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Posted 1/27/12 at 8:47 AM | Joel Osteen
When things aren't happening on your timetable, when you don't see anything changing, are you tempted to get complacent or quit trying?
I have a friend who struggled with an addiction for a long time, many years. In high school, he got mixed up with the wrong crowd; and twenty years later, he was still addicted. He's a good man, has a good family. He's gone through a lot of counseling and to different treatment centers with no success. I've prayed for him personally at the church altar several times. This young man could have easily just given up and thought, "Well, this is just my lot in life. It's never going to change."
But he was determined. He had a made-up mind. Even though he would fall, he would get back up again and again.
About two years ago, he told me that after being addicted for twenty-one years, he is now totally free. I congratulated him and asked him how he did it. I thought maybe he went through some kind of new, special program. But he said, "Joel, I didn't do anything new. In fact, I can't really put my finger on it. It's just like something broke on the inside. All of the sudden, I didn't have the desire anymore. I had a strength that I had never felt before." What's interesting is that in years past, he could stop for two or three weeks, but then he would crave that drug so strongly and would always go back to it. He couldn't resist the temptation. But he said, "This time I'm not even tempted by it anymore. It's not even a struggle." That's the power of God at work in this man's life! That's God taking him out of the enemy's reach! FULL POST
Posted 1/20/12 at 11:21 AM | Joel Osteen
What are you seeking in this New Year? What are your highest priorities? So many people make their lists and fill their days trying to make things happen. Or, they seek after something newer, bigger or better.
Of course, I'm all for having goals, dreams and pursuing what God has placed in your heart. But what I've seen over and over in my own life is that when I'm doing my best to please God and obey His Word, I find that, out of the blue, a good break or unexpected favor comes. I don't have to manipulate things. I don't have to struggle to make it happen. I obey God; I put Him first place in my life, and I receive the reward of diligently seeking Him. (Hebrews 11:6)
Jesus said in Matthew 6:33 to "seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you." Notice the key in this verse: seek first the Kingdom. In other words, don't seek the blessing, seek the One who blesses. Don't be consumed by things. Don't chase after money, fame, fortune or a bigger "this or that." Instead, chase after God! If you will seek Him first, then all of His blessings will be added unto you. Not a few things. Not a half a dozen things. God is a God of abundance, and He says "ALL things." In other words, when you keep Him first place, you won't be able to contain all the good things that He will bring across your path! He'll fill you to overflowing. He'll give you things that money can't buy. You can work 24/7, but you can't buy health. You can't buy strength. You can't buy a good night's rest. Seek first the Kingdom, and God will reward you! FULL POST
Posted 1/7/12 at 10:04 AM | Joel Osteen
Psalm 81:10 says, "Open your mouth wide and I will fill it." As we enter the new year, ask yourself, "Do I have my mouth open wide for this year?" In other words, what are you expecting? What are you ready to receive from Almighty God?
If you've been thinking, "I don't think I'll ever get a pay raise with the economy like it is." "I don't think I'll ever get promoted; I'm not that qualified." "I don't think I'll ever get well," then the problem is that your mouth is barely open. You're not expecting good breaks. You're not expecting increase. You're not expecting God to show up and turn it around, and unfortunately, you won't be disappointed. Jesus said in scripture, "According to your faith it will be done unto you." He might as well have said, "If you've got a cup, I'll fill you with a cup level of blessing. If you've got a bucket, I'll fill you with a bucket level of blessing." But He also says, "If you've got a barn, I'll fill you with an overwhelming load of blessing!" In other words, if you'll take the limits off of God, if you'll go out each day expecting far and beyond favor, you won't be disappointed.
