"Walking in the way and the love of the Lord"
“...Seek me and live.”
(Amos 5:4, NIV)
Joel Osteen is such an uplifting pastor. He is always preaching about the gifts and graces that Our Lord has in store for us. All we have to do is claim those gifts and graces in His name!! I have heard some people say that don't agree with his preaching, because there is crosses we must carry. I don't agree, I believe Joel Osteen is helping spread the message of hope and love. Will we have crosses to carry? Yes of course we will. But we should all strive to carry that cross with acceptance and not to fall into self pity.
Matthew 10:38 And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me.
Is it easy? Of course not. But that is why we seek Him. Because only with Him will we have abundant life. Once we accept that cross, pick it up and ask Our Lord to help us in carrying it, it is in that moment that you will find peace. In that moment you will find joy! I do believe that Our Lord wants us to feel peace and joy here in this world. He doesn't want us walking around feeling sorry for ourselves. He wants us to experience abundant life. He wants us dancing! He wants us to share His love with everyone we encounter! He wants every part of our life to shine! (even while we carry that cross)
As Joel Osteen, said "He wants your relationships to be vibrant and alive. He wants your dreams to be alive. He wants your body, heart and mind to be alive and full of vitality. God is the source of all life, and when you seek Him, you will find Him, and the result will be everlasting life."
So pick up that cross and smile. Smile because you know that God has got you and is guiding you every step of the way. Seek God and allow him to guide you. Allow him to love you. Forgive yourself or others and let go! Have hope, have faith, and live your life to the fullest! Dream big! Claim that dream with Our Lord! Remember our biggest dream is probably but a little seed to Our Lord. Let Him give you this abundant life. Enjoy every moment and share this newfound joy with others!
Here is a little prayer by Joel Osteen, “Father, thank You for sending Your Son, Jesus, so that I can have abundant life, both now and in eternity. I humbly come before You, giving You all that I am. I ask for Your hand of blessing and guidance in everything I do. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”
Today’s Scripture “David was greatly distressed, for the men spoke of stoning him...But David encouraged and strengthened himself in the Lord his God.” (1 Samuel 30:6, AMP)
It’s good to have friends and family around to cheer you up when you’re down, but in order to truly live in victory, that encouragement has to come from the inside. When your mind is telling you it’s not worth it, when your circumstances seem difficult, deep down inside, your spirit has to have the resolve that says, “I refuse to settle where I am.” That’s what David had to do. He was facing a major setback. His family was killed, his city was destroyed, and his own people were now against him, but he still managed to encourage himself in the Lord. How did he do that? He replayed in his mind the victories from the past. He recounted God’s faithfulness. As he rehearsed over and over the goodness of God, strength began to rise in his heart.
There are so many places you can see the hand of God at work. Thank Him for saving you today. Thank Him for the miracle of life. Thank Him for His faithfulness. Focus on the fact that God didn’t bring you this far to leave you now. Stir up that inner strength and encouragement. As you do, you’ll rise higher and higher and live the life of victory the Lord prepared for you.
A Prayer for Today
“Father in heaven, thank You for Your faithfulness today. I choose to focus on You and the good things You have prepared for my future. I thank You for making a way out of no way, and I will bless You always in Jesus name. Amen.”
When you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place… —Matthew 6:6
The primary thought in the area of religion is— keep your eyes on God, not on people. Your motivation should not be the desire to be known as a praying person. Find an inner room in which to pray where no one even knows you are praying, shut the door, and talk to God in secret. Have no motivation other than to know your Father in heaven. It is impossible to carry on your life as a disciple without definite times of secret prayer.
“When you pray, do not use vain repetitions…” (Matthew 6:7). God does not hear us because we pray earnestly— He hears us solely on the basis of redemption. God is never impressed by our earnestness. Prayer is not simply getting things from God— that is only the most elementary kind of prayer. Prayer is coming into perfect fellowship and oneness with God. If the Son of God has been formed in us through regeneration (see Galatians 4:19), then He will continue to press on beyond our common sense and will change our attitude about the things for which we pray.
“Everyone who asks receives…” (Matthew 7:8). We pray religious nonsense without even involving our will, and then we say that God did not answer— but in reality we have never asked for anything. Jesus said, “…you will ask what you desire…” (John 15:7). Asking means that our will must be involved. Whenever Jesus talked about prayer, He spoke with wonderful childlike simplicity. Then we respond with our critical attitude, saying, “Yes, but even Jesus said that we must ask.” But remember that we have to ask things of God that are in keeping with the God whom Jesus Christ revealed.
Prayerful Path/Mary Maddox
Saint James, pray for us that we may be willing to leave everything to follow Jesus as you did. Help us to become special friends of Jesus as you were. Amen