Posts Tagged ‘grace’

God Is Able

Friday, July 6th, 2018

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

1. HE IS ABLE TO MAKE YOU STAND. Anxiety can weigh a person down, but Jesus is the cure for anxiety. When we put all of our attention and focus on God and delight ourselves in the Lord through prayer, worship, and studying the Word—He is the one who lifts that pressure off of us and gives us abundance for every good deed!

2. HE IS ABLE TO COME TO YOUR AID. God is faithful and an ever-present help in trouble (Psalm 46:1). King David wrote in Psalms that from the time he was young to his old age he had never seen the righteous forsaken (Psalm 37:25). Jesus said, “I’ll never leave you or forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5).

Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him . . . Do not fret; it leads only to evildoing. For evildoers will be cut off, but those who wait for the Lord, they will inherit the land. Psalm 37:7-9

3. HE IS ABLE TO DO EXCEEDINGLY ABUNDANTLY ABOVE ALL WE ASK OR THINK (Ephesians 3:20). Worry tempts us to take things into our own hands. But our sufficiency is in God—it’s not by our might or human power but by His Spirit (Zechariah 4:6). God will be faithful to guide you and give you wisdom through the different challenges of life. As you seek Him, you will find Him!

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

PRAY THIS PRAYER:
You have not given me a spirit of fear but of power, love, and a sound mind. You have called me to do mighty deeds! Jesus, I know it’s not by might or by power but by Your Spirit. I don’t trust in my ability, but I put all my hope, faith, and trust in You, Jesus. I know I will reap great fruit if I don’t quit. Thank You, Jesus, that You are able to do exceedingly abundantly above all I can ask or think according to Your power working in me (Ephesians 3:20).

a·ble, adj.
Having the necessary means, skill, know-how, or authority to do something.

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. “able.” Memidex Dictionary/Thesaurus. Web. 20 Jun 2018 .

How to Accomplish God’s Plan

Friday, January 22nd, 2016

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.” Zechariah 4:6

1. RELY ON THE HOLY SPIRIT. God has called us to things way beyond our human skill. Zerubbabel was called to rebuild the temple in Jerusalem after returning from exile in Babylon, despite great obstacles. God sent an angel to let Zerubbabel know that he would not get it done by his own human strength but by God’s power.

“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 4:7

2. SPEAK TO YOUR MOUNTAINS. Make 2016 all about Jesus. He is the Alpha and the Omega—the beginning and the end—and He is with you now. He is able to accomplish the impossible. Jesus told us to have faith in God and speak to our mountains. So don’t doubt. Shout, “Grace! Grace!” to whatever is hindering you and it must move. (Zechariah 4:7; Mark 11:22-23).

Also the word of the Lord came to me, saying, “The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house, and his hands will finish it. Then you will know that the Lord of hosts has sent me to you.” Zechariah 4:8-9

3. FINISH STRONG. When God calls you to finish something, remember that He is faithful and He will bring it to pass. Some of the most extraordinary miracles come out of ordinary obedience to Him and His Word. With the help of the Holy Spirit, you will finish strong.

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

DAILY CONFESSION
2016 is going to be a Holy Spirit year. All my expectations, hopes, and dreams I lay at the feet of Jesus – for I am His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that I would walk in them (Ephesians 2:10). I know my God and I will display strength and take action. (Daniel 11:32).

ac·com·plish, verb
To succeed in doing something, especially something that you have been trying to do for a period of time.

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. “Accomplish.” macmillandictionary.com. © Macmillan Publishers Limited 2009–2016, n.d. 18 January 2016.

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.

God Is Able

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

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

1. He is able to make you stand. Anxiety can weigh a person down, but Jesus is the cure for anxiety. When we put all of our attention and focus on God and delight ourselves in the Lord through prayer, worship, and studying the Word—He is the one who lifts that pressure off of us and gives us abundance for every good deed!

2. He is able to come to your aid. God is faithful and an ever-present help in trouble (Psalm 46:1). King David wrote in Psalms that from the time he was young to his old age he had never seen the righteous forsaken (Psalm 37:25). Jesus said, “I’ll never leave you or forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5).

Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him . . . Do not fret; it leads only to evildoing. For evildoers will be cut off, but those who wait for the Lord, they will inherit the land. Psalm 37:7-9

3. He is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all we ask or think (Ephesians 3:20). Worry tempts us to take things into our own hands. But our sufficiency is in God—it’s not by our might or human power but by His Spirit (Zechariah 4:6). God will be faithful to guide you and give you wisdom through the different challenges of life. As you seek Him, you will find Him!

