Sermon Simple, Practical Changes with Real Results - Part 3 - Enjoying Everyday Life by Joyce Meyer Ministries online. Joyce continues a series of teachings on how to make a bad day better. Learn how to find relief from feelings of dread, and overcome a problem before it begins.
Joyce Meyer: don't settle for mediocrity when God has called you to excellence. Joyce Meyer: you know what the word "mediocre" means? "to live halfway between success and failure." Joyce Meyer: learn some things about yourself. Now, how many of you think that sounds a little bit exciting? Just Joyce Meyer: and hey, I don't know that I'm ready for this myself, but I'll make it a suggestion to you in case you're further ahead than I am. If you're really bold and ready to be humbled, ask a good friend or a loving family member to tell you how they see you. Joyce Meyer: I'm trying to think if I've got a loving family member or a friend that I'd be willing to do that with. Joyce Meyer: my gosh, there's no tellin's what you might here. Tell somebody, "what do you see as my strengths and what do you see as my weaknesses?"
Full Textual Sermon Simple, Practical Changes with Real Results - Part 3 - by Joyce Meyer
Now, the good thing about doin' it with dave is I don't know how God exactly put dave together, but he is exactly what I needed to survive life. Joyce Meyer: because I said to him not all that long ago, I said, "so if you could change anything about me, if there was anything you'd like to see me work on or change, what would it be?" And he said, "nothin', I like you just like you are." Audience: aww. Joyce Meyer: well, it's a good thing he didn't ask me 'cause I could've probably whipped out a list. Joyce Meyer: I mean, I'm just tellin' ya the truth 'cause just so, man, he is an example to me. Joyce Meyer: here's somethin' you could do to kind of add a spark to your life. Learn a little bit more about your body. You know, you're very amazing. Truly, we are fearfully and wonderfully made. I'm serious, get online and just put in: "how does the human body function? What does it take to get you through 1 day?" You've got 6 quarts of blood in your body and it circulates through your body 3 times every minute. Every minute, all your blood in your body circulates through three times, wow. Your blood travels 12,000 miles inside your body each day. See? This is what I love, "wow. Wow." Can I tell ya somethin'? God wants us to live with a louder, "wow." Joyce Meyer: we need a bigger, "wow." Wow. Joyce Meyer: your heart beats 35 million times each year. Audience: wow. Joyce Meyer: I can see the rest of this conference is gonna be good, isn't it?
Joyce Meyer: you have 60,000 miles of blood vessels inside your body. Audience: wow. Joyce Meyer: see? Whoo, this is good. Joyce Meyer: okay, I'm feeling led of the Lord to go on now to somethin' else. Joyce Meyer: don't let your relationships get stale, especially in a marriage. And don't put all the responsibility on the other person to perk it up. Joyce Meyer: next thing I wanna talk to you about, another way you can make every day better. Refuse to settle for less than your best life. Joyce Meyer: refuse to settle. You know what? In genesis 11:31 I love to talk about this. I actually talked about this in my women's conference 2 weeks ago: "and terah took abram his son, lot the son of haran, his grandson, and sarai his daughter-in-law, his son abram's wife," now, watch this, "and they went forth together to go from ur of the chaldees into the land of canaan;" now, where were they headed? Audience: canaan. Joyce Meyer: canaan. "but when they came to haran, they settled there." Wow, what a lesson that is. I wonder how many times people in their life start out to do one thing, but somewhere along the line they get tired, they get weary, and they just settle for something that's kind of not really what they wanted, but something they think they can put up with. I wonder if you just have a life that you're just putting up with, or if you have the life that you really want. Are you really on a fast track to live the life that Jesus died to give you?
Or have you just settled somewhere? So many people settle. You know, if you live in the middle of kansas and you wanna live by the ocean, don't get tired and decide to live by the river. Joyce Meyer: don't settle for mediocrity when God has called you to excellence. Joyce Meyer: you know what the word "mediocre" means? "to live halfway between success and failure." You're not really a failure. You wouldn't say you're a failure, but you wouldn't really say you're a success. If your goal when you get married is to love your spouse unconditionally, then don't settle for just tolerating them, wow. Joyce Meyer: if you set out to study the word of God, I mean, you wanna know your bible, you wanna really know God, don't settle for just reading a chapter once a day just to put in your time with God. If you set out to lose 20 pounds, don't settle for 2 because you got hungry. Joyce Meyer: and then gain that back plus more. Joyce Meyer: okay, let's play the what-if game for a minute. What if now just a what if you would decide today to give God your all? I mean, "that's it, I'm gonna -i'm makin' the commitment. I'm goin' all out for God." What if you confronted problems instead of running away from 'em? How different would our lives be this time next year if we started to really confront things instead of hiding from them, hoping they'll go away? Here's a good one we can all use. What if you decided today to stop procrastinating?
