He promises to deliver you and then equip you to provide hope and help for someone else! God is good. Give your limitations to Him and put your hope in Him.

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

PRAY THIS PRAYER:
“God, I need help. I trust You. You are a sun and shield; You give grace and glory; No good thing do You withhold from those who walk uprightly (Psalm 84:11). You said to ask, and it will be given to me; seek, and I will find; knock, and the door will be opened to me (Matthew 7:7). I fix my hope on You (1 Timothy 4:10). Thank You for making Your wisdom available to me. I ask You for it right now. Show me what to do. In Jesus’ Name, amen!”

hope, verb
To cherish a desire with anticipation. To desire with expectation of obtainment or fulfillment. To expect with confidence: Trust.

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. “hope.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. 09 April 2019.

How to Abide in Hope

Friday, April 5th, 2019

I will lift up my eyes to the mountains; from where shall my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to slip; He who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. Psalm 121:1-4

1. REMEMBER YOUR HELPER. When we face challenges, we can choose to hide out, bury our heads in the sand and get depressed, or we can turn to the promise-keeping God. Our help doesn’t come from our own strength or creative ideas – it comes from the Lord. Look to Him! Abide in His Word. Not one of His promises has ever failed.
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