Archive for the ‘victory’ Category

What to Do When Troubles Hit Your Life

Saturday, May 23rd, 2015

1. Identify the Problem.
O Lord, how my adversaries have increased! Many are rising up against me. Many are saying of my soul, “There is no deliverance for him in God.” Psalm 3:1-2.
A wise pastor once told me that the first step toward victory is admitting there is a problem. In this fallen world, we don’t get exempted from trouble, but God promises us strength and victory in the battle.

2. Identify the Solution.
But You, O Lord, are a shield about me, my glory, and the One who lifts my head Psalm 3:3.
“Real help comes from God” (Psalm 3:8 MSG). For King David, God was his solution, God was his focus, God was more important than title and position. What do we do in the day of trouble? Keep seeking God (Psalm 77:2a.)

3. Go to Battle.
I lay down and slept; I awoke, for the Lord sustains me. I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people who have set themselves against me round about Psalm 3:5-6.
David understood battle. Psalm 3:6 shows how he chose to stand in faith and refused to yield to the spirit of fear despite the overwhelming odds against him. God will see you through.

4. Start to Praise God.
Salvation belongs to the Lord; Your blessing be upon Your people! Psalm 3:8.
Take some time to lift your head and praise God. “Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise” (Psalm 100:4a). It can seem fake or hypocritical from the feelings standpoint, but it’s not. To press on and fight the fight of faith in the midst of your struggles is the best thing you can do!

Daily Confession Based on Psalm 3
God, You’re a shield for me. You’re the glory and lifter of my head. I was crying to the Lord with my voice, and He answered me from His holy mountain. I lay down and slept. I awoke, for the Lord sustains me. I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people who have set themselves against me round about. Salvation belongs to the Lord; Your blessing be upon Your people!

vic·to·ry, noun
The overcoming of an enemy or antagonist. Achievement of mastery or success in a struggle or endeavor against odds or difficulties.

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

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Overwhelmingly Victorious

Monday, June 3rd, 2013

But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:37-39

You are designed and created for a victorious life. When Jesus comes into your situation, He gives you supernatural strength, boldness, and confidence.

But you shall 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

Be assured, all God’s promises are true, wise, and right. He has begun a good work in you and He will sustain you all the way to the end of your life (Philippians 1:6).

For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:8-10

Make God central in your life. Study the Scriptures to know who Jesus is, what He did for you on the Cross, and what He’s doing for you right now. When you understand the authority you’ve been given and walk in the awareness of the Holy Spirit, you won’t just barely be getting along—you’ll be victorious!

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

Copyright © 2013 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.

Victory Over Uncertainty

Monday, May 13th, 2013

Through God’s grace we are accepted (Ephesians 1:6). We’ve been made worthy because of what Jesus did on the Cross. When you understand that the God of the universe loves you with an everlasting love (Jeremiah 31:3), you can let go of insecurity and find your strength and identity in Jesus.

Because of the sacrifice of the Messiah, his blood poured out on the altar of the Cross, we’re a free people—free of penalties and punishments chalked up by all our misdeeds. And not just barely free, either. Abundantly free! He thought of everything, provided for everything we could possibly need, letting us in on the plans he took such delight in making. Ephesians 1:7-9 The Message

God has an ocean of blessing and provision for everything you need. Most Christians live in ignorance of what God offers. The best weapon against uncertainty is good information from God’s Word. When you study the Bible you find that God’s abundance is so vast, it’s described as unfathomable (Ephesians 3:8).

Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen. Ephesians 3:20-21

If you’re lost and don’t know Jesus—He is the Savior who will rescue you. If you’re a Christian who has become lukewarm—He can fan the flames back in your heart in a moment. If you are questioning your purpose in life—God wants to personally guide you into the most fruitful place. So draw near to God. Rise up in faith. Everything you need for the fulfillment of your destiny is found in Jesus.

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

Copyright © 2013 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 taken from The Message. Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002. Used by permission of NavPress Publishing Group.

A Life of Victory

Monday, April 1st, 2013

God wants you to thrive. When you and I receive Jesus, we enter the ranks of the overcomers. We step out of defeat and into victory, out of sin into righteousness, out of aimlessness into fruitfulness. The miracle of spiritual rebirth is a reality. When sinners respond to God, Jesus turns their lives around.

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

The Bible defines humanity’s purpose as conforming to the image of
Christ—loving Him with our heart, soul, mind, and strength, and loving our neighbors as ourselves. Jesus doesn’t offer us a timid and apathetic existence, but one filled with strength and love, where our mind is clear and sound.

For since the world began, no ear has heard and no eye has seen a God like you, who works for those who wait for him! Isaiah 64:4 NLT

Waiting on the Lord means to engage in the life of faith. It’s choosing to trust God and embrace the promises found in the Bible. Whatever you are dealing with, it’s important to God. He knows the details and answers corresponding to the situation you are facing right now. Trust Him. With people it may be impossible, but with God all things are possible.

Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. I want every person to know the wonderful God who works for those who wait for Him. If you’re seeking, call out to Jesus. He’ll reveal Himself to you.

God has an amazing plan for your life!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

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Freedom and Victory in Jesus

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. 2 Corinthians 5:17

When Jesus enters your life, He changes you. The people who encountered Jesus in the Bible came in broken and sick and left restored and healed. Whatever you’re facing, God’s promises and miraculous work are just as alive today as they were in the Bible (Micah 7:20, Psalm 105:8, Hebrews 13:8).

Satan has tried to diminish the vibrancy of what Jesus paid such a high price to give. But we are called to fight the good fight of faith knowing we have the victory (1 Timothy 6:12). So refuse to live below your potential, and put your faith in God and in His promises.

For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. Who is the one who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God. 1 John 5:4-5

Carry this victorious attitude into your prayer closet, into your bad diagnosis. Carry it when your kids talk back to you, if your finances are tanked. Carry it when the world seems weird and scary. We have been invited into this miraculous life of freedom and victory. Instead of retreating, let’s fall into the arms of God and trust that we will see the salvation of the Lord.

But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:57

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

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Daily Victory

Monday, November 14th, 2011

My son, give attention to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. Do not let them depart from your sight; keep them in the midst of your heart. For they are life to those who find them, and health to all their body. Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life. Put away from you a deceitful mouth and put devious speech far from you. Let your eyes look directly ahead and let your gaze be fixed straight in front of you. Watch the path of your feet and all your ways will be established. Proverbs 4:20-26

The path toward daily victory lies in how we guard our inner life. A lot of things are vying for our attention and, with all the sensory reinforcement in the world, many have forgotten the hidden person of the heart. But how we tend to the soil of our hearts will show up in our words, our thought life, and our attitudes.

One way to guard your heart is to guard what comes out of your mouth: “If anyone thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this man’s religion is worthless” (James 1:26). When a bridle gets in a horse’s mouth, the horse can be turned by a simple maneuver. In the same way, if you control your tongue, your whole life will get in line. Bridling, though, is not always about being silent; sometimes it means boldly declaring the Word of God in the face of opposition by calling those things that be not as though they are (Romans 4:17).

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:2

The heart is influenced by sensory gates, so we need to surround ourselves with the environment of the Word—what God says. Every time you read your Bible your mind is renewed. The Word is so powerful that meditating on it causes a change in your heart and in your life (Joshua 1:8).

God wants rivers of living water to flow out of you to reach a lost and dying world, so it is critical to keep your heart from things that would block the flow. Don’t back down from a daily commitment to guard your heart, bridle your tongue, and renew your mind in the Word. Those disciplines will equip you to obtain and maintain victory in every area.

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

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