Let God Fight Your Battles – Part 1 | Enjoying Everyday Life

Let God Fight Your Battles – Part 1 | Enjoying Everyday Life


ANNOUNCER: THIS PROGRAM
HAS BEEN MADE POSSIBLE BY THE FRIENDS AND PARTNERS
OF JOYCE MEYER MINISTRIES. [MUSIC] JOYCE: HOW MANY OF YOU
ARE JUST TIRED OF FEELING LIKE YOU’RE FIGHTING SOMETHING
ALL THE TIME? OKAY, WELL THEN, THE WAY
TO RECOVER FROM THAT IS TO LEARN HOW TO LET GOD FIGHT
YOUR BATTLES. GOD HAS A BATTLE PLAN
AND ANY TIME WE GET IN A BATTLE WE NEED TO KNOW HOW TO FIGHT
THE WAY THAT GOD WANTS US TO FIGHT. I SAID THIS MORNING THAT WE HAVE
WEAPONS BUT THE WEAPONS OF OUR WARFARE ARE NOT CARNAL WEAPONS,
THEY’RE NOT WEAPONS YOU CAN SEE OR FEEL OR GO TO THE STORE
AND BUY SO IF THEY’RE NOT CARNAL WEAPONS THEN THEY MUST BE
SPIRITUAL WEAPONS. IN PREACHING THE WORD OF GOD TO
YOU TONIGHT, I AM DOING WARFARE WITH THE ENEMY BY SPEAKING
THE WORD OF GOD. I’M HELPING YOU DO WARFARE IN
YOUR LIFE AND I’M DOING WARFARE IN MY OWN LIFE JUST BECAUSE
I’M SPEAKING WORDS THAT ARE FULL OF LIFE AND POWER. THE WORD OF GOD IS NOT JUST
ANY WORD. IT IS A WORD THAT CHANGES LIVES. PEOPLE DON’T GATHER
INTO A BUILDING, TRAVEL, AND PAY FOR HOTELS
AND ALL THE THINGS YOU’VE DONE TO COME TO HEAR SOMEBODY
STAND UP HERE AND TALK FOR HOURS ON END IF IT’S NOT SOMETHING
THAT IS GONNA MAKE A HUGE DIFFERENCE IN YOUR LIFE. AND I LOVE THE FACT THAT YOU PAY
ATTENTION AND YOU’RE FOCUSED. THE WORD GOES–
IT RENEWS OUR MIND, IT DROPS DOWN IN OUR HEART,
AND IT MAKES CHANGES FOR US. SO WE DO HAVE SPIRITUAL WEAPONS. PEACE IS A WEAPON. WALKING IN PEACE WHEN
THE ENEMY’S THROWING HIS BEST AT YOU IS A WEAPON. RIGHTEOUSNESS IS A WEAPON. KNOWING WHO YOU ARE IN CHRIST IS
A PIECE OF ARMOR BUT IT’S ALSO A WAY FOR YOU TO FIGHT THE ENEMY. WEARING THE HELMET OF SALVATION. THINKING THE WAY A CHILD OF GOD
SHOULD THINK. AND THE BIBLE TALKS ABOUT
“WIELDING THE TWO-EDGED SWORD,” WHICH HAPPENS TO BE THIS. YOU NOTICE IT DOESN’T SAY
JUST WEAR IT ON YOUR SIDE. IT SAYS GET IT OUT OF YOUR
SHEATH AND USE IT. WIELD THAT TWO-EDGED SWORD. SO WE TALKED SOME THIS MORNING
ABOUT USING THE WORD OF GOD AGAINST THE ENEMY,
THE POWER OF SPEAKING THE WORD OF GOD. AND TONIGHT WE’RE GONNA FIND OUT
WHAT OUR BATTLE POSITION IS AND JUST SEE WHAT GOD CAN DO
FOR US IF WE’LL FIGHT THE WAY HE WANTS US TO FIGHT. 2 CHRONICLES CHAPTER 20,
IN VERSE 17, “YOU SHALL NOT NEED
TO FIGHT IN THIS BATTLE; TAKE YOUR POSITION, STAND STILL,
AND SEE THE DELIVERANCE OF THE LORD [WHO IS] WITH YOU,
O JUDAH AND JERUSALEM. FEAR NOT NOR BE DISMAYED. TOMORROW GO OUT AGAINST THEM,
FOR THE LORD IS WITH YOU.” ISN’T THAT GOOD NEWS? YOU DON’T NEED TO FIGHT
IN THIS BATTLE. “TAKE YOUR POSITION,
STAND STILL, AND SEE THE SALVATION
OF THE LORD.” NOW FOR A LOT OF YEARS I THOUGHT
OUR POSITION WAS STANDING STILL. I THOUGHT, “TAKE YOUR POSITION,
STAND STILL,” WAS WHAT HE WAS TRYING TO SAY. BUT IF YOU READ THIS WHOLE
2 CHRONICLES 20 IN CONTEXT, THAT’S REALLY NOT
THE POSITION THAT HE’S TALKING ABOUT. AND SO WE’RE GONNA START OVER
HERE IN VERSE 1 AND WE’RE GONNA LEARN SOME GOOD LESSONS TONIGHT
OUT OF 2 CHRONICLES CHAPTER 20. VERSE 1, “AFTER THIS,
THE MOABITES, THE AMMONITES, AND WITH THEM THE MEUNITES,
CAME AGAINST JEHOSHAPHAT TO DO BATTLE.”
