Posts Tagged ‘the Word of God’

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.

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. “Remember.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. 11 October 2017.

Power for Life

Saturday, October 15th, 2016

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.” Acts 1:8

God has given us spiritual power tools that take us from a hand saw to a power saw; from a shovel to a front-end loader; from a mediocre situation to supernatural strength. If you feel stuck in a pit or depressed, it’s time to utilize some of these powerful tools from your toolbox.

1. THE NAME OF JESUS. For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name.(Philippians 2:9). When we pray to the Father in the name of Jesus, it changes everything. When we use the authority of the name of Jesus, situations change, mountains move, demons flee, and bodies are healed.

2. THE BLOOD OF JESUS. In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace (Ephesians 1:7). Because Jesus shed His blood on the Cross, we are forgiven and healed, and we overcome. The blood of Jesus can cover and protect you and your family as it did in ancient Egypt when death passed over the homes with the blood of a lamb on the doorposts (Exodus 12).

3. THE WORD OF GOD. The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever (Isaiah 40:8). God’s Word is the basis for every step in all aspects of our existence. It’s eternal. It’s truth. It plows through circumstances. When you have alarming symptoms, you can stand on the Word of God. His promises never fail and they are our foundation.

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

DAILY CONFESSION James 5:16 AMP
My heartfelt and persistent prayer will accomplish much when put into action and made effective by God—it is dynamic and will have tremendous power in the Name of Jesus.

pow·er, noun
Great or marked ability to do or act; strength; might; force.

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. “Power”. Dictionary.com Unabridged. Random House, Inc. 11 October 2016 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.

Called for Such a Time as This

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this? Esther 4:14

Your Steps Are Ordered. Your times are in God’s hands, and just as He did for
Esther when it was her time to step up, He will establish your steps too (Psalm 31:15; Psalm 37:23). As you seek and pursue Him, you can trust that He will bring order to seemingly random events in your life.

Equipped to Make an Impact. God wants to equip you for every good work to do His will (2 Timothy 3:17; Hebrews 13:20-21). Jesus said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father” (John 14:12). As you seek God and make yourself available to Him, He will strongly support you (2 Chronicles 16:9a).

For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:6

Have the End In Mind. It’s critical to get rooted and tethered in the Word of God. If life gets dark, step out into the light of God’s Word, which is a lamp to your feet (Psalm 119:105). If you get weak, the spiritual nutrition of the Word will fortify and stabilize you, and you can face each day knowing you’ve been called for such a time as this.

Daily Confession
God is at work in me both to will and to do of His good pleasure (Philippians 2:13). He is the shepherd and guardian of my soul (1 Peter 2:25b). I fix my eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of my faith (Hebrews 12:2a). I know the plans God has for me, plans for welfare and not for calamity to give me a future and a hope (Jeremiah 29:11).

or•der, noun
The sequence or arrangement of things or events. A fixed or definite plan. A state or condition in which everything is in its right place and functioning properly.

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. Scripture taken from The Message. Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002. Used by permission of NavPress Publishing Group. “Order.” Webster’s New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio.

Strength From God

Monday, April 16th, 2012

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. Ephesians 6:10-11

Satan will try to keep you from fulfilling the things assigned for you to do (1 Thessalonians 2:18). But God has given you the power to overcome everything that comes your way. Whatever set of circumstances you’re dealing with—sin patterns, hurts from past abuse, even self-inflicted misery—God wants to deliver you. His Word is true. You can drive a stake in the ground and stand firm knowing that at the name of Jesus demons flee.

Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass. 1 Thessalonians 5:24

If you feel unsure of where you are in life right now, the confidence-producing Word of God will adjust you back into your purpose. Cast down the weirdness in your head. Don’t underestimate the power of cracking open your Bible when you don’t feel like it, opening your mouth and praising God, and staying in fellowship with other believers. This consistency will sustain you.

For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:6

If your vision has gotten disrupted or your momentum is crippled by hurts, challenges, and trials, continue to stand and resist the devil—God is at work (Ephesians 6:13-14). Don’t live in the distortion of the moment. Lift up your eyes and look to God to receive strength and strategy. As Paul said: “We learn to not trust in ourselves but in God who raises the dead” (2 Corinthians 1:9). There are miracles God has up ahead for you, mountains to climb, ground to gain, and people to reach. His sustaining grace will bring you through and enable you to fulfill the call.

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.