Posts Tagged ‘trust God’

Keep Your Confidence in God

Friday, June 28th, 2019

Therefore, do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised. Hebrews 10:35-36

1. GET FREE FROM THE PAST. We are not called to just survive, but to win. If you feel stuck and behind, don’t lose heart. God sent Jesus to strengthen you and free you. Take time to fortify what you believe by reading the Bible. Instead of speaking only what you may feel about yourself, speak out what God says about your life. Example: I am a new creation in Christ! The old things have passed away. New things have come.

Fight the good fight of faith. 1 Timothy 6:12a

2. TRUST GOD WITH THE PRESENT. The past is gone, we don’t have the future yet, but we do have today. Today God is working behind the scenes on your behalf. Today God is faithful to you. Today you can reset, shake off any unbelief, and start relying on God. Example: This is the day that the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it!

Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary. Galatians  6:9

3. LOOK TO THE END RESULT. Humanity is flawed and broken but, because of Jesus, we have reconciliation with God. We can look ahead to eternity because we know that we are just passing through this world. We also know that God promises we will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living (Psalm 27:13). Look to the harvest of souls and anticipate the fulfillment of God’s promises. His every word is true. Example: Jesus is the Resurrection and the Life! Even if I die, I live.

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

PRAY THIS PRAYER:
For You are my hope; O Lord God, You are my confidence from my youth (Psalm 71:5). For the Lord will be my confidence and will keep my foot from being caught (Proverbs 3:26).

con•fi•dence, noun
A belief or conviction that an outcome will be favorable. Belief in the certainty of something. Trust or faith in a person or thing. A trusting relationship.

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Walking with God

Friday, June 7th, 2019


The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters. He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Psalm 23:1
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1. FIND REST. God has called us to a life that is different than it was before we knew Him—to a life of joy and abundance (John 10:10). If you’ve been distracted and things have gotten bland spiritually or you’ve been so filled with anxiety that you can’t rest, be assured that God wants to bring you into a place of focus and peace.

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 4:6-7

2. FLOW WITH GOD. Imagine you are canoeing down a river. The flow and current are in the middle of the river. If you veer over to the edge, the water is slow and sometimes stagnant. We all want to be in the deep, beautiful, blue water where we hardly have to paddle. That’s what our walk with God can be like when we are flowing with Him.

For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. Romans 8:14

3. FIGHT AND WIN. God’s Word is sure footing and He has answers corresponding to every weirdness that tries to come at you. When you sit at the feet of Jesus, your mind gets renewed. That’s where you get revelation and instruction so you can stand up to fight and win the battles of life.

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing. 2 Timothy 4:7-8

Put your trust in God,
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

DAILY CONFESSION:
God gives strength to the weary. And to those who lack might, He increases power. As I wait on the Lord I 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 (Isaiah 40:29, 31).

walk•ing, verb
To live or behave in a specified manner. To be or act in association with. To advance by steps.

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Three Ways to Build Your Hope

Friday, April 12th, 2019

“For 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

1. REPLACE WORRY WITH TRUST. We are called to be a hopeful people and walk in constant expectation of impending good. This isn’t an artificial optimism; we know life is rough and this is a fallen world. Real hope is a biblically-based understanding of who God is and what He has promised. God is a present help right now – for you. (Psalm 46:1). The Eternal God watches over His Word to perform it – for you (Jeremiah 1:12).

You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:13

2. REPLACE DISTRACTION WITH FOCUS ON GOD. God is the most important part of our lives. If we have a problem, God has the answer. He invites us to seek Him (Jeremiah 29:13). He radiates wisdom and provision. He promises that when we seek, we will find (Matthew 7:7).

3. REPLACE COPING WITH OVERCOMING. We are created in Christ for something more than just surviving – God wants to do something significant through our lives. Some of you are facing issues that you haven’t mentioned to anyone. Cast those difficulties on the Lord. He promises to deliver you and then equip you to provide hope and help for someone else! God is good. Give your limitations to Him and put your hope in Him.

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

PRAY THIS PRAYER:
“God, I need help. I trust You. You are a sun and shield; You give grace and glory; No good thing do You withhold from those who walk uprightly (Psalm 84:11). You said to ask, and it will be given to me; seek, and I will find; knock, and the door will be opened to me (Matthew 7:7). I fix my hope on You (1 Timothy 4:10). Thank You for making Your wisdom available to me. I ask You for it right now. Show me what to do. In Jesus’ Name, amen!”

hope, verb
To cherish a desire with anticipation. To desire with expectation of obtainment or fulfillment. To expect with confidence: Trust.

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How to Build for Eternity

Friday, February 22nd, 2019

And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
1 Corinthians 13:13

1. USE THE RIGHT COMPONENTS. Concrete is a durable building material composed of three things: rock, cement, and water. The Romans began construction on the Pantheon dome in 27 AD, and this concrete marvel still stands over 2,000 years later! Just as three elements come together to form concrete, so FAITH (belief and trust in God), HOPE (confident expectation of what God has promised), and LOVE (valuing and forgiving others because God first loved us) mix together to create the lasting substance of a Christian life.

