Joyce Meyer (July-03-2020) Sermon: Staying Strong. By making time for regular maintenance, we can avoid emergencies. Joyce shares real life stories and Word-based wisdom to inspire smart choices in life.
In Sermon Staying Strong - Part 1 - Joyce Meyer Says: so, the first thing to realize today before we go even further is whatever strength you hope to have in life, it's gotta be in god. He is our strength. Joyce: okay, well, you know, there's lots of things that you can preach when you've been doing it as long as i have when You go to a place, but i never Just go to my little message Drawer and pull out a message And come and show up And speak it.
A lot of times i'll put together Things that are new and a fewWeeks ago--actually i've had This message a couple of months And just waiting for the right Place to preach it, just about The importance of staying Strong, just staying strong. I wanna make a statement here In the beginning and i hope This'll mean something to you. Most people don't do Their maintenance and they End up being controlled By emergencies, Just think about that. They don't do their maintenance So they end up being controlled By emergencies. I'll give you a little example About my dentist. How many of you really aren't Real crazy about going To the dentist and just getting Your teeth cleaned And just getting a checkup, You know? So, you just wait until you have A bad toothache then you Have to go, okay?
Well, i was like that. I remember many years ago When we were first starting The ministry and i was so busy And just had so much going on, And i never wanted to go To the dentist to get Any kind of checkups. And i had some different issues With my teeth and so i was Somebody who needed to go. And i get a lot of plaque Buildup on my teeth so i need To go and get that taken care Of, but didn't want to go. So, then i'd get a bad toothache And maybe i'd be going Out of town on a conference And i'd call my dentist, "i had an emergency, is there Any way you can work me in?" So, my poor planning ended up Pressuring him. Come on, now. Our poor planning can end up Pressuring somebody else Who then we put in a position Of having to take care Of our emergency because we Didn't do what we Should have done to start with.
And to be honest, that's Really not walking in love. And so, that happened about Three times and then my dentist Just said to me the last time I went in for an emergency, he Said, "i don't want to be rude To you," but he said, "if you're Not gonna get your checkups And get your teeth clean, Then i'm just gonna have to ask You not to call me when you Have an emergency." And so, don't want to stretch That story too far, but i don't Think it would be out of line To say that maybe god is wanting To say that to some of us today. [audience applauding] Joyce: now, i'm not saying God won't help us when we have An emergency, but sometimes we Do have to learn things The hard way if we won't learn Them the easy way. And so, if there's things That god is telling you to do, Telling you to do, telling you To do, showing you to do, Showing you to do and you keep Just not doing it, not doing it, Not doing it, then maybe when we Have an emergency, God might have to just say, "well, not this time. You need to learn A little something." People don't like to do Maintenance on their car.
They don't like to do Maintenance on their--who wants To change the filter On your air-conditioning? You'd rather sit on the back Porch and have an iced tea. I mean, who in the world wants To go get a colonoscopy Just to make sure that later on You don't have a problem? Nobody wants to do that, You know? I'm gonna tell you something That i have not thought of For a long time, But maybe this'll help you. You know, ,years ago, It's been so long now i forget When it was, i had breast cancer And i ended up having to have A mastectomy on one side. Andyears before that, I had gone to the doctor For a mammogram, Which nobody likes that either. And they said they saw a little Something on the test, They weren't sure what it was, But they highly recommended That i come back inmonths And get it checked again. I didn't want to do that. I'm busy serving god. I'm busy in ministry. So, you know what we do a lot Of times is, "i'll just trust God to take care of that." Boy, and i tell you something, Sometimes that's just an excuse. It has really nothing to do With real faith. It's not even anything God's really put in our heart. It's just an excuse we use To not have to deal With something. So, i didn't do what the doctor Told me to do. I waitedyears, and when i Went back, i had breast cancer. Now, i tell you that because i Believe that god not only uses Miracles to heal us, But i think he also uses wisdom And common sense. [audience applauding] Joyce: i don't know, lisa, It may be quiet in here today. It just might be quiet today. I'm dealing with something Right now with my back. Got some arthritis in each one Of my disks, they said. One of them is a bulging disk And so we're dealing with that, But in the process of looking At my spine, I went to a doctor that does A lot of preventative care also. And he said, "well, even if we Take care of this immediate Problem," he said, "i'm gonna Highly recommend that you do Some certain treatments and do Some certain physical therapy That will keep you from having A problem later on.
