When the Intensity Gets Turned Up (Written By: Joel Osteen)

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE:

“Save us, O God of our salvation, and gather and deliver us from among the nations, that we may give thanks to your holy name and glory in your praise.”
(1 Chronicles 16:35, ESV)

TODAY’S WORD:

Whenever life gets difficult and it seems like the intensity has been turned up, that’s a sign you are closer to your victory. When those lies are bombarding your mind, when you’re tempted to get discouraged or feel like throwing in the towel, that’s not the time to back down. That’s the time to dig your heels in and put on a new attitude because you are closer to your victory. 

Maybe you’ve had a lot of things come against you. It seems like the more you pray the worse it gets. You’re doing the right thing, but the wrong thing is happening. The easy thing is to say, “Forget it. I don’t have to put up with this.” “This marriage is never going to work.” “I’ll never be able to raise this child.” Or, “I don’t like this job.” No, instead of getting discouraged, instead of going around sour and bitter, you need to say, “I’ve come too far to stop now. I’ve been through too much to back down. I realize the reason the intensity has been turned up is because I’m about to embrace my victory!” Keep standing, keep praying, keep hoping and stay in faith even when the intensity gets turned up!

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Father, You’ve seen everything I’ve been through. You know what I’ve had to endure. I trust that You are working behind the scenes and leading me into victory. I keep my faith and trust in You and expect to see Your mighty hand in Jesus’ name! Amen.

 

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Don’t Give Up too Soon! (Written By: Joel Osteen)

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE:

“Do not, therefore, fling away your fearless confidence, for it carries a great and glorious compensation of reward.”
(Hebrews 10:35, AMP)

TODAY’S WORD:

We all have goals that we want to accomplish and situations we’re believing will turn around. But so often when it’s taking a long time, the negative thoughts come that say, “It’s never going to change.” “You’re never going to get well.” “You’re never going to get out of debt.” “That child is never going to straighten up.” If we’re not careful, we’ll get discouraged and end up just settling where we are. 

Many times, we miss out on God’s best because we gave up too soon. Just another few days of believing, another few weeks of doing the right thing, or another few months of staying in faith, and we would see that promise come to pass. 

Hebrews 10:35 tells us that if we will stay in faith, if we will keep believing, keep hoping, keep doing the right thing, God promises there will be a reward. One translation says, “Don’t get discouraged. Payday is coming.” When you’re tempted to get down and things are not going your way, you need to keep telling yourself, “This may be hard. It may be taking a long time, but I know God is a faithful God, and I’m going to keep believing, knowing that my payday is on its way!”

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Father, thank You for Your grace to stand strong no matter what I am facing. I choose to stay in faith. I choose to keep praying. I choose to keep believing, knowing that victory is on the way for me in Jesus’ name! Amen.

 

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There’s Nothing Wrong with Your Legs (Written By: Joel Osteen)

Post by Joel Osteen

One time, I saw a story about this German Shepherd. She was pregnant with puppies. One day she was walking across the street and was hit by a car and both of her back legs were broken. She was able to drag herself off the street and back to her house. As the weeks went by, she began to slowly recover. But because her legs weren’t properly reset, she dragged her back legs when she walked. Her joints had been messed up. Eventually, she had her puppies. They seemed to be healthy and whole, but a few weeks later when the puppies started walking, they dragged their back legs just like their mother. The owner was dumbfounded. He thought maybe they had been injured in the accident as well. He took them to the veterinarian to have them checked out. The doctor discovered there was nothing wrong with the puppies at all. They were perfectly healthy. Those puppies were simply copying their mother. They walked that way because it was all they had seen modeled. In their minds, that’s the way they were supposed to walk.

That’s what happens with people, too. We model what we saw growing up. The people who raised us were doing their best, but in some ways, they were dragging their back legs, so to speak. Maybe they were negative and discouraged. Now we live negative and discouraged. Maybe they had addictions and low self-esteem. Now we struggle in those same areas. Or, maybe they made poor choices in relationships and got involved with the wrong people. Now we’re dealing with the same issues. We saw them accept mediocrity. Now mediocrity has become normal to us.

The good news is that just like those puppies, there is nothing wrong with your spiritual legs! Those are simply wrong mindsets that you’ve developed. As you get your thinking straightened out, your legs will straighten out. God didn’t make you faulty. He didn’t create you subpar. He created you in His image. You are His masterpiece crowned with favor and equipped with talents and gifts. You are destined to live a great life: healthy, abundant, happy, faith-filled. Now don’t go around dragging your back legs. You are not supposed to go through life feeling inferior, with low self-esteem, addicted and with little goals and dreams. That’s not who you are. Start reprogramming your mind. Program it with excellence not mediocrity. Program it with abundance not lack and poverty. Program it with freedom not addictions. Program yourself to walk the way God walks. See His victory, model His victory, and live in His victory all the days of your life!

