It is Finished (Written By: Joel Osteen)

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE:

I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.
Philippians 1:6, NLT.

TODAY’S WORD:

It’s interesting that the last thing Jesus said on the cross was “it is finished.” It certainly looked like the end. It looked like it was over. But I believe that wasn’t just a statement of fact; it was a statement of faith. He was saying to His Father, “I’ve done My part. I’ve fulfilled My destiny. Now I’ve got total trust and confidence in You that You are going to finish what You started.” Even though it looked like the end, in reality, it was only the beginning.

Remember this when things look dark in your own life, when things aren’t going your way. Dare to make that declaration of faith just like Jesus. “It is finished.” What you’re really saying is, “God, I know You are going to turn this situation around. I know You are going to heal my body. I know You are going to restore my family. I know You are going to give me the breaks that I need.” Don’t go around complaining. Speak victory over your circumstances. Trust that He is faithful and He will finish what He’s started in you!

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Father, thank You for Your faithfulness in my life. Thank You for completing what You’ve started in my life. Today I choose to put my trust and hope in You, knowing that You are working behind the scenes to bring victory in Jesus’ name. Amen!

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Victory over Sin and Death (Written By: Joel Osteen)

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE:

But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians 15:57, NLT.

TODAY’S WORD:

This coming weekend, we celebrate Easter, the Resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. So much happened at Calvary’s cross over two thousand years ago; but ultimately, Jesus overcame sin and death so that we could have abundant life. Because of Jesus, we have victory over anything that would try to hold us back!

No matter what bondage, fear, stronghold, sin or addiction has held you captive in the past, when you receive Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior, you receive His power—His burden-moving, yoke-destroying anointing. Nothing can hold you back any longer because when the Son sets you free, you are free indeed! (See John 8:36)

It all begins by believing and receiving this promise by faith. Today, thank God that you are free and have victory through Jesus Christ!

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Father, thank You for giving me victory! Thank You for Your Word which is life and healing water to my soul. I choose to set my heart and thoughts on You, knowing that You are empowering me to overcome in every area of my life n Jesus’ name! Amen.

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The Same Spirit (Written By: Joel Osteen)

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE:

And if the Spirit of Him Who raised up Jesus from the dead dwells in you, [then] He Who raised up Christ Jesus from the dead will also restore to life your mortal (short-lived, perishable) bodies through His Spirit Who dwells in you.
Romans 8:11, AMP.

TODAY’S WORD:

When you accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior, the Bible tells us that the Holy Spirit makes His home inside of you. That’s the same Spirit and the same power that raised Jesus from the dead. That resurrection power can bring back health, strength and life to your physical body, and it can bring back life to your hopes and dreams. In fact, it can bring life to any area that may seem dormant on the inside of you!

The next time you feel overwhelmed by sickness, challenges or despair, remember, as a believer in Jesus, the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead dwells in you! You may have been burdened by an addiction, fear, worry or sickness, but there’s nothing that can stand against the power of God! Rise up and declare by faith, “He whom the Son sets free is free indeed. I am restored and healed because the same spirit that raised Christ from the dead dwells in me!”

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Father, thank You for filling me with Your Holy Spirit. I receive Your strength. I receive Your power. I believe Your Word and trust that You are leading me forward into victory in Jesus’ name! Amen.

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Hold on to God’s “Yes” (Written By: Joel Osteen)

Posted by Victoria Osteen

Have you ever fallen into that trap of thinking that you have to make something happen? You focus more on your efforts and ability than you do on God’s efforts and ability. I know in my life, I have told God about some amazing ways to fix stuff! But God doesn’t really need our brilliance, He needs our trust. He wants our “Yes”.

What are you believing God for today? What are the desires of your heart? When things don’t happen the way we expect or as quickly as we expect, we can be tempted to get discouraged. But just because people have told you “no” or circumstances have told you “no” doesn’t mean God is saying “no.” Don’t give up hope just because you can’t see the promise yet. God is saying, “I haven’t left you. I haven’t gone anywhere. I haven’t turned my back on you!” God is right there with you. He doesn’t expect you to do it on your own.

