Posts Tagged ‘wisdom’

Three Ways God Wants to Establish You

Friday, March 15th, 2019

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

1. ESTABLISHED WITH PURPOSE. King David realized that God was doing something distinctive in his life and in the lives of the people and the country. This realization lifted David’s eyes off the difficulties he faced and gave him a new perspective. As we understand more about who God is and what He’s assigned each one of us to do, we can lift our heads, throw our shoulders back, and move forward in purpose.

But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit. 2 Corinthians 3:18

2. ESTABLISHED IN GOD’S WORD. When we look into the mirror of God’s Word, change occurs and we will start to act according to what God says about us (Romans 12:2). King David knew that God had established him, and he stepped out and began to take action in his new role. By spending time in the Scriptures our minds will be renewed, we will become transformed, and we can know God’s will.

3. ESTABLISHED IN WISDOM. The exhilaration of knowing he was established by God was followed by conflict for David. When the Philistines heard that he was king, they sent an army to attack him. David responded by first asking God what to do. After that first victory, he kept going back to God for each fresh situation. Inevitable pressure will come as we step out into what God has called us to do. But whatever challenge we face, we can take it to God and receive His wisdom and insight (Ephesians 1:17).

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

DAILY CONFESSION:
I am not conformed to this world, but am transformed by the renewing of my mind so that I may prove what the will of God is, that which is good, acceptable and perfect (Romans 12:2). I am a doer of the Word. I look intently at it and abide by it. I am not a forgetful hearer, but I am an effectual doer and I am blessed in what I do (James 1:23-25).

es·tab·lish, verb
To place or settle in a secure position or condition. To cause to be able to grow or thrive.

Copyright © 2019 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.” American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition. Web. 12 Mar 2019 .

Four Ways to Bring Life This Christmas

Friday, December 14th, 2018

The righteous man will flourish like the palm tree, he will grow like a cedar in Lebanon. Planted in the house of the Lord, they will flourish in the courts of our God. They will still yield fruit in old age; they shall be full of sap and very green. Psalm 92:12-14

1. ASK FOR WISDOM. Wisdom “is a tree of life to those who take hold of her” (Proverbs 3:18). You can ask God and He will give you the wisdom you need for all the complexities of life: how to raise your kids, how to deal and cope with the fast-paced nature of change, and how to excel in your job.

2. WIN SOULS. “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he who is wise wins souls” (Proverbs 11:30). Because of Jesus we are made righteous before God. But it’s not just for you. You are created to be productive and fruitful, to win souls. When you walk with God, you become a carrier of the anointing of the Holy Spirit.

3. BRING HOPE. “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but desire fulfilled is a tree of life” (Proverbs 13:12). This Christmas, look for ways to bring a boost to the people around you. You might be the answer to someone’s prayers. If you have desires in your life that seem delayed, resist discouragement and commit to stand on the promises of God until you see them fulfilled.

A soothing tongue is a tree of life, but perversion in it crushes the spirit. Proverbs 15:4

4. SPEAK SOOTHING WORDS. “The tongue of the wise brings healing” and “sweetness of speech increases persuasiveness” (Proverbs 12:18, 16:21) We’ve all found that it’s often not only what we say but how we say it. Remember, your words are powerful, and you can be a carrier of life and peace wherever you go!

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

PRAY THIS PRAYER (BASED ON EPHESIANS 1:17-19):
God, I pray that You will give to me a spirit of wisdom and revelation into the knowledge of You. I ask that the eyes of my understanding may be enlightened that I may know the hope of my calling and the riches of the glory of the inheritance in the saints and what is the surpassing greatness of Your power towards those who believe. Thank You, Jesus. I love You!

flour·ish, verb
To grow well or luxuriantly; thrive. To do or fare well; prosper. To be in a period of highest productivity, excellence, or influence

Copyright © 2018 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. “flourish.” American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition. Web. 11 Dec 2018 http://www.yourdictionary.com/flourish.

It’s Good to Get in the Word!

Saturday, May 20th, 2017

The law of the Lord is perfect, restoring the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart. Psalm 19:7-8a

1. GOD’S WORD RESTORES THE SOUL. There is such a battle for our thinking, and what goes into our minds will come out. When the Word of God gets inside us, life flows out of us. When garbage gets in, garbage comes out. Weapons of mass distraction are vying for our attention and bombarding our minds and hearts. But as we constantly feed on the Word of God, we will be renewed and restored (Romans 12:2).

