Posts Tagged ‘God’s faithfulness’

The Certainty of God’s Word

Monday, August 11th, 2014

God’s Word never changes. He has sustained you this far and He will bring to completion everything He has called you to do. Let these scriptures get rooted in your spirit and produce firm conviction in your heart concerning God’s eternal faithfulness. Satan antagonizes in the area of uncertainty. As you gain clarity and specifics with God’s Word, you will begin to dispel all doubt.

I have been young and now I am old, yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken or his descendants begging bread. Psalm 37:25

You know the word which the Lord spoke to Moses the man of God concerning you [Joshua] and me [Caleb] in Kadesh-barnea. Joshua 14:6b

Behold, I [Caleb] am eighty-five years old today. I am still as strong today as I was in the day Moses sent me; as my strength was then, so my strength is now, for war and for going out and coming in. Joshua 14:10b-11

He has remembered His covenant forever, the word which He commanded to a thousand generations. Psalm 105:8

For He Himself has said, “I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you,” so that we confidently say, “The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid. What will man do to me?” Hebrews 13:5b-6

Daily Confession
I place my hope and trust in God’s Word. He is watching over His Word to perform it (Jeremiah 1:12). God’s plans and purposes will come to pass in my life and I will surely overcome! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

cer•tain•ty, noun
Firm conviction that something is the case. The quality of being reliably true. A general air of confidence.

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

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Remember This

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

I remember the days of old; I meditate on all Your doings; I muse on the work of Your hands. Psalm 143:5

Remember past breakthroughs. When King David wrote this psalm, he was meditating on the memorial stones in his life—meaningful realities to amplify his testimony and build courage into his system. Remembering your memorial stones means looking back and viewing your life in light of all the breakthroughs God has provided.

Remember the good report. Your breakthrough is either fueled or undermined by the things you choose to meditate on. When you deal with the phenomenal disruption of unexpected events, hurtful relationships, alarming symptoms, or personal disappointments or failures, take God’s grace and His Word and use them to build memorials in your life.

For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:4-5

Remember what Jesus did. Jesus said to take Communion “in remembrance of Me” (Luke 22:19). Whenever you receive Communion, you are reminding both yourself and others that you have attached yourself to the one Person who is uniquely qualified to seek and save the lost. Because of Jesus, the debt load of sin is canceled. Through Jesus you have provision, healing for your body, and healing for your mind, your emotions, and your will.

The world is filled with weapons of mass distraction that try to pull our minds away from God’s faithfulness, God’s power, and how present He is to help. Resist the devil by taking a fresh stand. Get up every morning and boldly declare the good report over your day—that you are above only and not beneath (Deuteronomy 28:13) and you are more than a conqueror through Him who loves you (Romans 8:37).

God is faithful!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

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Memorial Stones

Monday, September 9th, 2013

God told the people of Israel to gather twelve stones as a memorial to remind themselves and future generations of God’s faithfulness—not to longingly look back at the “good old days,” but to use them as a point of reference: The God of my father and mother is my God. The God who helped Moses at the Red Sea is still faithful today.

These stones will stand as a memorial among the people of Israel forever. In the future your children will ask, “What do these stones mean?” Then you can tell them, “This is where the Israelites crossed the Jordan on dry ground“. . . He did this so all the nations of the earth might know that the Lord’s hand is powerful, and so you might fear the Lord your God forever. Joshua 4:7-24

When I talk to young people who were born after the start of our church or after the flood of ’93 or after 9/11, I’m required to communicate, without embellishment, what happened and how hard it was, but also to point out how God brought us through and how God brought change. Even markers of devastation can be turned into statements of overcoming when we look at our lives, remember those parts that the devil tried to destroy, and then use them to bring healing to others.

Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. Philippians 4:8

God is faithful,
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

Note: Make a list of your own Memorial Stones. Itemize five things that God has brought you through.

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A Life of Favor

Monday, June 24th, 2013

God’s Favor. In the family of God there is no favoritism. Favoritism creates elitism, promotes jealousy, and produces an attitude of entitlement. But God’s favor overturns and eliminates those weird things. When you know you have favor with God, you are able to stand tall and step up to the challenges of life.

For there is no partiality with God. Romans 2:11

Jacob’s Favoritism. Partiality stirs jealously and envy. In the Bible, Jacob loved Joseph more than all his other sons (Genesis 37:3). This produced trouble and challenge in Jacob’s family that lasted for years.

Showing God’s Favor. Dispense with favoritism and move in the favor of God. When you give a compliment, make sure it doesn’t compare someone with others. Instead, use meaningful, God-ordained words that lift and strengthen and give people a boost in their vision and mission.

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; and let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good deeds. Hebrews 10:23-24

Strength & Power. God’s favor gives you strength. Even though Joseph inherited a bunch of family dysfunction, God gave him the victory (Genesis 50:20). That same God wants to equip you to overcome too (Ephesians 3:14-18). Even if your dreams have been suppressed or your timing delayed, you can trust God your Father to turn all things around for good (Romans 8:28).

