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Trust God & Do Good.

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

Why do you say, O Jacob, and assert, O Israel, “My way is hidden from the Lord, and the justice due me escapes the notice of my God”? Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth does not become weary or tired. His understanding is inscrutable. He gives strength to the weary, and to him who lacks might He increases power. Isaiah 40:27-29

God loves you deeply, but self-pity and melancholy are designed to deactivate you from effectiveness for the rest of your life. They make you avoid ministering to others because you feel so bad. In those moments of self-doubt, do the opposite of what you feel: trust in the Lord and do good.

Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness. Delight yourself in the Lord; and He will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:3-4

The Bible is spiritual nutrition for your soul. Look in the mirror of God’s Word to see who you really are in Christ. It’s hard to murmur when you are meditating on the Scriptures. When you pore through its pages, tremendous hope will rise in your heart. That consistent God of the Bible is your God.

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

Yield your heart to God. Pursue Him as your primary focus. As you get in His presence, He will burn out all the lesser pursuits that are of the flesh, and your heart will crave God’s purpose for your life.

Pray this prayer:
I praise You, God. Thank You for sending Jesus to save and rescue me. You give strength to the weary. I refuse to murmur or complain about anything. I trust You to bring about Your plan for my life. I thank You for Your power that creates in me the desire to do Your gracious will and also brings about the accomplishment of that desire (Philippians 2:13 WNT).

Trust, noun – Assured reliance on the character, ability, strength, or truth of someone or something.

The best is yet to come,
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

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Rely on God

Monday, July 21st, 2014

For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return there without watering the earth and making it bear and sprout, and furnishing seed to the sower and bread to the eater; so will My Word be which goes forth from My mouth; it will not return to Me empty, without accomplishing what I desire, and without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it. Isaiah 55:10-11

God finishes what He begins. As realistically as rain and snow come from heaven to replenish the earth, so God’s Word will replenish you and accomplish what God desires. Let this truth resonate in your spirit: He that has begun a good work will perfect and perform it in you—regardless if you are nine or ninety-nine (Philippians 1:6).

God works everything out for good. God has designed us, male and female, in His image, for amazing purposes – for accomplishment, excellence, and breakthrough. He knows more about your future than you know about your past. When something doesn’t seem to reconcile, put it on the altar knowing that God causes all things to work together for good for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose (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

God will bring you through the battle. We’ve all had times when we responded pathetically to our battles; yet God still brought us through. It’s not because we are “all that,” but because we rely on our accomplishing God. So cast your worries, cares, troubles, and anxiety on Him because He cares for you deeply, watchfully, and affectionately, and He is faithful. God will accomplish that which concerns you.

Daily Confession:
The Lord will perfect that which concerns me. I will accomplish what God has called me to do today. I fix my eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of my faith. I won’t be hijacked by lesser things, but I will lay aside every encumbrance and sin that entangles me and run with endurance.

re • ly verb
To depend confidently; to put trust in.

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

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Security of Those Who Trust in the Lord

Monday, January 6th, 2014

1. Do not fret because of evildoers, be not envious toward wrongdoers. Psalm 37:1 One of the daily battles you and I face is conquering worry and pushing away the tendency to fret. Psalm 37 itemizes the trustworthiness of God. He promises security for those who trust in Him.

2. Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness. Psalm 37:3 God is the God of abundance. Instead of worrying, make your requests known to Him and let His peace flood your situation.

3. Delight yourself in the Lord; and He will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4 The joy of the Lord is our strength (Nehemiah 8:10). Let your life be defined by joy and delight.

4. Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He will do it. Psalm 37:5 God always wants to confer blessing on you and open doors of opportunity. When Jesus is number one in your life, your heart shifts to the place where you yearn for the things of God and His will. Pray the prayer of committal: “If it’s not You, God, let it pass. If it is You, bring it to pass.”

5. Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him. Psalm 37:7a We don’t have to enter into God’s gates with nervousness and worry, but instead we can rest and carry the conviction that God is going to see us through every time.

Daily Confession:
“I rejoice in the Lord always. I am anxious for nothing, but in everything with prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, I make my requests known to God. And the peace of God will guard my heart and mind in Christ Jesus. I think on whatever is true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, and of good repute. If there is any excellence and anything worthy of praise, I will dwell on these things.” (Philippians 4:4-8)

se•cu•ri•ty, noun
The quality or state of being secure as: a: freedom from danger: safety. b: freedom from fear or anxiety. –Merriam-Webster Dictionary

Happy New Year!
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: “Security” Merriam-Webster.com. Wed. 18 Dec. 2013.

