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Sunday, 17 December 2017 15:20

Why is God Silent? - Joyce Meyer

The sermon "Why is God Silent?" by Joyce Meyer online.  If there are things in your life that you know that God has put on your heart to do and you have not done them, anybody? Then go home and get busy and stop complaining about why God's not speaking to you because he's probably not gonna say anything else until you do the last thing he told you to do.

Ginger: do you ever feel like God is silent? Maybe you feel that way right now and there are definitely times where God seems to be still where he's expecting us to wait on him, but today, Joyce Meyer will give us a great reason why God may be silent in your life and what you need to do to hear him. We'll also share your advice for new believers from your voice and Joyce Meyer's advice as well. So, if you're a new believer or you have one in the house, get them here right now. Stay right where you are.

Ginger: as we walk through each new day, we all have questions. They're just part of life, but did you know there are answers for you? God says when we look, we'll find him. He's not trying to hide anything. So together, we are discovering life's everyday answers. Well, we have all had times when we've wondered if God is hearing our prayers, especially when we aren't seeing results or we aren't hearing his voice, it just seems like he's quiet. Here's a question from our everyday answers page. This is from kathy, she says, "I pray all day. I know God's timing belongs to him, but how long will he remain silent?" Kathy, great question and one that many people ask. Joyce Meyer explains why we may not hear God when we are waiting on an answer, and it's something we don't often think about.

Joyce Meyer: if there are things in your life that you know that God has put on your heart to do and you have not done them, anybody? Then go home and get busy and stop complaining about why God's not speaking to you because he's probably not gonna say anything else until you do the last thing he told you to do. If you knew how many years it took me to learn all this stuff that you get downloaded in about an hour here. "be doers of the word [obey the message], not just a listener to it, betraying yourselves [into deception by reasoning contrary to the truth]." Now, you know, these verses are so important, and I don't want to just get in too big of a hurry here to get to the end of the chapter 2 that I miss some of the really important things that I think that need to be said. So, let's look at this. Be a doer of the word, obey the message, not just a listener to it. Then he says, "betraying yourselves [into deception by reasoning which is contrary to the truth]." Now, that's kind of a mouthful and we can miss what he's trying to say, so let's just slow down and take it apart. If i--i can go to church three times a week, and I can watch christian tv every morning, and I can listen to teaching cds on the way to work, but if I don't do then what i've heard, it does me nor anybody else any good at all because the bible does not say that we're blessed in our hearing, it says we're blessed in our doing.

Joyce Meyer: when we do, and I really think that because there's so much available to us today, I really think that sometimes we get so proud of what we know. "well, Joyce Meyer, I've got all your books." Well, then why are you still acting the way you do? [audience laughing] Joyce Meyer: I mean, people love to tell me they've got all my books. "i've got all your books." And, you know, we like to display them on our shelves because when our friends come, we look so spiritual. But it's in the doing. Now, let's just assume that we all want to obey God and so we don't want to just hear, we want to do. And now, let's just take this a step further and say we're not just hearing somebody preach the word, but now, God is trying to say something to us 'cause we can hear from him too. And a large part of our walk with God is not just going to church and hearing messages, but it's letting the holy spirit guide us day by day in our walk with him where I with can in the middle of doing one thing and the holy spirit can let me know, "that's not what I want you to do. Don't act like that. Don't say that, be quiet," whatever. And if we learn while we're in this world to keep one ear tuned to the holy spirit, then while we're here, we can be in the world but not be of the world, and that's what jesus is asking us to do. We can be in the world, but we can quickly make adjustments because of what God is saying to us. Example, let's just say that i'm in a meeting like this and I happen to notice somebody on our team that seems just, I don't know what it is, you know, I can't really put my finger on it, but I just really kind of sense that they need a blessing right now. Are you--do you ever kind of notice that with somebody? You're like, "they just need a blessing right now." And so, I pray, "Lord, how can I bless this lady? How can be a blessing to her?" Well, the next thing that happens I notice a bracelet I have on my wrist, pretty, sparkly bracelet that i'm quite fond of. And the next thing i'm feeling is I should give that to her because I remember earlier today she told me how pretty it was. Now, I really don't want to give my bracelet away.

Joyce Meyer: and so, my mind gives me a reason, come on. I've heard from God. I'm pretty sure at this point i'm hearing, but now there's the doing. And so, if I don't do what a felt like God showed me to do, it's because I have betrayed myself by coming up with some kind of a reason why it's okay not to do it. Are you with me? So, she needs a blessing, "God, how can I help her?" I'm being real spiritual so far. I'm caring, i'm being compassionate. "how can I help her? Oh." Come on, is anybody home in the house today? So now, I don't want to give her my bracelet. So, and I actually had this happen so this is a good--this is a living story. And so, I look at her and I think, she is really skinny, that is gonna fall right off of her arm. And I took it home.

Joyce Meyer: come on, you know, we--it's amazing the stuff that we can come up with, okay? I've had an argument with somebody, i'm really sure it was their fault, and i'm waiting for them to apologize and I don't really intend to talk to them until they do. And i'm reading a book, let's say a devotional by Joyce Meyer meyer on how to get closer to God every day. Got my morning devotion and it says, "be a peacemaker." Uh-oh, right away i'm thinking, hmm. So, I get this little sensing that God wants me to pick up the phone and call this person and be aggressive. Well, I don't want to do that, so, I come up with a reason. Are you there? My reason is that I apologized the last time.

Joyce Meyer: and it would simply not be right for me to have to apologize every single time. Come on, somebody give God a praise. See, we have to stop finding reasons and excuses for not doing what God wants us to do and then complaining because we don't have the blessed life that we say that we want to have because we're blessed, not in our hearing, but we're blessed in our doing.

Ginger: so, hold on to the promise. God does hear your prayers and if he's silent, it could be because he's waiting on you. Now, waiting is no fun, we all know that, and it is not easy, so we have some help for you today because we all have those times of waiting and this is what we need. This is Joyce Meyer's teaching called, "unleashing the power of faith," three teachings that will help you understand what faith is, what God's word says about it, and then this book will help you to never give up. This is Joyce Meyer's best-selling book. It's a "new york times" best-seller that has helped many people get through those times when they're just on the edge, they don't know if they can make it. If that's where you are now, pick this book up and let God's word encourage you. Use the phone number you see on the screen, go to the website, and pick up these today and it will help you through your time of God's silence. We want to check out what your voice has to say, but first, here's a look at what's coming up next week.

Joyce Meyer: God wants to walk with you, he wants to talk with you, he wants to lead you, he wants to guide you. He wants to be involved in literally everything that you do. Now listen, God cares about everything that concerns you.

Ginger: we asked you to share your best advice for new believers, and let me tell you, this is good for all of us whether we're new believers or not. And then coming up, Joyce Meyer will answer a few questions from new christians too. But first, here are your thoughts. Cynthia says, "i would tell a newbie, don't worry. It takes time to learn the bible and start changing how you think, talk, act, and do. I pray every day. I try to do something good every day and make every day count for God. It could be overwhelming sometimes, but just remember, you are worth it. Christ died for you." Mary says, "i would say don't make the christian life too complicated. God will lead you and reveal his call on your life. It's not a sprint, it's a walk with God. When you feel stuck, do something practical, clean your room, do the laundry, help your neighbor. God will get you where he wants you to be." Roxie says, "welcome, new believer! Surround yourself with other believers, especially in the beginning because the enemy will attack you for your friends, family, old habits, et cetera. You'll be surprised at how negative people can be when you are so happy. Talk to Jesus constantly. Thank him for the good parking spots, the beautiful flower you just have to take a picture of, and soon you will see God in everything." Well, those are some wonderful pieces of advice and I personally think it's hugely important, just like she was saying, to see God in everything. Every now and I then I like to spend a few posts on social media talking about #myfavoritethings just because they make me happy and it reminds me how blessed we are, so try that. Right now, tell us about some of your favorite things on facebook, twitter, #ea. Go out there and see those things that God has put all around you that just remind you of his love. Well, we've heard your voice, let's check out Joyce Meyer's.

Ginger: I love this basic question from gabrielle, "why do I have to go to church?"

Joyce Meyer: well, first of all, it's not a have to. The bible says, "don't forsake the assembling of yourselves together." And so, we go to church to learn, to be in corporate worship, to be accountable to somebody. It's good if you're committed to something and you don't show up for 4 or 5 weeks to have somebody, a close enough relationship that's gonna call and say, "hey, you okay? Haven't seen you lately." And it's just--it's good to be together with other people that are like-minded like you are. If you're trying to have a relationship with God and you're always around people that don't really believe in God, they can't challenge you, they can't encourage you. It's amazing what we learn sometimes just from being around somebody else that's maybe got a little more spiritual growth than us. That can become a sermon just in itself. But I think if people look at like " I have to," then they're never going to want to do it. And to be honest, I think a lot of times we think, "well, I have to go to church or God's not gonna be happy. I have to go to church to get what I call a checkmark on my God calendar." But really, we go for us. It's not like we're going--yes, it shows respect to God when we go, but it's just important to be in fellowship with other people. And, you know, you mentioned when we started that this was for new believers or it might be for someone who knew a new believer, but to be honest, ginger, I think sometimes people have been trying to walk with God for a long time. They've missed some of the basics.

Ginger: yeah, very true. Joyce Meyer: you know, and so they need-- ginger: or drifted away from them.

Joyce Meyer: we never should think that something is too elementary for us or too basic for us because anytime you have a crack in your foundation, the rest of the building is not gonna be stable.

Ginger: that's right, or something leaks out that you need, so that's never good either. All right, this one asks, "how do I listen to his will for me?"

Joyce Meyer: well, that's probably one of the biggest questions that everything has is "what," you know, I just had somebody--yeah, I just had somebody that i'm close to that heard me talking about our assignment from God. And it was actually one of my grandchildren. And she said, "well, how do I know what my assignment is?" And she's at an age now where she'll be graduating from high school before too long and trying to make decisions about what she wants do with her future. So, I just talked her through a few things and I started by asking her, "what do you like? What do you enjoy?" You know, I don't think that God is going to make us spend our whole life doing something that we really just despise. Now, that doesn't mean that you're never gonna have to do things that you don't like, but anybody who's working at a job where they just hate it every day of their life, they're probably not in the right place for them. You're never gonna know the will of God if you don't know the word of God. So, as a new believer, it takes time. It takes time to learn how to hear from God. You know, one great man of God was asked, "how do I learn to hear from God?" And he said, "you make mistakes." And so, we have to understand that God loves us and as long as our heart's right, he's not gonna get mad at us if we think something is his will and it turns out not to be. The thing that I always encourage people is if you take a step and it's not working, and by that you find out, well, that must have not been God, you don't have to be condemned. You don't have to feel guilty, but one of the ways you're gonna find the will of God for your life is by trying some stuff. You know, I teasingly say all the time, but it, I mean, it really did teach me. When I first started wanting to be used by God, like really wanting God to use me and wanting to serve God, I tried working in the nursery at church, and it didn't take me or the kids long to find out that wasn't my call. I tried street evangelism, going out and passing out gospel tracts on the street and talking to people because there was a team at my church that did that. I didn't like it. I tried door-to-door evangelism, I didn't like that. But when I started to teach, then I knew that I had found my niche. And so, sometimes you just have to try some things. You gotta put your hand to some things and see if they fit. The thing I told her is I said, "we all know what it feels like to have on clothes that don't fit properly, maybe something that's way too tight or even something that's too big," you know, I can't stand to wear a pair of pants that keeps falling down. I'm all the time pulling them up. And so, we need to find what seems to fit for our life. What are you good at? You know, God's not gonna call you to do something that you're constantly failing at. So, what are you good at, what do you enjoy, what do you like?

Ginger: because he gives us those desires and those abilities, so it's all in his hands. I think that's why, especially as a new believer and maybe after we've walked with christ for a long time, that's something that really helps for us to realize is he's not an arbitrary God. He has a good plan that he brings all together in many ways.

