Posts Tagged ‘God’s power’

You’re Covered

Friday, December 8th, 2017

He will cover you with His pinions, and under His wings you may seek refuge; His faithfulness is a shield and bulwark. Psalm 91:4

1. GOD’S PROTECTION. Though Psalm 91 was written for Israel thousands of years ago, it is just as pertinent for us today. The Bible informs our faith, shows us who God is, what He will do, and how His amazing provision covers us. God’s pinions (v.4) represent His arms which are your refuge and your shield. God has your back!

My arm also will strengthen him. Psalm 89:21b

2. GOD’S POWER. A person’s arm is often used in the Bible to symbolize spiritual strength and power. The arm of the Lord is revealed to those who believe (Isaiah 53:1). Believing in faith is a magnet that exponentially increases and improves our effectiveness (Ephesians 1:15-19). These symbols of arms and wings help us understand that God’s protection, His power, His provision, and His presence are available to each one of us who call out to Him.

The Lord has bared His holy arm in the sight of all the nations, that all the ends of the earth may see the salvation of our God. Isaiah 52:10

3. GOD’S PRESENCE. Jesus is the hope of the world. God is extending His arm of salvation, which is Jesus, to the whole world. One of the first who believed in the New Testament was Jesus’ own mother, Mary. She spoke in faith before Jesus was even born: “And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior. He has done mighty deeds with His arm” (Luke 1:47, 51a). The devil works hard to get us to back away from inspiration and expectation. But God is calling us to stand up, believe Him, and fight in faith. He will cover us!

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

PRAY THIS PRAYER: Based on Ephesians 1:15-19
I pray that the Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory will give me a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him. I pray that the eyes of my heart will be enlightened so that I will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe.

cov·er, verb
To guard from attack. To afford protection or security to. To make provision for.

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God Is at Work

Friday, January 6th, 2017

“It is God himself whose power creates in you both the desire and the power to execute His gracious will.” Philippians 2:13 Weymouth

YOUR HELP COMES FROM THE LORD. Any Christian who has taken on any kind of responsibility knows that we can’t do it alone—our help comes from God (Psalm 121:2). God never gets weary. When you hang out with Him, His likeness rubs off on you, His strength gets into you. That’s why we must take time to connect with the power source.

DAILY GRIND & QUANTUM LEAPS. Enjoy the daily routine while preparing for big breakthrough. In the Bible, Joseph worked faithfully in his daily life, but then came the moment where he was prepared to help save a nation from starvation. God is holistic: our domestic life, our spiritual life, our daily life, and our big moments all work together. Instead of being afraid that you’re going to miss out, thrive where you are right now—in your job, in your family—and realize that God has a plan for your life.

GOD’S POWER IS AT WORK IN YOU. Look at God’s work—whatever He starts He completes (Philippians 1:6). He calls us His workmanship (Ephesians 2:10). It’s by the help of the Holy Spirit that He gives you the impetus to keep pressing on (Acts 1:8). Not by your might or human power but by the help of the Spirit (Zechariah 4:6). In 2017, let’s commit to walking in constant expectation of God’s grace, His protection, and His help and intervention.

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

DAILY CONFESSION based on Isaiah 40:28-31
The Everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth does not become weary or tired. His understanding is inscrutable. He gives strength to me, and when I lack might He increases my power. I wait on the Lord and gain new strength; I will mount up with wings like eagles, I will run and not get tired, I will walk and not become weary!

work, noun
Physical or mental effort or activity directed toward the production or accomplishment of something. To shape or forge (verb).

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Get Equipped

Friday, November 11th, 2016

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.” Acts 1:8

1. WALK IN GOD’S POWER. God has called us to go out and change the world but only when we are clothed with His power (Luke 24:49). Though we live an earthly life, we do not fight an earthly war (2 Corinthians 10:3). God has made available spiritual weapons to believers—like the Name of Jesus, the Blood of Jesus, and the Word of God.

