Joyce Meyer · Motivate Me · Motivation

MOTIVATE ME: This Is How God Feels About You

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“Long before he laid down the earth’s foundations, [God] had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of his love” (Ephesians 1:4 MSG).

God looks at you, and he loves you simply because he made you.

The Bible says, “Long before he laid down the earth’s foundations, [God] had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of his love” (Ephesians 1:4 MSG). Before God even created the universe, he thought of you. The Bible says that the entire universe was created simply so God could create the human race so he could love us. We are the focus of his love, unlike anything else in creation — unlike animals or angels or stars or anything else. We were created to be loved by God.

If you ever grasp the profound truth I just shared with you and let it sink into your soul, you will never again have a problem with insecurity or low self-esteem. Because when you realize that God created the entire universe just so he could create the conditions so that human beings could exist so he could create you and love you, it will take away all those feelings of insecurity. God created you in order to love you.

In Hosea 6:6 God says, “I don’t want your sacrifices — I want your love; I don’t want your offerings — I want you to know me” (Hosea 6:6 TLB). That’s the first purpose of life. The most important thing you can know is that God created you to love you. And the most important thing you can do in life is to know and love him back. That’s the number one purpose in life.

The tragedy is most people go through their entire life missing the purpose of it. They know all kinds of things — stock quotes, sports scores, who’s on the cover of People magazine — but they don’t know God.

You may know about God, but do you know him personally? Do you have a friendship, a love relationship with God? That’s the first step you need to take today.

Talk It Over

  • How can you give God more of your love?
  • What do you need to do so that you can know God better?

Bless you,

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(Source: Joyce Meyer Ministries)

 

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Joyce Meyer · Motivation · Power Thoughts

POWER THOUGHTS: Does Your Faith Work?

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[If we are] in Christ Jesus, neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything, but only faith activated and energized and expressed and working through love.
—Galatians 5:6

Many people think great faith is the number one sign of spiritual maturity, but I believe the truest test of spiritual maturity is walking in love. Our love walk energizes our faith. We cannot have a good relationship with God without having faith in God, but love demonstrates, empowers, and expresses our faith. If we truly love God and have faith in Him, we will also love people.

Today’s verse teaches us that faith works through love; and love is not talk or theory; it’s action. In fact, the Bible says that we cannot be walking in love if we see a brother in need, have what it takes to meet his need, and will not help him (see 1 John 3:17).

Jesus also said all the law and all the prophets are summed up in love when He declared: ‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all of your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets (Matthew 22:37-40, NKJV).

Jesus gave these words to people asking which commandment was most important. They basically said to Him: “Just give us the bottom line, Jesus.” He replied: “Okay. You want the bottom line? You want to fully obey all the law and all the prophets? Then love Me and love people.” It’s that simple.

Jesus let people know that walking in love is the key to living a life that is pleasing to Him. Trying to walk in faith without love is like having a flashlight with no battery. We must be sure that we keep our love battery charged at all times. Otherwise our faith will not work!

God’s Word for You Today: God is love and the more we know Him, the more we will love others.

Love and joy to you all,

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Books · Daisy Recommends · Joyce Meyer

DAISY RECOMMENDS: Battlefield of the Mind

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The love of God is meant to be a powerful force in our lives, one that will take us through even the most difficult trials into victory. Even with our minds. I found Joyce Meyer’s Battlefield of the Mind amazing! So, I would like to recommend that book today.

 

 

Think About What You’re Thinking About

 

The Bible presents a lot of detailed instruction on what kinds of things we should think about. Philippians 4:8 alone tells us to think about things that build us up, not tear us down. For the rest, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is worthy of reverence and is honorable and seemly, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely and lovable, whatever is kind and winsome and gracious, if there is any virtue and excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think on and weigh and take account of these things [fix your minds on them].

In Mark 4:24 it says, And He said to them, be careful what you are hearing. The measure [of thought and study] you give [to the truth you hear] will be the measure [of virtue and knowledge] that comes back to you—and more [besides] will be given to you who hear.

This scripture tells us the more time we spend thinking about the Word, the more power and ability we will have to walk in it. It also says the more we read and listen to the Word, the more revelation we will receive to understand it.