HAVE YOU EVER NOTICED THAT THERE’S A LOT OF “ITES”
IN THE BIBLE? AND YOU KNOW WHAT? I’VE DECIDED THAT WE’VE ALL GOT
OUR OWN LITTLE BRAND OF ITES. IT MAY BE THE BAD BOSSITES,
THE GROUCHY NEIGHBORITES, THE BACKACHEITES,
THE NOT HAVING ENOUGH MONEY TO PAY OUR BILLITES,
BUT WE’VE ALL GOT ITES THAT COME AFTER US. THINGS THAT WANT TO UPSET US. “AND IT WAS TOLD JEHOSHAPHAT,
A GREAT MULTITUDE HAS COME AGAINST YOU FROM BEYOND
THE [DEAD] SEA, FROM EDOM; AND BEHOLD THEY ARE
IN HAZAZON-TAMAR, WHICH IS EN-GEDI. THEN JEHOSHAPHAT FEARED.”
AND I WANT YOU TO PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO THAT BECAUSE OUR
FIRST NATURAL RESPONSE TO ANY KIND OF BAD NEWS OR TROUBLE IS
GOING TO BE A FEELING OF FEAR. NOW WHAT WE DO AT THAT POINT
IS VERY IMPORTANT. THE WORD FEAR ACTUALLY MEANS TO
TAKE FLIGHT OR TO RUN AWAY FROM. NOW A LOT OF TIMES, PEOPLE DON’T
WANNA DEAL WITH THEIR PROBLEMS SO THEY FIND SOME WAY
TO AVOID THEM. SOME PEOPLE DRINK TOO MUCH. SOME PEOPLE GO OUT
AND SPEND MONEY THEY DON’T HAVE TO SPEND JUST TO NOT THINK ABOUT
THEIR PROBLEMS. SOME PEOPLE GO TO BED. THEY JUST SLEEP. SOMETIMES PEOPLE CAN JUST HIDE
IN DRUGS. I MEAN, THERE’S ALL KINDS
OF WAYS THAT PEOPLE AVOID THEIR PROBLEMS. MY MOTHER AVOIDED THE PROBLEMS
THAT WE HAD IN OUR HOME AND IT ENDED UP TAKING HER
MENTAL HEALTH AND SHE DIED LAST YEAR, 87 YEARS OLD,
AND WAS REALLY A SWEET WOMAN BUT SHE NEVER HAD A LIFE. SHE REALLY NEVER LIVED
AND NEVER HAD A LIFE. AND IT’S TERRIBLE WHEN YOU SEE
SOMEBODY RUIN THEIR LIFE BECAUSE THEY’RE AFRAID TO CONFRONT
OR FACE ANYTHING IN THEIR LIFE AND I DESPISE THAT
BECAUSE I SAW WHAT IT DID TO HER AND I SAW WHAT IT ALMOST DID
TO ME AND I SAW WHAT IT DID TO MY BROTHER AND EVEN I SAW
WHAT IT DID TO MY DAD BECAUSE SHE WOULDN’T CONFRONT HIM. HE MAYBE COULD HAVE GOTTEN
SOME HELP IF SHE WOULD HAVE CONFRONTED HIM. WE DON’T HELP OURSELVES
WHEN WE RUN FROM OUR PROBLEMS AND WHEN WE AVOID THEM. GOD HAS NOT GIVEN US ANY ARMOR
FOR OUR BACK SIDE BECAUSE HE NEVER EXPECTED US TO BE RUNNING. [AUDIENCE APPLAUDING] JOYCE: EVERY PIECE OF ARMOR
THAT YOU READ ABOUT IN THE BIBLE IS SOMETHING THAT HELPS YOU
WHEN YOU’RE CONFRONTING AND FACING THE ENEMY. AND I LOVE WHAT THE BIBLE
SAYS ABOUT THE SHEPHERD DAVID WHO ACTUALLY BECAME A KING. IT SAYS THAT WHEN HE WAS GONNA
FIGHT WITH GOLIATH, HE RAN TO THE BATTLE LINE. AND I LOVE THAT. HE DIDN’T RUN AWAY
WHEN HE SAW GOLIATH. HE RAN TOWARD GOLIATH. AND YOU KNOW WHAT I THINK? I THINK SOMETIMES WE THINK
OUR PROBLEMS TO DEATH. WE THINK ABOUT ‘EM TO THE POINT
WHERE THEY SCARE US SO BAD AND A LOT OF TIMES WE NEED TO JUST
NOT THINK AND JUST TRUST GOD. AND I DON’T MEAN DO STUPID STUFF
BUT IF YOU KNOW WHAT GOD WANTS YOU TO DO THEN JUST SAY, “I AM
NOT GONNA BE AFRAID OF THIS. I AM GONNA TAKE A STEP OF FAITH
AND GOD IS GONNA BE WITH ME WHEN I GET TO THE BATTLE LINE AND
HE’S GONNA SHOW ME WHAT TO DO,” AMEN? [AUDIENCE APPLAUDING] JOYCE: AND I KNOW SOME OF YOU
ARE PROBABLY PUTTING UP WITH STUFF THAT YOU NEED TO CONFRONT. GROWN KIDS THAT ARE TAKING
ADVANTAGE OF YOU. [AUDIENCE LAUGHING] JOYCE: NOT SURE WHERE
THAT CAME FROM, BUT THERE, YOU CAN HAVE IT. [AUDIENCE LAUGHING] JOYCE: AMEN? WE NEED TO STAND UP TO WHAT
GOD WANTS US TO STAND UP TO. GOD HAS NOT GIVEN US A SPIRIT
OF FEAR BUT OF POWER, LOVE, AND A SOUND MIND. SO WE NEED TO DEAL WITH FEAR
AND NOT LET IT DEAL WITH US. SO THE MINUTE THAT JEHOSHAPHAT
GOT BAD NEWS, HE FEARED. “IT WAS TOLD TO JEHOSHAPHAT
A GREAT MULTITUDE HAS COME AGAINST YOU.”