Walking Humbly With God

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time. 1 Peter 5:6

Fulfillment. In God, exaltation means identifying and fulfilling that place where God has called you to walk. For each one of us it’s different. Don’t get hijacked by an obsession for self-fulfillment. Jesus found His highest joys in doing what God wanted Him to do (John 4:34 NLT). Give your efforts to God and say, “Not my will but Yours be done.”

Then Jesus explained: “My nourishment comes from doing the will of God, who sent me, and from finishing his work.” John 4:34 NLT

The Big Deal. Seek God by getting up in the morning and starting with something other than just TV talk shows, music, or social media. Fill your sails with a fresh awareness of Jesus. “In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight” (Proverbs 3:6).

Timing. God has beautiful timing. As you trust Him, He’ll take your present circumstances and use them as building blocks for your tomorrow. Someday you’ll look back and realize how seemingly insignificant moments were actually turning points in your life. Be kind, be thankful, love people, and pray. Don’t value the distorted agenda of the world. Your real validation comes from simply obeying God and doing what He calls you to do.

Daily Confession:
I humble myself before God and in due time He will exalt me. What the enemy means for harm, God turns around for good in my life because I love God and am called according to His purpose. All the past sin or present feeling of dysfunction is covered by the blood of Jesus. I am a standard bearer of excellence everywhere I go. I do my work heartily unto the Lord and trust that I walk out His perfect timing in every area of my life.

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

Hum•ble (adj.) – not proud or haughty; not arrogant or assertive. reflecting, expressing, or offered in a spirit of deference or submission. –Merriam Webster Dictionary

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New Thinking

Monday, May 27th, 2013

We have something to say about how we think. Just because thoughts come into our heads, it doesn’t mean we are required to keep pondering them. Every time our minds drift, we can choose to get our attention back on Jesus.

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

Cease striving and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth. Psalm 46:10

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. Philippians 4:6

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. The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:8-9

Some of your circumstances are overwhelming right now. But you can stop striving and worrying—you don’t have to panic. God is stable, and you can rely on His promises and trust His ability to turn things around for you.

Start your day with just a little more devotion to Jesus. If you feel like you’ve been indifferent, repent. Every day, all day—between phone calls, while making coffee, on the way to work—pray. When you wake up in the middle of the night, talk to Him.

And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7

Trust God!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

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Thinking God’s Thoughts

Monday, March 18th, 2013

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6

When we encounter complex or challenging situations, it’s important that we don’t lean on our own limited perception but instead rely on God’s unlimited understanding. His thoughts are higher than our thoughts (Isaiah 55:9) and as we seek the Lord, He will show us His way. As we get our minds renewed to line up with the mind of God, our lives will be transformed (Romans 12:2).

The mind set on the flesh is death and decay, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace (Romans 8:6). When we spend time in the amazing Scriptures, things get clarified. The Word will give light and understanding to the simple (Psalm 119:130). It will help us get rid of toxic thinking and start thinking the thoughts of God.

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

Forsake toxic thoughts and think on God’s thoughts (Isaiah 55:6-7). When you do, you will learn that God is a Father who supplies all your needs (Philippians 4:19); that He is perfecting that which concerns you (Psalm 138:8); and that He will cause all things to work together for good for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28). Whatever your situation, let God have the final say—He’s always right!

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

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Confidence in God

Monday, March 4th, 2013

Therefore, do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. Hebrews 10:35

The storms of life try to unsettle our confidence, but when Jesus comes on the scene He changes the way we think and He changes our habits and our values. He offers us His power and authority. He causes the timid to be bold. He causes those with anxiety to have peace. To those who don’t feel like champions He says that we are more than conquerors (Romans 8:37).

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7

Where do you get confidence in God and His ability to see you through? Go to the Word and learn what God says about you. Study the promises of God and use them to fight the good fight of faith. God’s Word is a lamp to your feet and a light to your path (Psalm 119:105). It’s sure and it’s true. It’s a plumb line.

Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ. Philippians 1:6

God wants to equip you so you can be a deliverer for others. If you’ve made mistakes in your life, God can turn those around to become stepping stones to breakthrough. Get on the offense and press on with the expectation that what God has forged in you since before you were born shall surely come to pass.

