Joyce Meyer - is a popular Christian preacher, minister, Bible teacher and author of about God, Bible and Christianity.
Joyce Meyer was born in 1943 in St. Louis in the USA. The early years of Joyce Meyer's life were very dramatic:
- according to her, she was subject of sexual violence from her father;
- divorce with the first husband (they were married for 5 years) because of her husband's treason;
- breast cancer in later years.
After a while (in 1967), Joyce married Dave Meyer for the second time, an engineer of drawings. They have 4 adult children.
Ministries of Joyce Meyer
The early Joyce Meyers Ministries began in 1976 - she was a Bible teacher. First, Joyce began preaching the Bible in a local cafeteria, later in a local Lutheran church. In the eighties she became a pastor's assistant. After several years, the church became very popular in many ways thanks to the Joyce Meyers service. At the same time, Joyce began to speak on the radio - local radio station allocated 15 minutes for her service.
The breast cancer experienced by Joyce Meyer became the subject of the book Look Great, Feel Great: 12 Keys to Enjoying a Healthy Life Now. In which she set out her experience of victory over the disease.
In the mid-eighties, Joyce Meyer left her former ministry and founded her own church, which in the beginning was called "Life in the Word". Her ministry was broadcasted on six radio stations. In the 93rd, she held her service on television in a studio in Chicago for the first time. Over time, the television Joyce Meyers Ministries became very popular and reached several million viewers. According to the Time magazine, Joyce Meyer was one of the most influential Evangelicals in the United States.
At the moment, Joyce Meyers Ministries covers more than 30 countries. The central office employs more than 600 people, in the regional - more than 300 people.
Service the Hand of Hope
The ministry of the Hand of Hope is an important part of the world Joyce Meyer Ministries – its goal is to validate the truth of God's gospel with real affairs. The geography of the ministry is the whole world, the objects of service are the suffering and poor.
Joyce Meyers personal experience
Life and personal experience have become a kind of visiting card of the Joyce Meyers Ministry. For more than fifty years, she has been bringing God's gospel to the people, reinforcing the sermons with her life experience.
Criticism of the Joyce Meyers Ministries
Although Joyce Meyers Ministries is very successful and versatile, it is worth paying attention to the critical moments of the ministry:
- It is often criticized for living an excessive lifestyle: large amount of real estate, major savings, a huge fleet of vehicles, own aircraft - according to numerous critics it contradicts the basic idea of Christian doctrine;
- There is also frequent criticism of a one-sided ministry of success and prosperity.
Local magazines conducted their own independent investigation, which revealed a large number of private real estate owned by Joyce Meyer. After the locus of service and development investigation, US Congress Committee on Finance interested in Joyce Meyers, which, as a result of the investigation, found no violation of the law.
The ministry of Joyce Meyer has a great influence in the modern Christian world, thanks to her ministry, millions of people have heard the Gospel, but one shouldn’t forget about criticism that can be fully justified.
Whatever it was, listening to sermons, weigh everything on the scales of the Bible and draw conclusions!
Joyce Meyer (August-03-2020) Motivation: How to Know the Will of God. Are you struggling with knowing what God's will is for your life? Watch this from Joyce to get pointed in the right direction.
Joyce Meyer (August-03-2020) Daily Devotion: Balance in All Things.
It takes discipline to balance our lives. We need to be disciplined to pray, read and study the Word, and spend quality time with the Lord, but we also need to be disciplined to spend quality time with our family and to take care of our health. Jesus came so that we could have and enjoy our lives, so we should even discipline ourselves to rest and have fun (see John 10:10).
Take a look at your life today, and ask God for wisdom to do what’s needed to bring balance to the way you use your time. He wants your life to be full of joy. Psalm 23:2-3 teaches that He’ll lead you beside still and restful waters. He’s ready and waiting to refresh and restore your life, and to lead you in paths of righteousness for His name's sake.
Prayer Starter: Father, show me today how I can bless the people You’ve put in my path. Thank You for leading me and giving me the ability to serve and encourage others in the way they need it. In Jesus’ Name, amen.
Joyce Meyer (August-02-2020) Watch Sermon: Four Purposes for Trials. Understanding why difficulties are happening from a spiritual aspect can help us know that God is there with us and He's doing something with that difficulty. Joyce has identified four purposes for those trials and why we may be facing in life. Watch and be encouraged by this.
Joyce Meyer (August-02-2020) Daily Devotion: Real Relationships Are Worth It.
Jesus did not waste His time, so we can reasonably assume that everything He did was purposeful, meaningful, and contains something we need to learn. Let’s think about the time He decided to wash His disciples’ feet (see John 13:1–17). What do you think that was all about?
Jesus was and is the Son of God, or God expressed in the second person of the Trinity. So in a nutshell, He’s really important and certainly wouldn’t have to wash anyone’s feet, much less the guys who were basically His students. He didn’t do it because He had to; He did it because He wanted to teach them that they could be in authority and still be servants at the same time. Peter, the most outspoken disciple, outright refused to let Jesus wash his feet at first, but Jesus said if He didn’t wash Peter’s feet, the two of them couldn’t be real friends. In other words, they both had to be willing to serve one another for their relationship to be healthy and authentic.
I decided a few years ago that I wasn’t willing to have any more one-sided relationships where I do all the giving and the other person does all the taking. That kind of interaction is not real friendship, and it always eventually causes resentment and bitterness.
Not only should we do things for each other, we actually need to do things for one another; it’s just part of maintaining good relationships. Giving doesn’t always have to be a response to a desperate need; sometimes we’ll be led to do something for a person who doesn’t seem to need it at all. You might be thinking, If there’s no need, then why do it? Simply because giving of any kind helps keep us from becoming greedy, and it encourages people and makes them feel loved—and we all need to feel loved, no matter how much we have.
When you trust God enough to be willing to serve and bless others, He will always take care of you (see Proverbs 11:25)!
Prayer Starter: Father, show me today how I can bless the people You’ve put in my path. Thank You for leading me and giving me the ability to serve and encourage others in the way they need it. In Jesus’ Name, amen.
Joyce Meyer (August-01-2020) Motivation: God Is Not Mad At You. If you think that God is still mad at you for something...listen to this story. The key to living a happy, healthy life is understanding how God sees us.
Joyce Meyer (August-01-2020) Daily Devotion: Be Diligent.
Proverbs 22:29 (AMPC) says, Do you see a man diligent and skillful in his business? He will stand before kings; he will not stand before obscure men. A diligent person lives by the principle of "just do it!" They’re the one who does it, does it, does it, and then does it some more, until whatever they’ve set out to do is finished, and done well.
Never give up on anything God has told you to believe for; don’t quit doing anything He’s clearly shown you to do. Your diligence will pay off with a blessing!
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. - Galatians 6:9 (NIV)
Prayer Starter: Father, help me today to stay diligent about doing what You’ve called me to do, and not to give up. Thank You for giving me the grace I need to keep going! In Jesus’ Name, amen.
Keep It or Throw It Away? - Joyce Meyer, Dave Meyer (July-31-2020). There are seasons in life where God leads us to keep or throw away. Joyce explains how both are very important on our journey with God. Dave Meyer joins to tell a funny story about their marriage.
Joyce Meyer (July-31-2020) Daily Devotion: You Can Overcome.
When God begins to deal with us about wrong behavior, it’s easy to say, “I can’t help it,” but it takes real courage and faith to say, “I’m ready to take responsibility for my actions. Please help me as I get my life straightened out.”
Avoidance, or not facing issues, is a major problem. Wrong things don’t go away just because we refuse to acknowledge them. We often stuff things. We hide from them, and as long as we do, they have power over us. Issues buried alive never die.
For many years, I refused to deal with the sexual abuse in my childhood. My father had abused me, so I left home the week I turned 18 years old. I thought I was getting away from the problem by leaving, but I didn’t realize I had the problem in my soul. It was in my thoughts, attitudes, and words. It affected my actions and all of my relationships. I had buried my past and stuffed my stuff. We don’t have to live in the past—in fact, we are encouraged by God’s Word to forget it and let it go. However, that doesn’t mean that we’re free to ignore the results of it and pretend that we’re not hurting when we are.