IN VERSE 3, “THEN JEHOSHAPHAT FEARED.”
BUT LOOK WHAT HE DID NEXT. I LOVE THIS. “AND SO HE SET HIMSELF
[DETERMINEDLY, AS HIS VITAL NEED] TO SEEK
THE LORD; AND HE PROCLAIMED A FAST IN ALL JUDAH.”
MY GOODNESS. HOW MUCH DIFFERENCE THERE WOULD
BE IN OUR LIFE AND EVEN HOW MUCH MORE ATTRACTIVE WOULD THE CHURCH
OF CHRIST BE TO LOST PEOPLE IF EVERY TIME WE HAD A PROBLEM
AND WE FELT FEAR, THE VERY NEXT THING THAT WE DID WAS
SET APART A LITTLE BIT OF TIME TO SEEK GOD. C’MON, IS ANYBODY HOME
OUT THERE TONIGHT? [AUDIENCE APPLAUDING] JOYCE: DON’T GO TO THE PHONE. GO TO THE THRONE. AUDIENCE: YEAH! JOYCE: WE DON’T NEED TO CALL
UP SOMEBODY ELSE, I ALWAYS SAY ALL THE TIME, THAT DON’T EVEN
KNOW WHAT THEY’RE DOING AND ASK WHAT WE OUGHT TO DO. [AUDIENCE LAUGHING] JOYCE: LET’S FIND OUT
WHAT GOD’S BATTLE PLAN IS, WHAT GOD’S BATTLE STRATEGY IS,
IN EACH BATTLE THAT WE HAVE. WE NEED TO HEAR DIRECTLY
FROM GOD. ONE WORD FROM GOD IS WORTH MORE
THAN TEN THOUSAND WORDS FROM PEOPLE. YOU SAY, “HEAR FROM GOD? CAN WE DO THAT?”
ABSOLUTELY. YOU CAN BE LED BY
THE HOLY SPIRIT. YOU CAN HEAR FROM GOD. AND YOU MAY NOT HEAR WORDS. I DON’T LOOK FOR VOICES ALL
THE TIME BUT I’M TELLING YOU, WHEN YOU SEEK GOD, YOU WILL
INSTINCTIVELY KNOW WHAT YOU NEED TO DO. YOU’LL BE LED BY THE SPIRIT. AND EVEN IF YOU DON’T KNOW RIGHT
THAT MINUTE, AS YOU CONTINUE TO GO FORWARD, YOU WILL BE LED AND
KNOW WHAT YOU’RE SUPPOSED TO DO. THE ONLY WAY THAT I CAN DO
WHAT I’M DOING IS BECAUSE I’VE LEARNED HOW TO LET GOD LEAD. I ALWAYS HAVE A MESSAGE WHEN
I COME UP HERE BUT, HONESTLY, SOMETIMES I PREACH IT BACKWARDS. I SAY STUFF THAT’S NOT IN IT. THERE’S STUFF IN IT THAT
I DON’T SAY. AND SOMETIMES WE’VE GOT OUR
LIVES SO ORGANIZED THAT THERE’S NO WAY FOR GOD TO GET IN AT ALL. SO WE NEED TO LEARN
HOW TO HEAR FROM GOD. ONE WORD FROM GOD CAN LITERALLY
CHANGE YOUR LIFE FOREVER. ONE WORD FROM GOD CAN GIVE
YOU THE COURAGE TO CONFRONT ANYTHING. TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO,
I HAD BREAST CANCER. AND IT WAS A VERY FAST-GROWING
TYPE OF CANCER. THE TUMOR WAS VERY SMALL BUT,
BACK THEN, THEY DID MORE RADICAL SURGERIES AND SO I HAD TO HAVE A
VERY RADICAL SURGERY RIGHT AWAY BECAUSE THEY SAID I WOULD BE
PLAYING RUSSIAN ROULETTE WITH MY LIFE IF I DIDN’T GET
IT OUT OF ME. IT WAS AN ESTROGEN-DEPENDENT
TUMOR. AND SO NATURALLY,
CANCER IS A FRIGHTENING WORD. AND I REMEMBER BEING SO, SO
FRIGHTENED, I WOULD JUST–THIS FEAR WOULD JUST OVERWHELM ME AND
THEN I WOULD CONFESS THE WORD AND I’D FEEL STRONGER AGAIN. AND I WOULD TRUST GOD. AND THEN HERE WOULD COME
THAT FEAR AGAIN. ABOUT 3 O’CLOCK ONE MORNING,
I MEAN, I HEARD SO CLEARLY IN MY SPIRIT,
“I WILL TAKE CARE OF YOU.” [AUDIENCE APPLAUDING] JOYCE: “YOU CAN TRUST ME;
I’LL TAKE CARE OF YOU.” NOW YOU KNOW WHAT? FIVE HUNDRED OTHER PEOPLE
HAD SAID THAT TO ME. I HAD SAID IT TO ME. [CHUCKLING]
