Posts Tagged ‘breakthrough’

Tell Others

Thursday, October 25th, 2018

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

1. LET GOD FIGHT YOUR BATTLES. 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 began to praise God and remember how powerful God is (2 Chronicles 20:6). When there is an alarming situation or a terrible circumstance, our minds want to fixate on it instead of turning our attention to seek the Lord. But it’s when we get our hearts fixed on God that breakthrough happens.

2. WORSHIP YOUR WAY TO VICTORY. Jehoshaphat did something unprecedented in military history: He put praise-and-worshipers on the front line of battle. While they were worshiping God, the enemy was defeated! Instead of being overcome by impossible-looking circumstances, we can actually sing, pray, and worship our way to victory.

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

3. FIX YOUR EYES ON JESUS. 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. When you praise and worship God, darkness is pushed back, anxiety dissipates, and God brings the breakthrough.

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

DAILY CONFESSION:
Therefore, since I have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding me, I lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles, I run with endurance the race that is set before me, fixing my eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of my faith (Hebrews 12:1-2).

fix, noun
To cause to be firmly attached. To decide upon or fix definitely. To make fixed, stable or stationary. To put (something somewhere) firmly.

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The Attitude of Faith

Friday, October 12th, 2018

Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep His promise. Hebrews 10:23 (NLT)

1. FAITH BELIEVES GOD’S WORD. In the Bible, the Israelites sent 12 spies to check out the land God promised them. When they came back and reported, ten men were freaked out by the fortified cities and the giant warriors, while only two, Caleb and Joshua, believed they could take the land. Caleb said, “We should by all means go up and take possession of it, for we will surely overcome it” (Numbers 13:30).

2. FAITH TAKES ACTION. The context for breakthrough is usually in the midst of conflict. Yes the Israelites had to face off with giants, but God was with them and they made it to the Promised Land. When Peter walked on water, it wasn’t on a glassy sea on a sunshiny day – it was in the middle of the night when the disciples were fighting strong winds and waves. We’re at our best when we aren’t waiting for ideal circumstances but stepping out and trusting that God’s Word is true – even in the middle of turbulent circumstances.

3. FAITH PRODUCES CONFIDENCE. “Worry weighs a person down; an encouraging word cheers a person up” (Proverbs 12:25 NLT). God’s love for you and His protection over your life are real. Find the encouraging word you need in the Bible. Remember all the Lord has done for you, and as you meditate on the Word of God, faith will replace fear.

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

Declare these truths based on Psalm 3:
But You, O Lord, are a shield around me; You are my glory, the one who holds my head high. I cried out to the Lord, and He answered me. I lay down and slept, yet I woke up in safety, for the Lord was watching over me. I am not afraid of ten thousand enemies who surround me on every side. Victory comes from You, O Lord (NLT).

con·fi·dence, noun
A feeling of trust (in someone or something). Freedom from doubt. A trustful relationship. A state of confident hopefulness that events will be favorable.

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Patterns of Breakthrough

Saturday, September 15th, 2018

When he [Jehoshaphat] had consulted with the people, he appointed those who sang to the Lord and those who praised Him in holy attire, as they went out before the army and said, “Give thanks to the Lord, for His lovingkindness is everlasting.” When they began singing and praising, the Lord set ambushes against the sons of Ammon, Moab and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; so they were routed. 2 Chronicles 20:21-22

1. START WITH PRAISE. Praise brings breakthrough. When armies came to attack Judah, King Jehoshaphat immediately directed his people to seek God and he began praising God.

2. WAIT. When we wait for God, we gain strength. (Isaiah 40:31). It’s important to settle down, calm any impulsiveness, and let God act on behalf of those who wait on Him (Isaiah 64:4).

3. CONFESS. This is your bold declaration of what you believe: who God is, what His capabilities are, and what He has provided for you (Romans 10:9-10; Mark 11:23).

4. PRAY GOD’S WORD. Find scriptures to attach your faith to and then pray them out loud.

5. WATCH. Resist distraction and dullness and instead be alert in your spirit and “watchful in your prayers” (1 Peter 4:7 NKJV).

