The sermon My Favorite Scriptures - Part 7 by Joyce Meyer. Joyce shares specific scriptures that have significantly impacted her life. Be challenged to seek God's Word for wisdom and direction in your life.
Joyce Meyer: I started something about a year ago that I just felt like. I wanted to just do a series on my favorite scriptures in the bible. And to be honest, it could be a never-ending series and so I have to put a stop to it somewhere and tonight I'm gonna finish it. And it's gonna be the end of it. So we all have scriptures, I think, that have just really impacted our lives that not just scriptures that you like. We like them all. We love them all. They all mean something to us. But I mean scriptures that you can say, "man, when I got hold of that, when God revealed that to me, that was just like really big and life-changing to me." And so I have lots of those over the years that i've been teaching and i'm gonna share things that I hope will minister to you.
So one of the first scriptures that I remember, God really speaking to my heart about is peter :- out of the amplified translation. And it says: "be well balanced (temperate, sober of mind), be vigilant and cautious at all times; that enemy of yours, the devil, roams around like a lion roaring [in fierce hunger], seeking someone to seize upon and devour." Well, to be honest, there's already about five messages just in that little bit. Be well balanced. Any time that we're out of balance in our life in any area, it opens up a door for the enemy. If you don't spend enough time with your family, you're gone too much, you're not taking the right time to sow into your relationships, it's gonna open a door for the enemy and there's gonna be problems in the family.
If you are too selfish, it's gonna cause problems. But if you never spend enough time on yourself, you don't take care of yourself, that's gonna cause problems. You can look at a thousand different areas and see how important balance is. And we hear a lot about eating balanced meals so even from that God is showing us that we need enough protein, we need enough carbs, we need enough of this, we need enough of that. We need to have balance in our lives and yet I think that most of us realize that americans in particularly and probably other cultures in the western world, we really are bad at getting out of balance, amen? For example, way too many people work way too much and they don't rest enough. And then there is a lot of people who don't sleep enough.
Well, that's gonna cause you problems. And so I just want you to realize that if you're out of balance in any area in your life, the enemy is going to take advantage of it. If you talk too much, that's out of balance. But then some people don't communicate enough and so that's out of balance. Joyce Meyer: how many of you understand what i'm saying, you know? We need balance in our life, and balance like, people say to me a lot, "how do you keep the schedule you keep and write the books and you have a family," i've got kids, grandkids, great-grandkids. "how do you " this is what they say. "how do you keep your priorities straight and how do you stay in balance?" And you know what i've learned to say? "i'm always straightening them out." In other words, you don't just get in balance and stay there because the devil loves excess. He's always gonna try us to be excessive in one way or another, like you might spend too much money on yourself but then if you don't ever spend any money on yourself, either one can cause problems. And so I think that we have to do a little balance inventory every once in a while and just take a little time, spend a little time with God, and just say, "am I out of balance in any area of my life?" Maybe you're watching too much television and not spending enough time in the word or, you know, maybe there's so many different things that we could think of.
And let me just suggest to you that when you get unhappy, you're having too many bad days and too many sad days and too many mad days, just check and see if you're out of balance in some area in your life because a lot of times there's just something that needs to be adjusted. Matter of fact, i'll bet just as i'm standing here talking about this right now, i'll bet you that there's lots of people in this room you already, if I said, "what area are you out of balance in your life?" You could lift your hand up and tell me just like that. No matter how much of Jesus you have in your life, you can't break his natural laws and expect everything to work out for you in your life. I don't care how much you pray to feel good, if you're not gonna rest, you're gonna feel lousy. I don't care how much you pray to feel good, if you're not gonna sleep, you're gonna feel lousy. I don't care how much you pray to be happy, if you don't take any time to relax and enjoy yourself and laugh and do things that you enjoy, you're not gonna be happy. So we have to stay balanced in our life and this scripture tells me that if I don't stay balanced, I am opening a door for the enemy. "he roams about like a roaring like a lion roaring [in fierce hunger], seeking someone whom he may devour." He can't devour anybody, but one person he can devour is somebody who is out of balance in their life.