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9

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

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Nothing Is Too Difficult For God

Monday, August 6th, 2012

If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. John 15:7

Expectancy—anticipating that God will show up in your circumstances—is not manufactured by our energies as much as it is a by-product of God’s presence. God created you for this time and He put gifts in you for a purpose. As you keep your eyes on Him and pray and daily draw close to Him you will see greater fruitfulness and results in every area of your life.

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters. He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Psalm 23:1-3

When you feel like your brain has gone flat, draw near to God afresh. He is abundantly available to help in tight places (Psalm 46:1). His Word is living and active and sharper than a two-edged sword (Hebrews 4:12). Read the Psalms when you are going through battles, read Proverbs when you need wisdom, go through the Gospels to see Jesus’ character, read the Epistles to learn the amazing provision of redemption.

You can confidently follow God because He always leads us in the truth (John 16:13). He has a guidance system that is way better than a GPS, and He will never lead you over a cliff or into a ditch.

Ah Lord God! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and by Your outstretched arm! Nothing is too difficult for You. Jeremiah 32:17

You actually can do what God has called you to do. You can be the parent, business owner, worker, and friend that God has called you to be. You can be the steady Christian and the fruit-bearer and impact-maker in your world. When you get around Jesus, He stabilizes things. When you get around Jesus, the possibility for healing, miracles, and change is exponentially multiplied. Trust Him fearlessly. There is nothing too difficult for Him.

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

“Relying on God has to begin all over again every day as if nothing had yet been done.” —C.S. Lewis*

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Casting Your Cares on Him

Monday, January 9th, 2012

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

Jesus said when you see signs of the end times do not be afraid, but instead “straighten up and lift up your heads” and “be on guard so that your hearts will not be weighted down with dissipation and drunkenness [escapism methods] and the worries of life” (Luke 21:28, 34a). You may have lapsed into unbelief and fear, but Jesus’ mercy triumphs over judgment. You can destroy fear with faith and get back in your A-game.

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my rock and my Redeemer. Psalm 19:14

To cultivate a heart of confidence and trust in God, go to the Scriptures and get settled in God’s consistency. Read what King David wrote in the Psalms, or read about Caleb and Joshua, or study the early Church. The Bible is filled with men and women who continually referenced the faithfulness of God rather than the difficulties of their circumstances. In God, your thought processes can be redeemed and renewed. In God, you can overcome a spirit of fear and the vicious attacks of temptation. Use January as a month of fasting and prayer, a month of seeking God.

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. Philippians 4:6

God has some stuff He wants to do through you—as an individual, in your family, through us as a church, through this generation—that you don’t have an inkling of right now. So keep trusting God. Make mid-course corrections, keep a humble heart, and keep standing. As you dial into how present and available God is, 2012 will become a year of stability, a year where you are fortified, rooted, and solid.

Because of Jesus it is a happy new year!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

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Rely on God: Part Two

Monday, December 12th, 2011

Cast your burden on the Lord [releasing the weight of it] and He will sustain you; He will never allow the [consistently] righteous to be moved (made to slip, fall, or fail). Psalm 55:22 AMP

There is always the “day before the breakthrough”: the period of time when the weapons of mass distraction—anxiety, worry, lethargy—assail us. The devil loves to attack when we’re in these areas and times of uncertainty. But God is consistent. You can trust Him. As you read this, I pray that a spirit of faith will stir in your heart and you will be able to connect with just how faithful God is.

When you purpose to fulfill God’s plan for your life, you become a greater threat to the forces of darkness, so of course you are going to elicit a challenge. Any twig can float with the current. But the salmon swim upstream, over waterfalls and past grizzly bears, to reach their goal. Some of you are having a five-year challenge. Some of you wish it could have been just a five-year challenge because yours has stretched into a 20- or 30-year battle. But no matter how protracted your battle has been, God wants to see you through!

Most people who succeed in the face of seemingly impossible conditions are people who simply don’t know how to quit. Robert Schuller

Get specific. What is the primary thing bothering you right now? Take that item of worry and find corresponding promises in the Scriptures. Start speaking them over your situation. Go to God and trust Him to sort out that specific thing. No one else but God has the ability and inclination to care about your situation as if you’re the only person in the universe.

. . . Run in such a way that you may win. 1 Corinthians 9:24

Some of you are in the last phase of running your specific battle. Increase your expectation. Don’t drop off at 75 percent; stand for the next 25 percent! God knows the number of hairs on your head (Luke 12:7). He knows each item, each issue, and if you cast your cares on Him, He’ll work it all together for good (Romans 8:28).

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

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