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The Importance of Vision

Posted on March 17, 2013 at 8:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Author: Joyce Meyer                             Book: Everyday Life Bible

People who have a sad past need to be able to believe in a bright future. Proverbs 29:18 says that where there is no vision people perish..

A vision is something we see in our minds -- "a mental sight," as one definition puts it. It may be something God plants in us supernaturally or something we see on purpose. It involves the way we think about our past, our future, and ourselves. 

Some people are afraid to believe God for a vision. They think they may be setting themselves up for disappointment. They have not realized they will be perpetually disappointed it they do not believe. If I am describing you, remember this truth: It does not cost anything to believe. I feel that if I believer for a lot and get even half of it, I am better off than I would be to believe for nothing and get all of nothing. 

I challenge you to start believing that something good is going to happen to you. Ask God for a vision to pursue, and believe you can do whatever you need to do in life throught Christ. Do not have a "give-up-easily" attiutude. Let your faith soar. Be creative with your thoughts. Take inventory and ask yourself, "What have I been believeing lately?" An honest answer may help you understand why you have not been receiving what you have wanted to receive. Allow God's redemptive revelation to lead you away from the dead ends of your life and give you vision for a future. 

Lift Up Your Eyes

Posted on May 3, 2011 at 9:21 AM Comments comments (0)

Author: Joyce Meyer                                    Book: Ending Your Day Right

          But You, O Lord, are a shiel for me, my glory, and the lifter of my head.

-- Psalm 3:3

          When you feel down, everything around you seems to fall apart, and you begin to lose your strength. Your head and hands and heart begin to droop. Even your eyes and your voice are lowered.

          You are down cast because you are looking at your problems, and this only makes you feel worse. Sometimes you are tempted to say, “Oh, what’s the use?” and just give up. But God is waiting for you to lift up your eyes and look to Him for help.

          Life will always bring discouraging situations, but you don’t have to let them get you down. Despite life’s distressing circumstances, you can be confident in the Lord, the lifter of your head.

          Lift up your eyes, hands, head, and heart and look not at your problems, but at the one who has promised to see you through to victory. Smile….. it will lift your spirit.

You Are Not Alone

Posted on May 3, 2011 at 9:09 AM Comments comments (0)

Author: Joyce Meyer                                                    Book: Ending your Day Right

          Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore will I deliver him; I will set him on high, because he…… [has a personal knowledge of My mercy, love, and kindness --- trusts and relies on Me, knowing I will never forsake him].

-- Psalm 91:14

          God wants you to know you are not alone. Satan wants you to believe you are all alone, but you are not. He wants you to believe no one understands how you feel, but that is not true.

          In addition to God being with you, many believers know how you feel and understand what you experiencing mentally and emotionally.

          As God’s child, you can claim His wonderful promises. No matter what you are facing or how lonely you may feel, know that you are not alone.

          As you meditate on God today, draw strength and encouragement from knowing He is always faithful and He will never forsake you.

Believers Are Achievers

Posted on April 25, 2011 at 10:27 PM Comments comments (0)

Author: Joyce Meyers                                        Book: New Day New You

Stop toiling and doing and producing for the food that perishes and decomposes [in the using], but strive and work and produce rather for the [lasting] food which endures [continually] unto life eternal; the Son of Man will give (furnish) you that, for God the Father has authorized and certified Him and put His seal of endorsement upon Him. They then said, What are we to do, that we may [habitually] be working the works of God? [What are we to do to carry out what God requires?] Jesus replied, This is the work (service) that God asks of you: that you believe in the One Whom He has sent [that you cleave to, trust, rely on, and have faith in His Messenger.

--- John 6:27-29

          I cannot tell you how many times I have said to the Lord, , “Father, what do You want me to do? If You will just show me, I’ll do it.”

          I was a doer. All anybody had to do was to show me what needed to be done, and I did it -- and I did it right. But what frustrated and confused me was when I did something right and it still didn’t work.

          “What must we do to work the works of God?” these people wanted to know. Nobody is big enough to work His own works. That is the way we are. We hear about the mighty works of God, and immediately our reaction is, “Lord, just show me what I can do to work those works.” What was Jesus’ answer to these people? “This is the work that God requires of you, that you believe.

         Now when the Lord first revealed this passage to me, I thought He was going to show me what to do to finally be successful in doing His works. And in a sense He did. He told me, “Believe.”

          “You mean that’s it” I asked.

          “Yes,” He answered, “that’s it.”

          You and I think we are supposed to be achievers, and we are. But the way we achieve is to believe.

