Mustard-Seed Faith (Written By: Joel Osteen)

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE:

If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the see’ and it will obey you.
Luke 17:6. NIV.

TODAY’S WORD:

A mustard seed is a very small thing. But when it’s planted, it grows into a huge tree. In the same way, Jesus is saying in this verse that a little bit of faith can bring tremendous results!

Think about this: As a believer, you already have enough faith on the inside of you to overcome any obstacle. It doesn’t matter if you grew up in church or not; it doesn’t matter what you know or don’t know; God wants to work in your life today. You may not see how things will work out, and that’s okay. All you have to do is believe God. With God, all things are possible!

Today, put your faith into action by declaring that your trust and hope are in Him. Thank Him for working behind the scenes in your life. Use your mustard-seed faith, and it will go stronger and stronger. Always remember, you have everything you need when you have mustard-seed faith!

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Father, thank You for mustard-seed faith. Thank You for equipping me to live in total victory. I choose to trust You, knowing that You have good things in store for my future in Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

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Your Sun and Shield (Written By: Joel Osteen)

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE:

For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless.
Psalm 84:11, NIV.

TODAY’S WORD:

God wants to pour out His favor and goodness in your life. He longs to be your sun and shield. What does that mean? The sun lights our way; it keeps us warm; it nourishes the plants of the earth so that we can have food. The entire earth is sustained by its relationship to the sun, and God wants to sustain you through your relationship with Him. He wants to be your shield of protection against all the fiery darts of the enemy, and He wants to light and direct your path.

Is there someone or something else you’ve been relying on for protection or direction? Why don’t you let go of whatever you’ve been leaning on and choose to lean of God. Open your heart and trust that He has great things for your future. Receive His favor, blessing and protection today because He is your sun and shield!

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Father, thank You for directing and guiding me. Thank You for nourishing my heart and mind as I daily put my trust in You. Show me Your ways so that I can walk with You all the days of my life in Jesus’ name! Amen.

 

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Growing Strong in Faith (Written By: Joel Osteen)

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE:

No unbelief made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God.
Romans 4:20, ESV.

TODAY’S WORD:

In scripture, Abraham’s circumstances were beyond his control. He was way too old to have a child, but God promised him that he would have a son. What did he do while he was waiting? Scripture says, “He grew strong in faith by giving praise to God.” He got up every morning and said, “Lord, thank You for Your faithfulness. Thank You that my baby is on its way. Thank You that You are faithful to Your Word.” He kept thanking God for what he heard in his spirit, and eventually, the promise came to pass.

Like Abraham, God has put dreams in your heart. He has spoken promises over you. Deep down you believe it will happen, but in the natural, it looks impossible. The odds are against you. It’s been so long. No, God is saying, “What I started in your life I will finish.” The key is to follow Abraham’s example and praise God while you wait. That’s one way to grow in faith. Keep praying. Keep believing. Keep expecting. Grow strong in faith and see His promises fulfilled in every area of your life!

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Father, I praise You for Your faithfulness in my life. You are worthy to receive all the glory and honor. I believe that You are making a way out of no way, so I look for Your hand of blessing and mercy in every area of my life in Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

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His Ways are Higher (Written By: Joel Osteen)

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE:

As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.
Isaiah 55:9, NIV.

TODAY’S WORD:

A lot of times, we have our own ideas about how things should work out in life. But God’s ways are not our ways. In scripture, God brought water out of a rock. Jesus told Peter to go catch a fish, open its mouth, and there was the money he needed for taxes. Another time, God caused a young lady named Mary to have a baby without knowing a man. He is God. He can use things we would expect, or He can make things happen another way.

With God, you don’t have to figure everything out. All you have to do is believe. In fact, it says in Proverbs, “Lean not to your own understanding.” Sometimes there is no logical solution. You’ve got to turn your mind off. If you’re constantly trying to figure it out, that’s just going to make you discouraged, depressed and frustrated. Just because you don’t see a way doesn’t mean that God doesn’t have a way. Remember, His ways are higher, and He is working behind the scenes for your good!

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Father, I declare that my faith and trust are in You. I won’t try to figure everything out, but I will be still and listen for Your voice. I surrender my will to Yours. Thank You for Your faithfulness in my life in Jesus’ name! Amen!

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He Doesn’t Need a Cloud (Written By: Joel Osteen)

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE:

Is anything too hard for the LORD? . . .
Genesis 18:14, NIV.

TODAY’S WORD:

One day, we were in the backyard on a beautiful, sunny day. We were just enjoying the blue sky when all of the sudden, out of nowhere, it began to rain even though there wasn’t a cloud in the sky. It was as blue as can be. The sun was out and very bright. But for about three minutes, there was this downpour. We thought, “Where in the world is this rain coming from?”

It was like God was saying, “I can make it rain whenever I want to. I can use a little cloud, a big cloud or no cloud. I’m God. I’m the All Powerful Creator of the universe. When I say rain, I don’t need a cloud. When I say healing, I don’t have to have medicine. When I say promotion, I don’t need your boss’s approval. When I say abundance, I don’t need a bank. I’m not limited by the natural. I’m a supernatural God.”

Whatever you are facing today, know that God has the answer no matter what things look like in the natural. Trust Him because He can make a way where there seems to be no way. He can make something out of nothing, and He doesn’t need a cloud to make it rain!

