Posts Tagged ‘overcome’

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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New Beginnings

Saturday, September 10th, 2016

Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. 2 Corinthians 5:17

GO FORWARD. Jesus came on the scene not to condemn or reinforce failure, but to become a sin substitute for us (2 Corinthians 5:21). Don’t let the past hold you back. If there is an area of self-inflicted misery in your life, repent and move on. When vision gets disrupted, when momentum gets crippled by challenges, it is God who is at work urging and helping us to put off the old person and keep putting on the new (Philippians 2:13; Ephesians 4:22-24).

RESET DAILY. Like the beginning of a new day, God’s mercies are new every morning (Lamentations 3:22-23). God designed sunrise and sunset as a reset to help us so that we don’t carry the baggage of yesterday or even the dread of tomorrow. God has grace for each day (Matthew 6:34).

OVERCOME, DON’T SUCCUMB. This Christian life of change and moving forward is not for the elite few—it is accessible to all who seek God (James 4:8). Instead of succumbing to all the worries of the world, spend more time in the presence of God where you’ll find rest and renewal (Psalm 91:1-2 NKJV; Matthew 11:28).

WALK IN EFFECTIVENESS. All your life experiences prepare you for credibility, for contact, for incredible impact. The purpose of change is not about personal comfort but about getting ready for increase. People who have been disinterested in the things of God are becoming interested. Now we need to be ready.

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

DAILY CONFESSION
God, thank You for Your mercies that are new every morning! Today I repent of any sin. As I draw near to You, You will draw near to me (James 4:8). I push the reset button and I start fresh! I love You, Jesus. Amen!

O God, You are my God; early will I seek You; my soul thirsts for You; Psalm 63:1a

New, adjective
Still fresh. Different from the former or the old. Changed for the better; rejuvenated.

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The Availability of God’s Abundance

Friday, May 13th, 2016

Elisha said to her, “What shall I do for you? Tell me, what do you have in the house?” And she said, “Your maidservant has nothing in the house except a jar of oil.” 2 Kings 4:2

1. GOD USES WHAT YOU HAVE. In the Bible, a woman approached the prophet Elisha for help because a creditor was coming to take her children. God asks that we bring what we have: our only jar of oil, our empty containers, and ourselves, and then watch the miracles God will do just with what we have.

Then he said, “Go, borrow vessels at large for yourself from all your neighbors, even empty vessels; do not get a few…and pour out into all these vessels, and you shall set aside what is full.” 2 Kings 4:3-4

2. GOD INCLUDES OTHERS. God wants to give you so much that it overflows to others. Elisha told the woman to get her neighbors’ jars and God filled them with enough oil to pay off all her debts with more left to live on! God wants to change things in your life so that you can overcome and have abundance.

And he [Elisha] said, “Go, sell the oil and pay your debt, and you and your sons can live on the rest.” 2 Kings 4:1-7b

3. GOD MAKES YOU A PRODUCER. When you look past lack, emptiness and hurts and you look to Jesus, He transforms you from a consumer into a producer. Be willing to pour out what you have and sow it in obedience to God’s prompting and God will multiply it. It’s time to get ready for what’s ahead!

Get ready to overflow!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

PRAY THIS PRAYER:
I thank You, God, that the surpassing greatness of power is from You and not from myself (2 Corinthians 4:6-7). Today I have more than enough—overflowing love, grace, and resources toward each person and circumstance I encounter. Thank You, Jesus, Amen.

A·bun·dance, noun
An extremely plentiful or oversufficient quantity or supply. Overflowing fullness.

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. “Abundance”. Dictionary.com Unabridged. Random House, Inc. 11 May. 2016. .

How to Fight a Good Fight

Friday, February 12th, 2016

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness. 2 Timothy 4:7-8a

1. BE FAITHFUL. Don’t underestimate the value of a life of faithfulness by only waiting around for an eventful day. King David as a young man was trustworthy with his daily responsibilities when his dad sent him to take food to his brothers and check up on how they were doing (1 Samuel 17:17-18, 20a). Delivering cheese, bread, and grain doesn’t seem like the beginning of a big destiny. But in the context of obedience, God used David to take down a giant and defeat an army.

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Ephesians 6:12

2. CHOOSE GOD’S WEAPONS. When it comes to the fight of faith, human methods don’t quite fit. When King Saul offered his armor to David before his battle with Goliath, David refused and instead chose five smooth stones to go with his slingshot (1 Samuel 17:38-40). As followers of Jesus, our greatest weapon is love and our five smooth stones come from the Word of God.

