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Three Ways to Build Your Hope

Friday, April 12th, 2019

“For I know the plans that I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11

1. REPLACE WORRY WITH TRUST. We are called to be a hopeful people and walk in constant expectation of impending good. This isn’t an artificial optimism; we know life is rough and this is a fallen world. Real hope is a biblically-based understanding of who God is and what He has promised. God is a present help right now – for you. (Psalm 46:1). The Eternal God watches over His Word to perform it – for you (Jeremiah 1:12).

You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:13

2. REPLACE DISTRACTION WITH FOCUS ON GOD. God is the most important part of our lives. If we have a problem, God has the answer. He invites us to seek Him (Jeremiah 29:13). He radiates wisdom and provision. He promises that when we seek, we will find (Matthew 7:7).

3. REPLACE COPING WITH OVERCOMING. We are created in Christ for something more than just surviving – God wants to do something significant through our lives. Some of you are facing issues that you haven’t mentioned to anyone. Cast those difficulties on the Lord. He promises to deliver you and then equip you to provide hope and help for someone else! God is good. Give your limitations to Him and put your hope in Him.

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

PRAY THIS PRAYER:
“God, I need help. I trust You. You are a sun and shield; You give grace and glory; No good thing do You withhold from those who walk uprightly (Psalm 84:11). You said to ask, and it will be given to me; seek, and I will find; knock, and the door will be opened to me (Matthew 7:7). I fix my hope on You (1 Timothy 4:10). Thank You for making Your wisdom available to me. I ask You for it right now. Show me what to do. In Jesus’ Name, amen!”

hope, verb
To cherish a desire with anticipation. To desire with expectation of obtainment or fulfillment. To expect with confidence: Trust.

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How to Abide in Hope

Friday, April 5th, 2019

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

1. REMEMBER YOUR HELPER. When we face challenges, we can choose to hide out, bury our heads in the sand and get depressed, or we can turn to the promise-keeping God. Our help doesn’t come from our own strength or creative ideas – it comes from the Lord. Look to Him! Abide in His Word. Not one of His promises has ever failed.
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Three Steps to Strength & Hope

Friday, March 29th, 2019

“Do not fear, for I am with you; do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10

1. CONQUER FEAR. Real help comes from God. Whatever you’re facing, God will help you. He knew fear is something we humans would have to deal with, so He tells us repeatedly throughout Scripture, “Do not fear,” and He gives us reasons why we don’t have to be afraid. We can trust Him with our relationships, with our thought life, with decisions we have to make, and with our health.

For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. Romans 15:4

2. BUILD FAITH. Faith is confident expectation that what God promised He will accomplish. We’re called not just to survive or constantly be in recovery mode. We are more than conquerors – so we can help people. That’s why we go to God’s Word to see how He fortified and strengthened others in the past: The apostle Paul was called to reach a pagan culture; Daniel in Babylon advised many kings through multiple regime changes; David killed a giant and became king of a nation; Esther stood up for her people against the schemes of one man; and Moses led an entire nation out of slavery.

And Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today. . . The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.” And the Lord said to Moses, “Why do you cry to Me? Tell the children of Israel to go forward.” Exodus 14:13-15

3. ACT ON WHAT YOU BELIEVE. Just like the great men and women of the Bible, we are called to stand up to the fears, challenges, and weights we encounter and to follow through and take action corresponding to our beliefs. There is more for us to do. There is more fruit for us to bear. Take seriously the responsibility to maintain momentum in your heart by shaking off fear, building your faith, and moving forward!

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

DAILY CONFESSION:
God gives strength to the weary and to those who are weak He increases power. I hope in the Lord and He renews my strength. I will soar on wings like eagles. I will run and not get tired. I will walk and not become weary (Isaiah 40:29-31).

up·hold, verb
To support or defend, as against opposition or criticism. To keep up or keep from sinking; support. To lift upward; raise. To maintain in good condition; take care of.

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A Steadfast Hope

Friday, March 22nd, 2019

This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast. Hebrews 6:19a

1. STAY IN THE FIGHT. Paul the Apostle wrote to Timothy to “fight the good fight of faith” (1 Timothy 6:12a). This is different from the baseless optimism of worldly hope because it is anchored in the abiding truth of God’s promises. When we encounter challenges, we can face them with rugged determination to never quit, because when God calls us He equips us with all we need to fight and win.

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord. 1 Corinthians 15:58

2. STAY IN THE WORD AND PRAYER. The real mark of success in any endeavor is consistency. That’s why Paul said to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17). Sometimes in the daily grind of life, I can get in a place where I don’t want to pray and I don’t feel like reading my Bible. But I know as I draw near to God, I will find the answers and the breakthrough.

The steadfast of mind You will keep in perfect peace, because he trusts in You. Isaiah 26:3

3. STAY THE COURSE. God wants to bless us — not just for our own benefit but also for others who need our help! God has called us to be ready in every season. Much of life is out of season — an actual harvest goes on for only a few weeks out of the year. The rest of the time involves preparing for the harvest. So whatever season you are in, stay centered on Jesus. Stay in church, keep praising God, and stay ready for Him to use you.

