Sermon "Simple, Practical Changes with Real Results" - Part 2 - Enjoying Everyday Life by Joyce Meyer online. Having dreams and goals brings us closer to God's will for our lives! Learn how to bring excitement and enjoyment to your life through simple hope and expectancy.
When you're having a bad day, don't give into dread. When you decide not to dread, you can stop a problem before it even begins. Dreading anything is not going to make it any better, amen? I had to have a hip replaced a couple years ago. It's so nice today if you wear out parts, you can go get new ones. It's just the coolest thing. I mean, I got this new hip, and now I can just walk all I want to, and it's just great. Well, now my other hip's hurting. So, yeah, I'm like, "hmm. I got plans, Lord. I don't have time for this." And I don't know what it is yet, but you know, there's always the temptation to, "ugh." Come on, you know what I'm talking about, ugh. But can I tell you that doesn't change anything? All it changes is you. All it changes is me. So, bottom line is I got to have an attitude, well, I can do whatever I need to do, and I'm not going to stop enjoying my life in the midst of it.
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I had a plan, but if that plan don't work out, then I guess we'll get a new plan. And God will work everything out for my good. Come on, stop being miserable about stuff you cannot do anything about. I want to make sure you heard that. Stop being miserable about stuff you cannot do anything about, amen? Stay happy and let God take care of it. Make your mind up, I'm not going to dread anything. That should be your new favorite statement, I'm not going to dread anything. I'm not going to dread doing dishes, I'm not going to dread doing laundry. I'm not going to dread cutting the grass, I'm not going to dread changing the oil in the car. I'm not going to dread driving in traffic to work. Dread is simply expecting to have an unpleasant experience. That's all it is. And it's the total opposite of hope. You know, one of the ways that you canand I can learn to not dread things is to do everything that we do for and unto the Lord. Even go to the grocery store, get dressed in the morning, drive in traffic to work. You can say, "lord, I'm going to work for you. I want to live for your glory today, and so, I'm in your hands."
Everything you do, do it for and unto the Lord. David said in psalm 23:4, "yea, though I walk through the [deep, sunless] valley of the shadow of death, I will fear or dread no evil." Not just I won't fear, but I won't dread it. You know why? Dread is kind of like the forerunner to fear. They're very close relatives. How many of you know anything about dreading stuff? I say all the time, you know, you come to a meeting like this, then you dread the drive home. Some of you have traveled a long way, and you've stayed in hotels, and now you are justyou were so excited to get away from everybody, and just come here and camp out with the believers. And if you're not careful, tomorrow morning, you'll start dreading going home. You see, God brought you here to equip you to go home a different person, not to dread going home. I'm serious about what I'm saying today. We got to get the stupid spirit of dread out of our lives because all it does is just suck the joy out of you, and it doesn't change anything. We need to stop dreading things. And believe me, it will pay you a visit.
Colossians 3:23 and 24, "whatever might be your task, work at it heartily from the soul." Whatever might be your task. Come on, can you do dishes with a smile on your face? Can you vacuum with a smile on your face? I know, I'm stretching it here this morning, but let me tell you something. If we don'tif we don't conquer little battlesthe Lord spoke to my heart a lot of years ago, and he said a lot of people were out trying to cast out devils, and they don't even have authority over a sink full of dirty dishes yet. Andcome on. I mean, we're in pretty bad shape. If we're full of the spirit of God, and we get up in the morning and then go, "ugh, it's laundry day. I got to go to the grocery store tomorrow and clean the house on friday. Ugh, am I having a bad day."
Well, you know what? If you are, excuse me, I love you, but it's your own faults. Because it's all about attitude, attitude, attitude, attitude. Now, do everything you do as something done for the Lord. Verse 24, "knowing [with all certainty] that it is from the Lord [and not from men] that you will receive the inheritance which is your [real] reward. [the one whom] you are actually serving [is] the Lord christ (the messiah)." Now, just a word maybe to a few ladies, probably not many of you here, but I know when I was raising my kids, I could really get a martyrs syndrome real quick. "well, everybody around here just expects me to do everything. Dave watches sports, and he goes and plays golf. And the kids make messes, and I just cook meals and people eat them, and I do the dishes, and I do the laundry. And what I want to know is, who cares about me?" But see, here's the thing. Let's go back to the end of verse 24. We're going to go slow today, I want you to get this. "the one whom you are actually serving is Jesus." you're not a slave to your family, you're a servant to Jesus Christ.
