The sermon "Why is God Silent?" by Joyce Meyer online. If there are things in your life that you know that God has put on your heart to do and you have not done them, anybody? Then go home and get busy and stop complaining about why God's not speaking to you because he's probably not gonna say anything else until you do the last thing he told you to do.
Full SermonGinger: do you ever feel like God is silent? Maybe you feel that way right now and there are definitely times where God seems to be still where he's expecting us to wait on him, but today, Joyce Meyer will give us a great reason why God may be silent in your life and what you need to do to hear him. We'll also share your advice for new believers from your voice and Joyce Meyer's advice as well. So, if you're a new believer or you have one in the house, get them here right now. Stay right where you are.
Ginger: as we walk through each new day, we all have questions. They're just part of life, but did you know there are answers for you? God says when we look, we'll find him. He's not trying to hide anything. So together, we are discovering life's everyday answers. Well, we have all had times when we've wondered if God is hearing our prayers, especially when we aren't seeing results or we aren't hearing his voice, it just seems like he's quiet. Here's a question from our everyday answers page. This is from kathy, she says, "I pray all day. I know God's timing belongs to him, but how long will he remain silent?" Kathy, great question and one that many people ask. Joyce Meyer explains why we may not hear God when we are waiting on an answer, and it's something we don't often think about.
Joyce Meyer: if there are things in your life that you know that God has put on your heart to do and you have not done them, anybody? Then go home and get busy and stop complaining about why God's not speaking to you because he's probably not gonna say anything else until you do the last thing he told you to do. If you knew how many years it took me to learn all this stuff that you get downloaded in about an hour here. "be doers of the word [obey the message], not just a listener to it, betraying yourselves [into deception by reasoning contrary to the truth]." Now, you know, these verses are so important, and I don't want to just get in too big of a hurry here to get to the end of the chapter 2 that I miss some of the really important things that I think that need to be said. So, let's look at this. Be a doer of the word, obey the message, not just a listener to it. Then he says, "betraying yourselves [into deception by reasoning which is contrary to the truth]." Now, that's kind of a mouthful and we can miss what he's trying to say, so let's just slow down and take it apart. If i--i can go to church three times a week, and I can watch christian tv every morning, and I can listen to teaching cds on the way to work, but if I don't do then what i've heard, it does me nor anybody else any good at all because the bible does not say that we're blessed in our hearing, it says we're blessed in our doing.
Joyce Meyer: when we do, and I really think that because there's so much available to us today, I really think that sometimes we get so proud of what we know. "well, Joyce Meyer, I've got all your books." Well, then why are you still acting the way you do? [audience laughing] Joyce Meyer: I mean, people love to tell me they've got all my books. "i've got all your books." And, you know, we like to display them on our shelves because when our friends come, we look so spiritual. But it's in the doing. Now, let's just assume that we all want to obey God and so we don't want to just hear, we want to do. And now, let's just take this a step further and say we're not just hearing somebody preach the word, but now, God is trying to say something to us 'cause we can hear from him too. And a large part of our walk with God is not just going to church and hearing messages, but it's letting the holy spirit guide us day by day in our walk with him where I with can in the middle of doing one thing and the holy spirit can let me know, "that's not what I want you to do. Don't act like that. Don't say that, be quiet," whatever. And if we learn while we're in this world to keep one ear tuned to the holy spirit, then while we're here, we can be in the world but not be of the world, and that's what jesus is asking us to do. We can be in the world, but we can quickly make adjustments because of what God is saying to us. Example, let's just say that i'm in a meeting like this and I happen to notice somebody on our team that seems just, I don't know what it is, you know, I can't really put my finger on it, but I just really kind of sense that they need a blessing right now. Are you--do you ever kind of notice that with somebody? You're like, "they just need a blessing right now." And so, I pray, "Lord, how can I bless this lady? How can be a blessing to her?" Well, the next thing that happens I notice a bracelet I have on my wrist, pretty, sparkly bracelet that i'm quite fond of. And the next thing i'm feeling is I should give that to her because I remember earlier today she told me how pretty it was. Now, I really don't want to give my bracelet away.
