Be a Mouthpiece for God! 

If you can grasp an understanding of the power of the words you speak, it may just change the course of your life! Your mouth is a powerful tool, either for God or for the enemy. In other words, you can either speak positive, uplifting, encouraging things into existence in your life or produce negative, gloomy and discouraging things. 
Now, I don’t believe any of us want to be a mouthpiece for the devil. But the fact is, the mouth can be used for blessing or destruction, not only in our lives, but also in the lives of others. I’ve seen it in my own life. There was a time when pretty much everything I said was negative. 

But the Holy Spirit taught me how to use the creative power of the Word of God. I learned how to speak to the mountains rather than about the mountains in my life. What I mean is, I learned to apply the truth of His Word to my circumstances, and over time, I began to see positive and lasting results. 

The mouth is like a pen and your heart is like a tablet. When you say something over and over, it gets on the inside of you and becomes you. It’s not something you have to try to do anymore, it’s who you are. 

I’d much rather be a mouthpiece for God than the enemy. I want to speak His truth and enjoy my life. 

First Peter 3:10 says, “Let him who wants to enjoy life and see good days…keep his tongue free from evil and his lips from guile.” Do you want to enjoy life? Then use your mouth to speak the things of God into your life! 

Prayer Starter: Lord, I know that my mouth is a powerful tool that can be used for You or for the enemy. I submit my mouth to You. Show me how to speak Your truth into my life and into the lives of others.

from Joyce Meyer daily devotional 

  

Be Positive

Positive minds — minds full of faith and hope — produce positive lives. Negative minds — minds full of fear and doubt — produce negative lives. In Matthew 8:13, Jesus tells us that it will be done for us as we have believed. This doesn’t mean that you and I can get anything we want by just thinking about it. God has perfect plan for each of us, and we can’t control Him with our thoughts and words, but if we want His plan, we should think and speak in agreement with His will and plan for us.

I encourage you to think positively about your life and be thankful for the good things God is doing and going to do. Practice staying positive in every situation that arises; even if you’re going through a difficult situation, stand in faith, believing God will bring good out of it as He has promised in His Word.


Prayer of Thanks

Father, help me to keep my thoughts and my words focused on You. I thank You that You have good things in store for my life. I trust You today.



—from The Power of Being Thankful by Joyce Meyer

  

Faith to See Yourself Through God’s Eyes 

Whatever you’re facing in life, or whatever is coming in your future, God has already given you the faith for it. It may not look like it, and you may not feel like you have what it takes to overcome, but faith in God isn’t based on our circumstances or how we feel.
The enemy would like for you to believe that you don’t have a chance in life, that you’re too weak, too poor, too whatever. But God has a different view of you. God sees you through the eyes of love. He sees not what you can be, but what He has invested in you, not what you or others may see.

Seeing yourself the way God sees you leads to a life of overwhelming victory.

But it takes faith. You can’t just hear that God loves you and sees you as His child, you have to believe it. It takes faith to move forward and overcome the challenges of life. And faith does you no good if you don’t know how to release it. You have to release your faith in order for it to work. 

We release faith through our words, actions and, of course, through prayer. It’s up to us to act. 

First John 4:4 is a scripture we quote a lot, and almost anytime I say this verse in a church or meeting, everybody claps and cheers. But how many people really believe that “He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world?”

The truth is, the One in you is greater and He loves you. So stretch your faith today and see yourself the way God sees you. It doesn’t matter what the enemy wants you to see or how things might look. Our faith overcomes through the One who lives in us! 

Prayer Starter: God, I believe that You love me and that You have given me the power to overcome. As Your child, I will act on the faith You have given me every day, trusting in You and overcoming any obstacle that comes my way.
from Joyce Meyer daily devotional 

  

Living a Life of Blessing 

I believe that one of the greatest opportunities we have as Christians is to make a profound difference in the lives of others. Throughout my life of ministry, God has given me the opportunity to help many people who need guidance. 

But I don’t believe this is a special opportunity that God made just for me. Everyone, you included, has the ability to influence someone. When you take the time to reach out to others and invest in someone’s life, you are impacting the world…yours and theirs.

Galatians 6:10 tells us to “be mindful to be a blessing” to everyone God brings across our path. We are called to be a blessing and build up others in their faith, to not be afraid to reach out and to speak the truth in love.

I don’t believe God wants us to be mere spectators in life. He wants us to be people who really love others and care enough to be willing to pour into their lives. We need to build up others in Jesus’ name so they can grow and reach even more people.

Whether you know it or not, someone’s watching and looking up to you. People are influenced by the way you live and they need to see God’s love in your everyday actions.

At times we’ll make mistakes, and when we do we can thank God for His forgiveness, but we also have to realize that many times we may be the only evidence of God some people see.

