Joel Osteen – The Power of the Soil


[MUSIC]>>JOEL OSTEEN: GOD BLESS YOU. IT’S A JOY TO COME INTO YOUR HOMES, AND IF YOU’RE EVER IN OUR AREA, PLEASE STOP BY AND BE A PART OF ONE OF OUR SERVICES. I PROMISE YOU WE’LL MAKE YOU FEEL RIGHT AT HOME. I LIKE TO START WITH SOMETHING FUNNY, AND I HEARD ABOUT THIS HUSBAND AND WIFE, THEY’D BEEN ARGUING FOR A LONG TIME ABOUT WHO SHOULD MAKE THE COFFEE IN THE MORNING. THE HUSBAND THOUGHT IT WAS THE WIFE’S JOB, BUT SHE JUST DIDN’T AGREE, AND AFTER SEVERAL HEATED DEBATES, SHE FINALLY TOLD HIM, “I CAN PROVE IT TO YOU FROM THE BIBLE THAT IT’S THE MAN’S JOB TO MAKE THE COFFEE.” HE SAID, “WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT? NOTHING IN THE BIBLE ABOUT THE MAN MAKING THE COFFEE.” SHE SAID, “SURE THERE IS.” SHE OPENED HER BIBLE AND POINTED TO THE BOOK OF HEBREWS. SAY IT LIKE YOU MEAN IT, THIS IS MY BIBLE. I AM WHAT IT SAYS I AM. I HAVE WHAT IT SAYS I HAVE. I CAN DO WHAT IT SAYS I CAN DO. TODAY, I WILL BE TAUGHT THE WORD OF GOD. I BOLDLY CONFESS MY MIND IS ALERT, MY HEART IS RECEPTIVE. I WILL NEVER BE THE SAME IN JESUS’ NAME. GOD BLESS YOU. I WANT TO TALK TO YOU TODAY ABOUT THE POWER OF THE SOIL. YOU CAN HAVE A GOOD SEED THAT’S HEALTHY AND STRONG, IT’S FULL OF POTENTIAL, BUT IF IT’S NOT PLANTED IN GOOD SOIL, IT’S NOT GOING TO BECOME WHAT IT WAS CREATED TO BE. THE PROBLEM IS NOT WITH THE SEED. A SCIENTIST COULD STUDY THE SEED, RUN TESTS, THEY WOULD FIND THAT IT’S FULL OF LIFE. IF IT’S AN APPLE SEED, IT HAS APPLES IN IT. IF IT’S A ROSE BUSH, IT HAS BLOSSOMS IN IT. BUT IF IT’S PLANTED IN SOIL THAT’S FULL OF ROCKS, WEEDS, AND THORNS, IT MAY GROW SOME, BUT IT’S NOT GOING TO PRODUCE WHAT IT SHOULD. IT MAY SURVIVE, BUT IT’S NOT GOING TO BE HEALTHY, AND IT’S THE SAME PRINCIPLE IN LIFE. YOU’RE A SEED. YOU ARE FULL OF GIFTS, TALENTS, POTENTIAL, BUT IF YOU PLANT YOURSELF IN UNHEALTHY SOIL, IF YOU HANG AROUND FRIENDS THAT COMPROMISE AND PULL YOU DOWN, IF YOU’RE IN AN ENVIRONMENT THAT’S LIMITED WITH PEOPLE THAT TELL YOU WHAT YOU CAN’T BECOME, YOU WON’T SEE THE GROWTH THAT YOU SHOULD. NOT BECAUSE THERE’S SOMETHING WRONG WITH YOUR SEED, YOU’RE MADE IN THE IMAGE OF GOD. THE PROBLEM IS WITH THE SOIL. THE ROCKS, THE THORNS, THE WEEDS ARE CHOKING THE LIFE OUT OF YOUR SEED. JESUS TOLD A PARABLE ABOUT A MAN THAT SOWED SEED ON GOOD GROUND, AND IT PRODUCED A GREAT HARVEST, MANY CROPS. ANOTHER SOWED SEED ON ROCKY GROUND, DIDN’T PRODUCE TOO MUCH. ANOTHER SOWED IT ON GROUND WHERE THE WEEDS AND THE THORNS KEPT THE SEED FROM GROWING. ALL THE SAME SEED, WHAT MADE THE DIFFERENCE WAS THE SOIL. THE THORNS ARE THINGS LIKE FRIENDS THAT KEEP CAUSING YOU TO COMPROMISE. THE WEEDS ARE THOSE CO-WORKERS THAT SIT AROUND AND GOSSIP ALL DAY. THE ROCKS ARE THOSE FAMILY MEMBERS THAT TELL YOU HOW YOU CAN’T BREAK THAT ADDICTION. IF YOU HANG AROUND NEGATIVE PEOPLE, THEY’RE CHOKING OUT YOUR SEED. THOSE FRIENDS YOU’RE TEMPTED TO PARTY WITH, THEY MAY BE FUN, THEY’RE POPULAR, BUT WHAT YOU CAN’T SEE IS THEY’RE A WEED. THEY’RE KEEPING YOU FROM FLOURISHING. THE ENVIRONMENT YOU PUT YOURSELF IN IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT. NO MATTER HOW GOOD THE SEED IS, IT’S DEPENDENT ON HAVING GOOD SOIL. YOU HAVE TO BE SELECTIVE WITH WHOM YOU GIVE YOUR TIME, ENERGY, AND ATTENTION BECAUSE PEOPLE ARE CONTAGIOUS. YOU’RE GOING TO CATCH WHAT THEY HAVE. IF YOUR FRIENDS ARE PREJUDICED, YOU’RE GOING TO BECOME PREJUDICED. IF YOUR FRIENDS HAVE LIMITED THINKING, THEY DON’T HAVE ANY GOALS, NO MOTIVATION, THAT NARROW-MINDED MENTALITY IS GOING TO RUB OFF ON YOU. YOU’RE GOING TO BECOME LIKE THE PEOPLE YOU CONTINUALLY ASSOCIATE WITH. DON’T HANG AROUND PEOPLE THAT DON’T HAVE ANYTHING YOU WANT. IF THEY’RE NOT MAKING YOU BETTER, IF THEY’RE NOT INSPIRING YOU, CAUSING YOU TO GROW, THEN YOU NEED TO MAKE SOME CHANGES, YOU NEED TO PULL UP THOSE WEEDS. QUIT HANGING AROUND THORNY FRIENDS, PEOPLE THAT