The sermon "Book of James Bible Study" - Part 2 - Enjoying Everyday Life - Joyce Meyer. (online) Join Joyce for a Bible study on the book of James! Learn how to trust God that the trials you are now facing will eventually work out for your good.
full textual sermon "Book of James Bible Study", Part 2 - Joyce Meyer
Joyce Meyer: the Lord interrupted my prayer a few years ago and said, "stop prayin' for things that you could easily do for people and just don't want to. Stop askin' me to do stuff that i've anointed you to do." Trials bring out a lot of stuff before they get around to bringin' out the good stuff that's in there. I mean, they brought fits out of me, anger, jealousy. Man, could I say some stuff when I got mad. Isaiah 41:10. Difficulties of all kinds are in the toolbox that God uses to sharpen and refine us. "'fear not [there's nothing to fear]," isaiah 41:10: "fear not [there's nothing to fear] for I am with you; do not look around you in terror and be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen and harden you to difficulties," you know what that means? If God strengthens us and hardens us to difficulties, we'll get to the point where the things that seem so hard now don't even faze us later on. How many of you have already seen that in your life in certain situations?
Joyce Meyer: "yes, I will help you; yes, I will hold you up and retain you with my [victorious] right hand of rightness and justice." And I love verse 15: "'behold, I will make you to be a new, sharp, threshing instrument which has teeth.'" No more pacifiers. No more baby bottles. No more squashed-up fruit in a dish. God's gonna give you meat, and teeth to chew it with. And this weekend we're not throwin' out dessert. We're puttin' out meat. How many of you have been around long enough to know what I mean by that? Paul told the christians, the corinthian christians, he said "i have to keep feedin' you with milk. I can't give you meat, because you're not strong enough to take it. But I believe I got the right group at the right time that are ready to get on with what God has for your life. I've got the right group at the right time. Amen. You've got what it takes, and you're ready. "Behold, I will make you to be a new, sharp, threshing instrument who has teeth; you shall thresh the mountains and beat them small, and you shall make the hills like chaff." And then, really, verse 17 is what God's tryin' to get to: "'the poor and the needy are seeking water when there is none; their tongues are parched with thirst. I the Lord will answer them; i, the God of israel, will not forsake them.'" And what is he saying here. If you read all this in context, he's gonna answer them through you.
Joyce Meyer: see, God is trying to get us to the point where we can get ourselves off of our mind long enough that we can be what timothy says is a, "vessel fit for the master's use." Amen? So he can work through you at your place of employment. So he can work through you in your schools. So he can work through you in your neighborhoods, with your unsaved family. So he can work through you. People are seeking water where there is none. People want help. They need help. Now, we're good at prayin' for people sometimes. "oh, God, help them." "God, please help them. God, would you provide whatever for so and so?" The Lord interrupted my prayer a few years ago and said, "stop prayin' for things that you could easily do for people and just don't want to. Stop askin' me to do stuff that i've anointed you to do. Hello?" Well, it's the truth, isn't it? What if every time somebody has a problem, we say, "God, show me if there's anything you want me to do in this situation"? I heard one faint
Joyce Meyer: I'm not sure if that was a clap or not, but sounded like somebody started to clap and then decided to quit. I wasn't sure. Now, let me say that trials are not evidence of God's displeasure and anger. When you're already havin' a trial, the last thing you need is condemnation heaped on top of you that you have some big sin in your life that has now caused this problem. And isn't that the first place our minds go sometimes? I was ministering to a woman sometime over the past year, and she had an autistic son, and actually, God just gave me a word of wisdom in a meeting. I didn't know the woman, but I saw a child about 9 years old with brown hair, and I knew that his mother felt guilty, like it was her fault that he was autistic. And so I just shared that. And sure enough, within 24 hours, the woman got ahold of mike and said, "well, here's my 9-year-old son with the brown hair. And that was exactly right. I have felt guilty ever since he was born, like maybe I did somethin' wrong and it was my fault." The devil loves to load us down with guilt and condemnation about everything, but God loves to help us.
Joyce Meyer: and see, the thing you're gonna read in a few minutes is even if through our own stupidity we did get ourselves in trouble, which is the case a lot of times, God still will help us if we ask him to. Now, who could get upset about a deal like that? So, just a few things that, ways that trials can help you. Because I know you wanna know how they can help you, right? Okay, I'm excited.
