Archive for the ‘praising God’ Category

Press On

Friday, October 9th, 2015

“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

1. FACE THE FACTS OF LIFE COURAGEOUSLY. We are designed to be carriers of the presence of God. Christianity is not a message of escapism but of realism. The reality is that even though we live in a fallen world, we are overcomers because of Jesus.

For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes in Him will not be disappointed.” Romans 10:11

2. COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS. God has a plan, and we can trust Him even when we face things absolutely designed to discourage us. If you’ve become fluent in the language of whining, then it’s time to learn the language of praise. Instead of murmuring and naming your problems, write your blessings down and fight self-pity with God’s promises. Speak to your mountains. Be bold in your declaration of trust in God!

A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed. Proverbs 11:25 NIV

3. SPEND YOURSELF ON BEHALF OF OTHERS. God rarely extracts healers from the ranks of the unscarred. Even in the middle of your own battle, you are called to refresh others. Instead of succumbing to self-pity, look around and realize that others need encouragement too. Give them a call, text a scripture, or spend some time praying for them.

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

DAILY CONFESSION based on Psalm 103:1-5
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless His holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget none of His benefits; Who pardons all my iniquities, Who heals all my diseases; Who redeems my life from the pit, Who crowns me with lovingkindness and compassion; Who satisfies my years with good things, so that my youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

Press On, verb
To start or continue doing something in a determined way, often despite problems.

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Praise and Thanksgiving

Monday, October 1st, 2012

Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. Philippians 4:8

Remember your past breakthroughs. Learn to count your blessings. Remembering former breakthroughs will help to carry you through current challenges. Before he faced Goliath, David told Saul, “The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine” (1 Samuel 17:37).

Here’s a good way to recall praiseworthy things in your life. Write down three instances of deliverance, breakthrough, or victory that you can thank God for. It could be something from your distant past, something that happened just this morning, or even something that wouldn’t seem like a big deal to others but is significant to you.

Daily reinstate your relationship with Jesus. These principles of praise and worship are rooted in who Jesus is. Receiving Jesus is not a religious ritual—you get a new life! And if that were not enough, there are a lot of other things that we can thank God for: how He pulled us out of despair or depression, how He was with us in trouble, how He never left us even when we failed, how He has saved us and given us the security of eternal life. Rejoice in the God of your salvation, and take time to acknowledge Jesus in your daily life.

Dare to be wild. You were not born to be a plastic house plant. You were created to make a difference in this world, to achieve great things, and to be more than a conqueror. When circumstances get rough, when kids get weird, or when finances are squeezed—call upon the Lord and get radical. If you see a need, give. Serve, love, believe God to go through that door. Daily thank God for what He has done! Life is an adventure, and you are called to live it.

                  “Get your motor running. Head out on the highway.
                 Looking for adventure and whatever comes our way.”
                             Steppenwolf—Born to Be Wild

Thank God for all He has done!
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.

Praise and Peace

Monday, September 24th, 2012

I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. I sought the Lord, and He answered me, and delivered me from all my fears. Psalm 34:1, 4

Your thought life doesn’t have to be worn down by a bunch of fear. God said that He would keep us in perfect peace when our minds are set on Him (Isaiah 26:3). God has designed praise and worship as powerful tools to help us obtain breakthrough and freedom.

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7

Apathy is a hindrance. We have to offset the voice that says there is no help for you in God with the voice that proclaims how faithful He is. Be deliberate and choose to enter His gates with thanksgiving and praise, which are the opposite of ingratitude and backing off.

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love. 1 John 4:18

Fear is an enemy. Fear will try to seize you, disrupt your creativity, and make you so worried that you don’t walk through the door of what God has designed for you. But God has not given you a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV). As you draw close to God through praise and worship and meditate on His faithfulness, you will begin to understand God’s perfect love—and fear will have no room to stay.

They looked to Him and were radiant, and their faces will never be ashamed. Psalm 34:5

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

Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him, bless His name. For the Lord is good; His lovingkindness is everlasting and His faithfulness to all generations. Psalm 100:4-5

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.

Praise God All Day Long

Monday, September 3rd, 2012

I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul will make its boast in the Lord; the humble will hear it and rejoice. O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together. Psalm 34:1-3

It’s easy to get busy or preoccupied and try to numb ourselves with entertainment. But God has called us to push past distractions and focus on Him. When we come before God in praise and worship, we’re reinforcing who He is, what He is capable of doing, and His faithfulness throughout the ages.

