Posts Tagged ‘God’s Word’

According to God’s Word

Friday, March 9th, 2018

“May it be done to me according to Your word.” Luke 1:38b

1. BELIEVE THE WORD. We can win in the fight of faith by getting our hearts in agreement with what God says. When God sent an angel to tell Mary of Jesus’ coming birth, she responded in faith saying, “Be it done to me according to your word” – a phrase repeated twelve times in Psalm 119. As a young Jewish woman, Mary would have studied the book of Psalms and known the importance of receiving God’s Word into her heart. We too must familiarize ourselves with what the Bible says and then meditate on it and ponder it repeatedly.

My soul cleaves to the dust; revive me according to Your word. Psalm 119:25

2. GET REVIVED IN THE WORD. When we’re in trouble and feel like we’re in the pits, we can get revived in God’s Word. God can give life to a soul or body that is stuck in the dust. “He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you” (Romans 8:11b). When we’ve been knocked down, God will help us to stand up, dust ourselves off, and fight the fight of faith!

3. PLANT SEEDS OF GOD’S WORD. The Word doesn’t return empty without accomplishing what it’s sent to do (Isaiah 55:11). I know the power of a seed sown because I am a product of someone telling me about Jesus. As we grab hold of this truth, the Word of God will go forth from this place and impact the nations. And I believe we will see a billion people come to the Lord.

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

DAILY CONFESSION:
May it be done to me according to God’s Word. It’s a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. I will keep my way pure according to the Word. I am revived, sustained, and strengthened according to the Word. God has dealt well with me, according to His Word! (Luke 1:38b; Psalm 119:105, 9, 25, 116, 28, 65)

ac·cord·ing to, prep.
In agreement or accord with. Consistent with; in conformity with. On the authority of.

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Conquering Adversity

Friday, February 23rd, 2018

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

1. FIX YOUR EYES ON JESUS. So often, obstacles coincide with opportunity. For instance, when the apostle Peter walked on water at the bidding of Jesus, the atmosphere was stormy—wind was blowing and waves were crashing (Matthew 14:27-30). When Peter diverted his eyes to his circumstances, he started to sink. When we keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, ready to hear what He has to say—revelation will come, faith will be roused, and storms will be settled.

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

2. RELAX IN GOD’S TIMING. There are perfect timetables for our lives if we follow the Holy Spirit. FOMO—fear of missing out—is built into our culture, where people become discontent, afraid they’ve missed opportunities. We can’t control the past, but the good news is that the Holy Spirit is present and ready to guide us into all truth (John 16:13). As we stay tuned to what God is saying, we can relax and trust that our steps are ordered by the Lord.

3. GET STRENGTHENED IN THE WORD. The Word of God is our sword and our weapon. Instead of speaking from a place of want or lack, we are called to speak from a heart filled with the promises of God’s Word. It puts us in a strong position to fight and win. From this place of strength, having done all to stand, we stand: we pray for one another, we believe God, and we step through open doors!

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

DAILY STRENGTHENING CONFESSION:
The Lord is the strength of my life and there is nothing to fear. I wait on Him and I gain new strength! I mount up with wings like eagles. I run and don’t get tired, I walk and don’t become weary. I am strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus and I can do all things through Him who strengthens me (Psalm 27:1 NKJV; Isaiah 40:31; 2 Timothy 2:1; Philippians 4:13).

con·quer, verb
To gain control of or subdue . . To defeat in war. To eliminate or minimize (a difficulty, for example). To overcome or surmount mentally or emotionally. To be victorious; win.

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Sowing and Reaping

Friday, February 9th, 2018

For whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary. Galatians 6:7b-9

God’s Word is spiritual seed and food. As realistically as your physical body needs physical food, your spiritual self needs the Word of God. It’s pure and powerful, and when you sow it into your spirit, you will reap amazing benefits.

1. BE INTENTIONAL. Take the responsibility to tend to your life as you would a garden. First till the soil of your heart to break up any hard ground, then the Word of God can take root and grow. For example, pull the weeds and remove bitterness, unforgiveness, and apathy.

2. DO EVERYTHING IN LOVE. Words are seeds. Stay away from seeds that yield poisonous plants and weeds that choke out the life of God’s Word (Mark 4:14-20). Avoid discord and strife. Instead, sow seeds of love and encouragement. As we sow God’s promises, faith is produced in our lives.

