Check Yourself

“Some people are more afraid of doing something wrong than they are enthusiastic to do what is right.” – Joyce Meyer

Romans 16:19 says, “Be excellent at what is good, be innocent of evil.”

Is it time to check yourself?

We need to be really good at doing what is right. When you strive to do the right thing all of the time, sometimes criticism will come with it. You may be called, “Holier than thou” or a “Holy Roller”, but you cannot let that stop you.

Anything you do you should do it with all your might. We need to be enthusiastic about everything we do for the Lord.

Matthew 5:16 says, “Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”

When we live our lives for Christ in an excellent way we draw people to the Lord. When they see you have peace and joy in the middle of a stormy trial, they want that same peace and joy.

We are the light of the world. People in darkness are drawn to the light in you if it burns bright enough.

Don’t try to hide your light. Put something flammable on it, so it burns longer and more brightly.

It is easy to become religious or mechanical after serving the Lord for a long period of time. We can forget why we are even doing what we’re doing.

We have to shake ourselves sometimes. If we find ourselves serving God out of routine or even fear, we need to get back to serving God out of a deep, passionate love for Him instead. Sometimes we need to check ourselves.

Shelly

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Walk By Faith, Not By Sight

“In God’s economy, we believe first and then see.” – Joyce Meyer

Are You Walking By Sight?

We walk by faith, not by sight.

I wish that the way I feel did not have such a powerful effect on me. If we could see first then believe, it would be so much easier.

Without faith, it is impossible to please God. He wants us to come to the place where we have so much trust in Him that its easy to believe and then see.

It takes practice and maturity (experience) to find that place of trust. Some may never arrive there, and it could be a long journey for others.

It’s an upside down Kingdom. In any other area of life, you would be crazy to trust and not verify first. Although the trustworthiness of God has already been verified through the history of time, God’s Word is true and His ways are higher than ours.

Sure and certain are two words that describe faith. You come to a place where you are so certain of God’s character and goodness… that you are sure that He’s going to honor His Word and His promises. You are expecting that He will come through at any moment.

This Christian walk can not be accomplished without faith. It takes believing to finish this race.

In God’s economy, faith is the most valuable thing we possess. In Mark 9:23 Jesus said, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.”

Shelly

 

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Replace Your Thoughts

“When we fill our thoughts with right things, the wrong ones have no room to enter.” – Joyce Meyer

Start to Change Your Thoughts

Only in the last few years have I come to realize in such a personal way how powerful our minds and thoughts are.

What we are thinking about reflects all over our face. Our countenance is determined by our thought life.

If we want people’s perception of us to be good, we need to be careful about what’s on our mind because people can read it all over our face… they can even read it from our body language.

As Christians, Christ gave His life for us. He gave His all for us. If He thinks we are special enough and important enough to lay His life down for us, we should speak more kindly to ourselves. We should be more forgiving of our faults… not allowing negative thoughts to flood our mind.

Joyce always says, “You can’t be pitiful and powerful at the same time.” You must choose!

That is the awesome thing… we have a choice.

We can choose what we think about. It takes some time and practice to learn to change our negative thinking. We must begin to recognize negative thoughts, and exchange them for positive ones. Most importantly, we have to exchange our thoughts for God’s Word and His way of thinking.

You can do it!

It takes desire and discipline. When a negative thought comes in, recognize it and replace it with God’s Word, His Promises, or words of Love and Kindness.

Shelly

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Nothing Can Satisfy Us Apart From God

“Nothing can satisfy us apart from God, so we must set our minds to seek Him.” – Joyce Meyer

Our minds are like a new puppy.

Joyce is always reminding us about the war that goes on in our minds. The quote says to set your mind to seek Him. Our minds are always wanting to wander. Always trying to run this way and that way. Our minds are like a new puppy that needs to be disciplined.

Setting your mind to seek Him doesn’t happen on accident or on it’s own. We must “set it” to seek Him.

Setting our minds takes focus. We focus our mind with worship and with praise and thanksgiving for all of His goodness to us. We focus on His Word. God’s Word leads us in the right direction. “Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” God’s Word reveals Jesus and His will for our lives.

The first part of that quote says, “nothing can satisfy us apart from God.” We try to fill our lives with material things, vacations, even relationships, but apart from God those things can be so empty.

God created us with a hole in our heart that only He can fill, and He does fill that hole like no one else. “He exchanges beauty for ashes, the oil of gladness for sorrow.”

I’m so thankful that He fills my heart full of His love and peace. I need Him every hour of every day and without Him I’m not satisfied.

Shelly

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Live With Purpose

God has gifted you to help someone.“God has uniquely gifted you to help someone. Be available as God opens doors for you to do so.” – Joyce Meyer

Colossians 3:23,24

And whatever you do, do it heartily as to the Lord and not to me, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.

God has given you a gift that only you can fulfill.

You have been fearfully and wonderfully made. God created you with a purpose in mind. He says, “I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you. Not to harm you.”

We need to live lives of purpose. When we get up in the morning, we need to say, “This is the day that the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it. Lord, what is your purpose for me today?”

We need to make ourselves available. When we pack our day full of our own agenda, we leave little to no room for the Lord to do His purpose in us.

I am a goal-oriented person. If I’m not careful, I will my day with my own goals…

Working Out √
Kids ready for school √
Groceries bought √
Bookwork done √
Beds made √
Nails done √

I have to purposefully make myself available to do His will…

Find a quiet place to pray √
Read the Word √
Meditate on the Word √
Encourage someone today √
Give something away today √

Someone needs you. Someone needs your kind words. Someone needs your smile. Someone needs a hand up.

When we live a life of purpose, and we are tuned into His voice, He will work through you and me too.

We are His hands, His feet, and His voice.

Shelly

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