Archive for the ‘God's help’ Category

Eight Things God Does for Those Who Love Him

Friday, November 10th, 2017

“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

Faith, love, and confidence in God grow with the continual confession of His Word. Take time to read Psalm 91 out loud and see the amazing promises distilled in this chapter.

1. HE WILL DELIVER YOU. God has designed and fashioned us to love Him. As we love Him, He will deliver us — even from temptation.

2. HE WILL SET YOU SECURELY ON HIGH. “The Lord is my strength, and He has made my feet like hinds’ feet, and makes me walk on my high places.” (Habakkuk 3:19). This is the God we serve!

3. HE WILL ANSWER YOU. “Call to Me and I will answer you, and I will tell you great and mighty things, which you do not know” (Jeremiah 33:3). Prayer is wonderful — when we call on God, He will answer!

4. HE WILL BE WITH YOU IN TROUBLE. Just as God was with Daniel in the lions’ den, and with Paul when they were persecuting him — God is with you in every situation.

5. HE WILL RESCUE YOU. Remind yourself that God is your rescuer!

6. HE WILL HONOR YOU. When you step out and say you want to give your life to Jesus, God will honor you with His presence and with the substance of His promises.

7. HE WILL SATISFY YOU WITH LONG LIFE. If you are facing alarming symptoms, believe God for healing. God wants the last days of your life to be amazingly fruitful and satisfying!

8. HE WILL LET YOU SEE HIS SALVATION. None of us deserves to be saved. Salvation doesn’t come to people who earn it, but to those who humble themselves and call out to Jesus.

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

If you’ve never asked Jesus to be your Savior, now’s the time to pray this prayer: Dear God, in my heart I believe that Jesus truly is Your Son and that He died for my sins and rose from the dead. I repent for every time I have sinned. I accept Jesus into my life right now, to lead and guide me as my Lord. Thank You for saving me, and thank You that You have a great plan for my life! Amen.

Copyright © 2017 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. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

How to Abound

Friday, May 27th, 2016

And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed; 2 Corinthians 9:8

1. REALIZE GOD’S WILLINGNESS. God is always pouring out grace and abundance to His people and His nature doesn’t change—what He told the Early Church stands true for His Church today. He delights in your prosperity (Psalm 35:27). Spend some time studying the Word of God to better understand the One we are called to cast our cares upon and the Father who has merciful provision and sufficiency for every situation.

Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us. Ephesians 3:20

2. RECEIVE GOD’S GRACE. God is more than enough for any lack in your life. As we study God’s Word, the Scriptures break us out of any ruts and advance us in God’s strength and sufficiency. He has designed us to be fruitful, to have miracles surround us, and to fulfill His plan for the earth.

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. John 10:10

3. RUN FORWARD. God is urging us forward. God’s prosperity is your ability to address and meet the need of any human condition. This expands beyond the monetary and into every aspect of your person so that you have everything you need to spiritually, mentally, and physically help those whom God has called you to reach.

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

PRAY THIS PRAYER
God, fill me with the Holy Spirit. Fill my thinking with Your Word. Create in me a fervency to walk with You. Steer my heart away from temptation and evil. Order my steps. I trust You for abundance and Your mighty provision. Thank You! In Jesus’ name, amen.

a·bound, verb
To be plentiful; exist in large numbers or amounts. To have plenty; be filled; be wealthy (in) or teem (with).

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. “Abound.” Webster’s New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio.

Our Refuge & Strength

Friday, October 16th, 2015

The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble, and He knows those who take refuge in Him. Nahum 1:7

1. GOD IS GOOD. Circumstances come and go, feelings come and go, but God’s Word is true and His nature never changes—He is abidingly faithful. When you realize how good God is and how much He cares about every detail of your life, fear and worry can no longer dominate you. God will work all things together for good (Romans 8:28); and He will perfect that which concerns you (Psalm 138:8).

I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. Ephesians 1:18-19a

2. GOD IS POWERFUL. You can’t make it in your own power, but you can trust in the delivering power of God. When Jesus blasted out of the grave He offered powerless humanity the power of the Holy Spirit (Mark 16:15-18; Acts 1:8). He gave us the authority and power to become the children of God (John 1:12), cast out demons (Mark 6:7), and heal the sick (Mark 3:15). Because of Jesus, you can renew your determination to overcome in life—not in your own strength but by the power of God.

