Joyce Meyer sermon Taking Back What Belongs to You - Part 2 - online. Find out how you can press through your problems with God by your side and come out on the other side changed and whole again.
Joyce: "instead of your [former] shame, you'll have a twofold recompense. Instead of dishonor and reproach [your people] shall rejoice in their portion." Here it comes, "therefore in their land," not just when they die and go to heaven, "in their land they shall possess double [what they forfeited] and everlasting joy shall be theirs." [audience applauding] joyce: now, i tell you, when i was going through the process of working with god to let him change me, which i might as well just tell you it can sometimes be quite traumatic and painful. How many of you know that, all right? I'm not going to lie to you and say--oh, just say, "well, god changed me." No, i want you to say that, but i also want you to realize that there may be some days where you're going to feel like you've just been dropped over the belly of hell and nobody understands what you're going through, you don't even understand what you're going through. And you're halfway in between where you were and where you want to be, and you don't know how to go back, and you don't know how to go forward. And all you can do is just sit there and go, "oh god."
Does anybody in the room know what i'm talking about? "in this land, you will possess double what you forfeited." Now, the israelites were slaves in egypt. It's like a representation of us being not saved, slaves to sin. God sent them a deliverer, moses; for us, jesus. And he brought them out that he might take them in to the promised land. But they didn't come right out of bondage right into the promised land. They heard about the promised land; we hear about the promises of god. I'm quite sure you've heard about the promises of god, but if you get really honest, some of you might say, "well, i've been hearing about this for years, but if i'm honest, i'm, like, really not living in it." And that was the place that i got to when i said, "god, what's wrong?" And the israelites came out of there, headed toward the promised land. But it took them years to make an -day journey.
Then god spoke through moses and said, "you have dwelt long enough on this mountain." So, could i just say to you this morning, with all love and respect, some of you have been at the same dumb place way too long. [audience applauding] joyce: i mean, you've wasted enough of your life feeling guilty today over what you did wrong yesterday. Now, i don't want you just not to care about what you did wrong yesterday, but guilt is not the answer, jesus is the answer. And sadly, and i know this sounds totally crazy, but of the original group that came out, which was thousands and thousands of people, only two men--now, there were children born out there that went into the promised land, but of the original thousands that came out, only two, joshua and caleb, actually crossed the jordan and went in. And i think that's indicative of how many christians actually really ever enter the promised land and live the life. Now, what am i talking about when i say live the life? I'm not talking about having everything you want. I'm not even talking about financial wealth. I'm talking about knowing who you are in christ, knowing the power that's available to you as a believer. I'm talking about doing something worth doing with your life. I'm talking about other people coming into the kingdom because you're alive and breathing. [audience applauding] joyce: i'm talking about joy, and peace, and being stable, and your emotions not ruling you and controlling you all the time. I'm talking about not needing to hate somebody because they hurt your feelings. These are the real victories that we need. It's not more stuff that we need. God will take care of the stuff. You seek the kingdom, god adds the things. And the kingdom is not things. It's these spiritual truths that i'm talking about.
There's a lot of rich people that are very, very, very miserable. But the thing that people really fail to understand, i think, is the word "possess." What does it mean when i say possess the land? What did god mean? Well, the word "possess" means to occupy by dispossessing the current occupants. So in other words, the land that belongs to you, there's a nasty little demon who's parked on it. And that demon may come through, you know--so like, for example, one of the things that i had a real problem with was, man, i would just--i just did not handle it well when i would have to deal with anybody who had a personality that was just like my dad's was. Do you realize that there are certain people we back away from? And we really should be able to deal with everybody, still follow the leadership of the holy spirit, do what we believe god's asking us to do. But boy, when it came to him or anybody with his personality, i would just like--i mean, dave even told me after we were married a few years, he said, "you get around your dad and you act like a totally different person." It was because i had fear, and i had fear of that strong, manipulative, controlling personality. And so, i got into this pattern in life where either i had to be in control or somebody was controlling me. So i never had balance because both of those are weird, and off the wall, and not what god wants. How many of you have to deal with somebody controlling and manipulating in your life? Okay. So see, the thing to really be able to do is just to say, you know, "look, i love you, but you're not going to control me." But if we have those fears, we can't do that. Okay, so i'm over here saying, "god, i want to be free." So, i'm coming into the promised land, i get over here, and here's a person with my dad's exact personality sitting on my piece of ground. So i can either run back to the wilderness--okay, now listen. Anything you run from is going to be waiting for you somewhere else. [audience applauding] joyce: the only way out is through. Let me say it again, the only way out is through.