2. GOD’S WORD MAKES WISE THE SIMPLE. The Word of God is ancient truth, it’s living and active. It brings wisdom where there is naivety, and it brings understanding even when you’ve never before encountered a certain kind of problem. Feed on the Scriptures (Read a chapter of Proverbs a day.) and pray for wisdom. God will give us customized wisdom for each trial we face.

“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

3. GOD’S WORD REJOICES THE HEART. Jesus is our hope. As we meditate on the Word of God, optimism and gladness will fill our hearts because we know that God is working on our behalf. God’s Word can enable a depressed, melancholy person to experience joy. It can take an anxious person into a place of confidence, a sick person into healing, and a sinner into a place of availability for righteousness and salvation.

God Bless You!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

DAILY CONFESSION:
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my rock and my Redeemer (Psalm 19:14). I will taste and see that the Lord is good. How blessed is the person who takes refuge in Him (Psalm 34:8).

re·store, verb
To give back (something taken away, lost, etc.). To bring back to a former or normal condition, as by repairing, rebuilding, altering, etc. To bring back to health, strength, etc.

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. “Restore.” Webster’s New World College Dictionary. Web. 17 May 2017 .

Restoring the Soul

Friday, September 16th, 2016

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 23:1-3

REST. Rest is not a luxury; it’s a requirement. When we approach life from a position of rest, we will make better decisions and won’t be as susceptible to sin. That’s why we must take time to quiet ourselves before the Lord, to let His peace come in and replace the commotion.

The law of the Lord is perfect, restoring the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. Psalm 19:7

RESET. Every day you can push the reset button and let the crystal clear truth of God’s Word bring restoration. God’s Word can take an unbalanced life and bring stability. It can give peace to a troubled heart and wisdom to a seeking mind. It will restore your soul.

Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers. 3 John 1:2

PROVISION. God cares about all your needs and He will supply for you daily. When you recognize and understand God’s amazing provision, you can become an imitator of Him because He designed us to become distributors and providers for others!

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

DAILY CONFESSION
I trust in the Lord and do good. I dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness (Psalm 37:3). I shall not lack. God supplies all of my needs, and I am able to be a provider and giver to others!

re·store, verb
Hebrew: Shuwb
To turn back, recall, recompense, recover, refresh, relieve, rescue, retrieve, (cause to, make to) return.

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. Strong, James. Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 2007. Print.

Knowing God

Friday, July 15th, 2016

In the early morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house, and went away to a secluded place, and was praying there. Mark 1:35

1. CONNECTION. Christianity is a relationship—not just knowing about God, but knowing Him personally. We’ve all drifted at times and gotten into routine, but when we take time to connect with God—through prayer, times of worship, and getting in the Word—it makes all the difference.

It was at this time that He [Jesus] went off to the mountain to pray, and He spent the whole night in prayer to God. And when day came, He called His disciples to Him and chose twelve of them, whom He also named as apostles. Luke 6:12-13

2. WISDOM. After Jesus had gone to the mountain to pray, He chose the twelve disciples. When we seek the Lord, we will get wisdom. Our spirits grow and develop when we get into prayer, go to church, and—most important—spend time with God in the secret place (Psalm 91:1 NKJV).

Now as they observed the confidence of Peter and John and understood that they were uneducated and untrained men, they were amazed, and began to recognize them as having been with Jesus. Acts 4:13

3. IMPACT. Lingering in the presence of God translates into impacting others. When you know your God, then good fruit will come of it. Personal, political and societal issues are all resolved in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus—the Head of the Church and the hope for America.

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

Pray this prayer:
Jesus, I love You. I choose today to reconnect in my fellowship with You. You will make known to me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy (Psalm 16:11). Thank You for Your wisdom operating in my daily life. I know my God and I am strong and will carry out great exploits (Daniel 11:32b). In Jesus’ Name, amen!

Know, verb
To have a practical understanding of, as through experience. To have fixed in the mind.
To perceive as familiar; recognize. To discern the character or nature of.

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

Let God Use You!

Friday, June 17th, 2016

For consider your calling, brethren, that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble; but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong. 1 Corinthians 1:26-27

1. COMMIT YOURSELF TO GOD. God uses ordinary, flawed people to do extraordinary things. God called Gideon a valiant warrior while he and his people were still hiding in caves. Moses said he couldn’t speak, but God used him as His spokesperson. God even spoke through a donkey and a burning bush! It’s not by our might or power, but by the Holy Spirit.