In the flesh, we are lazy and want to receive from God without any effort on our own part, but that’s not the way it works. You will only get out of the Word what you are willing to put into it.

I encourage you to make a decision to meditate on God’s Word every day because every moment you spend absorbing it, the more virtue and knowledge you will receive from God.

 

Blessed be the name of the Lord.

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Joyce Meyer · Motivate Me · Motivation

MOTIVATE ME: Kiss Fear Goodbye and Enjoy Life’s Journey

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I define hope as “the happy anticipation of good things.” Are you aggressively hoping for something good to happen to you? Do you wake up in the morning excited and expectant about life? You can do that by learning how to celebrate and enjoy this journey called life.

Everything in life is a process in motion. Without movement, advancement and progression, there is no life. Once a thing has ceased to progress, it is dead. In other words, as long as we live, you and I are always going to be heading somewhere, and we should be enjoying ourselves on the way. God created us to be goal-oriented visionaries. Without a vision, we become bored and hopeless. Hope deferred makes the heart sick, according to Proverbs 13:12but when the desire is fulfilled, it is a tree of life. 

There’s something about hope that makes people lighthearted and happy. You’re not going to be happy if you don’t have hope. The more hope you have in God, the happier you become. Biblical hope is a close relative to faith. I don’t see how you can have faith without hope because hope is the foundation on which faith stands. Hope believes everything is going to turn out all right—hope is positive! To enjoy life you must maintain a good, positive attitude. God is positive, and He wants positive things to happen to each of us, but that isn’t likely to happen if we’re not filled with hope and faith.

Some people are afraid to hope because they have experienced so much hurt and disappointment that they don’t think they can face any more pain. They refuse to hope so they won’t be disappointed. Disappointment is painful! Rather than being hurt again, they simply refuse to hope that anything good will ever happen to them. This type of behavior sets up a negative lifestyle. Everything becomes negative because their thoughts are negative. Proverbs 23:7 says, For as he [a person] thinks in his heart, so is he…. 

Your Future Has No Room For Your Past!

Many years ago I was extremely negative because of the devastating abuse that had taken place in my past. The result was that I expected people to hurt me, and they did. I expected people to be dishonest, and they were. I was afraid to believe that anything good might happen. I thought I was protecting myself from being hurt by not expecting anything good to happen. When I really began to study the Word and trust God to restore me, I began to realize that all of my negativism had to go. In Matthew 8:13, Jesus says that it will be done for us as we have believed. I believed everything was negative, so naturally many negative things happened to me.

I needed to let go of the past and move into the future with hope, faith and trust in God. I had to get rid of the heaviness of despair, depression and discouragement. And I did, once I dug into the truth of God’s Word! I found out that God is …a shield for me, my glory, and the lifter of my head (Psalm 3:3). I began to turn my negative thoughts and words into positive ones! Now, I am not saying that you and I can get whatever 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 can think and speak in agreement with His will and plan for us. We can practice being positive in every situation that arises. Even if what is taking place in your life at the moment seems negative, expect God to bring good out of it as He has promised in His Word. You must understand that before your life can change, your attitude must change.

Hope is a powerful, spiritual force that is activated through our positive attitude. 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). What Satan means for harm, God intends for good. All things work together for good for those who love God. Satan wants to hurt you and have you spend your life distrusting everyone because somebody hurt you when you were a child, while you were in school, in your marriage, on your job, etc. The list of who, what, where and how you can be hurt is endless. You have to say, “No! That is subject to change! I am a child of the living God! Something good is going to happen to me!”

[After all] the kingdom of God is not a matter of [getting the] food and drink [one likes], but instead it is righteousness (that state which makes a person acceptable to God) and [heart] peace and joy in the Holy Spirit (Romans 14:17). What this means is that after all the painful things that have happened in your past have come and gone, God still wants you to enjoy every single day of your life. This won’t happen, however, until you make up your mind to take hold of the abundant life that Jesus’ death and resurrection purchased for you. Until then, the devil will always try to take it away. Jesus said, The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows) (John 10:10).

