Today’s Word with Joel & Victoria Osteen Ministries

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Today’s Scripture
“…his favor lasts a lifetime…”
(Psalm 30:5, NIV)
You’ve Got It
Success in this life isn’t necessarily about how popular, influential or educated someone is. Success is about living a life of excellence in obedience to God’s Word. When we step out to do what God has called us to do, Scripture says that His favor surrounds us like a shield. When we have His favor, we have everything. We have an advantage for success! God’s favor opens the right doors. His favor will bring good breaks. The favor of God will cause you to accomplish what you could not accomplish on your own. It gives you an edge.

Now, if you’re going to see the gracious hand of God at work in your life, you can’t go through the day feeling intimidated, thinking that you’re average, comparing yourself to everyone else. No, you have to live like you have His favor, think like you have favor, talk like you have favor, walk like you have favor, dress like you have favor! Not arrogantly. Not in a way that portrays that you’re better than somebody else, but with a quiet confidence knowing that you have the gracious hand of God on your life! Live like you’ve got it because you do!

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You for Your grace, favor and mercy upon my life. I praise You today because You are good. I receive Your truth by faith and rise up to walk in my calling. I know that You are going before me to prepare the way as I walk in Your favor all the days of my life in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

The Greatest Treasure By Bobby Schuller

Originally posted here: https://hourofpower.org/the-greatest-treasure/

“At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon during the night in a dream, and God said, ‘Ask for whatever you want me to give you.’”

– 1 Kings 3:5

Yesterday, we looked at how Solomon sought the Lord first when he was faced with overwhelming challenges and obstacles. Today, I want to look at God’s response.

It’s interesting that Solomon gave 1,000 choice offerings to the Lord at Gibeon and then went back to his tent. The Bible doesn’t tell us what else happened at that special place or if anything transpired in between, but one thing is certain — the King’s reverence got God’s attention. In the middle of the night, He appeared to the novice ruler in a dream and offered to give him whatever he wanted. I don’t know about you, but if the Almighty asked me this question, I can think of a lot of things I might say. I would ask for healing for my son, for more kids in my church, and for lots of Eagle donors for Hour of Power. Likewise, you might imagine that Solomon would ask the Lord for deliverance from his enemies, for more wealth, honor, or a long life. However, instead of requesting any of these things, He sat up in his bed, looked at the Lord and said, “Give me wisdom and knowledge so that I can lead your people.” Wow!

Friend, like Solomon, my encouragement to you is to seek the Lord for wisdom above all else. Cultivate a posture which understands that every good thing in life flows from a heart full of His knowledge and discernment. Gifts are of very little worth without the spiritual insight needed to steward and manage them well, so as you wrap up 2019, take some time to pray and ask for eyes to see every circumstance through the lens of His wisdom.

Prayer
Jesus, please fill my heart with your wisdom and knowledge.

Reflection
In what areas of your life do you need Godly wisdom?

Thursday Feast of Saint John

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John 20.2-8
On the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.”

Then Peter and the other disciple set out and went toward the tomb. The two were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent down to look in and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he did not go in.

Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen wrappings lying there, and the cloth that had been on Jesus’ head; it was not lying with the linen wrappings but rolled up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed.

On this Feast day of Saint John we ask for guidance in spreading the word of God.

Today’s Word with Joel & Victoria Osteen Ministries

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Today’s Scripture
“…I will walk within my house with a perfect heart…”
(Psalm 101:2, NKJV)
Perfect Toward Him
This time of year, people often take time to reflect and set goals for the new year. But have you ever set “perfection” as a goal on your list? Now, that may seem a little strange or unobtainable to many, but really, in God’s eyes perfection isn’t about performance. In fact, it isn’t about behavior at all. What God is looking for is a heart that is perfect toward Him. Scripture says that man looks on the outside, but God looks at the heart. That means that He is more pleased with someone who has a heart toward Him who may mess up than He is with someone doing all the right things for all the wrong reasons. The condition of your heart is extremely important to God. When you have a right heart, you are humble before Him. You seek His ways. You get up each day with a desire to please Him. You submit every area of your life to Him, and you are willing to make adjustments and receive correction so you can grow and come up higher. As you prepare for the coming year, make knowing Him your number one priority. Yield yourself to Him and let Him shape your character. Serve Him with all your might and let your heart be perfect toward Him!

A Prayer for Today
“Father in heaven, thank You for all of Your blessings in my life. I declare today that You are good and thank You for Your mercy. I set my heart and mind on You and ask that You have Your way in me. Help me to love You perfectly and keep me close to You in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

Seek God First By Bobby Schuller

Originally posted here: https://hourofpower.org/seek-god-first/

“The king went to Gibeon to offer sacrifices, for that was the most important high place, and Solomon offered a thousand burnt offerings on that altar.”

