Posts Tagged ‘expectation’

Abounding in Hope

Friday, January 18th, 2019

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

1. REDEMPTIVE HOPE. When something we are hoping for is delayed, our hearts can get discouraged (Proverbs 13:12). But even then, “the Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit” (Psalm 34:18). We base our hope not on the shifting sands of man but on the eternal Word of God. And we know that what He promises, He will do.

For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. Romans 15:4

2. BIBLICAL HOPE. “Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs it down, but a good word makes it glad” (Proverbs 12:25). Jesus cares about the smallest detail in our lives. There is help for us when our hearts grow cold and our vision for the future becomes blurred. If you’re running low on hope, go to God’s Word to equip, encourage, anchor, and gladden your soul.

Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord. Acts 3:19

3. RENEWED HOPE. God wants our hearts to reconnect with expectation. Those of us who have been stuck in depression or have given into our flesh realize how great it is to be forgiven. The Bible is filled with examples of imperfect people and challenging circumstances, and God helped them and renewed their hope. Open your heart to God today and let His eternal hope fill you with anticipation for what He has ahead!

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

DAILY CONFESSION:
This is a year of breakthrough for me. I hope in the Lord, and my heart is strengthened and takes courage. When I pray, I obtain. I walk by the Spirit and do not carry out the desires of the flesh. I grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus and I am filled with the knowledge of God’s will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding (Psalm 31:24; Mark 11:24; Galatians 5:16; 2 Peter 3:18; Colossians 1:9).

a·bound, verb
To exist or occur in abundance; be plentiful. To be plentifully supplied (with); teem (with).

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Real Help Comes From God

Monday, November 12th, 2012

Why are you in despair, O my soul? And why have you become disturbed within me? Hope in God, for I shall again praise Him for the help of His presence. Psalm 42:5

The psalmist works through the struggles of his heart by asking the right questions and then concluding the answer—Hope in God.

GOD HAS A HOPEFUL PROPOSITION FOR EVERY SITUATION. O my God, my soul is in despair within me; therefore I remember You from the land of the Jordan and the peaks of Hermon, from Mount Mizar (Psalm 42:6). Like the psalmist remembered God’s faithfulness, we can look back and remember how God rescued people from desperate situations. Jonah was about to be digested in the belly of a fish but got put back on track. Daniel survived a long night with hungry lions without one scratch or bite. The people of Israel got attacked by Pharaoh’s army right in the middle of their miracle as they were walking across the parted Red Sea. But God used the moment to bury the enemy for good, never to be seen again.

FAITH BRINGS EVERYTHING TO GOD IN PRAYER WITH THE EXPECTATION OF RESULTS. Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the men of old gained approval (Hebrews 11:1-2). The malady of despair is epidemic right now. That’s why we need to get really serious about articulating the good news. We identify what the concrete substance of the Word of God says and we take our stand on those promises.

FILL YOUR HEART WITH GOD’S WORD. Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path (Psalm 119:105). There are answers corresponding to every challenge you face, and they are found in the Word of God. Find scriptures that pertain to your situation, write them down, and meditate on them. Then, take your stand and use the Word of God like a two-edged sword to cut through each despair-producing issue in your life. Faithful is God who calls you, and He will bring His plan to pass (1 Thessalonians 5:24).

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

Real help comes from God. Your blessing clothes your people!
Psalm 3:8 The Message.

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Increased Expectation, Part 2

Monday, July 30th, 2012

I will lift up my eyes to the mountains; from where shall my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to slip; He who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. Psalm 121:1-4

When you face challenges in life, you can choose to hide out, bury your head in the sand, and get depressed, or you can turn to the promise-keeping God. Our help doesn’t come from our flesh or from our creative ideas—it comes from the Lord. Look to Him! Not one of His promises has ever failed.

Lift up your eyes on high and see who has created these stars, the One who leads forth their host by number, He calls them all by name; because of the greatness of His might and the strength of His power, not one of them is missing. Isaiah 40:26

I love going outside and looking at the stars. Recognizing the Creator of the stars can help get you out of cynicism and make you expectant of what He wants to do in your life. Instead of dreading what’s ahead, put your expectations back on the promises of God and believe for better and greater things. Staring at your problems will only wear you down. Instead, gaze at God your Helper and only glance at your problems.

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, 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. Hebrews 12:1-2

When you live in the reality that God is a rewarder of those who seek Him (Hebrews 11:6) and that favor surrounds you as a shield (Psalm 5:12), it will take the toxicity and sourness out of your thinking so that you can fully expect blessing to happen all through your life, move in a strong spirit of faith, and be the dynamic world-changer God has called you to be.

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

a•bide (verb)
To remain stable or fixed in a state.
–Merriam-Webster

meno men’-o (Greek)
A primary verb
To stay (in a given place, state, relation or expectancy):–abide, continue, dwell, endure, be present, remain, stand, tarry (for), X thine own.
–Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance Of The Bible

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Increase Your Expectation

Monday, October 4th, 2010

Now Peter and John were going up to the temple at . . . the hour of prayer. And a man who had been lame from his mother’s womb was being carried along . . . When he saw Peter and John about to go into the temple, he began asking to receive alms. But Peter, along with John, fixed his gaze on him and said, “Look at us!” And he began to give them his attention, expecting to receive something from them. Peter said, “I do not possess silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you: In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene—walk!” Acts 3:1-6

Some of the most effective and miraculous things happen in the in-between, seemingly random moments.

These guys, Peter and John, were on their way to a prayer meeting and encountered a person in need. They didn’t have any cash on them, but they had something far better. You may not feel like you have everything figured out, but you have something substantial in your life that is transmittable—“What I do have I give.”

“. . . Be ready in season and out of season.” (2 Timothy 4:2a)

In the most unassuming moments, major things can take place. When Jesus was tired from His journey, wanting water at the well, He encountered a lady with a troubled past, who was dismissed by society. And yet, after her encounter with Jesus, she became the catalyst for her entire Samaritan city (John 4).

There is always going to be a broken person “on the way to the temple,” when you’re tired from traveling, when you’re at the grocery store or your kid’s soccer game. And if you stay sensitive to the subtle promptings of the Holy Spirit you can end up benefiting the lives of the people you encounter.

Renew your willingness to obey God in the middle of your daily routine. Every day get up with an expectation that the anointing of the Holy Spirit can and will flow through you.

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

Copyright © 2010 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.