Joyce Meyer Sermon - Is Your Mouth Saved?
What kind of words are coming out of your mouth? Joyce explains what happens when you complain and what happens when you praise.
In Sermon - Is Your Mouth Saved? Joyce Meyer Says: I'm telling you that you can see tremendous breakthrough in your life just if you will give up complaining. Let's go on a fast. Let's fast all complaining. Joyce Meyer: how many of our problems are the result of our own words? Do you ever really listen to what you say? Or listen to what people say? Because i've been writing on this subject and studying it pretty intently for the past couple of years, i've been paying a lot more attention to the things that people say. One of the things that people say to me all the time, "Joyce Meyer, I love you to death.
" Well, it's like, i'd really rather you love me alive. I--you know? Why are we so transfixed with "i just about laughed to death. I love you to death. Oh, I tell you that just about killed me." We don't need to be talking about stuff like that. If we believe our words are important, then we need to pay attention. So, let's look at numbers :-. I want to put a smile on God's face with my conversation, don't you? "and they journeyed from mount hor by the way to the red sea, to go around the land of edom, and the people became impatient (depressed, much discouraged), because [of the trials] of the way." Well, yeah, we do get discouraged in trials. Your emotions want to sink in trials, but one of the ways that you can cheer yourself up and lift yourself back up is by talking about right things. What you talk about in trials is probably one of the most important things in your life. "and the people spoke against God and against moses, why have you brought us out of egypt to die in the wilderness? There's no bread, neither is there any water, and we hate this light (contemptible, unsubstantial) manna." Now how excited were they about that manna when it first came down? "whoa, check it out! Food rained out of the sky. This is amazing." We need to stay amazed, not just be amazed for a few minutes when God does something great. We need to stay amazed at the great things that God is doing. The more amazed you are, the more hopeful you will be. "the people spoke against God and against moses, we hate this bread. We're not happy." Now watch what happened. "then the lord sent fiery (burning) serpents among the people; and they bit the people, and many of the israelites died. And the people came to moses, and said, we have sinned." [audience laughing] Joyce Meyer: now, can we be a little smarter than this?
Do we have to wait until the serpent bites us and we have all kinds of problems in our life because we keep opening a door through murmuring, complaining and what we should be doing is praising and giving thanks? Come on, I want to see some big smiles out there. "and the people came to moses, and said, we have sinned for we have spoken against the lord and against you; moses, pray to the lord, that he may take away the serpents from us. So moses prayed for the people." And, of course, God brought a way for their deliverance, just like he always does. Anytime we turn back to God sincerely, begin to do what God wants us to do, the blessings come back. When we turn away from God and we're operating against his principles, then we open a door for the enemy to come in. I really think the message has one bible. It says it in a hundred different ways, but the bible has one message, "do what I tell you to, you'll be blessed. Don't do what I tell you to and you're gonna have problems." It's not hard, is it? "i set before you life and death, choose life that you and your descendants might live." Now, I want to go over to corinthians chapter .
I remember when I first started seeing these things in the word. They just absolutely amazed me. I mean, I was so amazed just at what I learned about complaining. I thought, my gosh, if everybody in the world could know this. So that story that we just read out of numbers is repeated over in corinthians, and this scripture's gonna tell you that it's repeated here to help us understand the dangers of murmuring, grumbling and complaining. Verse , "we must not gratify evil desire and indulge in immorality as some of them did." He calls their complaining immorality. "as some of them did--and twenty-three thousand [suddenly] fell dead in a single day! We should not tempt the lord [try his patience, and become a trial to him, nor should we critically appraise him, and exploit his goodness] as some of them did--and were killed by poisonous serpents; nor should we discontentedly complain as some of them did--and were put out of the way entirely by the destroyer. Now these things befell them by way of a figure [as an example and warning to us]; they were written to admonish us and fit us for right action."
