Keep Your Confidence in God

June 28th, 2019

Therefore, do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised. Hebrews 10:35-36

1. GET FREE FROM THE PAST. We are not called to just survive, but to win. If you feel stuck and behind, don’t lose heart. God sent Jesus to strengthen you and free you. Take time to fortify what you believe by reading the Bible. Instead of speaking only what you may feel about yourself, speak out what God says about your life. Example: I am a new creation in Christ! The old things have passed away. New things have come.

Fight the good fight of faith. 1 Timothy 6:12a

2. TRUST GOD WITH THE PRESENT. The past is gone, we don’t have the future yet, but we do have today. Today God is working behind the scenes on your behalf. Today God is faithful to you. Today you can reset, shake off any unbelief, and start relying on God. Example: This is the day that the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it!

Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary. Galatians  6:9

3. LOOK TO THE END RESULT. Humanity is flawed and broken but, because of Jesus, we have reconciliation with God. We can look ahead to eternity because we know that we are just passing through this world. We also know that God promises we will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living (Psalm 27:13). Look to the harvest of souls and anticipate the fulfillment of God’s promises. His every word is true. Example: Jesus is the Resurrection and the Life! Even if I die, I live.

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

PRAY THIS PRAYER:
For You are my hope; O Lord God, You are my confidence from my youth (Psalm 71:5). For the Lord will be my confidence and will keep my foot from being caught (Proverbs 3:26).

con•fi•dence, noun
A belief or conviction that an outcome will be favorable. Belief in the certainty of something. Trust or faith in a person or thing. A trusting relationship.

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Run Your Race

June 21st, 2019

Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us. Hebrews 12:1 NKJV

1. LAY IT DOWN. Every day, minute by minute, we can cast our cares on the Lord. If stuff has happened to discourage you, then enter into God’s presence with thanksgiving and watch Him lift your heart and head as you praise Him and lay down every weight.

Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:2

2. STEP OUT. An amazing path lies before each of us and we are called to step out of the confines of fear and into a life of faith and love. Some of the great achievements that you and I are called to are rooted in a simple life of obedience and faith, keeping an attitude of thankfulness, and being quick to repent.

Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary. Galatians 6:9

3. RUN WITH ENDURANCE. We are made to be durable, to run this race, not just for a short time, but to bring glory and honor to Jesus our whole lives. Study and meditate on the Scriptures to get an awareness of your destiny and purpose so that you don’t miss out on a life of great fruitfulness.

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

DAILY CONFESSION:
You, O Lord, are a shield about me, my glory and the One who lifts my head (Psalm 3:3). I keep my confidence in God, which has great reward (Hebrews 10:35). I walk by faith, not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7).

en•dur•ance, noun
The ability of an organism to exert itself and remain active for a long period of time, as well as its ability to resist, withstand, recover from, and have immunity to trauma, wounds, or fatigue.

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Nine Results of the Presence of the Holy Spirit in Your Life

June 14th, 2019

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23

1. LOVE. Loving God and connecting with Him is the best part of life. God is love and His Spirit who dwells within us helps us to respond to others by walking in His love.

2. JOY. When we are going through hard times and we ache, there is a different kind of joy, independent of circumstances, that gives us strength deep down inside us (Nehemiah 8:10).

3. PEACE. God offers us peace that passes understanding (Philippians 4:7). Whatever you are dealing with that stresses you out, depresses you, or makes you feel numb – do not fear. God is an ever-present help in the time of need and He will surely help you!

4. PATIENCE. Patience is the ability to wait calmly for something that is expected and desired.

Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary. Galatians 6:9

5. KINDNESS. Strife cripples, love heals. There is legitimate power in kindness, so take time to consider what might be going on behind the scenes when someone else is acting weird or mean. Don’t be overcome by their irritability – overcome meanness with kindness.

6. GOODNESS. Goodness is love in action. When Jesus comes into our lives, He changes us and makes it possible for us to operate in His goodness.

7. FAITHFULNESS. Every day we can get up and remain committed to our convictions, not backing off, not throwing in the towel!

8. GENTLENESS. Like kindness, gentleness is power under control. It’s humble and full of mercy and love. God’s wisdom from above is gentle and that’s how we can walk out our Christian life toward others.

9. SELF-CONTROL. When we set our priorities to stay sensitive to God’s voice and be aware of what matters most, then we can win in the battles of life.

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

Fruit noun
The effect or consequence of an action or operation: product, result.

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Walking with God

June 7th, 2019


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

1. FIND REST. God has called us to a life that is different than it was before we knew Him—to a life of joy and abundance (John 10:10). If you’ve been distracted and things have gotten bland spiritually or you’ve been so filled with anxiety that you can’t rest, be assured that God wants to bring you into a place of focus and peace.

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

2. FLOW WITH GOD. Imagine you are canoeing down a river. The flow and current are in the middle of the river. If you veer over to the edge, the water is slow and sometimes stagnant. We all want to be in the deep, beautiful, blue water where we hardly have to paddle. That’s what our walk with God can be like when we are flowing with Him.