I had a lot of bad behavior and negative attitudes. I also had lots of excuses. I wasn’t dealing with anything from the past; I was just feeling sorry for myself and saying, “I can’t help it. It’s not my fault I was abused.” And it wasn’t my fault. But it was my responsibility to let God help me overcome all the problems I was experiencing as a result of that abuse.
God began setting me free by dealing with me about all the wrong thoughts I had accepted and allowed. My mind had to change before my life could change. At first, I didn’t even want to take responsibility for my thoughts. I thought, I can’t help what I think—things just come into my head! I eventually learned that I could choose my own thoughts, and I could think things on purpose. I learned that we don’t have to accept every thought that falls into our minds. We can throw out wrong ones and replace them with right ones.
I learned that instead of feeling helpless over the thoughts that fill my mind, I can—I must—do something positive.
Much of our thinking is habitual. If we regularly think about God and good things, godly thoughts become natural. Thousands of thoughts flow through our minds every day. We may feel that we have no control over them, but we do. Although we don’t have to use any effort to think destructive thoughts, we do have to put out effort to think good thoughts. As we begin to make changes, we will have to fight a battle.
Our mind is the battlefield, and Satan’s primary way of fighting us is through our thoughts. If we feel we have no power over our thoughts, Satan will trap and defeat us. Instead, we can determine to think in godly ways. We constantly make choices. Where do those choices come from? They start in our thought life. Our thoughts become our words and our actions.
God has given us the power to decide—to choose right thinking over wrong. But once we make that choice, we have to continue to choose right thoughts. It’s not a once-and-for-all decision, but it does get easier. The more we fill our lives with God’s Word, prayer, worship, and fellowship with other believers, the easier it is for us to continue choosing right thoughts.
It may sound as if I’m saying that trying to live the Christian life is nothing but one continuous struggle. That’s partly true, but that’s only a piece of the story. Too many people want to live victorious Christian lives, but they don’t want to fight the battles. Victory, however, means fighting and overcoming obstacles.
To think in the right way takes practice, and it’s not always easy, nor does it feel natural until we’ve done it for a long time. But if we know this is the pathway to life—both now and in eternity—it’s worth the effort and the struggle to think positive thoughts.
When we’re bombarded with doubts and fears, that’s when we need to take our stand. We don’t ever want to say again, “I can’t help it.” We want to believe and say, “God is with me, and He strengthens me. God enables me to win.” (See Philippians 2:13; 4:13.) The apostle Paul said it this way, But thanks be to God, Who gives us the victory [making us conquerors] through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be firm (steadfast), immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord [always being superior, excelling, doing more than enough in the service of the Lord], knowing and being continually aware that your labor in the Lord is not futile [it is never wasted or to no purpose] (1 Corinthians 15:57–58 AMPC).
We can choose. Not only can we choose, but we do choose. By not pushing the bad thoughts from our minds, we’re allowing them to invade us and take us captive.
It takes time to learn to choose good and push away evil. It won’t be easy, but we’re moving in the right direction every time we take responsibility and make a right choice.
Prayer Starter: Father, please teach me and help me be intentional with my thoughts, choosing only those that are healthy, true, and right. Thank You for being with me every step of the way and giving me the strength I need to overcome the enemy’s strongholds in my life. In Jesus’ Name, amen.
Joyce Meyer (July-30-2020) Motivation: Get the Word Hate Out of Our Language. How can we expect to live a life we love if we hate everything? Watch as Joyce shows a simple thing we can do to get the word hate out of our lives.
Joyce Meyer (July-30-2020) Daily Devotion: The Power of Surrender.
We read in the book of Jonah how God told Jonah to go to Nineveh and preach repentance to the people there, but because Jonah didn’t want to, he went to Tarshish, which is in the absolute opposite direction.
What happens when we go in the opposite direction from where God has directed us? What happened to Jonah? When he boarded a ship and headed in his own direction, a huge storm arose. Like Jonah, many of the storms we face in life are the result of our own stubbornness or disobedience to the voice and leadership of God.
The violent storm that came upon Jonah frightened the rest of the men on the ship. They cast lots to see who was causing the trouble, and the lot fell on Jonah. He knew he had disobeyed God, so he told the men to throw him overboard so that they’d be safe. When they did, the storm stopped, and a huge fish swallowed Jonah.
From the fish's belly (not a pleasant place!), he cried out to God for mercy and repented of his stubborn ways, and God heard him. The fish spit Jonah out on dry land, and in Jonah 3:1, we see that God spoke to Jonah a second time, giving him a second chance to go to Nineveh and preach to the people there. No matter how long we avoid God's instruction, it’s still there for us to follow when we stop running.
If we’re not pursuing God's will, we get uncomfortable; we just know something isn’t right in our lives. Eventually we see that being in His will, not trying to make our own will happen, is what brings peace and joy.
I encourage you to take a moment to ask yourself, Where am I headed? Think about the answer. If you’re moving in any direction other than God’s will, now is the perfect time to make a change!
Prayer Starter: Father, help me follow Your direction the first time You give it, and please forgive me for the times I haven’t. Thank You for forgiving me, and for providing the grace I need to do what You’ve asked me to do. In Jesus’ Name, amen.
Joyce Meyer (July-29-2020) Motivation: Do Temptations Ever End? Listen as Joyce answers an important question about if temptations ever end. Our journey with God is never-ending and He will work with us and help us every stage along the way.
Joyce Meyer (July-29-2020) Daily Devotion: You Can Be Whole Again.
Jesus offers us salvation, and that means wholeness. He didn’t die so we could be partially healed in one or two areas of life—His will for us is complete healing and wholeness! Jesus wants to heal us spiritually, mentally, emotionally, physically, socially, and financially. He is concerned about everything that concerns us, so we don’t have to settle for anything less than being made whole and complete.
Wherever your life is hurting or lacking something, ask Jesus to heal you in that area, as well as all other areas. Jesus is ready and waiting to make you whole!
Prayer Starter: Father, please heal and restore everything hurt or lost in me. Thank You for making me whole again in every area of my life! In Jesus’ Name, amen.
God Meant It For Good - Joyce Meyer (July-28-2020). God works all things together for our good. Trust God and know that He will work everything together for our benefit. Hard times help us develop compassion for others.
Joyce Meyer (July-28-2020) Daily Devotion: Leave a Legacy of Love.
I want to ask you an important question today: Once your life on earth is complete, how do you want people to remember you? What do you want them to say about you? Do you want them to say, "That person worked 70 hours a week and made millions of dollars that they spent only on themselves. I wonder what’ll happen to their fortune now that they’re gone"? Or, do you want them to say, "That person was so kind, and helped bring the best out of me. They gave me a chance. They truly loved me"?
Most of the things we devote our time and energy to are just passing, earthly things—they won’t last, because they aren’t eternal. We strive to make more money, build businesses, be popular or own buildings, cars, clothes, and jewelry. Yet all of these things will fade away with time. Only love never comes to an end. An act of love goes on and endures forever.
Love Others Today: How you treat people today is the way they will remember you tomorrow.
Prayer Starter: Father, help me to remember what’s really important in each situation, and to take every opportunity to invest in those around me. Thank You for helping me leave a lasting legacy of showing Your love to others. In Jesus’ Name, amen.
Joyce Meyer (July-27-2020) Watch Sermon: Five Ways to Slow Down.
Joyce lists and explains five ways to slow down. Get out your pencil and write these down. You'll want to read them over and over again especially if you're always on the run. Joyce encourages you to slow down and do what leads to peace.
Her's the list:
1. Resist the temptation to over-commit and overextend yourself.
2. Resist saying that you will do things, just because you don't want to upset a friend.
3. Seriously think before you commit to anything.
4. Pay attention to the pace of your life.
5. Let's renew our commitment to being really led and guided by the Holy Spirit.
Joyce Meyer (July-27-2020) Daily Devotion: God Speaks in Many Ways.
In the verse for today, God declares that He speaks, and when He does, He speaks in righteousness. We can always depend on what He says to be right. God speaks to us in many ways, including His Word, nature, other people, circumstances, peace, wisdom, supernatural intervention, dreams, visions, and sometimes just a “knowing” deep inside our hearts. He also speaks in what the Bible calls a “still, small voice.”