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. . . .” (Romans 12:2, NIV)

 

 

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Where Do You Get Your Value? (Written By: Joel Osteen)

Post by Victoria Osteen

One of the greatest needs we all have is to feel a sense of self-worth. Deep down, we need to know that we’re important and that our lives matter. We want to know that we have something great to offer.

So often, people base their self-worth on things that don’t last—looks, achievements and possessions. They feel important if they drive the fastest car or own the latest gadget. The problem is that those things can change. When you base your self-worth on temporary things that can change, then your self-worth will change.

Some people find their value in other people. However, if you find your value in how others make you feel and they hurt you or disappoint you, very likely you’ll turn it on yourself and think, “There must be something wrong with me.” No, the only problem is that you’re getting your self-worth from the wrong places.

Where should we get our value? Where should we find our self-worth? Our value should come solely from the fact that we are children of the Most High God. We should know that we are important because God says we are important. The value God placed on you is permanent. Nothing you can do, nothing anyone else can do, will ever be able to change that.

I encourage you to check your heart today and make sure you aren’t finding your worth in anything other than the love of Christ. Find rest and peace in Him today knowing that your worth is forever established in heaven.

…the LORD has chosen you to be his treasured possession. (Deuteronomy 14:2, NIV)

 

 

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Ascend (Written By: Joel Osteen)

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE:

“Who may ascend into the hill of the LORD? Or who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive blessing from the LORD, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.”
(Psalm 24:3-5, NKJV)

TODAY’S WORD:

You were meant to rise high in heavenly places. You were meant to stand with God above the cares of this life. But notice that this verse tells us that in order to ascend, we have to make sure we have clean hands and a pure heart. How do we have clean hands and a pure heart? First of all, only Jesus can make us clean and new. Once we receive Him as our Lord and Savior, we have to choose every day to stand against the enemy and his attempts to bring us back down. It all happens in our thought life. We have to guard our thoughts by guarding what we allow to influence our thoughts. We can’t just watch any old thing on TV. We can’t just listen to any old conversation. We have to make sure that what we allow into our minds is pleasing to the Lord because what we allow into our minds will eventually affect our hearts. 

If we are going to ascend, we have to have higher thoughts; we have to have a higher way of living. Choose today to ascend in your thoughts so you can ascend in your life and receive the blessings the Lord has in store for you!

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Father in heaven, today I choose higher thoughts. I choose higher living. Help me to guard my heart and mind so that I can live a life that is pleasing to You in Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

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He Makes All Things New (Written By: Joel Osteen)

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE:

“And He Who is seated on the throne said, ‘See! I make all things new…’”
(Revelation 21:5, AMP)

TODAY’S WORD:

When God puts a dream in your heart, when He puts a promise on the inside, He deposits within you everything you need to accomplish that dream. He wouldn’t give you the desire to do something without giving you the ability to fulfill it. In fact, the scripture tells us that God gives us the desires of our heart. In other words, He puts the desire inside of us and then works with us to bring it to pass. 

Oftentimes, people set out to accomplish their dreams, but they face a setback or disappointment, and then they feel like their time has passed. But know today that no matter where you’ve come from, no matter what’s happened in your past, God wants to make you new. He wants to give you a “do over,” a fresh start. 

If you feel like you’ve missed opportunities in your life, if you feel like your time has passed, remember that today is a new day. You are a new person, and God has new opportunities in store for you. If one dream has died, it’s time to dream a new dream. He makes all things new in your life today!

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Father, thank You for making all things new. Thank You for a fresh start today. I give You my past, present and future and choose to follow the good plan You have for my life in Jesus’ name! Amen!

 

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Love So Amazing (Written By: Joel Osteen)

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE:

“Not height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
(Romans 8:39, AMP)

TODAY’S WORD:

Nothing can ever separate you from the love of God! His love is truly amazing. It goes beyond any human love we could ever know. There’s nothing we can do to make Him love us more and nothing we can do to make Him love us any less. His love is true and everlasting. 

Oftentimes, when people make a mistake or feel that they have disappointed God, they think they have to stay away from Him until they “get their act together,” so to speak. But nothing could be further from the truth! He’s always there with open arms ready to receive you and make you new. Remember, God’s not mad at you; He’s madly in love with you! You are on His mind day and night. 

Today, if there is anything in your life that is keeping you from receiving His amazing love, set those things aside. Let His love restore you and make you new. Come to Him with an open heart and receive His amazing love and enjoy the blessings He has in store for you!

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Father, thank You for Your amazing love. I receive Your love today and invite You to make me new. Transform me into the person You created me to be in Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

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