And you do everything that you do with a smile on your face unto the Lord. And when you help somebody else unto the Lord, or when you're raising little children, you're doing it unto the Lord. Yeah, it's a tough time in life, but let me tell you something. You raise those kids right, when they get grown, mm mm, they're going to take care of you. That's why you better maintain some good relationships with them now. We've got four grown kids that are good kids, and let me tell you something, we're getting on the other side of life now, it's like, "hmm, come on over, I've got some things for you to do." Try to find something good in everything. Play the glad game. "i'm stuck in traffic, but maybe God is protecting me from an accident that I would be in if I were traveling faster." Come on. But when you're in that traffic and you're tempted to have a bad attitude, this is when you have to say, "okay, God, there's got to be something good that I can see in this." You got to look for the good. You don't have to look for bad in life, but you have to look for the good. "well, my friend really disappointed me, but at least I learned to put my hope in God more than in people. I've been sick for 2 weeks, but boy has it ever reminded me to pray for others when I hear that they're sick. I lost my job, but now I'm going to have an opportunity to watch God get me a better one." Amen? So, we're going to just dare to be defiant against dread. Everybody say, "no more dread." Now, another way that you can make a day better if it's not going too goodor actually, you don't even have to wait for it not to go good. Some of these things, if we would do them on a regular basis, we wouldn't experience as many bad days and have to fight them off.
How about doing something new that will keep your life from being stale and stagnant because nothing in it has changed for the last 25 years? Hmm? How many of you don't like change? Well, get ready for boring. Amen? If we stop learning and growing, we're breathing, but not truly alive. Joyce Meyer meyer said that. Oliver wendell holmes said, "a mind that's stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions." Now, I believe that learning can actually add a little exciting element to our life every day. Maybe the biggest thing we need to learn is a new way to respond to old problems. Amen? So, here's a little story for you. Once upon a time, a daughter complained to her father that her life was miserable, and she just didn't know how she was going to make it. She said, "i'm tired of fighting and struggling all the time. It just seems after one problem is solved, another one comes right on top of it." Her father, who was a chef, took her into the kitchen, and he filled three pots with water. And he placed each one of them on a high fire.
Once the three pots began to boil, he placed potatoes in one pot, eggs in the second pot, and ground coffee beans in the third pot. He then let them sit and boil without saying a word to his daughter. The daughter moaned, and groaned, and complained, and she was impatient, wondering what in the world was he doing. After 20 minutes, he turned off the burners, he took out the potatoes, put them in a bowl, pulled the eggs out, put them in a bowl. Then he ladled some of the coffee out into a cup, turned to her, and asked his daughter, "what do you see?" She said, "well, potatoes, eggs, and coffee." "look closer," he said. "touch the potatoes, touch the eggs, sip the coffee." So she did, and noted that the potatoes were soft. He then asked her to take an egg and break it, and after pulling off the shell, she observed that it was hard. He now asked her to sip the coffee and it brought a smilethe rich aroma brought a smile to her face. "father, what does this mean? What are you trying to teach me?" He then explained that the potatoes, the eggs, and the coffee had each faced the same adversity: the boiling water. However, each one reacted differently. The potatoes went in strong and hard, and came out soft and weak. The egg went in fragile with a thin outer shell protecting its liquid interior, but when it was put in the boiling water, it came out hard.
However, the coffee beans were unique. After they were exposed to the boiling water, they changed the water and created something new, amen? So, when you have problemsand you know, we do have problems. And I'm well aware that some of you have some serious problems going on in your life right now. And if you're not in this building, surely many watching tv. I've gone through terribly difficult times in my life. But we have to be so careful that our problems don't make us weak and wimpy, where we don't just start having a give up attitude. And then we also want to make sure they don't make us hard and harsh, and leave us with a bitter attitude. What we want to do when We have problems is let God use them to change us, and then let us change the world around us because of what God has taught us. Are you a potato, an egg, or coffee beans? Which one are you? The moral that we want to learn from this is in life, things happen around us and things happen to us, but the only thing that really matters is what happens in us. Ideas of new things to try in case you are really a bad case and can't think of anything new, which I would've been in this category at one time, I'll tell you. Try a new restaurant or a new dish at your favorite restaurant. You know, I'm not too big on eating stuff that I don't know what it is. I'm like, "nah." But then I'll complain about eating the same thing all the time. "every time I go here, same thing over and over and over." Dave will say, "well, try something new." "well, what if I don't like it?" Anybody with me on that? So, you know, nothing new can ever happen in your life if you're not willing to try something. And maybe you will find out you don't like it, but you might find something that you absolutely love. After watching a good movie, go online and learn more about the actors. I find thathow many of you ever do that? A few of you. See, we're giving you a new idea now. "i don't care." Okay, well then stay boring. Watch something on television that teaches you something at least part of the time.
