God must be our number one priority in life. On this episode of Enjoying Everyday Life, Joyce Meyer shares how a balanced and fulfilling life begins with putting God first.

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what we need to do is check what the

world teaches us

against what god teaches us and always


with god because god needs to be first

in our life

in all things


thank you so much for joining us today i


that the time you’re investing is going

to pay great dividends in your life

because we are going to talk about

something really important today

we’re going to talk about priorities

actually i’m calling it

putting first things first and you know

sometimes we don’t have any trouble

putting them first but then it’s keeping

them first

that can become the challenge because

there’s so many

other things that try to crowd in you

know there’s a scripture

in first peter i think it’s 5 8 in the

amplified bible it says be well balanced

for adversary the devil roams about like

a lion

roaring in fierce hunger seeking whom he


devour and then it says we’re to

steadfastly resist him

well i think it’s interesting that it

says that if we

stay well balanced that we can keep the

enemy out of our lives and if we’re not


we can let him in and you know balance

really has a lot to do

with priorities it’s like knowing what’s

the most important

what comes after that what comes after

that and

keeping things the way they should be

and that is our responsibility

you know so many people today complain


their schedule they complain about not

having any time and what everybody

expects out of them and

you know i catch myself doing it too


but the lord reminds me that it’s my

schedule i made it and i’m the only one

that can change it and so we have

to become responsible for the things in

our life

that don’t seem to be working well and

sometimes there’s nothing we can do

about it

sometimes it’s just an attack from the

enemy but sometimes we have let our

lives get out of order

and we’ve opened up a door for the enemy

let me just give you one example

the bible talks about how we open a door

for the enemy

through holding on to unforgiveness

don’t let the sun go down on your anger

don’t get the devil

don’t give the devil any such foothold

and so it’s up to us to make sure

that we don’t go to bed mad but i wonder

how many even of you that are watching

even though i know you’re wonderful

and you do most everything right i


how many of you went to bed last night


at somebody perhaps even the person

that you were sleeping with hopefully

and prayerfully the person that you

were married to and we need to realize


we can’t just pray everything away we

pray for god to give us the strength to


what we need to do so let’s talk today

and tomorrow on the program about


putting first things first well

christ is the center of all things

he is the first and the

most important thing in our lives

colossians 1 17 and 18 from the


classic edition and we really need to

read this slow

because it is just so powerful and he

himself existed before all things

so before there was anything any world

any universe

anything there was god

and in him all things

consist cohere and are held together

i love that like god is the the glue

so to speak that holds us together that

holds our lives together

that holds the universe together when

you think about

just the earth on its axis

and how it rotates and if it just didn’t

rotate exactly

perfectly i guess it’d fall off and no

tell us what would happen

who keeps the sun and the moon and the

stars in the sky

who makes all of these things in the


work right i’ll tell you whether you

know it or not

you are dependent on god

god provides food for the animals he


enough sunshine enough rain god is

so good and he is involved in everything

and it’s time that we start giving him

credit for it

he is the head of his body

which is the church he refers to the


not just the one building you to go to

but the

the church all believers

as his body

he is the head of his body the church

seeing that he is the beginning

the firstborn from among the dead jesus

was the first

one to ever come back from the dead

so that he alone now get this

that he alone in everything and in every


might occupy the chief place stand first

and be preeminent well

god should be

the main thing in our life

well let me just ask a few questions

what’s first in your life

is making money first in your life

trying to buy more things than you

already have do you spend

too much time at work

rarely any time with god rarely any time

with your family

if you do it will eventually catch up

with you and there will be

consequences we need to think about


we reap what we sow

the bible tells us not to store up

treasure on earth

where it can be destroyed at any moment

matthew 6 19

don’t store up for yourselves treasures

on earth

wear moth and vermin destroy and where

thieves break in

and steal you know the bible says in


that babylon falls in one hour

and the businessmen and those who love

commerce begin to mourn

now babylon was actually a city but it’s


