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Pour on the Accelerant!
By Joel Osteen - Jan 22, 2016

When I was eight years old, I was in my backyard with my father. We had just raked a bunch of leaves and had this huge pile that we were going to burn. Normally, my grandfather would do this. He helped us take care of our yard. After a long day of raking the leaves, he would always finish by burning them. But my father wasn't as experienced with making fires as my grandfather was. Daddy went into the shed and got some accelerant. Accelerant is used to make the fire burn faster, bigger and stronger. I remember thinking granddaddy never uses this accelerant when he makes a fire. I even asked my father about it. He said, "Oh, yeah. You want to put a whole lot of this on to really get it going." He poured that liquid accelerant all over the leaves and branches; the whole ground was soaked with accelerant. 

He got out a match. I was only eight years old, but I was smart enough to get way, way back. I even asked him again, "Dad, are you sure you're suppose to use this? Granddaddy .…" My dad interrupted, "Joel, I was raised on a farm. I know what I'm doing." He threw that match, and it was like a volcano erupted. That fire shot up thirty, forty feet in the air! Leaves, branches, debris went everywhere. We wanted to get rid of the leaves—well, we got rid of them! A few seconds after that mini-explosion calmed down, my dad came over to me. His eyebrows were singed; he had dirt and leaves stuck to his face. But daddy knew no defeat. He said, "See Joel, that's how you make a fire." I thought, "Yeah, that's how you go to heaven, today!"

On a spiritual level, faith is the accelerant to your prayers. Thanking God that the answer's on the way, living with expectancy, meditating on His promises—that's putting accelerant on what you're believing for. But when we go around negative or discouraged, that's like pouring water on your fire.

Today, why don't you start putting accelerant on your dreams? Put some accelerant on your finances. Do like my father, put a whole lot on! All through the day, keep thanking God that breakthrough is coming! Keep living with expectancy, speaking words of faith and victory. Get ready for an explosion of blessing because this is the year of acceleration!

"The days are coming," declares the LORD, "when the reaper will be overtaken by the plowman and the planter by the one treading grapes…" (Amos 9:13, NIV)

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