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Joyce Meyer (- The Cure for the Insecure, Part 2. Do you ever feel like you don't measure up? Joyce shares why you can rest assured, knowing your worth and value are found in Christ.
Joyce Meyer (Aug 9, 2018) - Healing the Wounded Soul - Enjoying Everyday Life. We all get hurt sometimes. Today, Joyce fields questions from female viewers, and shares powerful testimonies about God's ability to heal and restore.
Joyce Meyer (Aug 9, 2018) - Receiving Emotional Healing, Part 1 - Enjoying Everyday Life. Jesus didn't die just so you can go to Heaven, He also died to heal you. Joyce explains how God can heal every emotional hurt in your life.
Joyce Meyer (September-28-2019) Sermon: The Lord’s Prayer - Enjoying Everyday Life. This prayer covers everything! Join Joyce as she concludes her two-part teaching on the Lord's Prayer.
Joyce Meyer - It’s Time to Flip Your Switch, Part 2 - Enjoying Everyday Life. You listen to God for you. And you do what you believe God is telling you to do. And you don't go get somebody else's permission and you don't let them pull you down and you don't let them water down your commitment, because when it all is over, you are gonna stand before God, and you are gonna answer for you, not somebody else.
full textual sermon "It’s Time to Flip Your Switch" Part 2 by Joyce Meyer
Joyce Meyer: I want you to decide tonight two things: that you are gonna help more people than you've ever helped before, and that you are gonna let God work with you every day of your life to be more and more excellent and better and better at everything that you do until you don't have to tell anybody about Jesus. They can see him all over you. I'm gonna talk to you a fair amount tonight, part of the time at least, about this thing about excellence, because I'll tell you the truth. A lot of people don't even know what it is anymore. I mean, they really don't. It's kind of like-- and I even kind of feel that just a little bit in here tonight. It's, like, do we even know what that means, to be excellent? It's not perfection. But it does mean that if you have a job, you're gonna do the best job that you can. And you have to decide this for you. For you. You have to decide it for you. And you listen to God for you. And you do what you believe God is telling you to do. And you don't go get somebody else's permission and you don't let them pull you down and you don't let them water down your commitment, because when it all is over, you are gonna stand before God, and you are gonna answer for you, not somebody else.
Joyce Meyer: now, they worked so hard making me this little prop, because I think that pictures say a lot to people. Isn't this a cute little house? Now, you know what? So we're gonna pretend like this is you. This is a believer. Because the bible says that we are the house of God, the home of God. So we're God's house, and if we're not born again, not saved, we haven't given our lives to Christ, then everything inside is dark. There's no light in there. You receive Christ, whoop.
Joyce Meyer: but here's what happens. How many of you remember when you first got saved? Oh my gosh, we were so excited. We weren't mad at anybody. We loved everything that moved. We had peace. It was the most wonderful thing in the world. But you know what our biggest problem? We get too used to it. We get too familiar with the things that God does for us, and then we need something else to excite us. Several years back, I said, "you know, God, I don't understand why you don't do some of the things that you used to do when I first started walking with you." And man, he answered me right back in my spirit. He said, "i still do everything that I did then and more. You've just gotten used to it that it doesn't excite you anymore." See, we are so unbelievably amazingly blessed, but we just-- do you know what some people in the world would give-- do you know how far they would walk to be in this building tonight, to get to do what we're doing here?
Joyce Meyer: I go to india and do this, and people would walk for 4 days and sleep on the ground for 3 nights just to be part of something like this. But man, we got it on every corner so-- that doesn't mean we don't appreciate it, but we have to be careful that we don't just start taking the things that God has done for us for granted, because if we do, then here's what happens if you're not careful. Over a period of time, although you have the light of God in you, it starts to get dimmer and dimmer and dimmer and dimmer and dimmer and dimmer and dimmer. Pretty soon, nobody can tell if you are or you're not. And we don't wanna do one of these things either. Sunday morning!
Joyce Meyer: monday morning. sunday morning! , monday morning. You know what I mean? We love God on sunday, and on monday you couldn't pick us out of a crowd, because we're out there acting just like everybody else and nobody knows the difference, amen?
Joyce Meyer: and I tell you the truth, it's something you gotta make a decision to do every single day of your life. Let me tell you something. I don't wake up like this every morning. I have to stir myself up. I have to stay on fire for God. So here's what I'm telling you. If you don't feel like you've got enough light in your life, it's not even gonna do you good to keep praying about it. You better set yourself on fire and just decide to turn the light up, amen?
Joyce Meyer: and we especially don't wanna just float around and compromise with the rest of the world and just keep getting dimmer and dimmer and dimmer and dimmer til all of a sudden our light just goes out and then we go to church on sunday, whoop.
Joyce Meyer: or the pastor comes to the door, whoop.
Joyce Meyer: fight all the way to church like dave and I used to. See the first person at the church door, whoop! "praise the Lord." How many of you are getting what I'm saying?
Joyce Meyer: you know what? That's the first thing we've gotta do every morning. We gotta turn the lights up. Make that little attitude adjustment that changes everything. I don't care one thing in the world about preaching anymore if I can't in every message bring people to some kind of a decision. I don't want you just to hear a good sermon and go out and not decide anything. I want you to decide tonight two things: that you are gonna help more people than you've ever helped before, and that you are gonna let God work with you every day of your life to be more and more excellent and better and better at everything that you do until you don't have to tell anybody about Jesus. They can see him all over you.
Joyce Meyer: complaining about a problem while doing nothing to change it is one of the worst things in the world that we can do. If you have a problem that you can't change, then why don't you go change somebody else's? Good, three people got that.
Joyce Meyer: if you have a problem you can't change, go change somebody else's problem.
Joyce Meyer: and if you'll do that, then God will change yours. You know, one of the ways that we celebrate our victories, and this is biblical, is when you've had a victory, to not only celebrate and do something fun that you wanna do, but to go help somebody else that has less than you. Two quick examples. In nehemiah, wonderful-- nehemiah's a wonderful book. Man, there's such a lesson in there about how nehemiah wanted to rebuild the walls of jerusalem so the people would be protected. And he went and got permission from the king to rebuild the wall, and he stirred a bunch of other people to help him, and as soon as he wanted to do something good, the enemy started coming against him. I mean, just thing after thing after thing, and I don't know how long it took him, but this just went on and on, and the more he did, the madder the enemy got and the more they came against him. And he just kept praying and working, praying and working, praying and working, praying and working. And finally, the wall was built. And in nehemiah 8:10, after the wall was built, it says: "then [ezra] told them, go your way," and I love this, "eat the fat, drink the sweet," I guess they didn't have anything against fat or sugar.