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you. . . Acts 1:8a

3. RELY ON THE HOLY SPIRIT. No matter what is looming before you, God is greater. The power of the Holy Spirit never changes, and He will help you overcome the battles that weigh you down. Don’t rely on your own power. Keep standing in faith and let God win the fight for you.

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

PRAY THIS PRAYER
I will fight the good fight, I will finish the course, I will keep the faith (2 Timothy 4:7-8a). I refuse to quit. Thank You, God, for the tenacity to stand my ground and believe that all You have promised will come to pass in my life, in my church, in my city, in my world. I will fulfill everything You have purposed for me—not by might, not by power, but by Your Spirit (Zechariah 4:6). In Jesus’ Name, amen.

faith·ful, adj.
Strict or thorough in the performance of duty. True to one’s word, promises, vows, etc. Steady in allegiance or affection; loyal; constant. Reliable, trusted, or believed. Full of faith; believing.

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How to Overcome

Saturday, December 5th, 2015

Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. Romans 12:21

1. Hang out with God. Jesus said He only did what He saw His Father doing (John 5:19). “Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children” (Ephesians 5:1). How can you imitate God unless you spend time with Him? This week, instead of constantly watching the news, take in some good news and commune with God. Turn off your radio and phone and then fellowship with Him.

2. Obey the Word of God. We are a forward presence of the kingdom of God. In obedience to the Word of God, the Early Church impacted the Roman culture; Daniel impacted Babylon; and Joseph, in a moment of famine and social distress, brought improvement and help to the Egyptian people. God is opening a door for us that no man can shut, and through our obedience the Word of God is going into all the world.

Then [they] sent a message to me, saying, “Come, let us meet together . . .” But they were planning to harm me. So I sent messengers to them, saying, “I am doing a great work and I cannot come down. Why should the work stop while I leave it and come down to you?” Nehemiah 6:2-3

3. Keep doing God’s work.
You are doing a great work. That’s why you can’t come down to indifference, to revenge, to being a hater, or to getting bored and overwhelmed. God has not given you a spirit of fear but a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7). When you feel blunted and fearful let the fire of God burn and overcome evil with good (Romans 12:21). Jesus is the answer to society’s problems. Jesus is the answer to your situation. He is available and He is an ever present help in time of need.

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

DAILY CONFESSION
I don’t fret (Psalm 37:8). I cast all my cares on God and receive His peace that passes understanding (Philippians 4:7). He is available to help (Psalm 46:1) and He cares about me affectionately (1 Peter 5:7). God’s praise is continually in my mouth (Psalm 34:1).

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. “Overcome.” The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition copyright ©2015 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Master of the Breakthrough

Saturday, July 18th, 2015

Not that I have already obtained it or have already become perfect, but I press on so that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:12

Overcoming Depression. If you feel burdened by worries and cares, God wants to lift the load and set you free. Depression can weigh you down and prevent you from expression and advancement. Thanks to the honesty of the Apostle Paul, we see a man who was weighed down both by conflicts without and fears within, but he looked to God and found his deliverance.

For we would not have you ignorant, brethren, concerning our affliction which befell us in Asia, that we were weighed down exceedingly, beyond our power, insomuch that we despaired even of life. 2 Corinthians 1:8

Comfort Others. Even when you’re in the middle of a personal battle, you can be used by God to alleviate the suffering of others. And, when you refresh others, you will actually get refreshed yourself (Proverbs 11:25).

For even when we came into Macedonia our flesh had no rest, but we were afflicted on every side: conflicts without, fears within. But God, who comforts the depressed, comforted us by the coming of Titus. 2 Corinthians 7:5-7

I Press On. Depression is designed to keep you from progressing. “I press on” is intentionally choosing to move forward. Don’t trust in yourself; instead, trust in God who raises the dead. Draw near to the Master of the breakthrough. Put your hope in Him—He has delivered you, is delivering you, and will yet deliver you (1 Corinthians 1:9-10).

Pray this Prayer:
God, Your Word says that You comfort the depressed. I thank You that You comfort me in my affliction so that I am able to comfort others with the same comfort in their afflictions (2 Corinthians 1:3-4). I thank You that You have given me abundant life (John 10:10). I put my hope in You. You are Master of the breakthrough and I thank You for deliverance! I praise You, Jesus! I love You! Amen.

The best is yet to come,
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. “depress.” Dictionary.com Unabridged. Random House, Inc. 14 Jul. 2015. Dictionary.com.