A Different Spirit (Written By: Joel Osteen)

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE:

“But My servant Caleb, because he has had a different spirit and has followed Me fully, I will bring into the land which he entered, and his descendants shall take possession of it.”
(Numbers 14:24, NASB)

TODAY’S WORD:

One time in scripture, Moses sent 12 men to spy out the Promised Land. The people of Israel were camped right next door and excited about possessing the land. But after 40 days, ten of the men came back with a negative report. They said, “Moses, there are giants in the land, and we’ll never defeat them.” That negative report spread throughout the rest of the camp, and the people began to murmur and complain. 

But one of the spies named Caleb said, “Moses, we are well able to defeat these people. Let us go up at once and take the land!” 

It’s interesting that they all saw the same land, the same circumstances, yet they had totally different views. How could their reports be so opposite? Here’s how: Caleb had a different spirit. He saw things with a different perspective. Others were focused on the giants, but Caleb was focused on his God. The people who complained never actually made it into the Promised Land, but Caleb did. He accompanied a new generation that chose the blessing of God. 

Today, you can choose to have a different spirit. Don’t listen to what everyone else says; listen to what God says. Choose to believe His Word, choose to obey Him, and He will lead you into your promised land!

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Father, today I choose to tune out the negative voices of the world. I choose to trust in You even when no one else around me will. I thank You for the good things You are doing in my life and trust that You will fulfill every promise You’ve made to me in Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

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Love Gives (Written By: Joel Osteen)

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE:

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
(John 3:16, NIV)

TODAY’S WORD:

Have you ever thought about how love affects giving? Someone once said, “You can give without loving, but you can’t love without giving.” Love prompts us to give of ourselves, our time, abilities and resources. The Bible tells us that God is love, and the world will know that we are His followers by the love we show. Giving is what shows our love! 

We are entering into a time of the year that the world knows as the season of giving, but let’s remember to take time to focus on the greatest gift of all, the gift of eternal, abundant life through Jesus. If you’ve never received this gift, open your heart and pray this simple prayer: “Lord Jesus, I come to You today, giving You all that I am. I repent of my sins and confess that I need You. I believe You died and rose for me. Be my Lord and Savior and make me new today. I receive Your love and Your gift of eternal life.” Then, go out and share the gift of love with someone else because it’s the gift that will last in eternity!

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Father, thank You for loving me and setting me free. I choose to serve You with my whole heart all the days of my life. Help me to love others the way You love me. Give me opportunities to be a blessing everywhere I go in Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

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Overcome with Good (Written By: Joel Osteen)

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE:

“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”
(Romans 12:21, NIV)

TODAY’S WORD:

The scripture says, “We overcome evil with good.” In other words, when somebody’s rude or inconsiderate, don’t sink down to their level. Don’t be rude and inconsiderate back to them. No, if you are going to rise higher, if you are going to overcome, you have to do just the opposite. You have to show kindness, grace and mercy. It isn’t always easy; in fact, it’s almost never easy. It takes a lot of humility to treat someone with respect who is disrespecting you. But do you know what happens when you walk in humility? God gives you His grace. He empowers you to walk in His goodness. Scripture plainly says, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” 

Today, walk humbly with God and overcome evil with good. Show mercy and sow mercy. Receive His grace, receive His power, and receive His strength to be everything He’s called you to be.

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Father, thank You for the grace to overcome in this life. I choose Your goodness. I choose Your ways. Help me to show Your love and walk in peace in every circumstance in Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

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Good Medicine (Written By: Joel Osteen)

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE:

“A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”
(Proverbs 17:22, ESV)

TODAY’S WORD:

Throughout life, there will always be something that will try to take our joy. If it’s not a grumpy sales person, it’s a family member aggravating you, traffic is backed up, your flight is delayed, or your spouse is taking too long. Don’t go the next 20 years allowing the same people and the same circumstances to frustrate you. Change your approach. What’s upsetting you now doesn’t have to upset you anymore. You can choose to keep your cool and stay calm and steady. Remember, a relaxed attitude is going to lengthen your life. The next time you’re tempted to be upset, ask yourself, “Is this really worth giving up my joy over?” 

If you’ll make this decision not to give away your joy and live each day happy, God promises you’ll be strong; you’ll have more peaceful relationships, and you’ll accomplish more. He says a joyful heart is good medicine! Hold on to your joy and let it heal your heart so you can experience the blessings He has in store for you!

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Father, today I will hold on to joy! I choose to live each day with peace and happiness. I choose to rely on Your strength and Your Word which guides my every step. I love You and thank You for directing me in Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

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Are You In the Right Frame of Mind? (Written By: Joel Osteen)

Post by Joel Osteen on October 24, 2014

        In John chapter 5, there was a man who was crippled. For 38 years, he had been lying by the pool of Bethesda, a place where miracles took place constantly. There were actually angels present and whenever an angel would stir the water, the first person who got into the pool would be healed.

