Debra Joy’s Q & A with Joyce Meyer

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Joyce Meyer & Dave

Since the first day God called Joyce Meyer into the ministry, she’s had the full support of her husband, Dave Meyer.   Together, they are a powerful team for the LORD!

 

Her distinctive voice and throaty laugh is recognizable around the world. Her goal is “To reach every nation, every city, every day with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”    Joyce Meyer is a woman whom God has established as one of the world’s leading Bible teachers. Her television and radio show; Enjoying Everyday Life is broadcast worldwide to a potential audience of 4.5 billion people and more than twelve million have been distributed around the world.

Debra Joy: In the early years of your ministry did you ever feel like giving up? Why didn’t you if your answer is “yes”? How did you continue moving forward?

Joyce Meyer: The very beginning days of my ministry were exciting days, but they were quickly followed by very difficult days. I had moments when I wanted to give up, and it was hard to have such a huge vision and what I thought were only small opportunities to minister. But it was God’s plan for me to start by doing little things, like leading a home Bible study with about 20 people. And I needed that. It was a character-building time for me, which was so important to prepare me for what was ahead as the ministry grew. It was during those days that I learned how to really trust God to provide everything we needed. At that time I quit my full-time job so I could take time to study the Word more so our income was cut down significantly. I remember believing God back then for socks and underwear or money to pay for a new tire or fix the refrigerator. Now we are able to believe God to provide for the ministry we’re doing literally around the world.

Debra Joy: How do you unwind from the pressures of overseeing an international ministry?

Joyce Meyer: I have learned that it’s very important to find a healthy balance with work and rest, and when I’m recharging, I do things that are fun for me, like shopping, relaxing at home and watching a good clean movie or spending time with family and friends.

Debra Joy: Please don’t take offense but years ago, when I first saw you on TV, I was somewhat shocked at your “bold and loud” appearance. Do you consider yourself “prim and proper”? If your answer is “No” would you want to be “prim and proper”? Why or why not?

Joyce Meyer: My style has changed some over the years and I’m more relaxed or casual in some ways with the way I dress when I teach. I want people in our audience to see me as someone they can relate to, and we have found that for some people, wearing jeans instead of a suit helps them get the message I’m sharing, instead of getting distracted by the way I look. I like the changes too. And I still like big earrings and shiny jewelry like I used to wear all the time.

Debra Joy: Are you happy?

Joyce Meyer: Absolutely. Now that doesn’t mean I feel happy all the time, but I can honestly say I really enjoy my daily life. I didn’t used to feel this way, but God helped me understand that liking myself and enjoying my life is His will for me – it’s part of what Jesus died for me to have in this life. And I want everything He has for me!
A lot of times in my teaching I share this truth with people and encourage them to get it because there are so many Christians who are not happy and don’t like themselves or their life. When we live like this, we’re missing out on so much God has for us. And we can’t expect the people around us who don’t know God to want what we have if we aren’t living with His peace and joy.

Debra Joy: Do you regret anything?

Joyce Meyer: I don’t live with regret at this stage of my life, but I have had to let go of things I didn’t understand at times and just trust God. I still do.
For example, when I was a young girl, praying for God to make my dad stop abusing me and He didn’t, I didn’t understand why I had to go through it. But now that I can see how God is using what I went through to help so many other people have hope and believe they can be what God really created them to be, I am just glad that my pain from the past – which I don’t live with at all anymore – is making a huge difference in helping others get the healing and restoration they desperately need from God. I will always be incredibly amazed by God’s love for us and His power to completely restore anyone, no matter what they’ve been through.

Debra Joy: What is an area in your life that God is still working on?

Joyce Meyer: There are different things God gives me correction on or speaks to me about at different times but an issue I deal with a lot is keeping my priorities straight. I used to be a workaholic and didn’t feel good about myself unless I was doing something “productive.” But it was such an unhealthy way to live, and I never enjoyed anything I was doing. It also made me sick. So when God got ahold of my heart and showed me the changes I needed to make, I took it seriously and have learned how to manage my time better, only make commitments to do what God wants me to do, and spend time alone with Him every day. I don’t get it perfectly right all the time, but when my priorities start to get out of order, I straighten them out again and keep going.

Debra Joy: Some people feel like they have failed God their entire life. Do you have any words for that person?

Joyce Meyer: It’s so important for us to know the truth about how much God loves us and that it’s never hopeless when we give our lives to Him. And He always wants us. He gave His only Son for us, so how can we believe God would reject us or not use us if we will really give Him our lives?

No one is perfect or does everything right all the time. But God isn’t expecting you to be perfect – He wants you to have a perfect heart toward Him, which means you are seeking Him, doing your part to grow up spiritually by spending time with Him every day in prayer and studying the Word, and doing your best to obey what you know He’s asking you to do.
His mercies are new every morning and to me, this means we get a fresh start every day. So when we’re discouraged by the past, we need to pray about it, give it to God, and trust Him to help us move forward in His plan for us today.

Debra Joy: There are many families in this area that have loved ones addicted to drugs. Do you have any advice for those families?

Joyce Meyer: I can relate to this from personal experience because my brother had a serious problem with drugs and it ultimately destroyed his life.

More than anything, you need to pray for them. Only God can really get ahold of a person’s heart and change their life – but they have to want it and let Him do it. When God puts something in your heart to do for them, do it. But if He’s not leading you to take care of them or reach out to them, don’t think you can fix them on your own.
Look up scriptures to pray over them, like Ephesians 1:17-19, which is a prayer for them to have a spirit of wisdom and revelation knowledge in Christ Jesus so their eyes can be opened and they can have understanding of the truth about God’s power that can set them free. And Ephesians 3:19 is a great prayer for them to experience God’s love and be filled with His presence.

God can give you peace while you’re walking through this, but you have to remember to put your faith and trust in Him. All things are possible with God when we trust Him, but each person has to make their own choice to give Him control of their life.

This article originally appeared in Debra Joy’s column on July 27, 2011

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