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Being in the Right Place
By Joel Osteen - Jul 28, 2023

There are specific places that God has designed for you to be blessed, places where He has favor, opportunity, and provision waiting for you. Your destiny is connected to certain places. You can have faith and a great attitude, but if you’re not in the right place, you can miss what God has in store. You have to be sensitive to what God is saying to you, to His still small voice. That’s not random, and it’s not just your idea. That’s God leading you into your place of blessing.

Sometimes He’ll close a door and it looks like a setback. But He’s moving you to a place of promotion, a place where you’ll meet people who are instrumental in your purpose. Other times, God will have you stay where it’s uncomfortable, where it’s difficult, and you’re tempted to leave. Sometimes the right place is an unfair place, a place where you’re doing the right thing, but the wrong thing is happening.

In Genesis 16, when Abraham and Sarah couldn’t have a baby, it was Sarah’s idea to have Abraham sleep with her maid, Hagar. When Hagar got pregnant, rather than be happy about it, Sarah got upset and mistreated Hagar so badly that she fled into the desert. The problem was that she left her place of blessing. She had no way to survive in the desert. An angel appeared to her and said, “Go back to Sarah and continue to serve her, for I will make you into a great nation.” He was saying, “Go back to your place of blessing.”

Sometimes you have to stay when it’s hard, to forgive those who do you wrong, and be good to people who are not being good to you. Being in the right place is better than getting your way. But notice how merciful God is. He sent an angel to get Hagar back to the right place. At times, we leave where we’re supposed to stay, or we stay where God wants us to leave. The good news is that God is going to send an angel to keep you from missing your place of blessing. You’re going to hear that still small voice, that knowing inside, telling you what to do. Don’t ignore it. Be sensitive to what you’re feeling.

The Scripture says that God is ordering your steps (Psalm 37:23). Ordering is not an option. He’s not saying, “If you perform perfectly, I’ll guide you. If you don’t get off course, I’ll bless you.” No, your steps are ordered. He’s going to keep leading you into places where He’s already lined up favor, opportunity, and promotion. Don’t fight closed doors or get discouraged when you get pushed out. Learn to embrace change. God wouldn’t be changing things if He wasn’t leading you to a place of greater blessings. 

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