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Managing Your Emotions: Instead of Your Emotions Managing You Hardcover – October 1, 2002
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JOYCE MEYER has been teaching the Word of God since 1976 and in full-time ministry since 1980. Previously an associate pastor at Life Christian Church in St. Louis, Missouri, she developed, coordinated, and taught a weekly meeting known as "Life In The Word." After more than five years, the Lord brought it to a conclusion, directing her to establish her own ministry and call it "Life In The Word, Inc."
Now, her Life In The Word radio and television broadcasts are seen and heard by millions across the United States and throughout the world. Joyce's teaching tapes are enjoyed internationally, and she travels extensively conducting Life In The Word conferences.
Joyce and her husband, Dave, the business administrator at Life In The Word, have been married for over 35 years. They reside in St. Louis, Missouri, and are the parents of four children. All four children are married and, along with their spouses, work with Dave and Joyce in the ministry.
Believing the call on her life is to establish believers in God's Word, Joyce says, "Jesus died to set the captives free, and far too many Christians have little or no victory in their daily lives." Finding herself in the same situation many years ago and having found freedom to live in victory through applying God's Word, Joyce goes equipped to set captives free and to exchange ashes for beauty. She believes that every person who walks in victory leads many others into victory. Her life is transparent, and her teachings are practical and can be applied in everyday life.
Joyce has taught on emotional healing and related subjects in meetings all over the country, helping multiplied thousands. She has recorded more than 230 different audio-cassette albums and over 75 videos. She has also authored 49 books to help the body of Christ on various topics.
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Joyce introduces this book by letting her readers know that "no matter how you and I may try, we will always have to deal with the emotion of anger, which causes many people a lot of guilt and condemnation...because they have the false idea that as Christians we are never to get angry." She explains, however, that the Bible does not teach that we are never to feel anger. It does teach that when we do get angry we have the responsibility of learning to manage and control our anger in the proper way. Anger, after all, is just an emotion and like all emotions it was given to us by God Himself for a reason: "If we didn't have the capacity to become angry we would never know when someone else was mistreating us...it is there to tell us something is wrong." Joyce concludes her introduction by stating: "The message of these pages is....nothing is wrong with emotions, as long as they are kept under control. The Lord led me to write this book to help you learn to manage your emotions." And so she does.
Chapters 2 and 3 "Healing of Damaged Emotions, Parts 1 and 2" had especially important lessons to teach. In Chapter 2 Joyce points out that: "One of the greatest mistakes we make is trying to avenge ourselves, to get even, to bring the scales of justice into balance rather than trusting God to do that for us....Too often believers don't seem to realize they are not to take matters into their own hands. Many of them are angry at what has been done to them--and that anger manifests itself in many destructive ways." Joyce reassures us that "Our enemies will be repaid for all their treachery, and we will be paid back double for all that we have lost and suffered. True justice is worth waiting for,,,,If you will stop being angry at all the things that have happened to you, and quit trying to get revenge on all those who have harmed you, the God of justice will balance it all out and make it all right...Our past experienes are the cause of much of our negative attitude and behavior. But while it may be the reason we ARE the way we are, it is not any reason to STAY that way." This teaching by itself is one of the most valuable points that this book makes. In Chapter 3 Joyce tells us that what the Lord is encouraging us to do today is to "stop mourning over what has happened in the past and to make a decision that we are going to live today and every day for the rest of our lives. He is telling us not to ruin the time we have left grieving over what has been lost....Make a vow right now that from this moment on you are not going to waste any ore of your valuable time feeling sorry for yourself and wallowing in self pity over things you cannot change. Instead pledge that you are going to live each day to the fullest, looking forward to what God has in store for you as you follow him--one step at a time."
Many of us have either heard or read what is contained in this book somewhere along the way. Joyce Meyer, however, has the ability to beautifully bring it altogether in a very practical way that can be effectively applied to one's personal life. Many people pay thousands of dollars for therapy when simply becoming more faith based might help them more effectively in the long run. This is just one of many of the kinds of books that can help an individual become just that.