6. INTERCEDE. Praying on behalf of someone else is part of our calling as Christians. We are to intercede for all people, including those in authority (1 Timothy 2:1).

7. PETITION. When we minister to the Lord and worship Him, it helps us get our priorities straight and then, as we ask in faith, we receive direction and wisdom from God (Acts 13:2).

8. THANK GOD. Thank God all day long – for what He has done, for what He is doing, and for what He is going to do.

9. SING. God surrounds us with songs of deliverance (Psalm 32:7). Before going into battle, King Jehoshaphat sent out people who sang to God. So sing to God often – sing in the Spirit and sing out God’s Word.

10. MEDITATE. Take time to ponder and focus on the Lord (Psalm 19:14).

11. LISTEN. Like King Jehoshaphat prayed: We don’t know what to do, “but our eyes are on You.” Tune in to God and listen for His voice (2 Chronicles 20:12).

12. END WITH PRAISE. From beginning to end, God deserves our worship. Jehoshaphat began with praise before they had won the battle and ended with praise after God delivered them.

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

pattern, noun
A model considered worthy of imitation.

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Ways to Get Strengthened!

Friday, March 17th, 2017

But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you. Matthew 6:6

FELLOWSHIP WITH GOD. God is all powerful and when we draw near to Him, strength will come. His presence shifts us from surviving to thriving. Delving into the Word of God and spending time in God’s presence will strengthen your heart. If you feel worn down by life, take time like Jesus often did to “slip away to the wilderness and pray” (Luke 5:16). The Creator of the Universe has everything you need—all the strength, all the power, all the insight, all the guidance. And always try to remember what Daniel 11:32b proclaims: The people who know their God shall be strong and do exploits!

But you will 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

KNOW WHO YOU ARE IN GOD. God is urging us toward a greater level of breakthrough than we’ve ever experienced. Like a soldier in basic training or like a surgeon who scrubs and prepares before the operation, there is something we are preparing for as a church. We get strengthened not only so that we can cope, fight, and win in our personal lives, but also for all the people attached to our obedience and for all the repercussive effects our lives are called to have.

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

PRAY THIS PRAYER:
I pray that I would be strengthened with power through God’s Spirit in the inner man, that Christ would dwell in my heart through faith and that I being rooted and grounded in love may be able to comprehend what is the breadth, and length, and height, and depth, and that I may know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge and that I would be filled up to all the fullness of God. Ephesians 3:14-19

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Steps to Overcoming Depression

Friday, September 18th, 2015

TAKE CARE OF THE WHOLE PERSON. The prophet Elijah took a stand and brought reform at a time when society had gone crazy. Yet, between great breakthroughs he got discouraged and depressed. God directed Elijah to sleep, eat, and drink water. When you get worn down, it’s important to address both your practical needs and your spiritual needs.

He lay down and slept under a juniper tree; and behold, there was an angel touching him, and he said to him, “Arise, eat.” Then he looked and behold, there was at his head a bread cake baked on hot stones, and a jar of water. So he ate and drank and lay down again. 1 Kings 19:5-6

FIND GOD’S PROMISES. The biblical promises of God, when acted upon correctly, bring breakthrough. Write down what you are dealing with. Then find scriptures correlating to those problems and write them down too. One day you will look back and see lists of miracles—those things that seemed impossible until God turned them around.

Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,” says the Lord of hosts. Zechariah 4:6b

KEEP PRAISING GOD. Though we live an earthly life we do not wage an earthly war (Ephesians 6:12). God inhabits the praises of His people, and when we praise Him, things change! This world needs us to shake off the heaviness and fight in the Spirit by singing praises to God.

Pray this prayer:
God, I praise You right now. You came to bind up the brokenhearted and save the crushed in spirit (Isaiah 61:3; Psalm 34:18). I believe You for breakthrough on all fronts of my life: in my relationships, my work, my finances, and my future. You have lifted me out of the pit and set my feet upon a rock, making my footsteps firm (Psalm 40:2). Thank You, Jesus, for breakthrough! Amen.

Praise, verb
To express thanks to or love and respect for God.

