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Joyce Meyer – Let the Spirit Take the Lead

 …I am the Lord your God, Who teaches you to profit, Who leads you in the way that you should go.

— Isaiah 48:17 (AMPC)

Most people are afraid not to be like everyone else. Many people are more comfortable following specified rules than daring to follow the leading of God’s Spirit. When we follow man-made rules, we please people, but when we step out in faith and follow God’s Spirit, we please Him. We do not need to feel pressured to pray a certain way for a certain length of time or to focus on specific things because other people are doing so. Instead, we need to be free to express our uniqueness as we pray the way God is teaching us. God uses each of us to pray about different things and that way all the things that need to be prayed about get covered.

Somehow, we feel safe when we are doing what everyone else is doing, but the sad thing is that we will feel unfulfilled until we learn to “untie the boat from the dock,” so to speak, and let the ocean of God’s Spirit take us wherever He wills. I spent many years tied to the dock following specified rules and regulations of prayer that others had taught me, and it was a good beginning, but eventually my prayer experience became very dry and boring. When I learned to untie my boat from the dock and give myself to the leadership of the Holy Spirit, a freshness and creativity came, and it has been wonderful. I find that the Holy Spirit leads me differently almost every day as I pray, and I no longer do it according to rules, regulations, and time clocks.

Start asking God to show you who you are, and the uniqueness He has given you, and to help you hear and follow His voice according to the one-of-a-kind, wonderful way He has created you.

Prayer Starter: Lord, I ask you right now to help me be the person You created me to be and to learn to pray the way You would have me pray. Help me to be bold and brave and unique! In Jesus’ name, amen.

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Joyce Meyer – Be Responsible

She looks well to how things go in her household, and the bread of idleness (gossip, discontent, and self-pity) she will not eat.

— Proverbs 31:27 (AMPC)

Our friend in Proverbs is a responsible woman. She stays alert to how things go in her household, she refuses to be idle, and she doesn’t waste her time in things such as sitting around gossiping or wallowing in self-pity. She is not discontented. She appreciates life, and I believe she celebrates it fully each day. Idleness, waste, self-pity, gossip, and discontentment are thieves of the great life Jesus died to give you. 

The apostle Paul gave this exhortation to some members in the church in Thessalonica, Indeed, we hear that some among you are disorderly [that they are passing their lives in idleness, neglectful of duty], being busy with other people’s affairs instead of their own and doing no work (2 Thessalonians 3:11 AMPC). Don’t allow these sins to rule you. When you maintain a positive attitude, you will enjoy more confidence. 

Doing what one believes to be right will always increase confidence. You can’t go wrong when you keep God as the focus of your life. Follow the example of the Proverbs 31 woman. She gives us tremendous insight in how to be the best and most confident homemaker, wife, and mother we can be.

Prayer Starter: Father, guide me in the way You would have me go. Never let me waste my time on the foolish things of the world, but rather, help me be the best I can be, doing what You would have me do. Amen.

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Joyce Meyer – Love, Trust and Faith

For [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 (AMPC)

Instead of trying so hard to work up faith, we would be wise to spend that time and effort simply receiving God’s love and loving Him in return. We are only going to be able to walk in faith based on whatwe believe about the Father’s love.

Galatians 5:6 says that faith works by love. Faith will not work without love. This scripture is telling us that if we don’t know how much God loves us, we have nothing to base our faith on.

Trusting God and walking in faith is leaning on Him and trusting Him for everything. You can only do that with someone when you know you are loved unconditionally. God’s love is His free gift to us, and we simply need to receive it, be thankful for it, and let it bring us closer to Him.

The Bible says, We love Him, because He first loved us (1 John 4:19 AMPC). When you are assured of the fact that God loved you first, you are excited to love Him in return— you are excited to live your life completely for Him.

Nobody in all the world will ever love you as God loves you.


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Joyce Meyer – Don’t Assume; Ask God

When I kept silence [before I confessed], my bones wasted away through my groaning all the day long.