Joyce Meyer: yeah, that's right. So, people, I think, worry too much about what is God's will. I think that you pray about it, you ask God to lead you and then the last thing i'll say about it is, pay attention to what kind of doors God opens. You know, I mean, if I think God wants me to do something, but the door never opens for it, then maybe I need to look somewhere else. I mean, I tried to learn how to play the guitar because I thought leading worship would be great. Well, it just didn't work. I mean, I couldn't learn it. I wasn't good at it. My voice wasn't good for singing, and so you just gotta take your time, and as a new believer, you'll learn, you're know.

Ginger: but don't give up when it doesn't work. I like that encouragement. All right, next question is, "how do I fall in love with jesus and how can I receive his love?

Joyce Meyer: well, I think the way that you fall in love with jesus is by seeing his love in your life. And I think one of the things that we can actually do that is very practical, but it's very good, is to look for God's love in your life. In 1 john 4:16, it says we're to be conscious and aware of God's love. And so, I learned a long time ago to--i watch for God's love in my life and it actually usually shows up in a lot of little ways.

Ginger: what are some examples? Joyce Meyer: well, you know, I mean, a lot of them are real personal things like, you know, maybe something that, you know, I remember one time I just happened to say to somebody, "i love zucchini bread, I wish somebody would bake me some zucchini bread," 'cause I wasn't that good at baking. And it was only a few days later and somebody showed up at one of my meetings and said, "I felt like God wanted me to bake you some zucchini bread." Well see, I didn't--it wasn't really even the bread so much as it was that I knew that God did that for me and--or giving you favor when you're out shopping and maybe, you know, the clerk will say, "oh, we got a sale starting tomorrow, but i'll give you this coupon ahead of time." So, there's all kinds of ways. Or God comforting us, or giving us a revelation, or showing us something, or making something happen for us. If you watch for God's love, and his mercy, and his goodness in your life, then the bible says we love him because he first loved us. And so, receiving God's love is a matter of believing that he loves you. I don't know if--how many people are actually familiar with this, but if you look up the definition, the word "receive" means to believe, and the word "believe" means to receive. So, when we really believe what the word says, that's how we receive it, and you can't receive it if you don't believe it. So once again, we go back to my pet subject, study the word, study the word, study the word, and a lot of people think they can't do that, but there are many, many, many translations of the bible today that are very easy to read. I use the amplified bible, but there's all kinds of modern english versions that will help you understand what God's trying to say to you.

Ginger: yeah, I think God has created us all in so many different, wonderful ways and he knows that so distinctly that he gives us that specific thing that we need to recognize his love. For me, it's I love being out in nature and just seeing his hand, and the creativity, and the beauty, and that draws me to him so much. So, he has a way to pull us in. All right, then along those lines but a little different, "how can I just believe that I have the holy spirit with me?"

Joyce Meyer: well, the bible says if you ask, you will receive. It says, I think it's in luke 11, "if we being evil know how to give good gifts to our children, how much more will the father give the holy spirit to those who ask him?" And so, like everything else, we receive by faith. And really, the holy spirit, you can't even really learn anything if you don't have the holy spirit in your life because he's our teacher. So every time you're hearing a sermon and you, like, really get it, you know, that's an evidence that the holy spirit is in your life. He convicts us of sin, you know, anytime that you start to do something or, like, for example, if i'm starting to say something or i'm in the middle of saying something and I realize I shouldn't be doing that, that's the holy spirit convicting me. You know, it's not--now, condemnation is from the devil, but if you just get a sensing, just a gentle, even loving, sensing, eh, don't do that.

Ginger: so, the difference in the two is you feel more guilty?

Joyce Meyer: well, condemnation makes you feel pressed down. It's like, you feel bad, you feel guilty, you feel condemned. It makes you feel bad about yourself and it puts a heaviness on you. But conviction actually lets you know that what you're doing is not right and that with God's help, you can change it, but it doesn't make you feel oppressed. It's like, I was thinking this morning, the bible says that those who whom God loves, he tells their faults to. He convicts them and reproves them and that we should be enthusiastic about it when God shows us our faults. And so, I can remember years ago when I would have an awareness that I was doing something wrong, I would just think, "not another thing," you know, God is...AND Grumbling. And I realize now the worst thing that God could do would be leave us alone in our sin and not convict us of it. So, he's our comforter. He's our teacher. He guides us through life. He shows us what to do. He gives us direction, but you believe it. You know, everything from God comes through believing it. It's not by feeling it. I mean, even faith itself, it's the evidence of things you don't see. It's the evidence of things you don't feel and it just operates in your heart.

Ginger: so, as those things are active and happening in your life, and especially as a new believer, sometimes we were able to do something for a long, long time and then all of a sudden, we begin to feel convicted. Something's different in your life and that's the holy spirit working.

Joyce Meyer: and I have to say that the longer you walk with God, the more that you may experience it in your life. I feel sometimes that my path gets narrower and narrower and narrower, and that's because God continues to make us more and more like christ. And it's not that you can't do anything. It's not a matter of, "now I can never do anything." It's just that what you want to do changes and how you want to behave changes.

Ginger: and narrower becomes better.

Joyce Meyer: yeah, exactly right.

Ginger: yeah, well, today we have an offer for you that will help, and as a new believer or as an experienced believer, this will help strengthen your relationship with jesus. Three teachings called, "unleashing the power of faith," and this is exactly what Joyce Meyer was just talking about, it's believing, it's where does that faith come from? And it's really the foundation that will help that walk with christ as a new believer and cement it as a believer for many years. And then Joyce Meyer's book called, "never give up." This book is a great encouragement. A lot of new endeavors in people's lives, new ministries, many people have experienced great change in their life coming out of this book. And if there's been something in your life that you've been walking through and you just maybe haven't seen the answer yet or you're just not sure if you're gonna make it, pick this up because this will give you the encouragement that you need to keep going. And we have both of these available for you today. All you need to do is act right now. Call the phone number on your screen, go to the website. Don't delay. And Joyce Meyer, I know you would encourage people now's the time.

Joyce Meyer: oh, absolutely, I mean, you can't change without the word. You can't change yourself, only the word of God can change us and there's nothing better to invest your money in than God's word because it never gets old. The longer it sits on your shelf, the better and the better it gets because you can listen to those teachings on faith and they can mean one thing to you now, and you grow for a year or so in God and you listen to him and you hear things you didn't even hear the first time.

Ginger: if you have a question for Joyce Meyer, ask it right now. Go to twitter and use #askJoyce Meyer. You can go to our everyday answers page at Joyce Meyermeyer.org, you can do it on facebook. Just get that question for us--to us and we'll be looking for it. Sometimes when we are waiting on answers, God works through other people to provide. You know, you're waiting and you're waiting and you're not seeing how God is going to do it, and then all of a sudden, someone shows up with just what you've been looking for and we have an opportunity for you now to provide for someone else. You know, at Joyce Meyer ministries, our outreach arm is called hand of hope and we do things to help people all over the world. And one of the things that I love that I've got to see a lot of the impact that it has is feeding children. We have an opportunity for you to feed kids today. We call it our hope plate and when you give a donation of... It will provide meals for five children for an entire month. How wonderful is that? And when you do, we'll send you one of these hope plates and this is a way that you can keep this at home and remind you and your family of the good that you have done and the way that you have answered someone else's prayer. So, go to our website, call that number right now and say that you would like to provide a hope plate and feed five kids for a month. You know, if God seems silent today, don't give up, don't let go. Hang in there. Keep listening, keep doing good, and God will show up because he is faithful. And i've had those times of silence, but God has never let me down and he won't you either. I'll see you next time.

video What Are You Going To Do With Your Dash? - Joyce Meyer. I want you to just imagine right now we're going to the graveyard for a minute. You go to the graveyard and you see on the tombstone the person's name, when they were born, a dash, and when they died. Don't you think it's interesting that your whole life, from the time you're born till you die, comes down to a dash? So, here's what i want to ask you, what are you doing with your dash?

Because that's about how fast you're gonna feel like it went by when you get to be about 75 or 80, you're gonna go, "i can't Believe that it's all gone." Don't get to that point in life and have nothing but regrets. Don't spend your life climbing the ladder of success only to find out that your ladder's leaned against the wrong building when you get to the top. Yet, you do not know the least thing about what might happen tomorrow. What is the nature of your life. You are really but a wisp of vapor. A puff of smoke. A mist that is visible for a little while And then disappears into thin air. We only get one life. What are you going to do with your dash?

Saturday, 16 December 2017 15:30

Give God Your All - Joyce Meyer

The sermon "Give God Your All" by Joyce Meyer (online) "Okay, let's play the what-if game for a minute. What if--now just a--what if you would decide today to give god your all? I mean, "that's it, I'm gonna---I'm makin' the commitment. I'm goin' all out for god." What if you confronted problems instead of running away from 'em? How different would our lives be this time next year if we started to really confront things instead of hiding from them, hoping they'll go away? Here's a good one we can all use. What if you decided today to stop procrastinating? What if you demanded the best from yourself instead of just putting up with average?"

Joyce Meyer: what if you never said anything negative again? Can you imagine how it would change your life if you never again? What about if we never again complained about anything? What if you really believed the devil's a liar and you never listened to him again? The bible's full of scriptures about doin' your best. "you must love the lord your god with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, with all your strength." We can't be part-time christians. It's not a sunday morning event. This takes everything you got. And those of you that are here today, you know that 'cause this is friday morning. And you'll be back tonight and probably in the morning, and then you'll probably go to church on sunday morning.

Friday, 15 December 2017 14:17

Don't Dread - Joyce Meyer

Fragment of the sermon "Don't Dread" by Joyce Meyer (online). "It's time to stop being miserable about stuff you can't do anything about."

Dreading anything is not going to make it any better, amen? I had to have a hip replaced a couple years ago. It's so nice today if you wear out parts, you can go get new ones. It's just the coolest thing. I mean, I got this new hip, and now I can just walk all I want to, and it's just great. Well, now my other hip's hurting. So, yeah, I'm like, "hmm. I got plans, Lord. I don't have time for this." And I don't know what it is yet, but you know, there's always the temptation to, "ugh."

Come on, you know what I'm talking about, ugh. But can I tell you that doesn't change anything? All it changes is you. All it changes is me. So, bottom line is I got to have an attitude, well, I can do whatever I need to do, and I'm not going to stop enjoying my life in the midst of it. I had a plan, but if that plan don't work out, then I guess we'll get a new plan. And God will work everything out for my good. Come on, stop being miserable about stuff you cannot do anything about.

I want to make sure you heard that. Stop being miserable about stuff you cannot do anything about, amen? Stay happy and let God take care of it. Make your mind up, I'm not going to dread anything. That should be your new favorite statement, I'm not going to dread anything. I'm not going to dread doing dishes, I'm not going to dread doing laundry. I'm not going to dread cutting the grass, I'm not going to dread changing the oil in the car. I'm not going to dread driving in traffic to work. Dread is simply expecting to have an unpleasant experience. That's all it is. And it's the total opposite of hope. You know, one of the ways that you can and I can learn to not dread things is to do everything that we do for and unto the Lord.

Sermon - Simple, Practical Changes with Real Results - Part 1 - Joyce Meyer Youtube. What can you do to make a bad day better? Today, learn how to have a conversation with God that will turn your day around.

Joyce Meyer: see something beyond where you're at right now. Have a hope. Have an expectancy. Believe that things are going to change. Believe they're going to get better. well, I've had the wonderful privilege of writing Another book, and it's called, "20 ways to make Every day better." You know, it's just a really practical, helpful book that's Just full of little things, just little adjustments that you can Make that can actually turn a bad day into a better day. Because sometimes, to be honest, we're having a bad day and we Don't even really know why. We're just moving through life so fast that we don't even Really take the time to say, "now, why am I in a bad mood? Why am I having such a bad day? Why am I upset?" I've been finding out, if I stop And just kinda stay on things for a little bit just to ask God For some discernment, that he can show me things about why Things are going certain ways that then helps me to make A change. So, one of the chapters that we talk about, or one of the things We talk about in this book, is not giving into dread. Now, dread is a very close relative, I say, to fear.