2. GO BACK TO THE BASICS. The devil is real and he will try to antagonize us in areas of uncertainty. That’s why it’s important we reacquaint ourselves with what the Word of God says about how we should shape our lives and not just go by our assumptions. Take time to study scriptures about faith, hope, and love and how they can work in your life!

3. LET GOD BE THE BUILDER. You are under construction and God has designed you for longevity, for stability, and for purpose. God has achievements ahead for you that you can’t even grasp yet! Don’t underestimate the stabilizing you can bring into the marketplace, in a society, in a culture. As you stay in faith and maintain your hope and walk in love, watch your life become a steadying structure for those around you.

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

DAILY CONFESSION:
I trust You, God. I walk by faith and not by sight. I am an imitator of You, and I walk in love, just as Christ also loved me. I take hold of this sure and steadfast hope set before me and let it be an anchor for my soul. Above all, I’ll keep fervent in my love for others, because love covers a multitude of sins (2 Corinthians 5:7; Ephesians 5:1-2; Hebrews 6:19; 1 Peter 4:8).

a·bide, verb
To endure without yielding: withstand. To wait for: await. To remain stable or fixed in a state. To continue in a place.

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Patterns of Provision

Friday, September 28th, 2018

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget none of His benefits. Psalm 103:2

1. DON’T FRET. It’s easy to get agitated and freaked out about life, but God wants to lead us by quiet waters and restore our souls (Psalm 23:2). Anxiety in a heart weighs it down, but a good word makes it glad (Proverbs 12:25). Find the good word you need in the Bible. Its pages reveal God’s consistent provision through the ages. That faithful, stabilizing, abundant God is your God and you can trust Him to sustain you all through your life.

Do not fret because of evildoers, be not envious toward wrongdoers. For they will wither quickly like the grass and fade like the green herb. Psalm 37:1-2

2. DON’T BE ENVIOUS. As Christians, we aren’t driven, we’re called – and there is a big difference between the two. We aren’t driven by envy, jealousy, or fear of missing out. Instead we are called to proclaim God’s good news (Luke 4:17-19), called to bear fruit (John 15:16) and called out of darkness into God’s marvelous light (1 Peter 2:9). Meditate on Psalm 37 and let His overflowing abundance fill your heart with contentment. God has more than enough of everything you need.

Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness. Delight yourself in the Lord; and He will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:3-4

3. TRUST IN THE LORD. God provides, and He is absolutely consistent and faithful. Look at all the provision that comes out of the earth – He created dirt so that we can put seeds in the ground and food will grow. It’s a good reminder that God supplies. Sometimes fear can make us dread what lies ahead. But when we are trusting God, we can look forward to the future with peace and full confidence that God is our provider.

4. DELIGHT IN THE LORD. The best part of life is knowing God, loving Him, and having the assurance that He really loves you. It flips our priorities and focus away from our circumstances and toward God. Don’t be enamored with people or fearful of them. I’ve met true greatness and His name is Jesus. Yield to God and desire His will to be done in your life. It’s the best way to live.

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

DAILY CONFESSION:
I cast all my cares, anxieties, worries, and concerns once and for all on Jesus, for He cares about me with deepest affection and watches over me very carefully (1 Peter 5:7 AMP). I am God’s own possession called to proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called me out of darkness into His marvelous light (1 Peter 2:9).

de·light, verb
To take or give great pleasure or joy.

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Rely on God

Friday, June 29th, 2018

For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return there without watering the earth and making it bear and sprout, and furnishing seed to the sower and bread to the eater; so will My Word be which goes forth from My mouth; it will not return to Me empty, without accomplishing what I desire, and without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it. Isaiah 55:10-11

1. GOD FINISHES WHAT HE BEGINS. As realistically as rain and snow come from heaven to replenish the earth, so God’s Word will replenish you and accomplish what God desires. Let this truth resonate in your spirit: He who has begun a good work will perfect and perform it in you—regardless if you are nine or ninety-nine (Philippians 1:6).

2. GOD WORKS EVERYTHING OUT FOR GOOD. God has designed us, male and female, in His image, for amazing purposes – for accomplishment, excellence, and breakthrough. He knows more about your future than you know about your past. When something doesn’t seem to reconcile, put it on the altar knowing that God causes all things to work together for good for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28).

For it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure. Philippians 2:13

3. GOD WILL BRING YOU THROUGH THE BATTLE. We’ve all had times when we responded pathetically to our battles; yet God still brought us through. It’s not because we are “all that,” but because we rely on our accomplishing God. So cast your worries, cares, troubles, and anxiety on Him because He cares for you deeply, watchfully, and affectionately, and He is faithful. God will accomplish that which concerns you.

God loves you,
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

DAILY CONFESSION:
The Lord will perfect that which concerns me. I will accomplish what God has called me to do today. I fix my eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of my faith. I won’t be hijacked by lesser things, but I will lay aside every encumbrance and sin that entangles, and I will run with endurance.

re·ly, verb
To depend confidently; to put trust in.

