The Way to Enter (Written By: Joel Osteen)

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE:

“Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.”
(Psalm 100:4, NKJV)

TODAY’S WORD:

What an amazing privilege we have to enter boldly into His throne of grace. We serve a personal God who desires a relationship with us. We have access to Him 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year! But notice that today’s verse tells us that we shouldn’t just come to Him any old way. We shouldn’t come empty-handed to the King of kings and the Lord of lords. What do we have to give that’s worthy of Almighty God? Our praise. Our thanksgiving. Our worship. We should always enter His gates with an offering of adoration from our hearts. 

Praise isn’t just about singing songs on Sunday mornings. Praise is the expression of gratefulness to God for Who He is and all that He has done. Praise gets God’s attention. Praise is a powerful tool in the life of the believer because God inhabits the praises of His people! When we enter His presence the right way, He enters our circumstances; and when God shows up, the enemy must flee! Today, enter into His gates with thanksgiving and open the door for Him to move on your behalf!

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Father, You alone are worthy of my praise. Today I declare that You are good, and Your mercy endures forever! Have Your way in me by the power of Your Holy Spirit. I honor You today and submit every area of my life to You in Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

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It’s no Surprise to God (Written By: Joel Osteen)

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE:

“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'”
(Jeremiah 29:11, NIV)

TODAY’S WORD:

In life, we all experience things that are unexpected. But when something unplanned happens, we have to realize that it’s no surprise to God. 

Maybe you are dealing with some sort of loss. It hit you unexpectedly. You could be discouraged and overwhelmed and say, “I can’t believe this is happening.” No, have a new perspective. That situation is no surprise to God. It didn’t catch Him off guard. He has already anointed you. You have the strength you need. You have the peace, the determination, the confidence. You’re not lacking. You’re anointed! The forces that are for you are greater than the forces that are against you. 

In those difficult times, trust that God will see you through. Believe that His plans for your future are for good. Know that even though something caught you off guard, it didn’t catch God off guard. He is prepared and ready to lead you to the place of victory.

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Father, thank You for Your hand of goodness on my life. I know that You see every unexpected and uncertain circumstance in my life. I trust that You will go before me and prepare the way for victory in Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

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A Promise for Every Problem (Written By: Joel Osteen)

Post by Victoria Osteen

For every problem you face in life, God’s Word has a promise! In Second Peter, it says that He has given us His great and precious promises so we can live the life He’s called us to. In fact, did you know there are over 7,000 promises? That’s more promises than all the problems I could ever think of! But, it’s up to us to attach those promises to our problems.

The other day, I was reading this email that had an attachment. So I opened up the attachment, and that file became bigger than the original message. It covered my whole computer screen! I thought to myself, how many times does the enemy send us messages to try to discourage us? That’s when we have to attach God’s promise to that message—we have to open up His Word and allow it to become bigger than that message. We have to let His Word become the biggest thing in our lives.

The question is: What are you attaching to your problem? Are you attaching God’s Word, or are you attaching complaining, murmuring and doubt? Proverbs 4:22 says that God’s Word is life and healing to those who find it. That means that God’s Word will bring life into your situation. It brings hope and strength. It renews you and empowers you for victory!

Sometimes it’s easy to allow our problems to overwhelm us and conquer us. When we focus on our problems, our lives feel shipwrecked and lost. But God’s Word is the anchor that grounds us and settles us, keeping us steady. There is a discipline in all of this. The discipline is that we have to open the attachment and meditate on His Word. We have to be willing to put more energy into the promise than in the problem. You can always tell when you have more energy in the problem because you go around talking doubt and defeat. But when you focus on the promise, you celebrate victory! You feel better physically. You have more joy, peace and a swing in your step! Declare today, “I am not going to be controlled by this problem; I’m going to be controlled by God’s promise!”

“And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires.” (2 Peter 1:4, NLT)

 

 

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You’ll Have What You Say (Written By: Joel Osteen)

Post by Joel Osteen

In the book of Numbers, Moses sent twelve men to spy out the Promised Land and see who inhabited it. After 40 days, ten of them came back and said, “Moses, we don’t have a chance. The people are huge. Compared to them, we look like grasshoppers.” Notice their “I am” — “I am weak. I am inferior. I am intimidated. I am afraid.” What happened? Fear, intimidation and inferiority came knocking at the door.

But two spies, Joshua and Caleb, came back with a different report. They said, “Moses, the people are big, but we know our God is much bigger. We are well able. Let us go in and take the land at once!”  Notice their “I am” was just the opposite. “I am strong. I am equipped. I am confident. I am more than a conqueror.”

What’s interesting is that the negative report from the ten spies spread like wildfire throughout the rest of the camp. Before long, some 2,000,000 people were intimidated and afraid. Nobody even paid attention to Joshua and Caleb, who had the report of faith. Here’s what I’ve learned: a negative report always spreads faster than a positive report. When people are murmuring, complaining and talking defeat, be on guard. Make sure you don’t let the wrong “I am” take root.