God also speaks through our conscience, through our desires, and even an audible voice. Always remember that when He speaks, what He says is true and it will never disagree with His written Word. We rarely hear God’s audible voice, though it does happen sometimes. I have heard His audible voice three or four times over the course of my life. On two of these occasions, I was sleeping, and His voice awakened me by simply calling my name. All I heard was “Joyce,” but I knew God was speaking. He didn’t say what He wanted, but I knew instinctively that He was calling me to do something special for Him, even though it was several years before I knew what it was.
I want to encourage you to ask God to help you hear His voice in whatever way He chooses to speak to you. Know that He loves you so much, He has good plans for your life, and He wants to talk to you and show them to you.
Prayer Starter: Father, please help me hear Your voice in each moment, however You decide to speak to me. Thank You for loving me and leading me today. In Jesus’ Name, amen.
Joyce Meyer (July-26-2020) Motivation: Do Your Feelings Matter? It's vital for victory and character-building to do what's right no matter how you feel.
Joyce Meyer (July-27-2020) Watch Sermon: The Law of Gradual Growth - Part 1. Why is your transformation taking so long? If you've ever wondered about that, Joyce wants to encourageyou to keep moving forward in God's Word.
Joyce Meyer (July-26-2020) Watch Sermon: Living Beyond Yourself. With God’s help, we can be a good example to others even when things aren’t going our way. Learn from the Word how to be truly peaceful and happy.
Joyce Meyer (July-26-2020) Daily Devotion: Strength for Today.
When Jesus instructed us not to worry about tomorrow in Matthew 6, He was saying that we should deal with life one day at a time. He gives us the strength we need as we need it. When we take the strength He gives us and use it to worry instead of take action, we rob ourselves of the blessings God intended for us to have today—not tomorrow or the next day, but today.
So often we miss out on good things because we worry about bad things that may not even happen! For example, a woman had trouble getting to sleep at night for several years because she was afraid a burglar would break in. One night her husband heard a noise in the house, so he went downstairs to investigate. When he got there, he did find a burglar. “Good evening,” he said. “I’m pleased to see you. Come upstairs and meet my wife—she’s been waiting ten years to meet you.”
That was a funny example, but truly think about it. Are you so worn out from expecting bad things to happen that you can’t enjoy your life? If you are, come to Jesus and He will give your soul the rest it needs (see Matthew 11:28-30).
Prayer Starter: Father, I want to be like that tree planted by the waters, so I choose to put my hope and confidence in You. Thank You for taking care of me and watching out for me, so I can be strong, healthy and peaceful. In Jesus’ Name, amen.
Joyce Meyer (July-25-2020) Watch Message: Have a Conversation with God. Having a conversation means talking and listening. Did you know you can do this with God?
Joyce Meyer (July-25-2020) Daily Devotion: Give Your Soul a Rest.
If you’ve ever had a good, hard workout at the gym, you know how nice it feels to give your body a rest afterward. Your body not only enjoys the rest, it needs it. When your soul has been wounded—just like your body after a workout—it also needs a rest.
Thankfully, God promises us rest for our souls in His Word. In Exodus 33:14, God speaks to the Israelites, saying: My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest (NIV). The psalmist declares: Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him (Ps. 62:1 NIV). Interestingly, the psalmist speaks to his soul in Psalm 62:5, saying: Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him (NIV) and again in Psalm 116:7: Return, O my soul, to your rest; for the LORD has dealt bountifully with you. Also in Psalms is a phrase familiar to many of us, saying that the Lord restores our souls (23:3). When our soul has a chance to rest, it can be strengthened and restored.
In Matthew 11:28–30, Jesus says: Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light (NIV). A wounded soul can be a heavy burden, but Jesus invites us to come to Him because He will give our souls the rest they need.
Many people whose souls have been wounded try all kinds of ways to feel better and find peace before they ultimately surrender to God. That can be frustrating and exhausting. Nothing and no one apart from God can ever give our soul the rest it needs. Hebrews 4:1–3 teaches us that we enter into rest by faith, by believing God. It says: Therefore, while the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us fear lest any of you should seem to have failed to reach it. For good news came to us just as to them, but the message they heard did not benefit them, because they were not united by faith with those who listened. For we who have believed enter that rest... (ESV).
Believing (trusting God) is the only doorway into the rest of God. The more we trust God, the easier life becomes, because what we commit to Him, He takes care of. He may not do it on the schedule we’ve set, or in exactly the way we want it done, but He will always take the best possible care of us because of His amazing love for us.
Prayer Starter: Father, You said to come to you when I’m weary and hurting, and You would give me rest, so here I am. Thank You for healing what’s broken in me, and for helping my soul to truly rest. In Jesus’ Name, amen.
Joyce Meyer (July-24-2020) Motivation: Have You Done a Heart Check? Have you done a spiritual heart check lately? Watch this from Joyce for Biblical truth to help your heart condition.
Joyce Meyer (July-24-2020) Daily Devotion: Live in the Liberty of God.
There are many things you can’t do, but there are also a lot of things you can do, and do well. You don't have to compare yourself or your abilities and accomplishments with others’—you are free to follow God’s plan for your life.
Each of us need to live in the liberty of being led by the Holy Spirit, knowing that we have the right to make our own mistakes and learn from them. If you allow other people to become like a law to you, thinking you have to be like them, you’re robbing yourself of your God-given freedom. In the same way, you must not judge others or expect them to be like you.
Decide today to enjoy the liberty of living in God's will, and allow those around you to live in that freedom, too.
Prayer Starter: Father, thank You for giving me the freedom to make mistakes, to learn, and to grow. Help me to live in that freedom more and more every day, and to give those around me that same freedom. In Jesus’ Name, amen.
Joyce Meyer (July-23-2020) Motivation: God Hears Your Prayers. Don't believe the lie that God doesn't hear your prayers. Choose to pray your way through everything...every day!
Joyce Meyer (July-23-2020) Motivation: It's Time to Slow Down! Are you rushing so much that you can't enjoy what God has for you? Joyce encourages you to slow down!
Joyce Meyer (July-23-2020) Daily Devotion: Be Consistently Confident.
Confidence is rooted in faith in God. This is why it’s so important that we choose to be consistently confident, not occasionally confident. I had to learn to remain confident when I was told by friends and family that a woman should not be teaching the Bible. I knew God had called me to teach His Word, but I was still affected by the rejection of people. I had to grow in confidence to the point where others’ opinions—and their acceptance or rejection—didn’t shake my confidence level. My confidence had to be in God, not in people.
Romans 1:17 tells us that we can go from faith to faith. I spent many years going from faith to doubt to unbelief and then back to faith. Then I realized that when I lose my confidence, I leave a door open for the enemy to work in my life. If I allow him to steal my confidence, I suddenly have no faith to minister to people.
If you want to succeed, choose to be consistently confident. Be confident about your gifts and calling, your ability in Christ. Believe you hear from God and that you are led by the Holy Spirit. See yourself as a winner in Him. When you focus on His great love for you, you’ll have boldness to do great things!
Prayer Starter: Father, please help me to see myself the way You do, so my confidence won’t be shaken by people’s opinions. Thank You for loving me, leading me, and strengthening me today. In Jesus’ Name, amen.
Joyce Meyer (July-22-2020) Motivation: All or Nothing. We can't compromise with God. We have to choose to either go all-in with Him or give nothing at all. Watch as Joyce shares a story of when she had to choose to trust God completely and the lesson she learned from it.
Joyce Meyer (July-22-2020) Daily Devotion: Do Things God’s Way.
In today’s scripture, after a long night of not catching any fish, Jesus tells Peter to try one more time. What Jesus told Peter to do probably didn’t make any sense to him, and I doubt that he felt like doing it, but he still did what Jesus said, and he received what was probably the biggest catch of his fishing career.
Like Peter, being led by your thoughts, ideas, and emotions won’t bring in a big catch. But when you do what God says quickly, whether it makes any sense to you or not, your blessings will amaze you!
Prayer Starter: Father, please help me to trust Your voice over everyone else’s, including mine. Thank You for giving me the grace to follow Your directions when they don’t make sense, and for the blessings that are coming! In Jesus’ Name, amen.
