Today on Enjoying Everyday Life, Joyce Meyer shares how our thoughts and words can affect our health. Learn how to think and talk…healthier!

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once you can see this principle and

understand it the Bible says do unto

others as you would have them do unto


so you can change there’s a lot of

things in your life you can change

just by learning how to sew the right

kinds of seeds


all right I’ve been talking about

the power of thoughts and words and

I mean the Bible tells us that we will

never experience what Jesus died to give

us unless our mind is completely renewed

by the word Romans 12.

and um boy that was such an eye-opener

to me when I first started studying

the Bible because I had no idea that

I had no idea that my thoughts are my

words affected anything

in my life I mean I went to church for

years and I was never taught that

and because of being on television we

have a lot of people from a lot of

different denominations that come to our

conferences and


I always try to remember that not

everybody knows what some of us know


there may be people here this afternoon

that have never heard anything like that

you don’t

you have no idea that

negative thoughts can produce a negative

effect in your life whereas positive

thoughts can

produce a positive or you don’t think

you can do anything about your thoughts

you just think whatever Falls in your

head and

you don’t realize that you can

not think something if you don’t want to

and you can choose to think something

that will benefit you

and I certainly had no idea that my

words affected anything I just said

whatever I felt like saying to whoever I

felt like saying it whatever I felt like

saying it

and uh

but Proverbs 18 21 says the power of

life and death

is in the tongue

I mean

just that one scripture

when we speak to people

we’re actually hearing what we say as

well as speaking to them


the Bible literally says I mean doesn’t

put it in these words but

we eat our own words

that the power of life and death is in

the tongue and that

we have to deal with the effects in our

own life

of those words so I was a very negative

person because I grew up in a very

negative atmosphere and I was actually

taught to be negative I mean my father

taught me

doesn’t do any good to don’t trust

anybody everybody’s gonna

hurt you

don’t expect anything good because life

is just

you know blankety blank blank and it’s


and so I just had a very negative

attitude anybody else here grow up was

just like you know you’re your

surroundings were all negative and so

that just became normal for you and it

takes a while

change is wonderful but it takes a while

you don’t just say I’m going to change

and then change

you do have to work with the Holy Spirit

I’m so grateful for the Holy Spirit

Jesus said I’m going to send you

and a comforter

and also the holy spirit is an


and what we all need comfort excuse me

we all need comfort and we all need

encouragement don’t we

and Jesus said you’re going to be better

off when I leave

because I’m going to send the Holy

Spirit Well

how can we be better off than to have

Jesus because he was in a human body

could only be one place at a time like

we can but the Holy Spirit

literally I can be up here speaking and

the Holy Spirit could be speaking

something different to different ones of


same words coming out of my mouth but

they he can deal with each one of you

based on what

you need

and um

I want you to understand that the holy

spirit is

ministering to each person here


something that you need to hear now let

me ask a question how many of you would

you you need to feel better physically

than what you what you do


well I think most of us have an issue

with that and

a large majority of it is just caused by

the stress that we deal with

in life today and I can tell you the

stress is not going to go away so we

have to change how we

life’s not going to change if it does

it’s only going to get worse

and I’m not being negative that’s just

I mean things are going to get worse

before Jesus comes back

and uh

I used to think you know if my life

would just change well I finally figured

out I was the one that had to change


get that right now you’re the one that

has to change your life

is not going to be a nice little life

where there’s never anything for you to

worry about there’s no stress

we have to learn how to deal with life


and uh

what I want to teach this afternoon is

how our thoughts and our words affect

our health


I want to say first before I do this

I am not in any way shape or form saying

that everybody who is sick

it’s your own fault because of the way

you talk and the way you think

there’s a there’s sin in the world

there’s pressure in the world there’s

I do believe that all sickness is caused

by sin but it does it’s not necessarily

our personal sin

it’s just I

when I read about the way things were in

the garden and in the early days when

people lived to be 980 and 950 and I

mean it took the devil a long time to

teach us how to die

and uh

we went all the way from that to it one


the life expectancy

for an American was like about 40 years

and uh

but there are things that we can do to

help ourselves

and we need to do them it really amazed

me when I put this together how many


talk about

how different things got into their

bones and caused them to be weak and

even caused their eyes to grow dim

and it has a lot to do what especially

the way people think

and the way they talk


thoughts and words are very important

and if nobody’s ever told you that

you’re going to get a little bit out of

what you hear here this afternoon but I

have a lot of material on these two

subjects and I want to encourage you to

either visit the resource table or get

online and

get a lot of good stuff

