Wife of Joel Osteen, co-pastor of Lakewood Church, author and inspirational speaker.
Posted 7/4/14 at 9:24 AM | Victoria Osteen
Today in America, we celebrate Independence Day, which marks the birth of our freedom as a nation. People often look forward to celebrating with friends and family. The question today is, how often do you celebrate your ultimate freedom—your spiritual freedom?
Scripture tells us that it is for freedom that Christ has set us free. In other words, God wants you to be free today simply for freedom's sake. He wants you free because He wants you to enjoy your life and experience liberty no matter what's happening around you. He loves you and wants the very best for you.
The seeds of freedom are deposited in us when we receive Jesus as our Lord and Savior. He first sets us free from sin and death and breaks its power over us. We don't have to live defeated, depressed, anxious, sick, upset, bitter or stuck in the past any longer. We are free because of Jesus Christ! FULL POST
Posted 6/30/14 at 8:40 AM | Victoria Osteen
At some point in our lives, every one of us has missed out on God-given opportunities. Maybe you can think of a few right now. If so, I want to encourage you: Don't live in regret. Don't let lost opportunities make you feel disappointed and discouraged. God is bigger than your lost opportunities. No matter what has happened in your past, He can still get your life back on track!
It's sort of like using one of those GPS systems in your car. You set the location to where you want to go, and the GPS calculates the best route. You can be driving along and get distracted and completely miss the street where the GPS instructed you to turn, but that doesn't mean you'll never reach your destination. You wouldn't just pull off to the side of the road crying and say, "Now I'm stuck here. I'll never get where I need to go all because I missed my turn!" No, there's always another way to get there. In fact, that GPS system will instantly recalculate the route to your destination based on your present location. FULL POST
Posted 6/13/14 at 6:37 PM | Victoria Osteen
All through scripture, we read that God wants to bless us. And not only does He want to bless us, He has a way to bless us. He has a system set in place so that when we do things His way, we get His results!
The Bible says that His ways are higher than our ways. So many times we try to figure things out in our natural thinking. We try to come up with a plan and look for ways to get the things we need and desire. But in God's system, the plan for blessing is already established. All we have to do is position ourselves by following His commands. When we honor His Word by giving our tithes and offerings, we are positioning ourselves under the open window of heaven. That's what it says in Malachi 3:10 that "when you bring your whole tithe into the storehouse, I (God) will open up the windows of heaven and pour out blessings you can't contain." When you live a lifestyle of giving—giving of your time, your talents, and resources to bless others in His name, you are living a lifestyle of blessing! When you live to give, God will make sure that every need you have is met in abundance to His glory. FULL POST
Posted 6/4/14 at 2:38 PM | Victoria Osteen
In April, Joel and I celebrated 27 years of marriage. So much has happened over the years in our lives as we've learned to grow together, but I have to say, our relationship is stronger now than it's ever been! That strength comes from the unconditional love we have chosen to give one another. We don't just love and support each other when things are good or just when we agree on everything. No, we are committed to loving each other no matter what; and every day, we make a conscious effort to communicate that love. Communicating love every single day is what creates a foundation for success in any relationship!
One way we communicate that love is through words. Words are so powerful, and it's so important to tell the people in our lives that we love them. We need to allow words of love to flow freely in our homes and create an atmosphere of acceptance and security. At the same time, we need to be comfortable hearing those words spoken to us. Sometimes we hear it and dismiss it. Sure, they are just three little words, but every time Joel says "I love you" to me, I allow those words to sink down deep into my heart. I know that when I embrace those words, they establish a treasure of security and trust in my heart and strengthen our relationship. FULL POST
Posted 5/30/14 at 5:11 PM | Victoria Osteen
Have you ever fainted? I have. It's no fun. I don't know what happened while I was out. I lost time. That's what happens when a person faints spiritually, too. They don't know what has happened, and sadly, they lose time that they cannot get back.
Usually before a person faints, there are some signs. Maybe they get light-headed or start to get dizzy. They might start to sweat inexplicably. But before that, maybe they overlooked the fact that they were hungry or thirsty. Maybe there were other signs they ignored. We have to pay attention to what's happening in the natural, and we have to pay attention to what's happening spiritually.
Here are some signs that you are spiritually fatigued:
1. Everything seems to irritate you — your children, your husband, the dog. You feel like everyone is against you, and you are just frustrated all the time. FULL POST
Posted 5/21/14 at 4:34 PM | Victoria Osteen
Sometimes people don't feel worthy, they don't feel "good enough" for God. But oftentimes, this pressure to be perfect comes from our own misconceptions. We think that if we are perfect enough, then we will be accepted. But God isn't looking for us to be perfect; He's looking for us to receive His perfect love. First, you have to understand that His love for you isn't based on your performance; it's based on who He is. He never changes, and His love never changes.
