Archive for the ‘God's power’ Category

How to Detect and Avoid Snares

Friday, September 22nd, 2017

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust!” For it is He who delivers you from the snare of the trapper and from the deadly pestilence. Psalm 91:1-3

1. BE AWARE OF THE SNARE. The devil is the enemy of our souls and he wants to keep us from doing God’s will. Just knowing there are snares to avoid puts us in touch with reality and reminds us that we can’t save ourselves. Thankfully, God is our deliverer! He is trustworthy and has a plan to protect and guide us.

2. GET DELIVERED FROM THE SNARE. On the occasions when we need help, it’s humbling. Sometimes we override the voice of the Holy Spirit and listen to the imaginations of people rather than the heart of God. There are snares of seemingly “good opportunities” which aren’t really from God; the trap of flatterers who try to manipulate for their own agendas; the snare of people-pleasing when we care more what others think of us than what God is saying. But our help is in the Name of the Lord. When we repent and call upon Him, He will deliver us!

Our soul has escaped as a bird out of the snare of the trapper; the snare is broken and we have escaped. Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth. Psalm 124:7-8

3. AVOID THE SNARE. We need to be bold to act but obedient to what God is saying. That is why it is important to know the Master’s voice by seeking Him daily. We avoid snares not by being anxious and looking everywhere for them but by staying alert and keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus. Read the Word, pray in the Spirit and pray with your understanding. As you stay connected to God, He will help you and He will order your steps (Proverbs 16:9).

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

DAILY CONFESSION
Because I have loved the Lord, therefore He will deliver me. He will set me securely on high, because I have known His name. I will call upon Him and He will answer me. He will be with me in trouble; He will rescue me and honor me. He will satisfy me with long life and show me His salvation (Psalm 91:14-16).

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. “Snare.” Memidex Dictionary/Thesaurus. Web. 20 Sep 2017 .

How to Strengthen Yourself in the Lord

Friday, January 20th, 2017

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Ephesians 6:10

1. ENTER INTO GOD’S PRESENCE. God has strength corresponding to everything we need and everything we are called to do—both for today and for our entire lives. Prayer is not just a discipline or duty; it’s a delight designed as a bridge to help us enter into God’s presence. When we get in the presence of the Lord and start praising Him and thanking Him, joy and strength will come into our situations (Psalm 16:11; Nehemiah 8:10).

2. FEED ON GOD’S WORD. The way to build spiritual muscle is through resistance and protein intake. Life provides plenty of resistance, but we also need the protein of the Word. It will change the way we think and speak. That’s why the enemy spends day and night trivializing the importance of getting filled with Scripture.

3. SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED. Staying in church keeps us at an advantage. It reminds us that we all have a place in the body of Christ. When I go to prayer meetings I find myself praying more, and it makes me aware that I am called to pray. If you have been out of the habit of going to church, just get right back in! When you maintain the rhythm of the simple, beneficial exercise of the Word, prayer, and staying in church, then you’ll remain strong in the Lord!

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

PRAY THIS PRAYER based on Colossians 1:9-11
God, fill me with the knowledge of Your will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding so that I will walk in a manner worthy of You, to please You in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God and strengthened with all power according to Your glorious might. Amen.

as·sem·bly, noun
A group of people gathered together in one place for a common purpose. A unit consisting of components that have been fitted together. A signal for troops to assemble.

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God Is at Work

Friday, January 6th, 2017

“It is God himself whose power creates in you both the desire and the power to execute His gracious will.” Philippians 2:13 Weymouth

YOUR HELP COMES FROM THE LORD. Any Christian who has taken on any kind of responsibility knows that we can’t do it alone—our help comes from God (Psalm 121:2). God never gets weary. When you hang out with Him, His likeness rubs off on you, His strength gets into you. That’s why we must take time to connect with the power source.

DAILY GRIND & QUANTUM LEAPS. Enjoy the daily routine while preparing for big breakthrough. In the Bible, Joseph worked faithfully in his daily life, but then came the moment where he was prepared to help save a nation from starvation. God is holistic: our domestic life, our spiritual life, our daily life, and our big moments all work together. Instead of being afraid that you’re going to miss out, thrive where you are right now—in your job, in your family—and realize that God has a plan for your life.

GOD’S POWER IS AT WORK IN YOU. Look at God’s work—whatever He starts He completes (Philippians 1:6). He calls us His workmanship (Ephesians 2:10). It’s by the help of the Holy Spirit that He gives you the impetus to keep pressing on (Acts 1:8). Not by your might or human power but by the help of the Spirit (Zechariah 4:6). In 2017, let’s commit to walking in constant expectation of God’s grace, His protection, and His help and intervention.

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

DAILY CONFESSION based on Isaiah 40:28-31
The Everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth does not become weary or tired. His understanding is inscrutable. He gives strength to me, and when I lack might He increases my power. I wait on the Lord and gain new strength; I will mount up with wings like eagles, I will run and not get tired, I will walk and not become weary!

work, noun
Physical or mental effort or activity directed toward the production or accomplishment of something. To shape or forge (verb).