You are a new creation. You don’t have to allow the old things that happened to you continue to affect your new life in Christ. As a new creature in Christ Jesus, you can have your mind renewed according to the Word of God: And be constantly renewed in the spirit of your mind [having a fresh mental and spiritual attitude], and put on the new nature (the regenerate self) created in God’s image, [Godlike] in true righteousness and holiness (Ephesians 4:23-24). Things will change for the better when you keep your thoughts filled with hope.

Rejoice In Hope 

The Bible is full of hope-filled promises for you and me.Through Him also we have [our] access (entrance, introduction) by faith into this grace (state of God’s favor) in which we [firmly and safely] stand. And let us rejoice and exult in our hope of experiencing and enjoying the glory of God (Romans 5:2). Good things begin to happen to you when you rejoice in the hope of experiencing God’s favor on a regular basis. Luke 2:52 tells us that …Jesus increased in…favor with God and man. You and I are introduced to the favor of God by faith. All of God’s promises are activated by faith. We shortchange ourselves when we believe in Jesus but don’t believe in His blessings. Believe that you walk in holiness and righteousness (see Ephesians 4:24), believe that you are anointed (see 2 Corinthians 1:21), and believe that you are blessed with every spiritual blessing as promised in Ephesians 1:3. Believe Romans 8:37 when it says you are more than a conqueror!

Everything that is promised in the Bible is for us to rejoice innow. Be glad! Raise your expectancy level. Rejoice in the hope of experiencing God’s glory right now. My husband and I believe for many things, but beyond them all, we believe in Someone—Jesus. We don’t always know what is going to happen. We just know that it will always work out for our good! The more positive and hopeful we are, the more we will be in the flow of God. In Ephesians 1:17-18, the apostle Paul prayed, [For I always pray to] the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, that He may grant you a spirit of wisdom and revelation [of insight into mysteries and secrets] in the [deep and intimate] knowledge of Him, by having the eyes of your heart flooded with light, so that you can know and understand the hope to which He has called you, and how rich is His glorious inheritance in the saints (His set-apart ones). 

This glorious inheritance is for you and me! Second Peter 1:3 says, For His divine power has bestowed upon us all things that [are requisite and suited] to life and godliness, through the [full, personal] knowledge of Him Who called us by and to His own glory and excellence (virtue). 

The Hope Of Seeing Change 

If there is anything in this world that you can be sure of, it is change. Something is always changing. Why is it, then, that we find ourselves thinking, “Nothing will ever change… I’m always going to be like this… My situation will never change… He’ll never change… She’ll never change… I’m never going to be as good as so-and-so”? The only thing that will never change is God. For I am the Lord, I do not change… (Malachi 3:6). Everything else can change. If you have no hope of seeing change in your situation, change probably isn’t going to come. We endure so many things emotionally that we really wouldn’t have to suffer if we put our hope in God and stopped looking at all of the circumstances we can’t control. We will never enjoy life unless we decide to! In order to live as God intends for us to live, we must truly believe that it is God’s will for us to experience continual joy. Then we must decide to enter into that joy, which is essential to our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health.

Proverbs 17:22 says, A happy heart is good medicine and a cheerful mind works healing, but a broken spirit dries up the bones. Hope makes joy available, just as a lack of hope produces misery. We can choose to enjoy righteousness and peace or stay in the midst of condemnation and turmoil. There are blessings or curses available, and that is why Deuteronomy 30:19 tells us to choose life and blessings. What do you do while you wait for change? You pray, believe and expect to receive. Maintain a positive attitude, knowing that God is working on bringing your change and that you will see it. Throughout your waiting time, the devil will scream, “It’s not going to change; it’s going to get worse!” Don’t listen to this and become discouraged. Instead, wake up in the morning and say out loud, “This is the day that the Lord has made, and I will rejoice and be glad! Something good is going to happen to me today! Everything in my life that is not right is subject to change! The One who never changes is changing my situation. And while He’s doing it, I’m going to enjoy my life!” Put your confidence in God and stop wearing yourself out trying to make things happen. The decision to have a good attitude while your change is coming can change you! Now is the time to decide to enter into the full and abundant life that God wants you to have.

God Is Working Right Now! 