Joyce Meyer: wow, hmm. What if you demanded the best from yourself instead of just putting up with average? Joyce Meyer: what if you never said anything negative again? Joyce Meyer: yeah, can you imagine how it would change your life if you never again ? What about if we never again complained about anything? Hmm. What if you really believed the devil's a liar and you never listened to him again? Joyce Meyer: the bible's full of scriptures about doin' your best. "you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, with all your strength." We can't be part-time christians. It's not a sunday morning event. This takes everything you got. And those of you that are here today, you know that 'cause this is friday morning. Joyce Meyer: and you'll be back tonight and probably in the morning, and then you'll probably go to church on sunday morning. Joyce Meyer: I just wanna read you one scripture, 2 timothy 2:15: "study and be eager to do your utmost to present yourself to God approved (tested by trial), a workman who has no cause to be ashamed." Isn't that good? "do your utmost." Okay, you know, I've been sayin' this lately. I really like this. I'mma say it to you too. I don't know what it is we think we're doing here on earth, but I'll tell ya, the amount of time that we're gonna live here is so pathetically small compared to eternity. And I tell ya, there is just so many things we get all uptight about that just really just don't make any difference at all when you really look at it. And I think that we need to spend more of our here time getting ready for there. Joyce Meyer: amen? I don't know what you think, but I think Jesus is comin' back soon. Joyce Meyer: I mean, there's not too many signs left to be fulfilled, and I don't know that it'll be in my lifetime, but I have a feeling it's gonna be soon. You know, I say, "well, the apostle paul said it was gonna be soon. Well, it's gotta be sooner now than it was then." Joyce Meyer: next thing I wanna talk to you about is make an investment in yourself. When you're havin' a bad day, now, this may sound odd, but when you're havin' a bad day, just go do somethin' for yourself, hmm. Joyce Meyer: okay, this is gonna take a while, isn't it? Joyce Meyer: but you know what? Truthfully, the flesh is so stupid. When you're havin' a bad day, you kinda wanna punish yourself, make it worse.
I mean, you say, "well, what can I do for myself? I can't go shoppin' every time I have a bad day." Well, I'm not talkin' about bein' foolish, but I mean, if you're havin' a bad day, go outside and take a walk. And I was walkin' the other morning and I thought I thanked God for somethin' I'd never thanked him for before in my life, I don't think. I thanked him, "god, thank you for color." Just imagine if everything was one color. Even if it was your favorite color, it would still get boring. Just color, I mean, there are so many different colors in the world. I mean, just a walk can make you realize how amazing God is. And when you realize how amazing God is, it'll make any bad day better. Don't just sit home and think about your problems. Get out. Take a walk. Drink a cup of coffee if you like coffee. Drink a cup of tea if you like tea. Do somethin'. Go get a pedicure. Dave gets pedicures. Joyce Meyer: just in case some of you guys, "oh, I am never gonna go get a pedicure." Well, you don't know what you're missin' out on. Gettin' your feet rubbed feels really good. "do you not know," 1 corinthians 6:19 and 20, "that your body is the temple of the holy spirit who lives within you, whom you have received [as a gift] from God? You are not your own, you were bought with a price [purchased with a preciousness and paid for, made his own]. So then, honor God and bring glory to him in your body."
Joyce Meyer: so I've been harpin' on this for a few years, but I'm gonna keep it up. Invest in yourself and take better care of yourself. Joyce Meyer: spend a little extra money to get decent quality food. Joyce Meyer: an investor does not expect to reap a profit without making an investment. Listen to me, do not expect To maintain good health and feel good if you are not gonna make any investment in taking care of yourself. Joyce Meyer: I think it's something that we're commanded to do by scripture. And I will tell ya this, please listen to me, you will have far less bad days if you start doin' some things to ensure that you feel good every day because there's nothin' that will ruin a good day worse than feelin' bad all the time, amen? "i'm so tired." Joyce Meyer: oh, well, you've probably heard me say all this. I think I'll find somethin' else to talk about. Worry less, eliminate stress, hmm, yes, yes, c'mon, help me. Help me preach. Psalm 37:1: "fret not yourself." One time I was preachin' out of this scripture and a lady stood up out there and she said, "that's me, sister fret." Joyce Meyer: you know, we're just fretting so much over what's goin' on in the world today. And, "oh, what are we gonna do? Everybody's so evil. Everybody's so wicked." C'mon, let's believe the bible today. "fret not yourself because of evildoers, neither be envious against those who work unrighteousness. For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither like the green herb." God's gonna take care of us. Joyce Meyer: now, that doesn't mean that we don't need to do our part. But if I can understand my bible at all, whatever happens in this world, God is going to take care of his people. Joyce Meyer: you know, so when people ask me, "well, what do you think about all the terrible things that are goin' on?" The bottom line is, is when you've done what you can do don't expect God to help ya if you're not doing your part. But if you've done what you can do, then you can always trust God to take care of you and he will, amen?
