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Three Ways to Get Tenacious in Hope

Friday, February 15th, 2019

Be strong and let your heart take courage, all you who hope in the Lord. Psalm 31:24

1. REMEMBER YOU WERE RESCUED. The Bible describes the pre-salvation position as “having no hope and without God in the world” (Ephesians 2:12). But the emptiness of a fallen world has forever changed because of Jesus. He left the splendor of heaven and came on a rescue mission for us. He died to forgive our sins and heal our diseases (1 Peter 2:24).

2. KNOW GOD’S WORD. Biblical hope is based on the integrity of God’s faithfulness – His character, performance, and nature – and differs greatly from the baseless optimism that the world calls hope. Hope in God springs from knowing His well-documented track record in the Scriptures (Romans 15:4). The faithful God in the Bible is the same God who will help you in your situation.

Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13

3. CARRY HOPE TO THE WORLD. God wants to use us to offset the incredible negativity and pessimism in the world. Hope is something that gets in our vocabulary when everybody else is complaining, that rises up even when circumstances go the opposite way, and that adjusts our thinking to remember God’s faithfulness. You can be confident that God will cause all things to work together for good and as you stay steady in hope, you will see the goodness of God in this life (Romans 8:28; Psalm 27:13-14).

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

DAILY CONFESSION:
I take courage and hope in the Lord. I fix my hope on the living God, who is the savior of all. I hope because Jesus took my sins on the cross and by His wounds I am healed. He strengthens my heart, and I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living (1 Timothy 4:10; 1 Peter 2:24; Psalm 31:24; Psalm 27:13-14).

te·na·cious, adj.
Characterized by extreme persistence; relentless or enduring. Holding fast; characterized by keeping a firm hold.

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Three Steps to Renew Your Hope

Friday, February 8th, 2019

“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

1. TRUST GOD’S PROMISES. The prophet Jeremiah wrote these words almost 500 years before Jesus came to earth; yet we still have a right to this promise of hope. The same God who declared a future and a hope to an exiled people is our God today. He never changes (Hebrews 13:8). And because Jesus died for the sins of all humanity, we have a new covenant “inaugurated under better promises” (Hebrews 8:6). How much more are we now called to hope.

2. COMMIT TO GOD’S PRIORITIES. It is our responsibility to keep our hopes alive. Start your day with devotion to Jesus. Just as we follow through on commitments even when we don’t feel like it – going to work, taking care of our kids, etc. – we must set Jesus as a priority day in and day out. Read a Proverb a day, find a good devotional, read some Psalms, read a chapter of the New Testament. When we continually remind ourselves what God’s Word says, then we become equipped, encouraged, and established in truth (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:12-13).

Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13

3. RELY ON GOD’S PERSPECTIVE. Hope and faith do not deny reality. They are the product of trust in God’s faithfulness. Faith-filled believers understand that more is going on than what they can see. As Christians, we are called to have faith and hope that God is creating a masterpiece, even if we can’t yet see how it all ties together. So keep praying, keep loving others, don’t cave into negative bias, stay in the Word – and watch God use you as a voice of hope in the world.

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

PRAY THIS PRAYER:
I love You, Jesus. Today I renew my devotion to You. You are Lord and I give You first place in my life. Help me to be ready to give an account for the hope that is in me to anyone who asks. And help me to do it with gentleness and respect (1 Peter 3:15). Amen!

prom·ise, noun
A declaration that one will do or refrain from doing something specified. Reason to expect something. To pledge to do, bring about, or provide (verb).

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Breakthrough in Hope

Friday, January 25th, 2019

Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13

1. KNOW YOUR HOPE. Our beliefs fuel our destiny. Sometimes discouragement can settle in when we feel that life isn’t what it’s supposed to be. But when you shift your focus to Jesus and what He has done, you can get back to biblical hope. We fix our hope on the living God.

2. GROW IN HOPE. The one-two punch for building our hope is praying and spending time in the Word. It’s how we get refueled with confidence and courage to keep on moving forward with Jesus.

