Retire from Self-Care by Joyce Meyer

Retire from Self-Care by Joyce Meyer

And they answered, “Believe in the Lord Jesus [as your personal Savior and entrust yourself to Him] and you will be saved, you and your household [if they also believe].” ~Acts 16:31 (AMP)

God wants to take care of you, and He can do a much better job of it if you will avoid a problem called independence, which is really self-care.

The desire to take care of yourself is based on fear. You are afraid of what might happen if you entrust yourself totally to God and He doesn’t come through for you. The root problem of independence is you trust yourself more than you trust God.

People love to have a backup plan. You may ask God to get involved in your life, but if He doesn’t respond as quickly as you’d like, you take control back into your own hands.

But God has a plan for you—and His plan is much better than yours. So, give yourself to Him and see what happens. I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Prayer Starter: Father, I can’t do it on my own. Help me to place my trust in You and turn over complete control. I want Your plan for my life. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Fear Not by Joyce Meyer

Fear Not by Joyce Meyer

No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you or forsake you. ~Joshua 1:5

I have heard it said there are 365 references to "fear not" in the Bible. I know there are at least 355, according to Dake's Annotated Reference Bible, one "fear not" for almost every day of the year.

Do you really want to obey the scriptures and "fear not"? If so, you will be in good company because every person in the Bible who was ever used by God to any degree was told over and over by Him, "Fear not."

One of those people was Joshua. Joshua, the man God chose to follow Moses, had a big job ahead of him: to lead the children of Israel into the Promised Land.

God wasn't telling Joshua to be like Moses, but that He would be to Joshua what He had been to Moses. God would not fail or forsake Joshua. He was saying, "Fear not, Joshua, I will be with you!"

When God tells you He will be with you, that means no matter what the circumstances are like, everything will work out all right because God will never fail you or forsake you.

Prayer Starter: Lord, I lift up all of my fears, worries and concerns to You right now. I choose to believe Your Word—that You will never leave or forsake me. Because of You, I don’t have to fear. Help me to keep moving forward, knowing You are with me every step of the way. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Attitude Is Everything by Joyce Meyer

Attitude Is Everything by Joyce Meyer

...He [can be trusted] not to let you be tempted and tried and assayed beyond your ability and strength of resistance and power to endure, but with the temptation He will [always] also provide the way out (the means of escape to a landing place), that you may be capable and strong and powerful to bear up under it patiently. 1 Corinthians 10:13 (AMPC)

Some of the challenges we face in life may be very difficult ones, but God never allows more temptation to come upon us than we can bear. In fact, with every temptation, He always provides a way out.

The scripture above not only says He provides a way out, but it also says He gives us the strength to bear up under trials with patience. That means we can go through them with a good attitude! Maintaining a good attitude in the midst of something unpleasant is the key to victory, and it enables us to enjoy the journey.

Prayer Starter: Lord, thank You for being with me through all of life’s difficulties. Help me today to keep a good attitude, knowing You are working on my behalf behind the scenes. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Speak God's Mind by Joyce Meyer

Speak God's Mind by Joyce Meyer

Hear, for I will speak noble things, and from my lips will come what is right ~Proverbs 8:6

One of our biggest mistakes we make is that we sometimes answer people too quickly, just giving them something off the top of our head. Only a fool utters his whole mind (see Proverbs 29:11).

Those who speak frequently and hastily are always in trouble, as the Bible says, There are those who speak rashly, like the piercing of a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing (Proverbs 12:18 AMPC).

Prayer Starter: Father, help me to pay attention to the things I say. Let my words today bring healing, wisdom and encouragement to those around me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Invest in Your Healing by Joyce Meyer

Invest in Your Healing by Joyce Meyer

For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised. ~Hebrews 10:36

What a blessing it is to know that the Holy Spirit helps us overcome our past.

Thankfully, with faith and patience, you can recover from your past pain, from things that have been done to you, or from mistakes that you have made, but the recovery will require an investment of time on your part. You can either continue to invest in your misery, or you can begin to invest in your healing.

One of the ways you can deal with the past is by confessing God’s promises instead of talking about negative, defeated feelings. When you confess God’s promises instead of your problems, you are exercising your faith and investing in your healing. This is a powerful way to really begin enjoying your life.

Prayer Starter: Father, I’m grateful that I can invest in my own healing by confessing Your Word over my life. Help me to focus on Your promises rather than my problems. Thank You that You have good things in store for my life. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

He Cares for You and Wants to Comfort You by Joyce Meyer

He Cares for You and Wants to Comfort You by Joyce Meyer

When the righteous cry for help, the LORD hears and delivers them out of all their troubles. The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. ~Psalm 34:17-18

I believe God mourns with us when we suffer a great loss. After all, when Jesus taught us to pray, He told us to call God “Abba,” which is best translated as “Daddy.”

