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Obstacles and Opportunities

Friday, June 16th, 2017

For a wide door for effective service has opened to me [Paul], and there are many adversaries. 1  Corinthians 16:9

1. WALK THROUGH THE OPEN DOOR. Opportunities are often disguised by obstacles. With every promise there will be inherent challenges and problems. Paul knew he was going to have challenges, but he kept forging ahead anyway. Instead of shrinking back or hesitating, we must seek God about what opportunity He has for us in the midst of difficulty.

Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving; praying at the same time for us as well, that God will open up to us a door for the word. Colossians 4:2-3a

2. PRAY WITH THANKSGIVING. Gratitude will help us stay out of self-pity. It will keep us out of the “poor me” club. It will help us to stay buoyant and on the cutting edge of where God wants us to be. As we rouse ourselves with prayer and thanksgiving, we will be bold and have courage to walk through the open door!

“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 3:8

3. FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT OF FAITH. Some of the greatest miracles in my life have happened in the context of crisis and trial. Even if you feel like you only have a “little power” and are just plodding along, keep pressing on. God wants to open a door that no one can shut. That’s why we must not get so caught up in the obstacles that we miss the opportunities. As you live your life in the Word and keep your eyes on Jesus, you will be ready to seize the many amazing moments God has ahead for you.

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

DAILY CONFESSION
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. I stay on the alert, I stand firm in the faith, strong—and I let all that I do be done in love (1 Corinthians 16:13-14). And God is opening a door of opportunity for me that no one can shut!

op·por·tu·ni·ty, noun
A favorable or advantageous circumstance or combination of circumstances. A chance for progress or advancement.

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How to Accomplish God’s Plan

Friday, January 22nd, 2016

Then he said to me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel saying, ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ says the Lord of hosts.” Zechariah 4:6

1. RELY ON THE HOLY SPIRIT. God has called us to things way beyond our human skill. Zerubbabel was called to rebuild the temple in Jerusalem after returning from exile in Babylon, despite great obstacles. God sent an angel to let Zerubbabel know that he would not get it done by his own human strength but by God’s power.

“What are you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you will become a plain; and he will bring forth the top stone with shouts of ‘Grace, grace’ to it!” Zechariah 4:7

2. SPEAK TO YOUR MOUNTAINS. Make 2016 all about Jesus. He is the Alpha and the Omega—the beginning and the end—and He is with you now. He is able to accomplish the impossible. Jesus told us to have faith in God and speak to our mountains. So don’t doubt. Shout, “Grace! Grace!” to whatever is hindering you and it must move. (Zechariah 4:7; Mark 11:22-23).

Also the word of the Lord came to me, saying, “The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house, and his hands will finish it. Then you will know that the Lord of hosts has sent me to you.” Zechariah 4:8-9

3. FINISH STRONG. When God calls you to finish something, remember that He is faithful and He will bring it to pass. Some of the most extraordinary miracles come out of ordinary obedience to Him and His Word. With the help of the Holy Spirit, you will finish strong.

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

DAILY CONFESSION
2016 is going to be a Holy Spirit year. All my expectations, hopes, and dreams I lay at the feet of Jesus – for I am His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that I would walk in them (Ephesians 2:10). I know my God and I will display strength and take action. (Daniel 11:32).

ac·com·plish, verb
To succeed in doing something, especially something that you have been trying to do for a period of time.

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How to Overcome

Saturday, December 5th, 2015

Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. Romans 12:21

1. Hang out with God. Jesus said He only did what He saw His Father doing (John 5:19). “Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children” (Ephesians 5:1). How can you imitate God unless you spend time with Him? This week, instead of constantly watching the news, take in some good news and commune with God. Turn off your radio and phone and then fellowship with Him.

2. Obey the Word of God. We are a forward presence of the kingdom of God. In obedience to the Word of God, the Early Church impacted the Roman culture; Daniel impacted Babylon; and Joseph, in a moment of famine and social distress, brought improvement and help to the Egyptian people. God is opening a door for us that no man can shut, and through our obedience the Word of God is going into all the world.

