Living a Life You Love, Part 1 - Enjoying Everyday Life - Joyce Meyer (April 2, 2018). We only get one life...so why not make the most of it? Joyce shares tips to help make your everyday life more joyful and fulfilling!
full textual sermon "Living a Life You Love" Part 1 - Enjoying Everyday Life - Joyce Meyer
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Joyce Meyer: you know, we always find something to be unhappy about unless we learn how to be happy in the Lord. Large majority of people don't even like their life let alone love their life. I wanna love my life. You know why? You only get one go-through. You don't get to rewind. You don't get do-overs. We only get one opportunity. And how many of you have already wasted some of your life? And you just prefer not to waste any more of it? Matter of fact, you'd like to really ramp it up to being great to kind of make up for some of the other mess that you had in the past. So I was you know, I'm calling this "living a life that you love." But I probably could have called it, "loving the life that you're living." However, I didn't think people would get as excited about that because if I say I'm gonna teach you tonight how to have a life that you can love you're all gonna think, "wah-ho! I'm gonna get a brand new life. I'm glad I'm here tonight." But if I say I want you to learn how to love the life you have, we're gonna be, like, "no way. I can't do that, no. No, no, no, no, no." You know, what you focus on in life is what you get. This is a little polaroid camera. Takes the cutest little pictures. Now, look, I'm gonna get whatever I focus on. I can get this pretty lady right down here in the blue. Whoops, there it is. Now this has to develop, you know, like most things we focus on. You focus on trouble long enough, it will develop into more trouble, amen? But if we focus on let's see, who else can I flip? Let's focus on dave 'cause he sure is good-looking, amen. Whoo! That dave, I'll tell you, man! There you go. Whoo! Look, isn't that cute? $50, you can just take pictures everywhere you go. I know, you got your selfies but I don't do good with those. So
Joyce Meyer: it's just an example. You're gonna get what you focus on. What you focus on gets larger and larger in your life. It grows and it can grow to the point where it's just, like, totally out of balance. It's like, if you look at what's wrong with your life, you can actually get to the point where you just hate your life. And you think that you've got the worst life ever, when really somebody else might look at your life and they might actually wish they had your life because they're seeing the stuff that you quit looking at a long time ago. Because you're so busy looking at all the stuff you don't like, you've forgotten what you do like. You might marry somebody and you might get so focused on what you don't like that you forgot what you liked about them that caused you to wanna marry them to start with.
Joyce Meyer: do you wish you had somebody else's life ever? I wish I had your life. I wish I looked like you. I wish I had your skinny thighs. I wish, I wish, I wish. Do you often think or say, "I'll be happy when"? I'll be happy when it's the weekend 'cause I hate my job. I'll be happy when I get a new job. I'll be happy when I get a new house, this house is too small. I'll be happy when I get married. I'd be happy if I wasn't married.
Joyce Meyer: I'd be happy if I could just have kids, I just want kids. And maybe your spouse doesn't want kids right now and you're just like, "i just can't be happy if I don't have kids." And then someday you'll be saying, "I'll be so glad when these kids grow up and get out of this house."
Joyce Meyer: and then, of course, you'll have to be unhappy because you have an empty nest. You know, we always find something to be unhappy about unless we learn how to be happy in the Lord. Well, why do so few people thoroughly love their lives? Well, obviously, there's more than one reason. But the first one I wanna talk to you about tonight is that we cannot live our lives totally for ourselves, being selfish and self-centered and ever love life. It is just not possible. You know why? Because that's not the way God built us. God did not build us just to live for ourselves and serve ourselves and even in our walk with him spend all of our time trying to get him to give us what we want, amen? That's not what it's all about. So that doesn't mean that God doesn't want us to have pleasure. Matter of fact, there's an insatiable desire in all of us that God put there for pleasure. We want to have pleasure and the bible tells us that the thief comes to take that away but Jesus came to give it back. He came that we might have and enjoy our lives and have it in abundance, to the full, until it overflows. But here's the key. He wants us to let him give us the desires of our heart instead of us compromising in order to get them ourselves. I think we need to say that again.
