Joyce Meyer - I Will Not Fear
All right, now we're gonna talk about a few common fears that people deal with. You ready? I think this fear right here is a big one. I'm afraid i won't get what i want. I prayed, but i got a backup plan. And then I've got a backup plan for my backup plan.
And then, because i'm afraid that things might not turn out the way i want, i can even get really good at manipulating circumstances and people, trying to kinda make sure that i get what i want, just in case God doesn't see it my way. Come on, is anybody home out there tonight? That's what causes us all the problems.
James 4:1-2 says, "What leads to strife? What brings discord and feuds and fights? And where does all the quarreling come from?" And he said, "It arises from your sensual desires that are always warring in your bodily members." He's saying all the turmoil in our lives is from all the stuff that we want.
James 4:2, "You are jealous and you covet [what others have] and your desires go unfulfilled; so you become a murderer. Because to hate is to murder as far as your heart is concerned." And then he goes on to say you get angry, and you don't get what you want, and the beautiful answer is you have so, here's the plan.
Ask God for what you want, and trust Him to give you what you need. Come on, ask God for what you want and trust Him to give you what you need. Maybe i better just walk from person to person and say that.
How about a new way to pray? God, please don't ever give me anything that i ask You for if it's not gonna be the best thing for me and the best thing for Your Kingdom.
You know why? 'cause I'm well aware that i can ask for stuff that's not gonna work out good for me, right? And we're always gonna ask for no trouble, no problems, nothing but promotion, and comfort, and everything. How 'bout a little bit of, "Lord, if this is Your will."
All right, the second common fear that i think that we face a lot is the fear of failure, the fear of imperfection. Wow. Now, I tell you what, I mean, we've all got somewhat of a perfectionist in us, but there's some people who have it really bad. And it's really hard for people like that to ever get happy, because you can't be happy if you can't be happy with yourself. Amen?
You can't be happy if you can't be happy with yourself. And the only way you can ever be happy with yourself is if you learn that you have and always will have some imperfections.
Look at me and let me tell you something: You're always gonna make mistakes. But you know what? If you really wanna get the upper hand on the enemy, don't spend one more day of your life feeling condemned about something you did yesterday.