WE NEED TO TALK TO OURSELVES IN TIMES OF TROUBLE. IT’S GOOD TO GET ENCOURAGEMENT
FROM OTHER PEOPLE BUT I’M JUST SAYING THAT WHEN GOD SAID THAT
TO ME, IT MEANT–IT WAS LIKE THEN MY FAITH ROSE UP. FAITH COMES BY HEARING
AND HEARING BY THE WORD OF GOD. FAITH RISES WHEN YOU HEAR GOD. AND I’M GLAD YOU’RE HERE TO HEAR
ME TONIGHT BUT, FRANKLY, I HOPE YOU HEAR GOD THROUGH ME
OR I HOPE SOMETHING THAT I SAY WILL CAUSE YOU
TO GO HOME AND SEEK GOD IN THAT AREA FOR YOURSELF
BECAUSE 1 WORD FROM GOD IS WORTH 10,000 WORDS FROM PEOPLE. BUT WE’RE NOT GONNA HEAR
FROM GOD IF WE WON’T SET APART TIME TO SEEK GOD. [AUDIENCE APPLAUDING] JOYCE: AND I KNOW THAT
THERE’S PEOPLE HERE THAT YOU’RE IN ALL DIFFERENT PLACES IN YOUR
WALK WITH GOD AND I CAN SAY TO SOME OF YOU, “SEEK THE LORD,”
AND YOU KNOW EXACTLY WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT AND SOME OF YOU
ARE LIKE…”WELL, I’VE JUST BEEN WATCHING YOU ON TELEVISION. I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE FUN
TO COME AND SEE WHAT YOU LOOK LIKE.” [AUDIENCE LAUGHING] JOYCE: AND, YOU KNOW,
[CHUCKLING] YOU’RE NOT REAL CLEAR WHAT
IT MEANS TO SEEK GOD. WELL, JUST GO GET SOMEWHERE
AND SHUT A DOOR. IF YOU REALLY DON’T KNOW HOW
TO SEEK GOD, HE WILL MEET YOU WHERE YOU’RE AT. YOU DON’T HAVE TO GO FIND HIM
WHERE HE’S AT. [AUDIENCE APPLAUDING] JOYCE: C’MON,
I NEED TO SAY THAT AGAIN. [AUDIENCE CHEERING] JOYCE: I SAID IF YOU REALLY
DON’T KNOW HOW TO HEAR FROM GOD, THE GOOD NEWS ABOUT GOD IS HE’LL
COME AND MEET YOU WHERE YOU’RE AT. ALL YOU GOTTA DO IS SIT DOWN
SOMEWHERE AND SAY, “GOD, I NEED YOU. I’M IN TROUBLE. I DON’T WANNA JUST REACT
IN FEAR. I DON’T WANNA JUST REACT
EMOTIONALLY. I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO. SPEAK TO ME AND LEAD ME
AND GUIDE ME.” AND THEN IF YOU DON’T HEAR
SOMETHING RIGHT AWAY, DON’T GET ALL FRUSTRATED AND UPSET. WHEN YOUR TIME IS OVER,
THEN JUST SAY, “OKAY, GOD. I HAVEN’T HEARD A THING YET
BUT I BELIEVE THAT YOU’RE GONNA LEAD ME AND GUIDE ME
AS I START TAKING STEPS.” I ALWAYS SAY,
“YOU CAN’T DRIVE A PARKED CAR.” SOME OF YOU HAVE GOTTA GET
YOUR LIFE OUT OF PARK AND START GOING SOMEWHERE FOR GOD
TO LEAD YOU ANYWHERE. [AUDIENCE APPLAUDING] JOYCE: RIGHT? JOYCE: WELL, THERE’S ALWAYS
GOING TO BE BATTLES IN LIFE BUT THE GOOD NEWS IS YOU ARE
MORE THAN A CONQUEROR. AND TO ME, THAT MEANS THAT
WE KNOW THAT WE WON BEFORE THE BATTLE EVER EVEN STARTS. JUST KEEP IN MIND THAT–
WHO YOUR REAL ENEMY IS AND FIGHT BACK USING THE SCRIPTURAL
WEAPONS THAT GOD HAS GIVEN US. WE HAVE SPIRITUAL WEAPONS THAT
COME STRAIGHT FROM THE WORD OF GOD. TODAY, GINGER’S WITH US AND
HAS SOME OF YOUR QUESTIONS ON BATTLES THAT YOU’VE BEEN
FACING, AND I PRAY THAT I’LL BE ABLE TO ANSWER THEM. GINGER: THERE ARE SO MANY
BATTLES. WE’RE ALWAYS DEALING WITH
SOMETHING IT SEEMS LIKE. AND SO, WE HAVE A LOT OF
QUESTIONS ABOUT PEOPLE’S BATTLES THAT THEY ARE
CURRENTLY FACING. THIS ONE IS FROM PERSIS,
