Today’s Word with Joel & Victoria Osteen Ministries

Today’s Scripture
“And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins…”
(Ephesians 2:1, NKJV)
You Are Alive
Jesus came to give us life! Think about that for a minute. You used to be dead in your sins and trespasses. You had no hope. You lived in fear. But once you accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior, you weren’t dead in your sin anymore. You now have hope for the future. You are alive in Christ! God wants you to live life to the fullest today. It doesn’t matter how you may feel or what you are facing, start thanking God for giving you life. Even if He didn’t do another thing for us, giving us eternal life is more than enough reason to praise and thank Him every day. Thank Him for eyes to see and ears to hear. Thank Him for the air that you breathe. Thank Him for loving you and making you alive today!

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You for making me alive in Christ today. Thank You that I am new. Show me how to live every day to the fullest so that I can enjoy life the way You intended in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

Leaders Are Serene By Bobby Schuller

Originally posted here: http://hourofpower.org/leaders-are-serene/

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”

– 1 Peter 5:8-9

Yesterday, we talked about the fact that we were created with a need for serenity and rest and how Jesus is the source of those things. Today, I want to share with one of the reasons why I believe this is the case.

To use a few examples from pop culture, what do you think Mary Poppins, the Fonz, Gandalf, Yoda, Sensei Wu from the Lego Movie, and Morgan Freeman (in pretty much any role) have in common? Though you may not see too many connections, I believe the common denominator is that they were all relaxed. Because their characters were not easily riled, they were able to naturally influence those around them. Similarly, think about disaster scenarios you have either lived through or seen depicted in television or movies. Nearly always, the person who ends up being the hero is the one who manages to stay calm and lead others to safety. You see, to be a leader does not mean to be anxious and amped up; on the contrary, it means to be tranquil and at peace. In fact, in leadership studies, they call the leader the non-anxious presence in the room.

Friend, just like your Rabbi Jesus, you were designed to be at peace so you can lead and have an effect on those around you! You were created to live abundantly and being rested is the only way to do that. You were also fashioned to have divine influence, and the best way to be an ambassador of power in the Kingdom of God is to be a person of serenity. When you are relaxed, it indicates that you possess wisdom and are someone worth following. This is why peace is listed in Galatians as one of the fruits of living connected to the Holy Spirit. Being at rest is proof that you belong to Jesus, and it’s one of the primary vessels He uses to reach and transform the world around you! Isn’t that an amazing thought?

Prayer
Jesus, I pray for more of the fruit of peace in my life, by the power of your Holy Spirit. Make me a person of tranquility so I can impact and lead those around me.

Reflection
Are you a peaceful and relaxed person? If so, how has it enabled you to lead others? If not, how can you cultivate more serenity in your life?

Friday 21st Week in Ordinary Time

Matthew 25.1-13
Jesus told this parable to his disciples: “The kingdom of heaven will be like this. Ten bridesmaids took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. When the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them; but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps.
“As the bridegroom was delayed, all of them became drowsy and slept. But at midnight there was a shout, ‘Look! Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’ Then all those bridesmaids got up and trimmed their lamps.
“The foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ But the wise replied, ‘No! there will not be enough for you and for us; you had better go to the dealers and
buy some for yourselves.’
“And while they went to buy it, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went with him into the wedding banquet; and the door was shut. Later the other bridesmaids came also, saying, ‘Lord, lord, open to us.’ But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I do not know you.’
“Keep awake therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.”

 

Jesus loves hidden souls. A hidden flower is the most fragrant. I must strive to make the interior of my soul a resting place for the heart of Jesus. – St. Faustina
Prayer
“Prayer is not asking. Prayer is putting oneself in the hands of God, at His disposition, and listening to His voice in the depth of our hearts.” Saint Teresa of Calcutta

Balancing That Strong Feeling

My Joyous Feature

There’s that strong empowerment that shall overtake that part of a discovery moment. Cherish that life straight ahead. It feels like that a stronger moment can overcome so many obstructions. Seeing it more than that pure success in life. That moment can hold that strong ability in so many ways.

