Joyce Meyer

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  • Born: June 4, 1943
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Author

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A #2 pencil and a dream can take you anywhere. Inspiration
A BMW can't take you as far as a diploma.
Anytime we step out boldly to make changes, we take a chance that we might fail. But the only way to get better is to try.
As a global society, we do not have to agree, endorse or condone the lifestyle choices of others. However, history has taught us that we equally cannot and should not excuse those who would hide behind religion or misuse God's word to justify bigotry and persecution. History ;Religion & God
At school I pretended I had a normal life, but I felt lonely all the time and different from everyone else. I never felt like I fit in, and I wasn't allowed to participate in after-school activities, go to sports events or parties or date boys. Many times I had to make up stories about why I couldn't do anything with my classmates. Life ;Time ;Sports & Athletics
Change is always tough. Even for those who see themselves as agents of change, the process of starting a new thing can cause times of disorientation, uncertainty and insecurity.
Christianity is a lifestyle. And being a Christian is more than a label.
Complaining is dangerous business. It can damage or even destroy your relationship with God, your relationships with other people, and even with your relationship with yourself. Religion & God ;Business, Commerce & Finance
Consider a tree for a moment. As beautiful as trees are to look at, we don't see what goes on underground - as they grow roots. Trees must develop deep roots in order to grow strong and produce their beauty. But we don't see the roots. We just see and enjoy the beauty. In much the same way, what goes on inside of us is like the roots of a tree.
Depression begins with disappointment. When disappointment festers in our soul, it leads to discouragement.
Did you know there's a difference between being busy and being fruitful? Did you ever stop to think that just being busy - running around in circles all day but not accomplishing anything - is the same as wasting your time? It's frustrating to expend so much energy and time and not have any fruit from your effort! Time
Don't complain. The Israelites wasted forty years murmuring and complaining in the wilderness, when they could have just obeyed God and entered into their Promised Land. Religion & God
Don't just let the devil use your mind as a garbage dump.
Dread, which is closely related to fear, steals the ability to enjoy ordinary life and makes people anxious about the future. It keeps them from looking forward to the next day, the next month, or the next decade. Life ;Future
Each time we cooperate with God, we take one more giant step forward. Because when God asks us to change, it means that He always has something better to give us - more freedom, greater joy, and greater blessings. Time ;Religion & God
Forgiveness is not a feeling - it's a decision we make because we want to do what's right before God. It's a quality decision that won't be easy and it may take time to get through the process, depending on the severity of the offense. Time ;Religion & God
Getting organized in the normal routines of life and finishing little projects you've started is an important first step toward realizing larger goals. If you can't get a handle on the small things, how will you ever get it together to focus on the big things? Life
Getting stress out of your life takes more than prayer alone. You must take action to make changes and stop doing whatever is causing the stress. You can learn to calm down in the way you handle things. Life
God doesn't do things halfway. He goes all out! When God does something, it's not just barely enough, mediocre or lukewarm. Religion & God
God has equipped you to handle difficult things. In fact, He has already planted the seeds of discipline and self-control inside you. You just have to water those seeds with His Word to make them grow! Religion & God
God is speaking to us. But are we listening to Him? When our conscience begins to nudge us for whatever reason, we might have this low-level misery or uneasiness about whatever it is we've done or we're about to do. At times like this, it's wise to prayerfully consider whether we're offending God with our actions. Religion & God
God never promised us a trouble-free life. Life ;Religion & God
God wants to use you to make other people happy! And the happier you make others, the happier you will be because you reap what you sow. Religion & God
God's grace is amazing! We're saved by grace - God's undeserved favor - and we live by grace, which is also God's power in our lives to do what we could never do in our own strength. And it's all because God is love, and He loves us unconditionally, constantly and completely. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Religion & God
God's mercy is fresh and new every morning. Morning ;Religion & God
Humility is not something that comes naturally. But it is a cardinal virtue that should be pursued more than any other.