God has put a reverential fear in me about complaining and every once in a while, I like to get a good reminder. Sometimes i'll open up those scriptures in philippians and just read them. "don't murmur, grumble and complain." I'll go and look at those scriptures in numbers and then look at these scriptures in corinthians because it's so easy for us to forget how good God is to us and start complaining and murmuring about things when we really truly have nothing to complain about. Joyce Meyer: amen? What are you saying about the lord? Psalm :-- says, "he that dwells in the secret place of the most high shall remain stable and fixed under the shadow of the almighty whose power no foe can come against." "i will say of the lord. He is my refuge and my fortress, my God. On him I lean and rely and in him, I confidently place my trust." What are you saying of the lord? You know, over in malachi, God corrected some people pretty sternly because he said, "you're not saying the right thing about me. You're saying it's useless to serve God, there's no profit in serving God." And these were people that God had done great things in their life, but now God wasn't moving fast enough for them so they were getting grumpy. "well, this is not doing any good. This is not doing any good. I give my money. I've been faithful in tithing and giving and still nothing good is happening to me." No, what we should say is "giving is a privilege, God, and i'm gonna keep doing it for the rest of my life if I never see a result." And when you get to that point, then you're gonna see results. Joyce Meyer: I don't believe that we should just do the right thing just to get a result. I think we should do the right thing because it's right. And when your heart is right and you're doing what's right because it's right, then you are definitely going to get a right result, but it will come at the right time, not my time, not your time, but the right time. Joyce Meyer: and what we need to do while we're waiting is, what? Not complain. We need to keep giving thanks to God and do, what? Thank him that God is working in our lives.
God, I thank you that you are working in our lives. Do you know that God keeps a book of remembrance, according to malachi? And he listens when people talk and he records the conversations that he likes. I'm gonna show it to you, malachi . Has God been able to record your conversations today? What about at lunch today? Well, you probably behaved pretty good at lunch today, especially if you were here this morning. Joyce Meyer: well, what about lunch a week ago, how was that one? Malachi :, "your words have been strong and hard against me, says the lord. Yet you say, what have we spoken against you? Well, you have said, it is useless to serve God, and what profit is it if we keep his ordinances and walk gloomily before him?" Verse , "then those who feared the lord talked often one to another--" do you know people who have a reverential fear of God talk differently than people who don't? Look at me for a minute. I want to tell you something. God hears every word we say. Joyce Meyer: matter of fact, he even knows what we're gonna say that we haven't said yet. He knows everything that goes on behind closed doors. I remember a process that I went through at a job that I had in ministry where I felt like I wasn't being treated right. And like a lot of people that worked there, there was a lot of murmuring and grumbling and gossiping going on behind the scenes, and so God really dealt with me about that and I stopped that. I learned that that was wrong and I stopped that. But then I would still talk to dave at home about this thing and that thing. "you won't believe what happened. You won't believe what this and that and something else." And then the lord took me to a little deeper level and he said, "it doesn't matter who you're talking to, it's the words you're speaking that are doing the damage." Joyce Meyer: well, some people are getting that. "well, surely, I can talk to somebody in my family." Well, is it any more right to complain to somebody in your family than it is to somebody at work? "well, are you telling me that I can't talk to anybody?"
Yeah, you can talk to whoever you want to, but i'm just saying, you better find something decent to say if you want your life to be blessed. Joyce Meyer: and you know what? There's even a way to talk about our problems in a positive manner. We can learn how to say, "you know what? This is not easy for me and it's challenging, but I believe that God's working and I believe he's got a purpose in everything that he does. And, you know, I just want to go through this and keep a good attitude and watch what God will do." I don't want to complain and remain. I want to praise and make progress. At midnight when paul and silas were in jail, they weren't complaining at midnight. They were praising God at midnight. And, probably, at midnight, they weren't expecting the jail doors to fly open. They probably thought, in their natural, "well, it's too late for that. We might as well just praise God all night." And sure enough, they got a breakthrough. I believe a lot more praise, and maybe a little less petition, will get us a lot more activity in our lives. "those who feared the lord Talked often one to another; and the lord listened and heard it," i'm in malachi :, "and a book of remembrance was written before him of those who reverenced and worshipfully feared the lord and who thought on his name." Beautiful. "in all things give thanks, for this is the will of God for those of you who are in christ Jesus." This is something that we have to do on purpose. It's not something that we wait to feel like it.