— Psalm 32:3 (AMPC)

We all have days when we feel more emotional than usual, and there may be many reasons for that. Perhaps you didn’t sleep well the night before, or you ate something that lowered your blood sugar or that you were allergic to. The occasional emotional day is something we don’t have to be too concerned about. If my husband has a day like that, he never tries to figure it out. He simply says, “This too shall pass.”

There are also times we have emotional issues that need to be resolved and dealt with. WE are often guilty of stuffing things down inside us rather than dealing with them. If you are a person who avoids confrontation, you can have a soul full of unresolved issues that need closure before emotional wholeness will come. I remember a night when I was unable to sleep, which is unusual for me. Immediately I recalled a situation from the day before. I had been rude to someone and instead of apologizing to them and asking God to forgive me, I rushed through the situation and went on to the next thing I needed to do. Obviously, my wrong conduct was irritating my spirit, even though my conscious mind had buried it. As soon as I asked God to forgive me and made the decision to apologize to the person, I was able to go to sleep.

If you feel unusually sad or as if you are carrying a heavy burden you don’t understand, ask God what is wrong before you start assuming things. It is amazing what we and learn by simply asking God for an answer and being willing to face any truth He might reveal about us or our behavior. Sometimes we feel emotional because of something someone has done to us or an unpleasant circumstance in our life. But at other times we feel that way because of something we did wrong and ignored.

Prayer Starter: Father, help me to see and know what is causing me to feel emotional and help me to be willing to face any truth You reveal to me. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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Joyce Meyer – Facing Fear Head On

Those who trust in, lean on, and confidently hope in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be moved but abides and stands fast forever.

— Psalm 125:1 (AMPC)

One meaning of the word fear is “to take flight,” so when we use the phrase “fear not,” in a very real sense we are saying, “Don’t run away from what frightens you.” Remember, you don’t have to do it in your own strength—God is with you. You can move forward with a grateful assurance in Him.

Whatever the situation is, face it; don’t run from it. Don’t try to hide from it; just meet it head-on, even when you feel like you’d rather not. Every man or woman who has ever been given the opportunity to do something great has had to face fear. What will you do when you are tempted to be afraid? Will you run, or will you stand firm, and be thankful God is with you?

Prayer Starter: Lord, when I am in a situation where I begin to feel fear, help me to stand firm in Your strength. I am thankful that I do not have to flee. I can stand strong knowing that fear has no control over my life. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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Joyce Meyer – The Importance of Believing

 …Did I not tell you and promise you that if you would believe and rely on Me, you would see the glory of God?

— John 11:40 (NIV)

What we believe is our choice. God desires that we not only believe that He exists, but that we believe His Word. Trusting God to fulfill His promises will bring you into a state of rest. Those who have believed do enter the rest of God, according to Hebrews 4:3.

When I am frustrated, worried, fearful, or upset in any way, I can always trace the problem back to wrong believing. I keep a sign in my office that simply says “Believe.” It reminds me to examine my heart and mind and be sure that I am placing my trust in God at all times. Joy and peace are found in believing (see Romans 15:13).

Jesus said that if we would just believe, we would see His glory, which is the manifestation of His excellence in our lives. I am sure that you want to see the best that God has for you manifested in your life, as I do in mine.

If God instructs you to do (or not to do) something, believe and obey! When God states in His Word that He will take care of you and meet all your needs, believe it! Believe before you see.

In God’s kingdom economy, we always believe first and then we see the result of our believing. Right believing leads to right living! Right believing leads to a life of peace, joy and fulfillment!

My message to you today is very simple: Believe!

Prayer Starter: Father, I know that all of Your ways are right and just. I believe Your Word is true, and I ask You to help me believe it at all times. Remind me to believe when I am starting to doubt and help me walk in faith always! In Jesus’ name, amen.

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Joyce Meyer – Spice Things Up!

You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste (its strength, its quality), how can its saltness be restored? It is not good for anything any longer but to be thrown out and trodden underfoot by men.

