Archive for the ‘God's presence’ Category

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Friday, October 6th, 2017

HOW GOD IS OUR REFUGE

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change and though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea; though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains quake at its swelling pride. Selah. Psalm 46:1-3

GOD IS:

STRONG AND SOUND. When circumstances get weird, you can run to God and find safety. He has not given you a spirit of fear, but He has given you a spirit of power, love, and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV).

A VERY PRESENT HELP. You are not alone. The presence of God isn’t a vague theory—He is with you, ready and available to help with every challenge.

FORGIVING. God loves you and His grace abounds toward you. Sin, fear, shame, and rejection are all dealt with by Jesus and what He did on the Cross. What a relief! If you feel trapped in sin, repent and He will deliver you (1 Corinthians 10:13).

ETERNALLY UNCHANGING. God is the same yesterday today and forever (Hebrews 13:8). The same God found in Psalm 91 is your safe refuge today. Open the Scriptures and get strengthened. Make it personal and speak out who Jesus is in your life: your refuge, your fortress, your shield.

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

DAILY CONFESSION (PSALM 91:1-4)
I dwell in the shelter of the Most High. I abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord He is my refuge and my fortress, my God in whom I trust. He delivers me from the snare of the trapper and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover me with His feathers and under His wings I seek refuge. His faithfulness is a shield and a wall.

ref·uge, noun
Protection or shelter, as from danger or hardship: A place providing protection or shelter: A source of help, relief, or comfort in times of trouble.

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. “Refuge.” The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition copyright ©2017 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Web. 3 Oct. 2017.

New Beginnings

Saturday, September 10th, 2016

Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. 2 Corinthians 5:17

GO FORWARD. Jesus came on the scene not to condemn or reinforce failure, but to become a sin substitute for us (2 Corinthians 5:21). Don’t let the past hold you back. If there is an area of self-inflicted misery in your life, repent and move on. When vision gets disrupted, when momentum gets crippled by challenges, it is God who is at work urging and helping us to put off the old person and keep putting on the new (Philippians 2:13; Ephesians 4:22-24).

RESET DAILY. Like the beginning of a new day, God’s mercies are new every morning (Lamentations 3:22-23). God designed sunrise and sunset as a reset to help us so that we don’t carry the baggage of yesterday or even the dread of tomorrow. God has grace for each day (Matthew 6:34).

OVERCOME, DON’T SUCCUMB. This Christian life of change and moving forward is not for the elite few—it is accessible to all who seek God (James 4:8). Instead of succumbing to all the worries of the world, spend more time in the presence of God where you’ll find rest and renewal (Psalm 91:1-2 NKJV; Matthew 11:28).

WALK IN EFFECTIVENESS. All your life experiences prepare you for credibility, for contact, for incredible impact. The purpose of change is not about personal comfort but about getting ready for increase. People who have been disinterested in the things of God are becoming interested. Now we need to be ready.

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

DAILY CONFESSION
God, thank You for Your mercies that are new every morning! Today I repent of any sin. As I draw near to You, You will draw near to me (James 4:8). I push the reset button and I start fresh! I love You, Jesus. Amen!

O God, You are my God; early will I seek You; my soul thirsts for You; Psalm 63:1a

New, adjective
Still fresh. Different from the former or the old. Changed for the better; rejuvenated.

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

Knowing God

Friday, July 15th, 2016

In the early morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house, and went away to a secluded place, and was praying there. Mark 1:35

1. CONNECTION. Christianity is a relationship—not just knowing about God, but knowing Him personally. We’ve all drifted at times and gotten into routine, but when we take time to connect with God—through prayer, times of worship, and getting in the Word—it makes all the difference.

It was at this time that He [Jesus] went off to the mountain to pray, and He spent the whole night in prayer to God. And when day came, He called His disciples to Him and chose twelve of them, whom He also named as apostles. Luke 6:12-13

2. WISDOM. After Jesus had gone to the mountain to pray, He chose the twelve disciples. When we seek the Lord, we will get wisdom. Our spirits grow and develop when we get into prayer, go to church, and—most important—spend time with God in the secret place (Psalm 91:1 NKJV).

