Archive for the ‘breakthrough’ Category

Break Through Your Obstacles

Friday, September 13th, 2019

And Jesus answered saying to them, “Have faith in God. Truly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says is going to happen, it will be granted him. Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be granted you. Mark 11:22-24

1. HAVE FAITH IN GOD. This is a year of breakthrough and we are called to actually move mountains. A mountain is the biggest barrier in the natural world. It represents anything in your life that is standing in the way of God’s will being done. Mountains can be fears, natural circumstances, lack, or sickness. Whatever is blocking God’s will in your life, remember that God is faithful, His Word is true, and His promises are unfailing. You can trust and rely on Him.

So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ. Romans 10:17

2. SPEND FACE TIME WITH GOD. Intimate fellowship with God brings truth and understanding into your specific situations. Time in God’s presence and in His Word will help you out of depression, help you out of worry, help you to get unstuck. Take some time to fellowship with God. Write down things you are believing Him for. Forgive if you have anything against anyone.

3. CONFESS WITH YOUR MOUTH. The devil works overtime to fill us with worry and get us to make molehills into mountains. But God wants to turn your mountains into nothing. God has given us the ability to express ourselves with words, and with our words we are called to command those mountains to be removed. Life and death are in the power of the tongue (Proverbs 18:21). Find scriptures that correspond to whatever you are dealing with and then say them out loud.

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

Daily Confession: I have faith in God. For with the heart I believe, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth I confess, resulting in salvation. For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes in Him will not be disappointed.” I believe what I say is going to happen – all things for which I pray and ask I believe that I have received them. I forgive everyone, including those who have wronged me. I command the things that are blocking God’s will in my life to move in Jesus’ Name. I thank God that only His plans and His will are happening in my life (Romans 10:10-11; Mark 11:22-26).

Faith, noun
To trust in, have faith in, be fully convinced of, acknowledge, rely on… [It] is more than credence in church doctrines or articles of faith. It expresses reliance upon and a personal trust that produces obedience. It includes submission and a positive confession of the lordship of Jesus.

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The Road to Breakthrough

Friday, August 9th, 2019

Therefore, those who had been scattered went about preaching the word. Philip went down to the city of Samaria and began proclaiming Christ to them. But an angel of the Lord spoke to Philip saying, “Get up and go south to the road that descends from Jerusalem to Gaza.” (This is a desert road.) So he got up and went. Acts 8:4-5, Acts 8:8:26-27a

1. UTILIZE UNEXPECTED DETOURS. In Acts 8 the early Christians were scattered all over because of persecution by Saul, but they kept preaching the Word. God sent one of them, Philip, on a desert road where he encountered a court official from Ethiopia. This man was sitting in his chariot reading the book of Isaiah. He asked Philip what it meant and then, after learning about Jesus, he was saved and baptized! What felt like a disruption and a detour actually became the breakthrough to reach other continents with the message of Jesus.

2. PREPARE ON THE WAY. I’ve learned that the in-between moments, when you’re on the road to a destination, may feel like a waste of time. But if you keep yourself encouraged and stay ready, these moments can actually be pivotal times, transitional moments that get us prepared for the next thing. They can be times when we learn to listen to and obey God’s voice. They can also be moments that produce great fruit and bring change to entire nations.

3. LISTEN FOR GOD’S DIRECTION. The great encouragers of my life are men and women who have walked through difficulties and kept their eyes on God and their hearts open to what He was saying. Let’s not allow anything to hinder our ability to hear from Him — let’s repent, keep our hearts right, stay humble, and forgive each other. It’s inevitable we’re going to have challenges, but if we stay ready and all in like Philip, we can and will experience breakthrough!

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

PRAY THIS PRAYER:
God, I thank You that this is a year of breakthrough. I don’t compare myself with others but I move forward into what You have for me. I repent for any sin in my life and I forgive anyone who has offended me. “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 3:13b-14). Amen!

break·through, noun
An instance of achieving success in a particular sphere or activity. A sudden, dramatic, and important discovery or development and benefits.