FROM EGYPT, AND THEY SAY, “I STRUGGLE WITH NEGATIVITY
BECAUSE I’VE HAD A LOT OF TRAGIC THINGS HAPPEN TO ME. HOW CAN I LET GOD FIGHT THIS
BATTLE INSIDE MY MIND?” JOYCE: WELL, GOD WILL FIGHT
OUR BATTLES FOR US, BUT HE ALWAYS GIVES US
SOMETHING TO DO. IN THE BOOK THAT I WROTE,
I BROUGHT THAT OUT VERY CLEARLY, THAT EVERYBODY GETS EXCITED
WHEN YOU SAY LET GOD FIGHT YOUR BATTLES, BUT–
AND HE DOES, WE CAN’T WIN WITHOUT HIM. AND THERE’S CERTAINLY A LOT OF
THINGS WE CAN’T DO AT ALL THAT GOD HAS TO DO, BUT WE ARE
PARTNERS WITH GOD AND HE GIVES US SOMETHING TO DO TOO. I TELL PEOPLE, A LOT OF TIMES
WHEN YOU PRAY, MANY TIMES GOD DOESN’T JUST GIVE YOU
THE ANSWER TO THE PROBLEM, HE GIVES YOU SOMETHING TO DO. SO, IN OVERCOMING NEGATIVITY,
FIRST OF ALL, REALIZING THE PROBLEM IS GREAT. REPENTING OVER IT IS GREAT. IT CAN BECOME LIKE AN
ADDICTION AND YOU CAN ALMOST GET TO THE POINT WHERE YOU’RE
AFRAID TO BELIEVE ANYTHING GOOD IS GOING TO HAPPEN
BECAUSE YOU DON’T WANT TO BE DISAPPOINTED ONE MORE TIME
WHEN IT DOESN’T. BUT I’LL TELL YOU IT IS
A LIFE-CHANGER WHEN YOU CAN BECOME POSITIVE INSTEAD
OF NEGATIVE. GINGER: AND YOU’VE SEEN
THAT CHANGE IN YOUR LIFE, RIGHT? JOYCE: OH, YEAH, I WAS
SO NEGATIVE. I’D ALWAYS SAY I COULDN’T THINK
TWO POSITIVE THOUGHTS IN A ROW WITHOUT MY BRAIN GETTING
IN A CRAMP. SO, I TOTALLY SYMPATHIZE AND
UNDERSTAND. BUT THE THING THAT REALLY
HELPED ME IS TO UNDERSTAND THAT I DON’T HAVE TO JUST THINK
WHATEVER FALLS IN MY HEAD. YOU KNOW, HE COULD THINK GOOD
THINGS ON PURPOSE, OR SHE. I DON’T KNOW IF IT’S A MAN OR
WOMAN, BUT THEY CAN THINK GOOD THINGS ON PURPOSE. AND I LOVE AND FEEL VERY
STRONGLY ABOUT THE PRINCIPLE OF SPEAKING THE WORD OF GOD
OUT LOUD. AND SO, I BELIEVE THAT IF
YOU’RE IN A PLACE WHERE YOU CAN, AND YOU HAVE A NEGATIVE
THOUGHT POP IN YOUR HEAD, WHY NOT JUST SAY, “NO!”
AND THEN TURN AROUND AND SAY, “GOD IS WORKING IN MY LIFE AND
SOMETHING GOOD IS GOING TO HAPPEN TO ME.”
AND IF YOU KEEP IT UP LONG ENOUGH–SEE, THE DEVIL ONCE
HE FINDS OUT HE CAN’T REALLY BOTHER YOU AND UPSET YOU,
THEN HE’LL GO AWAY FOR A WHILE TO WAIT FOR ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY. BUT WE CAN OVERCOME THINGS AND
WE DO IT THROUGH LEANING ON GOD AND PERSISTENCE. I THINK, SOMETIMES WE,
YOU KNOW, WE’LL TRY TO DO THE RIGHT THING FOR A FEW DAYS
AND IF IT’S NOT WORKING, WE GET WEARY AND GIVE UP. BUT, I ALWAYS SAY, IF IT TOOK
YOU–IF YOU GAVE THE ENEMY 50 YEARS TO GET IN THE MESS
YOU’RE IN THEN DON’T GET MAD AT GOD IF YOU’RE NOT OUT
OF IT IN TWO WEEKS. JUST KEEP AT IT, AND KEEP AT IT,
AND KEEP AT IT. GINGER: KEEP FIGHTING AND GOD
WILL KEEP FIGHTING WITH YOU. WELL, THIS IS A QUESTION FROM
VALENCIA AND SHE SAYS, “I CONSTANTLY WORRY ABOUT
MY KIDS, MY PARENTS, MY JOB, PRETTY MUCH EVERYTHING ALL
THE TIME. HOW DO I STOP FROM CONSTANTLY
WORRYING ABOUT THINGS I CAN’T HANDLE OR CHANGE?”
