How to Overcome Disappointment and Discouragement - Part 2 - Enjoying Everyday Life

How to Overcome Disappointment and Discouragement - Part 2 - Enjoying Everyday Life
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    ANNOUNCER: THIS PROGRAM HAS BEEN MADE POSSIBLE BY
    THE FRIENDS AND PARTNERS OF JOYCE MEYER MINISTRIES.
    JOYCE: BUT JESUS IS THE SOLUTION TO SIN.
    AND IT'S NOT GONNA HELP US TO STAY IN A PIT THAT WE GOT INTO
    WHEN GOD IS OFFERING US A WAY TO GET OUT.
    [MUSIC]
    JOYCE: DAVID WAS GOD'S BELOVED.
    HE WAS CALLED GOD'S BELOVED.
    AND WE'RE GONNA TAKE A DETAILED LOOK AT DAVID'S SIN WITH
    BATHSHEBA AND I THINK THAT YOU WILL UNDERSTAND IT AND BE MORE
    AMAZED AT GOD'S MERCY THAN MAYBE EVER BEFORE.
    2 SAMUEL 11, VERSE 1: "THEN IT HAPPENED IN THE SPRING, AT
    THE TIME WHEN KINGS GO OUT TO BATTLE, THAT DAVID SENT JOAB
    AND HIS SERVANTS WITH HIM AND ALL THE FIGHTING MEN OF ISRAEL,
    AND THEY DESTROYED THE AMMONITES AND BESIEGED RABBAH.
    BUT DAVID REMAINED IN JERUSALEM."
    NOW THERE'S A MESSAGE JUST IN THIS BECAUSE IT WAS THE TIME
    WHEN KINGS GO TO BATTLE BUT DAVID STAYED HOME.
    HE SENT EVERYBODY ELSE AND HE STAYED HOME.
    DO YOU KNOW SOMETHING?
    SOMETIMES, YOU CAN KEEP YOURSELF OUT OF TROUBLE JUST BY BEING
    WHERE YOU OUGHT TO BE WHEN YOU OUGHT TO BE THERE.
    [AUDIENCE APPLAUDING]
    JOYCE: IF YOU OUGHT TO BE IN CHURCH ON SUNDAY MORNING--
    [AUDIENCE APPLAUDING]
    JOYCE: C'MON, I WONDER HOW MANY PEOPLE FULLY INTENDED THIS,
    SAY, I DON'T KNOW, MAYBE COME BACK TO THIS AFTERNOON'S SESSION
    AND, I DON'T KNOW, MAYBE THEY HAD ONE DOUGHNUT TOO MANY AND
    GOT TIRED IN BETWEEN AND DECIDED TO GO HOME.
    WELL, I DON'T KNOW, MAYBE THEY'LL END UP IN SOME KIND OF
    MESS THIS AFTERNOON, TAKE SOME KIND OF TEMPTATION, AND IF THEY
    WERE SUPPOSED TO BE HERE, IF THEY WOULD HAVE BEEN WHERE THEY
    WERE SUPPOSED TO BE WHEN THEY WERE SUPPOSED TO BE HERE, THEN
    THEY COULD HAVE MISSED THAT WHOLE THING.
    IT'S IMPORTANT TO JUST BE WHERE YOU OUGHT TO BE WHEN YOU OUGHT
    TO BE THERE, RIGHT?
    HOW MANY OF YOU OUGHT TO BE SPENDING TIME WITH GOD EVERY
    MORNING BEFORE YOU GO OUT THE DOOR TO GO AND DO ANYTHING ELSE?
    [AUDIENCE APPLAUDING]
    JOYCE: DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA HOW MUCH TROUBLE IT WILL SAVE
    YOU DURING THE DAY IF YOU'RE WHERE YOU OUGHT TO BE EVERY
    MORNING FOR A CERTAIN PERIOD OF TIME?
    I DON'T CARE IF IT'S JUST FIVE MINUTES.
    START YOUR DAY WITH GOD.
    DON'T TRY TO START ON YOUR OWN BECAUSE IF YOU START ON YOUR OWN
    YOU'RE NOT GONNA LIKE THE WAY THE REST OF IT TURNS OUT.
    OUR STRENGTH IS FOUND IN GOD.
    "SO ONE EVENING," VERSE 2, "DAVID GOT UP FROM HIS COUCH
    AND WAS WALKING ON THE FLAT ROOF OF THE KING'S PALACE, AND FROM
    THERE HE SAW A WOMAN BATHING."
    I'VE NEVER TAKEN A BATH ON THE ROOF BUT APPARENTLY
    THEY DID THEN.
    [AUDIENCE LAUGHING]
    JOYCE: I GUESS IT WAS A COOL PLACE TO TAKE A BATH,
    I DON'T KNOW.
    "AND SHE WAS BEAUTIFUL IN APPEARANCE."
    NOW, I DON'T KNOW, MAYBE DAVID KNEW THAT LADIES TOOK BATHS ON
    ROOFS AND MAYBE THAT'S WHY HE WENT TO TAKE A WALK ON THE ROOF,
    I DON'T KNOW, BUT NEITHER HAVE I EVER TAKEN A WALK ON THE ROOF SO
    THERE MAY BE SOME THINGS GOING ON HERE BEYOND WHAT WE
    RECOGNIZE.
    "NOW DAVID SENT WORD AND INQUIRED ABOUT THE WOMAN,
    AND SOMEONE SAID, 'WELL, IS THIS NOT BATHSHEBA,
    THE DAUGHTER OF ELIAM, THE WIFE OF URIAH THE HITTITE?'"
    SO THERE'S NO DECEPTION HERE.
    DAVID KNOWS SHE'S MARRIED.
    HE KNOWS THAT SHE BELONGS TO SOMEBODY ELSE.
    HE'S NOT WHERE HE SHOULD BE.
    HE WASN'T OUT IN BATTLE AT THE TIME OF THE YEAR WHEN KINGS
    GO TO BATTLE.
    HE STAYED HOME.
    HE WAS ON HIS ROOF, LOOKING AT HER ROOF, I DON'T KNOW.
    WE'LL JUST LEAVE THAT UP TO YOU AND THE HOLY SPIRIT.
    [AUDIENCE LAUGHING]
    JOYCE: NOW, I FOUND VERSE 4 TO BE INTERESTING.
    "DAVID SENT MESSENGERS, AND TOOK HER."
    HMM, WONDER WHAT THAT MEANS.
    WELL, IT DOESN'T SAY THAT IT WAS CONSENSUAL.
    SAYS HE TOOK HER.
    DOESN'T SOUND TOO GOOD TO ME.
    SOUNDS TO ME LIKE AN ABUSE OF HIS POWER.
    "WHEN SHE CAME TO HIM, HE LAY WITH HER AND WHEN SHE WAS
    PURIFIED FROM HER UNCLEANNESS," SO HERE THEY'RE LIVING UNDER THE
    LAWS OF THE DAY AND APPARENTLY, IN THIS SITUATION, HER AS
    A MARRIED WOMAN HAVING SEX WITH HIM RENDERED HER UNCLEAN AND SO
    SHE HAD TO GO THROUGH THE RITES OF PURIFICATION BEFORE SHE WENT
    BACK HOME.
    WELL, GUESS WHAT, YOUR SIN ALWAYS FINDS YOU OUT.
    "THE WOMAN CONCEIVED, AND SENT WORD AND SAID, 'I'M PREGNANT.'"
    UH-OH.
    NOW, I WANT YOU TO WATCH THE DEPTH OF DEPRAVITY THAT DAVID,
    THE BELOVED OF GOD, FALLS INTO IN THIS SITUATION.
    WHAT WAS HIS WEAKNESS?
    LUST.
    WASN'T FEAR.
    WASN'T ANGER.
    IT WAS LUST.
    THE DEVIL PICKS ON DIFFERENT PEOPLE IN DIFFERENT WAYS.
    AND LET ME TELL YOU SOMETHING, YOU NEED TO KNOW YOURSELF AND
    YOU NEED TO DO EVERYTHING THAT YOU CAN TO STRENGTHEN YOURSELF
    IN AREAS WHERE YOU'RE WEAK.
    C'MON NOW.
    [AUDIENCE APPLAUDING]
    JOYCE: LET ME TELL YOU, IF YOU'RE--IF YOU'RE A MAN OR A
    WOMAN AND YOU'RE TEMPTED IN THAT WAY, YOU'VE GOT A LOVELY FAMILY
    AND YOU DON'T WANNA DO ANYTHING TO MESS IT UP, YOU'VE MADE
    MISTAKES IN THE PAST, YOU WORK IN A PLACE WHERE THERE'S A LOT
    OF GOOD-LOOKING MEN OR A LOT OF BEAUTIFUL WOMEN, LET ME TELL YOU
    SOMETHING, YOU'D BETTER GO IN WITH YOUR EYES CLOSED AND PRAY
    BEFORE YOU GET THERE.
    [AUDIENCE LAUGHING]
    JOYCE: AND YOU DON'T DO COFFEE BREAKS WITH THEM.
    YOU DON'T START TELLING THEM ABOUT YOUR TROUBLES AT HOME.
    YOU DON'T TAKE THEM DOUGHNUTS IN THE MORNING.
    YOU RUN LIKE CRAZY.
    [AUDIENCE CHEERING]
    JOYCE: WE DON'T, YOU KNOW, HOW MANY PEOPLE SAY,
    "HOW DID I GET HERE?
    HOW DID THIS HAPPEN?" WELL, LITTLE BIT AT A TIME.
    SUCH LITTLE MINUTE DOSES OF DECEPTION.
    AND WE MAKE SUCH TINY LITTLE COMPROMISES, NOT PAYING
    ATTENTION TO WHAT THE HOLY SPIRIT IS SAYING
    EACH STEP ALONG THE WAY.
    AND THEN BEFORE YOU KNOW IT, YOU'RE IN SUCH A MESS THAT YOU
    END UP LOSING THINGS IN YOUR LIFE THAT WERE VERY PRECIOUS
    TO YOU.
    C'MON, LET'S BE SMARTER THAN WHAT WE'VE BEEN IN THE PAST,
    AMEN?
    [AUDIENCE APPLAUDING]
    JOYCE: VERSE 6: "THEN DAVID SENT WORD TO JOAB, SAYING,
    'SEND ME URIAH THE HITTITE.'" SO DAVID SENT FOR HER HUSBAND.
    "AND JOAB SENT URIAH TO DAVID.
    AND WHEN URIAH CAME TO HIM, DAVID," STARTS TO MAKE SMALL
    TALK WITH HIM 'CAUSE HE'S GOT A PLAN HERE.
    HE WANTS TO GET HIM BACK HOME TO SPEND A COUPLE OF NIGHTS WITH
    HIS WIFE WHERE HOPEFULLY HE WOULD HAVE SEX WITH HER AND THEN
    IT WOULD APPEAR THAT SHE BECAME PREGNANT BY HIM AND DAVID WOULD
    BE OFF THE HOOK.
    SO WE SEE CONNIVING, DECEPTION, SIN ON TOP OF SIN ON TOP OF SIN.
    "SO WHEN URIAH CAME TO HIM, DAVID SAID, 'ASK HOW JOAB WAS,
    AND HOW THE PEOPLE WERE DOING, AND HOW'S THE WAR PROGRESSING.'"
    NOT THAT HE CARED ABOUT ANY OF THAT.
    HE WAS MAKING SMALL TALK.
    "THEN DAVID SAID TO URIAH, 'WELL, GO ON DOWN TO YOUR HOUSE,
    WASH YOUR FEET, SPEND SOME TIME AT HOME.'
    URIAH LEFT THE KING'S PALACE, AND A GIFT WAS SENT FROM
    THE KING OUT AFTER HIM."
    HERE, LET ME GIVE YOU A PRESENT WHILE YOU'RE AT IT.
    "BUT URIAH," WHO WAS OBVIOUSLY A MAN OF INTEGRITY, A MAN OF
    LOYALTY, A MAN OF CHARACTER, "HE SLEPT AT THE ENTRANCE OF
    THE KING'S PALACE WITH ALL THE SERVANTS OF HIS LORD AND HE
    WOULD NOT GO DOWN TO HIS HOUSE.
    WHEN THEY TOLD DAVID, 'WELL, URIAH DIDN'T GO DOWN TO HIS
    HOUSE,' DAVID SAID TO URIAH, 'HAVE YOU NOT JUST COME FROM
    A LONG JOURNEY?
    WHY DID YOU NOT GO TO YOUR HOUSE?'"
    NOW WE SEE THE CHARACTER OF URIAH.
    "URIAH SAID TO DAVID, 'THE ARK OF ISRAEL AND JUDAH ARE STAYING
    IN HUTS, TEMPORARY SHELTERS, AND MY LORD JOAB AND THE SERVANTS
    OF MY LORD WERE CAMPING IN THE OPEN FIELD.
    SHOULD I GO TO MY HOUSE TO EAT AND DRINK AND LIE WITH MY WIFE?
    BY YOUR LIFE AND THE LIFE OF YOUR SOUL, I WILL NOT
    DO THIS THING.'" IN OTHER WORDS, HE'S SAYING,
    "MY BRETHREN ARE OUT THERE SUFFERING, THE ARK OF GOD
    HAS BEEN CAPTURED, GOD'S NAME IS BEING PROFANED.
    I CANNOT JUST GO OFF AND ENJOY MYSELF WHILE EVERYBODY ELSE IS
    STILL HAVING DIFFICULTY.
    I WON'T DO IT."
    VERSE 12: "THEN DAVID SAID TO URIAH, 'WELL, STAY HERE TODAY
    AS WELL AND TOMORROW I'LL LET YOU LEAVE.'
    SO URIAH REMAINED IN JERUSALEM THAT DAY
    AND THE NEXT."
    NOW, DAVID'S NOT DONE YET.
    "DAVID CALLS HIM TO DINNER AND HE ATE AND DRANK WITH HIM
    SO THAT HE MADE URIAH DRUNK."
    IS ANYBODY SEEING THIS?
    THIS IS DAVID WHO WROTE ALL THE PSALMS.
    [AUDIENCE LAUGHING]
    JOYCE: THE BELOVED OF GOD THAT WE ALL ADMIRE.
    PSALM 23: "THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD; I SHALL NOT WANT,"
    C'MON.
    "AND HE ATE AND DRANK WITH HIM AND HE MADE URIAH
    DRUNK, AND IN THE EVENING HE WENT OUT TO LIE ON HIS BED WITH
    THE SERVANTS OF HIS LORD AND STILL WOULD NOT GO DOWN
    TO HIS HOUSE."
    [AUDIENCE LAUGHING]
    JOYCE: OH, I BET DAVID'S GETTING NERVOUS.
    NOW, YOU KNOW, IN NO WAY AM I DEMEANING DAVID.
    HE WAS A GREAT MAN OF GOD AND, YOU KNOW, IF YOU'RE TEMPTED TO
    TAKE WHAT I'M SAYING WRONG, YOU WANNA WRITE ME A LETTER
    ABOUT--YOU KNOW, I'M TRYING TO MAKE A PRACTICAL POINT HERE THAT
    THIS WAS A NORMAL MAN WHO BECAME A GREAT MAN OF GOD BUT HE WAS
    NOT A PERFECT MAN, AMEN?
    [AUDIENCE APPLAUDING]
    JOYCE: AND APPARENTLY, HE BELIEVED THAT GOD WAS GREATER
    THAN HIS GREATEST MISTAKE.
    I THINK IT TAKES UNBELIEVABLE COURAGE TO JUST ABSOLUTELY DO
    SOMETHING THAT YOU KNEW NOT TO DO.
    YOU DISAPPOINTED YOURSELF SO BAD, YOU DISAPPOINTED OTHER
    PEOPLE, YOU HURT OTHER PEOPLE, AND YET SAY, "I WILL ARISE AND
    GO BACK TO MY FATHER AND HE WILL HEAL AND RESTORE ME ONCE AGAIN."
    [AUDIENCE APPLAUDING]
    JOYCE: WHAT DID THE PRODIGAL SON DO?
    HE GOT SUCH A BAD LIFE THAT HE WAS LIVING WITH PIGS, WASTED HIS
    FATHER'S WHOLE FORTUNE, AND THE BIBLE SAYS THAT HE
    CAME TO HIMSELF.
    OOH, I DON'T KNOW, MAYBE SOMEBODY'S LISTENING TO ME RIGHT
    NOW, MAYBE YOU'RE WATCHING FROM YOUR COUCH OR YOUR RECLINER.
    I SAID ONE TIME WHEN I WAS PREACHING, I SAID, "HEY, YOU,
    LEANING BACK IN YOUR RECLINER DRINKING THAT BEER," AND WE'VE
    GOT THIS TESTIMONY, A YOUNG MAN THAT WAS IN HIS 20S WAS DOING
    THAT VERY THING.
    HE'D BEEN STRUNG OUT ON DRUGS FOR A LONG TIME AND HE SAID,
    "WHEN YOU SAID THAT, IT SCARED ME SO BAD," HE SAID, "I SOBERED
    UP AND I ACCEPTED CHRIST."
    [AUDIENCE CHEERING]
    JOYCE: SO, YES, GOD WOULD STOP AN ENTIRE CONFERENCE LIKE
    THIS JUST TO SPEAK TO YOU TO LET YOU KNOW IT'S NOT TOO LATE.
    YOU CAN MAKE A GOOD DECISION RIGHT NOW AND START UNDOING
    THE EFFECTS OF ALL THOSE BAD DECISIONS THAT YOU'VE MADE IN
    THE PAST, AMEN?
    [AUDIENCE APPLAUDING]
    JOYCE: GOD IS IN THE BUSINESS OF GIVING PEOPLE HOPE,
    NOT CONDEMNING THEM.
    AND HERE AGAIN, WE'RE NOT MAKING LIGHT OF SIN.
    WE NEED TO BE VERY REPENTANT.
    WE NEED TO BE QUICK TO REPENT.
    WE NEED TO BE VERY SORRY FOR THE THINGS THAT WE'VE DONE WRONG.
    BUT JESUS IS THE SOLUTION TO SIN.
    AND IT'S NOT GONNA HELP US TO STAY IN A PIT THAT WE GOT INTO
    WHEN GOD IS OFFERING US A WAY TO GET OUT.
    EVERYBODY ELSE WILL CONDEMN YOU AND PUT A LID ON YOUR PIT BUT
    JESUS IS THE ONLY ONE THAT WILL COME AND LIFT YOU OUT.
    [AUDIENCE APPLAUDING]
    JOYCE: SO HE WROTE--DAVID WROTE A LETTER TO JOAB AND SENT
    IT WITH URIAH.
    HE WROTE IN HIS LETTER, VERSE 15:
    "PUT URIAH IN THE FRONT LINE OF THE HEAVIEST FIGHTING
    AND LEAVE HIM, SO THAT HE MAY BE STRUCK DOWN AND DIE," WOW.
    YOU KNOW, I'VE READ THIS STORY OF DAVID OVER AND OVER AND,
    I MEAN, I NEVER SLOWED DOWN LONG ENOUGH TO REALLY LOOK AT THIS
    AND TO SEE HOW AMAZING GOD IS AND HOW MERCIFUL HE IS.
    AND THEN HE WENT FOR A WHOLE YEAR AND DIDN'T EVEN REPENT.
    DIDN'T EVEN REPENT UNTIL THE PROPHET CONFRONTED HIM,
    TOLD HIM A STORY.
    I WON'T GET INTO THE STORY.
    AND HE REALIZED THAT HE WAS THE MAN IN THE STORY THAT WAS BEING
    TALKED ABOUT AND ALL OF A SUDDEN HE WAS CONFRONTED.
    YOU KNOW, SOMETIMES, WE CAN SIN TERRIBLY AND WE CAN GET
    OURSELVES SO CONCEIVED--DECEIVED.
    WE CAN GET UNDER SO MANY LAYERS OF EXCUSES, C'MON, THAT WE'RE
    NOT FACING WHAT'S WRONG.
    AND MAYBE YOU JUST NEED TO DO THAT TODAY.
    MAYBE YOU NEED TO STOP MAKING EXCUSES.
    MAYBE YOU NEED TO STOP BLAMING IT ON SOMEBODY ELSE AND YOU NEED
    TO JUST COME FACE TO FACE WITH THE UGLINESS OF WHAT
    YOU'VE DONE.
    BUT THAT'S NOT A BAD THING.
    THAT'S A GOOD THING BECAUSE THAT'S A PLACE TO BEGIN AGAIN.
    [AUDIENCE APPLAUDING]
    JOYCE: BUT YOU CAN'T BEGIN AGAIN IF YOU'RE NOT FACING
    THE TRUTH ABOUT WHERE YOU'RE AT.
    "YOU WILL KNOW THE TRUTH AND THE TRUTH WILL MAKE YOU FREE."
    YOU CLIMB OUT OF THE PIT AND YOU SKIP THE GUILT TRIP.
    WELL, HE WENT ON TO BECOME ONE OF THE GREATEST HEROES
    IN THE BIBLE.
    WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT DAVID YOU DON'T REMEMBER ALL THIS STUFF.
    I DON'T EVEN LIKE HAVING TO STAND HERE AND BRING IT UP
    BECAUSE I LIKE THE PICTURE THAT I HAVE OF DAVID BESIDES THIS.
    BUT THIS SHOWS ME HOW AMAZING GOD IS AND, HOPEFULLY, IT GIVES
    HOPE TO A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE FOUND THEMSELVES IN A BAD
    SITUATION AND YOU'VE BELIEVED THE LIES OF THE DEVIL THAT IT'S
    TOO LATE FOR YOU.
    NOW, THERE WERE CONSEQUENCES FOR HIS SIN.
    I DON'T WANT TO SAY THAT THERE WERE NOT.
    THE BIBLE ACTUALLY SAYS THAT DAVID WAS NEVER WITHOUT WAR IN
    HIS HOUSE AFTER THAT.
    SO THERE WERE DEFINITELY CONSEQUENCES.
    AND THAT'S THE THING WE NEED TO REMEMBER ABOUT SIN.
    SIN CAN ALWAYS BE FORGIVEN.
    GOD WILL ALWAYS FORGIVE YOU AND YOU CAN ALWAYS BE RESTORED TO
    FELLOWSHIP WITH GOD BUT THAT DOESN'T MEAN THAT YOU CAN ALWAYS
    AVOID ALL THE CONSEQUENCES OF THE WRONG THINGS THAT
    YOU'VE DONE.
    AND TO BE HONEST, I DON'T EVEN KNOW THAT WE SHOULD WANT TO
    ALL THAT MUCH.
    I THINK SOMETIMES WE NEED TO SAY, "YOU KNOW WHAT, GOD?
    I'M SO GRATEFUL THAT YOU'VE FORGIVEN ME AND I'M GRATEFUL
    THAT YOU LOVE ME AND I'M GRATEFUL THAT I CAN HAVE
    FELLOWSHIP WITH YOU AND I DON'T HAVE TO BE GUILTY, BUT I DON'T
    THINK IT'S A BAD THING THAT I'VE GOT THESE CONSEQUENCES BECAUSE
    MAYBE IT WILL HELP ME REMEMBER NOT TO DO IT AGAIN IN
    THE FUTURE."
    [AUDIENCE APPLAUDING]
    JOYCE: THE BIBLE SAYS IN PROVERBS THAT IF YOUR SERVANT
    DOESN'T FEEL THE CONSEQUENCES OF HIS WRONGDOING HE'LL JUST DO
    IT AGAIN.
    THAT'S WHY YOU CAN'T RAISE CHILDREN AND NEVER GIVE THEM A
    CONSEQUENCE FOR ANYTHING THEY DO WRONG AND EXPECT THEM TO BEHAVE
    JUST BECAUSE YOU TELL 'EM TO.
    I WOULD ALWAYS GIVE MY KIDS MY WORD FIRST BUT IF THAT DIDN'T
    WORK, I WOULD TOUCH THEIR CIRCUMSTANCES.
    [AUDIENCE LAUGHING]
    [AUDIENCE APPLAUDING]
    JOYCE: AND LET ME TELL YOU SOMETHING, THAT'S THE WAY GOD IS
    WITH US.
    HE'LL ALWAYS GIVE US HIS WORD FIRST.
    HE'LL DO EVERYTHING THAT HE POSSIBLY CAN TO GET HIS WORD TO
    US AND TO GET US TO AGREE WITH HIM AND TO DO THINGS HIS WAY.
    BUT IF WE WON'T, HE LOVES US ENOUGH TO TOUCH OUR
    CIRCUMSTANCES.
    [AUDIENCE APPLAUDING]
    JOYCE: HOW ABOUT PETER?
    MAN, PETER'S WEAKNESS WAS FEAR.
    MOSES WAS ANGER, DAVID WAS LUST, PETER WAS FEAR.
    PETER DENIED CHRIST THREE TIMES, LIED THREE TIMES, AND WENT ON
    TO BECOME ONE OF THE GREATEST APOSTLES IN THE BIBLE,
    A MAN THAT'S RESPECTED.
    WE LISTEN TO HIS TEACHINGS, WE READ HIS WRITINGS;
    GOD USED HIM IN A GREAT WAY.
    LUKE 22:54: "THEN THEY SEIZED HIM AND LED HIM AWAY, BRINGING
    HIM INTO THE HIGH PRIEST'S HOUSE, AND PETER WAS FOLLOWING
    AT A DISTANCE."
    WELL, THOSE WORDS, "AT A DISTANCE,"
    ALREADY SHOWS US THE PROBLEM.
    BOY, AS SOON AS THERE WAS TROUBLE PETER DREW BACK
    AND FOLLOWED AT A DISTANCE.
    HE DIDN'T WANT ANYBODY TO KNOW THAT HE KNEW JESUS.
    HEY, YOU'VE GOTTA BE CAREFUL ABOUT BEING OUT IN THE WORLD
    AND TRYING TO FOLLOW JESUS AT A DISTANCE.
    C'MON, THERE'S A MESSAGE HERE FOR SOMEBODY.
    [AUDIENCE APPLAUDING]
    JOYCE: YOU GO TO CHURCH ON SUNDAY MORNING AND BE REAL
    CHRISTIAN WHEN YOU'RE WITH YOUR CHRISTIAN FRIENDS.
    BUT WHAT ABOUT THROUGHOUT THE WEEK AT WORK WITH YOUR
    UNCHRISTIAN FRIENDS.
    HOW DO YOU BEHAVE WHEN YOU'RE SITTING AT THE LUNCH TABLE
    AND SOMEBODY WANTS TO TELL A FILTHY JOKE?
    MM, WELL.
    OR HOW DO YOU BEHAVE IF YOU FIND YOURSELF AT THE LUNCH TABLE IN
    THE MIDDLE OF A BUNCH OF OFFICE GOSSIP?
    WELL, I'LL LEAVE THAT ALONE AND GO ON.
    [AUDIENCE LAUGHING]
    JOYCE: YOU KNOW WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT, RIGHT?
    THEN WE CAN START TO FOLLOW JESUS AT A DISTANCE.
    WE DON'T WANNA LOOK TOO RELIGIOUS.
    "AND WHEN THEY HAD KINDLED A FIRE IN THE MIDDLE OF
    THE COURTYARD AND SAT DOWN, PETER SAT DOWN AMONG THEM."
    WELL, FIRST OF ALL, PSALM 1 SAYS: "DON'T SIT DOWN TO REST
    AND RELAX WHERE THE MOCKERS."
    GOTTA BE CAREFUL WHO YOU SIT DOWN WITH.
    "THEN A SERVANT GIRL SAW PETER AND SAID, THIS MAN WAS WITH HIM.
    AND HE DENIED IT, SAYING, WOMAN, I DON'T KNOW HIM!"
    LIE NUMBER ONE.
    "AND A LITTLE LATER SOMEONE ELSE SAW HIM AND SAID, YES, YOU ARE
    ONE OF THEM.
    AND PETER SAID, MAN, I AM NOT!" LIE NUMBER TWO.
    "AND AFTER AN INTERVAL OF ABOUT AN HOUR, STILL ANOTHER INSISTED,
    SAYING, CERTAINLY, THIS MAN ALSO WAS WITH HIM, FOR HE TOO IS
    A GALILEAN!
    BUT PETER SAID, MAN, I DO NOT KNOW WHAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT.
    AND IMMEDIATELY, WHILE HE WAS STILL SPEAKING, THE ROOSTER
    CROWED," THAT JESUS HAD ALREADY TOLD HIM WOULD CROW AND THAT HE
    WOULD DENY HIM THREE TIMES.
    AND JESUS SAID, "PETER, I HAVE PRAYED FOR YOU," BUT INSTEAD OF
    SAYING, "OH, THANK YOU, JESUS, I NEED IT.
    I AM WEAK AND WITHOUT YOUR HELP I'LL FALL APART."
    INSTEAD, PETER SAID, "I WOULD NEVER DO THAT.
    I WOULD NEVER DO THAT.
    I WOULD DIE WITH YOU."
    NOW, SEE, THERE'S A LOT OF STUFF TO THIS STORY BUT I BELIEVE ONE
    OF THE REASONS WHY GOD SAT BACK AND LET THIS HAPPEN IS BECAUSE
    HE WANTED--PETER HAD TO MEET HIMSELF.
    SEE, SOMETIMES, WE CAN THINK MORE HIGHLY OF OURSELVES THAN WE
    OUGHT TO AND IT'S GONNA KEEP US FROM OUR DESTINY SO GOD JUST
    LAYS BACK A LITTLE BIT AND HE LETS US FAIL AND WE HAVE TO MEET
    OURSELVES AND REALIZE HOW MUCH WE NEED GOD.
    [AUDIENCE APPLAUDING]
    JOYCE: ARE YOU STILL WITH ME?
    I'M NOT LOSING YOU, AM I?
    OKAY, ALL RIGHT, YOU GOT--I GOT TEN MINUTES LEFT SO PAY
    ATTENTION.
    [AUDIENCE LAUGHING]
    JOYCE: SO THREE TIMES HE LIES.
    THE ROOSTER CROWS.
    NOW LOOK AT VERSE 61: "AND THE LORD TURNED
    AND LOOKED AT PETER."
    MAN, CAN YOU IMAGINE FOR JUST A MOMENT THAT LOOK?
    [AUDIENCE LAUGHING]
    JOYCE: YOU KNOW, IT'S LIKE YOUR MOTHER.
    YOU KNOW, A MOTHER HAS THAT LOOK.
    IT'S LIKE...
    [AUDIENCE LAUGHING]
    JOYCE: BUT I DON'T REALLY THINK THAT JESUS LOOKED AT PETER
    WITH A LOOK OF ANGER.
    I THINK THE LOOK IN HIS EYES WAS PROBABLY SAD, CONVICTING,
    BUT ALSO LOVING.
    AND PETER DID THE RIGHT THING.
    "HE WENT OUT AND HE WEPT BITTERLY."
    YOU KNOW WHAT THAT WAS?
    HE IMMEDIATELY, DEEPLY REPENTED FOR HIS SIN AND HIS MISTAKE.
    AND THAT'S REALLY ALL GOD'S LOOKING FOR.
    WE DON'T TAKE OUR SIN LIGHTLY.
    WE DEEPLY REPENT.
    IT HURTS ME SO BAD WHEN I BELIEVE THAT I'VE DISAPPOINTED
    GOD.
    BUT I'M ALSO SMART ENOUGH TO KNOW BY NOW THAT I'VE GOT TO
    CLIMB OUT OF THAT PIT.
    I GOT TO SKIP THE GUILT TRIP 'CAUSE THERE'S TOO MUCH AT STAKE
    FOR ME TO WALLOW IN THAT PIT FOR DAYS ON END, AMEN?
    THERE'S TOO MUCH THAT GOD HAS FOR US TO DO.
    WE DON'T NEED TO WASTE HIS TIME LIKE THAT, NOT WHEN THE BLOOD
    OF JESUS IS ALWAYS AVAILABLE TO WASH US AGAIN AND AGAIN
    AND AGAIN.
    [AUDIENCE APPLAUDING]
    JOYCE: THE BIBLE SAYS THAT JESUS SITS AT THE RIGHT HAND OF
    GOD, CONTINUALLY MAKING INTERCESSION FOR US.
    WELL, YOU KNOW WHAT I'VE FIGURED OUT?
    MY LIGHTNING-FAST BRAIN TOLD ME THIS: IF HE'S CONTINUALLY
    INTERCEDING I MUST CONTINUALLY NEED IT.
    [AUDIENCE LAUGHING]
    JOYCE: ANYBODY BELIEVE THAT?
    I'M JUST, LIKE, "KEEP PRAYING, JESUS.
    I NEED IT."
    JOYCE: WELL, NO MATTER WHAT KIND OF PIT YOU MIGHT FIND
    YOURSELF IN TODAY, GOD IS RIGHT THERE TO HELP YOU.
    TALK TO HIM, CLIMB OUT OF THAT PIT, SKIP THE GUILT TRIP,
    AND REFUSE TO GIVE UP.
    TODAY WE'RE OFFERING YOU THE BIBLE,
    "THE EVERYDAY LIFE BIBLE."
    IT'S A STUDY BIBLE THAT WE PUT TOGETHER SEVERAL YEARS AGO AND
    THIS BIBLE HAS, BY GOD'S GRACE, SOLD OVER A MILLION COPIES.
    AND SO I'M TELLING YOU THAT JUST TO SAY THAT IT IS SOMETHING THAT
    PEOPLE SEEM TO REALLY BE ENJOYING.
    IT'S A VERY GOOD PRACTICAL STUDY BIBLE AND I THINK IT'S GONNA
    REALLY HELP YOU UNDERSTAND THE BIBLE BETTER THAN PERHAPS
    YOU EVER HAVE BEFORE.
    AND SO IT'S GOD'S WORD THAT TRANSFORMS OUR LIVES.
    THEREFORE, WE NEED TO DO ALL THAT WE CAN TO UNDERSTAND IT
    THE BEST WAY THAT WE CAN.
    AND I'D LIKE YOU TO STAY WITH ME BECAUSE I'VE A LITTLE SOMETHING
    ELSE TO SHARE WITH YOU RIGHT AFTER THIS.
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    OF GOD AND LEARN TO APPLY ITS TRUTH TO YOUR LIFE WITH
    "THE EVERYDAY LIFE BIBLE."
    ALONGSIDE THE LIFE-CHANGING BIBLICAL MESSAGES ARE SOME OF
    JOYCE'S PERSONAL STUDY NOTES AND LIFE LESSONS TO HELP YOU
    GAIN A FRESH RELEVANT UNDERSTANDING OF SCRIPTURE.
    TODAY, WE'RE OFFERING "THE EVERYDAY LIFE BIBLE"
    FOR YOUR GIFT OF...OR MORE.
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    THE WORD OF GOD APPLIES TO YOUR LIFE AND BE ENCOURAGED AT
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    THREE UNIQUE SESSIONS THAT WILL HELP YOU GAIN A NEW FOCUS ON
    LIFE AND MOTIVATE YOU TO GROW IN GOD.
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    JOYCE: IF I WERE TO ASK YOU IF YOU LOVE YOUR LIFE WHAT
    WOULD YOUR ANSWER BE?
    I BELIEVE THAT JESUS WANTS US TO LOVE OUR LIVES.
    BUT IF YOU DON'T LIKE WHAT YOU'VE GOT, CONTINUING TO DO
    THE SAME THING IS NOT GONNA GIVE YOU A DIFFERENT OUTCOME.
    AND I WANNA ENCOURAGE YOU TODAY TO GET MY NEW BOOK CALLED,
    "LIVING A LIFE THAT YOU LOVE," AND SEE WHAT THE CHANGES ARE
    THAT YOU CAN MAKE THAT WILL START TO GIVE YOU
    WONDERFUL RESULTS IN YOUR LIFE.
    WHY NOT GET YOUR COPY TODAY?
    JOYCE: DAVE AND I MET A GENTLEMAN THE OTHER DAY OUTSIDE
    OF A COFFEE SHOP WHO SHARED WITH US THAT EIGHT YEARS PRIOR TO
    THE DAY WE MET HIM HE HAD BEEN IN OUR MEN'S HOME IN ST. LOUIS
    WHICH MEANS THAT HE, IN ALL PROBABILITY, WAS LIVING
    ON THE STREETS BEFORE THAT, HAVING SOME KIND
    OF PROBLEM WITH DRUGS OR ALCOHOL OR FOR SOME REASON HIS
    LIFE WAS JUST IN A TOTAL MESS.
    HE NOW, AFTER EIGHT YEARS, OWNS HIS OWN CONSTRUCTION BUSINESS,
    HAS BEEN ON MISSION TRIPS, AND IS STARTING A BRAND NEW CHURCH.
    THAT'S WHAT HAPPENS WHEN PEOPLE HAVE HELP AVAILABLE TO THEM.
    AND YOU KNOW WHAT?
    WE CAN'T MAKE THAT HELP AVAILABLE WITHOUT PARTNERS,
    WITHOUT PEOPLE LIKE YOU WHO SAY, "I WANNA JOIN IN AND MAKE GREAT
    THINGS HAPPEN FOR PEOPLE."
    YOU KNOW, THERE'S SO MUCH THAT WE CAN DO TOGETHER THAT WE CAN'T
    DO BY OURSELF.
    WE COULDN'T HAVE OFFERED HIM THAT HELP BY OURSELF IF WE
    DIDN'T HAVE PEOPLE LIKE YOU THAT ARE WILLING TO CONTRIBUTE
    FINANCIALLY.
    SO IF YOU ARE A PARTNER WITH OUR MINISTRY, THANK YOU SO MUCH.
    PLEASE CONTINUE.
    AND IF YOU'RE NOT, WOULD YOU REALLY PRAYERFULLY CONSIDER
    BECOMING A PARTNER WITH JOYCE MEYER MINISTRIES TODAY?
    THAT MEANS THAT YOU CAN BE PART OF EVERYTHING THAT WE DO.
    IF YOU HAVE MORE QUESTIONS, YOU CAN CALL THE NUMBER
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    THEY'LL ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS YOU HAVE.
    WE DON'T REQUIRE ANY CERTAIN AMOUNT OF MONEY TO BEGIN
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    WE JUST ASK THAT YOU DO THE BEST THAT YOU CAN AND THAT YOU BE
    FAITHFUL AND REGULAR.
    I THINK YOU'RE REALLY GONNA SEE BENEFITS FROM PARTNERING
    WITH THIS MINISTRY.
    THANK YOU.
    ANNOUNCER: WE HOPE YOU HAVE ENJOYED TODAY'S PROGRAM.
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    ANNOUNCER: THIS PROGRAM HAS BEEN MADE POSSIBLE
    BY THE FRIENDS AND PARTNERS OF JOYCE MEYER MINISTRIES.
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