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It Is Finished
By Joel Osteen - Sep 15, 2017

We all have things that are trying to hold us back—guilt from past mistakes, temptations that we can't seem to overcome, dysfunction that's been passed down. It's easy to just accept it as part of who we are. But you weren't created to go through life weighed down by addictions, condemnation or shame from the past. God created you to be free.

 Most of us are familiar with Jesus' words as He hung on the cross, "It is finished!" (John 19:30 NKJV). He wasn't just talking about giving His life for us and how He had finished His purpose. He was putting an end to all the things that could keep us from our destiny. He was saying in effect, "The guilt, the depression, the lack, the low self-esteem, the mediocrity is all finished!"

 Instead of accepting an addiction as a part of your life and allowing it to stay, you need to announce to that addiction: "It is finished! You don't control me, and you can't keep me from my destiny. The price has been paid. I am free. I am whole. I am clean." When you rise up and tell the past, tell the poverty, tell the guilt, "It is finished! This is not who I am. I am blessed. I am prosperous. I am victorious," strongholds are broken in the unseen realm, chains are loosed, and favor is released.

Are there things you're living with that you need to say, "It is finished?" Are you carrying around guilt and shame because of past mistakes, living in regret, feeling inferior and not expecting anything good? You need to announce, "It is finished! I'm done beating myself up, living condemned. God's mercy is bigger than my mistakes. I'm redeemed. I'm forgiven. I am a child of the Most High God, and I'm excited about my future."

Things that have held you back in the past are being broken right now. Healing, breakthroughs and abundance are headed your way in Jesus' name. Amen.

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