Joyce Meyer (July-21-2020) Motivation: Only God Can Make It Happen. Are you feeling frustrated that no matter how hard or how much you're working, it doesn't appear there is any progress made? Joyce knows that feeling all too well and shares how a passage in Galatians helped her understand what "works of the flesh" really means.
Joyce Meyer (July-21-2020) Daily Devotion: Keep Believing.
Believing the best of people is extremely helpful in the process of forgiving those who’ve hurt or offended us. As human beings, we tend to be suspicious of others, and we often get hurt because of our own imagination. Sometimes we believe someone hurt us on purpose, when the truth is they weren’t even aware they hurt us at all.
There are still times when people hurt my feelings, but then I remember that I can choose whether to stay hurt or to ask God to heal me and believe that their intentions weren’t to hurt me. I can go through my day believing the best or believing the worst, so why not believe the best and enjoy the day?
I encourage you to be a person who believes the best about others. When you do, it will help keep offense and bitterness out of your life, and help you stay more peaceful and joyful.
Prayer Starter: Father, please help me to believe the best of people. Even when they hurt me, give me the strength to forgive, to not assume the worst, and to let go of what I need to drop. Thank You for Your forgiveness and grace! In Jesus’ Name, amen.
Get the Buts Out of Your Life - Joyce Meyer (July-20-2020). We all have different excuse of why we can't do something and it's usually followed with a "but". Watch this funny clips as Joyce teaches us to get the "buts" out of our life.
Joyce Meyer (July-20-2020) Motivation: The Importance of Following Through. When God tells us to do something...our actions determine our understanding. Joyce has a great example for us!
Joyce Meyer (July-20-2020) Daily Devotion: Do It for God.
I remember one Sunday years ago when my pastor encouraged the congregation to take a moment to say hello to a few people, and even give them a hug and tell them we loved them. I looked down the row where I was sitting and saw a woman who had hurt me deeply. I strongly sensed the Holy Spirit prompting me to give her a hug and let her know I loved her. Walking over to her and saying, “I love you” took everything I had! I can’t guarantee I was totally sincere in that moment, but I was doing my best to be obedient to God, so I did it for Him.
Several months later, God led me to give one of my favorite possessions to that same woman. “Now, God,” I responded, “I don’t mind giving it away. I mean, I really would like to keep it, but if You’re going to make me give it away, at least let me give it to someone I like so I can enjoy seeing her with it!” God replied to me: “Joyce, if you can give her that, if you can give your favorite possession to someone who really hurt you and is least deserving of it, you will break the power of the enemy in your life. You will destroy his plan to destroy you.”
We don’t take steps of obedience and overcome difficult times because we feel like it, or because we think obedience is a good idea. We do it because we love God, we know He loves us, we want to obey Him, and we know His ways are always the best for us. Whatever issues you’re facing right now, or in the future, I urge you to confront and face them head-on. Receive His grace and wisdom, and move forward in His strength. Remember, the hard things are working for your good, and God will use them to equip you for greater things. Embrace each day with a conqueror’s attitude, and you’ll find yourself in a place of more maturity, wisdom, and ability than you’ve ever known.
Prayer Starter: Father, please help me take the hard steps You’re asking me to take. Thank You for giving me the grace and wisdom I need for each situation! In Jesus’ Name, amen.
Joyce Meyer (July-19-2020) Sermon: Dealing with Sin. Our heavenly father is an awesome God... I totally missed the mark today and was feeling so much condemnation. I actually can feel the separation from God when I have been disobedient. It's a lonely feeling in my heart to not feel Gods presence when I'm not walking with him during my day. God has used Joyce and her sermons to speak to my spirit like this episode here... Thank you Jesus I needed to hear this message today...
Joyce Meyer (July-19-2020) Motivation: Living An Exciting Life! The key to real enjoyment in your life is knowing that God is working on all your problems! Joyce explains how this works in practical ways.
Joyce Meyer (July-19-2020) Watch Sermon: Giving Yourself Permission to Enjoy Life.
Joyce Meyers totally and absolutely saved my life at 4am one night..I will never, never forget. I don't know how my T.V was on the TBN channel because I hated GOD. I was suffering and crying in tons of pain. I was anxiety ridden, more like in a FULL BLOWN PANIC ATTACK, depressed, hopless, and desperate for help but in fear of people because I had severe PTSD. And now I am healed and I think Im pretty AWESOME now, and an AMAZING individual too-- (I have to add that. LOL)....Its all thanks to GOD and in the power of his WORD...IT TOOK ME 4 YEARS TO REACH THIS POINT AND FINALLY ACHIEVED THIS JOY THAT JOYCE AND BIBLE TALK ABOUT. "SO FOLKS", "I'M TELLING YOU TO"-- (KEEP ON KEEPING ON). Don't ever give up on GOD, give it study, give it time. Find and seek other preachers and listen to others experiences and point of views and listen to different kind a ways love can be expressed for GOD..... GOD BLESS AND GOOD NIGHT PEOPLES...........
Joyce Meyer (July-19-2020) Sunday Daily Devotion: Quick to Forgive.
The world is filled with pain and hurting people, and my experience has been that hurting people hurt others. The devil works overtime to bring offense, strife, and disharmony between people, but we can be thankful that God gives us a tool to disappoint and defeat the enemy: We can be quick to forgive.
Forgiveness closes the door to Satan and blocks him from gaining a foothold that might eventually become a stronghold in our lives. It can also prevent or end strife in our relationships with others, and set us free from the past. No wonder Scripture tells us over and over to forgive those who hurt or offend us! Jesus made forgiveness a lifestyle, and He taught us to do the same. This is essential to living a joy-filled life.
Prayer Starter: Father, thank You so much for the forgiveness You’ve given me through Jesus, and for the grace I need to forgive others. Regardless of what people have done to hurt me, today I choose to forgive them with Your help. Thank You for helping me to live out that forgiveness each day. In Jesus’ Name, amen.
Joyce Meyer (July-18-2020) Message: Don't Be Afraid to Make Mistakes. Part of learning to hear from God is stepping out and trying new things and trying new things. Don't be afraid of making a mistake--it's part of the learning process.
Joyce Meyer (July-18-2020) Watch Sermon: How to study the Bible. "Im not where I need to be but, THANK GOD I'm not where I used to be"!
Joyce Meyer (July-18-2020) Message: What Are You Doing With Your Dash? There is a lot that happens from the time we are born until the time we die. Are we living a life that is meaningful? Joyce has an important question for all of us in this video.
Joyce Meyer (July-18-2020) Daily Devotion: Stay Stable.
James 1:12 (AMPC) says, Blessed (happy, to be envied) is the man who is patient under trial and stands up under temptation, for when he has stood the test and been approved, he will receive [the victor's] crown of life which God has promised to those who love Him.
I want to encourage you: Don't get upset if somebody gives you a hard time today. Don't lash out if you don't get your way, or if somebody says or does something you don't like. God has given you exactly what you need to stay calm, and He wants to help you (see Philippians 2:13; 4:13). If you’re being set up to get upset, stay stable — it’s only a test.
Prayer Starter: Father, please help me stay stable when I’m in frustrating situations. Thank You for giving me the grace and strength I need to be calm under pressure. In Jesus’ Name, amen.
Joyce Meyer (July-17-2020) Motivation: Quickly and Promptly. Obedience is the most important thing to God! Everything God asks us to do is for our benefit so we should quickly and promptly obey Him.
Joyce Meyer (July-17-2020) Sermon: Do Not Be led by Your Head - Part 2. There is freedom when you are led by the Holy Spirit... I ask in Jesus Christ's name that I am led by the Holy Spirit, now, forever and always.
Joyce Meyer (July-17-2020) Sermon: Do Not Take Offense. If Satan's not bothering you...
Your not bothering him.
If your being attacked constantly you are probably one who constantly praying and loving on people and really trying to serve the Lord.
Don't give up don't let satan wear ya out.because in the end God wins!!
Joyce Meyer (July-17-2020) Daily Devotion: Identify the Lies.