2. KNOW YOUR BATTLEGROUND. If you have been in a protracted battle, you can have a turning point today. There is a war for your mind. Fear will try to seize your thought life and fill it with all kinds of terrible images. The devil will try to tempt you and get you off track so that you stay stuck in chronic guilt. But you can overcome! The Bible tells us to take “every thought captive to the obedience of Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5).

I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven. Matthew 16:19

3. PRAYER CHANGES THINGS. We pray to bind the devil’s plan and to loose God’s plan for our lives—over our families, our nation, and the world. This is not a futile exercise. Using one of God’s amazing power tools truly changes things. No prayer is too big. So throw your shoulders back, get your head up, and know that the Lord has given you the authority of His Word, and in the Name of Jesus, things must change.

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

DAILY CONFESSION
Jesus is the Lord of my life. God is not weak toward me, but mighty in me (2 Corinthians 13:3). He is pushing me past any oppression or barrier that tries to hold me back. I am free from the law of sin and death (Romans 8:2) and God has blessed me with every spiritual blessing (Ephesians 1:3).

bat·tle·ground, noun
The piece of ground on which a battle is or was fought. A place or situation of strife or conflict.

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A Life of Impact

Monday, April 29th, 2013

I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. Ephesians 1:18-19a

Don’t ever think that your position in life is unimportant. As Christians, we are called to be ambassadors—temporarily stationed here on earth to represent who Jesus Christ is. And, as official representatives sent to do His business, we are fully backed by all the power and resource of heaven.

Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 2 Corinthians 5:20

As a pastor I sometimes find people obsessed with trying to find their “ministry.” But the most significant mentors in my life are not people who tried to conjure up a ministry. Instead, they followed the general commissions of Scripture and stepped out in obedience and faith and watched God do great and remarkable things through them.

Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation. 2 Corinthians 5:18-19

The world doesn’t need religious zombies and it doesn’t need people trying too hard to fit in and be relevant. The world needs real Christians who are compelled and controlled by the love of God. We have God’s provision at our disposal, not to enable a lopsided spiritual routine, but so that every aspect of our lives—spirit, soul, and body—will translate into accomplishment and impact.

Trust God for big things!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

Copyright © 2013 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.

A Mission to Move Mountains

Monday, November 19th, 2012

Then he said to me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel saying, ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ says the Lord of hosts. ‘What are you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you will become a plain; and he will bring forth the top stone with shouts of “Grace, grace to it!”’” Zechariah 6-7

THE MISSION. We are people with a mission, a kingdom-advancing, life-changing message: Jesus is the King! The Lord. The imagery we see in the Old Testament is the same for us today. It’s not a message of evacuation and escapism but a call to go out and spread the good news message of Jesus to all the world.

BY GOD’S POWER. What God has called us to is supernatural—we can’t do it on our own. It’s going to take the power of the Holy Spirit for us to maintain united hearts; to continue to be good moms and dads; to have substance that impacts a deteriorating culture. These things can’t be done by human methodology or sophisticated systems, but it can be accomplished by the Spirit of God. Holy Spirit power and revelation are available if we just open up the Bible and seek God. Let’s press into our prayer closets, worship God, and devote ourselves to Bible intake. Try turning off the TV for five minutes, putting your phone on silent, and focusing on the Word.

And Jesus answered saying to them, “Have faith in God. Truly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says is going to happen, it will be granted him.” Mark 11:22-23.

MOVING MOUNTAINS. Carry the awareness that you have a mission from God and it’s critical that you live it out. The mountains we face are seemingly insurmountable things that loom before us: alarming symptoms in the body, disappointing relationships, needs that are far greater than what the current resource can supply, problems that we need to deal with, and things that govern culture. If a mountain is looming before you, face it with your spiritual authority. When others face their mountains intercede, supplicate, and stand for them. When you address the Father in the Name of Jesus on the basis of the Word of God, you are going to get huge results. Every time.

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

Copyright © 2012 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.

God’s Surpassing Power & Love

Monday, February 20th, 2012

I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might. Ephesians 1:18-19

The impact of the Good News. Occasionally all of us have to deal with feelings of inadequacy and insufficiency. This world’s system is depleted, but not so with God’s kingdom! It is vibrant and complete. Jesus came on a rescue mission, not to institute another world religion but to erase our sins and to lift us out of the pit (2 Corinthians 3:5).

