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Three Steps to Renew Your Hope

Friday, February 8th, 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. TRUST GOD’S PROMISES. The prophet Jeremiah wrote these words almost 500 years before Jesus came to earth; yet we still have a right to this promise of hope. The same God who declared a future and a hope to an exiled people is our God today. He never changes (Hebrews 13:8). And because Jesus died for the sins of all humanity, we have a new covenant “inaugurated under better promises” (Hebrews 8:6). How much more are we now called to hope.

2. COMMIT TO GOD’S PRIORITIES. It is our responsibility to keep our hopes alive. Start your day with devotion to Jesus. Just as we follow through on commitments even when we don’t feel like it – going to work, taking care of our kids, etc. – we must set Jesus as a priority day in and day out. Read a Proverb a day, find a good devotional, read some Psalms, read a chapter of the New Testament. When we continually remind ourselves what God’s Word says, then we become equipped, encouraged, and established in truth (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:12-13).

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. RELY ON GOD’S PERSPECTIVE. Hope and faith do not deny reality. They are the product of trust in God’s faithfulness. Faith-filled believers understand that more is going on than what they can see. As Christians, we are called to have faith and hope that God is creating a masterpiece, even if we can’t yet see how it all ties together. So keep praying, keep loving others, don’t cave into negative bias, stay in the Word – and watch God use you as a voice of hope in the world.

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

PRAY THIS PRAYER:
I love You, Jesus. Today I renew my devotion to You. You are Lord and I give You first place in my life. Help me to be ready to give an account for the hope that is in me to anyone who asks. And help me to do it with gentleness and respect (1 Peter 3:15). Amen!

prom·ise, noun
A declaration that one will do or refrain from doing something specified. Reason to expect something. To pledge to do, bring about, or provide (verb).

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Prayer Brings Breakthrough

Friday, June 12th, 2015

And Jesus answered saying to them, “Have faith in God. Truly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says is going to happen, it will be granted him.” Mark 11:22-23

1. Foundation of Faith – God
Have faith in God. This simple yet powerful statement reminds us that God is looking for people who will pray in faith. You are able to pray the prayer of faith when you have spent time in God’s Word, seeking out His will about a particular subject (Romans 10:17).

2. Function of Faith – Believe, Speak & Pray
When you delve into the Word and become aware of God’s promises, it produces confidence in your approach to life. Mountains represent looming things that don’t seem like they can move, but go they must—overwhelming situations, a rebellious child, a broken heart, troubled marriages—you know that things will turn around because Jesus said they must.

Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be granted you. Whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father who is in heaven will also forgive you your transgressions. Mark 11:24-25

3. Qualification of Faith – Forgive
Show mercy, be quick to forgive, and be quick to ask for forgiveness. Take time to realize the value of prayer in your everyday life. Look to God and trust Him for clarity on the decisions you have to make on a daily basis. As we pray according to the Word of God, the breakthrough will come!

Pray This Prayer
God’s ear is inclined to my prayer (Psalm 116:2; Proverbs 15:29). I draw near with confidence to the throne of grace so that I may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need (Hebrews 4:16). God, I need wisdom today and I have confidence that when I ask according to Your will, You hear me and I know I have the requests I ask of You (1 John 5:14-15).

Trust, noun
Reliance on the character, ability, strength, or truth of someone or something.
One in which confidence is placed.

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

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Rely on God: Part Two

Monday, December 12th, 2011

Cast your burden on the Lord [releasing the weight of it] and He will sustain you; He will never allow the [consistently] righteous to be moved (made to slip, fall, or fail). Psalm 55:22 AMP

There is always the “day before the breakthrough”: the period of time when the weapons of mass distraction—anxiety, worry, lethargy—assail us. The devil loves to attack when we’re in these areas and times of uncertainty. But God is consistent. You can trust Him. As you read this, I pray that a spirit of faith will stir in your heart and you will be able to connect with just how faithful God is.

When you purpose to fulfill God’s plan for your life, you become a greater threat to the forces of darkness, so of course you are going to elicit a challenge. Any twig can float with the current. But the salmon swim upstream, over waterfalls and past grizzly bears, to reach their goal. Some of you are having a five-year challenge. Some of you wish it could have been just a five-year challenge because yours has stretched into a 20- or 30-year battle. But no matter how protracted your battle has been, God wants to see you through!

Most people who succeed in the face of seemingly impossible conditions are people who simply don’t know how to quit. Robert Schuller

Get specific. What is the primary thing bothering you right now? Take that item of worry and find corresponding promises in the Scriptures. Start speaking them over your situation. Go to God and trust Him to sort out that specific thing. No one else but God has the ability and inclination to care about your situation as if you’re the only person in the universe.

