Posts Tagged ‘victory’

Fruit of the Spirit

Friday, April 21st, 2017

But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:16, 22-23

1. WALKING BY THE SPIRIT. When you receive Jesus as your Savior, your spirit is made alive in God! You become a child of God and you have the ability to hear His voice and receive His guidance. These are blessings attached to choosing the things of God. These attributes—love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control—are the tools that give us victory in life.

Be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth. Ephesians 4:23-24

2. RENEWING YOUR SPIRIT. God has called us to walk in a manner worthy of Him. His Word makes it possible for us to display the fruit of the Spirit instead of the deeds of the flesh. When you are consistently in the Word, then the Scriptures will be the first thing that comes to your mind when challenges try to overwhelm you. Speaking the Word will turn around the most impossible-looking situations.

3. ACTIVATING THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT. Every day we are being invited to get out of bed and walk by the Spirit—not letting primal instincts govern us, but letting the Holy Spirit pull us out of the flesh and into being divinely effective. As we fortify ourselves by getting in the Word, praying in the Spirit, and continually walking in love, we will become more sensitive to the subtle promptings of the Holy Spirit, and the fruit of the Spirit will show up powerfully in our lives.

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

DAILY CONFESSION
I am God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that I would walk in them (Ephesians 2:10). I am not conformed to this world, but am transformed by the renewing of my mind (Romans 12:2). I walk by the Spirit and I will not carry out the desire of the flesh. I daily walk in LOVE, JOY, PEACE, PATIENCE, KINDNESS, GOODNESS, FAITHFULNESS, GENTLENESS, and SELF-CONTROL.

fruit, noun
The effect or consequence of an action or operation: product, result.

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. “Fruit.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam- Webster, n.d. 17 April 2017.

The Assurance of Faith

Friday, September 23rd, 2016

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the men of old gained approval. And what more shall I say? For time will fail me if I tell of [those] . . . who by faith conquered kingdoms, performed acts of righteousness, obtained promises. . . Hebrews 11:1, 32-33

1. CONQUER KINGDOMS. Our place in life is to be more than conquerors (Romans 8:37). It’s not an earthly battle we’re fighting but a spiritual one against forces of wickedness (Ephesians 6:12). Jesus has given us delegated authority and we can pray from a position of victory, using Scripture to believe for great things to take place in our city, our region, and our nation.

By faith even Sarah herself received ability to conceive, even beyond the proper time of life, since she considered Him faithful who had promised. Hebrews 11:11

2. PERFORM ACTS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS. God has called us to be change agents in the world. No one thought the sound barrier could be broken or the mile could be run faster than four minutes. And God wants to equip us to press past previously-established barriers and carry out His plan.

For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us. 2 Corinthians 1:20 NKJV

3. OBTAIN PROMISES. Not one of God’s promises will ever fail (1 Kings 8:56). He is faithful to a thousand generations and He will be faithful to you (Deuteronomy 7:9). Read all of Hebrews 11 to see results of people who stepped out in faith. As you continually meditate on the promises of God, your faith will be strengthened and you can boldly reach out and take hold of those truths and see them come to pass in your life.

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

DAILY CONFESSION based on 2 Peter 1:3-4
God’s divine power has granted to me everything pertaining to life and godliness through the true knowledge of Him who called me by His own glory and excellence. By these He has granted to me His precious and magnificent promises so that by them I may become a partaker of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust.

as·sur·ance, noun
Freedom from doubt; certainty about something.

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. Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved. “Assurance.” The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition copyright © 2016 by Houghton.

The Word Is Your Counselor

Friday, August 21st, 2015

Your testimonies also are my delight; they are my counselors. Psalm 119:24

READ THE WORD. We need the guidance, direction, and counsel found in the Scriptures. The abundance of wisdom found in God’s Word from Genesis to Revelation is going to advance our lives, keep us from failing, and guide us to a place of victory and deliverance.

