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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Think Intentionally (Written By: Joel Osteen)

Post by Victoria Osteen       

Our family lived in one house for about 15 years and then moved to a new house not too far away. I still ran errands in the same area and went to the same grocery store. On more than one occasion, I would be out and about and then get into my car to head home…only to find that I had driven right back to my old house. I’d pull into the driveway before I ever even caught myself! Have you ever had something like that happen? This is just one example of how our minds travel back to the old if we aren’t intentional about focusing on the new.

Anytime we are trying to make a change in our lives, it’s like paving a new road. It happens in stages. It can be tempting to take the “old road” because that road is paved and familiar.  But, the familiar isn’t going to get us to our destiny. Taking the road less traveled or taking new ground—that’s how we grow, learn and develop into everything God has called us to be.

Today, I just want to encourage you to think intentionally. Set your mind on the Word of God. Don’t just let your thoughts wander. The Bible says to take captive every thought. That means we don’t let our thoughts flow aimlessly; we intentionally set our thoughts on God and His Word. When you think intentionally, you’ll act intentionally and move forward intentionally into the place of victory and fulfillment God has prepared for you!

“Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.” (Colossians 3:2, ESV)

 

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The Greatness of His Favor (Written By: Joel Osteen)

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE:

“But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us…raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.”
(Ephesians 2:4-7, NKJV)

TODAY’S WORD:

Oftentimes, people set their focus on what God has done in the past—how He parted the Red Sea or stopped the sun for Joshua or fed thousands of people with just a little boy’s small lunch. Yes, God has performed many amazing miracles throughout history. And it’s important that we give Him praise, but at the same time, we also have to look forward to what God wants to do in our lives today. 

In today’s verse, Paul says that “in the ages to come” God would do things that exceed anything He’s ever done before. I believe that the “ages to come” is this day and time we’re living in right now. God wants to outdo Himself in our generation! 

Remember, God is a God of increase. Where you are today is not where you are supposed to stay. He has greater levels of His favor and blessing in store for your future. Dare to dream big! Dare to keep a God-sized vision in front of you! Dare to take hold of every spiritual blessing He has in store for you!

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Father, thank You for Your faithfulness. Thank You for showing me Your love. Today I open my heart and mind to You so that I can see the greatness of what You want to do in my life. Use me for Your glory in Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

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Where Strength and Joy Are Found (Written By: Joel Osteen)

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE:

“Honor and majesty are [found] in His presence; strength and joy are [found] in His sanctuary.”
(1 Chronicles 16:27, AMP)

TODAY’S WORD:

Do you need more strength and joy in your life? The Bible tells us that in God’s presence, there is fullness of joy—the most abundant and complete! And when you have His joy, you have His supernatural strength. There’s nothing that can come against you when you are filled with the strength and joy of the Lord. 

Notice this verse says that strength and joy are found in His sanctuary. One translation says they are found “where He is.” Do you know “where He is?” His Spirit is alive in every believer. It also says that He inhabits, or manifests, in the praises of His people. That means when you begin to praise and worship God, either corporately in a church setting or privately in your personal time, God’s presence is there. You are His sanctuary, and when we worship together, God shows up in a special way.

Anytime you feel depleted or overwhelmed by life, just begin to sing a song of praise to Him. Declare His goodness and faithfulness. Draw near to Him, and He will draw near to you. He’ll fill you with His joy and strength because in His presence is where that’s found!

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Father, I bless You today. I thank You for Your goodness in my life. Thank You for filling me with Your strength and joy as I praise and worship You this day in Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

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