The theme for today’s Joyce Meyer daily devotional September 4 2023 is ”Do What God Expects”
SCRIPTURE: Thus says the Lord of hosts: Do not listen to the words of the [false] prophets who prophesy to you. They teach you vanity (emptiness, falsity, and futility) and fill you with vain hopes; they speak a vision of their own minds and not from the mouth of the Lord.— Jeremiah 23:16 (AMPC).
Don’t let the people around you determine your values or behavior patterns. It seems that everyone expects something a little different, but one thing for sure is that most of the people in our life expect us to keep them happy and give them what they want.
Many times, the expectations people put on us and we accept are unrealistic. If you want to have confidence, you must stop trying to be superwoman/man. Realize you have limitations and that you cannot keep everyone happy all the time.
This is one of the amazing traits we see in Jesus. He was the same all the time. He changed people; they did not change Him.
When unhappy people are unsuccessful in making you unhappy, they begin to respect and admire you. They see that your Christianity is something real. Even people who seek to control you will disrespect you if you allow them to have power over you. I encourage you to be your own person. Do what God expects you to do, and don’t live under the tyranny of other people’s expectations.
Prayer of the Day: Lord, I can’t possibly fulfill everyone else’s expectations and demands. Help me to clearly see Your values and live according to them. Keep me free from others who want to control me, amen.
Source: Joyce Meyer Ministries.