You’re Going Up

by Joel Osteen

Friday, March 22, 2019
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Did you know that what God has in your future can't be accomplished on your own? There are places He's going to take you that you can't get to by yourself. There will be obstacles that look too big, dreams that seem impossible. You're going to need assistance for where you're going. If it was only up to you, you'd get stuck. The good news is that God has put something on you that gives you an advantage, something that opens doors that you can't open, something that makes you stand out in the crowd. It's called favor. Favor will cause good breaks to come to you that you don't deserve. You weren't next in line but you got the promotion. On paper it didn't make sense, but the loan went through. That wasn't a coincidence—that's the favor of God.

The people in Noah's day were living wildly, partying, worshipping idols. God was so upset that He was about to destroy the earth through a great flood. He could have wiped everyone out and started over, but the Scripture says, "Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord" (Genesis 6:8). Why did he find favor and not all the people around him? The next verse says, "He tried always to conduct his affairs according to God's will." Noah could have just compromised like everyone else, but he made the choice to walk in obedience. When you honor God, when you keep Him first place, you will find favor in the eyes of Lord. There is a blessing on your life that will push you up when others are going down.

God told Noah to build an ark, a 450-foot long boat. Noah wasn't an ark builder. No one had heard of such a thing. It seemed impossible. But God will never ask you to do something and not give you the favor to do it. You have the favor. The question is, do you have the faith, or are you talking yourself out of it? "I don't have the resources or the education, and I don't know the right people." Remember: one touch of God's favor will do more than we can do on our own in our whole lifetime. Just one good break, one phone call, meeting one right person, will catapult you to a new level.

You've been faithful, honoring God. Get ready for favor. Get ready for an explosive blessing. God is about to do something unusual, something that you've never seen, promotion that you didn't work for, good breaks that you didn't deserve. You can't explain it or take credit for it. It's the favor of God.