Let God Fight Your Battles – Part 2 | Enjoying Everyday Life

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Let God Fight Your Battles – Part 2 | Enjoying Everyday Life


ANNOUNCER: THIS PROGRAM
HAS BEEN MADE POSSIBLE BY THE FRIENDS AND PARTNERS
OF JOYCE MEYER MINISTRIES. JOYCE: SEE, I’M CHALLENGING
YOU TO STOP JUST LOOKING AT WHAT GOD IS NOT DOING, AND STOP
LOOKING AT WHAT YOU DON’T HAVE AND THE BREAKTHROUGHS
THAT AREN’T COMING THROUGH, AND GO BACK AND LOOK AT WHAT GOD
HAS DONE IN YOUR LIFE. AMEN? [MUSIC] JOYCE: “BE NOT AFRAID
OR DISMAYED AT THIS GREAT MULTITUDE; FOR THE BATTLE
IS NOT YOURS, BUT GOD’S.” [AUDIENCE APPLAUDING] JOYCE: COME ON, I WANT YOU TO
TAKE THAT TONIGHT AS A PERSONAL WORD FROM GOD. “BE NOT AFRAID OR DISMAYED;
FOR THE BATTLE IS NOT YOURS, BUT GOD’S.”
YOU TAKE IT TO GOD, YOU SEEK HIM, YOU SEPARATE SOME
TIME, YOU WORSHIP FIRST, YOU PRESENT YOUR NEED, YOU TELL HIM
THAT YOU CAN’T SOLVE YOUR OWN PROBLEM, THEN YOU WAIT. THEN, HERE COMES
THE WORD FROM GOD. “YOU CAN JUST FORGET
ABOUT IT, HONEY, ‘CAUSE I GOT IT TAKEN CARE OF. I’VE ALREADY GOT YOUR
BREAKTHROUGH PLANNED AND IT’LL COME THROUGH JUST
AT THE EXACT RIGHT TIME.” NOW, CAN I GIVE YOU
A PIECE OF REVELATION? IT IS PERFECTLY OKAY WITH GOD
IF YOU ENJOY YOUR LIFE WHILE YOU HAVE A PROBLEM. [AUDIENCE APPLAUDING] JOYCE: I THINK PEOPLE NEED
TO ACTUALLY BE GIVEN PERMISSION TO DO THAT. I THINK THAT WE THINK WE’RE
BEING UNSPIRITUAL IF WE DON’T SIT AROUND AND WORRY AND FRET
OVER EVERYTHING THAT’S GOING ON IN OUR LIFE, AND ACTUALLY,
THAT–WE JUST PLAY INTO THE ENEMY’S HANDS WHEN WE DO THAT. “YOU SHALL NOT NEED TO FIGHT
IN THIS BATTLE.” VERSE 16,
“TOMORROW GO DOWN TO THEM. BEHOLD, THEY WILL COME UP BY THE
ASCENT OF ZIZ, AND YOU WILL FIND THEM AT THE END OF THE RAVINE
BEFORE THE WILDERNESS OF JERUEL. YOU SHALL NOT NEED TO FIGHT
IN THIS BATTLE; TAKE YOUR POSITIONS, STAND STILL,
AND SEE THE SALVATION OF THE LORD [WHO IS] WITH YOU,
O JUDAH AND JERUSALEM. FEAR NOT NOR BE DISMAYED. TOMORROW GO OUT AGAINST THEM,
FOR THE LORD IS WITH YOU.” AND HERE COMES HIS POSITION,
“AND JEHOSHAPHAT BOWED HIS HEAD WITH HIS FACE TO THE GROUND.”
OUR WORSHIP BATTLE POSITION IS A POSITION–I MEAN,
OUR BATTLE POSITION IS A POSITION OF WORSHIP. YOU KNOW, WE DON’T BRING THE
QUALITY OF WORSHIP THAT WE BRING TO OUR CONFERENCES BECAUSE
WE WANNA SING A FEW SONGS. WE WANT YOU TO LEARN
TO WORSHIP GOD. AND TONIGHT,
WE ENTERED INTO WORSHIP. WE WORSHIPED GOD. WHAT DO YOU THINK IT DID TO
THE ATMOSPHERE OVER THIS CITY? HOW MUCH DARKNESS DO YOU THINK
WAS PIERCED HERE TONIGHT? [AUDIENCE APPLAUDING] JOYCE: WHEN ALL THESE
DIFFERENT PEOPLE FROM ALL THESE DIFFERENT DENOMINATIONS COME
TOGETHER AND THEY SING SONGS LIKE THEY DID–WHAT DO YOU THINK
HAPPENED WHEN CHRISTY WAS SINGING “HOLY, HOLY, HOLY” AND
YOU WERE OUT THERE, EVERYBODY WITH THEIR HANDS LIFTED UP, SOME
WITH TEARS STREAMING DOWN THEIR FACE, PEOPLE WITH SMILES
ON THEIR FACE. I MEAN, YOU WEREN’T JUST SINGING
A SONG, YOU WERE WORSHIPING GOD. AND LET ME TELL YOU SOMETHING,
YOU DID YOURSELF A FAVOR BEING HERE TONIGHT BECAUSE THE FIRST
