He Will Overshadow You (Written By: Joel Osteen)

Post by Joel Osteen

You may have heard the story of Jesus’ birth many times, but have you ever really stopped to imagine what it must have been like for Mary? She was just a humble teenage girl living in Nazareth. Nazareth was one of the poorest, most rundown cities of that region, and she didn’t have any notoriety to speak of. One day, an angel appeared and said, “Mary, you are highly favored of God. You’re going to give birth to a son without knowing a man. He will be the Son of God.”

God gave Mary this amazing promise that wasn’t even believable in the natural. You can imagine the thoughts of doubt and unbelief that must have bombarded her mind. Thoughts like, “How can I have a baby without a man? That’s impossible. That defies the laws of nature.” If Mary would have only considered her circumstances, she certainly would have been tempted to give up.” But instead of looking at her circumstances, she looked to God. She understood this principle: if God says it, He will bring it to pass.

When Mary answered the angel back, she didn’t say, “Oh that sounds too far out. I don’t see how that can happen.” No, Mary was bold. She made a statement of faith. She said, “Be it unto me even as you have said.” In other words, “I’m in agreement. Let it happen. If God says I’m highly favored, I believe it. If God says the impossible is going to happen, I believe it.” Friend, that’s the way we need to be when God puts a promise in our hearts. Instead of trying to reason it out, we have to be fully convinced that what He said, He will do.

Mary believed but she did have one question. She answered the angel and said, “I believe this promise will come to pass. I’m in agreement, but how is this going to happen?”

You may have a “how” in your life right now. In other words, you may be thinking, “I believe I’m going to accomplish my dreams, but how am I going to do it?” “How am I going to get well?” “How am I going to overcome this addiction?” What the angel said to Mary is true for all of us today. He said, “Mary, here’s how it’s going to happen: the power of the Most High is going to come upon you and overshadow you.” In other words, God is going to breathe in your direction, and supernatural things are going to happen.

How are you going to get well? The power of the Most High is going to come upon you. How are you going to accomplish your dreams? The Most High God, the Great I Am, the Creator of the universe is going to overshadow you. Friend, when God overshadows you, miracles happen. Supernatural opportunities come your way. Family member that were off course will suddenly turn around. Problems that looked permanent will turn out to be only temporary, and you will see miracles come to pass!

Today, just like Mary, dig your heels in and do your part. Get into agreement with God’s Word. Receive His promises and obey His commands. It won’t be long before His Spirit overshadows you!

“The angel answered, ‘The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you…’” (Luke 1:35, NIV)

 

 

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Choose the Winning Side (Written By: Joel Osteen)

Post by Victoria Osteen

Jesus showed mercy everywhere He went. In fact, right before He was going to be arrested and taken to the cross, He had a conversation with one of His disciples. He said, “Peter, you are going to deny me three times tonight before it’s all said and done.” Peter refused to believe it, “No way! I would never deny You. I’ll stand by You ’til the end!” But just as Jesus said, the Bible shows us three accounts where Peter denied any association with Jesus. He was afraid and feared for his very life! You might think Jesus would be upset with him, but do you know how Jesus responded? After He died and rose again, He appeared to Mary at His tomb and said to her, “I want you to go and tell everyone that I’ve risen.” Then He said, “And go find Peter.” He singled him out. Why? Jesus wanted Peter to know that he was still loved, valued and forgiven even though he betrayed Him. Jesus didn’t hold a grudge. Instead, He extended mercy and restored Peter. And, He extends that same mercy to us every single day!

Maybe you’ve been denied by someone. Maybe you’ve been hurt. Maybe you are working through some pain right now. Remember, Jesus gave us an example of mercy. He shows us mercy so that we can show mercy to others. It’s easy to take offense. It’s easy to hold on to the hurt and pain of the past. But the best way to move forward is to give all that pain to God and show mercy and forgiveness. Start today by praying for those who have hurt you. If possible, do something nice for them in return. Ask God to help you learn to forgive and extend mercy to others. It’s not always easy, but it starts with a choice. You make the choice, and God makes the change in your heart.

This holiday season as you are around family and loved ones, remember, mercy always triumphs over judgment. Choose mercy instead of judging and condemning others, and choose the winning side!

Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom, because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment. (James 2:12-13, NIV)

 

 

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Prospering in Everything (Written By: Joel Osteen)

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE:

“They are like trees planted by streams of water, which yield their fruit in its season, and their leaves do not wither. In all that they do, they prosper.”
Psalm 1:3, NRSV

TODAY’S WORD:

Large trees represent power, majesty and stability. Have you ever noticed the difference between a tree planted by the water and a tree far away from water? The tree next to the water is much more healthy and vibrant. Its fruit and blossoms are more beautiful. 

In the Bible, the Word of God is compared to water. When you are “planted” in the Word of God, your spirit is fed, and you grow strong just like the tree planted by the water. Trees planted by the water will yield fruit at the right season and will not lose strength. Today’s verse tells us that those who love and obey the Lord will prosper in whatever they do. 