JOYCE: WELL, I GUESS IN SOME WAYS, AND I’M JUST SAYING SOME
OF THE THINGS THAT GOD HAS SAID TO ME TO HELP ME GET OVER THAT. YOU KNOW, PEOPLE WHO WANT
TO BE IN CONTROL ARE ALWAYS GONNA WORRY BECAUSE THEY
WANT TO CONTROL THE OUTCOME OF EVERY SITUATION. AND WE’RE NOT IN CONTROL,
GOD IS. AND THE MORE YOU TRUST HIM,
THE MORE RELAXED THAT YOU’RE GOING TO BE. AND WORRY, LIKE ANYTHING ELSE,
I MEAN, IT CAN BECOME A HABIT. IT’S JUST USELESS. YOU KNOW, I SAY IT’S LIKE
SITTING IN A ROCKING CHAIR ROCKING ALL DAY, IT KEEPS
YOU BUSY, BUT IT DOESN’T HELP ANYTHING. GINGER: AND IT MAKES YOU
MISERABLE. JOYCE: NOW, DO I EVER
WORRY? SOMETIMES, I DO. BUT, I THINK THAT, YOU KNOW,
I BELIEVE WHEN THE ENEMY FIRST ATTACKS US IN AN AREA THAT
SOMETIMES IT DOES TAKE A LITTLE BIT OF TIME TO RATIONALIZE WITH
OURSELVES AND TO SAY, “LOOK, THIS IS JUST THE DEVIL. I’VE BEEN THROUGH IT OVER,
AND OVER, AND OVER. I KNOW I CAN’T DO ANYTHING ABOUT
THE PROBLEM, ONLY GOD CAN.” AND SO, I LOVE PHILIPPIANS
4:6, “BE ANXIOUS FOR NOTHING, BUT IN ALL THINGS BY PRAYER
AND SUPPLICATION,” SO I LIKE TO TRADE WORRY FOR PRAYER. GINGER: MMM…YEAH. JOYCE: AND I MEAN, GOD IS
SO GOOD. HE DOES ANSWER PRAYER AND HE
DOESN’T ALWAYS ANSWER THEM EXACTLY WHEN WE WANT, OR GIVE
US EXACTLY WHAT WE WANT. BUT, EVEN JUST IN THE PAST
COUPLE OF YEARS, I HAVE JUST BEEN–I’VE BEEN WATCHING FOR IT,
BUT I’VE BEEN SEEING HOW MANY THINGS THAT GOD DOES FOR US
THAT WE ASK HIM TO, AND WE JUST NEED TO BE MORE THANKFUL. AND SO, REMEMBER, WITH WORRY,
JUST LIKE THE NEGATIVITY, YOU DON’T HAVE TO THINK EVERY
THOUGHT THAT FALLS INTO YOUR HEAD. AND SO, WHEN, YOU KNOW, ONE OF
THE THINGS THAT HELPS IS WHEN YOU START WORRYING ABOUT
SOMETHING JUST SAY, “YOU KNOW, I’VE BEEN THERE, DONE THAT A
THOUSAND TIMES AND IT’S NEVER HELPED ANYTHING. SO, GOD, I’M JUST GONNA LEAVE
THIS ONE TO YOU. IF THERE’S SOMETHING YOU WANT
ME TO DO, SHOW ME, AND IF NOT, I’M GONNA BELIEVE THAT YOU’LL
WORK IT OUT.” GINGER: YEAH, THAT’S GOOD
THOUGH. SEEING WORRY AS A PROMPT
TO PRAY, INSTEAD OF DWELLING ON THE NEGATIVE ASPECT OF WHAT
COULD HAPPEN, GIVE IT TO GOD. JOYCE: ANOTHER THING THAT
GOD’S SAID TO ME TOO, WHICH I MEANT TO SAY IS, IT’S ACTUALLY
A PRIDEFUL ATTITUDE. GINGER: WORRYING IS? JOYCE: BECAUSE IF YOU THINK
ABOUT IT, WHEN YOU WORRY, YOU’RE ONLY WORRIED BECAUSE
YOU THINK YOU CAN DO SOMETHING ABOUT THE PROBLEM. AND SO, UNTIL YOU KNOW THAT
YOU CAN’T–YOU JUST–I’M NOT SMART ENOUGH TO RUN
MY OWN LIFE. YOU KNOW, SOMETIMES, GOD WILL
ANOINT ME TO HELP SOMEBODY ELSE, BUT I CAN’T HELP MYSELF. AND THAT’S REALLY RATHER
FRUSTRATING. AND SO, HOPEFULLY, THOSE THINGS
WILL HELP. GINGER: ALRIGHT, EMILY,
FROM KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI ASKS, “I STRUGGLE WITH WHEN
TO STAY STILL AND WHEN TO ACT TO HELP SOLVE MY CONSTANT
DAILY BATTLES. CAN YOU GIVE ME SOME GUIDANCE?”
JOYCE: WELL, YOU KNOW, SO MUCH OF KNOWING WHAT YOU
SHOULD DO, WHEN, IS LEARNED BY TRIAL-AND-ERROR. ONE GREAT MAN OF GOD,
DALLAS WILLARD, SOMEBODY ASKED HIM HOW HE LEARNED HOW
TO HEAR FROM GOD. AND HE SAID THROUGH MAKING
A LOT OF MISTAKES. AND, I MEAN, THAT’S JUST
THE TRUTH. YOU KNOW, IF YOU FEEL THAT
YOU’VE BEEN WAITING ON GOD AND YOU FEEL THAT GOD WANTS
YOU TO DO SOMETHING THEN IF YOUR HEART’S RIGHT AND YOU’VE
PRAYED ABOUT IT AND YOU REALLY BELIEVE THAT GOD WANTS YOU TO
DO SOMETHING THEN TAKE A STEP TOWARD IT AND SEE WHAT
HAPPENS. YOU KNOW, BABY STEPS, JUST TAKE
A STEP, SEE IF THE DOOR OPENS. SOMETIMES YOU CAN’T REALLY
KNOW WHAT GOD WANTS YOU TO DO WITHOUT STEPPING OUT AND
FINDING OUT. AND OF COURSE, WE KNOW ALL THE
ANSWERS ABOUT BEING LED BY PEACE AND YOU KNOW, BUT THOSE
THINGS ARE VERY IMPORTANT. YOU KNOW, IT’S LIKE, YOU KNOW,
I LOVE DOGS AND MY DOG THAT I LOVED SO MUCH FOR 12 YEARS,
SHE PASSED AWAY ABOUT 3 YEARS AGO. AND SO, I’VE TRIED A COUPLE
OF OTHER DOGS AND THEY DIDN’T WORK OUT. AND SO, I GET TO THE POINT
WHERE I’M ALMOST AFRAID TO TRY TO GET ANOTHER DOG. AND THEN, SOMETIMES, I’LL–
SOMEBODY WILL SAY, “OH, I FOUND THE PERFECT DOG FOR YOU.”
