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Increased Expectation, Part 2

Monday, July 30th, 2012

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

When you face challenges in life, you can choose to hide out, bury your head in the sand, and get depressed, or you can turn to the promise-keeping God. Our help doesn’t come from our flesh or from our creative ideas—it comes from the Lord. Look to Him! Not one of His promises has ever failed.

Lift up your eyes on high and see who has created these stars, the One who leads forth their host by number, He calls them all by name; because of the greatness of His might and the strength of His power, not one of them is missing. Isaiah 40:26

I love going outside and looking at the stars. Recognizing the Creator of the stars can help get you out of cynicism and make you expectant of what He wants to do in your life. Instead of dreading what’s ahead, put your expectations back on the promises of God and believe for better and greater things. Staring at your problems will only wear you down. Instead, gaze at God your Helper and only glance at your problems.

Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:1-2

When you live in the reality that God is a rewarder of those who seek Him (Hebrews 11:6) and that favor surrounds you as a shield (Psalm 5:12), it will take the toxicity and sourness out of your thinking so that you can fully expect blessing to happen all through your life, move in a strong spirit of faith, and be the dynamic world-changer God has called you to be.

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

a•bide (verb)
To remain stable or fixed in a state.
–Merriam-Webster

meno men’-o (Greek)
A primary verb
To stay (in a given place, state, relation or expectancy):–abide, continue, dwell, endure, be present, remain, stand, tarry (for), X thine own.
–Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance Of The Bible

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Increased Expectation

Monday, July 16th, 2012

And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him. Hebrews 11:6

We are created in God’s image for His purposes (Ephesians 2:10), but most people are living below their potential. This verse goes well beyond the simple acknowledgment of God’s existence. God asks that we take the extra step and embrace the Father’s love and believe that He really is a rewarder of those who seek Him.

If anyone serves Me [Jesus], the Father will honor him. John 12:26b

We must live with expectation. We have a responsibility to trust that the blessing of God will come down to our specific situation every time. When you get in the presence of God, your beliefs get reinforced. Prayer burns up anxiety and fear. As you and I love the Lord and meditate on His Word (Psalm 1:2; Joshua 1:8), lethargy and stagnancy will be replaced by a heightened sense of expectation. God’s anointing and power will be present for you. Opportunities will become clearer to you.

If you feel worn down by the pressures of life, remember: God can turn any situation around (Romans 8:28). God told the people of Israel, “I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten” (Joel 2:25a NKJV). Don’t let the past hold you back with a chip on your shoulder—believe God’s Word and expect great things for the future!

Because he has loved Me, therefore I will deliver him;
I will set him securely on high, because he has known My name.
He will call upon Me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble;
I will rescue him and honor him.
With a long life I will satisfy him and let him see My salvation.
Psalm 91:14-16

Let these truths from God’s Word get on that rebellious son or daughter. Let this get on your marriage that has grown a little bit stale. Let this get on your finances and on your future and on your expectations of where your life is going to be in the next few months and years. Let the truth of God’s love give you hope for the nations and hope for your generation.

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

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Increase Your Expectation

Monday, October 4th, 2010

Now Peter and John were going up to the temple at . . . the hour of prayer. And a man who had been lame from his mother’s womb was being carried along . . . When he saw Peter and John about to go into the temple, he began asking to receive alms. But Peter, along with John, fixed his gaze on him and said, “Look at us!” And he began to give them his attention, expecting to receive something from them. Peter said, “I do not possess silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you: In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene—walk!” Acts 3:1-6

Some of the most effective and miraculous things happen in the in-between, seemingly random moments.

These guys, Peter and John, were on their way to a prayer meeting and encountered a person in need. They didn’t have any cash on them, but they had something far better. You may not feel like you have everything figured out, but you have something substantial in your life that is transmittable—“What I do have I give.”

“. . . Be ready in season and out of season.” (2 Timothy 4:2a)

In the most unassuming moments, major things can take place. When Jesus was tired from His journey, wanting water at the well, He encountered a lady with a troubled past, who was dismissed by society. And yet, after her encounter with Jesus, she became the catalyst for her entire Samaritan city (John 4).

There is always going to be a broken person “on the way to the temple,” when you’re tired from traveling, when you’re at the grocery store or your kid’s soccer game. And if you stay sensitive to the subtle promptings of the Holy Spirit you can end up benefiting the lives of the people you encounter.

Renew your willingness to obey God in the middle of your daily routine. Every day get up with an expectation that the anointing of the Holy Spirit can and will flow through you.

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

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Alert Expectancy

Monday, June 28th, 2010

We continue to shout our praise even when we’re hemmed in with troubles, because we know how troubles can develop passionate patience in us, and how that patience in turn forges the tempered steel of virtue, keeping us alert for whatever God will do next. In alert expectancy such as this, we’re never left feeling shortchanged. Quite the contrary—we can’t round up enough containers to hold everything God generously pours into our lives through the Holy Spirit!
Romans 5:3b-5 The Message*

God wants all of us to be ready for what is up ahead in terms of our call and fruitfulness. The presence of lethargy signals the absence of faith, and that’s why many people in a crisis situation become numb with fear. A percentage of people, though, respond to adversity with clarity and boldness.

Alert expectancy is not baseless optimism, but bold and courageous faith in God. If we know God hears us, we know we have the requests we ask of Him (1 John 5:15). Faith is getting the truth of God’s faithfulness inside you and then speaking to your mountains.

Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. James 1:2-4

When you face obstacles properly, spiritual muscles grow. God is working to establish you with enough proven character to weather the next steps of what He has called you to do and be. God is calling you to step out of mind-numbing stagnation and provide leadership in your home, your work, and your world.

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

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What Are You Expecting?

Monday, April 19th, 2010

Abide in Me, and I in you. . . I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me, and I in him, he bears much fruit; for apart from Me you can do nothing. John 15:4-5

God has made us His garden, and the Gardener wants us to realize that our branches are designed to bear a lot of fruit: “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10).

Expect results from fellowshipping with God. It’s pretty simple. As we abide in Him and He abides in us, we can expect fruit when we pray for the sick, when we give, and when we serve.

Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields, that they are white for harvest. John 4:35b

Expect to see your life bear fruit. The Lord of the harvest is looking for people that He can use. So lift up your eyes with expectancy. On your worst day you still have this amazing potential to see more of Jesus flow through your life and to bear more fruit more of the time.

Expect God to watch over His Word to perform it. “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it shall be done for you. By this is My Father glorified, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples” (John 4: 7-8). Our best days are up ahead and as we raise our expectancy level and trust God, we will bear increasing fruit throughout our life!

God is faithful!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

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