Joyce Meyer - Put On God's Righteousness
I'm working on a series called, "No weapon formed against you shall prosper". Isaiah 54:17, we're gonna read it again. "But no weapon that is formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue, every tongue that shall rise against you in judgment you shall show to be in the wrong. This peace, righteousness, security, and triumph over opposition", four things we see here, "Peace, righteousness, security, and triumph over opposition is our heritage", or it's what we have inherited from Jesus Christ.
You know, inheritance is a great thing. I didn't inherit anything from my parents 'cause they didn't have anything for anybody to inherit. I ended up having to take care of them but when people get an inheritance, it must be an amazing thing to just all of a sudden have downloaded on you what somebody else worked all their life for. That must be a really cool thing. And if you do get to inherit anything from anybody, you should really be appreciative of that. We have inherited everything that Jesus worked and died for, everything. Come on. Everything.
Just think for a minute that when he hung on that cross, he took the sins of the whole world upon himself. He paid the debt that we owed and we no longer have to bear the shame, the reproach, the guilt, the blame of sin, but the Bible tells us that we can have something else. We can have peace. We can have righteousness. We can be secure and confident.
How many of you need a little bit more of that? And we can triumph over opposition. We are more than conquerors. We don't have to be afraid of trouble. We don't have to even be afraid of what's gonna happen in the world today. I'm not afraid of it. I'm not afraid of it. God is on our side and he will help us and take care of us. And if this is the generation in which we are alive, then God's got us prepared and we can handle whatever comes. If we couldn't handle it, God would have had us born in some other generation. He even picks and chooses what time-frame you're gonna live in. Amen.
"Peace, righteousness, security, triumph over opposition is the heritage of the servants of the Lord", and I like the amplification, "Those in whom the ideal servant of the Lord is reproduced". So, these promises are not just made to people who go sit in a church pew three or four times a year and call themselves a Christian, but these promises are made to people who are committed and serious and they're really working with the Holy Spirit, not getting into works of the flesh, but you're cooperating with and working with the Holy Spirit to let what Jesus has done in you as a free gift be worked out through you so the world can see what Jesus is really like. Amen? You understand that?
Jesus comes and does like this holy download in us. The minute that you receive Christ as your Savior, all these wonderful things are deposited in your spirit. You are a spirit, you have a soul, and you live in a body. When you go look at yourself in the mirror, you just see your body but boy, there's so much more to us than just that. There's thoughts, and feelings, and emotions, and motives, and desires, and all these things that go on in us that people can't see. And then even deeper than that is our spirit man and that's where we get revelation from God, intuition, that's where our conscience functions, that's where we fellowship with God, that's where we hear from God, where we're led by the Spirit.
So, lots of wonderful things going on inside you that you don't see when you look in the mirror. And the Bible tells us in 1 John 3, verse 9 that when we're born again, we receive the divine sperm of Almighty God, that's what the amplified Bible says. So, if you can handle this, we become pregnant with God, with Godliness. Now see, you're looking at me kind of odd. Well, we all know what sperm is, it's what happens when a husband plants his seed in his wife's womb.
Well, our spirit is like our womb and 1 John 3:9 says that we have planted in us the divine sperm of Almighty God and we cannot continue habitually, purposely sinning because the nature of God abides in us. I don't think you believe me. Well, here it is, "No one born of God deliberately, knowingly, and habitually practices sin". That doesn't mean we don't sin, but it says that you can't just be satisfied to just sit down with a sinful lifestyle and never change and just habitually knowingly, "Hey, I know I'm sinning and I don't care". You can't do that. "For God's nature abides in him, his principle of life, the divine sperm remains permanently within him and he cannot practice sinning because he's born of God".
So, how many of you know what happens when a woman gets pregnant? At first she's like real excited and she says, "I'm pregnant". And you're like, "Well, you don't look pregnant". Well, that's kind of what happens to a new born-again believer. They're excited because their sins are forgiven and they got all this stuff. And you're like, "I don't see any change". Amen? And sometimes what I've done, I didn't even plan to go this direction but sometimes what I've done is I'll bring several pregnant woman up on the platform that are pregnant at different stages.
And so, you got the little skinny person that weighs 93 pounds that says she's 4 months pregnant and you can't see a thing. And then you got maybe somebody that's 6 months pregnant and you're like, "Well, yeah, yeah, yeah". And then 7, and then 8, and then 9, and then maybe somebody that's overdue, you know? And see, as you continue walking with God, you will keep, now listen to me, keep giving birth to Godliness. Don't you love that? You'll just keep giving birth to more and more of the character qualities of Jesus. He's in us and he would never expect us to become like him if he didn't equip us with everything that we need to do that.
That would be foolish to say, "Now, you go behave right", if he didn't first give us righteousness. He couldn't say, "Be holy", if he didn't give us the seed of holiness on the inside of us. So, let me just tell ya something, dear beautiful, born-again believer, you have got everything that you need already on the inside of you. Some of ya aren't sure. You're like... No, you do. You have it. It's in you but it's in a seed form. Once again, when a woman becomes pregnant, a seed is planted in her and that seed has to be properly cared for, taken care of, nurtured, allowed to grow.
Well, we have the seed of Almighty God in us and as we water the seed with the Word of God, come on now, and as we get the sun of righteousness shining on us and we persist, little by little, the godly character qualities that God has put in us, the Fruit of the Spirit, the faith, all the things that God has invested in us grows, gets a little bigger, little bigger, little bigger, little bigger, little bigger, and then you come to giving birth.
