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today 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 well father we thank you for the

word today I love your word it’s changed

my life

dramatically and I know that it will

keep on changing it and I pray that

that’ll happen to people here today that

their lives will be changed as they

receive your word everybody say I

receive the word word I receive the word

okay now I always tell people don’t

listen to me just to listen to me but

listen with an attitude of whatever I

hear today I’m going to be obedient to

it and I’m going to go home and apply it

to my life you know just to know

something doesn’t do you any good if you

don’t do it we need to do it and I think

a lot of times we think well I’ll check

off my went to church this week box

but everybody will hear something today

that should and could cause at least a

little bit of change in your life

including me I want to talk to you this

morning about the journey to spiritual

maturity and you know being spiritually

mature is God’s will for us not

remaining baby

Christians but being spiritually mature

because little babies all they care

about themselves but God actually wants


to get ourselves off our mind not be

selfish and reach out to other people

help them

and be willing to do whatever God wants

us to do to help the kingdom grow

there’s really nothing that makes you

happier than helping other people as a

matter of fact I know personally that

you cannot be selfish and happy at the

same time it just doesn’t work and if

some of you are unhappy and can’t figure

out why it might just be because you

care more about what God can do for

you than what you can do for

God babies come in that way we usually

have big problems and we receive Christ

because we want him to fix them and

he’ll go along with that for a while but

after a while he wants a transition

where you say well now Lord I really

appreciate all you’ve done in my life

and I want to be of service to you Paul

told the Corinthian Church and keep in

mind that the Corinthians were had all

the gifts of the

Spirit they spoke in other tongues they

prophesied but he told them they were

babies so you you can have gifts but not

have fruit isn’t that

interesting you know people who have or

Opera in the gifts of the

Spirit you would think and they think

we’re the mature

group but not necessarily so a gift is

given to you but fruit you got to put a

little effort into that you got to work

with the Holy Spirit and everything you

need is in you as a seed

but you have to grow in those areas like

patience if you want

patience you got to be willing to have a



amen if you want


well you know how that goes you have to

be willing

to do something you don’t want to do or

apologize to somebody you don’t want to

apologize to but 1 Corinthians 3

1-3 however Brethren I could not talk to

you as to spiritual men but as to

non-spiritual Men of the flesh men and

women in whom the carnal nature

predominates I had to talk to you like

mere infants in the new life in Christ

and I’m reading from the

Amplified and it says in the Amplified

in parenthesis unable to talk yet and I

think that’s interesting that’s the only

translation that says that but Paul says

that twice in these three verses he says

I know that your

babies I can hear it by the way you

talk and you know that is true if you

want to locate how spiritually mature

somebody is is all you really have to do

is listen to them for a little

while amen because immature people

complain even though they’re

blessed they talk about other people

behind their back they gossip they

criticize they


they very often won’t forgive people

that have hurt them they feel Justified

and hanging on to their anger they get

upset over Petty things that they don’t

need to get upset over and so I think

that’s interesting that you can even

listen to

yourself and locate yourself as far as

how spiritually material you are first

of all let me ask because there’s no

point in me preaching this if you don’t

think you need it how many of you

believe that it is very important that

we all grow in Christ and become



I fed you with milk not solid

food and when he’s talking about he’s

talking about the word of God as our


and some translations instead of saying

solid food say meat so the milk of the

word would be like Paul saying I had to

I had to always give you messages about

what God would do for

you messages about how much God loves

you and how blessed you’re going to

be what a great future God has planned

for you we all love those kinds of

messages and of course we need them but

we can’t live on

them we have to

have some of the meat of the word which

almost always brings some kind of

Correction in our

life amen and so I am committed

to I don’t teach people what they want

to hear but I teach them what they need


hear and there’s a difference see and um

the Bible says in the last days people

will have itching ears they’ll be

insecure and they’ll run to and fro

until they find somebody that’s saying

what they want to

hear and that’s that’s not good just

because your pastor says something that

makes you squirm in your seat a little

bit doesn’t mean that you don’t need to

hear it I personally love

deeper messages that confront me and

make me stop and think now like I said

we all need the what I call dessert

messages but we we need the we just need


balance you need a balance if somebody’s

just beating you up with the word every

week that gets old but if all you ever

hear is everything that God’s going to

do for you and how blessed you are than

really those messages encourage us but

we don’t

grow spiritually on those

messages I fed you with milk not solid

food for you were not yet strong enough

to be ready for it and even yet you are

