Posts Tagged ‘David’

How to Get Fortified

Friday, April 29th, 2016

Then David and the people who were with him lifted their voices and wept until there was no strength in them to weep. Moreover David was greatly distressed because the people spoke of stoning him, for all the people were embittered, each one because of his sons and his daughters. But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God. 1 Samuel 30:4, 6

1. STRENGTHEN YOURSELF IN THE LORD. Sometimes, like King David, we find ourselves facing off with challenges alone with no one around to encourage us. But at that moment of depletion, we can find encouragement and fortification by seeking God. As we fellowship with Him, strength rises up on the inside of us and we are able to fight and not let up.

Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you. Colossians 3:16a

2. FEED ON GOD’S WORD.
Strengthening comes from both nutrition and resistance. Life offers plenty of resistance in the form of challenges and battles. But we get our nutrition from God’s Word.

3. STAY THE COURSE. Hebrews 11 lists great people of faith who “from weakness were made strong” (Hebrews 11:34). Take some time to meditate on that chapter and be stirred by the men and women who stayed the course their entire lives. As you stay in the faith fight, you will see breakthrough results—both in your life and in the lives of those around you!

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

DAILY CONFESSION:
I am strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might (Ephesians 6:10). I am strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus (2 Timothy 2:1). I will not fear for God is with me. I will not anxiously look about me for He is my God. He will strengthen me, He will help me, He will uphold me with His righteous right hand (Isaiah 41:10). In Jesus’ Name, amen.

for·ti·fy, verb
To strengthen and secure. To give physical strength, courage, or endurance to. To add mental or moral strength to. To add material to for strengthening or enriching.

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How to Serve the Purpose of God

Friday, January 29th, 2016

For David, after he had served the purpose of God in his own generation, fell asleep, and was laid among his fathers and underwent decay. Acts 13:36

1. RUN TO GOD. God gives equipment to you to enable you to serve His purpose in your generation. King David’s life was not perfect; it was a mixture of noble deeds stained with terrible sins. But he knew where his help came from and he continually ran back to the Lord (Psalm 121:2).

My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth. Psalm 121:2

2. STAY FAITHFUL. David was faithful to tend his father’s sheep, and it was preparing him for greater Kingdom purposes (1 Samuel 16-17). Don’t underestimate the value of where you’re positioned right now—draw close to God, settle your heart, and keep on obeying Him in the daily grind.

3. RECOGNIZE YOUR MOMENT. The goal isn’t to try to mimic all of David’s actions, but rather to get hold of the God of David. You’ve been given this lifespan to serve God and impact your generation. If you make mistakes, then repent, get right back up, and press into the purposes of God. Keep your heart tender before the Lord and from it will flow springs of life to nations, neighborhoods, and individuals who need Jesus (Proverbs 4:23).

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

DAILY CONFESSION
I seek the Lord, and He answers me and delivers me from all my fears (Psalm 34:4). In Jesus’ Name I’m going into this year less negative and more on fire than I’ve ever been. For I am His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that I would walk in them (Ephesians 2:10).

pur·pose, noun
The object toward which one strives or for which something exists; an aim or goal.

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Called To Great Things

Monday, July 25th, 2011

They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone kept feeling a sense of awe; and many wonders and signs were taking place through the apostles. And all those who had believed were together and had all things in common. Acts 2:42-44

You may look in the mirror and feel like you aren’t all that. Good news: When you look at the great men and women of old, you’ll see that it’s not by might or power that they accomplished great things but by God’s Spirit (Zechariah 4:6).

Gideon was hiding from the Midianites when the angel of the Lord called him a “valiant warrior” (Judges 6:11). Daniel was kidnapped during war and relocated to a foreign land as a slave, but he became the prophet who interpreted the king’s dreams (Daniel 1:3). David was the youngest brother and inexperienced, but God looked at his heart and called him to be king (1 Samuel 16). Peter used to always say the wrong thing at the wrong time, but God sent His Holy Spirit and Peter told crowds of thousands about Jesus. If you feel like the odd man or woman out—you are in good company!

Day by day continuing with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved. Acts 2:46-47

When you see this amazing model of the early church, know that God is not interested in a bunch of fancy pants people with hidden agendas. God uses regular people who are humble of heart.

This is our hour. Jesus’ name is above every name. So stand on the Word of God. It will produce results, and signs and wonders will follow!

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

Copyright © 2011 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. All rights reserved.