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From Fear to Faith!

Friday, October 13th, 2017

Peace I [Jesus] leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful. John 14:27

Jesus told us not to let our hearts be troubled or fearful because He knew there would be opportunities to do so. The cure for despair is to take practical steps to move from fear to faith. When confronted with a challenge, we have a few options: (1) be apathetic; (2) freak out; or (3) get busy in faith.

1. REMEMBER. We can shift our eyes off our problems and onto a promise-keeping God by remembering what God has done for His people in the past. That God is our God, and He is faithful to a thousand generations. So start writing down and articulating the things God has done for you! Remind yourself often of how good God has been to you.

I shall remember the deeds of the Lord; surely I will remember Your wonders of old. I will meditate on all Your work and muse on Your deeds. Psalm 77:11-12

2. PRAISE. It’s okay to cry out to God and tell Him what you’re struggling with, but don’t stay stuck there—instead, transition into an attitude of faith and praise. Start praising God out loud. Thank Him for all the times He’s been faithful to you and praise Him for all His wonderful attributes.

3. FIGHT. Jesus was tempted in the same things we deal with; yet He never sinned. He fought the fight with the Word of God. When we get challenged, we can go to the Word and build our faith. Don’t give in—press past the oppression that is hitting you. Stand on the promises of God and come against fear and unbelief in the Name of Jesus. God has good plans for your future!

Keep pressing on!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

PRAY THIS PRAYER:
Jesus, I put You first in my life. I love You. You are so faithful. Your way, O God, is holy; what god is great like our God? You are the God who works wonders; You have made known Your strength among the peoples (Psalm 77:12-13). Thank You for all the times You have rescued me in the past. I trust You with my future! In Jesus’ Name, amen!

re·mem·ber, verb
To bring to mind or think of again. To keep in mind for attention or consideration. To retain in the memory.

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Hold Fast to Your Confession

Friday, October 7th, 2016

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. Hebrews 10:23

1. MAINTAIN THE GOOD REPORT. What we speak will determine success or failure in our lives. God is calling us to embrace and maintain the good report through the powerful profession of our faith. Our faith isn’t based in human optimism but in the eternal truths of God’s promises.

Then Caleb quieted the people before Moses and said, “We should by all means go up and take possession of it, for we will surely overcome it.” Numbers 13:30

2. SPEAK THE WORD TO OTHERS. Every moment, someone has a need. We must always be ready to give an answer for that hope that is in us (1 Peter 3:15). God’s Word is healing to the nations, healing to someone’s body, someone’s problem. Like Caleb did for the people of Israel, you can get up with the voice of faith and proclaim “We will surely overcome it!”

He who guards his mouth and his tongue, guards his soul from troubles. Proverbs 21:23

3. GUARD YOUR SOUL. Garbage in means garbage out. Commit and discipline yourself to speak the Word only. Continually acknowledge who Jesus is and what He has done for you, instead of reiterating what you are miserable about. Confess what God’s Word says about each area of your life, no matter what your circumstance. You can be confident that God will do what He promised. He is faithful every time.

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

DAILY CONFESSION
I hold fast to the confession of my faith. All things for which I pray and ask I believe that I have received them and they will be granted to me (Mark 11:24). I repent of any unbelief coming out of my mouth. Because of Jesus, I am called out of darkness to carry light into this world. I am healed, I am whole, I have more than enough to give to others. I speak to the mountains in my life and I say, “Move!” in Jesus’ Name.

con·fess, verb
To acknowledge or avow. To own or admit as true. To acknowledge one’s belief or faith in; declare adherence to.

Copyright © 2016 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. “Confess”. Dictionary.com Unabridged. Random House, Inc. 02 October 2016.

