Senior pastor of Lakewood Church, author and inspirational speaker.
Posted 3/20/15 at 11:14 AM | Joel Osteen
I've been saying it since the beginning of the year, but I want to remind you that we are entering into a due season year—a season where God is going to show up and show out in a new way. Maybe you've been holding on to some promises for a while, or maybe there's a dream in your heart that you've been praying about. I believe in this due season year that God is going to cause things to fall into place. He is going to make things happen that you couldn't make happen on your own.
Maybe you've had an addiction for 20 years and tried your best to break it without success. The good news is that this is your due season! This is your year to be free! Promotion is coming. Good breaks are coming. Miracles are coming! Keep believing, keep expecting and keep honoring God because abundance is headed your way!
I believe that as you read these words, something is igniting in your spirit. If you'll let these words take root in your heart, they can help ignite your dreams, ignite your faith and ignite your hope. Your mind may try to talk you out of it because you can't figure out how it's going to happen. That's okay. That's not your job to figure it all out; your job is to believe. Your job is to say, "Yes, God. This is for me! I believe that it's my due season year." FULL POST
Posted 3/16/15 at 10:59 AM | Joel Osteen
My nephew, Matthew, is my brother, Paul's oldest son. At the age of twelve, Matt started struggling with depression. He lost all interest in school. He wouldn't engage socially with the other students or hardly even his own family. It seemed like the more Paul and Jennifer prayed the worse things got. It got so bad that he eventually dropped out of school. Matt has always been so smart, so talented, but it didn't look like he would fulfill his destiny.
The scripture says, "If you don't get tired of doing what's right, you will reap a harvest." Paul didn't see anything changing, but he kept praying. He kept believing. He prayed, "God, You said as for me and my house we will serve the Lord. You said the seed of the righteous will be mighty in the land. You said Your plans for Matt are for good and not evil."
Year after year went by. There was no sign of anything improving. But one day, unexpectedly, out of the blue, it was like those chains of depression were broken off of Matt. He got his joy back. He got his passion back. He had a whole new outlook on life. He went back and finished high school. He went to college and got his bachelor's degree. He went on to law school and got his law degree. Today, Matt is an attorney working with us on staff in the ministry. He's married, happy and fulfilling his destiny. What happened? Matt came into his due season of harvest. FULL POST
Posted 3/9/15 at 12:05 PM | Joel Osteen
When my father was a young minister back in the 1950's, he would travel from town to town speaking at small churches and conventions, and he carried his own sound equipment in the trunk of his car. One evening, he arrived a couple of hours early at the auditorium where he was going to preach to get everything setup. Several hundred people were expected that night, which was a big deal for my father at the time. He wanted it to all go perfectly. But in the midst of the excitement, he accidentally locked his keys in the trunk of his car and couldn't get the sound equipment out. He and some other people started working on the trunk, shaking it and jiggling it. They tried using a coat hanger to get it open. No success. It looked like his big evening was ruined. Just when he was about to give up, it dawned on him that he hadn't prayed yet.
One thing I can tell you about my father is that he knew how to pray bold prayers. He wasn't ashamed to pray about anything. Growing up, he would pray over the lawnmower, over the dishwasher, over anything that wouldn't work. My father told all the people standing there that he was going to pray and ask God to help him open the trunk. They looked at him strangely. That seemed so far out. They were thinking, "You can't pray for a trunk to open." FULL POST
Posted 3/2/15 at 2:29 PM | Joel Osteen
When I was eight years old, I went to a department store with my father where he was buying a suit. The man waiting on us found out that my dad was a minister. He said in a very demeaning, condescending way, "Well, you know. If you can't afford it, we can give you a minister's discount."
Well, my father had been raised in extreme poverty. He came out of the Great Depression. They didn't have enough food to eat. Daddy had to put cardboard in his shoes as a little boy because they had holes in them. When this man said sarcastically, "We can give you this discount," it rubbed my father the wrong way. I could see it in his eyes. Daddy thought to himself, "I am not a beggar. I don't need a handout. I'm a child of the Most High God!" It wasn't out of arrogance but out of a confidence of who he was and Who he represented. He looked that salesman in the eyes and said, "No, sir. I don't need a minister's discount. Do you know who my Father is?" That man stepped back like Daddy came from some kind of influential, well-to-do family. He didn't know Daddy wasn't talking about his earthly father; he was talking about his heavenly Father. He was saying in effect, "This is a new day. I've stepped out of poverty and lack. The God I serve doesn't need a discount. He is well able to take care of me. He is El Shaddai; the God who is more than enough!" FULL POST
Posted 2/17/15 at 1:22 PM | Joel Osteen
Did you know that God will bless you through your relationships? He will pour out His favor on you by using the people in your life. He'll use your friends, family, coworkers and even your spouse. It says in Proverbs 18:22, "He who finds a wife… receives favor from the Lord." Men, do you realize that your wife is bringing you favor from the Lord? Victoria never lets me forget that! We should always be thankful for our relationships and not take our loved ones for granted. We should do our best to seek peace and choose love.