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. “Work.” The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition copyright © 2016 by Houghton. Weymouth New Testament in Modern Speech. Fifth edition 1929.

Get Equipped

Friday, November 11th, 2016

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.” Acts 1:8

1. WALK IN GOD’S POWER. God has called us to go out and change the world but only when we are clothed with His power (Luke 24:49). Though we live an earthly life, we do not fight an earthly war (2 Corinthians 10:3). God has made available spiritual weapons to believers—like the Name of Jesus, the Blood of Jesus, and the Word of God.

2. KNOW YOUR BATTLEGROUND. If you have been in a protracted battle, you can have a turning point today. There is a war for your mind. Fear will try to seize your thought life and fill it with all kinds of terrible images. The devil will try to tempt you and get you off track so that you stay stuck in chronic guilt. But you can overcome! The Bible tells us to take “every thought captive to the obedience of Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5).

I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven. Matthew 16:19

3. PRAYER CHANGES THINGS. We pray to bind the devil’s plan and to loose God’s plan for our lives—over our families, our nation, and the world. This is not a futile exercise. Using one of God’s amazing power tools truly changes things. No prayer is too big. So throw your shoulders back, get your head up, and know that the Lord has given you the authority of His Word, and in the Name of Jesus, things must change.

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

DAILY CONFESSION
Jesus is the Lord of my life. God is not weak toward me, but mighty in me (2 Corinthians 13:3). He is pushing me past any oppression or barrier that tries to hold me back. I am free from the law of sin and death (Romans 8:2) and God has blessed me with every spiritual blessing (Ephesians 1:3).

bat·tle·ground, noun
The piece of ground on which a battle is or was fought. A place or situation of strife or conflict.

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. Footnote: “battlefield.” Oxford Dictionaries. Web. 8 Nov 2016 .

Power for Life

Saturday, October 15th, 2016

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.” Acts 1:8

God has given us spiritual power tools that take us from a hand saw to a power saw; from a shovel to a front-end loader; from a mediocre situation to supernatural strength. If you feel stuck in a pit or depressed, it’s time to utilize some of these powerful tools from your toolbox.

1. THE NAME OF JESUS. For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name.(Philippians 2:9). When we pray to the Father in the name of Jesus, it changes everything. When we use the authority of the name of Jesus, situations change, mountains move, demons flee, and bodies are healed.

2. THE BLOOD OF JESUS. In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace (Ephesians 1:7). Because Jesus shed His blood on the Cross, we are forgiven and healed, and we overcome. The blood of Jesus can cover and protect you and your family as it did in ancient Egypt when death passed over the homes with the blood of a lamb on the doorposts (Exodus 12).

3. THE WORD OF GOD. The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever (Isaiah 40:8). God’s Word is the basis for every step in all aspects of our existence. It’s eternal. It’s truth. It plows through circumstances. When you have alarming symptoms, you can stand on the Word of God. His promises never fail and they are our foundation.

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

DAILY CONFESSION James 5:16 AMP
My heartfelt and persistent prayer will accomplish much when put into action and made effective by God—it is dynamic and will have tremendous power in the Name of Jesus.

pow·er, noun
Great or marked ability to do or act; strength; might; force.

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. “Power”. Dictionary.com Unabridged. Random House, Inc. 11 October 2016 Scripture quotations marked “AMP” are taken from The Amplified Bible, Old Testament copyright © 1965, 1987 by the Zondervan Corporation and The Amplified New Testament copyright © 1958, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Overcoming Power

Monday, April 28th, 2014

For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. Who is the one who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? 1 John 5:4-5

Get Certain. Our beliefs, when rooted in and built on God’s Word, create supernatural
strength and power. When you are attacked in an area of uncertainty, go to the stabilizing Word of God to get your mind renewed. Knowing God’s will through His Word will take you from disorientation to focus, from depletion and defeat to confidence and courage.

Get an Attitude. God desires for each person to be healed, delivered, protected and made whole. When you get hit with challenges, resist the enemy by equipping yourself with God’s promises. Instead of playing into the devil’s lies, go to God’s Word, cast down imaginations, watch what you say, and receive power from God for the answers to turn your circumstances around.

Get Going. We are called to be watchmen on the wall, holding up our shields to quench all the fiery darts of the enemy. Like the Bible heroes of old, we too are required to fight the good fight of faith. Jesus has anointed us to bring healing to the hurting and restoration to the broken and to save those who are crushed in spirit. It’s not always easy, but it’s worth it. Breakthrough and freedom are on the other side of the battle.

Daily Confession
The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble. He knows those who take refuge in Him. I resist the devil and he flees from me. I draw near to God and He draws near to me. I cast down imaginations. I take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. I crucify my flesh and I walk in the Spirit. In Jesus’ name, amen.

pow•er noun
The ability or capacity to act or do something effectively. The ability or official capacity to exercise control; authority.

