Posts Tagged ‘Believe’

According to God’s Word

Friday, March 9th, 2018

“May it be done to me according to Your word.” Luke 1:38b

1. BELIEVE THE WORD. We can win in the fight of faith by getting our hearts in agreement with what God says. When God sent an angel to tell Mary of Jesus’ coming birth, she responded in faith saying, “Be it done to me according to your word” – a phrase repeated twelve times in Psalm 119. As a young Jewish woman, Mary would have studied the book of Psalms and known the importance of receiving God’s Word into her heart. We too must familiarize ourselves with what the Bible says and then meditate on it and ponder it repeatedly.

My soul cleaves to the dust; revive me according to Your word. Psalm 119:25

2. GET REVIVED IN THE WORD. When we’re in trouble and feel like we’re in the pits, we can get revived in God’s Word. God can give life to a soul or body that is stuck in the dust. “He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you” (Romans 8:11b). When we’ve been knocked down, God will help us to stand up, dust ourselves off, and fight the fight of faith!

3. PLANT SEEDS OF GOD’S WORD. The Word doesn’t return empty without accomplishing what it’s sent to do (Isaiah 55:11). I know the power of a seed sown because I am a product of someone telling me about Jesus. As we grab hold of this truth, the Word of God will go forth from this place and impact the nations. And I believe we will see a billion people come to the Lord.

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

DAILY CONFESSION:
May it be done to me according to God’s Word. It’s a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. I will keep my way pure according to the Word. I am revived, sustained, and strengthened according to the Word. God has dealt well with me, according to His Word! (Luke 1:38b; Psalm 119:105, 9, 25, 116, 28, 65)

ac·cord·ing to, prep.
In agreement or accord with. Consistent with; in conformity with. On the authority of.

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Conquering Adversity

Friday, February 23rd, 2018

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

1. FIX YOUR EYES ON JESUS. So often, obstacles coincide with opportunity. For instance, when the apostle Peter walked on water at the bidding of Jesus, the atmosphere was stormy—wind was blowing and waves were crashing (Matthew 14:27-30). When Peter diverted his eyes to his circumstances, he started to sink. When we keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, ready to hear what He has to say—revelation will come, faith will be roused, and storms will be settled.

But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. Romans 8:37

2. RELAX IN GOD’S TIMING. There are perfect timetables for our lives if we follow the Holy Spirit. FOMO—fear of missing out—is built into our culture, where people become discontent, afraid they’ve missed opportunities. We can’t control the past, but the good news is that the Holy Spirit is present and ready to guide us into all truth (John 16:13). As we stay tuned to what God is saying, we can relax and trust that our steps are ordered by the Lord.

3. GET STRENGTHENED IN THE WORD. The Word of God is our sword and our weapon. Instead of speaking from a place of want or lack, we are called to speak from a heart filled with the promises of God’s Word. It puts us in a strong position to fight and win. From this place of strength, having done all to stand, we stand: we pray for one another, we believe God, and we step through open doors!

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

DAILY STRENGTHENING CONFESSION:
The Lord is the strength of my life and there is nothing to fear. I wait on Him and I gain new strength! I mount up with wings like eagles. I run and don’t get tired, I walk and don’t become weary. I am strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus and I can do all things through Him who strengthens me (Psalm 27:1 NKJV; Isaiah 40:31; 2 Timothy 2:1; Philippians 4:13).

con·quer, verb
To gain control of or subdue . . To defeat in war. To eliminate or minimize (a difficulty, for example). To overcome or surmount mentally or emotionally. To be victorious; win.

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An Open Door

Friday, July 21st, 2017

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

1. THE IMPOSSIBLE IS POSSIBLE. Whenever you hear people say something is impossible, then you can celebrate, because God said all things are possible to those who believe (Mark 9:23). Let the Word of God push aside unbelief and fear, because God has called you to speak to the mountains and command them to be moved (Mark 11:23).

Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be granted you. Mark 11:24

2. BREAK BARRIERS. Impenetrable barriers can be traversed by the power of Jesus. He told Peter that the gates of hell cannot block the church (Matthew 16:18). Hell and all its forces are trying to stop and hinder what God is doing in this hour. But nothing can stop what God has initiated.

For by You I [King David] can run upon a troop; and by my God I can leap over a wall. Psalm 18:29

3. ATTITUDE IS EVERYTHING. If we want to keep growing in God, we have to keep the right spirit by continually laying aside the weights and encumbrances and sin that try to lay hold of us. Forgive. Be merciful. God has given us a mission, and our hearts must stay clear and vibrant, ready to hear and obey what God is saying!

Press On!
Pastor Jeff

DAILY CONFESSION:
I am steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord (1 Corinthians 15:58). He makes me as surefooted as a deer, enabling me to stand on mountain heights (Psalm 18:33 NLT).

bar·ri·er, noun
A material formation
or structure, such as a mountain range or wall, that prevents passage or access. Something immaterial that obstructs or impedes.

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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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Prayer Brings Breakthrough

Friday, June 12th, 2015

And Jesus answered saying to them, “Have faith in God. Truly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says is going to happen, it will be granted him.” Mark 11:22-23

1. Foundation of Faith – God
Have faith in God. This simple yet powerful statement reminds us that God is looking for people who will pray in faith. You are able to pray the prayer of faith when you have spent time in God’s Word, seeking out His will about a particular subject (Romans 10:17).

2. Function of Faith – Believe, Speak & Pray
When you delve into the Word and become aware of God’s promises, it produces confidence in your approach to life. Mountains represent looming things that don’t seem like they can move, but go they must—overwhelming situations, a rebellious child, a broken heart, troubled marriages—you know that things will turn around because Jesus said they must.

Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be granted you. Whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father who is in heaven will also forgive you your transgressions. Mark 11:24-25

3. Qualification of Faith – Forgive
Show mercy, be quick to forgive, and be quick to ask for forgiveness. Take time to realize the value of prayer in your everyday life. Look to God and trust Him for clarity on the decisions you have to make on a daily basis. As we pray according to the Word of God, the breakthrough will come!

Pray This Prayer
God’s ear is inclined to my prayer (Psalm 116:2; Proverbs 15:29). I draw near with confidence to the throne of grace so that I may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need (Hebrews 4:16). God, I need wisdom today and I have confidence that when I ask according to Your will, You hear me and I know I have the requests I ask of You (1 John 5:14-15).

Trust, noun
Reliance on the character, ability, strength, or truth of someone or something.
One in which confidence is placed.

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

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It’s Never Too Late In God

Monday, November 16th, 2009

Without becoming weak in faith he [Abraham] contemplated his own body, now as
good as dead since he was about a hundred years old, and the deadness of Sarah’s
womb; yet, with respect to the promise of God, he did not waver in unbelief but
grew strong in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully assured that what God
had promised, He was able also to perform. Romans 4:19-21

Even though Abraham was beyond what seemed like the proper time for the
fulfillment of God’s promise to make him a father of many nations, Abraham
remained “fully assured that what God had promised, He was able also to perform”
(Romans 4:21). That God is our God! Let the mighty deeds God has done through
history generate hope for your specific situation.

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

Believers who have their roots in the truth of the Word have a foundation for their
hope. It’s not false optimism—it’s anchored on the faithfulness of God to His
people (Psalm 1:1-3). Renew your determination to seek God and read the Word.
Don’t back down, because that is where you find the strength and substance for
your hope!

If you feel like life has passed you by and you missed your time to see God’s plan
come to pass, take a stance like Abraham who “in hope against hope” believed
(Romans 4:18a). It’s not too late! God is looking to strongly support those whose
hearts are His (2 Chronicles 16:9). “Why are you in despair, O my soul? And why
have you become disturbed within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him,
the help of my countenance and my God!” (Psalm 42:11).

Press on!
Pastor Jeff

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