A strong life shall balance out a dream. Bringing it into a much bigger level. Through it all things shall escape the struggles in life. Creating a meaningful source. Making it into a bright feeling that can lead up to that compassionate moment.

Life can believe into that strong emotion. Balancing it out into that meaningful reaction. Nothing can carry that strong feeling into something else. Making that moment unbelievable and very passionate about certain things in life.

A person can carry that opportunity to have that strong reaction among themselves. Thinking of themselves as if they can have that…

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Today’s Word with Joel & Victoria Osteen Ministries

Today’s Scripture
“Therefore I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much; but he who is forgiven little, loves little.”
(Luke 7:47, AMP)
Love Much
Did you know that forgiveness opens the door for love to operate in your life? In this Scripture passage, Jesus was at a Pharisee’s house when “a certain immoral woman” came in and poured a jar of expensive perfume on Jesus’ feet and began to wash them with her tears and her hair. The religious leaders were shocked that Jesus would allow this “sinner” to touch Him. But she knew she was forgiven. When she received Christ’s forgiveness, love was the automatic response. She was forgiven of much, and she loved and longed to please Him.

Do you want more love in your life? Do you want to feel more of God’s love and have stronger relationships with the people around you? Open your heart to forgiveness. Receive Christ’s forgiveness and extend it to others. When you are forgiven much, you will love much. As Christ’s love flows through you, your faith will be strengthened, your hope will be renewed, and you will be empowered to live the abundant life He has in store for you!

A Prayer for Today
“Father, Thank You for loving me. Thank You for Your forgiveness which opens the door for Your love to flow through me. Show me Your love and help me to be a light and example of love everywhere I go in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

Made to Rest By Bobby Schuller

Originally posted here: http://hourofpower.org/made-to-rest/

“Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings.”

– Psalm 63:7

Did you know that you were created to rest and relax? Just like your body is designed to need food and water in order to survive, your flesh and your spirit also need tranquility in order to be healthy and thrive physically and spiritually. Need an example of this? Think about the last time you were awake all night. Whether worried about something that kept you tossing and turning or intentionally not sleeping due to studying or other activities, I can almost guarantee that you felt the impact of being short on sleep the next day.

I remember once before Hannah and I had kids, we were involved in youth ministry and we had a student all-nighter at the church. Along with a hundred other sugar-hyped, hormonal teenagers, we stayed awake through the night and finally got home around 7 a.m. the next day. After stumbling into bed, we were asleep for about half an hour when we heard pounding on the roof of the house we were renting at the time. To our dismay, we forgot that our landlord had scheduled a roof repair that morning. Disgruntled and groggy, we made our way back to the church youth house that we had left only a while earlier and crashed on the floor there. I slept on top of an empty Cheerios bag, but I was too exhausted to even care!

Friend, God fashioned you for serenity, and walking in rest is part of His covenant promise to you. Though you might feel like it’s next to impossible to break out of the cycle of racing thoughts and busy insanity, Jesus has made a way. When you meditate on His promises, spend time in His presence, and lift your heart and mouth to Him in praise, He refreshes your soul, relaxes your mind, and your body finds the peace it has been longing for. Standing in the sustaining power of your Savior makes the worries and problems that plague you smaller, because nothing is too hard for the One who created the Universe! Isn’t that great news?

Prayer
I am grateful, Jesus, that you created me to rest and that you will provide it. No matter what I am going through, I will seek refuge and serenity in the shadow of your wings.

Reflection
When was the last time you felt exhausted but couldn’t rest? Did you run to Jesus? If so, how did He help you?

PASSION OF SAINT JOHN THE BAPTIST

O God, who willed that Saint John the Baptist should go ahead of your Son both in his birth and in his death, grant that, as he died a Martyr for truth and justice, we, too, may fight hard for the confession of what you teach.
Prayer
“Prayer is not asking. Prayer is putting oneself in the hands of God, at His disposition, and listening to His voice in the depth of our hearts.” Saint Teresa of Calcutta