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Our access to God’s power

Joyce Meyer (8)

Every day we need to come to God and tell Him, “God, I can do nothing without You. Nothing in my life is going to work without You. Apart from You, there is nothing good in me. My confidence is in You. I need You all the time. I believe You and trust You, Lord.” When we humble ourselves before God and ask Him for help, we can access His grace through faith.

I want to share three things that commonly short-circuit our faith, cutting off our access to God’s power. They are complaining, self-pity and pride.

  • Complaining is a negative attitude that keeps us from being thankful for all God has done, is doing and will do. It is a sin we need to repent of, and then be determined to thank God in all things, at all times. His grace and blessings always outweigh the things we think are wrong in our life.
  • Self-pity is simply a “poor me” attitude. It is a form of idolatry because it causes you to focus on yourself and think, “What about me?” But we can’t be pitiful and powerful at the same time, so let’s decide to give up all self-pity.
  • Pride takes credit for what God has done and steals His glory. It makes us independent of God, and we can’t bear good fruit apart from Christ.

Before I learned how to live my life by God’s grace, I was a mess. I was a nagging wife, a manipulator and controlling. And I wasn’t satisfied living like that. Then God helped me by opening my eyes to see that I couldn’t really change until I started taking His Word seriously and trusted Him to change me. When I made a firm decision to pray and study the Word in areas I was weak until the truth made me strong, then God’s grace gave me the power I needed to overcome the things that were wrong. And I keep going forward in my journey with God the same way today.

God has all the power you need to do anything you need to do. He loves you and wants to give you His power to live your everyday life with joy. Lean on Him with absolute trust in His wisdom and goodness, and live with God-given confidence.

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Accessing God’s Power Through Grace and Faith

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God has a great plan for each person’s life, and He wants us to enjoy every day of our lives. But we can’t do it if we live in fear and lack confidence. Confidence is the belief that you’re able to do what you need or want to do. God gives us confidence, but we need to know how to access it by faith.

God-given confidence is actually the grace of God. We usually hear grace defined as God’s undeserved favor or God doing something for you that you don’t deserve. But it’s really more than that. It was life-changing for me to learn that grace is also God’s power, freely given to me, to enable me to do with ease what I could not do on my own with any amount of struggle or effort.

Think about this for a minute. Everyone who accepts Christ as their Savior is taught that we’re saved by grace through faith. Ephesians 2:8 (AMP) says, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” But the same way we are saved is the way we are supposed to live. In other words, once we are born again, God wants us to do everything in life by grace through faith.

This has been one of the greatest revelations of my life. I remember how exciting it was to realize that God is not just there to help us when we have an emergency. God wants to be involved in every single thing we do on a day-to-day basis. There’s nothing you’re involved in that God doesn’t care about, and He wants you to pray and ask Him to help you with every detail of your life. He doesn’t want you to live striving in your own effort to do anything. God wants to be your close, personal, intimate friend.

I was a Christian for years before I learned how to access God’s grace, or power, to live my everyday life. First, I had to get an understanding that once I was saved, God didn’t expect me to live right by my own strength. Just as I couldn’t “earn” salvation through my own works or effort, I also couldn’t really change my heart or behavior in my own strength. Jesus says in John 15:4 (NIV), “No branch can bear fruit by itself. It must remain joined to the vine. In the same way, you can’t bear fruit unless you remain joined to me.”

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Take a “Life Inventory”

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Taking inventory is a great place to start: Are you surrounded by a mess? Looking around your house, are there chores you’ve started but never finished—simple household repairs, stacks of unpaid bills, unmade beds and dishes in the sink that never get washed?

You may think, These little things really don’t matter—it’s the big stuff that trips me up. But getting organized in the normal routines of life and finishing little projects you’ve started is an important first step toward realizing larger goals. If you can’t get a handle on the small things, how will you ever get it together to focus on the big things?

Finish What You Start!

Decide today that you are going to be a great “finisher.” In fact, I believe we can get a lot of inspiration from some of the great finishers in the Bible…

Moses led the Israelites around the desert for forty years before they finally reached the Promised Land. Lesson: You may have been stuck in the same mess for a long time, but it’s never too late to have a great finish!

Job, though tested beyond normal human endurance, finished strong with a steadfast faith. The outcome? Job 42:10 says, “…The Lord made him prosperous again and gave him twice as much as he had before” (NIV). Lesson: Your tests, trials, and failures haven’t disqualified you from having something great. Hang in there and keep pressing…because there’s a reward at the end!

