Posts Tagged ‘confidence’

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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Faith for the Future

Friday, January 12th, 2018

Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. James 1:2-4

1. FEAR NOT, ONLY BELIEVE. God has called us to this life of faith. We build endurance as we learn to walk by faith and not by how we feel. Our emotions can change from morning to night or in a split second—that’s why we don’t rely on them. Instead, we get our eyes fixed on God, who has covered everything from the cradle to the grave and from eternity to eternity.

And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint. Romans 5:3-5a

2. RENEW CONFIDENCE IN HOPE. God never disappoints. Those of us who aspire to fulfill God’s plan sometimes get discouraged when we aren’t where we thought we were going to be at certain times in our lives. But even in challenging times, endurance and hope are produced! So we stop looking at our circumstances and look to God. He is the one who can and will open a door.

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

3. LEARN TO OVERCOME. The power of faith is dynamic. It’s action-oriented (James 2:14-17). Jesus saw the faith of the men who dug a hole in the roof and lowered their paralyzed friend to be healed. (Luke 5:20). That’s why we put practicality to our concepts and live out faith in action. Even in temptations, tests, and trials we can look at things in a redemptive way, with confidence and firm persuasion that God is working it out for our good and that endurance, perseverance, character, and hope are being produced.

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

PRAY THIS PRAYER:
Jesus, You are the strength of my life. Jesus, I really need You. I absolutely rely on You. I cast my cares and worries on You. I receive the miraculous in my life. I receive healing in my body, help in my family, blessing on my finances, and wisdom on my time expenditures and prioritizations. May this be a year of strengthening, fulfillment, achievement, prosperity, and abundance in Jesus’ Name, amen!

dy·nam·ic, noun
A force that stimulates change or progress within a system or process. Origin: Early 19th century (as a term in physics) from French dynamique, from Greek dunamikos, from dunamis – “power.”

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The Race Before Us

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us. Hebrews 12:1

Cultivate Endurance. We each have a specific race to run, and God has called us to finish strong. What God initiates He sustains and brings to completion. Along the way Satan tries to stop us through discouragement and distraction. That’s why we need to get our vision renewed so that we can run in such a way to see great fruit produced.

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

Keep Your Confidence. You can rely on God. He is so strong and wise. Nothing is too difficult for Him. If you’re feeling weary, know that even if the righteous falls, the Lord lifts him up every time (Psalm 37:24). God wants to take your situation out of impossibility and into the miraculous.

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. For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. Hebrews 12:2-3

Consider Jesus. Faith comes by hearing God’s Word and standing on His promises. Fix your eyes on Jesus, the Word made flesh. Cultivate your friendship with Him; spend time with Him. Pore through the pages of the Bible and see Jesus going from village to village, healing all who were sick and oppressed by the devil (Acts 10:38). Nothing is too difficult for Him!

Pray This Prayer
God, You are supernaturally wise and strong. I thank You for turning things around in my life. You can solve every problem, answer every question, heal every disease, cast out every demon, defeat every enemy, overcome each difficulty, bring down any stronghold, break every bondage, open each prison door, meet every need, move the largest mountain. Nothing is too difficult for You. I trust You with my life, in Jesus’ Name, amen.*

en•dur•ance, noun – The ability or strength to continue or last, esp. despite fatigue, stress, or other adverse conditions.

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. “Endurance.” Random House Unabridged Dictionary, n.d. web 13 Oct. 2014. * Based on excerpt from Great Faith. Smith, Wendell. Copyright 2001 by Wendell Smith.

Free From Dread

Sunday, May 11th, 2014

For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!” Romans 8:15

Reject Fear. You don’t have to be a slave to fear. Perfect love drives out fear and brings it to a complete halt (1 John 4:18). When you become a child of God, all that God has is yours. Lean on the Holy Spirit, stand on the promises of God’s Word, and hold fast to those truths.

