Wife of Joel Osteen, co-pastor of Lakewood Church, author and inspirational speaker.
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
Posted 4/23/14 at 11:59 AM | Victoria Osteen
One day a few years back, I was moving a large wall mirror in our house. Joel wasn't around, so I decided I would take care of it myself. I grabbed hold of that mirror and started to move it. However, I didn't realize it was going to be as heavy as it was. I knew exactly where I was taking it and was almost there when the mirror began to feel really heavy and I was concerned that I was going to drop it. I thought, "I'm struggling so much. I can't believe it's this heavy!" But I just kept pressing on.
I was close to where I was going and didn't want to give up. But then something inside of me said, "Well, why don't you just put it down for a minute and rest and regroup." What a novel idea! So I set the mirror down, repositioned my hands, and took a deep breath. Very quickly, I started to feel a whole lot better. So I picked up that mirror again with my renewed strength and kept heading to where I was going. FULL POST
Posted 4/18/14 at 11:22 AM | Victoria Osteen
This weekend, we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I'm so thankful that God sent His Son to earth to pay for our sins and open the way for us to live in eternity with Him.
The scripture says in 2 Corinthians 5:21 that "God made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God in Christ." See, we can't be righteous on our own. Our actions can never be good enough to earn God's acceptance. But righteousness isn't about what we do; it's about what Jesus did. Over 2000 years ago, He paid the price for our sin and shame so that we could have access to God's throne of Grace! He died so that we could live. He conquered death, hell and the grave so that we could have everlasting life! That's why today is known as Good Friday. Jesus was beaten, bruised and sacrificed for us. We didn't deserve it. We didn't earn it. We can only receive His love and eternal life as a gift. He displayed His indescribable goodness when He gave His life for us! FULL POST
Posted 4/11/14 at 6:09 PM | Victoria Osteen
You've probably heard about the golden rule: Do unto others as you would have them do to you. But did you know this is actually a spiritual principle? In the book of Genesis, we see that God's system is set up on the basis of sowing and reaping. The seeds you plant into others will reap a harvest in your own life in return.
Last weekend in the church service, I was telling about a children's story I read one time to my kids that talked about how we all carry emotional buckets. When your bucket is full, you feel happy, satisfied and encouraged. When your bucket is empty, you feel down and discouraged.
In this world, there are "bucket fillers" and "bucket dippers." A bucket filler is a person who adds to other people by encouraging them and investing in them with kind words and actions. When bucket fillers pour into others, they find that their own buckets are filled up, too. Bucket dippers, on the other hand, are those who take away from people by using harsh, critical or negative words. They not only deplete other people's buckets, but they also diminish the contents of their own. FULL POST
Posted 4/9/14 at 4:40 PM | Victoria Osteen
Have you ever fallen into that trap of thinking that you have to make something happen? You focus more on your efforts and ability than you do on God's efforts and ability. I know in my life, I have told God about some amazing ways to fix stuff! But God doesn't really need our brilliance, He needs our trust. He wants our "Yes".
What are you believing God for today? What are the desires of your heart? When things don't happen the way we expect or as quickly as we expect, we can be tempted to get discouraged. But just because people have told you "no" or circumstances have told you "no" doesn't mean God is saying "no." Don't give up hope just because you can't see the promise yet. God is saying, "I haven't left you. I haven't gone anywhere. I haven't turned my back on you!" God is right there with you. He doesn't expect you to do it on your own. FULL POST
Posted 4/4/14 at 5:21 PM | Victoria Osteen
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
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
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
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.
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
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