 

And we all know that fear brings torment, it's terrible, it tries To hold you back from what you really wanna do. But you know, dread is real it's not exactly the same Thing, but it's real close to it. And I've really let the holy spirit Work with me over the last number of years to learn How to not dread things, especially things that I know That I'm gonna have to do anyway. Now, we all have things in life that are a little more pleasant To us than other things. There's probably not one of you watching right now that couldn't Name several things that you dread. I mean, people dread cleaning the house. They dread cutting the grass. A mom might dread changing a dirty diaper. You might dread driving in traffic. You know, there's so many things that we can dread, but really, If you dread it, it just kinda takes the life out of it, and we Can work it out to be something in our mind that's so much worse Than what it's actually gonna be if we would just be in faith Until we got there and then just trust God's grace to move us Through it. So, one of the things for me and I notice this all the Time, but this is just something that happened again this Morning, so I thought I'd talk about it.

I'm committed to exercising. I know that I will not be strong for the rest of my journey with God and to do the ministry that he's called me to if I don't get Enough physical exercise. So, I work out with a trainer 3 days a week, and I also walk, Generally, 5 miles every day, unless for some reason I just can't do it. Well, I woke up this morning and I really felt like I could've Stayed in bed for quite a while longer, and it wasn't that I didn't get enough sleep. I actually slept 8 1/2 hours, but it was just one of those Mornings where I think I could've slept 10 hours if i Would've had the opportunity. I was having a real hard time wanting to get up. And so, you know, your flesh loves to try to talk to you real Early in the morning and kind of set you up for a bad day. So, you gotta be careful about the thoughts that go through Your mind, especially real early.

And so, the thing that I felt, "oh my gosh, This is a workout day." And I had to start extra early so I could get to the tv studio Today to do exactly what I'm doing right now. So, this dread came, and I've learned, thank God, and I hope He always continues to remind me, that dreading it is only Going to make it worse. And so, when you feel dread coming on, why not just open Your mouth and say, "you know what? I can do whatever I need to do through christ who is My strength. He will give me the grace to do what I need to do when I'm Actually at the point of needing to do it." There's no point in dreading going to the dentist. You know, I have a medical appointment this afternoon, and It's gonna involve some kind of procedure that could be a little Painful, and I'm not just jumping up and down about that. I mean, I've found myself a few times thinking, "ugh," but you Know, as soon as I feel my emotions going into that, "ugh," I've learned to say, "you know what? God's gonna give me the grace I need when I get to it." I think a lot of times we dread things or even become afraid of Them because we're looking way ahead at something that hasn't Happened yet, and God doesn't always give us grace to put in The bank to know that we're gonna have everything we need. He wants us to trust him and to do things in faith, believing That when we actually get to it that he'll give us the grace, The confidence, the strength, the wisdom, the creativity.

Whatever it is that we need, he'll give us what we need at The moment that we arrive to do it. So you know what? Don't allow dread to run your life and you'll have a much Better day. God bless you. Joyce Meyer: we hear God's voice through his word, Through inner peace. God says, "i will speak peace to my people." Through wisdom and common sense. I think that's one of the main ways that we hear from God. You know, you might not be the sharpest tool in the shed, But let me tell you something, if you've got common sense Joyce Meyer: I mean, 'cause there's a lot of people that have A string of degrees a mile long and they don't have 1 ounce of Common sense. Joyce Meyer: it seems like sometimes the more education People get, the dumber they are. Joyce Meyer: and then, God speaks to us through the internal, Still small voice that can often sound like your own voice, But yet you have a knowing, a knowing that it's God. I was walking around the other day, just i'd had my time with God and this was a couple hours later, and I was just walking Around doing something, and I just heard clearly the lord say, "i love you." You say, "well, how do you know it was God?" Well, for one thing, it came from here. It didn't come from here. And if I was just wanting to make stuff up, I mean, I could've made that up an hour before then. I wasn't looking for anything. I wasn't expecting anything. And let me tell you something, when God speaks things like that To you, you need to not be in such a big hurry that you don't Take a moment to enjoy that. I mean, I just stopped and thought, "oh!" Joyce Meyer: and then a little bit later, it wasn't even 5 minutes, I heard him say a second thing, "trust me." Let me tell you something, one word from God can change Your life forever. Joyce Meyer: you're thinking, "well, I wish I heard from God Like that..." That's not why we're here. We're here for you to understand that you can have A conversational relationship with God. Now, I'm not encouraging you to listen to voices. Some of you have already done that in life and got yourself In a lot of trouble.

Joyce Meyer: you know, you might be in counseling now for hearing Voices, I don't know. Joyce Meyer: anything that we hear must line up with the written Word of God. Joyce Meyer: it must line up with the written word of God. A woman got up in one of my conferences. She was over in that section of the building over there. But I know none of you are like this. And while I'm talking, she gets up and decides to start talking. So, she's yelling, yelling. Well, first of all, she's saying things that weren't even true. "jesus is not the word of God!" And I'm like you just have No idea how much fun it is to be trying to lead something like This and somebody does that. First of all, you just like everybody...YOU Know. And of course, she wouldn't stop, wouldn't stop, Wouldn't stop. I said, "well, first of all, you are not hearing from God. You are out of order because God is not gonna talk through me And you at the same time." Joyce Meyer: and she just kept going on and on. Well, then we finally had to actually remove her from The meeting. And here's the sad thing, that woman thought she was Hearing from God. But see, you can't think that if you know the word. Nobody who's ever read the word is gonna stand up and start Trying to say something they think is from God in the middle Of when the person in charge of the meeting is teaching. That just does not happen. "well, I just couldn't help it. I just couldn't help it. God just came over me.

I couldn't help it." Well, that's not scriptural either, 'cause the bible says That we're in control of what we say. So, anyway, moving on past that. God speaks through people. He'd rather speak to you himself, but if you don't Listen Joyce Meyer: he speaks through nature, through the conviction Of the holy spirit, through confirmation in your spirit. You just it's like, "yep, that's right. That's right." Through circumstances. And God speaks through simply guiding us. He just guides us. You know, when you wait for God to speak to you, he doesn't Always say something. That's why a lot of people think they're not hearing from God. I think if you live with one ear tuned toward God, always wanting To hear what he has to say, and you acknowledge him at the Beginning of the day, then like proverbs 3 says, "acknowledge Him in all your ways and he will direct your steps." So, what that means is you may do something during the day. You may have prayed for God to speak to you about something. And you know, sometimes we pray about things, we forget we even Prayed, don't we? And then, maybe a day or two later, or 3 days later, you Get you're just like, "i know!" And you think you got A good idea. Joyce Meyer: well, let me ask you a question. If you had a good idea that now solved your problem, why didn't You have it 4 days ago before God had to get involved? Joyce Meyer: I just think our life would be so much more exciting If we really realized how much God is involved. Amen? All right, number two, 'cause we're not getting very far. Joyce Meyer: which is pretty normal for me. If you wanna improve a bad day, have a big dream. And I don't mean go to sleep, and have a nap, and have that Kind of dream. Joyce Meyer: I mean see something beyond where you're at Right now.

See something beyond where you're at right now. Have a hope. Have an expectancy. Believe that things are going to change. Believe they're going to get better. Joyce Meyer: when we were young and we didn't have hardly any Money which by the way, let me tell you something, when you're Young, it's kinda good for you to go through that. You probably don't like me saying that, but it's the truth, Because you appreciate what you have so much more if you had to Spend part of your life not having it. Joyce Meyer: we make it too easy for people today and they don't Have to want for anything for very long. And sadly, then they end up with an entitlement attitude thinking Everything is due them instead of feeling like that they Actually should work for it for awhile, which is A biblical principle. So, don't ever just be too aggravated at God if he makes You wait a little longer than you'd like to wait. It might end up being really good for you. But we didn't have much money, so when I went to the grocery Store, I mean, I had to be super, super careful. Coupons, calculators, just really making positive that i Didn't go over my back then we had $70 for every 2 weeks for Groceries, and that wouldn't get you very far today, but when Dave and I first got married, that was if you shopped Carefully. But let me tell you something, you bought a lot of chicken And a lot of hamburger. Joyce Meyer: there was no buying steak. There was no buying the top name brand, 'cause if it was 10 or 20 cents more, you needed to save that 10 or 20 cents. And I remember when I first started learning about faith, And trusting God, and believing God for things, and how powerful My words were, I can remember going to the grocery store, And thinking and saying under my breath, "someday, I'm gonna be Able to walk in this store, and I'm gonna buy anything I want, And I'm not even gonna look at the prices." Joyce Meyer: amen? So, it helps you, if you're not in a great place, to think about The day when things are going to get better, 'cause you know What? If you stick with God, there is no way that they cannot Get better. Joyce Meyer: it's just not possible. "the path of the righteous grows brighter and brighter Every day." And God delivers us from our enemies little by little. Don't throw in the towel just yet. A man overhead several children who were playing together, Asking one another, "what do you wanna be when you grow up?" And they all had an answer. One said, "i wanna be a veterinarian." Another wanted to be a video programmer. Another, a nurse. Another, a hockey player. One even wanted to be a worship leader. Now, we know, with children, what they wanna be changes from Day to day, but I have 11 grandchildren, and you know, You ask them all when they're little. I mean, we've got one that's 2, and you know, boy that's 7, And one that's 9. And so, I say, "what do you wanna be when you grow up?" And it might be different every month, but they've got something They wanna be. Very few children will say, "probably nothing."

Joyce Meyer: "probably not much of anything. Nah." Joyce Meyer: you know, don't let life make you sour. Don't let it cause you to lose your ability to dream big. Joyce Meyer: I still remember when my father was sexually abusing Me, and I would lay in my bed as a teenager, never knowing when He might come through the door again. I remember laying in my bed thinking, "someday, I'm gonna do Something great." Joyce Meyer: "someday, I'm gonna do something great." 

now you're gonna make me cry. Joyce Meyer: but see, I'm telling you that because I want you to Have the same dream. God doesn't have favorites. His promises are for whosoever will believe those promises And walk them out in their life. Joyce Meyer: please do not discount yourself and think because you Had something bad happen to you that now you're gonna have to Always have a second-rate life. But it will be that way if you don't have a dream. Joyce Meyer: a lot of adults still don't know what they want. A 1-year-old thinks they know what they want. It may change from day to day, but they've got something. A lot of adults, you can say, "well, you know, what do you Wanna do with your life?" "i dunno." Joyce Meyer: "i don't know. I wish I could hear from God." Joyce Meyer: or they do know, which is even worse, and as soon as it Gets a little tough, they give up. The bible tells us in matthew 18 to become like little children. I don't think that would hurt any of us just to become A little bit more child-like. I think we need to play a little more. I don't know what happened to recess. Joyce Meyer: I don't get it. In grade school, we got a recess. Soon as you got to high school, recess was over. Seems to me like the older you get, the more recess you need. Joyce Meyer: okay, to see dreams come true, we have to have Goals. Actually, I'll tell about my friend, penny. She's been losing a lot of weight and dave said to her Tonight coming over here, "what's your goal?" And she said, "oh, I don't think I have one." I said, "you will after you hear me tonight." Joyce Meyer: here's the thing. Imagine you're a world-class olympic archer, and you've been Practicing for years perfecting your craft. When you have a target in front of you and a bow in your hand, There's nobody better than you are. You finally made it to the olympics. The gold medal is within your grasp. You step up to compete. The cameras are on you. You have your bow in one hand, an arrow in the other, and There's no target to shoot at. Joyce Meyer: the judge says, "oh, no targets necessary. Just shoot at whatever you'd like." Joyce Meyer: you know what? That's the way a lot of people live their life. You get up every day, you're just shooting at anything. Not you. I know it's not you. We're just we're just talking In general terms. Maybe there's somebody watching television that needs this. 

you'll end up with a wasted, fruitless, Miserable life. Every day, you gotta shoot at something. You know, your goal may change as time goes by, but you need To have something that you're aiming at every day. If you don't always hit the mark, you don't have To get discouraged. But I have got some kind of a plan every day. I let God change my plan when he wants to. I'm not legalistic and rigid about it. But let me tell you something, if I rest all day, it's because I plan to rest all day. I'm not gonna be controlled by the couch where I've gotta plan To clean my house, and I walk by the couch and think, "oh, I'm just gonna lay " I lay down here And then I never get up. Okay, moving on. John maxwell says, "a dream without a positive attitude Produces a daydreamer. A positive attitude without a dream produces a pleasant person Who never makes any progress." Joyce Meyer: "a dream together with a positive attitude produces A person with unlimited possibility and potential." You know, your attitude determines how far you can go In life. Dreams become reality when we go all the way through with God.

