Posts Tagged ‘praise’

From Fear to Faith!

Friday, October 13th, 2017

Peace I [Jesus] leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful. John 14:27

Jesus told us not to let our hearts be troubled or fearful because He knew there would be opportunities to do so. The cure for despair is to take practical steps to move from fear to faith. When confronted with a challenge, we have a few options: (1) be apathetic; (2) freak out; or (3) get busy in faith.

1. REMEMBER. We can shift our eyes off our problems and onto a promise-keeping God by remembering what God has done for His people in the past. That God is our God, and He is faithful to a thousand generations. So start writing down and articulating the things God has done for you! Remind yourself often of how good God has been to you.

I shall remember the deeds of the Lord; surely I will remember Your wonders of old. I will meditate on all Your work and muse on Your deeds. Psalm 77:11-12

2. PRAISE. It’s okay to cry out to God and tell Him what you’re struggling with, but don’t stay stuck there—instead, transition into an attitude of faith and praise. Start praising God out loud. Thank Him for all the times He’s been faithful to you and praise Him for all His wonderful attributes.

3. FIGHT. Jesus was tempted in the same things we deal with; yet He never sinned. He fought the fight with the Word of God. When we get challenged, we can go to the Word and build our faith. Don’t give in—press past the oppression that is hitting you. Stand on the promises of God and come against fear and unbelief in the Name of Jesus. God has good plans for your future!

Keep pressing on!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

PRAY THIS PRAYER:
Jesus, I put You first in my life. I love You. You are so faithful. Your way, O God, is holy; what god is great like our God? You are the God who works wonders; You have made known Your strength among the peoples (Psalm 77:12-13). Thank You for all the times You have rescued me in the past. I trust You with my future! In Jesus’ Name, amen!

re·mem·ber, verb
To bring to mind or think of again. To keep in mind for attention or consideration. To retain in the memory.

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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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Steps to Overcoming Depression

Friday, September 18th, 2015

TAKE CARE OF THE WHOLE PERSON. The prophet Elijah took a stand and brought reform at a time when society had gone crazy. Yet, between great breakthroughs he got discouraged and depressed. God directed Elijah to sleep, eat, and drink water. When you get worn down, it’s important to address both your practical needs and your spiritual needs.

He lay down and slept under a juniper tree; and behold, there was an angel touching him, and he said to him, “Arise, eat.” Then he looked and behold, there was at his head a bread cake baked on hot stones, and a jar of water. So he ate and drank and lay down again. 1 Kings 19:5-6

FIND GOD’S PROMISES. The biblical promises of God, when acted upon correctly, bring breakthrough. Write down what you are dealing with. Then find scriptures correlating to those problems and write them down too. One day you will look back and see lists of miracles—those things that seemed impossible until God turned them around.

Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,” says the Lord of hosts. Zechariah 4:6b

KEEP PRAISING GOD. Though we live an earthly life we do not wage an earthly war (Ephesians 6:12). God inhabits the praises of His people, and when we praise Him, things change! This world needs us to shake off the heaviness and fight in the Spirit by singing praises to God.

Pray this prayer:
God, I praise You right now. You came to bind up the brokenhearted and save the crushed in spirit (Isaiah 61:3; Psalm 34:18). I believe You for breakthrough on all fronts of my life: in my relationships, my work, my finances, and my future. You have lifted me out of the pit and set my feet upon a rock, making my footsteps firm (Psalm 40:2). Thank You, Jesus, for breakthrough! Amen.

Praise, verb
To express thanks to or love and respect for God.

Press on,
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. “Praise.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 16 September 2015.

God’s Pattern for Prayer

Friday, June 5th, 2015

1. Start With Praise. “Our Father who is in heaven, hallowed be Your name” (Matthew 6:9). There are pools of wisdom and resource found in the presence of God. When you go to God, start out with praise first and focus on God before going into your petitions.

2. Pray for God’s Will. “Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10). Jesus told us to pray not for our will but for God’s will to be done. If you’re not sure about God’s will, spend time in the Scriptures studying and finding out what God thinks about a certain area.

3. Pray Specifically. “Give us this day our daily bread” (Matthew 6:11). Find promises in the Bible that correspond to your problems and believe for great results. As you study the book of Acts you will see breathtaking results to simple, faith-filled prayers.

4. Forgive. “Forgive us our shortcomings, as we also have forgiven those who have failed in their duty towards us” (Matthew 6:12 WEY). When you go before God in prayer, one of the first things He deals with you about is your attitude. We’ve all been hurt, and some of the offenders haven’t even acknowledged their wrong. But we are responsible to keep our hearts right before God and He will help us adjust our attitude.

5. Trust God Every Day. “And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.” (Matthew 6:13). With every temptation God provides a way of escape! You can draw near with confidence and find mercy and help in time of need (Hebrews 4:15-16).