And I think we ramp it up to another level when we're not only out of balance but we know we're out of balance. C'mon, all you people who raised your hand. We're out of balance and we know we're out of balance and we don't do anything about it. I can tell you for a lot of years I worked way too hard and I did it in Jesus' name. But I still ended up getting burn-out and getting sick and paying for it. I don't care how much of Jesus you have, you still have to have balance in your life or he's gonna get in and cause you problems, amen. It says: "be vigilant and cautious," once in a while. No, it says, "at all times." At all times. Verse : "withstand him; be firm in faith," and this is another one of my favorite parts of this, "[against his onset.]" I get some things out of the amplified translation that i'm not gonna get anywhere else and I like that. When do I resist the devil? The minute he starts in on me. When do I resist the enemy? "at his onset." You don't wait until you got some deep-rooted problems before you decide, "oh, that's the devil. He's a liar and I guess I better stand against him." No, the minute the devil lies to you, you say, "you're a liar." The minute that he tempts you, that's when you say, "no." Joyce Meyer: we need to deal a little more violently with temptation instead of just saying, "well, I just wish I wasn't so tempted." Well, you can wish all you want to but you're still gonna be tempted.
And so what we need to do is get a little more violent with it. What has Jesus said? "if your eye offends you, pluck it out. If your hand offends you, cut it off." Well, he obviously doesn't want you to pull your eye out and cut your hand off but what he is saying is if you're tempted to look at things you shouldn't be looking at, cut it off. If you're tempted to do things with your hands you shouldn't be doing with 'em, then cut that sin off. Just deal violently with sin and say, "no," and do it at the enemy's onset because the longer you let him rule in your life, the harder it's gonna be to get rid of him. Joyce Meyer: "[rooted, established, strong, immovable, and determined], knowing that the same (identical) sufferings are appointed to your brotherhood (the whole body of christians) throughout the world." So another message I get out of that is don't sit around and feel sorry for yourself, Joyce Meyer, because you're having temptations, you're going through problems. Everybody goes through stuff, amen? All right, so get a little balance in your life and it's gonna help you. Now, probably this is not only one of my favorite, this is, like, one of my very, very, very favorite. So john chapter , the first eight verses: "later on there was a jewish festival (a feast) for which Jesus went up to jerusalem. And now there in jerusalem a pool near the sheep gate. This pool in the hebrew is called bethesda. It have five porches (alcoves, colonnades, or doorways)." So I want you to kind of get a picture of this. Here's a pool and apparently there's not just one entrance into it; there's five different entrances into this pool. And in these doorways or by this pool "lay a great number of sick people some were blind, some were crippled, some were paralyzed (all shriveled up) waiting for the bubbling up of the water. For an angel of the lord went down at an appointed season into the pool and moved and stirred up the water; and whoever then first, after the stirring up of the water, stepped in was cured of whatever disease with which he was afflicted."
So this was like a miracle pool and once a year an angel would come and make the water boil up and bubble up and, of all these sick people laying around the pool, whichever one got into the pool first got a miracle. Sounds pretty good. "there was a certain man there who had suffered with a deep-seated and a lingering disorder for years." Maybe i'll stop here and ask you how long you've had your problem. Joyce Meyer: "when Jesus noticed him lying there [helpless]," now you know Jesus was the epitome of compassion, was he not? But let's look at how he dealt with this man. "when Jesus noticed him lying there [helpless], knowing that he had already been a long time in that condition, he said to him, do you want to become well?" Question mark. What kind of a question is that? Joyce Meyer: and then he takes it further: "[are you really in earnest about getting well?]" Another question Mark. So really, in essence, Jesus is saying to this man who's been laying there years waiting for a miracle, "are you really serious about getting over your problems?" So maybe I just wanna stop for a minute and just say that to you tonight, and all the wonderful people watching this by tv. Do you really want to get over your problems? Are you serious enough about getting over your problems to do your part? Are you serious enough about getting over them that whatever God shows you to do you would be willing to do it? If he said to you, you need to walk away from this, would you be willing to do it? You know, some of you, your whole life would change if you'd just get some new friends. Joyce Meyer: well, I just might as well go ahead and say this 'cause it's in my heart.