Joyce Meyer: I mean, you can do it in excess, but I thought that was kind of cool. I thought, "yay, now I have permission to go eat what I want to tomorrow." "Eat the fat, drink the sweet, and send portions to him for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. And be not grieved and depressed, for the joy of the Lord is your strength." So they were commanded to not only celebrate the victory they had, but to send portions of the food that they had and blessings to somebody else who had less than them. It takes a while in our lives to get this, but I can tell you something. One of the highest forms of spiritual warfare that you can do is to be a blessing to other people, especially when you don't feel like it. The story of esther is the same thing. Wicked haman had a plot to destroy all of God's people, but God wanted to use esther to do something about it. At first she was not just all over that idea. I'm sure she had plans for her life, and she had some fear, and her uncle said to her, "how do you know but that you were called for such a time as this? And if you don't do what God's asking you to do, he will raise up somebody else to do it." And I believe there's a lot of people that are called for such a time as this. I don't believe that we're alive in this day and hour by accident because we just happened to show up on planet earth when things are so bad out in the world. I believe that we are chosen by God to live in this timeframe, and it-- we have a purpose, and God has a plan and he expects every one of us to help him in whatever way that we can to get as many people as we can on board for Jesus, because he comes back-- before he comes back and a lot of people get lost.
Joyce Meyer: I won't go over the whole thing, but it's the same thing. After they had their victory they set aside two days that they had to celebrate every single year to remember the victory God had given them. And one of the things he told them is, "this is a day of feasting and gladness, a holiday and a time for you to send gifts to the poor and portions to one another." I wanna tell you something, and I don't have time to stand up here and just harp on this all night tonight. I teach on it a lot, but you can't be selfish and happy. You can't be. The best thing you can do for yourself is do as much for somebody else as you possibly can. So I'm just--I'm gonna tell you one quick story, and I'm gonna give you a challenge. God wants to use you, and he doesn't just wanna use you with your Christian friends and the people you like. He wants to use you with your enemies, and he wants to use you with people that you don't even know. And I wanna tell you something. Life gets so exciting if you go out every day and you're just a little holy ghost spy for God.
Joyce Meyer: every day can get exciting. You won't have to lay down with all your problems anymore and be depressed and in prostration. You can get up and say, "God, what are we gonna do today?" And it may be something teeny-tiny. It may be something big. But you will have a fulfillment that you cannot even imagine. Quick story. I was in utah. Went into a starbucks. I'm really picky about my coffee, and I don't even like the coffee that they brew there anymore, it gets too strong for me. So sometimes if I go in, I'll ask 'em to do a pour-over. You can control kind of the strength of the coffee a little better and that-- they put the grounds in, they pour water on top. Well, the girl that waited on me was certainly not like me. Her hair was about five different colors, and she had piercings in her eyebrows, piercings in her nose, piercings in her tongue, piercings on her lip, and she was just as sweet as she could be. Just, you know, wanted to serve me any way that she could. And so thank God I've gotten over being so religious that I wouldn't even want her to wait on me because she was so different than me.
Joyce Meyer: come on. And so she said, "you know, we don't have the equipment to do a pour-over," but she said, "i can do a french press." I said, "no, I don't really like those. They usually get too strong for me." She said, "oh, no. Let me make you one. We've got a new press. It's a double-wall press. You will love it. And I'll tell you, if you don't like it, I will make you anything that you want." So I said, "well, okay." And she said, "this is new and it's just amazing," and she said, "i really wanna get one myself because you can just use 'em anywhere." But she said, "i can't afford it yet. But when I can, I'm gonna get myself one." Well, I mean, it only took God about a half a second to put in my heart, "just buy her one." Well, I thought, "buy her one? I don't know her. She doesn't know me. So, here I'm about to disobey God because I'm concerned about what a bunch of people might think. So she made me a coffee, and sure enough, it really was good, and she was just really sweet to me, and so I just wasn't gonna do it because I talked myself right out of it. Do you know how easy it is to talk yourself out of doing what God's trying to talk you into? So I got about four stores down the shopping mall, four or five stores, and it was obvious God was not gonna leave me alone.
Joyce Meyer: you know, when God wants you to do something and you're not doing it, it's like having a hangnail. A holy hangnail. He just keeps it up and keeps it up and keeps it up and keeps it up. Well, I've learned a long time ago, I'm not gonna just keep on going and ignore it, 'cause I can stay busy enough all day to act like I'm not hearing God. But when I go to bed at night and it's quiet in that bedroom, man, then-- and there's nothing worse than wishing you would have, knowing you didn't, and it's too late to go back and fix it.
Joyce Meyer: amen? So I went back. I thought, "okay, she may think I'm crazy, but, God, I'm willing to be a fool for you if that's what it takes." And I said, "listen," I said, "i just-- I wanna bless you and I wanna buy you that coffee pot." Well, it was about $150, and so she's, like, "oh, no, no, no, no, no." You know, when people aren't used to somebody doing that, it's hard to talk 'em into it. And so I said, "yeah, I just wanna be a blessing to you. You were just sweet to me. You're a sweet girl." Well, immediately, she starts bawling. I said, "okay, now we're gonna have a scene."
Joyce Meyer: and I don't like a scene. I don't--you know, let's just don't-- just take the coffee pot. Let me pay for it. Let me go and get back to my shopping. I'm just being honest with you. So I buy her the coffee pot. She's all excited, and I'm thinking, "phew, okay, praise the Lord." All right, now, about an hour and a half, 2 hours later, I'm in another store on another floor in the mall, in the ladies' room. I do my business, I come out, I'm gonna walk out the door. Here, this girl comes in. Well, what a coincidence.