The devil lies. In fact, he doesn’t know how to speak the truth, so everything he says is a lie.
Too many of us don’t know how to use the truth of God’s Word to defeat Satan’s lies. Many people—even Christians—don’t realize that they can refuse to listen to that voice. Sometimes his lies seem to just pop into our minds for no apparent reason, other times Satan will speak to us through other people. He puts something critical or hurtful into their minds about us, and they speak it out for us to hear. If we believe and accept those harsh words, our enemy rejoices. If we listen long enough to the deception we’ve taken in, we will find ourselves facing serious problems. Instead of listening and absorbing those lies, we can look at what Jesus did and follow His example. After fasting for 40 days in the wilderness, Satan tempted Him three times. Each time He defeated the devil by declaring, “It is written,” and then quoting the truth from God’s Word. No wonder the enemy fled from Him (see Matthew 4:1–11)!
I encourage you to know that you are not alone in this spiritual battle—your mind isn’t the only one under attack. Satan comes against all of us. His entire goal is to kill, steal, and destroy, but Jesus came so that we could have and enjoy our lives abundantly (see John 10:10). By becoming more aware of the spiritual weapons the Lord has made available to us and learning how to use them, we can gain more freedom. The Bible tells us that when we know the truth, that truth will free us from Satan’s strongholds (see John 8:32). Learn the truth of God’s Word, and every time Satan lies to you, fight back by speaking out Scripture.
Prayer Starter: Jesus, thank You for giving me the weapons I need to defeat the lies of the enemy; please teach me to use them effectively. Thank You for staying by my side, even in the middle of my biggest battles. In Jesus’ Name, amen.
Joyce Meyer (July-16-2020) Motivation: Be Your Own Best Friend. Joyce shares the importance of loving yourself. If we don't learn to be our own best friend and love ourselves, then how can we ever show love to those around us?
Joyce Meyer (July-16-2020) Sermon: Do Not Be Offended by the Truth. I think a lot of time, when we get offended by what we hear, it's because we need to hear it lol. I hope this makes sense.
Joyce Meyer (July-16-2020) Motivation: A Divine Exchange. Do you have ashes that you are holding on to? Watch as Joyce shares the beautiful thing that happens when you let them go.
Joyce Meyer (July-16-2020) Watch Sermon: A Thankful Attitude. Thank You Father for Your light, love, joy, peace and happiness in my soul. Thank You for Your glory, grace, salvation and mercy that endures forever in Jesus Name.
Joyce Meyer (July-16-2020) Sermon: BE YOURSELF - Part 2. I honestly believe being nice is not the same as being kind, though it seems that some people have interchangeably used these two adjectives like they are the same. Almost anybody can behave or act to be nice (especially if we are required of it). Some people tend to be nicer or less nicer than others, while some people are naturally not nice at all or just being themselves. Being nice or acting to be nice could mean perhaps that we are just pleasing others, meeting social expectations in society, or it's just part of our job, etc. Showing kindness is more of a character of a person. Sometimes when a person shows niceness, people can take advantage. This is why I think having a Kind character seems more true, stronger, deeper to one self.
Joyce Meyer (July-16-2020) Daily Devotion: You Are Everywhere You Go!
What if everywhere you went, you ran into someone you didn't like? Wouldn't that be terrible? You attend a party, and you have to endure her conversation and constant opinions. You go to church, and she's sitting right beside you. What a bummer to have to spend so much time with this person, you think. Then it gets worse. There she is at the dinner table with you! She's lounging by the pool; she's even in your bed! She's everywhere! That sounds pretty awful, but this is the exact situation you’re in if you don't like yourself, because you are everywhere you go. You can't get away from yourself, even for a second, so you’re in for a sad life if you dread your own company.
But believe it or not, even though we can all agree that it makes no sense to live your life this way, I’ve found that most people don't like themselves. They may not even realize it, but some genuine soul-searching reveals the sad fact that they have rejected themselves, and in some cases, even hate themselves. I've come across a lot of people over the years, through my ministry and day-to-day life, and I'm amazed at how few are truly at peace with themselves.
God wants you to love yourself, not in a wrong, selfish or prideful way, but in a healthy way that truly understands how special you are to Him (see Psalm 139:1-18). As you begin to see yourself as God sees you, then not only will you love yourself, but you’ll have the confidence and faith to be a powerful force for good in the world.
Prayer Starter: Father, please help me begin to see myself the way You see me. Thank You for giving me the grace I need to love myself in a healthy way. In Jesus’ Name, amen.
Joyce Meyer (July-15-2020) Motivation: Ways to Get Happy. Looking for ways to get happy? Then begin loving other people and get your mind off yourself. Joyce shares a funny story to help us understand what real love is and how we can learn to walk in love.
Joyce Meyer (July-15-2020) Bible Study: John 13:1-17. What would happen if we learned to do what Jesus taught us to do? Learn by Christ's example of serving others as Joyce teaches from John chapter 13.
Joyce Meyer (July-15-2020) Daily Devotion: Abide in Love.
Today God reminded me to always abide (stay) in His love. Being consciously aware of God’s love is one of the most important things we can take time to do. His love strengthens and heals us, makes us secure, and reminds us of our value as His children.
Be careful that when you sin, you don’t lose your awareness of God’s love. It’s so easy to let guilty feelings rob us of that when we feel like we’ve failed. The truth is, God never stops loving us—not for one moment. Actually, when God shows us our sins, it’s because He loves us and wants to bring us closer to Him (see Revelation 3:19).
The devil works tirelessly to steal our awareness of God’s love from us through deception. He knows how powerful God’s love is. He reminds us of our mistakes and tries to convince us that God doesn’t love us or that He’s angry with us, but remember that the enemy is a liar! God loves you, and that is final. Nothing—no mistake, no pain, no struggle, nothing—can separate you from His love (see Romans 8:38-39).
Prayer Starter: Father, teach me to abide in Your love! Thank You for loving me no matter what I do, and for giving me the grace to repent and grow closer to You when I mess up. In Jesus’ Name, amen.
Joyce Meyer (July-14-2020) Watch Sermon: Cracking The Enemy's Code. Also devil use toxic people to destroy your life, could be members of your family, friends, relatives etc but by faith you will avoid them and even feel sorry for them that you needed to help them.
Joyce Meyer (July-14-2020) Motivation: Stop Begging and Start Receiving. Joyce wants us to help us understand that God has already given us what we need and we no longer have to continue praying or begging for Him to give it to us. Instead, when we pray, let's believe and receive the gifts of God!
Joyce Meyer (July-14-2020) Daily Devotion: Love Through Serving.
A servant is someone who lives to benefit others, one who sacrifices for another's joy or fulfillment. Serving is the only status symbol in the kingdom of God. Jesus said servanthood makes a person great, and that no one can become great without it.
When it comes to serving others, we’re often like children who don't want to eat our vegetables. We like the things that taste good, but easily ignore the things we really need to be healthy. When God began dealing with me about serving others, it was hard, but it has freed me from having a selfish attitude. What a completely awesome delight it is to actually wake up in the morning and find God and others on my mind first!
Don't let selfishness rule in your life. Be aggressive in doing things for other people. As you do, you’ll find more joy in your heart than ever.
Prayer Starter: Father, please help me to see past myself to the wants and needs of others. Thank You for showing me where and how I can serve the people You’ve placed in my path today, and for giving me the strength to do it well. In Jesus’ Name, amen.
Joyce Meyer (July-13-2020) Watch Sermon: Battle Strategies to Renew Your Mind - Part 2. It is so important to set our minds on things above not on earthly things or we can end up in a place where we do not want to be such as career loss or court issues or all alone. God we seek your favor and trust you in all things.
Joyce Meyer (July-13-2020) Prayer for Healing. God wants you to be healed and whole. Receive everything that He has for you today!
Joyce Meyer (July-13-2020) Daily Devotion: God Will Find You.
I remember a time when I was trying so hard to hear from God, and was so scared of making a mistake. At the time, I was just starting to learn to hear God’s voice. Being led by the Spirit was new to me, and I was afraid because I didn’t have enough experience yet to know whether I was truly hearing Him or not, and I didn’t understand that God will redeem our mistakes if our hearts are right. He was speaking to me and trying to get me to step out in faith and do something, but I kept saying, “Lord, what if I miss You? What if I’m not really hearing You and I do the wrong thing? I’m scared I will miss You, God!”