30 MINUTES YOU WERE HERE, YOU DID NOTHING
BUT PURE SPIRITUAL WARFARE. [AUDIENCE APPLAUDING] JOYCE: AND YOU ENJOYED
YOURSELF WHILE YOU WERE DOING IT. THIS IS CALLED HOW TO FIGHT
THE DEVIL AND WIN. [AUDIENCE APPLAUDING] JOYCE: “AND JEHOSHAPHAT BOWED
HIS HEAD WITH HIS FACE TO THE GROUND, AND ALL OF JUDAH
AND THE INHABITANTS OF JERUSALEM ALL FELL DOWN BEFORE THE LORD,
WORSHIPING HIM. AND SOME LEVITES OF THE
KOHATHITES AND KORAHITES STOOD UP–” PLEASE GOD, CAN WE CALL
‘EM JOHN, AND JUDY, AND JAMES? [AUDIENCE LAUGHING] JOYCE: NOW, I’M NOT
BEING DISRESPECTFUL. I JUST–YOU KNOW HOW IT IS. “AND THEY ROSE EARLY IN THE
MORNING AND WENT OUT INTO THE WILDERNESS OF TEKOA; AND AS THEY
WENT OUT, JEHOSHAPHAT STOOD AND SAID, HEAR ME, O JUDAH, AND ALL
YOU INHABITANTS OF JERUSALEM! BELIEVE IN THE LORD YOUR GOD
AND YOU SHALL BE ESTABLISHED; BELIEVE AND REMAIN STEADFAST
TO HIS PROPHETS AND YOU WILL PROSPER.”
SO, HE’S REMINDING THEM THE IMPORTANCE OF JUST BELIEVING,
JUST SIMPLE BELIEVING. WHEN WE JUST BELIEVE THAT GOD
IS DOING SOMETHING, EVEN IF WE DON’T KNOW WHAT IT IS. I SPENT AWHILE THIS MORNING
TELLING PEOPLE, WHEN YOU’RE WAITING ON GOD, JUST KEEP
SAYING, “GOD IS WORKING. GOD IS WORKING. GOD IS WORKING IN MY LIFE. GOD IS WORKING.”
AMEN? “WELL, GOD, I DON’T FEEL
LIKE YOU’RE WORKING.” NO, YOU SAY, “GOD,
I BELIEVE YOU ARE WORKING.” THE BIBLE SAYS, IT’S IN–
SOMEWHERE IN THE NEW TESTAMENT IT SAID,
“AS LONG AS WE’RE BELIEVING, GOD IS WORKING.”
SO, EVERYBODY SAY, “I BELIEVE.” AUDIENCE: I BELIEVE. JOYCE: NOW SAY,
“GOD IS WORKING.” AUDIENCE: GOD IS WORKING. JOYCE: OKAY, NOW VERSE 21,
WE’RE GETTING CLOSE TO SOMETHING MAJOR. “AND WHEN HE HAD CONSULTED WITH
THE PEOPLE, HE APPOINTED SINGERS TO SING TO THE LORD AND PRAISE
HIM IN THEIR HOLY [PRIESTLY] GARMENTS AND THEY WENT OUT
BEFORE THE ARMY, SAYING, O GIVE THANKS UNTO THE LORD,
FOR HIS MERCY AND LOVING-KINDNESS ENDURE FOREVER!”
SO, HERE YOU GOT IT IF YOU COULD JUST GET THE PICTURE. SOMETIMES I’VE DONE THIS AND
I’VE HAD A BUNCH OF PEOPLE UP HERE WITH ME, AND ONE’S BEEN
BOWING DOWN, AND OTHERS HAVE BEEN SINGING, AND OTHERS HAVE
BEEN MARCHING AROUND SHOUTING. IT’S QUITE A SCENE. SO, JUST TRY TO IMAGINE
THIS IS WHAT’S GOING ON. HERE, THE ENEMY’S COMING AGAINST
THEM AND THIS IS WHAT GOD HAS TOLD ‘EM TO DO. THIS IS GOD’S GREAT BATTLE PLAN. OKAY, YOU’RE NOT GONNA NEED
TO FIGHT IN THIS BATTLE. THE ENEMIES THAT YOU’VE SEEN
TODAY, YOU’LL NEVER SEE AGAIN. TAKE YOUR POSITION. COME ON. MAKE YOUR REQUESTS TO GOD
AND THEN DON’T LIVE IN FEAR AFTER THAT. JUST THANK HIM THAT
HE’S WORKING. GOD, I THANK YOU AHEAD OF TIME. “WE PRAY WITH THANKSGIVING,”
THE BIBLE SAYS IN PHILIPPIANS 4. WITH THANKSGIVING. SO, JUST IMAGINE ALL THESE
PEOPLE ARE WALKING AROUND, ♪ “O GIVE THANKS UNTO ♪
♪ THE LORD, FOR HE IS ♪ ♪ GOOD FOR HIS MERCY ♪
♪ ENDURES FOREVER. ♪ ♪ O GIVE THANKS UNTO ♪
♪ THE LORD, FOR HE IS GOOD ♪ ♪ AND HIS MERCY ♪
♪ ENDURES FOREVER.” ♪ NOW, WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF YOU
TRIED THIS ONE DAY IN YOUR HOUSE INSTEAD OF HANGING ON THE PHONE
