Posts Tagged ‘hope’

Faith for the Future

Friday, January 12th, 2018

Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. James 1:2-4

1. FEAR NOT, ONLY BELIEVE. God has called us to this life of faith. We build endurance as we learn to walk by faith and not by how we feel. Our emotions can change from morning to night or in a split second—that’s why we don’t rely on them. Instead, we get our eyes fixed on God, who has covered everything from the cradle to the grave and from eternity to eternity.

And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint. Romans 5:3-5a

2. RENEW CONFIDENCE IN HOPE. God never disappoints. Those of us who aspire to fulfill God’s plan sometimes get discouraged when we aren’t where we thought we were going to be at certain times in our lives. But even in challenging times, endurance and hope are produced! So we stop looking at our circumstances and look to God. He is the one who can and will open a door.

For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. 1 John 5:4

3. LEARN TO OVERCOME. The power of faith is dynamic. It’s action-oriented (James 2:14-17). Jesus saw the faith of the men who dug a hole in the roof and lowered their paralyzed friend to be healed. (Luke 5:20). That’s why we put practicality to our concepts and live out faith in action. Even in temptations, tests, and trials we can look at things in a redemptive way, with confidence and firm persuasion that God is working it out for our good and that endurance, perseverance, character, and hope are being produced.

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

PRAY THIS PRAYER:
Jesus, You are the strength of my life. Jesus, I really need You. I absolutely rely on You. I cast my cares and worries on You. I receive the miraculous in my life. I receive healing in my body, help in my family, blessing on my finances, and wisdom on my time expenditures and prioritizations. May this be a year of strengthening, fulfillment, achievement, prosperity, and abundance in Jesus’ Name, amen!

dy·nam·ic, noun
A force that stimulates change or progress within a system or process. Origin: Early 19th century (as a term in physics) from French dynamique, from Greek dunamikos, from dunamis – “power.”

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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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Hope for the New Year

Friday, December 30th, 2016

For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. Romans 15:4

1. LAY DOWN YOUR BAGGAGE. Before David conquered Goliath, he first left his baggage in the care of the keeper (1 Samuel 17:22). As we prepare to enter into some breakthrough seasons, we need to lay down the weights and sins that hold us back and run with endurance the race that’s set before us. (Hebrews 12:1).

2. DON’T COPY OTHER PEOPLE’S METHODS. Saul tried to give David his armor, but David instead took five smooth stones and a sling to the battlefront (1 Samuel 17:38-39). We don’t need to complicate our own battles by using other people’s methodology. We don’t win by might or by power, but by the Spirit (Zechariah 4:6).

3. SLAY YOUR GIANT. Our faith in God is not baseless optimism but a biblical hope anchored in the Word of God. The giant you are facing might be an economic relapse, family issues, or anxiety about your future. Whatever it is, God has the right methods so that you can stand up to it in the Name of Jesus and command that giant to fall.

4. COURAGE IS CONTAGIOUS. Other people’s breakthroughs are attached to your obedience. When David killed Goliath, it paved the way for others to have the courage to stand up to their own giants. Years later David encountered another giant, but a different warrior rose up and killed him (2 Samuel 21:15-17). Fight and win your battle and then watch the repercussive effect.

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

DAILY CONFESSION
I know the plans that God has for me—plans for welfare and not for calamity to give me a future and a hope (Jeremiah 29:11). This hope I have is an anchor for the soul, both sure and steadfast (Hebrews 6:19). And as for me, I will hope continually, and will praise You yet more and more! (Psalm 71:14).

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.

Three Reasons to Rejoice This Christmas

Friday, December 23rd, 2016

But as for me, the nearness of God is my good. Psalm 73:28a

1. GOD IS WITH YOU. God’s presence changes everything. In the Bible Gideon was called to lead his people out of oppression, but he was a reluctant warrior who was in a rough place. When God sent an angel, Gideon argued with him asking, “Why has all this happened to us?” (Judges 6:13). God responded: “Go in this your strength and deliver Israel . . . Have I not sent you? . . . Surely I will be with you” (Judges 6:14, 16a).

2. GOD IS GUIDING YOU. As we close out the year, God is saying, “The Lord is with you, oh valiant warrior” (Judges 6:12). Like Gideon, we may feel depleted, we may be in a bad situation, we may feel weak—but God sees us differently than we see ourselves. And when we step out in obedience and in faith, amazing victories can happen. Take time to seek God—with Him at your side you will not be shaken (Psalm 16:8).