Don't just let it eat your brain. And I watch movies, I watch all kinds of shows, but I love to watch stuff that teaches me something. Last night, I like to watch a little something after my meetings to kind of get me chilled out and ready to go to sleep, get my mind off of things. And so, last night, in my hotel room laying in bed on my computer, I watched a documentary about volcanoes. And I found that to be quite interesting. See, there's something we feel better about ourselves when we're learning something. We like to learn things. Now, I don't know if I'll have a chance to read it, I doubt that I will when I'm here, but in my hotel room, there's a book about all the shipwrecks that have happened in lake erie. And I thought, "i bet that would be interesting." How many of you like to learn things? See? I like to watch the history channel, I like documentaries. There's a show that I watch a lot, especially it kind of helps put me to sleep. And by that, I don't mean it's boring, but it's justit's kind of like that level of show, you know, where it's notyou're not like so interested that you're just like you can't go to sleep at all. But you just kind of want something. So, it's called "mysteries at the museum." Anybody ever watch any of that, "mysteries at the museum"? I mean, they're not all super interesting, but a lot of them are just reallyit is amazing the stuff that has gone on in life. Now, I'm not trying to tell you what to watch on tv, I'm just trying to give you a few ideas. Make a new friend. Animal channel, I like that one too. I'll tell you one that's really good, "the 72 cutest animals on earth." Come on, we could get into this if we reallywe could start a new movement here, amen? Ooo, another good one is, "strange animal friends."
Animals that make friends with each other that you would never ever think would make friends, a duck and a horse. And you know, just ai mean, when I watch that kind of stuff, to be honest for me, now this may sound goofy, but it makes me feel closer to God. I'm like, "god, you are so awesome. That is amazing." Learn something new about yourself. Think about that. When you have an unusual reaction to something, or let's just say what it is, you're acting kind of weird Joyce Meyer: instead of just saying, "i wonder why I do that?" Or somebody else is saying to you, "why do you do that?" And you're like, "i don't know." Why not ask God, "why do I do that?" Stop and have a conversation with God. You know, I grew up with an extremely angry father. And probably one of my greatest challenges in life has been to not live my life trying to keep everybody from getting angry so I don't have to deal with it, especially if it's within the family. I became the peacemaker, always trying to keep my dad happy and keep my mom happy. And problem was I was miserable.
Nobody was keeping me happy, but I was busy trying to keep everybody else happy. Any of you know what I'm talking about? And you know, it's a shame, but when you learn something and it gets so deeply rooted in you as a child, I'll be very honest with you, God delivers us from all kinds of bondages, but being free from it doesn't necessarily always mean the disappearance of it. What it means is you now know how to act in a different way toward that thing than you did before. And I think a lot of people then, "well, I'm not free from that. You know, it still bothers me." Well, see, I still feel fear, but now I don't let it stop me. So, I am free from fear, amen? You know, worry still presents itself to me sometimes, but I'm free from worry because I can right away say, "i'm not going to waste my time doing that. I've been around that mountain, done that. It's not going to do me one bit of good." And so justyou know, I'm free from the things that my father did to me and the things that I went through in my childhood, but I do still have to deal sometimes with ways that I learned to do things that I'm still unlearning, and that's progress. So, don't feel like that you're, "oh well, I hear everybody talk about freedom, but I'm not free." You're free if you know what to do and you have the courage to do it. Joyce Meyer: well, I encourage you to stop dreading or feeling miserable about things that you cannot change. Instead, shift your focus. Let God use your problems to change you and then you can change the environment around you. Today we're offering you some resources from the word of God, something we do every day because I know that I know that the word of God is what changes our lives.
There's power in the word to change us and then we are equipped to help change other things. So today we're offering you "20 ways to make every day better." It's a book. Twenty ways and you don't even have to do all twenty to make a day better. I can't imagine that you wouldn't wanna know what those 20 things are. And then my new 31-day desktop calendar called, "today's a new day." I think you're gonna enjoy these resources. Now, stay tuned because in just a few minutes I have something important that I wanna share with you. On a scale of one to ten, how would you rate today? Well, whether you're having a good day or not, Joyce Meyer meyer wants to teach you 20 ways to make every day better. Practical advice that you can apply right now to make a big difference, no matter how your day is going. Pick it up for you or to brighten someone else's day. Then, with God's help, turn bad days into good and good days into great. Today, we're offering Joyce Meyer's book, "20 ways to make every day better," plus her 31-day desktop calendar, "today's a new day."
