Joyce Meyer Talks
Power Thoughts, Life
Are fears holding you back from a more intimate relationship with God? Roll up your sleeves and prepare to challenge yourself with author and evangelist Joyce Meyer, who talked candidly on ways to overcome these struggles in her book “Power Thoughts.” How is she off the stage, you might ask? Decide for yourself. The out-spoken preacher explained that she practices what she preaches in her everyday life.
BY: Corine Gatti
You talk about staying right with God in your book. How important is it to stay right with Him?
One thing that comes to my mind is what the apostle Paul said that “I strive always to keep my conscience clear before God and man [Acts 24:16].” So Paul was basically saying one of the most important things to him was keeping his conscience clean and not trying to function in a relationship with God where he was feeling guilty most of the time about things he was doing, and [the] choices he was making. We have a conscience. Our conscience can either be our best friend or our worst enemy. If people would stop doing things that they don’t have peace about or doing things that their conscience is telling them it’s not right, that in itself would give them a more peaceful and right relationship with God.
How has revamping your thinking changed your life and helped you stay the course with the pressure of having a world-wide ministry?
I spend the first couple of hours a day in the word, praying. You know when I say “praying” I don’t want to give the impression that I’m on my knees for the first two hours everyday. But I communicate with God, talk with Him. I read. I might even write something in my journal. Just like a person that gets hungry and eats breakfast until they’re full--I can tell for me when I’m full spiritually. Then I’m kind of released to go on with my day. We need to come to Him for what He is, not what only He can do for us. Eventually we need to learn that He’s our life. I think some people in ministry make a big mistake that everything they do is to give out, give out. If you’re empty you have nothing to give. I have to make sure that I stay right with God. I tell people all the time [that] I spend a lot of time to keep myself right with God because I have nothing to give to them if I’m a mess.