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Three Ways to Get Tenacious in Hope

Friday, February 15th, 2019

Be strong and let your heart take courage, all you who hope in the Lord. Psalm 31:24

1. REMEMBER YOU WERE RESCUED. The Bible describes the pre-salvation position as “having no hope and without God in the world” (Ephesians 2:12). But the emptiness of a fallen world has forever changed because of Jesus. He left the splendor of heaven and came on a rescue mission for us. He died to forgive our sins and heal our diseases (1 Peter 2:24).

2. KNOW GOD’S WORD. Biblical hope is based on the integrity of God’s faithfulness – His character, performance, and nature – and differs greatly from the baseless optimism that the world calls hope. Hope in God springs from knowing His well-documented track record in the Scriptures (Romans 15:4). The faithful God in the Bible is the same God who will help you in your situation.

Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13

3. CARRY HOPE TO THE WORLD. God wants to use us to offset the incredible negativity and pessimism in the world. Hope is something that gets in our vocabulary when everybody else is complaining, that rises up even when circumstances go the opposite way, and that adjusts our thinking to remember God’s faithfulness. You can be confident that God will cause all things to work together for good and as you stay steady in hope, you will see the goodness of God in this life (Romans 8:28; Psalm 27:13-14).

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

DAILY CONFESSION:
I take courage and hope in the Lord. I fix my hope on the living God, who is the savior of all. I hope because Jesus took my sins on the cross and by His wounds I am healed. He strengthens my heart, and I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living (1 Timothy 4:10; 1 Peter 2:24; Psalm 31:24; Psalm 27:13-14).

te·na·cious, adj.
Characterized by extreme persistence; relentless or enduring. Holding fast; characterized by keeping a firm hold.

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A Different Way of Thinking

Friday, November 4th, 2016

The angel of the Lord appeared to him and said to him, “The Lord is with you, O valiant warrior.” Then Gideon said to him, “O my Lord, if the Lord is with us, why then has all this happened to us?” Judges 6:12-13a

1. GOD USES RELUCTANT WARRIORS. When God called Gideon to step up and rescue the people of Israel, Gideon responded with excuses: God’s abandoned us; I’m the least important and the youngest; if this is You, God, prove it. He was expressing attitudes that had been formed by years of oppression and disappointment. But God was introducing Gideon to a new way of thinking.

The Lord looked at him and said, “Go in this your strength and deliver Israel from the hand of Midian. Have I not sent you?” Judges 6:14

2. GO IN THIS YOUR STRENGTH. God is your strength. Gideon and the people of Israel were afraid of their oppressors, but then they were reminded of how big God is. Even if you feel like you’ve been operating in a difficult environment for years, God is calling you out and up.

So the Spirit of the Lord came upon Gideon; and he blew a trumpet. Judges 6:34

3. SOUND THE TRUMPET. If you don’t feel qualified to impact the world, join the club. Gideon considered himself the least important, but God encouraged him, equipped him, and eased him into his calling. Believe what God says about you in His Word and let Him replace insecurity with courage, disappointment with faith. God is not finished with you!

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

PRAY THIS PRAYER
God, I thank You for Your strategy for my life. I place my trust in the Word of God and not my past circumstances. I say yes to Your plans and purposes! In Jesus’ name, amen.

think·ing, noun
An opinion, or a set of ideas. The way that you consider things or react to them.

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Be Strong and Courageous

Friday, August 14th, 2015

Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the Lord your God is the one who goes with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. Deuteronomy 31:6

RELY ON GOD’S STRENGTH. When Moses gave this last counsel to Joshua, the bottom line is not “be strong” but instead “the Lord your God goes with you.” If we misinterpret this scripture, we would then rely on human performance instead of trusting in God’s strength. Avoid this temptation – especially if you are in a transitional time like Joshua and Moses were – by constantly affirming who God is in your life. Wait on Him to give you new strength (Isaiah 40:31).

“I know the plans that I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11

YOUR FUTURE IS SECURE. In the day of change, God will give you courage to navigate. The Early Church was born into a weird, hedonistic culture; yet they were required to step up and draw from the strength and courage that God supplied. You can step up too, knowing God will never fail you or forsake you. You can command the devil to take his fingers off your generation. When you resist him he must leave in the Name of Jesus and let go of your thought life, let go of your loved ones, let go of those who are bound in darkness.

DAILY CONFESSION

God has given to me every place where the sole of my foot treads. No man shall be able to stand before me all the days of my life. As God was with Moses, as God was with Joshua, as God was with the Early Church, so He is with me! He will never fail me or forsake me (Joshua 1:3-5).

cour·age, noun
Mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty.

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

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Courage to Overcome

Sunday, April 6th, 2014

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness. . . 2 Timothy 4:7-8a

1. Fight the Good Fight. Courage is the bridge between a dream and a corresponding action. It’s important to constantly refresh the original vision God has given you so that you don’t become discouraged along the way. If even Jesus had to slip away to fellowship alone with God, then we are not exempt. In the secret place we get our strength, our vision, and our purpose for the course.

2. Finish the Course. Courage is not the denial of fear; it is the conquest of it. God knows how to take a fearful Gideon and make him a warrior (Judges 6-7); how to take a young Jeremiah and give him the boldness to prophesy to the people of Israel (Jeremiah 1); and how to give you backbone to get to the other side of your battle.

3. Keep the Faith. “Now faith is the turning of dreams into deeds; it is betting your life on the unseen realities.” (Hebrews 11:1 Cotton Patch Gospel). One voice of faith can pray and stimulate change that permeates an entire people group. Whatever situation you are facing, God has strength for you to start, persevere, and finish with
courage.