One way we can show love is by giving others room to make mistakes. Ladies, the scripture says in First Peter that you are to "enjoy your husband." It does not say that you are to remodel that man! It doesn't say to try to change him or make him fit your mold. No, let him be who God made him to be and learn to enjoy him. He may have weaknesses. He may do things that you don't particularly care for, but don't focus on that. Focus on his good qualities. Don't fall into the trap of comparing your husband to someone else's husband. "Well, my husband never brings me flowers like Susie's husband. They go out on a candlelight dinner every weekend. I don't know what's wrong with my husband." No, quit comparing and be grateful for the man God has given you. If you're single today, be thankful that you have a perfect Provider, a faithful Companion, one who will never leave you nor forsake you—Almighty God! Let Him fill the needs of your heart and direct you to the right person at the right time if you so desire. FULL POST
Posted 2/6/15 at 1:18 PM | Joel Osteen
I read a story about a young man who had a dream to play professional football. In high school, he was a star player and won all kinds of awards. He came from a very small town where everybody knew him. All the children looked up to him and wanted to be like him. He was a local hero. But most of the coaches thought he was too small to play in college. He was turned down by all the major universities. He ended up going to a junior college and working at a pizza restaurant. He didn't even play football.
One night he was out delivering a pizza. A ten-year-old boy answered the door. When this boy saw the young man, his eyes got so big. The boy was star struck. He couldn't believe the player he had watched so many times thrill the crowd, so quick, so fast, was standing right in front of him. About that time, the boy's father walked up, and the young man gave the father the pizza. The little boy was very confused. He looked up at his father. He looked at the young man and said very innocently, "What are you doing delivering pizzas?" FULL POST
Posted 1/30/15 at 10:31 AM | Joel Osteen
In scripture, we see David as a powerful king, a great leader, one of the heroes of faith. But, David wasn't raised in a wealthy, influential family. He wasn't trained to take the throne. In fact, he came from a very poor family. He was the eighth son of a man named Jesse. His brothers were involved in the military. They had somewhat significant positions, but David didn't. His job was to take care of his father's sheep. He was low man on the totem pole, so to speak. He was looked down on and seen as secondary. His family thought, "Oh, that's just David. Let's stick him out in the shepherd's fields. He's never going to amount to much."
In the natural, it didn't look like David had much of a future. He came from a low- income family, no education. His own father didn't believe in him. But, just because people write you off doesn't mean God writes you off. Circumstances may be against you, but that doesn't change what God has prepared for you. FULL POST
Posted 1/29/15 at 10:24 AM | Joel Osteen
I have a friend who bought some property out in the middle of nowhere. He hardly paid anything for it, less than $100 an acre. He bought several hundred acres. On the surface, it seemed like he had wasted his money. The land was dry and barren. You couldn't grow crops on it. You couldn't raise cattle. It was like the desert, just rocks, clay and cactus. He would go out from time to time and check on it. It always puzzled me as to why he bought that property. I thought surely he must have some family up in that area.
One day we were talking and it came up. I asked him why he purchased it. He said, "Joel, I don't really know. I was just driving by it and felt drawn to it. I felt such a peace and knew that property was supposed to be mine." I thought to myself, "The next time you feel drawn to something, you need to do your research first!" It didn't make sense to me. Fifteen years later, he was notified that the state was putting in a new highway. It was going to go right through his property. They had to buy him out. He sold that property for more than 100 times what he paid for it! The next time he buys property, I'm buying next door! FULL POST
Posted 1/16/15 at 11:35 AM | Joel Osteen
A while back, I read about a study that was done with people who needed arthroscopic knee surgery. Their knees were worn down, and they needed the joint to be cleaned out. With permission from the family, a certain number of patients went in for surgery. But instead of actually performing the surgery, the doctors simply put the patients under anesthesia and made three tiny incisions around the knee but didn't actually do anything.
Of course, when the patient woke up, they thought they had the full surgery. What's interesting is that two years later, the patients who had the fake surgery reported just as much relief from the pain as the patients who had the actual surgery. And, it wasn't just in their minds. When the doctors examined the knees of the patients, they could see that there was, in fact, improvement. The doctors' conclusion was, "Since the brain expected the knee to get better, it got better. The expectation helped the body to heal." You could say those doctors tricked the patients into having a new vision for themselves, and just like gravity, they moved toward it. FULL POST
Posted 1/9/15 at 11:11 AM | Joel Osteen
When I was a little boy growing up, our next door neighbors had a big German shepherd dog in their backyard. Even though their yard was fenced off, they always kept the dog on a leash. One day when I was about nine years old, I was playing baseball in the backyard with some friends, and the ball went over into the neighbor's yard. I didn't think much about it. I had been over there many times. I got my ladder and climbed over our six-foot fence.
When I got to the ball, the dog was about 50 yards away. When he saw me, he took off running toward me at 90 miles an hour, and for some reason, he wasn't on his leash that day! My heart sunk. I knew I was as good as dead. I turned around and took off running toward our fence as fast as I could. The whole time under my breath, I was saying, "Lord, forgive me of my sins. I'm about to come meet You!"
When I got to the fence, all in one motion, I grabbed it with one hand, jumped as high as I could, and somehow got over that fence right before the dog got to me! I was just a little boy and had practically cleared a six-foot fence! That dog helped me to discover potential that I didn't know I had. That dog helped me to find some hidden treasure. I had never jumped that high before, and the truth is, I have never jumped that high since. FULL POST