not strong enough to be ready for it for

you are still

unspiritual having the nature of the

flesh because you’re under the control

of ordinary impulses I’ll just say

quickly do you let your emotion control

you or do you control

them do you do what you think what you

want what you feel or are you able to

move beyond that we I’ve written a

couple of books on emotions and one is

called managing your emotions I think

it’s out of print now and then another

one is called living beyond your

feelings and we all have feelings

they’re not going to go away you know if

somebody insults me I’m still going to

feel like I want to tell them off

or let them know they’re not going to

treat me that way but a spiritually

mature Christian can

have emotions and yet not act on them if

they know it’s not something that God

would want them to do so I’ll just leave

that with you and you

can do what you want to with it

for as long as there is Envy jealousy

wranglings and factions among you and

wranglings and factions are

strife and strife is

arguing heated

arguments living in

disagreement and the part that I like

about Strife that I think a lot of

people don’t understand is it says it’s

an angry undercurrent

in other words it’s one of those things

where we’re smiling at each other but

underneath there’s all this you know you

you can have a church that looks good on

the outside but underneath there’s all

this gossip and goofiness and what

happens then is that that prevents the

anointing and so everybody can say the

right thing but it doesn’t really do

anybody any good when we began our min

Ministry which has been 40 years ago

I’ve been teaching 45 years but I wasn’t

in full-time Ministry until 40 years

and God spoke to my heart said there’s

three things I want you to do and if you

do them I’ll bless your

ministry do what you do with

excellence and that doesn’t mean

Perfection it just means to take what

you have and do the best you can with it

we should be excellent

people who always go the extra mile we

don’t sweep the dirt under the rug we

clean things out and do things the way

they’re supposed to be done be a person

of Integrity that means

honest that means that you keep your

word and boy do we have a huge problem

today with people not keeping their word

how many of you have had an appointment

with a Workman to come and repair

something at your house and he didn’t

show up and didn’t even bother to call

you and let you know

okay well back when I was a teenager

like in the 50s you never heard of

anything like that people just I mean

even people that weren’t saved didn’t do

stuff like that and it’s it’s just

getting to be such a problem in the

world today that it’s just really

ridiculous and the thing that we all

have to be careful of is that we don’t

float along with the

world we don’t just kind of go with the

current but we’ll make the effort to to

swim upstream so to

speak and always do what you know is

right keep your word if you tell

somebody I’ll call you back tomorrow

call them back

tomorrow and then he said Keep The

Strife out of your life out of your

marriage and out of your ministry and

those are three core values at Joyce

Meyer Ministry we still teach

them today we teach them to

all new employees and we just do not not

put up with strife and that means if

there’s somebody there that’s causing

trouble and we

can’t get them to stop then we just

really won’t keep them because Strife is

like a cancer if you don’t stop it it

will eat away at everything until it

kills it and you if you’re going to go

to church and you’re going to trust God

for things you need to keep The Strife

out of your

family because Psalm 1 133 says where

there is

Unity there is

blessing and the anointing of God and I

don’t know about you but I want both of

those he said you’re behaving yourself


unchanged men once a person is born

again they should change but spiritual

maturity is Journey it’s not just a once

and done thing if you still have areas

where you need to grow do not feel the

least bit bad about it I have areas

where I need to grow God’s not concerned

if we’ve not arrived but he is concerned

if we’re making no

progress see we should just you

shouldn’t be today like you were a year

ago and 5 years from now you shouldn’t

be like you are right now we all need to

be concerned about ourselves if we don’t

see any growth any spiritual growth in

us and the Bible says that when he

returns we will all be changed in the

twinkling of an eye so whatever is still

wrong with us when Jesus comes back

he’ll fix all

that that’s

great that doesn’t mean you get to wait


then well then I can just put it off

till then

no there should be nobody in here today

that’s mad at

anybody forgiveness is the heart of the

gospel God forgives

us completely quickly forgets our sins

removes them as far as the East is from

the west and when somebody hurt your

feelings and makes you mad on Monday by

Wednesday or Thursday you shouldn’t even

be able to remember what it was got you

upset you just you let go of

it you say well they don’t deserve it

well maybe they don’t but you deserve


amen and uh I found a very interesting

scripture I mean I’ve seen this hundreds

of times it’s not like the first time I

ever saw it but it’s amazing how we can

look at scriptures

and just see new things in them that

ever happened to you where you just you

see new things it’s Isaiah 43:25 and God

says that he forgives our sins and

forgets them for his own

sake I thought that was so interesting

he forgives us for his own

sake and we need to forgive other people

for our own sake so that’s just kind of

an aside don’t want to take time

preaching on that but you know if you’re

in here today and you’re mad at somebody

I really pray that you’ll lay that down

and get rid of