LET THE MASTER BUILDER COMPLETE THE JOB

Posted on February 26, 2011 at 9:21 AM Comments comments (0)

Author: Joyce Meyer                 Book: Ending Your Day Right Devotions        

  "For [of course] every house is built and furnished by someone, but the Builder of all things and the Furnisher [of the entire equipment of all things] is God."     -- Hebrews 3:4

          God is the Master Builder -- the one who builds and equips you for the work of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Bible tells you it is God who starts a good work in you, and it is God who will finish it!

          This means you should let Him do His work in you. There are certain things only God can do, and  your part is to let Him do it. You are to handle your responsibility but cast your care on Him.

          Confess your sins and failures to the Lord, confident that He will forgive you. Then trust Him with the job of perfecting you for the work He wants you to do in this life. This will take the pressure off of you and relieve you of the anxiety of trying to perfect yourself.

 

Give God Your Best, Part 1 (01.01)

Posted on January 2, 2011 at 11:53 AM Comments comments (0)

Book: New Day New You

Author: Joyce Meyer

 

          I trusted in, relied on, and was confident in You O Lord; I said, You are my God. My times are in Your Hands.                           -- Psalm 31:14-15

 

          I've trained myself now to strat each day by giving God the first fruits of my time. I've realized that I'm not going to get through the day peacefully if I don't spend time with God. So, each morning, I get coffee and usually while in my pajamas, I just spend as much time with God as I need to in order to feel I can properly and walk in the fruit of the Spirit throughout the day.

          I learned to use the best part of my day to give God the best part of my heart. Giving God the first moments of the morning helps keep my priorities straight for the rest of the day. Don't use this gift of time with God to meditate on your problems. During this time with God, set your heart as the psalmist did, who wrote, "But I trusted in, relied on, and was confident in You, O Lord; I said, You are my God. My times are in Your hands."

          The Bible says to "lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding. In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths. Be not wise in your own eyes."

          God wants to hear us say, "Lord, I dont' know how You're going to do this. I don't care how You do it. I know it's going to be right. I trust all my circumstances to You. My times are in Your hands. Trusting You is my first priority in life."

 

Sleep In Peace (07.30)

Posted on July 30, 2010 at 9:19 AM Comments comments (0)

Book: Ending Your Day Right Devotions

Author: Joyce Meyer

 

          In peace, I will both lie down and sleep, for You, Lord, alone make me dwell in safety and confident trust.

--Psalm 4:8

 

           In the quiet of the evening after a long day, it's not unusual to think about and evaluate the events of the day. But thoughts can be disturbing, especially if you faced problems that remain unsolved.

          Sometimes these thoughts are not easy to turn off and can threaten to rob you of a peaceful night's sleep. But staying awake and worrying will not change or improve the situation at all.

          This is a good time to share your concerns with God and ask for His help. He tells us in His Word to cast our cares on Him, so give your thoughts to Him and trust Him to provide a solution. Then lie down and sleep in peace.

 

 

The Power of a Surrendered Will (07.30)

Posted on July 30, 2010 at 8:58 AM Comments comments (0)

Book: New Day New You (Devotions for Enjoying Everyday Life)

Author: Joyce Meyer

 

          And the word of the Lord came to Jonah the second time, saying, Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and preach and cry our to it the preaching that I tell you.

-- Jonah 3:1-2

 

          We read in the book of Jonah how God told Jonah to go to Nineveh and preach repentance to the people there. But Jonah did not want to, so he went to Tarshish, which is geographically opposite to Nineveh. Running from God does not help us to be at peace with Him.

          What happens when we go in the opposite direction from where God has directed us? What happened to Jonah? When he boarded a ship and headed in his own direction, a storm arose. Many of the storms we face in life are the result of our own stubbornness. In many instances, we have been disobedient to the voice and leadership of God.

          The violent storm that came upon Jonah frightened the men on the ship. They cast lots to see who was causing the trouble, and the lot fell on Jonah. He knew he had disobeyed God, so he told the men to throw Him overboard in order to deliver them from danger.

          They did as he requested, the storm stopped, and a great fish swallowed Jonah. From the fish's belly (not a pleasant place), he cried out to God for deliverance and repented of his stubborn ways. The fish vomited Jonah upon the dry land; and in Jonah 3:1, we see that the word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time. God told him again to go to Nineveh and preach to the people there. No matter how long we avoid God's instruction, it is still there for us to deal with when we stop running.

          God's will makes us uncomfortable only as long as we are not pursuing it. In other words, we always know when something is just not right in our lives. Eventually we see that being in God's will, not out of His will, is what brings peace and joy to us. We have to surrender our own wills, because walking in our self-centered ways is what keeps us unhappy.

