Posts Tagged ‘Perseverance’

An Attitude of Gratitude

Friday, November 27th, 2015

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

The reason. Because God is worthy of praise, we can daily acknowledge that something wonderful has been done in our lives! We have not one, but 365 days of thanksgiving.

Habit of thankfulness. The flesh is inclined to look at whatever is negative. Discipline yourself to look at what is praiseworthy. When you feel like complaining, thank God for whatever you can possibly thank Him for. As contagious as murmuring is, a thankful and grateful heart is also contagious!

Attitude adjustment. Paul, while in the middle of a terrible situation in prison, wrote the letter to the Philippians, where eight times he said to rejoice. “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!” (Philippians 4:4). God has called each of us to have an attitude of perseverance, of expectation—an attitude that crucifies selfishness. As you submit your heart, God will reveal areas where you need an attitude adjustment.

No Fear. God’s peace surpasses anything you can find in the world. We conquer our worries and cares by casting them on the Lord. When you encounter overwhelming circumstances, instead of losing heart, take it to God and pray (Luke 18:1).

Keep pressing on. While the world is anxiously looking for answers, you carry the truth. Now is not the time to waver. It’s time to be intent on one purpose, with hearts and minds in one accord with the Master’s work.

Sing praises to God. It’s good to be alive today. If you are feeling bottomed out, depressed, or anxious, God wants to restore joy to you. He wants to get you out of breakdown into a place of breakthrough. Take some time to sing praises to God. Even if you feel like you can barely open your lips, tell God how much you love Him. Remind yourself how great He is.

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

thank·ful, adj.
Conscious of benefit received. Expressive of thanks. Well pleased.

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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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The Life of a Soldier

Monday, November 11th, 2013

For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 2 Corinthians 10:3-4 NIV

Courage. We are fighting a spiritual battle and God has called us to be good soldiers (1 Timothy 2:2). Life is not for sissies, but we don’t have to be nervous or freaked out. God wants to give us strength and grace for every circumstance we face.

Authority. God has given us the authority to pray in the name of Jesus and change circumstances. We don’t ignore the issues and instability of the world, but instead we focus on how stable and powerful God is. When you see something provoking on the news or in your own life, you can pray for God’s will and for resolve in every situation.

Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. Do everything in love. 1 Corinthians 16:13-14 NIV

Perseverance. A good soldier realizes that there will be troubles along the way but is not deterred by them, knowing there is advancement on the other side. It’s a daily fight of faith. Every day believe God for what you need—to live out your days, to experience healing in your body, to see your family come to Christ, to get breakthrough at work, to get strategy concerning your finances and your time. God will give you wisdom minute by minute.

Daily Confession: I am strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. God has not given me a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind. I put on the full armor of God, so I am able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. I take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. Having done all to stand, I stand firm. 2 Corinthians 10:3-5; 2 Timothy 1:7; Ephesians 6:10-17

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

per•se•ver•ance (noun) The quality that allows someone to continue trying to do something even though it is difficult; continued effort to do or achieve something despite difficulties, failure, or opposition. Merriam Webster Dictionary

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First Love

Monday, October 28th, 2013

“First” – pro’-tos (Greek): The reason you went after it in the first place.

I know your deeds and your toil . . . and you have perseverance and have endured for My name’s sake, and have not grown weary. But I have this against you, that you have left your first love. Therefore remember from where you have fallen, and repent and do the deeds you did at first. . . Revelation 2:2-5a

1. Remember. This verse is a snapshot of how God reignited the church of Ephesus when they had grown cold in their first love. The Lord commends them for their endurance and hard work, but something else had happened—there had been a priority shift and self-reliance had set in. God is urging them to get back to the basics and remember the beginnings of their faith.

2. Repent. Repentance is a moment of commitment and change that prompts us toward healing, breakthrough, and progress. With the Ephesian church, the strategy of the devil was to dampen their fire and reduce their effectiveness. If you’ve let worries, cares, or dead works choke your love and devotion to God, simply repent. God wants to help you rekindle the fire in your heart.

For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. Galatians 6:8

3. Do. Sow to the spirit by developing your spiritual life—pray in the Spirit, spend time in God’s Word, and worship Him. Get up tomorrow morning and choose to put Jesus first. Spend time talking to Him. When we remember it’s all about Jesus, and we repent for letting other distractions hinder that first love, God will help us restore our connection with Him so we can stay effective and on fire our entire lives!

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

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Called to Change the World

Monday, January 30th, 2012

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

This verse underscores the reason we read the Bible and give our lives to its truth. The Apostle Paul talks about how “all Scripture is inspired by God and profitable,” and when we look at the Scriptures, we see account after account of God’s faithfulness throughout the generations (2 Timothy 3:16).

And what more shall I say? For time will fail me if I tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets, who by faith conquered kingdoms, performed acts of righteousness, obtained promises, shut the mouths of lions, quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, from weakness were made strong, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight. Hebrews 11:32-34

When we look in the rear view mirror of history and see the patterns that were set in the Scriptures, we can take away something personal: Instead of letting the battles of life reduce us to a state of survival and maintenance, we find that we too are called to rule and reign and to carry the Gospel of Jesus around the world.

We are to be people filled with hope. Don’t conform to the bitterness and misery of the culture around you. Instead, get in the Word and find out who you are and what you have been called to in Jesus. You are a child of God and He is not weak toward you but mighty in you (2 Corinthians 13:3)! You are fearfully and wonderfully made in the image of God (Psalm 139:14; Genesis 1:27-28). You are called to change the world, to be fruitful and multiply, to meet and influence people, and to pray big prayers of faith. You can go into workplaces, schools, economies, cities and nations and make a difference by the power of the Holy Spirit (Zechariah 4:6).