ALL DAY COMPLAINING TO ALL YOUR FRIENDS? ♪ “O GIVE THANKS ♪
♪ UNTO THE LORD, ♪ ♪ FOR HE IS GOOD ♪
♪ FOR HIS MERCY ♪ ♪ ENDURES FOREVER.” ♪ [AUDIENCE APPLAUDING] JOYCE: SOMEBODY CALLS UP,
“SO, WHAT ARE YOU DOING ABOUT YOUR PROBLEM?”
“I’M NOT DOING ANYTHING. I’M WAITING FOR GOD
TO DO SOMETHING. I CAN’T DO ANYTHING. I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO,
BUT I DO KNOW GOD, AND I BELIEVE HE’S WORKING.”
WE TALK OURSELVES RIGHT INTO A PIT SOMETIMES. ARE YOU READY? I DON’T KNOW IF YOU’RE READY. HERE IT COMES. “AND WHEN THEY BEGAN TO SING,”
VERSE 22, “AND PRAISE, THE LORD SET AMBUSHMENTS AGAINST THE MEN
OF AMMON, MOAB, AND MOUNT SEIR WHO HAD COME AGAINST JUDAH,
AND THEY WERE [SELF-] SLAUGHTERED.”
THEIR PRAISE AND WORSHIP GOT THE DEVIL SO CONFUSED THAT
THE ENEMIES TURNED ON EACH OTHER AND THEY KILLED THEMSELVES. COME ON, GIVE GOD PRAISE. [AUDIENCE APPLAUDING] JOYCE: LET GOD FIGHT
YOUR BATTLES. TAKE YOUR POSITION, STAND STILL,
AND SEE THE SALVATION OF THE LORD. NOW, YOU KNOW, SOMETIMES WE JUST
NEED TO MAKE A LITTLE NOISE. I ACTUALLY KNOW A WOMAN THAT
WAS SET FREE FROM DEPRESSION. CHARLOTTE, A WOMAN THAT HAS
WORKED FOR US FOR OVER 20 YEARS, AND SHE HAD A HUGE PROBLEM
WITH DEPRESSION. HER AND HER FRIEND WERE RIDING
THROUGH OUR CITY ONE DAY AND THEY WERE ACTUALLY
IN DOWNTOWN ST. LOUIS. AND SHE WAS TALKING ABOUT THIS
DEPRESSION THAT SHE’D HAD, AND YOU KNOW, HOW IT WAS HOLDING
HER BACK, AND I MEAN, THE SPIRIT OF GOD
JUST CAME ON HER. SHE ROLLED DOWN HER WINDOW
AND SHE STARTED SHOUTING OUT THE WINDOW, “PRAISE THE LORD! PRAISE THE LORD! PRAISE THE LORD!”
AND SHE SAID SHE FELT THAT DEPRESSION BREAK OFF OF HER
AND SHE WAS FREE FROM IT. [AUDIENCE APPLAUDING] JOYCE: SOMETIMES
WE JUST DON’T MAKE ENOUGH NOISE TO SCARE THE DEVIL OFF. ONCE IN AWHILE,
YOU JUST GOTTA SAY, “SHUT UP! I DON’T WANNA HEAR
YOUR LIES ANYMORE.” AUDIENCE MEMBER: JESUS! JOYCE: HA HA HA. YEAH, THAT’S A GOOD ONE
TOO RIGHT THERE. THAT WORKS. JESUS! HALLELUJAH. AND YOU KNOW, I KNOW
PROBABLY SOME PEOPLE TURN THE TELEVISION ON, AND THEY’RE NOT
USED TO ME, AND THEY PROBABLY THINK I’M A NUTCASE, BUT I’M
TELLING YOU WHAT, JUST LISTEN. IF WHAT YOU’RE DOING IS NOT
WORKING AND YOUR LIFE IS FALLING APART, THEN BEFORE YOU DECIDE
I’M CRAZY, LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT HOW MUCH VICTORY
I’VE GOT IN MY LIFE. [AUDIENCE APPLAUDING] JOYCE: AND I DON’T TELL
ANYBODY TO DO ANYTHING THAT I CAN’T BACK UP IN SCRIPTURE. “O CLAP YOUR HANDS,
ALL YE PEOPLE. SHOUT UNTO GOD
WITH A VOICE OF TRIUMPH.” [AUDIENCE CHEERING] JOYCE: BUT HERE’S THE THING,
WE DON’T HAVE TO JUST DO THIS IN CHURCH OR WHEN
SOMEBODY’S ON THE PLATFORM ACTING LIKE A CHEERLEADER. YOU CAN DO SOME YELLING AT HOME. “GET BEHIND ME, SATAN! I’M NOT PUTTING UP
WITH YOUR NONSENSE ANYMORE.” [AUDIENCE APPLAUDING] JOYCE: AMEN? AUDIENCE: AMEN. JOYCE: YOU KNOW, I’M NOT
A GREAT SINGER, SO I DON’T DO A LOT OF SINGING, SO I HUM A LOT. HUMMING IS BETTER
WHEN YOU DON’T SING. THANK GOD DAVE DOESN’T SING MUCH
EITHER, ‘CAUSE HE’S NOT ANY BETTER AT IT THAN I AM, BUT. [AUDIENCE LAUGHING] JOYCE: I’M A PERSON
