Posts Tagged ‘peace’

Three Ways Praise Brings Peace

Friday, May 31st, 2019

I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. I sought the Lord, and He answered me, and delivered me from all my fears. Psalm 34:1, 4

1. PRAISE SETS OUR MINDS ON GOD. Your thought life doesn’t have to be worn down by a bunch of fear. God said that He would keep us in perfect peace when our minds are set on Him (Isaiah 26:3). Lifting our voices in praise to God prevents introspective self-loathing. He has designed praise and worship as powerful tools to help us obtain breakthrough and freedom.

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7

2. PRAISE GETS US OUT OF APATHY. Apathy is a hindrance. We have to offset the voice that says there is no help for us with the voice that proclaims how faithful God is. Be deliberate and choose to enter His gates with thanksgiving and praise, which are the opposite of ingratitude and backing off.

3. PRAISE CROWDS OUT FEAR. Fear is an enemy. Fear will try to seize you, disrupt your creativity, and make you so worried that you don’t walk through the door of what God has designed for you. But God has not given you a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV). As you draw close to God through praise and worship and meditate on His faithfulness, you will begin to understand God’s perfect love—and fear will have no room to stay.

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

DAILY CONFESSION:
I will enter God’s gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise. I give thanks to Him and bless His name. For the Lord is good; His lovingkindness is everlasting and His faithfulness to all generations (Psalm 100:4-5).

Peace, noun
Freedom from disquieting or oppressive thoughts or emotions. Harmony in personal relations. A pact or agreement to end hostilities between those who have been at war or in a state of enmity.

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Seven Promises of God’s Provision

Friday, December 28th, 2018

1. CONSTANT JOY. “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice” (Philippians 4:4). God told us that the joy of the Lord is our strength, and it comes from a place so deep that it’s not contingent on what’s going on around us.

2. ABSOLUTE FREEDOM FROM CARE. “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God” (Philippians 4:6). Our creative brains can whip up a lot of variables and “what ifs” that cause anxiety to build up. Prayer is the opposite of worry – it’s talking to God about matters of life and existence and knowing that God hears and answers you!

3. ABSOLUTE PEACE. “And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:7). Jesus is called the Prince of Peace, and He will guard your life as you connect to Him.

4. EVER PRESENT FRIEND. “The God of peace will be with you” (Philippians 4:9b). Jesus said I will never leave you or forsake you. He’s with you!

5. NEVER FAILING CONTENTMENT. “Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity” (Philippians 4:11-12b). God’s grace is available to help us flow through the daily challenges of life and also stay steady through times of great abundance and breakthrough.

6. ALL PREVAILING STRENGTH. “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13). God is the strength of your life. You can be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. God is strengthening you by might and power in the inner man.

7. INEXHAUSTIBLE SUPPLY. “And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19). God has an unending amount of strength, love, faithfulness, and grace. Whatever need you have, He can meet it.

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

DAILY CONFESSION BASED ON PHILIPPIANS 4:4-7:
I rejoice in the Lord always. I am anxious for nothing but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving I let my requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard my heart and mind in Christ Jesus.

in·ex·haust·ible, adj.
Incapable of being used up. Incapable of being wearied or worn out.

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Restoring the Soul

Friday, September 16th, 2016

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters. He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Psalm 23:1-3

REST. Rest is not a luxury; it’s a requirement. When we approach life from a position of rest, we will make better decisions and won’t be as susceptible to sin. That’s why we must take time to quiet ourselves before the Lord, to let His peace come in and replace the commotion.

The law of the Lord is perfect, restoring the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. Psalm 19:7

RESET. Every day you can push the reset button and let the crystal clear truth of God’s Word bring restoration. God’s Word can take an unbalanced life and bring stability. It can give peace to a troubled heart and wisdom to a seeking mind. It will restore your soul.

Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers. 3 John 1:2

PROVISION. God cares about all your needs and He will supply for you daily. When you recognize and understand God’s amazing provision, you can become an imitator of Him because He designed us to become distributors and providers for others!

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

DAILY CONFESSION
I trust in the Lord and do good. I dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness (Psalm 37:3). I shall not lack. God supplies all of my needs, and I am able to be a provider and giver to others!

re·store, verb
Hebrew: Shuwb
To turn back, recall, recompense, recover, refresh, relieve, rescue, retrieve, (cause to, make to) return.

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. Strong, James. Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 2007. Print.

