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JOYCE MEYER 2023 DEVOTIONAL WAS WRITTEN BY JOYCE MEYER
Joyce Meyer Devotional, 21st Of July 2023
TOPIC: God Lives in You
TEXT: May Christ through your faith [actually] dwell (settle down, abide, make His permanent home) in your hearts…. — Ephesians 3:17 (AMPC)
For many years I believed in Jesus Christ as my Savior but did not enjoy close fellowship with God. I felt that I was always reaching for Him and falling short of my goal. One day, as I stood before a mirror combing my hair, I asked Him a simple question: “God, why do I consistently feel as though I am reaching for You and coming up a little bit short of finding You?”
Immediately I heard these words inside my spirit: “Joyce, you are reaching out, and you need to be reaching in.” God’s Word says that He lives in us, but many people find this truth difficult to understand. I did, too, for a long time.
I recall a day when I was walking around my house with my head hanging down—I was downcast! I was murmuring and complaining, saying, “God, I’m so tired of all the struggles I have. When are You going to do something? When am I going to get a breakthrough?”
Just then, God reminded me that He lived inside me, and that fact alone should keep me joyful.
If you are born again, then Jesus is dwelling in you through the power of the Holy Spirit. But is God comfortable in you, and does He feel at home there within you? It took me a long time to understand that God lives in me along with all the other stuff that’s going on in my inner life. Because many Christians are not willing to submit to the inner promptings of the Holy Spirit, they are not full of peace. Their inner lives are constantly in turmoil. If we want to be a comfortable home for the Lord, let’s learn to dwell in peace and joy, trusting Him to take care of us.
Is God comfortable in you? If you want to be a comfortable home for the Lord, let go of everything you believe makes Him uncomfortable and fill yourself instead with gratitude, joy, and peace and simply trust in Him.
PRAYER OF THE DAY:
Father, show me all the ways I make you uncomfortable and how to get rid of those things. In Jesus’ name, amen.
PRAYER OF SALVATION
Please say this pray
I come to You, Lord Jesus. I admit that I am a sinner, and I want to be right with You. I ask You to forgive me of all my sins. Wash me away from all unrighteousness and cleanse me clean Today. The Bible says if I confess with my mouth that “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in my heart that God raised me.
Thank you for saying that prayer, you are in CHRIST now, Old things have passed AWAY………….HALLELUYAH