BRING OUT THE WORST IN YOU, TALK YOU OUT OF YOUR DREAMS, CAUSE YOU TO COMPROMISE. THEIR NEGATIVITY IS CONTAMINATING YOUR SOIL, AND YOUR DESTINY IS TOO GREAT TO WASTE IT WITH PEOPLE THAT ARE NOT ADDING VALUE TO YOUR LIFE. “WELL, JOEL, WHAT IF I HURT THEIR FEELINGS?” WHAT IF YOU MISS YOUR DESTINY? WHAT IF THEY CHOKE OUT YOUR SEED? WHAT IF THEY KEEP YOU FROM BLOSSOMING? I’VE HEARD IT SAID IT’S NOT ENOUGH TO JUST FOCUS ON SELF-DEVELOPMENT, YOU HAVE TO FOCUS ON SOIL DEVELOPMENT, ON WHAT’S AROUND YOU, ON WHAT’S INFLUENCING YOU, ON WHAT YOU’RE SPENDING TIME AND ATTENTION WITH. ARE YOU PUTTING YOUR SEED IN GOOD SOIL, OR IS IT BEING CONTAMINATED BY WHAT YOU WATCH, BY WHAT YOU THINK ABOUT, BY WHO YOU’RE SPENDING TIME WITH? WHAT YOU’RE UNWILLING TO WALK AWAY FROM IS WHERE YOU’LL STOP GROWING. IF YOU KNOW A PERSON IS PULLING YOU DOWN, BUT YOU WON’T MAKE A CHANGE, THEN YOU’LL GET STUCK WHERE YOU ARE. YOUR SEED CAN’T GROW IN BAD SOIL, AND IF YOU DON’T GET RID OF THE WRONG PEOPLE, YOU’LL NEVER MEET THE RIGHT PEOPLE. HERE’S THE KEY. GOD WILL NEVER ASK US TO GIVE SOMETHING UP WITHOUT GIVING US MORE BACK IN RETURN, AND SURE, YOU MAY GO THROUGH A SEASON OF BEING LONELY, BUT WHAT WILL HAPPEN IS GOD WILL GIVE YOU NEW FRIENDS, BETTER FRIENDS, PEOPLE THAT PUSH YOU UP INSTEAD OF PULLING YOU DOWN. IN THE SCRIPTURE, GOD TOLD ABRAHAM TO LEAVE HIS COUNTRY, LEAVE HIS RELATIVES, AND GO TO A NEW LAND. ABRAHAM LEFT, HE HEADED OUT, BUT HE TOOK HIS NEPHEW LOT WITH HIM. HE WAS ONLY SUPPOSED TO TAKE HIS IMMEDIATE FAMILY. BEFORE LONG, ABRAHAM AND LOT HAD A DISAGREEMENT. THERE WAS STRIFE AND ARGUING BETWEEN THEIR HERDSMEN. THEN LOT MOVED TO A DIFFERENT PLACE AND GOT IN TROUBLE. ABRAHAM FELT RESPONSIBLE, SO HE HAD TO GO RESCUE HIM. HE SPENT ALL THIS TIME AND ENERGY INVOLVED IN A PROBLEM THAT HE SHOULD’VE NEVER HAD IF HE WOULD’VE LEFT LOT IN THE FIRST PLACE. SOME OF THE CHALLENGES WE FACE ARE BECAUSE WE DIDN’T LEAVE WHO GOD TOLD US TO LEAVE. WHAT’S INTERESTING IS THE NAME LOT MEANS VEIL OR COVERING. WHEN YOU LEAVE LOT, WHEN YOU LEAVE WHAT YOU KNOW YOU’RE SUPPOSED TO LEAVE, THE VEIL WILL COME OFF. YOU WILL SEE THINGS YOU’VE NEVER SEEN, NEW FRIENDSHIPS, NEW OPPORTUNITIES, NEW TALENTS, NEW LEVELS. ARE YOU HOLDING ON TO WHAT GOD ASKED YOU TO LET GO OF? SOMEONE, SOMETHING THAT’S PULLING YOU DOWN, KEEPING YOU FROM YOUR BEST? YOUR SEED CAN’T FLOURISH IN A NEGATIVE ENVIRONMENT THAT’S KEEPING YOU FROM GROWING, AND WHEN I SAY LEAVE, I DON’T MEAN YOU HAVE TO GO MAKE A BIG ANNOUNCEMENT, “HEY, YOU’RE CONTAMINATING ME. I’M DONE WITH YOU.” I SIMPLY MEAN LITTLE BY LITTLE, START SPENDING LESS AND LESS TIME WITH THEM. IF YOU HAVE A BUNCH OF WEEDS, IT’S CHOKING OUT YOUR DREAMS, YOUR VISION, YOUR CHARACTER. AT THE OFFICE, THAT PERSON YOU EAT LUNCH WITH THAT’S ALWAYS COMPLAINING ABOUT THE BOSS, JEALOUS OF CO-WORKERS, MAD AT THEIR SPOUSE, I SAY THIS RESPECTFULLY, THEY’RE A WEED. THEY ARE CONTAMINATING YOUR SOIL. THEY’RE KEEPING YOU FROM FLOURISHING, AND YES, THEY’RE MADE IN THE IMAGE OF GOD, THEY CAN CHANGE, BUT UNTIL THEY DO, YOU SHOULDN’T LET THEM POLLUTE YOU. I’M NICE TO EVERYONE, BUT I DON’T SPEND MY TIME WITH EVERYONE. I’M SELECTIVE ABOUT WHO I ALLOW IN MY LIFE. I DON’T SPEND TIME WITH NEGATIVE, CRITICAL, JEALOUS, SMALL-MINDED, CAN’T DO IT, BITTER PEOPLE. I VALUE WHAT GOD HAS GIVEN ME TOO MUCH TO PUT MY SEED IN BAD SOIL. WE HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY. GOD HAS GIVEN YOU A GIFT. HE COULD’VE CREATED ANYONE TO BE ALIVE AT THIS DAY AND TIME, BUT HE CHOSE YOU. YOUR SEED IS FULL OF POTENTIAL. YOUR SEED HAS GREATNESS IN IT. YOUR SEED CAN SET A NEW STANDARD FOR YOUR FAMILY. YOUR SEED CAN BREAK GENERATIONAL CURSES. WHAT GOD HAS GIVEN YOU IS EXTREMELY VALUABLE. NOW DO YOUR PART, KEEP YOUR SEED IN GOOD SOIL. I HAVE A ROW OF BUSHES AROUND MY HOUSE, AND FOR YEARS THEY’VE BEEN HEALTHY AND GREEN, JUST AS LUSH AS CAN BE. BUT