Joyce Meyer - Dare to Believe - Part 2 - sermon online. Are you expecting good news today? Be encouraged to look for God's goodness in your everyday life and learn about the wonderful difference it can make!
In Sermon Dare to Believe Joyce Meyer Says: "it's not by might, it's not by power, but by my spirit, says the lord." We do not change by trying, and self-effort, and rules, and regulation. We don't even change just by disciple and self-control. All of those things are part of it, but none of it happens without god. Joyce: isaiah : is just, mmm, one of the most yummy scriptures in the bible. joyce: okay, now, are you ready for this? You wanna pay attention to this. "and therefore the lord [earnestly] waits [expecting, looking, and longing] to be gracious to you," which means to be good to you. God is waiting to be good to you. Okay, now listen. "therefore he lifts himself up, that he might have mercy on you and show loving-kindness to you. For the lord is a god of justice. Blessed (happy, fortunate, and to be envied) are all those who [earnestly] wait for him, who expect and look and long for him [for his victory, his favor, his love, his peace, his joy, and his matchless, unbroken companionship]!" joyce: so, here, if i can just make this really simple for you, god is waiting, looking, longing to find somebody to be good to, and he can only be good to somebody who's looking, and longing, and expecting him to be good to them. joyce: so, if i were you, i'd get up every morning and say, "here i am." joyce: "i don't deserve it, god, but i am expecting something good to happen to me today." joyce: another thing i like to say is, "i'm expecting good news."
I don't know about you, but i just am fed up with bad news. [audience cheering] joyce: yuck. joyce: i love it if i get a text message and somebody says, "i've got good news," or if somebody calls me and says, "i've got good news." We need to share good things with people and we need to ask god for good news every day. Hey, guess what, mom? Your kid's getting an a in that class she failed in last year. joyce: hey, guess what? Henry didn't go out and get drunk friday night. He came home. joyce: no offense if your name is henry. joyce: good news, my gas bill went down. joyce: good news, i got a % off discount coupon for that and didn't even know it was available. joyce: we need to make a big deal out of the good stuff. Psalm : and , david said, "[what, what]." "[what," exclamation mark, "what," exclamation mark, "would have become of me] had i not believed that i would see the lord's goodness in the land of the living!" Now, you know why i like this? It doesn't say, "when i die and go to heaven." I'm expecting lots of good things there, and frankly i can't wait to get there.
I think it's gonna be really an awesome place. I will be so glad to be rid of my body. joyce: calories don't count in heaven. joyce: yeah, amen. And now that i've mentioned calories, i have a story to tell you. joyce: i did a dumb thing. I didn't weigh for months, and that's just not good for me 'cause i've got, like, this high weight and low weight, and i love being down here 'cause i can eat anything i want to, but when i get up here, then i usually gotta be hungry for a while to get back down. joyce: so, i got on the scale one day last week. Matter of fact, i think it was last, i don't know, tuesday maybe, and i had gained pounds. Well, i know to some of you that sounds like, "oh, don't even tell me that." joyce: but that put me at the very top, and so i was a little bit, you know, "oh man." So, at first i thought, "i'm not gonna tell dave," and so then i finally thought, "well, i'll tell dave." And so, i said, "man, i'm gonna have to cut my eating back for a while. I've gained a little weight. And he said, "how much?" joyce: and i said, "about pounds." And he went... Just that little look, you know? And then he said--i said, "i hadn't weighed for about months." He said, "that's exactly why i weigh every day," and i got upset. joyce: now, how many of you women know what i wanted when i went to dave? joyce: and how many of you guys don't have a clue? You're like-- joyce: you're like, "well, what's wrong with that?
He didn't do nothing wrong." See, what i wanted was i wanted dave to say, "well, honey, you don't look like it." joyce: "you look great. And listen, you'll lose it quick. I know how disciplined you are." So, then i got upset and he said, "well, i'm just trying to help you," and i said, "i don't want you to help me. I want you to encourage me." He said, "i'm trying to encourage you." I said, "i don't feel encouraged." joyce: so, we went to walmart the other night to start the book signing. The first lady that gets in line says, "you are so thin." I thought, "mwah!" joyce: you noticed i said it was a lady. joyce: somebody needed to hear from god. joyce: so anyway, enough of that, i guess. I was hoping i could find a way to work that in and just look how god did that. It just, like, worked out so good. Thank god that we can expect good things while we're still on the earth. What would've become of me had i not believed that i would see the lord's goodness in the land of the living? Whatever good we have here, it's sure gonna be a lot better when we get to heaven, but i don't wanna just have that attitude, "well, i guess we'll just try to muddle through 'til we get to heaven. Well, someday when we get to heaven." No, i think jesus died so we could have a good life now. joyce: amen? Now, we're talking about having a transformed life, and having a transformed life must be preceded by having a transformed mind.