The Assurance of Faith

Friday, September 23rd, 2016

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the men of old gained approval. And what more shall I say? For time will fail me if I tell of [those] . . . who by faith conquered kingdoms, performed acts of righteousness, obtained promises. . . Hebrews 11:1, 32-33

1. CONQUER KINGDOMS. Our place in life is to be more than conquerors (Romans 8:37). It’s not an earthly battle we’re fighting but a spiritual one against forces of wickedness (Ephesians 6:12). Jesus has given us delegated authority and we can pray from a position of victory, using Scripture to believe for great things to take place in our city, our region, and our nation.

By faith even Sarah herself received ability to conceive, even beyond the proper time of life, since she considered Him faithful who had promised. Hebrews 11:11

2. PERFORM ACTS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS. God has called us to be change agents in the world. No one thought the sound barrier could be broken or the mile could be run faster than four minutes. And God wants to equip us to press past previously-established barriers and carry out His plan.

For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us. 2 Corinthians 1:20 NKJV

3. OBTAIN PROMISES. Not one of God’s promises will ever fail (1 Kings 8:56). He is faithful to a thousand generations and He will be faithful to you (Deuteronomy 7:9). Read all of Hebrews 11 to see results of people who stepped out in faith. As you continually meditate on the promises of God, your faith will be strengthened and you can boldly reach out and take hold of those truths and see them come to pass in your life.

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

DAILY CONFESSION based on 2 Peter 1:3-4
God’s divine power has granted to me everything pertaining to life and godliness through the true knowledge of Him who called me by His own glory and excellence. By these He has granted to me His precious and magnificent promises so that by them I may become a partaker of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust.

as·sur·ance, noun
Freedom from doubt; certainty about something.

Copyright © 2016 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. Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved. “Assurance.” The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition copyright © 2016 by Houghton.

Walking by Faith

Friday, July 22nd, 2016

Peter said to Him, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” And He said, “Come!” And Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But seeing the wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and took hold of him, and said to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?” Matthew 14:28-31

1. STEP OUT OF THE BOAT. God is calling us to be brave and courageous. When we look at circumstances around us, it seems against human logic to step out in faith at God’s bidding. But when we get out of the boat in obedience, nations can be saved, families can be turned around, and individuals can be restored.

He who watches the wind will not sow and he who looks at the clouds will not reap. Ecclesiastes 11:4

2. DON’T WATCH THE WIND. God has called us to a life of faith—to trust Him, believe in His promises, and sow and reap. Instead of fixating on the winds and storms of our times, we are invited to get our eyes on Jesus. What God is going to do in the days ahead includes each one of us. Remain hopeful. There is help for us in God.

3. KEEP LOOKING TO JESUS. He is the hope of the world. All the best that has been or ever will be is in Jesus. He is where your help comes from (Psalm 121:2). People are doing a good job of communicating bad news—but we are to keep speaking the Good News, to keep praying for our world, and to keep believing God for His plan to come to pass on the earth.

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

DAILY CONFESSION
I walk by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7). For it is God who is at work in me both to will and to work for His good pleasure (Philippians 2:13). Faithful is He who calls me and He will also bring it to pass (1 Thessalonians 5:24). At Jesus’ bidding I will step out of the boat and fulfill all that God has called me to do!

Look, verb
To turn one’s glance or gaze. To turn one’s attention; attend. To turn one’s expectations.

Copyright © 2016 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. “Look.” The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition copyright © 2016 by Houghton.

The Adventure of Faith

Friday, June 24th, 2016

But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves. 2 Corinthians 4:7

1. ADMIT YOUR NEED FOR GOD. God uses ordinary, flawed people to do extraordinary things. The life of faith is not humanity exerting our strength—it’s admitting our complete need for God and letting the vessel of our humanity be filled with God. When we humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God, He can use us!

2. CONSIDER YOUR CALLING. We are at our best when we consider our calling and realize it’s not by might or power but by God’s Spirit (Zechariah 4:6). That’s why we need to be filled with the power of the Holy Spirit—so that we can accomplish all that God has called us to do (Acts 1:8).