Fret verb – To be vexed or troubled; worry. To be worn or eaten away; become corroded. To move agitatedly. To gnaw or wear away; erode.

Pray this prayer:
You have not given me a spirit of fear but of power, love, and a sound mind. You have called me to do mighty deeds! Jesus, I know it’s not by might or by power but by Your Spirit. I don’t trust in my ability, but I put all my hope, faith, and trust in You, Jesus. I know I will reap great fruit if I don’t quit. Thank You, Jesus, that You are able to do exceedingly abundantly above all I can ask or think according to Your power working in me (Ephesians 3:20).

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: “Fret” The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition copyright ©2014 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Fervent Love

Monday, December 17th, 2012

The end of all things is near; therefore, be of sound judgment and sober spirit for the purpose of prayer. Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins. 1 Peter 4:7-8

LOVE IS VALUE. The best definition I’ve found for love is “value.” In modern society we see a huge devaluation of human life (Matthew 24:12). But if we just obey the Bible and value others in a meaningful, non-patronizing way, our lives will be a radical witness to the rest of the world.

LOVE CHANGES THE WORLD. The Christian life is not one of detachment or isolation. We are called to go out there and get involved with people. To care for others’ welfare. To show love in such a genuine way that it becomes contagious and spreads. But we don’t generate love in our own power. God gives us the grace to live it out!

By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another. John 13:35.

LOVE AND FAITH. Sometimes people are not enjoyable to be around. Some people are grumpy, odd, or harsh, and they generate unhappiness. Love them anyway. Be merciful and patient. In that atmosphere of giving, sin loses its hold on people. In that atmosphere of love, miracles happen.

Love knows no limit to its endurance, no end to its trust, no fading of its hope; it can outlast anything. It is, in fact, the one thing that still stands when all else has fallen. 1 Corinthians 13:7-8a. Phillips Translation

God bless you!
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.

Roll Away the Stone!

Monday, June 4th, 2012

Jesus said, “Remove the stone.” Martha, the sister of the deceased, said to Him, “Lord, by this time there will be a stench, for he has been dead four days.” Jesus said to her, “Did I not say to you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?” John 11:39-40

When Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, He could have easily rolled away the stone Himself, but He chose to use Martha to participate in Lazarus’ miracle. From this situation, we realize that God wants others to be part of His mighty works. Even though Martha and those present were not on their A-game and were struggling with disappointment and grief, Jesus still used them to accomplish His plan.

Prayer is an invitation from God to participate in people’s reakthroughs. There is no greater way to remove stones. With shouts of grace we can obliterate the obstacles hindering others (Zechariah 4:7). We need to be ready to roll away the stone—ready to pray on the spot, to have a word in season, and to be bold about it—even if we feel unprepared.

In Galatians it says to bear one another’s burdens (6:2). Through prayer, you can become a burden-bearer and a yoke-destroyer. Our circumstances and emotions do not dictate how effective we can be. Instead, Jesus declares, “If you believe, you will see the glory of God” (John 11:40b). God will pour out His Spirit on your Word-based beliefs, enabling you to see miracles.

God is looking for people who will respond to Him and participate in the supernatural work He is accomplishing all over the planet. “For the eyes of the Lord move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His” (2 Chronicles 16:9a). We all encounter days when we are irritable and don’t feel effective; yet that is probably right when God will use us to participate in a miracle. We are invited into these breakthrough moments, and as we believe, He provides the amazing resurrection power to get it done!

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

Copyright © 2007 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.

Let Us Draw Near

Monday, May 14th, 2012

Therefore, brethren, since we have confidence to enter the holy place by the blood of Jesus . . . LET US draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith. Hebrews 10:19, 22a

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

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, 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 12:1-2

LET US consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds. Hebrews 10:24

LET US press on to maturity. Hebrews 6:1b

Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, LET US hold fast our confession. Hebrews 4:14

Therefore LET US draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:16

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.

Life-Giving Words

Monday, April 30th, 2012

The heart of the wise instructs his mouth and adds persuasiveness to his lips. Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. Proverbs 16:23-24

Your words have power. In every situation, you can bring peace or you can contribute to the storm. Before you speak, ask yourself these questions: Is it Jesus-glorifying? Is it life-giving? Is it healing? We must learn to be selective with our words because at the end of the day we’ll give an account of what we have said (Matthew 12:35-37).

