Joyce Meyer: Real Change Starts With This Basic Step

by | Mar 21, 2019 | Blogs, Straight Talk

We all have areas where we would like to see growth and change. And we all have weaknesses just as we all have strengths. But if we’re trying to change in our own strength, we’re just going to have frustration.

Psalm 127:1 (NIV) says, “Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain.” This scripture is saying that it is not just by our effort, but by the grace of God through the work of His Holy Spirit, that we change and grow in life.

It doesn’t really matter what our strengths or weaknesses are, because we will always need God. The truth is, we’re desperate for God all the time whether we feel like it or not. And God promises us in 2 Corinthians 12:9a, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” God wants us to give Him everything we are—and everything we’re not—so His strength can be made perfect in us.

The First Step to Real Change

When we’re ready to experience change, we usually set our minds to do something about it or make something happen. But in John 6:28-29, when the disciples asked Jesus, “What must we do to do the works God requires?” Jesus told them, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.”

The first thing we need to do is just believe, because it’s not by our own effort that we are changed. As believers in Jesus Christ, we have the Holy Spirit living in our spirit. And He will do in us and through us what needs to be done if we will just stop trying to do it ourselves.

Believing is spiritual activity, and the level of peace and internal rest we experience reveal how much we’re living by faith in God. Hebrews 4:3a (AMP) says, “For we who believe [that is, we who personally trust and confidently rely on God] enter that rest.”

God’s rest is a rest in our soul that says, “I’m not worried … I’m not frustrated … I’m not upset … I’ve entered the rest of God.” It’s not a rest from work; it’s a rest we have in work.

Follow God’s Lead

Next, do what God leads you to do. As you do your part, God will do His part. For example, if you’ve hurt someone and He prompts you to apologize, do it. Then trust Him with the results. That person might not be willing to forgive, but that’s not the point. Your part is to obey the leading of the Holy Spirit in your life. The way the other person chooses to respond is between them and God. Do what He tells you and leave the results to Him.

Obedience to God is critical to having breakthrough when we’re facing issues in our lives. We just need to make sure we’re following God’s plan, not our own. We can only do what He empowers us to do, and it’s pointless to try to do what only God can do. All things are possible with God (see Matt. 19:26), but we have to get out of His way and let Him be God.

We also need to spend time with God and study His Word. The Word of God is the medicine we need for every problem we face, and the greater the need, the more time we need to spend with God. When I made a firm decision to pray and study the Word in areas I was weak in until the truth made me strong, God’s grace then gave me the power I needed to overcome the things I needed to overcome.

Hebrews 4:12 says that the Word of God is alive and full of power. When we receive teaching from the Word of God, it’s like medicine for our soul.

Approach the Word of God with your heart wide open to Him, believing His Word has the power to change your soul. Second Corinthians 3:18 says that as we look into the Word of God, we are changed into His image—we are changed by the grace and mercy of God.

It’s so amazing to know that God wants to help us change by His grace because He loves us and He wants us to be everything He’s created us to be. All we have to do is ask Him for His help and exchange our trying for trusting Him.

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

This Coach Can Help You Destroy Your Addiction to Pornography

This Coach Can Help You Destroy Your Addiction to Pornography

Let’s talk about a subject most people want to avoid. Let’s talk about pornography. According to Covenant Eyes, statistics show that 28,258 users are watching pornography every second, and 20% of mobile online searches are for porn. Among Christians, 20% of youth...

The Real Truth About the Marriage of Politics and Faith

The Real Truth About the Marriage of Politics and Faith

As I look back, I realize that God has given me a career path with some rather unique experiences. I have built bridges at the intersection of faith and government my whole life, and I have learned that serving people through a role in government can be just as...

Joyce Meyer: Winning the Battle Against Satan in Your Mind

Joyce Meyer: Winning the Battle Against Satan in Your Mind

If you have received Christ as your Savior, then you have an enemy. Did you know that? I know some people feel uncomfortable talking about the devil, but he is real and it’s important for us to face the truth about him so we can have a victorious life in Christ. Now,...

It’s Time to Rebuild Love and Unity in the Church—Part 2

It’s Time to Rebuild Love and Unity in the Church—Part 2

Note: As we move towards Yom Kippur/Day of Atonement, Grant Berry, a Messianic believer, speaks about the deeper repentance needed in the Messianic part of the family. As you have read part one of this article during the month of Av and are now reading part two in the...

Will Many of the Elect Really Be Deceived by the Antichrist?

Will Many of the Elect Really Be Deceived by the Antichrist?

The most sobering and troubling statement in the Olivet Discourse is where Jesus says, “For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect” (Matt. 24:24). This statement cries out for an...

Prophetic Lessons in the Hurricane-Force Storms of Life

Prophetic Lessons in the Hurricane-Force Storms of Life

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qe34pxhddd4 With Hurricane Ian slamming Florida, it's a time to reflect on the storms of life. As I was preparing for the hurricane, I documented some thoughts about standing strong in the storms of life. Whether you're dealing with a...

RECENT ARTICLES

Why God Cares About Your Physical Health

God doesn’t care if I am fat. He wants me to enjoy my life. He wants me to live, love and be happy. Food makes me happy so I’m just doing what He wants me to do. That was just an excuse and at its...
Mario Murillo Sends Special Urgent Message to Kingdom Leaders

Mario Murillo Sends Special Urgent Message to Kingdom Leaders

Attention. Several hundred leaders are registered for our special brunch on Saturday, Oct. 1 at 10 a.m. Seats are filling up and we must give our host a final number of meals to prepare. Please do not wait. Make your reservation now for this free brunch. I have a very...

How to Position Yourself to Receive the Issachar Anointing

How to Position Yourself to Receive the Issachar Anointing

The key to being positioned to receive the Issachar anointing has to do with timing and seasons. Those who carry the Issachar anointing understand the times and seasons we are in. They have discernment and knowledge, enabling them to lead well. They seek the wisdom of...

An Unborn Baby’s Heart Is Beating—Stop Denying It

An Unborn Baby’s Heart Is Beating—Stop Denying It

Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams turned heads last week in Atlanta when she defiantly announced during a political event that an unborn baby doesn’t have a heartbeat at six weeks gestation. “There is no such thing as a heartbeat at six weeks,” said...

Prophecy: We Are in a Season of Blessings

Prophecy: We Are in a Season of Blessings

We are kingdom citizens, and not of this world. We don’t abide by this world’s economy and the natural things that happen. Repeatedly, over the last four weeks, I’ve been hearing not to look at the circumstances of this world. We are not of this world. Get your eyes...

What Praises of Thanksgiving Mean for Your Soul

What Praises of Thanksgiving Mean for Your Soul

We tend to think of gratitude as an obligation as opposed to a weapon of warfare. A nicety, not a ferocious force for transformation. We are wrong. From our earliest days we are trained that polite people say “thank you.” Certainly, this is true and proper. Those of...

Pin It on Pinterest