gives us the idea of wealth and

prosperity and

and business and all the commerce that

goes on in the world and

i’m not suggesting that we don’t need to

make money

we do we need money i’m not suggesting

that we shouldn’t

save money we do need to save money for

emergencies and save

decent amount of money for retirement


don’t worship money don’t don’t make

money more important than what it is

often people say that money is the root

of all evil but that’s not what the

bible says

it says the love of money is the root of


evil and i think we all always have to

remember and remind ourselves that

we came into the world with nothing and

the bible says that we will go out of it

with nothing this is a very important


to think about we all have so

much stuff i mean just

stuff how many things do you have in

your house

that you don’t need never use

but yet you might even go out and buy

another one

keep first things first in your life

don’t make money the most important


in your life

how about getting your college degree

maybe for you right now that’s the most

important thing

in your life well

first of all let me say i’m all for


i think you should get as much of it as

you feel that you need

there are some things that we just can’t

do without the education to do them i

certainly wouldn’t want to go to a


that had never gone to school and had

years of training

in what’s required to be a doctor

so even today in a lot of places you

know when i was

when i was growing up you didn’t need a

college degree as much as you do today

to get a job

a lot back then people were willing to

to train you and they even liked that

sometimes better

than getting somebody who already

thought they knew everything

but today not impossible but

a lot of places really put a lot of

value in the college degree

so i’m not saying that it’s not

important but

some people get so smart

that they no longer can believe like a

little child

you know jesus said that if we want to

enter the kingdom of heaven we must come

to him

as a little child and

i think that’s so important you know are

you childlike in your heart

we don’t want to go around acting like

babies but

it’s so true i think the more people


sometimes not all the time but sometimes

the less they’re able to believe because

if you let your head get more full than

your heart is

then you’re going to want to understand

everything and i will just tell you now

you are not

nor should you understand everything

about god who can figure out the trinity

i read the other day that a man trying

to figure out the trinity

would be like a worm trying to figure

out a man

there’s no way that you can say we have

one god but

shows up in three persons you can never

make three equal one

or one equal three but and i don’t

understand that with my head

but i do understand it with my heart i

believe it

with childlike faith we have god the


jesus the son who is fully god

and the holy spirit who is also god

you can’t understand all the things that

happen in the world why bad things

happen to good

people there’s too many things we can’t


so we have to be willing to yes

think about things but if it comes to

the point where

you’re being confused by thinking about

them at that point that’s when you say

i trust god you say but i can’t see god

i can’t feel god

but we can know

not in our mind but in our heart that

god is

he says without faith it’s impossible to

please him

and those that come to him must believe

that he is

and that he is a rewarder

of everyone who diligently seeks him

let’s look at some of the things that

god has to say about worldly wisdom

first corinthians 1 19-21 for it is

written i will destroy the wisdom of the


the intelligence of the intelligent i

will frustrate

where is the wise person where is the

teacher of the law

where is the philosopher of this age

has not god made foolish the wisdom

of this world now listen

for since in the wisdom of god

the world through its wisdom did not

know him

god was pleased through the foolishness

of preaching to save those who believe

it’s so amazing to me sometimes when i’m

teaching in a conference and

i can see the people to just watch their


and watch the change that comes over

some of the people

as i preach the gospel of jesus christ

it’s wonderful to see light come into

dead eyes

it’s amazing when

we have the privilege of leading someone

into a relationship with god through


they believe with their heart the word

of god the gospel of christ when it’s


there’s so much power in it that it can

go beyond what you think

or what seems to make sense to you and

you can know

in a different way than knowing with

your head the bible talks a lot about

knowing job said i know that my redeemer


well he didn’t just mean he knew it with

his head

because his life was in a lot of trouble


wouldn’t have looked to him like his

redeemer was alive but he said i know

and he meant i know

down here and can i just simply say this

right now because i feel like it’s

something god wants me to say

some of you just need to

stop trying to figure it out

whatever it is to you it could be your