WHO LIKES QUIET, AND SO I JUST– I FEEL LIKE THIS WOULD BE GOOD
TO SHARE WITH YOU TONIGHT. YOU KNOW, ALL PRAISE AND WORSHIP
DOES NOT JUST INVOLVE HAVING TO SING AND USE MUSIC ALL THE TIME. THAT’S ONE OF THE GREAT WAYS
THAT GOD USES AND THANK GOD FOR IT. YOU SHOULD HAVE A WHOLE BUNCH OF
GOOD WORSHIP MUSIC, AND USE IT, AND PLAY IT ALL THE TIME
IN YOUR CAR. IT BREAKS THE POWER OF DARKNESS. BUT PRAISE, THE WORD “PRAISE,”
MEANS TO TELL A TALE OR AN NARRATIVE. AND SO, ONE OF THE MAIN WAYS
THAT WE PRAISE GOD IS JUST BY TALKING ABOUT HOW GOOD HE IS. JUST SIMPLY TALKING
ABOUT THE GOODNESS OF GOD. I WENT TO LUNCH TODAY, WITH DAVE
AND I, AND ANOTHER COUPLE, AND ANOTHER GUY, AND WE HAD A LITTLE
TINY BIT OF BUSINESS TO DO, AND THAT TOOK MAYBE 10 MINUTES. AND THEN, WE SPENT MOST OF THE
REST OF THE LUNCH TALKING ABOUT THINGS THAT WE KNEW THAT GOD HAD
DONE LATELY FOR THIS PERSON, AND THIS PERSON, AND THIS PERSON,
JUST TALKING ABOUT HOW AMAZING GOD IS. NOW, THAT’S A WAY TO BE
A PRAISER AND A WORSHIPER. HOW MUCH DO YOU TALK ABOUT THE
GOOD THINGS THAT GOD HAS DONE IN YOUR LIFE, COMPARED TO HOW MUCH
YOU TALK ABOUT YOUR PROBLEMS? COME ON. IT’S SO EASY TO FORGET
WHAT GOD HAS DONE. AND YOU KNOW, THE BIBLE TELLS US
OVER AND OVER TO REMEMBER, TO RECOUNT, TO RECALL, TO WRITE
THINGS DOWN, TO PASS THEM ON TO OUR CHILDREN. IN DEUTERONOMY 8, GOD SPOKE TO
THE ISRAELITES AND HE SAID, “YOU REMEMBER ALL THE WAY THAT I’VE
LED YOU THESE 40 YEARS IN THE WILDERNESS TO HUMBLE YOU AND
TO PROVE YOU, AND I TOOK CARE OF YOU, AND I BROUGHT YOU
INTO A GOOD LAND.” YOU REMEMBER IT. DON’T YOU FORGET IT. A LOT OF TIMES WHEN THEY HAD
VICTORIES, THEY WOULD SET UP ALTARS, SOME WAY OF REMEMBERING
THIS THING THAT GOD DID FOR THEM. YOU KNOW, THE MIDDLE
OF LAST WEEK, I HURT MY BACK. IT WAS MY OWN FAULT. I TRIED TO USE A PIECE OF
EXERCISE EQUIPMENT I’D NEVER USED BEFORE AND IT JUST–I WON’T
GO INTO IT, BUT I HURT IT PRETTY BAD. AND I’VE HAD BACK PROBLEMS
IN THE PAST, SO I WAS STANDING AGAINST A LITTLE FEAR AND
SAYING, “I BELIEVE GOD’S GONNA TAKE CARE OF THIS. I BELIEVE GOD’S GONNA
TAKE CARE OF IT.” AND THANK GOD, I’M OKAY NOW. STILL JUST A LITTLE,
TINY BIT SORE, BUT I’M OKAY. AND I’LL TELL YOU WHAT,
YOU KNOW, I’VE BEEN SO THANKFUL. IT’S AMAZING WHEN YOU HAVE
PROBLEM WITH SOMETHING THAT YOU PREVIOUSLY HAVE TAKEN
FOR GRANTED, HOW QUICK YOU BECOME TO BE GRATEFUL TO GOD. BUT EVEN THEN, I THINK WE FORGET
THOSE THINGS TOO FAST. AND I THINK WE NEED TO KEEP EVEN
A WRITTEN RECORD OF THE THINGS THAT GOD HAS DONE. AND BOY, ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU’RE
HAVING A TOUGH TIME, YOU NEED TO GET IT OUT AND YOU NEED
TO REMEMBER. REMEMBER. DAVE AND I TALK OFTEN AND WE
JUST REMEMBER ALL THE YEARS AND WHAT THE THINGS THAT GOD HAS
DONE FOR US TO GET US FROM WHERE WE WERE TO WHERE WE ARE NOW,
HOW WE STARTED THIS IN THE BASEMENT OF OUR HOME. THE FIRST EMPLOYEE WE HAD,
HER DESK WAS A CARDBOARD BOX. AND NOW WE HAVE 15 OFFICES
AROUND THE WORLD, OVER 800 EMPLOYEES. [AUDIENCE APPLAUDING] JOYCE: LET’S GO TO