Daily Confession
I am strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. I put on the whole armor of God. I’m gaining new strength. I’m getting wisdom. I’m receiving new strategy. My steps are ordered by the Lord. I’m living out my days. I’m cooperating with heaven. God’s purposes shall surely come to pass in and through my life. In Jesus’ Name, amen.

strength, noun – The quality that allows someone to deal with problems in a determined and effective way.

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.Clarence Jordan’s Cotton Patch Gospel: Hebrews and the General Epistles. Smyth & Helwys Publishing Copyright ©2011. “Strength” Merriam-Webster.com. Wed. 2 April 2014.

Overcoming Fear

Monday, March 24th, 2014

The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous runs into it and is safe. Proverbs 18:10

1. Seek the presence of the Lord and trust Him. Fear has been described as “False. Evidence. Appearing. Real.” The devil uses fear as a weapon to torment and hinder us. It forces wrong decisions and it prevents us from taking risks and using our talents. Life is a fight, but we come into God’s presence to exchange fear for God’s courage (2 Timothy 1:7) and our weakness for His strength (Matthew 11:28). Knowing God is with us is hugely reassuring.

2. Face off with your problems. We aren’t here to escape from living, but to run to God and find the adventurous life He has for us: to get out of the boat and walk on water; to face Goliath and lop off his head; to believe God for a great harvest of souls; to break out of “Never-Never Land” and grow up into all aspects of Him (Ephesians 4:15).

3. Stand on God’s promises. Fear is usually a direct challenge to what God says in His Word. Become familiar with the promises of God so you can face off with problems in the Name of Jesus. Spend time in praise and worship, in prayer. Having done all to stand, continue standing. “It is written” is a powerful response to the pressures of life.

Daily Confession:
When I am afraid, I will put my trust in the Lord (Psalm 56:3). The Lord is my strength and my shield. My heart trusts in Him and I am helped. Therefore my heart exults, and with my song I will thank Him (Psalm 28:7). I will not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord God is with me wherever I go (Joshua 1:9). I hope in the Lord. I am strong and my heart takes courage! (Psalm 31:24). In all my ways I acknowledge God and He directs my steps Proverbs 3:6).

cour•age, noun – The ability to face danger, difficulty, uncertainty, or pain without being overcome by fear or being deflected from a chosen course of action.
–Encarta College Dictionary

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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Courage For Your Course

Monday, November 4th, 2013

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9

Equipped With Courage. God has a plan for your life, and He has called you to fulfill it with courage and conviction. If God tells you to be courageous, then you know you can do it—because when God calls you, He also brings it to pass (1 Thessalonians 5:24).

cour•age (noun): Mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty. Merriam-Webster Dictionary

Cultivate Courage. When you wait on the Lord, you are building courage and strength. Wait on the Lord through prayer; start your day with a devotional book. Turn off the radio and listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit. Avoid weapons of mass distraction and stay in the Word.

Wait for the Lord; be strong and let your heart take courage; yes, wait for the Lord. Psalm 27:14

The Final Result. When we look at the lives of courageous men and women from the Bible, we see the same powerful element—the strength not just to start but also to persevere and obtain. Keep the switch of faith turned on and hold to the conviction that God’s Word is true—He will fulfill His plan for your life.

Now behold, today I [Joshua] am going the way of all the earth, and you know in all your hearts and in all your souls that not one word of all the good words which the Lord your God spoke concerning you has failed; all have been fulfilled for you, not one of them has failed. Joshua 23:14

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

And having thus chosen our course, without guile, and with pure purpose, let us renew our trust in God, and go forward without fear, and with manly hearts. –Abraham Lincoln, in an address to Congress, July 4, 1861

Copyright © 2013 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. “Courage.” Merriam-Webster.com. Web. 29 Oct. 2013.

Excel Still More

Monday, July 8th, 2013

Now as to the love of the brethren, you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves are taught by God to love one another; for indeed you do practice it toward all the brethren who are in all Macedonia. But we urge you, brethren, to excel still more. 1 Thessalonians 4:9-10

Church is God’s idea. It’s a powerful network, and the superglue that holds it together is love. God valued and loved the world so much that He died for ungrateful men and women. The mission on our lives is to take the message of Jesus to our generation in an atmosphere saturated with love.

Constantly bearing in mind your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the presence of our God and Father. 1 Thessalonians 1:3

The books of Thessalonians present an amazing snapshot of church and a model atmosphere of how God wants us to connect. When you read them, you see a fresh young church full of zeal and vibrancy in the midst of great opposition. You find a group of people turned from idolatry into fruitfulness and significance.

For the word of the Lord has sounded forth from you, not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place your faith toward God has gone forth, so that we have no need to say anything. 1 Thessalonians 1:8

These people were courageous, they were thinkers and givers. They were catalytic, and that’s what God wants church to be – a healthy home base, with green pastures and quiet waters (Psalm 23). He wants it to be a launching environment that gives us strength for our potential and courage to walk with God through the course of our lives.

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

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Power to Overcome

Monday, February 25th, 2013

These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world. John 16:33

Because of Jesus, you can renew your determination to overcome in life—not in your own strength but by the power of God. When Jesus blasted out of the grave He offered powerless humanity the power of the Holy Spirit (Mark 16:15-18; Acts 1:8). He gave us the authority and power to become the children of God (John 1:12), to cast out demons (Mark 6:7) and heal the sick (Mark 3:15).

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

The name of Jesus is above every name. Use it fearlessly against the forces of darkness. When things get weird, pray. That same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead dwells in you (Romans 8:11). Take hold of the promises of God and use His Word like a hammer to break the bondages and barriers in your heart. As you trust God, He will walk you through what looked like absolute defeat into a place of victory (Romans 8:37).

Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. Romans 8:35, 37

God is faithful,
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®

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