Posts Tagged ‘battle’

It’s All Working Out for Good!

Friday, June 22nd, 2018

And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28

1. THE DREAM. Joseph had a vision for his life. But sometimes, in between the dream and the fulfillment, ridiculous stuff can happen. Joseph’s brothers threw him into a pit and then sold him to some Ishmaelites. Then, in Egypt, he was unjustly thrown into prison. From age 17 to 30 his dream was challenged, but then God opened the door.

2. THE BATTLE. Joseph was faithful even when at his lowest. If you are weary and fatigued from protracted battles, receive God’s refreshing today. Stay faithful, overcome resentment, and trust God. He redeemed Joseph’s life and He will turn your situation around too.

As for you, you meant evil against me [Joseph], but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive. Genesis 50:20

3. THE RESULT. One day Joseph was in prison and the next he was the second in command in Egypt. Don’t quit. God turned things around for Joseph’s life, but God also used him to save an entire nation from starvation. Take hold of this biblical concept—that God causes all things to work together for good—and apply it at your job, with your family, to your dreams. God is so good and He cares for you and loves you. You can trust Him to come through for you every time!

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

DAILY CONFESSION:
I was born for such a time as this. All things to work together for good to those who love God, and are called according to His purpose. My circumstances are turning out for the greater progress of the Gospel (Esther 4:14; Romans 8:28; Philippians 1:12).

re·sult, noun
Something that follows naturally from a particular action, operation, or course; a consequence or outcome. Favorable or desired outcomes

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The Battle Is the Lord’s

Friday, February 19th, 2016

Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, a spear, and a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have taunted. This day the Lord will deliver you up into my hands . . . that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel, and that all this assembly may know that the Lord does not deliver by sword or by spear; for the battle is the Lord’s and He will give you into our hands.” 1 Samuel 17:45-47

A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE.
When King Saul and his army got preoccupied and burdened by the oppression of Goliath, David arrived with a different perspective, fresh from his time with God while tending the sheep. These Bible verses show us that life is not a flowery bed of ease—there are definite challenges. But we can face off with our giants in the name of Jesus and win the battle.

THE FIGHT OF FAITH. The times when you face off with Goliath must always be founded on times of being still before God, of waiting in His presence and receiving His strength and power. Invest in a good Bible. Get a good app and read and listen to the Word. Find verses in the Word that speak to your challenge, write these truths down, underline and highlight them. Let God’s promises become like well-worn and familiar stones in the arsenal of your life.

For a wide door for effective service has opened to me, and there are many adversaries. 1 Corinthians 16:9

STAY SHARP. God has called us to take a stand on the battle lines – not numbed by the constant attacks but empowered to prevail. Winning the battle isn’t just about self-actualization and personal benefit. God has designed you to be a carrier of His presence, to be an ambassador for Him in the power of the Holy Spirit. There are giants looming before you and there are people who need you to stand up with a heart full of faith and declare that the battle is the Lord’s and He will give you the victory.

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

DAILY CONFESSION
I don’t war according to the flesh, because my weapons are not of the flesh but are divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses—of every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God—and I am taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ (2 Corinthians 10:3-5).

ef·fec·tive, adj.
Producing a decided, decisive, or desired effect. Ready for service or action.

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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The Life of a Soldier

Monday, November 11th, 2013

For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 2 Corinthians 10:3-4 NIV

Courage. We are fighting a spiritual battle and God has called us to be good soldiers (1 Timothy 2:2). Life is not for sissies, but we don’t have to be nervous or freaked out. God wants to give us strength and grace for every circumstance we face.

Authority. God has given us the authority to pray in the name of Jesus and change circumstances. We don’t ignore the issues and instability of the world, but instead we focus on how stable and powerful God is. When you see something provoking on the news or in your own life, you can pray for God’s will and for resolve in every situation.

Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. Do everything in love. 1 Corinthians 16:13-14 NIV

Perseverance. A good soldier realizes that there will be troubles along the way but is not deterred by them, knowing there is advancement on the other side. It’s a daily fight of faith. Every day believe God for what you need—to live out your days, to experience healing in your body, to see your family come to Christ, to get breakthrough at work, to get strategy concerning your finances and your time. God will give you wisdom minute by minute.

Daily Confession: I am strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. God has not given me a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind. I put on the full armor of God, so I am able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. I take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. Having done all to stand, I stand firm. 2 Corinthians 10:3-5; 2 Timothy 1:7; Ephesians 6:10-17

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

per•se•ver•ance (noun) The quality that allows someone to continue trying to do something even though it is difficult; continued effort to do or achieve something despite difficulties, failure, or opposition. Merriam Webster Dictionary

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It’s God’s Battle

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

Thus says the Lord to you, “Do not fear or be dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours but God’s.” 2 Chronicles 20:15b

Are we ever going to learn that last line? How often do we try to take the battle back into our own hands! Our God is a warrior and has a plan for this whole universe. He knows more about the future than we do about the past, and He is worthy of our trust.

