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Posted 6/12/12 at 6:10 AM | Joel Osteen

He Won’t Let You Drown

A few years ago, I saw a report on the news about a teenage girl who had driven her car into some high water on a flooded street. She ended up stranded in her car. The water was rising unusually fast. In just two or three minutes, it was already up over her car hood. She couldn’t open the car doors because the water pressure was too strong. She couldn’t roll down her windows because they were electric. They were showing this Live on the news. As I watched, my heart was beating so fast. She was in there just praying and praying. A man jumped into the water and swam over to the car. He started beating on the window, trying to break it open with no success. The whole time, the car was floating down the road. I’ll never forget seeing this. At one point, the car tilted forward and then went totally underwater. My heart sunk. I thought, “Man, this is just the end.”

About that time, another man jumped into the water and swam toward the car like he was Superman! Somehow he found the car, dove underwater and disappeared for about 30 seconds. It seemed like an eternity. But in a few seconds, you saw the young girl’s arm come up out of the water. I thought, “My goodness! How did he get a window open or a door open under there?” A few seconds later, he pulled her whole body out and was able to help her get to the shore. She was perfectly fine and walked off on her own two feet! If that wasn’t amazing enough, when the wrecker pulled the car out of the water, they noticed that no windows had been broken, no windows were down, and there was no evidence that any doors had been open. The newscaster sat there dumbfounded. He said, “I don’t know. You figure that one out.” FULL POST

Posted 6/1/12 at 11:15 AM | Joel Osteen

Letters From Dad

My friend, Mark Shriver, has a new book coming out on Tuesday called, A Good Man. The book is about his father, Sargent Shriver, who was an American statesman and activist. Among his many accomplishments, he was the driving force behind the creation of the Peace Corps, the Job Corps, Head Start and other programs. The book is about Mark’s journey to discover what made his father so impactful and admired on this earth. What was the foundation for his faith, hope and love?

One thing that Mark recounts is how his father would write him letters on a regular basis. He’d slip the letter under Mark’s bedroom door sometime during the night so that when Mark woke in the morning, it would be the first thing that he would see and read.

On graduation day, his father wrote:
Happy Graduation Day, Mark, and Congratulations! Always remember, numero uno, that you are a unique, infinitely valuable person—your mother and I love you—so do your brothers and sisters and friends—but all our love and interest put together cannot compare to the passionate interest and love God himself showers on you. You are His! He wants you! And He will make you the perfect Man you are to be. Love, Dad FULL POST

Posted 5/25/12 at 10:06 AM | Joel Osteen

In the Midst of Life’s Challenges

All through the scripture, there are examples of people who were in great need, but then the favor of God turned it around. For example, in Genesis 6, Noah was facing the greatest challenge of his life. The Earth was about to be destroyed with the flood. Things looked impossible, but scripture says, "Noah found favor in the sight of God." He was able to build that ark and save his family. The book of Ruth tells us how Ruth had just gone through the loss of her husband, a great disappointment. She was living in another city, barely making it financially. But Ruth found favor with a man named Boaz. He was very wealthy. They ended up getting married. Ruth went on to live a life of abundance and happiness. In Genesis 37, Joseph was betrayed by his brothers and sold into slavery, but Joseph found favor everywhere he went. He went through ups and downs, but he ultimately found favor with Pharaoh and was put in charge over all of Egypt.

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Posted 5/18/12 at 11:19 AM | Joel Osteen

Dare to Believe

I have a friend who is a medical doctor. Late one night years ago, he was driving down the freeway on his way home. He came upon an accident and stopped to see if he could help. Sadly, it was a fatality. There was a young man on a stretcher, and the paramedics had worked on him for a long time. They had tried CPR and had IV's in him. As my friend walked up, they were pulling the sheet over his head. Since he was a doctor, they allowed him to take a look. The man leaned over the body and very quietly began to pray for the young man, "God, give him another chance. God, let his life come back into him. Let his heart begin to work. Let his lungs kick in." For a couple of minutes, very quietly, he prayed the prayer of faith. He wasn't a minister. He wasn't trained in theology. He simply believed that with God all things are possible. He believed what Jesus said, that we would see the greater works.

While he was still praying, all of the sudden, the young man began to cough. The paramedics nearly passed out! In a few seconds, he opened his eyes, and not long after that, he was able to sit up. Today, the young man is alive and healthy, totally recovered. But had my friend not believed that God can do astounding, remarkable and overwhelming things, I don't know if that young man would be alive today. Friends, God is looking for someone to believe for the greater works, greater power, greater anointing, greater influence, greater victory. He's looking for somebody to take the limits off of Him. FULL POST

Posted 5/11/12 at 10:36 AM | Joel Osteen

Prayers That Avail Much

Scripture tells us that the fervent prayers of the righteous avail much. Fervent prayer is heart-filled, it's faith-filled, and it's love-filled. I believe that a praying mother gives us a wonderful example of what it means to pray fervently.

I know a mother who was praying intensely for her son. He had gotten involved in an outlaw motorcycle gang and was way off course and constantly in and out of jail. Year after year, he continued to spiral downward, breaking his mother's heart. She prayed. She believed. She did everything she could, but nothing seemed to be changing. He had all kinds of addictions. He got to the point where he practically lived stoned. He was never in his right mind.