Now this I say, he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. 2 Corinthians 9:6

3. MAINTAIN AN ATTITUDE OF ABUNDANCE. Each one of us is called to be like “a tree firmly planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in its season and its leaf does not wither; and in whatever he does, he prospers” (Psalm 1:3). Keep sowing seeds of life morning, noon, and night into yourself and others with the expectation that it’s going to produce a giant result—both now and into eternity.

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

DAILY CONFESSION:
Today I sow life into my spirit. I treasure God’s Word in my heart (Psalm 119:11). For it is not my strength, but it is God who is effectively at work in me, both to will and to work — strengthening, energizing, and creating in me the longing and the ability to fulfill God’s purpose for His good pleasure. (Philippians 2:13 AMP).

“The land doesn’t care. It will return poison in just as wonderful abundance as it will corn … What we plant it must return to us.” –Earl Nightingale

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Pay Attention!

Friday, July 28th, 2017

My son, give attention to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. Do not let them depart from your sight; keep them in the midst of your heart. For they are life to those who find them and health to all their body. Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life. Proverbs 4:20-23

1. GUARD YOUR HEART. When we enter the secret place with God, we obtain strength, direction, and refreshing (Psalm 91:1 NKJV). But the strategy of the devil is to provide weapons of mass distraction that pull us away from attention to God’s Word. That’s why we must stay attentive—to guard our hearts and to keep life’s distractions from choking out the fruitfulness of the Word.

But the worries of the world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things enter in and choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. Mark 4:19

2. STAY THANKFUL. Take time to consider how rich, how amazing, and how wonderful redemption is. Unfortunately, on the way to the Promised Land, the Israelites let their discouragement lead them into trouble. They even complained about the heavenly food God provided for them, saying, “We loathe this miserable food” (Numbers 21:4-5). So savor all that Jesus has provided. A thankful heart will strengthen you and enable you to fend off discouragement.

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget none of His benefits. Psalm 103:2

3. ATTEND TO THE WORD. Whatever distraction you’ve been dealing with, commit to refocusing your heart on the Word of God. If you ask Jesus to help you in your walk, He will help you. Take hold of the promises of God and continue to move forward—keeping your eyes on Jesus and staying activated for God’s purposes for your life.

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

DAILY CONFESSION:
I have the same attitude of obedience to God that was in Jesus, and I say yes to God’s will for my life (Philippians 2:5). I keep the work of faith and the labor of love with steadfastness of hope in Jesus (1 Thessalonians 1:3). The Word of the Lord will sound forth from me into all the places God has called me to reach (1 Thessalonians 1:8).

at·ten·tion, noun
Consideration with a view to action.

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It’s Good to Get in the Word!

Saturday, May 20th, 2017

The law of the Lord is perfect, restoring the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart. Psalm 19:7-8a

1. GOD’S WORD RESTORES THE SOUL. There is such a battle for our thinking, and what goes into our minds will come out. When the Word of God gets inside us, life flows out of us. When garbage gets in, garbage comes out. Weapons of mass distraction are vying for our attention and bombarding our minds and hearts. But as we constantly feed on the Word of God, we will be renewed and restored (Romans 12:2).

2. GOD’S WORD MAKES WISE THE SIMPLE. The Word of God is ancient truth, it’s living and active. It brings wisdom where there is naivety, and it brings understanding even when you’ve never before encountered a certain kind of problem. Feed on the Scriptures (Read a chapter of Proverbs a day.) and pray for wisdom. God will give us customized wisdom for each trial we face.

“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

3. GOD’S WORD REJOICES THE HEART. Jesus is our hope. As we meditate on the Word of God, optimism and gladness will fill our hearts because we know that God is working on our behalf. God’s Word can enable a depressed, melancholy person to experience joy. It can take an anxious person into a place of confidence, a sick person into healing, and a sinner into a place of availability for righteousness and salvation.

God Bless You!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

DAILY CONFESSION:
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my rock and my Redeemer (Psalm 19:14). I will taste and see that the Lord is good. How blessed is the person who takes refuge in Him (Psalm 34:8).

re·store, verb
To give back (something taken away, lost, etc.). To bring back to a former or normal condition, as by repairing, rebuilding, altering, etc. To bring back to health, strength, etc.