Everybody is going to have things happen in their life that they don't like and that's not comfortable, everybody. You may have something happen yet tonight that you're not gonna like and even though you hear this message, you're gonna be tempted to murmur. Well, i'm telling you, instead, open your mouth and say, "God, I got it. I want to pass this test. I'm gonna pass this test because I don't want to take it again and again and again and again and again." Joyce Meyer: there are people here in this room tonight, i'm sure, that if you were truthful with yourself, you have done great damage to your life, not that you can't recover, because you can. But you've done great damage to relationships, to your life. You've lost friends. You've lost relationships. You've lost jobs simply because you would not control your words and it's time for a turnaround. Anybody can be forgiven but once we have it straight and we know that we're doing is wrong--i can tell you the truth, there's a little bit of danger in coming to a meeting like this. You say...WHY? Because when you're ignorant, you get a different kind of grace than when you have full knowledge and you do it anyway. He who knows what is right to do and does it not, to him, it is sin. So maybe before you were kind of like foggy in this area. [audience laughing] Joyce Meyer: "well, I didn't even realize that was a big problem." [audience laughing] Joyce Meyer: well, i'm declaring to you, it is a big problem, a huge-o, big, number-one problem. You know, sometimes we're looking for all these mean, big, bad demons in our life. "well, the devil's this and the devil's that." I'm telling you that you can see tremendous breakthrough in your life just if you will give up complaining. Let's go on a fast. Joyce Meyer: let's fast all complaining. Let's commit to a -day fast and have no complaining at all for days and maybe at the end of that days, we'll have a new habit. They say that it takes to days to break or make a habit. So how about a word fast? How about fasting complaining? Oh, you'll make mistakes. I'll make mistakes but God is so good. We say, "God, i'm sorry, help me. I'm on a journey trying to learn how to get this mouth in line with your word. Help me, God, put a watch over my mouth lest I sin against you with my tongue. Help me, God. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight. And above all things, God, help me not to murmur and complain, but to be grateful and to be thankful." You know, when you first change, people are probably gonna think something's wrong with you. [audience laughing] Joyce Meyer: 'cause you know what? People, grouchy, cranky, murmury, grumbly people are drawn to other people that they know they can suck into their net. [audience laughing] Joyce Meyer: and you need to be the kind of person that people won't even bother coming to you. They won't even bother coming to you for gossip because they already know what your attitude's gonna be. They won't even bother coming to you when they want to tell some kind of a tale or be in a rotten mood and complain and murmur about everything. Let them come to you when they want to be encouraged. Let them come to you when they want to be lifted up and edified. Let them come to you when they're a little bit down and they want somebody to cheer them up.
Joyce Meyer: let's be bright lights shining out clearly in a dark world. Make a decision that everywhere you go every day, you're gonna shed a little bit of joy. And i'm not saying you gotta be some happy, slappy, goofy, you know, "oh, praise the lord. Everything's wonderful. Nothing's a problem. Yea, yea, praise the lord." Sometimes people like that get on my nerves. [audience laughing] Joyce Meyer: but if it's real and it's genuine, if you're sincere--if somebody wants to tell you a problem, don't say, "oh, don't tell me that, you're being negative." Listen to 'em, but then come back with something positive. Listen to 'em and then say, "you know what? I know you're hurting and I know it's hard, but let me tell ya, let me just tell ya about something God did for me one time when I was in a similar situation. And you know what? I believe that God will do the same thing for you. Let's pray that God's gonna give a breakthrough in your life." Joyce Meyer: I think that's the way we should start to handle these situations, and that's one of the ways that we can encourage one another. So don't go about it the wrong way, but we need to start making positive changes. Complaining weakens, praise strengthens. Praise confuses the devil. When he throws his best shot at you, and by all natural human reasoning, you should be murmuring and complaining and, instead, you're giving thanks and praising, he gets confused. I'll prove it. Chronicles :. Now, you know, there's nothing hard about this message tonight. You may not love it, but you do understand it and you won't forget it. Chronicles chapter , verse , I use this a lot in different messages. A little tiny bit of background, jehoshaphat and his people were in the midst of a battle, a mighty battle, and God had told them, "the battle's not yours, it's mine. Stand still and you'll see the salvation of the lord." Jehoshaphat bowed down to worship and he sent singers out to sing and praisers out to praise. Now look at verse . We'll just read verse . "and when they began to sing and to praise," not when they began to murmur and complain, but "when they began to sing and to praise, the lord set ambushments against the men of ammon, moab, and mount seir who had come against judah, and they were [self-] slaughtered." Do you see that? The enemy got so confused, they killed each other, and God's people went free. You see how powerful that is?