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

3. STAY STEADY. As you obey God over the course of time, phenomenal fruit will be born. Don’t become obsessed with the highs or get down on the lows, but understand and value each season in your life. God is knocking on the door of your heart and He is going to have you step up and do things when you least expect it. When you are willing to step into something you’ve never done before, that is the adventure of faith.

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

PRAY THIS PRAYER
Here I am Lord, send me. I push my flesh and ego out of the way and ask that You accomplish Your will through me. God, I thank You that You have designed me for fruitfulness and usefulness. Fill me with the power of the Holy Spirit so that I can be used by You in my town, in my country, and throughout the earth! In Jesus’ Name, amen.

con·sid·er, verb
To take into account; bear in mind. To look at thoughtfully. To think carefully; reflect.

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How to Be Used by God

Friday, March 11th, 2016

The angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.” Luke 1:35a

1. COMMIT BY FAITH. When Mary was told she was going to supernaturally give birth to the Son of God, she asked “How can these things be?” The angel replied, “By the power of the Holy Spirit.” You and I are called to put our hands to building and to trust God for fruitfulness throughout our lives. But when you commit to anything big, you recognize your own inadequacy and inexperience. That’s why God reminds us that it’s not by our might or power but by His Spirit (Zechariah 4:6).

Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it. Psalm 127:1a

2. TRUST GOD IN EVERY SEASON. Jesus is your sustainer. Since the Lord is building the house, you can be assured that your work will be effective. Life has its rhythms—seedtime and harvest—but God is the author and finisher of your faith from the beginning to the middle to the end (Hebrews 12:2).

3. GET READY FOR THE HARVEST. There is going to be a day coming soon when Jesus will come back with power. Those in the valley of decision need to hear the Gospel, and the task of getting the message to the people is upon us. By the grace of God we can prepare for it and engage our generation and win our world. Get ready to see a tremendous number of people get saved and go on to serve God for the rest of their lives.

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

DAILY CONFESSION
The path of the righteous will grow brighter and brighter till the full day (Proverbs 4:18). Whatever I put my hand to will prosper (Deuteronomy 28:8). God, help me to advance Your purposes. The Gospel will flourish in my generation—JESUS will be famous and received as Savior all over the world.

sus·tain, verb
To give support or relief to. To supply with sustenance. To support the weight of. To buoy up. To bear up under.

Copyright © 2016 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. “Sustain.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. 06 March 2015.

Faith to Move Forward

Friday, March 13th, 2015

By faith even Sarah herself received ability to conceive, even beyond the proper time of life, since she considered Him faithful who had promised. Hebrews 11:11

God’s Timing. The devil tries to make you feel a day late and a dollar short. But God has called you to an effective, fruitful life, and He will bring it to pass. In the Bible, Sarah received the ability to conceive even though she was too old. Right before Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, He was told He should’ve come earlier (John 11:21). So don’t stay stuck on what you could’ve or should’ve done. Trust God. He knows how to take stubborn doors and bust them wide open!

By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible. Hebrews 11:3

Rugged Faith. Faith takes the promises of God seriously and rests in God’s power. Approach this life of faith with gritty determination, knowing that though you encounter challenges, God will deliver you out of them all (Psalm 34:19). Find God’s promises in the Bible corresponding to the issues of your life and let them anchor you—having done all to stand, keep standing (Ephesians 6:13).

Daily Confession
I am fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14). God has blessed me. He is leading and guiding me by the Holy Spirit. He opens a door no one can shut (Revelation 3:8). God’s plan is coming to pass in my life, in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

tim·ing, noun
The ability to select the precise moment for doing something for optimum effect.

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. “Timing.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 08 March 2015.

World-Changing Faith

Monday, July 7th, 2014

Behold, as for the proud one, his soul is not right within him; but the righteous will live by his faith. Habakkuk 2:4

Read God’s Word. God has called us to a life of faith. “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ” (Romans 10:17). Faith is produced when we pay attention to the Word of God.

