Posts Tagged ‘God’s promises’

The Assurance of God’s Abundance

Friday, December 7th, 2018

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the men of old gained approval. For he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him Hebrews 11:1, 6b

1. ASCERTAIN GOD’S WILL. God’s will and nature are all about abundance. He delights in our prosperity (Psalm 35:27). God “supplies seed to the sower and bread for food” (2 Corinthians 9:10), which means He will meet your needs and enable you to help meet the needs of others.

2. ASSESS HIS PROMISES. To understand God’s will, it’s imperative that we go to God’s Word and learn about His promises. The psalmist tells us to “forget none of His benefits” (Psalm 103:2). So take time to study and write out God’s promises as they pertain to your life.

3. ACQUIRE EACH BENEFIT. King David didn’t say, “My cup is half empty” or “it’s half full.” He declared, “My cup overflows” (Psalm 23:5). God wants every area of our lives to overflow – spirit, soul, body, our relationships, our finances, and our callings.

4. ACT ON THE WORD. We are called to take action, to be doers not just hearers of the Word (James 1:22). God’s Word is like a light guiding our path (Psalm 119:105). As you act on the Scriptures and stand on the promises of God, you can trust that His mercy, provision, and forgiveness will be available to you every day.

5. ACCEPT IT BY FAITH. Faith is not mythology, denial, or escapism. It’s firm persuasion based on the reliability and unchangeableness of God’s nature. Hebrews 11 lays out the compelling examples of men and women who have gone before us in faith – Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham and Sarah, and others – they trusted God to fulfill what He promised! Just as God was faithful to them, God will be faithful to you. Trust Him. He will do it.

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

DAILY CONFESSION:
Every good thing comes from God (James 1:17). No good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly (Psalm 84:11). As I tithe, I trust God to open up the windows of heaven and pour out overflowing blessing (Malachi 3:10).

a·bun·dance, noun
An extremely plentiful or over sufficient quantity or supply. Overflowing fullness.

Copyright © 2018 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. “abundance.” Random House Unabridged Dictionary. Web. 5 Dec 2018 .

The Gift of Eternal Life

Friday, July 13th, 2018

And I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand. John 10:28

1. IT IS BROUGHT BY AN ETERNAL PERSON. Eternal life is the greatest blessing you
or I will ever come across – immortality is what people have craved through the ages. God has set eternity in our hearts and only He, the Eternal One, the beginning and the end, can give eternal life. And we must receive this gift by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8).

2. IT IS BASED ON ETERNAL PASSION. The eternal God is eternally in love with you. “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). God loves us so much that even when we were lost in sin, He sent Jesus for us.

3. IT IS BESTOWED BY ETERNAL PROMISES. The Bible is written by men and inspired by the Holy Spirit. Heaven and earth will pass away, but God’s Word and His promises remain forever (Matthew 24:35). Study the promises of God about eternal life. Let them inspire you to look at everything in your life in the light of eternity.

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. John 10:10

4. IT IS BACKED BY ETERNAL POWER. Eternal life is not just quantitative – an endless length of time – it’s also qualitative. God wants you to have an abundant life! God wants to bring answers to questions, vibrancy instead of dullness, fruitfulness instead of barrenness, and healing to hurts. Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8), and the same Power that created the stars, that conquered sin on the Cross, that offers eternal life, is available to you.

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

PRAY THIS PRAYER:
When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained; what are mere mortals that You take thought of them and care for them? Yet You crown me with glory and majesty! (Psalm 8:3-5). Thank You, God, for eternal life and that my path is like the light of dawn, that shines brighter and brighter until the full day (Proverbs 4:18). I love You, Jesus!

e·ter·nal, adj.
Having infinite duration: everlasting. Characterized by abiding fellowship with God. Continued without intermission: perpetual.

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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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God’s Power and Promises Are for You

Friday, March 10th, 2017

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 © 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. Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Why Words Matter

Friday, February 24th, 2017

By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible. Hebrews 11:3 NKJV

1. WORLDS ARE FRAMED. The whole universe is held together by the word of God’s power (Hebrews 11:3). What’s going to frame your world? Will you yield to doubt and fear? Cave in to depression? Instead, let the promises of God fuel your faith.

For assuredly, I [Jesus] say to you, whoever says to this mountain, “Be removed and be cast into the sea,” and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. Mark 11:23 NKJV

2. MOUNTAINS MOVE. We need to know what we believe in order to plow through obstacles. If you are wondering if it is God’s will to heal, stop and meditate on how Jesus responded to sick people. He healed all who were sick and oppressed by the devil (Acts 10:38). He said to the leper, “I am willing; be cleansed” (Matthew 8:3). Let the Word get you out of fear and into faith.