SEVERAL MONTHS AGO, WE NOTICED A FEW OF THEM ALL NEXT TO EACH OTHER STARTED TO LOOK LIKE SOMETHING WAS WRONG. THEY’RE A LITTLE SHRIVELED UP AND NOT AS GREEN AS THEY SHOULD BE. A COUPLE OF WEEKS LATER, THEY WERE ALL DEAD, ABOUT 15 FEET OUT OF A LONG ROW OF BUSHES. THE LANDSCAPER CAME OUT, FIRST THING HE SAID WAS, “LET ME CHECK THE SOIL.” HE RAN SOME TESTS AND FOUND THAT THE SOIL IN THAT AREA HAD BECOME CONTAMINATED. WE HAD TO DIG IT OUT AND REPLACE IT, AND NOW THE NEW PLANTS ARE JUST AS HEALTHY AS THE OTHERS. BUT SOMETIMES WE WONDER WHY WE FEEL KIND OF LIKE WE’RE SHRIVELED AND WE’RE NOT GROWING, “GOD, WHY AREN’T YOU DOING ANYTHING?” CHECK YOUR SOIL. HAS IT BECOME CONTAMINATED? WHO ARE YOU SPENDING TIME WITH? WHAT ARE YOU GIVING YOUR ATTENTION TO? YOU CAN’T WATCH THE NEWS ALL DAY AND LIVE A POSITIVE, FAITH-FILLED LIFE. AFTER ABOUT 20 MINUTES, YOU’LL BE DEPRESSED. PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR ENVIRONMENT. WHAT ARE YOU TAKING IN ALL DAY? A MAN TOLD ME HOW HE DROVE AN HOUR EACH WAY TO WORK FOR 20 YEARS LISTENING TO TALK RADIO. IT WAS A POLITICAL STATION WHERE THEY’RE DEBATING POLITICS AND PEOPLE ARGUING, BEING DISRESPECTFUL, AND HE WOULD GET SO WROUGHT UP, SO MAD, BY THE TIME HE GOT TO WORK, HE WAS SOUR, NOBODY WANTED TO BE AROUND HIM, HE DIDN’T EVEN LIKE HIMSELF. HE HAD TURNED INTO A BITTER, ANGRY MAN. ONE DAY, HE WAS FLIPPING THROUGH THE CHANNELS AND CAME ACROSS OUR SIRIUS XM STATION. HE HEARD ME SPEAKING AND COULDN’T TURN IT OFF. THAT WAS OVER A YEAR AGO. HE SAID, “JOEL, I’M A DIFFERENT PERSON. I’M HAPPY, I’M FRIENDLY. PEOPLE EVEN ASK ME, ‘WHAT HAPPENED TO YOU?'” WHAT WAS THE PROBLEM ALL THOSE YEARS? HIS SOIL. THAT NEGATIVITY WAS CHOKING OUT HIS JOY, HIS FAITH, HIS VICTORY. WE HAVE ENOUGH NEGATIVE THINGS IN LIFE THAT WE HAVE NO CONTROL OVER. BE SELECTIVE ABOUT WHAT YOU DO HAVE CONTROL OVER. DRIVING TO WORK, PUT ON SOMETHING UPLIFTING, MUSIC THAT INSPIRES YOU. LISTEN TO A MESSAGE THAT BUILDS YOUR FAITH. KEEP YOUR SEED IN GOOD SOIL. AT HOME, DON’T LEAVE THE TELEVISION ON ALL DAY, CHATTER, NOISE IN THE BACKGROUND, THAT’S YOUR SOIL, THIS IS THE REASON SOME PEOPLE AREN’T GROWING. THEY’RE TALENTED, THEY HAVE POTENTIAL, BUT THEIR SOIL HAS BECOME CONTAMINATED. YOU HAVE TO PROTECT YOUR SEED. I KNOW A PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL PLAYER THAT WAS DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER. HAD ONLY BEEN IN THE LEAGUE A COUPLE YEARS, HIS DREAM CAME TRUE, THEN HE WAS HIT WITH THIS DIAGNOSIS. HE DIDN’T FALL APART. HE DIDN’T GET BITTER. HE STILL LIVES AT HOME. HE TOLD HIS MOTHER THAT HE DIDN’T WANT ANYONE USING THE WORD “CANCER” IN HIS HOUSE. HE DIDN’T WANT THAT WORD DOWN IN HIS SPIRIT. HE KNEW IF HE WAS IN A DEPRESSED ENVIRONMENT, A FEEL-SORRY-FOR-ME, YOU-MAY-NOT-MAKE-IT ATMOSPHERE, HE WOULDN’T GET WELL. HIS ATTITUDE WAS, “I AM HEALED. I AM WHOLE. I WILL PLAY FOOTBALL AGAIN. I WILL FULFILL MY DESTINY. GOD IS BIGGER THAN WHAT I’M FACING.” WHAT WAS HE DOING? CREATING AN ENVIRONMENT OF VICTORY. HE WAS KEEPING HIS SEED IN GOOD SOIL. TWO YEARS LATER, HE WAS BACK IN THE LEAGUE. WHEN YOU FACE DIFFICULTIES, MORE THAN EVER, YOU NEED TO KEEP YOUR MIND FILLED WITH THOUGHTS OF FAITH, AND YOU NEED TO SURROUND YOURSELF WITH PEOPLE THAT SPEAK HOPE AND LIFE, PEOPLE THAT WILL AGREE WITH WHAT YOU’RE BELIEVING FOR. YOU CAN’T AFFORD TO HAVE PEOPLE THAT ARE NEGATIVE, DISCOURAGED, TELLING YOU HOW YOU MAY NOT MAKE IT, AND, “I DON’T KNOW, MY GRANDMOTHER DIED OF THAT SAME THING.” DO YOURSELF A FAVOR, STAY AWAY FROM PEOPLE LIKE THAT. DON’T LET THEM POLLUTE YOUR SOIL. ONE TIME, JESUS WENT TO PRAY FOR A LITTLE GIRL THAT HAD DIED, AND WHEN HE ARRIVED AT THE HOUSE, EVERYONE WAS WEEPING AND SO UPSET. HE TOLD THEM THAT SHE WASN’T DEAD, SHE WAS JUST ASLEEP. THEY BEGAN TO LAUGH AND MAKE FUN. JESUS ASKED THEM ALL TO LEAVE THE ROOM. ONLY ONE THAT STAYED WERE