current problem

it could be some difficulty that you

are or have gone through in life and

something that seems really

unfair happened to you and you just

don’t get it

go beyond what you think to what you


in your heart shut that head off

sometimes and just sit quietly in the

presence of god

and see what is in your heart

worldly wisdom versus godly wisdom

james 3 13-17 who is wise

and understanding among you let them

show it by their good life

by deeds done in the humility that comes

from wisdom but if you harbor

bitter envy and selfish ambition in your

hearts don’t

do not boast about it or deny the truth

such wisdom does not come down from

heaven but is earthly unspiritual and

demonic for where there is envy and

selfish ambition

there you find disorder and every evil


when i see the world might say if

somebody mistreats you

you need to shut them out of your life

or get them back

you need to make them pay in some way

but that’s really not godly wisdom

because godly wisdom tells us to harbor

such things in our heart

is going to ruin our own life and that

we need to forgive

people even though they don’t deserve it

and when we do forgive people

then we can trust god to take care of us

the wisdom that comes from above i love

this is first of all pure

peace loving considerate

submissive oh that’s a good one

because we have very few really

submissive people

in the world today most people just


do not want to be told what to do

full of mercy and good fruit

impartial true wisdom knows that god


everyone equally we all have equal value

to god and we should honor one another

in the same way

one person is not better than another in

god’s eyes

knowledge too much knowledge too much

head knowledge i should say

can cause one to be puffed up the bible

says and that means

proud now here again

i’m not against education get all the

degrees that you want to get

but make sure that you always keep in

front of you

that god’s ways supersede

the ways of the world and perhaps even

some of the ways you’ve learned to do


if they don’t agree with god’s word then

you need to go to god’s word

not what you’ve learned do you know that

a lot of young people that go to college

a huge percentage of christian young

people that go to college

come out having had lost their faith

somebody was just telling me last week

about their child

who’s a good godly child has only been

in college one year

and they’ve already lost so much

of their faith well we don’t have to do


what we need to do is check what the

world teaches us

against what god teaches us and always


with god because god needs to be first

in our life

in all things in our time

in our conversation in our thoughts

in our actions our entertainment

our attitude our decisions god always


to be first always

what would happen in our society today

like the number one thing the bible


is love you shall love the lord your god

with all your heart soul mind and

strength and you shall love your

neighbor even as you love yourself

what if every person in the world went


a college for four years to get a degree

in walking in love wow

come on what if we went to school to

learn about mercy

and kindness and giving and generosity

and forgiveness you know those are the

things that we really

need to know so

go to all the schooling you want to get

all the information you want to

but make sure that you always have time

for this in your life

don’t say i don’t have time for that

right now i’m busy

getting a degree

love is the most important thing in the


the bible says that we can have all of

everything else

all the worldly wisdom prophetic powers

on and on and on

but if we have not love we are a useless

nobody so walking in love every day

should be our number one

top priority now you know i don’t know

how long it takes you to get ready to go


but like when i was coming here to the

studio today

it takes me an hour to take a shower

wash my hair

fix my hair put on makeup pick out the

right clothes

sometimes i do it in 45 minutes but

usually it takes an hour

and if i look at myself and i don’t like

the way i look

i’ll go try another outfit

well let me ask you a question do you

spend as much time getting ready

spiritually before you go out

as you do getting ready physically

see i spent two hours with god before i

spent that hour getting myself

to where i thought i looked good enough

to go outside now you may say well joyce

i don’t

i don’t have that kind of time in the

morning i’ve got a house full of kids

well god doesn’t expect something out of

you that you can’t give him

but you need to start your day with god

even if it’s five minutes in the

bathroom you need to start your day with


and let me just say something else and i

want you to remember this

whatever you put your time into

whatever you put the most of your time

into that

is the thing that is the most important

to you let me say it again

whatever you put your time into

the more time you put into something the

more important

it is to you we like to think we have no


over our schedule but we do

we certainly do so we need to be