The Bible says that we are His creation. The Bible says we are His work of art. Think about an artist who creates a beautiful painting. You have to imagine that he thinks about the image he is going to produce long before he ever sees it on the canvas. He carefully places every brush stroke with the entire painting in mind. Maybe there are times when other people see his "work in progress" and they can't quite tell what it's going to be, but the artist always knows exactly what he is doing. And then when his masterpiece is complete, he is so pleased with his work! He loves his beautiful creation! He's poured himself into every stroke. FULL POST
Posted 5/9/14 at 4:18 PM | Victoria Osteen
This weekend all over our country, we focus on celebrating mothers. Sometimes, being a mother seems like a thankless job. Women do so much behind the scenes that goes unnoticed. But, I want to encourage you today that what you do as a mother matters! God notices; but not only that, the fruit of your labor will be evident!
I love what the apostle Paul wrote to Timothy, a young man who had great courage and confidence. He wrote, "Timothy, I can see the faith of your mother Eunice and your grandmother Lois in you." Timothy's strong belief came through the influence of his mother and grandmother. Those women made an investment that had an impact on Timothy's life. I'm sure they had days when they wondered about young Timothy. I'm sure they had days when they weren't sure if what they were doing mattered. But, they kept investing in him, praying for him, and being an example to him, and eventually, they got a return on their investment. FULL POST
Posted 5/2/14 at 3:49 PM | Victoria Osteen
I heard a story about a little girl who whined and complained about everything one day. The next day, she was cheerful and sweet to everyone. Her mother said, "What happened to you? Yesterday, you had such a bad attitude. Today, you're so happy about everything?"
The little girl replied, "Yesterday my thoughts were pushing me around. Today I'm pushing my thoughts around."
Just like this little girl, we have a choice. We can either let our thoughts push us around, or we can push our thoughts around. That's why the Bible tells us to take captive every thought and make sure it lines up with the Word of God. If you allow negative thoughts to play over and over in your head, soon they will cause you to say and do things you will regret later. Instead of keeping score in your mind, keep a positive attitude. When it comes to those little irritations, let people off the hook by looking for the best in them. When you do, you influence others to do the same. Do you ever notice that when you have a negative perspective about someone, it doesn't take long before the people around you do, too? That's why we shouldn't focus on the negative; we should focus on what's best in others.
In Philippians 4:8, Paul told us what to think on: things that are good, true, noble, pure, lovely, kind and admirable. These are the things to set your mind on. See, you can't set your mind on autopilot. You have to choose what to think about. Your boss can't choose your thoughts; your mother can't choose your thoughts, only you can choose your thoughts. And, what you think about is what you move toward. Your thoughts will either set you up or set you down. Choose to take captive every thought. Push your thoughts around and move forward into the blessing and victory God has in store for you! FULL POST
Posted 4/29/14 at 1:37 PM | Victoria Osteen
Jesus came down for one purpose and one assignment: to redeem mankind. When He was buried in the tomb over 2,000 years ago, He had your name written on the palm of His hand. He knew you before you were formed in your mother's womb, and He had already chosen you. I can't tell you that I understand it all, but I can tell you that I'm glad about it!
When Jesus was on the Earth, scripture tells us that for the joy that was set before Him, He endured the cross. He didn't focus on what He was going through. He didn't focus on the accusations, beatings and betrayal; He focused on you and me. He focused on the joy of our salvation! Jesus was thrilled that He got to come to us, and we should be thrilled that we now get to go to Him.
See, joy is a spiritual force. It can only be obtained by knowing the Father. Joy isn't something you get when things are going good. It's something that keeps you stable no matter what is going on around you. Jesus tapped into joy to through the cross, and He's telling us that we need to tap into joy to through the trials and tests that we face as well. FULL POST
Posted 4/25/14 at 5:35 PM | Victoria Osteen
In the Bible, there's a story that is familiar to most of us. There was a woman who was sick and hemorrhaging in her body for 12 years. Scripture tells us that she went everywhere looking for a doctor who could help her. She walked for miles searching for helping. Can you imagine that journey? She spent her life looking for answers. Not only was she looking for help, but she spent every bit of money she had to try to find those answers. With her condition, she was considered an outcast. She was unclean. She wasn't supposed to be around people. Now I don't know about you, but when I'm not feeling good, I don't want to be left alone. I want someone to check on me and care about me. (And maybe even bring me some chicken soup.)
Think about this woman. She was lonely, desperate and very sick. Then she heard that Jesus was in her town. She knew he wasn't a doctor, but she was going out to see Him. She had heard that He healed others and fully believed that if she could get to Him, she would be healed. The Bible says that in a weakened state, she got up, pressed through the crowd and touched the hem of His garment, and she was immediately made whole. FULL POST