PETER, JAMES, AND JOHN. HE SPOKE TO THE LITTLE GIRL AND SHE WAS HEALED. WHY DID JESUS MAKE THEM LEAVE? HE COULD’VE HEALED HER IN FRONT OF EVERYONE, HE’S GOD. HE WAS SHOWING US THE IMPORTANCE OF HAVING THE RIGHT ENVIRONMENT. PEOPLE, IF YOU ALLOW THEM, CAN TALK YOU OUT OF YOUR DREAMS. THEIR DOUBT AND NEGATIVITY CAN RUB OFF ON YOU. YOU HAVE TO SET SOME BOUNDARIES. “I LOVE YOU, BUT I’M NOT GOING TO LET YOU POISON ME. I HAVE A DESTINY TO FULFILL. I’M GOING TO LOVE YOU FROM OUTSIDE THE ROOM.” THIS IS WHAT HAPPENED WITH THE ISRAELITES. MOSES SENT 12 MEN TO SPY OUT THE PROMISED LAND. TEN CAME BACK AND SAID, “MOSES, WE DON’T HAVE A CHANCE. THERE ARE GIANTS IN THE LAND. COMPARED TO THEM, WE FELT LIKE GRASSHOPPERS.” THE OTHER TWO SPIES, JOSHUA AND CALEB, HAD A DIFFERENT REPORT. THEY SAID, “MOSES, WE ARE WELL ABLE. LET US GO IN AT ONCE AND TAKE THIS LAND.” BUT THE NEGATIVE REPORT FROM THE MAJORITY, FROM THE TEN SPIES, BEGAN TO SPREAD THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE CAMP. BEFORE LONG, ALL 2 MILLION ISRAELITES WERE DISCOURAGED, COMPLAINING, SAYING, “MOSES, LET’S GO BACK TO EGYPT. LET’S JUST GO BACK TO BEING SLAVES.” GOD HAD PROMISED THEM THE VICTORY, BUT THEY NEVER DID MAKE IT IN BECAUSE THEIR SOIL WAS CONTAMINATED. THAT SEED COULDN’T GROW IN THAT NEGATIVE ENVIRONMENT. THE PEOPLE YOU SURROUND YOURSELF WITH ARE EXTREMELY IMPORTANT. DON’T HANG AROUND CAN’T-DO-IT PEOPLE, NOT-ABLE-TO PEOPLE. “YES, I KNOW GOD PROMISED YOU, BUT I DON’T SEE HOW YOU CAN GET WELL, HOW YOU CAN MEET THE RIGHT PERSON, HOW YOU’LL BREAK THAT ADDICTION.” STAY AWAY FROM PEOPLE LIKE THAT. FIND JOSHUA, FIND CALEB. NOT PEOPLE THAT WILL THROW WATER ON YOUR FLAME, BUT PEOPLE THAT WILL FAN YOUR FLAME, PEOPLE THAT WILL JOIN THEIR FAITH WITH YOURS AND SAY, “HEY, IF YOU BELIEVE, COUNT ME IN, I’M GOING TO BELIEVE WITH YOU.” WHEN HENRY FORD HAD A DREAM TO MAKE A CAR WITH AN ENGINE, HE STARTED DEVELOPING IT, BUT EVERYONE TOLD HIM IT WOULDN’T WORK, THAT IT WASN’T A GOOD IDEA. HE WAS ABOUT TO STOP WHEN THOMAS EDISON CAME TO SEE HIM. THEY HAD NEVER MET. THEY INTRODUCED MR. FORD AS THE MAN TRYING TO BUILD A CAR THAT WOULD RUN ON GASOLINE. EDISON’S EYES GOT BIG, HE HIT HIS FIST ON THE TABLE AND SAID, “YOU’VE GOT IT.” A CAR THAT HAS ITS OWN POWER PLANT, THAT’S A BRILLIANT IDEA. HENRY FORD WOULD TELL HOW THAT CONVERSATION AND THAT FRIENDSHIP IS WHAT KEPT HIM GOING. NONE OF US WOULD BE DRIVING A FORD IF HE HAD NOT FOUND THAT GOOD SOIL. THE CRITICS, THE NAYSAYERS ARE A DIME A DOZEN. TEN OF THE TWELVE SPIES WERE NEGATIVE, THAT’S ABOUT AVERAGE. EIGHTY PERCENT WILL TELL YOU WHAT YOU CAN’T DO. YOU HAVE TO FIND THE 20% THAT WILL TELL YOU WHAT YOU CAN DO. THE MAJORITY MOST OF THE TIME WON’T SEE WHAT YOU SEE. THEY WON’T ENCOURAGE YOU, YOU HAVE TO FIND THE MINORITY, AND I BELIEVE THAT ONE REASON I’M SEEING GOD’S FAVOR IS BECAUSE I’VE BEEN IN GOOD SOIL. A LOT OF IT I CAN’T TAKE CREDIT FOR. WASN’T ANYTHING I DID, IT WAS SIMPLY THE GOODNESS OF GOD. I WAS RAISED BY PARENTS THAT ALWAYS TOLD ME WHAT I COULD BECOME IN A LOVING, FAITH-FILLED ENVIRONMENT. I SAW MY FATHER BELIEVE FOR BIG THINGS, BREAK BARRIERS THAT HE WAS RAISED WITH. HE CAME OUT OF POVERTY AND HE LIVED WITH THIS ALL-THINGS-ARE-POSSIBLE MENTALITY. YEARS BEFORE MY FATHER PASSED AWAY, VICTORIA WOULD TELL ME THAT ONE DAY, I WAS GOING TO PASTOR THE CHURCH. THAT SEEMED SO ODD. I USED TO THINK, “WHAT IS SHE TALKING ABOUT? I CAN’T GET UP IN FRONT OF PEOPLE.” BUT YEAR AFTER YEAR, SHE TOLD ME WHAT I COULD BECOME. WHEN MY FATHER WENT TO BE WITH THE LORD, I WAS ABLE TO STEP UP, WHY? MY SEED HAD BEEN IN GOOD SOIL. MY SISTER, LISA, WORKED BEHIND THE SCENES 17 YEARS WITH ME. SHE WAS THE HEAD OF OUR VOLUNTEERS, AND SHE WOULD ASSIST MY FATHER DURING THE SERVICES, AND MAKE SURE THAT HE HAD WHAT HE NEEDED. THE SUNDAY AFTER MY FATHER DIED, I WAS SITTING IN MY FATHER’S SEAT ABOUT TO GO UP TO MINISTER. LISA