The other day I was watching Joel Osteen on television and he was talking about deleting negative things people may say about us. A lot of times we accept negative criticism that people say to us like, “you are never going to amount to anything in life; you’re never going to be the person you think you are going to be when you grow up (doctor, lawyer, etc.)”. Read More Here
I’m sure you’ve noticed how different human beings are! We’re all unique. Like the sun, the moon, and the stars mentioned in today’s scripture, God created each of us to be different from one another, and He did this on purpose. Each of us meets a need, and we are all part of God’s overall plan. Read More Here
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) are the people who know the joyful sound [who understand and appreciate the spiritual blessings symbolized by the feasts]; they walk, O Lord, in the light and favor of your countenance! In Your name they rejoice all the day, and in Your righteousness they are exalted.
Friday, March 13, 2015
BY JOYCE MEYER
Have you ever thought about God's wonderful gift of speech? Proverbs 15:23 says, A word spoken at the right moment-how good it is! God has given us the ability to bless, encourage, praise, sing and worship with our words.
But too often our mouths-and a tiny instrument called the tongue-get us into trouble. If you have an "unbridled" tongue-and I struggled for years in this area-there's no end to the havoc you can create in your own life and the lives of people around you.
But the human tongue can be tamed by no man. It is a restless (undisciplined, irreconcilable) evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless the Lord and Father, and with it we curse men who were made in God's likeness! (James 3:8-9).
Our words can do severe damage to our relationships, our careers and the world around us. But here's the good news: With the help of the Holy Spirit, they can also do great good. God can give us the Wisdom we need to control our tongues and learn to speak life-giving words that reflect the love of Christ and what His Word says.
Here are a few tips to help you train your tongue and shape your life:
1. USE YOUR WORDS TO BLESS. Our words have the power to bless or curse. Proverbs 18:21 says, Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and they who indulge in it shall eat the fruit of it [for death or life]. We need to pay close attention to the way we talk about ourselves. People who have not disciplined their mouths say some of the most awful things about themselves: "I can't do anything right. Nothing ever works out for me. Nobody loves me..." Instead of speaking out of our feelings or circumstances, we need to say the same thing that God says about us in His word.
One of the the first things I say when I get up in the morning is "God, I bless this day in Jesus' name. I bless my husband, children, grandchildren and myself in Jesus' name. I'm blessed when I come in and blessed when I go out."
2. BE THANKFUL AND SAY SO.
Psalm 100:4 says we should "be thankful and say so. "Tell people you're thankful for what they do for you-and thank God for everything you and think of-your family, your health, food, hot water... God has given us a mouth to glorify Him!
When I have my blessing session every morning. I take time to thank God for working in my life. One thing I've learned is when we're waiting for a breakthrough, we need to thank Him for working on that situation behind the scenes. I also thank God for my husband, children and grandchildren as well as all of our partners and all of the people who work with us in spreading the Gospel.
3. ENCOURAGE, EDIFY AND BUILD OTHERS UP. Encouraging people has not always come easy to me, but years ago I made a commitment to God to start doing it on purpose. Every day I ask the Holy spirit to show me who I can encourage.
Isaiah 50:4 says, [The Servant of God says] The Lord God has given Me the tongue of a disciple and of one who is taught, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him who is weary.
Think about the people you already know you're going to be around and ask God to put something in your heart that you can say to them that will build them up.
4. TELL THE TRUTH. The Bible says in John 4 that true worshipers will worship God in spirit and in truth. If you're waiting for a promotion from God, then you need to be committed to the truth. Proverbs 23:23 says, Buy the truth and sell it not. Holding on to the truth might mean losing a friend or your reputation. If you're going to be committed to the truth, there will be times when you'll have to make a sacrifice. Hang on to it no matter what it costs you. It is so rewarding-the Bible says then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free (John 8:32 NIV)
5. SPEAK THE WORD OF GOD.
Jeremiah 23:28-29 says, He who has My word, let him speak My word faithfully, ...Is not My word like fire [that consumes all that cannot endure the test]? says the Lord, and like a hammer that breaks in pieces the rock [of most stubborn resistance]?
Keep hitting your problems with the hammer of God's Word. Speak the Word out loud faithfully. It'll break the hardest things you're facing into pieces.
6. DON'T TALK TOO MUCH.
A lot of times, we just need to be quiet. Proverbs 10:19 says, In a multitudes of words transgression is not lacking, but he who restrains his lips is prudent. I think it's interesting that we have two eyes, two ears, two nostrils-and only one mouth. We need to be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to get angry.
Galatians 5:16 says if you walk by the Spirit you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. If you'll concentrate on God's goodness, and encourage others along the way, you will experiences more joy. God loves you so much, and with His help you can control your tongue and be led by the Spirit daily.
Thursday, March 12, 2015
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
My son, attend to my words; consent and submit to my sayings. Let them not depart from your sight; keep them in the center of your heart. For they are life to those who find them, healing and health to all their flesh.