– 1 Kings 3:4

Now that it’s December 26, I am thinking about another year that is nearly over. More importantly, I am contemplating the one that lies ahead as I seek to prepare my mind and heart for the new challenges and adventures that await. For inspiration, I find myself looking to the example of Solomon. Though he became a famous king in his own right, at the time he took the throne, this young ruler, who was the son of the legendary King David, had major problems. His brothers were jealous of his reign, the tribal rulers of Israel didn’t like him, he had some big bad enemies at the border, and he had no idea how to lead people. Knowing that the odds were stacked against him, he decided to go up to Gibeon and offer 1,000 sacrifices to the Lord. In other words, he gave of his wealth as a way to honor God and tell Him that he needed His help in order to do the job he had been called to.

Friend, whatever obstacles or challenges you face today and throughout the coming year, remember to seek Jesus first. It’s easy to rely on your own resources to try and figure things out, but I encourage you to give Him your burden before taking it anywhere else. When the odds are stacked against you and it looks like unforeseen circumstances will take you down, lift your heart, eyes, hope, and hands up to the Lord. As you surrender your problems and acknowledge that He is much bigger, you will be set free from fear and set up for something far greater than you can conceive!

Prayer
Jesus, I want to be like Solomon and seek you first when the odds are stacked against me.

Reflection
What challenges are you facing in the days ahead? How can you seek Jesus in the midst of them?

Thursday Feast of Saint Stephen

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Acts 6.8-10; 7.54-59

Stephen, filled with grace and power,
was working great wonders and signs among the people. Certain members of the so-called Synagogue of Freedmen, Cyrenians, and Alexandrians,
and people from Cilicia and Asia, came forward and debated with Stephen, but they could not withstand the wisdom and the spirit with which he spoke.

When they heard this, they were infuriated, and they ground their teeth at him. But he, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked up intently to heaven
and saw the glory of God and Jesus standing at the right hand of God, and he said,
“Behold, I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man
standing at the right hand of God.”
But they cried out in a loud voice, covered their ears,
and rushed upon him together.
They threw him out of the city, and began to stone him.
The witnesses laid down their cloaks at the feet of a young man named Saul. As they were stoning Stephen, he called out “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.”
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The gates of heaven were opened for blessed Stephen, who was found to be first among the number of the Martyrs and therefore is crowned triumphant in heaven.

Today’s Word with Joel & Victoria Osteen Ministries

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Today’s Scripture
“For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder…”
(Isaiah 9:6, NKJV)
Unto Us
When Jesus came to the earth in human form, He brought with Him everything you need to be empowered to live a life of victory. He came as a little baby, but as the Son of God, He represented all authority in heaven and earth. When you choose to serve Him, you are no longer a part of the kingdom of the world. You become a part of His kingdom, and you have access to all His resources. You have access to His peace, power, authority, provision, joy and strength. He brought all this to us. Unto us victory is given. Unto us peace is given. Unto us provision is given. Unto us hope and healing are given. Unto us eternal life is given! Whatever you need today, remember, when Jesus came into the world, He made a way for every one of your needs to met spiritually, emotionally and physically. Take hold of His promises by faith, knowing that He has good plans for you today.

A Prayer for Today
“Father in heaven, thank You for sending Your Son, Jesus, so that I could be free to live an abundant life in You. Fill me with the revelation of Your love and all that You have for me. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

Peace By Bobby Schuller

Originally posted here: https://hourofpower.org/peace-2/

“Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

– Luke 2:14

Christmas day is here and my heart’s prayer for you above all is peace. I don’t mean peace as in a lack of noise or activity because there may be a lot going on around you. I mean shalom — a deep and abiding sense of well-being — the kind that provides rest in the midst of chaos. I think Christmas is the perfect time to stop, breath deeply, and slow down. In fact, if you have a chance, spend a moment beholding the wonder of a world that has finally taken a break. Unlike any other day, malls and grocery stores have closed their doors and motion and movement are minimal. There’s something sacred about this stillness, and I pray it reminds you of the One who brings peace to your heart, even when the days aren’t as quiet.

If you’ve said yes to Jesus Christ, my friend, His favor rests on you, and it won’t stop flowing one day for the rest of your life. Even better, this favor begets peace, which is a priceless gift He gives to protect you and help you find your way in an increasingly uncertain and chaotic world. Savor the wonders of God’s rest today and glory in His unending mercies. Hold Him close in your heart and make Him the object of your adoration, for He is completely worthy! From my family to yours, I wish you a very Merry Christmas!

Prayer
Jesus, thank you for this day of peace. Help me to embrace and appreciate it.

Reflection
How are you holding Jesus close to your heart today?

The Feast of the Nativity

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Luke 2.15-20

When the angels went away from them to heaven,
the shepherds said to one another,
“Let us go, then, to Bethlehem
to see this thing that has taken place,
which the Lord has made known to us.”
So they went in haste and found Mary and Joseph,
and the infant lying in the manger.
When they saw this,
they made known the message
that had been told them about this child.
All who heard it were amazed
by what had been told them by the shepherds.
And Mary kept all these things,
reflecting on them in her heart.
Then the shepherds returned,
glorifying and praising God
for all they had heard and seen,
just as it had been told to them.

A Christmas Blessing
God grant you the light of Christmas,
which is faith;
the warmth of Christmas,
which is purity;
the righteousness of Christmas,
which is justice;
the belief in Christmas,
which is truth;
the all of Christmas,
which is Christ.”
– Wilda English