For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:17-18

A heavenly mindset. The worst we face in this life isn’t even worthy to be compared with what awaits us on the other side. If you’re hurting, bear this in mind and receive help from the Lord. There is no limit to God’s scope. He always does exceedingly abundantly beyond. He comes in on the scene and takes the impossible and turns it around. Paul said he wasn’t ashamed of the Gospel because it is the power of God to salvation to everyone that believes (Romans 1:16). “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us” (Romans 8:18).

[I pray] that you, being rooted and grounded in love may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God. Ephesians 3:17b-19

The amazing love of Jesus. The love God has for us is beyond the reach of our human understanding—it’s inexhaustible. As we begin to see how much God loves us and realize how rich in mercy He is, we can become carriers of His love to a lost and hurting world. His love helps us to become more tolerant toward others. You are anointed and empowered by God to impact people. Take hold of this and, having done all to stand, continue standing. (Ephesians 6:13-14).

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

Copyright © 2012 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.

God’s Power and Promises Are for Today

Monday, July 18th, 2011

These who have turned the world upside down have come here too. Acts 17:6b NKJV

The people in the Book of Acts were living so effectively it was rocking the world around them. They had a message that was life-changing, and they were doing life together with a heart of faith and a resolve to follow God. When they came on the scene, their words were filled with the power of the Holy Spirit, and signs and wonders followed them.

How the early church responded to their world in the midst of persecution is an amazing model: They gathered, they prayed to the Father in the name of Jesus, and the power of the Holy Spirit came upon them.

“And now, Lord, take note of their threats, and grant that Your bond-servants may speak Your word with all confidence, while You extend Your hand to heal, and signs and wonders take place through the name of Your holy servant Jesus.” And when they had prayed, the place where they had gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak the word of God with boldness. Acts 4:29-31

God is still the same today (Hebrews 13:8). His promises are still the same today. This power from the Holy Spirit is still available today.

Some of you who have believed God for years and have had one hard battle after the other—I want to put you back in touch with the power of the Word of God:

• God watches over His Word to perform it (Jeremiah 1:12).

• God’s Word is forever settled in heaven (Psalm 119:89).

• God’s Word corrects and equips (2 Timothy 3:16-17).

• God’s Word strengthens (Psalm 119:28).

You can dust off your dreams and hold to God’s promises with renewed boldness, renewed conviction, and renewed determination.

Trust God,
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.

What God Has Done

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

I pray that your partnership in the faith may become effective as you fully acknowledge every blessing that is ours in the Messiah. Philemon 1:6 ISV

Ac•knowl•edge v. To admit the existence, reality, or truth of; to recognize as being valid or having force or power; to express thanks or gratitude for.*

Jesus has done something so great—we have so much to be thankful for. Getting saved is the best feature of your life. And now you’ve been given the mission to communicate this amazing truth of the gospel of Jesus.

But how can we spark a hunger in others if we’re not really excited about what God has supplied? How can we be joyous about it if it’s dull to us, or inform people if we aren’t familiar with it? That’s why we need to delve into the Scriptures and find out what God has done for us. We have been blessed with every blessing that heaven has itself (Ephesians 1:3). We could spend a lifetime discovering and understanding what those amazing blessings are.

But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. Romans 8:37

You don’t have to “feel” spiritual in order to be used by God. As you press through the attack of the enemy and stay sensitive to the Holy Spirit, you will have moments of impact that can precipitate change in a family, a neighborhood, a region.

People can tell you’ve been with Jesus, not because of your superior speech but because of the authentic presence and power of God (1 Corinthians 2:1-5). God has given you the heart of a conqueror (Romans 8:37), so shake off the heaviness, fear, and doubt and be ready to intercept broken lives.

Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all. Psalm 34:19

God is faithful!
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. ISV verse taken from the International Standard Version®. Copyright © 1996-2008 by the ISV Foundation. *The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition Copyright © 2009 by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.