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

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2013: Get Filled With The Word

Monday, January 14th, 2013

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

Treasure the Scriptures. Read a Proverb or a chapter in the New Testament. Meditate on a verse and let it become entrenched in your thinking. Listen to the Bible in the car, play it when you’re cleaning the kitchen, while you’re sleeping—let it become a part of your world day and night (Psalm 1:2). It will rejoice your heart, enlighten your eyes (Psalm 19:8), and shine as a lamp to the incredible potential of your future (Psalm 119:105).

So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Romans 10:17 NKJV

God is faithful! Don’t be overwhelmed by 2013. The devil is working hard to discourage you, confuse you, and reinforce disappointment because your simple acts of obedience create a ripple effect that can change nations and lives.

Your prayers matter. Your obedience to walk out God’s plan matters. Receiving God’s Word into your life will transform and renew you. Where there is darkness, you can shine the eternal light of the Scriptures. Where there is sickness, you can take the promises of God and bring healing. Where there is despair, you can bring the Gospel and set captives free. This year, make it your goal to let the Word sound forth mightily in your life!

The law of his God is in his heart; his steps do not slip. Psalm 37:31

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

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Praise God Through The Battle

Monday, September 17th, 2012

You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You. Isaiah 26:3 NKJV

There is a spiritual battle going on all around us all the time, but we have weapons that are divinely powerful. Some of you are in battles where it feels like things are out of control. What are you going to do? Get your eyes on Jesus. Hold on to Him, cry out to Him, and trust Him. Whatever your situation, God is reaching into your struggle with answers, and His hand is filled with abundance.

For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:3-5

Praise and worship are the opposite of worrying and complaining, the opposite of introspection and too much self-analysis. Worshiping God shifts our attention away from ourselves—away from guilt, shame, condemnation, temptation, distraction, and the allurement of other things—and gets us smack dab onto what matters most: knowing the Creator. When we honor God with praise, it sets up an atmosphere that invites the miraculous.

Therefore put on God’s complete armor, that you may be able to resist and stand your ground on the evil day [of danger], and, having done all [the crisis demands], to stand [firmly in your place]. Ephesians 6:13 AMP

Praise and worship will help you stay receptive and ready to be led by the Holy Spirit—not just once in a while, but every day. God wants to use you until your last breath. Consider the opportunities around you. There is no greater tribute we can give to God than when, at the end of our lives, we are found praising Him, giving to others, telling the lost about Jesus, praying for people who don’t pray, and being kind in a mean world.

Bless the Lord at all times. Praise Him in the middle of a battle and in the middle of a breakthrough. Praise Him in the morning, afternoon, and evening. Praise Him when you’re happy, praise Him when you’re sad. Sing praises. Shout Praises. Keep His praise continually in your mouth (Psalm 34:1).

God is faithful,
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

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Praise God All Day Long

Monday, September 3rd, 2012

I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul will make its boast in the Lord; the humble will hear it and rejoice. O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together. Psalm 34:1-3

It’s easy to get busy or preoccupied and try to numb ourselves with entertainment. But God has called us to push past distractions and focus on Him. When we come before God in praise and worship, we’re reinforcing who He is, what He is capable of doing, and His faithfulness throughout the ages.

If you were a worshiper of God but life has contained your praise and you’ve lost your fire, don’t lament! You have a choice: You can sit and sulk and start to feel bad that you’ve let this slip, or you can start fresh right now. Every day is a new day (Lamentations 3:22-23), and God makes all things new (Revelation 21:5). You are a chosen generation called to proclaim the excellencies of God (1 Peter 2:9).

It is good to give thanks to the Lord and to sing praises to Your name, O Most High; to declare Your lovingkindness in the morning and Your faithfulness by night, with the ten-stringed lute and with the harp, with resounding music upon the lyre. For You, O Lord, have made me glad by what You have done, I will sing for joy at the works of Your hands. Psalm 92:1-4

When we thank God for who He is and what He has done, it helps us to be less introspective and more aware of our Deliverer. Fear and anxiety leave as our eyes get on Jesus. Our battles are won (2 Chronicles 20). Chains fall off and prisoners get set free (Acts 16:25). People are saved (Acts 16:30-34).

Saturate your day with praise. Praise Him with music (2 Kings 3:15). Praise God in your car; praise Him in your house. Shout out your praise (Psalm 95:1-2). “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord!” (Psalm 150:6).

My mouth is filled with Your praise and with Your glory all day long. Psalm 71:8

Praise God!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

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The Life of Jesus

Monday, June 11th, 2012

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. John 3:16-17

Jesus is the real deal. He is not like anybody else. You can bet your whole life on His faithfulness. You may be battling cynicism and doubt, but God wants to reveal himself to you. Just ask Him to show you He is real, and He will.

