The sermon "My Favorite Scriptures - Part 5" - by Joyce Meyer. Joyce shares scriptures to encourage you to keep right motives, and in so doing, receive everything He has for your life.
In this sermon Joyce Meyer speak about My Favorite Scriptures - (Part 5): now, you know, we're gonna dig a little bit deep here for a few minutes and when you start talking about motives, I mean the crowd gets really quiet. And you know why? Because it's not something that we spend enough time thinking about. Joyce Meyer: i've had quite a journey with God and, man, was I a mess. Whoo, I was such a mess. When I look back and think how God has changed me and, you know, the changes have been internal. Even when I had so many problems in my life, it wasn't so much, yes, we didn't have all the money we would like and, you know, my back gave me problems, and there's always things that we don't like but most of our problems is what's going on in our soul. It's having a mind that's messed up, and emotions that are out of control, and always wanting what you don't have, and never being satisfied with anything that you do have.
And Jesus is the only one really that can get down inside of us and heal the broken hearts and the woundedness in us. And so, I started a journey with God and I want to clarify that it is a journey because i've been at this years and i'm talking being a pretty serious student of the word of God. I'm sure that there's been days that i've missed but i've spent a lot time studying the word. Now, part of the thing that was to my benefit was that God called me to teach because i'm a very responsible person so he knew that I wouldn't get up and try to teach if I didn't at least believe I knew what I was talking about. So, I had to do a lot of study and that actually helped me before it helped anybody else. And so, i've learned so much over this period of time. And I mean, trying to do a series on my favorite scriptures could be never ending, i'm sure, but I tried to choose the ones that I felt like just had a really major impact on my life. And so, the first thing that I want to talk to you about this morning is motives. Way, way, way, back when I first started my journey with God, he led me to a scripture in corinthians about motives.
Now, I don't know if I mean I had a lot of problems and so I don't know why he picks motives but I either had a whole bunch of bad ones or he wanted to make sure that I knew how important that is. And I don't think this is something that we talk about enough. You know, it's like our motives are why we do what we do. What motivates us, why do we take the action that we take? Why do we do some of the things that we do? Why are our lives so overloaded and stressed out? I'mma give you a good answer to all that today. And so, let's first look at this scripture that was very impacting to me, corinthians : through . "the work of each [one] will become [plainly, and openly] known (shown for what it is); for the day [of christ] will disclose and declare it." You know, when we think about, you know, we are not getting anything past God.
He knows us, i'm talking about knows us. And no matter what we hide from everybody else, even from ourselves, we get really good at hiding things even from ourselves, God knows. And this scripture says that when christ comes back again, that everything is gonna be brought out in the open and made plain and clear and everything is going to be disclosed. Can you imagine like people, many of them are unbelievers who have lived so dishonestly and thought they were getting by with so much.
Can you imagine on that day when everything is put out in the open how shocking that's going to be for people? And i'll tell you the truth, I think we need to think a lot more about the second coming of christ and I think we need to think more about judgment day because it is going to happen. We are all, every one of us, going to someday stand before God and give an account of our lives. And that's not meant to frighten anyone. It's meant to sober us up and let us be more serious about what it is we're doing with our life here and what we're doing with our time. What are you doing with your life? You've only got one, if you waste it, you can't go buy another one somewhere. Every day that goes by is a day that we never get back. Why do some people accomplish so much while others do absolutely nothing with themselves? It's choice. We all have the same amount of time. People think, "i just need more time. I need more time." No, God knows how much time we need and he's given every single one of us the exact same amount so it's a matter of learning how to do the right thing with the time that you have at the right time rather than wasting time and then being jealous of somebody who's got a great life because they did the right thing with theirs when they should have done it. Previous to this, beginning in verse paul had said that he had laid a foundation in people's lives and that that foundation is christ. So, nothing good happens until we receive Jesus as our savior and he becomes the foundation of everything else. But, you know, when we receive christ, we still don't know anything. We know that our sins have been forgiven, but we don't know how to live. And Jesus wants to teach us, through his word, how to live and not just to get up every day and breathe and take up space on the planet, but how to actually live a life that is going to be fulfilling to us and beneficial to his kingdom, amen? Joyce Meyer: nobody can really be truly happy if all they do is live for themselves. You know why? Because that's not what God created us for. And anytime we're trying to do something other than what we were created for, we're never gonna feel satisfied and fulfilled. No wonder satan fights by throwing selfishness and self-centeredness at us all the time. He wants us to just be all closed up in ourselves and make sure that we never reach out to anybody else because something amazing might happen if we all really put ourselves in God's hands and start helping each other. So, paul said, "i laid the foundation." Last night we had people receive christ as their savior. So, those people, they had a foundation was laid in their life. But now paul says, "the work of every one of us that we're building on that foundation."
