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Be a No-Lack Person
By Joel Osteen - Aug 04, 2023

It’s easy to go through life thinking we’re lacking in some area. If we had more talent, more confidence, a better personality, or were more attractive, we could do great things. But as long as you’re discounting yourself, thinking you’re at a disadvantage, it will keep you from rising higher. When God laid out the plan for your life, He carefully thought about what you would need and what it would take to get you there. Then He gave you the talent, the creativity, and the strength you need. You’re the right size, you have the right personality, and you come from the right family. You didn’t get shortchanged. You are good enough, you are talented enough, you are smart enough, and you are attractive enough. You have been fearfully and wonderfully made.


Life will try to push you down. Thoughts will whisper that you’re not as talented as your friend, not as attractive as your coworker, not as smart as your cousin. That’s okay. You’re not running their race. You don’t need what they have. If you needed it, God would have given it to you. If you needed to be taller, you would be taller. If you needed a different personality, you would have one. If you needed to be more outgoing or less outgoing, you would be that way. God doesn’t make any mistakes.

David says in Psalm 23, “Because the Lord is my Shepherd, I have everything I need.” It’s very powerful when you can say, “I have the gifts I need. I have the looks I need. I have the personality I need.” David had plenty of opportunities to live with a deficit mentality. Before he became the greatest king who ever lived, he was discounted by his father, his brothers, and King Saul. If David had relied on other people to get his approval, he would never have stepped into his destiny.

Is there something you’re looking for that you already have? “I wish I had a better personality. I don’t have the confidence I need. I’ll never accomplish my dream.” That’s a deficit mentality. As long as you think you’re not up to par, it’s going to limit you. You’re looking around you, but God is saying, “Look in you. You have the talent, the confidence, the creativity.” Psalm 34:10 says, “Those who trust in the Lord will never lack any good thing.” You need to see yourself as a no-lack person. Get up every morning and say, “Father, thank You that I have everything I need to fulfill my destiny.” If you do this, God will multiply what you have, and your gifts will come out in a greater way. New doors are about to open, with favor, promotion, and good breaks.

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