All this for your gift of... Or more. Call... Or go to Joyce Meyermeyer.org. Ginger: we all go through times when the questions in our life seem to outweigh the answers. Joyce Meyer meyer wants to help with that. Check out her new show, "everyday answers." Send us your questions and join us as we discover life's everyday answers together. Joyce Meyer: well, there's really no special formula to spending time with God. It's just very important that you do it. Making this a priority will change your life like nothing else. I know it has mine. And now I wanna help you enrich your time with God by sharing some thoughts and insights from my own life in my brand new devotional called "my time with God." Let's focus on him together and my prayer is that these scriptures and declarations of faith will help you grow deeper in your relationship with christ a little bit more every single day. And I just wanna say thank you to those of you who have been involved in helping us reach out to people in this time of need. And ginger's here with me today and we're gonna give you an update on some of the things that we've been able to do with your help. But once again, please remember we can't do it without you. Joyce Meyer: well, ginger, I know that you've been traveling to some of these different places, and give us an update. Ginger: yeah, well, it has definitely been a season of a lot of difficult events affecting people.
And we are so blessed, like you said, through hand of hope to be able to be ready when something happens. It's amazing how quickly we're able to spring into action, working with other disaster relief organizations. So, for instance, hurricane harvey in texas, hurricane irma in florida, hurricane maria in puerto rico, hurricane nate in costa rica, the earthquake in mexico, california wildfires. Hearts are broken, people are in need. We're able to go in with things like immediate relief, food, and water, and then help with the clean-up. Sometimes, the rebuilding if that's what it necessitates. And the main thing is for people to know that they are not forgotten, they are not isolated. That God loves them, that he's sending people to pray for them, and to walk them through what they're facing.
Joyce Meyer: you know, one of the things that always concerns me when we as a people seeing the news, reading about the situation, we tend to move past things much more quickly than the people do that are experiencing the devastating effects of something like this. And I'm glad that we're able to have more of a longer-term involvement. I think it's very important that we don't just quickly forget, and that We continue to pray for people and that we continue to care about them. And so I'm grateful that we've been able to reach out to these people and, as far as, like, you know, somebody might say, "well, why do you do all this," you know? There's a couple of things that I think needs to be said. One, we always wanna reach out to people when they're hurting. That's where the church shines. That's where christians really should shine the most and it's also an opportunity through reaching out in love to introduce people to the love of Jesus christ who perhaps do not know that. And I often say, "some people are hurting so bad in their lives that just going right in and trying to tell them about Jesus is not gonna they're not even open to hearing it. But when you show love to people, when you meet a need, and you're there for them and they know there's no real reason for you to be there you don't know them, you weren't personally involved, but there you are as a representative of christ, saying, "we wanna help you,"
I believe that many people come to a faith in God through christ in times like this. Ginger: you're so right, because when we hear about these things, we feel very sad for people. We want to help. We've seen our nation really helping. But our life goes on. These people, their lives are very different now. And we see that when we go in so often and, you know, the things like food and water, the basic necessities, are so important. A hug to say, you know, you're not alone in this, it really makes a huge difference. And if anybody wants more information about what we are able to do through hand of hope, they can go to our website, to Joyce Meyermeyer.org /disasterupdate, and we keep that updated but, really, people just need prayer.
I mean, that, as well as reaching out because we know that that's how people understand I got I have something physical. I know you really do care. But we also know that that prayer has a huge impact. Joyce Meyer: well, I'd like to pray right now for anyone who is still suffering because you've had a loss from one of these disasters or you know someone who has and so if you'd join me, put your faith with mine right now, we wanna pray. Father, we're so sorry for the people that have been hurt in all these disasters that have taken place and only you truly understand the loss that they feel. And you are a compassionate God and you are the God of mercy who will restore them and comfort them. I love what your word says that you are the God of all comfort. So I pray that you would not only provide for them, if they've lost their home that you'd provide for the rebuilding, that you would get the supplies to them that they need. But I also pray that you would comfort them and that in the midst of what seems like a very hopeless situation, that you would give them hope and we thank you for it in Jesus' name, amen. Thank you so much for joining us today and God bless you.