Joyce Meyer: okay, she looks at me and she says, "can you tell me why you are the nicest person that I have ever met in my whole life?" So I said to her-- now, the door's wide open, okay? I said to her, I said, "well, I'm a Christian. God has just been so good to me, he has blessed my life so much, and I just really felt like that he wanted you to know that he loves you and that he sees you and he cares about you." Well, right away, she starts crying again and she says--now this is going on in the bathroom, and yes, there's other people in there. And so then she says, "well, I have to admit I've been kind of mad at the higher power." She didn't even know how to refer to God, because she said, "my mother died of cancer when I was little," and she said, "i just have always felt like he didn't care anything about me and didn't love me." And I said, "well, he wants you to know that he loves you and he's got a plan for your life." And so it cost me a coffee pot and a little bit of my pride, but hopefully we're on our way to winning a soul for the kingdom.
Joyce Meyer: and I'm not telling you that to brag on me. My only point is what do you think would happen in the world if every one of us who calls ourself a Christian would get out in the world and actually act like that?
Joyce Meyer: now, man, if you pastor a church, don't get mad at me when I say this, 'cause I love church. I'm all about getting people to get committed to a church. But if you had a choice between going to church on sunday and going to work on monday and acting like everybody else, or not going to church on monday--sunday, but going out in the world and actually showing Jesus to people, I can tell you I think he'd rather that you get out and act like who you say you are than go to church and act religious and then do nothing.
Joyce Meyer: I think we need to do both, amen? So here's my challenge. I'm just gonna throw this down. Will you make a commitment I'd like to say once a week to do something for somebody else but if that's more than you can handle right now--
Joyce Meyer: wherever you're at, if it's once a month or if it's twice a month, I want you to make a commitment to do something for somebody else that's gonna cost you some time, some energy, some effort, or some money.
Joyce Meyer: how many of you will take that challenge? All right, pressing on to the next part of this. Are we okay? All right, I also wanna give you a challenge to make your mind up to live with excellence. Now, you know, I can do a whole six-part series just on excellence, and obviously, I can't do that tonight, but I'm gonna get real practical with you and just tell you a few places that you can begin. How many of you have heard the grocery cart story? Is anybody here who have not? All right, well, bear with me just a few seconds here. When God called me to teach, and I just had a little home bible study, about 25 people coming to my home every tuesday night, and I taught there for over 5 years, doing that. And I was a mom, made lunches, and cooked home-cooked meals every day. I actually used to do that. And we had a grocery store that wasn't very far from us and so a couple times a week I'd have to go to the grocery store, and when I first started really trying to have a serious walk with God, I didn't know that much and I couldn't go off to bible school, I had a bunch of kids. And so God just started training me and teaching me things that I didn't even really realize the impact of at the time. And one of the first things I remember God dealing with me about was putting my grocery cart back in the little place marked off for grocery carts instead of working hard to lean it up against-- start to walk off and it'd start to roll and go back. Kick the wheels and turn 'em in and try to get it leaned up against all the others so it wouldn't-- realizing that when I left, it could roll off and hit somebody's car but not caring, 'cause I didn't know anything about excellence. And here's the thing. It took me 2 years to get to the point where I would do that every single time I went to the grocery store. You know why? 'cause I had all the same excuses: "well, nobody else does it. Well, it's raining. Well, that's what we pay them for."
Joyce Meyer: and then God would speak to me and say, "well, if this was your grocery store, what would you want people to do?" See, we're not gonna get by with doing what everybody else does. God wants us to treat them the way we would like to be treated if it was us. This is the behind the closed doors thing.
Joyce Meyer: "oh, Joyce , surely you could tell us something more spiritual than put my grocery cart back?" Well, here's the thing. If I can't get you to do that, it's not gonna do me any good to tell you something more spiritual. That's why we gotta start with these things. Now, I'm gonna tell you something. You are probably gonna think I'm crazy when I say this, but I don't say things that I don't mean, and I mean what I'm getting ready to say. I really believe if I would have never obeyed God about those grocery carts, I do not believe I'd be standing here tonight.
Joyce Meyer: well, maybe you get it, I don't know. "well, what does that have to do with it?" It has a lot to do with it. Because it's not what I do up here that matters that much or impresses God. It's what I do behind closed doors when nobody's looking that's just between me and God.
Joyce Meyer: that's where your character is built and developed, not somewhere else.
Joyce Meyer: well, God has definitely called us to be lights in a dark world. But you know, it's our job to turn the lights on so we can let it shine. What you've watched today is only a portion of the teaching from our annual women's conference, but you can get the entire conference series with today's offer. It's called "celebrate life." Six teachings and a booklet that we've put together for you that'll be a free gift called "take some happy home." I like the title of that book. Now go on out and let your light shine and have a wonderful day.
Joyce Meyer (May-08-2020) Sermon: Judgment and Criticism - Part 2 - Enjoying Everyday Life. Too many people get hurt by unfair judgments, criticisms and straight up gossip. How can we help minimize the damage? Joyce shares biblical insights on human behavior.
Five Powerful Promises of the Righteous, Part 1 - April 12, 2018 - Joyce Meyer (sermon online). Can we really be "righteous" in God's eyes? Learn about the powerful promises of God, starting with His gift of righteousness.