I believe that a trusting attitude and a patient attitude go hand in hand. You see, when you let go and learn to trust God, it releases joy in your life. And when you trust God, you're able to be more patient. Patience is not just about waiting for something... it's about how you wait, or your attitude while waiting. Life ;Trust ;Patience
I believe that the greatest gift you can give your family and the world is a healthy you. Health, Healthcare & Medicine ;Families, Children & Parenting
I can tell you from experience that God's help and presence in our lives is vital. He is the Author of all true success and everything that is good-without Him, we can do nothing of true value. Religion & God ;Success
I consider wisdom supernatural because it isn't taught by men - it's a gift from God. Religion & God
I just really believe people have to get hungry. I think maybe what we need to do, instead of trying to stuff our beliefs down people's throats, is just pray for them to really be hungry and to see their neediness.
I know from personal experience how damaging it can be to live with bitterness and unforgiveness. I like to say it's like taking poison and hoping your enemy will die. And it really is that harmful to us to live this way.
I may not be where I want to be, but thank God I am not where I used to be. Religion & God
I used to have a real problem with self-pity. Every time the devil would throw a pity party, I would attend. Time
I was in my late thirties when my eyes were opened to truth in God's Word that showed me I wasn't living the abundant life Jesus died for me to have. I had a very negative mindset and was miserable most of the time because of the abuse I had experienced throughout my childhood. Life ;Time ;Religion & God
I wonder how many times people give up just before a breakthrough - when they are on the very brink of success. Success
If selfishness is the key to being miserable, then selflessness must be the key to being happy!
If someone decides they're not going to be happy, it's not your problem. You don't have to spend your time and energy trying to cheer up someone who has already decided to stay in a bad mood. Believe it or not, you can actually hurt people by playing into their self-pity. Time
If we live a self-directed, self-motivated, self-centered life, always needing to get our own way, then we're going to be miserable. In fact, many times we believe it's our problems that are making us unhappy when, in reality, it's because we're focused on ourselves! Life
If we're really honest with ourselves, most of us will admit that we want to impress people, and this is what's causing us to do what we do.
If you want to become fully mature in the Lord, you must learn to love truth. Otherwise, you will always leave open a door of deception for the enemy to take what is meant to be yours. Truth ;Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
If your inner life is not producing what you would like on the outside, don't be discouraged... just be willing to change. Life
If you're in a workplace you don't like right now, be encouraged because God will use it for your good. Think about it this way: He wants you to be a light in the darkness - and He's putting His confidence in you! Religion & God
I'm only going to stand before God and give an account for my life, not for somebody else's life. If I have a bad attitude, then I need to say there's no point in me blaming you for what's wrong in my life. Life ;Religion & God
Individuals need to be willing to face truth about their attitudes, behaviors, even what we want out of life. Truth ;Life
Instead of being critical of people in authority over you and envious of their position, be happy you're not responsible for everything they have to do. Instead of piling on complaints, thank them for what they do. Overwhelm them with encouragement and appreciation! Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Instead of judging people, we need to pray.
Integrity means that you are the same in public as you are in private.
It's like a jar of salad dressing sitting on a shelf... most of the seasoning settles to the bottom of the bottle. But when you shake that bottle up, all the ingredients mix together and then the dressing can add flavor to a salad. In the same way, we can stir ourselves up and regain the reverence, respect and awe we once had for the Lord. Respect
It's so easy to settle for less than God's best for us because we don't always feel like taking responsibility for our behavior or putting forth some effort to do what we need to do so we can accomplish great things for God and help people. But the cost of settling for less is actually harder than being completely obedient to God's will. Religion & God
It's so important to realize that every time you get upset, it drains your emotional energy. Losing your cool makes you tired. Getting angry a lot messes with your health. Time ;Health, Healthcare & Medicine
I've been saying for a couple of years now that people need to let God out of the Sunday morning box, that He doesn't want to just be with you for an hour or two on Sunday morning and then put back in His box to sit there until you have an emergency, but He wants to invade your Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Morning ;Religion & God
I've learned through my own relationship with God that He's not expecting me to be perfect; He wants me to do my best to be in His will and take steps of faith as He leads me, through His Word and the promptings He speaks to my heart. Religion & God
Jesus never mistreated anyone just because they mistreated Him. He confronted them in a spirit of gentleness and then continued to love them. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
Loving others always costs us something and requires effort. And you have to decide to do it on purpose. You can't wait for a feeling to motivate you. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
Many people feel so pressured by the expectations of others that it causes them to be frustrated, miserable and confused about what they should do. But there is a way to live a simple, joy-filled, peaceful life, and the key is learning how to be led by the Holy Spirit, not the traditions or expectations of man. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Life
Many sophisticated, intelligent people lack wisdom and common sense.
