Breaking the Enemy’s Strongholds | Joyce Meyer

Breaking the Enemy’s Strongholds | Joyce Meyer


ANNOUNCER: THIS PROGRAM
HAS BEEN MADE POSSIBLE BY THE FRIENDS AND PARTNERS
OF JOYCE MEYER MINISTRIES. [MUSIC] JOYCE: I BELIEVE
THAT THE WORD OF GOD IS THE MOST POWERFUL THING
THAT EXISTS IN THE EARTH. JESUS IS THE WORD MADE FLESH,
SO WHEN WE APPROACH THE WORD OF GOD,
WE NEED TO DO IT WITH REVERENCE AND WITH OUR FULL ATTENTION. THE WORD OF GOD IS NOT ORDINARY,
PLAIN WORDS, BUT THEY’RE WORDS THAT ARE PACKED
WITH LIFE-CHANGING POWER. AND I BELIEVE THAT WHEN THE WORD
IS PREACHED, THAT MIRACLES ARE AVAILABLE TO CHANGE LIVES,
TO SAVE, TO HEAL PHYSICALLY, MENTALLY, EMOTIONALLY,
SPIRITUALLY. AND I JUST WANT TO ENCOURAGE YOU
TONIGHT WHILE I’M PREACHING, AND REALLY ALL WEEKEND, I DON’T WANT
YOU TO COME AND JUST KIND OF SIT THERE TO KIND OF JUST WAIT
TO SEE WHAT’S GONNA HAPPEN. YOU KNOW, I WANT YOU TO BE
EXPECTING GOD TO TOUCH YOU. AND IF YOU HAVE SICKNESS
IN YOUR BODY OR PAIN, I WANT YOU TO BE EXPECTING HEALING. [AUDIENCE APPLAUDING] JOYCE: I WANT YOU TO EXPECT. I BELIEVE PSALM 107:20
THAT SAYS, “HE SENDS HIS WORD AND HEALS THEM.”
YOU SEE, I DON’T THINK–YES, WE CAN LAY HANDS ON THE SICK. WE PRAY THE PRAYER OF FAITH
AND THE SICK ARE HEALED, BUT I ACTUALLY BELIEVE THAT JUST
AS THE WORD IS BEING PREACHED, THAT PEOPLE CAN RECEIVE
PHYSICAL HEALINGS. WE’VE HAD IT HAPPEN OTHERS
PLACES AND I TELL YA, I’VE GOT MY FAITH OUT THAT WHILE THE WORD
IS BEING PREACHED, THAT PEOPLE ARE GONNA RECEIVE ALL KINDS OF
EMOTIONAL HEALING, DELIVERANCE FROM ADDICTIONS AND BONDAGES,
BROKEN HEARTS HEALED, SICKNESS AND DISEASE HEALED,
PAIN LEAVING YOUR BODY. WE SERVE A MIGHTY, POWERFUL,
MIRACLE-WORKING GOD. AMEN? [AUDIENCE APPLAUDING] JOYCE: AND GOD IS A GOD OF
FIRE AND POWER, NOT LIFELESS, DEAD AND COLD. HE DOESN’T BRING US A BUNCH
OF DEAD, DRY, RELIGION. I THOUGHT DURING WORSHIP–YOU
KNOW, BECAUSE WE DRAW PEOPLE FROM EVERY KIND OF DENOMINATION
IMAGINABLE AND SOME PEOPLE WHO HAVEN’T MADE UP THEIR MIND YET
WHICH ONE THEY’RE GONNA BE IN AND SOME WHO DON’T WANT TO BE
IN ANY, AND ON AND ON AND ON. I KNOW WHEN YOU COME TO
A CONFERENCE LIKE THIS AND YOU’RE IN THE MIDDLE OF A MIGHTY
OUTPOURING OF PEOPLE WORSHIPING GOD LIKE WE WERE TONIGHT, MAYBE
YOU’VE NEVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE THAT AND YOU’RE LIKE,
“WHAT IN THE WORLD? WHAT IS GOING ON?”
YOU KNOW, BE TRUTHFULLY, YOU KNEW IN YOUR SPIRIT
THAT IT WAS RIGHT AND GOOD. AND THE POINT IS, IS THAT PEOPLE
HERE TONIGHT ARE EXCITED ABOUT JESUS AND WE SHOULD
BE EXCITED ABOUT JESUS. [AUDIENCE CHEERING] JOYCE: SOMEHOW OR ANOTHER,
WE THINK IT’S ALL RIGHT TO SPEND OUR EMOTIONS ON EVERY OTHER
THING IN THE WORLD EXCEPT GOD. AND WHEN YOU GET A LITTLE BIT
EMOTIONAL ABOUT GOD, PEOPLE ARE GOING “FANATICS, EMOTIONALISM,
YOU KNOW, PENTECOSTALISM, THOSE WEIRD PEOPLE.”
WELL, YOU KNOW WHAT? I’D RATHER BE A LITTLE BIT
TOO HOT THAN ICY COLD DEAD. [AUDIENCE CHEERING] JOYCE: SO WE TRY TO ERR ON
THE SIDE OF LETTING GOD BE GOD, AND I JUST WANT TO CHALLENGE YOU
TO BE EXPECTING ALL WEEKEND. COME EXPECTING. DON’T JUST COME AND
PLOP DOWN LIKE A DEAD FISH AND SIT THERE AND WAIT TO SEE
WHAT’S GONNA HAPPEN. I GOT MY FAITH OUT. I’M PRAYED UP AND READY, STUDIED
