” And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life.”
In one of Joyce Meyer’s teachings she told the story of her early years in the ministry. She said “Dave and I went through a lot of difficult tests. I needed to work on my attitude. We needed to work on our marriage and how we handled money.
“For six years I bought my socks and underwear at garage sales. We were totally broke, and I was teaching prosperity!
“Not only that, it just wasn’t popular for women to preach back then. We lost friends and had family members who didn’t want anything to do with us.
“It was just hard and sometimes I wanted to quit. But today I am so glad that I stuck with God because there are people all over the world who have been helped because of our ministry.”
Matthew 19 says that we will have to leave ‘important’ things behind for the sake of following God. You might not have all you need at the moment but God does not owe any man.
While the greatest you can give the God that gave his son is to give yourself, it is impossible to out give God, therefore, imagine the things that are in stock for you for giving yourself to him.
Joyce concluded her story by saying: “We didn’t have everything we thought we needed back then, but the trade-off ended up being more than worth it.”
“Persevere in your walk with God, even when it’s hard. Stay focused on Him, and it will all pay off when you enter the victory He has for you.”
Adapted from Joyce Meyer’s Promises for Everyday Living
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