Watch Joyce Meyer`s sermon" Are You Emotionally Healthy?" Part 2, 8 Feb. 2018 - Enjoying Everyday Life. Discover the promises God's Word has for you! Joyce explains how to go from emotionally damaged to being firmly rooted in the love of Christ.
full textual sermon "Are You Emotionally Healthy?" Part 2, 8 Feb. 2018 - Enjoying Everyday Life - Joyce Meyer
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Joyce Meyer: boy, people need to know that they're loved. And if you can believe that God loves you then you can begin to love yourself. And when you begin to love yourself, then you can begin to love other people and you can have healthy, good relationships and you can enjoy your life. Here's kind of the way it goes. If the root of your life is, well, the love I get is based on conditions, then I might think well, Jesus loves me but he loves me conditionally therefore his love is based on my performance. Now, you see right away, I'm taking all the responsibility for making this relationship work and I'm thinking now everything that I get from God. I've got to buy it with good behavior and I have a good piece of news for you today: God is not for sale.
Joyce Meyer: you can't buy him with 5 hours of prayer every morning, reading half the Bible every month, doing good works. Everything, now listen to me, everything that we do for God should always be done because we love him, not to get him to love us. Come on. So, whether you like it or not, you are loved. And the good news is, is we're loved and we're probably not even worth being loved, apart from Christ but he loves our lives back from the pit of destruction. My goodness, how good is that? He loves my life back from the pit of destruction. Boy, people need to know that they're loved. And if you can believe that God loves you then you can begin to love yourself and when you begin to love yourself then you can begin to love other people. And you can have healthy, good relationships and you can enjoy your life. Amen? So, if I think that God's love for me is based on my performance then I feel like I have to earn his love by pleasing him. Therefore when I please him I love this part i feel loved and when I don't please him I feel rejected. Now, you see this is where the crazy emotions come in. Because everything we feel is not true.
Come on, matter of fact, a lot of what we feel is not true. So, if I get up in the morning and I pray for an hour and a half and I read five chapters of the Bible and then I feel good about myself and I feel that God loves me that day and we do, we get into that don't we? But see, God is pleased with us because we believe and john chapter 6, some of the disciples said, "what must we do to please God? What's the work that he requires of us?" And it says so plainly, I think it's verse 28, "this is the work that God requires of you; that you believe in the one whom he has sent." Now, see, then my mind thinks, "yeah, and?" I mean, I don't think like that anymore but i, it took me so long to think, "it can't just be that." Now, yes there are other things that God wants teach us and other things he wants to work into our behavior but believing is the most important thing. I believe in you. I believe you love me. I believe your word. I believe I'm made right with you through the blood of Christ. Believing. You know, just because you feel guilty doesn't even mean that you are.
Boy, I had to learn that because I was addicted to guilt. I mean, I didn't feel right if I didn't feel wrong. I mean, I just really had a bad case of guilt because I grew up rooted in feeling guilty about what my dad was doing to me. I had a shame-based nature. And, you know, you don't have to have gone through some kind of terrible abuse to have these kinds of problems. For some reason, because satan is the accuser of the brethren, I mean he starts out with everybody trying to make us feel guilty about every single thing that we do. So if I feel like I'm pleasing God, then I feel loved and if I don't feel like I pleased him, then I don't feel loved, but the truth is he always loves me. God will never, ever, ever, ever stop loving you.
Joyce Meyer: now, I want to read you a testimony that came in just this past week. And I had them print it out for me because it fits in so well with what I'm teaching today. Let me say first that when you begin to know that God loves you that sets you free to be able to begin to love other people. And here again I know you weren't all here but when I read in 1 peter or 2 peter, I forget now if it was first or second, that list of, you know, things that we're to make an effort to do and it's, "this leads to this and this leads to this and this leads to this and finally we end up with Christian love." You see, our goal is to get to the point where we can be not selfish and self-centered, not absorbed with our own self and our own problems, but we can deposit our self with God, knowing that he loves us, knowing we're not where we need to be, but God is working with us. And then while he's working with us we can offer ourselves to him for him to work through us to be a blessing to other people. And I found all this out from the Holy Spirit, took me 40 years to do it, so you're getting a good chunk of my life here this morning.
Okay, this came from sarah and she wrote in initially on facebook. She said, "I was sexually assaulted and now I'm pregnant and I'm trying to decided whether to carry the baby or to abort it." That was it. That is what she said. Now, because we have great people that work for us that have been trained properly, and that is the people at our office know not to ignore any kind of request that comes in from somebody that's hurting. It just annoys me when people say, "I wrote to seven ministries and yours was the only one that answered me back." That is not right. "the ministry replied by email with prayer and scriptures to encourage me. But then, 2 days later they followed up with another email letting me know that they would like to actually call me if I would send my phone number." Her one sentence reply before giving the number was, "I am stunned that you cared enough to email me back and that you even want to talk to me." God worked through that phone call in a miraculous way and sarah gave her life to Christ. Oh, this gets better, this gets better. Then, it says, we followed up again by email. See, follow up. People need discipling, they don't need a little pat on the head, "well, bless you." You are in ministry. If you are a Christian, you are in ministry and the world is full of people that just need a kind word and somebody to act like they care. Amen?
