Great quotes from Joyce Meyer’s Book, “Living Beyond Your Feelings: Controlling Emotions So They Don’t Control You”
Doing the wrong thing, no matter how excited it makes us feel, absolutely cannot produce lasting joy. I urge all my readers to choose now what you will be happy with later on. Make decisions based not on excitement or the lack of it, but on God’s principles.
Our suffering does not please God, but when we have a good attitude in the midst of suffering, it does please and glorify Him. Having a good attitude while we are waiting for God to bring justice into our lives makes the waiting time more bearable.
Without God’s help we have difficulty doing things in moderation. We frequently eat too much, spend too much money, have too much entertainment, and talk too much. We are excessive in our actions because we behave emotionally. We feel like doing a thing and so we do it, without any thought to the end result. After the thing is done and cannot be undone, we regret doing it. We do not have to live in regret. God gives us His Spirit to enable us to make right and wise choices.
You can recover from your past pain, from things that have been done to you and mistakes that you have made, but it will require an investment of time on your part. You can either continue to invest in your misery, or you can begin to invest in your healing!
The purpose for bringing things out into the open is for restoration, not for criticism and judging!
If you are in a situation that requires you to be with one of these hard-to-get-along-with people every day, I urge you to pray for them instead of reacting emotionally to them. Our prayers open a door for God to work through.
If God tells you to bring something out into the open or confront a situation from your past, be obedient to Him. He is letting you know this issue is holding you back from His best for you. Always pray about when and how to confront things, especially things that have been buried a long time. Remember, emotional stability comes through learning to live truthfully.
Lord, help me to use the talents You have given me and to not be afraid of making mistakes. Give me wisdom on how to be the best I can be for You. Amen.
If we desire to walk after the Spirit, all our actions must be governed by principles. In the realm of the Spirit there is a precise standard of right and wrong, and how we feel does not alter that standard. If doing the right thing requires a yes from us, then it must be yes whether we feel excited or discouraged. If it is no, then it is no. A principled life is enormously different from an emotional life.
It is easy to relax and “go with the flow.” But those who go through the narrow gate are going to have to stand against pressure. Satan is not going to make it easy for those who decide to live righteously—those who attempt to talk right, act right, think right, and put their money in the right place, those who stop living a selfish, self-centered life, who decide to be radical and outrageous for God. The devil will try to keep them from living that way. His purpose, of course, is to pressure us into getting so depressed and discouraged we give up and quit.
The nature of the flesh is to want what it thinks it cannot have, but once it has what it thought it wanted, the craving starts all over again. The one word that the flesh screams the loudest is more, and no matter how much it has, it is still never satisfied.