If we can encourage others, we should encourage them.
~Romans 12:8

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Joyce Meyer - The Last Days

Here are my notes from Joyce Meyer's message at Lakewood Church on Saturday February 9, 2013.

The Last Days

·        We’re living in serious times
·        The world is really changing frighteningly fast
·        It’s important to see the scriptures about this
·        If you’re alive now it’s not an accident
·        God chose you to live now for a purpose
·        You have what it takes to be victorious
·        To be people God can use to change other lives
·        The world needs Christ
·        The government isn’t the answer – God is
·        So many are mixed up about God
·        They’ve been hurt by various religions
·        They aren’t going to church for answers they’re watching us
·        2 Timothy 3:1-5
1But understand this, that in the last days will come (set in) perilous times of great stress and trouble [hard to deal with and hard to bear].
For people will be lovers of self and [utterly] self-centered, lovers of money and aroused by an inordinate [greedy] desire for wealth, proud and arrogant and contemptuous boasters. They will be abusive (blasphemous, scoffing), disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy and profane.
[They will be] without natural [human] affection (callous and inhuman), relentless (admitting of no truce or appeasement); [they will be] slanderers (false accusers, troublemakers), intemperate and loose in morals and conduct, uncontrolled and fierce, haters of good.
[They will be] treacherous [betrayers], rash, [and] inflated with self-conceit. [They will be] lovers of sensual pleasures and vain amusements more than and rather than lovers of God.
For [although] they hold a form of piety (true religion), they deny and reject and are strangers to the power of it [their conduct belies the genuineness of their profession]. Avoid [all] such people [turn away from them].
·        A Greek scholar said this “last days” is different
·        It means the last of the last
·        We’re laster than we were last year
·        People will be lovers of self
·        Utterly self-centered
·        There will be lots of religious people without power
·        2 Timothy 4:1-5
1I charge [you] in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, Who is to judge the living and the dead, and by (in the light of) His coming and His kingdom:
Herald and preach the Word! Keep your sense of urgency [stand by, be at hand and ready], whether the opportunity seems to be favorable or unfavorable. [Whether it is convenient or inconvenient, whether it is welcome or unwelcome, you as preacher of the Word are to show people in what way their lives are wrong.] And convince them, rebuking and correcting, warning and urging and encouraging them, being unflagging and inexhaustible in patience and teaching.
For the time is coming when [people] will not tolerate (endure) sound and wholesome instruction, but, having ears itching [for something pleasing and gratifying], they will gather to themselves one teacher after another to a considerable number, chosen to satisfy their own liking and to foster the errors they hold,
And will turn aside from hearing the truth and wander off into myths and man-made fictions.
As for you, be calm and cool and steady, accept and suffer unflinchingly every hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fully perform all the duties of your ministry.
·        Paul is giving timothy a charge as a young minister
·        We need to love each other enough to confront each other in love
·        A pastor individually talked to girls who saw a vulgar ungodly movie in love and they left the church
·        We need to be encouraged
·        John Maxwell is so encouraging
·        We need encouragement but that’s not all we need
·        Correcting someone can be an encouragement if it helps them to live in a better
·        Bottom line: you can pick the teaching you want to hear, and it could be stuff that never confronts you, but you won’t change
·        Joyce went to a church for years and still acted like an idiot all week
·        That’s not what we’re called to do
·        God didn’t save us so we could be entertained
·        Every one of you is a preacher
·        You may not do it from a pulpit but you are
·        You should be a sermon at work, school, everywhere without even having to open your mouth
·        We cannot blend in, we have to stand out
·        God has given Joyce a big job
·        She’ll be accountable someday for what she’s taught people
·        She can’t just give people what they want
·        Or what they feel good
·        We have to tell them what they don’t want to hear so they can get where they want to go
·        It’s not about having a good reputation but doing what God’s called her to do.
·        Genesis 47:27 And Israel dwelt in the land of Egypt, in the country of Goshen; and they gained possessions there and grew and multiplied exceedingly.
·        There was a famine
·        We live in the Kingdom
·        In the kingdom there’s a protection
·        Joyce isn’t afraid about what’s going on in the world
·        I know that God is going to take care of us
·        Men’s hearts will fail them for fear
·        The best witness is being calm when we should be upset
·        Being happy when we should be miserable
·        You have to know you have a blood bought covenant with God
·        Safe in God’s arms
·        Exodus 8:21-23
21 Else, if you will not let My people go, behold, I will send swarms [of bloodsucking gadflies] upon you, your servants, and your people, and into your houses; and the houses of the Egyptians shall be full of swarms [of bloodsucking gadflies], and also the ground on which they stand.
22 But on that day I will sever and set apart the land of Goshen in which My people dwell, that no swarms [of gadflies] shall be there, so that you may know that I am the Lord in the midst of the earth.
23 And I will put a division and a sign of deliverance between My people and your people. By tomorrow shall this sign be in evidence.
·        God was speaking to Pharaoh thru Moses
·        God made a distinction between His people and the Egyptians
·        No blood sucking gadflies for us!
·        God’s people were always protected
·        Passover
·        God’s children were protected
·        Noah taken out of the flood
·        Lot taken out of Sodom and Gomorrah
