Wilderness Mentalities

Joyce Meyer

Wilderness Mentalities

Renew your mind’s mentality stuck in the wilderness.

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Watch, listen, and learn as Joyce Meyer shows you how to renew your mind.

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Wilderness Mentalities

Brad Andrews sits down with Dr. Berin Gilfillan to discuss the wildnress mentalities that can so easily hinder us.

Course Overview

In this comprehensive course led by Joyce Meyer, participants embark on a transformative journey through the wilderness mentalities that hinder spiritual growth. Meyer draws inspiration from biblical narratives, exploring themes of responsibility, patience, self-worth, and overcoming destructive mindsets. The course unfolds across seven sessions, each unraveling profound insights to empower believers to navigate life’s challenges with a renewed mindset grounded in biblical principles.

Course Description

Join Joyce Meyer in a thought-provoking exploration of Wilderness Mentalities. Through ten engaging sessions, Meyer delves into the intricacies of mindsets, responsibility, trials, grumbling, impatience, victim mentality, blame, self-pity, self-worth, jealousy, envy, and stubbornness. Uncover the transformative power of aligning thoughts with higher, righteous things and embrace a renewed mind, shedding old attitudes to navigate life’s wilderness with positivity and maturity.

What You’ll Learn

  • Gain profound insights into the transformative power of God’s Word and the Holy Spirit.
  • Explore the importance of mindsets and aligning thoughts with higher, righteous things.
  • Identify and overcome the first wilderness mentality—rejecting the notion that the future is dictated by past and present circumstances.
  • Embrace responsibility and spiritual maturity to navigate trials and challenges.
  • Understand the destructive nature of grumbling, impatience, and victim mentality, and learn to endure hardships with trust and without complaint.
  • Cultivate patience as a fruit of the Spirit and navigate the pitfalls of an impatient mindset.
  • Confront the victim mentality, embrace truth and self-awareness for personal growth.
  • Recognize the significance of a positive self-image and understand the critical role it plays in receiving God’s blessings.
  • Address jealousy, envy, and comparisons by understanding God’s individual plan for each person.
  • Overcome stubbornness and rebellion through the lessons of Saul’s disobedience and the duty to fear and obey God.

Who Should Take This Course

This course is ideal for believers seeking to deepen their understanding of biblical principles and overcome mentalities that hinder spiritual growth. Whether you’re navigating challenges or striving for a more profound connection with God, Joyce Meyer’s insights will empower individuals at various stages of their spiritual journey. This course is designed for anyone eager to align their thoughts with God’s Word, embrace responsibility, and cultivate a mature, positive mindset in the face of life’s wilderness.


1. Mindsets, Vision and Responsibility

Joyce Meyer unravels profound insights in the first session, “Mindsets, Vision, and Responsibility.”Joyce draws from her personal journey, emphasizing the transformative power of God’s Word and the Holy Spirit. Delving into the Israelites’ 40-year journey, she explores the importance of mindsets, urging believers to align their thoughts with higher, righteous things. Meyer passionately advocates for a renewed mind, shedding old attitudes and embracing positivity to navigate life’s wilderness. The session exposes the first wilderness mentality—rejecting the notion that one’s future is dictated by past and present circumstances. Joyce inspires a shift toward positive vision, emphasizing faith over sight, and confronting challenges with a responsible, mature attitude grounded in biblical principles.

2. Responsibility and Trials

In the second session, “Responsibility and Trials,” Joyce Meyer explores the peril of avoiding responsibility, urging spiritual growth and maturity. Reflecting on the Israelites’ journey, she exposes the dangers of procrastination and self-will hindering entry into the Promised Land. The lesson delves into the parable of the Bethesda man, crippled for 38 years due to a wilderness mentality, emphasizing the importance of personal responsibility. Addressing the third mentality, Meyer challenges the desire for an easy path, emphasizing that growth often springs from overcoming challenges. The session inspires a mindset shift, acknowledging that while hard times demand resilience, they lead to spiritual development and a closer connection with God.

3. Grumbling and Impatience

In the third session, “Grumbling and Impatience,” Joyce Meyer delves into the fourth wilderness mentality, addressing the destructive nature of grumbling, faultfinding, and complaining. Emphasizing the need for a godly attitude in suffering, Meyer draws parallels with Jesus’ silent suffering, encouraging believers to endure hardships with trust and without complaint. Stability becomes the key, releasing divine ability, as she highlights the importance of remaining steadfast and patient in times of tribulation. The session also explores the fifth mentality—impatience—and the pride associated with wanting immediate gratification. Meyer underscores the value of trials in developing patience and the necessity of learning contentment in varying circumstances. As believers resist impatience and cultivate endurance, the promise of a bountiful harvest becomes evident.

