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Friday, November 30, 2012

Joyce Meyer - Right Motives - 11/9/12

Here are notes I took with my laptop at Joyce Meyer's conference at Lakewood Church in Houston, TX November 8-10, 2012. It's very long but it's very good. I pray you are as blessed by her words as I  am.


Friday 11/9/12
  • God put on Joyce’s heart to talk to us about never give up
  • Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
  • It’s important that you always have hope
  • Hope keeps you going
  • Apart from God’s grace and mercy she refused to give up
  • Sometimes your greatest testimony is never giving up
  • Joyce feels like there are people here who are weary
  • Keep on keeping on
  • I am never going to give up
  • No matter how many times I fall I will get up and never give up
  • The devil hates victory
  • He hates breakthrough
  • He will do everything to keep you stuck in some mistake
  • And believe you will always have an inferior life
  • God is no respecter of persons
  • He has a good plan for your life
  • And it ain’t over until it’s over
  • And it’s never over
  • I will never give up!
  • I will never give up!
  • I will never give up!
  • In January Dave and Joyce will be married 47 years
  • Joyce is so glad she didn’t quit and give up in the middle of her mess
  • Be not weary in well doing… [Galatians 6:9]

OFFERING

·        How many of you really sincerely want to go deeper with God and live a life pleasing to Him?
·        Tonight Joyce will talk to us about motives
·        We  live fast-paced lives
·        Always doing
·        Be honest with yourself about why you do what you do
·        Quiet down and do some thinking
·        Joyce wants to leave us with a desire to ask God to show us our true motives
·        It’s important for Joyce to do this because God is more concerned about why we do things
·        That’s why God can be so merciful to people who act so goofy
·        God knows the why behind the what
·        In Joyce’s early years there was no earthly reason for God to use her
·        But He heard her heart
·        She sang Lord send me with all her heart
·        She didn’t know how to do anything but God saw her heart
·        Even when she had so many issues in her personality people didn’t believe God could use her - but God understood
·        God sees and cares about the why behind the what
·        God desires that we have a pure heart
·        A pure heart is a phenomenally beautiful thing
·        If we don’t get deep with this we can live superficially
·        And impress ourselves and others and think we’re impressing God
·        It’s like everyone has an invisible sign around their neck saying “Make me feel important”
·        If Joyce prays long hours so she can feel spiritually important and/or impress others it’s all useless and wasted
·        When we do things with wrong impure motives we lose our reward
·        But when we do things out of a right heart, it’s amazing what God can do
·        We all start out with a mixture of motives
·        Joyce will share some of her experiences tonight
·        There’s no happier person than one who lives with pure motives before God
·        Why do I do what I do?
·        1 Corinthians 3:10 According to the grace (the special endowment for my task) of God bestowed on me, like a skillful architect and master builder I laid [the] foundation, and now another [man] is building upon it. But let each [man] be careful how he builds upon it,
·        Motives is one of the first things Joyce remembers God seriously dealing with her about
·        You cannot be successful with hidden wrong motives
·        You can hide things from people and even yourself, but not from God
·        Thank God for the ministry of the Holy Spirit who guides us into all truth
·        Every time God has promoted Joyce He’s dealt with her
·        For you to come up higher your flesh must go lower
·        For example say you pray 2 hours every morning
·        And you have breakfast with baby Christian you think God wants you to mentor
·        Don’t judge her for only praying 10 minutes
·        If I’m doing something so I can feel good and make someone else feel bad it’s displeasing to God
·        There’s a time to give your testimony and there’s a time to zip your lip
·        Say someone is really sick…
·        “That stuff tried to attack me last week but I rebuked it”
·        Just keep your testimony to yourself and pray for them
·        Don’t make them feel like there’s something wrong with their faith
·        God dealt with her early about motives
·        This was probably 34 years ago
·        1 Corinthians 3:10-12 10 According to the grace (the special endowment for my task) of God bestowed on me, like a skillful architect and master builder I laid [the] foundation, and now another [man] is building upon it. But let each [man] be careful how he builds upon it, 11 For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is [already] laid, which is Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One). 12 But if anyone builds upon the Foundation, whether it be with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw,
·        That foundation of knowing who we are in Christ must be first
·        If you’re born again you have a foundation
·        We’re here tonight because we’re building a life
·        How we build, with what motives are very important
·        Are you building a genuine life or a phony life?
·        Are you doing what God said just for Him or to impress others?
·        Do some serious thinking about this
·        How many things are you doing in your life right now perhaps for wrong reasons?
·        Last night was very encouraging; that was the anesthetic for tonight
·        Are you doing things because others are doing it?
·        Are you doing things you don’t feel right about?
·        How many things are you doing that you resent?
·        We need meat and veggies to build a house
·        This can be life changing if you can really get a hold of it
·        We have to learn how to live before God and God alone
·        God is the One that we need to live to please
·        He has to be our only reason
·        Young people if you can get a hold of this now you can really be dynamic for God
·        God can only use us to the degree that He can purify us