Where there is no guidance the people fall, but in abundance of counselors there is victory. Proverbs 11:14

GET FAITH FROM THE WORD. Jesus gives amazing counsel to the disciples in four powerful words: “Have faith in God” (Mark 11:22). Faith is not something we produce in our own power – it’s a result of feeding on the Word of God. Become “mighty in the Scriptures” like Apollos from the Early Church (Acts 18:24). Let the strength offered in the verses of the Bible inspire you to go forward in the purposes and plans God has for you.

This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success. Joshua 1:8

KEEP ON SPEAKING GOD’S WORD. Let the light of the Word get hold of you in the hospital room, in your car, in your cubicle at work, when you’re gripped with the oppression of the devil, when you don’t see or feel any encouragement or joy. Speak to the mountains, to the insecurities, to the ravages of time; speak to the oppression of man, to the worries of life, and command them to be taken up and cast into the sea (Mark 11:23).

DAILY CONFESSION:
Because of Jesus:
I am mighty in the Scriptures (Acts 18:24).
I fight the good fight of faith (1 Timothy 6:12).
I am strong and very courageous, for the Lord is with me wherever I go (Joshua 1:9).

coun·sel, noun
Advice or guidance, especially as solicited from a knowledgeable person.

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. “Counsel.” The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition copyright ©2014 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

What to Do When Troubles Hit Your Life

Saturday, May 23rd, 2015

1. Identify the Problem.
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.” Psalm 3:1-2.
A wise pastor once told me that the first step toward victory is admitting there is a problem. In this fallen world, we don’t get exempted from trouble, but God promises us strength and victory in the battle.

2. Identify the Solution.
But You, O Lord, are a shield about me, my glory, and the One who lifts my head Psalm 3:3.
“Real help comes from God” (Psalm 3:8 MSG). For King David, God was his solution, God was his focus, God was more important than title and position. What do we do in the day of trouble? Keep seeking God (Psalm 77:2a.)

3. Go to Battle.
I lay down and slept; I awoke, for the Lord sustains me. I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people who have set themselves against me round about Psalm 3:5-6.
David understood battle. Psalm 3:6 shows how he chose to stand in faith and refused to yield to the spirit of fear despite the overwhelming odds against him. God will see you through.

4. Start to Praise God.
Salvation belongs to the Lord; Your blessing be upon Your people! Psalm 3:8.
Take some time to lift your head and praise God. “Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise” (Psalm 100:4a). It can seem fake or hypocritical from the feelings standpoint, but it’s not. To press on and fight the fight of faith in the midst of your struggles is the best thing you can do!

Daily Confession Based on Psalm 3
God, You’re a shield for me. You’re the glory and lifter of my head. I was crying to the Lord with my voice, and He answered me from His holy mountain. I lay down and slept. I awoke, for the Lord sustains me. I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people who have set themselves against me round about. Salvation belongs to the Lord; Your blessing be upon Your people!

vic·to·ry, noun
The overcoming of an enemy or antagonist. Achievement of mastery or success in a struggle or endeavor against odds or difficulties.

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

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Established by God

Monday, September 1st, 2014

And David realized that the Lord had established him as king over Israel, and that his kingdom was highly exalted, for the sake of His people Israel. 1 Chronicles 14:2

Called by God. David realized something that we all need to understand: God wants to do extraordinary things in our lives. We are designed by God to connect with Him, to connect other people with Him, and to be fruitful and live significantly.

For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Hebrews 4:12

Get Sharp. If you are in an indecisive, fuzzy moment—double up on the Word of God, which is the divider between soul and spirit. If you feel super dull, connect with God. Do everything you can to wait on the Lord and gain new strength. You may not feel any anointing on your life right now, but the Author and the Finisher of your faith knows how to get you back on your feet.

Breakthrough. We can become hardened to difficulties but stay tender toward God. When the Philistines heard that David was anointed king, it provoked an attack (1 Chronicles 14:8). It caused him to “inquire of the Lord,” and then David was given strategy and the enemy was defeated. The attack comes because of the anointing, but victory will also come as we seek God.