But in your hearts set Christ apart [as holy — acknowledging Him, giving Him first place in your lives] as Lord. Always be ready to give a [logical] defense to anyone who asks you to account for the hope and confident assurance [elicited by faith] that is within you, yet [do it] with gentleness and respect. 1 Peter 3:15 AMP

3. SHOW YOUR HOPE. There are not enough voices speaking encouragement and hope in the world. But God has called us to be carriers of hope and to “consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds” (Hebrews 10:24). We keep Jesus first in our hearts so that when we are asked why we have hope, we are ready to answer.

4. GO IN HOPE. Abraham believed God’s promise that he would become the father of many nations, even though he and his wife were way past child-bearing years. Yet he continued in hope, trusting God to fulfill His promise (Romans 4:17-19). We too can have a confident expectation of impending good, knowing that God’s Word is true and what was meant for harm, He will turn around for good (Genesis 50:20).

Press on!
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. I pray that the eyes of my heart may be enlightened so that I will know what is the HOPE of God’s calling (Romans 15:13, Ephesians 1:18).

Hope, verb
Biblical Greek word for hope: elpis
To anticipate, usually with pleasure; expectation or confidence.

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Abounding in Hope

Friday, January 18th, 2019

Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13

1. REDEMPTIVE HOPE. When something we are hoping for is delayed, our hearts can get discouraged (Proverbs 13:12). But even then, “the Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit” (Psalm 34:18). We base our hope not on the shifting sands of man but on the eternal Word of God. And we know that what He promises, He will do.

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

2. BIBLICAL HOPE. “Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs it down, but a good word makes it glad” (Proverbs 12:25). Jesus cares about the smallest detail in our lives. There is help for us when our hearts grow cold and our vision for the future becomes blurred. If you’re running low on hope, go to God’s Word to equip, encourage, anchor, and gladden your soul.

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. RENEWED HOPE. God wants our hearts to reconnect with expectation. Those of us who have been stuck in depression or have given into our flesh realize how great it is to be forgiven. The Bible is filled with examples of imperfect people and challenging circumstances, and God helped them and renewed their hope. Open your heart to God today and let His eternal hope fill you with anticipation for what He has ahead!

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

DAILY CONFESSION:
This is a year of breakthrough for me. I hope in the Lord, and my heart is strengthened and takes courage. When I pray, I obtain. I walk by the Spirit and do not carry out the desires of the flesh. I grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus and I am filled with the knowledge of God’s will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding (Psalm 31:24; Mark 11:24; Galatians 5:16; 2 Peter 3:18; Colossians 1:9).

a·bound, verb
To exist or occur in abundance; be plentiful. To be plentifully supplied (with); teem (with).

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Hope for the New Year

Friday, January 11th, 2019

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. ANCHORING TRUTH. Hearing the Word produces the ability to face the future with hope. What does the Bible say? Its anchoring thoughts are why we keep going back to the amazing stories of the Old and New Testaments. It builds in us an unshakeable confidence in God so that we can face off with the world’s challenges.

We who have taken refuge would have strong encouragement to take hold of the hope set before us. This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast. Hebrews 6:18b-19a

2. ENVIRONMENT OF HOPE. The Bible tells us to “consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds” (Hebrews 10:24). Look for ways to help people get out of the harsh dilemma of hopelessness – not by being flattering or offering hollow optimism, but by being encouraging according to the anchoring truth of God’s Word and making Jesus known.

Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13

3. STRONG IN FAITH. If faith is the substance of things hoped for, then we should maintain biblical hope. Hope is an expectation of some good, and hearing the Word produces the ability to face the future with hope and faith. So take time this month to draw near to God and get your hope strengthened. 2019 is going to shine!

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

DAILY CONFESSION (Lamentations 3:21-24):
This I recall to my mind, therefore I have hope. The Lord’s lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “Therefore I have hope in Him.”

hope, verb
To expect with confidence: trust. To desire with expectation of obtainment or fulfillment.

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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).

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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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