— Matthew 5:13 (AMPC)

I don’t know about you, but I don’t like bland food. My husband once had a stomach problem, and the doctor put him on a totally bland diet for a few days. At every meal, I heard him say over and over, “This stuff has no taste at all.” His food needed a bit of salt, a little spice—and that is exactly what the world needs.

Each day as you leave your home to go into a dark, tasteless world, you can be the light and flavor it needs. You can bring joy to your workplace by being determined to consistently have a godly attitude. You can be “salt” through simple things like being thankful rather than complaining like most people do, being patient, merciful, quick to for¬give offenses, kind, and encouraging. Even simply smiling and being friendly is a way to bring flavor into a tasteless society.

Without love and all of its magnificent qualities, life is tasteless and not worth living. I want you to try an experiment. Just think—I am going to go out into the world today and spice things up. Then get your mind set before you ever walk out your door that you are going out as God’s ambassador and that your goal is to be a giver, to love people, and add good flavor to their lives. You can begin by smiling at the people you encounter throughout the day. Deposit yourself with God and trust Him to take care of you while you sow good seed everywhere you go.

Prayer Starter: Father, show me ways I can spice of the lives of those around me. I want to be Your ambassador. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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Joyce Meyer – God Gives the Victory

You shall tread upon the lion and adder; the young lion and the serpent shall you trample underfoot. Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore will I deliver him; I will set him on high, because he knows and understands My name…

— Psalm 91:13-14 (AMPC)

– by Joyce Meyer

God created each of us with a free will. This gives us the ability to make our own decisions apart from outside influence. Satan tries to force us to do things by placing outside pressure on us, but God attempts to lead us by His Holy Spirit. Jesus is not demanding or harsh, hard, sharp, or pressing. He is humble, gentle, meek, and lowly (see Matthew 11:29–30).

We are indeed complex creatures. Our mind can think one thing, while our emotions want something else and our will certainly seems to have a mind of its own. Once a person’s willpower is renewed by God’s Word and she knows enough to choose good over evil, she becomes very dangerous to Satan and his kingdom of darkness. The renewed person can override all the negative things Satan has planned by exercising her will power to agree with God and His Word.

I have discovered that doubt is a thought planted in my head by the devil. He uses it to keep me from enjoying my life and making progress in God’s good plan for me.

Prayer Starter: Father, thank you for Your gift of free will. Help me to stay renewed through Your Word so that I know and recognize Your leading. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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Joyce Meyer – Discover and Use Your Gifts

Before I formed you in the womb I knew you…and before you were born I consecrated you.

— Jeremiah 1:5 (AMPC)

Adapted from the resource Healing the Soul of a Woman – by Joyce Meyer

One of the things that happens as God heals your soul is that you begin to see yourself as He sees you. You receive His love in new ways, and you realize that He has made you special and that He has a unique purpose for your life. God has gifted you to fulfill His purpose for your life, but if you are like a lot of people, you may not have recognized your gifts. When we are in pain in our soul, sometimes all we can focus on is what seems wrong about us. It can be difficult to see what is good and right about us. As God begins to heal our mind, will, and emotions, we find it easier to think about positive things and even recognize positive aspects of ourselves.

I encourage you to start asking God to show you something special about the way He has made you. To some people, He has given a very tender, compassionate heart. Some He has made able to lead others effectively, while others He has created to be excellent followers. Some can cook, some can sew, and some cannot do those things, but they can do other things. To some, He has given a gift of being able to communicate clearly, to teach, to make scientific discoveries, or to write beautiful music.

Only you can discover all the ways He has made you unique as an individual. Romans 12:6–8 talks about giving ourselves to our gifts. In other words, we are to find out what things we are good at and then devote ourselves wholeheartedly to exercising those gifts.

