Arise Shine. (Written By: Joel Osteen)

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE:
“Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.”
Isaiah 60:1, NIV

TODAY’S WORD:
I believe that God wants to exceed your expectations! He has amazing things stored up for you. He’ll take you places that you’ve never dreamed and give you breaks that seemed impossible. His glory is rising upon His people. Things are going to fall into place so that you can accomplish what God has placed in your heart. Even the hidden dreams that you’ve given up on, God has not given up on. He is going to do exceedingly, abundantly above and beyond all you could ask, think or imagine!

Your mind may try to talk you out of it, but if you’ll listen with your heart, it will resonate on the inside of you. Don’t let discouragement hold you back or keep you down. It’s time for you to arise. It’s time for you to shine. Let that sink down into your spirit today because it’s time for you to receive every spiritual blessing and move forward in the destiny He has prepared for you!

PRAYER FOR TODAY:
“Heavenly Father, I come to You today with an open and humble heart. Thank You for choosing me and preparing a bright future for me. I will arise and shine. Let everything I do bring honor to You in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

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What Defines Your Future? (Written By: Joel Osteen)

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE:
“You will also declare a thing, and it will be established…”
Job 22:28, NKJV

TODAY’S WORD:
In the Old Testament, there was an Israelite woman who was about to give birth. She had just heard that the Ark of the Covenant which housed God’s presence had been stolen. She was so upset about it that she named her baby boy Ichabod, which means “the glory has departed.” Notice what she did; she named her future by what was happening in her present. She could have just as easily named him “the glory will return,” but she was so focused on the negative, so caught up in where she was at that moment, that she defined her future by it.

Friend, don’t ever name your future by your present-day circumstances. You may have had some hard times in the past, but get that “Ichabod” spirit off of you. It may look like you’re stuck in a rut and you don’t really see how you could ever rise any higher, but don’t speak defeat over your life. Instead, name your future: blessed, prosperous, successful, victorious, healthy, whole, strong, talented, creative, wise. Declare what God’s Word says so that you can move forward in the destiny He has prepared for you!
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
“Father, thank You for the good future that You have prepared for me. Today I choose to come into agreement with Your Word and speak Your blessing over my life. Keep me close to You and show me Your ways in Jesus’ name! Amen.”

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Nothing is Wasted. (Written By: Joel Osteen)

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE:
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
Romans 8:28, NIV

TODAY’S WORD:
Life can be full of ups and downs, twists and turns. We’ve all had to face challenges and difficulties. But did you know that everything you’ve been through up until now is getting you prepared for what God is going to do in your future? Nothing in your life has been wasted. Every disappointment, every setback, every person that did you wrong, every lonely night, God is going to turn around and use for your good!

During the difficult times, we grow and mature. That’s when our faith is stretched and our character is developed. God didn’t send that hardship, but He’ll use it to get you prepared for your next step. Those adversities will help make you and mold you into the person you are called to be.

You may be experiencing tough times today, but remember, nothing is ever wasted. Have the attitude that says, “This is a new day. Things are shifting in my favor. This difficulty is not going to stop me. It’s going to promote me. God is going to use it to lift me up and lead me into victory all the days of my life!”

PRAYER FOR TODAY:
“Father, thank You for drawing me close to You. I choose to dwell in the secret place of Your presence. I know that with You, nothing in my life is wasted. Thank You for Your peace and protection as You carry me through the difficult places into the place of victory in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

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Make Preparations. (Written By: Joel Osteen)

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE:
“…prepare the way for the Lord…”
Isaiah 40:3, NIV

TODAY’S WORD:
Everyone goes through seasons of waiting. A lot of times, people just sit back and wait for God to do something. But did you ever think that God might be waiting on you to do your part? Part of making preparations means talking like it’s going to happen and acting like it’s going to happen. Some people might say, “Well, what if I do this and it doesn’t happen?” But, what if you do, and it does happen? And even if things don’t turn out the way you had hoped, you’re still better off living your life filled with expectancy than going around down and discouraged.