WAS SITTING BEHIND ME WHERE SHE ALWAYS SAT, AND SHE SAID THAT GOD SPOKE TO HER DOWN IN HER HEART, HE SAID, “JUST AS YOU SERVED YOUR FATHER, YOU ARE TO NOW SERVE YOUR BROTHER.” FOR THE LAST 18 YEARS, THAT’S WHAT LISA HAS DONE. SHE’S HELPED ME, ENCOURAGED ME. SHE COULD’VE BEEN JEALOUS, “GOD, I WANTED TO BE PROMOTED. I DON’T WANT TO SERVE HIM, I WANT HIM TO SERVE ME.” THANK YOU, JESUS. INSTEAD, SHE CELEBRATED ME. WHAT AM I SAYING? I DIDN’T GET HERE BY MYSELF. I GOT HERE BECAUSE I HAD GOOD SOIL ALL AROUND ME, PEOPLE THAT BELIEVED IN ME, PEOPLE THAT CHEERED ME ON, PEOPLE THAT ENCOURAGED ME. HERE’S WHAT I’M SAYING. YOUR SOIL IS JUST AS IMPORTANT AS YOUR SEED, AND YOU MAY HAVE HAD JUST THE OPPOSITE, PEOPLE THAT DIDN’T SUPPORT YOU. INSTEAD OF TELLING YOU WHAT YOU COULD BECOME, THEY TOLD YOU WHAT YOU COULDN’T DO. THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT DOESN’T HAVE TO STOP YOU. YOUR SEED IS STILL ALIVE, AND IF YOU WILL GET IT IN A DIFFERENT ENVIRONMENT WITH CAN-DO PEOPLE, WITH POSSIBILITY THINKING, WITH FRIENDS THAT INSPIRE YOU, THEN YOUR SEED WILL TAKE ROOT AND BEGIN TO BLOSSOM. YOU CAN STILL REACH THE FULLNESS OF YOUR DESTINY. THIS IS WHAT ELIJAH DID. HE WAS OUT WORKING IN THE FIELDS, A FARMER, NO DOUBT FROM A LIMITED BACKGROUND. DIDN’T LOOK LIKE HE HAD MUCH OF A FUTURE, BUT THE PROPHET ELIJAH CAME BY AND CALLED OUT TO HIM. ELISHA SAW SOMETHING IN ELIJAH THAT HE WANTED. HE SAW THE FAVOR ON HIS LIFE, HOW ELIJAH WAS DOING GREAT THINGS. HE CONNECTED WITH HIM. HE THOUGHT, “THAT’S GOOD SOIL, THAT’S WHERE I NEED TO KEEP MY SEED.” FOR YEARS, ELISHA SERVED ELIJAH. HE WAITED ON HIM, WOULD BRING HIM FOOD, HE WOULDN’T LEAVE HIM. IN FACT, THREE TIMES ELIJAH TRIED TO GET ELISHA TO GO DO HIS OWN THING, BUT HE WOULDN’T DO IT. WHEN ELIJAH WAS TAKEN TO HEAVEN, ELISHA RECEIVED A DOUBLE PORTION OF HIS ANOINTING. IF ELISHA WOULD’VE STAYED OUT IN THE FIELDS, IN THAT LIMITED ENVIRONMENT WITH THE FRIENDS HE GREW UP WITH, HE WOULD’VE NEVER SEEN THE DOUBLE. HE HAD TO GET HIS SEED IN THE RIGHT SOIL. YOU NEED PEOPLE IN YOUR LIFE THAT ARE FURTHER ALONG THAN YOU, PEOPLE THAT HAVE A BIGGER VISION, THAT ARE MORE SUCCESSFUL, MORE WELL OFF. IN ONE SENSE, PEOPLE THAT ARE OUT OF YOUR LEAGUE. YOU HAVE TO BE EXPOSED TO NEW LEVELS BEFORE YOU CAN GO TO NEW LEVELS. IF YOU’RE THE SMARTEST ONE IN YOUR GROUP, YOUR GROUP IS TOO SMALL. IF YOU’RE THE MOST SUCCESSFUL, YOU NEED TO GET A LARGER CIRCLE. DON’T BE INTIMIDATED BY PEOPLE THAT ARE FURTHER ALONG, BE INSPIRED. FIND SOME GOOD MENTORS. CONNECT WITH DREAMERS, PEOPLE THAT HAVE A BIGGER VISION. GLEAN FROM THEM. THAT’S GOOD SOIL. A FRIEND OF MINE FEEDS A MILLION CHILDREN A DAY. HE SUPPORTS CHARITIES THAT HELP THESE UNDERPRIVILEGED CHILDREN. HIS GOAL IS TO FEED 10 MILLION A DAY. WHEN I’M AROUND HIM, I’M INSPIRED. IT MAKES ME DREAM BIGGER. I THINK, “GOD, YOU DID IT FOR HIM, YOU CAN DO IT FOR ME.” WHAT IS THAT? MY SEED GETTING IN GOOD SOIL. DOES YOUR VISION INCREASE AROUND YOUR FRIENDS OR DOES IT DECREASE? DO YOU LEAVE CHALLENGED, MOTIVATED, INSPIRED? OR ARE YOU DISCOURAGED, NEGATIVE, DRAINED? AND I’M NOT SAYING THAT EVERY FRIEND WILL INSPIRE YOU, BUT YOU SHOULD HAVE ONE OR TWO THAT LIGHT A FIRE ON THE INSIDE, THAT PUSH YOU FORWARD. IF YOU ONLY INVEST IN PEOPLE AT YOUR SAME LEVEL, YOU’LL GET STUCK THERE. FIND A MENTOR, SOMEBODY THAT’S GONE WHERE YOU WANT TO GO. JUST AS THE WRONG PEOPLE WILL PULL YOU DOWN, THE RIGHT PEOPLE WILL PULL YOU UP. IN ACTS CHAPTER 3, A CRIPPLED MAN HAD BEEN LYING BY THE TEMPLE GATE FOR YEARS, ASKING FOR MONEY. PETER CAME ALONG AND SAID, “I DON’T HAVE ANY MONEY, BUT IN THE NAME OF JESUS, RISE AND WALK.” NOTHING HAPPENED. THE MAN LOOKED AT PETER LIKE, “WHAT DO YOU MEAN RISE AND WALK? I’M CRIPPLED. I’VE BEEN THIS WAY MY WHOLE LIFE, I CAN’T WALK.” THIS COULD’VE BEEN THE END OF THE STORY, PETER COULD’VE THOUGHT, “I DID MY PART, IT DIDN’T WORK.” BUT