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Inspiration

The Alarm is Going Off!
By Joel Osteen - Apr 01, 2016

With God, all things happen in seasons. There are seasons of sowing, seasons of reaping, seasons of trials, and seasons of victory. There are moments God has already designated to show up and show out in your life. I believe this is one of those seasons for the body of Christ. You're living in a favor season, a growing season, an acceleration season! You're going to have a new confidence to do things that you couldn't do before. This is your set time!

Think about a set time. Sometimes at night, you'll set your alarm for the morning. You say, "I want to get up at 6:30." That's the set time. Or, maybe you're cooking something that takes an hour-and-a-half. You set the timer on the oven for 90 minutes. You're waiting and waiting. But when the alarm goes off, you don't keep waiting. The set time has come. You change your position; you change your posture. You take the food out, it's done. You wake up, the morning has arrived. I believe God is saying to us, "The alarm is going off! The set time has come. Change your position; change your attitude from, "I don't think it's ever going to happen" to "Lord, thank You that it's here! Thank You that my set time for favor has arrived!"

Every morning when you wake up, just imagine the alarm going off. God is saying, "It's the set time." Our attitude should be, "This is my day for favor! This is my day for increase. This is my day for divine connections!" 

I've seen this set time of favor in my own life, that's why it's easy for me to encourage you. I shouldn't be where I am. I didn't train to do what I'm doing. I wasn't planning on being a minister. When my father went to be with the Lord and I stepped up to pastor the church, we never dreamed it would grow. This is the sovereignty of God. I came into a set time of favor that God had ordained for me before I was formed in my mother's womb. I couldn't have made it happen. I couldn't have orchestrated this facility, the influence, the growth in my own strength. It was the hand of God taking me where I could not go on my own.

God has already designated moments of favor for you, too. He's already set the time. You're living in one of those right now: a set time of acceleration, a set time of greater influence, a set time where God wants to show out in your life. But if this is going to happen, down in your spirit, you have to hear the alarm going off. Through your eyes of faith, you have to see God arising, fighting your battles, moving obstacles out of your path, preparing the way for you to step into a new level of your destiny! Wake up! It's your set time of favor!

"Blow the trumpet in Zion; sound the alarm on my holy hill…" (Joel 2:1, NIV)
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