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


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Hope, Encouragement & Perseverance

Monday, January 16th, 2012

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

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

The historical accounts we read in the Bible reveal a pattern of how God consistently helps people. When we run into alarming situations, we can turn to the Scriptures to see examples of God’s faithfulness through the ages.

Take Daniel for example. Getting thrown into a lions’ den qualifies as a really bad day. When that happened he had no natural hope against the hungry lions. We’ve all had times like that, when circumstances betray us and there is no help in human terms.

Then the king arose at dawn, at the break of day, and went in haste to the lions’ den. When he had come near the den to Daniel, he cried out with a troubled voice…“Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you constantly serve, been able to deliver you from the lions?” Then Daniel spoke to the king, “O king, live forever! My God sent His angel and shut the lions’ mouths and they have not harmed me.” Daniel 6:19-21a

At the break of day we see that God had rescued Daniel from the situation that was designed to take him out. Daniel’s God is your God. Whatever battle you are in (even if it’s a protracted one)—your “break of day” is coming! Continue to stand. Follow Daniel’s example (Daniel 6:10) and consistently press into the promises of God. Pray and seek God. Spend time in praise and worship, even when the circumstances are pressuring you to do the opposite.

There is no pit so deep that God can’t pull you out (Psalm 103:2-4; 139:8). Even when the odds are overwhelming and the situation looks hopeless, God is right there with you, working things out for good (Romans 8:28).The God of hope will give you perseverance and encouragement—so face your battles with confidence, knowing that God will deliver you.

More than a conqueror in 2012,
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

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Moving Forward in God’s Power

Monday, January 31st, 2011

Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:13-14

Press on. An effective driver glances at the rearview mirror but spends most of the time looking through the windshield. Think of your life in the same way: look ahead at what God has in store for you, but only glance at your past. This doesn’t mean you bury your head in the sand. It just means you look at life through the eyes of grace. It’s good to remember what God has delivered you from—He’s covered your old sins (Romans 4:6-8; Psalm 32:1). But in Christ you are a new person (1 Corinthians 5:17) and you’re free to fix your eyes on what He has for you.

Life matters. Though this life is brief, it counts. Paul did not wince at the full-spectrum nature of life— trials, bewilderment, and all. He learned the secret of being full and of going hungry (Philippians 4:12), and he thrived on challenge. But he didn’t do it in his own power. Paul wrote, “I can do all things through Him [Jesus] who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13).

For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 1 Corinthians 1:18

God’s Word is power. We aren’t sissies who shrink back in fear, but neither are we superheroes trying to do things in our own power. God’s power is available to us, and He has packed specific gifts, resources, and usefulness into each cell of our being. I pray we get so tuned into Jesus and so filled up with His Word that, instead of buzz words or religious affectation, God’s life flows out of us and people can tell we’ve been with Him.

God’s at work in you. Endeavor to live worthy of the calling, investing all your life and energy into Jesus. If you feel like you are a crummy Christian, know that God is at work in you. He is looking for people whose hearts are open to Him (2 Chronicles 16:9). If you give God a thimble full of devotion, He’ll expand it as big as heaven. Give Him a mustard seed of faith, and He’ll respond (Matthew 17:20).

God is faithful!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

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This Present Result

Monday, May 17th, 2010

God is faithful. Whatever you are going through, Jesus is right there wanting to sustain you and give you direction and breakthrough. He’s in the details. He gave His life to restore your access to God. You can trust Him!

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they will not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, nor will the flame burn you. Isaiah 43:2

What the devil or others have meant for harm in your life, God turns around for good—even for the furtherance of the gospel!

Now I (Paul the Apostle) want you to know, brethren, that my circumstances have turned out for the greater progress of the gospel. Philippians 1:12

And as for you [Joseph’s obnoxious brothers], you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive. Genesis 50:20

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 8:28

Don’t back down for a minute. We’re not in heaven yet. Keep pressing on, knowing that even though life has challenges, the present result is that we are saved from eternal death, and as we keep relying on the faithfulness of God, we will see
situations turn around!

But if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it. Romans 8:25

For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us. Romans 8:18

God has a way of redeeming everything! Shake off the “what-ifs” and the “could’ve beens” and lift your eyes to Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:2).

It’s so good to know Jesus!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

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Face the Obstacles

Monday, March 1st, 2010

For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. Romans 8:2

There is a law of sin and death, but there is a higher and overriding law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus. The superseding law of what God will do in our lives is as real as the “law of lift” that Orville and Wilbur Wright discovered when they first flew an airplane. And this life in Christ Jesus will enable us to face and override anything the devil throws our way.

When we face obstacles with the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus backing us up, we know that as we hit rough headwinds God will make us “ride on the high places of the earth” (Deuteronomy 32:13). Trust God in every situation and stay engaged in the fight. Pray a little bit, get in the Word, and pray a little more to get your mind renewed. You can address your obstacles with the confidence that God who has begun a good work in you will complete it! (Philippians 1:6).

Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God. 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, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us. Romans 5:1-5

God is at work in you causing advancement and change in your life. So when you encounter tough circumstances, remember that “the new spiritual principle of life in Christ lifts [you] out of the old vicious circle of sin and death” (Romans 8:2 Phillips). Whenever the wind starts to blow, turn and face it with the confidence that you have the victory and are called by God to carry this good news to the world!

Press on!
Pastor Jeff

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