Posts Tagged ‘growth’

A Progressive Journey

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, that shines brighter and brighter until the full day. Proverbs 4:18

1. Brighter and Brighter
Living things grow. God has designed you for growth and advancement through all the seasons of your life. Let any regret break off of you, and step out in a new level of faith, knowing that as you walk with Jesus, your path will get brighter and brighter.

But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit. 2 Corinthians 3:18

2. Glory to Glory
When we look in the Word, we see the glory and grandeur of God. When we seek God’s face and get into the Word, we are changed into that same image. Where are you coming from? Glory. Where are you going? Glory.

They go from strength to strength. Psalm 84:7a

3. Strength to Strength
You can be strong in the Lord and the strength of His might (Ephesians 6:10). The best is yet to come – grab hold of this, and twenty years from now you will be able to say like Caleb: “I am still as strong today as I was in the day Moses sent me; as my strength was then, so my strength is now, for war and for going out and coming in” (Joshua 14:11).

Daily Confession
I live by faith—the Gospel takes me from faith to more faith (Romans 1:17). I wax greater and greater because the Lord is with me (1 Chronicles 11:9 KJV). As for me, I will hope continually and I will praise You, Lord, yet more and more (Psalm 71:14).

Progress, noun
A movement toward a goal or to a further or higher stage. Growth or development; continuous improvement. Forward or onward movement.

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. Scripture taken from The Message. Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002. Used by permission of NavPress Publishing Group.“Progress.” Random House Unabridged Dictionary, n.d. web 01 Dec. 2014.

Change & Growth

Monday, September 20th, 2010

Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. 2 Corinthians 5:17

The change agent—Jesus—makes us different than we were before. We were all without hope, but Jesus came on the scene—not to condemn or reinforce failure, but to become a sin substitute for us (2 Corinthians 5:21).

When everything else wears out, when ideas are blurred, when vision gets disrupted, when momentum gets crippled by hurts, challenges, and trials, it’s important to remember that God does not grow weary or tired. It is God who is at work urging and helping us to put off the old ways and keep putting on the new (Philippians 2:13; Ephesians 4:22-24).

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 3:13b-14

Could it be that all the demonic pressure and satanic bombardment hitting your life have been designed by the devil, who knows his days are numbered and is trying his best to hinder the ministers of reconciliation and grind to a halt the mighty moving force called the Church? Don’t miss what could be by looking only through the lens of your present circumstances. Instead, “lift up your eyes and look on the fields, that they are white for harvest” (John 4:35b). Resist the devil and fortify yourselves by taking up the whole armor of God and conforming to the image of Christ.

The path of the righteous shines brighter and brighter until the full day (Proverbs 4:18). Yes, you can change. Yes, your marriage can get better. Yes, you can grow in God, bear more fruit, prosper, be healed, be more effective, be more on fire, change the world, and contribute to the harvest. Yes, you can alleviate suffering. Yes, you can be the encouragement that might keep someone on his feet. We are to keep growing and growing and growing. The best is yet to come.

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

Copyright © 2010 St. Louis Family Church. All rights reserved. No part of this article may be reprinted or distributed in any form without prior written permission of St. Louis Family Church. Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture references are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation.

God’s Stimulus Plan

Monday, September 7th, 2009

The effective heartfelt prayer of a righteous man will accomplish a lot (James 5:16b). As we approach the fall season, I want to give you some focus prayer points for these next 60-90 days.

1. Pray for the removal of obstacles.
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.
Hebrews 12:1-2a

2. Pray for the increase of love.
And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge
and all discernment, so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in
order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ; having been filled with
the fruit of righteousness which comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and
praise of God. Philippians 1:9-11

3. Pray for personal growth.
As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and
carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in
deceitful scheming; but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects
into Him who is the head, even Christ. Ephesians 4:14-15

4. Pray for the 100% will of God.
For this reason also, since the day we heard of it, we have not ceased to pray for
you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual
wisdom and understanding. Colossians 1:9

5. Pray with the end in mind.
Now if any man builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood,
hay, straw, each man’s work will become evident; for the day will show it because
it is to be revealed with fire, and the fire itself will test the quality of each man’s
work. 1 Corinthians 3:12-13

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

Copyright © 2009 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.