Wife of Joel Osteen, co-pastor of Lakewood Church, author and inspirational speaker.
Posted 3/12/13 at 10:20 AM | Victoria Osteen
When you are following God’s plan for your life, it is certain that you will find yourself thrust out of your comfort zone. Perhaps you have an opportunity before you right now that seems intimidating. Maybe you want to start a new career, but you are afraid that you won’t be able to succeed. Or, you want to buy a new home, but your lack of experience as a homeowner is holding you back. While it may be true that you lack experience at something, let me assure you that God does not; and when you rely on Him, He will equip you to excel at whatever you set your hand to. He will always lead you to a new level of victory!
I can remember the feelings I had to overcome when Joel and I first took over as pastors of Lakewood Church. I didn’t have much experience in public speaking, and I dreaded getting up each Sunday and speaking in front of thousands of people. I would find myself uptight all week long. My mind would be racing, full of anxiety and thoughts of doubt and defeat. It was as if there was a line of fear right in front of me that was trying to force me to quit. One day, I finally saw things from a different perspective. I realized that the dread I was feeling was just a symptom of a spirit of fear that was trying to paralyze me. It was threatening to keep me from stepping into a new experience and growing to the next level. FULL POST
Posted 2/27/13 at 3:51 PM | Victoria Osteen
Years ago shortly after we moved, Joel and I were sitting in our living room sorting through boxes and found one from my mother filled with childhood memorabilia. She had meticulously collected and organized items over the years–old photos, my drawings, clips of my hair, and other mementos. We were just laughing at a photo of me sitting at my mother’s dressing table covered in her lipstick when I came across a card that I had given to my parents when I was about seven years old. I opened the faded, yellowed card which read, "I love you, Mom and Dad. You are the greatest parents in the world." Then in orange colored marker it said, "I feel like we are somebody important and I know that we are."
I sat there and stared at the phrase I had carefully printed so long ago and wondered why I would have written it. What made me think of that? How could I have possibly felt so important? How could I be so bold at such a young age to think that my family and I mattered so much? As I meditated on those words, God opened my mind to an insight that has forever affected my way of thinking. That is, God has placed great value, significance, and importance on the inside of every one of us. We all have an important role to play in this life. We matter, our actions matter, our thoughts matter, and our words matter! FULL POST
Posted 2/14/13 at 10:33 AM | Victoria Osteen |
Are you looking for a way to deepen your relationship with your heavenly Father? Do you need to see more of His power operating in your daily life? Here's one thing Jesus commanded that we do as believers:
And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, "This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me. (Luke 22:19, NIV)
Did you know that partaking of communion is just as much a spiritual act as it is a physical act? When we commune with Him, we are connecting spiritually with all that He is. When we partake of communion, God imparts His life and virtue into us. He gives us His strength and peace. He pours His supernatural power into our lives. That's why Jesus said, "Do this!" He wants to impart His abundant life into us. He longs to empower us and make us victorious in His name!
Many people miss out on the blessing of communion because they think they can only do it at church. But really, the Bible says that as believers, we are the temple of the Holy Spirit. We have direct access to our heavenly Father through the blood of Jesus. We can partake of communion anytime from anywhere. You don't have to wait until church on Sunday to partake of communion. You can simply use crackers and grape juice, bread and water, or whatever you have that can symbolize the body and blood of Jesus. 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
Posted 2/13/13 at 11:09 AM | Victoria Osteen
No matter what you are going through in your life, know that there is good news in the midst of it: you have a Protector! The Bible tells us that greater is He that is in us than the enemy that is in the world! You may be going through a difficult time today, but know that the enemy only attacks those who are a threat to his kingdom. He knows your potential; and he knows that once you embrace who God has called you to be, you become unstoppable!
Our dear friend, Lisa Bevere, talks about this in her new book titled, Girls with Swords. But don't let the title fool you, it has some powerful lessons that men can apply to their lives as well.