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It’s All Working Out for Good!

Friday, June 22nd, 2018

And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28

1. THE DREAM. Joseph had a vision for his life. But sometimes, in between the dream and the fulfillment, ridiculous stuff can happen. Joseph’s brothers threw him into a pit and then sold him to some Ishmaelites. Then, in Egypt, he was unjustly thrown into prison. From age 17 to 30 his dream was challenged, but then God opened the door.

2. THE BATTLE. Joseph was faithful even when at his lowest. If you are weary and fatigued from protracted battles, receive God’s refreshing today. Stay faithful, overcome resentment, and trust God. He redeemed Joseph’s life and He will turn your situation around too.

As for you, you meant evil against me [Joseph], but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive. Genesis 50:20

3. THE RESULT. One day Joseph was in prison and the next he was the second in command in Egypt. Don’t quit. God turned things around for Joseph’s life, but God also used him to save an entire nation from starvation. Take hold of this biblical concept—that God causes all things to work together for good—and apply it at your job, with your family, to your dreams. God is so good and He cares for you and loves you. You can trust Him to come through for you every time!

God loves you,
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

DAILY CONFESSION:
I was born for such a time as this. All things to work together for good to those who love God, and are called according to His purpose. My circumstances are turning out for the greater progress of the Gospel (Esther 4:14; Romans 8:28; Philippians 1:12).

re·sult, noun
Something that follows naturally from a particular action, operation, or course; a consequence or outcome. Favorable or desired outcomes

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Called for Such a Time as This

Friday, June 8th, 2018

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

1. 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.

2. 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). Signs and wonders follow an obedient life.

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

3. 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 and a light to your path (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.

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

DAILY CONFESSION:
God is at work in me both to will and to do of His good pleasure (Philippians 2:13). 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.

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Walking by Faith

Friday, July 22nd, 2016

Peter said to Him, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” And He said, “Come!” And Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But seeing the wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and took hold of him, and said to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?” Matthew 14:28-31

1. STEP OUT OF THE BOAT. God is calling us to be brave and courageous. When we look at circumstances around us, it seems against human logic to step out in faith at God’s bidding. But when we get out of the boat in obedience, nations can be saved, families can be turned around, and individuals can be restored.

He who watches the wind will not sow and he who looks at the clouds will not reap. Ecclesiastes 11:4

2. DON’T WATCH THE WIND. God has called us to a life of faith—to trust Him, believe in His promises, and sow and reap. Instead of fixating on the winds and storms of our times, we are invited to get our eyes on Jesus. What God is going to do in the days ahead includes each one of us. Remain hopeful. There is help for us in God.

3. KEEP LOOKING TO JESUS. He is the hope of the world. All the best that has been or ever will be is in Jesus. He is where your help comes from (Psalm 121:2). People are doing a good job of communicating bad news—but we are to keep speaking the Good News, to keep praying for our world, and to keep believing God for His plan to come to pass on the earth.

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

DAILY CONFESSION
I walk by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7). For it is God who is at work in me both to will and to work for His good pleasure (Philippians 2:13). Faithful is He who calls me and He will also bring it to pass (1 Thessalonians 5:24). At Jesus’ bidding I will step out of the boat and fulfill all that God has called me to do!

Look, verb
To turn one’s glance or gaze. To turn one’s attention; attend. To turn one’s expectations.

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How to Be Used by God

Friday, March 11th, 2016

The angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.” Luke 1:35a

1. COMMIT BY FAITH. When Mary was told she was going to supernaturally give birth to the Son of God, she asked “How can these things be?” The angel replied, “By the power of the Holy Spirit.” You and I are called to put our hands to building and to trust God for fruitfulness throughout our lives. But when you commit to anything big, you recognize your own inadequacy and inexperience. That’s why God reminds us that it’s not by our might or power but by His Spirit (Zechariah 4:6).

Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it. Psalm 127:1a

2. TRUST GOD IN EVERY SEASON. Jesus is your sustainer. Since the Lord is building the house, you can be assured that your work will be effective. Life has its rhythms—seedtime and harvest—but God is the author and finisher of your faith from the beginning to the middle to the end (Hebrews 12:2).

3. GET READY FOR THE HARVEST. There is going to be a day coming soon when Jesus will come back with power. Those in the valley of decision need to hear the Gospel, and the task of getting the message to the people is upon us. By the grace of God we can prepare for it and engage our generation and win our world. Get ready to see a tremendous number of people get saved and go on to serve God for the rest of their lives.

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

DAILY CONFESSION
The path of the righteous will grow brighter and brighter till the full day (Proverbs 4:18). Whatever I put my hand to will prosper (Deuteronomy 28:8). God, help me to advance Your purposes. The Gospel will flourish in my generation—JESUS will be famous and received as Savior all over the world.

sus·tain, verb
To give support or relief to. To supply with sustenance. To support the weight of. To buoy up. To bear up under.

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