For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. Romans 8:14

3. FIGHT AND WIN. God’s Word is sure footing and He has answers corresponding to every weirdness that tries to come at you. When you sit at the feet of Jesus, your mind gets renewed. That’s where you get revelation and instruction so you can stand up to fight and win the battles of life.

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing. 2 Timothy 4:7-8

Put your trust in God,
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

DAILY CONFESSION:
God gives strength to the weary. And to those who lack might, He increases power. As I wait on the Lord I gain new strength; I will mount up with wings like eagles, I will run and not get tired, I will walk and not become weary (Isaiah 40:29, 31).

walk•ing, verb
To live or behave in a specified manner. To be or act in association with. To advance by steps.

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Three Ways Praise Brings Peace

May 31st, 2019

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

1. PRAISE SETS OUR MINDS ON GOD. 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). Lifting our voices in praise to God prevents introspective self-loathing. He 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

2. PRAISE GETS US OUT OF APATHY. Apathy is a hindrance. We have to offset the voice that says there is no help for us with the voice that proclaims how faithful God is. Be deliberate and choose to enter His gates with thanksgiving and praise, which are the opposite of ingratitude and backing off.

3. PRAISE CROWDS OUT FEAR. 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.

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

DAILY CONFESSION:
I will enter God’s gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise. I give thanks to Him and bless His name. For the Lord is good; His lovingkindness is everlasting and His faithfulness to all generations (Psalm 100:4-5).

Peace, noun
Freedom from disquieting or oppressive thoughts or emotions. Harmony in personal relations. A pact or agreement to end hostilities between those who have been at war or in a state of enmity.

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Jesus: A Sure Foundation

May 24th, 2019

“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

1. 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.

2. 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

3. 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.

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

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. qualified; able.

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You Can Depend on God

May 17th, 2019

And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. 2 Corinthians 12:9

1. WHEN WE ARE THE NEEDIEST, GOD IS THE MOST SUFFICIENT. When the Apostle Paul was suffering from constant persecution and recurring battles, God told him: “My grace is sufficient.” That’s what God is telling us. Whatever we are going through, He is an ever-present help (Psalm 46:1). That’s why we go to and study the promises of God found in the Bible. Then, when we pray for things, we can pray in faith because in Jesus, all of God’s promises are yes and available to us (2 Corinthians 1:20).

2. WHEN WE FEEL THE LEAST, GOD IS THE GREATEST. Refuse the temptation to compare yourself with others. Our security comes from God (Psalm 37). He is with us. He knows when we sit down and when we get up (Psalm 139:1-2). He will never leave us or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5). He is a friend who sticks closer than a brother (Proverbs 18:24).

And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed. 2 Corinthians 9:8

3. WHEN WE FEEL THE MOST USELESS, GOD IS PREPARING US. If you feel at a disadvantage because of failure, get back up again. God is getting you ready for the next step. If you’ve been hurt by others, forgive. If you’ve sinned, repent. Let’s do whatever we can to keep our hearts right so that God can get us in a position to advance.

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

Pray This Prayer
Heavenly Father, today is a new day. Your grace is sufficient. Because You love me, I’m loving You back. I’m going the distance. I will walk this thing out not by my human power, but by the power of the Holy Spirit. I will see great harvest and revival in my lifetime. My church is blessed. My town is blessed. My family is blessed. Thank You for it in Jesus’ Name.

suf·fi·cient, adj.
Being as much as is needed; adequate; enough.

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Our Refuge & Strength

May 10th, 2019

The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble, and He knows those who take refuge in Him. Nahum 1:7

1. GOD IS GOOD. Circumstances come and go, feelings come and go, but God’s Word is true and His nature never changes—He is abidingly faithful. When you realize how good God is and how much He cares about every detail of your life, fear and worry can no longer dominate you. God will work all things together for good (Romans 8:28), and He will perfect that which concerns you (Psalm 138:8).

I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. Ephesians 1:18-19a

2. GOD IS POWERFUL. You can’t make it in your own power, but you can trust in the delivering 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), cast out demons (Mark 6:7), and heal the sick (Mark 3:15). Because of Jesus, you can renew your determination to overcome in life—not in your own strength but by the power of God.

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1

3. GOD IS PRESENT. God is good and powerful and present. God is with us when our minds are confounded, He’s with us when our circumstances do not line up, He’s with us when things are disappointing. There is an end to every temptation that you face, but God’s mercies never come to an end (Lamentations 3:22). Trust Him for the miraculous. He will always see you through.

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

DAILY CONFESSION
For the Lord is good to me; His lovingkindness is everlasting and His faithfulness to all generations (Psalm 100:5). O my strength, I will sing praises to You; for God is my stronghold, the God who shows me lovingkindness (Psalm 59:17).

pres·ent, adj.
Readily available; instant. Mentally alert; attentive.

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Your Identity Is Safe With God

May 3rd, 2019

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.

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

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.

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Strength for the Course

April 26th, 2019

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

1. GOD EMPOWERS YOU. The same Jesus who commissioned the twelve disciples and gave them authority over the devil 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.

2. 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

3. GOD ENERGIZES 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!

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

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 own 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!

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

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