Joyce Meyer: well, they train us and they force us to use our faith, and eventually, we become stable during the storms of life. Number two, they humble us. There's nothing that will humble you quicker than to have something that you absolutely cannot handle and have to go to somebody else and ask for help. 2 corinthians 12:7, one biblical example. The apostle paul, who was having such tremendous revelations from God, was actually taken up to the third heaven and saw things that he didn't even know how to describe. And yet, the bible says in 2 corinthians 12:7: "and to keep me from being puffed up and too much elated by the exceeding greatness of these revelations, there was given me a thorn (a splinter) in the flesh, a messenger of satan, to rack and buffet and harass me, to keep me from being excessively exalted." Now, there has been so much conversation about what paul's thorn was. And I frankly don't care. The point was he didn't like it, and he begged God to get rid of it, and God said, "no, my grace is sufficient for you. Because of all these wonderful things that are happening through you, and all these things that I'm showing you, we gotta have a little bit if abasing here to keep things in balance." And you know, over in philippians, paul said, "i've learned how to be content whether I'm abased or abounding." And years ago, as I studied that, I thought, "what was it that he learned?" He said, "i've learned how to be content." What was it that the learned that kept him that stable and that much the same, whether he liked his circumstances or he didn't? And isn't that where we wanna be?
Joyce Meyer: you don't wanna have a lousy circumstance come along and ruin your week, do ya? You don't wanna have somebody else do something that you couldn't control, and now have to give up your joy because they decided to have a bad day. That's not what jesus died for us to have. He wants us to have peace and joy, and to be stable, and to have it all the time, no matter what's going on in our circumstances, Amen? Audience: Amen. Satan is the God of this world, and he can mess around with our circumstances. But if we trust God, he will use every one of them to our good. They will help us grow spiritually. And as we stay strong in him, then we will see additional blessings in our life according to what God knows that we can handle. And so paul said, "i've learned, i've learned how to be content, satisfied to the point where I'm not disturbed." Being content doesn't mean you never wanna see any change in your life. There's all kinds of things that I wanna see changed, and all kinds of people that I wanna see changed. But thankfully, i've come to the point where I'm not upset about it now. I'm not losing my joy. You know why? I'm really well aware that only God can change it. And me bein' upset about it's not gonna get him to move any faster. And so he said, "i've learned how to be content whether I'm abased or abounding." And he said that because he trusted God so much that he knew that if he was going through a term of difficulty, that there was a reason for it. Even if he didn't understand it, he trusted God to work it out for his good. Can we believe that all things work together for our good if we trust God? All things. But let's be able to believe that while we're in it. See, I wanted to be able to say last week when I was going through my little thing, and it was a little thing, believe me. It was nothin' to even crab about. But it was just a little thing. But as I was goin' through it I thought, "now, God, I wanna go through this the way I'm supposed to go through it. And so help me now." See, a lot of times we can go through very difficult things, and 3, 4 years down the road, we can look back and say, "oh, yeah, yeah, I see how God used that in my life. It worked out for good." Can any of you think of stuff like that right now? "i see how God used that in my life. It worked out good." But God wants us to get it on this side. See? The israelites danced and sang, but they did it on the wrong side of the red sea. They waited till they got through the red sea, and then they had a party. God wanted 'em to dance on this side when they were facing it.
Joyce Meyer: Amen? They remind us to be totally dependent on God. They help us develop character. And we give glory to God. Revelation 12:11 says: "we overcome him," him being satan, "by the blood of the lamb and by the utterance of our testimony." Well, you can't have a testimony without a test. Test-imony. What we have to make sure of is that when we're done, we don't just have the moanies. And still don't have a testimony. Because in God's economy, if you don't pass the test, you get to take it again. Now, patience. patience, patience, patience. Well, we had a piece of property we needed to sell. Well, i'll put it like this. I wanted to sell it. I don't know if "need" is the right word, but I wanted to sell it. So 3 and 1/2 years, we didn't even get an offer. And 3 and 1/2 years is a long time for me to wait. Now, dave couldn't have cared less if we sold in 2 days or 10 years, you know? Because he's just like, "it'll sell at the right time. God'll sell it at the right time." You know, sometime, if you need to grow in patience and you're around somebody that's really patient, aren't they annoying?
Joyce Meyer: and so, okay, I mean, I'm prayin' about this piece of property. I'm getting people to agree with me about selling this piece of property. I'm rebuking the devil because I'm not getting any offers on my property. I'm confessing that my property is sold, in jesus' name. And one morning I started to talk to the Lord again about the property, and he said, "will you forget that property?" «Will you just forget that property and let me take care of it?" Now, don't miss the second half of what I said. "will you forget about it?" See, some of you have issues and you've just been camped on top of 'em so long that God couldn't get a chance to help you if he tried. You almost gotta get to the point where you just flat-out don't care. And it's like, "it's up to you." "will you forget about that?" Now, as God is my witness, I'm tellin' you the absolute truth. In 2 weeks it sold. Now, it would come back to my mind, and I would just say, "nope, God's takin' care of that." now, you know, I'm not sayin' that you can't pray about things for a long time. But I will be honest and say I think there comes a time where we don't need to pray about somethin' anymore.