What daddy doesn’t ache when his little boy comes home defeated after striking out at his Little League game? What mother doesn’t feel her own heart break as her little girl comes home from school having been taunted on the playground?

In the overall scheme of things, these are tiny losses and hurts, and the parent knows that. But the pain of seeing your child suffering is piercing nonetheless.

Immediately after teaching the disciples to pray what we know as the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus asked, What man is there of you, if his son asks him for a loaf of bread, will hand him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will hand him a serpent? (Matthew 7:9–10 AMPC).

In other words, because He is our Father, God suffers when we suffer. And while He could change our circumstances in an instant, more often than not, He doesn’t. But when He sees His child suffer, He suffers, too.

When you are feeling loss and sorrow, ask God to hold you in the hollow of His hand, to whisper His comfort and to stroke your head, like a parent fussing over his fevered child. You may or may not feel that comfort, but God’s Word is true, and so is He.

Prayer Starter: Thank You, Father, that You are the God of all comfort and You suffer when I suffer. Please comfort me today. Help me to sense Your loving presence in everything I do. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Heaven by Joyce Meyer

Heaven by Joyce Meyer

He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.

~Revelation 21:4

Heaven is the abode of God, the angels, and the souls of those who are granted salvation.

Heaven, the eternal home of the believer in Jesus Christ, is described in the Bible as not only totally peaceful, but also stunningly beautiful (see Revelation 21 and 22).

Having faith that this is our destiny delivers us from the fear of death. Death is not an unknown nothingness, but a graduation into better things than what we have experienced on earth.

As Christians, we can truthfully say, “I will live in heaven forever!” Your address will change someday from earth to heaven, but you will never really die.

What a joy to know that we have the hope of a beautiful, peaceful place where there will be no more tears, pain, or dying, and we will live in the actual presence of God.

Prayer Starter: O, Lord, thank You for eternal life through Jesus! When life is difficult, help me to remember that it won’t last forever, but I will one day know the joy of living with You in heaven. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Stop Saying "Hate" and Start Saying "Joy" by Joyce Meyer

Stop Saying "Hate" and Start Saying "Joy" by Joyce Meyer

Let there be no filthiness and silly talk, or coarse [obscene or vulgar] joking, because such things are not appropriate [for believers]; but instead speak of your thankfulness [to God]. ~Ephesians 5:4 (AMP)

Quite often, people use the phrase “I hate.” They hate driving to work, cleaning their houses, going to the grocery store, cutting the grass, paying their bills, and on and on.

I think each time we say we “hate” something, it makes it harder for us to do it with joy the next time.

Start saying by faith that you enjoy those things that are naturally more difficult for you to enjoy. Start saying it in obedience to God, and soon you will find those things to be more enjoyable.

We can talk ourselves into things and out of things. You can talk yourself into despising something you need to do, or you can have a good attitude and speak good words about it and make it a lot more pleasant.

Prayer Starter: Father, help me to agree with Your Word and begin talking myself into a joyful life. Help me to speak life-giving, positive, and thankful words. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Prayer Produces Peace by Joyce Meyer

Prayer Produces Peace by Joyce Meyer

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. ~Philippians 4:6-7

In the passage above, the apostle Paul does not say, “Pray and worry.” Instead, he says “Pray and don’t worry.” Why are we to pray and not worry? Because prayer is an important way we cast our care upon the Lord. Prayer is what opens the door for God to work in our lives and the lives of other people.

When Satan tries to give us something to worry about, we can turn and give that care to God. If we pray about something and then keep on worrying about it, we are mixing a positive and a negative. The two cancel each other out so that we end up right back where we started—at zero.

Prayer is a positive force; worry is a negative force. The Lord has shown me the reason many people operate at zero power spiritually is that they cancel out their positive prayer power by giving in to the negative power of worry.

As long as we are worrying, we are not trusting God. It is only by trusting, by having faith and confidence in the Lord, that we are able to enter into His rest and enjoy the peace that transcends all understanding.

Prayer Starter: Father, I take a moment right now to lift up my needs to You. Help me with this day to trust You completely and receive Your peace, knowing You have everything under control. In Jesus’ Name, Amen

Gifts of Grace by Joyce Meyer

Gifts of Grace by Joyce Meyer

For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. ~Romans 12:3

Proud people compare themselves to others and feel superior if they are able to do something others cannot do.