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

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A Lifetime of Faithfulness

Monday, February 11th, 2013

Keep on asking and it will be given you; keep on seeking and you will find; keep on knocking [reverently] and [the door] will be opened to you. Matthew 7:7 AMP

The Path. God has created us for fruitfulness—for specific achievements. To accomplish all that God has planned, it’s essential that we embrace His sustaining power and dedicate ourselves to a lifetime of daily renewal.

“Jesus knew where he had come from, why he was here, and what he was supposed to accomplish. He came down from heaven not to do his own will, but the will of the Father. That determination controlled every decision he made. As a result, he was not distracted with trivia. He was never in a hurry, for he knew his Father would not give a task without the time to do it.” —Erwin W. Lutzer, pastor, teacher, and author

Singular Focus. Jesus’ main interest was doing God’s will. He was driven with the purpose of fulfilling the call. Every day, make it your aim to connect with God and learn His will. Love Him. Draw close to Him. Start your day with prayer. Read a devotional. Spend time confessing God’s Word.

They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Acts 2:42

Devote Yourself. Modern culture may be addicted to the rush of the start, but the middle and the end are very important too (Ecclesiastes 7:8). Cultivate biblical expectation. God has breakthrough for you on the other side of those ordeals and blockages. The Scriptures tell us that the righteous have afflictions, but God will deliver us out of them all (Psalm 34:19). Make it your goal to continue long enough to see God bring the deliverance!

Press on,
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.

Filled With God’s Power

Monday, May 28th, 2012

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

God is not looking for human wit or personal charm. He is looking for available, willing, and yielded vessels. He is looking for people who will connect to Him and be willing to serve Him through their lifetime. Regardless of how you may feel right now, God wants to use you for great things. He wants to get you positioned, poised, and prepared for what He has ahead.

In the Bible, we read about how God used many people who were plagued by personal insecurity. Gideon said, “I’m the least in my father’s house” (Judges 6:15). Moses said, “I stutter—use someone else” (Exodus 4:10). Isaiah said, “I am a man of unclean lips” (Isaiah 6:5). Peter said, “Depart from me—I’m a sinful man” (Luke 5:8). Yet, God used them powerfully. God is so faithful that even when you’re tired, exhausted, or distracted, He will come in and pour out His Spirit.

You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world. 1 John 4:4

You are from God! No matter what you are facing, the source of all power is linked up to your life. I pray you’ll rise up out of oppression and realize the devil has been lying to you—that he is in fact defeated. Because of what Jesus accomplished on the Cross, you can draw near (Hebrews 4:16); you are rescued from darkness (Colossians 1:13); and no weapon formed against you will prosper (Isaiah 54:17)!

You can pray and God will change the course of nations. You can serve and leave a lingering effect long after you are gone. The Greater One who lives in you is more than enough for your kids and your business. He’s more than enough to direct your motivation and help you with the next steps of obedience. So stay ready. Stay filled with the Holy Spirit and cultivate a tender and receptive heart. He will take your earthen vessel and fill it with wisdom, power, and the knowledge of His will!

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

For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of His will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives. Colossians 1:9

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Opportunities & Open Doors

Monday, May 21st, 2012

A wide door for effective service has opened to me, and there are many adversaries. 1 Corinthians 16:9

God’s kingdom is filled with opportunities and open doors. Like the early church, we are called into significance, and the sustaining power of God is just as intact in the 21st century as it was in the 1st. We live in a fallen world with troubles and challenges, but we have been given authority and victory through Jesus.

For we do not want you to be unaware, brethren, of our affliction which came to us in Asia, that we were burdened excessively, beyond our strength, so that we despaired even of life; indeed, we had the sentence of death within ourselves so that we would not trust in ourselves, but in God who raises the dead; who delivered us from so great a peril of death, and will deliver us, He on whom we have set our hope. And He will yet deliver us. 2 Corinthians 1:8-10

Paul was burdened for Asia Minor (present day Turkey). When Paul and Timothy encountered great resistance, where they despaired even of life, it was in the context of great potential—of Asia opening up to the Gospel. Earlier, Paul tried to go there but “the Spirit of Jesus had forbidden him” (Acts 16:6). Timing was everything. Eventually Paul taught in the school of Tyrannus for a two-year period. The result: all of Asia heard the Gospel (Acts 19:9-10).

God has given us the responsibility to carry life-changing truth to a harsh and broken world. You may not feel any indication of what God is getting ready to do through you. It may feel the exact opposite of an opportunity or open door. You can’t make it in your own power, but you can trust in the past, present, and future delivering power of God. If God can raise the dead, then He can surely help you.

He has delivered you. He is delivering you. And He will deliver you.

And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write . . . “I know your deeds. Behold, I have put before you an open door which no one can shut, because you have a little power, and have kept My word, and have not denied My name.” Revelation 3:7-8

What God does to you, He wants to do through you. When you understand how much God loves you, you can carry that love to the world. When you understand the authority you’ve been given, you can exert it to change desperate situations. While the world is on a search for significance, we know that we are created to trust in, rely on, and walk with the Lord. Open up your heart and set your hope on Jesus. As you follow Him, you will walk through the doors He opens.

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

Copyright © 2012 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.