Joyce Meyer: God wants us to let him give us the desires of our heart instead of us compromising our conscience to get things or to make things happen that God is not making happen yet. For example, don't ever compromise on your job. Don't ever compromise your morals on your job to get a promotion. Don't do that. How many maybe young girls compromise their morality to get promoted in some industry? True promotion comes from God. And if we have to compromise to be promoted, then we're gonna get promoted into a place that's gonna make us very, very miserable and unhappy. I was sharing this example with somebody the other day. And we were actually talking it was dr. Paul osteen, joel's brother, and he came in to do some television with me and we were kind of talking a little bit about the younger generation. And when I say the younger generation, I'm not complaining about 'em. We've got a lot of wonderful young people that work for us and if we didn't have their skills and talents, I doubt that my tv program would look as good as it does. And so i you know, they're great. But there are a group of younger people and I mean that can be anywhere from 40 on down, I guess, I don't know at what age you're not younger anymore, but
Joyce Meyer: they don't wanna wait for things. They wanna have what somebody else worked 20 years to get. And it's just not to be honest, everybody needs to pay their dues. I mean, everybody just needs to have to wait and go through some stuff because if you don't have to work for what you get and wait for what you get, there is no way that you can ever really appreciate it for very long. It's just not possible. It is just not possible. So sometimes, people promote them too fast and that's not always wise. Just because you have a talent doesn't mean that you're ready for the platform. C'mon, I'm gonna say it again. Just because you have a talent doesn't mean you're ready for the platform. A lot of people have a gift that can take them somewhere but no character to keep them there once they get there.
Joyce Meyer: and we've seen some great tragedies where people get in a high position and they're in a position where they're in front of a lot of people but you gotta keep in mind, I mean, the Lord spoke this to me one time and I'll share it with you. He said, "you better keep in mind that however many people I put in front of you that you can help, that's also just how many you can hurt." And so that is a huge responsibility when you stand in front of people, whether it's a church platform or a platform like this or you're a supervisor or a boss where you work. Leadership means that you've got some experience and you've got some character and that you can lead people to the right place, amen? And so I was we were talking about that, he and i. And there were some situations we knew of that we were talking about, well, why did this happen? So a lot of it was along these lines. And I said, "I remember a situation, Paul, when I was out at a speaking engagement and I'd only had, like, I think it was maybe, like, my third or fourth, maybe my fifth speaking engagement. We were on just a few radio stations and I'd maybe I'd written one small book, you know, I wasn't certainly didn't have any big ministry. I wanted to have that but I didn't have it yet. And I was out in california when this happened. And a "marketing" agency came to us. They were where I was ministering that night and they said, "you know, if you'll sign on with us, we can really get you places." And so they told me all the good things about me and all the stuff, you know, to blow up your head and make you feel important and, you know, "if you sign with us, we can get you speaking engagements all over the world. We can get you this, we can get you that. We can get you that." Well, you know, a large part of me wanted to think, "man, this is God opening a door." But you know, a lot of times you get ishmael before you get Isaac.
Joyce Meyer: and you gotta be really careful that you don't do that and take some kind of a phony copy of what God wants to give you if you wait on him, amen? And so, man, I wanted to. Whoo! I wanted to. I wanted to say, "yes," and sign on the dotted line because I wanted our ministry to grow and be bigger. How many of you know that "i want" can get pretty strong? I want, I want, I want, I want. And when I was laying across the bed that afternoon in that hotel room in california, dave wasn't in the room so I don't know where he was at but somewhere important, I'm sure. I don't know, he might have been hitting some golf balls or something important like that. I'm sure it was.
Joyce Meyer: oh, he said he was praying for me, that's where he was at. That's not what you said? What you say?
Dave: praying for you not to take it. Eh?
Dave: praying for you not to take it.
Joyce Meyer: oh, he said he was praying for me not to take it. Hah. And he probably was. And when I was laying across that bed, I mean, the Lord spoke to my heart so clearly, "if you do this, you're gonna be making a big mistake. If you wait on me," now c'mon, somebody here needs this tonight 'cause this was not in my message.
