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Healing for Your Family
By Joel Osteen - Jul 20, 2012
There's a couple I know who have a son, and for many years, he was on the wrong course. He was raised in a great environment, but for some reason, he got involved with the wrong crowd, got into drugs, and ended up in and out of jail. This couple prayed and sought God. They also got him treatment and did everything they knew in the natural. But it seemed like the more they did, the worse he got, and it was taking a huge toll on the family. It didn't look like he was ever going to change. But instead of complaining about it, every day they would speak God's Word over their son. They would say things like, "Father, You said as for me and my house we will serve the Lord. You said the seed of the righteous would be mighty in the land, so we thank You that our son will fulfill his destiny. He will do great things for You."

They didn't call him what he was, they called him what they wanted him to be. About two years ago, this son went through a total transformation, got back in church, got off the drugs, went back to college and got his degree. Today he has a successful career. In his spare time, he volunteers at the ministry helping other young people who are struggling with addictions. What am I saying? Don't give up on your family. Don't give up on your son, daughter or spouse. God never ends on a negative. But as in this case, it may get worse before it gets better. That's a sign the enemy is taking his best shot. But know this: his best will never be enough. The forces that are for you are greater than the forces that are against you!

Always remember, as believers, we are called to fight the good fight of faith. The reason it's called the good fight is because we always win! It may not happen on our timetable or the way we had planned out, but God is a faithful God! If you will keep seeking Him, your life will not end on a negative. The very thing the enemy tries to use to destroy you; God can turn it around and use it for your good. He'll use you to bless other people as you walk in His strength and victory all the days of your life!

"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." (Philippians 4:6-7, NKJV)
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