Before david could become king, he had to stand up to goliath. And so, instead of running away and avoiding people like that, if i wanted to have this area of freedom that jesus died to give me, i had to confront. So one day, i was praying and the holy spirit spoke to my heart and said, "i want you to go confront your father." And then he said, "but not yet." Oh, thank god. [audience laughing] joyce: "but i just want you to have it in your head that the time's going to come. And i'll have you prepared." It still didn't make it easy. When the time came and god told me to go do that and i went down, my dad was sitting in a recliner. I had never confronted him about what he did to me. And my mother's running around the house, and she's already been in a mental institution for several years because she hid from what he was doing to me, so i'm trying to protect her and confront him. And it was just, like, a nutty situation. And i was shaking so hard. Just because god tells you to go do something doesn't mean that it's going to be easy. But the only way that you are free is when you press through, and you do what god wants you to do, and you get on the other side of it. Amen? I hope you're understanding. I hope you're actually seeing pictures of what i'm talking about today. Because i believe that i could just say to you this morning, "thus saith the lord, i'm going to have you confront da da da da da da da." Not right now today, but get ready. Have your mind set. Then another situation's going to come up and you're going to have to choose between running again. And i'm not just talking about confronting people that are hard to deal with. How many of you can think of something right now that you've been running from? [audience applauding] joyce: see, as long as you run from it, you'll never be free from it. Do it afraid. Amen?
Courage is not having no fear, it's doing what you know you should do while you feel the fear. If you have fear in your life--i wrote a book a couple of years ago called "living courageously." It talks to you about every area of fear in your life, and how to go through it and overcome it. Now, when joshua and the people went into the promised land, if you go read the bible, you'll find that they had to dispossess in order to possess. Let's look at joshua chapter , verses and . "moses my servant is dead. So now arise [take his place] go over this jordan, you and all this people, into the land which i am giving to them, the israelites." So god says, "look, i've given you the land." Now watch what he says. "and every place upon which the sole of your foot shall tread, that have i given to you, as i promised moses." So he's literally saying, "there's the land." I'm saying to you there is freedom, there is joy, there is peace. There is righteousness, there is power, there is victory. Now go take it. You say, well--now, i'm not talking about getting into works of the flesh. What i'm talking about is when the holy spirit brings you to something to know that that's the right time in your life, and i love this, every place on which the sole of your foot treads. And you know what, i've been at this years and i'm still taking stuff. It's not so bad really once you just understand that's just part of the plan. Amen? And so you take the land and you take the land. "for this purpose was the son of god manifest, to destroy the works of the wicked one."
So when the son of god comes to live in us, we're to continue that work that he began, and every day be ready to put the devil in his place. "he roams about like a lion, roaring in fierce hunger, seeking whom he will devour." And you don't have to fight with the devil all the time. I mean, you're in a war, but you don't have to fight with the enemy all the time. You just need to know the truth. If you know the truth and you act on the truth, then the truth will make you free. Come on, if you know the truth and you act on the truth, then the truth will make you free. So, we're in this process of restoration. God is re-everything, restore, repent, renew. And the word "re" means to go back to the original condition. Repent is an interesting word because a penthouse is the highest place in a building. So when we repent, we go back to the highest place that we can have in god. Amen? So, i was thinking about this restoration process. And sometimes i'll like--just examples, you know, to give good examples. And so, if you think about somebody restoring a piece of worn out, beat up furniture, i don't know about you, but by the time i really got into a serious relationship with god, i felt like a worn out, beat up, used up piece of old furniture. "oh god, restore me." So, if i took my old, beat up dresser to a place where they restored furniture, how would that process go? Boy. Listen, if you've ever restored a piece of furniture, you're going to be all over this. The first thing that happens is stripping. I have to start stripping off all the old layers. And boy, depending on how old the piece of furniture is, it could have several layers of different paint or varnish. Now, i don't know about you, maybe god deals with you differently, but let me tell you something, i have been stripped of many things.
