Joyce Meyer Sermon Staying Strong - Part 2 - Enjoying Everyday Life. Ever feel like you're running on empty? Be encouraged to do what it takes to meet with God and be filled with His grace, peace, joy and passion.
In Sermon Staying Strong Joyce Meyer Says: i wanna pray somethin' over you today, and i just want you to receive it. This is somethin', i think, that we could and should do on a regular basis. And i like to pray this over people when they're in a service like this, ephesians :. Paul prayed this for the church at ephesus, so receive this. I pray that: "god would grant you out of the rich treasury of his glory to be strengthened and reinforced with mighty power in the inner man. I pray that the holy spirit would [indwell your innermost being and your personality]," and that you would be strong in the lord and able to face anything you have to face and still be victorious, in jesus' name. How do we stay strong in the spirit? Well, first of all, the word of god is the food you need for your spirit. Just like i'm thirsty so i had a drink of water, well, you know what?
Jesus said, "i'm the living drink. If you drink of me, you'll never thirst." He's said, "i'm your living food. If you take me as your food, you'll never hunger." Always respect the word of god, and when you hear the word of god, the words goin' forth out of my mouth right now, they're not just words. They're god's words. And so, that means there's power. The bible says, "there's inherent power in the word of god." So, just like when you eat food and you chew it and you swallow it, the nutrition is released, if you really listen, you don't just put your time in in church to think that you've made god happy because you showed up for minutes, but you come with an attitude of, "your word is powerful. Your presence is powerful. This is helping me. This is strengthening me, this is healing me. This is making a difference in my life." See, everything that you get in a church service is not up to the preacher. A lot of it is up to the attitude that you come in with. [audience applauding] joyce: you need to come hungry.
You need to come excited. You need to come and realize what a precious treasure it is to sit around other believers that have an anointing on their life and to hear the word of god. Come on, let's thank god for what he's done in our life. [audience cheering] joyce: this is a good place to be. So, the word strengthens us in spirit, god's presence. You know somethin' that you could do? I do this from time to time. How many of you can kinda tell when you're startin' to run on empty? I mean, your system is just kinda like, you're runnin' on empty. Well, you know what? Instead of just continuing to push yourself and gettin cranky and grouchy, and blamin' everybody around you, and, you know, it can just go from bad to worse. You know that, don't you? It can just, if it's already bad, it's gonna get worse if you don't do somethin' about it. Well, i don't care if you just have to go lock yourself in the bathroom, just go and sit somewhere or stand somewhere. Even just take minutes and just... [exhaling] "god, i need you. Strengthen me, lord. Help me just calm down. Whew, mmm, whew, okay, feelin' better now." Come on, do you understand that? [audience applauding] joyce: i mean, that's just good practical advice.
Just get somewhere by yourself, zip your lip. You know, when you're frustrated, the more you talk, the worse it's gonna get. Just get somewhere for a minute, get quiet, calm down, collect yourself, get yourself together. As we tell other people, "you just need to go somewhere and get yourself together." [audience laughing] joyce: god's presence, prayer, but i wanna talk to you specifically about, yes, we need to pray about everything and don't do anything until you at least mention it to god first, but repentance. You know, one of the things that keeps us weak in spirit is hidden sin, stuff that we know is there and god knows is there, but we're just not talkin' about it. We're just not dealin' with it. David prayed that god would clear him from hidden and unconscious faults, things that were there that he had managed to ignore long enough that although he was still feeling the weight of them--do you know that we can compromise to the point where we have major sin in our life and we don't even really know what it is that's bothering us anymore? And, you know, sometimes, if you're just not feelin' right in your life, you just, "somethin's wrong, i've got a heaviness. I don't know. There's no joy." Why don't you just go and get by yourself somewhere and just ask god a question that he's just waiting to answer? And here's the question: "god, what is really wrong in my life?" Come on, not like, he may not tell you, "it's your circumstances." See, we always think every time we're unhappy, it's our circumstances.
But a lot of times, it's our attitude, or it's something going on in us, or something that we need to take care of that we've not taken care of. I recall a time when i wasn't sleepin' good. There was one night i wasn't sleepin' good. I tossed and turned and i'd sleep for a few minutes and i'd wake up, and it got to be about o'clock in the morning, and i really wish that i would have asked god sooner so i could have gotten some sleep. But i waited till , and i finally just said, "god, what is wrong?" Come on, that's a good question to ask god. [audience applauding] joyce: what is wrong? And immediately, he showed me something that i had done the day before. I had hurt somebody's feelings and just glossed over it. Didn't do what i should have done. Didn't take care of it. Didn't ask god to forgive me. Didn't ask them to forgive me. And i repented immediately, made a commitment to make things right with them the next day, and it was almost time to get up anyway, but i did get about minutes' sleep. Come on, "god what is wrong?" [audience applauding] joyce: come on, this is good advice, "what's wrong? What's goin' on?" We run so fast in life that many times, we're just draggin' all these problems along with us and we don't even take the time to stop and ask god what's really goin' on. How about guilt? Don't be carryin' a bunch of guilt around with you. Man, that weakens us. Ooh, it's hard to stay strong in god if you've got a guilty conscience and a bunch of stuff that's buggin' you inside. How 'bout knowin' who you are in christ?