Joyce Meyer: this is one of the reasons why we tell people to go vote, you know? Just, you say, "well, the person I'm gonna vote for probably won't get elected anyway." Well, I don't care. Go vote anyway because at least if you vote, then God can protect you. You've done your part. You've done your civic duty. If you're not gonna vote, do not ever complain about one thing going on in this nation. Joyce Meyer: we always think, "they need to fix something. They " who are they? Joyce Meyer: we're they, hmm. Stop fretting. Stop bein' upset about everything. Why don't people do more for themselves? You want me to tell ya why when I said, "do more for yourself," I just got total silence? As christians, I think there's a couple of reasons. One, as a christian you might have an unbalanced view toward what the bible says about living sacrificially. Romans 12:1 says: "make a decisive dedication of your bodies [presenting all your members] as a living sacrifice." But then john 10:10 says: "jesus came that we might have and enjoy our life, and have it in abundance (to the full, and till it overflows]" so one scripture tells me to sacrifice everything and another scripture tells me to enjoy my life so much that it's overflowing and abundant. But see, paul said, "we need the whole counsel of the word of God." And so if you have no balance in your life, if you're off in the ditch one way or the other, in any principle of God it's gonna end up getting ya in trouble. We need balance. And so I can sacrifice what I need to sacrifice, but let me tell ya somethin'. I made my mind up 20 years ago. I am going to enjoy my life because I don't think there's anything that makes the devil any madder than for you to enjoy every day that God gives you. Joyce Meyer: and I'm tryin' to help you not to have one bad day after another bad day after another bad day till it turns into a bad week, and then a bad month, and then a bad year, and if you're not careful, a bad life. And the way to stop it is to stop it early before it ever gets started. I'mma close up with some thoughts about stepping out and not living in fear of what might happen if you decide to get out of the boat and have a little adventure. "well, I'mma go the same way every day when I go to work. I'm so sick and tired of lookin' at this route I could scream, but I'm not gonna go a different way 'cause I might get lost."
Joyce Meyer: "boy, I like those new styles everybody's wearin', but I'm not gonna try that, for sure." The only thing I haven't been too successful at, I've got a pair, but I couldn't seem to get out of the house in 'em, is the jeans with the holes in 'em. I'm not Joyce Meyer: I put a pair on the other day and I said, "dave, how do you like these?" And he said, "i just don't think it's you." Joyce Meyer: [laughing] he said, "i think maybe you'd better give those away." Joyce Meyer: but I have gotten adventurous. You know why I'm adventurous now? Because I have worship teams that are like that. Joyce Meyer: I'm makin' a statement. I'm for everybody. Joyce Meyer: amen? And I'm serious about that. You know, whether you got holes in your jeans or not doesn't affect your anointing. It's your heart that affects your anointing. Joyce Meyer: and we gotta be so careful that we don't get stuck in our age bracket. C'mon, now, I'm tryin' to help ya. Don't sit around as some sour-faced christian, judging everybody that's not like you, "blah, blah, blah, bless God, mabel, that's not the way we do it."
Joyce Meyer: c'mon, lighten up a little bit. Joyce Meyer: stop judgin' and criticizin' other people 'cause they're not like you. You be the way that you're comfortable and let other people be the way they're comfortable. You know, it's amazing to me what God does in people's lives if they'll just step out, try some things. When I look back at some of the things that I've done, Lord, have mercy. It scares me even rememberin' what I've done. But you know what? If you just wanna have a status quo, head for canaan, settle in haran, kinda life you know, a lot of people park at the point of their pain and never go beyond their pain. They always just live with their pain. Two weeks ago when we had our women's conference, I brought a big "no parking" sign up on the platform. Get your life out of park. Joyce Meyer: get it in overdrive and let's make up for some of the 70% of people, this is a fact, 70% of people hate their job. Well, go get another one. Joyce Meyer: oh, well, then you might not have anything to complain about. You might actually have to say, "i love my job." Can I tell ya somethin'? I love what I do. Joyce Meyer: I never feel like I'm goin' to work. I love what I do. You know, there's so many people that are just like you gonna keep a job you hate because well, you like the money you make. There's no amount of money that's worth bein' miserable all the time.
There is no amount of money worth bein' miserable all the time, none. And they say most of the people who hate their jobs, hate their jobs because they don't like their boss. Joyce Meyer: well, here we go. I got a word about that. Well, maybe you do have a lousy boss, but then maybe you just don't like anybody tellin' you what to do. Oh, did I say that? I can't believe I said that. That slipped out. I didn't mean to say that. Joyce Meyer: c'mon, you can be a lot happier than you are if you wanna be, c'mon. Joyce Meyer: you can just tweak your attitude just a little bit. C'mon, let's just get a little attitude adjustment. Joyce Meyer: well, guess what, you can stop dreading things or feeling miserable about things that you can't change. Instead, you can shift your focus.
You can let God use your problems to change you and then you can change the environment around you. You say, "what, is that possible?" Well, you know what? We all wake up some days and think, "this is just not gonna be a good day." But I've written a book called "20 ways to make every day better," and it's awesome because even if you do one of these twenty, it's gonna help improve your day. Also today we're offering a new 31-day encouraging study on "today's a new day," just a little teaching, a scripture, an encouragement that every day can be a much better day. God bless ya and thank you for being with us today.