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Ignore the Critics

Friday, November 21, 2014

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE
“When Peter went up to Jerusalem, the circumcised believers criticized him.”
(Acts 11:2, NIV)
TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria

One time, Jesus was in the temple. It was on the Sabbath, their day of rest. He saw a man with a withered hand. Jesus simply said, “Stretch forth your hand,” and immediately, the man was healed. The religious leaders, the Pharisees, were there and didn’t like Jesus. Even though He did something great, they ridiculed Him for doing it on the Sabbath, the day of rest.

No matter what you do, some people are not going to be for you. Even if you changed, met all their demands and did everything they asked, they would still find something wrong. But, we can all save a lot of heartache and pain by learning to ignore those critical voices. You don’t need those people’s approval. You don’t have to have them cheering you on. They may try to make you look bad, but if you will stay on the high road and let God fight your battles, the more they talk the more God will bless you. They may try to take you down, but God will use it to take you up. Keep focused on your future, keep focused on the Word and let His truth strengthen you to ignore the critics!
A PRAYER FOR TODAY
Father, today I set my heart and focus on You. I choose to ignore the critical voices that would try to distract me from Your plan. Help me to forgive those who come against me and always walk in love so that I can honor You in Jesus’ name. Amen.
— Joel & Victoria Osteen

  
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JADOMB 11/23/2014 12:46PM

    So true.

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MCJULIEO 11/21/2014 11:35AM

    And please help me to keep my mouth shut....

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SKMINNY 11/21/2014 10:59AM

    this really hit home for me.... i was wondering what to do as i can't make people happy... why does a person forget to ask God for help... then do as a last resort... then there is people like u that put it in print... thank you thank you

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FLYER99 11/21/2014 10:55AM

    One doesn't require other people's approval. All we need is God's approval. Thank you.

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JANTHEBLONDE 11/21/2014 10:17AM

    I hope your day is full of lots of love and happiness! Have a fantastic Friday and a wonderful weekend!
Hugs and love,
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Be Still and Know

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE
“He says, ‘Be still, and know that I am God...’ ”
(Psalm 46:10, NIV)
TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria

In our world today, most people are used to having constant activity: computers, cell phones, television, email, video games. There’s nothing wrong with any of that, but the Bible tells us that we need to stop and be still so we can focus on knowing God. This is especially true during the difficult times. When you are facing a challenge, it’s easy to want to run to a friend or talk about it with a co-worker. But at some point, you have to stop and say, “God, I rest in You. I know You have me in the palm of Your hand.”

Remember, our battles are spiritual battles. The people in your life aren’t the source of your problems, the forces of darkness are. When you choose to be still and know that the Greater One lives on the inside of you, you are putting yourself in a position of strength. So today, take time to be still before Him. Let His peace cover you. Let Him refresh you by His Spirit. Remember, the battles you face belong to the Lord. Be still before Him so you can see His hand of victory in every area of your life!
A PRAYER FOR TODAY
Father in heaven, I humbly come before You. I choose to be still before You. Speak to my heart so I can know You more. Fill me with Your peace as I put my trust in You in Jesus’ name. Amen.
— Joel & Victoria Osteen

  
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JADOMB 11/23/2014 12:48PM

    Yep, God gave us freedom of thought and choice. It's how we use those freedoms that guide or control our lives.

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JANTHEBLONDE 11/21/2014 10:16AM

    Thanks for sharing! I hope you have a wonderful Thursday!
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JADOMB 11/19/2014 10:11PM

    Yes, life can be busy and distracting. I find refocusing daily is the best way to bring things back into perspective.

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Flourish Like a Palm Tree

Thursday, November 13, 2014


TODAY’S SCRIPTURE
“The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree...”
(Psalm 92:12, NIV)
TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria

Have you ever seen a palm tree in the midst of a great storm? That tree may be bent so far over that it’s almost touching the ground, but when the wind finally stops, that palm tree bounces right back up. What’s interesting is that while that palm tree is hunched over under the pressure of the storm, it is actually becoming stronger.