Number three, decide to help other people. Any time that you're having a bad day, honestly and truly, If you're having a bad day, the more you sit around and think About yourself and your problem, the worse your day is going To get. Pray for somebody you know that's hurting. I'm gonna tell you what, when you're sick or you got pain in Your body, pray for everybody you know that's sick or got Anything wrong with 'em. Joyce Meyer: amen? Now, if you're gonna help somebody when you're having A bad day, you're gonna have to do it on purpose. You're not gonna do it 'cause you feel like it. You have to understand the spiritual principle behind What I'm talking about here. It is more blessed to give than to receive. It's more blessed to reach out and help somebody else even than It is to get what we want. You're thinking, "well, how can that be possible?" I don't know, but it works. And not only that, I'm so fond two scriptures In the bible I just love to talk about When I talk about this issue, and one of 'em is psalm 37:3, "trust in the lord, and do good, and you'll be delivered." Not just "trust God," but "trust God, and do good." And then secondly, romans 12:21, "we overcome evil with good." Always care for others. It's an interesting bible study just to look up in a concordance Everything that the new testament every place It uses the word "others." Help others, encourage others, give to others, serve others.

It doesn't say nearly as much about self, self, self. How many of you believe that if you help other people, God'll take care of you? Joyce Meyer: acts 20:35, paul said, "in everything I have pointed Out to you [by example] that, by working diligently in this Manner, we ought to assist the weak, being mindful of the words Of the lord Jesus, how he himself said, it is more blessed (makes one happier and more to be envied) to give than to Receive." So, if I'm having a bad day, here's a scripture that tells me I can be made happier if I will get myself off my mind and think About somebody else. Maybe you could pick your phone up and call somebody that you Know has been going through a rough time and just say, "i want You to know I'm praying for you today." Maybe you could send a text message and tell somebody, "i Was thinking about you today and I want you to know that you're Valuable." It's amazing what just a few words can change somebody's Entire day, and sometimes their life. Joyce Meyer: you know, there are many things that we can do to Turn a bad day around, one of them is to have A conversation with God.

It's amazing what happens when we just talk to God about A difficulty that we might be going through right now. We can also learn that to trust God and to do good for others is Very life changing. You know, nothing turns a bad day around faster than doing Something good for somebody else. Well, we have 20 ways that you can make every day better and We've put it in a book for you, and I think it's just a very Encouraging book. The good news is is we're gonna tell you twenty ways but you can Even do one of them and it will be life changing for you. And also, we have a new 31-day little study guide For your desk. It's a desktop calendar with encouragement for each day And a little lesson for each day called "today's a new day." I think you're gonna enjoy these resources today so please Contact us and don't delay. Get yours and start letting your day be better.

 

Sermon You Are Helping Hand of Hope Change Lives by Joyce Meyer Ministries. Hear a little bit more about what you've helped us do through Hand of Hope's Classrooms of Hope initiative and how lives in Eastern Cape, South Africa are being changed forever!

Mawabo: it's important to tell children about God, the source of love, what is love about and where does love actually come from. Many parents now are coming to me, you know, saying, "wow, I know you talk about God in school because when my child is at home, you know, he's telling me about Jesus." That in itself, you know, is a form of revival, no matter how small. So, we're very confident, that, you know, the seed is actually being planted there.

Ginger: what about the classrooms? Mawabo: it's so amazing. The impact has been monumental. And when we actually bought them, you know, many of the community was there to celebrate with us and it has indeed shifted my perspective. I don't see this now as a preschool, I see it as a community because now it has definitely become an entry point to share the light of God's word, even with the communities. Ginger: so, they are really are classrooms of hope? Male: they definitely are, they definitely are.

Classrooms of Hope - Enjoying Everyday Life - Joyce Meyer Ministries.  Education is important everywhere. Discover an outreach in South Africa that's helping kids learn more effectively and experience God's love.

Ginger: in the eastern cape of south africa, the poorest province of that nation, you will find a hidden treasure, a group of unknown, yet incredibly determined women who work tirelessly despite incredibly difficult challenges. They are the grandmothers, affectionately called mamas, who believe unwaveringly that they are responsible, not only for their own families, but for all the children God brings to their doors. They are God's secret weapons, impacting the world one child at a time. Nomhie: first, we are the person that we give them love and care all the time so the children loves us and we love the children. We tell them that God loves you, that you made by God. Miranda: there is a big need of preschool. Here, you see young children was raped at the age of 2 years.

So, I decide to open this preschool so that I can keep the children here. Miriam: I've got love for the children, that's what I've got in my heart. My vision is that I hope these children have a nice foundation of education. Gloria: the small children were roaming the streets with no one to take care of them and preschool was the best way to give the children everything they need, safety, food, and love. Brad: so, we are currently in the eastern cape of south africa and it's extremely rural. It's also the poorest province in the country so there's a massive issue with unemployment. And when parents are traveling to other towns, other cities, to try and find work and employment, these kids are left exposed. No child at the age of 4 or 5 years old should be left to fend for themselves during the day. So, we've seen children and heard of stories of children that have been sexually abused and physically abused. We've had children that have been trafficked. It's a terrible thing to see. Ginger: so, putting a community around these children, protecting them is vital? Brad: absolutely, we don't just do that, we bring them in and while we've got them doing the education, doing the spiritual development, having laughter, and play, and fun, good nutrition, and love, and care, there's so much that goes on in these centers. Ginger: so, how did you find the different particular places where we're feeding children?

Brad: through a relationship with a local church. They helped us get referred on to a few of these kindergartens and preschools to give them food assistance and from that, we noticed that the classroom conditions were quite inadequate for a lot of these schools. Ginger: now, when you say the classrooms were inadequate, I mean we're talking unsafe, unprotected from the elements. Brad: yeah, absolutely true. One of the first schools that we're visiting this morning actually started up in mud huts, and the last one that they're in had cracks in the walls and a storm came through and blew the structure down. It collapsed entirely. So, when we connected with this center, they felt hopeless that they were never gonna be able to get a quality structure.

Ginger: so, the question became not if we should help, but how? How could we possibly support these wonderful people? By providing safe and effective classrooms. How to overcome obstacles like remote locations, construction logistics, and costs? One beautiful solution became the answer to so many prayers for being affordable, durable, and portable. We discovered that with minimal modifications, we could re-purpose steel shipping containers into sturdy, appealing, and safe classroom structures. Brad: we wanted to create something beautiful for the schools so we invested in really good quality insulation, also for the classrooms, really nice floors, great windows, and doors, and some bright colors on the outside. They continue to stand in the communities as a real beacon. Miranda: the people are looking, "what is this? Where do you get these?" I told them that from God. It's only from God. Even the community, they are so happy about the classroom of hope. Nomhie: I would like to thanks to Joyce Meyer meyer ministries by all what they done, but God answer our prayers by having those classrooms of hope. Gloria: and now these classrooms are giving our children a comfortable place to learn. Even the porridge that Joyce Meyer meyer ministries provides is making a big difference in their health. Joyce Meyer meyer ministries has showed us that everything's possible with God.

Brad: you know, a lot of the schools we've come to be involved in here have had a calling from the lord decades ago to take care of children, and we have the privilege to come alongside them and serve what God's already doing in their lives and that gives them the great foot up to actually get out of the cycle of poverty one day. Ginger: and a lot of it is because they are so loved in these schools and they're learning about christ, and that's really the key for us, isn't it? Brad: yeah, love overcomes so much and these environments are so beautiful. And the love from the teachers, the love from the children, it's really beautiful to walk into. Ginger: look at my beautiful little friend here, this is memory and she has some of the most wonderful eyes I have seen anywhere on the planet. She is a sweetheart, but memory has had a very rough year. This year, her mother became ill and died very suddenly. Her father, who's an alcoholic, has really just disappeared from her life. And so, she would have been on her own quite a bit, if it weren't for a community who has come around her and provided her with what she needs, making sure that she's not alone. Part of what they're able to do is to have her at the preschool where she's in a safe environment instead of being by herself, potentially being in danger or being abused. She's with friends where she laughs and plays, and she's being taught how to read and write.

And most importantly, she is taught about the love of christ. These teachers love her and they are letting her know that there is a loving God in heaven who has a great plan for her. When you see these classrooms of hope and you know that you're part of providing them, you're providing hope for children like memory and you're letting them know that they are loved and they are never alone. So, we just want to thank you to tell you that what you are doing makes a difference and to ask you to stand with us. There are a lot more important children out there that we need to reach, that we need to help just like memory so please join us. Announcer: for your donation today of any amount, we'd like to say thank you with the books of psalms and proverbs from the new "battlefield of the mind" study bible. 

Ginger: brad, you really can't overestimate the importance of investing into a child because you don't know the potential that God has placed in that child. And the place that we are right now is a memorial to nelson mandela, a man who had a huge impact on south africa and the world. And there's a great connection to his life and these children that we are helping. Tell me about that connection. Brad: yeah, well, it's not just the memorial that we're close to. We're actually really close to the preschools that we support in the classrooms of hope project and the children that we're reaching in the eastern cape of south africa. In fact, the same rolling hills that we have behind us here where nelson mandela was playing as a child, are the same hills and areas where the children that we're looking after every day are playing in and growing up in. I mean, nelson mandela, he's such a well-known name around the world, a figure of peace, and of justice, and forgiveness, and reconciliation. But what a lot of people don't know is he came from incredibly humble beginnings. He was a child at the age of 9, his father passed away and he was left quite vulnerable with his mother. And through an individual in the community, who essentially adopted his family, his life was put on a slightly different track. He was brought into a small missionary school and that really set him on the path to becoming the hero that we do know now as nelson mandela. And it really was because somebody in the community saw a child, a vulnerable child and said, "i'm gonna do what I can to help them," and they did. And it may have seemed small, just getting that child into a good school, but that school was a turning point for his life.

And that's why, as you say, we can never underestimate the impact that making a difference in one life can have on a nation and on a world. Ginger: and what that must mean to these children to say, you know, "who knows what I could become?" So many of these children feel like, "i have no hope. I have no future." We need to be there to tell them differently. Brad: exactly, there's a lot of difficulty for some of the children to really dream bigger for their lives and there's often there's not a lot of role models for them to look up to. But if you give a child hope and you inspire that child, it's amazing what God can do through that. Ginger: for one precious grandmother, hope has been made alive knowing the opportunity to go to school will give her granddaughters a chance at a better life and with good reason, education, especially for girls can break cycles of poverty in just one generation. Xoliswa: I sell apples on the street to support my entire family. There was so much pressure being the breadwinner. That is why I want my granddaughters to be successful in school so that they can get a good job. I know this school is the way to my granddaughters' future happiness, something I didn't have a chance to do when I was a girl. Ginger: do you like to go to the school? [female translating] ginger: yeah, what do you like to do there? Female: I like to read. Ginger: you like to read, that's very good.