Lisa begins the book by talking about a popular movie from the 1980's. In the movie, a young lady living a very ordinary and mundane existence suddenly finds herself the target of an assassin from the future. He's part human, part computer and has traveled through time to find her. He is on assignment. He's been programmed to take her out and nothing can deter him from his mission. At the same time that the assassin shows up in her life, her protector also arrives on the scene from the future to rescue her and defend her against the enemy's attacks. They escape the first onslaught and are on the run, but the young lady is understandably so confused. Everything's happened so fast. She can't imagine why anyone would want to harm her or why she's the target. Her protector explains that in the future, there is a great war, and she plays an important role against the enemy. Unable to stop her once her destiny has been fulfilled, the enemy has decided to prevent her from fulfilling her destiny in the first place. FULL POST
Posted 2/6/13 at 2:51 PM | Victoria Osteen |
Years ago when our son, Jonathan, was just a year old, we had just moved into a new house. All week long, we had servicemen coming in and out. One afternoon, I put Jonathan down for his nap in my bedroom downstairs and went upstairs to unpack some boxes. As I was working, I remembered that a repairman was supposed to call me to schedule an appointment, and I had left my phone down on the kitchen table. I didn't want to stop what I was doing to go down and get it, and the appointment wasn't really that urgent, so I thought, "Oh well, if I miss him, I'll just reschedule later." But then the thought came again, and I felt a strong impression inside, "Go get your phone off the kitchen table." I tried to reason it away, but it wouldn't go away. Then the thought came, "If you take care of it now, you won't have to do it later." Well, I finally walked downstairs to get my phone, and as I came around the corner, there was a huge ball of smoke and a fire in the middle of my kitchen! I was shocked! But thankfully, I had a fire extinguisher and was able to put out the fire.
I can't even imagine what would have happened if I would have ignored the Spirit of God on the inside. God knew exactly what it would take to get me to go into the kitchen. What if He would have brought the thought to my mind, "There's a fire in your kitchen"? I would have thought, "Nah, that's silly!" or "Get behind me, Satan!" I probably would have thought it was just me being overtired and paranoid! But God knew how to reach me, and it taught me more about how to trust His still, small voice. FULL POST
Posted 1/30/13 at 12:08 PM | Victoria Osteen |
Have you ever looked at your life and felt stuck in your circumstances? So many people are living limited lives and don't even realize it. They think things like, "That's it. That's all there is. There aren't any other options for me." They limit themselves to what they can see or what they knew growing up. If no one in their family went to college, they think they can't either. They let other people define their limits or allow their resources to define their limits. But the truth is, with God there are no limits.
If you've settled where you are in life, realize that you are not limited by your circumstances, your past, the economy, or what you have been told you can or can't do. You are the only one who sets the limits for your life, and today you can take the limits off by putting your faith and hope in Almighty God!
In Psalm 3, King David said, "O LORD, how many are my foes! How many rise up against me! … But you are a shield around me, O LORD; you bestow glory on me and lift up my head." When he wrote this scripture, he was in a very difficult situation. He was actually running for his life from his very own son who wanted to kill him and take over the throne. Can you imagine?! David was probably feeling overwhelmed, distraught, heartbroken, betrayed and abandoned—limited. Do any of these feelings sound familiar? But notice, David didn't just tell the Lord all about his problems. He didn't just sit and think, Looks like it's all over for me. I guess there's no way out. No. David spoke faith when he declared, "But you, God, are a shield around me." David made the choice to take his eyes off his circumstances and set his gaze on what God could do in his life. He was willing to stay open, and when his circumstances didn't give him any options, he knew there was an option he couldn't see. He chose to broaden his thinking to include the unseen, supernatural realm. When he did, he took off all the limits, and God miraculously delivered him. FULL POST
Posted 1/22/13 at 11:18 AM | Victoria Osteen
I love the verse found in Proverbs 16 that says, "When a man's ways please the Lord, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him." Think about that for just a moment. God wants you to live in peace. He doesn't want to see you worry and frustrated, striving to fight your battles in your own strength. He wants to fight your battles for you. He wants to be the hero of your story!