THE SCRIPTURE SAYS PETER TOOK HIM BY THE RIGHT HAND AND LIFTED HIM UP. AS HE DID, THE MAN’S LEGS WERE INSTANTLY HEALED. NOTICE, PETER WOULDN’T LET THE MAN STAY DOWN. HE DIDN’T GIVE HIM A CHOICE, HE PRAYED FOR HIM AND THEN PULLED HIM UP. YOU NEED SOME FRIENDS LIKE PETER THAT WON’T LET YOU STAY DOWN. WHEN YOU’RE IN THE PITS, WHEN YOU CAN’T GET UP BY YOURSELF, NOT PEOPLE THAT WILL GET IN THE PIT WITH YOU, “LET’S TELL SAD STORIES TOGETHER. LET’S FEEL SORRY FOR OURSELVES.” NO, PEOPLE THAT WILL PULL YOU OUT OF THAT PIT, PEOPLE THAT LOVE YOU SO MUCH THEY WON’T LET YOU STAY ADDICTED, THEY WON’T LET YOU STAY DEPRESSED, THEY WON’T LET YOU MISS YOUR DESTINY. NOT JUST PEOPLE THAT PRAY, BUT THEY PULL YOU UP, AND I KNOW THAT’S WHY MANY COME OUT HERE AND MANY OF YOU LISTEN, BECAUSE YOU KNOW WE’RE ALWAYS GOING TO LIFT YOU UP. YOU MAY BE DOWN, BUT WE’RE NOT GOING TO LET YOU STAY DOWN. WE’RE GOING TO TELL YOU, “GET UP, THERE ARE NEW LEVELS. YOU’VE BEEN HURT, GET UP, GOD HAS BEAUTY FOR THOSE ASHES. YOU LOST SOMETHING, GET UP, GOD’S ABOUT TO RESTORE. YOU WENT THROUGH A DISAPPOINTMENT, GET UP, A NEW BEGINNING IS COMING. YOU’RE STILL SINGLE? GET UP, THE RIGHT PERSON’S ON THE WAY. YOU’RE STRUGGLING IN YOUR FINANCES, GET UP, GOD’S GOING TO OPEN THE WINDOWS OF HEAVEN.” YOU NEED PEOPLE THAT WILL PULL YOU INTO YOUR DESTINY. LIKE THIS MAN, SOMETIMES YOU CAN’T GO TO THE NEXT LEVEL WITHOUT SOMEBODY PULLING YOU UP, AND IF YOU’RE CRIPPLED IN SOME AREA, SO TO SPEAK, AND YOU SURROUND YOURSELF WITH PEOPLE JUST LIKE YOU, THERE’S NOBODY TO HELP YOU UP. YOU HAVE TO GET AROUND SOMEBODY STRONGER, SOMEBODY MORE SUCCESSFUL, SOMEBODY FREE SO THEY CAN LIFT YOU. LAME PEOPLE CAN’T HELP LAME PEOPLE UP. ADDICTED PEOPLE CAN’T HELP ADDICTED PEOPLE UP. MAYBE YOU NEED TO CHANGE WHO YOU’RE SPENDING TIME WITH. GOD HAS SOME PETERS WAITING FOR YOU. HE’S ORDAINED PEOPLE ALREADY TO LIFT YOU UP, PEOPLE THAT ARE DESTINED TO PULL YOU UP. DON’T SIT AROUND IN SOME KIND OF DYSFUNCTION WITH OTHER DYSFUNCTIONAL PEOPLE THE REST OF YOUR LIFE. YOUR SEED CAN’T GROW IN THAT SOIL. STAY AWAY FROM PEOPLE THAT ARE ENABLING THE DYSFUNCTION. GET AWAY FROM PEOPLE THAT TELL YOU WHERE YOU ARE IS WHERE YOU’RE ALWAYS GOING TO BE. DON’T BELIEVE THAT LIE, YOUR SEED IS STILL ALIVE. WHEN IT HITS THE GOOD SOIL, YOU’RE GOING TO SEE THINGS HAPPEN YOU NEVER DREAMED WOULD HAPPEN. YOU’RE NOT GOING TO STAY ADDICTED, FREEDOM IS COMING. YOU’RE NOT GOING TO STRUGGLE IN YOUR HEALTH YOUR WHOLE LIFE, WHOLENESS IS COMING. THAT LACK, NOT HAVING ENOUGH, IS NOT YOUR DESTINY. IN GOOD SOIL, YOU’RE GOING TO SEE ABUNDANCE, OVERFLOW, MORE THAN ENOUGH. NOW, DO YOUR PART, START PULLING UP THE WEEDS. GET RID OF THOSE THORNY FRIENDS, PEOPLE THAT ARE PULLING YOU DOWN. BE SELECTIVE WITH WHAT YOU GIVE YOUR ATTENTION TO ALL DAY, AND IF YOU WILL KEEP YOUR SEED IN GOOD SOIL, I BELIEVE AND DECLARE YOU’RE ABOUT TO BLOSSOM. PETER IS ABOUT TO SHOW UP AND PULL YOU TO A NEW LEVEL. INCREASE, PROMOTION, FREEDOM, HEALING, WHOLENESS, THE FULLNESS OF YOUR DESTINY IN JESUS’S NAME, AND IF YOU RECEIVE IT, CAN YOU SAY AMEN TODAY? I’D LIKE TO GIVE YOU AN OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE JESUS THE LORD OF YOUR LIFE. WOULD YOU PRAY WITH ME? JUST SAY, “LORD JESUS, I REPENT OF MY SINS. COME INTO MY HEART. I MAKE YOU MY LORD AND SAVIOR.” IF YOU PRAYED THAT SIMPLE PRAYER, WE BELIEVE YOU GOT BORN AGAIN. GET IN A GOOD, BIBLE-BASED CHURCH. KEEP GOD FIRST PLACE. YOUR PARTNERSHIP MAKES THIS MINISTRY POSSIBLE. YOUR FAITHFUL AND CONSISTENT MONTHLY SUPPORT MAKES YOU A CHAMPION OF HOPE. THE VISION OF JOEL OSTEEN MINISTRIES IS TO USE EVERY AVENUE AVAILABLE TO PRESENT THE HOPE OF JESUS CHRIST TO PEOPLE EVERYWHERE. WE KNOW IT IS THIS HOPE AND THE TRANSFORMING POWER OF THE GOSPEL THAT MAKES AN ETERNAL DIFFERENCE IN PEOPLE’S LIVES. TO PARTNER WITH JOEL OSTEEN MINISTRIES, VISIT JOELOSTEEN.COM/PARTNER TODAY.