Speak Faith. God will never desert us or forsake us in any situation. Declare this boldly over your life: “The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid. What will man do to me?” (Hebrews 13:5b-6). Speak God’s Word over your kids, over difficult circumstances, over alarming symptoms in your body—whatever challenges you are facing right now.

The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the defense of my life; whom shall I dread? Though a host encamp against me, my heart will not fear; though war arise against me, in spite of this I shall be confident. Psalm 27:1, 3

Walk in Peace. The result of our salvation is peace. Take hold of this freedom offered by what Jesus did on the Cross, and step from darkness into God’s marvelous light; out of timidity into boldness; out of the pride of self-reliance into confidence in God. We are called to advance the Kingdom of God, finance His purposes, pray big prayers, and step up to serve in unique and creative ways.

Daily Confession
God, I trust You because You are trustworthy. And because You have not given me a spirit of fear leading to slavery again, I am not required to go down the track of fear. I will forget those things that lie behind and reach forward to what lies ahead! I come against fear and alarm and I press forward to the goal of the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Thank You that the chains of dread are broken. Thank You that the bondage has lifted and the oppression must dissipate now in the name of Jesus.

dread noun
Fear of something bad that might happen or that is going to happen. To be continuously afraid of someone or something.

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

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The Most Important Thing

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

Since you have in obedience to the truth purified your souls for a sincere love of the brethren, fervently love one another from the heart, for you have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and enduring word of God. 1 Peter 1:22-23

Get wise. God wants to use you as an ambassador who is so filled with love, so aware, and so confident of eternal life that you feel desperate to get this information to the people around you so that they too can experience forgiveness and not go to hell.

He who is wise wins souls. Proverbs 11:30b

Be filled with love. Imagine how grateful you’d be if you fell in the middle of traffic and a giant bus was bearing down on you and suddenly somebody threw you out of the way – and then that person was hit and perished. At first, you would probably feel guilty and undeserving, but then you would be so grateful. Jesus did that for us. The Rescuer came on the scene and took death and sin so we could be free. Now we are called to win souls.

Greater love has no one than this that one lay down his life for his friends John 15:13.

Be aware. We’ve been given a mission, but the devil uses worries and cares to get us so bogged down that we can’t see the amazing opportunities around us (Mark 4:18-20). We’ve all had days that were sabotaged by worry, but let’s refuse to let the devil have any more. Keep your eyes forward. Focus on what God has already done in you. Speak the Scriptures out of your mouth—God’s Word is imperishable and enduring.

Get confident. God wants to help you prioritize, and He wants to deliver you from temptation so you can fulfill your purpose. He wants to help you be bold and talk to people about Jesus. You hold the key to other people’s breakthrough. As you develop a sensitivity and receptivity to the Holy Spirit, you’ll be used to change the entire course of someone’s life.

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

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Confidence in God’s Faithfulness

Monday, November 5th, 2012

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 CONFIDENT. The devil antagonizes people in areas of uncertainty. That’s why we continually go to the Word to reinforce the truth—that God is trustworthy, reliable, and present. Find God’s revealed will regarding every given situation. Correctly interpret the context. Read. Meditate. Speak. Pray.

2. CONSIDER THE OUTCOME. “And the Lord blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning” (Job 42:12a). Many of us avoid the book of Job because we wince at all the hardship and don’t want to suffer with him. But when you look at the whole picture and consider the outcome of the Lord’s dealings, you see there was a beginning, a middle, and an end to Job’s challenges and trials, and that he persevered, stayed close to God, guarded his attitude, and resisted the devil.

As an example, brethren, of suffering and patience, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. We count those blessed who endured. You have heard of the endurance of Job and have seen the outcome of the Lord’s dealings, that the Lord is full of compassion and is merciful. James 5:10-11

3. IMITATE THOSE WHO PERSEVERED. There are examples in the Old and New Testaments of rugged, determined lives: people like Job, nations like Israel, kings like David, apostles like Paul, and a Savior like Jesus. Look at the results and learn to imitate those who through faith and patience inherited the promises.

