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procrastination God told me one time

good intentions are not

obedience I’m Joyce Meyer I’ve seen

God’s power transform my own life and he

will do it for you

I was not an excellent person I didn’t

know that much about Excellence because

I had seen a lot of mediocrity growing

up and so one of the things that God

wanted to teach me was excellence and of

course obedience but how to be an

excellent person because he wanted me to

have an excellent Ministry not have a

mediocre something but something that I

could be proud of and the the world


respect and uh so interestingly enough

God taught me a lot of lessons in the


store which like I said I know some of

you have heard some of these stories so

I’ll go through them quick one of the

one of the things he started dealing

with me about was putting my grocery

cart back in the place marked off for



now I hate to tell you this it’s a

little embarrassing but it took me two

whole years

before I got fully obedient to

that cuz the first the first time I’ve

kind of sensed God wanted me to you know

not lean it against the car next to me

and it’s amazing we work harder trying

to lean the grocery cart somewhere out

in the middle of the parking lot than we

do if we just take it back and put it

where it

goes and

uh God would just say things to me like

if you own this store what would you

want people to do you know there is that

little Annoying scripture that says do

unto others as you would have them do

unto you amen doesn’t say treat

everybody the way they treat you it says

treat them the way you’d like them to

treat you and

uh I mean I had every kind of excuse

well nobody else puts theirs away why


I I’m in a hurry it’s raining it’s

snowing whatever and finally I got to

the point where I took it back every

time I’ve heard some funny stories about

those grocery carts one lady told me she

was leaving her car and going back with

her grocery cart and there was another

lady that was had left her car and was

going back they looked at each other and

the one woman said Joyce Meer right and

she said that’s

right how many of you started putting

your grocery cart

away see what a Ministry I have

the grocery store should give me pay me

royalties or

something and then another thing I did

was you know if you go to the grocery

store hungry it’s very dangerous because

by the time you get to the last aisle

you realize you got more than you can

pay for especially if you’re on the kind

of budget I was back then we had $70

every two weeks for groceries and we

couldn’t spend $71 it had to be 70

because we lived on a very tight budget

and I had all my coupons

and going to the grocery store was quite

an event and by the time I would get to

the last

aisle I would realize I had to start

taking things out of my cart I didn’t

really need but I didn’t go put them

back where I got them I just you know

I’m I’m the goofball that left the

lettuce in the

cleanser and I remember when God started

telling me go put it where you got it

now these are these this is where I

started learning obedience in the little

things of life

and you know what what I’m encouraging

you to do is do life with

God in other words God is not just for

church on Sunday morning but do life

with him and whatever he tells you to do

wherever you’re at and you say well I

don’t hear God talk to me like you do

yes you do amen when I say God told me I

don’t mean I heard an audible voice say

Joyce go put your lettuce back where you


it you have the same thing you got this

little you just kind of you know how

many of you know that it’s like that

still Small Voice it’s the The Whispers


God and you can ignore them if you want

to but down deep you

know and we know when we walk away and

we didn’t do what God told us to we

know and I guess you heard my cheap

chicken story right no no how many have

not heard the chicken story all right

well you deserve to hear

it I was a big coupon Clipper

and they would have chickens on

sale I forget now but they you could get

them pretty cheap you


let’s say they were three for a dollar

or whatever and then

and God called my attention to the fine

print on the coupon it said three per


please well I didn’t want three I wanted

a bunch so I took my kids with

me and we all got

three and then I’d get in line and

pretend like I didn’t know them

oh yeah and I’m teaching a Bible study

in my


understand and then one day I was

standing there in fear and I thought I

don’t think I gave my daughter enough

money for


tax and and the Lord said don’t you know

if you have to hide to do something

there’s something wrong with

it here I

am got a call of God on my life to go to

the world and teach the

gospel but I had to go to Bible school

first and I went to the school of the

Holy Ghost

and he taught me things like Integrity

tell the truth do what you do with

Excellence be a person of your word if

you tell somebody you’re going to do

something do it these are the things

that are important even little things

like if you tell

somebody I’ll call you and we’ll go to

gun we’ll go to lunch don’t say that if

you don’t mean it sometimes that’s just

our way of getting rid of

somebody if you tell them that do

it how many

people irritate you now because they

don’t do what they said they were going


do well are they sewing or are you

reaping a few of you got that didn’t you


you know what I mean by that are they

sewing a bad seed or are you reaping off

of a bad seed that you sewed in somebody


life well we’ll just go

on and then I remember one time I was in

the I think I was in a JC Penny store

and I was going through a rack of

clothes and I noticed some hangers in

the floor and I felt like God want me to

pick you know not hangers but clothes

had fallen off hangers the floor I felt

like God told me to pick them up and

hang them up and I thought why should I

clean up somebody else’s mess and then I

heard do would you like somebody to

clean your messes up

someday and now I have all kinds of

people that help me and I couldn’t do