I MEAN, I HAD A LADY THAT WAS GONNA TRAIN IT AND THE WHOLE
NINE YARDS. AND WHEN I GOT RIGHT DOWN TO
IT, IT WAS EVERYTHING I HAD SAID I WANTED BUT I JUST DID
NOT HAVE PEACE. AND I TOLD MY DAUGHTER,
THE OTHER DAY, I SAID, “I KNOW WHEN THE TIME IS RIGHT,
GOD WILL PROVIDE THE PERFECT DOG FOR ME,” BECAUSE I DON’T
REALLY NEED A PUPPY. I JUST DON’T–I’M NOT GOOD AT
THE POTTY-TRAINING THING. GINGER: IT’S A LOT OF WORK. JOYCE: I DID GOOD WITH MY
KIDS, BUT I DON’T DO GOOD WITH DOGS. [GINGER LAUGHING] JOYCE: AND SO, GOD KNOWS
WHAT I NEED AND THE RIGHT TIMING AND HE’LL BRING IT AT
THE RIGHT TIME. BUT THERE AGAIN, I JUST,
I DON’T KNOW WHY. IT’S LIKE, “WELL, WHY CAN’T
I HAVE A DOG RIGHT NOW? OTHER PEOPLE HAVE DOGS,”
YOU KNOW [CHUCKLING]. BUT IT’S JUST NOT THE RIGHT
THING FOR ME RIGHT NOW FOR SOME REASON. AND I JUST, I GET TO TRUST THAT. GINGER: SO HOW HARD IS
IT THEN, TO REALIZE, IN THIS THING THAT YOU WANT, YOU DON’T
ALWAYS GET WHAT YOU WANT… JOYCE: IT’S VERY HARD. GINGER: YOU HAVE TO TRUST
IN GOD’S TIMING AND IN HIS GOODNESS IN YOUR LIFE. JOYCE: THAT’S WHY I KEEP
GOING THROUGH THE SAME THING OVER AND OVER. I’LL TRY AND I’LL GET SOMETHING
WORKED OUT THAT SOUNDS LIKE IT’S GONNA BE–
AND I CAN’T TELL YOU HOW MANY TIMES I’VE, “OH, THIS HAS GOTTA
BE GOD. I MEAN, YOU CAN SEE GOD JUST
WRITTEN ALL OVER THIS.” BUT WHEN IT CAME DOWN
TO ACTUALLY SAYING, “YES, I’LL TAKE THE DOG.”
I JUST DID NOT HAVE PEACE. GINGER: AND YOU HAVE TO TRUST
THAT, WHEN YOU HAVE THAT. JOYCE: I HAVE TO TRUST THAT. I’VE BEEN AROUND LONG ENOUGH
TO KNOW NOT TO GO AGAINST PEACE. BECAUSE IF YOU DO THAT–
SOMETIMES, YOU KNOW, YOU DO SOMETHING THAT IS NOT
AS EASILY UNDONE. AND SO, YOU HAVE TO DEAL WITH
THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF THAT THING OVER A LONG PERIOD OF TIME. GINGER: I THINK THAT’S
A GREAT ANSWER FOR HER. THAT’S GOOD FOR ALL OF US. ALRIGHT, ONE MORE? JOYCE: OKAY. GINGER: JULIE, FROM FLORIDA,
SAYS, “I’M A PLANNER. I AM ALWAYS TRYING TO FORESEE
THE FUTURE PROBLEMS AND THEN HAVE A PLAN TO AVOID THEM. HOW CAN I LET GO OF TRYING TO
CONTROL TOMORROW’S OUTCOME AND GIVE IT TO THE LORD?”
JOYCE: WELL, MAYBE WHEN SHE FINDS OUT, SHE COULD WRITE ME
AND LET ME KNOW. [LAUGHING] JOYCE: YOU KNOW, SO MANY
OF THESE THINGS–I REMEMBER GOING THROUGH EXACTLY WHAT
SHE’S GOING THROUGH. ANY ONE OF THOSE QUESTIONS,
I REMEMBER GOING THROUGH EXACTLY THOSE THINGS. BUT, EXPERIENCE WITH GOD
IS SO VALUABLE. AND SOME OF THE THINGS THAT
PEOPLE HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT, IT’S LIKE, I CAN SAY WELL
THIS, AND THIS, AND THIS BUT, IT’S EASY FOR ME NOW BECAUSE
I’VE BEEN THROUGH ALL THAT. AND, I THINK SOMETIMES,
AND I HOPE THIS IS NOT MISUNDERSTOOD, I THINK
SOMETIMES YOU JUST HAVE TO DO IT YOUR OWN WAY UNTIL YOU WEAR
YOURSELF OUT AND YOU REALIZE THAT YOU JUST CAN’T MAKE ALL
THESE THINGS HAPPEN IN YOUR LIFE THAT GOD IS IN CONTROL
AND YOU’RE JUST TRUSTING– PART OF TRUSTING GOD IS BEING
HAPPY WITH HIS DECISIONS. AND SO, I UNDERSTAND,
BUT GIVE IT TIME. PROVERBS SAYS, “WE LEARN BY
THE WORD OF GOD AND BY LIFE’S EXPERIENCES.”