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Free

Friday, July 5th, 2019

It was for freedom that Christ set us free. Galatians 5:1a

1. FREE FROM PRISON. Jesus came to set captives free (Luke 4:17-18). We can be free because of what happened on Calvary 2000 years ago when Jesus took the burden of our sin and laid down His life. A love like that can’t be earned; it just needs to be received.

Because of the sacrifice of the Messiah, his blood poured out on the altar of the Cross, we’re a free people—free of penalties and punishments chalked up by all our misdeeds. And not just barely free, either. Abundantly free! He thought of everything, provided for everything we could possibly need, letting us in on the plans He took such delight in making. Ephesians 1:7-9 The Message

2. FREE FROM FORMER LIMITS. When you realize how faithful God is and how much He cares about every detail of your life, you will no longer be controlled by fear and worry. You can be free to believe God for bigger things, knowing that He is an ever present help in time of need (Psalm 46:1). Trust Him for the miraculous. He will always see you through.

3. FREE TO SERVE. Jesus invaded this world’s fatal cycle of bondage and brought freedom to prisoners. And He didn’t stop there: He set us free so that we ourselves can be liberators (2 Corinthians 5:18). People all over the world need Jesus. There is salvation in no other name (Acts 4:12).

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

PRAY THIS PRAYER:
God, thank You for sending Jesus to set me free. I know He is Your Son and that He died for me and rose from the dead. Forgive me for all my sins. Jesus, I receive You right now, and I give my life to You. Amen

Free, verb
1. To let someone leave a prison or a place where they have been forced to stay.
2. To remove something unpleasant that affects someone or limits their behavior.
3. Free to make someone or something available to be used for something else.

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Patterns of Breakthrough

Saturday, September 15th, 2018

When he [Jehoshaphat] had consulted with the people, he appointed those who sang to the Lord and those who praised Him in holy attire, as they went out before the army and said, “Give thanks to the Lord, for His lovingkindness is everlasting.” When they began singing and praising, the Lord set ambushes against the sons of Ammon, Moab and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; so they were routed. 2 Chronicles 20:21-22

1. START WITH PRAISE. Praise brings breakthrough. When armies came to attack Judah, King Jehoshaphat immediately directed his people to seek God and he began praising God.

2. WAIT. When we wait for God, we gain strength. (Isaiah 40:31). It’s important to settle down, calm any impulsiveness, and let God act on behalf of those who wait on Him (Isaiah 64:4).

3. CONFESS. This is your bold declaration of what you believe: who God is, what His capabilities are, and what He has provided for you (Romans 10:9-10; Mark 11:23).

4. PRAY GOD’S WORD. Find scriptures to attach your faith to and then pray them out loud.

5. WATCH. Resist distraction and dullness and instead be alert in your spirit and “watchful in your prayers” (1 Peter 4:7 NKJV).

6. INTERCEDE. Praying on behalf of someone else is part of our calling as Christians. We are to intercede for all people, including those in authority (1 Timothy 2:1).

7. PETITION. When we minister to the Lord and worship Him, it helps us get our priorities straight and then, as we ask in faith, we receive direction and wisdom from God (Acts 13:2).

8. THANK GOD. Thank God all day long – for what He has done, for what He is doing, and for what He is going to do.

9. SING. God surrounds us with songs of deliverance (Psalm 32:7). Before going into battle, King Jehoshaphat sent out people who sang to God. So sing to God often – sing in the Spirit and sing out God’s Word.

10. MEDITATE. Take time to ponder and focus on the Lord (Psalm 19:14).

11. LISTEN. Like King Jehoshaphat prayed: We don’t know what to do, “but our eyes are on You.” Tune in to God and listen for His voice (2 Chronicles 20:12).

12. END WITH PRAISE. From beginning to end, God deserves our worship. Jehoshaphat began with praise before they had won the battle and ended with praise after God delivered them.

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

pattern, noun
A model considered worthy of imitation.

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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.

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How to Conquer Your Goliath

Friday, January 8th, 2016

So David arose early in the morning and left the flock with a keeper and took the supplies and went as Jesse had commanded him. 1 Samuel 17:20

1. STAY FAITHFUL. The story of David and how he conquered Goliath will help you to face off with the giants that are looming before you. Some of the greatest things we achieve never look that great at the start (Zechariah 4:10). David’s victory began with an average chore when his father told him to take bread and cheese to his brothers who were in battle. When we are faithful in the small tasks—like getting up early, leaving our sheep with a keeper, and taking food to our brothers—God will give us responsibility over greater things (Luke 16:10).

