Posted by Joel Osteen on October 19, 2018
When you honor God with your life, He puts a blessing on you that gives you an advantage. God says that when we give our tithes and offerings, "I will pour out a blessing that you do not have room enough to store" (Malachi 3:10). It doesn't say "blessings," plural; it says "blessing," singular. When you have "the blessing," all kinds of blessings will come. It causes you to rise up when circumstances are trying to push you down. You will accomplish dreams that look impossible. It's not just because of your skill, talent and determination. There is a force behind you that is fighting your battles, bringing the right people into your life, opening doors you can't open. The blessing causes you to prosper when others are struggling and to be promoted even though you aren't next in line.
When David faced Goliath, in the natural he didn't have a chance. Goliath was twice his size and had all kinds of training and experience. David could have been intimidated and say, "God, he's way too big," but David knew the blessing on his life gave him an advantage. He went out with a slingshot and a few stones and defeated Goliath. What you have may seem small compared to what you're up against, but a slingshot with the blessing is more powerful than a tank without it. Your talent may seem small compared to the dream God put in your heart, but that talent with the blessing will take you further than you can imagine.
Don't discount yourself. Don't look at all the reasons why you can't be successful, why you can't lead your company, why you can't purchase a home, why you can't get well. On your own it may not happen, but you're not on your own. There is a supernatural blessing on your life put there by the Creator of the universe. It will cause things to happen that you can't make happen. It will cause opportunity to find you. Good breaks will chase you down. You won't have to go after it; the blessing will cause it to come to you.
You may have seen God's blessings in the past, but you haven't touched the surface of what He has in store. What you may have thought was the ultimate blessing is just a step in what God is about to do. He has levels far and beyond what you've fathomed. The Scripture says, "We haven't seen, heard, or imagined the amazing things God has for those who love Him."
Posted by Victoria Osteen on October 16, 2018
When Joel's father, John, was in the latter years of his pastoring, I would routinely drive to his house on Sunday mornings and take him to church. One morning he and I came into the back of the church, and the woman who did his hair and makeup for the television broadcast told him that her husband had gotten a job transfer and that this was her last Sunday. I remember John sitting there, thinking about it, and then he looked at me and asked, "Victoria, can you do my hair on Sundays?" Though I had very little experience, I said yes, being promoted beyond my chauffeuring job to hairstylist for the John Osteen Lakewood Television Productions!
A while after I made that commitment, I received an invitation from loved ones to a special event in another state. They had put a lot of effort into arranging the event, and I really wanted to go, but it was planned for a Sunday. When I told them I couldn't make it because of my Sunday commitment to the church, they were understandably disappointed. But later I heard back that some of them didn't think my job was very important, and others thought I should be doing more in the ministry. They weren't being mean-spirited about it. They just thought my job description should be different.
To be honest, though, that hurt my feelings, and I got a little discouraged at first. But then I made a decision to let that go because deep down in my heart I heard the words, "Just be faithful in the small." So I determined to be the best TV Production Hair Person there has ever been! And for several more years of Sunday mornings, I picked up my father-in-law, drove him to church, and did his hair. What I didn't realize was that I was building something extraordinary into my life. It built commitment into my life and caused me to be able to understand ministry life and gave me vision. Through all those years of doing what some people thought was unimportant, God was building extraordinary in me so I can do what I do today.
Don't let someone else's definition of success determine your future. The assignments that you're called to do are distinct to your calling. The person who isn't impressed by what you're doing doesn't realize that God is preparing you for greater opportunity. God blesses faithfulness. We have to pass the faithfulness test if we're going to go on to greater things. So give it your all. Be your best every day!
Posted by Joel Osteen on October 12, 2018
In Mark 5, there was a lady who had a bleeding disorder for twelve years. She had gone to many doctors and spent all her money trying to get well, but she only got worse. One day she heard that Jesus was passing through her town. She had heard stories of His healing the crippled and the blind, and something came alive on the inside. She thought, "He can do it for me, too." She said to herself, "If I can get to Jesus and just touch the fringe of His robe, I know I'll be healed."
But there was a huge crowd packed in around Jesus. It looked impossible. Most people would have given up, but not her. She started pushing her way through the crowd. "Excuse me, but I need to get by! I don't mean to be rude, but move out of my way!" People looked at her like, "What's her problem?" She was on a mission. She had a made-up mind. I'm sure she was weak and exhausted from the blood loss, but she fought her way through the crowd. One version says, "She kept saying to herself, 'If I only touch His clothes, I will be well.'" She could keep going because she kept the right thoughts playing in her mind.
When she reached out and touched the edge of Jesus' robe, He stopped and asked His disciples, "Who just touched me?" They said, "What do You mean? It's so crowded that everyone is touching You." Jesus said in effect, "No, they're bumping into me, but somebody touched Me. Somebody drew the miracle-working power out of Me. They touched Me expecting things to change." At that time Jesus looked at this woman and their eyes met. He smiled and said, "Your faith has made you whole. Go in peace. You have been healed" (Mark 5:34). Notice the key was her faith. When you believe, when you live with expectancy, your faith can stop the Creator of the universe. That's what activates His power.
In many of the healings that Jesus performed, He laid His hands on people. But in this case, the woman laid her hands on Jesus. Are you waiting for God to lay hands on you, so to speak? Are you living with expectancy, knowing that He's bigger than your problems, greater than that sickness, more powerful than that addiction? Or are you discouraged, thinking it will never change? God is passing by. He has all power. Don't just brush up against Him. Don't be passive and think you'll never accomplish your dreams, never start your business, never meet the right person. Your faith can activate God's power to do amazing things. Do like this woman—touch Him and believe it will happen!