2. RECEIVE GOD’S WISDOM. Jesus is the wisdom available to us when we don’t know what to do. Life is filled with so many variables, so many options, so many decisions. But God invites us to ask Him for the wisdom we need. You can trust the counsel of the Lord. That’s why it’s so important to read the Bible and keep its words in your heart.

For the eyes of the Lord move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His. 2 Chronicles 16:9

3. BE AVAILABLE. We are at our best when we realize we are just human—earthen vessels that God fills with His amazing power (2 Corinthians 4:7). God has chosen childlike faith, yielded hearts, and simple obedience to do great things. God is not looking for popularity or sophistication, but availability, willingness, and obedient hearts!

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

PRAY THIS PRAYER:
God, my heart is completely Yours. Here I am, send me, use me. I thank You that even when I feel weak, the surpassing greatness of power is from You. I thank You that Jesus is wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption. My boast is in You, God (1 Corinthians 1:28-31). Use me to fulfill Your plans on this earth!

avail·able, adj.
To present or ready for immediate use. Qualified or willing to do something or to assume a responsibility.

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In the Power of the Holy Spirit

Friday, February 5th, 2016

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

GO TO THE MOUNTAINTOP. I am calling the church to fasting and prayer this month. In the Bible, leaders would often go to the mountaintop to seek God. Your mountaintop can be anywhere away from distractions – your closet, your car, your backyard. Smith Wigglesworth said that God’s purpose in taking us to the mountaintop is to prepare us for “greater usefulness in the valley.” As you fast and pray and spend time with God, you will grow more sensitive to His voice and more aware of what God wants to do in these upcoming days.

MEDITATE ON GOD’S WORD. When the Holy Spirit led Jesus into the wilderness to fast, the devil tempted Him, but Jesus resisted him with the Word of God. When you renew your mind in the Word, your thought life isn’t so easily hijacked by distractions and you’ll be able to tune in to the Holy Spirit to receive wisdom, clarity, decision-making ability, and healing.

“And Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit . . .” Luke 4:14a

LIVE IN THE POWER OF THE SPIRIT. How are things going to be accomplished in 2016? By the power of the Holy Spirit. As we jumpstart our year by fasting and seeking God, we will see breakthrough and we will receive direction. The best answers, the wisest plans, the greatest dreams and purposes are all available to you – “‘not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord of hosts” (Zechariah 4:6b).

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

PRAY THIS PRAYER
God, I know that I will be effective not by might, nor by power, but by Your Spirit (Zechariah 4:6). Show me what kind of fast You want me to do this month. I lift up my eyes and see the fields are ripe to harvest (John 4:35). Help me to be ready for You to add day by day those who are being saved (Acts 2:47). In Jesus’ Name, amen.

pow·er, noun
The ability or capacity to act or do something effectively. The ability or official capacity to exercise control; authority.

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. Wigglesworth, Smith. “The Power of the Name.” Ever Increasing Faith. Springfield, MO: Gospel Pub. House, 1971. N. pag. Print. “Power.” The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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.

Follow Through

Friday, June 26th, 2015

He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? Micah 6:8

1. Do the Right Thing. This verse in Micah breaks down three components of a thriving spiritual life. Every day we can pursue justice—and we have the amazing Holy Spirit to help us discern the right things to say and do.

Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity. Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person. Colossians 4:5-6

2. Walk In Love. Be quick to forgive and quick to repent. If you’ve developed skill at itemizing and retaining hurts, trust God to bury it in the sea of forgetfulness and then move on from it. Have nothing to do with unforgiveness and everything to do with loving others.

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. Deuteronomy 6:5

3. Follow Through Obediently. Don’t give up before the breakthrough. We are called to live a life of follow-through. To get a fresh perspective, let your logic get cleansed by the Word of God. Every day is a new opportunity to reset your heart before the Lord and push past disappointments, forgive the frailties of others, and fight the good fight of faith.

Pray this Prayer
God, I thank You for sending the Holy Spirit to help me to daily walk in love, to know and discern the way of justice, and to follow through in obedience to the very end of my life! I love You, Jesus!

fol•low through, verb
To press on in an activity or process especially to a conclusion.

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. Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved. “Follow through.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 23 June 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.