What would you like to be when you get older? Female: doctors, they would like to be doctors. Ginger: you would like to be doctors. Female: police. Ginger: oh, you want to be police. You want to be police and you want to be a doctor, very good. That will be wonderful. What is a song, can you sing me a song? Sing me a song. [singing] ♪ we are the preschool kids ♪ ♪ we are the preschool kids ♪ ♪ we give thanks to ♪ ♪ all our teachers ♪♪ don: you know, one day, we'll have preachings coming out of these kids. One day we'll have presidents coming out of organizations and big corporate companies, coming out of these kids because we can you and I cannot see what God has deposited in each one of them. The best we can do is to create an opportunity in an environment like we're doing here to nurture that, give them a dream but more than that, introducing them to the love of God at this age. That, to me, is paramount. [children singing] mawabo: it's important to tell children about God, the source of love, what is love about and where does love actually come from. Many parents now are coming to me, you know, saying, "wow, I know you talk about God in school because when my child is at home, you know, he's telling me about Jesus." That in itself, you know, is a form of revival, no matter how small. So, we're very confident, that, you know, the seed is actually being planted there.

Ginger: what about the classrooms? Mawabo: it's so amazing. The impact has been monumental. And when we actually bought them, you know, many of the community was there to celebrate with us and it has indeed shifted my perspective. I don't see this now as a preschool, I see it as a community because now it has definitely become an entry point to share the light of God's word, even with the communities. Ginger: so, they are really are classrooms of hope? Male: they definitely are, they definitely are. Don: wherever you drive, wherever you go throughout the countryside, the moment you see that classroom, some of them are in will be in the midst of squalor and they just know there's a beacon of hope. Mawabo: every day, you know, when I drive off from a village after a day's work, you know, my heart is just filled with gratitude. There's still a whole lot more preschools that are under our program that don't have classrooms that we're looking to give classrooms in the next phase. So, it's gonna be an exciting journey for us. Ginger: some of these places that you're going to are very remote. Why is it important that we are going to those places that no one else goes? Mawabo: because at the end of the day, if we don't go, who must go? So, that is why we have to keep reaching the remote people with the word of hope to tell them that your life can actually change. You can actually be better. You know hope actually means something, you know? You can actually turn it into something tangible. Don: it never escapes me every day to ask myself this question, what moves somebody from another world to have a heart to say, "let me just do something that will benefit somebody else who I don't even have connections with"?

It's only the grace of God and our prayer goes out every day that God will bless you people, the supporters of the Joyce Meyer meyer ministry, those that are actually working like yourselves to make this a reality. May God richly bless you. Ginger: you know, everywhere we go all over the world, we can't help but just fall in love with the children like 4-year-old emanati here. But here in the eastern cape of south africa, my heart has also been really pulled toward the mothers and the grandmothers who work so hard and whose hearts break for the needs of their children and their families. So, it's inspiring and wonderful to know that we are not only helping the children, but we're helping those mothers and grandmothers too. So, these classrooms of hope that we provide are helping the entire family. It gives 4-year-olds like this a place of safety, a place where they can learn, a place where they find out about the love of Jesus. It's really a place for dreams to begin and we can't do it without you. So, know that your special gift today will make a huge difference, not only here in south africa, as well as other areas and in other ways like medical care, feeding.

Any door that God will open, we're gonna be there to walk through but we need you to help us. Your special gift right now will make a difference. Pick up the phone, go to the website, Joyce Meyermeyer.org, and let us know that you are standing with us. Announcer: for your donation today of any amount, we'd like to say thank you with the books of psalms and proverbs from the new "battlefield of the mind" study bible. Contact us right now... Or go to Joyce Meyermeyer.org. Brad: I just think it's fantastic that we're able to deliver a classroom. I mean, we're able to find a need, assess the need, make a commitment, make plans remotely and then deliver a classroom to a school and the moment it's placed up, it's ready to go. There's no setup time. There's no long construction period. It's literally click, on its way, and it get delivered. That's just an incredible, incredible concept to fill. Ginger: greg, these projects have to take a lot of engineering and thought. "where's the right place to put these? Is this the right way to do a classroom?" And it seems like it's working just beautifully.

Greg: no, they're working great and it does, you have to really put some thought into where you can place them. So, when we bring the containers in, they come in on a large truck and then you gotta have a crane to lift them off. They're very heavy structures so you gotta make sure that you're able to get the truck in, you're able to get the place in the right spot, plus you want to make sure the ground is not too unlevel and the ground is right where you can actually sit the container on as well. Ginger: well, show us this container. Let's take a look. Greg: the shipping container is made out of solid steel so these things are constructed in a sense where they're gonna be there. Ginger: you don't have to worry about anything raining in. You're completely protected from the elements and it's gonna last a long time. Greg: exactly, exactly. On the inside, we've done some extra work here. Very thick doors, very well constructed and the material we've got on here, it looks nice, the white material, but this was actually an insulation board. And we went with a higher quality insulation board to when the days are very cool, it keeps it warmer. When the days are hot, it will keep it cooler. We got those on the walls and on the ceilings. That'll keep the container at a level where the children can actually learn. Ginger: and they're so bright and cheery. And you use the walls to put the different educational things up. Greg: and they're easy to clean. Even the floor in here, we've gone with a very high-quality laminate flooring so as you got kids playing and stuff, they're not gonna be torn up very easily. It's gonna stay looking nice as you clean them. Ginger: how do you feel when you see them in action, you see the children learning?

You feel good about being part of this? Greg: oh yeah, it's bring it brings a joy. You know, when I first came and I saw the buildings that the children were in and what they were learning in, and then some of them just out of scrap metal or mud and the rain and wind coming through. I've got three small boys myself, I couldn't imagine my boys having to learn in that. And now being able to see these children in a safe place, a warm place, a dry place, and being able to learn properly, that brings an excitement and a joy to my heart. Ginger: and you can tell that the children love these. Greg: oh, they do, they do. Ginger: they're so happy, they just love it. Greg: when we deliver 'em, it's one of my favorite things about delivering them is the children are all out singing, and cheering, and chanting while they're doing it. It almost gets to the point where you can't concentrate on getting them down because they're having so much fun just trying to be happy because they're getting a place to learn in. Brad: wonderful, look and they're waiting, praise the lord. [singing and clapping] [singing and clapping] brad: we're done. [singing and clapping] female: we had been trying for a long time to have these things, but God today, he had seen us. He never forget us. The time we were still in this shack, we thought God forgot us but I can see today he never forget us. Thank you very much. We thank you, God.

We thank you because he came to you just to come to us. God is great. Brad: thank you. Female: thank you. Brad: thank you, thank you, you make me cry now. I'm crying now. I'm so happy. All: thank you, thank you. Ginger: I can't even express to you how wonderful our time here in the eastern cape of south africa has been. Yeah, this is a beautiful place but it's also a place that has a lot of challenges, that's why it's so exciting for us to be able to be here to help. There's a lot of poverty here. There's a lot of drug abuse, alcoholism, child abuse, and the children in particular are the ones that are suffering. And being a mom, having children of my own, my heart always goes out to the children, but here it also really goes out to the mothers and the grandmothers who are working so hard to take care of their children. There's just a great feeling here that every child is my child. So, it gives me the opportunity to think about, is every child my child? What can I do to help? What can you do to help? So, here we've been seeing our classrooms of hope, so wonderful to see the way that God is opening doors for us to provide these beautiful classrooms for children to come in to learn, to read, to write, to hear bible stories, and the very most important thing, to learn about the love of christ because that is what will make a permanent change in their lives. And we thank you so much for all that you are doing in the children's Lives here in south africa, and around the world through Joyce Meyer meyer ministries hand of hope. Give that special gift today. Use the phone number you see right there on the screen and stand with us. We simply couldn't do it without you. Joyce Meyer: well, isn't it wonderful to know that together, we can make a difference for children living in extreme poverty, and as you just saw, our classrooms of hope and our feeding programs in south africa are helping thousands of children as well as impacting their families and villages. In fact, the success of the classrooms of hope is so impressive, we want to continue installing more classrooms.

This kind of investment in a child's life is not only crucial to their well-being, it gives us the opportunity to let them know how much God loves them and he has planted great potential in each of their lives. Now, we're gonna ask you today to sow a very special financial gift into our missions outreaches. And I just wanna make a suggestion to you. You know, perhaps you have a child or a grandchild that is in trouble and you've been praying something special over their lives. Well, you know what? There's nothing better when you have a need than sowing into somebody else's life. So, for example, we're asking you today to sow into the lives of other children and it might be tempting to think, "well, you know, I have kids of my own that are in trouble, or my kids need better schooling," but let me tell ya, it's powerful when you are in a place of need yourself and yet you sow into somebody else's life to make happen for them what you actually want to happen for you. You know, the bible says that we reap what we sow. So, this is a sowing time in our lives. Give the best gift you can today to our missions to help children like these all around the world. God bless you and I know you're gonna do your best. 

Tuesday, 12 December 2017 13:08

Stay Happy - Joyce Meyer

Stay Happy - Joyce Meyer (sermon online). If you want to make an impact on the hurting people around you…do this one thing!

I had a lot of discouragement, and depression, and bad moods in the early years of mine and david's marriage. I had a lot of problems. I'd been abused, and I had not learned how to think right yet. And my husband loved me, and he tried to help me, but I really wasn't at a point yet where I was ready to receive help. And I was unhappy a lot, but dave stayed happy, and his joy made me mad. Well, it's the truth. You know, when you're unhappy, somebody that's happy annoys the living daylights out of you.

You don't it's like it's just like, "well, what are you so happy about?" And so and it was just it would almost aggravate me that he didn't seem to have any problems. Well, it must be nice that life was so great for you, but you know, you didn't go through what I went through. And, but I can also tell you that in the long run, dave's joy was the salt that God used to make me thirsty to have what he had. So, you're not helping the person you're in a relationship with if you let them make you unhappy all the time.

You're actually only feeding their problems. So, if you want to help them are you ready for this? If you want to help them, stay happy. I said if you want to help them, stay happy. And I'm not talking about being ridiculous, and going around and giggling all the time, and not but I'm just you know, joy is anything from extreme hilarity to a calm delight. And I think that we have those moments of extreme hilarity, but basically we live in a calm delight. It's God's desire that we just live in this calm delight, and that we can enjoy wherever we're at, whatever's going on. Not that we like everything that's going on, we don't. And one thing's for sure, now listen to what I'm going to say, you'll never be consistently happy if you don't make a decision that you're going to be.

The sermon "Victims of Suicide" by Joyce Meyer. Suicidal thoughts...Learn where they come from, and how victims and their families can experience healing through Jesus Christ.

In Sermon Victims of Suicide Joyce Meyer say: I want to talk specifically about depression because that's a deeper issue than just being a little bit sad, or having a bad day, or an unhappy day. And let me just start off by saying that there's a lot of different reasons for depression. And if you have trouble with depression, I know that sometimes it's not as simple as just, well, put a smile on your face, and forget your problems, and go on about your business. But I do believe that no matter what we're dealing with, even if doctors can't fix it, Jesus can. Jesus can, amen? I said Jesus can. Actually, Jesus can heal you anywhere you hurt. Healing is not just for the physical body, but it's for emotions, it's for finances, for our social life, for our mind. Every area of our being, Jesus wants to heal us, and he is our healer. I believe that all healing comes from God.

Even if it comes through some kind of medical help, it still came from God because only he can give people the technology that we have available today to help us in some of these areas. Now, there are a lot of medical reasons why people can be depressed. Jesus can heal those. I believe that this weekend that people are going to have breakthroughs. And I don't want you just to get your little breakthrough, and go home and enjoy your breakthrough. I want you to let us know that God touched you because it's important for our faith to grow in these areas, and also important for you to share your testimony. People can be depressed because they eat too much sugar, and it's not agreeing with them. People can be depressed because they don't get enough sleep. People can be depressed because they get too much sleep. Do you know that laziness will depress you? If you just sit around and do nothing, the more you do nothing, the more you don't want to do anything, so nothing turns into more nothing. And the more active you are, the more active you can be.