If you wanna have what god wants you to have, you have to learn to think like god thinks. Amen? And, you know, i've got much teaching on the mind because there's no area that we have more problems with than our mind, amen? So, first you have to learn that you can do your own thinking, and then you need to learn how to recognize when you're not thinking right and how to cast those down and choose something better. But those are all lessons that i really don't have the time to get into tonight. If you don't know anything about these kind of things, i suggest my book, "battlefield of the mind." It gives you--it lays a really good foundation about these things. Matter of fact, we had a doctor tell us tonight--she didn't tell us, she told mike. She said, "in my medical practice," she's an m.d. She said, "one of the things i prescribe is 'battlefield of the mind.'" I thought that was pretty good. joyce: how many even physical problems do we have because we don't think right, amen? Let me tell you something, i can give myself a really bad headache and it don't take very long if i just let my mind get full of worry, and junk, and fear, amen? Surely, you're familiar with romans :, "be not conformed to this world, but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind." So, transformation doesn't happen without having transformation in our mind. So, if this is all new to you and you're kinda like, "man, i've never heard this before," or "i don't know what i think of this," just start paying attention to what you're thinking. Think about what you're thinking about. And the next time you get all down and discouraged, think about what you're thinking about. The next time you wanna go rip somebody's head off, think about what you're thinking about, amen? Proverbs : says, "as a man thinketh in his heart, so is he." I like to say, "where the mind goes, a man follows." If you think about a hot fudge sundae long enough, you'll go get one. joyce: your mind went to the ice cream store a long time ago and your body will get there. joyce: i mean, am i right?
It's amazing to me how somebody can say, "chocolate," or "ice cream," and then you just, "i just can't stand it." joyce: ha ha ha. Romans : is a really great scripture. It says, "the mind of the flesh is sense and reason without the holy spirit and it ministers death." So, i might look at myself. Maybe i looked at myself years ago and the problems i had, the mess my mind was in, how i felt physically, our finances, my family, my background, and i'm sure that it was very difficult in the beginning for me to look at all that, and think about all that, and think, "someday this is all gonna be totally, completely changed." You know why? Because if we think with the mind of the flesh, then we think according to sense and reason. It's not reasonable to think that somebody who denied christ three times could ever be used by god again. It's not reasonable to think that somebody who'd been bleeding years, and been to every doctor in town, and spent all that she had could, just by touching the hem of jesus' garment, be healed. That's not reasonable. Don't waste your time, honey. Leave the master alone. And i love blind bartimaeus. He heard jesus was passing by and he cried out, "jesus, thou son of david, have mercy on me!" And you know what the amplified bible says? "now!" Exclamation mark. Now! Now, this is how we are. I've taught on that scripture i don't know how many times, taught on it about weeks ago, have read the scripture i don't know how many times, and only last week did i see the word "now." Don't ever think that the bible's gonna get old or there's nothing in there. Just 'cause you got it underlined, that don't mean you've seen it all. joyce: and they tried to get him to be quiet. "be quiet, be quiet. Calm down." And the bible says That he cried out all the more, "jesus, thou son of david, have mercy on me now!" So, i'm using that "now." David prayed in psalms, "lord, send prosperity now." Ha ha ha. Do you want god to help you in years or now? And i think most of us would not even feel right praying like that. "well, i can't demand that god do it now." Well, i'm not demanding, but i'm gonna ask. How 'bout now? Now would be good. joyce: how many of you think now is good, okay? joyce: i do think sometimes that we just--we're not, like--i don't know, you know, we think hope is, "well, i hope, maybe, someday." joyce: "maybe." joyce: no, have mercy on me now. Heal me now. joyce: if you don't get it today, get up again tomorrow, "now." That's an anointed word. "the mind of the flesh is sense and reason without the holy spirit." Do you know that's the place where most people live? Even though people are born again, and love god, and go to church, i lived in that area of sense and reason for i don't know how many years, and i was walking in the mind of the flesh. I had the mind of christ, but i wasn't using that. I was walking in the mind of the flesh. But romans : also says, "but the mind of the spirit is life and peace."