“I, even I, am the one who wipes out your transgressions for My own sake, and I will not remember your sins.” Isaiah 43:25

3. GOD IS FOR YOU. The only answer is Jesus. He is the hope for our country: the cities, the suburbs, the rural areas. He is the hope for every nation. When you are facing challenges, remember that God is for you (Romans 8:31). When you sin, repent. He wants you to succeed and be fruitful more than you do. So walk into the future with the strength of knowing God is with you, He is guiding you, and He is for you. With Him you can get through anything!

Merry Christmas!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

PRAY THIS PRAYER
Jesus, I give You my heart today. Be the Lord of my life. I repent for all my sins and ask You to forgive me. Help me to press past worry, fear, and discouragement and walk into Your big, beautiful plan for my life. I dedicate my life to serving You all of my days. Amen!

Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Listen carefully, the virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and she will call his name Immanuel (God with us). Isaiah 7:14 AMP

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Jesus the Cornerstone

Friday, November 6th, 2015

“Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock.” Matthew 7:24-25

Jesus is the solid foundation upon which you can base your life. He is called the “chief cornerstone” (Luke 20:17). When you build your house standing on the promises of God, it will not be moved.

For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. Now may the God who gives perseverance and encouragement grant you to be of the same mind with one another according to Christ Jesus. Romans 15:4-5

Just like the flight attendant tells passengers in an emergency to tend to themselves before helping others, reach out and receive the oxygen mask of God’s Word and breathe deeply. Spending time in the Word will encourage you, give you strength to persevere, and fill you with hope. Now, with this firm footing, be available to help others.

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

DAILY CONFESSION
May the God of hope fill me with all joy and peace in believing, so that I will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit (Romans 15:13). He always causes me to triumph (2 Corinthians 2:14). I take refuge in God and I am blessed (Psalm 34:8).

cor•ner•stone, noun
The cornerstone of a large building gives it a reliable and firm foundation, leading to the cohesion and stability of the whole building.

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The Greatness of Humility

Friday, July 24th, 2015

At that time the disciples came to Jesus and said, “Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” And He called a child to Himself and set him before them, and said, “Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever then humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 18:1-4

1. Who Is the Greatest? This question is posed in a setting where so many civilized empires had come and gone. The great sophistication of the Egyptian civilization had already been expressed. The power of the Roman Empire was expanding. Because of Alexander the Great, Greek culture had spread throughout the known world. But when asked about the greatest, the best, the highest, Jesus calls over a child and tells the disciples to become like children. Greatness and significance are found in the place of continually humbling yourself and cultivating a childlike spirit.

For You are my hope; O Lord God, You are my confidence from my youth. By You I have been sustained from my birth; You are He who took me from my mother’s womb; my praise is continually of You. Psalm 71:5-6

2. To Know Him Is to Love Him. A child who has good parents never wonders if they are going to follow through. God is the Father you can rely on completely. You can have a childlike hope and expectancy that God is going to completely take care of you.

Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord. Acts 3:19

3. Be Renewed Every Day. You can become childlike again. First, repent and surrender to Jesus. After that, there are daily opportunities to humble yourself and get your mind renewed. You can choose to go out into the world sour and harsh or to become refreshed. Get in the Word, spend time with Jesus, and trust Him for times of refreshing.

Pray This Prayer:
God, You are great and do wondrous things! You alone are God (Psalm 86:10). Restore to me the joy of Your salvation (Psalm 51:12). Help me to approach the future with childlike faith and expectancy knowing that You, God, are working all things out for my good (Romans 8:28). I love You, Jesus! Amen.

“Ah, but I was so much older then.
I’m younger than that now.” — Bob Dylan

God bless 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.

Seeing Through the Lens of God’s Word

Monday, January 26th, 2015

[I] do not cease giving thanks for you, while making mention of you in my prayers; that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him. Ephesians 1:16-17

Look to Jesus. So often, people look at Jesus through the filter of their struggles and conflicts. But Jesus is calling us to look directly at Him. Not to deny that problems exist, but to deny Satan the right to dominate us.

The Word Brings Faith. Christianity is not a baseless optimism, but it is a biblical hope. Go to the Scriptures and look through the lens of God’s promises of provision, healing, and breakthrough. Faith will come! A spirit of wisdom and revelation will rise up in you and the truth of what God says will become more dominant than your current circumstances.

I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. Ephesians 1:18-19a

Light Excels Darkness. Whether you are experiencing high times or hard times, God’s grace is going to see you through (Philippians 4:11-13). If the devil has backed you into a corner of despair, God’s Word will shine light in the darkest situations in your relationships, in your marriage, and in your finances (Psalm 119:130). Even though you don’t know everything that’s ahead, God does, and He has plans to give you a future and a hope (Jeremiah 29:11).