4. Impatience and the Victim Mentality

In the fourth session, “Impatience and the Victim Mentality,” Joyce Meyer navigates through the fifth mentality—impatience. Emphasizing the importance of patience as a fruit of the Spirit, she highlights its impact on health, relationships, and spiritual growth. Drawing inspiration from James 5:7 and the farmer’s hopeful wait for harvest, Meyer stresses that patience is not merely waiting but how one behaves during the process. Transitioning to the sixth mentality, she confronts the victim mindset, urging believers to embrace truth and self-awareness. The lesson underscores the significance of humility, character development, and facing uncomfortable truths to overcome this wilderness mentality.

5. The Victim Mentality and Self-Pity

In the fifth session, Joyce Meyer delves into the sixth mentality, exposing the dangers of evading personal responsibility and blaming others for wrong behavior. Drawing from Abram and Sarai’s story, Meyer illustrates the consequences of blaming, emphasizing that facing the truth is essential for breakthrough. The lesson highlights instances where individuals blame circumstances, evading the core issues in their lives. Meyer encourages believers to treat their problems as enemies and surrender to God’s authority. Transitioning to the seventh mentality, self-pity, she challenges the tendency to turn inward and exhaust oneself seeking sympathy. Emphasizing the power in an unselfish life, the session urges believers to trade self-pity for empowerment through living sacrificially and embracing the love of God.

6. Self-Worth

In the sixth session, “Self-Worth,” Joyce Meyer addresses the eighth mentality: feeling unworthy of God’s blessings. Meyer emphasizes the critical role of a positive self-image for living in the Promised Land and enjoying God’s promises. Drawing from the story of the Israelite spies and their perception of giants in the land, she illustrates how self-perception influences one’s ability to receive blessings. Meyer encourages believers to see themselves in Christ, emphasizing that, as joint heirs with Christ, they inherit blessings freely. The session challenges the notion of deserving blessings based on worthiness, highlighting the grace of God and the importance of receiving by faith.

7. Comparison, Stubbornness, and Rebellion

Exploring the ninth wilderness mentality, we confront the pitfalls of jealousy, envy, and comparisons. Proverbs 14:30 underscores God’s individual plan for each person. Drawing parallels with Joseph’s brothers, the narrative reveals the destructive impact of jealousy rooted in insecurities. Jesus’ disciples grappled with envy, emphasizing the need to address personal insecurities. The discussion extends to the dangers of strife, countered by the importance of love. Moving on to the tenth mentality of stubbornness and rebellion, Saul’s disobedience serves as a cautionary tale. Ecclesiastes 12:13 emphasizes the duty to fear and obey God. Overcoming these mentalities is crucial for spiritual progress toward the Promised Land.

Trimester 4



No. of Sessions

7 Sessions

Running Time

3 hrs 33 min


December 1998

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About the Instructor

Joyce Meyer

Pauline Joyce Meyer is an author, speaker, television host, and one of the world’s leading Bible teachers. She is a New York Times bestselling author of Battlefield of the Mind. She is the president of Joyce Meyer Ministries, which she founded along with her husband, Dave.

Despite her success today, Meyer’s early life was marked by adversity. Her father’s departure for World War II was followed by allegations of sexual abuse upon his return. Meyer endured a challenging early adulthood, marked by a short-lived marriage and personal struggles, before finding stability with her second husband, Dave Meyer, whom she married on January 7, 1967.

Joyce Meyer’s journey into ministry began with a powerful encounter with God during a morning prayer in 1976. Despite being born again at the age of nine, she sought deeper faith to overcome personal unhappiness. Active in various church communities, including Our Savior’s Lutheran Church and Life Christian Center, Meyer emerged as a charismatic Bible teacher. In 1985, she founded her own ministry, initially named “Life in the Word,” and began airing a radio show that expanded to multiple stations across the Midwest.

Her ministry continued to grow, and in 1993, her husband suggested starting a television ministry, which became known as Enjoying Everyday Life. 

Meyer’s influence in evangelical circles remained strong. In 2005, Time magazine recognized her as one of the “Most Influential Evangelicals in America.” Her ministry received accreditation from the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability in 2009.

Throughout her journey, Joyce Meyer has evolved into one of the world’s leading practical Bible teachers, with a New York Times bestselling author status. Her candid communication style, rooted in overcoming personal struggles, has resonated with millions. Through Joyce Meyer Ministries, she reaches a global audience, addressing various topics and applying biblical principles to everyday life. Beyond her teaching, Meyer is actively involved in humanitarian efforts through the Hand of Hope, addressing issues like feeding programs, medical care, clean water, and disaster relief. Locally, in St. Louis, she co-founded the St. Louis Dream Center in 2000, dedicated to serving the inner city through practical programs and outreach efforts.


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