David said, “God, my times are in Your hands.” He was saying, “God, I don’t know when it’s going to happen, but I know You know what’s best for me.” So I’m going to go out today expecting good things. And even if it doesn’t happen, I’m not going to go to bed all disappointed. I’m going to go to bed knowing that I’m one day closer to seeing my dreams and desires come to pass!
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
“Father, I dedicate this day to You. Show me how to prepare for Your blessing in my life. Help me guard my words and thoughts as I put my trust in You in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

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The Attitude of an Overcomer. (Written By: Joel Osteen)

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE:
“For everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.”
1 John 5:4, NIV
TODAY’S WORD:
Are you facing some challenges or experiencing some unexpected setbacks? We all have things that come against us, but God didn’t create us to be overwhelmed and overcome; He created us to be overcomers!

During the times when we face challenges, it’s our attitude that is most important. Think about it for a minute. When something isn’t going your way month after month, how do you respond? Are you tempted to get sour or start expecting the worst? Does your mind start going “ninety-to-nothing” playing out all the scenarios? It may be easy to get down and discouraged, but if we go around thinking it’s never going to work out, our attitude limits what God can do. But when we dig our heels in knowing that God is bigger than our problems, when we fight the good fight of faith, that’s what allows God to show up and turn negative situations around.

Today, remember, you are created to overcome. There is victory already in store for your future. Stand strong with the attitude of an overcomer and watch what God will do on your behalf!
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
“Father, thank You for making me an overcomer in Christ Jesus. I trust that You are bigger than my problems and that You are working on my behalf. Thank You for the victory in store for my future in Jesus’ name! Amen.”

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No Fear. (Written By: Joel Osteen)

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE:
“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear…”
1 John 4:18, NIV

TODAY’S WORD:
Do you know what the anecdote for fear is? The first thing many people would say is faith; however, the scripture tells us that perfect love is what drives out all fear.

When we truly understand how much God loves us, what can we possibly be afraid of? The scripture tells us that God is love. When we are one with God through a relationship with His Son, Jesus, we are wrapped in perfect love. We can find security in His love. We can find peace in His love. We can find refuge, provision and joy in His love. His love knows no limits. It has no boundaries. His love never changes. There is nothing you can do to make Him love you any more, and there is nothing you can do to make Him love you any less.

Today, open your heart and receive His love. Meditate on His goodness and faithfulness. As you do, those old fears will melt away, and you will move confidently into the life of victory He has prepared for you.
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
“Father, I come before You with a humble heart. Show me Your love and fill me with Your peace. Help me to be an example of Your love to the people around me. I bless Your name today and forever in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

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Choose Faith Today (Written By: Joel Osteen)

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE:
“This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
Joshua 1:9, NLT

TODAY’S WORD:
In the same way that faith opens the door for God to work in our lives, fear opens the door for the enemy to work in our lives.

The Bible says that fear brings torment. Fear has no mercy. If you act on fear instead of acting on faith, it will keep you depressed, miserable and lonely. So many people today are missing out on God’s joy, peace and victory because they keep giving in to fear. They feed fear by what they watch on TV or read in the news or on the internet. Don’t let that be you! Romans tells us that faith comes by hearing the Word of God. The more you fill your heart and mind with God’s Word, the stronger your faith will be so you can stand against the powers of darkness. Choose faith instead of fear by choosing God’s Word.

Remember, the power that is in you is greater than the power of fear. When thoughts come that say, “You’re not able,” choose faith by saying, “I can do all things through Christ!” Choose faith, overcome fear and live in the freedom God has in store for you!
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
“Father, I receive Your Word today which is life, health and strength to me. I choose to close the door on fear by guarding what I say, listen to and dwell on. Fill me with Your love and faith as I meditate on Your Word in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

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