Then the Lord answered me and said, “Record the vision and inscribe it on tablets, that the one who reads it may run.” Habakkuk 2:2

Write what God shows you. Write down your goals and dreams. Revisit the vision—some of the things God has fostered in your heart. Let God refine those dreams and burn out all the self-manufactured or society-driven goals so His perfect will can come to pass in your life.

Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for He is faithful that promised). Hebrews 10:23 KJV

Speak God’s Word. When you speak something out of your mouth, it’s powerful. Speak the Scriptures over your ambitions, over your dreams, over your future. When you are commuting to work or chauffeuring the kids around, fill up your car with prayer and thanksgiving. Whoever trusts in God will not be disappointed (Romans 10:11).

“The word ‘confess’ (Greek ‘homologeo’) has the connotation of a binding
legal relationship established by and through declaration, as with a contract.”
–Jack W. Hayford

Daily Confession
The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set me free from the law of sin and death (Romans 8:2). I’m full of faith today. I am led by the Holy Spirit. I am rooted and grounded in love. God is faithful who promised and I will not be disappointed. When I cry out to God, He hears me and saves me out of all my troubles (Psalm 34:6).

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

Copyright © 2014 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. From “Power Faith.” Copyright 2011 by Jack Hayford. Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

Daily Perseverance

Monday, June 30th, 2014

Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but 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 3:13-14

Trust God. Faith is a position of confident trust and rest in the greatness of God. We know that in spite of the inevitable resistance we encounter in this life, God can and will lift us up, propel us forward, and always cause us to triumph (2 Corinthians 2:14).

Rely on the Holy Spirit. There are many voices coming at us. Some are to be dismissed and ignored, some are to be listened to. The voice of the Holy Spirit is the faithful, reliable indicator of what has been and what will be. He is ready to help you face every challenge and He will guide you into all truth (John 16:13).

“These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me [Jesus] you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

Expect breakthrough. Daily we must surrender our human idealism, realizing that life is challenging and in this world we’ll have tribulation—but God has called us to endure and overcome! Think of Caleb and Joshua pressing on through the wilderness, waiting through years that didn’t exhibit any apparent breakthrough. But there came a point when they were called to move forward and enter the Promised Land. God has good things up ahead for you. As you stay steady by the grace of God, you will see His purposes come to pass in your life, in your children and grandchildren, and in your generation.

Daily Confession:
My steps are ordered by the Lord. God’s plan is coming to pass in my life. I am filled with the Holy Spirit and know what to do in every situation I encounter. This one thing I do: I forget what lies behind and I press on to what God has ahead!

per•se•ver•ance noun
Steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, a state, etc., esp. in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement.

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

Copyright © 2014 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. “perseverance” Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc.

Contrasting Positions

Monday, July 1st, 2013

But the centurion said, “Lord, I am not worthy for You to come under my roof, but just say the word, and my servant will be healed. . .” Now when Jesus heard this, He marveled and said to those who were following, “Truly I say to you, I have not found such great faith with anyone in Israel.” Matthew 8:8,10

Choose Faith. In the Bible, Jesus marveled at two contrasting positions: faith and unbelief. Every day, in every situation, you can choose to land on the side of trusting God.

Now He could do no mighty work there, except that He laid His hands on a few sick people and healed them. And He marveled because of their unbelief. Mark 6:5-6 NKJV

Discard Unbelief. Doubt and unbelief will obstruct breakthrough. The unbelief of the people in the town of Nazareth stopped Jesus from being able to do miracles. Don’t let unbelief hinder what God is trying to do in your life!

How To Stay In Faith. Faith is simply placing your trust in God. God asks that we do two things: believe that He is and believe that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him (Hebrews 11:6). When you act on the principles embedded in the Scriptures, you can face fear with the confidence that God is going to turn it around every time.

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

Copyright © 2013 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. Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.