UP AND READY, NOW I WANT YOU TO PUT YOUR FAITH OUT. AND SO I PRAY FOR YOU
IN THE NAME OF JESUS THAT WHATEVER YOU NEED IN YOUR SOUL,
IN YOUR SPIRIT, IN YOUR BODY, IN YOUR MIND, THAT THERE’S
MIRACLE-WORKING POWER HERE TONIGHT TO BRING THAT TO YOU. IN JESUS’ NAME, AMEN. ALL RIGHT. [AUDIENCE APPLAUDING] JOYCE: NOW, THOUGHTS
ALWAYS GO BEFORE ACTIONS. I ALWAYS SAY THAT WHERE THE MIND
GOES, THE MAN FOLLOWS, AND I THINK THAT’S VERY TRUE. THE BIBLE TEACHES US IN ROMANS
CHAPTER 8, VERSE 5 THAT, “THOSE WHO ARE
ACCORDING TO THE FLESH AND ARE CONTROLLED BY ITS
UNHOLY DESIRES HAVE SET THEIR MIND ON AND PURSUE THOSE THINGS
WHICH GRATIFY THE FLESH.” SO IT’S VERY PLAIN RIGHT THERE. IF YOU’RE WALKING AFTER
THE FLESH, IF I’M WALKING AFTER THE FLESH, IT’S BECAUSE
I’VE PUT MY MIND ON FLESHLY THINGS AND THEREFORE
THAT’S WHAT I’M PURSUING. WHATEVER WE PUT OUR MIND ON,
THAT’S WHAT WE’RE GONNA GO AFTER. OUR MIND AFFECTS OUR EMOTIONS,
WHAT WE THINK, COMES OUT OF OUR MOUTH, IT AFFECTS
ALL OF OUR ACTIONS. THEN IT GOES ON TO SAY,
“BUT THOSE WHO ARE ACCORDING TO THE SPIRIT AND ARE CONTROLLED
BY THE DESIRES OF THE SPIRIT SET THEIR MINDS ON
AND SEEK THOSE THINGS WHICH GRATIFY THE SPIRIT.”
NOW LET ME JUST SAY THIS, YOU CANNOT HAVE A FLESHLY MIND
AND HAVE A SPIRITUAL LIFE. IT’S NOT GONNA WORK. SO WE HAVE TO LEARN HOW TO
THINK THINGS ON PURPOSE THAT ARE GONNA BENEFIT US. PROVERBS 23:7 SAYS, “AS A MAN
THINKS IN HIS HEART, SO IS HE.” ONE TRANSLATION SAYS,
“OR SO DOES HE BECOME.” THE BIBLE TEACHES US, ESPECIALLY
IN 2 CORINTHIANS 10:4 AND 5, THAT THERE’S A WAR GOING ON,
THAT “THE WEAPONS OF OUR WARFARE ARE NOT CARNAL BUT
THEY’RE MIGHTY THROUGH GOD TO THE PULLING DOWN OF STRONGHOLDS,
CASTING DOWN IMAGINATIONS, REASONINGS, THEORIES
AND EVERY PROUD AND LOFTY THING THAT EXALTS ITSELF
AGAINST THE TRUE OF GOD.” THOSE SCRIPTURES ARE TALKING
ABOUT THE MIND AND HOW THERE’S A BATTLE THAT RAGES IN THE MIND. THE MIND IS THE BATTLEGROUND
WHERE SATAN TRIES HIS LEVEL BEST TO TAKE CONTROL OF OUR LIVES. SATAN COMES TO KILL, STEAL
AND DESTROY, BUT JESUS SAID, “I CAME,”
AND I’M SO GLAD HE DID. “I CAME THAT YOU MIGHT HAVE
AND ENJOY YOUR LIFE AND HAVE IT IN ABUNDANCE TO THE FULL
UNTIL IT OVERFLOWS.” EVERY ONE OF YOU
HAS A BLOOD-BOUGHT, CHRIST-PAID-FOR,
GOD-ORDAINED RIGHT TO ENJOY EVERY SINGLE MOMENT
OF YOUR LIFE. WE ARE NOT HERE FOR MISERY,
WE ARE HERE TO ENJOY OUR LIVES. AMEN? AND THE DEVIL
DOESN’T WANT US DOING THAT. HE DOESN’T WANT HAPPY CHRISTIANS
BECAUSE HAPPY CHRISTIANS ARE LIKELY TO INFECT
OTHER PEOPLE WITH THEIR JOY. AS LONG AS ALL THE WORLD SEES IS
SAD, SAVED PEOPLE, WITH BUMPER STICKERS AND A LITTLE CHRISTIAN
JEWELRY, IT DOESN’T SAY A THING TO THEM AS FAR AS SUGGESTING
THAT THEY MIGHT CONSIDER WANTING WHAT WE HAVE. SO WHETHER YOU KNOW IT OR NOT,
JOY IS NOT ONLY–IT DOESN’T ONLY JUST FEEL GOOD,
IT’S VERY NECESSARY. IT’S THE BEST ADVERTISEMENT
THAT WE CAN HAVE FOR THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST,
ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU CAN GO OUT AND BE HAPPY WHEN MAYBE ALL YOUR
CIRCUMSTANCES AREN’T HAPPY. SO, THE DEVIL DIDN’T JUST START
TO WORK ON ANY ONE OF US YESTERDAY OR THIS MORNING, HE’S
BEEN AT IT A LONG, LONG TIME. BUT WE HAVE WEAPONS,
THANK GOD THAT WE HAVE WEAPONS, AND THE WEAPONS ALL INVOLVE