You say, "well, what do you mean? That sounds like kind of a violent word." Come on, god is good. He never does anything except it's going to be good for us. Okay? Let me give you an example. I got asked to leave a church one time because they thought i was too radical. Well, here's the thing. That was painful. I got stripped of my church, my friends, my social life. But you know what? I didn't have enough sense to leave. [audience laughing] joyce: hello? So god just arranged for them to put me out. Because that was not where he wanted me to be. [audience applauding] joyce: and of course, you know, when god, if you can handle the word, stripped me of these people, and what happened was they all turned against me. It was so weird and stupid, i couldn't even begin to tell you what happened. I mean, it was just like craziness. I mean, all of a sudden, they were gossiping about me and talking about me. And one of the girls was after my job, she wanted to do the teaching, and somebody else was--and it was just like... Oh my gosh, i hurt so bad, i was so lonely, i was so--felt so rejected. I was so didn't understand. I mean, for years i'm walking around going, "what happened?" And i was lonely, so lonely. But you know what? I had stepped up to another place, and now my ministry was getting a little broader, and a little bit bigger, and god didn't want me to have any influence in my life at that point other than his. And i could just tell you story after story after story, but if you can see these things right, then you can actually pray and mean it. "god, i want you to strip me of everything that's not good for me, everything that's hindering the work of your kingdom. And i don't care how loud i scream or how hard i kick, if you have to tie me to the altar, you do what you want to do in my life."
Boy, maybe you lose a job that you thought was it, whoa. "man, i got my retirement, i got my name on the door. Going to get me a promotion." Then all of a sudden, you get laid off or you get fired. Now, you're mad at everybody. Anyway, no more time for stripping. You're probably glad that one's over, right? How about sanding? Do you have anybody in your life that you've ever said, "their personality just grates on me." Come on. God is using them as sandpaper in your life because you are a diamond in the rough, and he's trying to get the rough edges off to get down to the good stuff. [audience applauding] joyce: my gosh, i am not even the same person that i was years ago. And dave probably feels like he's been married to women over the last years. New version every few weeks. He started out good, but god's had to work on me. He changes us little by little, from glory to glory. And what i want you this morning is don't be mad at yourself because you've not arrived. Just be happy that god hasn't given up on you and you're still in the process. Amen? [audience applauding] joyce: oh yes, some of you have some people in your life right now that are sandpaper to you, whoa.
Honey, i'll tell you what, i would move away from them, move next door to two more just like them. It's like--i mean, when god's after you, you might as well give it up. You are not getting away. And so after you've had the scraping, the stripping, the sanding, you got new, fresh stuff there, then comes the sealing. Oh, and i love this scripture in ephesians that says we are sealed in the holy spirit. Amen? So this raw, new creation that we are has the seal of the holy spirit all over it. Come on now. Then there comes fresh staining and then polishing. So you say, "well, you know, i've been walking with the lord years and i'm still going through some of this." Well, you know what, no matter how old the piece of furniture gets, sometimes it gets dusty and has to be polished. And i find god's always polishing me in some area, you know?
Do you ever have things come up that you thought were over and done with? Galatians :, "stand fast, therefore, in the liberty where with christ has made you free, and do not be ensnared again in a yoke of bondage which you've once put off." Why does that happen? Because just like there's many layers on that piece of furniture that needs to be restored, sometimes we are under layers and layers and layers of things. And because the holy spirit knows the exact time, he gets us to a certain point where we're relaxing, "i've made it. Yes, thank you, god, you're so good." And then all of a sudden, you don't know what happened. You wake up some morning and whew. I mean, you got every negative thought you could possibly have. I mean, yesterday, you were giving lessons on not judging other people. This morning, everybody you look at, you go, "you're not this and you're not that." Come on, am i right? [audience applauding] joyce: and of course, the devil wants you to think, "you backslid. You've opened the door for the devil. Maybe you're not even saved after all. What's wrong with me, what's wrong with me, what's wrong with me, what's wrong with me?" And we need to realize that we're under attack, there's still a little place somewhere that the enemy can get in, and god's about to take care of that one too if we just stand firm and keep our trust in god. "i don't understand what's going on, but i want your will in my life, and i'm expecting you to take care of this." Amen? Follow the leadership of the holy spirit because he will never lead you to a wrong place. He'll lead you into wholeness, and fullness, and completeness, and restoration. Joyce: our enemy, satan, has stolen something from every one of us, whether it's joy, peace, your childhood, your security.
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