The Lord will rise up . . . that He may do His work, His awesome work, and bring to pass His act, His unusual act. Isaiah 28:21 NKJV

Pray This Prayer:
God, thank You that You have sent Your Holy Spirit to guide me into all the truth. Help me to identify and fulfill those key things You have designed me for. I pray I walk in a manner that is so effective that it brings a multitude out of the valley of decision into the conclusion to receive Jesus. If You can make a valley of dry bones come to life (Ezekiel 37), then You can bring our generation into the Kingdom of God by the hundreds of millions. In Jesus’ Name, amen.

es•tab•lish, verb
To put in a position, role, etc., that will last for a long time. To make firm or stable. To put into a favorable position

Press On!
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. “Establish.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 20 Aug. 2014.

Power to Overcome

Monday, February 25th, 2013

These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world. John 16:33

Because of Jesus, you can renew your determination to overcome in life—not in your own strength but by the power of God. When Jesus blasted out of the grave He offered powerless humanity the power of the Holy Spirit (Mark 16:15-18; Acts 1:8). He gave us the authority and power to become the children of God (John 1:12), to cast out demons (Mark 6:7) and heal the sick (Mark 3:15).

For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. 1 John 5:4

The name of Jesus is above every name. Use it fearlessly against the forces of darkness. When things get weird, pray. That same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead dwells in you (Romans 8:11). Take hold of the promises of God and use His Word like a hammer to break the bondages and barriers in your heart. As you trust God, He will walk you through what looked like absolute defeat into a place of victory (Romans 8:37).

Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. Romans 8:35, 37

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

Copyright © 2013 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.

Freedom and Victory in Jesus

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. 2 Corinthians 5:17

When Jesus enters your life, He changes you. The people who encountered Jesus in the Bible came in broken and sick and left restored and healed. Whatever you’re facing, God’s promises and miraculous work are just as alive today as they were in the Bible (Micah 7:20, Psalm 105:8, Hebrews 13:8).

Satan has tried to diminish the vibrancy of what Jesus paid such a high price to give. But we are called to fight the good fight of faith knowing we have the victory (1 Timothy 6:12). So refuse to live below your potential, and put your faith in God and in His promises.

For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. Who is the one who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God. 1 John 5:4-5

Carry this victorious attitude into your prayer closet, into your bad diagnosis. Carry it when your kids talk back to you, if your finances are tanked. Carry it when the world seems weird and scary. We have been invited into this miraculous life of freedom and victory. Instead of retreating, let’s fall into the arms of God and trust that we will see the salvation of the Lord.

But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:57

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

Copyright © 2013 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.

Praise and Thanksgiving

Monday, October 1st, 2012

Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. Philippians 4:8

Remember your past breakthroughs. Learn to count your blessings. Remembering former breakthroughs will help to carry you through current challenges. Before he faced Goliath, David told Saul, “The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine” (1 Samuel 17:37).

Here’s a good way to recall praiseworthy things in your life. Write down three instances of deliverance, breakthrough, or victory that you can thank God for. It could be something from your distant past, something that happened just this morning, or even something that wouldn’t seem like a big deal to others but is significant to you.

Daily reinstate your relationship with Jesus. These principles of praise and worship are rooted in who Jesus is. Receiving Jesus is not a religious ritual—you get a new life! And if that were not enough, there are a lot of other things that we can thank God for: how He pulled us out of despair or depression, how He was with us in trouble, how He never left us even when we failed, how He has saved us and given us the security of eternal life. Rejoice in the God of your salvation, and take time to acknowledge Jesus in your daily life.

Dare to be wild. You were not born to be a plastic house plant. You were created to make a difference in this world, to achieve great things, and to be more than a conqueror. When circumstances get rough, when kids get weird, or when finances are squeezed—call upon the Lord and get radical. If you see a need, give. Serve, love, believe God to go through that door. Daily thank God for what He has done! Life is an adventure, and you are called to live it.