Jesus loves you. Whether you are a prominent leader like Jairus in the Bible, who asked for healing for his 12-year-old daughter, or a “nobody” like the woman with the issue of blood, Jesus wants to come into your life and turn around your situation.

Jesus gives life. The same Jesus who raised Lazarus from the dead is available to breathe life on your situation. Whatever your problem, Jesus is the answer. When Jesus died on the Cross and then rose from the dead, He forever changed the course of humanity. He can heal your body, rescue you from depression, restore your marriage, heal a dysfunctional family, reach your rebellious child—He’ll save your life if you’ll let Him. Trust Him. His promises are sure.

Receive Jesus. If you’ve never asked Jesus to be your Lord and Savior, pray this simple prayer: “Dear God, in my heart I know the truth about Jesus. I know He is Your Son and that He died for me and rose from the dead. Forgive me for all my sins. I receive Jesus into my life right now. Help me to follow You always. Amen.”

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

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Filled With God’s Power

Monday, May 28th, 2012

But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves. 2 Corinthians 4:7

God is not looking for human wit or personal charm. He is looking for available, willing, and yielded vessels. He is looking for people who will connect to Him and be willing to serve Him through their lifetime. Regardless of how you may feel right now, God wants to use you for great things. He wants to get you positioned, poised, and prepared for what He has ahead.

In the Bible, we read about how God used many people who were plagued by personal insecurity. Gideon said, “I’m the least in my father’s house” (Judges 6:15). Moses said, “I stutter—use someone else” (Exodus 4:10). Isaiah said, “I am a man of unclean lips” (Isaiah 6:5). Peter said, “Depart from me—I’m a sinful man” (Luke 5:8). Yet, God used them powerfully. God is so faithful that even when you’re tired, exhausted, or distracted, He will come in and pour out His Spirit.

You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world. 1 John 4:4

You are from God! No matter what you are facing, the source of all power is linked up to your life. I pray you’ll rise up out of oppression and realize the devil has been lying to you—that he is in fact defeated. Because of what Jesus accomplished on the Cross, you can draw near (Hebrews 4:16); you are rescued from darkness (Colossians 1:13); and no weapon formed against you will prosper (Isaiah 54:17)!

You can pray and God will change the course of nations. You can serve and leave a lingering effect long after you are gone. The Greater One who lives in you is more than enough for your kids and your business. He’s more than enough to direct your motivation and help you with the next steps of obedience. So stay ready. Stay filled with the Holy Spirit and cultivate a tender and receptive heart. He will take your earthen vessel and fill it with wisdom, power, and the knowledge of His will!

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

For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of His will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives. Colossians 1:9

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Opportunities & Open Doors

Monday, May 21st, 2012

A wide door for effective service has opened to me, and there are many adversaries. 1 Corinthians 16:9

God’s kingdom is filled with opportunities and open doors. Like the early church, we are called into significance, and the sustaining power of God is just as intact in the 21st century as it was in the 1st. We live in a fallen world with troubles and challenges, but we have been given authority and victory through Jesus.

For we do not want you to be unaware, brethren, of our affliction which came to us in Asia, that we were burdened excessively, beyond our strength, so that we despaired even of life; indeed, we had the sentence of death within ourselves so that we would not trust in ourselves, but in God who raises the dead; who delivered us from so great a peril of death, and will deliver us, He on whom we have set our hope. And He will yet deliver us. 2 Corinthians 1:8-10

Paul was burdened for Asia Minor (present day Turkey). When Paul and Timothy encountered great resistance, where they despaired even of life, it was in the context of great potential—of Asia opening up to the Gospel. Earlier, Paul tried to go there but “the Spirit of Jesus had forbidden him” (Acts 16:6). Timing was everything. Eventually Paul taught in the school of Tyrannus for a two-year period. The result: all of Asia heard the Gospel (Acts 19:9-10).

God has given us the responsibility to carry life-changing truth to a harsh and broken world. You may not feel any indication of what God is getting ready to do through you. It may feel the exact opposite of an opportunity or open door. You can’t make it in your own power, but you can trust in the past, present, and future delivering power of God. If God can raise the dead, then He can surely help you.

He has delivered you. He is delivering you. And He will deliver you.

And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write . . . “I know your deeds. Behold, I have put before you an open door which no one can shut, because you have a little power, and have kept My word, and have not denied My name.” Revelation 3:7-8

What God does to you, He wants to do through you. When you understand how much God loves you, you can carry that love to the world. When you understand the authority you’ve been given, you can exert it to change desperate situations. While the world is on a search for significance, we know that we are created to trust in, rely on, and walk with the Lord. Open up your heart and set your hope on Jesus. As you follow Him, you will walk through the doors He opens.

God is faithful!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

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