No matter what has happened to you in the past or what is going on in your life right now, it has no power to keep you from having an amazingly good future if you will walk by faith in God. God loves you! He wants you to live with victory over sin so you can possess His promises for your life today! Life ;Religion & God
Nobody likes to have trouble. The moment we get a hint that it's coming, a common response is, 'Oh no! Not again!'
Our enemy, the devil, wants to control us, and his target is our will. The main way he tries to influence our will is through lying to us.
Over the years I've learned how to lock myself up in a prison of hope, knowing that God has nothing but His best planned for me. He promised me things concerning my ministry and my life. Life ;Hope
Over the years, I've learned that a confident person doesn't concentrate or focus on their weaknesses - they maximize their strengths.
Patience is not simply the ability to wait - it's how we behave while we're waiting. Patience
Prayer is simply talking to God like a friend and should be the easiest thing we do each day. Religion & God
Pride is an independent, me-oriented spirit. It makes people arrogant, rude and hard to get along with. When our heart is prideful, we don't give God the credit and we mistreat people, looking down on them and thinking we deserve what we have. Religion & God
Resist the need to be 'right' all the time or to always have the last word. Time
Satan is the master distracter. He is always working to keep us off track in our walk with God. Religion & God
Simplicity is a key to avoiding complication. Part of the definition of simplicity is 'not complex or complicated; sincere.'
Some people have a difficult time facing truth and reality. They prefer to live in a make-believe world, pretending that certain things aren't happening. Truth ;Time
Sometimes if you got a problem deep rooted in your life, it takes a little bit of time to overcome it in that area. Life ;Time
Sometimes when you've had a long series of disappointing things happen, you can get into the very bad habit of just expecting more of what you've already had.
Spending time with God through prayer and His Word is a prerequisite for having a great life and fulfilling your purpose. Life ;Time ;Religion & God
Spiritual people don't float around all day on clouds of glory; they live in the real world and deal with real issues in real ways.
Teachers can change lives with just the right mix of chalk and challenges. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
The Bible says to 'fear not,' but this doesn't mean you should never feel scared. It means when you do feel fear, keep going forward and do what you are supposed to do. Or as I like to say, do it afraid.
The day we receive Jesus Christ as our Savior is one of the greatest days of our lives. Not only are our sins washed away, but God puts His Spirit inside of us and gives us new desires. Religion & God
The eagle has no fear of adversity. We need to be like the eagle and have a fearless spirit of a conqueror!
The flesh, or human nature, is generally lazy and self-centered. Nature
The more people I reach, the more people there are that have opinions about me. Not everyone loves me, but I have to be okay no matter what they think about me.
The only answer to fear is faith in God, knowing He loves you unconditionally and individually. Religion & God
There are some hurts that we experience that can be forgiven but we won't forget them.
There's a deceptive sin that can keep us from walking in love: pride. It's deceptive because when you have pride, you're usually too proud to admit it. I know this because I used to have teachings on pride and they didn't sell well. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
There's a part of you - the born-again part, your spirit - that's dead to sin. That's why it bothers you now when you sin. The 'wilderness' part of you - your soul - is your unrenewed mind, out-of-control emotions, and stubborn will.