For the mouth speaks out of that which fills the heart. Matthew 12:34b

What goes into your heart will come back out. That’s why it’s good to pack the Word down inside so that when you need it, even when you don’t feel ready, you’ll be filled with wisdom. Or in those stressful situations when you’re fatigued and tempted to get angry, you’ll be able to bridle your tongue.

Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear. Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you. Ephesians 4:29-32

If you’re tempted to talk negatively about someone, before you say anything, ask yourself this question: Would I be uncomfortable saying this in front of the person I’m talking about? The Church is an accumulation of people who would be broken without the grace of God. Understanding that will help us to get that judgmental and bitter attitude out of the way and be kind and forgiving to others.

Who is the man who desires life and loves length of days that he may see good? Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking deceit. Depart from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it. Psalm 34:12-14

The hour is critical. Every situation we face has the potential to impart death or life. In times of discouragement I’ve had someone say a simple word to me that was like lighting a match to a fire, and it gave confidence to my spirit. As we get in the Word and renew our understanding about how powerful our words are, our effectiveness will increase and we’ll be used by God to speak life and change into situations all over the earth.

God bless you!
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.

Moving Forward in 2012: The Year of Stability

Monday, January 2nd, 2012

Now as they were traveling along, He entered a village; and a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home. She had a sister called Mary, who was seated at the Lord’s feet, listening to His word. But Martha was distracted with all her preparations; and she came up to Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to do all the serving alone? Then tell her to help me.”

But the Lord answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:38-42

God is calling you to carry joy to a fallen world, but the devil wants you to become so preoccupied with the issues in your own life that you stay in the constant cycle of maintaining and trying to overcome discouragement and distraction instead of being what God has called you to be.

Sing to the Lord a new song, sing His praise from the end of the earth! Isaiah 42:10a

Choose the good part like Mary did: “sitting at the Lord’s feet, listening to His word.” Don’t wait for the worship team or for an inspirational moment. Thank God in the morning, thank God in the noontime, thank God in the night. Enter into His gates with thanksgiving every day (Psalm 100:4).

You are still here. Whatever highs and lows you’ve had in 2011, you didn’t get alienated and cynical, you didn’t cave in to self pity, you didn’t throw in the towel, you didn’t let the devil run you off, and you didn’t negotiate with him when he was terrorizing you. Even if you feel meager and feeble in your faith, at any time, day or night, you can cry out to the Lord and He will respond. Don’t fear the future. If God has called you to a task, you will have grace and blessing equal to the task. As you take time to seek God and listen to His word, He will show you what to do.

Forward ever; backward, never!
–C.T. Studd, Missionary to China, India, and Africa

God bless you this New Year!
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.

Moving Forward in God’s Power

Monday, January 31st, 2011

Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:13-14

Press on. An effective driver glances at the rearview mirror but spends most of the time looking through the windshield. Think of your life in the same way: look ahead at what God has in store for you, but only glance at your past. This doesn’t mean you bury your head in the sand. It just means you look at life through the eyes of grace. It’s good to remember what God has delivered you from—He’s covered your old sins (Romans 4:6-8; Psalm 32:1). But in Christ you are a new person (1 Corinthians 5:17) and you’re free to fix your eyes on what He has for you.

Life matters. Though this life is brief, it counts. Paul did not wince at the full-spectrum nature of life— trials, bewilderment, and all. He learned the secret of being full and of going hungry (Philippians 4:12), and he thrived on challenge. But he didn’t do it in his own power. Paul wrote, “I can do all things through Him [Jesus] who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13).

For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 1 Corinthians 1:18

God’s Word is power. We aren’t sissies who shrink back in fear, but neither are we superheroes trying to do things in our own power. God’s power is available to us, and He has packed specific gifts, resources, and usefulness into each cell of our being. I pray we get so tuned into Jesus and so filled up with His Word that, instead of buzz words or religious affectation, God’s life flows out of us and people can tell we’ve been with Him.

God’s at work in you. Endeavor to live worthy of the calling, investing all your life and energy into Jesus. If you feel like you are a crummy Christian, know that God is at work in you. He is looking for people whose hearts are open to Him (2 Chronicles 16:9). If you give God a thimble full of devotion, He’ll expand it as big as heaven. Give Him a mustard seed of faith, and He’ll respond (Matthew 17:20).

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.