God is Always Working

Posted on July 21, 2010 at 11:42 AM Comments comments (7)

Book: Starting Your Day Right (Devotions)

Authour: Joyce Meyer

 

          Furthermore, brethren, we beg and admonish you in [virtue of our union with] the Lord Jesus, that [you follow the instructions which] you learned from us about how you ought to walk so as to please and gratify God, as indeed you are doing, [and[ that you do so even more and more abundantly [attaining yet greater perfection in living this life].

-- 1 Thessalonians 4:1

 

          In 1 Thessalonians 2:13, Paul wrote, "When you received the message of God [which you heard] from us, you welcomed it not as the word of [mere] men, but as it truly is, the Word of God, which is effectually at work in you who believe [exercising its superhuman power in those who adhere to and trust in and rely on it]" (emphasis mine).

          The Bible says that God's Word works in those who believe it. So no matter what you see today, believe that God is working on your breakthrough.

Persistence: The Vital Link to Victory (07.21)

Posted on July 21, 2010 at 11:02 AM Comments comments (0)

Book: New Day New You (Devotions for enjoying everyday life)

Author: Joyce Meyer

 

          And Jesus, replying, said to them, Have faith in God [constantly]. Truly I tell you, whoever says to this mountain, Be lifted up and thrown into the sea! and does not doubt at all in his heart but believes that what he says will take palce, it will be done for him.

--Mark 11:22-23

 

          When Jesus said that we are to speak to our mountain in faith, commanding it to be lifted up and thown into the sea, this is a radical statement one that deserves some study. First of all, what do we say to the mountains in our lives? It is obvious that we are not to hurl our will at them, but the will of God, and His will is His Word.

          In Luke 4 when Jesus was being tempted by Satan in the wilderness, He answered every trial with the Word of God. He repeatedly said, "It is written," and quoted scriptures that met the lies and deceptions of the devil head on. We have a tendency to "try" this for a while, and then when we do not see quick results, we stop speaking the Word to our problems and begin once again speaking our feelings, which is probably what got us into trouble to begin with.

          A stonecutter may strike a rock ninety-nine times with a hammer, and there may be no evidence at all that the rock is cracking. Then on the one hundredth time, it may split in half. Each blow was weakening the stone even though there were no signs to indicate it. Persistence is a vital link to victory. We must know what we believe and be determined to stick with it until we see results.

 

Whom God Loves, He Chastens

Posted on July 20, 2010 at 10:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Book: New Day New You (Devotions for enjoying Everyday Life)

Authour: Joyce Meyer

 

          For the Lord corrects and disciplines everyone whom He loves, and He punishes, even scourges, every son whom He accepts and welcomes to His heart and cherishes.

--Hebrews 12:6

 

          When we need correction -- and there are times when we all need it -- I believe it is the Lord's first desire to correct us Himself. Whom the Lord loves, He chastens. God's correction or chastisement is not a bad thing; it is always and ultimately only for our good.

          The fact that it works toward our good does not mean it always feels good or that it is something we enjoy immediately: "For the time being no discipline brings joy, but seems grievous and painful; but afterwards it yields a peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it [a harvest of fruit which consists in righteousness -- in conformity to God's will in purpose, thought, and action, resulting in right living and right standing with God]." (Hebrews 12:11)

          Correction is probably one of the most difficult things for most of us receive, especially when it comes through another person. Even if we have problems, we don't want others to know we have them. I believe God prefers to correct us privately; but if we won't accept His correction or if we don't know how to allow Him to correct us privately, He will correct us publicly, using whatever source He needs to use. We may not always like the source God chooses to use, but it is wisdom to accept correctin in order to avoid "going around the mountain one more time (see Deuteronomy 2:3).

 

 

 

God's Good Plan For Your Life (05.01)

Posted on July 19, 2010 at 10:08 AM Comments comments (0)

Book: New Day New You Devotions                                 Author: Joyce Meyer

 

 

          For we are God's [own] handiwork (His workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live].

--Ephesians 2:10

 

          Since before we were born, God has had a unique plan for each of us. It is not a plan of failure, misery, poverty, sickness, and disease. God's plan is a good plan, a plan for life and health, happiness, and fulfillment. In Jeremiah 29:11 we read, "For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome."

          It would benefit every one of us if we would say to ourselves several times a day, "God has a good plan for my life." Each of us needs to be firmly convinced of that truth to keep us from being affected by our changing circumstances and emotions. You may be asking, "If God has such a wonderful plan for my life, why am I not living in it?" I understand why you would ask that question. It does seem strange that if God loves us so much and has such good plans for us, we should have to suffer and go through pain.