full textual sermon "Five Powerful Promises of the Righteous", Part 1 - April 12, 2018 by Joyce Meyer
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Joyce Meyer: and you need to actively and aggressively believe your sins are forgiven, God loves you, he's got a good plan for your life, amen, that you've been made right with him, that you don't have to live under guilt and condemnation. That's the only way, even though you're gonna go to heaven when you die, if you want to enjoy the journey, you've got to believe all this other stuff too. Gonna talk to you this morning about promises that God makes to the righteous. I was just noticing in my bible as I read on a regular basis that there's a lot of promises that are made to the righteous. So the first thing we wanna do is establish who are the righteous. Well, the righteous are not just people who go to church. They're not just people who know a little bit of the bible or who pray a little prayer once a day. The righteous are not even just really good people who just really try to follow all the rules and all the regulations and all the biblical laws. The truly righteous person can only be righteous through faith in Jesus Christ. What an amazing opportunity we have. You know what, the devil wants you to feel wrong about yourself constantly. I remember for years and years, because of the way I grew up, I had this little recording playing in my head, "what's wrong with me? What's wrong with me? What's wrong with me?" Do you ever think that? "what is wrong with me?" You know, we look at other people and we think, "well, why can't I behave like them?" And honestly, they're looking at you, thinking, "why can't I be like you?" I mean, the enemy wants us to always have this vague sensing that something is wrong with us. Or how about this one? That we're not doing enough. We asked--we did a little survey in our office and just asked people: "tell us, when you get to heaven, what is one of the first things that you would love to ask God or if you could ask a question right now while you're still here on the earth, and get an answer from God, what would you wanna know?" And you know what a lot of 'em said? "I would love to know when I'm doing enough." You know what, people are just exhausted from trying to do what they think that God wants them to do and from trying to be some kind of a perfect example of everything all the time and that is not the way that God wants us to live. He doesn't want you to have wrongness. He wants you to have righteousness. And so one of the first things that we should learn as a believer, sad to say we don't learn it, but if you're somewhere where you're being taught properly, you won't just go to church and hear about the rules and the regulations or even just doctrinal things. You won't just hear about taking communion and different things like that. You're gonna hear about who you are in Christ. Because if you never learn what this does to you to have Christ in your life. It doesn't just give you a ticket out of hell and into heaven, but it--you become something totally different. "If any man is in Christ, he is a new creature. Old things pass away and all things become brand new." And we don't have to wait to get to heaven to have a great life. You can have a great life right here, right now, even while everything in your circumstances is not perfect. If you feel right on the inside, and you feel good about yourself on the inside, not because you do everything perfect, but because you know that God has promised that if you put your faith in Jesus that you will be viewed as being in right standing with him.
Joyce Meyer: this is probably even more important than what we know. And I've taught on righteousness for years and years and--but even studying for this again, I mean, I'm diligent about my study. I mean, I put this message together several weeks ago but I started studying to bring this to you, going over it and over it and over it, like, as early as monday and tuesday of last week. And I've gone over this and over it and over it and over it 'cause when I get up here I want to share something with you that's going to be life-changing for you. And so even in going over this and over it, it still is just--it's amazing that Jesus took our sin, took all the punishment that we deserved, and has set us free from the penalty you no longer have to pay, amen? And righteousness, righteousness doesn't come to us because we do everything right. It comes to us because we know we cannot ever do enough right to deserve a relationship with God and so we receive his righteousness through faith. We believe it and then because of knowing who you are, you will want to spend--you won't feel like you have to. You will want to spend the rest of your life, every day of your life, trying every day to do as many right things as you possibly can, not because you think you have to to get something from God but because of what he has already done for you, you are compelled to serve him.
Joyce Meyer: it is so simple when we hear it. But I was in church for years and years and years before I ever heard anything like that. I heard things like, "you're just a poor miserable sinner." Well, I mean, we do sin. There's no doubt about that. And more than likely every day. But my identity, who I am, is in Christ. It's not, "I'm a poor, miserable, wicked, wretched." I'm that without God but if I'm gonna still be that with God, then what's the point, amen?
Joyce Meyer: and I'm not just--i wonder if you can even begin to imagine, some of you who don't yet have this revelation, how it changes your life to not have to be mad at yourself all the time, and to not have this little feeling that something's wrong with you and you may not make it and you need to try to do something else. Well, maybe if you read the bible more, maybe if you pray more, maybe if you do more good works, then maybe you'll feel better about yourself. And God's never gonna let you have it that way because that is self-righteousness. It's not the God kind of righteousness; it is self-righteousness. And so I wanna press this point for a few minutes because before I go into this promises made to the righteous, you have to know what it means to be viewed as a person that is the righteousness of God in Christ. 2 corinthians 5:21. Does anybody need this today? You wanna feel a little bit better about--hoo! 2 corinthians 5:21: "for our sake he made Christ [virtually]," that means really, "to be sin who knew no sin, so that in and through him we might become [endued with, viewed as being in, and examples of] the righteousness of God [what we ought to be, approved and acceptable and in right relationship with him, by his goodness]." Now, to be honest, you could take that one verse and study it for the next two weeks and maybe, if that's all you looked at for two weeks and thought about it and meditated on it, it might begin to start to sink on--sink in. Jesus took your sin because he's good, not because you're good. He took the penalty, he took the punishment, and he gave you--gave you his righteousness that he earned by never doing anything wrong and it--we can't figure it out mathematically in our head but the bible says that if we believe that then God views us or he sees us as his very own righteousness because he sees us through Christ. He sees us--he doesn't see us in our old sinful state, he sees us as these new creatures that we are, where? Inside, in our spirit. You are a spirit, you have a soul, you live in a body. So you have all this amazingly wonderful, good stuff on the inside of you. Now, you still have a flesh too that has the sin principle in it. This is why after you become a really committed Christian you sometimes feel that you're in a war all the time. Do you ever feel like you're two people? "the thing I wanna do I can't do. The thing I don't wanna do, I'm always doing." I mean, I can make such plans for holiness laying in bed.
Joyce Meyer: I mean, I'm not gonna say anything wrong that day. I'm gonna be so submissive and such a good wife, and I'm not gonna talk back and I'm gonna be kind. I'm not gonna gossip about anybody. I mean, I'm just--i am so good until I put my feet on the floor. But I tell you what, if you want to make the devil mad--how many of you wanna make the devil mad?
Joyce Meyer: make a decision and study until you get it, how to live your life in such a way that when you make mistakes you tell God right away, soon as he convicts you, "I'm sorry, that's not the way I wanna live," and then you refuse to carry a burden of guilt and condemnation all day. That is one of the hardest things in the world to do. I wanna put up a little ledger that God gave me this little creative idea many years ago and we use it sometimes when we're doing altar calls to get people to understand what happens to them when they're born again so can we put my little ledger up, guys? Okay, just take a look. This is your life.
Joyce Meyer: whoo! That says it all right there, doesn't it? Now, I'm not gonna tell you that it's not hard to grasp. That's why we have to keep hearing it and keep hearing it and keep hearing it and keep hearing it. I have probably said possibly a million times in my life, in my own private life, "I am the righteousness of God in Christ. Through his goodness and mercy I am the righteousness of God in Christ." You better always say, "In Christ," because you certainly don't have it in yourself. Okay, now, paul prayed and he was a man who, I mean, man, he followed the law. He was a pharisee, he was highly educated. According to the law's standards, he would have been a right-on guy. And yet paul prayed in philippians 3 that he would be found and known as in Christ, not having any righteousness of his own, but only that righteousness that comes to us through faith in Christ. See, one of our biggest problems is as soon as we do a few things right, then we start to think that we're right and then we start to judge everybody else that's not as right as we are. Isn't it amazing when you're good at something how easy it is to get aggravated with people that aren't good at what you're good at? Anybody? One person over here who understands this.