Now, anybody who's ever given birth knows that sometimes it's not super comfortable. Amen? Even if a man, I mean I know as a man you've not given birth, but you surely watched somebody do it or you've seen a TV program and you're like, "What's with all the screaming"? Well, let me tell ya. And to be honest, and I'm just making some analogies here, sometimes in letting God change us to be what he wants us to be, there is some pain, there is some discomfort. And sometimes you gotta push. Amen? But I'm just telling you that once you get the baby, see when you're in labor you're like, "I am never doing this again"! I mean, right at that moment you hate your husband who got you pregnant. You're like, "You did this to me! I'm never doing this again".
Now, you know, you people today, you have all these little epidurals and all that stuff that where you don't feel nothing, but we didn't get one of those when I had my kids, let me tell ya. I mean, they wouldn't even let your husband in the room with ya and then Dave would say, "We had a baby". I'm like, "We didn't have nothin'". Whoo! My last son lacked 1 ounce weighing 10 pounds, we didn't have anything. And, you know, you just think you can't stand it but then you get the baby and it's like, "Oh. It was all worth it".
And, you know, I can look back at my own life and, you know, surely you can understand that to go through what I went through as a child or what many of you have gone through in your life, the different things that we encounter. I mean, I was pretty messed up and getting from where I was to where I am, it would be foolish for me to stand here and tell you it's been easy because it hasn't. But man, was it worth it. Boy, was it worth it.
So, I just want to give you a short encouragement this morning, don't give up. Keep watering your seed. Keep spending time with God. Let that sun shine on you. Be patient. You know, I carried all of my kids way over the due date and some of you feel like you are over your due date. You feel like you've been pregnant way too long. "Is anything ever gonna change? Am I ever gonna see the promises that I feel like that God has given me"? Yes. But some things take a little longer than other things do. No doctor could never tell me why I carried all my children almost 10 months, every one of them. Four and a half weeks, three and a half weeks was the least late I was with anyone and that was Sandra. One of them was almost 6 weeks overdue.
Now, they wouldn't let you do that today but back then, the doctors said, "It will come when it's ready". I mean, I had my clothes packed so long to go to the hospital that I had to unpack 'em, wash 'em, and repack 'em. They even took me to the hospital and tried to start my labor and we do that too sometimes, don't we? It's like, "I'm gonna make this happen". Come on, you know how it is. "I'm gonna be patient. I'm gonna be good. I'm gonna watch my mouth. I'm gonna think better thoughts. I'm gonna be less selfish". They had to send me back home. All I had was labor, no baby. Are you all tracking with me today?
And so, we try and we try and we try and we try and we try, and the thing we fail to do a lot of times is just believe. See, if I can get you to believe what I'm saying or if God can get you to believe, I probably can't ya to do anything. But if God can get you to believe that you already have everything in you that you need and get you to see yourself the way he sees you... You know what my goal is today? I want you to leave here feeling better about yourself. I want you to leave here seeing yourself the way God sees you, having the hope for yourself that God has for you, having the faith in you that God has in you and being in agreement with God that you can and will be and do everything that he says you can be and will do.
Let me tell ya something, nothing in life is right. Nothing feels right. Nothing works right until you know that you're right. Thank you for that one little... You're like, and I'm not talking about like right in all your opinions and, you know, right in everything you think and right in everything you say. I'm not talking about that. I'm talking until you know that you're right with God.
And let me tell ya something, when we know that we're right with God, I mean, really, really, really, know that God loves us and that we're right with him, and that he's got a place prepared for us, you can survive the rejection of other people. You can survive their criticism and their judgment. Because your worth and value is not tied up in what other people think. And I'm not saying that it doesn't hurt, but I'm saying it doesn't have to take you out, and flatten you in life, and cause you to be a failure, and be miserable your whole life. But I know that I'm right with God through the blood of Jesus Christ.
I've received that by faith and it's been such a part of me for so long now that I mean I like really believe it. I'm not just confessing it. I don't just think it. I mean, I like really believe that God is not mad at me today. I mean, I actually really believe that he likes me. And I really believe that he likes you. I really believe that. God's not mad at you today. "Oh, but Joyce, you know don't what I did before I got here". Let me tell ya something, if you're sorry you did it, the Bible says that the moment that we repent of our sins, God removes them as far as the east is from the west and he remembers them no more.
And I love what it says in Hebrews chapter 10 that he became the final sacrifice that would ever be needed to pay for our sins. He paid once and for all. Everybody gets in on it, never has to be done again and that there's no more, now get this, there's no more offering to be made as a sacrifice for sins. You know what that means? When I sin, I don't have to sacrifice, Jesus already sacrificed. One of the things I sacrificed for years was joy. I felt like I certainly didn't deserve to enjoy myself. People sacrificed prayer. They won't pray or if they do, they pray wimpy prayers. They don't pray bold prayers. People sacrifice thinking that God can use them in any kind of ministry if they haven't been real good all the time.
Well, let me tell ya something, if you would have seen the condition I was in when I first started teaching my first Bible study, I mean you would have went, "This is really stupid". I mean, you may have heard me tell this story but I started teaching the Bible wearing short shorts and blowin' smoke in everybody's face. I did. I mean, honey, just as short as I could get 'em. See, the honest to God truth was I didn't know any better. And I went to church all the time, all my friends did that. I mean, my pastor smoked, I smoked. You know, there wasn't nothing wrong with it.
Now, after a little bit, God started convicting me and if I wouldn't have obeyed him and put it down, not because it's any worse than overeating or lots of other things 'cause we're just talking about not doing damage to our body. I don't know why Christians have come up with the three biggies, smokin', cussin', drinkin'. It's like, "Well, do ya cuss, do ya smoke, do ya drink"? But my point is, is God will take you where you're at and help you get to where you need to be if you're willing to make the journey with him. Amen?