PSALM 42:5-6 FOR JUST A MINUTE. “WHY ARE YOU CAST DOWN,
O MY INNER SELF? AND WHY SHOULD YOU MOAN OVER ME
AND BE DISQUIETED WITHIN ME? HOPE IN GOD AND WAIT EXPECTANTLY
FOR HIM, FOR I SHALL YET PRAISE HIM, MY HELP AND MY GOD. O MY GOD, MY LIFE IS CAST DOWN
UPON ME [AND I FIND THE BURDEN MORE THAN I CAN BEAR].”
NOW, LOOK AT HIS ANSWER. “THEREFORE WILL I
[EARNESTLY] REMEMBER YOU FROM THE LAND OF THE JORDAN AND
THE [SUMMITS OF MOUNT] HERMON, FROM THE LITTLE MOUNTAIN MIZAR.”
SO, DAVID SAID, “LOOK, I JUST FEEL LIKE I’M GOING DOWN
THE TUBES HERE AND I KNOW WHAT I’M GONNA DO. I’M GONNA REMEMBER THE THINGS
THAT YOU’VE DONE FOR ME IN MY LIFE.”
COME ON, I’M GONNA REMEMBER. IT’S ALL OVER THE BIBLE. THE BIBLE SAYS,
“REMEMBER THE MERCY OF GOD. REMEMBER THE KINDNESS OF GOD. REMEMBER THE WONDERS OF GOD.”
I’M GONNA CLOSE WITH A STORY THAT I THINK IS GONNA REALLY
BLESS YOU AND–I SAID I’M GONNA CLOSE, I DIDN’T SAY I’M CLOSED. SO, JUST PARK YOURSELF. [AUDIENCE LAUGHING] JOYCE: IT’S ABOUT ELIJAH. AND THE BIBLE SAYS THAT ELIJAH
WAS A MAN THAT WAS JUST LIKE US. HE HAD LIKE PASSIONS LIKE US. HE WAS A HUMAN BEING. IN OTHER WORDS,
HE WASN’T PERFECT. AND YET, HE PRAYED FOR IT NOT
TO RAIN AND NO RAIN FELL ON THE EARTH FOR 3 YEARS AND 6 MONTHS. HE DID THAT AT GOD’S DIRECTION. HE PRAYED IN A DROUGHT. AND THEN, WHEN GOD’S TIMING
WAS RIGHT, GOD TOLD HIM TO PRAY THAT IT WOULD RAIN. AND SO, HE PRAYED FOR RAIN
AND IT DIDN’T START RAINING RIGHT AWAY, BUT HE BELIEVED
IT WAS GONNA RAIN. SEE, WHEN WE PRAY, WE NEED
TO START IMMEDIATELY BELIEVING GOD IS WORKING. WE DON’T WAIT UNTIL WE SEE
SOMETHING TO SAY GOD IS WORKING, WE BELIEVE THAT GOD IS WORKING. IN GOD’S ECONOMY,
FAITH ALWAYS COMES BEFORE MANIFESTATION, AMEN? LET ME GET TO THIS HERE
IF I CAN FIND IT. HOPEFULLY I WON’T FALL
OF THE PLATFORM IN THE PROCESS. YOU’LL CATCH ME? OKAY, ALL RIGHT. ALL RIGHT, SO, VERSE 41. I’M IN
1 KINGS CHAPTER 18, VERSE 41. “AND ELIJAH SAID TO AHAB.”
AHAB WAS A WICKED KING THAT ELIJAH HAD ALREADY BEEN
DOING BATTLE WITH. I WON’T GO INTO
THAT WHOLE STORY, BUT, “ELIJAH SAID TO AHAB,
GO UP, AND EAT AND DRINK, FOR THERE IS THE SOUND
OF AN ABUNDANCE OF RAIN. SO AHAB WENT UP TO EAT
AND TO DRINK. AND ELIJAH WENT UP TO THE TOP OF
CARMEL,” AND HERE WE GO AGAIN. HE TOOK HIS POSITION. “HE BOWED HIMSELF DOWN UPON THE
EARTH AND PUT HIS FACE BETWEEN HIS KNEES AND SAID TO HIS
SERVANT, NOW YOU GO UP AND LOOK TOWARD THE SEA. AND HE WENT UP AND LOOKED
AND HE CAME BACK AND HE SAID, THERE’S NOTHING. AND ELIJAH SAID TO HIM,
GO AGAIN SEVEN TIMES.” HE MADE HIM RUN BACK UP
THE HILL AND LOOK. HE WAS NOT A GUY THAT
WAS GONNA GIVE UP EASY. AND NOW, HERE’S SOMETHING
THAT’S GONNA HELP YOU. AND VERSE 44, “AND AT THE
SEVENTH TIME THE SERVANT SAID, I SEE A CLOUD, BUT IT’S AS SMALL
AS A MAN’S HAND, ARISING UP OUT OF THE SEA.”
NOW, JUST THINK ABOUT THAT. IN THE WHOLE EXPANSE OF THE SKY
AND THE WHOLE OCEAN, ONE LITTLE CLOUD THE SIZE OF A MAN’S HAND
IS NOT MUCH TO HANG ON TO. AND I WANNA SUGGEST TO YOU
TONIGHT THAT YOU’VE ALL GOT SOME OF THOSE IN YOUR LIFE,