In 1 Corinthians 15:10, the apostle Paul wrote, But by grace (the unmerited favor and blessing) o God I am what I am (AMPC). If you do not realize you are what you are by the grace of God, you will think more highly of yourself than you should.

You should judge yourself soberly, knowing that without God you can do nothing of value. Success only comes by His grace. Your accomplishments and abilities are not yours to take credit for—they are gifts from a loving Father.

Prayer Starter: Lord, thank You for Your grace that enables me to do everything. Help me to always treat others with an attitude of humility. Help me to constantly lean on You and humbly receive Your help. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Our Vindicator by Joyce Meyer

Our Vindicator by Joyce Meyer

For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last he will stand upon the earth. And after my skin has been thus destroyed, yet in my flesh I shall see God, whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold, and not another. My heart faints within me! ~Job 19:25-27

I often say that the Psalms are right after Job, because after getting beat up in Job, you need some psalms. God only knows what this man was going through, how hard it must have been. He lost his whole family, had boils all over his body, and all of his friends turned against him. Yet what does Job say? God is a God of justice.

Job knew who he was. He knew his own heart. He knew what he was doing. He knew his motives for doing what he was doing. He didn’t really care what others thought about him. He knew that his Vindicator was God. He didn’t have to defend himself, because if he needed to be vindicated, God would do it.

It might take a year or five years or 10 years, but sooner or later God would come around and vindicate him. If he didn’t know that God was his Vindicator, he would have had to try to vindicate himself.

Prayer Starter: Lord, You are my Redeemer and Vindicator. You know my heart, and Your approval of my life is all that I need. Help me to not listen to others’ judgments. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

God Knows You Intimately by Joyce Meyer

God Knows You Intimately by Joyce Meyer

Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O LORD, you know it altogether. ~Psalm 139:4

Because we relate to God as individuals—and that’s the way He wants it—we also pray as individuals. Even when we pray corporately with others, we are still individuals; we simply join our hearts with others as one voice.

During these corporate prayer times, I believe God wants our hearts to be in unity much more than He wants our methods to be the same.

When we say, “Lord, teach me to pray,” we are asking Him to teach us to pray in a distinctly personal way and to enable our prayers to be easy, natural expressions of who we are. We are not supposed to check our individuality at the door of the prayer closet. We need to go to God just the way we are and give Him the pleasure of enjoying the company of the “original” He has made each of us to be.

We need to approach God with our strengths, weaknesses, uniqueness, and everything else that so wonderfully distinguishes us from all the other people in the world.

God enjoys meeting us where we are, developing a personal relationship with us, and helping us grow to become everything He wants us to be. It is refreshing to realize that we can come to God just as we are and be relaxed in His presence.

Prayer Starter: Father, thank You that I can approach You just as I am and have a unique, personal relationship with You. Help me to continually be more comfortable as I come to You to talk, worship, or simply relax in Your presence. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 

A Doubtful Mind by Joyce Meyer

A Doubtful Mind by Joyce Meyer

And Elijah came near to all the people and said, "How long will you go limping between two different opinions? If the LORD is God, follow him; but if Baal, then follow him." And the people did not answer him a word.  ~1 Kings 18:21

Like many people, I assumed that doubt and unbelief were the same, because we usually put them in the same context. In recent years, however, I’ve learned that there is a difference. Obviously, doubt and unbelief do not honor God, but I want to show you how they function in different ways.

The story of the prophet Elijah is an excellent picture of doubt at work. King Ahab was the most evil leader the people had known. Elijah declared that because of Ahab’s wickedness, no rain would fall until he, the prophet, said so. For the next three-and-a-half years, drought scourged the land.

Now, that’s a pretty clear picture. There had been sufficient rain before Elijah’s declaration—but after he spoke, the skies quit yielding water. That is pretty obvious. Who would question God or His prophet? But apparently, the people’s fear of Ahab—as well as the lack of rainfall—caused their minds to be filled with questions.

Elijah finally called all the people together, along with the king and the false prophets, and asked them why they doubted. Why were they caught between two possible answers? That’s what doubt really is. Doubt isn’t simply unbelief—it’s more of an attitude that says, “I believe, but . . .” or, “I want to believe, but . . .”

Doubt often comes to reside where faith once lived. Doubt is active opposition to faith, and it tries to push faith aside. The people had believed the prophet, but as time wore on—three-and-a-half years—apparently questions arose, and uncertainty crept in.

If Elijah really did this, he ought to stop it right now. Maybe it just happened. Or, How do we really know that was the word of God? As soon as they seriously asked themselves these questions, they opened the door for Satan to bring doubt into their minds.

Doubt never comes from God—it is always in opposition to His will.