what I was doing if I didn’t I will tell

you the honest truth and I believe this

with all my heart if I would have never

obeyed those little things that God told

me I would not be standing here



I was preaching about those chickens one

time and I was in a church in Tennessee

and the pastors and some of the leaders


sitting up on the platform and when I

told about those chickens the pastor

jumped up and pointed at the church and

he said point to his wife and he said

you’ve turned me into a


cuz when I got through the checkout lane

that day with my kids and all my

chickens God said congratulations you’ve

just stole some

chickens and the pastor pointed at his

wife and he said you’ve turned me into a

thief and he looked at the church and he

said but it wasn’t chickens it was

toilet paper and it was for the

church come on you know how we are you

know it’s


1 Corinthians 5:6 do you not know that A

little leaven leavens the whole

lump little foxes spoil the vine Song of


2:15 Matthew 25:21 his lord said unto

him Well done thy good and faithful

servant you have been Faithful over a

few things I will make you ruler over


things enter into the joy of the

Lord I love that enter in into the joy

of the

Lord when we do what God asks us to do

we have

joy and we have

peace why because we’ve behaved

righteously and the Bible says in Romans

14:17 the kingdom of God is Not meat and

drink but it is righteousness peace and

joy in the Holy Ghost and I believe it

comes in that

order you do things right you know who

you are in Christ knowing that he’s made

you right with God makes you want to do


right then you have peace and when you

have peace then you have

joy and that’s the kingdom is not

getting everything we

want it’s having a right relationship

with God and having peace and joy in


life the opposite principle is also in

effect if you’re not faithful

in a few things you’ll never be made

ruler over much as a matter of fact

you’ll lose a little bit that you

have Matthew 25

says the man who had received one bag of

gold came back and said master I knew

you were a hard man harvesting where you

had not swn Gathering where you had not

scattered so I was afraid and I went and

I hid your gold in the ground here you

can have back what belongs to you and

the master said you Wicked lazy

servant see he didn’t do anything with

what God gave him he didn’t you know

God’s giving you talents what are you

doing with them that’s right God’s

giving you abilities what are you doing


them you say well I don’t have any I

don’t have any Talent yeah you

do everybody does and you know what a

large majority of the church is just

called into the heth’s

ministry and that’s not a little thing I

don’t know what in the world I would do

without the people who help

me I couldn’t I couldn’t have this

ministry if I didn’t have hundreds and

hundreds of people who help me every one

of you who even send in $10 a month


helping some people are called as givers

in the body of

Christ some people have gifts of

organization we have all kinds of gifts



and so praise God I get to exercise my

gift all over the place I just

talk I have a gift of communication I

can get my point

across he said you Wicked lazy servants

so you knew that I harvested where I had

not sewn and gathered where I had not

scattered well then you should have put


money at least on deposit with the

banker so I could have gotten a little

interest verse 28 says now you take the

bag of gold away from him and give it it

to the one who has

10 so the man who did nothing with what

he had lost what he had and it was given

to the one who would take it and do the

most with

it I’ll just be honest with you if you

want to do something with the gifts

God’s taken you it’s going to require


work work w r k

work you say well I work hard enough as

it is but are you doing anything that’s

bearing good fruit in your life or are

you just wasting

time you say well I’m too busy as it is

write down everything you’re doing on a

piece of paper come on I dare you write

down everything you’re doing on a piece

of paper and then first cross out

everything that’s bearing no

fruit and then go back through the

list and cross off things that you’re

doing for a wrong

motive you’re doing it because Aunt

Susie will get mad if you

don’t or you’re doing it

because you’re trying to please

people let me tell you something so many

people today are overly busy I’m busy is

getting to be the most tiresome

excuse did you hear me it’s just a very


excuse people say to me I bet you’re

busy and I say no I’m

fruitful I’m not busy I’m bearing good

fruit amen amen now I want you to listen

what I’m going to say God will never

give you so much to do that it has to

stress you out to do

it and how many people even in this room

you’re beautiful wonderful people but

how many of you have got way too much

stress in your life and it’s because

you’re doing too much let me say again

God will never give you more to do than

what you can do

peaceably if you can’t do it with

peace then it’s not God giving it to you

to do I’m not stressed out anymore

because I’m doing too much but I will

tell you that I made myself sick more


once doing way too much and it was all


stuff just because it’s good doesn’t

mean it’s


H I heard somebody that took that


amen I mean I killed myself working for

god let’s remember aphrodites in the

Bible he almost died working too hard in


ministry and God healed him but he sent

him home and told him to

rest in December of 2017 I had a falling

apart session

I mean everything

just my nerves my body everything just

went caput I got something called

burning mouth disease and my mouth felt

like it was on

fire the place where my gift comes out

of and my mouth was so

dry and I had such a bad taste in my

mouth my coffee which I love in the

morning tasted like


and on top of that most doctors had

never even heard of

it little more now but it’s

just most of it’s caused from stress and

just overwork

and I had just worked and worked and

worked and worked and

worked and on top of that I was trying

to walk five miles every day and I mean