I can imagine the first few months that he was there, he had great expectation, thinking, “This is going to be my day. I’m going to be the one who gets healed today.” He was passionate. He had enthusiasm. But a month went by and it didn’t happen. He probably got a little bit discouraged. And then three months, and it still doesn’t happen and he’s more discouraged. Then a year…then five years. Now 38 years later, he is still lying by the pool totally convinced that it’s never going to happen.

One day, Jesus came by and asked this man a question. He said, “Sir, do you want to get well?” In a sense, that was an odd question. Of course he wanted to get well. He had been lying by the pool 38 years hoping to get in. But, Jesus wanted to see his attitude.

The way the man responds shows us what his problem was. Instead of saying, “Yes! I want to get well,” he began to make all these excuses. He said, “Jesus, I don’t have anybody to help me get in the water. I’ve tried and failed year after year. You know my legs don’t work. It’s just so unfair. It’s just not right.” Here Jesus, the Son of God, the One that has the power to heal him is standing right there, but this man is so focused on all the reasons that it’s not going to work out.

In life, I’ve found that you can be at the right place in the wrong frame of mind and miss what God wants to do. Some people have been praying for years and years for a loved one but it looks like it’s not doing any good. You’ve been standing in faith for a marriage to be restored, to accomplish a goal, but it seems like one setback after another. Now you’ve lost your enthusiasm. You’ve lost your passion. But I believe, just like in this situation, God is passing by your way today. You are at the right place. The real question is: are you in the right frame of mind? Do you know that this could be your day?

Don’t miss your moment! It may look impossible. But how do you know that God is not just about to turn it around or thrust you to a whole new level? Don’t be like this man and sit around 38 years making excuses as to why you can’t get well. No, God doesn’t want to hear our excuses. He is saying today, “Do you want to be blessed? Do you want to be victorious?” Do you want to live His abundant life?  Then shake off the self-pity and disappointment. Rise up and say, “Today is my day. Now is the time for healing. Now is the time for breakthroughs. I am in the right frame of mind and I expect to see You’re power in my life!”

 

 

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When Jesus is in Your Boat (Written By: Joel Osteen)

Post by Victoria Osteen

There’s a story in the Bible about a time when Jesus and the disciples were ministering, and when the evening came, Jesus decided to get in a boat and head over to the other shore. The disciples went with him, and while they were out, there was a huge storm and water started coming in the boat.

Isn’t life like that sometimes? You are going along, doing your best, ministering and loving other people. You know that Jesus is with you, and you just need a little break. Then all of the sudden, out of nowhere, a storm comes—something unexpected that is all consuming.

The Bible says the disciples were afraid, but Jesus was asleep through all of this. When they woke Him, Jesus said to them, “Why are you afraid?” Now here they are in a boat, it’s windy, it’s raining. The waves are crashing, the boat is swaying. Water is coming into the boat. These are fisherman. They’ve been in storms before, so if they are afraid of this one, it’s probably a doozy! I can imagine one of them saying to Jesus, “Are you kidding? Look at what’s going on!” Jesus got up and rebuked the wind and the waves saying, “Peace, be still,” and the winds and the waves were calmed.

Not only is this an amazing picture of the power Jesus has over nature, but it also shows His amazing grace and love for us. Most people notice that Jesus questioned the disciples doubt and fear, but in spite of their fear, He still calmed the storm. This tells me that Jesus doesn’t expect us to be perfect all the time, but He does expect us to call on Him. He does expect us to “wake Him up” in the middle of our storm. And, He’ll use those storms as teachable moments. He doesn’t want us to call on Him in fear; He wants us to call on Him in faith. We have nothing to fear when Jesus is in the boat!

We have to remember that even though there are storms in life, Jesus wants to take us through in peace and bring us out more alive and more powerful than ever before. When you face those storms, remember, Jesus is in your boat! Call on Him! Jesus never said to the disciples, “Why are you waking me up?” He was saying, “Don’t wake me up in fear.” “Wake me up in faith.” Call on Jesus, the Prince of Peace, and let Him bring peace to the storms in your life!

“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33, NKJV)

 

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With Your Whole Heart (Written By: Joel Osteen)

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE:

“Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might…”
(Ecclesiastes 9:10, NIV)

TODAY’S WORD:

When you do something to the best of your ability because you want to honor God, it opens the door to His blessing. That means it will be easier, it will go better, and you will accomplish more. That’s why no matter what we do, we should give it our best. This is especially true even in the little things. For example, when you’re doing the dishes or mowing the lawn, don’t drag around sour and frustrated. Mow with enthusiasm! Mow like you’re on a mission from God. With every step, thank God that your legs work. Thank Him that you’re healthy and strong. At the office, don’t just do enough to get by. You’re not working unto people; you’re working unto God. Do it with your whole heart. When you volunteer at church, don’t wake up and think, “Awe, man. Why did I volunteer? I want to sleep in!” No, serve Him with all your heart because that’s what honors God. When you honor God, He’ll honor you. He’ll open the door to His blessing, and you’ll see increase in every area of your life!

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Father, thank You for Your hand of blessing on my life. I choose today to serve You with my whole heart and do everything to the best of my ability. Thank You for Your faithfulness and blessing in my life in Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

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