Archive for the ‘Strength’ Category

Ways to Get Strengthened!

Friday, March 17th, 2017

But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you. Matthew 6:6

FELLOWSHIP WITH GOD. God is all powerful and when we draw near to Him, strength will come. His presence shifts us from surviving to thriving. Delving into the Word of God and spending time in God’s presence will strengthen your heart. If you feel worn down by life, take time like Jesus often did to “slip away to the wilderness and pray” (Luke 5:16). The Creator of the Universe has everything you need—all the strength, all the power, all the insight, all the guidance. And always try to remember what Daniel 11:32b proclaims: The people who know their God shall be strong and do exploits!

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

KNOW WHO YOU ARE IN GOD. God is urging us toward a greater level of breakthrough than we’ve ever experienced. Like a soldier in basic training or like a surgeon who scrubs and prepares before the operation, there is something we are preparing for as a church. We get strengthened not only so that we can cope, fight, and win in our personal lives, but also for all the people attached to our obedience and for all the repercussive effects our lives are called to have.

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

PRAY THIS PRAYER:
I pray that I would be strengthened with power through God’s Spirit in the inner man, that Christ would dwell in my heart through faith and that I being rooted and grounded in love may be able to comprehend what is the breadth, and length, and height, and depth, and that I may know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge and that I would be filled up to all the fullness of God. Ephesians 3:14-19

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Five Ways to Get Strong!

Friday, February 17th, 2017

1. PRAISE YOUR WAY TO STRENGTH. God is so good! He is worthy of praise! It pleases Him and, interestingly, He designed it to benefit us! He’s looking for worshippers who will worship in spirit and in truth. Worship and praise are weapons against fear, despondency, and stagnation. It will drive away introspection and fortify your faith.

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

2. WAIT YOUR WAY TO STRENGTH. This is not procrastination but a prayerful expectancy. We inquire of and talk to God and then we wait and listen.

Yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary. Isaiah 40:31

3. MEDITATE YOUR WAY TO STRENGTH. As you meditate on the Word of God, it will strengthen you to be ready to advance—to command mountains in your way to move, to fight new fights, and to take new land.

How blessed is the man . . . [whose] delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night. Psalm 1:1-2

4. REST & EAT YOUR WAY TO STRENGTH. There are times when we get worn out and discouraged like the prophet Elijah did in the Old Testament. God sent an angel with very practical instructions to strengthen Elijah: eat, drink water, and sleep (1 Kings 19:5-6).

5. LAUGH YOUR WAY TO STRENGTH. When the people of Israel became painfully aware of their failure and began to grieve for how far they had fallen, God accepted it and forgave them and said, “Do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength” (Nehemiah 8:10b).

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

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Designed for Durability

Friday, January 27th, 2017

The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him, and I am helped; therefore my heart exults, and with my song I shall thank Him. Psalm 28:7

1. LET GOD LIFT YOU. When King David had to strengthen himself in the Lord after a hard battle, it wasn’t easy. He wasn’t well rested; he wasn’t feeling spiritual; he didn’t have anyone else to encourage him. But still he got into God’s presence and received direction and encouragement (1 Samuel 30:6). Whatever circumstances you find yourself in, however depleted you may feel, seek the Lord—He has answers and strength for your every need!

2. WHAT’S FILLING YOUR HEART? When push comes to shove, that which fills our hearts will come out of our mouths (Luke 6:45). The best thing we can do is saturate ourselves with the Old and New Testament; pack in the Psalms and Proverbs; read the Gospels; read the Epistles. The more we meditate on the Word day and night, the more the power of God’s promises will flow out of us in times of crisis.

3. SURVIVE & THRIVE. God has designed us for longevity. He has called us to be more than conquerors (Romans 8:37). To overcome in the day of trouble, get in the presence of God. Get in the Word of God, so that you can survive and thrive in any crisis.