THE WORD OF GOD. TONIGHT WHEN WE WERE WORSHIPING
GOD, THAT WAS A WEAPON. WE WERE DOING SPIRITUAL WARFARE
TONIGHT WHEN WE WERE WORSHIPING GOD. [AUDIENCE APPLAUDING] JOYCE: THE WORD THAT
I’M PREACHING TONIGHT IS FIGHTING DEMONIC SPIRITS
AND BREAKING STRONGHOLDS OFF OF PEOPLE’S LIVES. WHEN WE HEAR THE WORD, SPEAK
THE WORD, MEDITATE ON THE WORD, SING THE WORD, WHEN WE PRAISE
GOD, ALL OF THESE THINGS ARE WEAPONS THAT DEFEAT THE ENEMY. NOW, THE BIBLE TEACHES US
THAT OUR MIND HAS TO BE RENEWED, AND WE’RE GONNA TALK A LOT
ABOUT THAT TONIGHT. THE DEVIL IS A LIAR,
THE FATHER OF LIES. HE HAS CAREFULLY STUDIED EACH
ONE OF US FOR A VERY LONG TIME. BUT I GUESS MY POINT IS
AND MY QUESTION TO YOU IS, HOW LONG HAVE YOU STUDIED HIM? HOW QUICKLY DO WE RECOGNIZE
AN ENEMY ATTACK? HOW LONG DO WE PUT UP
WITH THE DEVIL’S NONSENSE BEFORE WE EVEN BOTHER TO SAY,
“I KNOW WHAT YOU’RE TRYING TO DO AND YOU’RE NOT GONNA DO IT. NO MATTER WHAT LIE YOU TELL ME,
THIS IS WHAT GOD’S WORD SAYS AND THAT IS WHAT I BELIEVE.”
HOW LONG DO WE JUST PUT UP WITH THE ENEMY TORMENTING US? HOW MANY DAYS DO WE HAVE TO BE
IN A FIT OF DEPRESSION AND FULL OF SELF-PITY BEFORE WE SAY, “OH,
I THINK I’M UNDER ENEMY ATTACK”? [AUDIENCE LAUGHING] JOYCE: DON’T WAIT ‘TIL YOU
GET SO BAD THAT IT TAKES A TRUCKLOAD OF CHRISTIANS TO
COME AND PROP YOU BACK UP AGAIN. [AUDIENCE LAUGHING] JOYCE: LET’S LEARN HOW TO DO
WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS IN 1 PETER 5, “RESIST THE DEVIL
AT HIS ONSET.” IMMEDIATELY, “NO, GET BEHIND ME. SHUT UP. YOU’RE A LIAR. THAT IS NOT TRUE.” [AUDIENCE APPLAUDING] JOYCE: AND I PERSONALLY AM
VERY BIG ON SPEAKING OUT LOUD. I THINK IF YOU’RE
IN A PLACE WHERE YOU CAN, YOU CAN TALK BACK TO THE DEVIL. JESUS TALKED BACK TO THE DEVIL
AND THERE’S NO REASON WHY WE CAN’T. HE’S OUR EXAMPLE. YOU SAY, “WELL, WHEN DID
HE TALK BACK TO THE DEVIL?” IN LUKE CHAPTER 4,
AND OTHER PLACES. THE DEVIL BEGINS EARLY IN OUR
LIFE BY BOMBARDING OUR MINDS WITH CLEVERLY DEVISED PATTERNS
OF LITTLE NAGGING THOUGHTS. SUSPICION, DOUBT,
FEAR, WONDERINGS, REASONINGS, THEORIES. HE MOVES SLOWLY
AND CAUTIOUSLY, AFTER ALL, WELL-LAID PLANS TAKE TIME. A STRONGHOLD IS AN AREA
WHERE AN ENEMY ENTRENCHES HIMSELF AND CONTROLS THAT AREA. AND SO WHEN THE BIBLE TALKS
ABOUT HOW WE HAVE STRONGHOLDS IN OUR MIND, WE HAVE TO UNDERSTAND
THAT, THAT’S AN AREA WHERE THE ENEMY, SATAN, HAS WORKED
A LONG PERIOD OF TIME AND HE NOW IS ENTRENCHED IN THAT AREA,
AND HE’S CAUSED US TO BELIEVE SOMETHING THAT IS ABSOLUTELY
NOT TRUE. HOWEVER, AS LONG AS WE BELIEVE
IT’S TRUE, NO MATTER HOW UNTRUE IT IS, IT’S TRUE FOR US. AND, OF COURSE, I HAD MANY
THINGS IN MY LIFE THAT I FIRMLY BELIEVED THAT WERE ABSOLUTELY
UNTRUE, BUT I DID NOT KNOW THEY WERE NOT TRUE BECAUSE
I DID NOT KNOW THE WORD OF GOD. I WONDER IF WE HAVE ANY IDEA
HOW PRECIOUS THE WORD OF GOD IS. I’LL TELL YOU WHAT,
I THANK GOD FOR WHAT I KNOW. OH, MY GOODNESS, I WOULD NOT
TAKE ANYTHING FOR THE 37 YEARS I’VE BEEN STUDYING THE BIBLE. I THANK GOD FOR WHAT I KNOW. THE MORE YOU KNOW OF THE WORD,
I MEAN, REALLY KNOW, THE LESS LIKELY YOU ARE TO BE DECEIVED. THE DEVIL DOESN’T WANT YOU
TO STUDY. HE DON’T WANT YOU TO BE HERE
TONIGHT, AND HE’LL TRY TO DO EVERYTHING HE CAN TO DISTRACT
