Posts Tagged ‘connect with God’

Three Benefits Of Praising God Continually

Friday, November 9th, 2018

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. They looked to Him and were radiant, and their faces will never be ashamed. Psalm 34:1, 4-5

1. DELIVERANCE FROM FEAR. Both fear and faith are planted as seeds of thought. The Hebrew word for fear is also translated as a “storehouse,” which gives a good visual of how you can fill a whole barn with all your fears. Praise breaks that cycle. When you constantly speak out praises reminding yourself of Who God is and what His Word promises, God will deliver you from a whole silo full of freak-out!

2. DELIVERANCE FROM SHAME. When you look to God you become radiant. Let God’s praise continually be in your mouth – not just when you feel happy or when you are singing at church. This is counter-intuitive to our emotions, but praise and thanksgiving are the way to breakthrough. The apostle Paul wrote from prison: “Rejoice in the Lord always, again I say rejoice” (Philippians 4:4).

3. DELIVERANCE FROM APATHY. Connecting with God through praise and worship activates us. We are called to believe for people’s hearts to turn to Jesus, for evil in the world to be stopped, and for tough situations to turn around. When Paul and Silas praised God from jail, it set the atmosphere that caused the jailer and his family to get saved (Acts 16:25-34). Take time to magnify the Lord and tell of all His works. In doing so, you will prepare the way for lives to be changed, including your own.

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

DAILY CONFESSION:
I will rejoice in the Lord always; again I will rejoice! I will be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving I will let my requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard my heart and mind in Christ Jesus. Whatever is true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, of good repute; if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, I will dwell on these things. (Philippians 4:4; 6-8)

ra·di·ant, adj.
Sending out rays of light; bright; shining. Characterized by health, intense joy, happiness, etc.

Copyright © 2018 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. Used by permission. “radiant.” Collins English Dictionary. Web. 31 Oct 2018 .

Five Benefits for Believers

Sunday, October 12th, 2014

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ. Ephesians 1:3

1. Eternal Life. “He who believes in the Son has eternal life” (John 3:36). The greatest benefit of all is that God sent Jesus on the great rescue mission so that we can be saved from eternal separation and darkness.

2. God’s Provision. The God who provided for His people in the Bible wants to take care of you today—He never changes. Life’s worries and cares constantly vie for our attention, but as we seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, God will meet our every need (Matthew 6:33).

3. Divine Protection. From the moment you wake up and wherever you go, you can believe for God’s protection. Psalm 91 is a powerful chapter about the security of those who abide in God’s presence. Read and confess it so much that it becomes built into the core of your memory.

4. Genuine Connection with God. Our relationship with God is the signature component of our lives. Jesus took the banishment and sin so we can have restored fellowship with God. If you haven’t been walking closely with Him, push the reset button today and step into the amazing vibrancy of connection with the Creator of the universe.

5. Equipped for Effective Service. “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you” (Acts 1:8). The purpose of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in the early church was to make us effective and equip us for amazing service.

Pray this Prayer:
God, I connect with You today. I seek You and pursue You. You are the God of all hope (Romans 15:13) and You give power to the weak (Isaiah 40:29). I reach out now and receive all the blessing You have for me in every area of my life. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

ben•e•fit, noun
Something that promotes or enhances well-being; an advantage.

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. “Benefit.” The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition copyright ©2014 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Established by God

Monday, September 1st, 2014

And David realized that the Lord had established him as king over Israel, and that his kingdom was highly exalted, for the sake of His people Israel. 1 Chronicles 14:2

Called by God. David realized something that we all need to understand: God wants to do extraordinary things in our lives. We are designed by God to connect with Him, to connect other people with Him, and to be fruitful and live significantly.

For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Hebrews 4:12

Get Sharp. If you are in an indecisive, fuzzy moment—double up on the Word of God, which is the divider between soul and spirit. If you feel super dull, connect with God. Do everything you can to wait on the Lord and gain new strength. You may not feel any anointing on your life right now, but the Author and the Finisher of your faith knows how to get you back on your feet.

Breakthrough. We can become hardened to difficulties but stay tender toward God. When the Philistines heard that David was anointed king, it provoked an attack (1 Chronicles 14:8). It caused him to “inquire of the Lord,” and then David was given strategy and the enemy was defeated. The attack comes because of the anointing, but victory will also come as we seek God.

The Lord will rise up . . . that He may do His work, His awesome work, and bring to pass His act, His unusual act. Isaiah 28:21 NKJV

Pray This Prayer:
God, thank You that You have sent Your Holy Spirit to guide me into all the truth. Help me to identify and fulfill those key things You have designed me for. I pray I walk in a manner that is so effective that it brings a multitude out of the valley of decision into the conclusion to receive Jesus. If You can make a valley of dry bones come to life (Ezekiel 37), then You can bring our generation into the Kingdom of God by the hundreds of millions. In Jesus’ Name, amen.

es•tab•lish, verb
To put in a position, role, etc., that will last for a long time. To make firm or stable. To put into a favorable position

Press On!
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. “Establish.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 20 Aug. 2014.