·        How many things are you doing that you complain about?
·        How many things do you do that overload your schedule and create stress?
·        And you do it to climb the ladder or other wrong reasons?
·        Joyce used to do stuff in the church because she was nosey
·        When Joyce and Dave were still in the denominational church she wanted him to be an elder so she could be in everybody’s business
·        It was wasted time because the motives were wrong
·        How many things do you do for someone else to put them in your debt?
·        Now you owe me
·        How many things do you do only for the love of God?
·        Strictly to serve God
·        Strictly in obedience to HIM
·        How many things do you do to help someone else and want nothing back?
·        We want a shift in our motives
·        Joyce catches wrong motives in herself all the time
·        She changes them ASAP
·        I want to do what is going to produce good fruit in my life
·        Do it because it’s the right thing to do
·        It’s right to be a peacemaker
·        It’s right to forgive
·        I’m doing it because God asked me to do it
·        And I want to do things His way
·        How many things do we do because it’s our biblical duty?
·        Like taking care of elderly parents and grandparents
·        Joyce shows up at these meetings on time because it’s her duty
·        1 Corinthians 3:13-15 13 The work of each [one] will become [plainly, openly] known (shown for what it is); for the day [of Christ] will disclose and declare it, because it will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test and critically appraise the character and worth of the work each person has done. 14 If the work which any person has built on this Foundation [any product of his efforts whatever] survives [this test], he will get his reward. 15 But if any person’s work is burned up [under the test], he will suffer the loss [of it all, losing his reward], though he himself will be saved, but only as [one who has passed] through fire.
·        If you came looking for help with your problem this is your help
·        If you can get to the point where you don’t want anything to do with anything that God isn’t in that’s awesome
·        I want to do it with God’s smile of approval
·        The sooner you get that, the more successful you will be
·        It’s yet to be seen what God will do with a purified heart
·        For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth to show Himself strong in behalf of those whose hearts are blameless toward Him. 2 Chronicles 16:9a
·        We’re always looking for keys to success well here it is
·        God sees what others don’t see
·        It doesn’t mean perfection
·        It means not being phony and doing it to the best of your ability for the right reasons
·        God despises works of the flesh
·        That’s me coming up with some bright idea of how to do things
·        It’s my idea and my energy trying to do what only God can do
·        And you end up with failure and disappointment
·        If I do this then maybe more doors will open
·        Maybe being nice to you will bring the right connections
·        We have this life that we live out here and show everyone
·        God is concerned with our inner lives
·        That hidden man of the heart is what’s beautiful to God
·        You don’t have to worry about people judging you because it’s only what God thinks that matters
·        Works of God is doing what God asks us to do in the way He asked us to do it
·        Joyce was in the nail shop getting her nails done
·        This was in the 80s and she had a big rhinestone JESUS pin
·        Another lady was there waiting to get her nails done
·        She was a nurse in a cancer ward and wished she could pray with her patients
·        Joyce had the idea that the nurse could wear the pin and it would minister to her patients so she was going to give her the pin
·        Holy Spirit said do it in private
·        The girl doing her nails said I have to run next door for a minute
·        She knew God was making a way for her to give privately
·        Joyce thought about it and waited until the girl came back and gave the lady the pin in front of her
·        They both praised her for being so wonderful
·        Holy Spirit said I hope you enjoyed that because that’s all you’re getting
·        How much do we miss because we want some credit?
·        I wonder what God would do if we would trust Him
·        Matt 6:1 Take care not to do your good deeds publicly or before men, in order to be seen by them; otherwise you will have no reward [reserved for and awaiting you] with and from your Father Who is in heaven.
·        It doesn’t say hide everything; it says don’t do it in order to be seen
·        Jesus told people don’t tell anyone so it could be just for God
·        When people don’t make over you God is making over you
·        Vs 2-3 Thus, whenever you give to the poor, do not blow a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites in the synagogues and in the streets like to do, that they may be recognized and honored and praised by men. Truly I tell you, they have their reward in full already. But when you give to charity, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing,
·        Joyce gets to do many great things for people
·        She has to give every compliment she receives like a bouquet of flowers to God
·        God I am nothing without you
·        I cannot do anything without you
·        Not to put herself down but she knows she can’t afford to get full of herself
·        Joyce knows she can’t do this without God’s presence
·        She wants right motives
·        She wants to do things for right reasons
·        God is not impressed with what we do but why we do it
·        The woman with the widow’s mite
·        She gave her pittance but it was all she had
·        She was the one Jesus was impressed with
·        She gave less but Jesus said she gave more
·        Strictly out of her love for God
·        God counts differently than we do
·        Matthew 6:5 Also when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by people. Truly I tell you, they have their reward in full already.
·        Have you ever caught yourself praying to impress others instead of really talking to God?
·        She’s not here to impress us but talk to god
