The sermon What Is Faith and How Does It Work? - Part 2 - Enjoying Everyday Life - Joyce Meyer . Are you hung up on how others treat you, or are you able to trust God in your relationships? Be encouraged to step out, be bold, and trust God as you release your faith!
full textual sermon "What Is Faith and How Does It Work?" - Part 2 - Enjoying Everyday Life - Joyce Meyer
See, faith is a force. It's a powerful force that dwells in your spirit, but it can't stay in your spirit. It's gotta get out and do something. Joyce Meyer: God promises to be our vindicator, whoo! And not only that, he promises to give us a reward for the former trouble that we've had in our life. If somebody has mistreated you and you trust God to deal with it instead of trying to deal with it yourself. Joyce Meyer: who are you mad at? Who are you trying to get back for hurting you?
Oh, nobody, I'm sure. Joyce Meyer: you're all so good. I can tell you what, if I would not have forgiven my father and found the grace to trust God to be my vindicator and take all those wrong things and make it right, I would not be sitting here today. I want to tell you something, God has got rewards for you that will absolutely leave you with your mouth hanging open in awe. You have no idea what God wants do for you, but you've gotta retire from self-care. Stop trying to make sure everybody treats you right. Come on. Yeah, you're getting it. And trust God to give you what he wants you to have because anything God wants you to have, if you've got your eyes on him, no person in this earth can keep you from having it. Joyce Meyer: I'm feeling a shift. Hebrews 10:30, "for we know him who said, vengeance is mine [retribution and the meeting out of full justice rest with me]; I will repay [i will exact the compensation], says the Lord. And again, the Lord will judge and determine and solve and settle the cause and the cases of his people." Turn to somebody and say, "God's on your case."
But, but, but, let's rewind here for a minute. You can't just get in here and take the parts of the promises you like. So, you say, "well, I'm trusting God for that."
Okay, but then I will eventually show you another scripture that says that if you pray and ask God for something, that you will get it but if you have anything against anybody, you gotta first forgive them. You see how we like to just take the stuff we like and leave the rest of it alone? I mean, you love this, "man, God's gonna--God's gonna deal with them. God's my vindicator. He's gonna give me a recompense." Well, not while you're mad. Can I tell you something? You probably ain't gonna like this, but it's true. You cannot even feel sorry for yourself and still end up with God's good plan for your life. Well, you're not liking that. Joyce Meyer: "well, I have a reason to feel sorry for myself." Well, maybe you do but you don't have any right to because God is willing to set you free. Joyce Meyer: all right, I love this one. You know, there's a promise in the bible that says he, Jesus, never rejects anybody that comes to him, never. I don't care how bad you've been, how deep of a pit of sin you're in, I don't care how much you've disappointed people, how much you think you've disappointed God, if you go to him with a sincere heart and you say, "I'm sorry, God, forgive me, please help me," he never rejects anybody who comes to him in faith. Isn't that good news?
When you're really bad, which is most every day if you're like me. When you're really bad, you don't have to run away from God, you can run to him and he's always there with open arms. Oh, and I love this, man, was this life-changing, whoo. You know, this is could be a never-ending series, 5,467 promises but what we need to be reminded of every one of them, don't we? I bet you've already thought of some things that you've been doing without that you need to release your faith for, amen? I love this one, "we are assured and know that God being a partner in our labor, all things work together for good and are fitting into a plan for those who love God and wants his will." So see, God took the horrible stuff that happened to me in my life and I do not know how does this. This sounds crazy, but I am a better person because of what happened to me than I would have been if it wouldn't have happened. Joyce Meyer: come on. Don't get this attitude that now all the people that have hurt you are now in charge of your destiny. Your history doesn't have to be your destiny. Another promise, "for I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you to give you hope and do you good in your final outcome." You may not be there yet, but you're on your way.
This is such an exciting message. It's so good to know that God loves you, and he's got a good plan for you, and nobody can take that away from you, but it's not just going to happen. You have to release your faith. See, faith is a force, it's a powerful force that dwells in your spirit but it can't stay in your spirit. It's gotta get out and do something, say something, pray something, take some kind of action, amen? I'm gonna give you an example of how this works. I'm kind of getting ahead of myself but this is a good place. You know, when the israelites were coming out of egypt, when they were being delivered from the bondage in egypt, to me, that's like a type and a shadow of our salvation. So to speak, before you're saved, you've been living in egypt, a slave to everything that the world wants to throw at you. Well, God sent a deliverer, moses, to them. He sent us a deliverer, Jesus. And moses, when they came to the red sea and they needed to cross over, the people didn't have to do anything, moses lifted out his rod and he had all the faith, and the sea parted and they walked over as a free gift. Now, that's what happens when we're born again. Jesus has done it. All we have to do is just believe it. However, when joshua was leading the people and it was time for them to cross the jordan, which they had to do before they entered the promised land. Now, stay with me 'cause see, I think there's a gazillion christians that are born again. They've come out of egypt, but they're still wandering around in the wilderness, they've never entered into the promised land. Joyce Meyer: those were two distinct different steps. They came out of egypt, moses did everything. He parted the red sea, free gift. All they had to do was take it. But when it came to the jordan, and I love this, the river did not part until they put their foot in it. Oh good, three people on the third row got it.