Joyce Meyer: and so, my mind gives me a reason, come on. I've heard from God. I'm pretty sure at this point i'm hearing, but now there's the doing. And so, if I don't do what a felt like God showed me to do, it's because I have betrayed myself by coming up with some kind of a reason why it's okay not to do it. Are you with me? So, she needs a blessing, "God, how can I help her?" I'm being real spiritual so far. I'm caring, i'm being compassionate. "how can I help her? Oh." Come on, is anybody home in the house today? So now, I don't want to give her my bracelet. So, and I actually had this happen so this is a good--this is a living story. And so, I look at her and I think, she is really skinny, that is gonna fall right off of her arm. And I took it home.
Joyce Meyer: come on, you know, we--it's amazing the stuff that we can come up with, okay? I've had an argument with somebody, i'm really sure it was their fault, and i'm waiting for them to apologize and I don't really intend to talk to them until they do. And i'm reading a book, let's say a devotional by Joyce Meyer meyer on how to get closer to God every day. Got my morning devotion and it says, "be a peacemaker." Uh-oh, right away i'm thinking, hmm. So, I get this little sensing that God wants me to pick up the phone and call this person and be aggressive. Well, I don't want to do that, so, I come up with a reason. Are you there? My reason is that I apologized the last time.
Joyce Meyer: and it would simply not be right for me to have to apologize every single time. Come on, somebody give God a praise. See, we have to stop finding reasons and excuses for not doing what God wants us to do and then complaining because we don't have the blessed life that we say that we want to have because we're blessed, not in our hearing, but we're blessed in our doing.
Ginger: so, hold on to the promise. God does hear your prayers and if he's silent, it could be because he's waiting on you. Now, waiting is no fun, we all know that, and it is not easy, so we have some help for you today because we all have those times of waiting and this is what we need. This is Joyce Meyer's teaching called, "unleashing the power of faith," three teachings that will help you understand what faith is, what God's word says about it, and then this book will help you to never give up. This is Joyce Meyer's best-selling book. It's a "new york times" best-seller that has helped many people get through those times when they're just on the edge, they don't know if they can make it. If that's where you are now, pick this book up and let God's word encourage you. Use the phone number you see on the screen, go to the website, and pick up these today and it will help you through your time of God's silence. We want to check out what your voice has to say, but first, here's a look at what's coming up next week.
Joyce Meyer: God wants to walk with you, he wants to talk with you, he wants to lead you, he wants to guide you. He wants to be involved in literally everything that you do. Now listen, God cares about everything that concerns you.
Ginger: we asked you to share your best advice for new believers, and let me tell you, this is good for all of us whether we're new believers or not. And then coming up, Joyce Meyer will answer a few questions from new christians too. But first, here are your thoughts. Cynthia says, "i would tell a newbie, don't worry. It takes time to learn the bible and start changing how you think, talk, act, and do. I pray every day. I try to do something good every day and make every day count for God. It could be overwhelming sometimes, but just remember, you are worth it. Christ died for you." Mary says, "i would say don't make the christian life too complicated. God will lead you and reveal his call on your life. It's not a sprint, it's a walk with God. When you feel stuck, do something practical, clean your room, do the laundry, help your neighbor. God will get you where he wants you to be." Roxie says, "welcome, new believer! Surround yourself with other believers, especially in the beginning because the enemy will attack you for your friends, family, old habits, et cetera. You'll be surprised at how negative people can be when you are so happy. Talk to Jesus constantly. Thank him for the good parking spots, the beautiful flower you just have to take a picture of, and soon you will see God in everything." Well, those are some wonderful pieces of advice and I personally think it's hugely important, just like she was saying, to see God in everything. Every now and I then I like to spend a few posts on social media talking about #myfavoritethings just because they make me happy and it reminds me how blessed we are, so try that. Right now, tell us about some of your favorite things on facebook, twitter, #ea. Go out there and see those things that God has put all around you that just remind you of his love. Well, we've heard your voice, let's check out Joyce Meyer's.
