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The Fathers Blessing
By Joel Osteen - Apr 12, 2013
I talked to a man who was raised by a very negative father. His father was always putting him down, telling him what he couldn't become. This son, in his 20's and 30's, couldn't seem to get ahead. Life was always a struggle. He had a college degree, but he couldn't get a good job, couldn't keep a steady relationship. He told how his father's words were always playing in the back of his mind, "You'll never be successful. You don't have what it takes." Even on his deathbed, his father looked at him and said, "Your brother never amounted to anything and you won't either." Those were the last words he ever heard his father speak. For years, he went around feeling angry and inferior. He wouldn't take a new position. He didn't feel qualified. He was too afraid. All these bondages held him back because of the words that were spoken over him.

The father's blessing is so important. But unfortunately, some people don't receive that blessing. One day this man heard me talking about wrong mindsets and how negative influences can hold you back. He realized his father's words had become a stronghold that was still affecting his life. He started hitting the delete button, so to speak, and reprogramming his thoughts. Instead of thinking, "You don't have what it takes." "Delete. I'm equipped. I'm empowered. I'm well able." Instead of, "You'll never amount to anything." "Delete. I will fulfill my destiny. I will become all that God has created me to be."

Today this gentleman is extremely successful and has a beautiful family. They volunteer at our services. Everything changed when he started receiving God's blessing and meditating on what He says.

Maybe like this man, you didn't receive your earthly father's blessing. The good news is that you have your heavenly Father's blessing. Almighty God is saying to you, "You are My masterpiece. You are one of a kind. You have seeds of greatness. You are equipped, strong and talented." That's what should be playing in your mind. No matter who tried to tell you otherwise – a parent, a friend, a coach, a neighbor – delete those negative words and reprogram your thinking. You are not defective. You are not flawed. You have been wonderfully made, and you are equipped to fulfill every desire God has placed in your heart!

"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made..." (Psalm 139:14, NIV
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