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I do what I do because I’ve seen God’s

power transform my own life and he will

do it for you the key to everything is

found in God’s

word I’m Joyce Meyer and I believe that

God can heal you everywhere you

hurt we’re doing a little Series this

weekend on the devil I know you’re all

happy about hearing about the devil

and uh some people don’t believe the

devil’s real but I’m sorry to tell you

that he is and uh if you don’t believe

that all you got to do is look around at

the world and see the condition it’s in

and it certainly isn’t

God that’s the creator of all the evil

that’s in the world and that’s the best

way I know how to put it that the world

today is full of

evil and evil people and we blame the

government and we blame

everything but behind it all is the

devil that doesn’t mean that people

aren’t responsible for what they do but

the devil will work through and use

anybody that he

can including Christians I don’t believe

he can possess a Christian because

they’re full of the Holy Spirit but he

certainly can oppress them how many of

you believe the devil’s ever used your



yeah I have to definitely say that he’s

been times when he’s used mine to hurt

people and to say things that were just

really downright stupid and so he’ll use

your attitude your

mouth certainly try to put all kinds of

wrong thoughts in your life because I

always like to say where your thoughts

go where the thoughts go the man

goes it’s just like you think about a

hot fudge Su long enough you probably go

to get one no matter what time it is no

matter how far you have to go it’s

amazing how our thoughts affect our

feelings and our

emotions and

so it’s very important that we realize

the Devil is a real

entity I am bounds said in his book The

Devil is a

person not a person like we are with the

human body but a person with a

personality a personality that’s very


and the devil really is to be respected

don’t ever make fun of the


or think that he’s just a big joke

because he has a lot of power but one

thing he does not have any longer

because Jesus took it away from him is

Authority we have authority and power

Luke 10:19


behold I have given you not I will give

you but I have given you power and

authority to tread on

serpents that’s the way he appeared to

Eve in the garden as a serpent To Tread

on serpents and

scorpions I’ve given you power over all

the power of the devil and nothing shall

by any means hurt you so you have power

and you have authority

but it’s up to you to use it and that’s

what we’re going to talk about this

morning we’re going to talk about being

a little more

aggressive not being so dull-headed and

just wait let the devil walk all over us

and do nothing about it but 1 Peter 5’8

says resist the devil at his

onset you don’t wait

until you’ve been a broken down mess for

3 months and then finally takes a

truckload to Christians to come pick you

up you resist the devil at his onset and

don’t feel sorry for yourself when you

have trouble that’s one of the best ways

to invite the enemy in in 1 Peter 5 8-10

it says that the same afflictions are

accomplished throughout the body of

Christ all around the world so whatever

kind of problem you’re

having there’s somebody that’s got to

worship problem than


amen and so um first scripture going to

read is revelation 16:15 out of the

Amplified classic

Bible and it basically says stay awake

and keep your clothes

on it’s an interesting scripture if you

don’t understand it spiritually you’re

got to go

huh he says behold I am going to come

like a

thief blessed happy to be envied is he

who stays awake alert and who guards his

clothes so that he may not be naked and

have the shame of being seen

exposed Now isn’t that an interesting

scripture what you know that doesn’t

mean to go sit in your closet with a

shotgun and guard your clothes all night

he’s not talking about these kind of

clothes he’s talking about spiritual

clothing maybe that’s a new thought for

you maybe you haven’t really


that you have spiritual clothing but all

throughout the Bible it tells us to put

on some things and put off other things

and both of those terms put on and put

off are action words they require you to


something I’ve never yet gone in my

closet and had my clothes jump on my

body I’ve had to pick them out and put

them on and many


I don’t like what I put on I don’t look

good in it

or so I’ll take it off and I’ll put on

something else and trust me when I say

that there are many Christians going out

in the world

today dressed spiritually in things that

don’t look good on

them bad


self-pity anger bitterness resentment

jealousy oh but we go to

church praise God as long as you go to

church and you got a cross hanging

around your neck and a big Bible then

everything’s okay well I hate disappoint

you but that’s not what God’s looking

for God sees the

heart and he sees what we do and the

Bible tells us over and over that Jesus

is coming soon and I don’t know how soon

is but every day that goes by it gets

sooner Paul thought he was coming back

in his day and we believe he’s coming

back in our day and I think every

generation believes he’s coming back in

their day but one of these days it’s

going to

happen and there are signs of the end

times and more and more of them are

being fulfilled

all the

time all you got to do is read Matthew

24 and you’ll

find a lot of the things that the Bible

says is going to

happen in the last days but God is

watching and he is a

rewarder of those who are

diligent and diligence means that you

don’t just do the right thing one

time but you do it over and over and

over and over and over you do it when

you feel like it you especially do it

when you don’t feel like

it I’m going to make a statement and I

want you to hear this when you do the


thing when you feel like doing the wrong

