In this post, I have shared my personal notes and jottings from listening to Joyce Meyer’s message with the above title.
- Joyce learnt to live in turmoil, to respond in anger when she does not get her way.
- It was her husband’s peace and patience that became a message for her; he did not preach to her all the time.
- We are messages. We stick as examples when we repeatedly live as examples.
- To have peace, you need to change your mindset/attitude from “I just can’t help it” to “I can do all things through Christ that strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13).
- Know that God loves you.
- Keep a clean conscience, resist the devil’s false conscience and simply obey God’s instructions.
- When you are fully patient, then the devil has no control over you.
- To endure means to outlast the devil because you are whole and lacking in nothing.
A patient man is perfect and entire lacking in nothing
“But let patience have her perfect work, that you may be perfect and entire, lacking in nothing.” (James 1:4)
How do you let patience have her perfect work in you?
By doing the following:
- Ask for wisdom (James 1:5)
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all men liberally, and reproaches not; and it shall be given him
- Ask in faith (James 1:6)
But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavers is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.
- Without doubt (James 1:7-8)
For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.
- Be ready to endure (James 1:13)
Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempts he any man:
- Do not err (James 1:16)
Do not err, my beloved brethren.
- Hear and Do the WORD (James 1:22-25)
But be you doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a mirror:
For he beholds himself, and goes his way, and immediately forgets what manner of man he was.
But whoever looks into the perfect law of liberty, and continues in it, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.
- Don’t be religious but be a believer (James 1:26)
If any man among you seems to be religious, and bridles not his tongue, but deceives his own heart, this man’s religion is vain.
- Give (James 1:27)
Pure religion and undefiled before God the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.
You can watch the full message here.