You may have had some big doors close in your life. People may have discouraged you or talked down to you. Maybe it looks like the world has told you “no”, but there’s a “yes” stamped in your heart. Our biggest job is to step over all the “no’s” and keep moving forward. “No’s” tear us down and discourage us, but God’s promises always build us up. His promises build your character, faith and testimony. He wants you to grow and find strength in Him so you can hold on to His “yes” for your future!

“For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through Him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.” (2 Cor 1:20, NIV)

 

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Just Go For It (Written By: Joel Osteen)

Posted by Joel Osteen

One time, I heard about this wealthy man. He was known for being very eccentric and far out. One night, he was having a big party at his house. In his backyard, his swimming pool was filled with sharks and alligators. He announced to all the guests, “Anyone who will swim across my pool, I will give you anything that you want.”

In a few minutes, there was a big splash. He looked over and this man was swimming 90 to nothing, dodging the alligator, maneuvering his way around the sharks as frantic as could be. He made it to the other side just in the nick of time and jumped out totally panicked. The wealthy man came over and said, “I can’t believe it. You’re the bravest person I’ve ever met. Now what do you want me to give you?” The man said, “What I want more than anything else is the name of the person that just pushed me in!”

Here’s my point: Sometimes in life, it feels like we got “pushed in,” so to speak. We weren’t expecting the circumstances—a bad medical report, a relationship didn’t make it, a business went down. It may be a surprise to us, but it is not a surprise to God. If you do get pushed in, don’t sit around nursing your wounds. Do like this man. Just go for it! Just get to the other side! Do your best and keep honoring God. Keep doing what you know you’re supposed to do. God has already given you the strength, wisdom, favor and determination to not only make it through, but to come out better than you were before.

Remember, that difficulty is not going to defeat you; it’s going to promote you. You can handle it! Take hold of His strength. Get up every morning and remind yourself, “I’m ready for and equal to anything that comes my way.” If you will do this, God promises He will infuse strength into you. I believe and declare you will overcome every obstacle, defeat every enemy, and become everything God has created you to be!

“I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me [I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into me; I am self-sufficient in Christ's sufficiency].” Phil 4:13, AMP)

 

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Abundance (Written By: Joel Osteen)

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE:

Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap…
Luke 6:38, NIV.

TODAY’S WORD:

Our God is a God of abundance! He wants to pour out His abundance on you until you are so full that you are running over! But, notice how today’s verse starts. It says, “Give and it will be given to you.” That’s because your giving sets the blessing of God into motion in your life. When you give, you plant a seed. If you were to plant an apple seed, you wouldn’t just grow one single fruit. No, that one seed grows into a tree that produces an abundance of apples! That’s what happens when you obey God in your giving. You get an abundant harvest in return. You reap so much that you have to give it away, and the cycle just keeps repeating itself!

Is there something the Lord is telling you to give today? What do you have in your hand that you can bless someone else with? It can be financial or material, but take a step of faith today and open the door to His abundance in every area of your life!

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Father, I receive Your Word into my heart today. Thank You for choosing to bless me so that I can be a blessing to others. Show me where I can give to others and teach me to receive all You have for me in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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Now Faith (Written By: Joel Osteen)

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE:

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Hebrews 11:1, KJV.

TODAY’S WORD:

Are you hungry for more of God in your life today? The scripture tells us that faith opens the door for Him to move on our behalf. Faith is what pleases Him. It gives substance to the things we hope for and makes them tangible. We’ve all been given a measure of faith, but it’s up to each of us to put it into action. Notice today’s verse starts by saying, “Now faith.” It’s not “later” faith or “one day” faith. We have to have faith for today, right now.

Do you believe that God has blessings in store for you right now? Do you believe He wants to pour out His favor on you today? When you step out in faith and declare His Word, you open the door to His abundant favor and blessing in every area of your life!

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Father God, thank You for the gift of faith. I choose to believe Your Word which is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. Show me how to continue to grow in faith so I can be pleasing to You in every area of my life in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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