Joyce Meyer: this has got nothing to do with what I came here to say, much. He said, "if you wait on me, I will put you places where no man could ever put you," amen? And so I don't know, you know, what you may be going through right now or how big of a hurry you're in to get where you think that you're supposed to be, but I'm just saying again, God wants to give you the desires of your heart. He doesn't want you to try to make something happen out of its timing, especially if you have to compromise your conscience in order to get that. Do I need to say this one more time? If you have to compromise your conscience or your morals to get something you want, you are not going to be happy with it. If you have to lie to get it, if you have to cheat to get it, if you have to compromise in any way, shape, or form, and don't buy into the devil's "just once" lie. Don't do that. "well, it's just once." And don't listen to the "well, everybody does it" lie. You're not everybody and you're not gonna answer for everybody. You're only gonna answer to God for yourself, amen?
Joyce Meyer: so that's what I have to say about that. Jesus wants us to have pleasure but he wants to be the center of our lives. He wants everything to revolve around us and that's the way that it should be and it's not that he's just got this big ego and he just wants everything to center around him. We're created for God. We're created for his pleasure. And what you're created for, you can never be happy without. So whatever we try to do without God is just absolutely not going to work out. And you know, when I say, "God needs to be the center of your life," that doesn't mean that everything needs to be some spiritual activity. I mean, there's all kinds of people in here today that do all kinds of stuff. I mean, all kinds of stuff. We met a couple before the meeting that I'm not gonna tell you their name 'cause I don't want everybody to start trying to find 'em but they, like he's walked across the grand canyon on a tightrope. I thought, "it's a good thing you're a christian."
Joyce Meyer: I mean, if I was gonna do that, I'd be a believer and if I wasn't when I made my mind up to do it, I'd become one real quick when I got on the rope. So I'm just trying to make the point that to, you know, for Jesus to be the center of your life, that doesn't mean that you've gotta be some pastor or a preacher or a worship leader. Or that you just sit home and read the bible all the time. I mean, God create i mean, he gives so many different varieties of gifts. But whatever we do, whatever we do, we need to do it with the Lord, through the Lord, for the Lord, by his grace, for his glory.
Joyce Meyer: and how awesome is it when you have all these multitudes of people that are just out in everyday life out there, just working at this shop and that shop and in the marketplace and in the business places and on the tightropes and, you know, on the platform and whatever, and they let their faith be made known. They give the glory to God. They don't hide the fact that they're believers. They're not ashamed of the gospel and that doesn't mean you have to go to work and preach all day long. But it does mean that you don't cower and hide the fact that you're a believer.
Joyce Meyer: what does the bible say? "if you honor me before men I will honor you before my father who's in heaven. If you confess me before men I will confess you before my father who is in heaven." You know, paul, the apostle paul, made some very, very strong statements about this selfishness thing. And I want us to look at it because I'll be honest with you, everybody has a tendency to be selfish. It's probably the biggest monster in our lives, if you wanna know the truth. I mean, and if you don't think you're maybe a little selfish, just watch the next time you don't get your way.
Joyce Meyer: enough said. Romans 14:7 and 8, "none of us lives to himself [but to the Lord], and none of us dies to himself [but to the Lord, for] if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whatever so whether we live or we die, we belong to the Lord." So paul had a revelation. It doesn't really matter because I belong to God and so whatever I do, it doesn't matter if I'm an apostle or a ditch digger, it doesn't matter. Nothing matters except that I belong to God and I'm living for him and this time here on this earth is extremely short compared to forever. And let me tell you something, when forever starts, you wanna know the right person. 2 Corinthians 5:15 is one of my very favorite scriptures in the bible, "and he died for all," this is Jesus. Jesus died for all "so that all those who live might live no longer to and for themselves, but to and for him who died and was raised again for their sake." So one of the reasons why Jesus died is so we don't have to live selfish, self-centered lives. He set me free from me. You know, we think about all the things that we want God to set us free from and if I were to went through here tonight and taken a survey, "well, what would you like God to set you free from?" I doubt that I would have gotten very many, "i want him to set me free from me." You know what? I mean, I finally got to the point where I just got sick of me because that was just pretty much all I had in my life and all I cared about was me, me, me. And I just got really tired of it and finally wanted to learn how to do things God's way. You know, if you're just locked up in a prison with you... And most of you don't even like who you are so that's, you know, we're gonna talk about that too. It's like in Galatians 2:20 and this scripture's interesting to me because paul said, "I've been crucified with christ; it's no longer I that lives," but I wanna let you know that he said this 20 years after his conversion. So it's not like you just get saved and wake up just oozing with love and wanting to give and sacrifice and do things for other people and you never think about yourself. And you just lay your life down. That's not the way it works. It takes a long time and the word "crucify" equals pain. If you're looking for a padded cross, you're doing the wrong thing trying to follow God, amen? "i have been crucified with christ [in him I have shared his crucifixion]; it is no longer I who live, but christ (the messiah) lives in me." How many of you know that he lives in you?