Prayer is connecting and communicating with God. It’s not religious routine—so fight to stay real and keep your heart genuine when you pray. Stand on God’s Word and trust God for answered prayer!

hal·lowed, adj.
Holy or blessed. Highly respected. Sacred, revered.

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. “Hallowed.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 03 June 2015. Weymouth New Testament in Modern Speech. Third Edition 1913.

What to Do When Troubles Hit Your Life

Saturday, May 23rd, 2015

1. Identify the Problem.
O Lord, how my adversaries have increased! Many are rising up against me. Many are saying of my soul, “There is no deliverance for him in God.” Psalm 3:1-2.
A wise pastor once told me that the first step toward victory is admitting there is a problem. In this fallen world, we don’t get exempted from trouble, but God promises us strength and victory in the battle.

2. Identify the Solution.
But You, O Lord, are a shield about me, my glory, and the One who lifts my head Psalm 3:3.
“Real help comes from God” (Psalm 3:8 MSG). For King David, God was his solution, God was his focus, God was more important than title and position. What do we do in the day of trouble? Keep seeking God (Psalm 77:2a.)

3. Go to Battle.
I lay down and slept; I awoke, for the Lord sustains me. I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people who have set themselves against me round about Psalm 3:5-6.
David understood battle. Psalm 3:6 shows how he chose to stand in faith and refused to yield to the spirit of fear despite the overwhelming odds against him. God will see you through.

4. Start to Praise God.
Salvation belongs to the Lord; Your blessing be upon Your people! Psalm 3:8.
Take some time to lift your head and praise God. “Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise” (Psalm 100:4a). It can seem fake or hypocritical from the feelings standpoint, but it’s not. To press on and fight the fight of faith in the midst of your struggles is the best thing you can do!

Daily Confession Based on Psalm 3
God, You’re a shield for me. You’re the glory and lifter of my head. I was crying to the Lord with my voice, and He answered me from His holy mountain. I lay down and slept. I awoke, for the Lord sustains me. I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people who have set themselves against me round about. Salvation belongs to the Lord; Your blessing be upon Your people!

vic·to·ry, noun
The overcoming of an enemy or antagonist. Achievement of mastery or success in a struggle or endeavor against odds or difficulties.

Press on,
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. “Victory.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 19 May 2015. MSG. Scripture taken from The Message. Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002. Used by permission of NavPress Publishing Group.

Praise and Thanksgiving

Monday, October 1st, 2012

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

Remember your past breakthroughs. Learn to count your blessings. Remembering former breakthroughs will help to carry you through current challenges. Before he faced Goliath, David told Saul, “The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine” (1 Samuel 17:37).

Here’s a good way to recall praiseworthy things in your life. Write down three instances of deliverance, breakthrough, or victory that you can thank God for. It could be something from your distant past, something that happened just this morning, or even something that wouldn’t seem like a big deal to others but is significant to you.

Daily reinstate your relationship with Jesus. These principles of praise and worship are rooted in who Jesus is. Receiving Jesus is not a religious ritual—you get a new life! And if that were not enough, there are a lot of other things that we can thank God for: how He pulled us out of despair or depression, how He was with us in trouble, how He never left us even when we failed, how He has saved us and given us the security of eternal life. Rejoice in the God of your salvation, and take time to acknowledge Jesus in your daily life.

Dare to be wild. You were not born to be a plastic house plant. You were created to make a difference in this world, to achieve great things, and to be more than a conqueror. When circumstances get rough, when kids get weird, or when finances are squeezed—call upon the Lord and get radical. If you see a need, give. Serve, love, believe God to go through that door. Daily thank God for what He has done! Life is an adventure, and you are called to live it.

                  “Get your motor running. Head out on the highway.
                 Looking for adventure and whatever comes our way.”
                             Steppenwolf—Born to Be Wild

Thank God for all He has done!
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.

Praise and Peace

Monday, September 24th, 2012

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

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). God 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

Apathy is a hindrance. We have to offset the voice that says there is no help for you in God with the voice that proclaims how faithful He is. Be deliberate and choose to enter His gates with thanksgiving and praise, which are the opposite of ingratitude and backing off.

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love. 1 John 4:18

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.

They looked to Him and were radiant, and their faces will never be ashamed. Psalm 34:5

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

Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him, bless His name. For the Lord is good; His lovingkindness is everlasting and His faithfulness to all generations. Psalm 100:4-5

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.

Praise God Through The Battle

Monday, September 17th, 2012

You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You. Isaiah 26:3 NKJV

There is a spiritual battle going on all around us all the time, but we have weapons that are divinely powerful. Some of you are in battles where it feels like things are out of control. What are you going to do? Get your eyes on Jesus. Hold on to Him, cry out to Him, and trust Him. Whatever your situation, God is reaching into your struggle with answers, and His hand is filled with abundance.

