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It’s Your Time to Be Free
By Joel Osteen - Jan 13, 2023

When we've struggled in an area for a long time, it's easy to accept that it's always going to be this way. We prayed, we stood in faith, but nothing changed. Now, we think we'll always have the sickness, always struggle with our finances, depression, or anxiety. We're functioning, we're making it, but it's restricting our joy and limiting our growth.

Recently, a man told me that he's tried to forgive the people who hurt him, but he still feels bitter toward them. Now, it's keeping him from moving forward. But God didn't create us to be partially free, to be almost free. The Scripture says, "So if the Son makes you free, then you are unquestionably free" (John 8:36). The things that are hindering you, that are keeping you from your potential, are not permanent. That sickness is not how your story ends. You don't have to live with the depression or the addiction. God is about to do something new in your life. You're coming into a shift, a breakthrough. Yes, there are seasons we have to endure and fight the good fight of faith, but there comes a time when God says, "Enough is enough. Now, I'm going to step in and free you."

This is what happened to the Israelites. They had been in slavery for 430 years. They were born into lack and hardship, being mistreated and taken advantage of. They inherited struggles and defeat. Their mind-set was that it was never going to change and they just had to suffer and endure. There was no sign of things improving. Pharaoh and his army had all the power, weapons, and resources. The Israelites had nothing. But God said, "I have seen the affliction of My people. I have heard their cries, and I am coming down to deliver them" (Exodus 3:7-8). God was saying, "This is a new day. I didn't create My children to live in bondage and oppression, to be bound by worry, depression, and lack." God stepped in and broke their chains, parted the Red Sea, and defeated their enemies.

God created you to be unquestionably free. You're about to see the God of the breakthrough show up and put an end to what's holding you back. When you can't do anything about the medical report, when your business looks like it's not going to make it, when you've been to rehab and can't break the addiction, God says, "It's your time to be free." That means there's nothing draining your joy, nothing hindering your potential, nothing limiting your relationships. You're going to see the hand of God do what you can't do on your own. It's going to be supernatural healing, supernatural freedom, supernatural provision, supernatural favor.

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