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Charisma's Top 30 Favorite Teachings From Joyce Meyer

Charisma's Top 30 Favorite Teachings From Joyce Meyer

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CHARISMA
LIFE IN THE SPIRIT
THE ANSWER TO FEAR
 
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SUPERNATURAL FAVOR
 
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PASSING THE TRUST TEST
CELEBRATING
THIRTYYEARSWITHJOYCEMEYER
MINISTRIES
CHARISMA’S TOP 30 FAVORITE TEACHINGS FROM JOYCE MEYER
 
GETTING RESULTS
When I trusted God and began exercising (even though I didn’t want to), I learned a life-changing principle
U
ntil I turned 64, I’d never exercised in a serious way. I had walked and done a few things to stay in decent shape, but I was not dedicated to exercise. I had reached into my excuse bag many times over the years and come up with all kinds of “reasons” I could not exercise. But, the Lord spoke to me and encouraged me to begin a serious workout program so I could be strong for the last third of my journey through life.
I already had good eating habits, but when it came to going to the gym several times a week, I used the excuse that I simply could not do that because of my travel obligations. I truly couldn’t figure out how I could manage to put serious workout time into my already busy schedule. I finally decided to do what I could do instead of focusing on what I couldn’t do. The thought of getting started with a serious workout routine was overwhelming to my mind, so I had to put Philippians 4:13 to work in a very practical way and discipline myself to say: “I can do this. I can do whatever I need to do in life, and God says I need to be on a serious workout program.” I had to take the challenge one day at a time because if I looked at my calendar for the year, it appeared as if I was attempting some-thing that was truly impossible. I strongly urge you to face your chal-lenges one day at a time. Looking too far down the road only tends to overwhelm us. Trusting God requires that we believe He gives us our “daily bread”; that is, we receive what we need as we need it and usually not before. As I started seeing the benefits of working out regularly I felt it was important enough to me that I needed to eliminate a few other things I was doing that cluttered my schedule to make room for the exercise. I quickly discovered that if we want to do something strongly enough, then we find a way to do it. I still continue to this day to have challenging times with the workout program. I still get sore, and some days I have to go to the gym by sheer determination, but I refuse to give up. At one point after I had been working out for three or four months, my coach put me on circuit training. I didn’t even know what circuit training was, but I quickly found out that circuit training is doing five exercises in a row, as quickly as you can. It took me 35 minutes to do 75 lunges on each leg, 100 bench presses, 75 dumbbell dead lifts, 75 abdominal crunches and 75 exercises with a pulley. After that, I was so sore I thought I might not survive. When my coach had originally told me what he wanted me to do that week I quickly said, “That is going to be too much for me.” I reminded him of my age and that working out was fairly new to me. He said: “Don’t let your mind get in your way; you can do whatever you decide to do. Our motto here is: ‘No excuses, only results.’” With that encouragement, I thought:
OK, I’m going to get a good mindset about this. I can do this.
I had to tell myself over and over again, “I can do this.” I got started and did OK, but by the fourth set, I began to get dizzy. I told my coach, “I’m getting dizzy,” and he responded: “Then you don’t have to do all five sets. You can stop with four.” Something rose up in me when he said that, and I answered: “I am not quitting with four sets. I’m going to do the fifth one.” And when I did, I was so proud of myself! The same principle that applied to me as I began working out also applies to many other areas of life—getting out of debt, cleaning and organizing your house, solving marriage problems, disciplining your children, being on time for work or completing a project. What-ever you need to do in life, you can do it. Remember, Philippians 4:13 says you are ready for anything and equal to anything because God gives you strength. Nothing is too much for you when He is on your side.
WHEN WILL GOD ANSWER MY PRAYER?
If your prayers remain unanswered, maybe it’s time to ask yourself a few questions
H
ave you ever spent weeks—even years—praying about one specific thing and still found your-self wondering,
When is God going to answer this  prayer? 
 If so, I know exactly how you feel.When I pray, I really want my prayers to be answered. I know faith, patience and timing all are in the mix, but sooner or later I need to hear from God.The fact is, He gives us some pretty outrageous prom-ises in His Word about prayer. If you’re not seeing the fruit of those promises and if you’re still in the waiting period, I encourage you to simply ask why.At several times in my life I’ve had to get honest with myself and say: “OK, God, I see what the Word says. Why isn’t it working
for me
?” Each time, God has led me to ask myself three very direct questions. I believe they can also help you to find the answers you’ve been seeking.
1. Am I really praying for God’s will?
John 15:7 (AMP) says: “If you live in Me [abide vitally united to Me] and My words remain in you and continue to live in your hearts, ask whatever you will, and it shall be done for you.”Well, I thought I knew that Scripture up and down. But it turned out there was a word in that verse I hadn’t paid much attention to:
abiding
. It means “to live in, dwell in
 