Praise confuses the enemy. Joyce Meyer: absolutely confuses the enemy. There's so many wonderful scriptures about thanksgiving and praise. Do a bible study every once in a while about the power of thanksgiving. Never run at your enemies with the wrong thing in your mouth. When you've got giants in your life, be sure you handle them the way david handled his giants. When david wanted to slay goliath, and everybody around him started giving him bad reports, he did exactly what he should have done. King saul said, "oh, you're too young. You can't do that." Everybody else said, "you don't have any experience. You can't do that." People love to tell you what you can't do. Amen? Everybody told me I couldn't do this. You wouldn't have believed some of the stuff the people said to me in the beginning and I really, looking at it in the natural, I couldn't blame them. But i'd heard from God and when you hear from God, you can do things that will absolutely astonish you and everybody else. Joyce Meyer: so david had a deep relationship with God from being out and shepherding those sheep. And he spent a lot of time alone.
Don't feel so bad if you have a lot of alone time in your life right now. Don't be too quick to want too many friends. Maybe God's got you in that place because he's training you for something great later on and you need to have this time to get really, really, really, really, really, really, really close to him. Joyce Meyer: so david had gotten close enough to God that he believed that he could slay the giant. And everybody said, "you can't do that." And you know what david did right away? It's in samuel . He said, "well, you know once when I was out, I killed a bear. And another time, I took hold of a lion by the beard and I killed that lion. And if I can kill that bear and I can kill that lion, God is gonna help me slay this giant." Joyce Meyer: and that's exactly the way we need to behave. Joyce Meyer: well, sometimes we need a real breakthrough in our life but nothing is moving, nothing is happening and we don't understand it. Well, of course, there can be a lot of things involved but just something to consider today is maybe you're complaining too much and you need to start being more thankful. I have to remind myself of this all the time. I think complaining is the easiest thing to do. I sometimes say if I can make it through one day without a complaint, that's gonna be a miracle. There's so much to be thankful for and i'm telling you, gratitude is power, complaining makes you weaker and weaker. Today, we're offering you some great resources on the power of words, the "power words" book, and "change your words, change your life" four teachings on cd. I don't think we could ever have too much teaching about the power of our words. And maybe you're someone that's never even heard how powerful your words are.
Well, you know, the bible says that the power of life and death is in the tongue and those who indulge it must eat the fruit of it rather for life or death. So, that means that everything that we say, we are ministering either life or death, not only to the people who hear us, but to ourselves as well. So remember, praise is gonna release more of God's blessings in your life. Have a wonderful day. Announcer: your words have power. Today, we're offering Joyce Meyer's sermon series, "change your words, change your life." In hours of teaching, Joyce Meyer explains how declaring God's word can change every area of your life. We're also offering Joyce Meyer's book, "power words." Joyce Meyer shares personal stories and scriptures to explain how prayer and christ-centered words can lead to a joyful life. These resources are available for your gift of...OR More. Call us... Or visit us at Joyce Meyermeyer.org. Joyce Meyer: well, There's really no special formula to spending time with God. It's just very important that you do it. Making this a priority will change your life like nothing else. I know it has mine and now I want to help you enrich your time with God by sharing some thoughts and insights from my own life in my brand-new devotional called "my time with God." Let's focus on him together and my prayer is that these scriptures and declarations of faith will help you grow deeper in your relationship with christ a little bit more every single day. Call... Joyce Meyer: well, during this special season of thankfulness, i'd like to say a very heartfelt thanks to you, our friends and partners. Because of your love and support in , together, we were able to help people in desperate need and share christ all over the world. Well, this year, God used your generosity to build water wells and churches in india and africa, provide millions of meals at feeding centers in many nations, and you've helped us expand our classrooms of hope in South Africa and into Zambia. Men, women, and children, that once lived in devastation now laugh and dance because they received clean water, nourishing food, and an education. Together through our project girl initiative, we have helped women and girls understand their value in christ and build new lives after the horrors of human trafficking. People all over the world without access to basic medical care received healing of their body and soul.
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