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Are You Stuck Where God Was?
By Joel Osteen - May 08, 2020
When you install new software on your computer, it requires a reboot. Rebooting can be inconvenient because you have to shut the computer down for a while. Everything’s on pause. But once the reboot is done, the computer operates on a new level, with optimum performance. That’s not possible without the reboot. In a sense, that’s what happening to us today with this virus. We’re going through a reboot. The world has been put on pause. We can’t go to work like normal or do what we used to do. We’re in a waiting period. The good news is that the reboot means God is doing a new thing. He has new software that He wants to download—new ideas, new opportunities, new perspectives. He’s getting you prepared to accomplish dreams you didn’t think were possible.

The key is you can’t go back to doing your life the same way. If you’re not open for change, the reboot is not going to work. You need to reevaluate your life. Are you making the most of it, pursuing your dreams, fulfilling your purpose? Or are you just going through the motions every day, not passionate and unfulfilled? This is the time to make adjustments. Stay open for something new. What God did ten years ago was good for then, but He has new software—new dreams, new jobs, new friendships, new ways of doing things. God has freshness. He wants you to come out of this rebooting season with a new mindset, with clear vision, with better productivity. It’s time to refocus and realign.

Ask yourself, “What’s working in my life? What’s bearing fruit? What am I excited about?” Sometimes we’re not passionate because we’re still operating on old software. You have to get out of your comfort zone and stretch to a new level. It may mean starting that business, pursuing a new job, or doing things different in your personal life. Look for open doors and be willing to walk away from what’s stagnate. When God is moving us forward, and we try to stay where we are, there’s no grace for the old. His favor is on the new. The blessing, the increase, and the ease are waiting for you at your next assignment.

The Scripture says, “Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty” (2 Corinthians 3:17). Liberty is not where the Spirit of the Lord was. Are you stuck where God was? Still doing things the same way you did years ago? God has new favor, new ideas, new dreams, new businesses, new levels. If you accept this reboot, you will come out more productive and effective, with more influence and resources. You’ll be where the Spirit of the Lord is.
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