People usually enjoy doing what they are gifted to do. Some people feel they are not good at anything, but that is not true. When we make an effort to do what others are good at doing, we often fail because we are not gifted for those things; but that does not mean we are good for nothing. We should look for what we are good at and do that. As we do what God has created and gifted us to do, we find joy and fulfillment in life.

People who are secure and confident in God know that God has created them to be unique and that they have a special purpose. They realize that He loves them and has a plan for them, and they see no need to compare themselves to others, which is very freeing. I encourage you to be secure enough to enjoy what other people can do and to enjoy what you can do, but never try to be anyone except yourself. Say positive things about yourself instead of negative things because that will help release the gifts God has placed in you.

Prayer Starter: Thank you, Lord, for giving me gifts and talents. I know I may not be good at everything, but that’s okay. I’m good at what You made me to be good at. Thank you, Jesus! Amen.

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Joyce Meyer – Get a Goal

 …He is the rewarder of those who earnestly and diligently seek Him [out].

— Hebrews 11:6 (AMPC)

Adapted from the resource Power Thoughts Devo – by Joyce Meyer

Think of an area in your life in which you need to refuse to give up. Come up with a goal—one that will require you to be disciplined and overcome some obstacles, but one that also promises great reward. It may be as basic as making your bed each morning, or as ambitious as running a marathon or climbing Mount Everest. It may be to break free from a fear of flying or a fear of public speaking, or it may be to overcome an addiction of some kind. It may be cleaning your house or getting out of debt. Just make sure you and God are in agreement, depend on Him for the strength to do it, and then go after your goal with everything in you.

Be full of holy determination—not some kind of fleshly determination or willpower—but true God-given determination. You do have self-control. It is a fruit of the Spirit, and it is in you— believe it and begin walking in it.

In agreement with God, you can pursue your goals with diligence and determination.

Prayer Starter: Thank You, Lord, for giving me the determination to set goals and pursue my dreams with diligence. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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Joyce Meyer – Tell God Everything

Pray at all times (on every occasion, in every season) in the Spirit, with all [manner of] prayer and entreaty. To that end keep alert and watch with strong purpose and perseverance, interceding in behalf of all the saints (God’s consecrated people).

— Ephesians 6:18 (AMPC)

Adapted from the resource Wake Up to the Word – by Joyce Meyer

I encourage you to talk with God about absolutely everything. You can tell Him how you feel, what you desire and what your goals are. Tell Him what you love about Him and about your life and express your gratitude for all that He has done for you.

You can tell God about the things in your life that you don’t like or that are hard for you. Tell Him what you have done that is wrong and talk with Him about all your concerns for yourself, your life, and your loved ones.

You can tell God absolutely anything, and He is never shocked or surprised because He knew all about it before it ever happened. He’s not surprised about anything!

Prayer Starter: Lord, thank You for being my friend and listening to everything I have to say. In Jesus’ name, amen.


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Joyce Meyer – Do Something Outrageous

And Peter answered Him, Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water. He said, Come! So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water…

— Matthew 14:28-29 (AMPC)

Adapted from the resource Trusting God Day by Day – by Joyce Meyer

I think it’s good to occasionally (or perhaps frequently) do something that seems outrageous. Do something that people won’t expect. It will keep your life interesting and keep other people from thinking they have you tucked away nicely in a little box of their own design. People become bored because their lives become predictable. One great woman who was seventy-six years of age said her goal was to do at least one outrageous thing every week. I just read this week that we should do one thing every day that scares us.

We are not created by God to merely do the same thing over and over until it has no meaning left at all. God is creative. If you don’t think so, then just look around you. All the animals, bugs, plants, birds, trees, and other things are totally amazing. The sun, moon, and stars, planets, space, and gravity all of which God has created—can boggle our minds. We could actually go on forever talking about the infinite variety of things God has created. In case you haven’t noticed, God is quite outrageous and frequently changes things up in our lives. He is full of surprises and yet totally dependable. You know, we really can learn a lot from God!

I don’t want people to think they have me all figured out, and although I want to be dependable and faithful, I don’t always want to be predictable. Sometimes I get bored with myself and I have to pray and ask God for a creative idea to shake up my life a little and keep me on my toes.

