Never Lose Heart: Encouragement for the Journey

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Effective October 1, 2002, Joyce Meyer's bestselling backlist is available exclusively from Warner Faith. And look for the first of several new major books from Joyce beginning in April 2003.
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Overview

Effective October 1, 2002, Joyce Meyer's bestselling backlist is available exclusively from Warner Faith. And look for the first of several new major books from Joyce beginning in April 2003.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780446532082
  • Publisher: FaithWords
  • Publication date: 10/1/2002
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 949,690
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.75 (d)

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Joyce Meyer
Joyce Meyer

Joyce Meyer is one of the world's leading practical Bible teachers. A #1 New York Times bestselling author, she has written more than eighty inspirational books, including Never Give Up!,The Secret to True Happiness, 100 Ways to Simplify Your Life, the entire Battlefield of the Mind family of books, her first venture into fiction with The Penny,and many others. She has also released thousands of audio teachings, as well as a complete video library.

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Never Lose Heart


By Joyce Meyer

Harrison House

Copyright © 2001 Joyce Meyer
All right reserved.

ISBN: 1577944445


Chapter One

God's Word For You

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:6-7 NASB

WHEN YOU FEEL STRESSED

A few years ago, I went to a doctor because I was constantly sick. He told me the symptoms were the result of being under stress. I was sleeping wrong, eating improperly, and pushing myself harder and harder-all in the name of working for the Lord.

The word stress was originally an engineering term used to refer to the amount of force that a beam or other physical support could bear without collapsing under the strain. In our time, stress has been expanded to include mental and emotional tension.

Stress is a normal part of everyone's life. God has created us to withstand a certain amount of pressure and tension. The problem comes when we push beyond our limitations and head toward doing permanent damage to ourselves.

Peace is meant to be the normal condition for every believer in Jesus Christ. He is the Prince of Peace, and in Jesus we find our own inheritance of peace. It is a gift from the Holy Spirit, which He gives as we live in obedience to His Word.

The peace Jesus gives operates in good times or bad, when you are abounding or being abased. His peace operates in the middle of a storm.

God's Word For You

Do you not know that your body is the temple (the very sanctuary) of the Holy Spirit Who lives within you, Whom you have received [as a Gift] from God? You are not your own.

You were bought with a price [purchased with a preciousness and paid for, made His own]. So then, honor God and bring glory to Him in your body.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20

Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, does not faint or grow weary; there is no searching of His understanding.

He gives power to the faint and weary, and to him who has no might He increases strength [causing it to multiply and making it to abound].

Isaiah 40:28-29

REFRESH THE WEARY

The first key to handling or overcoming stress is to recognize or admit we are under it. Though I was constantly having headaches, backaches, stomachaches, neck aches, and all the other symptoms of stress, I found it very difficult to admit that I was pushing too hard physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. I was doing the work I felt God wanted me to do without actually seeking I Him to find out which work He wanted me to do, when He wanted me to do it, and how much of it. If we abuse ourselves we will suffer the consequences.

Although the Lord gives power to the faint and weary, if you are worn out from continually exceeding your physical limitations, you need physical rest. The Lord may mercifully give you supernatural energy in particular instances, but you are in disobedience when you abuse your body, the temple of the Holy Spirit.

If you want God to flow and work through you, you need to take care of your body so God can use you. If you wear out your body, you don't have a spare in the drawer somewhere to pull out!

The anointing of God lifts when you operate outside of His promptings.



Continues...


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    Posted December 6, 2007

    A Book For All Occasions

    I have probably purchased 6 or 7 or these books for gifts. I have given them to friends that have lost loved ones and friends that have difficult problems or going through hard times. It is a book for everybody especially if you need encouragement. It can be read like a daily devotion. A very uplifting book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2005

    3 years later and I still carry it with me!

    I just happened to come across this book three years ago when I was in my first semester of nursing school. I wasn't looking for it but I believe the book found me and not the other way around. The title alone spoke to me and I knew as soon as I picked it up that God meant for me to find this book. I carried it with me every day in nursing school and every time I thought I couldn't make it one more day through school I read this book and I knew God was speaking to me once again. Well I'm proud to say that I graduated from nursing school this past May and I recently started working. I now carry this book with me to work because being a new graduate nurse is so much more difficult than I ever expected it to be. Now, whenever I feel down and I begin to question if this is the path God really wanted for me, I once again open this WONDERFUL book and I'm reassured once again. Thank you Ms. Meyer for reminding me to LET HIM BE GOD in my life.

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