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Father, I praise You today because You are worthy. I trust that You are working behind the scenes on my behalf. I believe that You can make a way out of no way, and I look for Your rain of blessing in every area of my life in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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Call it Like You See It (Written By: Joel Osteen)

Posted by Joel Osteen

You might have heard the story of how my father and mother started Lakewood Church in 1959 in an old, rundown, abandoned feed store. They had 90 members. A few years later, my father named the church, Lakewood International Outreach Center. He put a big blue sign out front. The sign cost more than the building. The truth is, they were not an international outreach center. They were a small neighborhood church with 90 people. But when my father drove up to that building and saw that sign, his vision was being increased. He was moving toward it. Every week when those 90 members saw that sign again and again, something was being birthed on the inside. Seeds of increase were taking root. Do you know what Lakewood is today? An international outreach center, touching the world! He called it like he saw it in the spirit, and it came into being.

Growing up, my father always kept a globe on his desk at home. At the old church, there was a big world map on the wall. Daddy had a globe behind him when he spoke. He always had the world on his mind. At one conference, people came from 150 different countries—it looked like the United Nations! What am I saying? What you keep in front of you, you are moving toward. Now let me challenge you: Don’t have a small vision for your life. You are not inconveniencing God by believing big. In fact, it’s just the opposite. When you believe to do something great, when you believe to set a new standard for your family, when you take the limits off of God and say, “God, I don’t see a way, but I know You have a way, so I’m going to believe You in spite of my circumstances,” that’s faith that pleases God.

My father could have put on that sign, Lakewood Community Church. There’s nothing wrong with that. But God had placed something bigger in his heart. He could have just looked at the circumstances. We’re just 90 people. We’ve got this old rundown building. We don’t have any influence, any connections. We’ll never do anything great. If he would have thought that, we wouldn’t be here today.

Remember, it doesn’t matter what things look like in the natural, we serve a supernatural God. He is not limited by your resources, your education, your background or your nationality. And if you will keep a big vision in front of you, God will not only do what you’re dreaming about, but He’ll supersize it. He’ll do more than you can ask or think! Call it like you see it and watch His faithfulness bring to pass every dream and desire in your heart!

You will also decree a thing, and it will be established for you; and light will shine on your ways.” (Job 22:28, NASB)

 

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Bold Obedience (Written By: Joel Osteen)

Posted by Joel Osteen

Back in the 1960′s, Lakewood was still in its original building; a feed store that held 200 people. The church was really growing. They needed a larger auditorium. My father told the congregation that on a particular Sunday, he was going to receive a special offering for a new building. He asked them to pray about what God would have them to give. He encouraged them to stretch their faith, believe big and do their very best. He received the offering, and it was a little over $6,000. To them back then, that was like $600,000. Daddy was so excited. That was enough to pour the foundation and get the building started.

But one day driving home from church, my father passed a small Spanish church about six blocks from Lakewood. This Spanish church had been building on a little auditorium for years. They would do some construction, take time off, build some more, on and on. As my father passed, he heard the voice of the Holy Spirit inside say, “I want you to give that special offering to this Spanish church so they can finish their building.”

Daddy’s first thought was, “Get behind me, Satan! That could not be God!” He began to reason it out. “God, You mean You want me to give the money I just raised, the money we need, the money we’ve been dreaming about, the money we’ve been praying for? You want me to give that to a church down the street?” It didn’t make sense. It didn’t seem logical. He needed the funds, yet God said, “Sow it as a seed.” My father had this bold obedience. He said, “Alright, God.” He wrote them a check, and they nearly passed out! Over the next few months, people began to come from out of nowhere, it seemed, giving money to the new sanctuary for Lakewood. They not only had enough for the foundation, but they had enough for the whole building! A year later, they moved into a 1,000-seat sanctuary that was totally debt free.

You can’t out-give God. When God asks you to do something, just do it. If you talk yourself out of it, not only is the other person not being blessed, but you’re missing the blessing God has for you. How many times have I talked myself out of doing what I knew God wanted me to do? I knew I was supposed to call a friend and encourage them. I knew I was supposed to help that family with their rent. But I got busy. I thought, “God, they look like they’re doing okay. They’ve got as much as I do. Maybe next time.” I wonder what I missed out on. I wonder what blessing God was trying to release for me.

Eight years ago, we moved out of our old sanctuary from the other location. We had been at that piece of property for over 40 years, before I was born. On the last Sunday, after the final service, I was driving away and just reflecting on all that God had done out there through the years and thinking about where God was taking us. My heart was filled with gratitude. About that time, I passed the small Spanish church six blocks down the road. They had written on their little makeshift marquee, “Thank you, Lakewood, for giving us our first sanctuary.” They remembered it 40 years later. I thought how we were headed to a new place, a $400,000,000 facility, but it all started over four decades ago when my father took that bold step of obedience to bless the Spanish church. Even when he didn’t understand it, even when Lakewood needed the funds, he was willing to give it away. I realize we are all reaping a harvest from seeds that were sown many years ago.

Remember, when you have bold obedience, it doesn’t mean you know where God is going to take you. You don’t argue with God; you don’t reason it all out; you don’t make excuses, you just do it. You can’t imagine the doors God is going to open, not only for you, but for your children. I’m sure my father is looking down from heaven right now thinking, “I never dreamed Lakewood would be where it is today.” That’s what happens when you have bold obedience!

…To obey is better than sacrifice…” (1 Samuel 15:22, NIV)

 

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