" Well, i don't want to do that. [audience laughing] Joyce: first of all, These treatments, i think, might Be a little painful and i'm not Looking forward to that. And i already exercise and work Out and walk, and i don't wanna Now add physical therapy to it. And i'm busy, and i'm serving God, and--but i do believe That a lot of times, God will put some information In front of us--now, come on, Listen to me. I believe god will put Some information in front of us That if we will do The maintenance now--see, One of my great dreams Is to finish my race. [audience applauding] Joyce: i don't even know How to tell you how important That is to me. This has been a long journey For me, and i've been teaching The wordyears And i really hope and pray, It is a great desire of mine That i can still be sharing The word in some form or fashion Right until god is finished With me and he takes me home. Well, you see, i know That in order do that, i gotta Do a whole bunch of stuff Behind the scenes To stay strong. It takes my time. It takes effort. Sometimes it takes money. Sometimes it's inconvenient, But you see, we're very bad At wanting something over here On this end but not wanting To do what it takes to get it. Let me ask a question, are you A gambler or an investor? You know what a person who kind Of has a gambling spirit does? And i'm not even necessarily Talking about The casino type thing.
I'm talking about you kind Of just don't do the right thing And kind of sort of hope you Get by with it. But the bible says that we reap What we sow. And so, i think that we Need to start doing A whole lot more maintenance And instead of just waiting Until we have a major disaster In life and trying to quick get Strong, let's talk this morning About staying strong. Let's talk about doing What we need to do When there is no emergency, But it's just wisdom to do it, And then you know what? We're gonna have a lot less Emergencies, and to be honest With you, it's gonna be a lot Less painful, and in the long Run, it's gonna take a lot less Time to deal with things A little bit at a time than it Will--you know, i didn't take Care of my teeth for a long Time, part of it was we didn't Have the money, but then part Of it was i just didn't want to. And i'll just be honest and tell Ya, i have six teeth In my whole mouth That don't have crowns on them. So, do what you need do when you Need to do it. And even now, i'm one of those Kind of people that get A lot of plaque on my teeth. They want me to come get My teeth cleaned everymonths. I don't want to get my teeth Cleaned everymonths. I mean, i'd be happy to go Once every two or three years. [audience laughing] Joyce: but here's the thing, If i evenormonths when i Go to get my teeth cleaned, it Really hurts because they have To really dig around to get The plaque off. If i go everymonths, Doesn't hurt at all. Come on, how many of you Are understanding What i'm saying today? [audience applauding] Joyce: you say, "well, this is sure a lot Of practical stuff. I came to get a word from god And you're talking about My teeth and colonoscopy and--" [audience laughing] Joyce: you know what?
That's what's wrong today, Sometimes we go to church And everything is Just so spiritual that we go out And we don't know how to live Practical, everyday life, amen? [audience applauding] Joyce: "oh, the service today Was so..." [audience laughing] Joyce: "it was wow." "well, what'd you learn?" "uh, i don't know but, man, I had a lot of goosebumps, It was great." [audience laughing] Joyce: wow, staying strong. All right, proverbs :, Great scripture. "the strong spirit of a man Will sustain him in bodily pain And trouble, but a weak And a broken spirit who can Raise it up or who can bear it?" If we stay strong spiritually Then, really, No matter what come against us, We will make it through. That doesn't mean it's gonna be Easy. That doesn't mean there's Gonna be no pain involved. But truly, truly, we can do All things through christ Who is our strength. Yes, you can make it through Whatever you're going through Right now. And you know what? You can get so strong in spirit That you can be going through Really, really difficult things And while you are, you're still Reaching out and helping Other people and they don't even Know what you're going through. [audience applauding] Joyce: did you hear me? We don't have to be the kind Of people that every time we Have a problem, we fall apart. We can be strong in the lord And in the power of his might. But it's gonna take some Maintenance, some regular doing Of what we should be doing, Not just waiting until all Of sudden, we feel like we're Falling apart and quick, quick, Trying to get to where we need To be. Ephesians chapteris a chapter In the bible about how to defeat The devil. And we all love those kinds Of messages.
