Joyce Meyer started teaching a Bible study of 25 coworkers that grew to 50, then 100, and kept growing. As her ministry began to take shape (and over the next 40 years, bloomed to millions), she faced one of the hardest lessons she’s ever had to learn: You can’t do everything and please everyone.
“We were created for acceptance, so rejection is painful,” she explains. “But we have to come to a point where we’re not going to be devastated every time someone doesn’t approve of us. I’ve discovered that it’s more important that we learn to become a God pleaser rather than a people pleaser. If we don’t please people, they can reject us—but God won’t ever do that."
“We can find a place of rest in God. He’s a good God. He’s never going to reject me, leave me or forsake me. I know that He’s in control and He’s always going to take care of me,” she asserts. “I also know that when I make mistakes He forgives me and He doesn’t expect me to be perfect. Everything else in the world is unreliable and unstable, but God is the rock that never moves.”
To find out more about Joyce's calling, how she dispels doubt and her tips for making prayer a lifestyle, read the full article in the October issue of Simple Grace on sale now at Walmart and Barnes & Noble stores, or download it instantly on NOOK. (Keep up with us on the Simple Grace Facebook page, or follow us on twitter Simple Grace @simplegracemag)
Learn more about Joyce's incredible spiritual journey in her new book The Mind Connection (FaithWords, 2015; Hardcover $24, Kindle $12, Nook $12)