Posts Tagged ‘Strength’

Hope for the New Year

Friday, January 11th, 2019

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

1. ANCHORING TRUTH. Hearing the Word produces the ability to face the future with hope. What does the Bible say? Its anchoring thoughts are why we keep going back to the amazing stories of the Old and New Testaments. It builds in us an unshakeable confidence in God so that we can face off with the world’s challenges.

We who have taken refuge would have strong encouragement to take hold of the hope set before us. This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast. Hebrews 6:18b-19a

2. ENVIRONMENT OF HOPE. The Bible tells us to “consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds” (Hebrews 10:24). Look for ways to help people get out of the harsh dilemma of hopelessness – not by being flattering or offering hollow optimism, but by being encouraging according to the anchoring truth of God’s Word and making Jesus known.

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

3. STRONG IN FAITH. If faith is the substance of things hoped for, then we should maintain biblical hope. Hope is an expectation of some good, and hearing the Word produces the ability to face the future with hope and faith. So take time this month to draw near to God and get your hope strengthened. 2019 is going to shine!

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

DAILY CONFESSION (Lamentations 3:21-24):
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. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “Therefore I have hope in Him.”

hope, verb
To expect with confidence: trust. To desire with expectation of obtainment or fulfillment.

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Seven Promises of God’s Provision

Friday, December 28th, 2018

1. CONSTANT JOY. “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice” (Philippians 4:4). God told us that the joy of the Lord is our strength, and it comes from a place so deep that it’s not contingent on what’s going on around us.

2. ABSOLUTE FREEDOM FROM CARE. “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God” (Philippians 4:6). Our creative brains can whip up a lot of variables and “what ifs” that cause anxiety to build up. Prayer is the opposite of worry – it’s talking to God about matters of life and existence and knowing that God hears and answers you!

3. ABSOLUTE PEACE. “And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:7). Jesus is called the Prince of Peace, and He will guard your life as you connect to Him.

4. EVER PRESENT FRIEND. “The God of peace will be with you” (Philippians 4:9b). Jesus said I will never leave you or forsake you. He’s with you!

5. NEVER FAILING CONTENTMENT. “Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity” (Philippians 4:11-12b). God’s grace is available to help us flow through the daily challenges of life and also stay steady through times of great abundance and breakthrough.

6. ALL PREVAILING STRENGTH. “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13). God is the strength of your life. You can be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. God is strengthening you by might and power in the inner man.

7. INEXHAUSTIBLE SUPPLY. “And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19). God has an unending amount of strength, love, faithfulness, and grace. Whatever need you have, He can meet it.

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

DAILY CONFESSION BASED ON PHILIPPIANS 4:4-7:
I rejoice in the Lord always. I am anxious for nothing but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving I let my requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard my heart and mind in Christ Jesus.

in·ex·haust·ible, adj.
Incapable of being used up. Incapable of being wearied or worn out.

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Steps to Strengthening

Friday, November 30th, 2018

He gives strength to the weary, and to him who lacks might He increases power. Those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary. Isaiah 40:29, 31

1. GET IN THE WORD. How amazing is it that from weakness we can be made strong? As realistically as push-ups help your physical body, starting the day in the Bible will give you an advantage. It will strengthen your spirit. It will light your path (Psalm 119:105). It will help you overcome bad habits and not be led by the flesh. You will become strengthened with all power in your inner person (Ephesians 3:16).

For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace. Romans 8:5-6

2. WAIT ON THE LORD. Everything good in our lives involves faith and patience. Because of all the modern conveniences and technology, our culture has become addicted to immediacy. But sometimes there are divine delays. Think about how an oak tree takes time to grow. That’s why it’s important to acclimate yourself to the process. Decide to stay with it for the long haul — it’s worth it.

3. SERVE THE LORD WITH GLADNESS. Realize the strengthening value of showing up and serving. When we show up and do our work wholeheartedly for the Lord, it takes us out of introspection and turns our focus to helping someone else. Find a place to serve joyfully!

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

DAILY CONFESSION:
God is not weak toward me, but mighty in me. I am strengthened with power through God’s Spirit. I am rooted and grounded in love. My mind is set on the Spirit and is full of life and peace (2 Corinthians 13:3; Ephesians 3:16-17; Romans 8:6).

strength·en, verb
To make strong or stronger. Fortify. To gain strength. To make firm or secure.

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Conquering Adversity

Friday, February 23rd, 2018

For a wide door for effective service has opened to me, and there are many adversaries. 1 Corinthians 16:9

1. FIX YOUR EYES ON JESUS. So often, obstacles coincide with opportunity. For instance, when the apostle Peter walked on water at the bidding of Jesus, the atmosphere was stormy—wind was blowing and waves were crashing (Matthew 14:27-30). When Peter diverted his eyes to his circumstances, he started to sink. When we keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, ready to hear what He has to say—revelation will come, faith will be roused, and storms will be settled.