Then [they] sent a message to me, saying, “Come, let us meet together . . .” But they were planning to harm me. So I sent messengers to them, saying, “I am doing a great work and I cannot come down. Why should the work stop while I leave it and come down to you?” Nehemiah 6:2-3

3. Keep doing God’s work.
You are doing a great work. That’s why you can’t come down to indifference, to revenge, to being a hater, or to getting bored and overwhelmed. God has not given you a spirit of fear but a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7). When you feel blunted and fearful let the fire of God burn and overcome evil with good (Romans 12:21). Jesus is the answer to society’s problems. Jesus is the answer to your situation. He is available and He is an ever present help in time of need.

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

DAILY CONFESSION
I don’t fret (Psalm 37:8). I cast all my cares on God and receive His peace that passes understanding (Philippians 4:7). He is available to help (Psalm 46:1) and He cares about me affectionately (1 Peter 5:7). God’s praise is continually in my mouth (Psalm 34:1).

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Power to Overcome

Monday, February 25th, 2013

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

Because of Jesus, you can renew your determination to overcome in life—not in your own strength but by the 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), to cast out demons (Mark 6:7) and heal the sick (Mark 3:15).

For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. 1 John 5:4

The name of Jesus is above every name. Use it fearlessly against the forces of darkness. When things get weird, pray. That same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead dwells in you (Romans 8:11). Take hold of the promises of God and use His Word like a hammer to break the bondages and barriers in your heart. As you trust God, He will walk you through what looked like absolute defeat into a place of victory (Romans 8:37).

Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. Romans 8:35, 37

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

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A Mission to Move Mountains

Monday, November 19th, 2012

Then he said to me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel saying, ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ says the Lord of hosts. ‘What are you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you will become a plain; and he will bring forth the top stone with shouts of “Grace, grace to it!”’” Zechariah 6-7

THE MISSION. We are people with a mission, a kingdom-advancing, life-changing message: Jesus is the King! The Lord. The imagery we see in the Old Testament is the same for us today. It’s not a message of evacuation and escapism but a call to go out and spread the good news message of Jesus to all the world.

BY GOD’S POWER. What God has called us to is supernatural—we can’t do it on our own. It’s going to take the power of the Holy Spirit for us to maintain united hearts; to continue to be good moms and dads; to have substance that impacts a deteriorating culture. These things can’t be done by human methodology or sophisticated systems, but it can be accomplished by the Spirit of God. Holy Spirit power and revelation are available if we just open up the Bible and seek God. Let’s press into our prayer closets, worship God, and devote ourselves to Bible intake. Try turning off the TV for five minutes, putting your phone on silent, and focusing on the Word.

And Jesus answered saying to them, “Have faith in God. Truly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says is going to happen, it will be granted him.” Mark 11:22-23.

MOVING MOUNTAINS. Carry the awareness that you have a mission from God and it’s critical that you live it out. The mountains we face are seemingly insurmountable things that loom before us: alarming symptoms in the body, disappointing relationships, needs that are far greater than what the current resource can supply, problems that we need to deal with, and things that govern culture. If a mountain is looming before you, face it with your spiritual authority. When others face their mountains intercede, supplicate, and stand for them. When you address the Father in the Name of Jesus on the basis of the Word of God, you are going to get huge results. Every time.

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

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Face the Obstacles

Monday, March 1st, 2010

For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. Romans 8:2

There is a law of sin and death, but there is a higher and overriding law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus. The superseding law of what God will do in our lives is as real as the “law of lift” that Orville and Wilbur Wright discovered when they first flew an airplane. And this life in Christ Jesus will enable us to face and override anything the devil throws our way.

When we face obstacles with the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus backing us up, we know that as we hit rough headwinds God will make us “ride on the high places of the earth” (Deuteronomy 32:13). Trust God in every situation and stay engaged in the fight. Pray a little bit, get in the Word, and pray a little more to get your mind renewed. You can address your obstacles with the confidence that God who has begun a good work in you will complete it! (Philippians 1:6).

Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God. And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us. Romans 5:1-5

God is at work in you causing advancement and change in your life. So when you encounter tough circumstances, remember that “the new spiritual principle of life in Christ lifts [you] out of the old vicious circle of sin and death” (Romans 8:2 Phillips). Whenever the wind starts to blow, turn and face it with the confidence that you have the victory and are called by God to carry this good news to the world!

Press on!
Pastor Jeff

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