Daily Confession:
This is a year of advancement and breakthrough. I won’t back down from God’s plans and purposes. I thank God for a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him. I pray that the eyes of my understanding may be enlightened that I may know what is the hope of God’s calling and what are the riches of the glory of the inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward those who believe!

Lens, noun
Something that facilitates and influences perception, comprehension, or evaluation.

God Bless 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. Footnote: “Lens.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 19 Jan. 2015.

The Thrill of Hope

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

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

1. BECAUSE OF JESUS, YOU HAVE GREAT WORTH. So many people deal with feelings of worthlessness, but Jesus was willing to sacrifice to pay the price for your redemption. You are worth the Blood of Jesus; your life is worthwhile.

2. BECAUSE OF JESUS, YOU HAVE HELP. God has answers corresponding to all the problems you face. Not only are you a survivor, but you are more than a conqueror (Romans 8:37). The ridiculous challenges you are encountering now won’t even be worth comparing to the amazing breakthrough and testimony you will have on the other side of the battle.

For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison. 2 Corinthians 4:17

3. BECAUSE OF JESUS, YOU HAVE HOPE. You don’t have to lose heart. Jesus is the Light shining in the darkness and He also has shone in your life (2 Corinthians 4:6). The next time you watch the news or encounter dark circumstances in your own life, speak God’s Word over the situation. If you feel like you have a broken spirit, spend some time in praise and worship.

This Christmas, pray this prayer:
God, I trust You. I refuse to fall into the traps of worry and strife this holiday season. So now I take my eyes off the circumstances and people around me and instead look to You (2 Corinthians 4:18). I thank You that You provide all my needs according to Your riches in glory in Christ Jesus. This will be my best Christmas yet. I love You, Jesus!

            O Holy Night!
            The stars are brightly shining
            It is the night of the dear Savior’s birth!
            Long lay the world in sin and error pining
            Till He appeared and the soul felt its worth.
            A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices
            For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn!
            –Words by John Sullivan Dwight

Merry Christmas!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

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Trust God & Do Good.

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

Why do you say, O Jacob, and assert, O Israel, “My way is hidden from the Lord, and the justice due me escapes the notice of my God”? Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth does not become weary or tired. His understanding is inscrutable. He gives strength to the weary, and to him who lacks might He increases power. Isaiah 40:27-29

God loves you deeply, but self-pity and melancholy are designed to deactivate you from effectiveness for the rest of your life. They make you avoid ministering to others because you feel so bad. In those moments of self-doubt, do the opposite of what you feel: trust in the Lord and do good.

Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness. Delight yourself in the Lord; and He will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:3-4

The Bible is spiritual nutrition for your soul. Look in the mirror of God’s Word to see who you really are in Christ. It’s hard to murmur when you are meditating on the Scriptures. When you pore through its pages, tremendous hope will rise in your heart. That consistent God of the Bible is your God.

For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. Romans 15:4

Yield your heart to God. Pursue Him as your primary focus. As you get in His presence, He will burn out all the lesser pursuits that are of the flesh, and your heart will crave God’s purpose for your life.

Pray this prayer:
I praise You, God. Thank You for sending Jesus to save and rescue me. You give strength to the weary. I refuse to murmur or complain about anything. I trust You to bring about Your plan for my life. I thank You for Your power that creates in me the desire to do Your gracious will and also brings about the accomplishment of that desire (Philippians 2:13 WNT).

Trust, noun – Assured reliance on the character, ability, strength, or truth of someone or something.

The best is yet to come,
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. “Trust.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 16 Sept. 2014. WNT – Weymouth New Testament.

A Life of Favor

Monday, June 24th, 2013

God’s Favor. In the family of God there is no favoritism. Favoritism creates elitism, promotes jealousy, and produces an attitude of entitlement. But God’s favor overturns and eliminates those weird things. When you know you have favor with God, you are able to stand tall and step up to the challenges of life.

For there is no partiality with God. Romans 2:11

Jacob’s Favoritism. Partiality stirs jealously and envy. In the Bible, Jacob loved Joseph more than all his other sons (Genesis 37:3). This produced trouble and challenge in Jacob’s family that lasted for years.

Showing God’s Favor. Dispense with favoritism and move in the favor of God. When you give a compliment, make sure it doesn’t compare someone with others. Instead, use meaningful, God-ordained words that lift and strengthen and give people a boost in their vision and mission.

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; and let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good deeds. Hebrews 10:23-24

Strength & Power. God’s favor gives you strength. Even though Joseph inherited a bunch of family dysfunction, God gave him the victory (Genesis 50:20). That same God wants to equip you to overcome too (Ephesians 3:14-18). Even if your dreams have been suppressed or your timing delayed, you can trust God your Father to turn all things around for good (Romans 8:28).

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

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