The more inactive you are, the more inactive that you want to be. God didn't create us to sit around and do nothing. He wants us to bear fruit. And so, sometimes just boredom can depress you. There's a lot of different reasons. Problems, if we meditate on our problems too much, and we think about our problems, and we talk about our problems, if you look around at your problems all the time, you know, there's a danger in just staring at your problems, and talking about your problems, and talking about your problems, and talking about your problems, and talking about your problems. And God wants to help us in greater ways than what we can even imagine, but we do need to be willing to give him our problems and our situations.

So, if a person is making you sad, don't let somebody else who doesn't want to be happy steal your joy. And I think maybe I'm going to say that again. I said if another person is making you unhappy, don't let somebody who doesn't want to be happy steal your joy, amen? And to be honest, if they enemy is using them to make other people unhappy, the more unhappy you are, the more you feed their problem. I had a lot of discouragement, and depression, and bad moods in the early years of mine and david's marriage. I had a lot of problems. I'd been abused, and I had not learned how to think right yet. And my husband loved me, and he tried to help me, but I really wasn't at a point yet where I was ready to receive help. And I was unhappy a lot, but dave stayed happy, and his joy made me mad. Well, it's the truth. You know, when you're unhappy, somebody that's happy annoys the living daylights out of you. You don't it's like it's just like, "well, what are you so happy about?" And so and it was just it would almost aggravate me that he didn't seem to have any problems.

Well, it must be nice that life was so great for you, but you know, you didn't go through what I went through. And, but I can also tell you that in the long run, dave's joy was the salt that God used to make me thirsty to have what he had. So, you're not helping the person you're in a relationship with if you let them make you unhappy all the time. You're actually only feeding their problems. So, if you want to help them are you ready for this? If you want to help them, stay happy. I said if you want to help them, stay happy. And I'm not talking about being ridiculous, and going around and giggling all the time, and not but I'm just you know, joy is anything from extreme hilarity to a calm delight. And I think that we have those moments of extreme hilarity, but basically we live in a calm delight. It's God's desire that we just live in this calm delight, and that we can enjoy wherever we're at, whatever's going on. Not that we like everything that's going on, we don't. And one thing's for sure, now listen to what I'm going to say, you'll never be consistently happy if you don't make a decision that you're going to be. Okay, so about % of the crowd got that, so we're going to try again. I want you to you know, it's not even about the clapping so much as I just want you to get that. You're never going to really be consistently happy if you don't make a decision to be happy.

And I'll tell you something else that I think. I think that joy has to be a priority in our lives. I realized probably , years ago that because the devil stole my childhood, that I never really learned how to be a child. And you know, kids are pretty happy no matter what. You know, they get mad at somebody and be over it in seconds. They you know, you can punish them for something, and they'll find a way to make a game out of that. And it you know, you tell them no and act like it's the end of the world, but a few minutes later, everything is fine. And I never got a chance to be a kid, and so I didn't know how to be one. And I think every healthy adult also needs to have a good healthy child on the inside of them. And maybe some of you that your childhood was stolen. You've always been serious, you've always been sincere, you've always been deep. You know, I used to say, "well, I've just got a deeper personality." Well, I was so deep, I didn't know where I was at half of the time. And so, you know, maybe you're like that. Maybe you've kind of just lost yourself somewhere in your depth, in your deepness, and it's time to just lighten up a little bit and try to enjoy your life. You don't have to figure everything out. You can trust God and let him figure some things out, amen? And the reason why we call our tv program "enjoying everyday life" is because it became a real priority for me because I continually saw in the word of God that one of the reasons why Jesus died for us is so that we might have joy, and that we might enjoy our lives in abundance to the full, until it overflows. Paul said, "rejoice in the lord, and again I say rejoice." And he was in very bad circumstances when he wrote that, it's recorded in philippians.

And so, I started making enjoying my life a priority. And I didn't want to just enjoy parts of it, I wanted to enjoy all of it. Being sad about your problems is not going to make them go away. [audience applauding] Joyce Meyer: "but laughter does good like a medicine," the bible says. And I know, I can almost see it when I look around, I see a certain amount of people, it's like what I'm saying almost minorly aggravates you because it's kind of like, "it's nice for you to say. You just don't have my problems." No, you're right, I don't have your problems, but I've had plenty of my own. And I'm telling you what I've learned over the years. I wasted too much of my life being sad about things that I couldn't do anything about. You know, you can't do anything about your past, but you can do something about your future. Maybe you didn't have a good start, but you can still have a good finish, amen? This is the day the lord has made, and today I will rejoice and be glad. And you might think, "well, I can't help the way I feel." Well, depression does do a lot to your feelings.

And like I said, there's a lot of different reasons for that. I'm not just saying everybody can just, you know, all of a sudden feel better, but you can do something about how you act. And I believe that when we act on the word of God in faith, that our feelings catch up with it. So, for example, you could maybe instead of oh, let's just say if you're already depressed, you know, why do you want to sit around and watch sad movies that make you cry? Went and saw a good movie last week, the worst, craziest, most awful day that you've ever had in your whole life. That was pretty funny too. And dave didn't think it was as funny as I did, but I said, "do you know what? I guess I just needed a laugh." And when I really need a laugh, it don't take much to get me started, and I'm off and rolling. In other words, what am I saying? Laugh on purpose. Don't spend all your time hanging out with people that are in a worse mood than you are. Get around some people that have got a sense of humor. Amen? [audience applauding] Joyce Meyer: we have a couple that travel with us on the road, and he's our staff pastor. You'll meet mike throughout the weekend and his wife penny. And mike is just funny. And I just love to have him around because he's just funny. He just does and says some of the funniest things, and yet he's very deeply spiritual, and can be very serious, and can handle anything that you want him to handle. But we all need to have a sense of humor. And you know what? Some of you, it might just change your life if you would make a decision to take every opportunity that you possibly can to just have a good laugh. And yes, I'm also talking to the people watching at home by tv.

And I want you to cheer up. The two best things you can do is calm down and cheer up. "in the world, you will have tribulation," Jesus said, "but cheer up, i Have overcome the world." Two scriptures. Psalm , verse , "why are you cast down, o my inner self? And why should you moan over me and be disquieted within me? Hope in God and wait expectantly for him, for I shall yet praise him, my help and my God." David was having a talk with himself. And you know, sometimes when my mood starts to sink, I have to have a talk with myself. Sometimes, you've got to take yourself somewhere and have a little meeting with yourself, you know what I'm saying? I mean, I actually have to say to myself sometimes, "okay, Joyce Meyer, knock it off." Especially if I'm getting cranky because I didn't get something I wanted, or I'm having a tough day, or you know, somebody aggravated me a little bit. I mean, my goodness, we have got so many blessings in our life. I said we have got so many blessings in our life. You know, if you make enough noise, you can scare off the spirit of depression. And psalm :, I think it's interesting because he said the exact same thing twice in this one chapter. And the whole chapter is only verses. "why are you cast down, o my inner self? And why should you moan over me and be disquieted within me? Hope in God and wait expectantly for him, for I shall yet praise him who is the help of my countenance," that's the look on our face. God will help my face. That's exactly what that means. "who is the help of my countenance." Your countenance is the look on your face. That means that God will help us have bright eyes and a smile, amen? Let me tell you, if you smile a lot in your younger years, you won't have as many wrinkles when you get older. Learn to laugh at yourself, don't be so deeply serious. "why so downcast, o my soul? Put your hope in God. Don't moan over me and be disquieted within me. Hope in God and wait expectantly for him, for I shall yet praise him who is the help of my countenance, and he is my God."

So, I'm going to pray for you. Father, I thank you for just reminding us that you want us to be happy. And I know that the anointing destroys the yoke of bondage. And I believe that you've given us a word for this conference in particular that you are going to break depression off of people as they sit in the worship, and as they hear the word. But I pray that every person here will make a decision tonight, a firm decision that they are going to be happy, and they are going to enjoy the life that you've given them, even while they're waiting on the things that they would like to have, that they're going to enjoy where they're at right now. So, in the name of Jesus, through the power of the holy spirit, I take authority over the spirit of depression, sadness, moaning, and groaning, and regret, and dread. And I thank you, lord, that the joy that's in us is greater than any of those things that come against us. And so, I pray that your joy would rise up and fill people, and just press off of us all those other things that try to hold us down. And I thank you, lord, for healing people that have medical depression. Straighten out their hormones, straighten out their chemical imbalances. I thank you, lord, for helping people that have been hurt, and wounded, and abused in their past. I thank you, lord, for pouring in your healing oil into their wounded souls. This is a brand new day, a turnaround evening.

And I thank you, father, that you're going to do what man and even medical science cannot do in Jesus' name, amen, amen. Come on, let's get happy. Joyce Meyer: well, enjoying everyday life is something that Jesus wants us to do. He has called us to live life abundantly. There's a trend today with young people getting caught up in taking their own life, and they see it even as romantic. Chad daniel's with us today to help us understand who the actual victims of suicide are. Well, chad, I'm kind of interested to hear what you have to say too. Suicide is romantic? Chad: yeah, if you look at the whole romeo and juliet, and that's one of the things that people always seem to reference, it's like, "oh, you know, it'll be better when I'm gone. I'll be in my coffin, and they'll think about " you know, everybody remembering all the good things about them. But it's not that. The stark reality is you're gone forever, you can't rewind it, you can't start over again. And it's not as beautiful as everybody would like to think it is in the way hollywood promotes it, it's like, "oh great, you know, you're just going to die." It's not like that. It's a very cold, harsh reality when you begin to even consider taking your life, much less then do the act. And the problem with that is people say, "well, it'll be over." It's not over. When you take your life, we're left. I'm the victim. When my father killed himself, it was me and my two sisters who were left to pick up the pieces.

The victims of suicide are the survivors. And that's where I always talk about the selfish aspect of suicide because people are thinking about, "well, it's just all about me. What about me? I need help." You're right, you need help, but don't just end it, and then throw the problem on the rest of us. Because it doesn't just end with you, we're then left to deal with all of it. It's tough. Joyce Meyer: my brother also committed suicide. I don't know if you remember that. Chad: of course. Joyce Meyer: we tried everything to help him. He had every opportunity that he could possibly have, but he just could never take hold of being responsible for himself. And he just let himself get in a very desperate situation, and finally just gave up. And so, I know what you mean. It's like we're dealing with two issues here today. We want to minister to people who may be thinking about suicide, but we also want to minister to people who have had a loved one that did commit suicide, and now they're trying to deal with that aspect. It says here that every seconds, someone in the world dies by suicide.

And every seconds, someone is left to make sense out of it. Chad: that's about right. Joyce Meyer: and what did you tell me about veterans? Chad: one of the leading articles that I read recently said that over veterans a day take their life, . These are veterans take their lives. The suicide is rampant, but no one talks about it. I know that there's a lot of political things that go on with that, but it's unfortunate because these are people who gave a lot for their country, and they're now at a place, for whatever reason, they feel like they have no hope, and that should not be. Joyce Meyer: well, and to be honest, it's tragic the way that they're not taken care of when they come back. I think we all know chad: there needs to be more done to help our veterans Joyce Meyer: there needs to be more done. And so, even as ministries, you know, we need to step up to the plate, which we're doing as much as we know how to do in several different areas. Chad: as much as we're allowed to do as well. Joyce Meyer: yeah, and so, it really is a serious problem. Now, what about forgiveness?

How does this play into this? Did you need to forgive your father for doing what he did? Chad: yeah, I think I did. In fact, I know I did. In fact, that's one of the main things that come up as I minister to young people around the world concerning suicide is there is usually an issue of forgiveness unforgiveness that is there that they need to forgive. Because that unforgiveness is a root that everything else kind of spreads out from. You know, they're bitter because they won't forgive. They're angry because they won't forgive. It just you have to deal with it. I had to forgive my dad because I felt like he kind of abandoned us, of course. I also had to then, you know, forgive myself realizing that of course we all had mistakes that we should have we should have done things differently.