Let me ask you, do you go out each day knowing that favor is already in your future? Or have you gotten stuck in a rut? That's what happened to the people of Israel. They were headed toward the Promised Land. They had big goals and big dreams, but along the way, they hit some setbacks in their thinking. They got so discouraged they gave up on their dreams and just settled where they were. One day God said to them, "You have dwelt long enough on this mountain." Today, I believe God is saying to each one of us, "You've been where you are long enough. It's time to move forward." God is saying, "This is a new day. Get your fire back! Where you are today is not where you're supposed to stay." FULL POST
Posted 12/30/11 at 10:39 AM | Joel Osteen
As 2011 comes to a close, as you reflect on the events of the past year and look forward to a new beginning in 2012, I want to remind you that we serve the All-Powerful, Almighty, Omniscient Creator of the universe. He is a God of increase, a God of blessing, a God who takes us from glory to Glory. That means no matter what happened in 2011, don't start 2012 with a just-get-by mentality. Don't look for "good enough," look for "more than enough!" Our God is able and our God is willing. He loves you with an everlasting love. As you increase your capacity to receive from Him, He will meet your expectation and fill you to overflowing.
In his new book, Relentless: The Power You Need to Never Give Up, John Bevere tells the following story:
"Imagine that a severe famine hits a particular area of the world. However, a very generous and charitable nation in another part of the globe sends its military to the troubled area with barges and cargo planes filled with fresh vegetables, fruits, grains, meat and fresh water. The military general releases a statement to the citizens of the impoverished land: 'We are able to give you as much food as you can carry away.' The first guy comes with a picnic basket and carries away a couple of days worth of food for two people. The next guy comes with a large sack and carries away enough food to feed his family for five days. However, the third guy shows up with a huge pickup truck and carries away enough food to last his family and several hungry neighbors for the next month. FULL POST
Posted 12/23/11 at 9:38 AM | Joel Osteen
Mary, the mother of Jesus, was a humble teenage girl living in Nazareth. It was one of the poorest, most rundown cities of that region, and she didn't have any notoriety to speak of. One day, an angel appeared and said, "Mary, you are highly favored of God. You're going to give birth to a son without knowing a man. He will be the Son of God. You are to name him Jesus."
God gave Mary this amazing promise that was barely believable. You can imagine the thoughts of doubt and unbelief that must have bombarded her mind. Thoughts like, "You're not going to have a baby without a man. That's impossible. That defies the laws of nature. That's never happened before." If Mary would have only considered her circumstances, she would have certainly been tempted to give up." But instead of looking at her circumstances, she looked to God Almighty. She understood this principle: if God says it, He will bring it to pass.
When Mary answered the angel, she didn't say, "Oh, that sounds far out. I don't see how that can happen." No, Mary was bold. She made a statement of faith. She said, "Be it unto me even as you have said." In other words, "I'm in agreement. Let it happen. If God says I'm highly favored, I believe I'm highly favored. If God says the impossible is going to happen, I believe the impossible is going to happen." FULL POST
Posted 12/16/11 at 11:37 AM | Joel Osteen
One of my favorite memories about Christmas while growing up was watching my father's generosity everywhere he went. As a boy, my father didn't have much. His childhood wasn't very joyful, but he seemed determined to share as much of it as he could later in life.
As a poor child who grew up during the Depression, my father had empathy for the needy and a drive to help others. People seemed to sense it, too. I can't tell you how many times a stranger would come out of nowhere and walk right up to Dad as if guided to him by a heavenly hand. I was about fifteen years old and traveling with my father overseas during Christmas break when I witnessed one of those encounters. We were in a small airport terminal with a thatched roof on an island in the Philippines. I was walking back from the concession stand when I found my father talking to a young man with long hair and a backpack. They were having a deep conversation, which wasn't unusual because Dad liked hearing people's stories. The next thing I knew, my father was reaching for his wallet and handed the young man a wad of cash—a couple of hundred dollars. When I asked him about it later he said, "Well, we got to talking, and he told me he was trying to get back to the States but had miscalculated how much money he needed and was stuck in the airport. So I gave him enough to get him home to his parents for the holidays. I just kept thinking, what if that were my son or daughter, wouldn't I want someone to help them?" FULL POST
Posted 12/9/11 at 1:01 PM | Joel Osteen
Around the holidays, it's amazing how people's priorities and to-do lists change. People pack their schedules with parties, planning and presents. If we're not careful, the things that matter most can wind up on the bottom of list. But if we are going to be our best, if we are going to keep growing and moving forward in this life, we have to keep God as the top priority of the list every single day!