What enemies are you facing today? Are you facing an enemy of debt? An enemy of fear? An enemy of lack? God wants to silence those things that come against you. So instead of focusing on what is coming against you, focus on the One who is for you! No matter what's going on in your life, all you have to do is please God Almighty, and He will take care of the rest.
How do you know when you are pleasing Him? The Bible says that faith pleases God. When we walk in faith by obeying His Word, we are pleasing Him. When we declare His promises and trust Him, we are pleasing Him. When we come humbly before His throne of grace and worship Him, we are pleasing Him.
Today make pleasing Him your number one priority. Put Him first place and let Him fight your battles. Receive His peace and joy and let Him show you His goodness. As you honor the Lord, He'll silence your enemies and lead you into the abundant life He has prepared for you!
Posted 1/15/13 at 12:47 PM | Victoria Osteen
What are you praying and hoping for today? I want to encourage you to stand strong because God is faithful to His promises!
The scripture tells us that the moment we pray, the tide of the battle begins to turn. Have you been praying for a long time? I believe the currents of God are moving your way. The currents of God are going to rescue you. The currents of God are going to turn things around! They are going to shift things in your favor! We may not see those results instantaneously, but that's when we have to walk in faith and patience so we can see His promises come to pass. Hebrews 6 tells us that through faith and patience that we inherit God's promises.
I heard someone who was being funny say, "Lord, give me patience…and hurry up!" I think sometimes we pray like that, "Lord, I'm being patient about this thing, so please hurry up!" But we have to remember that when we are in faith, we are content to wait as long as it takes. It doesn't have to be done our way or in our timing. Our faith, our confidence in God is what causes that patience to rise out of our hearts. We trust that God is working even when we don't see it.
Today, whatever it is you are believing for, rest in Him. Allow faith and patience to quiet your heart. Put your confidence and hope in Him because He who promised is faithful! The tide of the battle is turning! As you stand in agreement with His Word, you are activating His power in your life, and I believe you will see those dreams and desires come to pass in Jesus' name!
Posted 1/8/13 at 11:18 AM | Victoria Osteen
Where do you place your confidence today? What gives you strength? Hope? Encouragement? Some people find confidence in a relationship. When the relationship is going well, they are going well. But if there is a problem in that relationship, they are shaken. Some people find confidence in their job. But if things are not going well in the workplace, it rattles them to the core.
I believe God wants to teach us to trust Him today. He wants to be our source of strength and confidence. But many people have a difficult time trusting God because they think He's mad at them, or they aren't sure if He wants to do good to them. Always remember—God's not mad at you; He's madly in love with you!
Realize today that God is looking at you with good eyes, with sweet eyes, with loving eyes. He's not looking at what you've done wrong; He's looking at what you're doing right. Not only is He the God of love, He IS love and His arms are stretched out toward you today.
Why don't you take a moment and let that truth sink down into your heart? When you begin to really understand the way God sees you, it will affect your confidence in a whole new way. You'll go deeper and further with Him, knowing that He is at work in your life. FULL POST
Posted 1/2/13 at 10:55 PM | Victoria Osteen
Happy New Year! Joel and I pray that you've been blessed and refreshed this holiday season. Welcome to 2013! Can you believe it's already here?
If you're like most, you're probably making your list of goals and to-do's for the new year. You may have even pulled out last year's list attempting to pick up where you left off. But no matter what your goals are, I just want to encourage you with this scripture in Proverbs 16:3, "Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed."
Now when you commit something to Him, that means you put everything about it in His hands. It means you trust Him with the process and the results. It also means that you are willing to lay it down if you sense Him speaking to your heart, "This isn't the right thing for you right now."
Maybe you don't have any specific goals or plans for the new year yet. Maybe you've had some circumstances that have thrown you off course or you've just felt overwhelmed by life. Your part is to just commit each day to Him and let Him lead you moment by moment. Someone said one time, "My five-year plan is the same as my five-minute plan—hear from the Lord and do what He says." You'll never be disappointed by following His leading. Scripture says His plans are always for our good. He wants to give us hope and a good future. He delights in the prosperity of His children. He came to give us everlasting and abundant life. FULL POST