Posts Tagged ‘seeking God’

Stable and Fixed

Friday, October 27th, 2017

He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall remain stable and fixed under the shadow of the Almighty [Whose power no foe can withstand]. Psalm 91:1 AMPC

1. THE SECRET PLACE. We have a breathtaking invitation into a close relationship with God. There is a secret place where we can draw near to Him and know Him; where we will become stabilized and immovable against any pressure or enemy.

But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you. Matthew 6:6

2. THE SWEET SPOT. Like the beauty of when a baseball connects to a bat’s sweet spot, an amazing connection with God is available. This isn’t some idealized spirituality for those removed from the daily pressures of life (that’s no one)! We all have an invitation from the Lord to draw near to Him on a daily basis—in the middle of our grind, in the middle of our battle—and He will draw near to us (James 4:8a).

3. THE SEEKING HEART. Jesus is standing at the door knocking, and when you seek, you will find (Revelation 3:20, Matthew 7:7). Press past the lies of the devil, and the circumstances of life that try to choke the truth of God’s Word. If you want God, if you want to know Him more, cry out and He will answer.

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

DAILY CONFESSION
I dwell in the secret place of the Most High and I remain stable and fixed under the shadow of the Almighty (Psalm 91:1). I ask, and it will be given to me; I seek, and I will find; I knock, and the door will be opened to me (Matthew 7:7).

sta·ble, noun
Firmly established. Not changing or fluctuating: unvarying. Steady in purpose. Designed so as to develop forces that restore the original condition when disturbed from a condition of equilibrium or steady motion.

Copyright © 2017 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. All rights reserved. Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC). Copyright © 1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation.

Designed for Durability

Friday, January 27th, 2017

The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him, and I am helped; therefore my heart exults, and with my song I shall thank Him. Psalm 28:7

1. LET GOD LIFT YOU. When King David had to strengthen himself in the Lord after a hard battle, it wasn’t easy. He wasn’t well rested; he wasn’t feeling spiritual; he didn’t have anyone else to encourage him. But still he got into God’s presence and received direction and encouragement (1 Samuel 30:6). Whatever circumstances you find yourself in, however depleted you may feel, seek the Lord—He has answers and strength for your every need!

2. WHAT’S FILLING YOUR HEART? When push comes to shove, that which fills our hearts will come out of our mouths (Luke 6:45). The best thing we can do is saturate ourselves with the Old and New Testament; pack in the Psalms and Proverbs; read the Gospels; read the Epistles. The more we meditate on the Word day and night, the more the power of God’s promises will flow out of us in times of crisis.

3. SURVIVE & THRIVE. God has designed us for longevity. He has called us to be more than conquerors (Romans 8:37). To overcome in the day of trouble, get in the presence of God. Get in the Word of God, so that you can survive and thrive in any crisis.

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

DAILY CONFESSION based on Psalm 1
The Lord knows the way of the righteous. I am blessed because I do not walk in the counsel of the wicked, nor stand in the path of sinners, nor sit in the seat of scoffers. But my delight is in the law of the Lord and in His Law I meditate day and night. I am like a tree firmly planted by streams of water which yields fruit in season, and my leaves don’t wither. In whatever I do, I prosper!

du·ra·ble, adj
Capable of withstanding wear and tear or decay. Made to withstand repeated use over a relatively long period. Able to perform or compete over a long period, as by avoiding or overcoming injuries.

Copyright © 2017 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. “Durable.” The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition copyright © 2016 by Houghton.

How to Get Fortified

Friday, April 29th, 2016

Then David and the people who were with him lifted their voices and wept until there was no strength in them to weep. Moreover David was greatly distressed because the people spoke of stoning him, for all the people were embittered, each one because of his sons and his daughters. But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God. 1 Samuel 30:4, 6

1. STRENGTHEN YOURSELF IN THE LORD. Sometimes, like King David, we find ourselves facing off with challenges alone with no one around to encourage us. But at that moment of depletion, we can find encouragement and fortification by seeking God. As we fellowship with Him, strength rises up on the inside of us and we are able to fight and not let up.

Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you. Colossians 3:16a

2. FEED ON GOD’S WORD.
Strengthening comes from both nutrition and resistance. Life offers plenty of resistance in the form of challenges and battles. But we get our nutrition from God’s Word.

3. STAY THE COURSE. Hebrews 11 lists great people of faith who “from weakness were made strong” (Hebrews 11:34). Take some time to meditate on that chapter and be stirred by the men and women who stayed the course their entire lives. As you stay in the faith fight, you will see breakthrough results—both in your life and in the lives of those around you!

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

DAILY CONFESSION:
I am strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might (Ephesians 6:10). I am strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus (2 Timothy 2:1). I will not fear for God is with me. I will not anxiously look about me for He is my God. He will strengthen me, He will help me, He will uphold me with His righteous right hand (Isaiah 41:10). In Jesus’ Name, amen.

for·ti·fy, verb
To strengthen and secure. To give physical strength, courage, or endurance to. To add mental or moral strength to. To add material to for strengthening or enriching.

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. “Fortify.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. 26 April 2016.

Hitting the Bullseye in 2015

Monday, January 19th, 2015

I will stand on my guard post and station myself on the rampart; and I will keep watch to see what He will speak to me, and how I may reply when I am reproved. Then the Lord answered me and said, “Record the vision and inscribe it on tablets, that the one who reads it may run. For the vision is yet for the appointed time; it hastens toward the goal and it will not fail. Though it tarries, wait for it; for it will certainly come, it will not delay.” Habakkuk 2:1-3

God has a plan, and if you seek Him you’ll find Him. When we stay focused on God’s target zone and don’t go after other agendas, we’ll stay calibrated to what matters most. Here is our St. Louis Family Church to-do list for 2015 – for the church body and for our individual lives.

1. Live out our core values every day as a vital, living church.

2. Build on current outreaches and strategies in order to reach the lost and saturate our region with the message of the love of Jesus, placing special emphasis on winning the younger generation.

3. Continue to help hurting people regain a sense of purpose and value, offering love and acceptance to all.

4. Prepare for the anticipated harvest by continuing to build the physical and spiritual structures necessary to accomplish this increase.

5. Develop strategic new tools and vehicles and God-ordained programs to equip
and empower believers for their significant roles in our church and in their lives.

6. Raise up and send out people to influence the community, the media, and the nations with God-inspired vision and God-inspired purpose.

Watch, verb
Hebrew: tsaphah
To lean forward. To peer into the distance. To observe, behold, espy, look up, wait for, keep the watch.

God Bless You,
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. 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. “tsaphah.“ Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible. Copyright 1890 by James Strong, Madison, NJ.

Established by God

Monday, September 1st, 2014

And David realized that the Lord had established him as king over Israel, and that his kingdom was highly exalted, for the sake of His people Israel. 1 Chronicles 14:2

Called by God. David realized something that we all need to understand: God wants to do extraordinary things in our lives. We are designed by God to connect with Him, to connect other people with Him, and to be fruitful and live significantly.

For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Hebrews 4:12

Get Sharp. If you are in an indecisive, fuzzy moment—double up on the Word of God, which is the divider between soul and spirit. If you feel super dull, connect with God. Do everything you can to wait on the Lord and gain new strength. You may not feel any anointing on your life right now, but the Author and the Finisher of your faith knows how to get you back on your feet.

Breakthrough. We can become hardened to difficulties but stay tender toward God. When the Philistines heard that David was anointed king, it provoked an attack (1 Chronicles 14:8). It caused him to “inquire of the Lord,” and then David was given strategy and the enemy was defeated. The attack comes because of the anointing, but victory will also come as we seek God.

