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Victoria Osteen

Wife of Joel Osteen, co-pastor of Lakewood Church, author and inspirational speaker.

Posted 4/4/14 at 5:21 PM | Victoria Osteen

State Your Case

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The other day, I was in the customer service line at a store waiting to return something I had purchased. The woman in front of me was taking a really long time, and after a few minutes, I started watching more closely to see what was happening. She was standing there digging through her purse, pulling papers out, and getting more and more frustrated. One employee came over, then another. I could see that this woman was trying to return something, and she didn't have her receipt. She was doing everything she could to get her money back, but it was no use. She ended up packing her things and walking out the door. When it was my turn, I walked up to the counter, handed the clerk my receipt, and asked for a credit on my credit card. Everything went through just fine, and I received my refund without a problem.

If we look at this scenario on a spiritual level, there's a lot we can learn. The difference between me and the woman in front of me is that she was pleading her case and I was presenting mine. She had nothing to prove that she had purchased that item from that particular store. She had no evidence, and therefore, no entitlement to what she wanted based on the company's policy. Now, on the other hand, I had proof of my purchase. I was operating according to the guidelines set forth by that company. I presented my case and received what I was expecting. FULL POST

Posted 3/28/14 at 5:23 PM | Victoria Osteen

Your Place of Influence

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When was the last time you took time to consider your circle of influence? Everyone is influencing someone. Who are the people you are influencing? Maybe you are influencing change in your community. You can influence by your words, your actions, and even by the look on your face.

Influence isn't about having a social position or certain financial status. Look at Esther in Scripture. She was an orphan living in the country, and then one day, she was queen of the whole land. Her influence saved an entire race of people. Yes, she was in the public eye, but her Uncle Mordecai wasn't. But, he influenced her. So, even if you aren't in the public eye, you may be the one to influence the influencer!

Always remember, you have influence over your children, your spouse, your co-workers, your boss and your circle of friends. Your influence may be extremely subtle. You may not receive accolades or acknowledgements in this life, and you may not even realize all the ways you are affecting the people around you. Influence isn't about a social position; it's about a heart position. When you show up with a heart of excellence, you are operating from your place of influence. When you go above and beyond to do what is right, people take notice. The Bible says in Proverbs 27:17, "As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another." You sharpen the people around you by simply doing what is right. FULL POST

Posted 3/21/14 at 4:38 PM | Victoria Osteen

Build Your House

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Scripture tells us that there is life and death in the power of the tongue. Now, stop and think about that for a moment. Maybe you've heard that verse before, but ask God for a deeper understanding of what that truly means. See, too many times we say frivolous things and think they don't matter. But if we would really understand there is life and death in what we say, we might choose our words more carefully.

Now we can't literally see our words, but we can see the fruit of our words. Everything you have in your life today is a direct result of what you've been saying and believing in your yesterdays. You may think those words just fall to the ground and go away, but what's happening is that those words are being planted and will bring a harvest in your future.

Scripture tells us we can either speak blessing or cursing. I've heard some people say, "Oh, I can't wait for the kids to grow up and move out! I can't wait to be an empty nester." Really? You may be saying it lightly, but those words fall heavy on the hearers. Those words are words of rejection to a child. Those words translate, "I don't want you here. You're a burden to me." Those kinds of words are received as curses, and I believe we should say nothing before we speak curses! FULL POST

Posted 3/18/14 at 1:03 PM | Victoria Osteen

Let the Lord Build Your House!

Scripture tells us that unless the Lord builds the house, they who build it labor in vain. In other words, our own plans, our own ways apart from God will crumble. But when you do things God's way according to His Word, that's when your building will be secure.

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I want God to build my house, don't you? I want Him to be the center of my family. It starts by taking the promises in the Bible, getting hold of them, and believing them and applying them to every area of life. The Bible tells us that the promises are for you and your family. His promises are for all of your relationships. But, you have to grab hold of them by faith and put them into practice. If we don't know His Word, how can we know His plan?

You might be thinking, "Well, I go to church but my husband doesn't." Or, "My child is away from God right now." Well, I have good news for you. It says in Acts 2:39 that "the promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off." Are some people in your family "far off?" Are there some dreams for your family that are "far off?" God says there is nothing far off that His word can't bring close. This is where we have to trust that God is at work even when we can't see it. Our hands may be tied, but His hands are never tied! FULL POST

Posted 3/14/14 at 6:22 PM | Victoria Osteen |


Healing Through Forgiveness

Scripture tells us to forgive, but so many people have a hard time with it. So many people have misconceptions about forgiveness. Some people think they can't forgive because it's just "too difficult." The hurt is too deep or the offense is too painful. But in reality, it's more difficult for us when we choose not to forgive. The bitterness is not hurting the person who offended you; it is only embedding itself into your own heart and keeping you from God's best. Bitterness and unforgiveness separate you from God. They block the flow of His blessing and hinder your prayers. But, choosing forgiveness opens the door of your heart and makes way for God to do a miracle in your life.