I am determined every

day I would go home from a conference

like this and go walk 5 miles which was

stupid I need to rest after a conference



so but it was good things I was helping

people I was

exercising and so finally I checked into

a hospital I know a doctor in Houston

and he checked me into a hospital down

there and they gave me a nice private

room and they ran every kind of test on

me that they could

run and they said you have severe



and here’s your

prescription they did give me some

medicine but they said we want you to go

home and rest for 18

months and here’s what I said what do



what do you

do when you rest for 18 months I

couldn’t even get it to go into my head

what do you

do but I finally kind of learned to like

it I can’t wait to get home tonight and


rest go home and eat at one of my

favorite restaurants and rest and you

know what I’m going to do all day


rest and I may even rest on Monday I



know I call them pajama days I just stay

in my pajamas all

day if you just say no to what you can

say no

to you’ll be surprised what a difference

it’ll make in your life and don’t let

people pressure you into doing stuff

that you know that God is not wanting

you to

do if people love you they need to learn

how to hear no and stay happy with you



on and if you’re a young mother and

you’ve got three or four kids they don’t

all need to be in four activities

each where all you do is stay on the

road all the time and drive yourself

crazy trying to get them there and get


back yeah it’s good for kids to be in

activity but your kids don’t have to do

every single thing they want to do and

they don’t have to do every single thing

that everybody else

does thank

you okay examples of little things that

expose our

heart make a phone call to a sick

friend God puts it on your heart you

need to call them well oh obey him take

the time and call

him send a thank you card apologize for



rude apologize for being late don’t make


excuse traffic was heavy no just tell

the truth I didn’t leave in

Time come on it’s only the truth that

will set you free

nothing sets you free but the truth and

it’s not the truth about somebody else

it’s being truthful with

yourself if you have a problem being

late everywhere you

go some people are late everywhere they

go now my son is always like 15 minutes

early everywhere he goes if you invite

David to your house at 5: he’s going to

be there quarter to


but then I have other kids who won’t


them who you can figure they’re always

going to be late

now that’s not the traffic was

bad that was I just didn’t leave on

time and you can’t cut everything to the

last second and be on time you got to

leave room for a few things you didn’t


and how many of you know when you’re

late everywhere you go it puts stress on

you and I don’t like to waste time I’d

much rather get there right at the

second I’m supposed to be

there but when I plan like that then

sometimes I end up

late meet a need that you’ve been aware

of and you really got this little

feeling in your heart that God wants you

to meet


listen God said to me one time why don’t

you stop asking me to do things that you

could easily do and just don’t want

to okay I’ll give you an example

like Mary Jane at

work can’t pay her rent this

month oh


please pay Mary Jane’s

rent well do we think money’s just going

to fall out of the sky in her mailbox to

pay her

rent I mean everything God does he go he

does through

people you say well I don’t have the

money to pay her rent well how much do



maybe you can do a little of it and

maybe you could get a little bit

aggressive and you could be one of those

violent Christians we were talking about


morning who’s energetic and aggressive

and you could think well how can how can

we get her rent paid this month and you

go around you could talk to four or five

of your other bored miserable


come on let let’s get together and pay

her rent now that’s the way Christians

are supposed to behave with one

another and God just told me he said

stop asking me to do things for people

that you could easily do and just don’t



H go ahead chew on that for me I Got 5

minutes and 43

seconds obey God

obey what you read in the word but obey

the things that he puts in your heart

the little the little nagging things

there you know one of the ways that I

know that God wants me to do something

is when it just keeps staying with

me you think about it then two days

later you think about it again and then

tomorrow you think about it again and

it’s like okay I’m just going to do it

and get it over


amen and it could be call somebody it

could be right somebody you

know whatever it

is life is so much better when you just


God you feel so much

better how many of you can think of

something right now that God’s

been nagging you

about and you just haven’t done it

well come on I don’t

not no I want to see your hands I don’t

all right thank you all right then


Disobedience well I’m going to do it

well when are you going to do

it see that’s the biggest deception

procrastination we’ve been talking about

deception here this weekend and God told

me one times good intentions are not

obedience wow

and we deceive

ourself what my heart’s

right I had employee one time she was

late all time for work better be careful

I’ll pull my eyelashes

off now that you know I wear

them she was late all the time for work

and she’d always say well my heart’s


one morning I called her in she said

well my heart’s right I said well let me

tell you

this no matter how right your heart is

if you’re late again I’m going to fire

you and you know what she was never late

again so so you might have the sweetest

little heart in the whole world but good

intentions are not

obedience well I’m going to do it well

what’s wrong with


prompt obedience


obedience Jesus was promptly and

extremely obedient to God even unto

death and there was given unto him a

name that is above every other name that

at the name of Jesus every knee must bow

in heaven on Earth and under the


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