Senior pastor of Lakewood Church, author and inspirational speaker.
Posted 2/21/14 at 1:49 PM | Joel Osteen
A while back, late on a Friday night, my family and I were in the airport parking lot having just returned home from a "Night of Hope" in another state. It was about two o'clock in the morning. When we got to our cars, my mother's battery was dead. Something must have been left on.
My brother Paul and I, along with my friend Johnny, got out the battery cables and hooked up her car battery to my car battery. Her lights came on, but the car wouldn't start. The engine wouldn't turn over at all, not one sound. A mechanic came out from the airport to help us. He worked and worked, but he couldn't get anything going. Johnny was reading the owner's manual. It's like we were missing something. The engine would not turn over. It was so late and freezing cold on top of that. After about 30 minutes of trying everything we possibly could, Paul said to my mom, "Mother, the car is not going to start. Why don't you just ride with me, and we'll come back tomorrow and get it?" FULL POST
Posted 2/18/14 at 11:53 AM | Joel Osteen
On January 8, 1986 at 4:00 in the afternoon, I walked into a jewelry store to buy a battery for my watch. Out walked the most beautiful girl I had ever seen. It was Victoria. I didn't tell her, but I thought, "This is my set time of favor." I knew God had ordered my steps to that store. It took me about a year to convince her that it was her set time of favor, too!
In all seriousness, God has set times of favor for you today and in your future. These are times you've been praying for, believing for, standing in faith for. Let me assure you, you're going to come into set times of favor where a problem suddenly turns around, a set time where you meet the right person, a set time where a good break thrusts you years ahead.
That's why Habakkuk said, "The vision is for an appointed time. It may seem slow in coming, but wait patiently, for it will surely come." Notice he didn't say "maybe it will come." Not, "I hope it will come." No, he was sure that God had already set the date.
Today, you can be sure that the appointed time for your breakthrough has already been put on your calendar! It won't be one second late.
Sometimes we think, "Well, everybody is getting ahead of me. My friends are all married, and I'm still single. My co-workers are being promoted, but I'm still stuck here." No, don't get discouraged. Your set time is coming. It is not going to be one second late. FULL POST
Posted 2/7/14 at 6:07 PM | Joel Osteen
In First Kings, chapter 18, there had been a drought, a great famine in the land. For three and a half years, the people were struggling, barely making it. The prophet Elijah lived in the land, but he didn't complain. He didn't start begging God. Instead, he went on top of Mount Carmel and started thanking God for the rain that was coming. He thanked God that the answer was on the way. He thanked God that the clouds were already starting to form. He was praising God for His faithfulness—I guess you could say…he was singing in the rain!
Elijah sent out his assistant seven times to check for rain. Each time he came back and said, "No rain; not a cloud in the sky."
Elijah didn't get discouraged. He didn't start begging, "Come on, God. I've been asking You again and again." No, Elijah just kept saying, "Lord, thank You for the rain that's coming. I may not see a way in the natural, but I want to thank You that You are a supernatural God." FULL POST
Posted 1/31/14 at 4:55 PM | Joel Osteen
A couple of weeks ago, our daughter, Alexandra, was comparing a copy of my first book from ten years ago with a copy of my newest book, Break Out. She was looking at the cover photos and said, "Wow, Daddy! You look better today than you did ten years ago." And I jokingly said, "What would you like me to buy you?"
But do you know how many times I have said, "I'm getting stronger, healthier and wiser? My youth is being renewed like the eagles." Every time you say something, you are moving toward it. But if you're always saying, "Man, I'm so out of shape, I'll never lose this weight," you're moving toward the wrong thing.
A gentleman told me a few weeks ago, "Joel, when you get old, it's all downhill." He looked to be about 70 years old. He was declaring, "I'm going down." He was prophesying poor health, lack of vision, hard of hearing into his future. If he keeps that up, he'll keep moving toward it. By the way he looked, he had already been saying it for a long time! FULL POST
Posted 1/24/14 at 6:39 PM | Joel Osteen
In John chapter 9, Jesus was traveling through a village. He saw a man on the side of the road who was blind. The man didn’t call out to Jesus. He wasn’t like blind Bartimaeus who said, "Please Jesus, have mercy and heal me." This man was just quietly sitting there, and Jesus went to him.