YOU BECAUSE HE DOESN’T WANT YOU TO GET ANYTHING OUT OF THIS. BUT YOU DON’T NEED TO BE TOO
CONCERNED ‘CAUSE I’VE ALREADY PRAYED AND YOU ARE GONNA
PAY ATTENTION, PERIOD, END OF THE CONVERSATION. [AUDIENCE LAUGHING] [AUDIENCE APPLAUDING] JOYCE: AND YOU DON’T
WANT TO GO TO SLEEP IN HERE ‘CAUSE WE HAVE PEOPLE
THAT WILL COME GET YOU. [AUDIENCE LAUGHING] JOYCE: SO WITH THESE WEAPONS
THAT WE HAVE, STRONGHOLDS CAN BE TORN DOWN. SO, WE SEE SO FAR THAT
WE’RE IN A WAR. WHY ELSE WOULD WE BE CALLED
SOLDIERS IN THE ARMY OF GOD? SOLDIERS IN ARMIES ARE FOR WAR. SO WE’RE IN A WAR. OUR ENEMY IS SATAN, NOT PEOPLE. “WE WAR NOT AGAINST
FLESH AND BLOOD, BUT AGAINST PRINCIPALITIES AND POWERS
AND WICKEDNESS IN HIGH PLACES.” AND I KNOW, YOU KNOW, WE DON’T
LIKE– “YEAH, I DON’T KNOW, JOYCE, I’M NOT REAL COMFORTABLE
ABOUT ALL THIS DEVIL TALK, YOU KNOW, THAT KIND OF SPOOKY.” [AUDIENCE LAUGHING] JOYCE: WELL, WOULD YOU RATHER
SPEND THE REST OF YOUR LIFE DECEIVED AND MISERABLE, OR
WOULD YOU LIKE TO FACE THE TRUTH THAT YOU HAVE AN ENEMY? YOU DON’T NEED TO BE ALL SO
CONCERNED ABOUT HIM BECAUSE GOD IS MUCH GREATER THAN HE IS,
BUT NEITHER CAN YOU IGNORE HIM. JESUS DID NOT IGNORE THE DEVIL
AND WE CANNOT IGNORE HIM EITHER. OUR MIND IS THE BATTLEFIELD. THE DEVIL WORKS DILIGENTLY TO
SET UP STRONGHOLDS IN OUR MIND. HE TAKES HIS TIME
TO WORK OUT HIS PLAN. SO NOW WE’RE GONNA EXAMINE
A LITTLE BIT ABOUT HOW THIS PLAN WORKS BY ME SHARING A PARABLE
WITH YOU, AND IT’S NOT A PARABLE THAT JESUS TOLD. THIS IS MY OWN PARABLE THAT
I MADE UP AND IT’S IN THIS BOOK, “BATTLEFIELD OF THE MIND.”
AND SO YOU’RE JUST GONNA HAVE TO INDULGE ME AND LET ME READ
YOU A LITTLE STORY HERE. “MARY AND HER HUSBAND, JOHN, ARE
NOT ENJOYING A HAPPY MARRIAGE. THERE IS STRIFE BETWEEN THEM
ALL THE TIME. THEY’RE BOTH ANGRY,
BITTER AND RESENTFUL. THEY HAVE TWO CHILDREN
THAT ARE BEING AFFECTED BY THE PROBLEMS IN THEIR HOME. STRIFE IS SHOWING UP
IN THEIR SCHOOLWORK, THE RESULTS OF THE STRIFE IN THEIR HOME IS
SHOWING UP IN THEIR SCHOOLWORK AND THEIR BEHAVIOR AT SCHOOL. ONE OF THE CHILDREN IS NOW
HAVING STOMACH PROBLEMS BECAUSE OF HIS NERVES.”
NOW SOME OF YOU MIGHT BE THINKING, “WELL, I’M MARY
AND I’M MARRIED TO JOHN.” [AUDIENCE LAUGHING] JOYCE: MANY OF YOU CAN
ALREADY RECOGNIZE WHERE THIS IS GOING. “WELL, MARY’S PROBLEM IS
THAT SHE DOESN’T KNOW HOW TO LET JOHN BE THE HEAD OF THEIR HOME. SHE’S BOSSY. SHE WANTS TO MAKE
ALL THE DECISIONS, HANDLE THE FINANCES
AND DISCIPLINE THE CHILDREN. SHE WANTS TO WORK SO SHE’LL HAVE
HER, “OWN MONEY,” BECAUSE SHE IS INDEPENDENT, LOUD,
DEMANDING, AND A NAG.” [AUDIENCE LAUGHING] JOYCE: SO YOU’RE PROBABLY
THINKING BY NOW, ‘WELL, I’VE GOT MARY’S ANSWER,
SHE NEEDS TO BE SAVED. SHE NEEDS TO KNOW JESUS.’
WELL, GUESS WHAT? SHE DOES KNOW JESUS. SHE RECEIVED JESUS 5 YEARS AGO,
ONLY 3 YEARS AFTER HER AND JOHN WERE MARRIED. ‘YOU MEAN, THERE HAS NOT BEEN
A CHANGE IN MARY SINCE SHE’S BEEN BORN AGAIN?’
‘WELL, YES THERE HAS BEEN SOME CHANGE. SHE NOW BELIEVES THAT SHE WOULD
GO TO HEAVEN IF SHE DIED, BUT SHE STILL LIVES UNDER CONSTANT
CONDEMNATION BECAUSE SHE FEELS SO BAD ABOUT HER BEHAVIOR THAT
SHE SEEMS TO HAVE NO ABILITY TO CONTROL. SHE DOES HAVE SOME HOPE NOW
WHEREAS SHE HAD NO HOPE BEFORE SHE MET JESUS. SHE WAS MISERABLE AND HOPELESS,