get the battlefield of mine get power


get change your words change your life

get the help that you need

and it’s only going to come from the

word of God Amen


one of the most powerful principles in

the word is that we reap what we sow

as long as the Earth remains there will

be seed time and harvest so

every Harvest that we have in our life

is because of some seed that has been


for example the Bible says the way you

judge other people is the way you will

be judged

if you sow Mercy you’ll reap Mercy

the Bible teaches us a lot about sowing

and reaping concerning finances give and

it shall be given unto you good measure

pressed down shaken together and running

over shall men give back into your bosom

God does not need your money

but it’s interesting to me that

God could pay for the things that he

wants to do in the earth any way that he

wants to but he wants us all to be


you know God could raise up one


whose life was changed but my teaching


he could give me just a couple of oil

wells and I’d never have to receive

another offering ever ever but

God doesn’t do it that way because

he wants us to sow

so we can reap

and you reap according to how you saw

the attitude you sow with

the amount you give out of what you have

and this whole principle of sowing and

reaping is all throughout the Bible and

I love it and I’ll tell you one of the

reasons why I love it and this may sound

strange at first I feel like it gives me

a little measure of control over how my

life turns out

not that I’m a control freak I don’t

mean that but

I hate to think that there’s nothing I

can do about the way my life goes

and so this gives me an opportunity boy

if I sow good seeds

then I’ve got a promise that I’m going

to reap a good harvest in my life

you know if if I want more friends then

I need to be friendlier

if I want to have more love then I need

to give more love away

once you can see this principle and

understand it the Bible says do unto

others as you would have them do unto


so you can change there’s a lot of

things in your life you can change

just by learning how to sow the right

kinds of seeds and

every thought is a seed

until you get that every thought is a

seed we think about 6 000 thoughts a day

and at 5 900 of them are negative


it’s not too hard to tell why you would

have a lousy life

I was so negative when I started

learning the word of God

and I mean God Has Changed me and I

cannot stand negativity and I’ll tell

you if he could change me there’s nobody

in here that he can’t change because I

mean I was negative

my attitude was if you don’t expect

anything good to happen then you won’t

be disappointed when it don’t

and I’ve come all the way from that to

every morning in my prayers I say I am

expecting something good to happen to me


I’m expecting good news

don’t you love good news I love good


well the devil’s on a rampage with the

news I mean they if it’s not negative

they say it’s not even news but I’ll

tell you there there is good news we

just need to hear it

God’s doing a lot of great things

in people’s lives in the Earth

we need to have a good news newspaper

and no I’m not going to start it

Galatians 6 7 says be not deceived God

is Not mocked for whatsoever a man

soweth that shall he also reap

if you sow exercise you’re going to reap


if you sow stretching you’re going to

reap flexibility

if you sell Mercy you’re going to reap


if you sow junk food in your body all

the time you’re going to reap feeling


if you sow overeating you’re going to be

fluffier than you want to be

it’s not your thyroid



your mouth

now I know some people do have a

physical problem or you know you might

be having to take some kind of medicine


made you gain a lot of weight but I’m

just talking about

really and truly and I don’t want to

make anybody mad when I say this but if

you don’t want to be overweight then

don’t overeat

just that simple and

everybody’s different

to be honest I can’t eat

a really whole lot and stay the size

that I am and I had to make a decision

about which I wanted

and I want to be able to keep wearing my

clothes and so

I just have to discipline myself on a

regular basis is it fun no

what would I love to do today when I

leave oh I don’t know get the biggest


I could find

and eat it and it would probably make me

sick but I would enjoy it going down

if you sow judgment you’re going to reap


if you give you’re going to receive

Matthew 7 1-2 do not judge and criticize

and condemn others

now pay attention to those words do not

judge and criticize and condemn

do not judge and criticize and condemn

so that you may not be judged and

criticized and condemned yourself

when somebody criticizes you are they

sowing or are you reaping

was that too fast for you do I need to

for just as you judge and criticize and

condemn others you will be judged and

criticized and condemned and in

accordance with the measure you used to

deal out to others it will be dealt out

to you again

Matthew 5 7 blessed happy to be envied

and spiritually prosperous with life joy

and satisfaction in God’s favor and


regardless of your outward conditions

are the merciful for they shall obtain


I mean there’s just so many scriptures

that back up this principle

of sowing and reef and reaping

what goes in our thoughts and heart

attitudes shows up in our bodies

now remember I’m not saying I

I’m not saying that everybody who’s got

something physically wrong with you

I mean I hurt my back last week and my

back’s been bothering me all weekend

I’m icing in between sessions and

you know I don’t know of anything I did


except I got on the treadmill and stayed

on it too long

and of course Dave tried to tell me

you know just just

do a quarter mile to start I’m like

that’s useless so I get on it and I do