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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.

Five Ways to Get Strong!

Friday, February 17th, 2017

1. PRAISE YOUR WAY TO STRENGTH. God is so good! He is worthy of praise! It pleases Him and, interestingly, He designed it to benefit us! He’s looking for worshippers who will worship in spirit and in truth. Worship and praise are weapons against fear, despondency, and stagnation. It will drive away introspection and fortify your faith.

But about midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns of praise to God, and the prisoners were listening to them; and suddenly there came a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison house were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were unfastened. Acts 16:25-26

2. WAIT YOUR WAY TO STRENGTH. This is not procrastination but a prayerful expectancy. We inquire of and talk to God and then we wait and listen.

Yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary. Isaiah 40:31

3. MEDITATE YOUR WAY TO STRENGTH. As you meditate on the Word of God, it will strengthen you to be ready to advance—to command mountains in your way to move, to fight new fights, and to take new land.

How blessed is the man . . . [whose] delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night. Psalm 1:1-2

4. REST & EAT YOUR WAY TO STRENGTH. There are times when we get worn out and discouraged like the prophet Elijah did in the Old Testament. God sent an angel with very practical instructions to strengthen Elijah: eat, drink water, and sleep (1 Kings 19:5-6).

5. LAUGH YOUR WAY TO STRENGTH. When the people of Israel became painfully aware of their failure and began to grieve for how far they had fallen, God accepted it and forgave them and said, “Do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength” (Nehemiah 8:10b).

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

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Adequate & Equipped

Friday, February 3rd, 2017

All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17

1. BUILD YOUR FOUNDATION ON THE WORD. God has given us His Word to provide substance to our spirits so that we can be “adequate and equipped for every good work.” Jesus describes a person who acts on His words as a wise person who built his house on the rock (Matthew 7:24-27). When we build our lives on God’s Word, then—when the storms of life hit—there is a solid foundation.

Forever, O Lord, Your word is settled in heaven. Psalm 119:89

2. SPEAK THE WORD. God’s words are life to you. In the book of Matthew, a centurion said to Jesus, “Just say the word, and my servant will be healed” (Matthew 8:8). When the devil tempted Jesus, He responded with, “It is written” (Matthew 4:4-8). When you pack your heart with the Scriptures, that’s what will come out in times of crisis.

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

3. FIND ABUNDANT LIFE IN THE WORD. God always causes us to triumph (2 Corinthians 2:14). God will turn things around (Romans 8:28). He is the glory and the lifter of our heads (Psalm 3:3). He is our healer (Psalm 103:2). He turns our mourning into dancing (Psalm 30:11). And God will walk us through our process to get us to a place of more-than-enough in every area of our lives.

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

DAILY CONFESSION Based on Psalm 18
I love You, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge; my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies. The Lord is my stay. He brings me forth into a broad place. He rescues me because He delights in me.

a·bun·dant, adjective
Present in great quantity; more than adequate; oversufficient. Well supplied. Richly supplied.

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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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Jesus Is Your Shepherd

Friday, June 10th, 2016

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

1. FOLLOW JESUS. The Bible uses the example that we are like sheep and God is our shepherd: we can trust Him and follow Him. If you’ve lost your way, call on Jesus. He will find you.

So He [Jesus] told them this parable, saying, “What man among you, if he has a hundred sheep and has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open pasture and go after the one which is lost until he finds it? When he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing.” Luke 15:3-5

2. READ GOD’S WORD TO GET RENEWED. 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.

Know that the Lord Himself is God; it is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture. Psalm 100:3

3. TRUST GOD TO TAKE CARE OF YOU. He cares deeply for you, and from start to finish He has a good plan for your life. Even if you’ve messed up, today you can repent and push the reset button to start afresh. Keep reading God’s Word. Plug into a good church. Jesus, the Good Shepherd, will take care of you.

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

If you’ve never asked Jesus to come into your life, pray this prayer!
God, I need You. I open my heart wide to You. I repent for my sin and I ask for Your forgiveness and mercy to come into my heart. I’ll follow You as my shepherd my entire life. I receive Jesus as my Savior. Thank You for new life! In Jesus’ Name, amen!

shep·herd, verb
To herd or tend as a shepherd. To guide or lead on a course. To direct or instruct in a certain manner.

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