Paul, who suffered tremendous persecution for his faith, was able to write, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful” (2 Timothy 4:7 NLT). Because Paul didn’t give up, he wrote more than two-thirds of the New Testament and is still impacting believers today. Lesson: The choices you make affect more lives than just your own. Your decision to go to the next level and finish strong can leave a legacy that impacts many others.

Here’s the best news of all: These men were just people like you and me, and if they can do it, so can we! Yes, it’s going to require effort, and some things will be hard at first. But God has equipped you to handle difficult things. In fact, He has already planted the seeds of discipline and self-control inside you. You just have to water those seeds with His Word to make them grow!

You have what it takes to be a great finisher. So make up your mind today to clean up the messes—big and small—that are dragging you down. Then say, “God, I am nothing without You. I can’t do anything on my own.” When you do this, you can trust Him to give you the grace and strength you need to do what you need to do. As you take these steps in the right direction, you’ll be amazed by your progress…and just how close you are to the finish line.

 

 

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You Have What It Takes to Be a Great Finisher

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How many times have you heard someone say, “I wish I had what they have”?

It’s easy to feel this way, not taking into account the hard work and self-sacrifice it took for them to get what they have—a successful business, a slim figure, early retirement…

Too often we want to skip the hard work and go directly to the results. I believe many times people are looking for some magic formula to transport them right to the finish line. They’re hoping for an easier way to get what they want. And we’ve all been there…

Wouldn’t it be nice to lose weight without having to cut calories or exercise? I’m sure a lot of students would love to get their diploma without having to study or take tests. Or wouldn’t it be great to suddenly have a lot of new furniture and nice things without having to save up the money to buy them?

Nobody wants to suffer or sacrifice. But the fact is that you and I will never have the things we want to have in life if we aren’t willing to practice the discipline and self-control it takes to have them. To put it bluntly, if you want to have the perks, you have to put in the work!

Proverbs 25:28 compares a person without self-control to a city with broken-down walls—full of rubble and chaos. I can tell you from experience that building discipline and self-control into your personal habits will not only help you achieve your goals, but it will also help you gain real peace of mind. Why? Because you feel better when you start putting things in order.

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Pay Attention to What You are Saying

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Think for a moment how your words could be affecting your life right now.

How do you talk about yourself, your present circumstances, and your future? When you talk with your friends, what kinds of things are you talking about?

I encourage you to form a habit of speaking positive words of faith every day. Words like, “I love my life and I have a great future. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. And something good is going to happen to me today.”

Even when you’re struggling to believe it, say it anyway. Our words have the power to change our mind and our attitude and shape our future.

Not only that, until you learn to speak in agreement with what the Bible says, you will be missing out on the joy and peace that come through simply believing the promises of God.

Don’t Let Words Block Your Blessings

In Luke 1, God sent the angel Gabriel to tell Zacharias that he and his wife, Elizabeth, would have a son who would be anointed to be the forerunner of the Messiah

Zacharias should have been so excited! But rather than believe the good news, he questioned the promise. So God supernaturally shut his mouth until the day his son was born.

Have you ever let your words create a barrier against God’s blessings in your life? I certainly have. Thankfully, we can change that when we decide to change our words.

If you want to live in the fullness of God’s anointing, fill your mouth with His Word. Don’t just speak what you think or feel or what other people say. You can have the promises of God fulfilled in your life if you will learn to come into agreement with God, do what He tells you to do, and say what He says.

 

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Expose Unforgiveness and Enjoy Your Life!

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Everything God asks us to do is for our benefit. And obedience to God is the key to living and enjoying the abundant life Jesus offers. It’s not enough to just know what God says in His Word—if we don’t put it into practice, it doesn’t do us any good. This includes the practice of forgiveness.

We all get hurt sometimes and have to deal with offenses. And if we don’t deal with those offenses and just stuff them down inside our heart, we can think we’re okay but really, the hurt is still there—it’s just hiding. I know from personal experience that you can have unforgiveness in your heart and not even realize it’s there.

I remember years ago when I was in church and the preacher said he was going to talk about forgiving others. When he said that, I smugly thought, “I don’t need this.” But then the Lord spoke to my heart and said, “Yes, you do.”

By the time the teaching was over, He showed me two people I was angry with. It was quite a revelation because I honestly wasn’t even aware that I was angry with them. I also realized that my unforgiveness toward these people was affecting my relationships with them.

You see, people around you can feel anger and unforgiveness that show in your body language and attitude, even when you are not consciously thinking about it. And if you are holding on to a bitter grudge, you are going to be miserable.