Trust in Him. Do something new and outrageous today. Ask God to help you be creative.

Prayer Starter: Thank you, Father, for Your creativity. Help me to be dependable, but not necessarily predictable. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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Joyce Meyer – Set a Goal to Enjoy Every Part of Your Day

Therefore my heart is glad and my glory [my inner self] rejoices; my body too shall rest and confidently dwell in safety.

— Psalm 16:9 (AMPC)

Adapted from the resource The Power of Being Thankful – by Joyce Meyer

There are dozens of things that happen during ordinary, everyday life, and we can enjoy them all if we just make a decision to do it.

Things like getting dressed, driving to work, going to the grocery store, running errands, keeping things organized, sending e-mails, taking the kids to practice, and hundreds of other things.

After all, they are the things that life is made up of. Begin doing them with an attitude of gratitude and realize that, through the Holy Spirit, you can enjoy absolutely everything you do every day of your life.

Joy doesn’t come merely from being entertained, but from a decision to appreciate each moment that you are given as a rare and precious gift from God.

Prayer Starter: Father, thank You for the gift of life, and thank You for every activity that comes with that gift. I pray that You will help me find joy in each part of my day as I live for You. I thank You that I can choose to enjoy even the average, routine parts of my day. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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Joyce Meyer – A Confused Mind

If any of you is deficient in wisdom, let him ask of the giving God [Who gives] to everyone liberally and ungrudgingly, without reproaching or faultfinding, and it will be given him. Only it must be in faith that he asks with no wavering (no hesitating, no doubting). For the one who wavers (hesitates, doubts) is like the billowing surge out at sea that is blown hither and thither and tossed by the wind. For truly, let not such a person imagine that he will receive anything [he asks for] from the Lord, [for being as he is] a man of two minds (hesitating, dubious, irresolute), [he is] unstable and unreliable and uncertain about everything [he thinks, feels, decides].

— James 1:5-8 (AMPC)

Adapted from the resource Starting Your Day Right – by Joyce Meyer

A close friend of mine received a summons for jury duty in a robbery trial. For two days, 12 citizens listened to the prosecuting attorney as he presented evidence to indicate that the accused had broken into a home and stolen many items. My friend was ready to convict him.

On the third day, the defense attorney presented the other side of the picture. The more my friend listened, the more confused she became. What had seemed very obvious at first now seemed ambiguous and contradictory.

Although the jury did convict the man, my friend said she struggled over making the right decision. Each attorney, when he was speaking, had seemed to be the most convincing.

Many Christians live much the same way day today. They have become what James calls double minded. They’re sure of one thing until something else happens, and then they flip-flop to the opposite opinion.

In their double mindedness, they flit from one opinion to the other. They’re sure they know what to do, and then they switch again. The moment they feel sure they have made the decision they plan to stick with, they begin to wonder if it was the correct one. They continually doubt and question their reasoning.

This kind of behavior is not the same as being open-minded. To be open-minded means we’re willing to hear all sides of an issue—like jurors should be at a trial. But eventually we have to sort through the evidence or the circumstances in life and say, “This is what I’m going to do.”

That sounds good, but too many people have trouble being decisive. “What if I make a mistake?” they ask. “What If I choose the wrong thing?” Those are legitimate questions, but they are not meant to paralyze God’s people and prevent them from acting. Too often, these are tools that Satan uses to distract and prevent Christians from taking action.

God’s Spirit is always available to free you from natural reasoning that leaves you confused. Ask of the One who gives wisdom liberally, and He will free you of being indecisive and double minded.

Prayer Starter: God, thank You for always showing me the way and helping me make decisions. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

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Joyce Meyer – Don’t Overreact

When Pharaoh let the people go, God led them not by way of the land of the Philistines, although that was nearer; for God said, Lest the people change their purpose when they see war and return to Egypt.