Ginger: I love this basic question from gabrielle, "why do I have to go to church?"
Joyce Meyer: well, first of all, it's not a have to. The bible says, "don't forsake the assembling of yourselves together." And so, we go to church to learn, to be in corporate worship, to be accountable to somebody. It's good if you're committed to something and you don't show up for 4 or 5 weeks to have somebody, a close enough relationship that's gonna call and say, "hey, you okay? Haven't seen you lately." And it's just--it's good to be together with other people that are like-minded like you are. If you're trying to have a relationship with God and you're always around people that don't really believe in God, they can't challenge you, they can't encourage you. It's amazing what we learn sometimes just from being around somebody else that's maybe got a little more spiritual growth than us. That can become a sermon just in itself. But I think if people look at like " I have to," then they're never going to want to do it. And to be honest, I think a lot of times we think, "well, I have to go to church or God's not gonna be happy. I have to go to church to get what I call a checkmark on my God calendar." But really, we go for us. It's not like we're going--yes, it shows respect to God when we go, but it's just important to be in fellowship with other people. And, you know, you mentioned when we started that this was for new believers or it might be for someone who knew a new believer, but to be honest, ginger, I think sometimes people have been trying to walk with God for a long time. They've missed some of the basics.
Ginger: yeah, very true. Joyce Meyer: you know, and so they need-- ginger: or drifted away from them.
Joyce Meyer: we never should think that something is too elementary for us or too basic for us because anytime you have a crack in your foundation, the rest of the building is not gonna be stable.
Ginger: that's right, or something leaks out that you need, so that's never good either. All right, this one asks, "how do I listen to his will for me?"
Joyce Meyer: well, that's probably one of the biggest questions that everything has is "what," you know, I just had somebody--yeah, I just had somebody that i'm close to that heard me talking about our assignment from God. And it was actually one of my grandchildren. And she said, "well, how do I know what my assignment is?" And she's at an age now where she'll be graduating from high school before too long and trying to make decisions about what she wants do with her future. So, I just talked her through a few things and I started by asking her, "what do you like? What do you enjoy?" You know, I don't think that God is going to make us spend our whole life doing something that we really just despise. Now, that doesn't mean that you're never gonna have to do things that you don't like, but anybody who's working at a job where they just hate it every day of their life, they're probably not in the right place for them. You're never gonna know the will of God if you don't know the word of God. So, as a new believer, it takes time. It takes time to learn how to hear from God. You know, one great man of God was asked, "how do I learn to hear from God?" And he said, "you make mistakes." And so, we have to understand that God loves us and as long as our heart's right, he's not gonna get mad at us if we think something is his will and it turns out not to be. The thing that I always encourage people is if you take a step and it's not working, and by that you find out, well, that must have not been God, you don't have to be condemned. You don't have to feel guilty, but one of the ways you're gonna find the will of God for your life is by trying some stuff. You know, I teasingly say all the time, but it, I mean, it really did teach me. When I first started wanting to be used by God, like really wanting God to use me and wanting to serve God, I tried working in the nursery at church, and it didn't take me or the kids long to find out that wasn't my call. I tried street evangelism, going out and passing out gospel tracts on the street and talking to people because there was a team at my church that did that. I didn't like it. I tried door-to-door evangelism, I didn't like that. But when I started to teach, then I knew that I had found my niche. And so, sometimes you just have to try some things. You gotta put your hand to some things and see if they fit. The thing I told her is I said, "we all know what it feels like to have on clothes that don't fit properly, maybe something that's way too tight or even something that's too big," you know, I can't stand to wear a pair of pants that keeps falling down. I'm all the time pulling them up. And so, we need to find what seems to fit for our life. What are you good at? You know, God's not gonna call you to do something that you're constantly failing at. So, what are you good at, what do you enjoy, what do you like?
