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Drive Fear Away

Posted by Victoria Osteen on 10/30/2012

Oftentimes, people stay right where they are in life for one reason—fear. Fear can be paralyzing. It tries to keep us from God’s best. It prevents us from growing and stretching the way God intends. Like a disease, fear in one area can spread and affect every other area of life.

The good news is that we don’t have to live in fear. We don’t have to let it weigh us down or hold us back. As believers in Jesus, we have victory over fear! Scripture tells us that fear isn’t from God. In fact, He makes it very clear in 2 Timothy that God has not given us a spirit of fear, but He has given us a spirit of power, love and a sound mind. The spirit of fear is what the enemy uses to distort reality and try to keep us from moving forward. That’s why we have to pull back the curtain of fear and see it for what it really is—a lie from the enemy designed to hold us back.

You may have heard it said that fear is an acronym for False Evidence Appearing Real. If we can recognize the root of fear as a lie, then we can reject it and embrace the truth of God’s Word which sets us free from fear. (John 8:32)

For example, if you avoid trying something new because of a fear of failure, reject that lie and embrace the truth that says, “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:13) If fear of the future keeps you anxious and worried, know that it’s a lie. Reject the lie and embrace His truth by declaring, “God has a good plan for my future, a plan to prosper me and give me hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11) Find what God says about your situation in the Word of God, read it, meditate on it, declare it, and let it sink down into your heart. The truth of God’s Word will set you free and empower you to move forward past the lie of fear.

Remember, ultimately, scripture tells us that God’s perfect love drives fear out of our lives. When you embrace the truth of God’s love for you, nothing can hold you back! Today, receive His love and let it empower you. Let His love give you confidence. Find safety, peace and joy in His love because when you do, you drive fear away!

“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.” (1 John 4:18, NKJV)

Copyright © 2012 Joel Osteen Ministries

Don’t Get Squeezed Into A Mold

Posted by Joel Osteen on 10/26/2012

When my father went to be with the Lord, I had to accept the fact that God’s purpose for my life was not the same purpose as my father’s. His calling was to help bring down the denominational walls and let people know about the fullness of the Spirit. When I took over, I felt pressured to be like my father, to fit into that mold. I thought I had to minister like him, run the church like him, and go down that same path. But when I searched my heart, I knew my calling was to plant a seed of hope, to encourage people, to let them know about the goodness of God. At first, it was difficult because some people had been in the church for 40 years. I thought, “I can’t be anything different. What would they think? They may not like me. They may not accept me.”

One day I read a scripture talking about David. It said, “David fulfilled his purpose for his generation.” I heard God say right down in here, “Joel, your father fulfilled his purpose. Now quit trying to be like him and go out and fulfill your purpose.” When I heard that, it was like a light turned on inside of me. I realized I don’t have to try to be like my father. I don’t have to fit into a certain mold. It’s okay to run my race. I am free to be me. After all, God doesn’t want us to be an imitation of somebody else; be the original God created you to be.

Friend, there is an anointing on your life, and it’s not so you can be like someone else. You are anointed to be you! But if you let people squeeze you into their mold and bow down to that pressure and change with every criticism, that’s not only going to take away your uniqueness, but it’s going to lessen God’s favor. It’s going to reduce His anointing on your life.

As the church started to grow and more people were watching on television, the critics came out of the woodwork saying, “He’s not like his father. He’s too young. He doesn’t have the experience.” Even now, “Joel is too much of this, not enough of that.” If you change with every criticism, you won’t have a chance. I believe one reason that God has promoted me is because I have tuned out the negative voices and done my best to stay true to who God has called me to be. I don’t try to compete with somebody else. I don’t let people control me and feel guilty if I don’t fit into their box. I don’t get upset because somebody said something negative. I look straight ahead. Like the apostle Paul, I do my best to run with purpose in every step.

I learned early on that in order to please God, you may have to disappoint a few people. The scripture talks about how some people loved the praise of people more than they loved the praise of God. One of the tests that we all have to face is when someone in our life that we love or look up to—a friend, a boss, a family member— wants us to go a certain direction when we know in our heart that God wants us to go another direction. We don’t want to lose their friendship. We don’t want to disappoint them. We want their approval. But if you’re going to fulfill your destiny, you’ve got to be strong. You have to have this attitude, “I want the praise of God more than I want the praise of people. I have an assignment. I have a purpose. I have a destiny. I’m going to become who God has created me to be!”

Copyright © 2012 Joel Osteen Ministries

Double For Your Trouble

Celebrate What’s In You

Posted by Victoria Osteen on 10/23/2012

One morning in my prayer time, I was reading in Corinthians about the gifts that God has deposited inside each one of us. As I thought about the scriptures I was reading, I began to wonder what may be inside of me that God is still developing, things I wasn’t yet aware of. At the same time, I thought about how easy it is for people to focus on what others have and what others are doing that we completely overlook the potential in our own lives.

God has given each of us special gifts. Everyone carries tremendous value in this life. We shouldn’t compare ourselves to others or think, “I don’t have the talent like that person does, so I’m not as important.” Or, “My gift isn’t public like that person, so it doesn’t count as much.” The truth is, we are all important; we all have a part to play in building His kingdom, and we have to learn to love who we are. We have to celebrate what God has placed within us and celebrate God growing in us.

