Joyce Meyer - Thoughts And Behavior

Are your thoughts helping you walk in the freedom that Christ died to give you? Or are they keeping you in bondage to perhaps your past? Watch this teaching on how thoughts and behavior are related, and later I'll answer some of your questions on this important topic.

Philippians 4:5, Paul said to the Philippians, "Live unselfishly, for the Lord is near". I love that. That was why he's saying, "Okay, straighten up. It's time to get it right. It's time to quit making excuses. It's time to quit being silly. It's time to get off the fence. It's time to be red hot, on fire. The Lord is near".

He's near, He's coming soon. If there's ever been a time to get very serious about our walk with God, this is the time. And I'll just tell you this.

There's a lot of people in the world that, yes, they love God, but they're not serious about their walk with God. And we're going to say that's none of you, it's only the people watching by TV. Yeah, you were watching it before you got here, and you're going to go home watching some more, amen?

Colossians 3:2, "Set your mind and keep it set". Make your mind up. Make your mind up to take better care of yourself. Make your mind up to improve your health. You want me to meddle for a few minutes? Make your mind up to stop living on junk food. You sure you want me to meddle?

You say, "Well, what does this have to do with the Bible?" It has a lot to do with the Bible. God even tells us what to eat and what not to eat in the Bible. And Paul said, "I buffet my body". He did not say, "I buffet [buh-fey] my body". The Bible says that we're supposed to bear the fruit of the Spirit. You will know them by their fruit.

Just kindness is so amazing, so amazing. Patience is so amazing. I got a ways to go with that. Patience is so amazing, and I have it in me. I'm pregnant with patience. I just haven't fully given birth yet.

How many of you are pregnant with some few things you haven't fully given birth to yet? But we're going to bear down and push. You know, the Holy Ghost says, "Come on, honey, you can do it. Set your mind and keep it set.

Ephesians 4:22, "Strip yourselves of your former nature [put off and discard your old unrenewed self] which characterized your previous manner of life and becomes corrupt through lusts and desires that spring from delusion. And be constantly renewed in the spirit of your mind [having a fresh mental and spiritual attitude] and put on the new nature (the regenerate self) created in God's image".

So, what's this saying? Put OFF the old man, put ON the new man. And the way you do it is through continually, day after day, renewing your mind and your attitude. Okay, now listen. I could do this for another 2 hours, but we don't have the time, and so I'm going to try to wrap this up for you real quick.

You want to change, I want to change, but behavior modification does not come through struggle and effort. Although we do need to make a decision, we cannot do it without God's help. And actually, He is the One who changes us. And when we change, He should be the One that gets all the credit and all the glory.

But nonetheless, we do have to want it. And we do have to be willing sometimes to sacrifice or to maybe go through a few things that are not real easy in order to get it. You know, God getting us to do things his way sometimes takes a little bit of dealing with us in our life.

God told Jonah to go to Nineveh, he went to Tarshish. He got on a ship, he was going to get as far away from God as he could. Lo and behold, a big storm comes up. The storm got so bad that the men threw him overboard. God prepared a big fish to swallow him. Three days and nights, he's in the belly of the fish. Well, he got tired of that real quick, and he prayed. And the fish spit him out. And God showed up again and said the same thing to him that He did before his bad trip, "Go to Nineveh".

So, we can do this the easy way or the hard way. You can go to the fish's belly before you to go to Nineveh, or you can just do it the first time that God says to do it, amen?

How many of you have been wrestling with God about something, just trying to get Him to change His mind, just, "This is too hard, I can't do this"? Most of the room. Okay, look at me and let me tell you something. God's going to get His way. And you can make it hard or easy. That's the bottom line. God's going to get His way, you can make it hard or easy.
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