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

DAILY CONFESSION:
My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises! I will not fear evil tidings because my heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord (Psalm 57:7; Psalm 112:7).

stead·fast, adj.
Firmly fixed in place. Not subject to change. Firm in belief, determination, or adherence.

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How to Build for Eternity

Friday, February 22nd, 2019

And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
1 Corinthians 13:13

1. USE THE RIGHT COMPONENTS. Concrete is a durable building material composed of three things: rock, cement, and water. The Romans began construction on the Pantheon dome in 27 AD, and this concrete marvel still stands over 2,000 years later! Just as three elements come together to form concrete, so FAITH (belief and trust in God), HOPE (confident expectation of what God has promised), and LOVE (valuing and forgiving others because God first loved us) mix together to create the lasting substance of a Christian life.

2. GO BACK TO THE BASICS. The devil is real and he will try to antagonize us in areas of uncertainty. That’s why it’s important we reacquaint ourselves with what the Word of God says about how we should shape our lives and not just go by our assumptions. Take time to study scriptures about faith, hope, and love and how they can work in your life!

3. LET GOD BE THE BUILDER. You are under construction and God has designed you for longevity, for stability, and for purpose. God has achievements ahead for you that you can’t even grasp yet! Don’t underestimate the stabilizing you can bring into the marketplace, in a society, in a culture. As you stay in faith and maintain your hope and walk in love, watch your life become a steadying structure for those around you.

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

DAILY CONFESSION:
I trust You, God. I walk by faith and not by sight. I am an imitator of You, and I walk in love, just as Christ also loved me. I take hold of this sure and steadfast hope set before me and let it be an anchor for my soul. Above all, I’ll keep fervent in my love for others, because love covers a multitude of sins (2 Corinthians 5:7; Ephesians 5:1-2; Hebrews 6:19; 1 Peter 4:8).

a·bide, verb
To endure without yielding: withstand. To wait for: await. To remain stable or fixed in a state. To continue in a place.

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Three Ways to Get Tenacious in Hope

Friday, February 15th, 2019

Be strong and let your heart take courage, all you who hope in the Lord. Psalm 31:24

1. REMEMBER YOU WERE RESCUED. The Bible describes the pre-salvation position as “having no hope and without God in the world” (Ephesians 2:12). But the emptiness of a fallen world has forever changed because of Jesus. He left the splendor of heaven and came on a rescue mission for us. He died to forgive our sins and heal our diseases (1 Peter 2:24).

2. KNOW GOD’S WORD. Biblical hope is based on the integrity of God’s faithfulness – His character, performance, and nature – and differs greatly from the baseless optimism that the world calls hope. Hope in God springs from knowing His well-documented track record in the Scriptures (Romans 15:4). The faithful God in the Bible is the same God who will help you in your situation.

Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13

3. CARRY HOPE TO THE WORLD. God wants to use us to offset the incredible negativity and pessimism in the world. Hope is something that gets in our vocabulary when everybody else is complaining, that rises up even when circumstances go the opposite way, and that adjusts our thinking to remember God’s faithfulness. You can be confident that God will cause all things to work together for good and as you stay steady in hope, you will see the goodness of God in this life (Romans 8:28; Psalm 27:13-14).

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

DAILY CONFESSION:
I take courage and hope in the Lord. I fix my hope on the living God, who is the savior of all. I hope because Jesus took my sins on the cross and by His wounds I am healed. He strengthens my heart, and I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living (1 Timothy 4:10; 1 Peter 2:24; Psalm 31:24; Psalm 27:13-14).

te·na·cious, adj.
Characterized by extreme persistence; relentless or enduring. Holding fast; characterized by keeping a firm hold.

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Three Steps to Renew Your Hope

Friday, February 8th, 2019

“For I know the plans that I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11

1. TRUST GOD’S PROMISES. The prophet Jeremiah wrote these words almost 500 years before Jesus came to earth; yet we still have a right to this promise of hope. The same God who declared a future and a hope to an exiled people is our God today. He never changes (Hebrews 13:8). And because Jesus died for the sins of all humanity, we have a new covenant “inaugurated under better promises” (Hebrews 8:6). How much more are we now called to hope.

2. COMMIT TO GOD’S PRIORITIES. It is our responsibility to keep our hopes alive. Start your day with devotion to Jesus. Just as we follow through on commitments even when we don’t feel like it – going to work, taking care of our kids, etc. – we must set Jesus as a priority day in and day out. Read a Proverb a day, find a good devotional, read some Psalms, read a chapter of the New Testament. When we continually remind ourselves what God’s Word says, then we become equipped, encouraged, and established in truth (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:12-13).

Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13

3. RELY ON GOD’S PERSPECTIVE. Hope and faith do not deny reality. They are the product of trust in God’s faithfulness. Faith-filled believers understand that more is going on than what they can see. As Christians, we are called to have faith and hope that God is creating a masterpiece, even if we can’t yet see how it all ties together. So keep praying, keep loving others, don’t cave into negative bias, stay in the Word – and watch God use you as a voice of hope in the world.