BUT YOU’RE IGNORING ‘EM. AND THAT LITTLE CLOUD THE SIZE
OF A MAN’S HAND IS EVIDENCE THAT RAIN’S COMING. YOUR RAIN, YOUR BREAKTHROUGH
IS COMING. [AUDIENCE APPLAUDING] JOYCE: “AND AT THE SEVENTH
TIME,” VERSE 44, “THE SERVANT SAID, A CLOUD AS SMALL
AS A MAN’S HAND IS ARISING OUT OF THE SEA. AND ELIJAH SAID, GO UP.”
HE HADN’T SEE–HE HAD NOT HAD ANY RAIN YET, AND HE SAID,
“GO UP AND SAY TO AHAB, HITCH UP YOUR CHARIOT AND GO DOWN,
LEST THE RAIN STOP YOU. IN A LITTLE WHILE, THE HEAVENS
WERE BLACK WITH WIND-SWEPT CLOUDS, AND THERE
WAS A GREAT RAIN. AND AHAB WENT TO JEZREEL. AND THE HAND OF THE LORD
WAS ON ELIJAH.” I LOVE THIS. “AND HE GIRDED UP HIS LOINS
AND HE RAN BEFORE AHAB TO THE ENTRANCE OF JEZREEL
[NEARLY TWENTY MILES].” TO ME, IT KINDA WENT LIKE THIS. I’M TELLING YOU, AHAB,
IT’S GONNA RAIN. WELL, I DON’T SEE ANYTHING. WELL, ELIJAH HAD SEEN THE LITTLE
TINY BIT OF EVIDENCE THAT GOD WAS WORKING IN HIS LIFE
AND HE BELIEVED. HE SAID, “YOU BETTER HITCH UP
YOUR CHARIOT AND YOU BETTER HEAD FOR TOWN, ‘CAUSE I’M TELLING YOU
IT’S GONNA RAIN.” AND SO, HE HITCHED UP
HIS CHARIOT AND HE STARTED, AND WHEN IT BEGAN TO POUR, THE
SPIRIT OF GOD CAME ON ELIJAH. AND I CAN SEE HIM, “HA HA! I TOLD YOU IT WAS GONNA RAIN!”
AND HE’S LEFT HIM IN THE DUST. [AUDIENCE LAUGHING] JOYCE: MIKE, COME ON AND
TELL YOUR LITTLE STORY PLEASE. I WANT YOU TO HEAR A LITTLE
STORY THAT BRINGS THIS SCRIPTURE IN AND I THINK IT WILL ENCOURAGE
YOU IN YOUR OWN LIFE. MIKE: OUR YOUNGEST
DAUGHTER IS 24. SHE WORKS FOR A CRUISE LINE. SHE CAME HOME ABOUT 3 MONTHS AGO
ON A HOLIDAY AND SHE CONTRACTED MONONUCLEOSIS. SO, YOU KNOW, IT TAKES AWHILE
TO GET OVER THAT, HOWEVER HER MONO WENT
IN A VERY BIZARRE DIRECTION. AND ACTUALLY,
IT WENT INTO HER BRAIN. SHE WAS IN THE HOSPITAL ROOM
FOR A SHORT TIME, CAME HOME. THE DOCTOR’S COULDN’T QUITE
FIGURE OUT EXACTLY WHAT WAS GOING ON, BUT IT DEBILITATED
HER LOWER BODY. SHE COULDN’T–
SHE DIDN’T HAVE ANY CONTROL OVER HER LEGS AT ALL. SHE COULDN’T SPEAK RIGHT. SHE WAS SLURRED IN HER SPEECH. SHE DROOLED. SHE COULDN’T HELP THAT. IT WAS LIKE A STROKE
KIND OF A REACTION IN HER BODY. AND SHE WAS NAUSEATED. SHE COULDN’T EVEN MOVE HER EYES
FROM RIGHT TO LEFT WITHOUT GETTING SICK TO HER STOMACH. THE NEUROLOGIST SAID THAT, “THIS
IS LIKE EIGHT OUT OF A MILLION HAVE SOME SORT OF WEIRD REACTION
TO MONO, AND I’VE NEVER REALLY SEEN IT, SO I REALLY DON’T KNOW
EXACTLY WHAT TO DO,” AND SENT HER HOME. AND JOYCE CALLED US AND SHARED
THAT SCRIPTURE, AND SHE CHALLENGED US TO CELEBRATE EVERY
LITTLE SMALL CLOUD OF VICTORY. I REMEMBER A NUMBER OF NIGHTS,
LEAH COULDN’T DO ANYTHING. SHE WAS JUST LAYING IN BED,
SO WE WOULD JUST SIT IN HER BED WITH HER AND WE’D PRAY,
WE’D CRY, AND WE WOULD SAY THIS, “THIS IS GONNA END GOOD.”
JOYCE: YEP. MIKE: AND YOU KNOW, LEAH
COULDN’T EVEN SPEAK AT THAT POINT TO BE ABLE TO SAY THAT,
BUT WE WOULD SAY THAT. THEN A FEW DAYS LATER, HER
SPEECH WOULD GAIN A LITTLE BIT OF GROUND AND SHE COULD SAY IT. “THIS IS GONNA END GOOD, DAD.”
AND EVERY LITTLE SMALL CLOUD, WE’D BEGIN TO CELEBRATE IT. AND I REMEMBER THE DAY
