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What’s Your Story?
By Joel Osteen - Apr 08, 2022
We all have a story of how we see ourselves and our future. It comes from how we were raised, what people have said, our successes and failures. Perhaps your story is negative. "I've been hurt too much. I could never love again." "I'm at a disadvantage. I could never be successful." "I had big dreams, but I don't have the talent or the experience." Do you know what's stopping you? Your story. You're being limited by what you're telling yourself, by what you believe about yourself, by how you see your circumstances. The story that you've written will override what anyone else says. It's even more powerful than the facts. You can be incredibly gifted and have a great personality, but if you tell yourself that you're average and don't have much to offer, your gifts won't come out as they should.

God says He has mercy for your mistakes, that He's not holding your past against you. But if you're living in regrets and telling yourself that you've blown it too many times, you're going to miss the new things God has in store. Is the story you're telling yourself keeping you from rising higher? Why don't you tell yourself a new story? The Scripture says, "God is the author and finisher of our faith" (Hebrews 12:2). Psalm 139:16 says, "You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book." God has already written your story. The key is to get your story in line with His story. God says His plans for you are for good, to give you a future and a hope. He calls you a masterpiece, valuable, victorious, and an overcomer. He says that what was meant for harm, He's turning to your advantage.

You may have gone through bad breaks and unfair things. The enemy would love to rewrite what God says about you. You have to take that pen back, cross out all those lies, and tell yourself a new story. God says He has beauty for those ashes, that He';ll pay you back for the wrongs. Don't let circumstances, what didn't work out, or what you think you don't have convince you to live with the wrong story. Your story is setting the limits for your life. Don't tell yourself that you'll never be successful or get out of debt. Tell yourself a new story: "I'm made in the image of God. I'm crowned with favor. There is greatness in me. What I touch prospers and succeeds. Blessings are chasing me down." That's the story God has written about you.

Is your story contradicting God's story? Have you let people, circumstances, doubt, or negativity rewrite your story? Don't let someone else become the author. Take that pen back and write yourself a new story.
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