The sermon My Favorite Scriptures - Part 6 by Joyce Meyer. Learning to love and do good to others is the most important lesson God has given us. Learn scriptures to help you put this into practice in your everyday life.
Joyce Meyer: this is why God tells us to forgive our enemies and to bless those who abuse us and misuse us and are hateful and mean to us. And it seems so unfair and so unreasonable but what he's basically saying is "i'm giving you a secret weapon." Joyce Meyer: are you overloaded and stressed out? How many of you feel like you never have enough time, you just, you feel pressured, you just get so tired of everything that you're expected to do all the time. Okay well, ask yourself why you're doing each thing that you do and it won't be very long at all and you can be--you can have so much less stress in your life, it will be phenomenal. Are you doing what you're doing because you don't want to disappoint people, because you want them to like you and you're afraid they won't if you say no? Do you have some kind of a sense of false responsibility?
Well, I had that big time. I'd be happy to not only take care of my problems, but yours too. Yeah, it was my responsibility to fix everything. Jesus had to teach me, "you're not the savior, I am." Joyce Meyer: you know, Jesus walked off from crowds or you don't trust anybody else to do it so you have to do it all, hmm? Or you want to control everything so you have to make sure that you're involved in everything because if you're not involved in everything, then it might not go the way you want it to go. Joyce Meyer: wonder where I learned all this 'cause I had every one of these problems. Or you want to be involved so nothing happens that you don't know about because the bottom line is you're nosey. Joyce Meyer: okay, so let's just spend some time checking motives and see how much better life gets. Point number two, psalm : and : "[what, what would have become of me] had I not believed that I would see the lord's goodness in the land of the living!" I love that. What kind of a life am I gonna have if i've got a sour attitude that nothing good is ever gonna happen to me?
What would have happened to me, david's saying? What kind of a miserable life would I have had if I would not have believed that I was going to see God's goodness while I was still alive and on this earth? Joyce Meyer: what's gonna happen if we buy into that nothing's ever gonna change lie? "you're never gonna change, nothing's ever gonna change, i'm never gonna change. I'll never have any money. My marriage is never gonna be healed. My kids are never gonna straighten up." Don't believe the never lie. All things are possible with God. Joyce Meyer: be full of hope. If you want to just absolutely wreck the devil's plan for your life, then be full of hope. And you know what hope is? It's the expectation that something good is about to happen to you at any moment. Joyce Meyer: now, this is actually one of my favorite things to teach on because the bible says in zechariah that if we will become prisoners of hope, that God will restore double everything that we've ever lost. A prisoner of hope, when you're a prisoner, that means you're locked up with something and can't get away with from it. So, if we, as believers in christ, will become so full of hope that no matter what the enemy throws at us, we still have got a positive attitude, something good is gonna happen. Joyce Meyer: come on, something good is going to happen. No matter how long you've been having problems, something good is right around the corner. "yeah, well, you know, positive attitude--" you know what my father taught me when I was growing up? If you don't expect anything good to happen, you won't be disappointed when it doesn't. Don't trust anybody, everybody's out to get you.
Oh listen, I had some bad stuff rooted in my soul and if I can become positive, anybody can become positive. Joyce Meyer: something good is gonna happen to me. Joyce Meyer: that's why I mentioned last night that on monday, i'm having a hip replacement, the other one. I've already had one done, i'm having the other one. And i'm just expecting that something good's gonna happen out of it, you know? Joyce Meyer: I mean, at this point i'm just kind of, like, excited to see what God's gonna do. And no, I didn't stay home to nurse my wounds. I--right here doing what I should be doing and when i'm done with you guys in minnesota, i'll go get a new hip and then i'll be where i'm supposed to be a month from now. Joyce Meyer: I may have a little limp but i'll tell ya, jacob had a limp, but he limped away with his blessings. Joyce Meyer: whoo, hope, what would have become of me had I not believed that I would see the lord's goodness in the land of the living? You know, we talk about waiting on God and we are to wait on God.
The bible says in many places, "wait on God, wait on the lord." But it's not a passive state of just--you may not be doing anything in the natural but spiritually, you are believing that something amazing is about to happen to you at any moment, something that only God could do. How many of you want to see something in your life that only God can do? Joyce Meyer: I like that kind of stuff. It's like, "god, do something that only you can do." So i--so no man can take credit, no circumstance can take credit so everybody has to say, "well, that has to be God." Joyce Meyer: we need to get more aggressive in our believing and expect good things to happen to us. And you say, "well, I think that would just be a little presumptuous, you know, how can I expect things? I'm not a very good person." Well, God doesn't bless you because you deserve it. Let's look at isaiah :. Okay now, this is long in the amplified bible but this is a wow scripture. "and therefore the lord [earnestly] waits," so, even God's waiting. And what does that word mean? "expecting, looking, and longing, to be gracious to you," that means that God is waiting to be good to you. Get this picture. "and 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." That means he makes every wrong thing right. "blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) are all those who [earnestly] wait for him, who expect and look and long for him [for his victory, for his favor, for his love, for his peace, for his joy, and his matchless, unbroken companionship]!" So, get this picture, God is in heaven looking for somebody to be good to, and he can only be good to somebody who's looking for him to be good to them. Joyce Meyer: everybody say, "something good is gonna happen to me." Audience: something good is going to happen to me. Joyce Meyer: now, if you start saying that about times a day, you might get your mind renewed.