Now throughout the scripture, there are examples where people used their faith, reached out to God and received their miracle. The woman with the issue of blood fought her way through the crowd, touched the edge of Jesus’ robe, and she was instantly made whole. The lepers cried out, "Jesus, please heal us." Jesus healed them. An army captain came and said, "Jesus, if You’ll just speak the Word, my little daughter at home that’s so sick will be healed." Jesus spoke and the daughter was well. These people all initiated their miracle. They reached out in faith and saw God’s goodness. FULL POST
Posted 1/10/14 at 4:05 PM | Joel Osteen
Time is the currency of this dimension. In the spiritual realm, we exchange faith for what we are after—the promises of God. In the natural realm, we exchange time for the things we are after. If you want better relationships, you have to invest time with people. If you want to change your body, you have to invest time exercising. If you want to advance in your career, you spend time working towards that goal. You probably have a list of New Year's resolutions that you're working on and in order to see them come to pass, you have to invest time for those things, too.
As my friend, Tommy Barnett shares in his new book, "The Power of a Half Hour" thirty minutes can wreck or redeem a life. Think about all you can do in thirty minutes; have lunch, watch television, check Facebook, or work on your goals and dreams, get ahead, build a relationship, or grow with God. The time passes anyway. You decide if that time is used to help you get ahead or not. FULL POST
Posted 1/3/14 at 3:44 PM | Joel Osteen
Welcome to the New Year! So often at the first part of any new year, people are coming out of the daze of the holiday season and feeling focused, determined and ready to accomplish their goals and resolutions. But if we're not careful, before long, we'll find ourselves slipping back into our old routines and habits. Why don't you decide that this year is going to be different? Let this year be the year for you to break free from those things that have held you back once and for all. How can you do that?
First of all, you have to know that God desires for you to be free from every weight and bondage of the past. However, before you can change your behavior, you have to change what you're thinking and saying. Your thoughts and your words clear the path for your actions. It may seem hard to break an addiction, but is it hard to just SAY, "Because of Jesus, I am free from ______"? Is it hard to SAY, "I have power over _______"? Can you declare, "Greater is He who is me than ________"? Can you meditate on His goodness? FULL POST
Posted 12/27/13 at 5:46 PM | Joel Osteen
In the scripture, there's a man by the name of Simeon. One day an angel appeared to him and told him, "You will not die until you see the birth of Christ."
Imagine how far out that promise seemed, especially back then. Simeon didn't tell anyone about it. He kept it to himself. Do you know there are some promises you're not supposed to tell your friends and all of your family members? They may not be happy for you. They may tell you how it's not going to happen or that you're too old or you really can't do that? That's why some promises are between you and God. The scripture calls it a "secret petition of your heart."
Well, years went by and Simeon didn't see any sign of the Messiah. Five years…ten years…I'm sure the thoughts came saying, "You heard God wrong. It's been too long. It's never going to happen." The enemy has no new tricks. He uses the same type of lies on us today: doubt and discouragement. FULL POST
Posted 12/20/13 at 5:36 PM | Joel Osteen
Mary, the mother of Christ, was a teenager living in Nazareth. An angel appeared to her and said, "Mary, you are highly favored of God. You will give birth to a child without knowing a man. He will be the Son of God."
Now, when God spoke this amazing promise to her, you might imagine the thoughts of defeat and doubt that were bombarding her mind. Thoughts saying, "You can't have a child without a man. That's impossible. That defies the laws of nature." If she would have looked at things just in the natural, she would have talked herself out of it. But Mary didn't consider her circumstances; she considered her God.
I love the way she answered back to the angel. She didn't say, "That sounds so far out. I just don't see how it could happen." No, she was bold. She told the angel, "Be it unto me even as you have said." In other words, "Let it happen. I am in agreement. If God says I'm highly favored, then I believe I'm highly favored. If God says the impossible is going to happen, I believe the impossible will happen." FULL POST
Posted 12/17/13 at 1:50 PM | Joel Osteen
We all have to deal with delays, inconveniences and people that are hard to get along with. We all encounter people who are rude, inconsiderate or annoying. And sometimes, it's not a stranger; it's somebody who is close to you. But Jesus said in John 14:27, "Stop allowing yourself to be upset and agitated." Notice, it's a choice. He didn't say, "I'll take away everything that will cause stress and frustration." No, He said it'll still be there, but if you have the right approach, it doesn't have to upset you.
One lady told how one of her husband's relatives was very opinionated. He was always making sarcastic, demeaning remarks toward her. This couple was newly married, and every time they went to a family get together, inevitably, the relative would say something that offended her. She would get upset, and it would end up ruining the whole trip. This happened like clockwork again and again. It got to where she dreaded going to these family events. Finally, she said to her husband, "You've got to do something about this man. He's your relative." She expected her husband to say something like, "You're right, Honey. Nobody should talk to you like that. I'm going to go in there and straighten him out." But he did just the opposite. He said, "Honey, I love you, but I can't control this man. He has every right to have his opinion. He can say what he wants to, but you have every right to not let it offend you." FULL POST