Some of you wonderful sweet ladies, you already know where i'm going, don't you? And you want so much to have somebody to love you. You got somebody in your life that's just been taking advantage of you for or years and they're not serious and they don't ever intend to make it serious, and you just keep putting up with it and putting up with it because you're afraid of being lonely. You know, you'd be better off to be with nobody than somebody that's gonna take advantage of you. Joyce Meyer: now, you see, I can just pull all the stops out tonight and be really wild because i'm leaving here in a few minutes and Joyce Meyer: by the time I come back anything I said you didn't like, you'll forgive me for it. Joyce Meyer: I don't know why I find this so interesting.
A man laying there years, he said, "are you really serious about getting well?" "the invalid said " now here we come to what the guy's real problem was. "the invalid said, sir, I have nobody when the water is moving to put me into the pool; but while i'm trying to get into it myself, somebody else always steps down and gets ahead of me." Now, I mean, God's revealed some stuff to me out of this that i've never heard anybody teach it but me, but I believe this. I mean, if you really look at that, the guy is saying Jesus is saying, "do you are you serious about getting well?" And he's saying, "well, Jesus, I don't have anybody to help me. And every time I try to get in the pool, somebody else always gets ahead of me." I think it's like a self-pitying type well, poor me. Nobody's making it happen for me. Now, instead of Jesus, mr. Compassion himself, feeling sorry for the guy and saying, "oh, you poor man. Wow, I didn't know you were going through that. No wonder I feel so sorry for you. Here, let me put you in the pool." "jesus looked at him and said, get up!" C'mon. Joyce Meyer: and you see that exclamation mark there? I think he got loud about it. "get up!" And you know what? There's a whole bunch of people in the world that that is the only answer to your problem. Get up, stop feeling sorry for yourself, stop expecting somebody else to do for you what you should be doing for yourself.
Joyce Meyer: and I can say that with boldness because that's exactly what God had to say to me. "all right, Joyce Meyer, you were abused. That wasn't fair. It shouldn't have happened to you. It is the reason why you have some of the problems you have but don't let it become an excuse to stay that way." Joyce Meyer: don't let the reason for your pain be an excuse to stay messed up all your life, amen? I'm gonna say that again. Don't let the reason for your pain become an excuse to stay that way the rest of your life. Jesus says, "do you really wanna get well? Are you serious about getting well?" I'm gonna tell you, if you've got a big mess in your life, getting well is not gonna be easy, but it's gonna be much better than laying there for another years waiting for somebody to come along and do for you what only you can do for yourself. Joyce Meyer: and I like the rest of this. "jesus said, get up! Pick up your bed and walk!" So he not only told him to get up, he said, "and clean up the mess you made while you were here." Joyce Meyer: see, sometimes it's not about just getting well and going on with your nice little life. I mean, I had some messes i'd made that I had to go back and straighten out. Sometimes, there's a few people you've gotta go back and make a few things right with and there might be a few things that you need to go back and say you're sorry for and get straightened out in your life. Luke chapter , the first eight verses. Now, dave and I went to a bookstore one time and we both picked out some books we wanted and, for some reason, when we got in the car, I pulled one of the ones that he bought out of the bag and there was something about it that just struck me and I knew that I wanted to read it. And the title of it was "experiencing the depths of Jesus christ," by madam jeanne guyon who lived in the s. And I didn't really understand the title on the front of the book but I felt that I was supposed to read it. And lo and behold, next couple of days, I was not only starting to read the book but I came across luke chapter in the bible and it is talking about coming out into the deep and getting ready for a haul. You know, you kind of know when God's trying to get your attention on something, don't you? When he is, you hear it on the pulpit, you hear it on the radio, you see it on the tv, you get it in the mail. It's, like, "okay, God, i'm not