Joyce Meyer: but, see, God wants us to realize that we all have faults and weaknesses and, if we're strong in an area, it's because of God's grace. Let's look at just a couple of scriptures. Romans 3:20: "for no person will be justified [freed of guilt and declared righteous] in his sight by [trying to do] the works of the law. For through the law we become conscious of sin [and the recognition of sin directs us toward repentance, but it provides no remedy for sin]." You see, it does not--the law never provides a remedy for sin. "but the righteousness of God has been clearly revealed apart from the law, even though it is confirmed by the law and the [writings of the] prophets." It goes on to say: "and this righteousness comes only through faith in Christ." Don't just believe that, "well, I believe Jesus. I believe that I'll go to heaven when I die." No, you need to believe all the stuff that the bible says about you. And you need to actively and aggressively believe your sins are forgiven, God loves you, he's got a good plan for your life, amen, that you've been made right with him, that you don't have to live under guilt and condemnation. That's the only way, even though you're gonna go to heaven when you die, if you want to enjoy the journey, you've got to believe all this other stuff too, right?
Joyce Meyer: okay, now, one last scripture and then I'm gonna get into these promises. Philippians 2:12. This is such a good scripture in the amplified translation: "so then, my dear ones," this is paul writing to the philippian church. "so then, my dear ones, just as you have always obeyed [my instructions with enthusiasm], not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence," now watch this, "continue to work out your salvation." Now, he didn't say, "continue to work for your salvation." He said, "continue to work out your salvation [that is, cultivate it, bring it to the full effect, actively pursue spiritual maturity] with awe-inspired fear and trembling [using serious caution and critical self-evaluation to avoid anything that might offend God or discredit the name of Christ]." So if I were to tell you in my own words what I believe a righteous man is under the new covenant this is what I would say: "It's those who know that their self-righteousness is not acceptable to God. They have received the righteousness of God by faith in Christ and now they daily live their life in fellowship with God, desiring to please him in all things and working with the Holy Spirit constantly toward spiritual maturity." So here's the thing. I no longer get up every day and try to do what's right so God will love me more or so he'll be pleased with me. I know that I've been made right with God through faith and now every day of my life I make an effort, I strive in the spirit, I work with the Holy Spirit to try to be the best version of me that I can possibly be. And I don't do it to get anything from God. I do it because I just can't help it. That's who I am. I love him, I want to please him. Not because I want to get his love but because I've already got it.
Joyce Meyer: and so I have real serious concern for people who call themselves Christians and don't care anything about changing. I have a problem with that. So there's only two things that can happen. Either they're not really true Christians or they've never been taught properly to understand the way that we're to go about this. When you're born again, everything that you need to live a Godly life is downloaded into your spirit. I mean, you got it.
Joyce Meyer: you have got it. Love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, kindness, the righteousness of God, wisdom. I mean, I could go on and on and on and on and on. I mean, you've got it. You are pregnant, so to speak, in the spirit with everything that God is. Now, all you gotta do is give birth. And sometimes that's a bit painful. C'mon, it's a great example. We can understand this easily. So you start out--a pregnant woman starts out, everything's a little seed. You look at her, you can't tell she's pregnant, she don't look pregnant. She's so excited, "oh, I'm so pregnant," and she weighs, like, 3 pounds and you think, "well, you sure don't look pregnant."
Joyce Meyer: sometimes, I've done this in the past and I've made plans and had, like, maybe six or seven pregnant women up on the platform with me, turned sideways, that are all at different stages in their pregnancy. And see, that's the way we are as believers. We're all at different stages in here. Some of you who just haven't been saved very long and, I mean, you don't look Godly, you don't act Godly, you don't--but something's happening inside of you. You have a desire. And so then, maybe somebody that's been born again for, I don't know, three, four, five, ten years, I mean, they're starting to show a little bit. You can actually think, "hm, you're a little different than the rest of the world. Wow, you've really changed." Well, you give 'em another ten years and then maybe another five, ten years and then pretty soon, you get those people, "you are so..."
Joyce Meyer: you know how pregnant women walk, it's like... Because you're ready to give birth at any minute, amen? And so some of you are like that today. You're just, like, "c'mon, I just need one more good push," the birth coach says, "and you're gonna have it." And you know, that's what we have to do. Paul says, "I press toward the things that are ahead." Let me tell you something. Being a victorious Christian is not for a bunch of wimps. It's not for somebody that thinks all they need is a little 20-minute sermonette once a week. I mean, you need the word and you need it downloaded on a regular basis and you need somebody that will tell you the truth, amen? So anyway, I'm gonna help you give birth today, all right. So when you're that kind of person, you know who you are in Christ and you are every day, every day, you're like, "God, I wanna please you. God, change me. Convict me of when i--" I mean, I love conviction. I am so happy now when God shows me that I'm acting bad or i--you shouldn't have said that. I don't get condemned by that anymore. I actually take it as a loving gesture by God that he loves me too much to just leave me in my mess and ignore me. You don't have to get condemned when you get convicted. You need to be joyful. You'd be much worse off if God just left you alone. All right, first promise to the righteous is peace and joy, wow. Peace and joy. Romans 14:17: "the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking [what one likes]," or he might say, "the kingdom of God is not just getting everything you want." "but it is righteousness, peace, and joy in the holy ghost." We pay way too much attention to what's going on in our circumstances and not nearly enough about what's going on in our heart, amen? I did that little exhortation this morning for people that had anger, bitterness, resentment--you could tell by the way everybody reacted that it was probably almost everybody here. Well, so can I tell you truthfully in love, I don't even wanna pray for you for a promotion at work or for more money or a bigger house or to date that guy you've been wanting to date. I wanna pray for you first of all to forgive, to get rid of that junk that's poisoning your life. Because that's much more important than getting what you want. And the interesting thing is, is if we cooperate with God in the spiritual stuff, the other stuff chases us and overtakes us. We don't have to try to get it. God chases us down and gives it to us. So let's focus on the right thing. The kingdom of God is, first of all, righteousness, knowing who you are in Christ. Then, when you know who you are in Christ and you're doing your best every day to do what's right. I fail every day, but my heart's right. If your heart's right, you're not making an excuse for bad behavior, you hate it, you hate what God hates, you hate sin, and you want with all of your heart to change. That's a person who I believe is the righteousness of God in Christ. When you're like that, when you have that righteousness, the next thing you have is peace. Peace. There's nothing that gives you more peace than not to have to have a guilty conscience all the time. And then when you have peace, you have joy. And I believe that they come in that order. I don't think you can have joy without peace and I don't think you can have peace without righteousness. So we need to start by knowing who we are in Christ and then we're gonna have peace and then we're gonna have joy. Forget about all the stuff you think you want and start learning who you are in Christ. Yes!
