Today’s Word with Joel & Victoria Osteen Ministries

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Today’s Scripture
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me…”
(Philippians 4:13, NKJV)
Go Further, Dream Bigger
Today, I want to remind you of what God says about you. No matter what’s happening in your life, remember that you are not limited by your resources, your family or your background. Almighty God has anointed, equipped and empowered you. He has given you creativity, ideas, inventions, skills and talents. Don’t you dare settle for a mediocre life! Today, I call forth the seeds of greatness inside you. Today, I declare that your best days are ahead, that you are blessed with success, with supernatural strength, with promotion, and with divine protection. I declare that you can do all things through Christ. I declare that before anyone could put a curse on you, God put a blessing on you. And no matter what they’ve said about you, no matter how they’ve tried to make you feel, the blessing always overrides the curse. Walk and live in that blessing by following His commands and staying fully committed to Him in everything you do!

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You for blessing me and calling me according to Your purposes. I receive Your Word which is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. I will hide Your truth in my heart that I might not sin against You in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

Love Jesus With Abandon By Bobby Schuller

Originally posted here: https://hourofpower.org/love-jesus-with-abandon/

“A woman in that town who lived a sinful life learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house, so she came there with an alabaster jar of perfume. As she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them.”

– Luke 7:37,38

I love the account of the “woman of the world” who entered the house of a Pharisee to wash Jesus’ feet and pour expensive perfume on him. Though the general consensus in the room was that if the Teacher knew who this lady was He wouldn’t let her near Him, the truth is that Christ welcomed her brokenness. At the Lord’s acceptance of this “sinner,” Simon, who was hosting the meal, must have had an inquisitive look on his face because Jesus turned to Him and asked, “If forgiven a debt, who would be the most grateful, the one who was forgiven 50 denarii or the one who was forgiven 500?” The answer was obvious, and Simon responded by acknowledging that the one who had been forgiven the greatest amount owed the greatest debt of gratitude. After he answered, Christ affirmed his response, noted the woman’s extravagance toward Him, and then made the powerful statement, “But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.”

Friend, self-righteousness rarely leads to a life poured out before the Lord, but a broken soul mended is cause to love Him with abandon! Only in having endured a measure of rejection, judgement, or scorn can you understand what it means to be completely known, entirely accepted, and perfectly loved. No matter what you’ve done or how far you’ve strayed, Jesus is waiting to welcome you back to His presence; He will never shun or shame you. I encourage you to sit at His feet often and enjoy the fullness of your freedom and acceptance in Him.

Prayer
Jesus, thank you for forgiving me and setting me free to love you with abandon.

Reflection
How does God’s forgiveness in your life inspire greater love for Him?

Tuesday 34th Week in Ordinary Time

Daniel 3
Give glory and praise to the Lord for ever

Blessed are you in the firmament of heaven, and to be sung and glorified forever.
Bless the Lord, all you works of the Lord; sing praise to him and highly exalt him forever.
Bless the Lord, you heavens; sing praise to him and highly exalt him forever.
Bless the Lord, you angels of the Lord; sing praise to him and highly exalt him forever.
Bless the Lord, all you waters above the heavens; sing praise to him and highly exalt him forever.

Prayer changes ME!

Today’s Word with Joel & Victoria Osteen Ministries

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Today’s Scripture
“Instead of your shame you will receive a double portion, and instead of disgrace you will rejoice in your inheritance. And so you will inherit a double portion in your land, and everlasting joy will be yours…”
(Isaiah 61:7, NIV)
Double For Your Trouble
When this Scripture was written, God’s people were going through a very dark time. They were being held captive against their will and mistreated by other nations. God sent this word to encourage them and give them hope for their future. When the time came, God was faithful to His Word!

Are you going through a difficult time today? Let this word bring you encouragement, too. God wants to give you double for your trouble. He is the God of restoration—that means He’s not going to just repay you for every wrong done, He’s going to go above and beyond and make things even better than they were before. If you are facing challenges today or going through a time of adversity, remember that it’s always darkest just before the dawn. Your days are destined to shine brighter because God is faithful. As you stay in faith and are obedient to His Word, you’ll receive double for your trouble and the blessings He has in store for you!