So, when we think according to the way the spirit of god leads us, which is according to the word of god, we can believe things that don't make any sense at all. Did you hear me? I said we can believe things that don't--because it's--you're like--you know, even the whole plan of salvation. If i stopped and stood here and just got reasonable about it, i would probably have to say, "you know, god, i mean, did you really have to kill your only son? I mean, couldn't you come up with something that didn't hurt?" I didn't see him die on the cross. I wasn't there. And if i really just put my mind to it, i'm gonna go, "i don't know." But, in here, i know that i know that i know that i know that i know that i know that i know. joyce: and that's what it means to walk in the spirit or to be led by the spirit. My eyes can think, "i want that. I should have that. That's gonna be good for me," and at the same time, my spirit can be saying... Mmm-mmm, mmm-mmm, mmm-mmm-mmm. So, if we go with sense and reason, we always end up in trouble. If we go with the spirit, then we always end up with life, and joy, and peace. joyce: how much trouble could we save ourselves if we would actually follow the leadership of the holy spirit instead of sense and reason? And then sometimes, when you're trying to follow god, somebody else'll tell you, "well, that doesn't make any sense." Audience member: preach! Joyce: ha ha. Some areas in which you need to change your mind. Well, this is kind of an ouchie one, but we need to learn to think differently about trials, and tribulations, and hard times. I don't like this any better than you do, but here it comes. Habakkuk : through , "though the fig tree does not blossom and there be no fruit on the vine, [though] the product of the olive fails and the field yields no food, though the flock is cut off from the fold and there's no cattle in the stalls." Now, i could update that, you know? Though there's no food in the refrigerator, the pantry's bare, the tires on the car are worn out, you know? The kid brought home all fs on a report card. "yet i will rejoice in the lord." joyce: and i know how this goes. I'm the same way. Boy, it's easy for all of us to agree in here. Man, but when you're home by yourself and you're, like, frustrated up to your eyes. And maybe for some of you, you're the only believer in your house. [audience member cheering] joyce: yeah! joyce: oh, yeah! See, now she yells, and you laugh, and we've got it made. joyce: we got a system going tonight. It's harder to do than it is to clap for. But how many of you, some of the hardest, most painful things that you have gone through in your life have ultimately brought you the greatest freedom? joyce: now, how could that many of us raise our hands if it wasn't actually a fact and a reality. Now, it's exciting on this side of it, but sometimes when you're going through it, all you can do is just stand. Just stand, and if nothing else, just refuse to give up. I refuse to give up. I'm expecting something good to happen in my life.
Now, let's see the rest of that scripture, because it ends up really good. No matter if all of this stuff is happening, "yet i will rejoice in the lord; i will exult in the [victorious] god of my salvation!" And verse , "the lord god is my strength, my personal bravery, my invincible army; he makes my feet like hinds' feet and will make me," now watch this, "will make me walk [not stand still in terror, but walk] and make [spiritual] progress on my high places [of trouble, suffering, and responsibility]!" joyce: i thought those were low places. Didn't you think those were low places? I did. Bummer. joyce: not another problem! Sometimes i don't understand god's thinking. He says those are high places, places of promotion. Some of you are about due, amen? audience member: i love you, joyce. [audience cheering] joyce: and then that whole thing in james , that just-- boy, you gotta be in the right mood to read james . I don't know if i'm up for it tonight, but i'll give it a try. joyce: "be wholly joyful when you fall into all kinds of trials and tribulations." joyce: "knowing that the trying of your faith bringeth out patience. And when patience has had her perfect work, you'll be perfect in entire, lacking in nothing." Well, i wanna tell you, my trials brought a lot of things out of me before we got around to patience. joyce: and they still do sometimes. You know, you get a trial and then it's like [making grumbling noises] and then after a week of figuring out that's not gonna do any good, then you finally say, "well, i guess we'll just pray and wait on god." joyce: i don't know about you, but i sure am glad god understands me. joyce: change your thinking about the level of importance that you assign to being accepted and approved by everybody you know. "well, if you don't like me, my day is ruined." joyce: amen? Galatians :, paul said, "if i would've been trying to be popular with people, i would not now be a bondservant of the lord jesus christ." joyce: if i were trying to be--now, you know, i want everybody to like me. I hope they do, but it's kinda, like, not ever gonna happen because statistically % of people will never like you. Even you. joyce: as nice as you--see, you might be the nicest thing on the planet, but you might even be too nice for some people. I mean, i'm a little rough, so some people are too nice for me. I'm like, "really?" joyce: well, do you sometimes have a difficult time believing that god can perform some of the impossible things that you need him to do? You know, we all come up against circumstances that we think, "well, that's just not possible." But really, if it's not possible for us, that doesn't mean that it's not possible for god. All things are possible with god. So, you need to know that god is working in your life even if you can't see it or feel it. You know, times of change are difficult, especially if you happen to be a person who really doesn't like change. And so, we're offering you four teachings today that we've called, "how to survive change," because i think a lot of times people, that's exactly the way they feel. It's like, "am i gonna make it through this?" And a paperback called, "how to be happy and flourish in seasons of change." And i love this because it's called a -day survival guide. It's got different practical steps in it, for each day, that's gonna help you make it through any difficult time in your life.
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