There's no happier person than a truly thankful, content person.
Too many Christians live their lives like slaves - to the devil - because they believe his lies more than they trust God. Trust ;Religion & God
Watch out for the joy-stealers: gossip, criticism, complaining, faultfinding, and a negative, judgmental attitude.
We all face storms in life. Some are more difficult than others, but we all go through trials and tribulation. That's why we have the gift of faith. Life ;Religion & God
We can improve our relationships with others by leaps and bounds if we become encouragers instead of critics. Relationships
We can never make ourselves better by trying... praying more or longer, studying more of the Word, performing good works, etc. Don't get me wrong... it's not bad to do any of these things. In fact, it's good. It's just that doing them in God's power is the only way those things will have any real and lasting effect in our lives. Power ;Religion & God
We live in a time-crunched world, and just about everything we do seems to be urgent.
We should never let material things get ahead of God or become so important in our lives that we can't walk away from them if He tells us to. Anything you own that has a hold on you is a problem. Religion & God
We will all fail in life, but nobody has to be a failure. Failing at a thing doesn't make you a failure. You are only a failure when you quit trying. Life ;Failure
What we need to understand is that when traditions become laws, rules, obligations and expectations others put on us that we don't want to fulfill, then they lose real meaning and steal the joy from our lives. And if we're too religious, we won't be able to be led by the Holy Spirit and enjoy an intimate relationship with Him.
When doubt comes against us, we have to lift up the shield of faith. We do this when we open our mouth and say what God's Word says, rather than grumbling and complaining about the problem. Religion & God
When I ask people to give, I can't be on television if they don't; I can't help people, if I don't - I mean, it takes money. Money, Coins & Minting
When we believe the best of people, we let go of each thing they do that is hurtful to us. And we choose to think things like, 'I don't believe they meant to hurt me.' 'Maybe they're having a bad day or don't feel well.' 'They probably don't even realize how they sound.'
When we enter into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, something wonderful happens: God begins to change our desires, and we want to be more like Him. Religion & God
When we trust God more than our feelings, it confuses the devil. I mean, when he throws you his best shot and he can't budge you from believing God, he won't know what to do with you anymore. Trust ;Religion & God
When you become a Christian, something truly amazing happens: God comes to live inside your heart. You become the home of God. Religion & God
When you begin to worry, go find something to do. Get busy being a blessing to someone; do something fruitful. Talking about your problem or sitting alone, thinking about it, does no good; it serves only to make you miserable. Above all else, remember that worrying is totally useless. Worrying will not solve your problem.
When you feel like it's too hard to obey God, remember that He will never tell you to do something without giving you the grace, power and ability to do it. Power ;Religion & God
When you focus on how wonderful God is and all the great things He's done... is doing... and even will do in your life, your natural response will be praise, adoration and awe. Don't let yourself ever get used to it... stay amazed! Life ;Religion & God
When you make a mistake and the devil comes and tells you 'You're no good,' you don't have to take on the guilt and condemnation he wants to put on you. No! You can immediately confess your mistake to God, thank Him for forgiving you and cleansing you with the blood of Jesus, and move forward in the victory of His grace and forgiveness. Religion & God
Worry and reasoning are two of Satan's most successful tools. He'll get us started with one negative thought and then sit back and watch us finish ourselves off.
You cannot have a positive life and a negative mind. Life
You know, God will give favor to anyone who will believe Him. Every day you should confess that you have favor everywhere you go. God will begin to open doors that you wouldn't believe. Religion & God
You see, rebellion, and the disobedience it causes, keeps us from having the power of God that's available to us as Christians. Power ;Religion & God
You see, you are a spirit, you have a soul, and you live in a body. You have emotions, you have thoughts, you have a will, and you have a conscience. You are a complex being! And Jesus came to heal every single part of you. There's not one part that He doesn't want to make completely whole.
Your emotions are very unstable and should never be the foundation for direction in your life. Life

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