But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. Romans 8:37

2. RELAX IN GOD’S TIMING. There are perfect timetables for our lives if we follow the Holy Spirit. FOMO—fear of missing out—is built into our culture, where people become discontent, afraid they’ve missed opportunities. We can’t control the past, but the good news is that the Holy Spirit is present and ready to guide us into all truth (John 16:13). As we stay tuned to what God is saying, we can relax and trust that our steps are ordered by the Lord.

3. GET STRENGTHENED IN THE WORD. The Word of God is our sword and our weapon. Instead of speaking from a place of want or lack, we are called to speak from a heart filled with the promises of God’s Word. It puts us in a strong position to fight and win. From this place of strength, having done all to stand, we stand: we pray for one another, we believe God, and we step through open doors!

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

DAILY STRENGTHENING CONFESSION:
The Lord is the strength of my life and there is nothing to fear. I wait on Him and I gain new strength! I mount up with wings like eagles. I run and don’t get tired, I walk and don’t become weary. I am strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus and I can do all things through Him who strengthens me (Psalm 27:1 NKJV; Isaiah 40:31; 2 Timothy 2:1; Philippians 4:13).

con·quer, verb
To gain control of or subdue . . To defeat in war. To eliminate or minimize (a difficulty, for example). To overcome or surmount mentally or emotionally. To be victorious; win.

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The Path of God’s People

Friday, December 15th, 2017

But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, that shines brighter and brighter until the full day. Proverbs 4:18

When we allow the Holy Spirit to lead us, we can trust Him to take us from faith to faith, glory to glory, and strength to strength.

For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed, both springing from faith and leading to faith [disclosed in a way that awakens more faith]. Romans 1:17a AMP

1. FROM FAITH TO FAITH. God sent Jesus to rescue us—He came to seek and save that which was lost (Luke 19:10). When we believe and receive the Good News message of Jesus, we can go forward and grow into ever-increasing faith.

But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory. 2 Corinthians 3:18a

2. FROM GLORY TO GLORY. It’s easy to be negative, but when we focus on who Jesus is and what He has done for us on the Cross, we see the amazing transformation in our lives. Because of Jesus, you are now a new creature and a carrier of God’s presence (2 Corinthians 5:17).

How blessed is the man whose strength is in You . . . They go from strength to strength. Psalm 84:5-7a

3. FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH. The God of miracles from the Bible is undiminished and unchanged. He has designed you to travel on the pathway of His plan, and when God calls you to do things out of your comfort zone, the Holy Spirit is there to help! God gives strength and power to those who need it (Isaiah 40:29).

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

DAILY CONFESSION
I walk by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7). I don’t waver in unbelief, but I grow strong in faith, giving glory to God (Romans 4:20). God is granting me, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man (Ephesians 3:16).

“Our weaknesses do not repel God; they attract Him. We may be hopeless, but the Spirit is God’s gift specially for the weak, to make up for our feebleness.” Reinhard Bonnke

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. Scripture quotations marked “AMP” are 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. Bonnke, Reinhard. Holy Spirit: Are We Flammable or Fireproof? Christ for All Nations, 2017.

SAFE

Friday, October 6th, 2017

HOW GOD IS OUR REFUGE

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change and though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea; though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains quake at its swelling pride. Selah. Psalm 46:1-3

GOD IS:

STRONG AND SOUND. When circumstances get weird, you can run to God and find safety. He has not given you a spirit of fear, but He has given you a spirit of power, love, and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV).

A VERY PRESENT HELP. You are not alone. The presence of God isn’t a vague theory—He is with you, ready and available to help with every challenge.

FORGIVING. God loves you and His grace abounds toward you. Sin, fear, shame, and rejection are all dealt with by Jesus and what He did on the Cross. What a relief! If you feel trapped in sin, repent and He will deliver you (1 Corinthians 10:13).

ETERNALLY UNCHANGING. God is the same yesterday today and forever (Hebrews 13:8). The same God found in Psalm 91 is your safe refuge today. Open the Scriptures and get strengthened. Make it personal and speak out who Jesus is in your life: your refuge, your fortress, your shield.

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

DAILY CONFESSION (PSALM 91:1-4)
I dwell in the shelter of the Most High. I abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord He is my refuge and my fortress, my God in whom I trust. He delivers me from the snare of the trapper and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover me with His feathers and under His wings I seek refuge. His faithfulness is a shield and a wall.

ref·uge, noun
Protection or shelter, as from danger or hardship: A place providing protection or shelter: A source of help, relief, or comfort in times of trouble.

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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.

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God Is at Work

Friday, January 6th, 2017

“It is God himself whose power creates in you both the desire and the power to execute His gracious will.” Philippians 2:13 Weymouth

YOUR HELP COMES FROM THE LORD. Any Christian who has taken on any kind of responsibility knows that we can’t do it alone—our help comes from God (Psalm 121:2). God never gets weary. When you hang out with Him, His likeness rubs off on you, His strength gets into you. That’s why we must take time to connect with the power source.

