Posts Tagged ‘God’s presence’

SAFE

Friday, October 6th, 2017

HOW GOD IS OUR REFUGE

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change and though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea; though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains quake at its swelling pride. Selah. Psalm 46:1-3

GOD IS:

STRONG AND SOUND. When circumstances get weird, you can run to God and find safety. He has not given you a spirit of fear, but He has given you a spirit of power, love, and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV).

A VERY PRESENT HELP. You are not alone. The presence of God isn’t a vague theory—He is with you, ready and available to help with every challenge.

FORGIVING. God loves you and His grace abounds toward you. Sin, fear, shame, and rejection are all dealt with by Jesus and what He did on the Cross. What a relief! If you feel trapped in sin, repent and He will deliver you (1 Corinthians 10:13).

ETERNALLY UNCHANGING. God is the same yesterday today and forever (Hebrews 13:8). The same God found in Psalm 91 is your safe refuge today. Open the Scriptures and get strengthened. Make it personal and speak out who Jesus is in your life: your refuge, your fortress, your shield.

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

DAILY CONFESSION (PSALM 91:1-4)
I dwell in the shelter of the Most High. I abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord He is my refuge and my fortress, my God in whom I trust. He delivers me from the snare of the trapper and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover me with His feathers and under His wings I seek refuge. His faithfulness is a shield and a wall.

ref·uge, noun
Protection or shelter, as from danger or hardship: A place providing protection or shelter: A source of help, relief, or comfort in times of trouble.

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Hold Fast!

Friday, July 7th, 2017

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

1. BE PERSISTENT. In your pursuit of Jesus be persistent. If you are going to be stubborn about anything, then get adamant about your love for God. A lot of lesser things will vie for your attention. But lift up your eyes—the only place where you will get refreshing is in the presence of the Lord. Resolve to overcome drifting, and become really passionate about returning to your first love of Jesus (Revelation 2:1-5).

But if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it. And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. Romans 8:25, 28

2. BE PERSEVERING. We can continue despite opposition because we have hope that God is working on the behalf of those who trust in Him. Resist self-pity, which the devil uses to shut your mouth to keep you from speaking God’s Word and then to get you complaining—instead, hold fast to hope!

3. BE PATIENT. You can build your life on the Word of God. The devil will try to pry these truths out of your hands, but you have to tighten your grip! Hold fast to God’s promises and let them thunder forth in your life—He is faithful and He is abidingly trustworthy. As you rely on God, you will be one of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises (Hebrews 6:12).

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

DAILY CONFESSION:
I hold fast to the confession of my hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful (Hebrews 10:23). God has not given me a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7). I consider it all joy when I encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of my faith produces endurance. I let endurance have its perfect result, so that I may be perfect and complete lacking in nothing (James 1:4).

pa·tient, adj.
Enduring trying circumstances with even temper. Tolerant; understanding. Persevering
or diligent.

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Ways to Get Strengthened!

Friday, March 17th, 2017

But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you. Matthew 6:6

FELLOWSHIP WITH GOD. God is all powerful and when we draw near to Him, strength will come. His presence shifts us from surviving to thriving. Delving into the Word of God and spending time in God’s presence will strengthen your heart. If you feel worn down by life, take time like Jesus often did to “slip away to the wilderness and pray” (Luke 5:16). The Creator of the Universe has everything you need—all the strength, all the power, all the insight, all the guidance. And always try to remember what Daniel 11:32b proclaims: The people who know their God shall be strong and do exploits!

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

KNOW WHO YOU ARE IN GOD. God is urging us toward a greater level of breakthrough than we’ve ever experienced. Like a soldier in basic training or like a surgeon who scrubs and prepares before the operation, there is something we are preparing for as a church. We get strengthened not only so that we can cope, fight, and win in our personal lives, but also for all the people attached to our obedience and for all the repercussive effects our lives are called to have.

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

PRAY THIS PRAYER:
I pray that I would be strengthened with power through God’s Spirit in the inner man, that Christ would dwell in my heart through faith and that I being rooted and grounded in love may be able to comprehend what is the breadth, and length, and height, and depth, and that I may know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge and that I would be filled up to all the fullness of God. Ephesians 3:14-19

Copyright © 2017 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. All rights reserved. “Fellowship.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam- Webster, n.d. 14 March 2017.

How to Strengthen Yourself in the Lord

Friday, January 20th, 2017

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Ephesians 6:10

1. ENTER INTO GOD’S PRESENCE. God has strength corresponding to everything we need and everything we are called to do—both for today and for our entire lives. Prayer is not just a discipline or duty; it’s a delight designed as a bridge to help us enter into God’s presence. When we get in the presence of the Lord and start praising Him and thanking Him, joy and strength will come into our situations (Psalm 16:11; Nehemiah 8:10).

2. FEED ON GOD’S WORD. The way to build spiritual muscle is through resistance and protein intake. Life provides plenty of resistance, but we also need the protein of the Word. It will change the way we think and speak. That’s why the enemy spends day and night trivializing the importance of getting filled with Scripture.

3. SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED. Staying in church keeps us at an advantage. It reminds us that we all have a place in the body of Christ. When I go to prayer meetings I find myself praying more, and it makes me aware that I am called to pray. If you have been out of the habit of going to church, just get right back in! When you maintain the rhythm of the simple, beneficial exercise of the Word, prayer, and staying in church, then you’ll remain strong in the Lord!

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

PRAY THIS PRAYER based on Colossians 1:9-11
God, fill me with the knowledge of Your will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding so that I will walk in a manner worthy of You, to please You in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God and strengthened with all power according to Your glorious might. Amen.

as·sem·bly, noun
A group of people gathered together in one place for a common purpose. A unit consisting of components that have been fitted together. A signal for troops to assemble.

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Three Reasons to Rejoice This Christmas

Friday, December 23rd, 2016

But as for me, the nearness of God is my good. Psalm 73:28a

1. GOD IS WITH YOU. God’s presence changes everything. In the Bible Gideon was called to lead his people out of oppression, but he was a reluctant warrior who was in a rough place. When God sent an angel, Gideon argued with him asking, “Why has all this happened to us?” (Judges 6:13). God responded: “Go in this your strength and deliver Israel . . . Have I not sent you? . . . Surely I will be with you” (Judges 6:14, 16a).

2. GOD IS GUIDING YOU. As we close out the year, God is saying, “The Lord is with you, oh valiant warrior” (Judges 6:12). Like Gideon, we may feel depleted, we may be in a bad situation, we may feel weak—but God sees us differently than we see ourselves. And when we step out in obedience and in faith, amazing victories can happen. Take time to seek God—with Him at your side you will not be shaken (Psalm 16:8).

“I, even I, am the one who wipes out your transgressions for My own sake, and I will not remember your sins.” Isaiah 43:25

3. GOD IS FOR YOU. The only answer is Jesus. He is the hope for our country: the cities, the suburbs, the rural areas. He is the hope for every nation. When you are facing challenges, remember that God is for you (Romans 8:31). When you sin, repent. He wants you to succeed and be fruitful more than you do. So walk into the future with the strength of knowing God is with you, He is guiding you, and He is for you. With Him you can get through anything!

Merry Christmas!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

PRAY THIS PRAYER
Jesus, I give You my heart today. Be the Lord of my life. I repent for all my sins and ask You to forgive me. Help me to press past worry, fear, and discouragement and walk into Your big, beautiful plan for my life. I dedicate my life to serving You all of my days. Amen!

Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Listen carefully, the virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and she will call his name Immanuel (God with us). Isaiah 7:14 AMP

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. Scripture quotations marked “The Amplified Bible” are taken from The Amplified Bible, Old Testament copyright 1965, 1987 by the Zondervan Corporation. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Run Your Race

Friday, December 2nd, 2016

Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us. Hebrews 12:1 NKJV

1. LAY IT DOWN. Every day, minute by minute, we can cast our cares on the Lord. If stuff has happened to discourage you, then enter into God’s presence with thanksgiving and watch Him lift your heart and head as you praise Him and lay down every weight.

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 12:2

2. STEP OUT. An amazing path lies before each of us and we are called to step out of the confines of fear and into a life of faith and love. Some of the great achievements that you and I are called to are rooted in a simple life of obedience and faith, keeping an attitude of thankfulness, and being quick to repent.

Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary. Galatians 6:9

3. RUN WITH ENDURANCE. We are made to be durable, to run this race, not just for a short time, but to bring glory and honor to Jesus our whole lives. Study and meditate on the Scriptures to get an awareness of your destiny and purpose so that you don’t miss out on a life of great fruitfulness.

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

en·dur·ance, noun
The ability of an organism to exert itself and remain active for a long period of time, as well as its ability to resist, withstand, recover from, and have immunity to trauma, wounds, or fatigue.

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. “Endurance.” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Web. 30 Nov 2016 . Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Rest for Your Soul

Friday, April 15th, 2016

“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Matthew 11:28-29

1. COME TO HIM. Jesus is the answer for every person – from the most sophisticated to the most down-and-out. If you are fatigued, Jesus is asking you to come to Him, learn from Him, and find rest.

You will make known to me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; in Your right hand there are pleasures forever. Psalm 16:11

2. LEARN FROM HIM. Jesus wants to be our teacher and show us how to rest. He wants to make known to us the path of life. We have been given gifts, purpose and equipping from God. Take some time to draw near to Jesus, to cease motion and activity, and get in His presence to be refreshed.

They [Adam & Eve] heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. Then the Lord God called to the man, and said to him, “Where are you?” Genesis 3:8-9

3. LISTEN TO HIM. God’s voice thunders through history, calling to humanity. Come to Jesus: if you’re lost, He’ll save you; if you’re sick, He’ll heal you; if you’re empty, He’ll fill you with the Holy Spirit; if you’re aimless, He’ll give you vision and purpose; if you’ve failed, He’ll give you forgiveness. He loves you!

Draw near to Jesus,
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

DAILY CONFESSION:
I trust in the Lord, commit my way to the Lord, and rest in the Lord (Psalm 37:3, 5, 7). My soul follows close behind God, and His right hand upholds me (Psalm 63:8). God makes known to me the path of life. In His presence is fullness of joy (Psalm 16:11a).