— Exodus 13:17 (AMPC)

Adapted from the resource Love Out Loud – by Joyce Meyer

No matter how carefully you plan your progress in any area of your life, you will have setbacks. That’s part of the journey. Successful people are able to press through difficulty and delay and get right back on track without wasting time, feeling bad about themselves, or losing momentum.

Having a bad day does not mean you have to have a bad life. Don’t be like the Israelites in today’s scripture who wanted to return to Egypt every time they had a bad day while traveling toward the Promised Land. You are being freed from the bondage of Egypt and heading toward the Promised Land, where God’s purposes and promises will become realities in your life, but you will have days in the desert. When that happens, don’t be too hard on yourself.

Be nurturing and supportive of yourself, as you would of anyone else you love. Remind yourself that ten steps forward and one step backward still gets you where you’re going. Celebrate your successes, even small ones, and it will help you press past your setbacks.

Consider writing down your victories as you have them. Keep a journal of your journey and record all your little successes and include the lessons you’re learning along the way and the good experiences you’re having. When you have a discouraging day or one when you feel you’ve done everything wrong, read your journal. You may be amazed at how far you’ve come!

Don’t overreact to setbacks along your journey. Remind yourself often of the progress you’ve made.

Prayer Starter: Lord Jesus, I thank you for all the great things You’ve done in my life. Keep me ever mindful of all my victories and successes. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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Joyce Meyer – God Lives in You

Dwell in Me, and I will dwell in you. [Live in Me, and I will live in you.]…

— John 15:4 (AMPC)

Adapted from the resource Hearing from God Each Morning – by Joyce Meyer

Why would God want to live in us? And how can He do so? After all, He is holy, and we are weak, human flesh with frailties, faults, and failures.

The answer is simple: He loves us and chooses to make His home in us. He does that because He is God; He has the ability to do what He wants, and He elects or chooses to make His home in our hearts. This choice is not based on any good deed we have done or ever could do; it based solely on God’s grace, power, and mercy. We become God’s home by believing in Jesus Christ (as God instructs us in the Bible). The verse for today emphasizes the fact that we must believe in Jesus Christ as the one God sent in order to experience intimacy with Him. Believing in Him enables us to hear His voice, receive His Word in our hearts, and feel His presence.

In addition to believing in Jesus as God’s heaven-sent gift to mankind, we are to simply believe that Jesus’ sacrifice for our sins was enough to allow us into the presence of God. We become the home of God when we receive Jesus as our Savior and Lord. From that position, by the power of the Holy Spirit, He begins a wonderful work in us.

Prayer Starter: Father, thank You for living in my heart. I am so grateful for the incredible sacrifice You made for me. Help me to always feel Your presence. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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Joyce Meyer – Be Kind

 She opens her mouth in skillful and godly wisdom, and on her tongue is the law of kindness [giving counsel and instruction]. — Proverbs 31:26 (AMPC)

Adapted from the resource The Confident Woman – by Joyce Meyer

Our woman in Proverbs 31 knows the importance of words. She opens her mouth in skillful and godly wisdom. The law of kindness is in her tongue. Speaking kindly to other people is a tremendous attribute and one that certainly enhances a godly woman. She knows that anxiety in a man’s heart weighs it down, but an encouraging word makes it glad (see Proverbs 12:25). We all need kindness, and I believe we will reap what we sow. Proverbs 18:20–21 says that we will have to be satisfied with the consequences of our words and that the power of life and death are in the tongue. It goes on to say that we will eat the fruit of our words for life or death.

Not only do we have the capability of speaking life or death to other people, we have the same ability in our own lives. We can speak words that build confidence in ourselves and others or we can speak words that destroy confidence. Be especially careful about self-talk. This is the conversation that you have with yourself inside yourself. Be sure what you are saying is something you want to live with.

Prayer Starter: Lord, make my heart to be kind and compassionate, so that it overflows in kind words to others. May my words have the power of life in them, to build up others and encourage them. Amen.