NOW SHE IS JUST MISERABLE.'” [AUDIENCE LAUGHING] JOYCE: IT’S ONE THING
TO BE A MISERABLE SINNER, IT’S ANOTHER ENTIRELY DIFFERENT
THING TO BE A MISERABLE SAINT, AND I HAVE BEEN BOTH. “MARY KNOWS THAT HER
ATTITUDE’S WRONG. SHE WANTS TO CHANGE. SHE’S RECEIVED COUNSELING FROM
TWO DIFFERENT PEOPLE, TAKES EVERY OPPORTUNITY TO BE PRAYED
FOR, ASKS FOR VICTORY OVER ANGER, REBELLION, UNFORGIVENESS,
RESENTMENT AND BITTERNESS. WHY HAS SHE NOT SEEN
ANY IMPROVEMENT?” WELL, THE ANSWER IS FOUND
IN ROMANS 12, VERSE 2, SO LET’S GO THERE AND READ
THAT BEFORE WE GO ANY FURTHER. “DO NOT BE CONFORMED TO
THIS WORLD, [FASHIONED AFTER AND ADAPTED TO ITS EXTERNAL,
SUPERFICIAL CUSTOMS], BUT BE TRANSFORMED, ENTIRELY
(CHANGED) BY THE [ENTIRE] RENEWAL OF YOUR MIND.”
BE CHANGED BY THE RENEWAL OF YOUR MIND. WE ARE SAVED BY
THE BLOOD OF JESUS. WE ARE CHANGED BY
THE POWER OF THE HOLY GHOST AND THE RENEWAL OF OUR MIND. [AUDIENCE APPLAUDING] JOYCE: WHEN YOU GET SAVED,
YOUR MIND DOESN’T GET SAVED. YOU DO GET A NEW MIND,
YOU GET A MIND OF THE SPIRIT, YOU GET THE MIND OF CHRIST,
AND WE’LL TALK ABOUT THAT A LITTLE BIT LATER, BUT
IT STILL HAS TO BE DEVELOPED. IT’S SOMETHING THAT’S
DOWN DEEP INSIDE OF YOU. OLD HABIT PATTERNS
HAVE TO BE BROKEN, STRONGHOLDS HAVE TO BE TORN DOWN. HOW MANY PEOPLE RECEIVE CHRIST
AS THEIR SAVIOR, THEY’RE SINCERE, THEY PRAY A PRAYER
OF SALVATION WITH SOMEBODY, THEY WANT TO TURN THEIR LIFE
AROUND BUT THEY NEVER REALLY EDUCATE THEMSELVES? THEY DON’T EDUCATE THEMSELVES. THERE’S NOT ONE PERSON HERE
THAT WOULD EVER EXPECT TO GO BE A DOCTOR WITH NO EDUCATION. YOU WOULD NOT EXPECT TO BE
A GOOD DENTIST WITH NO EDUCATION. YOU WOULD NOT EXPECT TO BE
A SCHOOLTEACHER WITH NO EDUCATION,
NOT EVEN A KINDERGARTEN SCHOOLTEACHER WOULD YOU EXPECT
TO BE WITH NO EDUCATION AND, YET WE EXPECT TO BE POWERHOUSE,
VICTORIOUS CHRISTIANS WITH NO EDUCATION,
AND IT JUST WON’T WORK. NOW, YOU KNOW, YOU’VE COME HERE
TONIGHT BECAUSE YOU’RE PEOPLE WHO WANT TO BE EDUCATED. BUT GUESS WHAT? THERE’S MILLIONS OF OTHER PEOPLE
WATCHING THIS RIGHT NOW BY TV AND MANY OF YOU DON’T KNOW ZIP
ABOUT THE WORD OF GOD. AND IF SOMEBODY ASKS YOU,
YOU MIGHT SAY, “WELL, YES I BELIEVE IN JESUS.”
BUT I’M TELLING YOU EVEN IF YOU BELIEVE IN JESUS AND YOU
SINCERELY BELIEVE IN JESUS, IF YOU DON’T KNOW THE WORD OF GOD,
I MEAN, KNOW IT, NOT HAVE A LITTLE BIT OF HEAD KNOWLEDGE,
BUT KNOW IT, THEN YOU HAVE NO WAY OF BEING ABLE TO DISCERN
WHEN THE DEVIL IS LYING TO YOU AND IF YOU LET HIM LIE TO YOU,
HE IS GOING TO RULE YOUR LIFE. [AUDIENCE APPLAUDING] JOYCE: HOW MANY YEARS DID
I GO TO CHURCH, WEEK AFTER WEEK AFTER WEEK AFTER WEEK? I WAS ON THE EVANGELISM
BOARD AT MY CHURCH. I WENT OUT AND KNOCKED ON DOORS
TELLING PEOPLE ABOUT JESUS OUT OF OBLIGATION BECAUSE
I WANTED TO WORK FOR GOD. I READ A CHAPTER A DAY
IN MY BIBLE OUT OF OBLIGATION. DIDN’T REMEMBER A THING I READ,
DIDN’T UNDERSTAND A THING THAT I READ. AND DON’T MEAN IT, REALLY,
AS ANY KIND OF AN INSULT TO THE CHURCH THAT I WENT TO
BECAUSE TO BE HONEST, THEY TAUGHT ME A GOOD
FOUNDATION ABOUT SALVATION BY GRACE BUT NOBODY WAS TEACHING ME
HOW I COULD BEGIN TO ACT LIKE A SANE HUMAN BEING. I WOULD GO TO CHURCH ON SUNDAY,
FIGHT WITH MY HUSBAND ALL WEEK, YELL AT MY KIDS ALL WEEK,