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. “Rest.” The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Five Ways to Conquer Weariness

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

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. . . Hebrews 12:1-2a

1. Pursue God’s Presence. “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you” (James 4:8). If you’ve let yourself get worn down, go to the Father who wants to impart fresh strength. Spend time in God’s presence—listen to Him, talk to Him, worship Him. It will take you out of lethargy and into momentum.

2. Get Quality Sleep. God offers rest to the weary (Isaiah 28:11-12). Even if you’ve dealt with insomnia or have children keeping you up, God wants to give you sweet sleep without fear (Proverbs 3:24). It’s His promise, so you can believe for it!

3. Pray in the Spirit. This practical, biblical tool will help you in your prayer life. You can pray on the go, but also set aside time alone to pray. You will be strengthened with might and power in the inner man (Colossians 1:11; Ephesians 3:16), and you will be built up (Jude 1:20).

4. Learn to Laugh. A merry heart does good like a medicine (Proverbs 17:22). Every one of us knows that life is too serious to pretend. And the Bible says that the joy of the Lord is our strength—through every circumstance of life we can have joy knowing that God has everything figured out and we can trust Him. Every day, try to crack yourself up.

5. Fix Your Eyes on Jesus. “For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart” (Hebrews 12:3). Get strong in the Lord and in the power of His might and you will win this thing. Keep your eyes on Jesus, and you will finish strong.

Wea•ry adj. – physically or mentally exhausted by hard work, exertion, strain

Daily Confession
Based on Isaiah 40:27-31
My way is not hidden from the Lord. He gives strength to the weary, and when I lack might He increases my power! Even young people grow weary and stumble, but I will 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 grow weary!

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. Footnote: Footnote: “Weary” www.dictionary.com Unabridged. Wed. 14 May 2014.

Overcoming Fear

Monday, March 24th, 2014

The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous runs into it and is safe. Proverbs 18:10

1. Seek the presence of the Lord and trust Him. Fear has been described as “False. Evidence. Appearing. Real.” The devil uses fear as a weapon to torment and hinder us. It forces wrong decisions and it prevents us from taking risks and using our talents. Life is a fight, but we come into God’s presence to exchange fear for God’s courage (2 Timothy 1:7) and our weakness for His strength (Matthew 11:28). Knowing God is with us is hugely reassuring.

2. Face off with your problems. We aren’t here to escape from living, but to run to God and find the adventurous life He has for us: to get out of the boat and walk on water; to face Goliath and lop off his head; to believe God for a great harvest of souls; to break out of “Never-Never Land” and grow up into all aspects of Him (Ephesians 4:15).

3. Stand on God’s promises. Fear is usually a direct challenge to what God says in His Word. Become familiar with the promises of God so you can face off with problems in the Name of Jesus. Spend time in praise and worship, in prayer. Having done all to stand, continue standing. “It is written” is a powerful response to the pressures of life.

Daily Confession:
When I am afraid, I will put my trust in the Lord (Psalm 56:3). The Lord is my strength and my shield. My heart trusts in Him and I am helped. Therefore my heart exults, and with my song I will thank Him (Psalm 28:7). I will not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord God is with me wherever I go (Joshua 1:9). I hope in the Lord. I am strong and my heart takes courage! (Psalm 31:24). In all my ways I acknowledge God and He directs my steps Proverbs 3:6).

cour•age, noun – The ability to face danger, difficulty, uncertainty, or pain without being overcome by fear or being deflected from a chosen course of action.
–Encarta College Dictionary

Press on!
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. “Courage.” Encarta College Dictionary. New York, NY: St. Martin’s Press, 2001.

Nothing Is Too Difficult For God

Monday, August 6th, 2012

If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. John 15:7

Expectancy—anticipating that God will show up in your circumstances—is not manufactured by our energies as much as it is a by-product of God’s presence. God created you for this time and He put gifts in you for a purpose. As you keep your eyes on Him and pray and daily draw close to Him you will see greater fruitfulness and results in every area of your life.

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters. He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Psalm 23:1-3

When you feel like your brain has gone flat, draw near to God afresh. He is abundantly available to help in tight places (Psalm 46:1). His Word is living and active and sharper than a two-edged sword (Hebrews 4:12). Read the Psalms when you are going through battles, read Proverbs when you need wisdom, go through the Gospels to see Jesus’ character, read the Epistles to learn the amazing provision of redemption.

You can confidently follow God because He always leads us in the truth (John 16:13). He has a guidance system that is way better than a GPS, and He will never lead you over a cliff or into a ditch.

Ah Lord God! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and by Your outstretched arm! Nothing is too difficult for You. Jeremiah 32:17

You actually can do what God has called you to do. You can be the parent, business owner, worker, and friend that God has called you to be. You can be the steady Christian and the fruit-bearer and impact-maker in your world. When you get around Jesus, He stabilizes things. When you get around Jesus, the possibility for healing, miracles, and change is exponentially multiplied. Trust Him fearlessly. There is nothing too difficult for Him.

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

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

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. * Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer Copyright © 1964, 1963 by C.S. Lewis PTE Limited.