But I had to allow the forgiveness to not just be a superficial thing, but I had to really let God get it into me, and go in and dig that root of unforgiveness out of me because I realize is that whoever's sin you forgive, you know, you don't want to hold that. I didn't want to hold that in. I've seen it with other friends of mine who've lost family members, they've become so bitter and so angry, at the end, they find themselves considering, "well, maybe I should just kill myself too." I'm like, "wait, wait, wait, it doesn't have to be this way." And unforgiveness releases a lot of the spiritual bondage that goes along with dealing with that whole event. Joyce Meyer: so, it sounds to me like we're talking about the need for forgiveness in three different areas. And so, I want to clarify so people can get ministered to on whatever level they need. Many people who are tempted to commit suicide are having issues with unforgiveness and bitterness. They've got something sick and poisonous stuck on the inside of them. And if they will forgive, then that temptation to want to end their life may well also go with that. You know, who doesn't have unforgiveness when you've been mistreated? But we cannot bring the justice that's needed, only God can. And there's no doubt if you've been mistreated, then you are due something, you're owed something. But instead of getting a chip on your shoulder, "well, the world owes me," let God pay you back. And God will deal with your enemies once you stop trying to do that and forgive them. So, then you have the issue of people who do commit suicide, and the people that are left then needing to forgive them for and a lot of people are angry. It's like, "i can't believe you left me."

Or you know, a wife might say, "i can't believe that you left me," thinking about a husband with all these bills, with all these kids. You know, "you just took the easy way out and you've left me " chad: exactly what they say. Joyce Meyer: with all the problems. And then the people that are left also need to deal with forgiving themselves for maybe feeling that they should have noticed, they should have done something. Chad: the guilt that comes in. Joyce Meyer: the guilt, why weren't you aware? So, talk to us some more about this situation. What are some of the other things that people deal with, and how can we help them today? Chad: well, let's look at a family who has lost. Let's look at some of these parents that we've spoken to who've lost children. It really can disrupt a family.

You can just imagine the strife, the guilt, the anger that goes on in this. And once again, I think it goes back to allowing family members to talk, for there to be some real dialogue, but to also have some support structure with some community, whether it be a church, whether it be a therapist, somebody who can help the family unit, which is now in turmoil, come back to a place where they can restructure and kind of rebuild. The communication thing to me is huge because most of us want to just do the stiff upper lip thing. "well, you know, so and so had his issues." And a lot of times when people do end their lives, they say, "well, there's relief," if there was some real problems in this. But at the end of the day, when the sun goes down, everybody's still sitting there just kind of looking at each other going, "what did we do wrong?" Joyce Meyer: I'm sure it's extremely hard on everybody, but it must be ramped up another level when maybe the person who ended their life seemed quite normal, and when you look back, there were symptoms that you perhaps feel like you should have recognized, or could have recognized, and you just didn't. That's when I would think that the guilt and the shame would just almost overwhelm you. What does a healthy and there is a healthy grieving process because to ignore it is not good. So, in a healthy grieving process, what can people expect to go through?

Chad: they're of course going to go through the guilt, and there's the anger. There's always going to be anger. Joyce Meyer: I think anger's first. Chad: anger always comes first. Then there's the guilt, trying to figure out what did I do, what did I do. Then they begin to process. Let's say there was a note or some other things left. They begin to see there was some revelation that there was some other things going on they weren't aware of. That can compile with more guilt, "i should have confronted my son. I should have been more aggressive. I shouldn't have been afraid." It comes to a place where they ultimately have to accept what's going on, that they're now gone. But that still doesn't solve it. I think there's a much deeper process that goes on to where they have to begin to like with my dad, I can't dwell on that single act alone, and define who my father was by that. I've recently begun to go back, I found a bunch of old pictures and baby pictures and little things, and I was like, "ah, I remember this. This was great, I remember this." And I thought, "you know what?"

I went back and remembered, wait a minute, this wasn't my fault. My dad did love me, and I was rebuilding a foundation to where I could go back, and have some healthy ideas and aspects about that. And as I do that, the healing just it gets better. Joyce Meyer: and of course, one of the greatest things is that with God, you can always see the bad thing work out for good. Chad: always. Joyce Meyer: always. So, whether it's somebody watching today who is tempted to commit suicide, somebody who's had a loved one commit suicide, and you're dealing with the aftermath of all that. I love what you've done. You've taken what happened, and you've actually turned it into a ministry. Now, everybody here may not want to turn it into a full ministry, but what an opportunity to receive healing yourself, and then be available to help other people that are going through similar things. And of course, we've got your website address up, and you're going to get inundated with messages and people reaching out for help. And you have resources available, is that correct? Chad: we do.

Joyce Meyer: that you can help people with. And so, we appreciate you being on the program today. And I'm sure you've just kind of opened up a can of worms. Chad: it's a good can to open. Joyce Meyer: now, we're going to believe that people are going to get a lot of help. I want to tell you, and please believe this, God loves you, and he has a great plan for your life. And whether you've been thinking about suicide, or you're trying to recover from somebody you loved who did commit suicide, God loves you, and he wants to bring healing to your life. And you know, we always offer you the word of God, always, always, always. Because to be honest, that's the only thing I know that can really help you. And when we say, "well, God wants to help you," he works through his word. And so, I've written a book that's actually, it's years old, but it's my number-one book, it's called "battlefield of the mind." And it talks about how you can learn to do your own thinking. You don't have to think just whatever falls in your head. You can learn to do your own thinking. So, you might be thinking about committing suicide, but you don't have to think that way. You can change that thought if you want to. And then also, an emotional healing dvd because many people who want to end their life, they're hurting from something that's happened to them in the past, and they need to be healed. And of course, those of you that have lost a loved one to suicide, you definitely need to receive emotional healing. So, we appreciate you being with us today, and we want to give you the help that you need in this area, as well as many other areas. So, please contact us, or get on chad's website, and let us continue to help you if there's a need in your life in this area. Thank you for joining us today.

The sermon "How Do You Trust God More Than Your Feelings?" from Joyce Meyer. (online)

Joyce Meyer: start knowing that you've been made right with God through the sacrifice of Christ and then let that righteousness that he's put in you be worked out through you as you walk with God, and every day you'll get better and better and better and better. But if all you do is sit around and think about everything that's wrong with you, you're never gonna make any progress. John: I would encourage single parents to keep the lord first with the long goal in mind. The long goal is that your children establish a legacy that outlasts you. Ginger: as we walk through each new day, we all have questions. They're just part of life, but did you know there are answers for you? God says when we look, we'll find him. He's not trying to hide anything. So together, we are discovering life's everyday answers. Ginger: hi everyone, one of the most important parts of a life with God is also one of the most difficult aspects of our relationship with him. Ask yourself this question, "do I trust God?" Okay, I'm sure many of you probably said yes, that may not be the hardest part so let's dig a little deeper.

Do you trust God more than you trust your feelings? Well, today, Joyce Meyer tells you why you should. Joyce Meyer: if you think about a baby, the first thing they do is learn how to sit up and sitting represents entering the rest of God. Jesus is seated at the right hand of God. When he ascended on high, he sat down, that's actually very important. He sat down because he finished what he was sent to do and he entered the supernatural, amazing rest of God. The bible says in ephesians 2:6 that we, you and I, are also seated in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. Now, what that means is we actually live in two places at the same time. Obviously, I'm here on the platform, you can see me but internally, in my heart, in my soul, I'm seated in heavenly places tonight because I am, I just really am trusting God and have entered the rest of God concerning everything that goes on here. So, my body's here but my heart is seated in heavenly places with Christ, trusting him to do what only he can do. Now, you can live that way. You can live seated in heavenly places. You can parent from a position of rest.

You can be in difficult situations, do all the crisis demands and still be in the rest of God internally. You know your real life is in you, it's not what's going on around you. Your real life is in you and you can have wonderful circumstances and no peace and be miserable. You can have lousy circumstances and have peace and have a wonderful life. So, let's don't look so much to our circumstances as to our heart. If our heart's right with God, then everything else is gonna work. Our relationship with God is walked out in a journey and I more and more I think because now I've been walking with God for a long, long time, I think a lot about my journey and it's amazing all the things that have happened over the 40 years that I've been in a serious relationship with God. I was saved a long time before that but I wasn't serious, and I like to talk about that because I think a lot of people just kind of go to church and go home, go to church and go home. You say, "are you a Christian?" "well, I go to church." Well, you know, that doesn't really mean anything if it's not affecting your life and you're not living it out in your everyday life. So, tonight we want to talk about the bible says out walking. First of all in 2 corinthians 5:7 it says we're to walk in faith. To walk by faith we must trust God more than we trust our feelings, more than we trust our sight, more than we trust our circumstances, more than we trust other people.

Walking by faith requires great courage because we serve an invisible God. It's a little touchy learning how to hear from God, learning how to know what God wants you to do, and like it or not, anybody that's gonna walk in faith, eventually you're gonna have to kind of step out and find out if you're hearing from God or not. So, we learn from the word of God and we learn by our experiences with God. So, I think it takes a lot of courage, real courage, to be led by the spirit because sometimes when you're being led by the spirit, what you feel in your heart, really feel in your heart God wants you to do, certainly doesn't make any sense to anybody else and it doesn't even always make that much sense to your mind. Being led by the spirit means that you trust God to lead you by your heart and you make choices, come on, we're back to choices. You make choices to do what you really believe God wants you to do, not what you feel like or don't feel like doing. If there's anything that gets Christians off track, it's feelings and emotions. When God invited me to live by faith, I was very, very frightened. I felt that God had led me to lay down a good full-time job in order to stay home with my kids and study the bible because I felt like he was calling me to teach and I didn't know anything. The only way we learn is by going through things. And so, I remember, I still vividly remember, I was walking down my little hallway one day.

I hadn't been, quit my job very long. I had a bible study in my home. I'd been studying a lot for that. It was on tuesday night people were coming, and I was so scared about our money that my knees literally kind of started to give way when I was walking down the hall. Has anybody ever been that scared? God spoke to my heart, he said, "you got two choices here. You can live by faith and let me take care of you, or you can spend your life trying to take care of yourself." I want to live that supernatural life where amazing things happen that nobody can explain except to say it had to be God in my life." Joyce Meyer: and I really want you to understand just how frighteningly plain and ordinary dave and I are. I mean, when I think about where we started and I see what God is doing now, it's like, it's been totally the fruit of a walk of faith and so many stepping out and, "that was good, I'll take another step. Oops, that didn't work, I'll step back." It's been a life of gain, and loss, and hard times, and good times, and learning some very difficult lessons, but it's been wonderful. Don't trade the life that God has for you because you want to try to take care of yourself your whole life. You're afraid to walk by faith. We need to walk by faith. Only faith pleases God. Without faith, it is impossible to please God. This is the work that God requires of you that you believe in the one whom he has sent, that's our work to walk in faith, to get up every day and to go from faith, to faith, to faith, to faith. Romans 1:17, "in the word of God there is a righteousness revealed that comes from faith and leads to faith." I believe by faith that I've been made right with God, not because I do everything right, not because I always feel right, not because everybody else thinks I'm right, because the word of God says that I'm right with God and you're right with God through faith in Christ. You're right with God. You can stop worrying about what's wrong with you, start knowing that you've been made right with God through the sacrifice of Christ and then let that righteousness that he's put in you be worked out through you as you walk with God. And every day you'll get better and better and better and better. But if all you do is sit around and think about everything that's wrong with you, you're never gonna make any progress. Come on, you're no surprise to God and neither am i. He's not like, "oh no, I didn't know you were gonna be like this." Joyce Meyer: amen? Boy, these scriptures are so good. "for we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus [the leaning of your entire human personality on him in absolute trust and confidence in his power, wisdom, and goodness] and of the love which you [have and show] for all the saints."