Now as they observed the confidence of Peter and John and understood that they were uneducated and untrained men, they were amazed, and began to recognize them as having been with Jesus. Acts 4:13

3. IMPACT. Lingering in the presence of God translates into impacting others. When you know your God, then good fruit will come of it. Personal, political and societal issues are all resolved in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus—the Head of the Church and the hope for America.

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

Pray this prayer:
Jesus, I love You. I choose today to reconnect in my fellowship with You. You will make known to me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy (Psalm 16:11). Thank You for Your wisdom operating in my daily life. I know my God and I am strong and will carry out great exploits (Daniel 11:32b). In Jesus’ Name, amen!

Know, verb
To have a practical understanding of, as through experience. To have fixed in the mind.
To perceive as familiar; recognize. To discern the character or nature of.

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

Redemption in Every Situation

Sunday, February 22nd, 2015

But Joseph said to them, “Do not be afraid, for am I in God’s place? As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive.” Genesis 50:19-20

Pressure Produces. We know that diamonds are formed through the combination of high pressure and high temperature.* In the same way, the inevitable pressures in our lives can produce beautiful results if we’ll just let God turn things around.

And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. James 1:4

God-Reliance. When we go through a battle or when we fail or sin, we become a lot less self-righteous and formulaic and a lot more reliant on a loving God who never leaves us or forsakes us. It’s not about having it all figured out. Instead, it’s about trusting God to redeem circumstances and turn things around for good (Romans 8:28).

For it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure. Philippians 2:13

Draw Close to God. The devil is fighting to disrupt our yearning for more closeness and depth with God (2 Corinthians 11:3). If you find yourself grumpy and irritable, you can get free from negative thinking and become joyful again. Take a deep breath and give thanks and praise to Jesus. Get built up in the Word of God. Ponder what Jesus has accomplished on the Cross. Fixate on things that are true, lovely, and pure (Philippians 4:8).

Pray This Prayer: based on Psalm 51:10-12
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Thank You for Your presence and for giving me the Holy Spirit to help me in every situation. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation and sustain me with a willing spirit.

re·deem, verb
To set free, as from slavery or kidnapping, by providing money or other compensation. To save (a person or soul) from a state of sinfulness and its consequences. To restore the honor, worth, or reputation of.

God bless you,
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louid 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.*Lineberry, Cate. “Diamonds Unearthed.” n.d.: n. pag. Smithsonian.com. SMITHSONIAN MAGAZINE, Dec. 2006. Web. 18 Feb. 2015.

Start Your Day With God

Monday, January 12th, 2015

In the early morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house, and went away to a secluded place, and was praying there. Simon and his companions searched for Him; they found Him, and said to Him, “Everyone is looking for You.” He said to them, “Let us go somewhere else to the towns nearby, so that I may preach there also; for that is what I came for.” Mark 1:35-38

Be Fruitful Not Busy. Jesus only did what He saw His Father do. How did He know what God did? Jesus spent time with Him. Sometimes you can get distracted by too many opportunities and give your attention to the loudest or most urgent thing. But because Jesus took time to seek God, He received direction to know what He was supposed to do instead of what others thought He should do.

Fresh Start. When you are in a transition like the beginning of a new year and you crave a fresh surge of fruitfulness, Mark 1:35 is a credible pattern you can follow. This verse is saying that Jesus had to get alone with God and then goes on to show that He got great results. We can too.

Seize the Moment. Capitalize on alone time with God before the emails pour in, before the phones start ringing, before you have to get out in traffic. Choose some tools to help you: a Bible reading plan, a daily devotional, a Bible promise book—or read just a Proverb a day. It’s not just for highly self-disciplined or contemplative personalities—it’s for every person. There is no substitute for intentional time with God. The results are profound.

Pray this Prayer:
God, I commit to spending time with You at the start of every day. I resolve to sensitize myself to hear Your voice and follow Your purpose. I thank You, God, that You will get me where I need to be when I need to be there and I’ll avoid wrong contacts and I will make the right connections. In Jesus’ Name, amen.

fruit•ful, adj.
Yielding or producing fruit. Conducive to an abundant yield. Abundantly productive.

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. “Fruitful.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 07 Jan. 2015.