I am so thankful that the same God that is alive and in control when life is good and we are having the time of our life, is the same God who is in perfect control when things are tough.
God is not surprise by our tough times. He will not allow a storm in our lives unless He has a divine purpose for it. He promises us in His Word in Roman 8:28 “That in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (NIV)
The winds of the storm are directed by God to blow us where He dictates. Storms are God’s tools to move us from point A to point B.
No matter how strong the winds may be or how bad the circumstances may look, God directs them to blow you to new levels of your destiny
God Is In Control Of The Storm – Sermon By Joel Osteen
Joel Osteen in this sermon, points out that we all have God-given dreams that we hoping God will fulfil and God’s promises we are standing on. However, when situations become uncertain, we react with doubt saying “I won’t be able to do that. I am too young or I am too old or I don’t have the connections”
Joel, in this insightful message, reminds us of what God said to Jeremiah. The LORD told the prophet in Jeremiah 1:7, “Do not say, ‘I am too young.’ ” This is because there is incredible power in the words we speak.
To walk through life in Victory, we should speak words of Victory and not of defeat!
As we learn to speak words of Faith, your words will open the doors for God to move in greater ways in your life!
Be Quiet or Be Positive – Joel Osteen Sermons
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Once again, America has been rattled by another mass shooting. However, this time, the horrific mass shooting of Children at the Sandy Hook Elementary School has more than ever, evoked request that the issue of gun controlled be addressed promptly.
Pastor Joel Osteen joined well meaning voices to address Gun control in the wake of Sandy Hook School shooting.
Joel Osteen Speaks On Gun Control After Sandy Hook School Shooting
Christian pastor Joel Osteen appeared alongside his wife and children on NBC’s “Today” show Monday to discuss the recent tragedy which occurred in Newtown, Conn., on Dec. 14, in which 26 children and adults were shot to death at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
Specifically, Osteen addressed the issue of gun control, which has been a major discussion in recent days in light of the Newtown tragedy.
When “Today” host Matt Lauer asked Osteen if he believes it is his responsibility to take a stand regarding guns in the U.S., Osteen responded: “I really don’t Matt, because political issues divide us.”
“For what I’m doing, I’m trying to reach as many people as possible. There are good people on both sides of the aisle, and I don’t know what the best answer there is either, but I just try to guide them and give them hope in this time of need,” Osteen added.
Osteen also addressed the question that many Americans ask when such tragedies strike: “Why does a good and kind God allow something like this to happen?”
“God gave us all our own free will. He gives us freedom of choice, He didn’t make us his robots,” Osteen told Lauer.
“Unfortunately, some people choose to do evil, and we don’t always understand it, but I still believe that God is good and God is for us, but He doesn’t make us do what’s right,” Osteen added.
The pastor of Lakewood Church and his wife, Victoria Osteen, went on the NBC morning program to speak about the importance of faith and family during such tragedies, with Mrs. Osteen saying: “This is a time that we can reflect as a family, that we can learn to really say I love you and appreciate each other.”
In Joel Osteen Sermons today, he emphasises that, “God doesn’t bless mediocrity, God blesses excellence. When you have an excellence spirit, you do the right thing whether any one is watching or not.”
Joel observes that “People do not take pride in their work or who they are. When somebody is watching they work one way, but when nobody is watching they cut corners and take the easy way out. If we are not careful, we will be pulled into the same mentality”.
Joel points out that it honours God when we have a spirit of excellence.
He illustrates this, using different personalities in the Bible and a lot of lives example.
He concludes that Favour and excellence go hand in hand. Increase, promotion, reaching your highest potential is tied to the spirit of excellence.
Pastor Joel Osteen has been quoted as saying that the Sandy Hook Tragedy is “a ‘Wake Up Call’ for Americans” as he joins prominent Christian leaders who seek to find answers to this act of violence.
Joel Osteen’s Quotes On Death at Sandy Hook
The Lakewood Church pastor recently spoke about how to move forward from the Dec. 14 tragedy, saying that in a roundabout way, he believes the tragedy “teaches us to prioritize what’s important in our lives.”