When Jehoshaphat, the king of Judah, learned that his enemy was about to attack him on three fronts, he sought God. Instead of dwelling on all the problems, he deliberately focused on how big and great God is: “O Lord, the God of our fathers, are You not God in the heavens? And are You not ruler over all the kingdoms of the nations? Power and might are in Your hand so that no one can stand against You” (2 Chronicles 20:6).

Then Jehoshaphat did something unprecedented in military history: He put praise-and-worshipers on the front line of battle.

He appointed those who should sing to the Lord, and who should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army and were saying: “Praise the Lord, for His mercy endures forever.” Now when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushes against the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; and they were defeated. 2 Chronicles 20:21b-22 NKJV*

While they were worshiping God, the enemy was defeated! God is telling us something about the power of seeking Him: Your flesh may loathe praising God when you are going through a struggle, but that is right where you’ll find the solution.

As Jehoshaphat sought God, he declared, “We don’t know what to do, but our eyes are on You” (2 Chronicles 20:12b). So gaze at God and only glance at your problems. Rededicate yourself to reading the Word, where you’ll see the faithfulness of God through the ages. Pull up breakthrough moments in your past and write them down.

“Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out to face them, for the Lord is with you” (2 Chronicles 20:17b). You can face tomorrow with confidence because the forever-faithful God is with you!

Give it to God,
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

Copyright © 2009 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. * New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.

The Standard of the Word

Monday, May 11th, 2009

When the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him. Isaiah 59:19b KJV

We have a battle to win in this life. The enemy comes to steal, kill, and destroy, but there is authority and victory through Jesus (John 10:10). One of the devil’s strategies is to bring down our morale, but God has a strategy to help us win on multiple battle fronts. Observing Jesus’ response to the devil will prepare us to win against the enemy’s attacks.

While Jesus was fasting in the wilderness, the devil came to Him and said, “If you are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread” (Matthew 4:3). Jesus, full of the Word, responded, “It is written, man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4). Just as Jesus responded to the enemy with “it is written,” so our standard must be the Word of God. When the attacks come in like a flood and we are feeling overwhelmed, what are we going to do? Speak the Word!

And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us? In all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. Romans 8:28, 31, 37

Those lies that are coming at you need an answer. If you aren’t familiar with the Scriptures and promises of God, start getting into the Word. If you’re not a good reader, get the Bible on your iPod. The life-changing nature of the Word of God is more precious than anything else.

Don’t let the devil shut your mouth. Don’t back down in the face of adversity. In the midst of a protracted battle, when several things come at you in a day, take the Word of God and boldly declare who He is, what you have because of Him, and what your rights are as a believer. God is the master of breakthrough!

Keep speaking God’s Word!

Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

Copyright © 2009 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. *The definition of standard is a “point of reference against which individuals are compared and evaluated.”* “standard.” The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition. Houghton Mifflin Company, 2004. 04 May. 2009.

The Effective Life.

Monday, March 30th, 2009

For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:3-5

This verse shines a light on our position in this life. The God of the universe has given divinely powerful weapons to empower His people for an effective life! God has designated us to reinforce what Jesus has done through the power of His death, burial, and resurrection.

Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Ephesians 6:14-17

In this world we are called to manifest Satan’s defeat. Christians are the people who stand strong and face trouble when everyone else is running away. When it comes to fear, the imagination can easily run out of control; so it’s important to take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5). Let faith—trust and confidence—in God be your shield and use the two-edged sword of the Word to cut through every lie and attack of the devil.

For those of you who feel weary and without strength to resist the devil, look to God. He is your strength: “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might” (Ephesians 6:10). God may direct you to get up out of self pity and go across town to minister to someone in a worse position. Shake off the extremes of numbing passivity and agitating paranoia. Cast down every imagination and look to God to receive strength and strategy for your life.

Stand Firm,

Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

Copyright © 2009 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.

Draw Near to God and Receive Strength.

Sunday, November 30th, 2008

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. Though youths grow weary and tired, and vigorous young men stumble badly, 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 40:27-31

In these verses, the prophet Isaiah is rebuking those who say that God doesn’t care about them. The Creator, the Everlasting God, sees every detail of our lives. I know some of you ache from the pressure on you right now, but instead of thinking God doesn’t notice, draw close to Him to find the answers—He can meet every challenge. You’ll be drawing near to someone who never gets tired and never tires of your drawing near.

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. Matthew 11:28-29

Nothing is complicated with God. You may be going through some difficult times, where you don’t know what to do, and don’t even have the energy to look like you know what to do. But as you lean into God, He will take your weary soul and give strength and grace for every situation. I’ve watched the grace of God pour out on my fatigue, my inexperience, my lack of perspective, and on my bad attitude.

As you draw near to God and wait on Him, He gives you the strength to win the battle even when things in life aren’t the way they should be. “The lame will take the plunder” means that God is able to give you victory even when you are wounded by life (Isaiah 33:23b). Remember, it’s not by your might or power but always by His Spirit (Zechariah 4:6). And by God’s Spirit you can receive more than enough strength, new strength, to not only fix your situation but transfer the message to others. Because people need Jesus and they need to know that He wants to help them with every detail of their lives.

God is able,

Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

 

 
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