BE MISERABLE, DEPRESSED, ANGRY, JUST A TOTAL MESS, AND GO BACK
TO CHURCH THE NEXT SUNDAY. AND I TELL YOU WHAT, I HAVE BEEN
ON AN ALL-OUT RAMPAGE FOR THE LAST 37 YEARS
SINCE GOD TOUCHED MY LIFE AND I’VE LEARNED HIS WORD,
TO SEE CHRISTIANS GROW UP AND MATURE SO THEY CAN HAVE WHAT
GOD SENT JESUS TO DIE FOR THEM TO HAVE AND SO WE CAN BE
LIGHTS IN A DARK WORLD, AMEN. [AUDIENCE APPLAUDING] JOYCE: AND I FEEL VERY
PASSIONATE ABOUT IT. AND THIS IS WHERE IT STARTS,
THE RENEWAL OF YOUR MIND, AND IT’S A PROCESS THAT NEVER STOPS. LET ME TELL YOU, IN STUDYING FOR
THIS SERIES FOR THE LAST COUPLE OF WEEKS AND THE CLOSER I GET
TO THE CONFERENCE, THE MORE I ENTRENCH MYSELF AND STUDY,
THE MORE I MEDITATE ON IT, THE MORE I’VE BEEN READING,
THE MORE I’VE BEEN THINKING ABOUT THIS. I’VE BEEN THINKING ABOUT THESE
SCRIPTURES ON THE MIND ALL DAY LONG AND IT HAS HELPED ME. MY THINKING HAS IMPROVED
BY PREPARING TO PREACH MY MESSAGE ON THINKING. SO ,I ALWAYS SAY,
“I’LL JUST BE HAPPY TO PREACH TO MYSELF EVEN IF YOU DON’T
NEED IT, I’LL BE HAPPY TO PREACH TO ME.” [AUDIENCE APPLAUDING] JOYCE: WE HAVE TO HAVE
OUR MINDS RENEWED. “BE NOT CONFORMED TO THIS WORLD
BUT BE YE TRANSFORMED (CHANGED) BY THE [ENTIRE] RENEWAL OF
YOUR MIND, THAT YOU MIGHT PROVE, PROVE, [FOR YOURSELVES] WHAT
IS THE GOOD AND PERFECT AND ACCEPTABLE WILL OF GOD FOR YOU.”
I DON’T WANT TO JUST TALK ABOUT THE GOOD THINGS THAT GOD
WANTS ME TO HAVE. I WANT TO SEE THEM. I WANT THEM PROVED OUT
IN MY LIFE AND I DON’T WANT TO JUST PREACH TO YOU ABOUT THEM. I WANT YOU TO SAY,
“JOYCE, I GOT IT.” [AUDIENCE APPLAUDING] JOYCE: I WANT TO HEAR
YOUR TESTIMONIES. “I’VE BEEN SET FREE. I’M A NEW PERSON. MY MARRIAGE HAS CHANGED. MY KIDS ARE DIFFERENT. MY HOME IS DIFFERENT. I’VE GOT PEACE IN MY LIFE.” [AUDIENCE APPLAUDING] JOYCE: MARY HAD A PROBLEM. I’M SURE MARY WAS A SWEET GIRL
THAT LOVED JESUS BUT SHE HAD STRONGHOLDS IN HER MIND AND
UNTIL THEY WERE BROKEN, NOTHING WAS EVER GONNA CHANGE FOR HER. JOYCE: WELL, HOW QUICKLY
DO YOU RECOGNIZE THE ATTACK OF THE ENEMY? YOU KNOW, OUR MIND
IS THE ENEMY’S BATTLEGROUND. WE NEED TO LEARN TO REJECT
HIS THOUGHTS WHICH ARE LIES ABOUT US AND TO US,
AND PURPOSEFULLY DWELL ON WHAT GOD’S WORD SAYS ABOUT US. THE BIBLE SAYS IN JAMES 4:7,
“WE ARE TO SUBMIT TO GOD, AND THEN WE CAN
RESIST THE DEVIL, AND HE WILL FLEE FROM US.”
WELL, THIS WEEK, WE’RE CELEBRATING THE 25th
ANNIVERSARY OF WHEN I FIRST PUBLISHED THE,
“BATTLEFIELD OF THE MIND,” BOOK. AND TODAY, WE’RE OFFERING
A SPECIAL UPDATED VERSION FOR A GIFT OF ANY AMOUNT. NOW, THIS HAS BEEN MY NUMBER
ONE BEST-SELLING BOOK AND IF YOU HAVE NOT READ,
“BATTLEFIELD OF MIND,” THIS IS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR
EVERYBODY TO BE ABLE TO GET IT. ALL WE ASK YOU TO DO IS SEND
IN THE VERY BEST OFFERING THAT YOU CAN. IF YOU ALREADY HAVE A COPY,
THEN I ENCOURAGE YOU TO GET ONE TO GIVE AWAY TO SOMEBODY
THAT’S HAVING CHALLENGES RIGHT NOW WITH THEIR THOUGHTS. NOW, I STAY WITH ME,
I’LL BE RIGHT BACK AND I WANNA PRAY FOR YOUR MIND. ANNOUNCER: A WAR IS RAGING,
YOUR MIND IS THE BATTLEFIELD. THE ENEMY ATTACKS WITH
NEGATIVE THOUGHTS LIKE, WORRY, CONFUSION, ANGER,
AND DEPRESSION. YOU CAN FIGHT BACK AND STAND
IN VICTORY WITH THE KING. FOR THE LAST 25 YEARS,