. . . Run in such a way that you may win. 1 Corinthians 9:24

Some of you are in the last phase of running your specific battle. Increase your expectation. Don’t drop off at 75 percent; stand for the next 25 percent! God knows the number of hairs on your head (Luke 12:7). He knows each item, each issue, and if you cast your cares on Him, He’ll work it all together for good (Romans 8:28).

God is faithful,
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

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Fulfill the Call

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

Not that I have already obtained it or have already become perfect, but I press on so that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus. Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:12-14

God’s will can be accepted and fulfilled. We must fight through the incredible discouragement that tries to numb us as we go through life, and press toward the upward call. It’s a fight worth fighting. There is breakthrough on the other side of the mountain, a reward at the end. You are not designed to be just in maintenance mode, but you are called to impact the world.

Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. Hebrews 12: 1-3

This amazing verse tells us in no uncertain terms that God has set a race before us. Fixing your eyes on Jesus will give you the crystal clear vision to fulfill God’s will. Let your heart become filled with the Word of God. It’s our job to get before the Lord and, like Paul, ask, “What wilt Thou have me to do?” (Acts 9:6b KJV). And keep asking. Be faithful to lay aside every encumbrance—all the ridiculous challenges and trials, the distractions and hindrances, the vision-blurring junk, the sin that so easily entangles us.

There are people out there who need our obedience, who need our tenacity. Just as Jesus and Paul fulfilled the Father’s plan, it’s our turn now. God is looking for a breed of people who won’t back down, to commission us as partners to carry the Gospel. God wants to use the church as a launching pad to the nations through all kinds of avenues—we are just scratching the surface now. So lay aside the restraints and press on to the upward call.

I (Paul) have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith. 2 Timothy 4:7

I (Jesus) glorified You on the earth, having accomplished the work which You have given Me to do. John 17:4

I trust You, Lord, to bring all Your plans to pass.
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

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Keep Jesus Central

Monday, December 20th, 2010

For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them. Ephesians 2:10

Overcome an Identity Crisis. Our generation has a collective identity crisis—a disorientation that comes on people as a result of being brought up under disruptive, fast-paced situations. With all the bombardment that comes with the Information Age, we need to get our priorities straight about who gets our attention. When we make Jesus central in our lives, we overcome apathy, fear, and disorientation and become ignited with something significant to deposit in our world.

Understand the Times. There was a group of people in the Bible, Issachar’s tribe, who were described as understanding the times and who had knowledge of what to do (1 Chronicles 12:32). That’s what God wants us to be in our generation! Not like the Pharisees who Jesus said didn‘t recognize the time of their visitation and totally missed what God was doing in their generation (Luke 19:39-44). The plans God has for you are considerable—don’t underestimate your moment.

Jesus fulfills. Jesus is not just one of a myriad of religious concepts in this pluralistic, relativistic world. He is the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father except through Jesus (John 14:6).

“There is a God-shaped vacuum in the heart of every man which cannot be filled by any created thing, but only by God, the Creator, made known through Jesus.”
Blaise Pascal ~ Mathematician, Philosopher & Physicist

Take it to the world. Jesus, the resurrection and the life (John 11:25), the exact representation of the Father (Hebrews 1:3), is looking for people whose hearts are completely His that He may strongly support them (2 Chronicles 16:9). If you make Jesus central—your priority, the main deal—it will cause the confusion to dissipate and position you to be a voice in your generation. Reject apathy and trust the Savior to activate you beyond what you can even imagine.

Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look on the fields, that they are white for harvest. John 4:35b

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

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Traction to Enable Progress

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith. Hebrews 12:1-2a NKJV

The definition for traction is “the act of drawing or pulling.” In wheels and shoes, traction is represented by the adhesive grip that gives you the stability you need to make progress. Though we’ve never passed this way in life before, we can run this race with confidence because we know Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, has provided traction for each step of the journey.

God’s Word is the grip that is the surety under our feet—it’s the salt and the sand under our tires in the snow. He wants to reinforce traction and stabilize things so we can move forward in boldness.

But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, which shines brighter and brighter until the full day. Let your eyes look directly ahead and let your gaze be fixed straight in front of you. Watch the path of your feet and all your ways will be established. Proverbs 4:18, 25-26

But whoever keeps His word, in him the love of God has truly been perfected. By this we know that we are in Him: the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked. 1 John 2:5-6

But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. Galatians 5:16

Gaze straight ahead at God and only glance at your problem (Proverbs 4:25). God’s strategy for each one of us is that we don’t spin our wheels, stay stuck, or veer off course, but we connect with divine appointments, be strong, and do exploits.

Walk forward,
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

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Proclaiming the Excellencies of Him

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. 1 Peter 2:9

God created us because He wanted to, and we are called to show how good He is in word and deed. But how can we do that unless we know the wonderful, praiseworthy things of our God?

Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never forget the good things He does for me. He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases. He redeems me from death and crowns me with love and tender mercies. He fills my life with good things. My youth is renewed like the eagle’s! Psalm 103:2-5 NLT

God is our rock, our fortress, and our deliverer! He is our shield, salvation, and stronghold (Psalm 18:1-3). Go back into the Word and see who God is. Stir up your love and affection for Him. Be like David who gazed at God and only glanced at his problems.

O Lord, how my adversaries have increased! Many are rising up against me. Many are saying of my soul, “There is no deliverance for him in God.” Selah. But You, O Lord, are a shield about me, my glory, and the One who lifts my head. Psalm 3:1-3

God has a hold on your life. Don’t ever imagine that you are out there alone, weak and frail. God’s grip is strong enough to hold on to you and never let go.

Trust Him.
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

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Strength at Every Turn

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man. Ephesians 3:14-16

The people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits. Daniel 11:32b NKJV
The Bible says that when we spend time with God and get to know His voice and His heart, we will reap two amazing benefits: Strength will come to us and we will be empowered to do exploits.

Yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength. Isaiah 40:31a
We all need new strength all the time. My heroes are people who are strong in God and thrive decade after decade. Those planted in the house of the Lord will flourish and bear fruit in old age (Psalm 92:13-14).

I love you, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge; my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies. Psalm 18:1-3
When sorrows weigh on us, doubts rise up in our soul, and our burdens are too much to bear—God is our refuge. He is an invisible yet real fortification around our lives to protect and deliver us.

We live in a crazy, fallen world, but we serve a God who is trustworthy. He never fails or lies or breaks a single promise. So don’t look back and wish you had done things differently. Instead, look forward and trust in God’s ability to restore. His strength is available for you at every turn.

God is trustworthy!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

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Be Bold!

Monday, June 7th, 2010

The wicked flee when no one is pursuing, but the righteous are bold as a lion. Proverbs 28:1

“BOLD” – adjective: Fearless and daring; courageous.

Boldness is not an appeal to our own personality and doesn’t emanate from our humanity. The apostle Paul told Timothy to be strong in the grace that is Christ Jesus (2 Timothy 2:1). Joshua Chapter 1 says four times, “Only be strong and very courageous.” Boldness is not a suggestion: it’s a commandment!

Righteousness will make you bold! When you are moving in sin, it hampers your confidence, causing you to be insecure. But when you are filled with the awareness that you are made right with God, you become bold, knowing that the worst condition of your life—sin—has been resolved!

Courage. Have you ever seen a zombie movie? The goal is to avoid becoming one. Instead of responding to crisis or challenge by entering denial or becoming numb and paralyzed with fear, we are called to respond proactively with boldness. When David
faced Goliath, the entire Israelite army, including King Saul, had become numb with fear. But David, drawing on past breakthroughs where he had seen God’s faithfulness, chose to boldly face the impossible and watch God turn things around!

You come to me with a sword, a spear, and a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have taunted. 1 Samuel 17:45

Trust. “When I am afraid, I will put my trust in You” (Psalm 56:3). True boldness is not baseless optimism or a loud personality; it is a courageous faith that God will come through for you every time!

“Go at it boldly and you’ll find unexpected forces closing around you and coming to your aid.” –Basil King, author

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

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Faith

Monday, May 24th, 2010

And Jesus answered saying to them, “Have faith in God. Truly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says is going to happen, it shall be granted him.” Mark 11:22-23

Have faith in a faithful God. To understand faith, look no farther than the One who is ever urging us onward, the One who is ever present and all about seeking and saving. We need to trust God, who is our teacher, and study the Word, which is more than a history book—it’s God’s heart revealed.

Refuse to doubt in your heart. The devil is a liar and tries to rip off people who are victorious and make them feel as if they are losers. The only counter action to a lie is the truth, and the truth of the Bible brings clarity to everything. As Lester Sumrall said: “Feed your faith and starve your doubts to death.”

Therefore I [Jesus] say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they shall be granted you. Whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone; so that your Father who is in heaven will also forgive you your transgressions. Mark 11:24-25.

Pray in no uncertain terms. When you know God’s will according to His Word, you can pray with full confidence that your prayer will be answered. It’s not just babbling words—it’s a heart connection that happens when God’s Word becomes alive to you. “The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous
power available [dynamic in its working]” (James 5:16 AMP).

Whenever you stand praying, forgive. Forgiveness is such a critical piece of the faith walk. Maintain a clear conscience and forgive—this includes forgiving yourself. Life is a fight of faith, but the Bible tells us it’s a good fight (1 Timothy 6:12) because Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil, and God has given us the ability to speak to impossible situations and see them turn around!

God is faithful!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

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