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    Larry Sherrill

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    I would like to say a thing to those that believe: first I am the least. I saw a vision of the Sun and in the sun a great disc that lowered the light and temperature of the sun. This disc was just under the surface, the sun is colder just now in its cycles. On this disc was a writing that I could not read and I told God that I could not read this and wondered at the meaning of this disc in the sun. I wondered what this might mean… The sun with a writing in it…

    Well two days latter I saw a ocean before me and upon this ocean were many, many small boats, like the boats of fishermen with one triangular sale that was white upon each. They sailed as one mind before the wind quickly, I was distracted for I had asked God is the Sea of Glass were solid or liquid for being a sea, Then I saw the sea turn exceedingly angry and mean and the boats were in danger and I saw before me the shore of rocks which the ships sought before the terrible sea.

    There was little time and I thought they should pray the sea to calm and yet no calmness came to the sea and no safety to the boats. I knew they had not the strength to pray the sea calm and I tried to speak to the vision to calm the sea for their sakes, which did not seem to work. The vision was theirs. I wondered at the meaning of the vision and why the church might lack power it needs today? Is this the reason of the vision.

    ( I am not telling anyone to be an Adventist, his road is not a road of stumbling)

    I woke and a man was talking about keeping the Sabbath. Most of the Church keeps "sun" day, which is the day of the sun on the day the church adopted it. This was the writing in the sun and I will tell, you right or wrong, is not a thing that keeping Sunday will deny your salvation if you keep it But you should think carefully upon keeping Saturday as the sabbath. The first Blessing of our God is upon this day. The Hallowing is upon this day and he has hollowed few things. When I was a child I was in love with Saturday as there was a magic about its coming, and it lifted my spirit. I was glad when it came for my spirit knew it was not the same as other days.

    If the Lord has blessed this day and all who keep it how shall you partake of this blessing if you do not keep Saturday as his sabbath. Sunday is not wrong but how shall you get his blessing if keep the wrong day. The vision of the many sail boats that sailed of one mind toward the rocky shore in the terrible sea and had not the power to calm the sea, was this that the power came not among men as was needed or could be because they did not, " Remember the Sabbath to keep it Holy." Is god found there in more easily, for his word… You are charged to "REMEMBER THE SABBATH TO KEEP IT HOLY." Not of the law but of faith. Let us find the blessing of this day upon us. Let us find the hallowing among us. Seek God and where shall we seek him, in our hearts. Seek god and when shall we find him, on the Sabbath.

    The original Apostles were Jews who kept Sabbath… The Pentecost came upon those that kept Sabbath. Every jot and tittle of the word and the Law shall not pass, you would fight anyone in the isles who suggested different( Your fighting blood) But it is the same with every blessing. A blessing upon this day is a blessing upon those that keep it. You are to bless Israel and you do and you will receive blessing for it. You are to keep Sabbath and meet the Lord there on his day of rest where he may be found and you will receive the blessing of that day. ( every days evil is sufficient of itself but only one is blessed.) You do not like that I receive visions and dreams, Keep Sabbath as a day of rest and perhaps God will be found much more among us, for dreams and visions and leadings. Remember again that I am no one and the least.

    God be upon this…

    The soil may be Deeper on the Sabbath…

  2. How can I love people like Christ Jesus love us when some eminies is playing with my mind to get to my heart .just evil abomination wicked

  3. Thank you Pastor Joel…you're really a great encourager and motivator to get up again when falling.

  4. Amen amen amen. Thank you for the wonderful message…I needed to hear that …God bless you and your family.

  5. Amen…😊.I needed this…for sure..I belive God is talking to us transparently….through him!! Thanku..so much God..

  6. Please pray for my pregnant wife, maricel estallo, she went for check up today, she's 5 Mos pregnant, the doctor said she have placenta accreta, and it's dangerous. Please pray that she and my son, yes its a boy, would be safe, thank you

  7. If I only would have listened this message two years ago!
    But I have the tool now, and I'm selective in my relationships, and deliver every one to God, before getting involved !

    May God bless you Lakewood Church, Joel and Victoria Osteen!

  8. Thank you pastor for the wonderful fruitful sermon! I believe my life is going to be different from this day onwards in Jesus name Amen πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™

  9. God moves in mysterious ways His wonders to perform,He plants His footsteps in the sea and rides upon the storm.

  10. Deep in unfathomable mines of never failing skill, He treasures up His bright designs and works His sovereign will.

  11. He fearful saints fresh courage take, the clouds Ye so much dread, are big with mercy and shall break in blessings on your head.

  12. Judge not the Lord by feeble sense, but trust Him for His grace. Behind a frowning providence He hides a smiling face. God moves in a mysterious way By William Cowper 1731-1800.

  13. Hello people of God, I need your prayers for my new song release A BREAK THROUGH IS COMING BY ANGELINE SCOTT now on YouTube Spotify iTunes Pandora Apple music. Thanks be blessed

  14. God I pray regarding finally ridding myself of whatever has been keeping me from having all of the money that I and my family, my wife need and want right now and always. God I ask that I and my wife and my family always be well off and well fed and well clothed, healthy, productive, wonderful, attractive, good looking, prominent, complimented, well blessed, encouraged, strong, healthy, loved, loving, understood, successful, wealthy, rich, abundant, prosperous, young, favored, well pleasing and well pleased, always showered with favor and many lucky breaks. I ask that God bless all family members in my lineage through the favor of God!!

  15. God I pray that you bless all of my and my wife’s Best Friends and friends as well as all of our in-laws. God I ask to make order and harmony easily and quickly in all situations through your goodness, grace, trust, love, favor, and encouragement.

  16. AMENπŸ™πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™

    I HAVE
    GREATNESS IN ME!!!!!

    I AM A CHILD OF GOD!!!πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™

    Thank you
    FOR the reminder!
    BLESS YOU and ALL YOU DO πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™

    My SOIL IS CLEAN 🌼🌼🌼
    AMEN πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™
    My SEED is STILL ALIVE β˜€β˜€β˜€

  17. brothers I have a Muslim friend and we debate about Bible and Quran and I asked him to accept Christianity and he showed me this things from Bible and he challenged me and he said I am challenging christian people if any christian can answer to this questions I accept Christianity if you can't answer you must accept Islam
    when I open my Bible and saw all of this things I was shocked and I can't answer to this questions
    I want from my Christian brothers and sisters please if you can answer to this questions please immediately answer
    if I can't find answer I will accept Islam
    I think Bible is not the word of God

    bible says in 1 samuel 2:8; job 9:6;
    psalm 75:3 earth have got pillars today even a fool man know that earth doesn't got a pillar but god of the bible don't know