Joyce Meyer: and everybody can do that but you won't do that if you're still sick inside yourself. I believe we all get hurt and I believe that God wants to heal all of us and then the next step is he wants us to be ready to help all other hurting people out in the world. Every day when you go out your front door, you've got a ministry and a world full of people to minister to, every single day. "God worked through the phone call in miraculous ways and sarah gave her life to Christ. We followed up again by email," I love this, "we're now on our fourth communication with this girl to celebrate her new life and we provided links to the everyday answers sections of our website and other online resources. She responded now by saying, 'i had been suicidal the night that I felt compelled to click onto your facebook page. I had my death all planned out, then you emailed me and you emailed me again. For the first time in my life I felt loved.' "
Joyce Meyer: people are desperate to feel loved. And if we can just get our minds off yourself long enough to reach out to somebody else our own healing would come a lot more quickly. "even though you are a complete stranger, I could no longer go through with my plan for suicide. I was still confused and certain I would be aborting the baby but then you sent more scriptures, emailed again and even called again." I love the people that work for us. I mean, I love the fact that they're sincere about helping people and it's not just to get a paycheck and to put in some hours. She said, "my world changed forever." Now, listen to this. "as I prayed on the phone to become a Christian, I felt what I can only describe as a blanket of peace in my room. I know that sounds crazy, but a heavy, feather-like blanket descended on me. Then when the lady who called prayed for the Holy Spirit, a cool breeze swept through my room." Now, you gotta keep in mind, this lady didn't know from nothing, she couldn't be making this up. "I have no idea what it was but literally a breeze came in and my hair was moved by the breeze."
Joyce Meyer: she said, "the windows weren't open and it's 95 degrees here, yet a breeze came over me with the blanket. It was as if God was in the room. Is that crazy, or what?" Come on. My gosh, she said, "because I've never experienced anything like that before. Well," all capitals, "I feel like I can live now and that my baby will live. You showered me with love and acceptance and honestly saved my life and the baby's life. Thank you so much. I ask that you continue to pray for me as I learn how to be a mama." Joyce Meyer ministries has since sent sarah a Bible, we're providing her with free tickets to come to the women's conference in st. Louis.
Joyce Meyer: and, see to be honest, if you're partnering with our ministry, this kind of stuff happens because of your faithfulness. She said, "I'm so excited to get my own Bible, I've never had one before. I've been reading the links that you sent to me over and over. I can't get enough. I'm reading them to my baby too. I had a doctor's appointment today and I saw my baby for the first time. A very healthy baby due december 25th."
Joyce Meyer: "I had to just share this because if it wasn't for people like you I wouldn't even be here today." Now, oh my gosh, this is what God wants us to do. And so, I'm trying really hard today to get you to understand how much God loves you. And maybe you've been mistreated in life. Maybe somebody's been abusing you and saying all kinds of bad things to you. But you need to listen to what God says about you and not what people have said about you. You are precious. You are valued. You are loved. And God loved you so much he sent his only son to die a terrible, painful death just for you and if you would have been the only person on the planet, he would have still done it just for you.
Joyce Meyer: well, I'm just about as happy as I can get this morning. My, my, my. Lord help me, I've not even gotten to my first scripture yet. Therefore, if God who is all-loving does not always love, accept and value me, how can I be expected to believe that I'm valuable and lovable? Therefore, I don't believe that I'm basically a lovable, valuable person. Therefore, I'm not able to trust other people who say they love me. I suspect their motives or I figure they just don't know the real me yet. See, when john was talking on thursday night, he said even though he was married for many years, every day he kept expecting his wife to figure out who he really was and to leave him. The night that dave asked me to marry him, I kept wanting to get home because my dad went out and got drunk every saturday night and I wanted to get back in the house before he got home and pretend to be asleep. And dave said, "I need to talk to you about something. I want to talk to you." And I thought with everything in me, that he was going to break up with me because that was just where my mind always went. It always went to the negative. It always went to somebody not wanting me or here it comes again, more rejection, more pain, more disappointment. But God surprised me that night. And he said, "I love you and I want to marry you." And I thought... And, you know, dave knows this and he understands. I didn't even know what love was. I mean, I couldn't really say I loved anybody because I didn't even know what it was. And I didn't know what it was because I'd never seen any of it.
You know how many people are out in the world that don't even know what love feels like? So I can't accept love from other people. I deflect it. I try so hard to prove that I'm right. That I'm not lovable because I'm afraid they will eventually reject me, therefore they usually do. See, here's the thing that is so crazy about all of this. What you believe is what you produce. So, just to put it plainly, if you believe you're a jerk, you're going to act like one. If you believe you have no value then you're going to act as if you have no value. So the very thing that you want from other people, your own behavior keeps you from getting but it's all because of the way you feel about yourself inside.