He spoke to me and said gently, "Joyce, don’t worry. If you miss Me, I will find you." Those words gave me the courage to do what God was calling me to do and brought great peace to my heart. They have encouraged me to step out in faith many, many times since I first heard them. I’m sharing them with you today to encourage you to take the steps of faith you need to take in response to what God is saying to you right now.
If you want God’s will in your life more than anything else, and if you’ve done everything you know to do to hear from God, then it’s time to take a chance, step out, and believe. Even if you do make a mistake, God will fix it and work it out for your good.
Prayer Starter: Father, please help me to not let fear of failure keep me from moving forward. Thank You for redeeming every mistake for my good and others’ good. In Jesus’ Name, amen.
Joyce Meyer (July-12-2020) Sermon: A Merciful and Forgiving Attitude. It is only by the Grace of the Almighty God I am still here, breathing. I have allowed my past to destroy my relationships and expected everyone to be like me. I have come to the realisation that I have been wrong FOR YEARS and I wanted to know how to forgive others who had hurt me, especially within my family circle. My spirit's prayer to the Almighty God was answered when I had seen Joyce Meyer's video on Forgiveness and this one, too. Lord Heavenly Father help me to be merciful and forgiving to others quickly as you have been to me. Thank you, Heavenly Father for loving me despite my faults and my mistakes. I want to be just like you in every way but I need your help as I cannot do it alone. I want to be free, happy, forgiving and merciful before I can think. Thank you for your Grace. Amen!
Joyce Meyer (July-12-2020) Watch Sermon: Which is Greater? Getting an education and having knowledge is important, but when we place those things ahead of God, then we are headed for trouble. Joyce explains the value and blessing we can receive when we place God first in our life!
7 Ways to Increase Your Happiness. Part 1 - Joyce Meyer (July-12-2020). Has anyone ever said unkind things about you? Joyce shares encouragements from God’s Word to help you smile and keep smiling, no matter what other people say.
Joyce Meyer (July-12-2020) Daily Devotion: Still Running?
In April 2005, many Americans and the world heard the story of the “runaway bride,” Jennifer Wilbanks. This 32-year-old woman from Duluth, Georgia, disappeared just days before her six hundred-guest wedding was supposed to take place. Her family and fiancé, certain she had been kidnapped, pleaded for her safe return, and the missing bride became a national story for the major news media. When she turned up alive, the truth was revealed that the bride-to-be ran because of “certain fears” that controlled her life.
Many of us might say, “Well, she should have talked to her fiancé or her pastor about what she was feeling instead of running away.” But how many of us easily confront our own fears? You may not have ever physically run away like Jennifer did, but there are probably things emotionally that you’re running from. You’re constantly looking over your shoulder, trying to be sure whatever you’re afraid of won’t catch up with you.
Satan loves causing people to dread and avoid confronting unpleasant issues, because he knows that he loses power when his lies are confronted. Even though a lie is not true, it becomes reality for the person who believes it, so be intentional to ask God to reveal truth to you, and to confront any lies you may be believing.
Prayer Starter: Lord, please expose the lies I’ve believed that are giving strength to the fears that harass me. Shine Your light of truth into my life, and give me the strength I need to confront them and on them and begin to believe the truth of Your Word instead. In Jesus’ Name, amen.
Go For It! - Joyce Meyer (July-11-2020). Learn to walk in faith...step out and find out! God has a great plan for your life so don't let fear keep you from experiencing God's best.
Joyce Meyer (July-11-2020) Sermon: Discipline and Building a Better You. Lord, what do You want me to learn from my life today? How can I be a Blessing to someone today? God, I pray that you will pierce my heart with Your Peace, Your Love, and Your Grace. Encourage me with the security of Your Strength and Blessings. Saturate my days with evidence of blessings yet to come. Surround me with Your favor and protect my fragile heart. How can I use my time to draw closer to You rather than "rush" through life? I want to arm myself with Your Word, Your strength, Your compassion, Your peace, Your Grace, Your Mercy, so I can honor Your Name with my actions. Help me to spread Blessings to other people and show them the legacy of Your Love and Grace. Remind me not to worry about tomorrow, because YOU ARE already there. Amen!
Joyce Meyer (July-11-2020) Daily Devotion: You Are Beloved.
The greatest happiness and peace in people’s lives comes from knowing they are loved unconditionally, for exactly who they are, with all their strengths and weaknesses, good points and not‑so‑good points. I don’t think any human being alive, no matter how wonderful or godly he or she might be, is fully capable of loving us unconditionally all the time. Only God can love us that way.
God loves us unconditionally in spite of ourselves, no matter what we do. But He does even more than that; He also calls us His beloved (see Romans 9:25). This is a term of endearment reserved for someone who is very special to someone else, someone who holds a unique place in another person’s heart. It means to long for, to respect, and to hold in affectionate regard.
When I think of the word beloved, I sense that it means to be loved in every way at every moment in time. Because you are God’s beloved, there has never been and never will be even a split-second when you are not perfectly loved.
The enemy will use many different things that will challenge your belief that you are beloved. He may use words other people have spoken about you, situations where you’ve been victimized, mistakes, failures, disappointments, and anything else that would damage the way you see yourself or cause you to doubt the truth of what God’s Word says about you. Well-known minister and author Henri Nouwen wrote: “Self-rejection is the greatest enemy of the spiritual life because it contradicts the sacred voice that calls us the ‘Beloved.’ ”
To fight self-rejection and all the other things that try to contradict the “sacred voice that calls us the ‘Beloved,’ ” we need to do what the apostle John encourages us to do in today’s verse: We receive God’s love totally by faith, coming to know and believe He loves us. The more we meditate on that and persist in believing, the more established it becomes in our hearts. When we’ve been deeply wounded, receiving this love is not always easy. Don’t get discouraged if you find yourself struggling to accept it—just let the desire of your heart be to embrace it more and more. If there are times when you feel like you’ve failed, just begin again. With God, you can always make a fresh start. Eventually, God’s unconditional love for you and your place as His beloved will be deeply rooted in your heart and no one will be able to convince you otherwise, but it takes time.
When we’re secure in our place as God’s beloved, we’re strong and confident. We can step into our destiny and into the beautiful future He has planned for us. I encourage you to say out loud today, “I am God’s beloved,” as often as you can. The more you say it, the more you will believe it.
Prayer Starter: Jesus, please heal me where I’ve been hurt, and help me see myself the way You see me, so I can live in the confidence of Your love. Thank You for calling me Your beloved. In Jesus’ Name, amen.
Joyce Meyer (July-10-2020) Motivation: Is Your Excuse Bag Full? We all have an excuse bag. You have it wherever you go. Joyce just has hers out in the open for us today. Check out this funny visual that's sure to make you laugh!
Joyce Meyer (July-10-2020) Motivation: Allow God to Heal Your Soul. The healing of your soul doesn't have to be only for you. Watch as Joyce explains how we can serve God by allowing Him to heal our souls and then let it be an example to others that if God can do it for you, He can heal them too!
Joyce Meyer (July-10-2020) Daily Devotion: A Sacrifice of Praise.
Are you in the middle of a really hard season in your life? Maybe you’ve been going through issues in your health, your finances, or your relationships, or you’ve been waiting for what feels like forever for a dream to become reality. Perhaps you’ve been praying and trusting God to meet the need for a long time, but nothing has changed yet. While you’re waiting for the answer is the perfect time to offer a sacrifice of praise.
It’s easy to praise God when everything is going well, but when you acknowledge and glorify Him in the midst of a troubling situation, that is a sacrifice—and it does not go unnoticed. When you offer a sacrifice of praise, God takes notice, and He goes to work on your behalf.
Prayer Starter: Father, thank You for bringing me this far, and for always staying by my side. Please help me to keep the right attitude and to keep acknowledging You in everything I do. Thank You for working in my situation, and for bringing me through this. In Jesus’ Name, amen.
Joyce Meyer (July-09-2020) Daily Devotion: You’ve Been Adopted.