          What you must remember is that we have an enemy who is out to destroy God's wonderful plan. Although God had a good plan for my life, I ended up in an abusive environment because the devil came and disrupted that good plan. But there is something else, something really awesome about God, we need to understand. God doesn't like it when someone hurts us and tries to undermine His plan for us. While He is making us lie down in green pastures to restore our soul (see Psalm 23: 2-3), He is getting up to do something about our situation!

          It should be a great comfort to us to know that what we cannot do for ourselves, the Lord will do for us -- if we will trust ourselves to Him.

Pray and Obey (05.02)

Posted on July 19, 2010 at 9:56 AM Comments comments (0)

Book: New Day New You Devotions                                   Author: Joyce Meyer

 

          Sacrifice and offering You do not desire,  nor have You delight in them; You have given me the capacity to hear and obey [Your law, a more valuable service than] burnt offering [which] You do not require.

-Psalm 40:6

 

          God delights in our obedience. Naturally, it doesn't do God any good to talk to us if we aren't going to listen and obey.

          For many years, I wanted God to talk to me, but I wanted to pick and choose what to obey. I wanted to do what He said if I thoght it was a good idea. If I didn't like what I was hearing, then I would act like it wasn't from God. God has given us the capacity both to hear Him and to obey Him. He does not require a higher sacrifice than obedience. Some of what God says to you will be exciting. Some things God tells you might not be so thrilling to hear. But that doesn't mean that what He tells you won't work out for good if you will just do it HIs way. If you want God's will for your life, I can tell you the recipe in the simplest forrm: Pray and Obey. God has given you the capacity to do both.

Love With Your Thoughts (07.16)

Posted on July 18, 2010 at 2:44 PM Comments comments (0)

Book: Ending Your Day Right (Devotions for every evening of the year)

Author: Joyce Meyer

#1 New York Times Bestselling Author

 

          For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.

--Proverbs 23:7

 

          You make a mistake when you have the opinion that your thoughts don't affect other people. You can often feel the thoughts of others, and they can feel your thoughts.

          Your thoughts not only affect others, they also affect you in a most amazing way. This verse in Proverbs teaches you that you become what you think.

          If you think loving thoughts, you become loving. But often you think things about people that you would never say to them, not realizing that even your thoughts can affect them. It is virtually impossible to treat people in a loving way if you are thinking angry thoughts about them.

          This is a good lesson for you. It is possible to sin in thought, word, or deed, so if you want to be a loving person you must choose to think good thoughts about other people. Learn to love with your thoughts -- it will be good for you and others.

 

Accept and Share the Love of God (07.18)

Posted on July 18, 2010 at 2:34 PM Comments comments (0)

Book: Ending Your Day Right (Devotions for every evening of the year)

Author: Joyce Meyer

#1 New York Times Bestselling Author

 

          We love Him, because He first loved us.

--1 John 4:19

 

          More than anything, you need a revelation of God's love for you personally. God's love for you is the foundation for your faith, your freedom from sin, and your ability to step out in ministry to others without fear in the form of insecurity.

          God made you with a longing in your heart to be loved. And the Word assures you that God loves you. Yet many people mistakenly believe they have worn God out with their failures. You can't cause God not to love you. Love isn't something God does -- it is who He is (see

1 John 4:8).

          As you meditate on God's love at the end of the day, accept it and express your great love for Him. Then as you go about your day tomorrow -- and all your tomorrows -- share that love with others.

 

Follow Wisdom (07.17)

Posted on July 18, 2010 at 2:21 PM Comments comments (0)

Book: Ending Your Day Right (Devotions for evening of the year)

Author: Joyce Meyer

#1 New York Times Bestselling Author

 

          I, Wisdom [from God], make prudence my dwelling, and I find out knowledge and discreation.

--Proverbs 8:12

 

          There is a lot of powerful information in this small Scripture -- information you would do well to explore. In the Scriptures, being prudent means being good stewards or managers of the gifts that God has given you to use. Those gifts include time, energy, strength, and health, as well as material possessions.

          Each of us has been given a different set of gifts, and each of us has different abilities to manage those gifts. It is your individual responsiblity to develop knowledge and discretion as to how you can best use your gifts. You do this by listening to the Lord and obeying what He tells you to do.

          Following Wisdom is an excellent choice -- one that will bring you many blessings!!