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

DAILY CONFESSION based on Psalm 1
The Lord knows the way of the righteous. I am blessed because I do not walk in the counsel of the wicked, nor stand in the path of sinners, nor sit in the seat of scoffers. But my delight is in the law of the Lord and in His Law I meditate day and night. I am like a tree firmly planted by streams of water which yields fruit in season, and my leaves don’t wither. In whatever I do, I prosper!

du·ra·ble, adj
Capable of withstanding wear and tear or decay. Made to withstand repeated use over a relatively long period. Able to perform or compete over a long period, as by avoiding or overcoming injuries.

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God’s Plans. God’s Timing

Friday, December 9th, 2016

The people who know their God will display strength and take action. Daniel 11:32b

1. RESPOND TO GOD. The champions of the Bible are not unattainable superheroes. They are men and women who simply responded to God, believed the word that He had given them, and acted on the mission. That’s where they found the strength and that’s where we too will find the strength to complete our course.

2. BELIEVE GOD’S WORD. Instead of asking God to bless your plans, ask God to bless you with His plans. If we’ll lay aside our agendas in favor of God’s agenda, with Jesus’ adamant attitude toward the Father: “Not My will, but Yours be done” (Luke 22:42)—over the course of time we’ll thrive and our culture will be impacted powerfully by the salt and light in our lives.

But My servant Caleb, because he has had a different spirit and has followed Me fully, I will bring into the land which he entered, and his descendants shall take possession of it. Numbers 14:24

3. ACT ON THE MISSION. There has never been a better time to invest all your heart into the things of God. You are called to be a world changer, to push back darkness, to bring hope—to be an Esther who was unassuming but stepped up and walked through the door God opened for her; to be like Caleb who had a different spirit; or to be like the apostle Paul who overcame detours and obstacles to fulfill God’s plan and finally preach the Word unhindered. God has His hand on your life. Hold to his plan. Believe for it, stand for it. His timing is always perfect.

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

PRAY THIS PRAYER:
Lord, my heart is inclined to You and I know Your voice. Use me to make a difference and to have impact, for healing to flow, lives to change, and courage to come. Fill me now with the power of Your Holy Spirit. Order my steps. Thank You, Jesus, that signs and wonders will follow my life. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

strength, noun
The quality that allows someone to deal with problems in a determined and effective way. The quality or state of being strong; capacity for exertion or endurance; power of resisting attack.

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A Different Way of Thinking

Friday, November 4th, 2016

The angel of the Lord appeared to him and said to him, “The Lord is with you, O valiant warrior.” Then Gideon said to him, “O my Lord, if the Lord is with us, why then has all this happened to us?” Judges 6:12-13a

1. GOD USES RELUCTANT WARRIORS. When God called Gideon to step up and rescue the people of Israel, Gideon responded with excuses: God’s abandoned us; I’m the least important and the youngest; if this is You, God, prove it. He was expressing attitudes that had been formed by years of oppression and disappointment. But God was introducing Gideon to a new way of thinking.

The Lord looked at him and said, “Go in this your strength and deliver Israel from the hand of Midian. Have I not sent you?” Judges 6:14

2. GO IN THIS YOUR STRENGTH. God is your strength. Gideon and the people of Israel were afraid of their oppressors, but then they were reminded of how big God is. Even if you feel like you’ve been operating in a difficult environment for years, God is calling you out and up.

So the Spirit of the Lord came upon Gideon; and he blew a trumpet. Judges 6:34

3. SOUND THE TRUMPET. If you don’t feel qualified to impact the world, join the club. Gideon considered himself the least important, but God encouraged him, equipped him, and eased him into his calling. Believe what God says about you in His Word and let Him replace insecurity with courage, disappointment with faith. God is not finished with you!

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

PRAY THIS PRAYER
God, I thank You for Your strategy for my life. I place my trust in the Word of God and not my past circumstances. I say yes to Your plans and purposes! In Jesus’ name, amen.

think·ing, noun
An opinion, or a set of ideas. The way that you consider things or react to them.

