Posts Tagged ‘heart’

Designed for Durability

Friday, January 27th, 2017

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 shall thank Him. Psalm 28:7

1. LET GOD LIFT YOU. When King David had to strengthen himself in the Lord after a hard battle, it wasn’t easy. He wasn’t well rested; he wasn’t feeling spiritual; he didn’t have anyone else to encourage him. But still he got into God’s presence and received direction and encouragement (1 Samuel 30:6). Whatever circumstances you find yourself in, however depleted you may feel, seek the Lord—He has answers and strength for your every need!

2. WHAT’S FILLING YOUR HEART? When push comes to shove, that which fills our hearts will come out of our mouths (Luke 6:45). The best thing we can do is saturate ourselves with the Old and New Testament; pack in the Psalms and Proverbs; read the Gospels; read the Epistles. The more we meditate on the Word day and night, the more the power of God’s promises will flow out of us in times of crisis.

3. SURVIVE & THRIVE. God has designed us for longevity. He has called us to be more than conquerors (Romans 8:37). To overcome in the day of trouble, get in the presence of God. Get in the Word of God, so that you can survive and thrive in any crisis.

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

DAILY CONFESSION based on Psalm 1
The Lord knows the way of the righteous. I am blessed because I do not walk in the counsel of the wicked, nor stand in the path of sinners, nor sit in the seat of scoffers. But my delight is in the law of the Lord and in His Law I meditate day and night. I am like a tree firmly planted by streams of water which yields fruit in season, and my leaves don’t wither. In whatever I do, I prosper!

du·ra·ble, adj
Capable of withstanding wear and tear or decay. Made to withstand repeated use over a relatively long period. Able to perform or compete over a long period, as by avoiding or overcoming injuries.

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. “Durable.” The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition copyright © 2016 by Houghton.

Heart Life

Friday, August 26th, 2016

“He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” John 7:38 NKJV

1. A PROTECTED HEART. Tending to the hidden person of the heart is very important in this hour. The devil will try to discourage you; so take control of what you allow to influence you. Shake off bitterness, unforgiveness, and strife and diligently guard your heart.

2. A STRENGTHENED HEART. God’s Words are life to your heart. Take time to strengthen yourself in God’s Word and listen to what He is saying – ponder a chapter and meditate on it until you understand it and it gets planted in your heart.

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

3. AN ACTIVATED HEART. God’s Spirit will activate your heart so that you can spring forward into His plans. The prophet Elijah faced limitations like you and me; yet when the Holy Spirit came upon him, he outran a chariot (1 Kings 18:46)! It’s not by your strength or power, but by the help of the Holy Spirit. So remain “steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord” (1 Corinthians 15:58), and let God’s rivers of living water flow continuously and abundantly from your heart to a thirsty world.

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

DAILY CONFESSION
My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises! (Psalm 57:7). I am sowing to the spirit and I will reap eternal life (Galatians 6:8).

flow, verb
To move or run smoothly with unbroken continuity. To proceed steadily and easily. To be abundant; teem. A continuous output or outpouring (noun). I will be strong and let my heart take courage, as I hope in the Lord (Psalm 31:24).

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. “Flow.” The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition copyright © 2016 by Houghton.

Watch Over Your Heart

Friday, August 12th, 2016

Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life. Proverbs 4:23

1. FROM BITTERNESS TO FORGIVENESS. Protect and guard your heart from the poison of resentment and fear. They are vision suppressors and growth inhibitors. Keep forgiving. Your heart needs to stay fresh and clear because there is plenty more God has planned for you to accomplish.

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful. Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you. Colossians 3:15-16a

2. FROM DISCONTENT TO PEACE. People are chronically plagued by “contentment deficit disorder,” which chokes the fruitfulness of God’s Word. Instead of being allured by the desire for other things, ask yourself what really matters most. As you keep sowing the Word into your spirit and letting it dwell richly in you, it will help you walk in God’s peace and contentment.

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. And those are the ones on whom seed was sown on the good soil; and they hear the word and accept it and bear fruit, thirty, sixty, and a hundredfold. Mark 4:18-20

3. FROM WORRY TO FAITH. Worry is the enemy of your success. But God’s Word carries the authority and power to change things. So speak God’s Word. Look at your bills and say, “My God shall supply all my needs.” Stay informed with current events, but don’t let it spin into worry. Instead, speak the Word over the social ills you see, and believe God for His peace to come into our city, our country, and the nations of the world.

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

DAILY CONFESSION based on Ephesians 6:10-17
I am strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. I put on the full armor of God so that I will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. I put on the belt of truth and integrity and the breastplate of an upright heart. I prepare by strapping on my feet the Gospel of peace. I put up the shield of faith to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. I take the helmet of salvation and use the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God.

con·tent·ment, noun
Freedom from worry or restlessness: peaceful satisfaction.

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. “Contentment.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. 08 August 2016.

An Attitude of Gratitude

Friday, November 27th, 2015

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7

The reason. Because God is worthy of praise, we can daily acknowledge that something wonderful has been done in our lives! We have not one, but 365 days of thanksgiving.

Habit of thankfulness. The flesh is inclined to look at whatever is negative. Discipline yourself to look at what is praiseworthy. When you feel like complaining, thank God for whatever you can possibly thank Him for. As contagious as murmuring is, a thankful and grateful heart is also contagious!

Attitude adjustment. Paul, while in the middle of a terrible situation in prison, wrote the letter to the Philippians, where eight times he said to rejoice. “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!” (Philippians 4:4). God has called each of us to have an attitude of perseverance, of expectation—an attitude that crucifies selfishness. As you submit your heart, God will reveal areas where you need an attitude adjustment.

No Fear. God’s peace surpasses anything you can find in the world. We conquer our worries and cares by casting them on the Lord. When you encounter overwhelming circumstances, instead of losing heart, take it to God and pray (Luke 18:1).

Keep pressing on. While the world is anxiously looking for answers, you carry the truth. Now is not the time to waver. It’s time to be intent on one purpose, with hearts and minds in one accord with the Master’s work.

Sing praises to God. It’s good to be alive today. If you are feeling bottomed out, depressed, or anxious, God wants to restore joy to you. He wants to get you out of breakdown into a place of breakthrough. Take some time to sing praises to God. Even if you feel like you can barely open your lips, tell God how much you love Him. Remind yourself how great He is.

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

thank·ful, adj.
Conscious of benefit received. Expressive of thanks. Well pleased.

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. “Thankful.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. 20 Nov 2015.