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1

3. GOD IS PRESENT. God is good and powerful and present. God is with us when our minds are confounded, He’s with us when our circumstances do not line up, He’s with us when things are disappointing. There is an end to every temptation that you face, but God’s mercies never come to an end (Lamentations 3:22). Trust Him for the miraculous. He will always see you through.

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

pres•ent, adj.
Readily available; instant. Mentally alert; attentive.

DAILY CONFESSION
For the Lord is good to me; His lovingkindness is everlasting and His faithfulness to all generations (Psalm 100:5). O my strength, I will sing praises to You; for God is my stronghold, the God who shows me lovingkindness (Psalm 59:17).

You Can Depend on God

Monday, February 16th, 2015

And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. 2 Corinthians 12:9

1. When you are the neediest, God is the most sufficient.
When the Apostle Paul was suffering from constant persecution and recurring battles, God told him: “My grace is sufficient.” That’s what God is telling you. Whatever you are going through, He is an ever-present help (Psalm 46:1). Get built up on the promises of God found in the Bible. When you pray for things, you can pray in faith because in Jesus, all of God’s promises are yes and available to us (2 Corinthians 1:20).

2. When you feel the least, God is the greatest.
Refuse the temptation to compare yourself with others. Your security comes from God (Psalm 37). He is with you. He knows when you sit down and when you get up (Psalm 139:1-2). He will never leave you or forsake you (Hebrews 13:5). He is a friend who sticks closer than a brother (Proverbs 18:24).

And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed. 2 Corinthians 9:8

3. When you feel the most useless, God is preparing you.
Faith is the substance of things hoped for (Hebrews 11:1). It’s the firm foundation you stand on. If you feel at a disadvantage because of failure, get back up again. God is getting you ready for the next step. If you’ve been hurt by others, forgive. If you’ve sinned, repent and God will wash you clean. Do whatever you can to keep your heart right so that God can get you in a position to advance.

suf·fi·cient, adj.
Being as much as is needed; adequate; enough.

Pray This Prayer
Heavenly Father, today is a new day. Your grace is sufficient. Because You love me, I’m loving You back. I’m going the distance. I will walk this thing out not by my human power, but by the power of the Holy Spirit. I will see great harvest and revival in my lifetime. My church is blessed. My town is blessed. My family is blessed. Thank You for it in Jesus’ Name.

God loves 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. “Adequate.” The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition copyright ©2014 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved. Three point headings taken from the poem “He Is” by Samuel Abiodun.

God Is Able

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed. 2 Corinthians 9:8

1. He is able to make you stand. Anxiety can weigh a person down, but Jesus is the cure for anxiety. When we put all of our attention and focus on God and delight ourselves in the Lord through prayer, worship, and studying the Word—He is the one who lifts that pressure off of us and gives us abundance for every good deed!

2. He is able to come to your aid. God is faithful and an ever-present help in trouble (Psalm 46:1). King David wrote in Psalms that from the time he was young to his old age he had never seen the righteous forsaken (Psalm 37:25). Jesus said, “I’ll never leave you or forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5).

Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him . . . Do not fret; it leads only to evildoing. For evildoers will be cut off, but those who wait for the Lord, they will inherit the land. Psalm 37:7-9

3. He is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all we ask or think (Ephesians 3:20). Worry tempts us to take things into our own hands. But our sufficiency is in God—it’s not by our might or human power but by His Spirit (Zechariah 4:6). God will be faithful to guide you and give you wisdom through the different challenges of life. As you seek Him, you will find Him!

Fret verb – To be vexed or troubled; worry. To be worn or eaten away; become corroded. To move agitatedly. To gnaw or wear away; erode.

Pray this prayer:
You have not given me a spirit of fear but of power, love, and a sound mind. You have called me to do mighty deeds! Jesus, I know it’s not by might or by power but by Your Spirit. I don’t trust in my ability, but I put all my hope, faith, and trust in You, Jesus. I know I will reap great fruit if I don’t quit. Thank You, Jesus, that You are able to do exceedingly abundantly above all I can ask or think according to Your power working in me (Ephesians 3:20).