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How to Get Fortified

Friday, April 29th, 2016

Then David and the people who were with him lifted their voices and wept until there was no strength in them to weep. Moreover David was greatly distressed because the people spoke of stoning him, for all the people were embittered, each one because of his sons and his daughters. But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God. 1 Samuel 30:4, 6

1. STRENGTHEN YOURSELF IN THE LORD. Sometimes, like King David, we find ourselves facing off with challenges alone with no one around to encourage us. But at that moment of depletion, we can find encouragement and fortification by seeking God. As we fellowship with Him, strength rises up on the inside of us and we are able to fight and not let up.

Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you. Colossians 3:16a

2. FEED ON GOD’S WORD.
Strengthening comes from both nutrition and resistance. Life offers plenty of resistance in the form of challenges and battles. But we get our nutrition from God’s Word.

3. STAY THE COURSE. Hebrews 11 lists great people of faith who “from weakness were made strong” (Hebrews 11:34). Take some time to meditate on that chapter and be stirred by the men and women who stayed the course their entire lives. As you stay in the faith fight, you will see breakthrough results—both in your life and in the lives of those around you!

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

DAILY CONFESSION:
I am strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might (Ephesians 6:10). I am strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus (2 Timothy 2:1). I will not fear for God is with me. I will not anxiously look about me for He is my God. He will strengthen me, He will help me, He will uphold me with His righteous right hand (Isaiah 41:10). In Jesus’ Name, amen.

for·ti·fy, verb
To strengthen and secure. To give physical strength, courage, or endurance to. To add mental or moral strength to. To add material to for strengthening or enriching.

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. “Fortify.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. 26 April 2016.

Your Identity Is Safe with God

Friday, March 6th, 2015

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. John 10:10

1. Origin. In the beginning was God. You were fearfully and wonderfully made by an intelligent designer who wants to reveal mysteries to you. But the devil is after your identity. He will ruthlessly try to obscure who you are in Jesus, where you come from, what you have, and what you can do.

2. Value. Gideon is an example of someone who did not know his value. When the angel of the Lord told Gideon that God was with him, he replied: “If the Lord is with us, why then has all this happened to us? And where are all His miracles?” (Judges 6:14a). Gideon kept looking at his limitations: “My family is the least, I am the youngest, God has abandoned us.” But God kept calling him a valiant warrior, even while he was hiding out. So don’t go by how you feel. Walk by faith. If God is calling you a valiant warrior, then you can be a valiant warrior!

But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in what he does. James 1:25

3. Purpose. If you’ve lost sight of your identity in Jesus, look in the mirror of God’s Word to remind yourself that you were created with a purpose and you hold great value. Your prayers can change the future. Your words of encouragement can help someone out of a desperate place. Whatever your yesterday was like, God’s mercies are new every morning and He renews you day by day.

Because of Jesus . . .
I am firmly rooted, built up, established in my faith, and overflowing with gratitude (Colossians 2:7). I am God’s workmanship, created in Christ for good works (Ephesians 2:10). I have received the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Jesus, the eyes of my understanding being enlightened (Ephesians 1:17-18). I am submitted to God and the devil flees from me, because I resist him in the Name of Jesus (James 4:7).

val·ue, noun
from Old French, from valoir, from Latin valere
To be worth, be strong.

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

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Strength for the Course

Monday, May 26th, 2014

For consider your calling, brethren, that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble; but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong. 1 Corinthians 1:26-27

God Empowers You. The same Jesus who commissioned the twelve disciples and gave them authority over demons and power to heal diseases is still calling and commissioning Christians today. With God, there is no duty too perilous, no responsibility too great, no difficulty insurmountable. He will give you strength according to the task at hand.

God Equips You. If you don’t feel qualified, that’s not unusual. But God doesn’t rely on human strength or personality. He wants a heart submitted to Him. God called Paul—a sophisticated, well-educated Pharisee—to reach the Gentiles. He sent Peter—a foul-mouthed fisherman—to reach the Israelites. Though there is a paradoxical difference of temperament, God used both men to carry the good news of Jesus to the world (2 Corinthians 3:4-6).