And it says that you can build with hay, with straw, with stubble, with gold, with precious metals. It's a matter what kind of life are we building? So, "well, i'm doing this, and i'm doing that, and i'm doing this, and i'm doing that, or i'm doing nothing." But then he takes it even further and he says, "whatever you are doing, whatever kind of building you are building on this foundation, it's gonna be shown up for what it really is because it will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test and critically appraise the character and worth of the work that each person has done." So, I don't know exactly how that fire's gonna turn out but I have a feeling, you know, in revelation it says that Jesus had eyes of fire. And so, I have a feeling when we pass before those eyes, it's no longer gonna be, "oh wow, look at me, you know, I was on tv, and I was well known, and I was the boss at the company, and I was, you know, I was a top model." It's gonna be we're gonna see not what we did, but why we did it is gonna be revealed. Come on, why did I do it? So, why am I here today? Is my desire to now, you know, we're gonna dig a little bit deep here for a few minutes and when you start talking about motives, I mean the crowd gets really quiet. And you know why? Because it's not something that we spend enough time thinking about. I mean, every single person needs to go home and have a meeting with yourself and you need to start asking yourself, write down everything you're doing, and start asking yourself, "why am I doing this? Why am I doing it? Not what am I doing, am I doing what i'm doing to impress somebody else, or am I doing it because I really feel like this is what God wants me to do and i'm doing it in obedience to him and to help other people?"
And so, it's not see, I have to make sure, and I think one of the reasons why God gave me this was actually one of the second scriptures that God really revealed truth to me from. The first one is, "you shall know the truth and the truth will make you free." And i've already taught on that one in this series. But one of the second things I remember him showing me, so this would have been back in or and he had called me to teach and I felt like I had a word from God that someday I was gonna have a very large ministry. But you see, if God was gonna build something on this foundation of christ in my life, then he wanted to make sure that it was something that would last and be enduring and something that I could actually, if i'm gonna spend my whole life doing this, that I can end up with his reward in my life when all is said and done. Who wants to get to the end of your life and just find out that you did a bunch of stuff but God's not impressed? Joyce Meyer: I made this statement several months ago and I haven't really taught around it yet but I felt like the lord put on my heart, "you need to tell people to make sure they're not so relevant to society that they become irrelevant to me." Joyce Meyer: see, that's a huge word today. We all want to fit in. We all want to be approved and accepted, and so we want to be relevant to our changing society. Well, you know, I agree that we need to meet people where they're at and we made a lot of changes in our ministry several years ago, but we didn't change the message. We maybe changed our methods, but we didn't change the message. We changed the look on the platform, we got younger bands in because we wanted younger people to come, but we never changed the message. I have never veered away from preaching the truth. And so, there are things that you can change to be relevant, but there's other Things that we cannot change to be relevant because if we do, we can quickly fit in so well with everybody else and everybody we don't bother anybody. We don't ruffle anybody's feathers, you know, we preach a message that everybody can be comfortable and go away. Well, I hope that I make some people uncomfortable with what i'm gonna say today. Joyce Meyer: and some of you are already thinking about turning me off, the tv, but i'm on a lot of stations so you may find me on the next one you go to.