If you were a worshiper of God but life has contained your praise and you’ve lost your fire, don’t lament! You have a choice: You can sit and sulk and start to feel bad that you’ve let this slip, or you can start fresh right now. Every day is a new day (Lamentations 3:22-23), and God makes all things new (Revelation 21:5). You are a chosen generation called to proclaim the excellencies of God (1 Peter 2:9).

It is good to give thanks to the Lord and to sing praises to Your name, O Most High; to declare Your lovingkindness in the morning and Your faithfulness by night, with the ten-stringed lute and with the harp, with resounding music upon the lyre. For You, O Lord, have made me glad by what You have done, I will sing for joy at the works of Your hands. Psalm 92:1-4

When we thank God for who He is and what He has done, it helps us to be less introspective and more aware of our Deliverer. Fear and anxiety leave as our eyes get on Jesus. Our battles are won (2 Chronicles 20). Chains fall off and prisoners get set free (Acts 16:25). People are saved (Acts 16:30-34).

Saturate your day with praise. Praise Him with music (2 Kings 3:15). Praise God in your car; praise Him in your house. Shout out your praise (Psalm 95:1-2). “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord!” (Psalm 150:6).

My mouth is filled with Your praise and with Your glory all day long. Psalm 71:8

Praise God!
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.

Praise and Breakthrough

Monday, August 27th, 2012

Oh give thanks to the Lord, call upon His name; make known His deeds among the peoples. Sing to Him, sing praises to Him; speak of all His wonders. Glory in His holy name; let the heart of those who seek the Lord be glad. Seek the Lord and His strength; seek His face continually. Remember His wonderful deeds which He has done, His marvels and the judgments from His mouth. 1 Chronicles 16:8-12

When Jehoshaphat, king of Judah, was afraid he sought the Lord (2 Chronicles 20:3). When we see an alarming situation or a terrible circumstance, our minds want to fixate on it instead of turning our attention to seek the Lord. But as we worship God, breakthrough happens. Like He did for the people of Judah, God will set up ambushes against your enemy (2 Chronicles 20:22).

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:4, 6-7

What do you do when you feel discouraged? You can choose to wear the spirit of heaviness, or you can throw that off and put on a garment of praise (Isaiah 61:3). You may have been bombarded again and again in the same area. Your battle may have intensified exponentially in recent days. But instead of being overcome by your circumstances, you can actually sing, pray, and worship your way to victory.

But the people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits. Daniel 11:32b NKJV

Praise and worship remind us how faithful our God is. As you draw near to God, strength comes into your spirit. When you praise and worship God, darkness is pushed back, anxiety dissipates, and things change. Remember: you can face whatever it is you’re dealing with—because the battle is not yours but the Lord’s (2 Chronicles 20:17) and He will bring the breakthrough!

“Praise is the best auxiliary to prayer. He who most bears in mind what has been done for him by God will be most emboldened to ask for fresh gifts from above.” —Henry Melvill

God bless you,
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.

Overcoming In The Midnight Hour

Monday, August 13th, 2012

But about midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns of praise to God, and the prisoners were listening to them; and suddenly there came a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison house were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were unfastened. Acts 16:25-26

There is power in praising God—chains come loose and situations change. Paul and Silas were put in a dark and rough situation. Instead of yielding to fear and caving to self-pity, they lifted their voices and prayed and praised God out loud. Like Paul and Silas, every follower of Jesus is called to be a praiser, to have songs of deliverance and victory.

You are my hiding place; You preserve me from trouble; You surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah. Psalm 32:7

This may be your midnight hour. Your mind might feel so numb that you can’t figure out any strategies for moving forward. But it’s worth it to fight through the numbness. How? Read the Word, pray, sing praises, and declare victory over the situation. There is a beginning, middle, and end to the battles you’re facing. The bottom line is that God always causes us to triumph (2 Corinthians 2:14).

The world around you is looking to see how you are going to react in tough situations. The voice of your praise is a tribute to a faithful God and makes Him known to others. The prisoners were listening to Paul and Silas (Acts 16:25), and the jailer (and his entire family!) got saved as a result of his encounter with them.

During dark times, it can be tempting to murmur or to enter into fear. Instead, acknowledge that you are called by God (2 Timothy 1:9), that He has restored authority to you in the name of Jesus (Luke 10:19), and that when you draw near to Him in worship and praise you can expect breakthrough in your life (Psalm 100:4-5).

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

Press on,
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.