Posts Tagged ‘delight in the Lord’

Patterns of Provision

Friday, September 28th, 2018

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget none of His benefits. Psalm 103:2

1. DON’T FRET. It’s easy to get agitated and freaked out about life, but God wants to lead us by quiet waters and restore our souls (Psalm 23:2). Anxiety in a heart weighs it down, but a good word makes it glad (Proverbs 12:25). Find the good word you need in the Bible. Its pages reveal God’s consistent provision through the ages. That faithful, stabilizing, abundant God is your God and you can trust Him to sustain you all through your life.

Do not fret because of evildoers, be not envious toward wrongdoers. For they will wither quickly like the grass and fade like the green herb. Psalm 37:1-2

2. DON’T BE ENVIOUS. As Christians, we aren’t driven, we’re called – and there is a big difference between the two. We aren’t driven by envy, jealousy, or fear of missing out. Instead we are called to proclaim God’s good news (Luke 4:17-19), called to bear fruit (John 15:16) and called out of darkness into God’s marvelous light (1 Peter 2:9). Meditate on Psalm 37 and let His overflowing abundance fill your heart with contentment. God has more than enough of everything you need.

Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness. Delight yourself in the Lord; and He will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:3-4

3. TRUST IN THE LORD. God provides, and He is absolutely consistent and faithful. Look at all the provision that comes out of the earth – He created dirt so that we can put seeds in the ground and food will grow. It’s a good reminder that God supplies. Sometimes fear can make us dread what lies ahead. But when we are trusting God, we can look forward to the future with peace and full confidence that God is our provider.

4. DELIGHT IN THE LORD. The best part of life is knowing God, loving Him, and having the assurance that He really loves you. It flips our priorities and focus away from our circumstances and toward God. Don’t be enamored with people or fearful of them. I’ve met true greatness and His name is Jesus. Yield to God and desire His will to be done in your life. It’s the best way to live.

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

DAILY CONFESSION:
I cast all my cares, anxieties, worries, and concerns once and for all on Jesus, for He cares about me with deepest affection and watches over me very carefully (1 Peter 5:7 AMP). I am God’s own possession called to proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called me out of darkness into His marvelous light (1 Peter 2:9).

de·light, verb
To take or give great pleasure or joy.

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. Scripture taken from the Amplified Bible (AMP), Copyright © 2015 by The Lockman Foundation, La Habra, CA 90631. All rights reserved. “delight.” American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition. Web. 17 Sep 2018 .

Security in God

Friday, September 2nd, 2016

Do not fret because of evildoers, be not envious toward wrongdoers. For they will wither quickly like the grass and fade like the green herb. Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness. Delight yourself in the Lord; and He will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:1-4

1. DO NOT FRET. Jesus wants us to be birdwatchers. Next time you go outside, look at the birds as a cure for anxiety. God supplies seeds, worms, and water for them, and you are worth much more to Him than they are. He will take care of all your needs as you walk out this life of faith (Philippians 4:19).

For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life. . . . Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? Matthew 6:25-26

2. TRUST IN THE LORD. The devil attacked even Jesus with questions of if: “If You are the Son of God, prove it. I’ll do this for You if You worship me” (Matthew 4:3-7). The same things Jesus dealt with, we get bombarded with too. To crush these seeds of doubt, we can do just as Jesus did and speak out God’s Word to counteract the lies of the devil.

3. DELIGHT YOURSELF IN THE LORD. We find our joy and rest in the Lord – in His green pastures and beside still waters where He calls us to settle our minds and hearts in Him (Psalm 23:1-3). As you mature, you see that the best thing you can have in life is a personal relationship with God – staying in touch with Him every day, accomplishing His purposes in your life. There is nothing better!

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

PRAY THIS PRAYER
I love You, Jesus. Thank You for Your Word that brings light to my path. I choose to put my trust in You each day all over again. I delight myself in You, I rest in You, Lord.I will not fret. My steps are established by You, Lord (Psalm 37:23). Amen!

“Relying on God has to begin all over again every day as if nothing had yet been done.” C.S. LEWIS

Copyright © 2016 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. Lewis, C. S., and W. H. Lewis. “TO MRS LOCKLEY.” Letters of C. S. Lewis. New York: Harcourt, Brace & World, 1988. 395. Print.