Everybody likes to think That they've got the power And they can defeat the enemy. And in ephesians : Through , it teaches us About putting on the full armor Of god and putting on peace And, you know, all the different Facets of armor that we Can put on which causes us to be Victorious against the enemy. But verseis one that we Might not pay as much Attention to as we should And that precedes all the others And it simply says, "be strong In the lord. Be strong through your union, Or your oneness, Or your fellowship with him. Draw your strength from him [that strength Which his boundless might Provides]." So, the first thing to realize Today before we go even further Is whatever strength you hope To have in life, it's gotta be In god.
He is our strength. He doesn't just give us Strength, he is our strength. And the minute that you have Any sign of difficulty, Even before you have difficulty, Every day pray early, "god, give me the strength Today to deal with whatever I need to deal with because i Believe that i can do all things Through christ who is My strength." [audience applauding] Joyce: and i like What the amplified bible says About that scripture, it says, "i'm ready for anything. I'm equal to anything through Him who infuses inner strength Into me." Let's be the kind of people That are ready for anything. We don't even know what it is Yet, but we'll ready For whatever comes our way And we already know we're gonna Have the victory before we Ever have the problem. What does it mean to be more Than a conqueror? I believe that's what it means, That you are so convinced In spirit of who you are In christ that you already know You're gonna win the battle Before the battle Ever even comes your way. [audience applauding] Joyce: see, not one of us In this building today knows Exactly what our future holds. We don't know what's gonna Happen this afternoon, tonight, Tomorrow, we trust god, But we don't know. We don't know what we May be called upon to endure Or to go through. And we need to be strong-minded. We need to be strong mentally. We need to be strong in god. We need to stay strong in spirit Because the world needs to see A body of people that are Stable, that are not just up And down and all over the place, Depending on what Their circumstances are. They need to see a smile On our face when we've got The same kind of problems That they have. God doesn't guarantee us, faith In god, relationship with god Doesn't guarantee us that we're Not gonna have problems. It doesn't mean that we're not Gonna deal with some of the same Things that other people Deal with, but it does mean That there's a place in him. Paul said it was determined Purpose to know him And the power Of his resurrection that lifted Him out from among the dead, Even while he was in the body. He didn't say, "i'm believing To never have a problem." He said, "i'm believing That when i have problems, I can rise above it." And, you know, the apostle paul Went through a lot of things And he whole time he did, He still ministered To other people, amen? David went through a time, Which if we think about this For a minute, it's found Insamuel chapter . I'm not gonna turn there, I'll just tell you the story, But david and his men I guess had been off To some kind of battle And they came home to ziklag. And, you know, when you've Already been in a battle and you Come home, you don't want To come home to some big Disappointment. I mean, even at the end Of a day's work, you don't want To come home to some big Disappointment. You want to come home and rest And relax. So, they'd been fighting A battle and they came home And they found out That their enemies, The amalekites, had raided Their city and burned The whole thing with fire And had taken the women And the children captive. And david even found out That his own wife had been taken Captive and so, not only did They have this disappointment To deal with, the loss Of their family, the loss Of their city, but now all The men turned against david. They blamed him because Their families has been killed. And i love what the bible says In verse . Just think about what david Was going through at this point. And it says, "and david was Greatly distressed, for the men Spoke of stoning him because The souls of them all were Bitterly grieved, each man For his sons and daughters."