Do you want to prosper in your relationships? Seek God’s Word regarding relationships. Do you want to prosper in your health? Seek God’s Word about healing. Do you want to prosper in your finances? Seek God’s Word regarding finances. As you seek God and His Word and follow His commands, you will grow strong and prosper in everything you do!

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

God, thank You for refreshing me with Your Word which is truth that sets me free. I choose to seek You first, I choose to trust Your Word and follow Your leading so I can be planted and strong in You in Jesus’ name! Amen!

 

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Go to the Place of Blessing (Written By: Joel Osteen)

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE:

“Depart from here and turn eastward and hide yourself by the brook Cherith, which is east of the Jordan.”
1 Kings 17:3, ESV

TODAY’S WORD:

In the scripture, the prophet Elijah was living in a certain city. God said to him, “Leave this place and go down to the brook Cherith for I have commanded the ravens to feed you there.” When he got to the brook, every morning just like clockwork, the ravens brought him food. He had his provision; a prepared blessing. Here’s the key. Elijah didn’t have to try to find the ravens. He just had to get to where God wanted him to be and the ravens found him. 

In the same way, there is a place where God has commanded you to be blessed. The ravens are already there – your provision, favor, abundance. The real question today is will you do what’s required to get to your place of blessing? Elijah could have said, “God, I don’t want to leave. I’m comfortable. I like it here. My friends are here.” But if he had stayed, he would have missed where he was commanded to be blessed. 

Are you willing to do what God is asking you to do today? Listen to the prompting of the Holy Spirit inside, follow His leading, and enter into the place of blessing!

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Father, thank You for leading me to a place of blessing. Thank You for sustaining me and empowering me to fulfill Your call on my life. I choose to follow Your leading so that I can be in the place You’ve called me to in Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

 

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He is Not Limited by Your Limitations (Written By: Joel Osteen)

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE:

“Is anything too hard for the LORD? …”
Genesis 18:14, NIV

TODAY’S WORD:

If you could see what God has stored up for you, the people you’re going to meet, the places you’re going to go, the good breaks that are going to find you, you would be amazed. It’s going to be the surpassing greatness of God’s favor. But too often, we make excuses. We come up with reasons why this is not going to happen for us. “Well, that sounds good, but I don’t have the training, the talent, the connections.” Or, “I come from the wrong family. I’m the wrong nationality. I’m too short. I’ll never come into my garden.” 

No, God is not limited by your circumstances, your family or who is against you. When God breathed His life into you, He put a blessing on you that overrides anything that comes against you! The blessings God has stored up for you cannot be stopped by people, bad breaks or injustice. God has the final say. Be encouraged today because God is taking you to a place of blessing. Don’t focus on your circumstances; focus on your God because He is not limited by your limitations!

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Father, thank You for blessing me beyond what I can see. Thank You for empowering me to rise above my circumstances and any limitations to boldly embrace the blessing You have for me in Jesus’ name. Amen!

 

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Favor is Looking for You (Written By: Joel Osteen)

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE:

“Surely, LORD, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield.”
Psalm 5:12, NIV

TODAY’S WORD:

God wants to bring you to a place of abundance! A land filled with favor, opportunity, good health and great relationships. You may not be there yet, but don’t worry. Your blessing is on the way. David said in Psalm 31, “God has blessings stored up for those that love the Lord.” There are businesses stored up for you that God wants to release. There is promotion stored up that has your name on it. Good health, provision, relationships—because you love the Lord, God is going to bring you into what He has already prepared. When you honor God, when you’re faithful to Him, that’s how you walk in His blessings. You don’t have to look for them; favor is going to find you! Good breaks are going to find you! 

Today, be ready to receive what He has for you. Position yourself for blessing by walking in His ways. Meditate on the Word of God, sing songs of praise. Thank Him for what He is doing because favor is looking for you!

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Father, thank You for blessing me. Thank You for Your favor and goodness on my life. Help me to see new ways to be a blessing to others as I daily keep my heart and mind focused on You in Jesus’ name! Amen.

 

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The Good Land (Written By: Joel Osteen)

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE:

“For the LORD your God is bringing you into a good land—a land with brooks, streams, and deep springs gushing out into the valleys and hills.”
Deuteronomy 8:7, NIV

TODAY’S WORD:

God has a place prepared for you just like He prepared a place for His people in scripture. Notice that in this place God has prepared, there is no shortage—no shortage of resources, no shortage of opportunities, no shortage of creativity, of friendships, of joy and peace. In the good land, you will lack no good thing. 

Anytime you are tempted to get down or look at what you don’t have, turn it around. Say, “Lord, I want to thank You that You are bringing me into my garden, a land of blessing, a land where my gifts and talents will come out to the full, a good land where I will fulfill my destiny, a good land where I’ll live healthy, happy and whole, a good land where my whole house will honor You!”

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Father, help me to see with my eyes of faith the good land that You have prepared. Help me to walk in Your ways, to stay close to You, and honor You in all that I do in Jesus’ name. Amen!

 

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