it before you leave it’s not not going

to change the person you’re mad at

they’re probably out having a good time

and don’t care that you’re upset and so

you’re just tormenting yourself

now this is a part of this message that

is very

important now Paul tells them why

they’re still spiritually

immature and I I want you to listen to

this Hebrews

5:13 for everyone who continues to feed


milk the baby Christians is obviously


inexperienced and unskilled in the

doctrine of

righteousness of conforming to the

Divine will in thought purpose and

action for he is a mere infant not able

to talk yet now why is righteousness so


to spiritual maturity well first of

all we are made right with God by his

grace and mercy when Jesus died for us

the Bible says in 2 Corinthians 5:21 he

that knew no sin became sin that we

might be made the righteousness of God

in him one thing you need to know about

God is he never expects us to do

anything without giving us the ability

to do

it so he’s not gonna tell you do this

right do that right do this right do


right without giving you the ability to

do it so he makes us all right with him

right from the very beginning right from

the very start of your walk with God you

are made right with

God and that

is gosh it took me so long to finally

believe that God wasn’t mad at

me and I’ll tell you why it is so so

important because you can’t unless you

believe that you’re right with God you

can’t do anything

right but if you

believe that you’re

righteous then you’ll produce right

Behavior a peach tree makes peaches

because it’s a peach

tree it’s very simple we produce what we

really believe that we

are and so you can’t really conce

consistently produce right Behavior if

you’re guilty and condemned all the time

and always thinking that God is mad at

you even when you’re doing things

wrong you still are the righteousness of

God in Christ there’s a difference in

your who and your do who you are is your

you’re right with God what you do is

another story and God’s going to work on

that here’s the reason why righteousness

is so

important we cannot mature spiritually


correction you’re not all happy about

that that was a pretty puny

clap we cannot mature without correction


God and God will try first to correct us

himself but if we do not

listen he will then try to correct us

through somebody

else confronting us personally or in

preaching maybe there’s something God’s

been dealing with you about and you have

just been being stubborn about it and

then maybe God will bring a speaker in

or your pastor will say the same thing

that God’s been saying to you and

hopefully that’s

enough to get us to get in line then how

many of you are with me and you

understand what I’m saying okay

well correction is very hard for most

people to receive it’s a little bit

easier to receive it from God than from

people but if he gets around to having a

deal with us through

people it’s very hard because only a


person can truly receive correction and

say you’re

right don’t make excuses for it the

minute we make excuses we’re just

undoing the whole thing

because an excuse is a reason stuff for


lie so what we need to do is say you’re

right there’s no excuse for what I did

and I want God to work with me and help

me when Jesus ascended on high he sent

us a

helper the Holy Spirit and the Holy

Spirit is the

agent the definition says in the Greek

he’s the agent in sanctification in

other words we are already made holy at

the new birth because God can’t be

anywhere that’s not holy when the Bush

was on fire God said to Moses take your

shoes off you’re standing on Holy Ground

well why is a bush and a bunch of dirt

Holy Ground because God was there so

wherever God is has to be Sanctified and

he lives in us so he has to do a work in

us before he can come and live in US you

understand me so what you have on the

inside may be very different than the

way you’re

behaving and so the work of the holy

spirit is to help

you he’s our teacher our

guide is to help you and to help me get

what’s in

us to the outside of us you know Paul

said work out your own salvation with

fear and trembling well we don’t we’re

not Sav by our works so he can’t mean

that because he plainly taught that

you’re not saved by works but by Grace

so what in the world did he mean work

out your own salvation he says with fear


trembling not on your

own but with the help of God we can’t

change just because we want to we need


help so we from the moment that we’re

born again and God puts all this good

stuff in us then we have to a word a lot

of people don’t like today

work I’m still scratching my head over

all these jobs that are open and they

can’t get anybody to fill them I I don’t

I do not know how people are not

working and living I can’t I just

scratch my head we stay in hotels all

the time and now most of them don’t even


housekeeping because they can’t get

anybody to work no Bellman no

housekeeping you want if you get too

much trash in your room if you start it

out in the hall they may come by and get



nothing and it’s getting that way

everywhere half a restaurants or half of

the restaurant will be closed because

they don’t have enough workers anyway if

if you want or I want to be what God

wants me to be I might have to put out a


effort just praying

is not enough get the job done I need to

study the word I need to cooperate with

God I need to pay attention to my

spiritual life if I sin I need to

repent if I hurt somebody else I need to

go back and apologize are you all with

me Joyce said it earlier there’s really

nothing that makes a person happier than

helping other people I know that it’s

true it’s true in my own life and


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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

on God