·        If we’re right with Christ there should be an outworking which is right behavior
·        God makes us righteous and that leads to righteous behavior
·        It doesn’t mean we behave perfectly; but our heart is intent on pleasing God
·        Joyce should be able to go to any church anywhere and preach on dying to self and people should get up and clap and cheer
·        We can’t be like the world
·        It was the righteous that were taken out of Sodom and Gomorrah
·        God do everything that you need to do in me so I can represent You well in the world
·        Picture a 3 way light
·        If the church is on the 1st bulb Joyce is asking us to brighten it up a notch
·        Joyce wore a raggedy jacket to portray the world
·        Then put on a righteous robe on Sunday
·        We can’t be Sunday morning saints and Monday morning sinners
·        2 Peter 2:7-8
And He rescued righteous Lot, greatly worn out and distressed by the wanton ways of the ungodly and lawless—
For that just man, living [there] among them, tortured his righteous soul every day with what he saw and heard of [their] unlawful and wicked deeds—
·        The church worldwide should be the most impacting thing in the universe
·        Joyce isn’t comfortable much in the world anymore
·        She’s not comfortable with much of what’s going on
·        If we are there’s a problem
·        Joyce was at the gym working out
·        2 guys were complaining and cursing and using God’s name in vain
·        It should make us uncomfortable
·        Gossip at the lunch table should make you uncomfortable
·        God didn’t come just to make us comfortable
·        God put us in dark places so our lights could shine brighter
·        Joyce went to Indonesia and she was uncomfortable
·        And she got a stomach virus – uncomfortable
·        Are you comfortable telling a lie
·        Can you play on your computer when you should be working
·        Can you have sex with someone else while you’re married and feel comfortable
·        Proverbs 25:26 Like a muddied fountain and a polluted spring is a righteous man who yields, falls down, and compromises his integrity before the wicked.
·        A righteous man is just a mud hole if he doesn’t retain his integrity in front of the wicked
·        Be normal godly believers with a loving cool good gracious behavior
·        Let your light shine
·        Under the new covenant God gives us grace and power to live
·        Don’t just try to act better
·        Fall more in love with Jesus
·        Fall more in love with Him
·        The more we hang out with Jesus the more we want to be like Him
·        If you love him you will obey Him
·        Love Jesus more
·        Be thankful more
·        And it will be an natural outpouring
·        5 simple ways to be a good example in the world 
1. Be Stable
·        Every single one of us is strategically placed somewhere
·        There should be a difference
·        Not in an obnoxious religious way
·        Our relationship with God should be part of our normal conversation
·        Everywhere we go God has got you where you’re at
·        Find out if God’s got you there for a purpose and turn up the brightness
·        Be stable; not led by your emotions
·        Be the same everywhere – at home at church at work
·        We should be the same when we get our way and when we don’t
·        Learn how to manage your emotions
·        Often we create our own mess getting upset over petty stuff and the devil is just laughing his head off
·        Stability is a great witness
·        Joyce used to be all over the place 
2. Be A Happy Believer
·        Everybody wants to be happy
·        If people see your happiness they’ll want what you have
·        Let them get your saltiness
·        Make an investment
·        People want consistency
·        Get out there and be consistent
·        I’m different because I have Jesus in my life
·        I used to be this and that but now I’m stable
·        We’ve got to have the fruit to go with the salvation
·        We need to have a desire to grow and to change
·        When you hunger and thirst for righteousness you shall be filled
·        Can you not get what you want 10 days in a row and still be happy and stable
·        Rejoice in the Lord and again I say rejoice
·        The joy of the Lord is our strength
·        It’s hard to handle a really happy person
·        We can’t sink down into what’s going on in the world today
·        Matthew 24 signs of the end times
·        And many will be offended and stumble and fall away
·        Be humble enough to receive what God is trying to tell you
·        We all have blind spots
·        Things we just can’t see and someone might love us enough to tell us
·        We need to be accountable 
3. Just Be Good To People
·        Get out in the world and just be good to people
·        You can encourage somebody
·        Smile
·        Invite someone out to eat
·        But we want to be with our comfortable group
·        Philippians 4:5 Let all men know and perceive and recognize your unselfishness (your considerateness, your forbearing spirit). The Lord is near [He is [a]coming soon].
·        We need to have something that people want
·        Joyce has learned to be good to people
·        A Christian who mistreats people is disgusting
·        Acts 10:38 How God anointed and consecrated Jesus of Nazareth with the [Holy] Spirit and with strength and ability and power; how He went about doing good and, [a]in particular, curing all who were harassed and oppressed by [the power of] the devil, for God was with Him.
·        If you’re around someone who needs help, help them
·        Be a blessing everywhere that you go
·        You can win souls when you’re good 
4. Be Positive
·        The world is so negative
·        Good news nourishes the bones
·        Be the bearer of good news 
5. To the Best Of Your Ability Keep Doing What Is Right
·        Make an effort (anointed by the grace of God) to burn a bit brighter…
·        What would happen in the world if all Christians would just not be easily offended and be good to people?
·        Imagine…
·        I forgive you, not a problem…
·        You’re in your neighborhood on purpose
·        God wants more out of you than to come to a church service and be entertained and act like the world the rest of the week
·        Altar call

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