Posts Tagged ‘Strength’

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.

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. “Strength.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. 22 November 2013.

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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Heart Life

Friday, August 26th, 2016

“He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” John 7:38 NKJV

1. A PROTECTED HEART. Tending to the hidden person of the heart is very important in this hour. The devil will try to discourage you; so take control of what you allow to influence you. Shake off bitterness, unforgiveness, and strife and diligently guard your heart.

2. A STRENGTHENED HEART. God’s Words are life to your heart. Take time to strengthen yourself in God’s Word and listen to what He is saying – ponder a chapter and meditate on it until you understand it and it gets planted in your heart.

My son, give attention to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. Do not let them depart from your sight; keep them in the midst of your heart. For they are life to those who find them and health to all their body. Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life. Proverbs 4:20-23

3. AN ACTIVATED HEART. God’s Spirit will activate your heart so that you can spring forward into His plans. The prophet Elijah faced limitations like you and me; yet when the Holy Spirit came upon him, he outran a chariot (1 Kings 18:46)! It’s not by your strength or power, but by the help of the Holy Spirit. So remain “steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord” (1 Corinthians 15:58), and let God’s rivers of living water flow continuously and abundantly from your heart to a thirsty world.

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

DAILY CONFESSION
My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises! (Psalm 57:7). I am sowing to the spirit and I will reap eternal life (Galatians 6:8).

flow, verb
To move or run smoothly with unbroken continuity. To proceed steadily and easily. To be abundant; teem. A continuous output or outpouring (noun). I will be strong and let my heart take courage, as I hope in the Lord (Psalm 31:24).

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

The Power of Unity

Friday, August 5th, 2016

Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious oil upon the head, coming down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard, coming down upon the edge of his robes. It is like the dew of Hermon coming down upon the mountains of Zion; for there the Lord commanded the blessing—life forever. Psalm 133

1. THE PRINCIPLE OF UNITY. Unity creates strength. This is a law like gravity—it works for both the just and the unjust. In the Old Testament we see unity being used for evil purposes in building the Tower of Babel. When God saw what the people were doing, He said, “Now nothing which they purpose to do will be impossible for them” (Genesis 11:6b). If even evil agendas can use the power of unity to advance their causes, how much more can the godly advance when we unite under the direction of the Holy Spirit.

Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you. Ephesians 4:31-32

2. THE ANOINTING OF UNITY. When Moses’ brother, Aaron, became High Priest, he was anointed with oil. Unity is like that oil that represents the anointing of the Holy Spirit. It eliminates friction, stops sparks from flying, keeps things from sticking. Decide to forgive quickly and repent quickly—it’s not easy, but it’s worth it. Get strife out of your life so that the greater presence of God can flow through you.

3. THE PURPOSE OF UNITY. Our purpose as both a church and individuals is to champion the good news of Jesus in a culture that has gone completely whack. Don’t cheapen a moment of breakthrough with a moment of strife. Lay aside strife and work hard to maintain the love walk, and you will see the plan of God come to pass.

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

PRAY THIS PRAYER
Strong God, You made heaven and earth and sea and everything in them. Give me fearless confidence to declare Your Message, as You stretch out Your hand to heal and miracles and wonders take place in the name of Your holy servant Jesus (Acts 4:24, 29-30). Amen!

u·ni·ty, noun
The state or quality of being one or united into a whole. The state or quality of being in accord; harmony. Singleness or constancy of purpose or action; continuity.

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

Be Strong and Courageous

Friday, August 14th, 2015

Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the Lord your God is the one who goes with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. Deuteronomy 31:6

RELY ON GOD’S STRENGTH. When Moses gave this last counsel to Joshua, the bottom line is not “be strong” but instead “the Lord your God goes with you.” If we misinterpret this scripture, we would then rely on human performance instead of trusting in God’s strength. Avoid this temptation – especially if you are in a transitional time like Joshua and Moses were – by constantly affirming who God is in your life. Wait on Him to give you new strength (Isaiah 40:31).

“I know the plans that I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11

YOUR FUTURE IS SECURE. In the day of change, God will give you courage to navigate. The Early Church was born into a weird, hedonistic culture; yet they were required to step up and draw from the strength and courage that God supplied. You can step up too, knowing God will never fail you or forsake you. You can command the devil to take his fingers off your generation. When you resist him he must leave in the Name of Jesus and let go of your thought life, let go of your loved ones, let go of those who are bound in darkness.

DAILY CONFESSION

God has given to me every place where the sole of my foot treads. No man shall be able to stand before me all the days of my life. As God was with Moses, as God was with Joshua, as God was with the Early Church, so He is with me! He will never fail me or forsake me (Joshua 1:3-5).

cour·age, noun
Mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty.

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. “Courage.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 12 August 2015.

Seeing Through the Lens of God’s Word

Monday, January 26th, 2015

[I] do not cease giving thanks for you, while making mention of you in my prayers; that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him. Ephesians 1:16-17

Look to Jesus. So often, people look at Jesus through the filter of their struggles and conflicts. But Jesus is calling us to look directly at Him. Not to deny that problems exist, but to deny Satan the right to dominate us.

The Word Brings Faith. Christianity is not a baseless optimism, but it is a biblical hope. Go to the Scriptures and look through the lens of God’s promises of provision, healing, and breakthrough. Faith will come! A spirit of wisdom and revelation will rise up in you and the truth of what God says will become more dominant than your current circumstances.

I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. Ephesians 1:18-19a

Light Excels Darkness. Whether you are experiencing high times or hard times, God’s grace is going to see you through (Philippians 4:11-13). If the devil has backed you into a corner of despair, God’s Word will shine light in the darkest situations in your relationships, in your marriage, and in your finances (Psalm 119:130). Even though you don’t know everything that’s ahead, God does, and He has plans to give you a future and a hope (Jeremiah 29:11).

Daily Confession:
This is a year of advancement and breakthrough. I won’t back down from God’s plans and purposes. I thank God for a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him. I pray that the eyes of my understanding may be enlightened that I may know what is the hope of God’s calling and what are the riches of the glory of the inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward those who believe!

Lens, noun
Something that facilitates and influences perception, comprehension, or evaluation.

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. Footnote: “Lens.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 19 Jan. 2015.

Get Renewed!

Monday, January 5th, 2015

Call to Me and I will answer you, and I will tell you great and mighty things, which you do not know. Jeremiah 33:3

Get Back to Your First Love. Every day God offers us a fresh start, a new opportunity to push the reset button and turn our eyes to Him. He knows what to do when nobody else does.

Get Strengthened. If you have an area of weakness, go to the Word concerning that specific issue and get fortified. God’s Word pushes back darkness and brings confidence, assurance, and hope.

Get Wisdom. “But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him” (James 1:5). The inclusive phrasing “if ANY of you” means wisdom is available for all: from the newest Christian, to the burned-out believer, to the person doing great.

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

Get Joyful. Paul wrote these verses in a context of challenge, but with full confidence in God’s faithfulness. It’s good to be alive today. If you feel 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.

Daily Confession:
God has a plan and I can trust Him. He that has begun a good work in me will perform it till the day of Christ (Philippians 1:6). Whatever is true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, of good report, if there is any excellence and anything worthy of praise, I meditate on these things (Philippians 4:8).

re•new, verb
To make like new, restore to freshness, vigor, or perfection. To make new spiritually, regenerate. To restore to existence, revive, to begin again.

Happy New Year!
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. “Renew.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 10 Dec. 2014.