Most of us have a hard time believing that God is working on our behalf until we see something happening with our natural eyes. This usually isn’t the way God works. He works behind the scenes much of the time. Right now He is changing hearts and drawing sinners unto Him. Right now He is working in our government. Right now God has a plan for your promotion. He may be speaking to your boss about giving you a raise. God is busy working in your life as long as you believe. Hebrews 11:1says, Now faith is the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed) of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses].

This scripture begins with the word now. Although the Greek word from which it is translated actually means “but, and, etc.,” rather than “at this point in time,” I still believe the term can be used to describe faith and hope. Faith and hope operate right now! Without them, life isn’t enjoyable. Every time I lay aside faith and hope, I stop believing and I lose my peace. And as soon as I lose my peace, my joy goes with it. Make a decision to be a now person. God has a good plan for your liferight now. Trust Him today. Believing God brings you into His rest and puts an end to the torment caused by impatience and anxiety while you’re waiting. No matter how hopeless your situation seems to be or how long it has been that way, I know you can change because I did. It took time and heaping helpings of the Holy Spirit, but it was worth it. It will be worth it for you, too. Whatever happens, trust in the Lord and trust in the power of hope! My hope is in God who never changes. Nothing is impossible with Him. He is a big God, and I’m believing Him for big things. How about you?

Bless you,

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(Source: Joyce Meyer)

 

Joyce Meyer · Motivate Me · Motivation

MOTIVATE ME: Receive the Gift of Christ

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The moment you receive Christ as your Savior, you receive everything He is in your spirit. In and through Him, you are a joint heir of the Kingdom of God, which Romans 14:17 says is righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. There is such power in those gifts! All you need to do to enjoy them is open your heart to God and receive them, like a child on Christmas morning. You don’t even have to wait. You can start unwrapping His gifts right now!

The Gift of Peace

Jesus―the Prince of Peace―wants us to have His peace in every part of our lives, at all times. This verse goes on to say, “Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” Instead of hanging on to worry, anxiety, fear or frustration, you can receive His gift of supernatural peace. Moment by moment, day by day, I encourage you to put your trust in God. As you go through the process of releasing your worries and cares to Him, you will find a peace that surpasses all understanding.

The Gift of Joy

Fullness of joy is found not in God’s presents, but in His presence. That’s why the Bible says we can have inexpressible, glorious, triumphant, heavenly joy no matter what is happening around us. One of the easiest ways to increase your joy and the joy of others is to keep your heart and mind focused on God and His Word. As you carry out your daily responsibilities and activities, ask God to help you and lead you. Then relax in the overwhelming, empowering joy of the Lord—joy that cannot be fully explained or understood!

The Gift of Righteousness

Righteousness is right standing with God. When we accept Jesus, He gives us the gift of His righteousness, and by faith, we are made right with God. You don’t have to worry about making mistakes. God knows you will make them! But because of Jesus, you can rest in His righteousness. As you unwrap this incredible gift, I encourage you to pray with boldness. Remember, He does not hear or answer our prayers because we are good; He hears and answers because He is good!

The Gift of Hope

Hope is an extraordinary gift. It allows us to experience peace and joy as we simply believe God’s Word and the promises it holds. Romans 15:13 says that by the power of the Holy Spirit, we can overflow or “bubble over” with hope. Although we can’t prevent negative feelings from ever showing up, we can quickly chase them away by choosing hope-filled thoughts, words and actions. Our hope is in Christ and He will never fail us.

The Gift of Faith

Faith in God brings a supernatural rest into our souls, allowing us to live simply and freely, the way He wants us to live. Trust doesn’t just happen in our relationship with God, but grows as we come to know Him more personally, take steps of faith and experience His faithfulness. It is a gift that is often released through the power of prayer and thanksgiving. I encourage you to ask God to help you develop a deeper trust in Him, and then thank Him in advance for the gift of faith He has given you.

The Gift of Love

God’s Word teaches us to love everyone, including ourselves. As you receive God’s love and learn to love yourself by seeing yourself through God’s eyes, then you will be able to love others the way God loves them. God’s love is a wondrous gift that He freely gives us. We can’t earn it and we don’t deserve it, yet He willingly and continually longs to express His love to us. All we need to do is open our hearts, believe His Word, and receive it with thankfulness. Believe that God loves you with an everlasting love, and then share that love with others.

