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Set Times
By Joel Osteen - Mar 11, 2016

In the Old Testament, the Israelites had several different feasts that they had to observe each year. These feasts, like Passover and the Feast of Pentecost, were at set times based on the cycle of the moon and certain other criteria. These times had been ordained by God and couldn't be changed. They were special times that God had set aside to bless His people. He'd already established when to show them favor.

Just like with the Israelites, there are set times God has already ordained to bless you in your life. We can all look back and see the times where we got a break that we didn't deserve, things fell into place, or your career took off. After years of being routine and average, you came into a season of growth, a season of increase, a season of blessing. What was that? A set time of favor.

I talked to a man recently that has had back pain for eight years. He got it playing football in college. He had surgery, went through treatment and rehab, and tried pain pills. Nothing seemed to help. He had already decided he'd have to live with that pain for the rest of his life. But about six months ago, out of the blue, things started getting better and better. He said, "Joel, I don't know what happened. The doctors can't explain it, but today, I'm totally free from this pain." Like the Israelites, he came in to one of his set times.

You need to get ready because I believe you're coming in to one of your set times of favor. Maybe you've been struggling and everything's been uphill, but you're going to see an anointing of ease. God is going before you. He's going to cause things to fall into place. At work, you've been doing your best and working hard, but not getting the credit you deserve with people playing politics. Don't worry. In the set time, God is going to promote you. He's going to push you up. He's going to set you on high. Or perhaps, you've been through some relationships that didn't work out, and now you think you'll always be lonely. No, in this set time, God is bringing a divine connection, somebody better than you have imagined. They're already ordained to come across your path.

You may not see how this is going to happen. Your mind will tell you that it's never going to happen. Don't believe those lies. The Creator of the universe has already established your set times. His power is greater than any force that's trying to come against you! Keep praying, keep believing, keep hoping and keep pressing forward because God has set times of favor ahead for you!

"You will arise and have compassion on Zion, for it is time to show favor to her; the appointed time has come." (Psalm 102:13, NIV)
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