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Joel Osteen (March-29-2020) Sunday Daily Devotion: Look Again.
TODAY'S SCRIPTURE: Seven times Elijah told him to go and look. Finally the seventh time, his servant told him, “I saw a little cloud about the size of a man’s hand rising from the sea.” 1 Kings 18:43–44, NLT
TODAY'S WORD: After three and a half years of severe drought, the prophet Elijah was certain that God was going to send rain. He climbed to the top of Mount Carmel and began to pray. He told his assistant to go look on the other side of the mountain and see if there was any sign of rain. After the seventh “go and look again,” the cloud appeared and rain came.
You may feel like you’ve been in a drought. You’ve been looking for a long time. You’ve been faithful, doing the right thing but nothing is changing. It doesn’t look like it’s doing any good. Get ready. Look again. Like Elijah, you’re about to come into your seventh time. You’re going to see a sign of what God is doing. Don’t let the little cloud fool you. That small cloud is going to turn into a huge downpour. Suddenly, there is an abundance of favor, an abundance of healing, an abundance of good breaks.
PRAYER FOR TODAY: “Father, thank You for every promise and every dream that You’ve put in my heart. For the ones that seem impossible and the ones I’ve given up on, I’m going to look again. I believe that You are working behind the scenes and the little cloud is starting to form. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”
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Joel Osteen (March-28-2020) Daily Devotion: Pray with Expectancy.
TODAY'S SCRIPTURE: “In the morning, LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.” Psalm 5:3, NIV
TODAY'S WORD: Notice that in today’s Scripture David didn’t just pray and say, “Okay, God, I did my part.” He prayed and then waited with expectation. He had his hopes up. He went through the day looking for God’s goodness, talking like it was going to happen. He expected God’s favor. He said, “Surely goodness and mercy will follow me everywhere I go.”
When you pray, you have to follow it up with expectancy, with a knowing that the Creator of the universe has gone to work because He is a faithful God. What He promised you, He will bring to pass. You may have been waiting for a long time, but down in your spirit you have to have a resolve, a confidence: “I know the answer is on the way. I know the miracle is in motion. I’ve asked according to God’s will. I know He’s heard me. It’s just a matter of time before it shows up.”
PRAYER FOR TODAY: “Father, thank You that everything You’ve promised me will be released in my life because You are faithful. Thank You that You hear my prayers and the answers are on the way. I am looking for Your goodness and believing for Your favor today. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”
Joel Osteen (March-27-2020) Daily Devotion: Walk in Humility.
TODAY'S SCRIPTURE: “And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross!” Philippians 2:8, NIV
TODAY'S WORD: Did you know that even Jesus had to humble Himself. It takes humility to walk in obedience. Without humility, Jesus could have thought, I’m the Son of God. I don’t have to put up with the way people treat Me. I’m not going to the cross. It was humility that caused Him to not retaliate against those who did Him wrong. Because of His humility, He could spend His life serving others when He had every right to be served. Because of His humility, He could hang on the cross and say, “Father, forgive them. They don’t know what they’re doing.”
When you humble yourself and do hard things that you know God is asking you to do—forgive the person who did you wrong, honor your spouse’s request, take advice from somebody who doesn’t have your experience—your obedience will bring a blessing. As Jesus did, do what God is asking you to do. Don’t reason it out; just do it.
PRAYER FOR TODAY: “Father, thank You that Jesus was willing to come to earth as a man and then humble Himself even further by becoming obedient to the point of death. Help me to humble myself whenever pride rises up to keep me from being obedient. I want to walk in humility. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”
Joel Osteen (March-26-2020) Daily Devotion: Become a Miracle.
TODAY'S SCRIPTURE: “…Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well.” 1 Thessalonians 2:8, NIV
TODAY'S WORD: Many people are praying for a miracle. “God, please send me a friend. God, I need help with my children. I need training. God, I need a good break.” We have to realize that we can become the miracle they need. God uses our lives to touch and encourage and bless others. God will bring people across our path so that we can be the answer to their prayers.
