Posts Tagged ‘New Year’

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.

Advancing Into the New Year

Monday, December 30th, 2013

For it is God Himself whose power creates within you the desire to do His gracious will and also brings about the accomplishment of the desire. Philippians 2:13 WNT

Power. God wants to give you both the desire and the power to accomplish all that you need to do in 2014.

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV

Love. Love is the atmosphere that will make the success of our lives happen. We’re at our best when we’re carrying tidings of comfort and joy.

Sound Mind. Stir yourself up by way of reminder (2 Peter 3:1). Take some time to study the Scriptures. They will show you who you are in Christ. As you realize that God is with you and the Holy Spirit dwells in you (1 Corinthians 6:19), insecurity gets overturned. You’ll get free from fear and go forward gladly and unafraid into the New Year.

Daily Confession:
“Jesus lives big on the inside of me. God has not given me a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind. I carry the presence of God everywhere I go. It is not I who live but Christ in me (Galatians 2:20). I go forward boldly into all God has for me this year. I will not back down or let anything keep me from the plans and purposes of God.”

Happy New Year!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

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Moving Forward in 2012: The Year of Stability

Monday, January 2nd, 2012

Now as they were traveling along, He entered a village; and a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home. She had a sister called Mary, who was seated at the Lord’s feet, listening to His word. But Martha was distracted with all her preparations; and she came up to Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to do all the serving alone? Then tell her to help me.”

But the Lord answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:38-42

God is calling you to carry joy to a fallen world, but the devil wants you to become so preoccupied with the issues in your own life that you stay in the constant cycle of maintaining and trying to overcome discouragement and distraction instead of being what God has called you to be.

Sing to the Lord a new song, sing His praise from the end of the earth! Isaiah 42:10a

Choose the good part like Mary did: “sitting at the Lord’s feet, listening to His word.” Don’t wait for the worship team or for an inspirational moment. Thank God in the morning, thank God in the noontime, thank God in the night. Enter into His gates with thanksgiving every day (Psalm 100:4).

You are still here. Whatever highs and lows you’ve had in 2011, you didn’t get alienated and cynical, you didn’t cave in to self pity, you didn’t throw in the towel, you didn’t let the devil run you off, and you didn’t negotiate with him when he was terrorizing you. Even if you feel meager and feeble in your faith, at any time, day or night, you can cry out to the Lord and He will respond. Don’t fear the future. If God has called you to a task, you will have grace and blessing equal to the task. As you take time to seek God and listen to His word, He will show you what to do.

Forward ever; backward, never!
–C.T. Studd, Missionary to China, India, and Africa

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

Copyright © 2012 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.

New Beginnings

Monday, January 11th, 2010

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis 1:1

The Genesis revelation—that the creation of this world was not a random accident, but was initiated by the eternal God—reveals an origin of value, purpose, hope, and endless possibilities. God made us in His image and He has designed Kingdom purposes for each one of us.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. John 1:1-4

The God of the beginning is consistent, permanent, and the same all through the ages. Things change and people change, but God never changes! His Word is immutable; He is eternal, the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8).

When you’re serving Jesus, life is worth living and days are worth planning. Now’s a good time to write down some details of what you want to see in your business, relationships, and finances. Strategize and aim high. Look into the Bible to see just exactly what God’s attitude is about any given subject. Get strengthened and stand firm. As time marches on, dwelling on God’s permanency will help you to be faithful in and out of season.

God Is Faithful!
Pastor Jeff

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Happy New Year!

Monday, January 4th, 2010

Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary. Galatians 6:9

I’m dedicating the month of January to prayer and fasting as we seek God about the next steps for the church and our personal lives. God has some significant things up ahead. Let’s increase our Word intake and sensitize ourselves to the Holy Spirit so we’ll be ready to walk out His plan in 2010.

Here are the five points we are continuing to pray. They make a great New Year’s resolution list!

1. Pray for the removal of obstacles.
2. Pray for the increase of love.
3. Pray for personal growth.
4. Pray for the 100% will of God.
5. Pray with the end in mind.

Don’t let the devil steal your joy this New Year. If you’ve let your love toward God grow cold, meditate on God’s great love for you, on His promises for your life found in the Word. “Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things” (Philippians 4:8).

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.

The Best Is Ahead.

Monday, December 29th, 2008

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

God has called us out of darkness into His marvelous light (1 Peter 2:9). Psalm 119 tells us that the entrance of God’s Word brings light (119:130a). So, to get where God wants us to be, it’s important to pull out the owner’s manual, the Bible, and read the instructions.

We must keep ourselves filled with the Word of God and keep our spirits sensitive to the Holy Spirit by daily surrendering our lives to God’s plan. This requires us to deal with offenses and make constant adjustments to lay down things that don’t please God. Don’t get overwhelmed! Even small changes produce big results.

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

Don’t let your purpose be thwarted by bumps in the road. Clear off your spiritual windshield so that you can see things the way God does. You have a heavenly Father who delivers on a very profound level. He gave His Son. Meditate on that for a while. If God can cleanse you of sin and save you for all of eternity, He can certainly cover every other deal in your life.

The rubber-meets-the-road part of this letter is that I believe God wants to use you in the upcoming days to impact others. You aren’t just striving to be a “nice Christian”—the goal is to reflect who Jesus truly is so that your message to the world is clear. You might be the only Bible some people read. Make it your goal to please God and finish strong. Cast your worries on Him (1 Peter 5:7).

He can stabilize any situation. You are more than a conqueror through Jesus Christ (Romans 8:37). With man it may be impossible, but with God all things are possible (Mark 10:27). He is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that you can ask or think (Ephesians 3:20). So trust Him. Stop looking in the rearview mirror at past mistakes and step forward into the great big beautiful plans God has for you. The best is yet to come!

Happy New Year!

Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

Copyright © 2008 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.