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

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God Will Take Care Of You

Monday, February 18th, 2013

Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? Matthew 6:26

God is not an idle deity at the corner of the universe who is no longer interested in humanity. He has the amazing capacity to care about each one of us (seven billion!) all at the same time. Let the following verses remind you of how much your Heavenly Father cares about every detail of your life.

He calls you by name.
To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. John 10:3

He numbers your hairs.
But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Matthew 10:30

He counts and orders your steps.
Does He not see my ways and number all my steps? Job 31:4

He bottles your tears.
You have taken account of my wanderings; put my tears in Your bottle. Are they not in Your book? Psalm 56:8

He takes your hand.
“For I, the Lord your God, will hold your right hand, saying to you, ‘Fear not, I will help you.’” Isaiah 41:13 AMP

When you realize how faithful God is and how much He cares about every detail of your life, fear and worry can no longer dominate you. 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); He will work all things together for good (Romans 8:28); and He will perfect that which concerns you (Psalm 138:8). Trust Him for the miraculous. He will always see you through.

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.

Real Help Comes From God

Monday, November 12th, 2012

Why are you in despair, O my soul? And why have you become disturbed within me? Hope in God, for I shall again praise Him for the help of His presence. Psalm 42:5

The psalmist works through the struggles of his heart by asking the right questions and then concluding the answer—Hope in God.

GOD HAS A HOPEFUL PROPOSITION FOR EVERY SITUATION. O my God, my soul is in despair within me; therefore I remember You from the land of the Jordan and the peaks of Hermon, from Mount Mizar (Psalm 42:6). Like the psalmist remembered God’s faithfulness, we can look back and remember how God rescued people from desperate situations. Jonah was about to be digested in the belly of a fish but got put back on track. Daniel survived a long night with hungry lions without one scratch or bite. The people of Israel got attacked by Pharaoh’s army right in the middle of their miracle as they were walking across the parted Red Sea. But God used the moment to bury the enemy for good, never to be seen again.

FAITH BRINGS EVERYTHING TO GOD IN PRAYER WITH THE EXPECTATION OF RESULTS. Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the men of old gained approval (Hebrews 11:1-2). The malady of despair is epidemic right now. That’s why we need to get really serious about articulating the good news. We identify what the concrete substance of the Word of God says and we take our stand on those promises.

FILL YOUR HEART WITH GOD’S WORD. Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path (Psalm 119:105). There are answers corresponding to every challenge you face, and they are found in the Word of God. Find scriptures that pertain to your situation, write them down, and meditate on them. Then, take your stand and use the Word of God like a two-edged sword to cut through each despair-producing issue in your life. Faithful is God who calls you, and He will bring His plan to pass (1 Thessalonians 5:24).

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

Real help comes from God. Your blessing clothes your people!
Psalm 3:8 The Message.

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You’re Not Alone

Monday, May 25th, 2009

Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you. Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. But resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world. 1 Peter 5:6-9

The Bible is filled with biographies of people who thought they were alone in their situation, but God stepped into the picture and reminded them that He is an ever-present help in time of trouble (Psalm 46:1). He loves us so much that He wants to take care of our cares. Yes, there is an adversary, but we are not alone.

Elijah was a man with a nature like ours (James 5:17). He had just witnessed amazing miracles of God’s power, but when people rose up against him, he became afraid and ran for his life. Then he got depressed and thought he was all alone. Elijah’s struggle reveals something about the devil’s strategy against us (1 Kings 19). He wants to wear us down and get us in a place where our faith is flat-lined and we cave in.

But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. Romans  8:37

Swine flu, economic woes, emotional upsets, mid-life crises—God has an answer corresponding to every situation. Your problems are not bigger than God is (Matthew 19:26). He took care of Elijah and He will take care of you. Get your mind renewed in the Word and through fellowship with God and stay the course. You can believe the bad report and freak out, or maintain the good report, apply it to the bad report, and win!

If you are feeling despondent, remember there is a principle that he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed (Proverbs 11:25 NLT). Look out of the present moment of difficulty, look for a need, and minister to someone else. The world is watching and wants to see what we are made of. This is our finest hour.

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

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