These ten spies went on to say, “Moses, why did you even bring us out here? We’re going to die in the wilderness. Our children, our wives, they’re going to be taken as plunder.” God answered back something very powerful. He said in Numbers 14:28, “I will do for you exactly what you have said. You said you’re going to die in the wilderness, so you will die in the wilderness.” God is saying the same thing to us. “I am going to do exactly what you’ve been saying.” Don’t ever say, “I am weak. I’m intimidated. I’m inferior.” Friends, the wrong “I am” can keep you from your destiny.

In the scripture, have you ever heard of a man named Sethur, a man named Gaddi, or a man named Shaphat? Never heard of them. You know why? They were some of the ten spies. They were some of the ones that never made it into the Promised Land. The fact is that they were called to be history makers. They had seeds of greatness on the inside, but the wrong “I am” kept them from really making their mark. Don’t let that be you. You may be facing some major obstacles. My challenge is be a Joshua. Be a Caleb. “I am strong. I am confident. I am equipped. I am more than a conqueror. I am well able.” Make sure you have the right “I am” coming out of your mouth, and just like Joshua and Caleb, you’ll have what you say and make it into your promised land!

As surely as I live,” declares the LORD, “I will do to you the very thing I heard you say.” (Numbers 14:28, NIV)

 

 

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Press Through (Written By: Joel Osteen)

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE:

“Keep on asking and it will be given you; keep on seeking and you will find; keep on knocking [reverently] and [the door] will be opened to you.”
(Matthew 7:7 AMP)

TODAY’S WORD:

In Mark, chapter five, there was a woman who had been sick for twelve years. The doctors gave her no hope. But, she heard that Jesus was coming through her town. Something deep on the inside said to her, “This is your season. This is your time to get well.” In the natural, when she saw all the people around Him, she thought, “I’ll never get to Him. It’s so crowded and I’m weak. I just don’t think I can do this.” She almost missed her season. But instead of dwelling on those negative thoughts, she started reminding herself, “If I can just get to Jesus, I will be whole.” She made the choice to turn her thoughts in the right direction. She kept pressing her way through the crowd until she got just close enough to Jesus to reach out and touch the edge of His robe. Instantly, she was made whole. This is what Jesus said, “Daughter, your faith has made you well.” 

Notice, it was her faith and her persistence that connected her with God’s power, and the same is true for us today. No matter what you are facing, don’t give up! Keep praying! Keep asking! Keep seeking! God is faithful! Stay determined because He will meet your faith with His miraculous power when you continue to press through!

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Heavenly Father, I come to You today with an open and humble heart. I ask You to fill me with Your strength, peace and joy so that I can press through to victory today. Show me the good plan You have for me in Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

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Ignore the Critics (Written By: Joel Osteen)

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE:

“When Peter went up to Jerusalem, the circumcised believers criticized him.”
(Acts 11:2, NIV)

TODAY’S WORD:

One time, Jesus was in the temple. It was on the Sabbath, their day of rest. He saw a man with a withered hand. Jesus simply said, “Stretch forth your hand,” and immediately, the man was healed. The religious leaders, the Pharisees, were there and didn’t like Jesus. Even though He did something great, they ridiculed Him for doing it on the Sabbath, the day of rest. 

No matter what you do, some people are not going to be for you. Even if you changed, met all their demands and did everything they asked, they would still find something wrong. But, we can all save a lot of heartache and pain by learning to ignore those critical voices. You don’t need those people’s approval. You don’t have to have them cheering you on. They may try to make you look bad, but if you will stay on the high road and let God fight your battles, the more they talk the more God will bless you. They may try to take you down, but God will use it to take you up. Keep focused on your future, keep focused on the Word and let His truth strengthen you to ignore the critics!

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Father, today I set my heart and focus on You. I choose to ignore the critical voices that would try to distract me from Your plan. Help me to forgive those who come against me and always walk in love so that I can honor You in Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

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Be Still and Know (Written By: Joel Osteen)

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE:

“He says, ‘Be still, and know that I am God…’”
(Psalm 46:10, NIV)

TODAY’S WORD:

In our world today, most people are used to having constant activity: computers, cell phones, television, email, video games. There’s nothing wrong with any of that, but the Bible tells us that we need to stop and be still so we can focus on knowing God. This is especially true during the difficult times. When you are facing a challenge, it’s easy to want to run to a friend or talk about it with a co-worker. But at some point, you have to stop and say, “God, I rest in You. I know You have me in the palm of Your hand.” 

Remember, our battles are spiritual battles. The people in your life aren’t the source of your problems, the forces of darkness are. When you choose to be still and know that the Greater One lives on the inside of you, you are putting yourself in a position of strength. So today, take time to be still before Him. Let His peace cover you. Let Him refresh you by His Spirit. Remember, the battles you face belong to the Lord. Be still before Him so you can see His hand of victory in every area of your life!

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Father in heaven, I humbly come before You. I choose to be still before You. Speak to my heart so I can know You more. Fill me with Your peace as I put my trust in You in Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

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