Joyce Meyer heads Joyce
Meyer Ministries in Fenton, Mo. She speaks in crusades and through her
Life in the Word television and radio programs. She recently talked
to Ann Floyd, associate editor, about living and ministering for Christ,
simply and practically.
Evangel: People identify with
you because you major on the practical and speak to where they live.
Im a practical person. Thats just the way the Word
comes out of me. I dont like things I cant understand or
dont see any purpose in. Even though Im straightforward
and blunt, because I use myself as an example people arent offended
and they receive that truth into their lives.
Most people dont like themselves,
so they are not comfortable in their relationship with God. And they
have difficulty in their relationships with others. So I talk a lot
about those three relationships knowing who you are in Christ
and liking yourself and not comparing yourself with others.
Evangel: How did you find healing
for the situations you faced including abuse?
Meyer: Healing came through
studying the Word and having the Holy Spirit minister to me personally.
For years, I didnt feel like I made any progress. When youve
got a mountain of problems, its like taking one piece of straw
off of a haystack. I finally learned I couldnt change myself;
only God could change me. Even though I had a lot of quirky things in
my personality from the way Id been treated, I couldnt use
them as an excuse to stay that way.
I want to help people who are hurting.
Because I was abused as a child, I know what it is to have a lot of
pain. I pray that God will let me be a bridge where people can cross
over from just having a religious experience to understanding they can
have a deep personal relationship with Him.
Evangel: Whats the No.
1 challenge women in your audiences face?
Meyer: Probably its
juggling all the different roles. Its
challenging to keep my life simple enough to be able to enjoy it. My
children want a mother; they dont just want a minister. My husband
wants a wife; he doesnt just want a minister. My grandchildren
are not all that impressed with having Joyce Meyer for their grandmother;
they want a grandmother.
Evangel: So how do you set priorities
and keep fresh in the Word?
Meyer: Ive learned
what David said in Psalm 27:4: "One thing I ask of the Lord, this
is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord and
gaze upon the beauty of the Lord" (NIV). I must spend time with
God not just time getting a message to give to somebody else
but just time with Him because of who He is.
I pay attention to John 15:5: "Apart
from me you can do nothing." I realize that no matter how many
sermons I preach, the next one wont be on target if I dont
lean on God. Ive learned to appreciate everything God does and
every soul thats saved.
Evangel: What do you say to a
woman who is struggling with the call of God and finds that doors arent
opening for her?
Meyer: Be faithful; God
will open doors in His timing.
I encourage women who are married
to have a right relationship with their husband. They have to recognize
his authority in the home and make sure they draw him into the ministry.
People ask me continually, "How
can I get my ministry started?" They want to know what I did. What
I did is irrelevant because I did what God told me to. He told me to
start a Bible study. I did and it worked. If they do that because I
did, it could totally flop.
I say, "You cant go start
a ministry. You have to follow the Holy Spirit."
Evangel: Anything else?
Meyer: We have a real problem
in our society putting God first. Too many people have God on this emergency
call line. When they have a big disaster, they want to get close to
God. The Lord told me a long time ago, "If you just act like youre
desperate all the time, we wont have any problem."