                  “Get your motor running. Head out on the highway.
                 Looking for adventure and whatever comes our way.”
                             Steppenwolf—Born to Be Wild

Thank God for all He has done!
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.

Opportunities & Open Doors

Monday, May 21st, 2012

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

God’s kingdom is filled with opportunities and open doors. Like the early church, we are called into significance, and the sustaining power of God is just as intact in the 21st century as it was in the 1st. We live in a fallen world with troubles and challenges, but we have been given authority and victory through Jesus.

For we do not want you to be unaware, brethren, of our affliction which came to us in Asia, that we were burdened excessively, beyond our strength, so that we despaired even of life; indeed, we had the sentence of death within ourselves so that we would not trust in ourselves, but in God who raises the dead; who delivered us from so great a peril of death, and will deliver us, He on whom we have set our hope. And He will yet deliver us. 2 Corinthians 1:8-10

Paul was burdened for Asia Minor (present day Turkey). When Paul and Timothy encountered great resistance, where they despaired even of life, it was in the context of great potential—of Asia opening up to the Gospel. Earlier, Paul tried to go there but “the Spirit of Jesus had forbidden him” (Acts 16:6). Timing was everything. Eventually Paul taught in the school of Tyrannus for a two-year period. The result: all of Asia heard the Gospel (Acts 19:9-10).

God has given us the responsibility to carry life-changing truth to a harsh and broken world. You may not feel any indication of what God is getting ready to do through you. It may feel the exact opposite of an opportunity or open door. You can’t make it in your own power, but you can trust in the past, present, and future delivering power of God. If God can raise the dead, then He can surely help you.

He has delivered you. He is delivering you. And He will deliver you.

And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write . . . “I know your deeds. Behold, I have put before you an open door which no one can shut, because you have a little power, and have kept My word, and have not denied My name.” Revelation 3:7-8

What God does to you, He wants to do through you. When you understand how much God loves you, you can carry that love to the world. When you understand the authority you’ve been given, you can exert it to change desperate situations. While the world is on a search for significance, we know that we are created to trust in, rely on, and walk with the Lord. Open up your heart and set your hope on Jesus. As you follow Him, you will walk through the doors He opens.

God is faithful!
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.

New Beginnings

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Colossians 3:1

RENEW YOUR PERSPECTIVE. There is more to life than meets the eye—more than maintenance, survival, or just coping. Your perspective is renewed when you seek the things above and start seeing yourself as God sees you. You can live the Christian life. You can pray amazing prayers and experience victory. And you can identify the call on your life and see it come to pass.

I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me. Galatians 2:20

RELEASE YOUR PAST. When you get your perspective renewed in the Word, then you can release your past. In Ephesians, Paul reflects on past failures just long enough to amplify God’s faithfulness, but he doesn’t get stuck there (Ephesians 2:1-3). He goes on to tell us how God, being “rich in mercy, because of His great love,” has made us “alive together with Christ” (Ephesians 2:4). If we’re going to lead strong lives, we can’t hold on to our old selves and our old citizenship. Let the past show you how faithful God is, but press on toward the prize as a “new creation” (Philippians 3:13-14; 2 Corinthians 5:17 NKJV).

Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to accomplish His work . . . Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look on the fields, that they are white for harvest.” John 4:34-35

REMEMBER YOUR PURPOSE. God is looking for people who respond to Him, who take a stand and don’t let their minds get clouded by the accuser (2 Chronicles 16:9). I pray you get ridiculously hungry for the Word of God, where you just want to turn off the TV and renew your perspective. Use this beginning of the year to shake off any heaviness and sharpen your awareness of who you are in Christ. We might as well be those daring people who lift up their eyes and walk in confidence and faith, believing that one act of obedience, prompted by God, can change the world.

God bless you!
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.