Joyce Meyer: How to Make God’s Plans Your Reality

by | Jul 19, 2018 | Blogs, Straight Talk

As believers in Jesus Christ, we are joint heirs with Him. This means that everything that is His also belongs to us, and every promise God gives in His Word is for us (Rom. 8:17). But I’ve learned that it’s one thing to take God’s promises by faith and another to actually experience them.

The story of the Israelites in the wilderness is a good example for us regarding this principle. They were slaves in Egypt when God sent Moses to deliver them from Pharaoh and lead them to the promised land He had for them. They had to go through a wilderness to get there, and Deuteronomy 1:2 (AMP) says, “It is [only] eleven days’ journey from Horeb…to Kadesh-barnea [on Canaan’s border; yet Israel wandered in the wilderness for forty years before crossing the border and entering Canaan, the promised land].”

It’s tragic that it took the Israelites 40 long, miserable years to reach their destination, and even sadder that in the end, only a small number entered in to the land, along with Joshua and Caleb.

It’s easy to shake our heads and wonder how it could have taken them so long to get to their desired destination. But the truth is many of us have wandered around in our own wilderness, going around the same mountains over and over for far too long.

Just like the Israelites were slaves in Egypt, we were slaves to sin before we accepted Christ as our Savior. And just like the Israelites were stuck in the wilderness after they were delivered from slavery, many Christians are still living as if they’ve not been delivered from their sin, even though Christ has done everything that was needed to set them free from it once and for all (2 Cor. 5:17-21).

Now the Israelites had enemies—the Amorites, Hittites, Perizzites, Canaanites, Hivites and the Jebusites—and they thought they were the problem. But we see in Scripture that in reality, it was not the Israelites’ enemies that kept them from the promised land because God was on their side.

The problem was their wrong mindsets and attitudes. They were often negative and complained, and they focused on their circumstances instead of God.

The same principle is true for us. We can’t have victory over sin while we think we are still in bondage to it. No matter what our “bondage” may be—an addiction, insecurity, fear, overeating and so forth—Jesus’ blood cleanses us and sets us free from it all. That doesn’t mean we won’t have to walk through a process to experience total deliverance, but it does mean that in Christ, we have everything we need to do our part to walk it out.

Romans 6:2b (ESV) says, “How can we who died to sin still live in it?” This verse is talking about how through faith in Christ, we become dead to sin and alive to God’s righteousness.

The key to this process is found in Romans 6:11 (AMP), which says, “Consider yourselves to be dead to sin [and your relationship to it broken], but alive to God [in unbroken fellowship with Him] in Christ Jesus.”

I love that this says “consider,” because this term indicates a process of your mind. We must see ourselves as dead to sin and believe it, not because of what we’ve done or can do but because of who Jesus is and what He has done for us!

We tend to be afraid of sin or just think that it’s too hard to overcome it, so we stay trapped in it. But through Christ, we can control our thinking and shake off the “wilderness mindsets” that hold us back from the promised land God has for us.

Start by taking an inventory of your thoughts. Think about what you’re thinking about, because where the mind goes, the man follows (Prov. 23:7). Pray and ask God to help you identify thoughts that don’t line up with His Word. Then study scriptures that will refute them and renew your mind with Truth.

2 Corinthians 10:4-5 (ESV) says, “The weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ.” And Romans 12:2a says we are “transformed by the renewal of [our] mind.”

The battle to live the life God created you to live is fought in your mind, through arguments and lofty opinions that don’t agree with Him. But if you will be a diligent student of God’s Word, studying and meditating on the truth it reveals, you’ll begin to think a completely different way. And you’ll make progress little by little each day that gets you closer to your promised land.

CHARISMA NEWSLETTERS

Stay up-to-date with current issues, Christian teachings, entertainment news, videos & more.

The latest breaking Christian news you need to know about as soon as it happens.

Prophetic messages from respected leaders & news of how God is moving throughout the world. 


MORE FROM CHARISMA

Prophetic Words: End of Year Prophecies to Guide You into 2023

Prophetic Words: End of Year Prophecies to Guide You into 2023

Chris Reed's Prophetic Word Over China: Unprecedented mass protests are unfolding right now across China. The country is seeing the largest pushback in decades, following their "zero COVID strategy" still in place today. China's Communist Party has continued to...

Declaring a Great Awakening Among Prodigals

Declaring a Great Awakening Among Prodigals

Read Time: 1 Minute 23 Seconds It’s a shocking statistic! More than 80 and up to 90% of children who grow up in church are leaving the church once they reach 18. Sadly, only 40% return, according to Focus on the Family. I believe, with prayer, we can defy those...

Bible Verse of the Day, Dec. 8th: Advent Season, Isaiah 11:1-10

Bible Verse of the Day, Dec. 8th: Advent Season, Isaiah 11:1-10

Isaiah 11:1-10 And there shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots. The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and of the...

Marilyn Hickey: God Can Heal Your Emotional Wounds

Marilyn Hickey: God Can Heal Your Emotional Wounds

Read Time: 2 Minutes 2 Seconds Have you ever broken a bone? If so, you know what it’s like to go through a painful healing process. Consider what that might feel like in the spiritual realm. Sometimes we can get broken in various ways in life, but God wants to “set”...

COGIC Bishop Derrick Hutchins Sr. Dies at 65

COGIC Bishop Derrick Hutchins Sr. Dies at 65

Read Time: 1 Minute 59 Seconds Bishop J. Drew Sheard and the General Board of the Eastern Florida Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction of the Church of God in Christ announced Tuesday the death of one of its most beloved leaders, Bishop Derrick Hutchins Sr. Hutchins was 65....

RECENT ARTICLES

Don’t Criticize Charismatics

They are saying the charismatic movement is divisive. Whenever people get involved in the "new emphasis," there are disruptions in the status quo. Red flags go up. Lines are drawn. I would ask: What...
Jonathan Cahn Reveals the Mystery of the Molten Beast

Jonathan Cahn Reveals the Mystery of the Molten Beast

Read Time: 6 Minutes, 42 Seconds Is it possible that ancient entities known as "the gods" have returned to our world? Could these gods actually be the unseen movers and catalysts of what's happening in America and the world today? Could they lie behind the current...

Shining the Light of Jesus in Hollywood’s Darkness

Shining the Light of Jesus in Hollywood’s Darkness

Read Time: 3 Minutes 37 Seconds Most made-for-TV Christmas movies are like eggnog and sugar cookies—way too sweet, yet extremely addictive for a lot of viewers. But these Hallmark-style movies—the ones with predictable love stories that always end with jingling bells...

Prophecy: Goodness Is Following You, Turn and See

Prophecy: Goodness Is Following You, Turn and See

Read Time: 1 Minute 51 Seconds At a recent gathering where a member was struggling, I heard and declared by the Spirit of the Lord, “Goodness is following you, TURN and see; embrace His goodness in this moment and watch the shift!” There was an immediate shift and...

Man Who Spent 23 Minutes in Hell: You Came From God

Man Who Spent 23 Minutes in Hell: You Came From God

Read Time: 2 Minutes 25 Seconds If you search the phrase, “where does life come from?” the first explanation reads: “The origin of life is a result of a supernatural event—and readily arises from nonliving matter in short periods of time, today as in the past.” The...

Raise Your Praise!

Raise Your Praise!

These are the days that may leave you feeling defeated. You may be wondering when these present trials will end or how can you strengthen your faith for the battle as you wrestle against powers and principalities that come against you, in addition to the challenges...

Pin It on Pinterest