Posts Tagged ‘focus on God’

Three Ways to Build Your Hope

Friday, April 12th, 2019

“For 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

1. REPLACE WORRY WITH TRUST. We are called to be a hopeful people and walk in constant expectation of impending good. This isn’t an artificial optimism; we know life is rough and this is a fallen world. Real hope is a biblically-based understanding of who God is and what He has promised. God is a present help right now – for you. (Psalm 46:1). The Eternal God watches over His Word to perform it – for you (Jeremiah 1:12).

You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:13

2. REPLACE DISTRACTION WITH FOCUS ON GOD. God is the most important part of our lives. If we have a problem, God has the answer. He invites us to seek Him (Jeremiah 29:13). He radiates wisdom and provision. He promises that when we seek, we will find (Matthew 7:7).

3. REPLACE COPING WITH OVERCOMING. We are created in Christ for something more than just surviving – God wants to do something significant through our lives. Some of you are facing issues that you haven’t mentioned to anyone. Cast those difficulties on the Lord. He promises to deliver you and then equip you to provide hope and help for someone else! God is good. Give your limitations to Him and put your hope in Him.

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

PRAY THIS PRAYER:
“God, I need help. I trust You. You are a sun and shield; You give grace and glory; No good thing do You withhold from those who walk uprightly (Psalm 84:11). You said to ask, and it will be given to me; seek, and I will find; knock, and the door will be opened to me (Matthew 7:7). I fix my hope on You (1 Timothy 4:10). Thank You for making Your wisdom available to me. I ask You for it right now. Show me what to do. In Jesus’ Name, amen!”

hope, verb
To cherish a desire with anticipation. To desire with expectation of obtainment or fulfillment. To expect with confidence: Trust.

Copyright © 2019 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. “hope.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. 09 April 2019.

Prayer Patterns

Friday, November 2nd, 2018

“Pray, then, in this way: ‘Our Father who is in heaven, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.’” Matthew 6:9-13

1. START WITH FOCUSING ON GOD, and then make it personal. These patterns we’ve been studying for praise, prayer, and provision get us out of the “me, me, me” mentality. When we follow the prayer pattern Jesus set out in Matthew, and shift our focus to who God is, that fleshly side gets adjusted and we get free from too much introspection.

2. REMEMBER HOW GOD HAS PROVIDED. When I read the phrase “daily bread” I think of all God’s provision from Genesis till now. There is so much blessing, and we can choose to acknowledge it or ignore it. In the Bible, Moses called all the people together to set a time to remember all God had done for them (Deuteronomy 8). Thankfulness has to be deliberate or, as flawed humans, we can easily forget.

A Call to Remember and Obey: “Be careful to obey all the commands I [Moses] am giving you today. Then you will live and multiply, and you will enter and occupy the land the Lord swore to give your ancestors. Remember how the Lord your God led you.” Deuteronomy 8:1a NLT

3. RAISE YOUR EXPECTATION. Faith is confidence that God’s promises will come to pass. God wants to meet all your needs and answer all your prayers. When you build that assurance of God’s faithfulness by reflecting on scriptures in the Bible, you no longer are paralyzed by fear or dread, but instead you can step out and do the job God has for you. We are called to be restorers – to help lead people to Jesus. He brings peace in place of depression, He fixes toxic marriages, heals bodies, and offers eternal life to those who receive it!

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

DAILY CONFESSION:
I will remember the Lord my God. He is the one who gives me power to make wealth. God’s promises will not return empty. They will accomplish what God desires and succeed in what He sends them to do (Deuteronomy 8:18; Isaiah 55:11).

ex·pec·ta·tion, noun
Belief about (or mental picture of) the future. Anticipating with confidence of fulfillment.

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Guard Your Heart

Sunday, January 19th, 2014

Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life.
Proverbs 4:23

See No Evil. The eye is the lamp of the body; so then if your eye is clear, your whole body will be full of light (Matthew 6:22). In the Old Testament, King Saul and the people of Israel got incapacitated by fear because they gazed at their problem and only glanced at God (1 Samuel 17). To move ahead, we keep our eyes focused on God—not in denial of circumstances, but knowing that God is mightier than any problem we face.

Hear No Evil. And He [Jesus] was saying to them, “Take care what you listen to. By your standard of measure it will be measured to you; and more will be given you besides” (Mark 4:24). Your brain is not a trashcan. It’s designed to carry the amazing, golden Word of God. This doesn’t advocate naivety, but as you and I feast on the promises and provisions of Scripture from Genesis to Revelation, our standard changes to match God’s heart.

Speak No Evil. Then you will call, and the Lord will answer; you will cry, and He will say, “Here I am.” If you remove the yoke from your midst, the pointing of the finger and speaking wickedness (Isaiah 58:9). As we spend time fasting, murmuring is one of the things that hijack its effectiveness. It’s so easy and habit-forming to grumble. But when you put away the temptation to murmur, your fasting will take on a new dimension of breakthrough and you will be ready for God to lead you and use you for His purposes.

Pray this prayer:
“God, I know You’ve designed me for good works and I renew my determination to guard my heart so I can be alert and ready for the exploits You have for me. When You tell me to pray about something, I will pray. When You tell me to talk to someone, I will do it with boldness. Thank You for fruitfulness in 2014!”

Guard verb – To keep safe from harm or danger; protect; watch over. Dictionary.com Unabridged

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. “Guard” Dictionary.com Unabridged Random House, Inc. Web. 13 Jan. 2014.