Did you know that God actually chose you to be His child? How cool is that! The apostle Paul teaches us that the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of adoption, and He reminds us in every moment that we are God’s children (see Romans 8:16). The word adoption means that we’re brought into the family of God, even though we were previously outsiders, unrelated to Him in any way. We were sinners and separated from God, but in His great mercy, He redeemed us, purchased us, and brought us close to Him again through the blood of His own Son.
We understand adoption in the natural sense. We know that some children are adopted by parents who purposely choose them and take them as their own. What an honor to be chosen on purpose by those who want to pour out their love on them! This is exactly what God did for us as believers in Christ (see 1 John 3:1). Because of what Jesus did for us on the cross, we are now eternally part of His family, and His Spirit lives inside us.
God the Father decided before He ever laid the foundation of the world that He would adopt, love and accept everyone who received Christ as His child. So when we’re saved, we become heirs of God and joint heirs with His Son, Jesus. It’s the knowledge of our family relationship to God that gives us boldness to go to Him for whatever we need (see Hebrews 4:16).
Prayer Starter: Father, thank You for choosing me, for loving me, and for adopting me as Your child. Help me remember that You’re my Dad, and I can come to You at any time, no matter what. In Jesus’ Name, amen.
Joyce Meyer (July-08-2020) Sermon: The Process of Change - Part 2. Are you ready for the good things God has in store for you? Today, Joyce answers questions from viewers to help you become all God wants you to be.
Work It, Girl | Talk It Out Podcasts - Joyce Meyer Ministries (July-07-2020). Whether you’re a work-at-home mom or hitting the daily grind in the office, as women, we face a variety of unique situations in the workplace, whether good, bad or all-around interesting. Today, Ginger and Erin open up about some challenging leadership lessons they’ve learned, Jai gets honest about what’s it’s like to be a woman of color in ministry, and their friend Jaimee shares how she’s found her confidence through Christ in a job story that could have ended very differently.
Joyce Meyer (July-07-2020) Daily Devotion: More Than Conquerors.
As Christians, we often hear people quote Romans 8:37, which says we are more than conquerors in Christ. For years, I have pondered what being “more than a conqueror” actually means.
I’m sure others have different interpretations, but I’ve come to the conclusion that being more than a conqueror means you have such confidence that no matter what comes up in your life, you know that through Christ you can handle it. You know before you’re ever faced with a problem that you’re going to have victory over it. You believe you can do whatever you need to do in life. Therefore, you don’t dread things, you don’t fear the unknown, and you don’t live in anxiety about what’s going to happen. It doesn’t really matter what the specifics of each situation are, you know you will be victorious through Christ.
What an amazing gift to be able live in that kind of confidence! I want to encourage you to remind yourself of this truth today:
I am more than a conqueror through Christ.
Prayer Starter: Father, thank You for making a way for me to live in the confidence that I am more than a conqueror because of You. Please help me accept and walk in that confidence more and more each day. In Jesus’ Name, amen.
Joyce Meyer (July-06-2020) Daily Devotion: There’s Always a Way.
Today’s scripture says there was “no way” to get through the crowds to Jesus . . . but with God there is always a way, and these men refused to give up until they found it! Have you ever faced a situation and said, “There’s no way . . .”? Maybe some of these thoughts have weighed on your mind:
• There is no way I can handle the pressure at work.
• There is no way I can pay my bills at the end of the month.
• There is no way to save my marriage.
• There is no way my children will ever grow up to be responsible adults.
• There is no way I can lose the weight I need to lose.
I want you to know that there is always a way. It may not be easy; it may not be convenient; it may not come quickly. You may have to go over, under, around, or through, but if you’ll simply refuse to give up, you will find a way.
I know a young woman who had a season where she was working at a job she didn’t particularly like, and was single but wanting to be married. All of a sudden, within one month she became engaged and was hired for her dream job. She had waited for what seemed like an eternity before this time, but at the right time God made a way.
Believe me when I say that God has a good plan for you, and He has heard your prayers. You may not realize how close you are to your breakthrough. Even if you have to wait three, four, or five more years, if you’ll keep pressing on, you will have the victory you need. Whatever you do, don’t give up before you see breakthrough. Do not stop hoping, believing, and obeying God. Instead, say, “I will never quit. I will never give up. I will never say, ‘No way.’ ”
Are you in a situation you see no way out of? Think again! God’s ways are not our ways, but His way is always best. Keep trusting Him, and He’ll show you the way to your breakthrough.
Prayer Starter: Father, please open my eyes to the way that You’re working in my situation, and give me the strength I need to keep going, no matter what. Thank You for making a way where there seems to be no way, and for working on my behalf! In Jesus’ Name, amen.
Joel Osteen Ministries Live Stream (July 05 2020) Special Guest - Joyce Meyer | Sunday Service at 7PM. Joyce Meyer will be delivering an inspirational message along with powerful uplifting worship from the Lakewood Worship team.
Joyce Meyer (July-05-2020) Sunday Service - 8:30AM Live Stream. Don't miss Sunday Service with Joyce Meyer in Lakewood Church.
Joyce's Heart On Injustice (July-05-2020). Joyce shares her heart on how believers should respond to injustice in our world today!
Joyce Meyer (july-09-2020) Sermon: The Greatest Transformation - Part 1. You don't have to do everything right to have God's love and approval. Learn about His unconditional love for you, and how it can change your life!
Joyce Meyer (July-06-2020) Sermon: The Process of Change - Part 1. Even when we want to change, the process can be scary and intimidating. Learn how to trust God and stay peaceful during your personal transformation.
Joyce Meyer (July-04-2020) Watch Online Saturday Service Live Stream. Joyce Meyer will be delivering an inspirational message along with powerful uplifting worship from the Lakewood Worship team.
Joyce Meyer (July-04-2020) Watch Online Sermon: Five Habits for a Healthy Spirit, Soul and Body - Part 1. Joyce is the one who knocks me straight into consciousness...i listen to you joyce in my dark times...and you always help me..may u be always blessed in the Sprit of the lord
Joyce Meyer (July-03-2020) Daily Devotion: Why Am I Doing This?
I like to define a motive as “the why behind the what.” A motive is the reason we do what we do. It’s easy to say what we’re doing with our time, but sometimes we don’t understand why we do what we do. We might be doing something just to be well thought of, when in reality we don’t have the time or energy to do it.
Impure motives can cause countless problems, one of which is being overcommitted, which results in unnecessary stress in our lives. But when we’re obeying God and doing only what He’s asking us to do, we shouldn’t live with extreme stress.
Never agree to do something just to impress people, or out of fear of what they’ll think or say about you if you don’t. When an opportunity comes up, take the motive test—ask yourself, “Why am I doing this? Is this something I’m doing for God or something I’m doing to please people?” Consider the answer, then do what you have peace about doing—no more, and no less (see Colossians 3:15).
Prayer Starter: Father, please help me to use wisdom as I make decisions on when/how much I’m committing myself to do things. Thank You for showing me what’s right in each situation, and for helping me act on the right motives. In Jesus’ Name, amen.
Joyce Meyer (July-02-2020) Daily Devotion: Don’t Lose Hope.
“What’s the use?” Jeff said to me one day. “I’ve tried so times to do great things for God. No matter what I do or how hard I work, I always end up failing.”
“I vowed that I would set aside time for God every day,” Pam said. “That was my only resolution for the year.” She shrugged. “It’s now April, and I only stuck with my plan for about three weeks. I never follow through on most of the important things in my life.”
Jeff and Pam are only two examples of people who feel hopeless. They know what they want to do, but they can’t seem to accomplish what they desire.
There is no one-size-fits-all way to explain every reason for failure, but one thing I noticed about both of these believers is that they had reached the point of hopelessness. They were sure they couldn’t do it. “I’ve tried before, and I failed,” they each said. They saw no point in trying again.
“Okay, so I try again and then I fail again,” Jeff said. “I already feel bad; why would I want to feel worse?”
He didn’t realize that negative thoughts and words were keeping him from succeeding. Satan was there to attack and discourage him, but he did most of the work himself through an attitude of hopelessness.