thing that’s one of the most powerful

things you can


do I’m going to say it again when you

choose to do the right

thing when you feel like doing the wrong

thing it’s one of the most powerful

things that you can

do God may want you to be the aggressor

and go and make peace with somebody who

has hurt you and

really everything in you says they

should be the one coming to

you but you know in your heart that God

wants you to be the aggressor and go

make peace the Bible says when you bring

your gift to the altar if your brother

has ought against you you go to

him and make peace then come

back and bring your gift to the altar

well that’s not an easy thing to


but if we will just do what God tells us


do it’s amazing how good things will


out in our life I don’t know why we are

so stinking

stubborn but it sure takes us a long

time to realize that God was right after


right oh and by the way he won’t change

his mind and do it your

way no matter how long you wait to do it

his way he’s not going to change his


and do it your way so the Bible says for

example put on Jesus

Christ put on

love clothe yourselves with

Mercy kind feelings and a lowly

opinion of

yourself put on

humility put off the old man put on the

new man and put on the full armor of God

and I’ll tell you in a minute what that

is but

what you say well how do I do that well

the way it works for me is I I think


it I spend time with God every morning

before I do anything else and I highly


it now you might say well I’m just not a

morning person well if you can only give

it two

minutes some way somehow start your say

your day with God if all you can say is

good morning morning

Lord I love

you some

people do better at night at night I’m

done I can’t do anything but lay down

somewhere so mornings I’m I’m sharper in

the morning so it’s better for me Dave

and I both do that and I’m glad that I

have a husband that spends time seeking

God every day it’s uh

it’s a wonderful thing and you might say

well I wish I had that well you know

don’t be jealous

just do what you should do and let God

take care of the rest but no matter how

many times a week you go to church if

you don’t ever spend any personal time

with God that’s the place where

everything that you hear kind of comes

together and starts to make sense for


and if you told me I have time to either

watch your TV program in the morning or

spend 30 minutes with God I’d tell you

to spend time with God as much as I want

you to watch the program it’s just very

important to put God first in your life

and one of the ways you do that is by

putting him

first in your time and so when I spend

that time with God I think about things

like this I think

about walking in love that day and who

I’m going to be around and how I might

show them love this is the way you put

these things on you make a

plan you plan ahead of time if somebody

hurts my feelings I’m going to forgive

them if

uh if somebody does something that they

shouldn’t do I’m going to be

merciful you see we don’t just have to

wait and see what happens we can

plan does anybody understand

me you you just take 10 15 minutes in

the morning and you think about these

things I put on Christ which means you

put on his nature you put on his

behavior Jesus I want to be like you I

want to represent you we are his

representatives in the earth and for

many people you are the only Jesus

they’re going to

see and so that cross you are around


neck all that does is tell them to watch

your beh

Behavior go ahead stick a bumper sticker

on your car and then

speed and make dirty signs at them when

you they do something you don’t like and

then expect them to believe that your

Christianity has any

value you see that’s the problem today

you know we yell I’m a Christian I’m a

Christian and then we don’t act like it

and so the world doesn’t respect us and

you can’t blame them

and really by and large the church today

doesn’t have the

respect that it should have and it’s

because we don’t act the

way that we

should you got to think

about God I don’t I don’t want to be

hoty and proud today I you know the

first thing that happens when you think

too highly of yourself is you start

thinking too lowly of other


if you think too much of yourself you’ll

think too little of others there’s

nothing that aggravates me worse than to

see a spiritual

leader mistreat

people underneath

them we always make sure when we’re out

in these venues that we’re good to the

people in the back that work in these

Arenas we’re friendly with them good to

them many times we give them books or

the guys will take of something to eat

and over and over and over and over

again we hear there’s nobody that comes

here that treats people any better than

you do well that’s the kind of report we

should be

having about our

Behavior your friends should say things

like nobody makes me feel any better

than you do you know when you’re with

somebody they may not remember

everything you said but I’ll tell you

what they will remember how you made

them feel

and if you make people feel

valuable that’s what they need because

the devil is really busy trying to make

people feel

worthless we said last

night we know the devil’s real at least

I know he’s real and uh we already know

he’s going to lose he’s fighting a

battle that Jesus is already won we’re

just walking it



the Bible says

that you got to believe that God

is and that he is a

rewarder of those who diligently seek

him and so you see I personally believe

that you taken the time to be here many

of you last night you’ll be here all day

today some way somehow in your life

there’ll be a reward for that God will

make this time up to you and there will

be something that you’ll handle better

in this next week than you would have if

you wouldn’t have been here and it’ll

save you some trouble that you would