WHEN SHE COULD FINALLY WALK WITH A WALKER, AND SHE BEGAN
TO WALK WITH A WALKER, AND WE WOULD CELEBRATE THAT. AND THEN THE DAY SHE PUT THE
WALKER ASIDE AND SHE WAS GONNA TRY TO WALK TO THE BATHROOM. SHE SLAMMED AGAINST THE WALL A
FEW TIMES AND SHE FELL DOWN, BUT SHE’D GET BACK UP AND WE’D SAY,
“WE’RE GONNA CELEBRATE THAT SMALL CLOUD.”
I REMEMBER THE DAY WHEN SHE COULD FINALLY READ AGAIN. SHE COULDN’T READ THE BIBLE. SHE COULDN’T READ
WITHOUT MAKING HER SICK. AND SHE STARTED TO READ,
AND WE SAID, “WE’RE GONNA CELEBRATE THAT CLOUD.”
THEN SHE BEGAN TO SPEAK A LITTLE BIT MORE RAPIDLY AND BEGAN
TO GAIN HER EQUILIBRIUM. THEN FINALLY, SHE COULD WALK
AND SHE WASN’T FALLING AT ALL. THEN FINALLY, I REMEMBER JUST A
FEW WEEKS AGO WE GOT IN THE CAR AND SAID, “OKAY, WE’RE GONNA
LEARN TO DRIVE AGAIN AT 24.” AND SHE–WE WERE DRIVING DOWN
THE ROAD AND SAID, “WE’RE GONNA CELEBRATE THIS CLOUD.”
AND WE STARTED TAKING THAT WORD AND HEEDING THAT, AND WE JUST
CELEBRATED EVERY SINGLE CLOUD ALONG THE WAY. THEY WERE SMALL CLOUDS. SOMETIMES IT DIDN’T SEEM
VERY BIG. I REMEMBER THE DAY SHE COULD
FINALLY WATCH TV AGAIN WITHOUT GETTING SICK. AND SO, JUST VERY, VERY
SMALL VICTORIES, BUT WE WERE DETERMINED WE’RE GONNA CELEBRATE
EVERY SMALL CLOUD AND IT’S GONNA END GOOD. WELL, LET ME TELL YOU
THE END OF THE STORY. THIS PAST WEEK, SHE GOT MEDICAL
CLEARANCE FROM HER DOCTOR. SHE’S LIKE 85%-90% HEALED NOW,
WALKING ON HER OWN. YOU WOULDN’T EVEN BE ABLE
TO TELL ANY DIFFERENCE. SHE CAN SPEAK WELL. SHE CAN WALK WELL. SHE GOT AHOLD OF THE CRUISE
LINE, THEY’RE HAVING HER BACK. SHE’S GONNA GO BACK TO WORK
NEXT FRIDAY AND LIVE ON THE CRUISE SHIP. AND SO, WE CELEBRATE
NOT ONLY EVERY SMALL CLOUD, BUT RAIN IS ON THE WAY! JOYCE: YEAH, AMEN! RAIN IS ON THE WAY. [AUDIENCE APPLAUDING] JOYCE: SEE, I’M CHALLENGING
YOU TO STOP JUST LOOKING AT WHAT GOD IS NOT DOING, AND STOP
LOOKING AT WHAT YOU DON’T HAVE AND THE BREAKTHROUGHS
THAT AREN’T COMING THROUGH, AND GO BACK AND LOOK AT WHAT GOD
HAS DONE IN YOUR LIFE. AMEN? JOYCE: WELL, THERE WILL
ALWAYS BE BATTLES IN THIS LIFE. BUT THE GOOD NEWS IS YOU CAN
STAND IN VICTORY WITH JESUS. KEEP IN MIND WHO YOUR REAL ENEMY
IS AND FIGHT BACK USING THE SPIRITUAL WEAPONS THAT
GOD HAS GIVEN US. TODAY, WE’RE OFFERING YOU MY
NEW BOOK, “YOUR BATTLES BELONG TO THE LORD.”
AND WE’RE OFFERING IT FOR YOUR GIFT TO THE MINISTRY
OF ANY AMOUNT. AND THE MONEY THAT YOU GIVE
TODAY IS GONNA GO TOWARD OUR TELEVISION OUTREACH MINISTRY. IT WILL HELP PAY FOR THE
PROGRAMS THAT YOU SEE, AND IT’S GONNA HELP US REACH
OUT IN NEW PLACES. THIS IS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO
SOW SEED INTO THE TELEVISION MINISTRY AND AT THE SAME TIME
GET A GREAT NEW BOOK THAT I BELIEVE IS GONNA REALLY
HELP YOU. LET THE LORD HANDLE YOUR
BATTLES TODAY. ANNOUNCER: WE’VE ALL
BEEN THERE, NOT KNOWING WHERE TO TURN,
FEELING POWERLESS IN LIFE’S STRUGGLES WITH NO STRATEGY
TO FIGHT BACK. BUT, DID YOU KNOW YOU DON’T
HAVE TO FIGHT YOUR BATTLES ALONE THAT YOU DO NOT
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16 Comments