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
[Those shall be heard again] the voice of joy and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride, the voices of those who sing as they bring sacrifices of thanksgiving of the Lord, Give praise and thanks to the Lord of hosts, for the Lord is good; for His mercy and kindness and steadfast love endure forever!
Monday, March 9, 2015
Sunday, March 8, 2015
BY JOYCE MEYER
People search for happiness in a lot of places. They look to things like relationships, money, vacations houses, clothes, and even open doors of opportunity. Yet, while these things can bring a degree of excitement for a period of time, happiness is based on what is happening "in the moment."
I was a Christian for several years before I understood that enjoying true peace and fulfillment is the most important thing in life. It's something that goes far beyond happiness to a deeper joy, regardless of our circumstances. And no matter what we own, where we go, or what we do, only one thing can give us this true satisfaction-God.
Psalms 27:4 has become one of the foundational scriptures of my life. It says, One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek, inquire for, and [insistently] require: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord [in His presence] all the days of my life, to behold and gaze upon the beauty [the sweet attractiveness and the delightful loveliness] of the Lord and to mediate, consider, and inquire in His temple.
Seek is a strong word. It means to crave, pursue, and go after something with all of your might. Many people want a greater relationship with God, but they don't crave and purse Him of lay aside other things in order to have it.
I love Psalm 16:11. It says, You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy, at Your hand are pleasures forevermore.
The Lord desires for us to live with His joy-to be permanently, consistently satisfied. This all comes from spending quality time with God... from reading, and studying His word, talking to Him in prayer, or simply sitting quietly in His presence.
The truth is everything we need to live a joyful, successful life is waiting for us in His presence. The choice is up to us...
YOU ARE AS CLOSE TO GOD AS YOU WANT TO BE
It's obvious that some people are closer to God than others. They talk as if they know Him personally and enthusiastically share stories about what He's doing in their lives. Why is this? Does God have favorites? No!
The Bible teachers that we -not God- determine our own level of intimacy with Him. We have all been extended the open invitation to ...fearlessly and throne of grace... (Hebrews 4:16).
At this moment, each one of us is as close to God as we choose to be. Infact, I believe there are levels of intimacy that we can choose to have with Him. For example, look at those who spent time with Jesus...
We know that Jesus appointed at least seventy people to travel ahead of Him to every city He went (see Luke 10:1). From the seventy, Jesus chose twelve disciples to share a deeper level of intimacy with Him, and out of the twelve there were three - Peter, James and John - who accompanied Jesus into special situations the others didn't share. But of these three who were closest to Him, only John felt comfortable enough to rest his head on Jesus' chest as he listened to the Lord teach.
So, Jesus had seventy acquaintances, twelve disciples, three close friends, and one who loved Him like a brother. Jesus loved them all, and they all loved Jesus, but not everyone was willing to make the same level of commitment as those who entered into a more intimate relationship with Him.
When it comes down to it, I believe experiencing intimacy with God is a matter of time. It's easy to use "I'm so busy" as an excuse. But if the Lord is the most important relationship in our lives, then He should also have that place of importance in our schedule.
Not everybody is willing to pay the price it takes to be close to God. However, for those who are willing to invest the time - for those who are willing to treat their relationship with God as a vital necessity - there is a great reward than they ever imagined.
PUTTING FIRST THINGS FIRST
Our commitment to spend time with God is as serious as any commitment we will ever make.
The Lord says in Psalm 27:8, Seek my face [inquire for and require My presence as your vital need]. In Jeremiah 29:L13 He promises, Then you will seek Me, inquire for, and require Me [as a vital necessity] and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.
I love these scriptures! They tell us that we should require God as a vital necessity in life...something we can't live without. I'll never forget the example He gave me several years ago:
My uncle, who now home with the Lord, had a pacemaker in his heart that had to be charged on a regular basis.
One Saturday my husband, Dave, and I invited my aunt and uncle out for dinner, but they couldn't go because my uncle had to charge his pacemaker that day.
At first, I didn't understand why they couldn't go. I asked my aunt, "Well, can't he just charge his pacemaker tomorrow?"
She said, "Joyce he won't be here tomorrow if he doesn't charge his pacemaker today."
If my uncle didn't take time to charge his pacemaker, his heart would stop beating. It was a vital necessity for him to keep his appointment.
This is the way we should view our time with God! The quality of our life is greatly affected by the time we spend with Him, and it should have a place of priority on our schedule.
Years ago, I would only seek God when I was "desperate." But one day the Lord spoke to my heart and said, "Joyce, if you would always seek Me like you were desperate, then you wouldn't have so many desperate situations."
Friend, I encourage you to think of your time with God as a vital necessity. Don't just seek Him when it's convenient or when life gets rough, but make this time a regular part of your day. If need be, put it on your calendar and treat it like an appointment you simply can't miss.
As you do, you'll reap a harvest of peace, joy, and true satisfaction...and begin to see changes in your life that will simply amaze you.