Joyce Meyer: see, the truth it bothers us. How many of you understand that there's a natural part of us that wants everybody to applaud for us, and clap, and like us, but you know Jesus was quite a rebel. Has anybody noticed that, that he came along and stirred up the establishment, amen? And so, man, we gotta be so careful about just fitting in with everything. We gotta learn to follow our hearts and get back to the word of God. It's not a matter of what the government says, what does God say? Did you hear me? Matter of fact, that was so good i'm gonna say it again. I don't need the government to tell me what's right and what's wrong. I need to read my bible and find out what's right and what's wrong. Joyce Meyer: somebody was telling me something the other day, my daughter was telling me this. She watched some documentary and I may not get this exactly right, but you'll get the point. She was it was about people lying or telling the truth and what would motivate them to be truthful, and it was about why so many people lie. And so, they were giving people these real simple math tests and trying to find out how many people would cheat if they had the opportunity to or how many people would be really truthful? And so, they did different things before the test just to see how it affected people. So, one of the things they did before one of the tests was they just simply said, they asked people, "write down however many of the ten commandments you can remember." Well, some people couldn't remember any. They didn't know any of them at all. Some people knew one or two. But the interesting thing was the very mention of those ten commandments, not one person cheated on that test that day. Joyce Meyer: and these were people a lot of them didn't even know the ten commandments, didn't have any kind but they had some connection there of they tell me what's right and what's wrong. Well, what did we do when we sat back, didn't understand what was going on, and made no noise at all when the ten commandments were taken out of the classrooms off the walls because we didn't want to offend anybody? Joyce Meyer: do you know all we'd have to do is just go put the ten commandments on the wall in every classroom. You wouldn't even have to teach them to people if they were just there. They're a message to live better. What is it that we think we're doing taking all the scripture and everything that's Godly out of the earth? You know what? If somebody doesn't want to serve God, that's their right to do that but they have no right to try to keep me from it, nor do they have any right to try to keep you from it. Joyce Meyer: don't let anybody but God tell you what is right and what is wrong.
We're in great danger if we do that. It's going a little different than what I planned but there you have it so there. We have to be very careful about our motives, why? Am I just doing this, am I doing things that I know are not right just because I want to fit in, because I don't want to be judged and I don't want to be criticized? You know what? We have to come to the point where we would rather be hated by every human being on the earth than to not have a right relationship with God. Joyce Meyer: 'cause let me tell ya something, this journey here, I mean even if everybody lived to be a hundred, which it's very unlikely, but even if everybody lived to be a hundred, that is nothing compared to eternity. We need to understand that Jesus is coming back and it's not all about what's here. We need to spend here getting ready for there. Joyce Meyer: right? So, I hope you're kind of squirming a little bit in your seat at the very thoughts of going home and having a meeting with yourself and checking all your motives. Verse , "if the work which any person has built on this foundation, if [any product of his efforts whatever] survives [this test] of fire, he will then get his reward. But if any person's work is burned up [under the test], he will suffer the loss [of it all, losing his reward], although he himself will be saved, but only as [one who has passed] through the fire." Now see, I like that because our salvation is not based on our works, but our works are important.