Let me read you a testimony. I wrote a book on hope called, "get your hopes up." I call it my happy book. Everybody needs the happy book. And it's about this teaching. And this testimony came in shortly after the book came out. "on march the th, , my -year-old wife and mother of our daughters, all under years old--" i'm already praying for them and I don't even know what their problem is. Joyce Meyer: "suffered a sudden cardiac arrest while shopping out of town. Ninety percent of people that suffer sca die, many within minutes. By the time I reached the hospital, she was in a coma and I was told to make arrangements. I'm catholic so a priest came and gave her last rites. They put her into a state of hypothermia to save her organs. I was told that sometimes people in a coma can hear people speak to them but after saying everything that I could think of to say, I ran out of things to say. She watches Joyce Meyer every day so I ran out to purchase a book and came back with 'get your hopes up' and started to read it to her while she was in the coma. It turned out that the wisdom in the book helped me cope as the seconds ticked away and as I stopped reading, God stepped in. She wiggled her toes, opened her eyes, and beat the odds. I'm now on my way to the hospital to pick her up and bring her home." Joyce Meyer: right in that impossible-looking situation, God was spoonfeeding them hope.
Don't give up, keep believing something good's gonna happen. You say, "well, what if it don't?" Well, shake it off and believe again that something good's gonna happen. Joyce Meyer: everybody say it again just to make me happy, "something good is gonna happen to me." Audience: something good is going to happen to me. Joyce Meyer: all right, "today." You've been watching my program. All right, the third thing I want to talk to you about today is what I think is probably one of the greatest secrets in the bible, it's a scripture that it's not even really that many words. Let's see, one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven, twelve, thirteen, a fourteen-word scripture. Romans :: "do not let yourself be overcome by evil, but overcome and (master) evil with good."
Joyce Meyer: this is why God tells us to forgive our enemies and to bless those who abuse us, and misuse us, and are hateful and mean to us. And it seems so unfair and so unreasonable but what he's basically saying is, "i'm giving you a secret weapon. I'm showing you how no matter what comes against you, you can still be a winner in life if no matter what happens, you will continue to do the right thing." Joyce Meyer: well, you know, we don't necessarily do what's right because we always feel like it or even think it's fair, but we do what's right because it's right. "be not weary in doing what's right for at the right time and in due season you will reap if you faint not," galatians :. And i Just want to throw this out, maybe you've heard me say this before but I think this is helpful. You may have to treat somebody else right for a long time before they start treating you right. Joyce Meyer: but let's don't let other people's meanness change who we are. Joyce Meyer: I have to remind myself of that. You know, somebody hurts my feelings and then, you know, we have our plan.
Well, i'm not gonna go around them. I usually call them every day but i'm not calling anymore." And, you know, God has to remind me, don't let what they did change who you are. Come on. Joyce Meyer: don't let what somebody else does to you change who you are. You be the same person loving God, living for God, expecting your reward to come from him. Now, i'm not saying that we lay down and become a doormat for everybody and let them just walk all over us. But even if you have to get away from somebody that's abusing you, you can still pray for them. You still don't have to talk evil about them. Joyce Meyer: just because somebody hurts me, that doesn't mean I now have a right to go ruin their reputation and make sure that nobody else on the planet likes them, mmm. Oh yeah, oh yeah, i'm talking to somebody. You know how hard it is to be nice to somebody that doesn't treat you good? I mean, I don't even want to speak to you. I don't want to be in your airspace, let alone pray for you to be blessed. But I don't have to feel like doing what's right to do what's right. Joyce Meyer: amen? And I might say that maybe out of all the things that God has taught me that right there may be one of the most important ones that I cannot sit around and wait to feel like doing what's right. You make a lot of progress when you do what's right when it still feels wrong. I'll say it again, you make a lot of progress. Man, you are growing spiritually big time when you choose to do what's right before you feel like doing it. Psalm : through goes right along with this romans :. What do you do when you have a problem? You say, "well, you trust God." Well, i'll tell you a secret, that's not all you do.
Verse , "fret not yourself because of evildoers, neither be envious against those who work unrighteousness (that which is not upright or in right standing with God). For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb. Trust (lean on, rely on, and be confident) in the lord and do good." Uh-oh, trust God and do good. One of the best series that I preached this last year was called "trust God and do good." Trust God and do good, somebody hurt you, you trust and now you do good. You keep being a blessing to somebody else. See, why do I need to sit home this weekend and dread what I gotta do on monday morning? I might as well get myself out here and just do what i'm supposed to be doing and let God take of it. I'm trusting God but i'm out here doing good. And see, I believe that when we trust God and we do good, now we're sowing seed for the harvest that we need in our life. I'm just saying that we can fight evil with good. Don't let the devil win, you can throw your best shot at us but we are gonna continue to do good. What do people normally do when they're hurting? They withdraw, shrink back in a little corner, nurse their wounds, feel sorry for themselves, don't want to be around anybody. I don't know, I may start a revival at the hospital, I have no idea. Joyce Meyer: but i'm planning to do something good and i'm planning to laugh a lot.
But I mean you have to realize how mad it makes the enemy when you refuse to give up your joy and you continue to do good when you're hurting yourself. When you've been disappointed, go be a blessing to somebody else. Joyce Meyer: I wish that I could tell you how serious I am about what i'm saying right now and that you would really listen to me, and leave this place, and put this into practice in your life. Don't let this part of this message be something that you hear and just clap because it sounds good. And then the next time somebody makes you mad and you're tempted to go tell somebody else what they did to you, instead of that, remember what i'm saying you keep your mouth shut about what they did and they pray for them that God will bless them. Joyce Meyer: your flesh isn't gonna like it but your spirit will. 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.