Prayer Starter: God, every day there is another opportunity that You have given me to reach out, bless and influence someone else with Your love. I want to live a life of blessing toward others, showing them what it means to live a God-focused life.

from Joyce Meyer daily devotional

  

Love Shows Respect

  Render to all men their dues. . .respect to whom respect is due, and honor to ehom honor is due. –Romans 13:7

Love respects the differences in other people. A selfish person expects everyone to be just the way he is and to like whatever he likes, but love appreciates the differences we all have.

Respecting individual rights is very important. If God wanted us to be alike, He would not have given each of us a different set of fingerprints — we are all created equal, but we are still different. 

We all have different gifts and talents, different likes and dislikes, different goals in life — these tings make us unique, and we should be grateful for them. Love respects those differences. The person who loves has learned to give freedom to those he loves. Freedom is one of the greatest gifts we can give. It is what Jesus came to give us, and we must also give it to others.


Prayer of Thanks
I am thankful, Father, You created us all uniquely. Help me to value the differences of others, and help me to love them just like You do. 

—from The Power of Being Thankful by Joyce Meyer

    

  

Fuel for Even Greater Determination

For a righteous man falls seven times and rises again. –Proverbs 24:16

When people try something, but are unsuccessful, one of the primary reasons they give up is that they feel like “a failure.” The truth is we are never a failure unless we give up. Even though we do our best, we all have times when things just don’t work out the way we hope they will. We may fail at one thing, or even a few things, but that certainly does not make us failures in life.

Believe it or not, we should actually be grateful  for the failures we encounter because they help prepare us for future success. Failing at some things humbles us and teaches us the lessons we need to learn for the next challenge ahead of us. You don’t have to feel defeated from failure; think of failure a fuel for greater determination and success in the future.

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Prayer of Thanks
Father, when I am in a difficult situation and tempted to give up, help me to remember that You are with me. Thank You that You give me the strength and determination to keep going. And thank You that no matter what happens, I know You have a good plan for my life.



—from The Power of Being Thankful by Joyce Meyer

  

Created for a Purpose

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”     – ‭Jeremiah‬ ‭29:11‬ ‭NIV‬‬

As children of God, one of the things we can be grateful for is the knowledge that God has destined us to do great things. He created you for a purpose. He has opportunities He wants to give you and assignments He wants to entrust you.
I’m sure you’ve realized by this point in your life that you will face opposition as you follow God. People who are called to greatness meet great challenges. God never promised us it would be easy. In fact, He guarantees we will have adversity in this world (see John 16:33). But He also promises to be with us through difficulties, to fight on our behalf, and to strengthen us to overcome any obstacle we confront.

No matter what comes your way, keep following the Lord in faith and with a grateful heart, knowing that Hes has destined you to do great things for His glory. 

Prayer of Thanks
I thank You, God that You have given me a hope and a future. Help me to follow Your leading and walk in my destiny. I trust Your guidance, and I am thankful for Your presence and power in my life.

 
 —from Joyce Meyer daily devotional, The Power of Being Thankful



 

Let the Holy Spirit Take You from ‘Doing’ to ‘Being’ 

I remember when I was a born-again Christian who was actively involved in church life, but I was not getting victory over my problems. I thought that if I acted like a Christian and looked like I had my act together, I would be happy. But doing the right thing wasn’t enough. I needed a change on the inside. 
Acts 1:8 speaks of receiving God’s power to be His witnesses. Notice it does not say to do witnessing but to be witnesses. Doing is a different thing than being. I had my outside polished up, but my inner life was a wreck. Quite often the inner turmoil exploded, and then everybody could see I wasn’t quite what I appeared to be. 

Thankfully, I came to the point where I was desperate for a move of God in my life and knew there had to be more than what I had experienced in my relationship with Him. As I cried out to Him in prayer for help, He touched my life in a powerful way, and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit gave me a real love for God and His Word and like never before. Now I was no longer faking it. 

I encourage you to receive this same Holy Spirit power. Let Him take you from ‘doing’ to ‘being.’. 

Prayer Starter: Holy Spirit, give me Your power so that I can go from ‘doing’ to ‘being.’. I want to love and follow You from the core of who I am.

from Joyce Meyer daily devotional 

  

The Best Way to Start the Day 

How do you start your day? Do you hurriedly get out of bed and barely make it out the door on time? Do you turn on the TV? Do you go exercise? Whatever your morning routine may be, the most important question you need to ask yourself is, “What role does God play when I start my day?” 
It took me a lot of years to figure this out, but I now know that the very best way to start my day is by giving thanks to God for what He’s done for me and asking Him how I can be a blessing to other people. 

I encourage you to spend time each morning focusing on the good things God has done in your life. Think about the dangers and difficulties He’s brought you through, the ways He’s healed you and changed you, and how good it is to know He cares for you and hears your prayers. 

When you learn to set your mind on God each morning, He’ll give you all the peace and joy you need to live for Him as you go about the rest of your day. 

Prayer Starter: Lord, I make a decision today to pursue You first thing when I get up every morning. Nothing is more important than seeking You and receiving Your peace and joy.

from Joyce Meyer daily devotional