Boy, i tell you, the devil gets afraid of you when you know who you are in christ. Peter talked about it this morning. That was great what he shared. Who are you? Do you know who you are? If you know who you are, and the devil knows you know who you are, then he's gonna be runnin' from you instead of you runnin' from him. But you know what? Knowing, maintaining a righteousness consciousness in your life, it takes huggin' up close to god and stayin' in the word because if there's anything the enemy wants to do to you, he wants to make you feel guilty and condemned and like you're no good. You guys out there? [audience applauding] joyce: am i right? How many of you have to fight that battle? It's like, "well, you didn't this, and you didn't that, and you're not, and you're not." Do you ever get tired of the devil tellin' you what you're not? Then get in the word and let god tell you who you are. [audience applauding] joyce: and then another thing that really weakens people is anger, wow. Fight for yourself and refuse to let anger steal the spiritual strength that you need to deal with things in your life. I'm tellin' you, stayin' angry at people will just zap it right out of you.
And then one last thing i'll say about this section is let's all work together and just see how many issues we can have in our life and still hold our peace while we got 'em. That's a new goal. I told dave today, i said, "okay, i've got a new goal." I really love peace, and i do pretty good most of the time, but lately, i've just let a few stupid things aggravate me. Anybody ever do that? You just let some really dumb stuff just get you all rattled, and it's not anything that's gonna be earth shaking. Doesn't really matter that much. And i had about three or four of those things last week. It was just, like, silly stuff, and i just let it--and you know what i've discovered? Once you get really upset, you're not gonna get over it in seconds. When you get really upset, at least, when i do, it takes a toll on me, and sometimes it takes a while for me to calm down. So, it's just a lot less effort to just not get upset. Come on, i'm tellin' you somethin' valuable. It takes a lot less effort to just not get upset than it does to get upset, act bad, have to repent. The devil condemns you, you know, all that stuff. And you gotta go apologize to five or six people. [audience laughing] joyce: it's like, "no, i don't wanna do that anymore." My new goal is, "just do your best, devil, but i'm holdin' my peace." [audience applauding] joyce: all right, i probably got too much message and not enough time. But all right, now, you know what time that we really need to be strong? Is when people come against us. Or when they disappoint us. What about when people really, really, really disappoint you? Okay, listen to this, timothy :, paul said: "at my first trial nobody acted in my defense, nobody took my part, and nobody stood with me, but all," underline "all," "forsook me." What kind of spiritual strength did this man have? Look at the next statement: "may it not be charged against them!"
You know what? He was a smart man. He knew that if he didn't forgive them, if he let that anger stay in him, if he stayed mad at them, that he was not gonna be able to go through what he was facin' right now. So even though not one of them stood with him, the first thing he said is, "i pray that it won't be charged against them." And look at the next thing that happens: "but the lord stood by me-- [audience cheering] joyce: "and the lord strengthened me, so that through me the [gospel] message might be fully preached." "nobody stood with me. Everybody came against me. I quickly forgave them, and god was with me, and he strengthened me. And i still came out victorious on the other side." [audience cheering] joyce: do any of you have anybody in your life right now that's comin' against you? How 'bout anybody, you got somebody in your life that, boy, you've been there for them, and now there's a situation and they just didn't have time for you, they didn't stand by you? You know what? Don't even waste your time letting it drain you of the energy that you need to live your life. Forgive them--well, you didn't take that too well. [audience laughing] [audience applauding] joyce: don't waste your time lettin' them steal your energy.
Quickly forgive 'em, and then you know what'll happen? God will be more to you in second than all of them could have been in a lifetime. [audience cheering] joyce: think strong, be strong. "as a man thinks in his heart, so is he." Where your mind goes, your actions will follow. Think strong, think, "i can do it." Think, "this is not too much for me. I can do what i need to do. I'm not gonna be afraid of that." My mother--you know, my dad sexually abused me for a lot of years. My mother knew about it, didn't do anything about it. And i still marvel about that. It may sound ridiculous, but i can almost understand what he did more than i can what she did. Like, i can't get a mother knowing that and doin' nothin'. But i don't say that as a bitterness statement, or--i mean, bottom line is, is she did it 'cause she was weak. She just was weak. She was not--she didn't confront things in life. She didn't stand up to things. She let my dad abuse her and beat on her, and he'd come in drunk and push her around, and she just put up with it. And years after all this happened and i was already grown and in ministry, this is what my mother said to me. She said, "i'm sorry for what i let your father do to you."