And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence so as to realize the full assurance of hope until the end, so that you will not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises. Hebrews 6:11-12

4. TRUST GOD. Life tries to clip you at the knees, but God wants to bring you back to a place of stability, confidence, purpose, and renewal. He causes things that seem crazy to ultimately work together for good (Romans 8:28). Nothing is too difficult for Him (Jeremiah 32:17). So let this be a defining moment. Put your confidence in God’s eternal faithfulness and move forward with assurance, knowing that no purpose of His can be thwarted (Job 42:2). He’s got your back!

I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord In the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and let your heart take courage. Psalm 27:13-14a

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

Copyright © 2012 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.

Walk Through the Door

Monday, February 21st, 2011

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

Fulfilling God’s call on our lives elicits a response from the enemy. The devil doesn’t mind when we are blasé about our existence, but when we step up in obedience, there will be opposition.

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. For yet in a very little while, He who is coming will come, and will not delay. But My righteous one shall live by faith; and if he shrinks back, My soul has no pleasure in him. Hebrews 10:35-38

When God opens a door of opportunity, we are often tempted to halt at the door and throw away our confidence. An open door of effective service means hard work and greater responsibility.

But we are not of those who shrink back to destruction, but of those who have faith to the preserving of the soul. Hebrews 10:39

Get a tenacious attitude and step forward in faith (Romans 1:17). Get your mind activated with the thoughts of God (get in the Word!) to get backbone and vision. Refuse to be an idle dreamer but instead press through the door. There are many souls at stake.

Faithful is He who calls you and He also will bring it to pass. 1 Thessalonians 5:24

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

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Confidence.

Monday, May 4th, 2009

For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:6

Let that verse steep in your spirit. What God begins, He brings to completion. Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass (1 Thessalonians 5:24). Whether your life is humming or you feel fatigued, God is faithful yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8; 1 Corinthians 1:9a; Psalm 33:4).

If you feel unsure of where you are in life right now, the confidence-producing Word of God can lock you back into the purpose for which you’ve been set apart. Cast down the weirdness in your head. Get your mind renewed by searching the Scriptures and finding promises concerning God’s faithfulness to complete the good work in your life.

This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him. 1 John 5:14-15

Get confident when you pray. God hears you and He gets a kick out of answering prayer — so pray huge prayers. Find the promises in the Bible that correspond with the problem and take the situation to God in prayer. His ear is inclined to the upright (Psalm 17:6).

Wherever there has been laziness or sin, repent; wherever there has been unbelief and doubt, get single-minded. Keep presenting your heart on the altar and remember that it’s not your performance that saves you, but it’s God who saves you. As Paul said: “We learn to not trust in ourselves but in God who raises the dead” (2 Corinthians 1:9).

God is completing the work in you. What He initiates He sustains; what He sustains He brings to completion. Your greatest days haven’t happened yet!

God is faithful,

Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

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God Is Faithful.

Monday, January 26th, 2009

Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. Philippians 4:8

You may have been meditating on some pretty weird stuff, but God wants us to focus on things that are excellent and worthy of praise. If we are really going to revolutionize the world, we’ve got to be different in our thinking. Shake off the heaviness and fear by focusing on who Jesus is and by renewing your mind in the Word. Here are some scriptures that will help you press past the mind-numbing attacks of the devil and remember that God is faithful. He will calm whatever storm you’re in and get you to the other side (Matthew 8:24-28).

Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap; they have no storeroom nor barn, and yet God feeds them; how much more valuable you are than the birds! Luke 12:24

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. Phil. 4:6-7

Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. James 4:7

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

So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Matthew 6:28-29 NKJV

Now is not the time to vacillate. It’s time to be intent on one purpose, with hearts and minds in one accord with the Master’s work. While the world is anxiously looking for answers, you carry the truth. Don’t shrink back but learn to abide under the shadow of the Most High, where you can rest and find strength and renewed confidence for the
journey (Psalm 91:1).

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

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