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The Source of Your Worth - Joel Osteen Daily Devotional (March-24-2023). Today's Scripture: Job 15:31, CEB “They shouldn’t trust in what has no worth, for their reward will be worthless.”

Today's Word. Too often we’re trying to get our worth out of what we do, how well we perform. We wonder if others think we’re good enough, talented enough, strong enough, or successful enough. We think that if we work harder, outperform our coworker, or drive an expensive car, we’ll feel good about ourselves. We live in a proving mode, with a need to impress. The problem is that we’re getting our value from the wrong place. If you don’t know who you are, if you don’t know that you’re a child of the Most High God, you’ll spend your energy trying to get other people to validate you. But when you’re secure in who God made you to be, when you’re comfortable with your gifts, your looks, and your personality, then you don’t go around competing with others. You’re not living to impress someone’s who’s more attractive than you or jealous of a friend who’s more talented. You know that you’re one of a kind, a masterpiece, made in the image of God. 

Prayer for Today. Father, thank You that I can feel good about myself because I am Your child. Thank You that my value comes from who You made me to be, not from what I do or how I perform. I declare that I am secure because I belong to You, the Most High God. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.


Set Times - Joel Osteen Daily Devotional (March-20-2023). Today's Scripture: Genesis 21:2, AMPC  For Sarah became pregnant and bore Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time God had told him.

Today's Word. Abraham was one hundred years old when Sarah did what seemed impossible and gave birth to Isaac at the age of ninety, exactly at the set time God had promised. They had waited for the fulfillment of the promise over twenty years, had seen no sign of it happening, and every circumstance said there was no way. But God is faithful. What He promised was en route.  

Maybe God has put promises in your heart that seem too late. You don’t see how you can get well or how your child can get back on course. When thoughts tell you that it’s too late, let that go in one ear and out the other. God is lining up the healing, the favor, the good breaks—they’re already on your schedule. It’s all set in His timing. Keep honoring God and every blessing that has your name on it is coming in. People can’t stop it, bad breaks can’t stop it, age can’t stop it, the economy can’t stop it, and forces of darkness can’t stop it. Get ready for it. 

Prayer for Today. Father, thank You that You have established set times to bring Your promises to pass in my life. Give me the grace to accept Your timing and wait patiently, knowing that You’ve already scheduled things in for me. I believe that my times are in Your hands. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.


Refreshing Springs - Joel Osteen Daily Devotional (November-10-2022) Today's Word.  Today’s Scripture: Psalm 84:6, NLT " When they walk through the Valley of Weeping, it will become a place of refreshing springs."

Today’s Word. When you face opposition and things don't go your way, recognize that it's not permanent. That's not your final destination. Quit worrying about things that are only temporary-the betrayal, the injustice, the loneliness. That's not your permanent home. It's a temporary stop. The psalmist wrote of passing through the Valley of Weeping, not settling or getting stuck there. The valley is temporary; you're passing through it.

You may have a dream that you've buried and given up on. Maybe you're going through a valley right now, something you don't understand. Maybe you're on a detour right now, going through something that is very discouraging. My challenge is to quit losing sleep over a temporary stop. Quit being stressed out over something that's only for a season; it's not permanent. You're just passing through what will lead you to a place of refreshing springs. The right people, the right opportunities, the healing, the vindication, the restoration are headed your way. Dreams you've buried will be coming back to life.

Prayer for Today. Father, thank You that You have seen every tear I've shed and every dark valley I've walked through. Thank You that the valley is only temporary and that I just need to walk in faith through it. I believe that where You lead me will take me to refreshing springs and restoration. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

Greatness Out of Messes - Joel Osteen Daily Devotional (October-11-2022). Today’s Scripture: Genesis 21:17, NIV God heard the boy crying...