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

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Master of the Breakthrough

Saturday, July 18th, 2015

Not that I have already obtained it or have already become perfect, but I press on so that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:12

Overcoming Depression. If you feel burdened by worries and cares, God wants to lift the load and set you free. Depression can weigh you down and prevent you from expression and advancement. Thanks to the honesty of the Apostle Paul, we see a man who was weighed down both by conflicts without and fears within, but he looked to God and found his deliverance.

For we would not have you ignorant, brethren, concerning our affliction which befell us in Asia, that we were weighed down exceedingly, beyond our power, insomuch that we despaired even of life. 2 Corinthians 1:8

Comfort Others. Even when you’re in the middle of a personal battle, you can be used by God to alleviate the suffering of others. And, when you refresh others, you will actually get refreshed yourself (Proverbs 11:25).

For even when we came into Macedonia our flesh had no rest, but we were afflicted on every side: conflicts without, fears within. But God, who comforts the depressed, comforted us by the coming of Titus. 2 Corinthians 7:5-7

I Press On. Depression is designed to keep you from progressing. “I press on” is intentionally choosing to move forward. Don’t trust in yourself; instead, trust in God who raises the dead. Draw near to the Master of the breakthrough. Put your hope in Him—He has delivered you, is delivering you, and will yet deliver you (1 Corinthians 1:9-10).

Pray this Prayer:
God, Your Word says that You comfort the depressed. I thank You that You comfort me in my affliction so that I am able to comfort others with the same comfort in their afflictions (2 Corinthians 1:3-4). I thank You that You have given me abundant life (John 10:10). I put my hope in You. You are Master of the breakthrough and I thank You for deliverance! I praise You, Jesus! I love You! Amen.

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

Copyright © 2015 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. “depress.” Dictionary.com Unabridged. Random House, Inc. 14 Jul. 2015. Dictionary.com.

A Fruitful Life

Saturday, April 25th, 2015

Those who sow in tears shall reap with joyful shouting. He who goes to and fro weeping, carrying his bag of seed, shall indeed come again with a shout of joy, bringing his sheaves with him. Psalm 126:5-6

Sow the Seed, Reap the Harvest. God is glorified when we are fruitful (John 15:8). The ground is always barren before the seeds are introduced—that’s why there is seed-time first, and then comes the harvest. You may have sown in tears, but don’t quit—you will reap in joy.

“Shout for joy, O barren one, you who have borne no child; break forth into joyful shouting and cry aloud, you who have not travailed; for the sons of the desolate one will be more numerous than the sons of the married woman,” says the Lord. Isaiah 54:1

Rejoice Before the Breakthrough. God is telling us to face off with the desolate places and to rejoice before we see the fruit. If you are experiencing the barrenness of depression, barrenness in your family, in your finances, in your health, take a minute vacation and retrieve some blessing from the past. Thank God for two or three things that He has done for you. And then thank Him for the breakthrough yet to be seen.

Have a Passion to Bear Fruit. God knows how to take barren areas and make them fruitful. In the Bible it says “A worker’s appetite works for him, for his hunger urges him on” (Proverbs 16:26). Get hungry to see breakthrough and fruitfulness in your life and in the lives of people around you. We’ve only seen a glimpse of the harvest, but God calls us to look up and see that the fields are ripe for it.

Daily Confession:
God has chosen and appointed me to bear fruit. Whatever I ask the Father in Jesus’ Name, He will give it to me. And my fruit will remain (John 15:16). Thank You, Jesus!

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

When the Lord brought back the captive ones of Zion, we were like those who dream. Then our mouth was filled with laughter and our tongue with joyful shouting; then they said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.” The Lord has done great things for us; we are glad. Psalm 126:1-3

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Overcoming Power

Monday, April 28th, 2014

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

Get Certain. Our beliefs, when rooted in and built on God’s Word, create supernatural
strength and power. When you are attacked in an area of uncertainty, go to the stabilizing Word of God to get your mind renewed. Knowing God’s will through His Word will take you from disorientation to focus, from depletion and defeat to confidence and courage.

Get an Attitude. God desires for each person to be healed, delivered, protected and made whole. When you get hit with challenges, resist the enemy by equipping yourself with God’s promises. Instead of playing into the devil’s lies, go to God’s Word, cast down imaginations, watch what you say, and receive power from God for the answers to turn your circumstances around.