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Joyce Meyer – Never and Always

 “…Surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

— Matthew 28:20 (NIV)

Adapted from the resource Healing the Soul of a Woman – by Joyce Meyer

When people teach classes on effective communication, they often advise students to avoid the words never and always. That’s because accusing someone of never doing something or of always being a certain way is rarely accurate.

A person may exhibit behaviors or have bad habits most of the time, even 99 percent of the time, but not always or never. For example, have you ever heard people arguing and one person accuses another one of never doing their fair share of the work on something? The one accused usually comes back and says, “That is not true . . .”

The words always and never do not leave room for any exceptions and using them causes us to exaggerate or misrepresent the truth. That’s why communication experts say these words have no place in healthy conversation.

God is the only one who can accurately say “never” and “always.” His Word is absolute truth, and if He says these words, we can count on them. For example, the Bible says, The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged (Deut. 31:8 NIV). God’s Word also includes Jesus’ promise to remain with us always in Matthew 28:20, our verse for today.

The devil often plants thoughts in our minds based on never and always, because he knows they can entrap us. He tells us the negative aspects of our lives will never change and will always be the way they are right now.

Perhaps he has told you lies such as: “All the women in your family are overweight. You will never be slim and trim,” or “You don’t have the personality to advance at work. You will always be stuck in the job you have today,” or “You will always have to deal with the impact of the abuse in your life. You just can’t get over that.” These types of thoughts can paralyze you by putting fear in your heart. They can cause you to give up on your dreams and not to even try to pursue God’s plans for your life. That’s exactly why the enemy gives them to you. The devil is a liar. Sooner or later, most things change. Negative situations rarely last forever, so our job is to push through them with prayer, patience, and God’s help. As we continue to walk in faith, believe God, and trust Him to lead us, we can come out of any negative circumstance in which we find ourselves.

Don’t let the enemy ensnare you with thoughts of never and always. Believe God to change what may seem or feel like it will never change for you, because the only never and always that mean anything are the ones in His Word. Declare this: I am thankful that God never leaves me, and that I always have hope in Him.

Prayer Starter: Father, I know that you know what’s going on in my life, and I know you always know the truth. Help me to know and recognize the difference between Your truth and the devil’s lies. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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Joyce Meyer – Hear and Obey

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 offerings and sin offerings [which] You do not require.

— Psalm 40:6 (AMPC)

Adapted from the resource Ending Your Day Right – by Joyce Meyer

God delights in your obedience. Naturally, it doesn’t do Him any good to speak to you if you 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 thought it was a good idea. If I didn’t like what I was hearing, I would act like it wasn’t from God.

Some of what God says will be exciting. Some things might not be so thrilling to hear. But that doesn’t mean what He tells you won’t work out for good if you will just do it His way. God does not require a higher sacrifice than obedience.

Prayer Starter: Lord, thank You for Your Word. Help me to always be obedient to Your will for my life. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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Joyce Meyer – The New Covenant

This is the agreement (testament, covenant) that I will set up and conclude with them after those days, says the Lord: I will imprint My laws upon their hearts, and I will inscribe them on their minds (on their inmost thoughts and understanding).

— Hebrews 10:16 (AMPC)

Adapted from the resource Wake Up to the Word – by Joyce Meyer

A mutual consent or agreement of two or more persons under the old covenant, our sin could be covered by the sacrifices of animals, but never removed. The sense of guilt connected to sin was always present.

But the good news is that God has made a new covenant with man. It is a better covenant—far superior to the old. The old covenant was initiated with the blood of animals, but the new was initiated with the sinless blood of Jesus Christ.

Jesus took the punishment that we deserve and promises that if we will believe in Him and all that He did for us, He will forever stand in our place, and our responsibility to keep the law will be met in Him. The old covenant focused on what man could do, but the new covenant focuses on what God has done for us in Jesus Christ (see Romans 5).

Prayer Starter: Lord, help me see myself the way You see me, as a new creature in You. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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