GOD HAS USED THE BIBLICAL TRUTHS IN,
“BATTLEFIELD OF THE MIND,” TO TRANSFORM LIVES. FEMALE: I WOULD SAY THE BIG
HEALING MOMENT FOR ME WAS WHEN I READ,
“BATTLEFIELD OF THE MIND.” MALE: I USED
THAT ALMOST LIKE A MANUAL TO TRAIN
MYSELF ON HOW I THINK. FEMALE: THAT BOOK LITERALLY,
WAS A MAP FOR ME, TO PUT ME ON THE ROAD
THAT GOD WANTED ME TO GO ON. ANNOUNCER: TODAY, YOU CAN
GET, “BATTLEFIELD OF THE MIND,” FOR YOUR GIFT OF ANY AMOUNT. GO TO JOYCEMEYER.ORG,
OR CALL US AT… ANNOUNCER: SO, THE BIBLE IS
GOD’S MANUAL TO HELP US NAVIGATE LIFE. BUT LIFE OFTEN GETS IN THE WAY
OF KNOWING THE BIBLE–FINDING THE TIME, KNOWING WHERE TO
BEGIN, AND DISCOVERING WHAT THIS ALL MEANS TO YOU. WE UNDERSTAND AND WE’D LIKE
TO HELP. AT JOYCEMEYER.ORG/STUDY YOU’LL
FIND FREE RESOURCES TO HELP YOU GET MORE OUT OF THE BIBLE,
WHETHER YOU’RE A NEW CHRISTIAN OR HAVE BEEN WALKING WITH CHRIST
FOR YEARS. SO, JUMP IN TODAY. THE WORD–IT’S FREE, IT’S
MOBILE, AND IT’S TAILORED FOR YOU AT JOYCEMEYER.ORG. JOYCE: WELL, WHAT WOULD
HAPPEN IF WE PUT JESUS FIRST IN EVERYTHING WE DO? AND WHAT DOES IT TRULY MEAN
TO LIVE BY FAITH? I BELIEVE FINDING THE ANSWERS
TO THESE QUESTIONS IN GOD’S WORD WILL BEGIN TO TRANSFORM
YOUR EVERYDAY LIFE IN MORE WAYS THAN YOU REALIZE. THAT’S WHY I’M VERY EXCITED
TO SHARE THE NEXT TWO BOOKS IN MY BIBLICAL STUDY SERIES:
“COLOSSIANS,” AND, “GALATIANS.” I LOVE THINGS THAT I CAN HEAR,
OR STUDY, OR READ, AND ACTUALLY, PUT THEM INTO ACTION IN MY LIFE,
THAT VERY DAY. SO, I REALLY WANT TO ENCOURAGE
YOU TO GET THESE BIBLE STUDIES, TODAY. I BELIEVE THEY’RE REALLY GOING
TO MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE IN YOUR LIFE AND THEY’RE
GOING TO BLESS YOU. ANNOUNCER: BIBLICAL
STUDIES TO FIT YOUR LIFE. “COLOSSIANS,”
AND, “GALATIANS,” ORDER YOUR COPY TODAY. JOYCE: OKAY, WELL,
I’M GONNA PRAY FOR YOUR MIND AND I WANT YOU TO BE
IN AGREEMENT WITH ME. FATHER, WE COME TO YOU
IN JESUS’ NAME, AND WE’RE SO GRATEFUL THAT
WE CAN COME IN THAT NAME, AND KNOW THAT YOU HEAR US,
AND THAT YOU WILL ANSWER OUR PRAYERS. THERE’S NOBODY THAT DOESN’T
HAVE THE ENEMY COME AGAINST THEIR MIND WITH LIES
AND THOUGHTS THAT ARE NOT IN AGREEMENT WITH YOUR WORD,
AND I PRAY FOR EVERYONE THAT THEY WILL BEGIN
TO RECOGNIZE THOSE LIES, THAT THEY WILL QUICKLY CAST
DOWN ALL THOUGHTS AND IMAGINATIONS THAT
ARE AGAINST YOUR WORD. YOU WANT US TO THINK
THE WAY YOU THINK, AND TO SAY WHAT YOU SAY. CHANGING OUR THOUGHTS
CAN CHANGE OUR LIFE. I PRAY FOR PEOPLE THAT
THEY WILL PAY ATTENTION TO WHAT THEY’RE THINKING,
AND NOT JUST THINK ANYTHING THAT FALLS IN THEIR HEAD,
BUT MAKE SURE THAT IT IS IN AGREEMENT WITH
YOUR WORD. I PRAY FOR PEOPLE TO HAVE
PEACE OF MIND AND FOR THEM NOT TO WORRY AND BE ANXIOUS
AND FEARFUL. WE LOVE YOU SO MUCH FATHER,
AND WE WANT TO ENJOY THE LIFE THAT JESUS DIED TO GIVE US,
AND WE KNOW THAT IN ORDER TO DO THAT OUR MIND MUST
BE RENEWED. SO, I PRAY FOR PEOPLE THAT YOU
WILL HELP THEM IN THIS AREA AND I KNOW THAT THEY
WILL SEE BIG CHANGE, AND THEIR LIVES WILL IMPROVE,
IN JESUS’ NAME, AMEN. ALL RIGHT, THANK YOU. NOW, GET BUSY THINKING THE WAY
GOD WANTS YOU TO THINK. ANNOUNCER: WE HOPE YOU
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53 thoughts on “Breaking the Enemy’s Strongholds | Joyce Meyer”