AND I’VE LEARNED SO MUCH FROM THE WORD. BUT THERE’S SO MUCH TOO THAT
I’VE LEARNED BY EXPERIENCE. JUST LIKE, WHAT I SAID EARLIER
ABOUT I’VE GOT ENOUGH SENSE NOT TO GO AGAINST PEACE. WELL, I DO NOW, BUT FOR A LOT
OF YEARS I DIDN’T. AND SO, I HAD TO–MANY TIMES,
I DID THINGS I DIDN’T HAVE PEACE ABOUT AND THEN I SAW
THE MESS IT MADE. AND SO, EXPERIENCE WITH GOD
WILL BRING ALL OF US TO THE PLACE WHERE WE WANT TO BE. THAT’S EXACTLY WHY THE ENEMY
WANTS US TO GIVE UP SO WE NEVER GET TO THAT PLACE
OF MATURITY. GINGER: YEAH, WELL, THANK
YOU FOR YOUR HELP WITH OUR BATTLES. JOYCE: [CHUCKLING]
WITH OUR BATTLES. YOU KNOW, YOUR BATTLES REALLY
DO BELONG TO THE LORD AND I’VE WRITTEN A BOOK CALLED, “YOUR
BATTLES BELONG TO THE LORD.” WE HAD A REAL SMALL BOOK FOR
A PERIOD OF TIME CALLED, “THE BATTLE BELONGS TO THE LORD,”
AND IT JUST DID SO WELL, I THOUGHT, “YOU KNOW, I NEED
TO DO A BIGGER BOOK ON THIS.” AND SO, THIS IS A BOOK THAT
COVERS JUST ABOUT EVERYTHING THAT YOU CAN IMAGINE AND
I THINK IT’S GONNA REALLY BE A HELP AND A BENEFIT TO YOU. AND NOT ONLY FOR YOU, I’M SURE
YOU KNOW PEOPLE THAT ARE GOING THROUGH A VERY DIFFICULT
BATTLE RIGHT NOW, AND WHAT A GREAT GIFT TO GIVE PEOPLE. THE WORD OF GOD IS A
WONDERFUL GIFT. AND SO, TODAY, WE’RE OFFERING
THIS TO YOU FOR YOUR GIFT TO THE MINISTRY OF ANY AMOUNT. AND WHATEVER YOU SEND IN TODAY
IS GONNA BE USED JUST TO HELP PAY FOR TELEVISION AIR TIME. YOU KNOW, WE RARELY ASK YOU
TO GIVE AN OFFERING TO HELP PAY FOR TV, BUT I’M SURE YOU
REALIZE THAT THERE ARE A LOT OF BILLS TO BE ON A LOT OF
STATIONS. WE’RE ON 900 RADIO AND
TELEVISION STATIONS AROUND THE WORLD. AND SO, YOUR GIFT TODAY IS
GONNA HELP PAY FOR THOSE THINGS AND ALLOW US TO USE
OTHER FUNDS THEN, TO GO FOR OTHER THINGS. AND REMEMBER GOD ALWAYS,
ALWAYS HAS A GOOD PLAN FOR YOU AND DON’T YOU EVER FORGET IT. ANNOUNCER: WE’VE ALL
BEEN THERE, NOT KNOWING WHERE TO TURN,
FEELING POWERLESS IN LIFE’S STRUGGLES WITH NO STRATEGY
TO FIGHT BACK. BUT, DID YOU KNOW YOU DON’T
HAVE TO FIGHT YOUR BATTLES ALONE THAT YOU DO NOT
HAVE TO LIVE DEFEATED? THERE IS ANOTHER WAY. DISCOVER HOW YOU CAN
BECOME MORE THAN A CONQUEROR WITH THE NEWEST BOOK FROM
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR, JOYCE MEYER,
“YOUR BATTLES BELONG TO THE LORD.”
THE BOOK BRINGS TO LIGHT THE REAL ENEMY OF YOUR SOUL
AND HOW GOD IS READY TO HELP YOU WIN ALL OF LIFE’S BATTLES. THIS HARD-HITTING GUIDE FOR
LIFE’S CHALLENGES EXPLAINS HOW YOU CAN TRIUMPH OVER
ANY OBSTACLE YOU FACE. ORDER YOUR COPY OF JOYCE’S
NEW BOOK TODAY FOR YOUR GIFT OF ANY AMOUNT. CALL… OR GO TO JOYCEMEYER.ORG. GINGER: SOAK UP THE SUN,
THE WAVES, THE FUN, AS YOU DISCOVER THE STRATEGY TO UNLEASH
THE WARRIOR INSIDE AT THE 2019 LOVE LIFE WOMEN’S CONFERENCE
IN ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA. IT’S TIME TO ESCAPE THE
DAY-TO-DAY PRESSURES OF LIFE. LET GOD FIGHT YOUR
BATTLES AND ENJOY A SUNNY CALIFORNIA GETAWAY. SEATING IS LIMITED, SO DON’T
MISS OUT ON THE 2019 LOVE LIFE WOMEN’S CONFERENCE. REGISTER TODAY. JOYCE: JUST TO HAVE SOME
HONEST, OPEN DISCUSSION WITH FRIENDS. GINGER: YOU’RE PART OF THIS
GROUP TOO, SO THERE’S SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE. [CHATTING & LAUGHING]
JOYCE: JUST GIVE ME A CALL AND WE’LL TALK IT OUT. GINGER: CHECK OUT
JOYCE’S NEWEST PODCAST AND TALK IT OUT. JOYCEMEYER.ORG/PODCAST. [MUSIC] ANNOUNCER: WE HOPE YOU
ENJOYED TODAY’S PROGRAM. FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT
JOYCEMEYER.ORG. THIS PROGRAM HAS BEEN MADE
POSSIBLE BY THE FRIENDS AND PARTNERS OF JOYCE MEYER
MINISTRIES.

13 thoughts on “Let God Fight Your Battles – Part 1 | Enjoying Everyday Life

  1. A message from joyce Meyer when you wake up is a blessing in its self true motivation from God to get your life on the right path each day by one step one prayer one act and you look up and you changed from the inside in out

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