but beware of having more head knowledge

than you do

spiritual knowledge

don’t fail at christianity

or some people fail at christianity

because they don’t educate themselves in

being a christian

you know being a christian is about a

lot more than just going to church

i can go out and sit in my garage all

day and that’ll never make me a car

and you can go sit in a church

three times a week every week of your


and that will never make you a christian

being a christian

is about receiving jesus christ as your

lord and savior as your only help and

your only hope

and leaning entirely on him for the

forgiveness of sins

and for salvation and having

through christ a deep personal intimate

relationship with god where he is

invited into and welcome into every

single area

of your life now let me just tell you

now if you do not have that

you can call the phone number on your

screen and one of our operators will be

happy to explain more to you about what

it means to be born again

and they will lead you through prayer

into a relationship with god through


please call us if you don’t have that

and you need it

are you trying to climb the corporate

ladder of success you have to be careful

because some people spend all their life

trying to climb the ladder of success

only to find out when they get to the

top that it’s leaned against the wrong


there’s nothing that makes me sadder

than to see an elderly person

say somebody in their 80s and

all they can think about is all the

things they regret

things they regret that they did things

they regret that they didn’t do

let me tell you when you’re on your

deathbed you’re not going to ask to see

your checkbook balance

that’s not going to be what you want

you’re going to want your family

your friends around you you’re going to

want to have the comfort of god

in your life knowing that even when you

leave this earth you’re going to a

better place

to live with god throughout all eternity

is your girlfriend your boyfriend your

husband your wife

more important to you than god is do you

choose them

over god you know the people that are

important to us

need to have a a high place in our life

but people will disappoint you and let

you down

but the bible says that if we go with


will never be disappointed how about

your children

are they the number one thing in your

life well you know what

they’re going to grow up and leave now

that doesn’t mean that you can’t always

have a good relationship with your


but my daughter for example has four


all grown and the last one just left


now here she was a few years ago

driving kids everywhere and her life was

so busy with all of her kids

you know you need to make sure while

you’re raising your children that you


are building a relationship with god

and other relationships because you’re

you’re going to need them


and yeah i don’t know what it is that

you spend all your time doing

but i know that we need to make good


and a lot of times we focus on breaking

bad habits but

if you just focus on making good habits

there will be no room for the bad habits

and so we’re offering you today

some teaching called making good habits


bad habits and a coffee mug so you can

start every morning

with god it says good morning this is


i’ll be taking care of your problems

today and i won’t need your help

it’s good to have reminders all around


about god to make sure that we keep him

first place in our life

now be sure you join us tomorrow and

we’re going to continue along

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so as all this is growing and you’re

you’re watching god really really

feeding this

were you always in agreement was it

always um

well not necessarily well i i i

would think there would be some yeah big

decisions to be made

there was there there was but i mean

there was a really good flow to it

because she did things in the ministry

and i did things in the ministry and and

you know i was i was setting up all the


once in a while we’d get a hotel that

the shingles were falling off of the

roof the air conditioning wasn’t working

and the guy was in the middle of the

meeting he was climbing up in the

climbing up in the ceiling which is

about 20 feet high

you know trying to fix the air

conditioning and one where

where it was raining and water was

coming down by the

curtain where she was teaching it was

just a lot of

wild excitement you know i was so busy


and studying to teach uh that that

between that and and i i probably dealt

with most of the people issues

in the office so dealing with all that


firing organization that kind of stuff

and he was pretty busy with

the the radio and all the just setting

up everything

the logistics and the the buying all the

equipment i wanted to buy things that we

were actually needed and

so that we would use the money wisely

and we saved and paid cash flow we had


uh they would present me with

requisitions and i would determine do we

really need this you know and so

during that period of time it it kept us

you know to where we would not you know

waste money

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