  • Grace Morgan speaks Youtube Channel says:

    Whoever is reading this God knows your situation and is going to rescue you. Everything is going to be fine have faith in God.

  • Patti Brooks says:

    God Bless everyone reading this and I need prayers as I have COPD have high fever issues so if I got the virus Id die more than likely .I dont want my kitty to get it from me ethier !

  • Lisa Love Ministries says:

    Develop a personal relationship with Christ our LORD and Savior, pray for all. 🌍 Psalm 27 1 Timothy 2:1-6.

  • Stephanie Gaines says:

    Please helping me to with my Broken heart. By someone who use to be a Prayer Partner. Now don't go church or Like that I be call to spiritual. Because I was Fasting he was Mad.

  • I LOVE WATCHING JOYCE, SHE MAKES ME FEEL SO ENERGIZED AND STRONG. I FEEL GREAT WHEN I WATCH HER PREACH. SHE IS A STRONG AND BEAUTIFUL WOMAN. I WATCH AT LEAST 6 SERMONS OR MORE WEEKLY. SOMETIMES FOUR A DAY. I NEED IT. SHE CHANGED ME IN THREE YEARS . IM BETTER NOW. I NEED MORE WORK, AND I'LL BE WATCHING HER FOR A LONG TIME. SHES GREAT…THANK YOU GOD FOR MAKING JOYCE FIND ME……IM BLESSED….EVE..XO

  • Wow 😳 literally as I was listening to this I talked to God about something that I wasn’t talking to him about and I literally felt that stronghold and wrong thought melting away…God is good 🙏🏾🕺🏾🕺🏾🕺🏾pls tell the lord everything no matter how small it is…it will only help you and set you free 😂😂😂🌿🕊
    God bless all of you believers and also lead the unbelievers to Christ 🙏🏾🙏🏾

  • Christy James says:

    I am need prayer. My husband passed away in December. February I was attacked. And now I found out I have a warrent for my arrest for something I already payed in 2017. I listen to Joyce ever night she helps me alot

  • Bethann Dubey says:

    Dear Father bless and prosper Joyce Meyer and Ministry and all the family and friends fill them with Holy Spirit and fill them with peace and joy and good health in Jesus name thank You 💖💖💖

  • Trish McCarty says:

    Thank you so much for not only preaching God's word but giving us examples! I've struggled in my marriage like you did Joyce. I started praying instead for myself to change, asking to be taught how to pray for my husband and praying specific things for him. I started praying for changes within me that I know are wrong and I stopped asking God to change my husband. Slowly but SURELY, our marriage has improved so much and I'm feeling more connected to my husband now. Still have more improvements to be made but hearing your prayer examples have helped me very much. God bless you!💜

  • Samir Yarbouh says:

    My beloved brothers. Is Mohamad, peace be upon him pointing out to Jesus? Al Qur'an Al Karim Surah Ali 'Imran [3] 33
    " Indeed, Allah chose Adam and Noah and the family of Abraham and the family of 'Imran over the worlds "  the husband of Saint Anne and the father of Mary, the mother of Jesus. The story of Joachim and Anne first appears in the apocryphalGospel of James. Joachim and Anne are not mentioned in the Bible. In the Quran, the father of Mary, mother of Jesus is known as Imran (ʿImrān).
    1 Corinthians 15:4.

  • john Anthony says:

    my name is johnson,pls pray that my house owner will allow me and my family stay on rent in is housr till we buy own house

  • Jodabugs Williamson says:

    Amen to this sermon I needed it alot right now because they r still some strong holds in my mind gods trying to break but it's hard but just pray for me thanks 🙏

  • I don’t know who this is for but God wants you to memorize Joshua 1:9- “Haven’t I commanded you? Be strong and courageous for God, your God, goes with you wherever you go “

  • Ryan Hamilton says:

    You better preach this Meyer 🛐🛐🛐🛐🛐🛐🛐🛐love this Lioness 🦁🦁🦁🦁🦁🦁🦁🦁🦁🦁🦁🦁

  • Idume.G. Otto.L. says:

    BLESS BE THE LORD JESUS CHRIST. BE BLESSED JOYCE. THE BATTLE IS REAL AND I PRAY FOR BLESSINGS OVER YOUR KINGDOM WORK.

  • Cherry blossom says:

    She has nothing to do with faith, paid tv puppet. It’s like her mouth been drawn on her face, it’s crooked.

  • Texty Mctexterson says:

    “I believe that the Word of God is the most powerful thing that exists in the Earth today”. But refuses to follow 1 Corinthians 11. Strange indeed.

  • Nora Sanchez says:

    Thank you Ms. Meyer for answering my prayers. It is so good to have you praying as you end your messages and it gives me comfort especially during this time, you and the word of God make me feel like I am not alone. So thank you and I pray that you continue to stay humble and teach us God's messages clearly Amen! Thank you for posting sermons.

  • Richard Lethbridge says:

    I Just want to give some encouragement for anyone needing daily provision from god just ask him because he really wants to send it …I asked for help getting healthier and so he sent a brand new £350.00 mountain bike for free !! That's a $430.00 bike….I also asked for extra finances and over the last month I've had an extra £401.00 miracle this month alone!! thats about $490.00 !! I'm so blessed and so can you be just ask him and then trust him !! It doesn't always arrive in the form you expect it but it will be exactly what you need but not always what you want!

  • I never stop in being amazed by how on target Ms Meyers preachings are and how she connects the core messages to everyday life use. Moreover her preachings demonstrate the wisdom of the word. Psychology which is a fairly new science is now probing God's word. Now a days there is neurological proof that the scans as long as it did to change her way of thinking.
    I wonder if the Bible has any evidence in that regard.
    Ms Meyers is and has been my best cognitive therapist! No offense to professionals in the field who I hold in high regard.
    God bless you Ms Meyers you are beyond gifted

  • Shayna Madich says:

    I have been under attack for 2 years now. It has gotten much better the last 6 months, as the first year and a half i was living a true Hell on earth, but the attacks are still happening, and i just need them to stop. I never in a million years would have believed such horrible things could happen to me, and all within such a short period of time, but it happened. Now im completely traumatized. I just want/ need to recover/ heal from all the devil did to me. I became born again last November. I started listening to Joyce Meyers then. Please if anyone would pray for me i would be so grateful. God bless ❤

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