See, the reason God said we’d flourish like a palm tree is because He knew there would be difficult times. He knew things would come against us to try to steal our joy and victory. But God said, “You’re going to be like a palm tree because when the storms of life blow, you are going to come right back up stronger than before.”

As you reflect on the events of your life, remember, the storms you have encountered have only made you stronger. You are wiser, you are more alive, and you are headed for victory. Your brightest days are right out in front of you! Always remember that with God on your side, you will flourish like a palm tree!
A PRAYER FOR TODAY
Father, thank You for making me strong in You. I trust that You are working in my life, even in the midst of the storms. Thank You for a new season of blessing as I keep my heart and mind focused on You in Jesus’ name! Amen.
— Joel & Victoria Osteen

  


Build on the Rock

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE
“The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge...”
(Psalm 18:2, NIV)
TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria

When you go through difficulty in life, one of the ways to keep the right perspective is to take a moment to look back over your life and remember what God has done for you. Remember how He made a way when you didn’t see a way. Remember how He opened doors that should have never opened. Remember how He put you in just the right place at the right time, promoted you, healed you and restored you. If He did it for you once, He can do it for you again. When you read what He did for the people in the Bible, you can have confidence that He will do the same for you!

This is how you build your house on the rock. Hold on to the promise that no matter what comes your way, when the storm is over, when the trouble has passed, you’ll still be standing. As a believer in Jesus, you have the DNA of Almighty God. The same power that raised Christ from the dead lives on the inside of you. You may get knocked down, but you’re not going to stay down. You’ll rise up and stand strong when you build your life on the Rock!
A PRAYER FOR TODAY
Father, thank You for Your protection, grace and mercy on my life. I choose to focus on You; I choose to dwell on Your goodness; I choose to lift up my eyes to You because You are my help in Jesus’ name. Amen!
— Joel & Victoria Osteen

  
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JANTHEBLONDE 11/12/2014 1:20PM

    I love Joel & Victoria Osteen! Thanks for sharing today's Scripture! I hope you have a wonderful Wednesday!
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Still Standing

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE
“He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.”
(Psalm 40:2, NIV)
TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria

All of us can look back at things that should have defeated us. Maybe a divorce or bad break should have taken you down, but look — you’re still standing! That addiction, that partying lifestyle should have killed you, but because of a praying loved one, you’re still standing and becoming freer. Or, maybe you lost a loved one. You didn’t think you could go on. You thought you’d seen your best days, but God breathed new life into you. He lifted you out of the pit and put a new song in your heart, and here you are today, still standing.

When you go through difficult things, it’s an opportunity to see the goodness of God shine in the darkness. You see Him lift you up, restore you, promote you and heal you. When you have this history with God, you don’t get discouraged by every difficulty. You don’t fall apart because of a disappointment. You don’t get upset because people are talking about you. You know that God brought you through in the past, and He is going to bring you through in the future! Rejoice today because you are still standing and headed to the place of total victory!
A PRAYER FOR TODAY
Father, thank You for lifting me out of my difficulty and for helping me stand on solid ground. I trust Your goodness. I know that You are faithful. Help me stay focused on Your victory in Jesus’ name. Amen.
— Joel & Victoria Osteen

  
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FLEMIDG 11/12/2014 12:53AM

    Thank you so much. I loved this.

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LINDA! 11/11/2014 4:47PM

    Wonderful!

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BARB4HEALTH 11/11/2014 3:48PM

    emoticon Sometimes we need to see the pit to remember how far we have come!

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JANTHEBLONDE 11/11/2014 3:09PM

    Thank you for sharing these inspiring words today! I hope you have a wonderful Tuesday!
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CREE123 11/11/2014 1:31PM

    I love this scripture! thank you for your inspiring words today. God bless you.

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