The Lord will rise up . . . that He may do His work, His awesome work, and bring to pass His act, His unusual act. Isaiah 28:21 NKJV

Pray This Prayer:
God, thank You that You have sent Your Holy Spirit to guide me into all the truth. Help me to identify and fulfill those key things You have designed me for. I pray I walk in a manner that is so effective that it brings a multitude out of the valley of decision into the conclusion to receive Jesus. If You can make a valley of dry bones come to life (Ezekiel 37), then You can bring our generation into the Kingdom of God by the hundreds of millions. In Jesus’ Name, amen.

es•tab•lish, verb
To put in a position, role, etc., that will last for a long time. To make firm or stable. To put into a favorable position

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. “Establish.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 20 Aug. 2014.

The Secret Place

Monday, August 4th, 2014

But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you. Matthew 6:6

Activity and achievement are not the same thing. Activity can cause us to forget that the best part of Christianity is Jesus. Before the fall of man, Adam and Eve walked and talked with God in the cool of the day (Genesis 3:8). That’s what Jesus is inviting us to now—closeness and connection with Him.

This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success. Joshua 1:8

You can change people’s lives from your prayer closet—your front porch, the living room, the clothes closet. Put away your phone and draw near to God. Close your eyes, take a deep breath, let all the lesser voices back off, and focus on the goodness of God. When you read the Word, let it get into you. Meditate on a fixed scripture for a period of time. Ponder it, absorb it down into your insides—marinate in it, steep in it.

Pray This Prayer
Behold, God is my helper; the Lord is the sustainer of my soul. (Psalm 54:4). One thing I have asked from the Lord, that I shall seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord and to meditate in His temple. When You said, “Seek My face,” my heart said to You, “Your face, O Lord, I shall seek.” (Psalm 27:4, 8).

“It will cost something to walk slow in the parade of the ages, while excited men of time rush about confusing motion with progress. But it will pay in the long run, and the true Christian is not much interested in anything short of that.” —A.W. Tozer (1897-1963), pastor; written June 3, 1950.

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. Tozer, A.W. “Quality versus Quantity.” The Alliance Weekly 338. 3 June 1950: Web.

How Much More?!

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

So that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God. Ephesians 3:17-19

Ask. If you want to understand God’s nature and how He relates to you, look at Jesus. He is the “exact representation” of the Father (Hebrews 1:2-3). Jesus didn’t come to condemn the world but that the world might be saved through Him (John 3:17). He came to seek and save the lost (Luke 19:10). He went around healing all who were oppressed by the devil (Acts 10:38). Open up your heart to understand we have a heavenly Father who cares about us personally and emphatically.

Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him! Matthew 7:7, 11

Seek. This verse doesn’t advocate that we go to God for self-indulgence or with a sense of entitlement, but it does tell us that if we seek, then we will find. As much as we humans know how to give good gifts to our kids, God wants to bless us so much more!

Knock. I’ve learned that God is good and He is a giver. When we seek, we know we will find the answers we are looking for. Circumstances come and go, feelings come and go, but God’s Word is true and His nature never changes—He is abidingly faithful. Study the pages of Scripture to comprehend the great love God has for you.

Pray This Prayer
Based on Ephesians 3:16-19
God, I pray that You would grant me, according to the riches of Your glory, to be strengthened with power through Your Spirit in the inner man, so that Christ may dwell in my heart through faith; and that I being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, so I may be filled up to all the fullness of God. Amen!

com•pre•hend verb – To grasp the nature, significance, or meaning of.

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: “Peace” Merriam-Webster.com. Wed. 03 June 2014. Footnote: “comprehend” Merriam-Webster.com. Wed. 18 June 2014.

God Is Able

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed. 2 Corinthians 9:8

1. He is able to make you stand. Anxiety can weigh a person down, but Jesus is the cure for anxiety. When we put all of our attention and focus on God and delight ourselves in the Lord through prayer, worship, and studying the Word—He is the one who lifts that pressure off of us and gives us abundance for every good deed!

2. He is able to come to your aid. God is faithful and an ever-present help in trouble (Psalm 46:1). King David wrote in Psalms that from the time he was young to his old age he had never seen the righteous forsaken (Psalm 37:25). Jesus said, “I’ll never leave you or forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5).

Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him . . . Do not fret; it leads only to evildoing. For evildoers will be cut off, but those who wait for the Lord, they will inherit the land. Psalm 37:7-9

3. He is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all we ask or think (Ephesians 3:20). Worry tempts us to take things into our own hands. But our sufficiency is in God—it’s not by our might or human power but by His Spirit (Zechariah 4:6). God will be faithful to guide you and give you wisdom through the different challenges of life. As you seek Him, you will find Him!

Fret verb – To be vexed or troubled; worry. To be worn or eaten away; become corroded. To move agitatedly. To gnaw or wear away; erode.

Pray this prayer:
You have not given me a spirit of fear but of power, love, and a sound mind. You have called me to do mighty deeds! Jesus, I know it’s not by might or by power but by Your Spirit. I don’t trust in my ability, but I put all my hope, faith, and trust in You, Jesus. I know I will reap great fruit if I don’t quit. Thank You, Jesus, that You are able to do exceedingly abundantly above all I can ask or think according to Your power working in me (Ephesians 3:20).

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: “Fret” The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition copyright ©2014 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Walking Humbly With God

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time. 1 Peter 5:6

Fulfillment. In God, exaltation means identifying and fulfilling that place where God has called you to walk. For each one of us it’s different. Don’t get hijacked by an obsession for self-fulfillment. Jesus found His highest joys in doing what God wanted Him to do (John 4:34 NLT). Give your efforts to God and say, “Not my will but Yours be done.”

Then Jesus explained: “My nourishment comes from doing the will of God, who sent me, and from finishing his work.” John 4:34 NLT

The Big Deal. Seek God by getting up in the morning and starting with something other than just TV talk shows, music, or social media. Fill your sails with a fresh awareness of Jesus. “In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight” (Proverbs 3:6).

Timing. God has beautiful timing. As you trust Him, He’ll take your present circumstances and use them as building blocks for your tomorrow. Someday you’ll look back and realize how seemingly insignificant moments were actually turning points in your life. Be kind, be thankful, love people, and pray. Don’t value the distorted agenda of the world. Your real validation comes from simply obeying God and doing what He calls you to do.

Daily Confession:
I humble myself before God and in due time He will exalt me. What the enemy means for harm, God turns around for good in my life because I love God and am called according to His purpose. All the past sin or present feeling of dysfunction is covered by the blood of Jesus. I am a standard bearer of excellence everywhere I go. I do my work heartily unto the Lord and trust that I walk out His perfect timing in every area of my life.

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

Hum•ble (adj.) – not proud or haughty; not arrogant or assertive. reflecting, expressing, or offered in a spirit of deference or submission. –Merriam Webster Dictionary

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. Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996, 2004. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. “Humble.” Merriam-Webster.com. Web. 25 Nov. 2013.

A Life of Victory

Monday, April 1st, 2013

God wants you to thrive. When you and I receive Jesus, we enter the ranks of the overcomers. We step out of defeat and into victory, out of sin into righteousness, out of aimlessness into fruitfulness. The miracle of spiritual rebirth is a reality. When sinners respond to God, Jesus turns their lives around.

Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God . . . For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. 1 John 5:1-4

The Bible defines humanity’s purpose as conforming to the image of
Christ—loving Him with our heart, soul, mind, and strength, and loving our neighbors as ourselves. Jesus doesn’t offer us a timid and apathetic existence, but one filled with strength and love, where our mind is clear and sound.

For since the world began, no ear has heard and no eye has seen a God like you, who works for those who wait for him! Isaiah 64:4 NLT

Waiting on the Lord means to engage in the life of faith. It’s choosing to trust God and embrace the promises found in the Bible. Whatever you are dealing with, it’s important to God. He knows the details and answers corresponding to the situation you are facing right now. Trust Him. With people it may be impossible, but with God all things are possible.

Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. I want every person to know the wonderful God who works for those who wait for Him. If you’re seeking, call out to Jesus. He’ll reveal Himself to you.

God has an amazing plan for your life!
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. Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996, 2004. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved.