How Can I Find Balance in My Life? | Everyday Answers

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    ANNOUNCER: THE FOLLOWING PROGRAM IS PAID FOR BY
    THE FRIENDS AND PARTNERS OF JOYCE MEYER MINISTRIES.
    GINGER: COMING UP, JOYCE TALKS ABOUT MAINTAINING BALANCE
    IN OUR LIFE.
    SHE ALSO HELPS US TO UNDERSTAND THE HOLY SPIRIT.
    AND OUR HELP ME QUESTION IS THE VERY BASIS OF EVERYTHING,
    DOES GOD EXIST?
    STAY TUNED FOR SOME REALLY HELPFUL ANSWERS TODAY.
    GINGER: AS WE WALK THROUGH EACH NEW DAY,
    WE ALL HAVE QUESTIONS.
    THEY'RE JUST PART OF LIFE.
    BUT DID YOU KNOW THERE ARE ANSWERS FOR YOU?
    GOD SAYS WHEN WE LOOK, WE'LL FIND HIM.
    HE'S NOT TRYING TO HIDE ANYTHING.
    SO, TOGETHER, WE ARE DISCOVERING LIFE'S EVERYDAY ANSWERS.
    GINGER: THE HOLY SPIRIT IS A MAJOR PART OF OUR JOURNEY WITH
    CHRIST, AND IT'S SUCH A GIFT.
    HE IS SOMETHING THAT I WOULD NOT WANT TO GO A SINGLE DAY WITHOUT
    BECAUSE HE HELPS ON SO MANY LEVELS.
    BUT UNDERSTANDABLY, THERE IS SOME CONFUSION.
    HE'S DIFFICULT TO UNDERSTAND BECAUSE HE'S NOT REALLY PART OF
    THE PHYSICAL REALM THAT WE ARE USED TO DEALING WITH.
    BUT IF YOU REALLY DIG INTO GOD'S WORD, THEN YOU CAN UNDERSTAND
    WHO HE IS AND HOW HE HELPS.
    CHECK OUT THIS QUESTION FROM TWITTER.
    WE GET A LOT OF QUESTIONS ON THE HOLY SPIRIT.
    THIS IS FROM JESSE, "HOW DO YOU KNOW WHEN YOU'VE BEEN BAPTIZED
    IN THE HOLY SPIRIT?
    WHAT DOES IT FEEL LIKE?" WELL, JESSE, TODAY JOYCE WILL
    ANSWER YOUR QUESTION AND MANY OTHERS WHEN SHE ANSWERS, WHAT IS
    THE BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT?
    JOYCE: I WANT TO TALK TO YOU FOR A MOMENT ABOUT
    THE HOLY SPIRIT.
    SOMETIMES, I DON'T THINK HE GETS THE ATTENTION HE DESERVES.
    WE SERVE ONE GOD, BUT A TRIUNE GOD: GOD THE FATHER,
    GOD THE SON, AND GOD THE HOLY GHOST.
    AND WHEN JESUS ASCENDED ON HIGH, HE SENT THE HOLY SPIRIT TO TAKE
    HIS PLACE.
    AND THE GREAT--WELL, THERE'S MANY GREAT THINGS ABOUT
    THE HOLY SPIRIT, BUT ONE THAT COMES TO MY
    MIND RIGHT NOW IS THAT JESUS, BECAUSE HE WAS IN A HUMAN BODY
    LIKE WE ARE, COULD ONLY BE ONE PLACE AT A TIME.
    BUT HE SAID, "WHEN I GO AWAY, YOU'RE GOING TO BE BETTER OFF."
    WELL, I'M SURE THE DISCIPLES THOUGHT, "HOW COULD WE POSSIBLY
    BE ANY BETTER OFF?" BUT YOU SEE, THE HOLY SPIRIT CAN
    BE EVERYWHERE WITH EVERY PERSON AT THE SAME TIME.
    AND HE HAS COME TO LIVE IN US.
    WHEN YOU WERE BORN AGAIN, WHEN YOU RECEIVED CHRIST AS YOUR
    SAVIOR, YOU RECEIVED THE HOLY SPIRIT.
    BUT THE BIBLE TEACHES US THAT WE CAN AND SHOULD BE NOT ONLY
    FILLED WITH THE SPIRIT, BUT EVER FILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT.
    AND THAT'S SO IMPORTANT.
    IF YOU WANT TO KNOW THE TRUTH, THE HOLY SPIRIT IS THE POWER
    THAT YOU NEED TO LIVE THE CHRISTIAN LIFE.
    AMEN?
    NOW, YOU DON'T NECESSARILY NEED TO BE FILLED WITH THE SPIRIT TO
    BE SAVED, BUT YOU NEED TO BE FILLED WITH THE SPIRIT TO
    LIVE SAVED.
    IF YOU WANT TO LIVE THE LIFE THAT JESUS DIED TO GIVE YOU,
    THEN YOU NEED TO BE COMPLETELY FILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT.
    AND WE NEED POWER.
    I DON'T KNOW ABOUT YOU, BUT I NEED ALL THE POWER,
    ALL THE HOLY GHOST HELP THAT I CAN GET.
    AND SO, IN ACTS CHAPTER 1, JESUS TOLD THE DISCIPLES TO GO
    AND WAIT FOR THE PROMISED OUTPOURING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.
    HE SAID, "JOHN BAPTIZED YOU WITH WATER, BUT NOT MANY DAYS FROM
    NOW, YOU SHALL BE BAPTIZED WITH (PLACED IN AND INTRODUCED INTO)
    THE HOLY SPIRIT."
    AND IN VERSE 8, IT SAYS, "BUT YOU SHALL RECEIVE POWER
    [ABILITY, EFFICIENCY, AND MIGHT]
    WHEN THE HOLY SPIRIT HAS COME UPON YOU."
    DON'T YOU LIKE THAT?
    POWER, ABILITY, EFFICIENCY, AND MIGHT WHEN THE HOLY SPIRIT
    HAS COME UPON YOU.
    "AND THEN YOU SHALL BE MY WITNESSES."
    I LOVE THIS, IT DOESN'T SAY YOU'LL GO OUT AND DO WITNESSING,
    IT SAYS YOU'LL BE, YOU'LL BE.
    THERE'S A DIFFERENCE IN BEING BECAUSE IF YOU ARE, THEN YOU ARE
    THAT ALL THE TIME.
    BUT IF YOU'RE DOING, YOU CAN TURN IT ON AND OFF.
    YOU CAN DO CHURCH ON SUNDAY MORNING,
    AND THEN GET OUT IN THE WORLD AND NOT BE THE SAME AS YOU
    WERE ON SUNDAY MORNING.
    AND THEY WAITED IN THE UPPER ROOM
    IN CHAPTER 2, VERSE 1, "AND WHEN THE DAY OF PENTECOST HAD
    FULLY COME, THEY WERE ALL TOGETHER WAITING IN ONE PLACE.
    WHEN SUDDENLY THERE CAME A SOUND FROM HEAVEN LIKE THE RUSHING
    OF A MIGHTY WIND.
    AND THEY WERE ALL FILLED (DIFFUSED THROUGHOUT THEIR
    SOULS) WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT, AND THEY BEGAN TO SPEAK
    IN OTHER TONGUES AS THE SPIRIT GAVE THEM UTTERANCE."
    NOW, IN 1976, I WAS A CHRISTIAN, HAD BEEN FOR A LONG TIME.
    DAVE AND I WENT TO A LARGE, WELL-KNOWN DENOMINATION,
    AND WE WERE VERY FAITHFUL.
    DAVE GREW UP IN THAT CHURCH, HE WAS AN ELDER IN THE CHURCH,
    I WAS ON THE CHURCH BOARD.
    WE WERE THERE EVERY TIME THE CHURCH DOOR OPENED,
    AND I WAS MISERABLE.
    I DIDN'T HAVE ANY VICTORY IN MY LIFE, I'D BEEN ABUSED IN MY
    CHILDHOOD, AND I WASN'T RECEIVING THE HEALING
    THAT I NEEDED OR THE HELP THAT I NEEDED.
    SO, I WAS DEFINITELY ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE, I ACTED ONE WAY ON
    SUNDAY AND A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT WAY AT HOME BEHIND
    CLOSED DOORS.
    I CRIED OUT TO GOD, AND HE TOUCHED ME, AND I DIDN'T EVEN
    REALLY KNOW WHAT HAD HAPPENED TO ME EXCEPT IT SURE WAS WONDERFUL.
    AND I JUST--I FELT SO DIFFERENT.
    I FELT LIKE I'D BEEN BAPTIZED IN LOVE.
    I FELT LIKE I WAS DRUNK ON THE LOVE OF GOD.
    AND I WASN'T A VERY LOVING PERSON, SO THAT WAS PRETTY--IT
    WAS A REAL DIFFERENCE THERE.
    BUT YOU HAVE TO BE HUNGRY.
    YOU NEED TO BE HUNGRY.
    AND IF YOU'RE NOT HUNGRY ENOUGH, THEN JUST WAIT ANOTHER YEAR AND
    HAVE ANOTHER YEAR'S WORTH OF MESS, AND SEE WHEN YOU COME BACK
    AROUND IF YOU'RE HUNGRY ENOUGH THEN, AMEN?
    BUT DON'T BE SATISFIED WITH JUST STATUS QUO.
    "I'M OKAY.
    I GO TO CHURCH, I GO HOME, I GO TO CHURCH, I GO HOME."
    MY GOODNESS, THERE'S SO MUCH MORE TO LIFE THAN THAT.
    WHEN THE HOLY GHOST HAS COME UPON YOU, YOU SHALL RECEIVE
    POWER, POWER.
    YOU KNOW, THERE'S MANY GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT.
    THERE'S THE MINISTRY GIFTS, THE OFFICES THAT MINISTER TO US,
    APOSTLE, PROPHET, EVANGELIST, PASTOR, AND TEACHER.
    THERE'S OTHER GIFTS LIKE GIFTS OF ORGANIZATION, GIFTS OF
    GIVING, GIFTS OF EXHORTATION, ALL KINDS OF GIFTS.
    THERE'S MUSICAL GIFTS AND SPEAKING GIFTS, BUT THEN THERE'S
    THESE SUPERNATURAL ENDOWMENTS OF POWER IS WHAT
    THE AMPLIFIED BIBLE SAYS, AND THEY ARE WORDS
    OF KNOWLEDGE, WORDS OF WISDOM, SPEAKING IN TONGUES,
    INTERPRETATION OF TONGUES, DISCERNING OF SPIRIT, THE GIFT
    OF FAITH, THE GIFT OF MIRACLES, PROPHECY, AND THINGS LIKE THAT.
    AND I KNOW THAT SOME OF YOU KNOW EXACTLY WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT.
    BUT LET ME TELL YOU SOMETHING, I HAVE READ SO MANY BOOKS ON THIS,
    AND I HAVE STUDIED, AND I HAVE STUDIED EVERYTHING IN THE BIBLE.
    AND IF YOU ARE HUNGRY FOR MORE OF GOD IN YOUR LIFE, THEN YOU
    ARE GOING TO DO THE SAME THING.
    YOU ARE NOT GOING TO SIT THERE AND WAIT FOR SOMEBODY TO SPOON
    FEED YOU EVERYTHING THAT YOU KNOW.
    [AUDIENCE APPLAUDING]
    JOYCE: AMEN?
    AND I TELL YOU, WHEN YOU SEEK GOD FOR YOURSELF AND HE TOUCHES
    YOUR LIFE, NOBODY CAN EVER TELL YOU.
    NOBODY CAN EVER TELL YOU THAT GOD--YOU KNOW, PEOPLE SAY,
    "WELL, WELL, WHAT HAPPENED?" IT'S LIKE, YOU KNOW WHAT?
    I DON'T KNOW, I JUST KNOW IT WAS GOD.
    AND I KNOW THAT I'VE NEVER BEEN THE SAME SINCE, AMEN?
    ALL RIGHT.
    HOW MANY OF YOU'VE BEEN BAPTIZED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT,
    YOU ENJOY THESE GIFTS?
    OKAY.
    SO, NOW LOOK, SO LET ME SAY SOMETHING.
    IF YOU HAVE NOT KNOWN ABOUT THESE THINGS, EITHER THE REST
    OF US ARE STARK RAVING MAD OR THERE'S SOMETHING YOU SHOULD
    LOOK INTO.
    AMEN?
    OKAY, NOW I'M JUST GOING TO PRAY.
    FATHER, WE THANK YOU FOR THE GIFT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.
    AND I BELIEVE THAT THERE ARE HUNGRY PEOPLE HERE TODAY.
    THERE ARE PEOPLE WHOSE--WHO HAVE DESPERATE SITUATIONS IN THEIR
    LIFE, AND THEY NEED YOUR POWER.
    AND THEN THERE ARE PEOPLE HERE THAT ARE FILLED WITH THE SPIRIT,
    BUT THEY'VE KIND OF LEAKED OUT, AND THEY NEED TO BE EVER FILLED.
    WE NEED A FRESH TOUCH FROM THE HOLY GHOST.
    AND I WANT MY SHARE TOO, LORD.
    I'M HUNGRY, I'M HUNGRY FOR MORE OF YOU.
    LIKE PAUL, I'M DETERMINED TO KNOW HIM AND THE POWER OF HIS
    RESURRECTION THAT LIFTS ME OUT FROM AMONG THE DEAD EVEN WHILE
    I'M IN THE BODY.
    SO I PRAY, LORD, FOR EVERYBODY IN THIS ROOM THAT'S HUNGRY FOR
    YOU TO RECEIVE THE BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT, LEARN ABOUT
    THESE GIFTS.
    AND I PRAY THAT YOU WOULD GIVE THEM GIFTS AS THEY NEED THEM,
    AND AS IT IS PROPER, AND AS IT WILL EDIFY AND MINISTER TO THEM
    AND THE BODY OF CHRIST.
    AND WE THANK YOU FOR YOUR GRACE AND MERCY IN JESUS' NAME, AMEN.
    THE USHERS ARE GOING TO HAND OUT THESE BOOKS.
    AWESOME.
    WE NEED TO BE REMINDED SOMETIMES THAT WE'RE NOT A BUNCH OF WIMPS
    AND WEAKLINGS.
    EVERYBODY SAY, "I CAN DO WHATEVER I NEED TO DO
    THROUGH CHRIST.
    I CAN DO WHATEVER I NEED TO DO THROUGH CHRIST."
    SO, GOD IS GOOD, AND HE'LL GIVE YOU EVERYTHING THAT YOU NEED TO
    DO WHAT HE'S CALLED YOU TO DO IN THIS LIFE, AMEN?
    GINGER: YOU KNOW WHAT REALLY HELPED ME WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT
    WAS JUST EXPERIENCE WITH HIM IN MY LIFE AND DIGGING INTO
    GOD'S WORD.
    SO, YOU CAN DO THAT.
    FOR MORE INFORMATION, IF YOU JUST WANT A LITTLE BIT OF HELP,
    YOU CAN GO TO JOYCEMEYER.ORG/STUDY.
    THERE IS SOMETHING RIGHT THERE THAT WILL HELP YOU.
    IF YOU CLICK ON, "WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT
    THE HOLY SPIRIT?" I THINK YOU'LL REALLY ENJOY IT.
    CHECK IT OUT, IT'S ABSOLUTELY FREE.
    NOW, IT'S TIME FOR YOUR VOICE.
    [MUSIC]
    GINGER: WELL, YOU SHARED SOME VERY PRACTICAL WAYS THAT GOD HAS
    USED TO LIFT YOU OUT OF THE LOWEST POINT IN YOUR LIFE.
    JODY FROM MISSOURI SHARED THIS, "I LOST MY DAUGHTER KYLA
    TO SUICIDE DECEMBER 26, 2015.
    I'VE BEEN THROUGH A LOT OF TRAGEDY IN MY LIFE, AND ALWAYS
    TURNED AWAY FROM GOD AND TURNED TO ALCOHOL WHEN BAD THINGS
    HAPPENED.
    GOD HAS HELPED ME TURN THIS TRAGEDY INTO HELPING PEOPLE.
    I NOW HAVE A THRIFT STORE IN HER MEMORY, AND I'VE RAISED MONEY
    FOR SUICIDE AWARENESS.
    EVERY DAY IS HARD, BUT FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MY LIFE, I KNOW
    GOD WILL NOT LEAVE ME."
    WELL, JODY, I'M SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS.
    MY HEART JUST BREAKS WHEN I HEAR THAT.
    BUT THANK YOU FOR DOING SOMETHING THAT IS HELPING OTHER
    PEOPLE AND HOPEFULLY SPARING THEM FROM SOME OF THE PAIN THAT
    YOU'VE BEEN THROUGH.
    AND GOD IS GOOD TO WALK US THROUGH THESE SITUATIONS.
    ANNE SAYS, "I'VE BEEN DEPRESSED MY WHOLE LIFE.
    IT AFFECTED EVERY ASPECT OF MY LIFE.
    THEN GOD ARRANGED FOR ME TO SEE A CHRISTIAN COUNSELOR
    WHO PRAYS FOR PEOPLE.
    I'VE BEEN FREE EVER SINCE."
    AND LET'S DO ONE MORE, THIS IS LAURA.
    SHE SAYS, "GOD GAVE ME EVERYTHING I HAVE TODAY.
    I WAS A SINGLE MOTHER, AND HE GAVE ME THE LOVE OF MY LIFE.
    I HAD FINANCIAL PROBLEMS, AND HE GAVE ME THE IDEA TO CREATE
    MY OWN BUSINESS.
    I HAD DEPRESSION, AND OF COURSE HE GAVE ME JOYCE.
    SHE WAS THE VOICE I LISTENED TO WHEN I FELT LONELY, DESPERATE,
    AND HOPELESS.
    SHE WOULD RAISE MY HOPES UP AND HELP ME TO STICK TO GOD."
    WELL, GOD IS VERY PRACTICAL.
    HE KNOWS EXACTLY WHAT IT IS THAT WE NEED.
    AND TODAY, WE INVITE YOU TO SHARE WITH US A TIME IN YOUR
    LIFE WHERE YOU HAD TO START OVER.
    MAYBE A NEW JOB, NEW HOME, NEW FRIENDS.
    HOW DID GOD WALK WITH THAT THROUGH YOU?
    HOW DID HE HELP YOU BEGIN AGAIN?
    USE SOCIAL MEDIA, TELL US ON FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM,
    HOWEVER YOU WANT TO.
    WE JUST WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU.
    COMING UP, JOYCE WILL EXPLAIN HOW SHE KEEPS PRIORITIES
    STRAIGHT IN HER LIFE AND HOW IT WILL HELP YOU.
    BUT FIRST, HERE'S TODAY'S HELP ME QUESTION.
    "JOYCE, I'VE NEVER BEEN MUCH INTO CHURCH, BUT LONG TO HAVE MY
    OWN RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD.
    I FEEL HE DOESN'T HEAR ME OR ISN'T LISTENING.
    THERE ARE BILLIONS OF PEOPLE ON EARTH.
    CAN HE HEAR ME, SEE MY PAIN AND SORROW AS I SEEK HIM,
    OR DOES HE NOT EVEN EXIST?
    I'M AT A CROSSROADS, BUT I DON'T WANT TO GIVE UP."
    JOYCE: WELL, OBVIOUSLY GOD IS EVERYWHERE ALL THE TIME, AND HE
    DEFINITELY HEARS US EVEN WHEN WE'RE NOT PRAYING ACCORDING TO
    HIS WILL, HE STILL HEARS US.
    BUT 1 JOHN 5 SAYS THAT WHEN WE ASK ACCORDING TO GOD'S WILL,
    HE HEARS US, AND WE KNOW WITH ABSOLUTE AND SETTLED ASSURANCE
    THAT WE HAVE GIVEN TO US THE THINGS THAT WE'VE ASKED FOR.
    BUT THERE'S NOTHING IN THERE ABOUT WHEN THEY MANIFEST.
    AND I LOVE THIS STATEMENT THAT A DELAY FROM GOD IS NOT A DENIAL.
    ACTUALLY, WHEN WE'RE NOT GETTING WHAT WE WANT AS QUICK AS WE
    THINK WE SHOULD HAVE IT, THAT'S WHEN REALLY OUR FAITH IS BEING
    TESTED AND WHEN WE'RE GROWING.
    NOW, I REALIZE THAT THIS IS SOMEBODY WHO'S LOOKING TO KNOW
    THAT GOD IS REAL.
    AND SO, THEY'RE WANTING GOD TO DO SOMETHING IN THEIR
    CIRCUMSTANCES TO PROVE THAT HE'S THERE.
    WELL, I CAN'T SAY THAT GOD NEVER DOES THAT, BUT HE CERTAINLY
    DOESN'T ALWAYS DO IT BECAUSE FAITH IS THE SUBSTANCE OF THINGS
    THAT WE HOPE FOR, THE EVIDENCE OF THINGS THAT WE DO NOT SEE.
    SO, I WOULD LIKE TO ENCOURAGE JESSE TO LOOK TO HIS HEART
    INSTEAD OF HIS CIRCUMSTANCES.
    AND I MEAN, REALLY HOW CAN YOU NOT BELIEVE THAT GOD IS REAL?
    I MEAN, TO ME, IT WOULD TAKE MORE FAITH TO BELIEVE THAT GOD
    IS NOT REAL THAN TO BELIEVE THAT HE IS.
    HOW COULD WE POSSIBLY EVEN LOOK AT THE WAY OUR OWN BODIES
    FUNCTION AND ARE PUT TOGETHER AND JUST HOW AMAZING THEY ARE,
    AND THINK THAT ALL JUST KIND OF SORT OF HAPPENED ONE DAY?
    AND SO, BELIEVING IN GOD IS THE BASIC FOUNDATION TO ANYONE
    HAVING A GOOD LIFE.
    YOU KNOW, NOW I DON'T BELIEVE THAT GOD IS GOING TO GIVE US
    THINGS THAT ARE NOT ACCORDING TO HIS WILL.
    SO, I DON'T KNOW WHAT JESSE'S ASKING FOR.
    IF HE'S ASKING FOR SOMETHING THAT'S NOT RIGHT, THEN GOD'S NOT
    GOING TO GIVE IT TO HIM.
    AND I THINK WHEN YOU HAVE A DEEP ENOUGH RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD,
    AND YOU KNOW, IT TOOK ME A FEW YEARS TO GET TO THIS,
    BUT I'VE KIND OF COME TO THE POINT WHERE I BELIEVE
    THAT IF GOD DOESN'T GIVE ME WHAT I'M ASKING FOR,
    IT'S NOT BECAUSE HE'S HOLDING OUT ON ME AND WANTING TO MAKE ME
    MISERABLE.
    I BELIEVE IT'S BECAUSE HE HAS SOMETHING BETTER IN MIND,
    AND I'M JUST NOT WISE ENOUGH TO KNOW HOW TO ASK FOR THAT
    BETTER THING YET.
    GINGER: YEAH, IT'S OFTEN MERCY, ISN'T IT?
    JOYCE: SO, WHETHER GOD GIVES ME WHAT I WANT OR HE DOESN'T
    GIVE ME WHAT I WANT, GOD IS STILL GOOD, AND HE HAS OUR BEST
    INTEREST IN MIND, AND THINGS WILL COME OUT RIGHT IN THE END.
    GINGER: AS I READ THIS QUESTION FROM JESSE, IT SAYS,
    "I LONG TO HAVE MY OWN RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD."
    SO, IT SEEMS LIKE THE HOLY SPIRIT
    IS WOOING AND WORKING THERE, THAT THERE IS SOMETHING
    THAT IS HAPPENING OR THAT STATEMENT WOULDN'T EVEN
    MEAN ANYTHING.
    JOYCE: WELL, AND TO BE HONEST, THE THING FOR HIM TO GO
    AFTER IS NOT SO MUCH WHATEVER IT IS THAT HE WANTS TO SEE GOD DO,
    BUT PURSUING THAT RELATIONSHIP.
    BECAUSE WHEN YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM IS RIGHT, THEN YOU'RE
    ABLE TO TRUST HIM TO DO WHAT'S RIGHT AT THE RIGHT TIME.
    SO, WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE SEEK GOD'S FACE AND NOT HIS
    HAND, TO SEEK TO KNOW HIM AND NOT JUST WHAT HE CAN DO FOR US.
    HE'LL GET THERE.
    GINGER: IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS, BRING THEM ON,
    WE WANT TO HEAR THEM.
    YOU CAN DO IT ON TWITTER, USE THE #ASKJOYCE.
    YOU CAN GO TO OUR EVERYDAY ANSWERS PAGE
    ON JOYCEMEYER.ORG.
    WE'D LOVE TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS.
    NOW, MOST OF YOU KNOW JOYCE RAISED FOUR CHILDREN WHILE
    TRAVELING AROUND THE WORLD SHARING THE GOSPEL
    AND WRITING BOOKS.
    AND TODAY, IN HER 70S, SHE CONTINUES TO TEACH, WRITE BOOKS,
    AND DEAL WITH A LOT OF RESPONSIBILITIES.
    SO, BASICALLY SHE HAS A LOT TO DO, BUT SHE'S NOT OVERWHELMED.
    CHECK OUT THIS QUESTION FROM TWITTER BECAUSE WE HAVE ALL FELT
    OVERWHELMED AT TIMES.
    "WHEN GOD PULLS YOU IN MANY DIRECTIONS, HOW DO YOU KEEP
    YOUR LIFE BALANCED?" WELL, GREAT QUESTION.
    HERE'S JOYCE'S ANSWER.
    JOYCE: ONE OF THE FIRST SCRIPTURES THAT I REMEMBER GOD
    REALLY SPEAKING TO MY HEART ABOUT IS 1 PETER 5:8 AND 9 OUT
    OF THE AMPLIFIED TRANSLATION.
    AND IT SAYS, "BE WELL BALANCED (TEMPERATE, SOBER OF MIND]
    BE VIGILANT AND CAUTIOUS AT ALL TIMES FOR THAT ENEMY OF YOURS,
    THE DEVIL, ROAMS AROUND LIKE A LION ROARING [IN FIERCE HUNGER]
    SEEKING SOMEONE TO SEIZE UPON AND DEVOUR."
    WELL, TO BE HONEST, THERE'S ALREADY ABOUT FIVE MESSAGES
    JUST IN THAT LITTLE BIT.
    BE WELL BALANCED.
    ANYTIME THAT WE'RE OUT OF BALANCE IN OUR LIFE IN ANY AREA,
    IT OPENS UP A DOOR FOR THE ENEMY.
    IF YOU DON'T SPEND ENOUGH TIME WITH YOUR FAMILY, YOU'RE GONE
    TOO MUCH, YOU'RE NOT TAKING THE RIGHT TIME TO SOW INTO YOUR
    RELATIONSHIPS, IT'S GOING TO OPEN A DOOR FOR THE ENEMY
    AND THERE'S GOING TO BE PROBLEMS IN THE FAMILY.
    IF YOU ARE TOO SELFISH, IT'S GOING TO CAUSE PROBLEMS.
    BUT IF YOU NEVER SPEND ENOUGH TIME ON YOURSELF AND YOU DON'T
    TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF, THAT'S GOING TO CAUSE PROBLEMS.
    YOU CAN LOOK AT 1,000 DIFFERENT AREAS AND SEE HOW IMPORTANT
    BALANCE IS.
    AND WE HEAR A LOT ABOUT EATING BALANCED MEALS, SO EVEN FROM
    THAT, GOD IS SHOWING US THAT WE NEED ENOUGH PROTEIN, WE NEED
    ENOUGH CARBS, WE NEED ENOUGH OF THIS, WE NEED ENOUGH OF THAT.
    AND IF YOU JUST EAT ALL SUGAR, YOU'RE GOING TO BE SICK.
    IF YOU JUST DRINK ALL COFFEE AND SODA AND YOU DON'T DRINK ANY
    WATER, YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE KIDNEY PROBLEMS.
    WE NEED TO HAVE BALANCE IN OUR LIVES.
    AND YET, I THINK THAT MOST OF US REALIZE THAT AMERICANS IN
    PARTICULARLY, AND PROBABLY OTHER CULTURES IN THE WESTERN WORLD,
    WE REALLY ARE BAD AT GETTING OUT OF BALANCE.
    AMEN?
    FOR EXAMPLE, WAY TOO MANY PEOPLE WORK WAY TOO MUCH AND THEY DON'T
    REST ENOUGH.
    AND THEN THERE'S A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO DON'T SLEEP ENOUGH.
    WELL, THAT'S GOING TO CAUSE YOU PROBLEMS.
    AND SO, I JUST WANT YOU TO REALIZE THAT IF YOU'RE OUT OF
    BALANCE IN ANY AREA IN YOUR LIFE, THE ENEMY IS GOING TO TAKE
    ADVANTAGE OF IT.
    IF YOU TALK TOO MUCH, THAT'S OUT OF BALANCE.
    BUT THEN SOME PEOPLE DON'T COMMUNICATE ENOUGH, AND SO
    THAT'S OUT OF BALANCE.
    HOW MANY OF YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT I'M SAYING, YOU KNOW?
    WE NEED BALANCE IN OUR LIFE.
    AND BALANCE, LIKE PEOPLE SAY TO ME A LOT, "HOW DO YOU KEEP
    THE SCHEDULE YOU KEEP, AND WRITE THE BOOKS,
    AND YOU HAVE A FAMILY?" I'VE GOT 4 KIDS, 11 GRANDKIDS,
    2 GREAT GRANDKIDS.
    "HOW DO YOU--" THIS IS WHAT THEY,
    "HOW DO YOU KEEP YOUR PRIORITIES STRAIGHT, AND HOW DO YOU
    STAY IN BALANCE?" AND YOU KNOW WHAT I'VE LEARNED
    TO SAY?
    I'M ALWAYS STRAIGHTENING THEM OUT.
    IN OTHER WORDS, YOU DON'T JUST GET IN BALANCE AND STAY THERE
    BECAUSE THE DEVIL LOVES EXCESS.
    HE'S ALWAYS GOING TO TRY US TO BE EXCESSIVE IN ONE WAY
    OR ANOTHER.
    LIKE YOU MIGHT SPEND TOO MUCH MONEY ON YOURSELF, BUT THEN IF
    YOU DON'T EVER SPEND ANY MONEY ON YOURSELF, EITHER ONE CAN
    CAUSE PROBLEMS.
    AND SO, I THINK THAT WE HAVE TO DO A LITTLE BALANCE INVENTORY
    EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE AND JUST TAKE A LITTLE TIME, SPEND
    A LITTLE TIME WITH GOD, AND JUST SAY, "AM I OUT OF BALANCE
    IN ANY AREA OF MY LIFE?" MAYBE YOU'RE WATCHING TOO MUCH
    TELEVISION AND NOT SPENDING ENOUGH TIME IN THE WORD.
    OR YOU KNOW, MAYBE--THERE'S SO MANY DIFFERENT THINGS THAT WE
    COULD THINK OF.
    AND LET ME JUST SUGGEST TO YOU THAT WHEN YOU GET UNHAPPY,
    YOU'RE HAVING TOO MANY BAD DAYS AND TOO MANY SAD DAYS AND TOO
    MANY MAD DAYS, JUST CHECK AND SEE IF YOU'RE OUT OF BALANCE
    IN SOME AREA OF YOUR LIFE.
    BECAUSE A LOT OF TIMES THERE'S JUST SOMETHING THAT NEEDS TO BE
    ADJUSTED.
    MATTER OF FACT, I'LL BET JUST AS I'M STANDING HERE TALKING ABOUT
    THIS RIGHT NOW, I'LL BET YOU THAT THERE'S LOTS OF PEOPLE IN
    THIS ROOM YOU ALREADY, IF I SAID, "WHAT AREA ARE YOU OUT
    OF BALANCE IN YOUR LIFE?" YOU COULD LIFT YOUR HAND UP
    AND TELL ME JUST LIKE THAT.
    HOW MANY OF YOU ALREADY CAN THINK OF SOME AREA?
    OKAY, LOOK AT THAT, THAT'S ALMOST EVERYBODY, PASTOR.
    SO, SO MAYBE I SHOULDN'T EVEN GO TO MY SECOND FAVORITE SCRIPTURE,
    MAYBE I JUST OUGHT TO CAMP HERE THE REST OF THE NIGHT.
    AND YOU KNOW, NO MATTER HOW MUCH OF JESUS YOU HAVE IN YOUR LIFE,
    YOU CAN'T BREAK HIS NATURAL LAWS AND EXPECT EVERYTHING TO WORK
    OUT FOR YOU IN YOUR LIFE.
    I DON'T CARE HOW MUCH YOU PRAY TO FEEL GOOD, IF YOU'RE NOT
    GOING TO REST, YOU'RE GOING TO FEEL LOUSY.
    I DON'T CARE HOW MUCH YOU PRAY TO FEEL GOOD, IF YOU'RE NOT
    GOING TO SLEEP, YOU'RE GOING TO FEEL LOUSY.
    I DON'T CARE HOW MUCH YOU PRAY TO BE HAPPY, IF YOU DON'T TAKE
    ANY TIME TO RELAX AND ENJOY YOURSELF AND LAUGH AND DO THINGS
    THAT YOU ENJOY, YOU'RE NOT GOING TO BE HAPPY.
    SO, WE HAVE TO STAY BALANCED IN OUR LIFE.
    AND THIS SCRIPTURE TELLS ME THAT IF I DON'T STAY BALANCED, I AM
    OPENING A DOOR FOR THE ENEMY.
    HE ROAMS ABOUT LIKE A ROARING--LIKE A LION ROARING
    IN FIERCE HUNGER, SEEKING SOMEONE WHOM HE MAY DEVOUR.
    HE CAN'T DEVOUR ANYBODY, BUT ONE PERSON
    HE CAN DEVOUR IS SOMEBODY WHO IS OUT OF BALANCE
    IN THEIR LIFE.
    AND I THINK WE RAMP IT UP TO ANOTHER LEVEL WHEN WE'RE NOT
    ONLY OUT OF BALANCE, BUT WE KNOW WE'RE OUT OF BALANCE.
    COME ON, ALL YOU PEOPLE WHO RAISED YOUR HAND.
    WE'RE OUT OF BALANCE AND WE KNOW WE'RE OUT OF BALANCE, AND WE
    DON'T DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT.
    I CAN TELL YOU FOR A LOT OF YEARS I WORKED WAY TOO HARD,
    AND I DID IT IN JESUS' NAME.
    BUT I STILL ENDED UP GETTING BURNED OUT, AND GETTING SICK,
    AND PAYING FOR IT.
    I DON'T CARE HOW MUCH OF JESUS YOU HAVE, YOU STILL HAVE TO HAVE
    BALANCE IN YOUR LIFE OR HE'S GOING TO GET IN AND CAUSE YOU
    PROBLEMS, AMEN.
    WELL, THAT'S BETTER THAN YOU'RE ACTING.
    NOW, IT SAYS, "BE VIGILANT AND CAUTIOUS ONCE IN A WHILE."
    NO, IT SAYS AT ALL TIMES, AT ALL TIMES.
    VERSE 9, "WITHSTAND HIM, BE FIRM IN FAITH."
    AND THIS IS ANOTHER ONE OF MY FAVORITE PARTS IS,
    "AGAINST HIS ONSET."
    I GET SOME THINGS OUT OF THE AMPLIFIED TRANSLATION THAT I'M
    NOT GOING TO GET ANYWHERE ELSE, AND I LIKE THAT.
    WHEN DO I RESIST THE DEVIL?
    THE MINUTE HE STARTS IN ON ME.
    WHEN DO I RESIST THE ENEMY?
    AT HIS ONSET.
    YOU DON'T WAIT UNTIL YOU GOT SOME DEEP-ROOTED PROBLEMS
    BEFORE YOU DECIDE, "OH, THAT'S THE DEVIL.
    HE'S A LIAR, AND I GUESS I BETTER STAND AGAINST HIM."
    NO, THE MINUTE THE DEVIL LIES TO YOU, YOU SAY, "YOU'RE A LIAR."
    THE MINUTE THAT HE TEMPTS YOU, THAT'S WHEN YOU SAY, "NO."
    WE NEED TO DEAL A LITTLE MORE VIOLENTLY WITH TEMPTATION
    INSTEAD OF JUST SAYING, "WELL, I JUST WISH I WASN'T SO TEMPTED."
    WELL, YOU CAN WISH ALL YOU WANT TO, BUT YOU'RE STILL GOING TO BE
    TEMPTED.
    AND SO, WHAT WE NEED TO DO IS GET A LITTLE MORE VIOLENT
    WITH IT.
    WHAT HAS JESUS SAID?
    "IF YOUR EYE OFFENDS YOU, PLUCK IT OUT.
    IF YOUR HAND OFFENDS YOU, CUT IT OFF."
    WELL, HE OBVIOUSLY DOESN'T WANT YOU TO PULL YOUR EYE OUT AND CUT
    YOUR HAND OFF, BUT WHAT HE IS SAYING IS IF YOU'RE TEMPTED TO
    LOOK AT THINGS YOU SHOULDN'T BE LOOKING AT, CUT IT OFF.
    IF YOU'RE TEMPTED TO DO THINGS WITH YOUR HANDS YOU SHOULDN'T BE
    DOING WITH THEM, THEN CUT THAT SIN OFF.
    JUST DEAL VIOLENTLY WITH SIN AND SAY NO, AND DO IT AT THE ENEMY'S
    ONSET BECAUSE THE LONGER YOU LET HIM RULE IN YOUR LIFE,
    THE HARDER IT'S GOING TO BE TO GET RID OF HIM.
    [AUDIENCE APPLAUDING]
    JOYCE: "(ROOTED, ESTABLISHED, STRONG, IMMOVABLE,
    AND DETERMINED), KNOWING THAT THE SAME IDENTICAL
    SUFFERINGS ARE APPOINTED TO YOUR BROTHERHOOD (THE WHOLE BODY
    OF CHRISTIANS THROUGHOUT THE WORLD]"
    SO, ANOTHER MESSAGE I GET OUT OF THAT IS DON'T SIT AROUND AND
    FEEL SORRY FOR YOURSELF, JOYCE, BECAUSE YOU'RE HAVING
    TEMPTATIONS, YOU'RE GOING THROUGH PROBLEMS.
    EVERYBODY GOES THROUGH STUFF, AMEN?
    ALL RIGHT, SO GET A LITTLE BALANCE IN YOUR LIFE
    AND IT'S GOING TO HELP YOU.
    GINGER: SO LISTEN, BALANCE IS TOUGH.
    OUR LIVES ARE BUSY.
    I'VE GOT SO MUCH GOING ON.
    I'M SURE THAT YOU DO TOO.
    BUT IT'S NECESSARY AND IT TAKES EFFORT TO MAKE THE CHANGES THAT
    WE NEED TO KEEP THOSE PRIORITIES STRAIGHT ALL THE TIME.
    I'VE SEEN THE WAY JOYCE DEALS WITH BALANCE AND KEEPING
    PRIORITIES IN HER LIFE, AND THIS TEACHING WILL HELP YOU
    BECAUSE SHE'S BEEN ON BOTH SIDES OF THIS.
    SHE HAS BEEN REALLY, SHE WOULD TELL YOU, OUT OF CONTROL AS FAR
    AS BALANCE GOES.
    AND NOW, SHE HAS REALLY LEARNED FROM GOD'S WORD AND FROM
    EXPERIENCE WALKING WITH HIM HOW TO MAINTAIN THAT BALANCE.
    THIS IS HER TEACHING CALLED "UNPLUG, UNWIND & DE-STRESS,"
    4 HOURS OF TEACHING.
    YOU CAN GET IT AS A DIGITAL DOWNLOAD OR ON PHYSICAL CDS
    LIKE THIS.
    AND TODAY, WE ARE OFFERING THIS TO YOU FOR ANY AMOUNT BECAUSE WE
    KNOW THAT IT'S SO IMPORTANT TO GET THIS INTO YOUR LIFE.
    AND AS WE SAY ANY AMOUNT, WE ARE JUST TRUSTING AND BELIEVING THAT
    YOU'LL GIVE WHAT YOU CAN.
    WE ARE HERE TO HELP YOU, THAT IS OUR REAL GOAL.
    WE JUST WANT TO GET THIS TO YOU, SO GIVE YOUR VERY BEST, AND
    REALLY START REPRIORITIZING YOUR LIFE ACCORDING TO SCRIPTURE.
    YOU KNOW, WE LOVE YOU SO MUCH.
    WE'RE GRATEFUL FOR YOU, WE'RE GLAD THAT YOU TUNED IN.
    AND AS WE LEAVE TODAY, HERE'S A LITTLE GLIMPSE AT WHAT WE'LL DO
    TOGETHER NEXT WEEK, BYE BYE.
    JOYCE: YOUR SIN HAS ALREADY BEEN PAID FOR.
    YOU DON'T HAVE TO BEG GOD TO FORGIVE YOU.
    ALL YOU NEED TO DO IS SAY, "I'M SORRY FOR MY SIN AND I WANT
    TO ENTER ON A BETTER COURSE OF LIFE.
    I WANT TO TURN AROUND AND GO IN ANOTHER DIRECTION."
    [MUSIC]
    ANNOUNCER: THE PRECEDING PROGRAM WAS PAID FOR
    BY THE FRIENDS AND PARTNERS OF JOYCE MEYER MINISTRIES.
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