Posts Tagged ‘remember’

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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Be Assured

Monday, October 21st, 2013

Remember this, and be assured…Remember the former things long past…I am God, and there is no one like Me, declaring the end from the beginning…saying “My purpose will be established, and I will accomplish all My good pleasure.” Isaiah 46:8-10

Be assured by God’s Word. Assurance is a settled trust in God’s faithfulness, and it is a byproduct of biblical remembrance. When things are bewildering, go to what is clarifying. Instead of obsessing about things you can’t figure out, go back to the Bible’s amazing ancient truths to build your faith.

Be assured by God’s grace.
Sin is a terrible disease that causes eternal separation from God. It’s a breach that cannot be spanned except through Jesus Christ. But be assured! Because of Jesus we have the free gift of righteousness, and “if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9).

Be assured by God’s faithfulness. In the Book of Lamentations the author starts out focusing on the bad: “Remember my affliction…surely my soul remembers and is bowed down within me,” but he soon switches over to remembering God’s faithfulness, which completely changes his outlook to one of hope (Lamentations 3:19-20).

This I recall to my mind, therefore I have hope. The Lord’s lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:21-23

With all the variables in the world demanding your attention and time, you must choose what to focus on. Deliberately look at the biblical accounts of past miracles and take the time to itemize and jot down some of the cool stuff God has done in your life. Your confidence will grow, your purpose will be renewed, and your joy will increase.

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

There is no one like God!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

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Keep Remembering

Monday, October 14th, 2013

This is now, beloved, the second letter I am writing to you in which I am stirring up your sincere mind by way of reminder, that you should remember the words spoken beforehand by the holy prophets and the commandment of the Lord and Savior spoken by your apostles. 2 Peter 3:1-2

The Apostle Peter wrote to the Early Church to stir up their minds by reminding them of the words spoken by the prophets of the past and by the apostles. He wanted them to avoid having spiritual amnesia, where they experience the richness of God but then immediately look away from the mirror of the Word and forget what kind of people they really are (James 1:23-24). God wants us to keep looking into the Word, keep poring over its pages, and keep remembering.

But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in what he does. James 1:25

When you are cooking and something on the stove starts to spill over, you can stir down the boil to calm it down. If things are getting frenetic in life, you can go to the Word of God and “stir down the boil.” Stir down fear and anxiety by stirring up your heart and your mind in remembrance. Draw near to God and speak His Word.

We aren’t idealists who gloss over reality. But, because of Jesus, we are more than conquerors (Romans 8:37). Because of Jesus, we can have a victorious present and a breathtaking future. Keep going back to the mirror of God’s Word to remind yourself who you are and what you have through Jesus. He is available to help you right now.

Draw near to God,
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

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Remember This

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

I remember the days of old; I meditate on all Your doings; I muse on the work of Your hands. Psalm 143:5

Remember past breakthroughs. When King David wrote this psalm, he was meditating on the memorial stones in his life—meaningful realities to amplify his testimony and build courage into his system. Remembering your memorial stones means looking back and viewing your life in light of all the breakthroughs God has provided.

Remember the good report. Your breakthrough is either fueled or undermined by the things you choose to meditate on. When you deal with the phenomenal disruption of unexpected events, hurtful relationships, alarming symptoms, or personal disappointments or failures, take God’s grace and His Word and use them to build memorials in your life.

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 10:4-5

Remember what Jesus did. Jesus said to take Communion “in remembrance of Me” (Luke 22:19). Whenever you receive Communion, you are reminding both yourself and others that you have attached yourself to the one Person who is uniquely qualified to seek and save the lost. Because of Jesus, the debt load of sin is canceled. Through Jesus you have provision, healing for your body, and healing for your mind, your emotions, and your will.

The world is filled with weapons of mass distraction that try to pull our minds away from God’s faithfulness, God’s power, and how present He is to help. Resist the devil by taking a fresh stand. Get up every morning and boldly declare the good report over your day—that you are above only and not beneath (Deuteronomy 28:13) and you are more than a conqueror through Him who loves you (Romans 8:37).

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

Copyright © 2013 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.

Memorial Stones

Monday, September 9th, 2013

God told the people of Israel to gather twelve stones as a memorial to remind themselves and future generations of God’s faithfulness—not to longingly look back at the “good old days,” but to use them as a point of reference: The God of my father and mother is my God. The God who helped Moses at the Red Sea is still faithful today.

These stones will stand as a memorial among the people of Israel forever. In the future your children will ask, “What do these stones mean?” Then you can tell them, “This is where the Israelites crossed the Jordan on dry ground“. . . He did this so all the nations of the earth might know that the Lord’s hand is powerful, and so you might fear the Lord your God forever. Joshua 4:7-24

When I talk to young people who were born after the start of our church or after the flood of ’93 or after 9/11, I’m required to communicate, without embellishment, what happened and how hard it was, but also to point out how God brought us through and how God brought change. Even markers of devastation can be turned into statements of overcoming when we look at our lives, remember those parts that the devil tried to destroy, and then use them to bring healing to others.

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

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

Note: Make a list of your own Memorial Stones. Itemize five things that God has brought you through.

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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®

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Remember God’s Faithfulness.

Saturday, November 15th, 2008

This I recall to my mind, therefore I have hope. The Lord’s loving-kindnesses indeed never cease, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:21-23

It’s easy to forget what God brought us out of and instead focus on the negative. In Lamentations the author first remembers all his afflictions, and his soul becomes “bowed down” (3:20). But then he shifts and begins to recall God’s faithfulness, and that is where he receives hope. You must choose to pull your focus away from the problem and set your gaze straight on Jesus. Recall to mind how good He is, how great His loving kindness is toward you, and how He rescued you in the past.

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

Yes, again and again they tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel. They did not remember His power: The day when He redeemed them from the enemy. Psalm 78:41-42 NKJV

Paul considered frequent reminders a safeguard for the church: “Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things again is no trouble to me, and it is a safeguard for you” (Philippians 3:1). Go over scriptures about the great deeds of God’s trustworthiness. Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8). The God who did those miracles in the Bible, who showed faithfulness and provided provision for the Israelites in the wilderness—that God is your God.

Break from spiritual amnesia and stir yourself up by way of reminder (2 Peter 3:1). Write down times that God has been faithful to you so you don’t forget. In order to show a lost and dying world how wonderful and loving God is, you first need to remember the great deeds God has done for you.

God is forever faithful,

Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

Copyright © 2008 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.