·        Vs 7 And when you pray, do not heap up phrases (multiply words, repeating the same ones over and over) as the Gentiles do, for they think they will be heard for their much speaking.
·        Don’t heap up phrases
·        Some people adopt a totally different voice when they pray
·        I say unto you!
·        Don’t try to impress me (God says)
·        Talk to Me like you would a friend
·        Let’s talk about our bosses
·        Colossians 1:10 That you may walk (live and conduct yourselves) in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to Him and desiring to please Him in all things, bearing fruit in every good work and steadily growing and increasing in and by the knowledge of God [with fuller, deeper, and clearer insight, acquaintance, and recognition].
·        Tomorrow’s message is Fatheads and Lean Souls
·        God I want to please You in everything I do
·        And that means I have to do it with a pure heart
·        Colossians 3:22-24 22 Servants, obey in everything those who are your earthly masters, not only when their eyes are on you as pleasers of men, but in simplicity of purpose [with all your heart] because of your reverence for the Lord and as a sincere expression of your devotion to Him. 23 Whatever may be your task, work at it heartily (from the soul), as [something done] for the Lord and not for men, 24 Knowing [with all certainty] that it is from the Lord [and not from men] that you will receive the inheritance which is your [real] reward. [The One Whom] you are actually serving [is] the Lord Christ (the Messiah).
·        Servants (employees)
·        If you have a bad day at work you don’t get to take it out on your kids
·        Servants and masters means employees and bosses
·        God saw you before the boss ever walked in
·        Stop living for people and live for God
·        If you’ll do this the windows of heaven will open up
·        Don’t try to steal time at work reasoning they don’t pay you enough
·        God doesn’t tolerate that stuff from His children
·        Whatever is your task work at it heartily not hardly
·        Col 3:23 Whatever may be your task, work at it heartily (from the soul), as [something done] for the Lord and not for men,
·        Vs 24 Knowing [with all certainty] that it is from the Lord [and not from men] that you will receive the inheritance which is your [real] reward. [The One Whom] you are actually serving [is] the Lord Christ (the Messiah).
·        We are alive and breathing to serve God
·        What if you did everything, including what you wear, in order to please God?
·        Some Christian women…have body parts hanging out we don’t want or need to see
·        I’m representing God
·        Everywhere you go you’re representing God
·        I don’t work for this man I work for God
·        I don’t care how they treat me or what they pay me because I’m working for God
·        I’m not living for man I’m living for God
·        You don’t know how this guy treats me
·        If you want God’s promotion you have to do it God’s way
·        God can put you in places where no one else can put you
·        Live your whole day for God
·        Clean your house for God
·        Stop mumbling and complaining while you do it
·        Say it aloud “God I’m doing this for you”
·        How about motives in prayer?
·        James 4:1-3 What leads to strife (discord and feuds) and how do conflicts (quarrels and fightings) originate among you? Do they not arise from your sensual desires that are ever warring in your bodily members? You are jealous and covet [what others have] and your desires go unfulfilled; [so] you become murderers. [To hate is to murder as far as your hearts are concerned.] You burn with envy and anger and are not able to obtain [the gratification, the contentment, and the happiness that you seek], so you fight and war. You do not have, because you do not ask. [Or] you do ask [God for them] and yet fail to receive, because you ask with wrong purpose and evil, selfish motives. Your intention is [when you get what you desire] to spend it in sensual pleasures.
·        James is saying the reason people are unhappy because of all the stuff they want
·        Instead of being jealous or trying to make it happen, trust God to give it to you His way and His timing
·        Or you do ask God and don’t get it because you ask with wrong motives?
·        God challenged Joyce to compare her prayer life to the apostle Paul’s
·        Paul never prayed for people to be delivered from their problems, but to endure them with good temperament
·        Because he trusted God so much that he believed whatever took place in his life was going to work out for his good and the good of the kingdom
·        He prayed for people to know God…
·        He prayed they would have spirit filled personalities
·        35 years ago Joyce was believing God for a fur coat
·        She wanted the status; some of her friends had one
·        She had a neighbor she loved but didn’t like
·        She probably irritated Joyce because she enjoyed life so much
·        One day she came over with a fur coat
·        Exactly what Joyce had asked God for
·        "Look at what God gave me!" she exclaimed.
·        Joyce felt like the woman wasn’t as spiritual as she was
·        How could God do that?
·        Joyce did the Christian thing “well praise the lord”
·        When she left Joyce had a fit
·        I deserve! I’m doing…
·        She was doing it all to get something
·        She wasn’t serving God out of pure motives
·        If you have a huge problem and think how could this happen to me when I pray 2 hours every day you’ve just revealed your problem
·        God may be blessing them right in front of you to reveal your wrong heart attitude
·        The Holy Spirit got in the middle of her and said the last thing you need is a fur coat
·        What you need is to recognize your bad attitude
·        God did that to pull the rotten attitude out of her
·        Now she thinks why did I want something that dumb when she had so many other issues
·        God is always bringing His fire into our lives to burn up poor motives
·        If you’ve been single a long time you’d better bless your friends and be happy
·        God doesn’t owe me anything; He’s already given me everything
 

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