2. OBEY WITH A WILLING HEART. Jesus said “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to accomplish His work” (John 4:34). Our search for significance begins and ends in God—that’s where we find fulfillment. Instead of obeying with a bad attitude, yield your heart completely to God’s will and become teachable. When you submit to God’s process, the small, buried acorn becomes a mighty oak tree.

3. COMMIT TO THE END. There is something wonderful on the other side of the resistance, on the other side of Goliath’s taunts. Step up with decisive boldness and commit to see the battle through. As you build your house on the certainty and security of God’s Word, your beliefs, desires, and hopes will become action and you will see the will of God come to pass.

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

PRAY THIS PRAYER:
God, I humble myself before You. All I want is Your will. I know the willing and obedient will eat the good of the land (Isaiah 1:19) and when You tell me to, I’ll step up and take action with boldness. Help me to reach the fullness of all You’ve called me to this year. The battle is Yours, God, and I give You all the praise. I love You, Jesus! Amen.

will·ing, adj.
Acting or ready to act gladly; eagerly compliant. Done, given, or accepted voluntarily or ungrudgingly.

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Steps to Overcoming Depression

Friday, September 18th, 2015

TAKE CARE OF THE WHOLE PERSON. The prophet Elijah took a stand and brought reform at a time when society had gone crazy. Yet, between great breakthroughs he got discouraged and depressed. God directed Elijah to sleep, eat, and drink water. When you get worn down, it’s important to address both your practical needs and your spiritual needs.

He lay down and slept under a juniper tree; and behold, there was an angel touching him, and he said to him, “Arise, eat.” Then he looked and behold, there was at his head a bread cake baked on hot stones, and a jar of water. So he ate and drank and lay down again. 1 Kings 19:5-6

FIND GOD’S PROMISES. The biblical promises of God, when acted upon correctly, bring breakthrough. Write down what you are dealing with. Then find scriptures correlating to those problems and write them down too. One day you will look back and see lists of miracles—those things that seemed impossible until God turned them around.

Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,” says the Lord of hosts. Zechariah 4:6b

KEEP PRAISING GOD. Though we live an earthly life we do not wage an earthly war (Ephesians 6:12). God inhabits the praises of His people, and when we praise Him, things change! This world needs us to shake off the heaviness and fight in the Spirit by singing praises to God.

Pray this prayer:
God, I praise You right now. You came to bind up the brokenhearted and save the crushed in spirit (Isaiah 61:3; Psalm 34:18). I believe You for breakthrough on all fronts of my life: in my relationships, my work, my finances, and my future. You have lifted me out of the pit and set my feet upon a rock, making my footsteps firm (Psalm 40:2). Thank You, Jesus, for breakthrough! Amen.

Praise, verb
To express thanks to or love and respect for God.

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

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Master of the Breakthrough

Saturday, July 18th, 2015

Not that I have already obtained it or have already become perfect, but I press on so that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:12

Overcoming Depression. If you feel burdened by worries and cares, God wants to lift the load and set you free. Depression can weigh you down and prevent you from expression and advancement. Thanks to the honesty of the Apostle Paul, we see a man who was weighed down both by conflicts without and fears within, but he looked to God and found his deliverance.

For we would not have you ignorant, brethren, concerning our affliction which befell us in Asia, that we were weighed down exceedingly, beyond our power, insomuch that we despaired even of life. 2 Corinthians 1:8

Comfort Others. Even when you’re in the middle of a personal battle, you can be used by God to alleviate the suffering of others. And, when you refresh others, you will actually get refreshed yourself (Proverbs 11:25).

For even when we came into Macedonia our flesh had no rest, but we were afflicted on every side: conflicts without, fears within. But God, who comforts the depressed, comforted us by the coming of Titus. 2 Corinthians 7:5-7

I Press On. Depression is designed to keep you from progressing. “I press on” is intentionally choosing to move forward. Don’t trust in yourself; instead, trust in God who raises the dead. Draw near to the Master of the breakthrough. Put your hope in Him—He has delivered you, is delivering you, and will yet deliver you (1 Corinthians 1:9-10).

