Displaying Christian Sermons by tag: criticism
Joel Osteen (October-19-2021) Daily Devotion: Beyond Critical Voices.
TODAY'S SCRIPTURE: Do not gloat over me, my enemy! Though I have fallen, I will rise... Micah 7:8, NIV
TODAY'S WORD: Anytime you set out to do something great in life, there will be critics. If you’re going to be a great businessperson, coach, student, leader or employee, there will be opposition. The more success you have, the more opportunities there will be for distractions. The higher you go, the more haters will come out. When you reach a new level by pursuing what God has placed in your heart, the jealous people, the critical people, and the small-minded people come out of the woodwork and start making negative comments, but you don’t have to let that distract you.
If you are under pressure today, if the critical voices are coming against you, know that it’s because you are making a difference. Don’t let them throw you off course. Instead, dig your heels in and say, “I will not get distracted. I will not get drawn into battles that don’t matter. It doesn’t matter what others think; it matters what God thinks!” Today, look beyond the critics. Stand strong in adversity. Press forward to what lies ahead and win the prize of life that He has prepared for you!
PRAYER FOR TODAY: Father, today I choose to let go of the negative voices, offenses and hurts from critical voices. I choose to focus on You and the good plan You have for me. Give me Your peace and joy as I move forward in the victory You have prepared for me in Jesus’ name! Amen.
T.D. Jakes - Sermon: Living With Criticism – Part 1.
In our lives, we will face detractors, naysayers, and critics. Receive real, practical insight on dealing with negative chatter in this T.D. Jakes sermon, “Living With Criticism.” T.D. Jakes’ message focuses on Jesus’ own experience with criticism. He faced criticism even while doing great works, healing people, performing miracles, and spreading His eternal message of grace. Thankfully, rather than letting His critics depress or deter Him, Jesus pressed forward all the way to the end. This is Bishop Jakes emphasis: We must remain determined in the face of criticism. Having tenacity in the pursuit of our purpose is vital because not everyone will understand you or agree with you. How you manage and respond to your critics will directly affect your success and can even impact the lives of others. Learn about strength of character, enduring faith, and how to remain on mission even through adversity in “Living With Criticism.”
Joel Osteen (April-07-2020) Daily Devotion: Amaze the Critics.
TODAY'S SCRIPTURE: When Isaac planted his crops that year, he harvested a hundred times more grain than he planted, for the LORD blessed him. Genesis 26:12, NLT
TODAY'S WORD: During a great famine in the land, Isaac was about to move to Egypt, but God said, “Stay where you are. My favor is on you right here among the Philistines.” So despite the famine, Isaac planted his grain fields. The Philistines were already jealous of him, and his planting in dry, hard soil added to their ridicule of him. But Isaac stayed in peace. Several months later, his critics were amazed to see his hundredfold harvest.
At some point, you may be tempted to run from a situation where you face ridicule and opposition, but you do not have to leave in order to be blessed. God wants to bless you right where you are. Part of His vindication is promoting you so the opposition can see it. Your attitude should be: “They may be laughing now, but this challenge is preparing the way for God to promote me!” God is faithful. In the end, you will have the last laugh.
PRAYER FOR TODAY: “Father, thank You for the promise to bless me right where I am, even when I face opposition and ridicule. I believe that You will multiply me even in the midst of famine. I receive Your peace and rest knowing that You are faithful and will bring blessing. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”
Joel Osteen (September-10-2022) Today's Word: Be Great in the Midst of Criticism.
TODAY'S SCRIPTURE: "But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you." Matthew 5:44, NKJV
TODAY'S WORD: If you’re going to pursue greatness, if you’re going to be a great businessperson, a great teacher, a great parent or a great leader, you have to understand that not everyone is going to cheer you on. I’d love to tell you that your family, friends and coworkers will celebrate you, but that’s not necessarily the case. Some people simply can’t handle your success. As you grow and increase, as God pours out His favor on you, someone will get jealous and start finding fault. Don’t be surprised if a relative tries to belittle or discredit you. You can’t focus on making everyone around you happy or you’ll start changing and lose sight of what God has placed in your heart.
Remember, your destiny is too great to be distracted by people who are never going to affirm you. Don’t take it personally. It’s not about you. It’s their problem. Shake it off, run your race, and be great anyway.
Having greatness in the midst of criticism begins with forgiveness. Don’t hold a grudge. Bless those who curse you; pray for those who spitefully use you. As you keep doing what is right, God will honor you. He’ll promote you, and you’ll be great in the midst of criticism!?
PRAYER FOR TODAY: Father, I come to You today with an open and humble heart. I choose to forgive those who have criticized me. I choose to bless those who have hurt me. I choose to be great because You have equipped and empowered me to be great in the midst of criticism in Jesus’ name! Amen.
Joyce Meyer (May-08-2020) Sermon: Judgment and Criticism - Part 2 - Enjoying Everyday Life. Too many people get hurt by unfair judgments, criticisms and straight up gossip. How can we help minimize the damage? Joyce shares biblical insights on human behavior.
Joyce Meyer (May-07-2020) Sermon: Judgment and Criticism - Part 1 - Enjoying Everyday Life. We can be so quick to criticize ourselves and others. Learn how God's Word equips us to deal with conflict and difficult people.