DAILY GRIND & QUANTUM LEAPS. Enjoy the daily routine while preparing for big breakthrough. In the Bible, Joseph worked faithfully in his daily life, but then came the moment where he was prepared to help save a nation from starvation. God is holistic: our domestic life, our spiritual life, our daily life, and our big moments all work together. Instead of being afraid that you’re going to miss out, thrive where you are right now—in your job, in your family—and realize that God has a plan for your life.

GOD’S POWER IS AT WORK IN YOU. Look at God’s work—whatever He starts He completes (Philippians 1:6). He calls us His workmanship (Ephesians 2:10). It’s by the help of the Holy Spirit that He gives you the impetus to keep pressing on (Acts 1:8). Not by your might or human power but by the help of the Spirit (Zechariah 4:6). In 2017, let’s commit to walking in constant expectation of God’s grace, His protection, and His help and intervention.

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

DAILY CONFESSION based on Isaiah 40:28-31
The Everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth does not become weary or tired. His understanding is inscrutable. He gives strength to me, and when I lack might He increases my power. I wait on the Lord and gain new strength; I will mount up with wings like eagles, I will run and not get tired, I will walk and not become weary!

work, noun
Physical or mental effort or activity directed toward the production or accomplishment of something. To shape or forge (verb).

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God’s Plans. God’s Timing

Friday, December 9th, 2016

The people who know their God will display strength and take action. Daniel 11:32b

1. RESPOND TO GOD. The champions of the Bible are not unattainable superheroes. They are men and women who simply responded to God, believed the word that He had given them, and acted on the mission. That’s where they found the strength and that’s where we too will find the strength to complete our course.

2. BELIEVE GOD’S WORD. Instead of asking God to bless your plans, ask God to bless you with His plans. If we’ll lay aside our agendas in favor of God’s agenda, with Jesus’ adamant attitude toward the Father: “Not My will, but Yours be done” (Luke 22:42)—over the course of time we’ll thrive and our culture will be impacted powerfully by the salt and light in our lives.

But My servant Caleb, because he has had a different spirit and has followed Me fully, I will bring into the land which he entered, and his descendants shall take possession of it. Numbers 14:24

3. ACT ON THE MISSION. There has never been a better time to invest all your heart into the things of God. You are called to be a world changer, to push back darkness, to bring hope—to be an Esther who was unassuming but stepped up and walked through the door God opened for her; to be like Caleb who had a different spirit; or to be like the apostle Paul who overcame detours and obstacles to fulfill God’s plan and finally preach the Word unhindered. God has His hand on your life. Hold to his plan. Believe for it, stand for it. His timing is always perfect.

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

PRAY THIS PRAYER:
Lord, my heart is inclined to You and I know Your voice. Use me to make a difference and to have impact, for healing to flow, lives to change, and courage to come. Fill me now with the power of Your Holy Spirit. Order my steps. Thank You, Jesus, that signs and wonders will follow my life. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

strength, noun
The quality that allows someone to deal with problems in a determined and effective way. The quality or state of being strong; capacity for exertion or endurance; power of resisting attack.

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A Different Way of Thinking

Friday, November 4th, 2016

The angel of the Lord appeared to him and said to him, “The Lord is with you, O valiant warrior.” Then Gideon said to him, “O my Lord, if the Lord is with us, why then has all this happened to us?” Judges 6:12-13a

1. GOD USES RELUCTANT WARRIORS. When God called Gideon to step up and rescue the people of Israel, Gideon responded with excuses: God’s abandoned us; I’m the least important and the youngest; if this is You, God, prove it. He was expressing attitudes that had been formed by years of oppression and disappointment. But God was introducing Gideon to a new way of thinking.

The Lord looked at him and said, “Go in this your strength and deliver Israel from the hand of Midian. Have I not sent you?” Judges 6:14

2. GO IN THIS YOUR STRENGTH. God is your strength. Gideon and the people of Israel were afraid of their oppressors, but then they were reminded of how big God is. Even if you feel like you’ve been operating in a difficult environment for years, God is calling you out and up.

So the Spirit of the Lord came upon Gideon; and he blew a trumpet. Judges 6:34

3. SOUND THE TRUMPET. If you don’t feel qualified to impact the world, join the club. Gideon considered himself the least important, but God encouraged him, equipped him, and eased him into his calling. Believe what God says about you in His Word and let Him replace insecurity with courage, disappointment with faith. God is not finished with you!

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

PRAY THIS PRAYER
God, I thank You for Your strategy for my life. I place my trust in the Word of God and not my past circumstances. I say yes to Your plans and purposes! In Jesus’ name, amen.

think·ing, noun
An opinion, or a set of ideas. The way that you consider things or react to them.

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