Many people know that in 1981 my mother-in-law, Dodie Osteen, was diagnosed with terminal cancer of the liver and was told she only had a few weeks to live. No medical treatments for the disease were available at that time, and the doctors told her there was nothing they could do. She and her husband, John, went home after they heard the report, got on their knees, and asked God for a miracle. Dodie did everything she knew in order to be in the position to receive her miracle. Anytime she shares her story, she talks about how one of the main keys for her to receive God's healing was her willingness to let go of offenses and keep her heart clean through the power of forgiveness. She tells how she wrote letters of forgiveness to people—her husband, children, parents, or anyone she could think of that she might have offended or that might have offended her. She went the extra mile to make sure her heart was free of any offense that would have blocked God's healing in her life. It took about a year of standing and fighting through all the symptoms, but she did receive her miracle healing and is still 100 percent cancer free today. FULL POST

Posted 3/10/14 at 11:41 AM | Victoria Osteen |

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Love is a Choice

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If you ask most people what love is, they will tell you that it's a feeling or emotion. We certainly do describe what we feel for people as love, but true, biblical love is isn't about the way we feel. The Bible says to choose love. That means love is a choice. It's the choice to treat others according to God's Word rather than according to what we feel because let's face it, we don't always feel like being loving.

It's easy to love the people who love you back. It's easy to be patient and kind to people who are patient and kind to you. But, what about the people who are frustrating and irritating? What about the people who constantly rub you the wrong way or don't ever seem to do things the way you want them to? I call these people "sandpaper" people. This is when you need to make the choice to love. God isn't going to give you a "pass" and say, "Oh, don't worry about loving them; they irritate me, too." No, God is love. Love is God. When we choose love, we are choosing God and His ways. FULL POST

Posted 3/4/14 at 3:32 PM | Victoria Osteen |

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How to Pray

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In Matthew 6:9-13, Jesus gives a model of how to pray. Most people know this passage of scripture as the Lord's Prayer. He starts out saying:

"Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name."

This tells us to come into God's presence with worship and declare that His name is holy. We should revere and honor Him above all else. Then it goes on to say:

"Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven."

There's so much wrapped up in this particular verse. But in short, it's saying, "Let Your plans be done. I surrender my plans to You." This is a reminder that after we open with worship, we are to surrender all to Him. The next verse says:

"Give us this day our daily bread."

Your daily bread is your provision. But, it's provision for today. We are to live one day at a time with Him. In other words, don't get ahead of God! Throughout scripture we are told to ask God for what we need, and that's what Jesus is telling us here. Then it says: FULL POST

Posted 2/28/14 at 4:36 PM | Victoria Osteen |


Flip on the Switch

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Prayer is a spiritual weapon in the life of the believer. So many times, we think our trouble is coming from natural circumstances—the light bill, our spouse, a coworker. We think, "If that would change, things would get better." But the Bible says that our struggles are not against flesh and blood. The real enemy isn't what we can see. Our battle is in the heavenly realms against the principalities of the air. (See Ephesians 6:12.)

Think of it this way: Let's say you walk into a dark living room and stub your toe on an ottoman, step on a toy, and walk into a coffee table. You might think the problem is that the ottoman was in the wrong place, the toy wasn't picked up, etc. But truthfully, you could navigate the room if you first turned on the light switch. Light chases away darkness. The same is true in the spiritual realm. When we focus on the things of God through prayer and reading the Word of God, you are turning on the light switch so you can navigate your life! FULL POST

Posted 2/25/14 at 4:47 PM | Victoria Osteen

What Moves Him?

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At Lakewood, one of the most precious parts of the service is prayer time. It's a time for the congregation to come and receive personal, specific prayer from our prayer partners. All over the building, people are praying together, and it's an amazing experience. People comment all the time about how they feel the love and power of God in such a special way when we are praying for the people.

Sometimes when I'm praying for someone during prayer time, I get overwhelmed to the point of tears. It says in the gospel that when Jesus saw the people, He was moved with compassion. He felt so much love for the people that He did whatever it took to bring life to them.

Today when Jesus sees you, He's still moved with compassion. Scripture says that Jesus intercedes for us at the right hand of the Father. Think about that—Jesus is always praying for you! FULL POST

Posted 2/21/14 at 2:08 PM | Victoria Osteen

Honor the Lord through Communion

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Did you know that there is supernatural power when you partake of communion?

In my own life, I have made it through many challenges by submitting myself to the power of Jesus Christ through communion, right in the privacy of my own home.

When we partake of communion, we are recognizing the power of what Jesus did when He died on the cross. We are acknowledging that supernatural work and honoring who He is in our lives.

God gave His only Son so that we could have a relationship with the Father. Not only does He want us to live an abundant life on this Earth, but an abundant life with Him in eternity. John chapter three tells us, "Whosoever believes on the Lord Jesus Christ shall be saved." When you partake of communion, you are saying with your actions, "I believe."

The best part is, you don't have to wait until church on Sunday to partake of communion. You don't need a minister to serve you. Scripture says that Jesus Himself is your high priest. (Heb 4:14) You can simply use crackers and grape juice, bread and water, or whatever you have that can symbolize the body and blood of Jesus. See, it's not the elements that hold the power; it's your faith in Him. It's your obedience to His Word that says, "Do this in remembrance of Me." FULL POST

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