Salvation has been bought and paid for. Jesus did everything, but if you want to have the promises of God, then there's gonna be a few things that you're gonna need to do. You're gonna need to step out in faith. You're gonna need to put your foot in the water. You're gonna have to maybe say goodbye to some stuff like we said last night. If you weren't here last night, you can buy the cd. Some of you have no idea what God would do for you and the only way you're ever gonna know is to step out and find out. You say, "well, what does that mean? What does that mean?" Well, I mean there's a gazillion different examples. I don't know, let's just say that you hate your job. I mean, all your do is complain about it. You don't like it. You don't like the people. You don't like the work, and you've really got something else in your heart that you'd love to do but you live in fear that if you give that up, you might not have anything. "well, God, if you give me another job--" well, are you even looking? Joyce Meyer: are you even trying? I mean, the story of my life is so much like so many other stories, many of you have the same kinds of stories, but when I felt like God told me that he wanted me to teach a bible study, I didn't have any idea how to do that. I didn't know the bible.
I didn't know how to do that, but I had a deep desire to help people. I want you to teach them, teach a bible study. "well, who's gonna come, you know? Nobody knows me, nobody cares." And I remember saying, "i don't know how to teach." He said, "i do, I do." And you know what I had to do? My first step was to say, okay. My second step was to invite some people and oddly enough, they all said yes. Joyce Meyer: see, I could have been so afraid of rejection that I wouldn't have even tried. I could have been so afraid of failure, that I wouldn't have even tried, but I had to step into the water before the water would part. Now, I guess worst case scenario, if you step in, it doesn't part, you can still step back. But some of you are just sitting around passively waiting for all these things to fall on you and I can tell you they're not going to. God told abraham, "you leave everything that you're familiar with and you go to a place that I will show you." He had to step out. Joyce Meyer: I wonder how many people live with dreams, and visions, and amazingly great things in their heart, but they're afraid to ever even take one step in that direction to see what God might do. So, I started the bible study, 5 years I taught that bible study, 20, 25 people came. At first, I started it with a dozen people and I wasn't too brilliant back then to understand everything, but I was the office manager where I worked and so I invited all the girls that worked for me, not being smart enough to realize that since I was the boss, they probably felt compelled to come. Joyce Meyer: but it gave me enough faith.
My gosh, people are coming and they're come back. Well, then eventually the company, somebody complained to the union and the union said, "you can't do this here." And so, I had to, well now what? Well, should I quit? Should I give up? So, we decided to move it to our house, which was like an hour away or 30 minutes away from where anybody lived that was coming. Well, I don't know that anybody will come but I decided to take another step of faith. Well guess what, 12 people didn't come, 25 started coming. Joyce Meyer: and they came week after week after week. I'm not gonna stand here and tell you my whole testimony but see, walking by faith, living by faith, the just shall live by faith, that's what God wants us to do. That means everything is a step of faith and sometimes it's comfortable, and you've got all the details in place, but very rarely. Most of the time if you're gonna live by faith, if you want to really find out what God can do for you, you are gonna have to, so to speak, take a chance. Joyce Meyer: come on. Anybody who's doing anything for God, I mean even like giving, I mean, the bible says you give first and you'll receive later. But you know how many people don't do that? But I can tell you something, if you don't have enough money, keeping everything you got is never gonna get you more. And I know it doesn't make any sense because you think, "well, you know, if I already don't have enough, then how can I give part of it away? Then I'm just gonna have less." But not according to God's arithmetic. Well, it's a huge step of faith to start tithing, to start giving, or maybe if you are tithing, to start giving beyond that. And really all we do when we don't obey God is we're putting limits on ourself. If you read the scriptures about tithing and giving, God actually says, "try it" in malachi. "try it. Come on, I dare you to try it and prove me now by it so see if I will not open the windows of heaven and pour out a blessing so great that you cannot contain it." Joyce Meyer: you gotta take that step of faith. Well, I got one happy person out there anyway. Okay, what about, I mean, let's talk for a minute about prosperity, success, favor, promotion.