and
 
remain in.” When you have that kind of close relationship with God, you get to know His heart and you have a greater sense of the things you should pray for, and what His will truly is.We can never
assume
 we’re praying the will of God. We need to test and approve our prayers by abiding in God’s Word and seeking the leadership of the Holy Spirit.
2. Am I self-sabotaging my prayers?
 For at least 25 years, I’ve been praying for God to move so that people will receive miraculous healings at my conferences or while watching my TV program. I was standing on Psalm 107:20 when God led me to another verse: Isaiah 58:9. Now, that scripture shows a clear connection between answered prayers and the words of our mouths. It says, “Take away from your midst yokes of oppression [wherever you find them], the finger pointed in scorn [toward the oppressed or the godly], and every form of false, harsh, unjust and wicked speaking” (AMP).So, God’s saying it’s just as important to glorify Him through the words you speak when you’re
not
praying as it is when you
are
praying. I encourage you to examine your speech regularly so that you can experience even more suc-cess in prayer.
3. Is my love walk lacking?
I believe the mouth is such a major part of the love walk. I don’t think we truly realize how much we can do for people by building them up with our words. And we need to be even more careful not to say things that tear them down.The Bible says the heart is deceitful above all else (see Jer. 17:9). We want to believe we have a good heart, so to learn the truth about ourselves we need to give our tongues a real close examination.Do you remember when you went to the doctor and were asked to open your mouth and say, “
 Ahh
”? The reason you were asked to do that is so the doctor could examine your tongue. The tongue tells a physician a lot about physical health. Likewise, the tongue tells us a lot about spiritual health.
The Antidote
Learning to abide in God—focusing on His heart and His desires—will bring you to a higher level of spiritual maturity and help you discover the amazing authority you have in prayer.
Speaking in line with His Word can move mountains in the Spirit, and growing in your love walk opens powerful opportuni-ties to show others who God is.I encourage you to search your heart in these three areas. As you do, I believe you will begin to experience a much more effective, fulfilling prayer life. In His perfect timing and way, He will always answer you.
We can never assume we’re  praying the  will of God.
 
AFRAID OF FEAR?
Don’t be. God is with you.
 