and you know last night I talked about

some things that were hard to talk about

but I know that I obeyed God so

therefore some no matter what kind

of hoopla I might get from it

I know I obeyed God and so therefore

somewhere along the

way there’ll be a reward for that

God always rewards obedience and many

times the harder that obedience

is the greater the reward now some of

the rewards that we’re going to receive

will come when we get to heaven some of

them will come

here but I personally am really looking

forward to heaven

I mean the Bible tells us some things

about it it doesn’t tell us a lot I wish

it told us more but it sure is

apparently a pretty place and

uh Jesus said something about mansions

and I like that I

like I hope I get a big one that I can

help decorate and uh I like that idea of

you know Jewels everywhere I like

sparkly stuff and pretty stuff and and

uh hope I get to do a seminar with Moses

and Paul and Peter you know get to

preach to somebody with few famous

people but um we should spend now

preparing for


amen listen even if you live to be a 100

that’s like a grain of sand on all the

beaches in the world compared to

Eternity you got to think about this if

you’re here today and you’ve not

surrendered your life to Christ yet or

if you’re watching by television and

you haven’t surrendered your life to

Christ you’re still trying to live your

own life your own way why don’t you let

today be the wisest day of your life do

the smartest thing you can ever do

repent from your sins turn away from a

life of sin and tell God I’m yours you

do with me what you want

to let me tell

you people who think there’s no God are

going to be very

surprised in the end and I always say if

I spend my whole life believing all this

and I turned out to be wrong I still

haven’t lost anything I’ve been happy

while I’ve been here but if you on the

other hand spend your life not believing

and you’re

wrong you in a lot of

trouble amen cuz then there’s no time to


it so just remember

that you know maybe in order to obey God

you got to lose a few

friends you know if you’re going to be a

god pleaser then you can’t be a man

pleaser and sometimes when you don’t

please people then they don’t want

anything to do with you so let’s just

say you lost a few friends well you know

that’s much better than losing your


amen and I’m really encouraging you we

we’re living in dangerous times and I

feel a real urgency in my spirit to

encourage people to make a deeper

commitment than

ever and start really being obedient to

God you know don’t don’t compromise and

think that well it’s just a little bit

and everybody else does it you know one

time I was murmuring to God because I

felt like there were other preachers

that I knew that seemed to do things

that God wouldn’t let me do and I was

like well why is it that you know you

tell me I can’t do this you know I can’t

do that you know I can’t see this movie

and they go and I can’t do this and I

can’t do that and he he just simply said

look you’ve asked me for a lot do you

want it or


not and I decided I did so I’ve had to

make a few sacrifices along the

way in Ephesians 6 talks about putting

on the full armor of God it’s armor that

God supplies but it’s up to us to put it

on and uh Ephesians 6

10-18 are certainly worth your study it

says to put on righteousness now what

does that mean it means to know who you

are in Christ in Christ know who you are

in Christ and understand that your who

is different than your

do I don’t do everything right but I am

still right with with God because I

believe in

Jesus the Bible says that in 2

Corinthians 5:21 he that knew no sin

became sin that we might be made the

righteousness of God in him now that

ought to make you feel

good to be right with God because the

devil is always trying to tell you

what’s wrong with

you how many of you know you wake up in

the morning and if you’re listening to

him the first thing he wants to remind

you of is everything he did wrong the


before amen and when you’re he loves

those times when you’re not fully

awake so he can try to get a jump on

your brain before you get a a chance and

you got to learn how to fight back and


no like I said last night I got up one

morning last week and I could tell I had

a little case of the grouchies I was

about to I was just on the border of

feeling sorry for myself but you know

what I’ve been there and done that and

it doesn’t do any good

and uh I just said

no if I remember I said it out loud

nope not going there and I started

thanking God for everything that I could

think of that I was blessed with you got

to fight you got to fight the good fight


Faith amen got to stir yourself up get a

little more aggressive that’s why you

need to go to things like this where you

you’re you get stirred up you know

you’re going to have a better week next

week than you would have if you wouldn’t

have been here but then you’ll need to

go get

fed another

time somewhere

else righteousness you got to wear it

it’s a breastplate protect your heart

knowing who you are in Christ then it

says tighten the belt of truth I like

that the the truth is the word of God so

when you’re when you’re in

battle when you’re

being attacked it says tighten that belt

of Truth in other words hang on to it

more than ever

before when you’re when the word doesn’t

seem to be working for you that’s when

the enemy is going to try to tell you

it’s not true but that’s where you need

to be smarter than him and say it is

true it is true it is true I believe it

I believe

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Peace the Mind actually is the

battlefield that’s where we win or lose

the war with Satan he said all he gets


say rest of the day is M you start

asking God to heal you and he will

restore it’s the God of all comfort and

I am so grateful that I know how to call