“I end up failing.” Those were Jeff’s words. “I never follow through on most of the important things in my life,” is the way Pam said it.
By their own words, Jeff and Pam had prepared themselves to fail. And their words weren’t the only thing that derailed them—it was the thoughts behind the words.
Discouragement destroys hope. Failure easily leads to more failure. And once we allow our minds to say, “This is the way it will always be,” the devil has won a battle over us.
I urged Jeff and Pam to examine their thought life. “For now,” I urged, “don’t focus on the outcome or the result of your actions. Go back to your attitude and your thought processes.”
As we talked, it became obvious that Jeff fully expected to fail before he ever started. The enemy had already enslaved his mind, so of course he failed. The same was true for Pam. Both of them thought failure and focused on failure, and they got exactly what they expected.
“Ask yourselves,” I said, “what kind of thoughts have you been thinking?” If we change our thoughts, we can change our outcome. Jeff and Pam both believed they would fail, but I wanted them to believe they could succeed.
Jeff made great progress over the next few weeks. Whenever he started on a new project he would say, “Things are going a little slow, but I’m making progress. Yesterday was difficult, and I started to feel discouraged. I even felt a little sorry for myself, but that was because I chose wrong thinking.”
The same was true for Pam. She said, “I now refuse to be discouraged. Last Tuesday night as I crawled into bed, I realized I’d been rushing so fast all day that I hadn’t taken any time to spend with God, and by that time I was too tired.” She asked God to forgive her, adding, “Help me not to give up.”
Pam realized that she had failed once last week and twice the week before, but she reminded herself that she had succeeded on all the other days. That gave her hope. “It’s not 100 percent success, but it’s a lot better than zero!”
Both Jeff and Pam finally realized a powerful truth that we need to understand, too: Jesus does not condemn us; far too often we condemn ourselves. We have the power to reject or allow discouraging, disheartening thoughts to fill our minds. Today, let’s push those thoughts aside and say, “With Your help, Lord Jesus, I can make it.”
Prayer Starter: Father, with Your help, I can make it. With Your help, I won’t be discouraged and feel hopeless. With Your help, I can defeat every wrong thought the enemy tries to sneak into my mind. Thank You for Your grace, and for the freedom You have for me. In Jesus’ Name, amen.
Joyce Meyer (July-01-2020) Sermon: BE YOURSELF - Part 1.
Some days I wake up and feel so alone. I know God is there yet when He is silent it is sometimes hard. I am thrilled for people like Joyce Meyer who remind us we are not alone.
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Joyce Meyer (July-01-2020) Daily Devotion: Say Goodbye to Guilt.
When Jesus went to the cross, He not only took our sin upon Himself, but He also took our guilt so we could be free from both, and so we could become right with Him (see 2 Corinthians 5:21). When we believe that our sins are forgiven but continue to feel guilty and condemned, we can know that it’s time to study this out more in God’s Word. How can we feel guilty about something that the Bible clearly says God has forgiven, forgotten, and removed as far as the east is from the west (see Hebrews 10:17–18; Psalm 103:12)?
Feeling guilty is our unsuccessful, human way of trying to pay for our sins, but we cannot pay for something that’s already been paid for. Jesus paid, and we are debt free! This does not mean that we don’t feel sorry or repentant when we sin—we may even feel a kind of grief in our hearts over our sins—but the heaviness of guilt and condemnation is one of Satan’s greatest tools to keep us from making progress and bearing good fruit for God. Condemnation is counterproductive because it presses us down and burdens us with feelings of overwhelming guilt. Conviction, though, is from the Holy Spirit, and it’s always intended to lift us out of sin and restore our intimacy with God. The only way we can be useful to God is if we know what He’s done for us, who we are in Him, and the power that is available to us as His children. Jesus paid for our sins and in Him there is no condemnation (see Romans 8:1). I want to encourage you to make a decision today to stop wasting precious time and energy feeling guilty, and to begin to receive God’s forgiveness and grace each day.
Prayer Starter: Father, thank You so much for Your great grace and mercy… Your complete forgiveness of my sin blows me away. Please help me walk in the forgiveness, grace, and freedom that You’ve provided for me through Jesus. In Jesus’ Name, amen.
Joyce Meyer (June-30-2020) Daily Devotion: Little by Little.
Recently I thought about my life from the time I seriously began to follow Jesus Christ up to right now. Had I known then—at the beginning of the journey—all the things God would take me through, I would’ve probably been afraid to sign up for the trip!
As I look back, however, I realize that God held my hand and let me move forward in small steps. I had times where I was deeply ¬discouraged, as we all do. I remember lots of bitter tears over my personal failures. But no matter what, God kept nudging me forward.
That’s the secret of living the victorious Christian life—we move ahead little by little. It’s an inching forward over months and years, and the same is true of the battle in our minds. We don’t oust Satan in one big blow and then live in victory forever after. We win one small battle, and then we’re ready to move on to the next one. We may have a few major victories that come suddenly, but not many of them. The fight to destroy Satan’s strongholds comes mostly by daily, doggedly, moving ahead.
The first time I realized that, it was discouraging, until I realized the wisdom of God. After the Jews left Egypt and wandered in the wilderness, God spoke to them before they went into the Promised Land. It was a special land—fertile, beautiful, and promised to them. But in the more than 400 years since Jacob and his sons had left the land, others had moved in and occupied land that didn’t belong to them.
For the children of Israel, it wasn’t just a matter of going in and settling down. They had to fight to take back every foot of ground—even though it was their inheritance.
That’s also how our spiritual walk works. God has the blessings out there waiting for us, but it’s up to us to go in and take the land. Just as it was for the Israelites, it’s a battle for us, too.
In today’s verse, God mentions the beasts of the field. There were many wild animals in the land, and it could have been dangerous for the people of Israel. Let’s think about what that might look like today…what if we thought of the beasts as pride? What if God suddenly gave us full, complete victory, and we never struggled again; how would that affect us? Surely pride would creep in, and we’d start to look down on others who haven’t been as victorious as we have been. We might not express our contempt in words, but those we were looking down on would still realize that we thought we were better than them. Not only does pride like this break God’s heart, but it also destroys our relationships and keeps us from moving forward.
God has a wonderful plan for each of us, but it never comes with just one major victory that causes us to never struggle again. Instead, it’s an ongoing warfare, so we need to stay vigilant and aware of the attacks of the enemy.
Another benefit of moving ahead little by little is that we savor every victory. Each time we overcome or destroy one of Satan’s strongholds, we rejoice, so we can remain in a constant state of thankfulness. If we’ve had only one victory—and that was thirty years ago—how dull would our lives be? Or worse yet, how easy it would be for us to take God for granted? Isn’t it better to serve a God who takes us slowly forward, always showing us the way, always encouraging us? We always have new horizons to reach for, and that makes our journey with Him exciting!
Prayer Starter: Father, please forgive me for the times where I’m impatient and want to move too quickly. Thank You for bringing me forward into more and more victory, little by little, and for encouraging me in every step. In Jesus’ Name, amen.
Joyce Meyer (June-29-2020) Daily Devotion: Stay Patient.
We all have things that we want right now. As I write this, I’m still limping a little bit from my hip surgery and I don’t want to. I want to walk perfectly normal now! However, the doctor told me yesterday that it would happen, but it would take some time for me to fully recover.
How often have we all heard that in our lives? “It is going to take time!” When I hear that, I have two choices: I can wait patiently, or I can wait miserably. The choice is mine, but either way I will wait. Patience is not the ability to wait, it’s the ability to wait well . . . to wait with a good attitude and trust that God’s timing is perfect.
What are you waiting for right now? How are you waiting?
Today, let’s make a decision to honor God by waiting patiently, with a smile on our face, knowing that every day, we’re a little closer to the desire of our heart. He’s given us the ability to enjoy every season of life, so let’s make good use of it.
Prayer Starter: Father, help me trust Your timing in my life and honor You by waiting patiently for You to bring my dreams to pass. Thank You for always watching out for me. In Jesus’ Name, amen.
Joyce Meyer (June-30-2020) Sermon Online: Stopped-Up Wells - Part 2. Have you been feeling spiritually dry lately? Learn how you can bring the flow of God's peace and power back into your life today!