How to Live in Harmony

Friday, August 19th, 2016

Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love, being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. Ephesians 4:1-3

1. RUN FROM STRIFE. “The beginning of strife is like letting out water, so abandon the quarrel before it breaks out” (Proverbs 17:14). God has designed us for unity and harmony, but as you go through life, opportunities for strife will come up (Matthew 18:7). Strife is seductive in the moment, but yielding to it will hinder your effectiveness and progress. As much as it depends on you, pursue peace (Romans 12:18).

2. LISTEN TO THE HOLY SPIRIT. We can’t change someone else’s attitude, but we can change ours and how we contribute to the situation. If you leave room for the Holy Spirit, He will deal with things. Take time to meditate on who you are because of Jesus, on how much Jesus loves you and gave His life for you, and then let the voice of the Holy Spirit silence the clanging voice of strife.

3. BE RESULTS-ORIENTED. Harmony leads to action. Throughout the book of Acts, the Early Church gathered together in unity before experiencing great acts of fruitfulness. God wants you to be fruitful too (John 15:1-3), and when you reject strife in your life you will walk in a greater lever of effectiveness!

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

DAILY CONFESSION
I walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which I have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for others in love. I am diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace (Ephesians 4:1-3).

har·mo·ny, noun
An orderly or pleasing combination of elements in a whole. A relationship in which various components exist together without destroying one another. A relationship characterized by a lack of conflict or by agreement, as of opinion or interest

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. “Harmony.” The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition copyright © 2016 by Houghton.

Watch Over Your Heart

Friday, August 12th, 2016

Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life. Proverbs 4:23

1. FROM BITTERNESS TO FORGIVENESS. Protect and guard your heart from the poison of resentment and fear. They are vision suppressors and growth inhibitors. Keep forgiving. Your heart needs to stay fresh and clear because there is plenty more God has planned for you to accomplish.

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful. Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you. Colossians 3:15-16a

2. FROM DISCONTENT TO PEACE. People are chronically plagued by “contentment deficit disorder,” which chokes the fruitfulness of God’s Word. Instead of being allured by the desire for other things, ask yourself what really matters most. As you keep sowing the Word into your spirit and letting it dwell richly in you, it will help you walk in God’s peace and contentment.

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. And those are the ones on whom seed was sown on the good soil; and they hear the word and accept it and bear fruit, thirty, sixty, and a hundredfold. Mark 4:18-20

3. FROM WORRY TO FAITH. Worry is the enemy of your success. But God’s Word carries the authority and power to change things. So speak God’s Word. Look at your bills and say, “My God shall supply all my needs.” Stay informed with current events, but don’t let it spin into worry. Instead, speak the Word over the social ills you see, and believe God for His peace to come into our city, our country, and the nations of the world.

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

DAILY CONFESSION based on Ephesians 6:10-17
I am strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. I put on the full armor of God so that I will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. I put on the belt of truth and integrity and the breastplate of an upright heart. I prepare by strapping on my feet the Gospel of peace. I put up the shield of faith to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. I take the helmet of salvation and use the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God.

con·tent·ment, noun
Freedom from worry or restlessness: peaceful satisfaction.

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Overcoming Fear

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

He [Jesus] said to them, “Let us go over to the other side.” And there arose a fierce gale of wind, and the waves were breaking over the boat so much that the boat was already filling up. Jesus Himself was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?” And He got up and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Hush, be still.” And the wind died down and it became perfectly calm. Mark 4:35, 37-39

1. GO TO THE OTHER SIDE. God’s love will produce tremendous security even in the middle of a storm. He wants to set you free from fear so that you can both command the storm to be calm and trust Him enough to even be at peace in the midst of it. When Jesus is in the center of your situation, you will get to the other side!

2. GET FILLED WITH GOD’S WORD. God’s Word on any given subject will produce faith and bring a tremendous change to your perspective. If you’re worried about finances, study what God’s Word says about meeting your needs. If you are wondering about your future, find scriptures about God’s plan for your life. Whatever you are dealing with, write it down, answer it with the Word of God, and move forward!

3. FREE OTHERS. When Jesus got to the other side, He immediately encountered a demon-possessed man who desperately needed help. Jesus freed him and “the man who had been demon-possessed [was] sitting down, clothed and in his right mind” (Mark 5:1-15). When you overcome fear in your own life, you will be able to boldly preach the Gospel to the afflicted and set captives free (Luke 4:18).

DAILY CONFESSION
God has not given me a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a well-balanced mind. (2 Timothy 1:7) I sought the Lord, and He answered me, and delivered me from all my fears. (Psalm 34:4) God’s perfect love casts out all fear. (1 John 4:18) I have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again but I have received a spirit of adoption. (Romans 8:15)

o·ver·come, verb
To deal with successfully; prevail over. To surmount opposition; be victorious.