Joyce Meyer: righteousness leads us to close fellowship with God. My, my, my. When you know that God's not mad at you, that he loves you, that he views you as being right with him, you can just talk to him about anything. You let him into every area of your life. You don't just live this ridiculous life all week and then go to church for 45 minutes on sunday morning and think now you've paid your debt and then you go back and do the same thing all over again. No, when you know who you are in Christ. God just doesn't live in a little sunday morning box in your life. He's into everything. He messes in how you dress and what you eat and who you hang out with and what you do with your free time and what you watch on television and what kind of movies you see. And what do you spend your money on?
Joyce Meyer: and see, a lot of people don't want God messing in that stuff. Well, let me tell you something, his plan's better than yours. It's so awesome to just be so totally in love with Jesus that you just don't--you don't have any interest in having a day without him. Well, before we receive the promises that God makes to the righteous, we first need to learn what it means to be the righteousness of God in Christ. It's a wonderful gift that God gives to those who believe in Christ but many don't even know that it's available to them. You can't release your faith for something if you don't know that you have it. So we want you to really learn who you are in Christ. Today we're offering you a book that I've written that I think is just--it's a good book, it's an encouraging book. It's a happy book and it can be a life-changing book. It's called, "living a life that you love." And, you know, so many people really not only don't like their life, some people say they hate their life. A lot of people hate their jobs. We need to learn to live a life that we love and if you don't love the life you're living, then you need to get with God, find out why, and make whatever changes you need to make. And we're offering this book to you today for your gift to the ministry of any amount. All we ask is that you do the very best that you can. We believe you're gonna enjoy this book. We only get one life so let's learn to love it.
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Lori: some of these children have never ever had a bath in their life. As we're taking layers off, we're finding wounds, burns that were never treated, and disfigured feet. It's tough to see how much they enjoy it. They've never had this before so what is basic to us, I mean, that is--these children have never had. So it's humbling. It is.
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What Do I Have to Do to Obey God? April 8, 2018 - Joyce Meyer (sermon online).
full textual sermon "What Do I Have to Do to Obey God?" April 8, 2018 - Joyce Meye
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Joyce Meyer: the more you walk in obedience, the less the enemy can do anything to you except maybe try to annoy you.
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.
Ginger: you know, we love to talk about those big things in our life that God does for us, the way he deliver us, or the miraculous answers that we get because those are the things that movies come from, that books are written about. But what about those little everyday things that really make a difference, those special little nods that are just between you and God? Those matter too. Take a listen.
Female: funniest or the weirdest habit that God has delivered me from. I like to write everything down and I show it to everyone, even if it doesn't make sense. Female: putting the grocery cart back. I would throw my change on the ground just because. Female: I always have paper with me and I will write down what I'm thinking.
Female: what is it the--the-- female: and they'll be like, why are you sharing that with me? And I'm like well, I thought you would want to know. And they're like, no. When people get hurt, I'm that person that you want there because I'm great under pressure but as we go through the pressure, I do jokes. The least serious addiction that he delivered me from is I used to read a ton of horoscopes. Female: oh, not the lane but wherever you put the grocery cart back at the shopping.
Female: I disregarded them because how they look. They're not worth much.
Female: and I used to kind of go to these things for okay, well, how's my day gonna go? And then I would go to the ones that give you the whole month and I was like, okay, what's gonna happen this month?
Female: and God's like, why don't you think pennies are worth anything? Female: my husband, he got burned doing his mom's car. On the way to the hospital, I'm telling him a joke and I mean, you know, just that was just me trying, I guess, to handle the stress of the situation to lighten it up. I don't tell jokes no more.
Female: I think of her every time. I'm like, well, Joyce Meyer, would do it. I gotta go put that grocery cart away. He's helped me to realize don't share everything you think.
Female: he delivered me that--from that with the word. Like, "no, you go to the word every day and that shows you." That was something that he really did get me together about and I was like, this is so weird. But I start keeping my pennies. I don't throw my change on the floor anymore.
Ginger: little things, big things, they are all important to God. If they're important to you, they are also important to him and that's so helpful for us to remember, how much he knows you, how much he loves you, and how every little thing comes together for good when you're walking with him, and that's really helpful when we consider this next really big question, what do I have to do to obey God?
Joyce Meyer: normally, when you hear people quote james 4:7, they only quote half of it, "resist the devil and he will flee," but that's not what it says. It says, "be subject to God. Resist the devil and he will flee." Our power over the enemy is found in being submissive to God. Did you hear me? Our power over the enemy--matter of fact, I'll tell ya, the more you walk in obedience, the less the enemy can do anything to you except maybe try to annoy you.
Joyce Meyer: do you know that you have an enemy? Is anybody in the building aware of that? Do you know I went to church for years and I didn't even know the devil was real? I thought he was a halloween character that came out with a pitchfork, and red pajamas, and a long tail. I never heard anything about the devil in church. And let me tell ya something, he's alive and well on planet earth and he is the source of our problems and we need to know how to deal with him.
Joyce Meyer: resist the devil and he will flee. But at first, you gotta submit yourself to God, amen? I might as well just say this 'cause it's on my heart. Some of you, you can turn things around in your life really fast if you just get about doing what God's told you to do. Come close to God and he will come close to you." Remember, he's never more than a thought away. "[recognize that you are] sinners, get your soiled hands clean; [realize that you have been disloyal] wavering individuals with divided interests, and purify your hearts [of your spiritual adultery]." Now here again, this doesn't mean that you can't enjoy other things and have other interests but God needs to be first, that means he needs to be first in our time, first in our conversation, first in our thoughts, first in our finances, first in every decision that we make. If you keep God first, you'll never find yourself in last place. "[as you draw near to God] be deeply penitent and grieve, even weep [over your disloyalty]. Let your laughter be turned to grief and your mirth to dejection and heartfelt shame [for your sins]." Now, this, you know, this does not mean that we go around like, you know, thinking that we're terrible all the time, but I think it's an exhortation that takes sin seriously, take it seriously. You know, half the time now the world doesn't even call sin, sin. Half the things that the Bible says are sin are now addictions, or diseases, or sicknesses, amen?