In writing to the Romans, Paul pointed out that the Lord gives each of us a measure of faith (see Romans 12:3). When we cling to that faith, we push away doubts. But when we allow questions to enter in—any kind of uncertainty that takes our minds away from God’s wonderful work in our lives—that’s doubt.

It is also a subtle, sneaky entry point for our enemy. He plants doubt in our minds, hoping it will cause us to oppose God. We probably don’t think of doubt as something that strong, but it is—it’s the first step of opposition to what God declares. That’s why we need to know God’s Word. If we know the Word, we can recognize it when the devil lies to us and causes us to question.

Elijah wouldn’t allow the people of his day to move back and forth from doubt to belief. He made the options clear: Believe the true God or believe a false idol. Don’t fall into the trap of saying you believe in God when your heart is filled with doubts and questions. Choose true faith and say, “Lord, I believe. I may not always understand, but I trust You.”

Prayer Starter: True and faithful God, in the past, I’ve been weak, allowing Satan to make me question You, Your love, and Your plans for my life. Not only do I ask You to forgive me, but I also ask You to teach me Your Word and strengthen me so that Satan can never trick me again. Thank You for hearing my prayer. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

You Are at a Place of Prayer by Joyce Meyer

You Are at a Place of Prayer by Joyce Meyer

For we are God's fellow workers. You are God's field, God's building.  ~1 Corinthians 3:9

Under the Old Covenant, the temple was the house of God, the place of prayer for His people, the children of Israel. The temple had three compartments, one of which was the Holy of Holies, and it held the presence of God! Amazingly, now our renewed and sanctified spirit is the place where His presence dwells!

 

Under the New Covenant, the apostle Paul tells us that God’s presence is now a mystery revealed, which is of Christ in us, “the Hope of glory” (see Colossians 1:27).

Because of the union you now have with Christ, you can be close to God because you are God’s living temple. You are indwelt by the Holy Spirit, a building still under construction, but nonetheless His house, His tabernacle. Paul goes to great length in encouraging us to live a holy life because we are the temple of God.

Whereas the children of Israel had to go to a specific place to offer their worship with detailed instructions, we have the incredible privilege of worshiping God anywhere and at any time. Therefore, we can be called a house of prayer.

Prayer Starter: Oh, Lord, I thank You for Your Holy Spirit Who lives inside of me. Thank You that Your awesome presence goes with me everywhere I go! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

The Courage to Say, "No" by Joyce Meyer

The Courage to Say, "No" by Joyce Meyer

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. ~ John 10:10

My husband Dave once did one of the wisest things I've seen. Before we entered full-time ministry, he worked as an engineer. He was offered a promotion that included a pay raise and a lot of prestige. But he turned it down.

At first I was angry with him. I thought he was making a big mistake. Didn't he want to climb the corporate ladder? Wasn't he the best person for the job?

He explained that he had watched the other men in that position. They had to travel extensively, and they were constantly saddled with unreasonable deadlines that put them under tremendous stress.

"That is not the way I want to live," Dave said. He chose the position that allowed him to stick to his core values—commitment to family, and comfort with self—rather than chasing corporate power so others would look up to him.

Besides, why choose a bigger paycheck if you just spend it on doctor bills to relieve your stress-induced illnesses? Job stress causes as much illness in this country as smoking and lack of exercise. Like those things, it kills.

Do whatever you need to do to make sure you fully enjoy the life He has provided for you. Sometimes saying "no" takes more courage than saying "yes."

You can take this concept beyond the work arena. Removing all the things from your schedule that aren't bearing good fruit will greatly reduce your stress level and enable you to truly enjoy the things you choose to concentrate on.

Prayer Starter: Lord, I ask for Your help to manage my schedule wisely. Help me to keep my priorities straight and learn to say “no” to things that will pull me away from what’s important in life. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

“Inexhaustible Riches” – Charles F. Stanley

“Inexhaustible Riches” – Charles F. Stanley

“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance.” – Ephesians 1:18

What do you think of when you hear the word heir?  Does it evoke images of wealth handed down through generations?  Perhaps it reminds you of someone you love who has passed away.

The truth is, not many people inherit a vast estate or receive great gifts from wealthy relatives.  But when Jesus becomes your Savior, He makes you a co-heir of all God’s immeasurable riches (Romans 8:16-17).  He wants to be your fullness and abundant supply for every aspect of your life.

Do you need strength?  God has all power and gives you energy for every task.  Do you lack wisdom?  He provides discernment and insight that can cut through even the densest fog confusion.  Are you searching for contentment?  Jesus gives you peace beyond human understanding.