And david, what did david do? "david encouraged And strengthened himself In the lord his god." [audience applauding] Joyce: the minute that we Have problems, we don't need To go to the phone, We need to go to the throne. [audience applauding] Joyce: whatever you need To do, whatever you're facing Right now, and some of you Are going through Some really difficult things. Whatever it is that you're Facing right now, i want to tell You, you can go it. You have got what it takes. Come on, you have got What it takes. I said, you can do it. [audience applauding] Joyce: you have got What it takes. Come on, we gotta get rid Of this weak, wimpy, pitiful, Pathetic, "it's too much for me" Kind of attitude. God is on your side. You are more than a conqueror. You are a warrior. You have authority Over the enemy, and i'm telling You that you can do whatever You need to do through christ Who is your strength. The moment--and i have To practice this, The moment that you hear Any kind of "i can't," The mind is the battlefield. Satan puts thoughts in our mind And if he can get us to believe Them, then we're already On our way out. "i can't." The minute you hear that you Need to open your mouth and say, "i can do whatever i need to do Through christ Who is my strength." [audience applauding] Joyce: you know, there's Something that nobody can do For you but you, And that's refuse to give up. God can't do that for you. Your pastor can't do that For you. Your friends can't do that For you. Only you can find that place In you that says, "i'm not Quitting and i'm not giving up. I don't care how many times i Have to keep doing what's right Until i get a result, I am not going to stop doing What's right." [audience applauding] Joyce: i say sometimes, You may have to treat somebody Right for a long time That's not treating you right Before you see a change in them, But don't give up. Don't we all love Isaiah : through ? "he gives power to the faint And the weary, And to him who has no might, He increases his strength [causing it to multiply And making it to abound].
Even young men shall faint And be weary, and [selected] Young men shall feebly stumble And fall exhausted; but they That wait upon the lord--" [audience applauding] Joyce: see, you love That scripture. What are you doing here today? You've taken time Out of our weekend to come And wait on the lord. You're--just you being here Is saying, "god, i need you. I don't want to face next week Without you." I hope you're not here today Just to put in your weekly time With god, but you came Because you wanted to be strong In spirit. You wanted to hear the word. You wanted to be In this corporate fellowship. [audience applauding] Joyce: i don't know if you Have any idea how blessed you Are just to be able to come To a place like this And just sit here, Just sit here. I told some of the people With me this morning, you know, Being able to come and just sit In a church service like i did This morning is something i Don't get to do very often Because usually i'm not Just doing the teaching, I'm running the whole service. And so, it's a different kind Of a situation when you're doing That because you're thinking, You're praying, you're Preparing, you're planning. And i so enjoyed just being here This morning. [audience applauding] Joyce: see, you don't realize Maybe how blessed you are. It doesn't matter whether you Think you got "a word" from god Or not. Just be blessed to just be here And just soak up god's anointing And soak up his presence. You know why? It's making you strong For the things that are ahead. You never waste your time In the house of god. You never waste your time When you hear the word. [audience applauding] Joyce: "but they that wait Upon the lord shall renew Their strength; they shall Mount up with wings as eagles; They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk And they shall not faint," amen? [audience applauding] Joyce: this is a real thing. And then the bible even says In isaiahthat, "when you're Going through terrible things, You don't have to fear Because i'm with you." Isaiah :, "fear not [there's Nothing to fear], i'm with you; Don't look around you in terror And be dismayed, For i am your god. I will strengthen you," And even an extra promise, "i will harden you To difficulties." In other words, every time you Go through something, What doesn't kill you makes You stronger. [audience applauding] Joyce: come on. [audience applauding] Joyce: how many times do we Say, "well god, This is just gonna kill me, I just can't do this, god"? And yet, you're still here. And you know what? You're stronger than you were Before. Joyce: philippians : Reminds us that we can do All things through christ who is Our strength.
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