Get Going. We are called to be watchmen on the wall, holding up our shields to quench all the fiery darts of the enemy. Like the Bible heroes of old, we too are required to fight the good fight of faith. Jesus has anointed us to bring healing to the hurting and restoration to the broken and to save those who are crushed in spirit. It’s not always easy, but it’s worth it. Breakthrough and freedom are on the other side of the battle.

Daily Confession
The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble. He knows those who take refuge in Him. I resist the devil and he flees from me. I draw near to God and He draws near to me. I cast down imaginations. I take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. I crucify my flesh and I walk in the Spirit. In Jesus’ name, amen.

pow•er noun
The ability or capacity to act or do something effectively. The ability or official capacity to exercise control; authority.

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

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Choose to Rejoice

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

And He [Jesus] got into one of the boats, which was Simon’s [Peter’s], and asked him to put out a little way from the land. And He sat down and began teaching the people from the boat. When He had finished speaking, He said to Simon, “Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch.” Simon answered and said, “Master, we worked hard all night and caught nothing, but I will do as You say and let down the nets.” When they had done this, they enclosed a great quantity of fish, and their nets began to break. Luke 5:3-6

Turnaround in Obedience. The night Simon Peter caught zero fish turned into the day he met Jesus (and filled his boats to overflowing). We can all relate to times of disappointment when we’ve pulled up empty nets. Yet, God is looking for people in the midst of their disappointment to continue to respond to Him in obedience like Peter: “I will do as you say.”

Thankfulness Through Every Circumstance. When you feel like complaining, thank God for whatever you can possibly thank Him for. It’s easy to rejoice when our emotions are solid, when people are kind to us, when we’ve had a couple of breakthroughs and doors are open to us. But the apostle Paul talks about rejoicing in both high times and hard times (Philippians 4:11-14).

Trusting God. We don’t have it all figured out, but God does. And He can be trusted. When you get around Jesus, things change. When you obey Jesus, things work out. You can trust Him with your whole life.

Daily Confession
I give thanks to the Lord with all my heart. I sing praise to Your name, O Most
High (Psalm 9:1-2). I cried to You for help, and You healed me (Psalm 30:2). I will
not die, but live, and tell of the works of the Lord (Psalm 118:17). Weeping may
last for the night, but a shout of joy comes in the morning (Psalm 30:5). The Lord
is good; His loving kindness is everlasting and His faithfulness to all generations.
(Psalm 100:5).

thank•ful adj.: Grateful; impressed with a sense of kindness received, and ready to acknowledge it. -Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary

God bless you,
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. “Thankful.” webstersdictionary1828.com. Web. 26 Feb. 2014.

Faith & Love

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

For [if we are] in Christ Jesus, neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything, but only faith activated and energized and expressed and working through love. Galatians 5:6 AMP

Faith works through love. Just as oil prevents friction and causes things to flow in a car, operating in love will help your faith to operate. The love of God will cause you to go from good to great to breakthrough.

When love becomes the driving motive in our lives, the atmosphere around us becomes charged with increased potential for higher effectiveness. Why? Because even Jesus was “moved with compassion” (Mark 1:41). He only did what He saw His Father doing. As we learn to yield to those heart promptings, results will take place.

If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 1 Corinthians 13:1

We are able to love because God first loved us (1 John 4:19). The next few weeks, discipline yourself to meditate on the love of God. It takes courage to crucify that Ebenezer Scrooge grumpiness and get over in a place where you are choosing love. But the results of answered prayer, healthy relationships, and breakthrough are worth it!

Pray this prayer:
“Here am I, Lord. I commit my heart today. Today, God, I bridle my tongue. I’m not going to let bitterness or hurt fester. I don’t want any blessing blockers in my heart. Today I forgive. Help me, God, to be kind to others at home, at my job, out in public. Help me to be consistent and to grow with ever-increasing faith and love. I love You, Jesus!”

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

Love (verb)
In short, we love whatever gives us pleasure and delight…and if our hearts are right, we love God above all things, as the sum of all excellence and all the attributes which can communicate happiness to intelligent beings. –Excerpt from the 1828 Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary

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