Joyce Meyer: okay. "and the life that I now live in the body I live by faith in the son of God, who loved me and gave himself up for me." So here's basically what God's after. He wants vessels, empty vessels, that he can fill up and flow through, amen? He doesn't want a bunch of people that have bumper stickers and good church attendance and a pair of cross earrings and, you know, whatever else, a aqua bible and a fuchsia bible and, you know, whatever, but they're still full of themselves. And I was a christian just like that for so many years. I mean, even all my prayers were about me. I had a whole list of things that God had to do for me to keep me happy for 24 hours. "if I don't get this, I don't think I can stand it. And if i that if dave doesn't change, I don't think I'm gonna make it and " c'mon now, I'm not the only one who does this kind of stuff, right?
Joyce Meyer: "I need a bigger house and we need more money and," yeah. Everything was about what I needed God to do for me. But what the bible says in psalm 37:3, another one of my favorite scriptures, there's a whole bunch of 'em, is trust in the Lord and do good. So it's the simplest plan if you see it. I got so excited when God showed me that scripture and told really gave me understanding on it. Whatever you want and need, tell God and trust him and then get off of it. And spend your time doing good. Spend your time being a blessing to somebody else and let God give you the desires of your heart. Don't spend your time trying to get all this stuff yourself and end up ruining your life or making a mess out of it by compromising your morals and doing the wrong thing. You can't love your life if you don't have peace with God. It's not possible. "it's no longer I that lives." You say, "well, I don't know. If I live like this, what's gonna happen to me? Who's gonna take care of me?" And you know, I was like that a lot because I had trusted man and man had let me down. People had abused me, people had not cared about me, my parents didn't really care about me, my father abused me, my mother didn't help me, I married the first guy that came along. He mistreated me. He used me. He stole from me. He wrote bad checks. He ran up debts that I needed to then pay. And so when it came to the trust thing, I wasn't real good at it. I got really good at taking care of myself. It's, like, I don't need you, I will take care of myself. But you see, the thing is, is God's not like people. You can trust him. Now, I'm not gonna tell you that you can trust him to give you everything you want because there is an outside possibility that what you want might be the last thing in the world that you need. I better tell this side that.
Joyce Meyer: see, I'm not gonna tell you that God's gonna give you everything you want. I'm not gonna tell you that if you exercise your faith you can have anything. No. But you can trust God to give you the best thing for you. I'm not finished. At the right time. And that timing probably won't be your time, either. I tell you what, when you get to the point where you can trust God, misery is over. Did you hear me? Misery is just flat out over when you get to the point where you can trust God.
Joyce Meyer: well, you can love and enjoy every single day of your life. Count your blessings. Psalm 68:19 says, "the father in heaven reminds us that he daily loads us with benefits." Don't you love that? You say, "well, I don't know, I'm going through a pretty rough time right now." Well, you know what? I know a lot of people are going through a rough time and I have compassion, believe me I understand, but I'm encouraging you to find something in every day that you can say, "i love that." You know, I've lived in the home that I live in now for over 12 years and last night I've been gone for a little while and I came home and I looked at my house and I just said, "you know, Lord, I really love my house." I think we need to tell God things that we love instead of just telling him things that we don't like. Today, I'm offering you a book called "living a life that you love." It's a new book that we've written and released, and I think it's gonna be a real blessing to you. If you're gonna be alive anyway, you might as well enjoy it. And we're offering this today for your gift to the ministry of any amount. Don't forget, loving life today is knowing that God has blessed us with every blessing in the heavenly realm.
Joyce Meyer: do you really love your life or are you just kind of putting up with it, going through the motions day after day? You know what? If you are, I can help you. I've written a book called, "living a life that you love," and with God's help, you can learn to do that. Order your copy today.
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