For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:3-5

Praise and worship are the opposite of worrying and complaining, the opposite of introspection and too much self-analysis. Worshiping God shifts our attention away from ourselves—away from guilt, shame, condemnation, temptation, distraction, and the allurement of other things—and gets us smack dab onto what matters most: knowing the Creator. When we honor God with praise, it sets up an atmosphere that invites the miraculous.

Therefore put on God’s complete armor, that you may be able to resist and stand your ground on the evil day [of danger], and, having done all [the crisis demands], to stand [firmly in your place]. Ephesians 6:13 AMP

Praise and worship will help you stay receptive and ready to be led by the Holy Spirit—not just once in a while, but every day. God wants to use you until your last breath. Consider the opportunities around you. There is no greater tribute we can give to God than when, at the end of our lives, we are found praising Him, giving to others, telling the lost about Jesus, praying for people who don’t pray, and being kind in a mean world.

Bless the Lord at all times. Praise Him in the middle of a battle and in the middle of a breakthrough. Praise Him in the morning, afternoon, and evening. Praise Him when you’re happy, praise Him when you’re sad. Sing praises. Shout Praises. Keep His praise continually in your mouth (Psalm 34:1).

God is faithful,
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. Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Scripture 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.

Praise and Breakthrough

Monday, August 27th, 2012

Oh give thanks to the Lord, call upon His name; make known His deeds among the peoples. Sing to Him, sing praises to Him; speak of all His wonders. Glory in His holy name; let the heart of those who seek the Lord be glad. Seek the Lord and His strength; seek His face continually. Remember His wonderful deeds which He has done, His marvels and the judgments from His mouth. 1 Chronicles 16:8-12

When Jehoshaphat, king of Judah, was afraid he sought the Lord (2 Chronicles 20:3). When we see an alarming situation or a terrible circumstance, our minds want to fixate on it instead of turning our attention to seek the Lord. But as we worship God, breakthrough happens. Like He did for the people of Judah, God will set up ambushes against your enemy (2 Chronicles 20:22).

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! 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 4:4, 6-7

What do you do when you feel discouraged? You can choose to wear the spirit of heaviness, or you can throw that off and put on a garment of praise (Isaiah 61:3). You may have been bombarded again and again in the same area. Your battle may have intensified exponentially in recent days. But instead of being overcome by your circumstances, you can actually sing, pray, and worship your way to victory.

But the people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits. Daniel 11:32b NKJV

Praise and worship remind us how faithful our God is. As you draw near to God, strength comes into your spirit. When you praise and worship God, darkness is pushed back, anxiety dissipates, and things change. Remember: you can face whatever it is you’re dealing with—because the battle is not yours but the Lord’s (2 Chronicles 20:17) and He will bring the breakthrough!

“Praise is the best auxiliary to prayer. He who most bears in mind what has been done for him by God will be most emboldened to ask for fresh gifts from above.” —Henry Melvill

God bless you,
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 Morning. New Mercies.

Monday, April 18th, 2011

Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and He shall hear my voice. Psalm 55:17 KJV

The greatest thing we can do as Christians is to maintain and cultivate our time with God—to start, end, and fill the middle of our days by connecting with Him. Set time aside—in the corner of your basement, in a quiet spot in the woods, at the kitchen table—find a place to pray. Start your day ministering to the Lord. While you’re getting ready in the morning, just begin to tell Him you love Him. In the car, turn off the radio and talk to God.

There are challenges all around, all the time. Yet, we are not without the presenceof a Savior who came to this earth on a rescue mission. He conquered death (1 Corinthians 15:55), so He can take care of everything else! Situations may be far beyond your human skill, but Jesus is the resurrection and the life, and nothing is beyond Him. He is willing and able to deliver.

The following verses show the prophet Jeremiah at a time when he had lost hope and was depressed, and anxiety gripped his heart. Then he shifted his focus from his circumstances and began to focus on God’s faithfulness.

I’ll never forget the trouble, the utter lostness, the taste of ashes, the poison I’ve swallowed. I remember it all—oh, how well I remember— the feeling of hitting the bottom. But there’s one other thing I remember, and remembering, I keep a grip on hope: God’s loyal love couldn’t have run out, His merciful love couldn’t have dried up. They’re created new every morning. How great your faithfulness! I’m sticking with God (I say it over and over). He’s all I’ve got left. Lamentations 3:19-24 The Message

God’s grace is covering your life. His love is steadfast. His mercies are hovering at your waking moment—new every morning. God is not vague and distant—He is present to help you in you time of need. Do you need wisdom? Ask God who gives to all generously (James 1:5). God’s arm is never too short to save you (Isaiah 59:1), and He is going to come through in your situation.

Seek God!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

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