So, paul said, "listen, we've heard about your faith and we've heard about your love." You know, if anybody talks about me, I don't want them just to say, "oh yeah, she's that well-known tv preacher." I'd like them to say, you know, "Joyce Meyer is a woman of faith and she loves people." These people were well known for their faith and their love. Verse 5, "because," why did they walk in faith and love? "because of the hope [of experiencing what is] laid up (reserved and waiting) for you in heaven." Joyce Meyer: why did they make the hard choices? Because they were looking for the thing that was to come. Now, to be honest with you, I don't know in all my years of preaching if I've ever taught a whole message on heaven or eternity, but I feel that God wants me to talk about it a little bit more because I think it will energize us to realize that what we've got right now is not all there is to it. And to be honest, if you get the very best version of this, whatever your this is, you get the best version of this that you can possibly have and it's nothing compared to eternity. It's nothing compared to where we're headed.

And I know that many times things are important to us as what we can see, and feel, and touch, and experience right now, but we gotta learn to see with the eye of faith. And you know what? I'm getting to the point where I'm not having such a hard time living according to what I don't see and walking by faith because to be real honest, I'm not caring that much anymore about what I do see. If we're gonna call ourselves Christians, let's walk like Christians. Let's act like Christians. Joyce Meyer: let's stand up for one another. Let's defend one another. Don't join in on the vulture party because of the hope of experiencing what is laid up for us in heaven. Now, philippians 4:5, "let all men know and perceive and recognize your unselfishness (your considerateness, your forbearing spirit]" why? "the lord is near [he's coming soon]." Joyce Meyer: how embarrassing would it be to be mad the day that Jesus came back? Joyce Meyer: when dave and I were first married and I just had such an awful temper, I mean I was mad more than I was glad. And sometimes I'd get mad and wouldn't talk to the guy for days on end or sometimes even a couple of weeks. And one day he looked at me and he said, "wouldn't it be pitiful if this is how you spent your last day on earth?" Just sayin'. Joyce Meyer: how would your life change if you thought Jesus was coming tomorrow morning? I mean, let's think like this, let's begin to live like this.

What is it that's so important to me now that maybe wouldn't be important at all if Jesus was coming tomorrow morning? But no, he said, "i'm gonna come like a thief in the night but I want you to live like I'm coming at any moment." That's one of the reasons why he doesn't tell us when he's coming back. He wants us to live every day like it's any minute, amen? ginger: well, trusting in God more than in our feelings is not always easy but as you just heard Joyce Meyer talk about, it really is what makes a huge difference in your life. I'm sure there were many times that dave felt differently but he chose to trust God. And I'm sure there are many times that you have felt one way, but God has held on to you when you really needed it most. Did you know that God's word is filled with scriptures on the benefits of trusting God? He doesn't expect us to just do it on our own. He will help us and Joyce Meyer's new book called "unshakable trust" will guide your study of this much-needed element in our relationship with God. This is Joyce Meyer's newest book and in this book, you'll learn not only the why but the how, "trusting God in difficult circumstances." In fact, let me tell you about a couple of these chapters because they're so helpful. Trusting God when things are not going well, when people are suffering. How do I trust God during times of change? She talks about the folly of self-reliance, that's just like Joyce Meyer, just hit it hard and tell you what really matters. And this book will hit those different aspects of your life that you just need encouragement to hold on to God to know that he's there and to realize the benefit of trust. This book is available to you right now for a gift of any amount and that is because we know how huge trust is. We want to get this book into your hands and we just ask you to do your very best.

Give whatever you can and maybe some you can give a little bit more to help someone else to be able to get this book, but the important thing is that you get into the word. You know, if anyone understands leaning on God and trusting him for all things, it is probably single mothers who often feel very alone if it were not for God's faithfulness. Pastor john gray was raised by a single mother and says her trust in God made him the man he is today. Ginger: pastor john gray is here with us in the house. Thank you so much for being with us. John: thank you for having me, it is my honor. We know that there are many people who are watching right now who are looking to fill some sort of void that they see as a void in their life. And they're often asking those questions, you know, "how do I meet that need that I didn't have?" In your life, you were raised without a father, but you had a mother that did it so beautifully that you said you didn't really feel that as a void, is that right? John: yeah, you know, you don't know what you don't have if it's never been introduced. My mother and father divorced when I was about 4 and 1/2.

My mother was determined to raise me to know the lord. She was a she was then and is now a phenomenal woman of God, committed to prayer, committed to the word. I'm talking hours a day. And what my mother told me in hindsight because, of course, when you're young, these are not conversations that you have but she said that the lord would give her clues to my destiny or who I was to become. And so, she would frame how she was raising me based on what the lord was telling her in observation and in prayer. And so, there was a very clear spiritual foundation but there also had to be some practical application. My mother was often the only african american woman in a sea of white faces and that was by design. She was determined to be a bridge builder. She was always able to do that in her personal and professional lives and that was something that framed who I would become. Who i didn't know that I would be a part of the lakewood church team, which is the most diverse church in this country, to be able to speak to a multiethnic, multi-denominational, multigenerational congregation having grown up under the tutelage and nurturing of an african american woman in cincinnati. But God saw the future and because my mother was obedient to listen to the holy spirit, I was able to really kind of sidestep some of the landmines that some of my other friends and peers were caught in. And so, God filled in those gaps. It wasn't like I always heard God's voice like a supernatural way. It wasn't a pillar of fire by night and a cloud by day. It was just a still, small voice but really, my mother emphasized guarding my eyes, guarding my ears, and my relationship. She was very, very involved. She did not allow the enemy space.

I'm talking about at 12 years old, she was like, "you're gonna be a virgin when you get married." I was like, ope, there we go. That's fine by me. And then when I started dating and wanted to kind of get serious, there were moments where my mother just, she just would pray and the girl would magically just kind of go disappear. I'm like, "mom, stop praying. I really liked her." And there was one time I was dating a young lady and I just thought she was dreamy. And the young lady asked my mother a question, she said, "you seem to be you're very nice but you haven't yet fully, you know, connected." She said, "well, it's nothing against you, honey. You're just not what I prayed for." I'm like, yikes, so dinner is ruined tonight. Ginger: guess this date is over. John: what I realized, and she was very kind. She said, "i prayed specific things. He's my only son, and he has a legacy and a calling on his life. And there's certain things that the lord promised me and God has a great plan for you and your life, but I know what the lord has on his life." And so, this is the type of mother that I was blessed to be raised by. Now, none of us had a clue that God would do what he's doing in my life right now, but she had enough clues to push me in that direction. Ginger: now, how many single parents out there right now wouldn't love to hear their child years down the road say the things that you're saying about your mother?

So, the question is, did she feel like she was missing something in her life? Was she praying for that father figure, for that husband for her? What was her john: I think that's interesting. My mother said something to me that was really profound 'cause I'm like, "mom, you're beautiful. You're a professional woman." She's got her degree. She went to school at night while working full time, ended up graduating with honors with her social work degree. And during that time, I'm like, "mom, don't you want to get married again?" She said, "of course I do. I would love that." She said, "but if it's not purposed, then I'm gonna focus on the lord." And it sounded very nice 'cause, you know, religious people, "i'm just waiting on Jesus." But she really meant it. She was very, very concerned about the example she was setting before me. She believed in holiness and she told me many times, "i'd rather die than dishonor God and my body." She said, "i have to be an example for you, but I love God more." And so, if a gentleman wanted to court her or date her, there were very clear parameters and people didn't always want to abide by that. And so, she's like, "i'm fine with the lord. I'm raising my son to be a man of God and a man of integrity. I'm gonna live that in front of " and this is the life that she lived. So, I never saw her pining for the love and the relationship. She did want it, she prayed for it, but she was more concerned about fulfilling the purpose of God and the calling of God on her life. And that to me was a profound statement because a lot of times, single mothers, sometimes they get desperate and in their desperation and their desire to not feel lonely, they fill the gap with someone who is inadequate for either the children that that woman has or the purpose that God has for her life. My mother said, "i would rather trust the lord and be content in my singleness and raise my son than sabotage what God is doing and bring someone in who cant push him forward." What she did, instead of, you know, being sad for what she didn't have, she filled her time with Godly things, serving others.

My mother took the scripture literally when the jesus talked about going into the highways and hedges and bringing in those for my banquet. And I'm like, he was talking about the kingdom of heaven and how, you know, God is expanding israel and salvations for everybody. She's like, "no, we need people in our house that we don't know." So, like she would literally ginger: you need a bigger table. John: no, she literally went and got people we didn't know like, you know, people who didn't have a home or, you know, just off the street and we fed them Christmas dinner. I was like, "we could get killed." But it was like, she was like this is what the word says. She lived this life then and it informs my life now. I believe that her purpose, one of her purposes, was to raise me so that I could be who I am today. Now, people don't know her as much as they know me, but they are seeing the product of her prayers, the product of her commitment, her character, her integrity. And so, I would encourage single parents to keep the lord first with the long goal in mind. The long goal is that your children establish a legacy that outlasts you. Ginger: thank you so much. Those are great encouragements. John: it is my honor. Ginger: pastor john is an example of what Joyce Meyer talked about earlier, that we must trust God more than our feelings, our circumstances, more than other people and his mother's trust in God, when he was growing up, continues to affect his life today and now countless others through his influence. So, single mothers, do not give up hope. Trust in God and God will be right there for you and he will continue the good work that you have begun. We have this offer for you. I just don't want you to forget it. This is "unshakable trust" by Joyce Meyer.

This book is a great way to dig through many different circumstances in life and see what God's word says about how faithful and trustworthy God is. It will help you through some of your tough times as well and it's available for you today for a gift of any amount. We want you to get it right now. Now, it's time for your voice. Let's hear what you have to say. ginger: well, you, all of our friends on social media, shared with us how God is changing you through what you are currently experiencing. Some of those challenges in life are hard but we all change and grow through it and here are some of your responses. Louis from virginia says, "my faith in God and his timing has deepened since my son was recently diagnosed with autism. My wife and I face daily challenges but through God's strength and lots of prayers for patience and eyes to see him, we see daily breakthroughs." Sharon from georgia says, "i seriously injured my back. I've worked and struggled to regain stability. I'm much more stable now but I probably will always have some degree of pain but now I feel that I appreciate the everyday things more, things like my husband's faithful support when I'm in pain. When things are going well, it is too easy to take that for granted. God showed me that it's important to appreciate what blessings you have always." Nila from dallas says, "this might sound weird, but he softened my heart and gave me back my tears."

Nila, I'm sure it makes a lot of sense. And melinda says, "my faith growing, trusting God is growing love and patience. I thank God for trials, even though they are difficult it does change who we are into who God created us to be. I've been delivered from many things and it's amazing the power God has to change us." Well, each one of you and everybody else who posted things about this, we are praying for you. We have such great prayer teams and they pray over these things as you send them in. And we really do love seeing the good things that God brings out of the difficult things. So today, we're asking you to share with us, what are some of the physical problems that you have experienced, and not just so it can be a woe is me kind of thing, but so that you can tell us how God is walking you through it and how he's healed you. Because God is big and he can handle these things so let's encourage those who are still struggling and be in prayer for their healing and let's hear what God is doing in your life today. Use facebook, go to our Joyce Meyer meyer ministries facebook page. You can also use our instagram page and just let us know what God is doing. It is very encouraging.

And be sure to join us next week on "everyday answers." Joyce Meyer: see, we have to stop finding reasons and excuses for not doing what God wants us to do and then complaining because we don't have the blessed life that we say that we want to have because we're blessed, not in our hearing, but we're blessed in our doing. Ginger: if you have a question, make sure that you ask it. Sometimes you think, "oh, I don't want to bother anybody." We love hearing from you, it's never a bother. If you do it on twitter, use the #askJoyce Meyer and get those questions to us. You can also use our website, Joyce Meyermeyer.org and there's a great place there to submit your questions. Well, trusting God is not always easy. We know it, we're not trying to say that it is and we understand. We've all been there. But it is always rewarding. So, just do your best, hold on tightly to him, trust him. He is faithful and allow him to help you. We'll see you next time.

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