Proverbs 4:23 (AMP) says, “Keep and guard your heart with all vigilance and above all that you guard, for out of it flow the springs of life.” God has given us the responsibility of guarding our heart and dealing with any unforgiveness. He will give us His grace to be able to forgive, but we have to make the choice to do it. The first step is searching your heart.

If you’re carrying around the hurt and anger of grudges and unforgiveness, do yourself a favor and let them go. Don’t do it for those who have hurt you. Do it for yourself so that you can enjoy life!

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Examples of Avoiders Who Ended Up in the Wilderness

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I want to talk about two people in the Bible who ran away when they were afraid and how God helped them confront their fear.

Moses – God had a destiny for Moses. But at forty years old, Moses did something wrong and instead of facing Pharaoh, he fled and “dwelt in the land of Midian” (Exodus 2:15 NKJV), which was a desert wilderness area outside of Egypt. He spent the next forty years in a holding pattern. God had to work some things out of Moses before he was ready, at age eighty, to go back and lead the Israelites.

Hagar – In Genesis we read how this servant girl got caught up in a really bad situation with Abraham and his wife, Sarah. When Hagar became pregnant by Abraham, which was Sarah’s idea, this created a big fight between her and Sarah. So Hagar ended up running away. The Bible says she ended up in the wilderness by a spring. Then an angel of God told her, “Go back to your mistress and [humbly] submit to her control” (Genesis 16:9 AMP). Ouch. Although it was definitely unpleasant and, I’m sure, extremely hard to do, Hagar did face her difficult situation because she knew God wanted her to do it.

There are other examples in the Bible of those who failed to confront their issues and ended up in the wilderness. What about you? Are you in a wilderness today because you are fearfully avoiding confrontation? You don’t have to stay there all your life and keep running away from things. You can get out of that wilderness and live in the promised land God has for you—if you will start confronting issues.

Be like the teenage shepherd boy named David and run toward the Goliath you are facing. Confront the giant in your life and experience the victory God has for you!

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Find Your Source of Strength

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Maybe you just need to live with a little more oomph! I’m talking about Holy Spirit oomph that says, “I am God’s child, and I’m not going to be stepped on my whole life. I am the head and not the tail, above and not beneath. I will not live in fear. I will not run away from things. Because I can do whatever I need to do in life through Christ who strengthens me.”

You can confront your problem. Or you can choose to run away from it. But if you run, the Bible is pretty clear as to what happens to people who run away from what God has called them to do…

They end up in the wilderness. 

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It’s Time to Stop Running

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We need to be people who will no longer run away from hard situations—because God doesn’t want us to be afraid. He wants us to be bold, courageous, and to know we can handle anything that comes our way!

Look at 1 John 4:4 (AMP). This scripture is so fantastic! It says, “Little children, you are of God [you belong to Him] and have [already] defeated and overcome them [the agents of the antichrist], because He Who lives in you is greater (mightier) than he who is in the world.”

The next time you feel fearful about a situation or person that you know you need to confront, just quote this scripture and remind the devil of his place. And tell him, “No. I’m not putting up with fear any longer.”

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God’s plan for your life

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Joyce Meyer: Today on “enjoying everyday life” we’re going to talk about how we can come to God in a comfortable manner through his grace rather than trying to approach him legalistically by following all the rules and regulations.

Joyce: You have to make sure that you’re going to God to get God’s plan for your life, and you’re not just running to other people all the time to find out what they’re doing so you can go try to do what they’re doing, so you think you can be what they are. I’ve tried several different things and what works for other people just doesn’t always work for me. I don’t tell people how much time I spend with God because I don’t want anybody trying to do what I do. I believe God gives me a grace to study because of what he’s called me to do. Joyce Meyer Online but I know people who spend a lot more time at one time in prayer than I think I could ever handle. I don’t really know how much I pray because I just kind of try to pray all day; whenever I need to and think about it. I have set-apart times of prayer but I just want to live with him. I hope just anybody here is having as much fun as I am. Even cleaning your house can become a law. I used to be like that. Everything got cleaned every day. We vacuumed every day, we dusted every day, we shined every mirror in the house every day. I say “we” which means I gave the orders and my kids worked. No, I did a lot of it too. I mean every day, every day. My friends would go places and they’d go out to garage sales or they’d go to the…

Joyce Meyer Ministries – We had a big market in our town — still have it — where you can get all kinds of fresh fruits and vegetables that the farmers would truck in every day, and they’d go down there one day a week and go out for lunch, and they just had so much fun.

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