Today’s Word. At the age of sixteen, Ishmael found himself abandoned in the desert confused, rejected, out of water and food. He was born and raised in the dysfunctional relationship between his mother and Abraham and Sarah. He was paying the price for the strife and division in the family that he was not responsible for and could not control, dealing with the consequences of their poor choices. Sent away from his home and about to die, this young man's cry was heard by God, who not only saved him and his mother but promised to make a great nation out of Ishmael.

God was showing us that He knows how to bring greatness out of a great mess. You may have had a rough start, the odds have been against you, but God is watching over you. He knows what you didn't get. He knows who wasn't in your life. He knows the pain, the betrayal, and the hurt. Call out to Him. He has a plan to make more out of your life than you ever imagined.

Prayer for Today. Father, thank You that You are watching over me, and You know what I didn't get and who wasn't there for me. Thank You that You have a plan for how to deal with the past and make me into more than I've ever imagined. I believe that because You are my Father, I can still do great things. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

Take Action - Joel Osteen Daily Devotional (September-29-2022). Today’s Scripture. James 2:20, NKJV But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead?

Today’s Word. The difference between a dream and a wish is that a wish is something you hope will happen, but a dream is something you put actions behind. Today's Scripture says that faith without works is dead. You can wish you could go to college, wish for a job, or wish for a better car, but wishing is not going to get you there. You have to put the work in to make it happen. The people who succeed don't always have the most talent, education, or opportunities. Many times, they simply want it more than others.

I want to light a fire in you today. You have to go after what God has for you. Being passive and indifferent will keep you from your destiny. When you make up your mind that you're going to do something, God will breathe on your efforts and give you strength that goes beyond your natural ability. It's not just willpower; it's the blessing of God helping you. But it kicks in when God sees you making the effort.

Prayer for Today. Father, thank You for the dreams that You've given me and for the gifts and talents You have entrusted me with. Help me stir up my faith and let the passion become a flame that takes action. I'm going to take steps to grow the gift You gave me and trust You to breathe on my efforts. In Jesus' Name, Amen

Remember - Joel Osteen Daily Devotional (September-26-2022). Today’s Scripture. John 5:8, NLT Jesus told him, "Stand up, pick up your mat, and walk!"

Today’s Word. In John 5, Jesus healed a man lying beside the pool of Bethesda who had been crippled for thirty-eight years. Why did He tell him to take his mat with him? After all those years, that mat was dirty, ragged, and probably stunk. Why didn't Jesus tell him to get rid of it? Because that mat was there to remind him of what God had done. It was part of his story. Whenever people asked him, "Why are you carrying that ugly old mat?" he would say, "No, this is a beautiful mat. It's a reminder that God healed me."

The reason God leaves mats from our past is not only that we'll remember what He's done, but so we can tell others. The mat means you're healed, you're forgiven, and you can walk again. You may still have your mat, but that's simply to remind you of the greatness of our God. When you see other people who need healing, let them know that what God did for you, He can do for them.

Prayer for Today. Father, thank You for the mats from my past that are a part of my story. Thank You for healing me, forgiving me, and giving me a new life. Help me to remember what You've done in my life and to use my story to encourage others of what You can do for them. In Jesus' Name, Amen

Steps of Faith - Joel Osteen Daily Devotional (September-24-2022). Today’s Scripture. 2 Kings 7:5–6, NKJV And they rose at twilight to go to the camp of the Syrians; and when they had come to the outskirts of the Syrian camp, to their surprise no one was there. For the Lord had caused the army of the Syrians to hear the noise of chariots and the noise of horses--the noise of a great army...

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The Syrian army had surrounded the city of Samaria, and the Israelites were starving. Four lepers started walking to the enemy's camp in hopes of getting food, and as they did, God caused the Syrians to hear the clatter of chariots and a vast army approaching. The Syrians fled in fear, leaving behind everything--their food, supplies, gold, and silver. The lepers had no idea that they were in the middle of a miracle. They didn't hear any chariots. They were simply doing what they knew to do, and the Israelites were saved.