A Prayer for Today
“God, thank You for Your Word which lights my path and guides my steps. I choose to put my trust and hope in You today. Thank You for bringing restoration into my life as I keep my heart and mind stayed on You in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

A Pain That Sets You Free By Bobby Schuller

Originally posted here: https://hourofpower.org/a-pain-that-sets-you-free/

“‘Woe to me!’ I cried. ‘I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty.’ Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar. With it he touched my mouth and said, ‘See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.’”

– Isaiah 6:5-7

Isaiah’s response to the glorious presence of the Lord is certainly worth taking a closer look at. I think it’s safe to say that he “freaked out” when he saw God’s glory and his immediate reaction was to exclaim, “Woe to me! I am ruined! I am a man of unclean lips and I live among a people of unclean lips!” It’s incredible that beholding the fullness of the Almighty made the prophet immediately mindful of his own sinfulness, yet God’s response was amazingly merciful. After his desperate exclamation, a seraph, with eyes all over his body and wings to cover his face, took a pair of tongs and got a live coal from the alter. With the thing hissing in his hand, he flew directly toward Isaiah and touched his mouth while proclaiming to him that his sins had been atoned for. Did it hurt? I’m pretty sure it did, but in the end, it was a pain that set him free.

Such is the purifying fire of Jesus, my friend. Though acknowledging how far you are from holy is a difficult thing to do, the reward is always greater than the discomfort. When you choose to take ownership of your compromised position in the presence of God’s righteousness, there will be heat, but it will not consume you. The sting of the Refiner’s fire, while it may be searing for a season, will ultimately release you from sin’s grip and set you free to serve Him wholeheartedly. It’s His love that presses the coal to your mouth to remove your guilt and shame, and when you embrace the fullness of its power, you will be redeemed and transformed!

Prayer
Jesus, thank you for redeeming my life with the heat of your refining fire.

Reflection
In what area(s) do you need the searing mercy of God’s purifying fire?

Monday 34th Week in Ordinary Time

Luke 21.1-4

Jesus looked up and saw rich people putting their gifts into the treasury; he also saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins. He said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them; for all of them have contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in all she had to live on.”

Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I cry to you all the day long. O Lord, you are good and forgiving, full of mercy to all who call to you.

A God of Glory and Goodness By Bobby Schuller

Originally posted here: https://hourofpower.org/a-god-of-glory-and-goodness/

“In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple.”

– Isaiah 6:1

When King Uzziah died, an era of prosperity and growth for Judah was slowly coming to an end, and Isaiah, a young prophet who had looked up to the king, continued to worship the Lord and seek His presence. On a day not unlike any other, he was in the temple; it was quiet, dark, and reverent until a great trembling was felt throughout the building. Just then, a scary presence came over the room and it began to fill with smoke. Before long, the sound of the word kadosh, which means holy in Hebrew, was heard again and again in unison, almost like a roaring river. Suddenly, in the darkness, a piercing light beamed through the smoke and the train of a great robe was visible, descending from a massive throne. The whole temple was filled with the Lord’s glory, and seraphim, whose name means “the burning ones,” flew around like beams of fire chanting “kadosh, kadosh, kadosh.” It was no doubt extremely terrifying albeit majestically amazing all at the same time.

My friend, God’s glory is unlike anything you’ve ever experienced or can even imagine. His radiance, power, might, and splendor are enough to make any person tremble in fear. Juxtapose His holiness with the tender love of a father and the intimacy of your closest friend and you have no other option than to praise Him. Your Lord is incomprehensibly glorious yet full of tender loving care and kindness. He knows every word you will ever say before you say it, counts every hair on your head, and calls you by name, all the while governing the entirety of the universe. Spend time meditating on that truth, worship the One who fills everything in every way, and you will be forever changed!

Prayer
Jesus, I acknowledge your holiness and worship you with reverence and awe.

Reflection
How would you have felt if you were in the temple with Isaiah when the Lord’s glory appeared?

Sunday Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

Luke 23.35-43
The leaders scoffed at Jesus saying, “He saved others; let him save himself if he is the Christ of God, his chosen one!” The soldiers also mocked Jesus, coming up and offering him sour wine, and saying, “If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!” There was also an inscription over him, “This is the King of the Jews.”

One of the criminals who were hanged there kept deriding him and saying, “Are you not the Christ?
Save yourself and us!”

But the other rebuked him, saying, “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? And we indeed have been condemned justly, for we are getting what we deserve for our deeds, but this man has done nothing wrong.” Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” Jesus replied, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”

The Lord sits as King for ever.
The Lord will bless his people with peace.