Jane Kilcourse · September 11, 2019 at 11:44 am

โค๏ธamazingโค๏ธ

Core Create · September 11, 2019 at 11:47 am

Awesome testimony!

Tammy Huennerkopf · September 11, 2019 at 11:52 am

Amen!

Angela McCoy · September 11, 2019 at 12:08 pm

Thank you Mama * Joyce Meyer * Ministries * May GOD Bless you abundantly.

Kathy Nichols · September 11, 2019 at 12:18 pm

AMEN!

Kathy Nichols · September 11, 2019 at 12:24 pm

That's where I think I'm at just BELIEVE! He's got this!!

Kathy Nichols · September 11, 2019 at 12:25 pm

Thank YOU LORD!

Project #11 · September 11, 2019 at 12:42 pm

Awesome.

Lil Cutie · September 11, 2019 at 1:13 pm

praise the Lord!!!

Lil Cutie · September 11, 2019 at 1:26 pm

Thank God for Leah and her cure. it will be well with her ijn

Philip M Wilfred · September 11, 2019 at 1:27 pm

Amen

Angel Angel · September 11, 2019 at 3:05 pm

๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพ!!!!! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿพ Praise Him!

TAC · September 11, 2019 at 3:09 pm

Amen, Halaluya Thank you God for your Grace ,WoW๐Ÿ™Œ

Jennifer Neita · September 11, 2019 at 3:24 pm

Thank you… This is going to end well

A Good · September 11, 2019 at 6:34 pm

Praise God for the victory in Leah!

Thadoll Asia · September 12, 2019 at 4:20 am

I love listening to you! You are so inspirational! May God bless you Joyce!

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