“There is no guarantee of tomorrow, I wish there was, but it makes us all realize, even as a nation, how fragile life really is, and every day are we taking time to tell the people we love how much we love them and taking the time for what matters most,” Osteen told Entertainment Tonight in a Dec. 17 interview.
“We can take this, as a nation, to say, ‘you know what, here’s a wake up call, are we taking time for those closest to us?’”
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Are you making the most of every day? Do you wake up each day with a clear direction for your life? Do you know exactly where you are going and what you want to accomplish? If you are to reach your full potential, you need to discover God’s purpose for your life and determine your priorities. In this series, “Living a Focused Life,” Pastor Joel Osteen will give you new insight to help you discover God’s plan and unique purpose for your life. Don’t let your physical, mental and emotional energy become so diffused that you miss God’s promises for you. Learn how to focus your efforts in order to achieve results and harness the incredible power of the potential God has placed inside you.
I would like to share an incredible story of the power of forgiveness with you. And the best part is, this same power is available to all of us today, the “mighty power that raised Christ from the dead” (Ephesians 1:19–20, TLB). This power is yours because Jesus Christ arose from the tomb on that first Easter morning!
Nothing is more amazing or significant than the power displayed at the Resurrection. This is what separates our faith from any other on earth. Jesus paid the ultimate price for our sins on the cross. He lived a perfect and sinless life and gave it as a sacrifice for your sins and mine. And when all hope seemed to be gone He miraculously came to life again. What this means is:
When we accept Him as our Lord and Savior we are completely forgiven … for anything … for everything … forever!
The story begins with a boy when he was only 14 years old. His father was abusive and eventually the relationship erupted into a terrible fight. When it was all over the dad kicked his son out of the house.
That night all alone, this young boy was devastated, discouraged — his life seemed shattered. He had no place to go, and he finally decided that life just wasn’t worth living. So, having lost all hope and having no one to turn to, he went to a big bridge and prepared to jump.
We all have times when we wake up in the morning and feel the blahs and blues; we don’t feel very excited. But just because we feel those emotions doesn’t mean we have to stay there and give in to them; we can shake it off and move forward in faith relying on God’s strength.
A great example of someone in the Bible who had a lot of experience in shaking off negative emotions is David. He had to fight being moody, and he was the King of Israel. He had all kinds of opportunity, power and position. He was wealthy, and yet, he still struggled with being depressed and discouraged. That tells me that having to choose to rule over negative feelings is something every person has to deal with. Don’t think you’re alone if you feel this way. Turn to God and His hope. Don’t think, “If I just had more money, if I had a better job, if I had a different spouse, then I’d be in a good mood, Joel. Then I wouldn’t have to deal with these feelings.” No, you may think that, but every person has to fight the temptation to just give in and live by how we feel.
I love what David did; he talked to himself. He said,“Why are you cast down, oh, my soul? Hope in the Lord.”
That’s Psalm 42. He was saying in everyday language, “David, what are you doing in a bad mood? Stop looking at your problems and start looking at your God.” That tells me that true joy is found only in God, when you take your eyes off of how you feel and your circumstances and place them on God and His Word.
Sometimes the best thing we can do is talk to ourselves and speak scripture over our lives. When you’re tempted to be in a bad mood, go look in the mirror and say, “Listen here, self. You need to cheer up. Get your joy back, get your peace back. I’m not going to live this day defeated.” You have to stay on the offensive. Don’t wait until you’ve been down for three days before you decide to do something about it. The moment you feel that discouragement trying to come on you, rise up and say, “No, I’m not going there.” You wake up in the morning and feel the blahs, you say, “Nope, that’s not for me. This is going to be a good day. It’s the day the Lord has made.”
About ‘Every Day A Friday – How To Be Happier 7 Days A Week’
Discover the secret to living each day to the fullest!
Joel Osteen Sermons in ‘EVERY DAY A FRIDAY‘ offers encouragement, spiritual guidance and practical advice on how to find joy and happiness in every day of the week, every day of your life.
Whatever challenges you may face, whatever circumstances are weighing you down; you can choose to rejoice in the moment. Learn these core principles to true happiness, and how every day can hold the same promise and opportunities for pure joy that we all experience at five o’clock on Friday, and to give control of your life to Him so that you can find fulfilment in His plans for you! – Joel Osteen Sermons