You know, it's kind of sad but today even if you use the word "prosperity," there's a certain sector of christianity that just gets up in a fit. You know it's like, "eh, one of those prosperity preachers," you know? I'm still not sure what that is. I mean, would you rather I stand up here and tell you you're never gonna have anything? Joyce Meyer: and that God wants you to be the tail end of everything and be broke all your life? I mean, is that really what you want to hear? I don't know--see, it's a religious spirit that gets on people and they think that in order to be a christian, you gotta have nothing. Well, let me tell ya something, if the only way you can remain a christian is to have nothing, then go for it, but God would rather you have plenty to meet your needs and more to give to other people. Joyce Meyer: and hang on 'cause I'm not finished. He only wants you to have it if you can have it and still keep him first place in your life. You know, the bible does say that it's hard for a wealthy man to get into heaven and then uses an example of it's harder for a wealthy man to get into heaven than for a camel to go through a needle's eye. You ever heard that? Well, you know, that always kind of--it's like well, you know? But here's the thing you gotta understand, the needle's eye was a gate in jerusalem, a gate that went into jerusalem, and it was a very small gate. And camels was their mode of travel and so they might be loaded up with bags and camels are rather big. Well, the interesting thing is the only way that a camel could get through that gate was if they unloaded all the stuff and he got down on his knees and crawled through. Let me tell ya something, the more you have, the more you better stay on your knees. Joyce Meyer: come on. Come on, because here's the thing, yes, the more you have, the more power you have, the more influence you have, the greater the temptation is to get proud and haughty.
And one of the worst mistakes that we can ever make is then to start to mistreat other people. That's why you better go through on your knees. Stay humble before God. Know that everything that you have is a gift from him, and every little bit of influence you have is a gift from him, and he can take it away from you a lot quicker than it took you to get it. Joyce Meyer: are you understanding me? All right, so, let's just take one man's life and see how miserable God wants us to be. I mean, if you want to buy into that, you know, it's like--i mean, it's rather annoying but still, if you look my name up on the internet, one of the things it's gonna say is that I'm a prosperity preacher. It's like, labels that people give us are so annoying. It's like, I honestly don't even know what that is. "one of those faith and prosperity preachers." Well, do you want me to teach you that you can never have anything and God wants you to be the tail end of everything?
What I'm saying is you're his child. Now, I don't know about you but whatever I have, I want my kids to get it. I want them to have it. And your God's child and he wants you to have it. But you know what? I'll tell you, now, I don't have to do this anymore because my children are all older but in the beginning, the first time dave and I made any kind of provision for what we wanted done with anything we might have when we died, we had a child that was real young then and so we did not just give him an equal share. He couldn't get his until he was like 30 years old or something. You see, God wants you to have everything but you gotta grow up and mature first. "beloved, I would above all else that you prosper and be in health even as your soul prospers." Your spiritual maturity, your spiritual growth is much more important to God than what you own. Joyce Meyer: okay, an example. This just proves my point and i've told this story before but it fits in here so well. One day I was shopping and I met a lady, she was a clerk in the store. And I forget how it came up but I found out she was a christian, and she'd been going to this certain church for like 30 years. She'd been a christian a long time and so we got to talking and I was asking her how things worked in the store. "you know do you get a salary? Do you get a percentage of what you sell? How do things work?" And she said, "well, no, we get a salary," but she said, "you have quotas that you have to meet and so if we don't sell enough, you can lose your job." And so, she said, "it's really hard when no customers come to us," 'cause they're basically just standing around waiting for somebody to come to them. And I said, knowing she was a christian, I said, "well, have you prayed for God to give you favor and cause people to just drift toward you for no unknown reason, to just want you to wait on them just because for some reason they like you and they don't even know why?" And she said, "well, it wouldn't be right to do that, would it?" Now see, 30 years she'd been going to the same church and nobody ever told her that she could pray for favor. Well, you know what? I was in the same situation, I didn't know that I could believe God for favor. You know what? I believe God for favor every day of my life now. Do you think for one minute that I walked out here this morning without believing God that he'd give me favor with you? Joyce Meyer: I don't want to be disliked. I want you to like me, but I don't have the time to stand up here and try to make you like me so I trust God to make you like me. Come on, is anybody home out there today? Joyce Meyer: do you know how many political games that people play in--i mean, I remember even a church that I went to once, there was a certain little elite group, oh yeah, it's in churches. And I wanted to be in that group.
And I tell you what, it was pathetic how I played up to the girl who was kind of in charge of that group trying to get favor with her so I could be accepted into the rest of the group. And you know what? If that's what you do to buy friends, that's what you're gonna have to do to keep them every single day of your life. And sooner or later, you're gonna get really tired of it and you're not gonna want to do that anymore. But I found a new system that I like a whole lot more. "God, give me divine connections. Whoever you want me to be friends with, you make it happen. You cause people to like me that you want me to be in relationship with and if you don't want it, then I don't want it either," amen? Joyce Meyer: well, I want to encourage you to step out, be bold, and trust God that when you release your faith, something amazing is gonna happen. Trust God to give you what he wants you to have and see how many amazing things he can do in your life.
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