I want to encourage you to continue to pursue a deeper, more intimate relationship with Him through the Word and prayer each day.

Bless you,

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Joyce Meyer · Motivation · Power Thoughts

POWER THOUGHTS: Shake It Off

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And whoever will not receive and accept and welcome you nor listen to your message, as you leave that house or town, shake the dust [of it] from your feet ~ Matthew 10:14

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I don’t let rejection bother me because I have the only approval that matters : God’s. 

Love and joy to you all,

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Joyce Meyer · Motivation · Power Thoughts

POWER THOUGHTS: I am Righteousess of God in Christ

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Since they did not know the righteousness of God and sought to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness ~ Romans 10:3

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My thoughts, words, and actions are acceptable to God because of Christ lives in me.

Love and joy to you all,

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Joyce Meyer · Motivation · Power Thoughts

POWER THOUGHTS: The Wonder of God’s Mercy

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Charles Spurgeon  said “God’s mercy is so great that you may sooner drain the sea of its water or deprive the sun of its light or make space too narrow, than disminish the great mercy of God”

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Father, I am thankful for Your mercy in my life.

Love and joy to you all,

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Family · Joyce Meyer

FAMILY: Practice Makes Perfect

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Make me understand the way of Your precepts; so shall I meditate on and talk of Your wondrous works.
– Psalm 119:27

Mark 4:24 says the amount of time you give to the Word will determine the amount of knowledge and virtue that comes back to you. As humans, we can be rather lazy, and many people want to get something for nothing (with no effort on their part); however, according to this Scripture, that is not the way it works.

If you want to do what the Word of God says and tap into the full power available to you, you will have to spend time reading the Word, meditating on it, pondering and contemplating it, talking about it, and rehearsing and practicing it in your thinking.

Remember the old saying “Practice makes perfect”? We don’t expect to be experts at other things in life without a lot of study, so why would we expect living the Christian life to be any different?

Power Thought: I study the Word of God so I can learn God’s ways.

Bless you,

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FAMILY: The Truth About Prayer: What It Is and How It Works

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Prayer is simply conversation with God. It’s asking Him to meet your need or someone else’s. It’s praising Him and thanking Him. It’s about committing things to Him and consecrating things to Him. We need to pray about everything and anything.

I think some people don’t pray much because they don’t understand how powerful prayer really is. The truth is it’s one of the greatest privileges we have as Christians.

“When we pray, we open the door for God to come into our problems and situations and work on them.”

When we pray, we open the door for God to come into our problems and situations and work on them. Prayer makes us partners with God. And while we can’t really change people and make them love God, He can minister to their hearts and reach them.

I also believe that prayer is easier than we think it is. And it can be so much a part of our life that we don’t even realize how much we pray – like breathing.

What Makes Prayer So Powerful?

The Bible teaches us in James 5:16 that “the earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working].” Prayer is passionate. It’s about sincerity of heart and putting your whole heart into it.

Prayer doesn’t have to be eloquent or long. And prayer isn’t better if it’s loud or if you’re on your knees, folding your hands or bowing your head. It’s good to humble yourself, but it’s not your posture or how long you pray that makes it effective.

I remember a time when God challenged me to ask for what I wanted and needed in the least amount of words possible. This was hard at first. For example, when we do something wrong, it’s hard just to say, “God, I know that was wrong and I admit it. I ask You to forgive me. Thank You, Lord. Amen.”

Instead, it’s common to hear something like this, “Oh, God! I need You to forgive me. God, forgive me. Please, God, forgive me. Oh God, You’ve got to forgive me! Please, God…I promise not to do it again.”

Hebrews 11:6 says that faith pleases God, and if we believe He exists and seek Him, He will reward us. We don’t have to beg and plead with Him to help us. God is a good God! He loves you and wants what is best for you.

Spend time with God. Talk to Him sincerely and honestly. Cast your cares on Him. Then find out what He wants to do and then follow His lead.

Bless you,

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(Source: Joyce Meyer)