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

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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.

Free From Dread

Sunday, May 11th, 2014

For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!” Romans 8:15

Reject Fear. You don’t have to be a slave to fear. Perfect love drives out fear and brings it to a complete halt (1 John 4:18). When you become a child of God, all that God has is yours. Lean on the Holy Spirit, stand on the promises of God’s Word, and hold fast to those truths.

Speak Faith. God will never desert us or forsake us in any situation. Declare this boldly over your life: “The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid. What will man do to me?” (Hebrews 13:5b-6). Speak God’s Word over your kids, over difficult circumstances, over alarming symptoms in your body—whatever challenges you are facing right now.

The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the defense of my life; whom shall I dread? Though a host encamp against me, my heart will not fear; though war arise against me, in spite of this I shall be confident. Psalm 27:1, 3

Walk in Peace. The result of our salvation is peace. Take hold of this freedom offered by what Jesus did on the Cross, and step from darkness into God’s marvelous light; out of timidity into boldness; out of the pride of self-reliance into confidence in God. We are called to advance the Kingdom of God, finance His purposes, pray big prayers, and step up to serve in unique and creative ways.

Daily Confession
God, I trust You because You are trustworthy. And because You have not given me a spirit of fear leading to slavery again, I am not required to go down the track of fear. I will forget those things that lie behind and reach forward to what lies ahead! I come against fear and alarm and I press forward to the goal of the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Thank You that the chains of dread are broken. Thank You that the bondage has lifted and the oppression must dissipate now in the name of Jesus.

dread noun
Fear of something bad that might happen or that is going to happen. To be continuously afraid of someone or something.

God bless you!
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. Footnote: “Dread” www.macmillandictionary.com. Wed. 07 May 2014.

Joy.

Sunday, April 20th, 2014

Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love. These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full. John 15:9, 11

1. Joy recognized. Jesus offers eternal life defined by joy instead of pain and disappointment. When you know the love of God, you know joy—not a superficial emotion, but deep gladness.

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

2. Joy restored. If your joy in life has grown cold, it can be restored. The answer to any challenge or blasé feeling is found in seeking God and reading His Word. Meditate on God’s great love for you, on His promises for your life found in the Bible. God is so great and wonderful. He can take a whisper of a prayer from your heart and stretch it as big as the universe.

3. Joy received. If you’ve never asked Jesus to be your Lord and Savior, pray this simple prayer: “Dear God, in my heart I know the truth about Jesus. I know He is Your Son and that He died for me and rose from the dead. Forgive me for all my sins. I receive Jesus into my life right now. Instill in me a fresh sense of vision and purpose. I ask for Your joy to strengthen me and Your peace to sustain me. I pray Your plan comes to pass in my life, in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

Joy.
Greek: chara
Cheerfulness, calm delight, gladness
–Strong’s Greek Dictionary of the New Testament

Happy Easter!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

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Jesus: A Sure Foundation

Monday, March 17th, 2014

“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30

Strength. Jesus didn’t come to complicate things – He came to set people free and remove their heavy burdens. He wants to be the strength of your life. If you’ve been fatigued and you have grown weary, He wants you to get rest and power from Him.

Solidity. Peter underscores a profound reality about God: In the face of the constant bombardment that hits each one of us, we can cast ALL our cares on Him. Jesus is the solid rock, and He cannot be shaken.

Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully. 1 Peter 5:7 AMP

Security. What are you dealing with right now? Jesus is more than enough to see you through every issue, every dilemma, every challenge. Cast your burdens on the Lord. Ask for wisdom and God will guide you, and the blessing of God will come in and crowd out oppression and bring you into a place of peace.

Pray this prayer:
God, You are my portion and I hope in You. I thank You, Lord, that Your lovingkindness
never stops. Your mercies are new every morning (Lamentations 3:22-24). You, Lord, are a stronghold in the day of trouble and You know those who take refuge in You (Nahum 1:7). When I cry to You, God, You answer me. I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people—You, O Lord, are a shield for me, my glory, and the one who lifts my head (Psalm 3). I trust You, Jesus!

foun•da•tion, noun
The basis or groundwork, or anything; that on which any thing stands, and by which it is supported. -Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary

Press on,
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. Scripture quotations marked “The Amplified Bible” or “The Amplified New Testament” are taken from The Amplified Bible, Old Testament copyright © 1965, 1987 by the Zondervan Corporation and The Amplified New Testament copyright © 1958, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission. All rights reserved. “foundation.” webstersdictionary1828.com. Web. 12 March. 2014.