Now, listen, 'cause this was eye opening to me. She said, "i didn't leave him, because i didn't think that i could support you and your brother, and i didn't think that i could face the scandal." She didn't think she could, so she didn't, come on. Can i tell ya somethin'? If you don't think you can, you're defeated before you ever get started. [audience cheering] joyce: and i'll be honest with ya, if you didn't come to hear anything but that, that one thing can be life changing for you. [audience applauding] joyce: you have no idea how many times in week the enemy will whisper to me, "you can't." And i have to quickly say, "i can and i will. Not on my own, but in christ, i can and i will. I can do all things through christ who is--" come one, don't be weak willed. Don't be weak minded. Don't be weak in spirit. [audience cheering] joyce: it just makes me just wanna scream when i think about what my mother put up with, and she believed in jesus. I mean, she could've--my gosh, if she would've just stood up to him. Not only would it have helped me, it would have helped my brother, it would have helped her, but actually, it would have ended up helpin' my dad. See, sometimes when you don't stand up to people that are abusing you or mistreating you, you're not helping them. You're just inviting them to keep doin' the same thing. [audience applauding] joyce: think strong. "i can." You know, there'd be no point in me standing here today tryin' to tell you what it took for me to get from where i was to where i am, you know? But you couldn't understand it if i tried to take years to tell you. But when i started doin' what i'm doin', women didn't do this. [audience applauding] joyce: and i don't mean this in any kind of a wrong or a prideful way, but i think god has used me and the--god's given me a gift of determination.
I mean, i wouldn't have made it through what i went through as a child if i wouldn't have had that. And so, i give him the credit for it. But if i wouldn't have had that, i mean, i would have been defeated before i ever got started. And i think that god has allowed me to kinda pave the way for a lot of other women now that can come behind. [audience cheering] joyce: and things are easy for them because somebody went ahead. And you know what? Now, listen to me, every time that you fight for a victory in your life, you're not just winning a battle for you. You're winning a battle for other people that are gonna come behind. [audience cheering] joyce: you know, i just feel it strong in my spirit today, that this is just a word from god for some of you. It's just, like, get over thinkin' you're gonna give up. You are not gonna give up. God is on your side. You're gonna go through, be all god wants you to be, have all that god wants you to have, and do all that god wants you to do. Amen? [audience cheering] joyce: and we're not gonna live on emergencies. We're gonna do what we need to do every day of our life. I'm gonna study the word and i'm gonna study it again and again and again and again and again and again.
And i'm gonna confess the word again and again and again and again. And i'm gonna spend time with god every morning, every morning, every morning, every morning, every morning. And i'm not gonna quit. I'm not gonna shut up. And i'm not gonna give up. [audience cheering] joyce: amen, let me end with one little story here. I can't believe the time is over, but it is. Let me just end with one little quick story. This amazes me. Jeremiah was a great prophet, and he had a secretary, baruch, who recorded all of his prophecies. And, you know, they didn't have a nice little ballpoint pen that they could just flick the end, and a nice little pad of paper. I mean, recording anything was a monumental job. They had to get the ink. They had to get the quill. They had to get the parchment. It just took a long, long, long, long time. And there's actually an account in the bible of where jeremiah had gotten this prophecy from god, and it was read to the king and the king didn't like it. And so, he ripped it up, just ripped up jeremiah's prophecies. And this is, like, in jeremiah . Can you imagine how he felt when all of his work was just ripped up? I know one time, before i learned the wisdom of never leaving anything on a computer without saving it on another file-- [audience laughing] joyce: i lost / of a book that i had written and never could get it back. I won't go into the long and the short of it. I was so just, like, sick, just absolutely sick. I mean, my gosh, it'd take so long to write that much, just-- because i didn't do my maintenance. [laughing] come on, are you there? [audience applauding] joyce: i didn't wanna take the time to go get the little thing, to stick it in the side of the computer to, you know? And i paid the price. Well, i don't do that anymore. You know what? I had to do it again. [audience applauding] joyce: i had to do it again. So, this amazes me.
Can you imagine how jeremiah must have felt when he learned that all of his hard work had been burned up? This king, i guess, was sittin' by the fire havin' a nice little comfy evening, and he just ripped up all--threw 'em in the fire piece by piece. This is what god told jeremiah: "take another scroll and write on it all the former words that were on the first scroll." And god basically said to jeremiah what i'm sayin' to you today: "i don't care how many times you've done it, or how often you think it hasn't worked, or what the devil's taken away from you. Here's the answer to all your problems: do it again." [audience cheering] joyce: "i'm gonna do it again, devil, and again and again and again and again and again and again and again. And you are not gonna defeat me," amen? Joyce: philippians : reminds us that: "we can do all things through christ who is our strength." No matter what comes against us, we don't have to give up. We can press into god and we will make it through. Today, we're offering hours of teaching on "pursuing what matters most." And there are so many things that we can give our time to in the world today, and the number of options is increasing, sometimes i feel like daily.
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