really that dumb. Four confirmations and I know you're trying to say something to me," okay? And so this book that she was writing was really like one of my first real understandings about the fact that God lives in us. And i'm not gonna say that i'd never heard it. I'd been in some good churches but I just wasn't really getting it like she was bringing it across, that God lives in us and we can talk to him silently. All prayer doesn't have to be verbal prayer that we pray out loud. And she was really talking about living a deeper life and really learning how to live inside out, being led by the spirit rather than being led by our flesh. And you know, Jesus said that we are to be rooted deep in his love and we are to be rooted deep in him. And so the bible talks a lot about going a little bit deeper. And for me, that means learning to walk by the spirit rather than walking by what I think, what I want, and how I feel. We live a lot on the surface level. We live a lot based on, "well, this is what I want and, God, this is what i'm asking you to give me," and we base a lot on how we feel and what we think and how things look. How many of you agree with that? We just base a lot on this exterior realm. And it's really called the flesh.
And God doesn't want us to walk according to the flesh. He wants us to walk in the spirit and that means we have to really pay close attention to what's in our heart and what we feel like the holy spirit is leading us to do and, guess what? If our flesh doesn't happen to agree, then the spirit has to win. And if the flesh doesn't like it, then it just has to suffer and get over it because God needs to get his way if we ever really wanna be happy in our lives. So having said that, luke chapter , the first eight verses: "now it occurred that while the people pressed upon Jesus to hear the message of God, he was standing by the lake of gennesaret (the sea of galilee). And he saw two boats drawn up by the lake, but the fishermen had gone down from them and they were washing their nets. And getting into one of the boats, [the one] that belonged to simon (peter), he requested him to draw a little bit away from the shore. And then he sat down and continued to teach the crowd [of people] and when he had stopped speaking to the people, he turned to simon (peter) and he said, put out into the deep [water], and lower your nets for a haul." Now, some of you are waiting for a haul of blessings in your life. You would love nothing better than if the biggest dump truck in town would back up to your driveway and just load you down with blessings. And Jesus said, "if you want that, you're gonna have to go out into the deeper places." "go out into the deep, and lower your nets for a haul. And simon (peter) answered, master, we toiled all night [exhaustingly] and we caught nothing [in our nets]" so what's he saying? "now, Jesus, we've been fishing all night and we are bone tired.
And we have come in now and we've washed these nets and that is a big job." And, in essence, peter was saying, "i don't think this is a good idea. I don't think it's gonna work, and I don't feel like doing it." But now, look at the next thing he says. "but on the ground of your word " I love this. "but on the ground of your word, I will lower the nets [again]" so he's saying, "i don't want to. I don't think it's a good idea and, frankly, I don't think it's gonna work but if that's what you say to do, that's what i'm gonna do."
Now let me tell you something, when you decide to live on that level, you might as well get ready for a haul of blessings in your life. Joyce Meyer: well, I hope and pray that this week-long study of some of my favorite scriptures has inspired you to really dig into God's word and apply it to your own life. God's word is so full of power and you'll be amazed at the changes you will see in your own life. Today we're offering you this hours of teaching on "my favorite scriptures." You know, I believe some of them will become your favorites too or you may have some that are your favorites already, things that have really been life-changing to you. And i'm so excited about these four teachings. It took me a long time to put these together. I did a lot of thinking about which ones were really the most important to me. And we're offering this to you today for your gift to the ministry of any amount. We trust you to do your very best and I know that you will. Now if you'll stay with us, i'm gonna pray right after this for those of you that have been experiencing sickness in your body. Thank you.