You may have opposition and things coming against you. But if you keep moving forward in faith, doing the right thing and making decisions that honor God, you're going to see things fall into place that you could never make happen. Don't let the fact that it's stressful and you're tempted to be panicked and worried convince you that it's not going to work out. You are in the middle of a miracle. Take steps of faith, and things will supernaturally turn around.

Prayer for Today. Father, thank You that when I put You first and am doing the right thing, You make the right things fall into place. Thank You that I can take steps of faith and keep moving forward, expecting to see turnarounds. I believe that I am in the middle of a miracle. In Jesus' Name, Amen

Connect the Dots - Joel Osteen Daily Devotional (August-25-2022). Today's Scripture "Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand".  John 13:7, NIV

On the night before Jesus was crucified, He told His disciples that His hour had come, and He was going to be betrayed and crucified. In today’s Scripture, He told them, in effect, “You’re going to walk through some difficult things in the days to come that you don’t understand. You will feel lonely, confused, and afraid. You won’t understand it, but you will later.” The resurrection would connect all the dots.

As with these disciples, there will be difficulties you don’t understand. A friend walks out of your relationship, the company downsizes and lets you go, or the sickness hits. But Jesus never said, “You’re going to understand everything. Let Me show you My exact plan for you. It all makes sense.” He does say He’s ordering all your steps. He promises that all things work together for your good. Stay in faith when it doesn’t make sense. You’re on the verge of seeing Him connect some dots. When it all comes together, you’re going to see how it works to your advantage.

A Prayer for Today. “Father, thank You that what so often looks like trouble is really Your hand moving me toward Your plan. Thank You that I can rest assured that You are working behind the scenes and strategically orchestrating my steps. Help me to walk by faith and be patient while You connect the dots. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Joel Osteen (August-19-2022) Daily Devotional: Integrity. 

Today's Scripture: Catch all the foxes, those little foxes, before they ruin the vineyard… Song of Solomon 2:15, NLT

Today's Word: God wants us to be people of integrity. A person of honor is open and honest and true to her word. He says what he means and means what he says. She doesn’t have any hidden agendas or ulterior motives. He doesn’t need a legal contract to force him to fulfill his word. People of integrity are the same in private as they are in public. They do what’s right whether anybody is watching or not.

If you don’t have integrity, you will never reach your best. Integrity is the foundation on which truly successful relationships are built. Every time you compromise, every time you are less than honest, you are causing a slight crack in the foundation. If you continue compromising, that foundation will never be able to hold what God wants to build. On the other hand, God’s blessings will overtake you if you settle for nothing less than living with integrity. There’s no limit to what God will do in your life when He knows He can trust you

Prayer for Today: “Father, thank You that You see my heart and motives and that You reward integrity. Thank You that I can step up to a higher level of integrity and honesty in my relationship with You and my relationships with other people. Help me to always do the right thing and honor You by the way I live. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Aim for Excellence - Joel Osteen Daily Devotional (August-17-2022). Today’s Scripture. Philippians 1:9–10, ESV ...that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ...

Today’s Word. For many people, mediocrity is the norm; they do as little as they possibly can to just get by. But God has called us to be His representatives, to be people of excellence and integrity. How you live, how you conduct your business and do your work, is all a reflection on our God. Any hint of compromise or mediocrity will taint our greatest victories or our grandest achievements as well as keep us from God's best.

When you have an excellent spirit, it shows up in the quality of everything you do and the attitude with which you do it. The Scripture says that whatever you do, you should give your best effort and do it as if you are doing it for God. You go the extra mile to do what's right, and anything less will cause you to be unhappy. You keep your word even when it's difficult. You give your employer a full day's work and don't call in sick when you're not. Start aiming for excellence in everything you do.

Prayer for Today Father, thank You for calling me to live a life of excellence and integrity and for the privilege of representing You to my loved ones and friends. Thank You that I can dedicate every area of my life to You and always be my best. I want excellence to flow out of my heart of love for You. In Jesus' Name, Amen

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