“Guarding Your Heart” ~~ Joyce Meyers

As you can see I’ve fallen behind a bit and these are really hitting home. This one especially I had to post because I’m sure each and everyone of us deals with this daily.

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Proverbs 4:23 says to guard your heart “for it determines the course of your life” (NLT). Think about that. Whatever’s in your heart is eventually going to show up in your everyday life. Whatever’s inside will eventually find its way out, where anyone and everyone can see it.

That alone makes it extremely important to monitor the things we allow to shape our hearts. I don’t want something nasty, sinful, and selfish finding its way out and damaging my relationships with others, and I doubt you do either.

A large part of guarding your heart means learning how to control your thoughts, your words, your disposition and your general outlook. What you think usually comes out in what you say. What you say affects how you feel, and that shows up in your overall attitude.

In the course of everyday life, this is what determines how you handle your circumstances, whether you’ll have peace or fall apart in a stressful situation. It governs how you respond to others, either with compassion and understanding or with judgment and arrogance, especially when you disagree with them!

You can try and keep your inner thoughts from altering your words and attitudes, but I find it’s much easier to have godly thoughts to begin with. Spend time in God’s presence, and let the Holy Spirit fill your heart with His goodness.

Prayer Starter: Lord, I only want my heart to be filled with thoughts and desires that are from You. As I spend more time in Your presence and focus solely on You, I know that my heart will change for the better, affecting the rest of my life in godly ways.

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“Through Christ Who Strengthens You” ~~ Joyce Meyers

It’s been awhile since I posted anything but I went back and grabbed a devotional from early in the month. It hit home again so I felt that I needed to share it with the world.

God has really helped me to be content and able to handle any situation that arises in my life. This is good but sometimes scary but I know I’m covered. I hope this helps anyone reading to know that you too can do all things through Christ who strengthens you.

Philippians 4:13 is a very popular scripture that is often quoted out of context. It says, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” That doesn’t mean you can just do anything you decide to do because you want to do it. Paul was talking specifically about how he was able, through the power of Christ, to be content no matter what his circumstances were.

I do believe that, by God’s grace, we can do whatever we need to do in life. I think that’s a mindset we need to have. There’s nothing that’s too much for you if you’re trusting God. You can handle whatever comes your way because God promises that He’ll never put more on us than we can bear and deal with.

So keep a positive attitude no matter where you are right now, no matter what’s going on in your life. Cheer up, God is on your side. Stop being upset about things you can’t do anything about.

God wants you to know that He has an individual plan for your life, and He wants you to accept His unique plan for you and not compare your plan with anybody else’s. You have to trust God knows more about what you need and what you can handle than you do. After all, He knows you better than you know yourself!

Prayer Starter: Lord, like Paul, I want my contentment to come from You, not my circumstances. Show me every day that Your plan for me is perfect and that I don’t need to worry.

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Complaining is a Sin! — Joyce Meyers

HAPPY EASTER EVERYONE……

What a great day to have this devotional to read.
Jesus didn’t complain as they were beating him to be crucified. Here prayed for us allow.
I am so guilty of this, but I’m working on it in Jesus name.
We all do it. #beblessed

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In Ephesians 4:29, the apostle Paul instructs us not to use any foul or polluting language. At
one time, I didn’t realize that this included complaining, but I have since learned that murmuring and complaining pollute our lives.

Plain and simple, complaining is a sin! It causes many people a great deal of problems in their lives and destroys the joy of anyone listening.

We need to ask ourselves, how quick are we to become impatient and begin to complain when stuck in traffic or while waiting in checkout lanes in grocery stores or department stores? How quick are we to spot and point out all the faults of our friends or family members? Do we complain about our job when we should be thanking God that we have one?

The best antidote for complaining is thanksgiving. Truly thankful people do not complain. They are too busy being grateful for all the good things they have that they have no time to notice the things they could complain about.

The Bible says that we are to enter God’s courts with praise and thanksgiving. You and I need to make it a daily goal to live a life of thanksgiving. Let’s be as positive and grateful as possible.

Try going to bed at night pondering everything you have to be thankful for. Let it be the first thing you do in the morning. Thank God for “little” things or things you might normally take for granted: a parking place, waking up in time for work, a meal, your family… Don’t get discouraged when you fail, but don’t throw in the towel and quit either. Keep at it until you have developed new habits and you are living with an attitude of gratitude.

Be generous with your gratitude. It will sweeten your relationship with the Lord.

Prayer Starter: God, I want to live with an attitude of gratitude, starting right now! I thank you so much for loving me and for blessing me. Help me see the positive things in life and to thank You for them.

Put on the New Nature ~~ Joyce Meyers 2/10/13

After all the painful things that have happened in your past have come and gone, God still wants you to enjoy every single day of your life. This won’t happen, however, until you make up your mind to take hold of the abundant life that Jesus’ death and resurrection purchased for you. Until then, the devil will always try to take it away.

Jesus said, “The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows)” (John 10:10 AMP). Jesus came to this earth and died for us to have abundant life!

With the life He gives, you are a new creation. You don’t have to allow the old things that happened to you to continue to affect your new life in Christ. As a new creature in Christ Jesus, you can have your mind renewed according to the Word of God. Things will change for the better when you live in the new nature that Jesus purchased for you.

Prayer Starter: God, I choose to daily, actively put on the new nature that Jesus purchased for me. I am regenerated in Christ – a new, happy and whole creation in You!

Remember this takes times and doesn’t happen overnight, then it could happen overnight for certain individuals. But oh when the change happens, Glory be to GOD!

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The Freedom of a Calm, Cool and Steady Life ~~ Joyce Meyers 2/9/13

People are born to be free; it’s a gift from God. The question is, are you willing to go through whatever it takes to be free, or do you want to stay in the mess you’re in for the rest of your life? If you want to be free, the key is to start doing what God wants you to do, one step at a time, and you’ll eventually walk out of your messes.

In 2 Timothy 4:5, Paul told Timothy to be calm, cool and steady and to keep performing the duties of his ministry. That’s good advice for all of us.

Instead of being ruled by our emotions when we’re confronted with problems, we should calm down and focus on doing what God has called us to do. If you’re upset about something, instead of letting it ruin your life, turn it into something good.

Overcome evil and anger by praying for those who hurt and abuse you. Counter feelings of selfishness by doing something good for someone else.

Whenever the enemy tries to stir up your emotions, calm down and do what God has called you to do!

Prayer Starter: Holy Spirit, help me to be calm, cool and steady, so that I can be free to do the work that You are calling me to do.

“Be a God-Pleaser, Not a Man-Pleaser” ~~ Joyce Meyers Devotional 1/24/13

Are you the person God created you to be or are you living ‘to please men’? According to this scripture, God’s will is for us to please Him and be what He wants us to be.

When we choose to be the person God created us to be – unique and different than everybody else – we have to expect some criticism. But you won’t like yourself very much if you go against your own convictions.

See, going along with the crowd, when you know in your heart that God’s leading you a different way, is one reason people don’t succeed at being themselves.

I want to encourage you to step out and be the person God made you to be. Don’t let the way another person treats you or responds to you determine your worth. Have the courage to be different and deal with criticism.

Remember that God accepts you and loves you. He made you the way you are for a reason, and you have something special to offer.

Prayer Starter: God, I don’t want to live trying to please men. I dare to be different. I want to win Your favor and be the person You made me to be.

I have experienced the lost of friends, family and continued haters, but I know I am different and loving every bit of it. 
Let’s all dare and strive to be different….#itsallgood….#beblessed