Then He [Jesus] arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. Mark 4:39 NKJV

3. WIND & SEA ARE CALMED. When you spend time with God, you are changed. Go to a prayer closet, get out in nature, use your car—find a spot to get with God so that you can come back with the faith to speak life and change into your circumstances; to speak the Gospel over nations; to command demons to flee.

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

DAILY CONFESSION:
Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God (Romans 10:17). God’s Word does not return empty without accomplishing what He sent it to do (Isaiah 55:11). Whatever things I ask when I pray, I believe that I receive them and I will have them (Mark 11:24).

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.

Hold Fast to Your Confession

Friday, October 7th, 2016

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. Hebrews 10:23

1. MAINTAIN THE GOOD REPORT. What we speak will determine success or failure in our lives. God is calling us to embrace and maintain the good report through the powerful profession of our faith. Our faith isn’t based in human optimism but in the eternal truths of God’s promises.

Then Caleb quieted the people before Moses and said, “We should by all means go up and take possession of it, for we will surely overcome it.” Numbers 13:30

2. SPEAK THE WORD TO OTHERS. Every moment, someone has a need. We must always be ready to give an answer for that hope that is in us (1 Peter 3:15). God’s Word is healing to the nations, healing to someone’s body, someone’s problem. Like Caleb did for the people of Israel, you can get up with the voice of faith and proclaim “We will surely overcome it!”

He who guards his mouth and his tongue, guards his soul from troubles. Proverbs 21:23

3. GUARD YOUR SOUL. Garbage in means garbage out. Commit and discipline yourself to speak the Word only. Continually acknowledge who Jesus is and what He has done for you, instead of reiterating what you are miserable about. Confess what God’s Word says about each area of your life, no matter what your circumstance. You can be confident that God will do what He promised. He is faithful every time.

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

DAILY CONFESSION
I hold fast to the confession of my faith. All things for which I pray and ask I believe that I have received them and they will be granted to me (Mark 11:24). I repent of any unbelief coming out of my mouth. Because of Jesus, I am called out of darkness to carry light into this world. I am healed, I am whole, I have more than enough to give to others. I speak to the mountains in my life and I say, “Move!” in Jesus’ Name.

con·fess, verb
To acknowledge or avow. To own or admit as true. To acknowledge one’s belief or faith in; declare adherence to.

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. “Confess”. Dictionary.com Unabridged. Random House, Inc. 02 October 2016.

The Assurance of Faith

Friday, September 23rd, 2016

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the men of old gained approval. And what more shall I say? For time will fail me if I tell of [those] . . . who by faith conquered kingdoms, performed acts of righteousness, obtained promises. . . Hebrews 11:1, 32-33

1. CONQUER KINGDOMS. Our place in life is to be more than conquerors (Romans 8:37). It’s not an earthly battle we’re fighting but a spiritual one against forces of wickedness (Ephesians 6:12). Jesus has given us delegated authority and we can pray from a position of victory, using Scripture to believe for great things to take place in our city, our region, and our nation.

By faith even Sarah herself received ability to conceive, even beyond the proper time of life, since she considered Him faithful who had promised. Hebrews 11:11

2. PERFORM ACTS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS. God has called us to be change agents in the world. No one thought the sound barrier could be broken or the mile could be run faster than four minutes. And God wants to equip us to press past previously-established barriers and carry out His plan.

For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us. 2 Corinthians 1:20 NKJV

3. OBTAIN PROMISES. Not one of God’s promises will ever fail (1 Kings 8:56). He is faithful to a thousand generations and He will be faithful to you (Deuteronomy 7:9). Read all of Hebrews 11 to see results of people who stepped out in faith. As you continually meditate on the promises of God, your faith will be strengthened and you can boldly reach out and take hold of those truths and see them come to pass in your life.

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

DAILY CONFESSION based on 2 Peter 1:3-4
God’s divine power has granted to me everything pertaining to life and godliness through the true knowledge of Him who called me by His own glory and excellence. By these He has granted to me His precious and magnificent promises so that by them I may become a partaker of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust.

as·sur·ance, noun
Freedom from doubt; certainty about something.

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 taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved. “Assurance.” The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition copyright © 2016 by Houghton.

Steps to Overcoming Depression

Friday, September 18th, 2015

TAKE CARE OF THE WHOLE PERSON. The prophet Elijah took a stand and brought reform at a time when society had gone crazy. Yet, between great breakthroughs he got discouraged and depressed. God directed Elijah to sleep, eat, and drink water. When you get worn down, it’s important to address both your practical needs and your spiritual needs.

He lay down and slept under a juniper tree; and behold, there was an angel touching him, and he said to him, “Arise, eat.” Then he looked and behold, there was at his head a bread cake baked on hot stones, and a jar of water. So he ate and drank and lay down again. 1 Kings 19:5-6

FIND GOD’S PROMISES. The biblical promises of God, when acted upon correctly, bring breakthrough. Write down what you are dealing with. Then find scriptures correlating to those problems and write them down too. One day you will look back and see lists of miracles—those things that seemed impossible until God turned them around.

Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,” says the Lord of hosts. Zechariah 4:6b

KEEP PRAISING GOD. Though we live an earthly life we do not wage an earthly war (Ephesians 6:12). God inhabits the praises of His people, and when we praise Him, things change! This world needs us to shake off the heaviness and fight in the Spirit by singing praises to God.

Pray this prayer:
God, I praise You right now. You came to bind up the brokenhearted and save the crushed in spirit (Isaiah 61:3; Psalm 34:18). I believe You for breakthrough on all fronts of my life: in my relationships, my work, my finances, and my future. You have lifted me out of the pit and set my feet upon a rock, making my footsteps firm (Psalm 40:2). Thank You, Jesus, for breakthrough! Amen.

Praise, verb
To express thanks to or love and respect for God.

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

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God’s Word Is the Answer

Friday, August 28th, 2015

For even when we came into Macedonia our flesh had no rest, but we were afflicted on every side: conflicts without, fears within. But God, who comforts the depressed, comforted us by the coming of Titus. 2 Corinthians 7:5-6

RELY ON GOD. I appreciate the honesty of the Scriptures. The Apostle Paul was candid about the challenges he faced. He was hassled while he was fulfilling the Great Commission for the same reason you and I are hassled when we try to step up and be productive and fruitful – because the devil comes to steal, kill, and destroy (John 10:10). Whatever mind-numbing challenge you are facing—when no one can understand how you feel and even you don’t know how you feel—God understands. He is a present help in time of need (Psalm 46:1): a redeemer who saves, a healer who heals, and a compassionate God who comforts the depressed.

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

REPLACE NEGATIVE SELF-DIALOGUE. Life and death are in the power of the tongue (Proverbs 18:21). We must battle to interrupt negative self-dialogue and replace it with constant, meaningful vocalizing of God’s promises from His Word. Instead of allowing imaginations to seize you, remind yourself who God is and what Jesus accomplished on Calvary. Remember the help God sent when He poured out the Holy Spirit in the upper room. Get up in the morning and speak God’s Word over your day.

DAILY CONFESSION:
I stand on the truth and the conviction of the promises of God. Heaven and earth will pass away, but God’s Word is permanent (Matthew 24:35). This hope is the anchor for my soul (Hebrews 6:19). It’s the protection of my thought life, the healer of my body (Psalm 107:20), the wisdom for my finances, and the answer for this generation.

“I say that we must talk to ourselves instead of allowing ‘ourselves’ to talk to us! Do you realize what that means? I suggest that the main trouble in this whole matter of spiritual depression in a sense is this, that we allow our self to talk to us instead of talking to our self.” – D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

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

Copyright © 2015 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. Lloyd-Jones, David Martyn. Spiritual Depression: Its Causes and Cure. Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 1965. Print.

You Can Depend on God

Monday, February 16th, 2015

And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. 2 Corinthians 12:9

1. When you are the neediest, God is the most sufficient.
When the Apostle Paul was suffering from constant persecution and recurring battles, God told him: “My grace is sufficient.” That’s what God is telling you. Whatever you are going through, He is an ever-present help (Psalm 46:1). Get built up on the promises of God found in the Bible. When you pray for things, you can pray in faith because in Jesus, all of God’s promises are yes and available to us (2 Corinthians 1:20).

2. When you feel the least, God is the greatest.
Refuse the temptation to compare yourself with others. Your security comes from God (Psalm 37). He is with you. He knows when you sit down and when you get up (Psalm 139:1-2). He will never leave you or forsake you (Hebrews 13:5). He is a friend who sticks closer than a brother (Proverbs 18:24).

And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed. 2 Corinthians 9:8

3. When you feel the most useless, God is preparing you.
Faith is the substance of things hoped for (Hebrews 11:1). It’s the firm foundation you stand on. If you feel at a disadvantage because of failure, get back up again. God is getting you ready for the next step. If you’ve been hurt by others, forgive. If you’ve sinned, repent and God will wash you clean. Do whatever you can to keep your heart right so that God can get you in a position to advance.

suf·fi·cient, adj.
Being as much as is needed; adequate; enough.

Pray This Prayer
Heavenly Father, today is a new day. Your grace is sufficient. Because You love me, I’m loving You back. I’m going the distance. I will walk this thing out not by my human power, but by the power of the Holy Spirit. I will see great harvest and revival in my lifetime. My church is blessed. My town is blessed. My family is blessed. Thank You for it in Jesus’ Name.

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

Copyright © 2015 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. “Adequate.” The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition copyright ©2014 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved. Three point headings taken from the poem “He Is” by Samuel Abiodun.