JOYCE MEYER SERMON DETERMINATION MATTERS : Pastor Joyce Meyer says, I want to start from the book of Luke chapter 19, the first eight verses and Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through it and there was a man called zacchaeus, a chief tax collector and he was rich. so this is telling us that zacchaeus was not a real honest guy, tax collectors were probably hated more than any other group of people in those days and so he not only collected taxes but he obviously got rich himself by taking other people’s money.
Maybe something about zacchaeus wasn’t satisfied with his life because he had heard about Jesus and he was trying to see Jesus, because Jesus was coming and it says he could not see him because he was small in stature.
Now let’s just be plain that means he was real short okay and if a person is real short and there’s a big crowd and there’s something you’re wanting to see you might feel that that was a like a little deficit or a handicap for you but the thing that you’re going to find interesting that I the reason why I love this group of scriptures is because zacchaeus didn’t let what was going to be a little problem for him stop him, he was determined.
see if you ever want to have what Jesus died to give you, you’ve got to have a boatload of determination and that determination means that you have this attitude. if anybody can have what Jesus died to give them, then I can have it, if God can bless anybody, then God can bless me. You have to have a more aggressive attitude, if God can bless anybody, he can bless me, if God can do that for anybody, he can do that for me, if he did it for you, he can do it for me.
All too often, we look at what’s wrong with us and why we “can’t”, We need to remember that God is no respecter of persons, we will trust God for and believe for, if it’s in his word not just because you decide you want to but if it’s in his word you can count on God doing that in your life at the right time and in the right way.
zacchaeus wanted something but he had a challenge in front of him and Pastor Joyce Meyer said, I love what happened here, he was trying to see Jesus, but he was small verse 4. He ran on ahead and climbed up in a sycamore tree in order to see him for he knew that he was about to pass by that way. More people need to be willing to climb a tree if that’s what it’s going to take to get what they want and you can translate that however it fits into your life.
Pastor Joyce Meyer wants us to know that We all must try our best to be determined to attain that which we the lord God have for us.