Awesome as usual, I walked across the street to Phoenix First Assembly to see Joyce Meyer 3 out of the 4 sessions. What was also great was being able to finally connect with a college friend of mine (college in VT) who lives in my same neighborhood.
Last year, I wrote a series of articles on each of the sessions. This time I’m just going to share my notes. As always, i come out of these sessions pumped up for the Lord and determined to change for the better.
One thing about Joyce is that she doesn’t hold anything back. She’s also a trooper. Her first night in Phoenix, she developed an abscessed tooth and had to wait to have it fixed till she got back home. But, in pain and with a swollen cheek, she taught her sessions not missing a beat.
Note: Joyce always reads from the Amplified Bible which adds insights to certain words and phrases and helps in better understanding scripture. I’m switching to that versions so all bible verses that pop up are from there.
The theme this time was Strife – how to deal with it, get over it and avoid it.
Strife is defined as bickering, arguing, disagreement – an angry undercurrent. As Christians, we encounter strife often – at home, at work – out in the world. We cannot just take up space in a pew. Stop just hearing the message and do it!
Keep strife out of your life. Resolve the problem.
As Christians, we need to carry an anointing from God. Do what you do with excellence. Always be a person of integrity – be honest and keep your word.
We that call ourselves “children of God” should not live in anger.
One of the signs of the end times is the body of God growing cold.
It’s impossible to be angry and have the Love of God.
Humility of Mind – have a great opinion of other people.
Ask God to “Teach you through everybody.”
Take responsibility for how we respond to other people.
We need to pray to be Christlike.
God wants us to grow.
We can receive conviction and not have condemnation.
1 Corinthians 3:1-3
We are nothing without God.
People can’t help being the way the are.
Let the love of God flow through you.
Stop pretending that everything’s OK. We can’t prosper where there is no peace. Treat strife like poison.
There’s power in agreement – there’s discourse in disagreement.
If God says not to do it, we need to make a commitment to not do it.
Our words should be drenched with the anointing of God. 1 Peter 3:10-11
1 Corinthians 10:9-10
Look at the Jews – they were on an 11-day journey that took 40 years – they complained when God didn’t give them what they wanted.
Stop trying to figure it out. Have peace with yourself.
You need to be able to take correction.
When You’re condemned, you’re pressed down so you can’t press forward.
We can’t always do something about other people but we can control how we react (WWJD?)
Wear the breastplate of God’s approval. Philippians 1:27
God’s not surprised by your weakness.
Give each individual the right to be who they are -which is different from you.
You are much more than your opinion.
- Be courteous and respectful
- Listen with an open mind
- Be willing to pray about what they said
- Don’t be touchy and easily offended
- Keep looking for a place that you agree about than harping on what you don’t agree.
- Be careful about voice tones and body language
- Pick the right time to confront someone
- Get over being selfish
Pray daily: “Fill me to overflowing with the power of the Holy Spirit.”
If we really trust God, there is no need to ever be jealous of anyone.
If we can never be happy for other people who get what we want before we do, we will never get what we want.
If it’s right for you and you’re mature enough to handle it – God will grant it.
Character is developed when we don’t get what we want. (How true)
How consistently content are you?
Fight jealousy by showing love.
It’s easy to resent – to become judgmental – to slander.
Don’t be jealous of any one who has what you want if you don’t want to do what they did to get it.
We don’t trust God’s providence 100% in our hearts.
Works of the flesh – when we try to do what only God can do.
What you really need is to be closer to God. Enjoy God.
Don’t give the devil much credit. The Devil will leave you alone if you’re 100% on fire for Jesus.
God doesn’t give us a timetable (“in due time”).
Trust God and be a blessing wherever you go.
God wants you to be blessed.
If you do what you can do no matter how small, God will always do what you can’t do. God is able.
If God wants you to do it, you’ll do it.
Giving up is easy. You don’t need the power of the Holy Spirit to give up.
Soli Deo Gloria
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