Pray this Prayer:
God, Your Word says that You comfort the depressed. I thank You that You comfort me in my affliction so that I am able to comfort others with the same comfort in their afflictions (2 Corinthians 1:3-4). I thank You that You have given me abundant life (John 10:10). I put my hope in You. You are Master of the breakthrough and I thank You for deliverance! I praise You, Jesus! I love You! Amen.

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

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A Fruitful Life

Saturday, April 25th, 2015

Those who sow in tears shall reap with joyful shouting. He who goes to and fro weeping, carrying his bag of seed, shall indeed come again with a shout of joy, bringing his sheaves with him. Psalm 126:5-6

Sow the Seed, Reap the Harvest. God is glorified when we are fruitful (John 15:8). The ground is always barren before the seeds are introduced—that’s why there is seed-time first, and then comes the harvest. You may have sown in tears, but don’t quit—you will reap in joy.

“Shout for joy, O barren one, you who have borne no child; break forth into joyful shouting and cry aloud, you who have not travailed; for the sons of the desolate one will be more numerous than the sons of the married woman,” says the Lord. Isaiah 54:1

Rejoice Before the Breakthrough. God is telling us to face off with the desolate places and to rejoice before we see the fruit. If you are experiencing the barrenness of depression, barrenness in your family, in your finances, in your health, take a minute vacation and retrieve some blessing from the past. Thank God for two or three things that He has done for you. And then thank Him for the breakthrough yet to be seen.

Have a Passion to Bear Fruit. God knows how to take barren areas and make them fruitful. In the Bible it says “A worker’s appetite works for him, for his hunger urges him on” (Proverbs 16:26). Get hungry to see breakthrough and fruitfulness in your life and in the lives of people around you. We’ve only seen a glimpse of the harvest, but God calls us to look up and see that the fields are ripe for it.

Daily Confession:
God has chosen and appointed me to bear fruit. Whatever I ask the Father in Jesus’ Name, He will give it to me. And my fruit will remain (John 15:16). Thank You, Jesus!

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

When the Lord brought back the captive ones of Zion, we were like those who dream. Then our mouth was filled with laughter and our tongue with joyful shouting; then they said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.” The Lord has done great things for us; we are glad. Psalm 126:1-3

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There’s More to the Story

Sunday, March 1st, 2015

After eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors having been shut, and stood in their midst and said, “Peace be with you.” Then He said to Thomas, “Reach here with your finger, and see My hands; and reach here your hand and put it into My side; and do not be unbelieving, but believing.” Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!” John 20:26-28

From doubting to believing. Don’t let a moment of doubt hold you back from the life of faith God has for you. Many people incorrectly label Thomas as “Doubting Thomas” because he refused to believe in Jesus’ resurrection without physical proof. But Jesus graciously showed up, addressed, and eradicated Thomas’s unbelief. It was a turning point when he saw Jesus and cried out in repentance and awe, proclaiming: “My Lord and My God.”

Therefore many other signs Jesus also performed in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these have been written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in His name. John 20:30-31

From denying to proclaiming. Wherever you are in your walk with God, Jesus wants to graciously help you move forward. Peter denied Jesus three times but was forgiven, and he went on to boldly proclaim Jesus. As a result, 3,000 people were saved in one day! So don’t quit. God has more for you up ahead.

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith. 2 Timothy 4:7

From breakdown to breakthrough. Don’t let yourself get stuck where you are – there’s more to your story. When your thinking gets adjusted by Jesus and by His Word, your heart will be strengthened and encouraged so that you can press forward with your head held high. Jesus is able to help you keep the faith and finish your course with joy!

Pray this Prayer:
God, You are so wonderful. I thank You for the stirring of the Holy Spirit in my heart. Help me to be ready this year for many opportunities to bring glory and honor to Jesus and help alleviate people’s suffering. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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

Copyright © 2015 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.“Believe.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 02 Feb. 2015.