Friend, material wealth can be depleted and taken away.  But the inheritance you have in Christ is unchanging and inexhaustible forever.  Therefore, embrace how rich you truly are in Him.

Jesus, I am so grateful for the inheritance You’ve given me.  You are all I need!  Amen.

In His presence…embrace His abundant supply.

 

“Casting Our Cares” – Charles F. Stanley

“Casting Our Cares” – Charles F. Stanley

“Casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.” – 1 Peter 5:7

Problems are inevitable in life – they are woven into the fabric of our day-to-day living.  So it’s no wonder that we struggle with anxiety – sometimes to the point that it cripples us and prevents us from experiencing joy and fulfillment.

But God didn’t create us to handle the troubles of this world on our own, which is why He tells us to cast our burdens on Him and allow Him to care for us.

How do you do this?  How do you turn your troubles over to Him?  It begins by simply talking to your heavenly Father.  Why?  Because prayer shifts your focus away from the problem to the One who can handle it, giving you the solution and revealing the next stop for you to take.

Therefore acknowledge you anxiety and your need for God’s peace.  Confess any sin that you believe may be associated with your fears.  Say to the Lord, “I need Your help, presence, comfort, provision, and direction.”  Then look heavenward to your Father and be confident that He will, indeed, take care of you.

Father, I release my cares to you and ask that You bless me with Your divine comfort and provision, amen.

“Conquering Your Fears” – Charles F. Stanley

“Conquering Your Fears” – Charles F. Stanley

“I sought the Lord, and He answered me, and delivered me from all my fears.” – Psalm 34:4

Anxiety can grip you at any time – it may arise from your situation, or it could be a spiritual attack from the enemy.  Regardless of where it originates, it’s absolutely crucial that when you’re frightened, you go directly to the Father for help.

Ask God to identify the fear and bring it to the surface so you can confess its presence.  Allow Him to expose its root cause.  For example, an apprehension about the dark may be linked to feeling of abandonment.  Therefore, as Him to show you what is causing you to respond in the way you do.

Also, trust the Lord to help you conquer your fear – don’t just accept it.  Anxiety keeps you from becoming all God desires you to be, so he’s committed to rooting it out.  Therefore walk with confidence in His healing.

Finally, face your fear by hiding Scripture in your heart and acknowledging the Lord’s presence with you at all times.  He is with you wherever you go; so trust Him to help protect, and provide for you every stop of the way.

Lord, help me identify any fear that resides within me and face it with Your strength and power, amen.

In His presence...live free of fear.

“A Committed Mind” – Charles F. Stanley

“A Committed Mind” – Charles F. Stanley

“The seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it.” – Matthew 13:23

The fertile soil in this verse is what I refer to as the committed mind – one that’s been cultivated, is ready for the seed to take root, and will ultimately bring forth fruit.  This person is teachable – God can instruct this faithful believer in any area.

So how can you cultivate a committed mind?

By listening carefully to His message – fixing “your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable” (Philippians 4:8 NLT).  By resisting outside clutter – purposely refusing to entertain frivolous distractions.  And finally, by asking the Savior to help you concentrate on His Word and apply it to your life.  This can only be done by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ because He is the One who enables you to receive the Word in your inner person.

Friend, cultivate a committed mind by evaluating your life in the light of what God tells you.  And be assured, when you obey His truth and submit to His leadership, you will grow into the productive, fruit-bearing believer you long to be.

Father, I devote myself to You – cultivate my mind with Your truth, amen.

In His presence…cultivate your mind by dwelling on Him.

:  “How to Identify God’s Voice” – Charles F. Stanley

:  “How to Identify God’s Voice” – Charles F. Stanley

“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.” – John 10:27

At times, seeking the Lord’s direction about a decision can seem like a drawn-out process.  We can become frustrated and confused, and wonder how much we can know for certain that we’re hearing God’s voice.

As believers who walk in the Spirit, it should be easy for us to distinguish whether the voice we hear is of the Lord, the flesh, or the devil – right? Yet understand, your Shepherd is constantly teaching you how to recognize when He beckons to you.  Whether you’ve been with Him for many years or are just learning His way, you can take heart because your tenderhearted Shepherd calls out to you in a way that you can recognize Him.

However, since Scripture teaches that all believers, young and old, should clearly be able to discern the voice God, it’s important for you to stop talking at times and just listen to Him.  Grow still and quiet.  Open His Word and learn to identify how He speaks.  You will, eventually, recognize His voice and know exactly what to do.

Father, as I talk with You, remind me to stop and simply listen.  I want to hear Your voice above all others, amen.

In His presence…practice the discipline of listening.