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

PRAY THIS PRAYER:
I love You, Jesus. Today I renew my devotion to You. You are Lord and I give You first place in my life. Help me to be ready to give an account for the hope that is in me to anyone who asks. And help me to do it with gentleness and respect (1 Peter 3:15). Amen!

prom·ise, noun
A declaration that one will do or refrain from doing something specified. Reason to expect something. To pledge to do, bring about, or provide (verb).

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Breakthrough in Hope

Friday, January 25th, 2019

Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13

1. KNOW YOUR HOPE. Our beliefs fuel our destiny. Sometimes discouragement can settle in when we feel that life isn’t what it’s supposed to be. But when you shift your focus to Jesus and what He has done, you can get back to biblical hope. We fix our hope on the living God.

2. GROW IN HOPE. The one-two punch for building our hope is praying and spending time in the Word. It’s how we get refueled with confidence and courage to keep on moving forward with Jesus.

But in your hearts set Christ apart [as holy — acknowledging Him, giving Him first place in your lives] as Lord. Always be ready to give a [logical] defense to anyone who asks you to account for the hope and confident assurance [elicited by faith] that is within you, yet [do it] with gentleness and respect. 1 Peter 3:15 AMP

3. SHOW YOUR HOPE. There are not enough voices speaking encouragement and hope in the world. But God has called us to be carriers of hope and to “consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds” (Hebrews 10:24). We keep Jesus first in our hearts so that when we are asked why we have hope, we are ready to answer.

4. GO IN HOPE. Abraham believed God’s promise that he would become the father of many nations, even though he and his wife were way past child-bearing years. Yet he continued in hope, trusting God to fulfill His promise (Romans 4:17-19). We too can have a confident expectation of impending good, knowing that God’s Word is true and what was meant for harm, He will turn around for good (Genesis 50:20).

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

DAILY CONFESSION:
May the God of hope fill me with all joy and peace in believing so that I will abound in HOPE by the power of the Holy Spirit. I pray that the eyes of my heart may be enlightened so that I will know what is the HOPE of God’s calling (Romans 15:13, Ephesians 1:18).

Hope, verb
Biblical Greek word for hope: elpis
To anticipate, usually with pleasure; expectation or confidence.

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Abounding in Hope

Friday, January 18th, 2019

Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13

1. REDEMPTIVE HOPE. When something we are hoping for is delayed, our hearts can get discouraged (Proverbs 13:12). But even then, “the Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit” (Psalm 34:18). We base our hope not on the shifting sands of man but on the eternal Word of God. And we know that what He promises, He will do.

For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. Romans 15:4

2. BIBLICAL HOPE. “Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs it down, but a good word makes it glad” (Proverbs 12:25). Jesus cares about the smallest detail in our lives. There is help for us when our hearts grow cold and our vision for the future becomes blurred. If you’re running low on hope, go to God’s Word to equip, encourage, anchor, and gladden your soul.

Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord. Acts 3:19

3. RENEWED HOPE. God wants our hearts to reconnect with expectation. Those of us who have been stuck in depression or have given into our flesh realize how great it is to be forgiven. The Bible is filled with examples of imperfect people and challenging circumstances, and God helped them and renewed their hope. Open your heart to God today and let His eternal hope fill you with anticipation for what He has ahead!

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

DAILY CONFESSION:
This is a year of breakthrough for me. I hope in the Lord, and my heart is strengthened and takes courage. When I pray, I obtain. I walk by the Spirit and do not carry out the desires of the flesh. I grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus and I am filled with the knowledge of God’s will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding (Psalm 31:24; Mark 11:24; Galatians 5:16; 2 Peter 3:18; Colossians 1:9).

a·bound, verb
To exist or occur in abundance; be plentiful. To be plentifully supplied (with); teem (with).

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Hope for the New Year

Friday, January 11th, 2019

For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. Romans 15:4

1. ANCHORING TRUTH. Hearing the Word produces the ability to face the future with hope. What does the Bible say? Its anchoring thoughts are why we keep going back to the amazing stories of the Old and New Testaments. It builds in us an unshakeable confidence in God so that we can face off with the world’s challenges.

We who have taken refuge would have strong encouragement to take hold of the hope set before us. This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast. Hebrews 6:18b-19a

2. ENVIRONMENT OF HOPE. The Bible tells us to “consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds” (Hebrews 10:24). Look for ways to help people get out of the harsh dilemma of hopelessness – not by being flattering or offering hollow optimism, but by being encouraging according to the anchoring truth of God’s Word and making Jesus known.

Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13

3. STRONG IN FAITH. If faith is the substance of things hoped for, then we should maintain biblical hope. Hope is an expectation of some good, and hearing the Word produces the ability to face the future with hope and faith. So take time this month to draw near to God and get your hope strengthened. 2019 is going to shine!

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

DAILY CONFESSION (Lamentations 3:21-24):
This I recall to my mind, therefore I have hope. The Lord’s lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “Therefore I have hope in Him.”

hope, verb
To expect with confidence: trust. To desire with expectation of obtainment or fulfillment.

Copyright © 2019 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. “hope.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. 08 January 2019.