Joyce Meyer: now, maybe there's a few people out there today that you've got it all together in your life and you don't need this. But you can just be patient with the 90% of us that do need it. How many of you it would help you a great deal if you had a better relationship with yourself? I'm telling you what, it makes religious devils so mad when you start saying you like yourself. Up on the east coast, one time I did a meeting years ago and I said, "I like myself." And there was an article in a newspaper the next day, "meyers says she likes herself."
Joyce Meyer: now, see, if I would have said, "I just hate and despise myself, wretched person that I am," they would have thought that was holy. See, if you're not careful, religion will teach you that you need to see yourself as some filthy, rotten sinner that's not worth anything. Well, we sin. There's no doubt about that. It doesn't take me very long after I get out of bed to do something wrong. I can lay in bed and make my plans for holiness but it only lasts till I put my feet on the floor.
Joyce Meyer: but even in the midst of all that, I still know that I am the righteousness of God, in Christ. I'm nothing in myself, I'm nothing by myself, apart from him I can do nothing. My life has no meaning, no value but in Christ. Me and him and him and me. I can stand and stay and say, "God loves me, he loves me unconditionally. I love myself and that enables me to love you." Woo! I'm having so much fun! Be rooted and grounded in the love of God. Don't let anything take the love of God away from you. Neither life, nor death, nor things impending, nor things coming, nor threats, nor anything else in all the world can ever separate me from the love of God which is found in Christ Jesus. And you know what, when you make the dumbest mistake that you could possibly make, if you want to really give the devil a black eye, you stand there and say out loud, "God I know that I really messed up and I am sorry but I know that you love me." And it will give you power in your life. Do you think that hating yourself is going to help you change? It will actually just keep you stuck right where you're at.
Let's look at Jeremiah 17:7 and 8. "[most] blessed is the man who believes in, trusts in, and relies on the Lord and whose hope and confidence the Lord is, for he shall be like a tree planted by the waters that spreads out its roots by the river; and it shall not see and fear when heat comes but its leaves shall be green. It shall not be anxious and full of care in a year of drought, nor shall it cease yielding fruit." Wow. Trees of righteousness, a planting of the Lord. That's the promise. Jesus said he came to heal the broken-hearted. A person who's broken hearted is broken in personality. You can't, your life is fragmented. You can't have good relationships with people and it all goes back to the wounds in your soul. And only God can get to those deep places in us and heal us and the balm of gilead that he uses is his love. You know what we all just really want to be loved unconditionally.
You know one of the things I appreciate so much about my husband and he told me this just recently, it blessed me. I mean, you know, I still got a little fire in me and I can be a little, well, you know. I don't even know what to call it. Just me. And, I can still kind of have a quick answer, you know, right back. And dave just laughs at me, he thinks I'm funny. And sometimes, you know, I'll say, "oh, I know, I'm " and he's, like, "you know what? I love you just the way you are." Now, you know, if I get really out of line, dave will tell me, "okay, knock it off." But, you know why he feels like that? Because he knows me. And he knows my heart. And he knows that I want to be a really good girl. I'm not sure I'll ever get there but and see, God knows that about you. You think that God doesn't appreciate the fact that you took your saturday and, for some of you, you've been here thursday night, friday morning, friday night, now saturday morning, you've paid to stay in hotels. You may have flown here, you've driven here. You've spent money to get here, you've taken your time to get here and then you think if you make one little silly mistake this afternoon, that now God's not going to love you anymore? No, he sees your heart and he knows that you're on your way to becoming all that he wants you to be.
Joyce Meyer: see, everybody say, "I'm on my way."
Audience: I'm on my way.
Joyce Meyer: I love Jeremiah 17:8 because I wanna be that kinda person that even when things are not goin' well in my life, when the heat comes, in a year of drought, I can still keep bearing good fruit. Well, if you believe that God loves you unconditionally, then you can begin to love yourself in a balanced and a healthy way. And if you learn to love yourself, you're gonna be able to love others, and, boy, are you gonna start to really enjoy your life. You know, God wants us to be healthy in all areas of our lives, spirit, soul, and body. Today, we're offering you over 4 hours of teaching on 4 cds about how you can have a healthy life, spirit, soul, and body, and also, a "healthy living" journal. It's a journal we've put together that I think you're gonna enjoy. I like to journal. I write in my journal every morning. And so, if you're gonna get on a course to be healthy in all areas of your life, let us give you some scriptures to help you along the way, and there's a place in this journal for you to record your progress. You have a wonderful day. Announcer: every person is composed of three parts: spirit, soul, and body. God not only cares about your spiritual health, but wants you to thrive in every area of your life. Joyce Meyer's four-audio teaching series, "healthy living, spirit, soul & body," will inspire you to establish new habits that lead to a healthier, happier way of life.
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