Posts Tagged ‘read the Word’

Get Your Hope Refreshed

Friday, July 12th, 2019

We have fixed our hope on the living God, who is the Savior of all men . . . 1 Timothy 4:10b

1. REMEMBER YOUR CREATOR. When someone loses hope, it’s hard to move forward and grow. Life’s pressures can distract us from the sweetness of knowing Jesus. That’s why we must resist stagnancy by keeping our eyes on Jesus and remembering our Creator (Ecclesiastes 12:1). In the busyness of life, carve out moments to take a deep breath and remember God’s goodness, His power, and His daily presence. He has created you in Christ for good works! (Ephesians 2:10)

So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” John 8:31-32

2. READ THE WORD. In a world of shifting sands and sliding tectonic plates, the Bible is a solid rock of truth that we can build our lives upon. The devil wants to steal our hope so that we live less than the person God created us to be. That’s why we must go to the Word and inventory God’s blessings and provisions for us. Every morning, get up and spend time with God. Read a devotional, memorize a verse, or read/listen to the Bible. Let the truth of God’s Word thunder in your spirit, crowd out apathy, and help you get on fire with God. His word is a lamp unto your feet and a light to your path! (Psalm 119:105)

3. REALIZE YOUR AUTHORITY. When Jesus rose from the dead, He gave us His authority to make a difference in the world. Every day we are called to take our stand and walk in newness of life (Romans 6:4). With the weapons of faith and God’s Word, we can stop the plans of the devil. While you’re driving on the way to work, pray about things. Stand in faith for those around you. When you start to dream God’s dreams and pursue God’s purposes, life’s potentials will begin to burst forth in your life.

Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us . . . (Ephesians 3:20)

The best is yet to come!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

re•fresh, verb
To restore strength and animation to: revive. To restore or maintain by renewing supply: replenish.

DAILY CONFESSION based on Ephesians 6:13-18
I put on every piece of God’s armor so I can resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then, after the battle, I will still be standing firm. I stand my ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. For shoes, I put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that I will be fully prepared. In addition to all of these, I hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. I put on salvation as my helmet and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. I pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. I stay alert and am persistent in my prayers for all believers everywhere.

Copyright © 2019 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. “refresh.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 09 July 2019.

Tell Others

Thursday, October 25th, 2018

Thus says the Lord to you, “Do not fear or be dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours but God’s.” 2 Chronicles 20:15b

1. LET GOD FIGHT YOUR BATTLES. When Jehoshaphat, the king of Judah, learned that his enemy was about to attack him on three fronts, he sought God. Instead of dwelling on all the problems, he deliberately began to praise God and remember how powerful God is (2 Chronicles 20:6). When there is an alarming situation or a terrible circumstance, our minds want to fixate on it instead of turning our attention to seek the Lord. But it’s when we get our hearts fixed on God that breakthrough happens.

2. WORSHIP YOUR WAY TO VICTORY. Jehoshaphat did something unprecedented in military history: He put praise-and-worshipers on the front line of battle. While they were worshiping God, the enemy was defeated! Instead of being overcome by impossible-looking circumstances, we can actually sing, pray, and worship our way to victory.

He appointed those who should sing to the Lord, and who should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army and were saying: “Praise the Lord, for His mercy endures forever.” Now when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushes against the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; and they were defeated. 2 Chronicles 20:21b-22 NKJV

3. FIX YOUR EYES ON JESUS. As Jehoshaphat sought God, he declared, “We don’t know what to do, but our eyes are on You” (2 Chronicles 20:12b). So gaze at God and only glance at your problems. Rededicate yourself to reading the Word, where you’ll see the faithfulness of God through the ages. Pull up breakthrough moments in your past and write them down. When you praise and worship God, darkness is pushed back, anxiety dissipates, and God brings the breakthrough.

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

DAILY CONFESSION:
Therefore, since I have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding me, I lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles, I run with endurance the race that is set before me, fixing my eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of my faith (Hebrews 12:1-2).

fix, noun
To cause to be firmly attached. To decide upon or fix definitely. To make fixed, stable or stationary. To put (something somewhere) firmly.

Copyright © 2018 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. Used by permission. “fix.” Memidex Dictionary/Thesaurus. Web. 9 Oct 2018 . All rights reserved. NKJV: Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

It’s God’s Battle

Monday, August 20th, 2012

Thus says the Lord to you, “Do not fear or be dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours but God’s.” 2 Chronicles 20:15b

Are we ever going to learn that last line? How often do we try to take the battle back into our own hands! Our God is a warrior and has a plan for this whole universe. He knows more about the future than we do about the past, and He is worthy of our trust.

When Jehoshaphat, the king of Judah, learned that his enemy was about to attack him on three fronts, he sought God. Instead of dwelling on all the problems, he deliberately focused on how big and great God is: “O Lord, the God of our fathers, are You not God in the heavens? And are You not ruler over all the kingdoms of the nations? Power and might are in Your hand so that no one can stand against You” (2 Chronicles 20:6).

Then Jehoshaphat did something unprecedented in military history: He put praise-and-worshipers on the front line of battle.

He appointed those who should sing to the Lord, and who should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army and were saying: “Praise the Lord, for His mercy endures forever.” Now when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushes against the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; and they were defeated. 2 Chronicles 20:21b-22 NKJV

While they were worshiping God, the enemy was defeated! God is telling us something about the power of seeking Him: Your flesh may loathe praising God when you are going through a struggle, but that is right where you’ll find the solution.

As Jehoshaphat sought God, he declared, “We don’t know what to do, but our eyes are on You” (2 Chronicles 20:12b). So gaze at God and only glance at your problems. Rededicate yourself to reading the Word, where you’ll see the faithfulness of God through the ages. Pull up breakthrough moments in your past and write them down.

“Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out to face them, for the Lord is with you.” (2 Chronicles 20:17b). You can face tomorrow with confidence because the forever-faithful God is with you!

Press on,
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.