almost two miles and then my back hurts


you know that was just a case of stupid

you know

and but I’m a little bit like that it’s

like I can do this

it’s paid off in some ways in my life

that’s one of the reasons why I’m still

here but it does occasionally get me in


and um

you know Dave didn’t feel

great yesterday God raised him up and

that was good and

when I went home last night he was

watching sports so I’m not sure how bad

he felt her if he just wanted to watch

the ball game but

no he didn’t feel bad I could see it on

his face but he did get over it not too

long after I left


but I don’t think Dave did anything that

caused him to feel bad so please please

I don’t want to condemn anybody I’m not

saying that everything is wrong but I

want you to be open

to realizing that what you think and

what you say does affect you not I give

you a great example

Dave has just always been healthier than


I’ve had

a lot of different issues

with my body I’ve had both hips replaced

I had breast cancer

I I could

go on and on but

I had hysterectomy

threw me into the change of life because

I had cancer I couldn’t take any

hormones so I had a terrible time going

through the change of life just awful

and uh

preaching the whole time ministering to

other people

here again God didn’t always deliver me

but he did keep me he made me able like

Dave asked me this morning did your back

hurt while you were preaching I said no

but it started the minute I got down the


it’s amazing how God will always protect


when I’m up here


and uh I thank God for that

but Dave has always been healthier than

me but

I started out being sexually abused by

my dad that lasted about 15 years

and it was

it was awful I don’t have time to go

into the details but it was just a


weekly occurrence


so I just

started out in stress

by the time I was 18 it was already

showing up in my body stress will make

you sick I don’t care how Christian you

are stress will make you sick


and we all know that we live in a world

today that is just pressure pressure

stress stress

I mean road rage you know just you know

just even the way that even the way that

you have to

be concerned when you go out in public

now I mean that kind of stuff wasn’t

that didn’t exist

when Dave was

a boy he said

he remembers when the first paper boy

was robbed and what a terrible shocking

thing that was


if q and gum was the worst thing that

you got in trouble for in school 50

years ago

things have changed dramatically


and so

but Dave has always been

easy going

I’ve been more

he’s always cast his care about


that’s his answer everything cast your

care and I know he’s right


I’m gonna fix it

now I’m not so much like that anymore

I’ve changed a lot but there was a lot

of years where I was like that

I was more tense

he slept better than me

you know on and on so

I can clearly see


disease will bring disease

no wonder Jesus said come unto me all ye

that labor and are heavy laden and


and I will give you rest

I will ease relieve and refresh your


take my yoke upon you and learn of me

for I am humble gentle meek and lowly I

am not harsh hard sharp and pressing

so I think it’s safe to say that Jesus

was pretty easy going

I can’t imagine him hurrying can you

imagine Jesus hurrying

I read a really good book recently

uh and I know if I read a book and I’m

you’re going to call the office and say

what was the name of that book so

it was called


that was a book about not hurrying

I can’t remember the name of it

John Mark Comer wrote it

so don’t call the office either write it

down or don’t call me

John Mark Comer the ruthless elimination

of hurry

it was a really good book and uh one of

the things that he said well probably

one of the main things was that you

cannot be in a hurry and walk in love

and that’s my thing that’s

that’s my prayer that’s my goal I really


more than anything to walk in love at

all times with all people

that’s like

that’s just it for me that’s what I want

I want to be a mature Christian but I

really want to love people because

they need it so bad

so bad


if you’re in a hurry all the time not

only does it put a lot of stress on you

but you miss the things that God could

use you for

you don’t even notice them or see them

somebody can be hurting right around you

you don’t even pay any attention to it

because you’re in such a big hurry

and so if you want to relieve some of

the stress in your life just slow down

if you’re taking notes write down slow

down and maybe you should make four five

six ten twenty signs and put them all

around your house Slow Down slow down

slow down slow down slow down amen

my family teases me although it’s really

not funny it’s just part of my

shows how I am

I’ve always ready for the next thing

while this thing is happening

and so

when I’m halfway home from wherever

we’re coming home from I get my door

keys out

I’m ready to open that door when I get



my daughter

takes me a lot of places and she says


would you please wait until I park the

car before you open the door and try to

get out of it

and I don’t know why I do that but I’ve

got my hand on that door handle

I mean let me tell you something I may

be nothing else but I’m ready


one time I wasn’t paying any attention


you know we rent cars here and there and

we get we rent a lot of white cars and


the car they drive me at home is a white

car and so one day I came out of

a restaurant in St Louis and

there was a white car there and I got in


well guess what I got in the car with

somebody who knew me

from television freaked her out

he’s like


come on

so you know I I do some stuff

and um

I wish I had Dave’s personality but I


I just don’t and uh

thank you

say God makes me more like all of you so

you can relate to me

you know


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