And if we want to get the reward of those works, then they have to be pure works and if they're not pure works, then everything we're doing is wasted. Is everybody on the same page as I am this morning? Joyce Meyer: all right, matthew : through : "take care not to do your good deeds publicly or before men, in order to be seen by them." So, here we have motive again. It's not that you can't do good things in front of people. You don't have to hide every good thing that you do but the motive can't be, "oh, notice me, admire me, compliment me." "if you do, you'll have no reward [reserved for and awaiting you] with and from your father who is in heaven. Thus, whenever you give to the poor, do not blow a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites in the synagogues and in the streets like to do, that they may be recognized and honored and praised by men. Truly I tell you, they have their reward in full already. But when you give to charity, do not let your left hand even know what your right hand is doing." Now, you know, for me, I think what that means is that when we do something good, we don't need to go home and mentally wallow around in how good we were. Years ago I remember praying and thinking, I was just begging God to make my ministry grow, make my ministry grow. We everything's about numbers for us, you know? Make my ministry grow. And the lord spoke to my heart and said, "if I asked you to go down by the riverfront and minister to people that live on the street the rest of your life, would you do it?" See, sometimes the things that seem the smallest to people are the greatest to God. Joyce Meyer: so, you don't need to be overly impressed with the people on the platform. The only thing you need to be concerned about is, are you doing what God wants you to do with a right motive, which is to obey him and help people? Amen, come on. Joyce Meyer: so, he says, "when you give, don't be overly impressed with yourself, just do it, be happy you had an opportunity to help somebody. Go on about your business to the next thing that God puts in front of you to do."
Verse , "so that your deeds of charity may be in secret; and your father who sees in secret will reward you openly." You know, it is really hard to go do something really good and not tell anybody. Joyce Meyer: I know exactly what you're thinking, "well, what fun is that?" Joyce Meyer: well, but see, our flesh craves that attention. And, you know, like I said, you don't have to go around trying to hide everything you do, but you know what? We need to be careful about bragging. And boy, it was hard on my flesh to get this stuff embedded. It's hard to want to do good things and just keep your mouth shut about it. But you know what? If God wants somebody to know, then he has ways of making that happen or if you have a good reason for telling somebody, then that's another story. You know, sometimes I do share things in my life because i'm trying to use them as a teaching example, but God knows my heart that i'm not just trying to get attention. So, it always goes back to your heart, back to your heart, back to your heart. What is your motive for everything that you do? And then he talks about praying. You know, when you pray, verse , "you must not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by people. Truly I tell you, they have their reward in full already. When you pray, go into your [most] private room, and, closing the door, pray to your father, who sees in secret, and he will reward you in the open."
I love that. Whatever you do in secret with a right motive, God will reward you in the open, come on. Whatever you do in secret with a right motive, God will reward you in the open. "and when you pray do not heap up phrases," I love that, "(multiply words, repeating the same ones over and over)." "oh God, forgive me. God, please, please, please, forgive me God. Oh God, if you'll just forgive me. Just one more time, God, if you'll forgive me." Why is it that we think the more we say, the more God listens? You ought to try sometime just asking God for what you want with the fewest amount of words possible. That just, nobody got that at all, did they? Joyce Meyer: okay, hey. Joyce Meyer: if we get louder, than God pays more attention. If we sound more eloquent, then God pays more attention, you know? No, heart. "god, i'm so sorry that I sinned, forgive me. Thank you," period. You got it right. Joyce Meyer: thank you, one person is listening. Joyce Meyer: you know what? We talk so much when we pray that we get to the point where we don't even know what we're saying. Joyce Meyer: well, no matter what your situation is right now, God's word has the answer.
So, I want to encourage you to spend time with God daily, study the word, and allow it, along with the power of the Holy spirit, to change you. We cannot change ourselves, only God can and he uses his word to do it. Today, we're offering you four teachings that are very dear to my heart, took a long time to do these, and it's "my favorite scriptures." There's lots of them and to be honest, I had to stop at one point because I would never have had enough cds to get them all on there. But these are scriptures that were life changing to me, not just scriptures that I liked, but they were scriptures that at a key time in my life, really had an impact in my life. And I think you're gonna learn from them and I think some of them are gonna become your favorites too. And we want everybody to be able to have this so we're offering this to you today for your gift to the ministry of any amount. I trust you, I believe you'll do your best. I've done my best to present these teachings in a way that I think can be really impacting in your life and I know you're gonna do your best too. And remember, there's nothing like the transforming power of God's word, God bless you.