T
here are many types of fear we could name or count, but they all have the same source and the same purpose. They all are from Satan and they all are intended to steal the life Jesus died to give us.
We often think fear is simply an emotion or feeling, but it also affects us physically. In
Who Switched Off My Brain? 
 author Caro-line Leaf notes, “[Fear] triggers more than 1,400 known physical and chemical responses, and activates more than 30 different hormones and neurotransmitters.” Fear, she says, is at the root of all stress. When fear causes a stress reaction, it actually “marinates” the body in toxic chemicals. This, of course, is ter-ribly unhealthy and threatening to our physical well-being. There are many ways Satan uses fear to steal from us. For example, the fear that we will not be accepted as we are causes us to develop phony personalities that stifle our true selves and hide who God has made us to be. The fear of failure prevents us from ever trying new things or stretching ourselves to do more than we feel comfortable doing. The fear of the future can cause us not to enjoy today. Even something like the fear of flying can prohibit our being able to discover and enjoy the beauty and excitement of places we would like to visit. Fear can absolutely paralyze us, and in its more advanced stages can drive us to do things that are completely irrational. It can even cause mental and emotional problems.
Time
 magazine printed a story in August 1989 that shows how utterly destructive and controlling fear can be. It reported that Charles Bodeck, a retiree who had received several tick bites during fur-trapping expeditions, grew fearful that he had contracted Lyme disease. He was also concerned he had trans-mitted it to his wife. Despite many medical tests and repeated assurances from doctors that he was not infected and passing the disease to his wife was impossible (because he didn’t have it), Bodeck remained terrified. His fear so completely controlled him that he eventually killed his wife and himself with a shotgun. When police searched his mailbox after the incident, they found it crammed with information on Lyme disease—and a note con-firming yet another doctor’s appointment for a test. Fear can be a powerful influence in our lives. I fully believe it is the devil’s tool to keep us miserable and out of the will of God. It drains our courage, presents everything from a negative viewpoint and prevents us from making progress. Destinies are destroyed because of fear—fear of pain, fear of discomfort, fear of lack, fear of sacrifice, fear that life is going to be too hard, fear of losing friends, fear of being alone, fear of losing your reputation, fear that no one will understand you, fear that you’re missing God, and on and on. Fear is the enemy’s perversion of faith. He says to us: “Believe what I’m telling you. This is not going to work. Your prayers aren’t any good. You don’t have right standing with God. You are a failure.” Fear always tells you what you’re not, what you don’t have, what you can’t do and what you’ll never be. But Romans 8:15 says: “For [the Spirit which] you have now received [is] not a spirit of slavery to put you once more in bondage to fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption [the Spirit producing son-ship] in [the bliss of] which we cry, Abba (Father)! Father!” (AMP).You do not have to live in bondage to fear or allow fear to con-trol your life. You can be bold, courageous and adventurous. The word
 Abba
was a term little children used in addressing their fathers. It would be similar to our word
Daddy 
. It is less formal than
Father 
 and denotes a comfortable closeness between a child and his or her father. Jesus said we could call God “Abba” because He had deliv-ered us from all fear. He will always take care of His beloved chil-dren, and we can approach Him without fear of rejection. When we run to Him with any problem or pain, He’s waiting with open arms to comfort and encourage us.
GOD IS PRO-CHOICE
No, not like that—His choice is for you to fulfill your destiny 
G
od chose me. He didn’t just get stuck with me, and He didn’t settle for me because there was no one else He could choose. He
deliberately 
 chose me. And the same is true for you too. I didn’t have a special talent when He chose me. The thing I do best is talk, and He’s made me a mouth in the body of Christ. My voice is unusual and unique—not the kind of voice you would think He would choose to broadcast all over the place. But God has given me the opportunity to speak to billions of people around the world. And I don’t always use correct grammar or pronounce words just right, but we don’t have to be polished according to the world’s standards to be used mightily by God.People listen to me because God has anointed me to speak for Him—it’s part of His destiny for my life. And God will anoint whomever He chooses to work through. That includes you.So whom does God use? He uses common, ordinary people like you and me. First Corinthians 1:27-28 says: “God selected (deliberately chose) what in the world is foolish to put the wise to shame, and what the world calls weak to put the strong to shame. And God also selected (deliberately chose) what in the world is lowborn and insignificant and branded and treated with contempt, even the things that are nothing, that He might depose and bring to nothing the things that are” (
The Amplified Bible
).When I started to preach the gospel, some of my friends rejected me—they didn’t think I should do that because I’m a woman. In fact, they told me I couldn’t do that. I was doing it because God told me to do it, and I trusted that if He told me I could do it then I could do it. If you too are willing to have an uncommon goal, God can do something great through you!Every common person can be used mightily by God. You  just have to believe God can use you and be daring enough to embrace the goals or vision He puts in your heart. What He wants you to do probably won’t make sense to you. But God isn’t expecting you to accomplish His goals in your strength or by your own understanding. He wants to do them through you. We simply need to cooperate with Him.As I stepped out in faith to pursue God’s call on my life, I faced a lot of adversity. Here are several things I learned that helped me to keep going:
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God’s Word is a border for my life
. As long as I stay within the guidelines laid out in Scripture, I’ll have what I need—wisdom, understanding of God’s promises to me, righteous-ness, peace and joy—to do what I need to do. God is faithful and true to His Word.
»
 
I have to be willing to finish what I start
. God uses com-mitted people who aren’t led by emotion. It’s easy to be excited in the beginning when something is new, but the ones who cross the finish line are the ones who hang in there when no one else is excited anymore.
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When no one is there to help me, I get to know Jesus very well
. The narrow road of living for God and not conforming to the ways of the world is often lonely (see Matt. 7:13-14). But the trade-off of gaining real intimacy with Christ is worth more than anything you could ever get from the world.
»
 
God’s plan is a possibility but not a “positively.” 
 I can choose to trust God and cooperate with Him, but if I don’t, His plan won’t just happen on its own.
You have a destiny. Ephesians 2:10 tells us God created us to do good works that He planned for us in advance. His plans are great—not average or mediocre. We just have to be willing to do some things that are uncommon by the world’s standards to achieve them.

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