Ginger: because he gives us those desires and those abilities, so it's all in his hands. I think that's why, especially as a new believer and maybe after we've walked with christ for a long time, that's something that really helps for us to realize is he's not an arbitrary God. He has a good plan that he brings all together in many ways.
Joyce Meyer: yeah, that's right. So, people, I think, worry too much about what is God's will. I think that you pray about it, you ask God to lead you and then the last thing i'll say about it is, pay attention to what kind of doors God opens. You know, I mean, if I think God wants me to do something, but the door never opens for it, then maybe I need to look somewhere else. I mean, I tried to learn how to play the guitar because I thought leading worship would be great. Well, it just didn't work. I mean, I couldn't learn it. I wasn't good at it. My voice wasn't good for singing, and so you just gotta take your time, and as a new believer, you'll learn, you're know.
Ginger: but don't give up when it doesn't work. I like that encouragement. All right, next question is, "how do I fall in love with jesus and how can I receive his love?
Joyce Meyer: well, I think the way that you fall in love with jesus is by seeing his love in your life. And I think one of the things that we can actually do that is very practical, but it's very good, is to look for God's love in your life. In 1 john 4:16, it says we're to be conscious and aware of God's love. And so, I learned a long time ago to--i watch for God's love in my life and it actually usually shows up in a lot of little ways.
Ginger: what are some examples? Joyce Meyer: well, you know, I mean, a lot of them are real personal things like, you know, maybe something that, you know, I remember one time I just happened to say to somebody, "i love zucchini bread, I wish somebody would bake me some zucchini bread," 'cause I wasn't that good at baking. And it was only a few days later and somebody showed up at one of my meetings and said, "I felt like God wanted me to bake you some zucchini bread." Well see, I didn't--it wasn't really even the bread so much as it was that I knew that God did that for me and--or giving you favor when you're out shopping and maybe, you know, the clerk will say, "oh, we got a sale starting tomorrow, but i'll give you this coupon ahead of time." So, there's all kinds of ways. Or God comforting us, or giving us a revelation, or showing us something, or making something happen for us. If you watch for God's love, and his mercy, and his goodness in your life, then the bible says we love him because he first loved us. And so, receiving God's love is a matter of believing that he loves you. I don't know if--how many people are actually familiar with this, but if you look up the definition, the word "receive" means to believe, and the word "believe" means to receive. So, when we really believe what the word says, that's how we receive it, and you can't receive it if you don't believe it. So once again, we go back to my pet subject, study the word, study the word, study the word, and a lot of people think they can't do that, but there are many, many, many translations of the bible today that are very easy to read. I use the amplified bible, but there's all kinds of modern english versions that will help you understand what God's trying to say to you.
Ginger: yeah, I think God has created us all in so many different, wonderful ways and he knows that so distinctly that he gives us that specific thing that we need to recognize his love. For me, it's I love being out in nature and just seeing his hand, and the creativity, and the beauty, and that draws me to him so much. So, he has a way to pull us in. All right, then along those lines but a little different, "how can I just believe that I have the holy spirit with me?"
Joyce Meyer: well, the bible says if you ask, you will receive. It says, I think it's in luke 11, "if we being evil know how to give good gifts to our children, how much more will the father give the holy spirit to those who ask him?" And so, like everything else, we receive by faith. And really, the holy spirit, you can't even really learn anything if you don't have the holy spirit in your life because he's our teacher. So every time you're hearing a sermon and you, like, really get it, you know, that's an evidence that the holy spirit is in your life. He convicts us of sin, you know, anytime that you start to do something or, like, for example, if i'm starting to say something or i'm in the middle of saying something and I realize I shouldn't be doing that, that's the holy spirit convicting me. You know, it's not--now, condemnation is from the devil, but if you just get a sensing, just a gentle, even loving, sensing, eh, don't do that.
Ginger: so, the difference in the two is you feel more guilty?