Years ago during the last few months of my father's life, he was on dialysis. Three times a week for four hours a day, he would go to the clinic to have his blood cleansed. There were plenty of times that he didn't feel like going. He was tired. He was busy. He wanted to do something else. But it didn't matter, he went anyway. Why? Because his life depended on it. It simply wasn't an option. My father loved to travel all over the world, but when he started dialysis, he had to change his plans and rearrange his priorities.
Friend, that's the way we need to be about seeking God. When things get busy, when the children need you, when it's hectic at the office, when you have a thousand things to do, that's when you have to put your foot down and say, "No, this is not an option. If I'm going to be strong, if I'm going to be productive today, if I'm going to have God's favor, then I've got to rearrange some priorities so I can spend time with God." FULL POST
Posted 12/2/11 at 9:16 AM | Joel Osteen
In the scriptures, Jesus tells the story of a young man who took his
inheritance early, left home and wasted all of his money partying and
living a wild life. He squandered everything he was given, and
eventually wound up living in the hog pen. At his lowest moment he
thought about home, "Man, even the servants at my father's house live
better than I do. Maybe I can at least go back and work for my father. I
will arise and go to my father's house."
When the father saw the son a long way off, he was so overjoyed. Scripture tells us that he took off running down the road to meet him. He threw his arms around
his son and said to his staff, "Bring the best clothes! Kill the fatted calf! We're going to have a party! My son has come back home!"
The only picture in the Bible of God running is when He is running as a Father to one of His children in need.
Sometimes when we make mistakes, we start listening to the negative voices that
say, "You don't deserve anything good. You blew it. Sit on the sidelines of life. There's nothing good in store for you." Friend, don't believe those lies! If you'll dare to do what this young man did and start moving toward your heavenly Father, He will come running toward you with His arms open wide. He's not looking at what you've done wrong today; He's looking at how much He loves you. He's looking at the good things
He has in store for you. FULL POST
Posted 11/26/11 at 10:02 PM | Joel Osteen
Victoria and I get a lot of phone calls during the day here at the ministry, and unfortunately, we don't have time to take most of them. Our staff is well able to handle most issues for us, but there are two calls that we will always take without exception. I could be in the middle of an important meeting; I could have a thousand things left on my schedule, but when these two people call, no matter what I'm doing or who I'm with, I'm going to step aside and take that call. That's our two children, Jonathan and Alexandra. They have 24-hour access. When they call, no matter what, I'm going to respond.
That's the way God is with His children. When you receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior, you become a part of God's family. He literally adopts you as His very own. You can call on your heavenly Father anytime, and He will always be there to take your call. He won't put you on hold. You won't get a recording. You won't be transferred to a call center overseas. As God's child, you have a direct hotline to heaven. You have direct access. He will always stop what He is doing and be right there to take your call.
I hear people say, "Well, Joel, since you're closer to God, would you pray for me and talk to God for me?" I appreciate their respect, but the truth is if you've accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior, then you're just as much a child of God as I am. You don't have to go through a third party. Of course, I would love to pray for you, but you don't have to come through me, or your priest, or your bishop or another saint who's already in heaven. You can go directly to God for yourself. Because of the blood of Jesus, you've got a direct hotline to heaven, and God will always take your call! FULL POST
Posted 11/24/11 at 9:18 PM | Joel Osteen
Today in America, we celebrate giving thanks to God for our family, our friends, and our country. Thanksgiving was originally a time to thank God for the harvest, and so today, let's remember to thank God for the harvest of blessings He's poured out upon our lives.
Today and always:
May the Lord bless you and keep you,
May the Lord make His face to shine upon you,
May He be gracious unto you,
and give you His peace.
We love you and thank God for you!
Joel and Victoria Osteen
Victoria and I want to wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving!>