Enjoy Ordinary Days (07.18)

Posted on July 18, 2010 at 1:47 PM Comments comments (0)

Book: Starting Your Day Right (Devotions for Each Morning of the Year)

Author: Joyce Meyer

#1 New York Times Bestselling Author

 

          They who sow in tears shall reap in joy and singing.

--Psalm 126:5

 

          Our days in the kingdom of Gos are like seeds scattered upon the ground. We must continue to sleep and rise, night and day, while the seeds that we sow through our words and deeds sprout and grow and increase. (see Mark 4:26-28).

          Most days are not full of excitement, and some days are more difficult to endure than others. But we can learn to enjoy the ordinary and the challenging days of our lives. As the earth produces first the blade, then the ear, and finally the full grain in the ear, so will our lives produce a great harvest from our faithfullness in sowing righteousness.

          Continue to do what you know is right to do, and enjoy this ordinary day. You are one day closer to a joyful harvest.

 

 

 

All Things Work for Good (07.18)

Posted on July 18, 2010 at 12:56 PM Comments comments (0)

          We are assured and know that [God being a partner in their labor] all things work together and are [fitting into a plan] for good to and for those who love God and are called according to [His] design and purpose.

--Romans 8:28

 

          This scripture does not say that all things are good, but it does say that all things work together for good. Let's say you're planning to go shopping. You get in the car, and it won't start. There are two ways you can look at this situation. You can say, "I knew it! It never fails. Every time I want to do something, it gets all messed up. I figured this shopping trip would end up a flop: my plans always do."

           Or you can say, "Well, I wanted to go shopping, but it looks like I can't go right now. I'll go later when the car is fixed. In the meantime, I believe this change in plans is going to work out for my good. There is probably some reason I need to be a home today, so I'm going to enjoy my time here."

           In Romans 12:16 the apostle Paul tell us to readily adjust ourselves to people and things. The idea is that we must learn to become the kind of person who plans things but who doesn't fall apart if that plan doesn't work out. Even a person who is really positive won't have everything work out the way he would like it to all the time. But the positive person can go ahead and decide to enjoy himself no matter what happens.

 

Be Positive (07.17)

Posted on July 18, 2010 at 12:38 PM Comments comments (0)

Book: New Day New You Devotions                                  Author: Joyce Meyer

#1 New York Times Bestselling Author

 

It shall be done for you as you have believed.

-- Matthew 8:13

 

          Many years ago, I was extremely negative, I always say that if I thought two positive thoughts in a row my mind would cramp up. My whole philosophy was: "If you don't expect anything good to happen, then you won't be disappointed when it doesn't." I had encountered so many disappointments in life -- so many devasting things had happened to me -- that I was afraid to believe anything good might happen. I had a terribly negative outlook on everything. Since my thoughts were all negative, so was my mouth; therefore, so was my life. 

         When I really began to study the Word and to trust God to restore me, one of the first things I realized was that the negativism had to go. In Matthew 8:13, Jesus tells us that it will be done for us as we have believed. The King James Version says, "As thou has believed, so be it done unto thee." Everything I believed was negative, so naturally, many negative things happened to me. This doesn't mean that you and I can get anything we want by just thinking about it. God has a perfect plan for each of us, and we can't control Him with our thoughts and words. But, we must think and speak in agreement with His will and plan for us.

          If you don't have any idea what God's will is for you at this point, at least begin by thinking, Well, I don't know God's plan, but I know He loves me. Whatever He does will be good, and I'll be blessed. Begin to think postively about your life. Practice being positive in each situation that arises. Even if whatever is taking place in your life at the moment is not so good, expect God to bring good out of it as He has promised in His word.

 

Focus Forward (07.05)

Posted on July 16, 2010 at 5:33 PM Comments comments (0)

Book: New Day New You Devotions                                       Author: Joyce Meyers

 

             Not that I have attaned [this ideal], or have already been made perfect, but I press on to lay hold of (grasp) and make my own, that for which Christ Jesus (the Messiah) has laid hold of me and made me His own. I do not consider, brethen, that I have captured and made it my own [yet]; but one thing I do [it is my one aspiration]: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the [supreme and heavenly] prize to which God in Christ Jesus is calling us upward.

--Phillipians 3:12-14

 

           If you have been miserable because of the things that have happened in your past, I encourage you to do as I did and set your focus in a new direction. Determine to be what God wants you to be, to have what God wants you to have, and to recieve what Jesus died to give you.

           When you feel discouraged, say, "I am not going to live in bondage anymore. I cannot do anything about what I have done in the past, but I can do something about my future. I am going to enjoy my life and have what Jesus died for me to have. I am going to let go of the past and go on pursuring God from this day forth!


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