Posts Tagged ‘move forward’

Three Steps to Strength & Hope

Friday, March 29th, 2019

“Do not fear, for I am with you; do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10

1. CONQUER FEAR. Real help comes from God. Whatever you’re facing, God will help you. He knew fear is something we humans would have to deal with, so He tells us repeatedly throughout Scripture, “Do not fear,” and He gives us reasons why we don’t have to be afraid. We can trust Him with our relationships, with our thought life, with decisions we have to make, and with our health.

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. BUILD FAITH. Faith is confident expectation that what God promised He will accomplish. We’re called not just to survive or constantly be in recovery mode. We are more than conquerors – so we can help people. That’s why we go to God’s Word to see how He fortified and strengthened others in the past: The apostle Paul was called to reach a pagan culture; Daniel in Babylon advised many kings through multiple regime changes; David killed a giant and became king of a nation; Esther stood up for her people against the schemes of one man; and Moses led an entire nation out of slavery.

And Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today. . . The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.” And the Lord said to Moses, “Why do you cry to Me? Tell the children of Israel to go forward.” Exodus 14:13-15

3. ACT ON WHAT YOU BELIEVE. Just like the great men and women of the Bible, we are called to stand up to the fears, challenges, and weights we encounter and to follow through and take action corresponding to our beliefs. There is more for us to do. There is more fruit for us to bear. Take seriously the responsibility to maintain momentum in your heart by shaking off fear, building your faith, and moving forward!

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

DAILY CONFESSION:
God gives strength to the weary and to those who are weak He increases power. I hope in the Lord and He renews my strength. I will soar on wings like eagles. I will run and not get tired. I will walk and not become weary (Isaiah 40:29-31).

up·hold, verb
To support or defend, as against opposition or criticism. To keep up or keep from sinking; support. To lift upward; raise. To maintain in good condition; take care of.

Copyright © 2019 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. “uphold.” Random House Unabridged Dictionary. Web. 26 Mar 2019 . Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

There’s More to the Story

Sunday, March 1st, 2015

After eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors having been shut, and stood in their midst and said, “Peace be with you.” Then He said to Thomas, “Reach here with your finger, and see My hands; and reach here your hand and put it into My side; and do not be unbelieving, but believing.” Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!” John 20:26-28

From doubting to believing. Don’t let a moment of doubt hold you back from the life of faith God has for you. Many people incorrectly label Thomas as “Doubting Thomas” because he refused to believe in Jesus’ resurrection without physical proof. But Jesus graciously showed up, addressed, and eradicated Thomas’s unbelief. It was a turning point when he saw Jesus and cried out in repentance and awe, proclaiming: “My Lord and My God.”

Therefore many other signs Jesus also performed in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these have been written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in His name. John 20:30-31

From denying to proclaiming. Wherever you are in your walk with God, Jesus wants to graciously help you move forward. Peter denied Jesus three times but was forgiven, and he went on to boldly proclaim Jesus. As a result, 3,000 people were saved in one day! So don’t quit. God has more for you up ahead.

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith. 2 Timothy 4:7

From breakdown to breakthrough. Don’t let yourself get stuck where you are – there’s more to your story. When your thinking gets adjusted by Jesus and by His Word, your heart will be strengthened and encouraged so that you can press forward with your head held high. Jesus is able to help you keep the faith and finish your course with joy!

Pray this Prayer:
God, You are so wonderful. I thank You for the stirring of the Holy Spirit in my heart. Help me to be ready this year for many opportunities to bring glory and honor to Jesus and help alleviate people’s suffering. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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.“Believe.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 02 Feb. 2015.

Pay Attention

Monday, October 7th, 2013

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

Guard your heart. When we enter the secret place with God, we obtain strength, direction, and refreshing (Psalm 91:1 NKJV). But the strategy of the devil is to provide weapons of mass distraction that pull us away from attention to God’s Word. That’s why we must stay attentive—to guard our hearts and to keep life’s distractions from choking out the fruitfulness of the Word.

But 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. Mark 4:19

Stay thankful. Take time to consider how rich, how amazing, and how wonderful redemption is. Unfortunately, on the way to the Promised Land, the Israelites let their discouragement lead them into trouble. They even complained about the heavenly food God provided for them, saying, “We loathe this miserable food” (Numbers 21:4-5). So savor all that Jesus has provided. A thankful heart will strengthen you and enable you to fend off discouragement.

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget none of His benefits. Psalm 103:2

Attend to the Word. Whatever distraction you’ve been dealing with, commit to refocusing your heart on the Word of God. If you ask Jesus to help you in your walk, He will help you. Take hold of the promises of God and continue to move forward—keeping your eyes on Jesus and staying activated for God’s purposes for your life.

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

Copyright © 2013 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.