Joyce Meyer: see, the biggest danger that we have is drifting toward the world and away from God. We cannot think like they think. We cannot talk like they talk. We cannot act like they act. We cannot believe what they believe. We have something higher and it's the word of God. And I will keep shouting from the housetops, as long as God gives me a voice, that this is the truth and anything that does not agree with it is a lie.
Joyce Meyer: sincere repentance, very sincere repentance. One time I was praying, I'd done something wrong, I don't even remember now what it was and I said, "oh God, forgive me, I missed it." And I remember the Lord saying, "missed what? What?" And I said, "well, Lord, you know what I did." He said, "yeah, I want to hear you say it." Not because he didn't know, but you see true confession and repentance is good for the soul. David, the Bible records the prayer of repentance that david prayed when he finally faced the magnitude of his sin with bathsheba and believe it or not, he ignored it for a year. As close as he was to God, he had adultery and he had murder and he managed to think he was avoiding it for a year. And if you read psalm 32, it's really good, especially in the amplified Bible. He basically says he was miserable and when he did confess his sin, the amplified says that he told it and told it until he told it all, and then the joy of his salvation came back. Don't go around with hidden stuff in your heart that you don't want to talk to God about because he already knows anyway. And sometimes we need to hear the ugliness of what it is because it'll shock us even sometimes to realize that we're jealous, or we're just being hateful, or just being hard to get along with. "humble yourselves," verse 10, "[feeling very insignificant] in the presence of the Lord, and he will exalt you [he will lift you up and make your lives significant]." Now here again feeling insignificant is what the amplified Bible says. I'm not real crazy about that translation. I don't think that God ever wants you to think little of yourself, but he never wants you to think more of yourself than you ought to, and that's the key. I like to say I'm an everything nothing, nothing in myself and everything in christ. Nothing in myself, nothing without him, everything in him and through him. God gives us grace. We can't change without him. We need to spend time with God and trust him to change us on a regular basis. How many of you would love to be set free from always trying to change yourself and being unhappy with yourself?
Joyce Meyer: you know, there's been a lot of discussion from theologians about Romans 7:15 through 25 and paul's whole discourse of, "the thing that I want to do, I can't do. The thing that I don't want to do, I always end up doing. You know, what's my problem?" You know, on and on and on. I mean, you read it and if you don't really know anything about the Bible, you're like, what is with this dude?
Joyce Meyer: let me just read you a little tiny bit of it. Romans 7:15, "for I do not understand my own actions [i am baffled, bewildered]. I don't practice or accomplish what I wish, but I do the very thing that I hate." Verse 16, "now if I do [habitually] what is contrary to my desire, then [that means that] I acknowledge and agree that the law and that I need it, I take sides with it. However, it's really no longer I doing it, but--" and so, I'm thinking well, if you're not doing it, buddy, then who is doing it, you know? And but here's the thing, I'm not gonna read this whole thing. I just saw this a few weeks ago, and I did enough checking with people who know more than me to make sure that I wasn't off base but if--in verses 15 through 23, in the amplified Bible, paul uses the word "i" 26 times. "i try, i," you know, "i, i, i, i." And then finally he gets to verse 24 and he says, "o unhappy and pitiable and wretched man that I am! Who will deliver--release and deliver me from [the shackles of] this body of death?" So, to me it's like he's like worn himself completely out trying to be this person that he believes that God wants him to be. He gets up every day, he tries. Let me tell ya, I have a plan for holiness every morning when I wake up and it lasts until I put my feet on the floor and I see a person.
Joyce Meyer: how many of you are much more holy when there's no people there? Thank God he sees our heart and he sees that we want to. God doesn't see the way man sees. Man sees the appearance, God sees the heart, and I'm grateful for that. And I'm not where I need to be but thank God I'm not where I used to be. I'm on the journey and I've decided to enjoy the journey, and I cannot enjoy the journey if I don't enjoy myself, and I can't enjoy myself if I'm always gonna be mad at myself because I'm not perfect yet. And so, paul said, "who's gonna deliver me from this body of death?" And I love verse 25, "o thank God!" Exclamation mark, "he will, through Jesus christ, the anointed one." Who's gonna deliver me? Oh thank God, he will. So, in essence, this is what I want to tell you today, you can't live the christian life, only Jesus can live it through you. It took a while in the last place I was in too they're like--and I'm not saying that we don't put out an effort but honestly and truly, our part mainly is studying the word, spending time with God, staying in faith, trusting him, and consistently doing what God asks us to do. Let me tell you something, if there's anything in your life that God has told you to do or not to do, there's no point at all in saying it's too hard because if God has told you to do or not to do it, then he has also given you the grace to follow through with obedience. We can do whatever God asks us to do through Christ who is our strength. You can even drive home today from the conference with a good attitude.
Joyce Meyer: come on, that's just good plain ole ordinary stuff. What's the sense in coming to something like this and clappin', and shoutin', and dancin', and worshiping God, and hearing all this word and then getting in your car and like, "i dread this drive home." See, sometimes we want to have authority over the devil, and we're not even taking authority over a sink full of dirty dishes. I mean, we need to start at home and start applying the word to these practical little everyday things in our life. And the more you practice on the little things, the big things will get easier and easier and easier.
Joyce Meyer: don't try to go out and have a worldwide ministry if you can't even be a good example to your kids. "well Joyce, I wish you'd have a seminar teaching people what their ministry is." And I tell you the truth, if we all just focus on spiritual maturity, we'll just slip right into our ministry and God'll show every one of us what it is. All right, obedience releases God's power in our lives.