One day in his early twenties, he was so depressed and so messed up in his mind that he decided to end his life. He had a big bottle of pills that he was going to take. Standing in front of a mirror he thought, "When I looked at myself in that mirror, I saw a dead man staring back at me." Just as he was about to take the pills, he heard something say so strongly, "Don't do it." There was a supernatural force holding him back and keeping him from taking those pills. He didn't really know what he was doing, but he thought, "If I'm going to kill myself, I need to go to church first." FULL POST

Posted 5/4/12 at 10:50 AM | Joel Osteen

Coming Your Way

There's a young man I know with a beautiful family. He was working at his job, being his best each day and always keeping a good attitude, but there wasn't any room for growth at that company and no opportunity for advancement. One day, another friend told him about a position that was opening up at his company. My friend read the qualifications, and although he didn't have the experience and all the education they wanted, he felt like he should apply for the job. After he was interviewed, they said they would get back with him in about a week.

Well, a week went by and he didn't hear anything. The negative thoughts started coming. "You're not going to get it. You're not qualified. You're going to be stuck at your same position for the rest of your life."

His wife could tell something was bothering him. She said, "Honey, quit worrying about it. God is in control. It's in His hands, and if He wants you to have the job, you're going to get the job." So instead of worrying about it, every day they started declaring Ephesians 3:20. "God, You said You would do exceedingly, abundantly above and beyond." They were speaking unprecedented favor and releasing their faith for God to do something awesome in their lives. FULL POST

Posted 4/30/12 at 10:50 AM | Joel Osteen

Are You Really Alive?

A couple of years ago, I was watching the news when Captain Sullenberger successfully landed a jet airplane in the Hudson River. All 155 passengers survived. It's known as "The Miracle on the Hudson." A reporter asked one of the passengers, a man who had just been rescued, what he thought about it all. He was soaking wet, freezing cold and a little bit frazzled, but he had this incredible glow about him and an excitement in his voice. I'll never forget what he said. He told the reporter, "I was alive before, but now I'm really alive."

My question to you today is, "Are you really alive?" Are you passionate about the life God has given you? Do you get up every morning with enthusiasm, pursuing your dreams? Or are you stuck in a rut, going through the motions, letting the pressures of life weigh you down? No, God doesn't want you to just be alive, just exist or just endure. He wants you to be really alive. You have seeds of greatness on the inside. There is something more for you to accomplish. The day you quit being excited about your future is the day you quit living. The day you quit being passionate about what's in front of you is the day you go from living to merely existing. FULL POST

Posted 4/20/12 at 10:17 AM | Joel Osteen

When the Brook Dries Up

In 1 Kings 17, God told the prophet Elijah to go to the brook Cherith and ravens would feed him there. So, Elijah went to the brook Cherith and had provision week after week. He didn't have to go get the food. The ravens came to him. Life was good. I'm sure he thought, "It doesn't get any better than this." Just as he was about to get comfortable and settle in, God said, "Alright, Elijah. Now I want you to go to the city of Zarephath. There is a widow who lives there, and she is going to take care of you." In other words, "Elijah, I know you like this job. I've blessed you here, but I've got a new opportunity. I've got a promotion. I want you to take a step of faith." Or, "Elijah, I know you like these friends. They're good people, but it's a new season. I'm going to close that door and bring some new friends into your life."

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Posted 4/13/12 at 10:34 AM | Joel Osteen

The Place of New Provision

Change is one of the most difficult things that we all face but change is inevitable. Mark Twain said, "The only person who likes change is a wet baby." One reason people don't like change is because they get comfortable where they are. We get used to our friends, our job, or the place we live. And even if it's not perfect, we accept it because it's familiar. When we're not willing to change, we get stuck in what God "used to do" instead of moving forward into what God "is about to do." The truth is, just because God has blessed you where you are, doesn't mean you're supposed to just sit back and settle there.

I read about some people who had a business idea and took it to one of the leading companies that rents movies and videos. They said, "We've got an idea and we'd like to partner with you on it. We've developed the technology to send movies through the internet. This gives people the option to order a movie from home instead of driving back and forth to a store." The company wasn't interested in that idea. They said, "No, thanks. We're the leaders in our field. We know what we're doing." The people with the idea said, "Fine." Then, they started their own company called Netflix. Today Netflix has taken off and has practically put the other company who rejected their idea out of business. FULL POST

Posted 4/6/12 at 10:29 AM | Joel Osteen

How Do You See God?

There are many different ways that people see God. Some people see Him as a God who is far off, way out there, untouchable, somewhere in the universe. Some people see Him in a very formal way where they have a deep respect and reverential fear of Him. Some people see God as a God who is just out to get them. They think He has a baseball bat, looking down from heaven and waiting for them to make a mistake. They feel a pressure that they can never live up to. If that's you today, understand that that's a wrong image of God. The best picture we could have of God is the picture we see in scripture—the picture of God as a loving father.

A father is someone who is for you; someone who helps you overcome mistakes, someone who cheers you on as you pursue your dreams and always believes the very best in you. Many people know God as their Savior. That's the most important way. But when you know God as Father, your relationship with Him takes on a whole new meaning. You realize that He is not a God who is far off; He is not out to get you; He is not just there to point out what you are doing wrong. He is there as a constant source of strength and encouragement. He is there to lift you up when you fall, encourage you when you are down, push you forward when you feel like giving up! FULL POST

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