Joyce Meyer: well, condemnation makes you feel pressed down. It's like, you feel bad, you feel guilty, you feel condemned. It makes you feel bad about yourself and it puts a heaviness on you. But conviction actually lets you know that what you're doing is not right and that with God's help, you can change it, but it doesn't make you feel oppressed. It's like, I was thinking this morning, the bible says that those who whom God loves, he tells their faults to. He convicts them and reproves them and that we should be enthusiastic about it when God shows us our faults. And so, I can remember years ago when I would have an awareness that I was doing something wrong, I would just think, "not another thing," you know, God is...AND Grumbling. And I realize now the worst thing that God could do would be leave us alone in our sin and not convict us of it. So, he's our comforter. He's our teacher. He guides us through life. He shows us what to do. He gives us direction, but you believe it. You know, everything from God comes through believing it. It's not by feeling it. I mean, even faith itself, it's the evidence of things you don't see. It's the evidence of things you don't feel and it just operates in your heart.
Ginger: so, as those things are active and happening in your life, and especially as a new believer, sometimes we were able to do something for a long, long time and then all of a sudden, we begin to feel convicted. Something's different in your life and that's the holy spirit working.
Joyce Meyer: and I have to say that the longer you walk with God, the more that you may experience it in your life. I feel sometimes that my path gets narrower and narrower and narrower, and that's because God continues to make us more and more like christ. And it's not that you can't do anything. It's not a matter of, "now I can never do anything." It's just that what you want to do changes and how you want to behave changes.
Ginger: and narrower becomes better.
Joyce Meyer: yeah, exactly right.
Ginger: yeah, well, today we have an offer for you that will help, and as a new believer or as an experienced believer, this will help strengthen your relationship with jesus. Three teachings called, "unleashing the power of faith," and this is exactly what Joyce Meyer was just talking about, it's believing, it's where does that faith come from? And it's really the foundation that will help that walk with christ as a new believer and cement it as a believer for many years. And then Joyce Meyer's book called, "never give up." This book is a great encouragement. A lot of new endeavors in people's lives, new ministries, many people have experienced great change in their life coming out of this book. And if there's been something in your life that you've been walking through and you just maybe haven't seen the answer yet or you're just not sure if you're gonna make it, pick this up because this will give you the encouragement that you need to keep going. And we have both of these available for you today. All you need to do is act right now. Call the phone number on your screen, go to the website. Don't delay. And Joyce Meyer, I know you would encourage people now's the time.
Joyce Meyer: oh, absolutely, I mean, you can't change without the word. You can't change yourself, only the word of God can change us and there's nothing better to invest your money in than God's word because it never gets old. The longer it sits on your shelf, the better and the better it gets because you can listen to those teachings on faith and they can mean one thing to you now, and you grow for a year or so in God and you listen to him and you hear things you didn't even hear the first time.
Ginger: if you have a question for Joyce Meyer, ask it right now. Go to twitter and use #askJoyce Meyer. You can go to our everyday answers page at Joyce Meyermeyer.org, you can do it on facebook. Just get that question for us--to us and we'll be looking for it. Sometimes when we are waiting on answers, God works through other people to provide. You know, you're waiting and you're waiting and you're not seeing how God is going to do it, and then all of a sudden, someone shows up with just what you've been looking for and we have an opportunity for you now to provide for someone else. You know, at Joyce Meyer ministries, our outreach arm is called hand of hope and we do things to help people all over the world. And one of the things that I love that I've got to see a lot of the impact that it has is feeding children. We have an opportunity for you to feed kids today. We call it our hope plate and when you give a donation of... It will provide meals for five children for an entire month. How wonderful is that? And when you do, we'll send you one of these hope plates and this is a way that you can keep this at home and remind you and your family of the good that you have done and the way that you have answered someone else's prayer. So, go to our website, call that number right now and say that you would like to provide a hope plate and feed five kids for a month. You know, if God seems silent today, don't give up, don't let go. Hang in there. Keep listening, keep doing good, and God will show up because he is faithful. And i've had those times of silence, but God has never let me down and he won't you either. I'll see you next time.