Ginger: most of us really want to obey God but then those lousy temptations crop up and they just make everything so difficult. There are so many temptations in our life and this resource today will help you learn how to deal with the big ones and the small ones. In fact, this is four hours of teaching, you can get it as a digital download or you can get it just like this for a gift of any amount and it's called, "how to handle temptation." And this talks about five ways to win out over temptation. It even talks about how to defeat one of the most destructive temptations around. There are things in here and actually it's right from God's word so it just takes what God's word says and helps you really apply it to what you are facing right now. Whatever you give today, we're gonna get this to you so be sure to order your copy right away. Don't wait. And do your very best to put aside those temptations and do what God wants so that you can have what God wants you to have. Right now it's time for your voice.
Ginger: you need a little encouragement today on how much God loves you? Well, recently many of you out there shared how God's love has sustained you and these are really good. Audra from alaska says, "i was unable to love myself until I began to learn how much God loves me. I listen to teaching every day that reminded me that he loves me. As I listened, I began to forgive myself and other people and started accepting myself as God's beloved. I would not be set free without God's love." Judy says, "i rushed my husband to the emergency room and was told he was ten minutes from death. I prayed to God to please let him live but the most difficult part was, would I accept whatever God chose? Would I love and trust God enough to make the decision? His love, God's love, held me through that time of waiting and my husband is alive today." Let's do one more. This is from valda, she says, "i was hopelessly miserable and didn't want to live. My last hope was going to church and our family pastor gave a sermon on love. 1 corinthians chapter 13, he told us the definition of true love, and I went forward and gave my life to Christ and now I experience his love." That really is the key. You know, there's so much to God's love. It's so big and it's so much more than we can ever really fully comprehend, but God's love is what gets us through every day and changes everything. How did God help you through a circumstance when he didn't answer your prayer the way that you wanted exactly? That's a great question and we've all been there so use our social media outlets and share your answer, use #ea. Coming up, Joyce will pray for people to experience God's love. She will pray for you to experience God's love but first, she answers a question that goes along with that prayer.
Ginger: you know, Joyce, there are so many people out there who just don't feel lovable, feeling like there's just something wrong, "why can't I be loved?" And needing that understanding of how much God loves them. So, we have a video question like that today that I think will relate to a lot of people. Female: hi, I feel discouraged when I'm not accepted. What do I need to do to feel lovable?
Joyce Meyer: well, the keyword that stood out to me even when you were talking about it is feel. "i don't feel like I'm acceptable. I don't feel like I'm loved." And, you know, we have an enemy, satan, and he loves to mess with our feelings, so to speak. And a lot of the way we feel comes from the way we think so the Bible tells us that we can renew our minds according to the word of God and that the word, the Bible, Jesus's words, that they replace wrong thinking. They do away with that wrong thinking. Now, that doesn't happen overnight but they do away with that wrong thinking and then you replace that thinking with right thinking. Something that a lot of people don't understand is if you fear rejection, you will actually behave in a way that will cause people to reject you.
Ginger: that's very true.
Joyce Meyer: and because then you feel insecure so you're just not, you're not free and it makes people
Ginger: you're not yourself.
Joyce Meyer: and it makes people uncomfortable. And so, I think rather than, and I think this is an important point, rather than trying to get people to make us feel good about ourselves, I think God wants us to get that from him and then what we want from people will come automatically. I think I'm gonna say that again because I really feel like that that's the answer. We--you know, anybody who's insecure when you're in relationships with other people, if they have to keep you feeling good about yourself all the time, it just wears them out. And so, no real relationship is gonna last very long if that job of keeping somebody feeling good about themselves is on somebody else. It's like, it's almost like an emotional drug addict. It's like we have to have our daily dose of fixes to feel good about ourselves. And so, God often doesn't give us what we want that way because he wants us to get it from him. I remember a case in point years ago when I had a certain meeting that I did every week here in st. Louis at a church where my ministry started. I had this ladies' meeting and there were several hundred people that came and somebody told me that one of the girls that worked on the helps team was really hurt because I never talked to her or like she might be greeting at the door and if I didn't say anything to her, she'd get all hurt. And I don't want to hurt people. I love people so I asked the Lord about it. I said, "well, you know, help me. I didn't even see her. I mean, how can i--how can I make her feel good about herself if I didn't even see her?" And I actually felt like the Lord put on my heart that he hid her from me because he didn't want her getting from me what he wanted to give her. So, I think that that's probably the best way that I can answer that question is now obviously if people are rejecting her, that's not right of them, but we really can't give everybody else the job of making us feel good about ourselves. God wants to give that to her. He loves her. He loves her unconditionally.
Ginger: he will not reject her.
Joyce Meyer: he will not reject her. It's all over the word of God, so when she feels rejected, I strongly recommend that she go to those scriptures. You know, a lot of people, they don't realize the power that's in the word. It's like, God's word is different than just when we're talking to each other because his word literally I call them like power pellets, you know, they have power in them so they affect you emotionally and spiritually different than just a normal conversation. So, I think to approach the word in faith and take it like medicine, okay, I'm hurting emotionally and I'm gonna take your word as medicine for my soul, and it actually will calm you down and cheer you up.
Ginger: that's great. So, a scripture or two that you would encourage her to hold on to, take that medicine with.
Joyce Meyer: well, there's scriptures in ephesians, lots of scriptures in Ephesians 1 and in Ephesians 3 about paul prayed for the church that they would know the height, the depth, the length, and the breadth of the love that God had for them. And one of the ones that I like in ephesians 1 is that we were chosen in Christ before the foundation of the world. So, God didn't get stuck with us. He chose us. He called us unto himself. And then also I think it's in luke chapter 10 Jesus was talking to his disciples that he was sending out two by two to minister and he basically told them that they would experience rejection. He said, if any--if you're not accepted in any town, then shake the dust off your feet and go on to the next town. He said, "anybody who rejects you, rejects me, and if they reject me, they reject the father." So, really, Jesus takes it personally when people hurt us and reject us, but he will always give us what we need if we go to him.
Ginger: well, Joyce is waiting for your questions so make sure that you contact us on everyday answers page, very easy form to fill out there with your questions, or you can use social media using the #askJoyce Meyer. Before we get to Joyce Meyer praying for you, don't go away, she's coming to pray that you really understand God's love. Here's a look at what's happening next week.
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Joyce Meyer: amen, amen, amen. announcer: the preceding program was paid for by the friends and partners of Joyce Meyer ministries