Take time to become the miracle. You can’t help everyone, but you can help someone. Be aware of who is in your life. Listen to what they’re saying. Is there any way that you can help? Those are opportunities to become their miracle. God put them there on purpose. It’s because you are full of miracles. There is healing in you. There is restoration, there’s friendship, there are new beginnings. You can lift the fallen. You can restore the broken. You can be kind to a stranger. You can become someone’s miracle.
PRAYER FOR TODAY: “Father, thank You that You bring people across my path so I can be the answer to their prayers. Help me to listen to what they’re saying and to be available and do what I can to help. I believe that I am a miracle waiting to happen for someone. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”
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Joel Osteen (March-25-2020) Daily Devotion: Come Boldly.
TODAY'S SCRIPTURE: “So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.” Hebrews 4:16, NLT
TODAY'S WORD: Many people are trying to earn God’s goodness, trying to be good enough, trying to work hard enough, thinking that then maybe they’ll deserve God’s blessings. That’s a slave mentality. You don’t have to earn God’s love. You don’t have to work for His approval. You don’t have to pay God back for your mistakes. The Scripture tells us to come boldly to the throne of grace, not as a servant saying, “God, I know I don’t deserve it.” If you want to put a smile on God’s face, go to Him with boldness, go to Him like you know He’s pleased with you, like you know you have a right to be there as a son, like you know He wants to be good to you. Ask Him for your dreams. Pray bold prayers. You’re not inconveniencing Him. Jesus says, “It is the Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” God is longing to be good to you.
PRAYER FOR TODAY: “Father, thank You that I can come boldly before You, knowing that as Your child, this is my rightful place. Thank You that I don’t have to earn Your favor or be good enough to come into Your presence. I am coming to pray bold prayers and to dream bold dreams. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”
Joel Osteen (March-24-2020) Daily Devotion: From Patient to Physician.
TODAY'S SCRIPTURE: “He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.” 2 Corinthians 1:4, NLT
TODAY'S WORD: In today’s Scripture the apostle Paul is saying, “You were comforted in the loss of your loved one; help somebody else through their loss. You’ve been healed; now go help somebody else get healed.” God didn’t heal you just so you could be well, but so you could become a healer. He favored you so you could show people favor. He gave you a new beginning so you could help others make it through their loss. You’re no longer a patient needing help; you’ve become a physician.
Every one of us has had experiences that make us a physician. If you’ve been through cancer treatment, a divorce, a loss, or a rough childhood, you are uniquely qualified to help others in that situation. You’ve been in their shoes. You know the pain, the discouragement, the battles they fight in their mind. You can help them in a way that others who’ve not experienced it can. Don’t stay a grateful patient, become a physician.
PRAYER FOR TODAY: “Father, thank You for the things that You’ve brought me through that I can now use to help others in their struggles. Thank You that I have something to give, some encouragement to share, some wisdom to impart. Help me to give
Joel Osteen (March-23-2020) Daily Devotion: When You Have “the Blessing”.
TODAY'S SCRIPTURE: “Bring all the tithe into the storehouse…and try Me now in this,” says the LORD of hosts, “if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it.” Malachi 3:10, NKJV
TODAY'S WORD: When you honor God with your life, He puts a blessing on you that gives you an advantage. Today’s Scripture doesn’t say “blessings,” plural; it says “blessing,” singular. When you have “the blessing,” all kinds of blessings will come. It causes you to rise up when circumstances are pushing you down and to prosper when others are struggling. It’s not just because of your skill, talent, and determination. There is a force behind you that is fighting your battles, bringing the right people into your life, opening doors you can’t open.
Don’t discount yourself. David went out with a slingshot and a few stones and defeated Goliath. What you have may seem small compared to what you’re up against, but a slingshot with the blessing is more powerful than a tank without it. Your talent may seem small compared to the dream God put in your heart, but that talent with the blessing will take you further than you can imagine.
PRAYER FOR TODAY: “Father, thank You for the blessing on my life, thank You for breathing in my direction, thank You for taking me where I couldn’t go on my own. Thank You that You have levels that I’ve never fathomed. I believe I haven’t touched the surface of what’s in store. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”