We are all growing and changing every single day. Think about what you were like five years ago or even last year. You probably aren’t the same person, and of course, you will continue to grow and evolve as time goes on. But have you ever accomplished something in particular that made you stop and think, “Wow, I can’t believe I did that!” Maybe you overcame a major challenge or tackled a big project. Maybe you learned to let go of things that used to hold you back. Did you take time to celebrate that milestone? Does it serve as a reminder to you that you are still moving forward?

Remember, you are multifaceted. There are gifts inside of you that are still waiting to be developed. You are constantly growing and changing. Get excited about seeing your life unfold! Celebrate who you are today and who you are becoming in your future. Let your prayer be, “Father in heaven, thank You for what You are doing in my life. Help me to see the gifts You’ve given me. Help me be all that You have created me to be.”

“When He ascended on high, He led captivity captive, and gave gifts to men.” (Ephesians 4:8, NKJV)

The Double Portion

Posted by Joel Osteen on 10/19/2012

In scripture we see that for many years Elisha served the prophet Elijah. He was his protégé. Elijah had seen God’s favor in incredible ways. He is the one who called down fire from heaven and 400 false prophets were destroyed. One time, Elijah prayed that it wouldn’t rain. For three and a half years, there was no rain. He was one of the most powerful, anointed people that ever lived. When he was getting very old and about to be taken to heaven, he said to Elisha, “What do you want me to do for you for serving me faithfully all these years?”

Elisha could have asked for something simple. He could have said, “How about a couple weeks off?” or, “How about that new iPad? I’d really like that.” He could have said, “My request is that I’d be able to carry on your ministry.” But, Elisha was bold. He looked at Elijah and said, “What I really want is a double portion of your spirit.” He was saying, “I want to do twice what you’ve done. I want to do twice the miracles, have twice the anointing, twice the favor, twice the influence.”

Elijah could have looked at him and said, “Boy, who do you think you are? You sure are greedy. You need to be a little more humble.” No, Elijah basically told him, “You just keep serving me faithfully and what you have asked will come to pass.”

Do you know the scripture records that Elisha did exactly twice as many miracles as Elijah? But if Elisha would have been timid and thought, “I can’t ask that. That wouldn’t be right,” we wouldn’t be talking about him today.

Remember, God has placed seeds of greatness on the inside of you. He wants you to leave your mark on this generation. You’re not supposed to live and die and nobody miss you. Break out of your box and start asking God for the hidden dreams He has placed on the inside. Ask Him for the double portion. Be bold and step out in faith. Keep believing, keep hoping, keep dreaming and keep following His plan because His ways always lead to the double portion!

He Searches For You

Posted by Victoria Osteen on 10/16/2012

For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him. (2 Chronicles 16:9, KJV)

Do you realize that God’s eyes are constantly scanning the earth? He longs to show Himself strong on your behalf. He’s looking for hearts that are perfect toward Him. Now you may be thinking, “But what if I make some mistakes? Does that mean God’s eyes are going to pass by me?” No. In this verse, that word “perfect” means “devoted, consecrated and dedicated.” He’s looking for hearts that are faithful to Him and desire to please Him in everything. Having a perfect heart means that He is first place in your life, and you are looking for ways to show His love and be a blessing to others.

In the Bible, David was a man after God’s own heart. David didn’t do everything perfectly. In fact, he made a lot of mistakes, but He always repented and sought to do things God’s way. When David made a mistake, he didn’t run from God; he ran to God. He chose forgiveness, and he chose to show kindness to those who had wronged him. He said in the Psalms, “Oh, how I love Your law! It is my meditation all the day.”

David put the Word of God first and let it shape his character, and he had the perfect heart that God was searching for.

Today, I believe God is searching for you and longs to show Himself strong on your behalf. He has good plans for you—plans to prosper you, plans to bless you and give you hope for your future. Keep your heart open, keep being faithful, and keep your eyes set on Him. When you search for Him with all your heart, you will find Him and experience His life, peace and blessing now and forevermore!

Copyright © 2012 Joel Osteen Ministries

Unlimited Supply

Today’s Scripture:

And [so that you can know and understand] what is the immeasurable and unlimited and surpassing greatness of His power in and for us who believe… – Ephesians 1:19, AMP.

Today’s Word:

If I had a thousand gallons of water to give you but you only had a one-gallon container, you wouldn’t be able to receive what I had for you. The problem would not be with the supply. It would be with your ability to receive. If you would get rid of the small container and get something larger, I could give you so much more.

It’s the same way with God. We might have a tendency to think, “The economy is down. I could never afford that house I really want. My business will never expand. I don’t have the funding. I don’t have the people behind me.” No, you’ve got to get rid of that one-gallon bucket. Get rid of that small container. The God we serve is a big God! He has an unlimited supply. Jesus said, “According to your faith it will be done unto you.” It’s not according to God. God has all the power, all the resources in the world. It’s according to what we believe.

