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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Greater Than the Past (Written By: Joel Osteen)

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE:

“The glory of this present house will be greater than the glory of the former house,” says the LORD Almighty. “And in this place I will grant peace…”
(Haggai 2:9, NIV)

TODAY’S WORD:

God wants to amaze you with His goodness! We are living in a day where God is increasing His favor. Maybe you have seen God’s goodness to a certain degree in the past; but in reality, you haven’t seen anything yet! God has favor in your future that will supersede anything that you’ve seen! 

The scripture talks about how the glory of the latter day will be greater than the glory of the former day. That means what God did for your parents or grandparents, He’s going to surpass in your generation. The blessing and favor of past generations were good, but we serve a God of increase! He has greater things in store for your future! 

Today, get your hopes up! Enlarge your vision. Be expecting God to bring opportunities across your path. Be expecting to meet the right people and get the right breaks. Prepare your heart and mind to receive the increase and expect to see greater things in your future!

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Father, thank You for blessing and increasing me. I believe that You have great things in store for my future. I surrender every area of my mind, will and emotions to you in Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

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Know Who You Are (Written By: Joel Osteen)

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE:

“If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be.”
(1 Corinthians 12: 17-18, NIV)

TODAY’S WORD:

In the New Testament, John was baptizing a crowd of people and drawing a lot of attention. Somebody came up and said, “John, are you the Christ or should we keep looking?” Without missing a beat, John said, “No, I am not the Messiah.” 

See, John knew what he was, but he also knew what he was not. It’s just as important to know what you’re not because if you don’t realize your limitations, you’ll get drawn into areas that may look impressive and may feed your ego, but they are outside of your gifting and calling, outside of what God anointed you to do. Anytime you go outside of your limitations, it will be a constant struggle. Don’t let that be you! Instead, stay focused on what you’re good at. Follow peace in your heart and know who you are because God created you just the way He wants you to be!

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Father, thank You for loving me. Thank You for choosing me and uniquely equipping me to fulfill my purpose. Help me to know my limitations. Help me to know my place in the body of Christ so that I can be effective and bring glory and honor to You in Jesus name. Amen.

 

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Sharpen Your Skills (Written By: Joel Osteen)

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE:

“Do you see someone skilled in their work? They will serve before kings…”
(Proverbs 22:29, NIV)

TODAY’S WORD:

Too often, it’s easy to get stuck in a rut, doing the same thing the same way over and over every day. But if we are going to live at our absolute best, we should constantly be growing and sharpening our skills. We should strive to learn and grow every single day because when we stop learning, we stop growing. When we stop growing, we stop living. 

What are you doing to stretch yourself? What are you doing to improve your skills? Don’t get trapped into thinking that “good enough” is good enough. You were created for more than just average. Today is a new day, and there are new heights for you to climb. Pursue what you love and keep developing that area of your life. Take a class or find a mentor that will help you live skillfully. As scripture promises, you’ll go before leaders and rulers and excel in every area of life!

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Father, today I resist mediocrity. I choose to give my very best to everything I do. Teach me to live skillfully so that my life is a continual praise to You in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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He Satisfies You (Written By: Joel Osteen)

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE:

“They shall not be put to shame in the time of evil; and in the days of famine they shall be satisfied.”
(Psalm 37:19, AMP)

TODAY’S WORD:

Are you expecting to see God supernaturally show up in your life? Are you expecting increase and abundance? Notice this verse tells us that the righteous, those who follow God’s commands, will be satisfied even in times of famine. Even when it looks like resources are slim, God has a plan to provide for His people. 

God always shows Himself strong on behalf of the people who seek Him first—even during the most difficult times. No matter what you may be facing today, God wants to show Himself strong for you. He wants to make a way where there seems to be no way. He wants to satisfy you and bless you abundantly so that you can reach out and be a blessing to the people around you. Take a step of faith today and begin to declare His promises over your life. Declare that He is the One who satisfies you and expect to see His goodness in your life!

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Father, thank You for Your faithfulness. You alone can satisfy me. Search my heart today and remove any doubt or uncertainty that would try to hold me back from the wonderful blessings You have in store for me in Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

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The Blessing of a Crooked-Floored House (Written By: Joel Osteen)

Post by Victoria Osteen

Years ago when Joel and I first got married, we decided to buy a home. We found a home that looked perfect for us! It was located on a beautiful lot in a neighborhood with other young families and had a swimming pool—something I always wanted. We made the best offer we could and prayed that the owners would accept it. Day after day went by, but we didn’t hear anything. We kept speaking words of faith, declaring, “This is our house!” No one was living in it at the time, so we would drive over to it in the evening and sit outside studying it and dreaming about where we would put our furniture. But unfortunately, the homeowners didn’t accept our offer. That door totally closed, and I was so disappointed. I thought for sure that was our house! I found myself tempted to say if only we had offered more money. If only we had prayed harder. If onlywe had acted sooner, on and on. But instead of mourning over what didn’t work out, I made the choice to let it go and believe that God had something better in store.

Right after we heard the news about the house, I found another property that caught my attention. It was an old, run-down house on a beautiful lot in a really nice neighborhood. It was actually abandoned with broken windows, no landscaping, and even had a scarecrow in the kitchen to keep the animals out. It didn’t look like much, but deep down I believed it was right for us—not based on how much sense it made in the natural, but based on the supernatural peace I had inside. We put a bid on that house, and sure enough, our offer was accepted.

Truthfully, I wasn’t as excited about this house as I was the first one. It didn’t have a swimming pool like I dreamed of; instead, it had crooked floors. The foundation was cracked, and some of the interior doors wouldn’t close. I had to put blocks under my sofa just to keep it from leaning forward. Friends and family used to make jokes about those crooked floors, but I grew to love that house. I knew God gave us that house, so I wasn’t going to look back and focus on what I didn’t get.

We lived in that house for three years, and God blessed us beyond our wildest dreams. We ended up dividing our lot and selling half of it for the same price we originally paid for the entire piece of property. We were able to build a new home for less than what we would have paid for the first house we wanted. God used that crooked-floored house to bless us and bring us through a journey of faith.

Today, I’m not living in a house with crooked floors. I’m living in a house more beautiful than I ever dreamed we would own. But I’m convinced that if I would have been unhappy over what didn’t work out, my attitude would have kept me from God’s best.

Today, if you’re thinking, Life would have been different if only I had this or if only that had happened, let it go. Don’t get stuck focusing on what didn’t work out. Trust that God is guiding your steps. It may not make a lot of sense right now, but if you’ll let go of what you had in mind, God can give you something better. If He can bless us through a crooked-floored house, there’s no telling what He will do for you!

“No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead.” (Philippians 3:13, NLT)

 

 

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