Joel Osteen Audio Podcast
Summary: Welcome to the weekly audio Podcast from Joel Osteen. Joel and Victoria Osteen are pastors of Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, a vibrant and diverse church that Forbes calls the largest and fastest - growing congregation in America.
#552 Thank God in Advance The promises we stand on each day are like seeds. Most of the time, they don't come to fruition overnight. There is a period of waiting and watering. In this message, Joel teaches you how to move forward and stay in faith instead of worrying during times of waiting. With verses like Romans 4:20, you will be encouraged as you see how Abraham grew strong in faith by giving praise to God and be inspired to do the same. As you praise God in advance, your "seeds of faith" will stay watered and you will be strengthened and encouraged on the way to victory!
Our mind is like a computer. The way we program it will determine how it's going to function. Just like a virus can slow down a perfectly good, working computer, our wrong thinking can slow down our destiny. In fact, our lives follow our thoughts. If you're going to live in victory, you have to learn to hit the delete button and silence the negative thoughts. Romans 12:2 says to "Renew your mind with God's Word." Turn off the negative recording that's reminding you of everything you're not and start reprogramming your mind with God's Word and who He says you are.
Uncomfortable situations happen to us all. During these times, it's natural to want to pray them away. But in this message, Joel encourages us that our trials and tests are necessary to come up higher and become all that God has created us to be. With verses like James 1:12 (ISV), "When he has passed the test, he will receive the victor's crown of life," you will be reminded that as you grow and let God mold you, then the seeds of greatness on the inside will flourish. God will release new levels of blessing and breakthrough in your life!
God has placed a destiny frame around your life! In this message, Joel will remind you of the powerful hedge of protection and provision God has placed around your life and those you love. Filled with encouraging Bible passages, Joel will share applicable stories of David being protected from destruction and guided to victory and how Jonah was given a second chance even though he ran from God. You will be inspired to know your life is divinely orchestrated. There is no mistake too great to keep you from God's love and goodness. You will know that you are truly in the palm of God's hand and that victory is in your future.
With every act of obedience, there is a blessing. When God asks you to do something that seems difficult — forgive somebody that really hurt you, walk away from a friend that is polluting your life, let go of an addiction— it takes a major effort on your part. But you can be assured that a major blessing will follow. There will be a significant shift in your life for the better. God always rewards obedience.
Hope For Today Magazine
Your thinking sets the limits for your life. In this message, Joel reminds us that God has unlimited supplies. The only thing that limits Him is our capacity to receive. He encourages us to make room for increase by having the right image of who we are in Christ on the inside. With verses like Matthew 9:29, "According to your faith will it be done to you" and Isaiah 60:1, "Arise, shine, for the glory of the Lord rises upon you," you will be reminded to rise up to new levels of faith, expecting God to move in amazing ways in your life. When you take the limits off of God, you will see explosive blessings and His favor like never before.