Today, increase your capacity to receive. Enlarge your thinking by meditating on the Word of God. Praise Him and magnify Him because with God all things are possible, and He has an unlimited supply!

Prayer for Today:

Father, thank You for Your unlimited supply of everything I need in this life. I open my heart to You; I choose to take the limits off. Increase me so that I can receive every blessing You have in store for me in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Copyright © 2012 Joel Osteen Ministries

New Thinking, New Living

Today’s Scripture:

And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; or else the new wine bursts the wineskins, the wine is spilled, and the wineskins are ruined. But new wine must be put into new wineskins. – Mark 2:22, NKJV.

Today’s Word:

Are you ready for increase? Are you ready to go to the next level, spiritually, physically and emotionally? Many times, people hear the truth that God has more in store, and something resonates on the inside. Their spirit comes into agreement with God; but often times, their natural mind will try to talk them out it. Thoughts will come like, “It’s not going to happen for you. You’re not going to have a great year. You know what the economy is like.” Or, “You’re never going to get well. You saw what the medical report said.” “You’re never going to get married. You’ve been single so long.”

Friend, those are the old wineskins or the old way of thinking that you have to get rid of. This is a new season. What’s happened in the past is over and done. You may have been through some disappointments, you may have tried and failed, or things didn’t work out. That’s okay. God is still in control. It’s time to get a new vision for your life. It’s time to open yourself to a new way of thinking so that you can receive all the blessings God has in store for you!

Prayer for Today:

Father in heaven, today I choose to get rid of old wineskins. I choose to release old thinking, old habits, and anything that would keep me from Your best. Strengthen me by Your Spirit so that I can live my life in a way that pleases You in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Copyright © 2012 Joel Osteen Ministries

Soaring Above The Critics

Posted by Joel Osteen on 10/12/2012

I believe God has new levels of freedom for you today. One of the ways you can see yourself go to a higher level is by learning to choose your battles and refusing to fight battles that don’t matter. Friend, you don’t have to fight every battle. You don’t have to respond to every critic. You don’t have to be offended because of what someone said. You’re not a crow; you’re an eagle. You can rise above it. You can soar at new heights.

This is what Nehemiah did. God called him to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. He and his men got started, but he had two main critics: Sanballat and Tobias. They were constantly criticizing him, spreading rumors, and trying to make him look bad. They said, “Nehemiah is not a builder. He doesn’t know what he is doing. If a fox runs on this wall, it’s going to fall down.”

The whole time, Nehemiah and his men had to listen to these two men belittle them, ridicule them, and make fun of them. What did Nehemiah do? He simply ignored them. He let it go in one ear and out the other. When that didn’t work, they went to the city leaders and started spreading lies. They said, “Nehemiah is not building this wall for our good. He’s just building a kingdom unto himself.” They started questioning his motives. Don’t you know that Nehemiah was tempted to come down off that wall and say, “Guys, I’m going to shut you up? I’m going to show you who I am.” No, he was smart enough to realize they were a distraction. He chose to ignore them and went on to build that wall in record time.

Anytime God puts a dream in your heart and you start pursuing your goals, you can be sure that the “Sanballats” and the “Tobiases” will show up. The mark of a true champion is knowing which battles to fight. As in this case, many battles should be ignored. Nehemiah knew if he came down off the wall and spent his time and energy, sure, he could have defeated those two men. Sure, that would have made him feel good. But, it would not have advanced him toward his destiny. It would not have helped the wall get built any faster. Bottom line: he chose to be an eagle. He chose to rise above it.

I’m asking us to do the same thing. Be selective as to what you give your attention to. Don’t get caught up in battles that don’t matter. Let’s learn to do like Nehemiah and ignore the Sanballats and Tobiases. Friend, if you will get good at knowing what to ignore and not get distracted by things that don’t matter, God will fight your battles. He will promote you, and you will overcome every obstacle and become everything God has created you to be!

Copyright © 2012 Joel Osteen Ministries

Change Your Environment

Today’s Scripture:

Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where He prayed. – Mark 1:35, NIV.

Today’s Word:

Are you facing challenges today or feeling overwhelmed by your circumstances? Perhaps what you see on the outside doesn’t match what God has placed on the inside of you. The key is: don’t sit around in self-pity, depressed or discouraged. Go out and find someplace you can dream and connect with Almighty God. Go to the park and watch the sunset. Look up at the stars and think about His goodness. Take a break from the environment that seems to be holding you back. Find a place that inspires you, a place where you can meditate on His Word and let your faith be elevated. Stay in a good, Bible-based church where people are going to build you up and not tear you down; a place where people are going to challenge you to rise higher and become all that God has created you to be.

I know people who get home from work every night and watch the same depressing TV shows week after week. Don’t let that be you! If you’re going to enlarge your vision, you’ve got to get out of a limited environment. Put yourself in an atmosphere of victory and success and move forward in the good things God has prepared for you!

Prayer for Today:

Father, today I choose to separate myself from my circumstances and from my environment so I can set my heart and mind on You. Show me Your ways. Reveal Your love to me. Give me Your vision of victory for my future in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Copyright © 2012 Joel Osteen Ministries