For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them. Ephesians 2:10

God Strengthens You. We can get weary along the course—that’s why we are told to wait on the Lord to gain new strength (Isaiah 40:31). Right before breakthrough, extreme feelings of being overwhelmed will sometimes hit you. But if you press past it, pursue God and don’t quit, doors will open and something great will take place!

call•ing noun – a strong inner impulse toward a particular course of action especially when accompanied by conviction of divine influence.

Pray This Prayer:
God I trust You, on my worst day You are still at Your best—ready to impart strength and help. Today I turn my eyes away from my problems and focus on You. I thank You for turning around every situation for good. I don’t rely on my power, but right now I receive Your new strength for today. Everywhere I go, I am a blessing to others. I speak life and healing to the people I meet. I am accomplishing Your plan for today. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

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

Copyright © 2014 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: Footnote: “Calling” Merriam-Webster.com. Wed. 21 May 2014.

Five Ways to Conquer Weariness

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith. . . Hebrews 12:1-2a

1. Pursue God’s Presence. “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you” (James 4:8). If you’ve let yourself get worn down, go to the Father who wants to impart fresh strength. Spend time in God’s presence—listen to Him, talk to Him, worship Him. It will take you out of lethargy and into momentum.

2. Get Quality Sleep. God offers rest to the weary (Isaiah 28:11-12). Even if you’ve dealt with insomnia or have children keeping you up, God wants to give you sweet sleep without fear (Proverbs 3:24). It’s His promise, so you can believe for it!

3. Pray in the Spirit. This practical, biblical tool will help you in your prayer life. You can pray on the go, but also set aside time alone to pray. You will be strengthened with might and power in the inner man (Colossians 1:11; Ephesians 3:16), and you will be built up (Jude 1:20).

4. Learn to Laugh. A merry heart does good like a medicine (Proverbs 17:22). Every one of us knows that life is too serious to pretend. And the Bible says that the joy of the Lord is our strength—through every circumstance of life we can have joy knowing that God has everything figured out and we can trust Him. Every day, try to crack yourself up.

5. Fix Your Eyes on Jesus. “For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart” (Hebrews 12:3). Get strong in the Lord and in the power of His might and you will win this thing. Keep your eyes on Jesus, and you will finish strong.

Wea•ry adj. – physically or mentally exhausted by hard work, exertion, strain

Daily Confession
Based on Isaiah 40:27-31
My way is not hidden from the Lord. He gives strength to the weary, and when I lack might He increases my power! Even young people grow weary and stumble, but I will 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 grow weary!

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

Copyright © 2014 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: Footnote: “Weary” www.dictionary.com Unabridged. Wed. 14 May 2014.

Jesus: A Sure Foundation

Monday, March 17th, 2014

“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30

Strength. Jesus didn’t come to complicate things – He came to set people free and remove their heavy burdens. He wants to be the strength of your life. If you’ve been fatigued and you have grown weary, He wants you to get rest and power from Him.

Solidity. Peter underscores a profound reality about God: In the face of the constant bombardment that hits each one of us, we can cast ALL our cares on Him. Jesus is the solid rock, and He cannot be shaken.

Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully. 1 Peter 5:7 AMP

Security. What are you dealing with right now? Jesus is more than enough to see you through every issue, every dilemma, every challenge. Cast your burdens on the Lord. Ask for wisdom and God will guide you, and the blessing of God will come in and crowd out oppression and bring you into a place of peace.

Pray this prayer:
God, You are my portion and I hope in You. I thank You, Lord, that Your lovingkindness
never stops. Your mercies are new every morning (Lamentations 3:22-24). You, Lord, are a stronghold in the day of trouble and You know those who take refuge in You (Nahum 1:7). When I cry to You, God, You answer me. I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people—You, O Lord, are a shield for me, my glory, and the one who lifts my head (Psalm 3). I trust You, Jesus!

foun•da•tion, noun
The basis or groundwork, or anything; that on which any thing stands, and by which it is supported. -Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary

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

Copyright © 2014 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. Scripture quotations marked “The Amplified Bible” or “The Amplified New Testament” 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. “foundation.” webstersdictionary1828.com. Web. 12 March. 2014.