    1 Chronicles 16:30; Psalms 93:1;
    Psalms 96:10 the earth does not move bible says earth is never moved this is scientific error in the bible

    do you know christians your god is a Barber see the Bible isaiah 7:20
    god shave people legs with a razor that he hired,
    do you believe such god

    bible says in job 26:11 the heaven have got a pillars can you imagine that
    there are many astronomer went to heaven they don't see any pillar in heaven all stars and galaxy are without pillar in Qur'an god says the heaven without pillars
    it is scientific error in the bible

    christians says Jesus is god but Jesus never said that he is god or worship me
    Jesus proved that he is not God
    Jesus says
    my Father is greater than I.
    gospel of john 14:28

    and Jesus says I can of my own self do nothing gospel of john 5:30
    god can do everything
    jesus says he can't do nothing

    Matthew 28:18 Jesus saysΒ All power is given unto meΒ 
    Jesus doesn't have his own power all power is given to Him by God

    Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know:
    Acts 2:22 in this verse you see Jesus didn't do any miracle all miracles God did by him

    how he can be your savior which he can't save himself from the cross jews killed him on the cross

    god says in the Qur'an god is never eat food and he never sleep
    god says in the Qur'an
    surah Al-Ma'idah 5:75 says Jesus and his mother they both eat food
    if you read the bible says Jesus eat food and everyone know if you eat food you need toilet and you need for shit.
    god don't need for toilet and he don't do shit therefore Jesus is not god

    Jesus come only for the jews
    Matthew 15:24 Jesus says I come only for the jews for people of israel not for Americans not for Europeans but only for the people of israel
    if he is god then he is the god of the jews

    Luke 2:21 Jesus was circumcised can you imagine God getting circumcised
    somebody took the penis of the god and he is circumcised god

    Melchizedek, king of Salem he is Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually.
    Hebrews 7:1-3
    this man is greater than Jesus
    Jesus had a beginning which he born from Mary and he had end which he died on the cross
    this man Melchizedek he had no beginning and no end who is greater Jesus or Melchizedek
    Jesus had father and mother
    this man Melchizedek without father, without mother, who is greater
    all Christians must say Melchizedek is God not Jesus

    god of the bible is so shameful
    god command to his prophet walk naked for 3 years how god say such a shameful thing to his prophet 3 years he is in front of his mother and daughter and everyone he walked naked isaiah 20:2-3

    god command to his prophet to eat shit and drink piss 2 king 18:27; isaiah 36:12

    ezekiel 4:12 god command to his prophet Ezekiel to eat shit with barley cakes the shit is coming inside of man

    jeremiah 20:7 god of the bible is deceiver

    malachi 2:3 God says shit on your face

    god of the christians is a Dragon
    Isaiah 30:27 God devouring fire from his tongue

    2 samuel 22:9 from god's mouth fire come out and from his nostril smoke
    can you imagine such god

    god of the bible done all christians alcoholic and drunken
    proverbs 31:6-7 god says give strong drink and wine.
    therefore god of the bible made all christians alcoholic and drunken

    the wine in the bible is 100% alcohol
    Genesis 9:20-24 says Noah he drank wine and was drunken and naked

    genesis 19:32-36 if you read this verse you will see wine in the bible is 100% alcohol

    John 2:1-11 first miracle Jesus does he turn water into wine therefore all christian people is alcoholic and drunken

    Psalms 104:15 god says wine make glad the heart of man

    God of the Bible says women are double unclean and dirty and filthy Leviticus 12:1-5
    women will be unclean double if a woman gives birth to a daughter
    if she gives birth to a son she will be unclean 7 days if she gives birth to a daughter she will be unclean 2 weeks
    God of the bible is degrade women
    it means the daughters is double filthy and dirty Leviticus 12:1-5
    in Quran their are not such a things

  18. What a powerful message..it's all good example is in the Bible .and especially number one good example is our savior Jesus Christ.im glad I found these channel …so much to learn.

  19. You can also help develop the Faith of "the wrong people". It's more about self discipline than who you are associating with or what you are watching. If the people are not accepting of what you have to say about God then maybe you need to take a break from them. But if we let God's light shine through us and land on "the wrong people", they may start to follow God themselves. I do spend a lot of time in fellowship, but I do spend time with people who aren't filled with the spirit. For example, there was a guy who had no place to live, he was scared to walk up the road because people physically attacked him. He was a believer, but extremely negative. He lives here now, has for about a week. He still has his negative moments, but Joel has previously spoke of keeping the negativity out. I don't think we should completely avoid being exposed to negativity. We just have to make sure our faith is stronger than their negativity. Now that guy reads his Bible every day, prays, goes to church with us, to the gym with us, volunteers with us. We're not rich with earthly things.. we eat at the soup kitchen, but we have faith. It doesn't take a lot of money to create another disciple for God. I wonder where he would be if we decided to avoid him because he was negative?

  20. Arent we supposed to be like Jesus? He spent most of his time around sinners. Seek and save those who are lost. Luke 19:10.

  21. The parable of the sower and the seeds is about how people respond to the gospel message, not the people you are around. I guess Jesus was pretty lame as he was always around sinners and tax collectors. Osteen, you give good practical life tips and advice, but where is the gospel? Your just preaching a bunch of feel good stuff, instead of actual good sound doctrine.

  22. ever since I made you a part of my soil I've been thriving doing better things the other day the guy hit me in the face and I stop myself I heard you say these words u can be put in many situations what gives you power is the way you handle it and I stopped he hit me three times after that I told him was he finish and he called me all kinds of bad words and I told him he had to leave and I hope God blessed him for me and the way that I used to live that is a big change and I want to thank you cuz you made it happen God bless you you are a great arson man and spirit

  23. This massage doesn't take into account that when you keep your needs and wants few and simple, life is easier, simpler, possibly stress free, slower, better. This massage also doesn't take into account that who you are determines who you attract.

  24. Thank you Father God for Pastor Joel Osteens ministry. Help me be all I can be for Gods plan and godly assignment for my life and destiny. Teach me Holy Spirit how to unplug from the things which can be a negative energy.
    Cleanse my heart mind and soul from the bitterness which has been effecting my joy, my faith and my victory. Thank you Pastor Joel for this God given words of wisdom to help me begin growing as a daughter of the most high God. In Jesus name I ask and pray. πŸ™‚

  25. Praise God for those who spoke words of hope in your vision and God assignment to fulfill Pastor Joel. Thank you for your voice and sound waves of hope. God bless you Pastor Joel. πŸ™‚

  26. Thank you god and Joel Oosteen
    for your motivational messages.
    I sail so much power out of it in my life every time.
    greetings from the Netherlands

  27. Is it possible for this to apply to family. I've been praying for God to place me I feel stuck in my home in my job in my relationship in my family. Im asking all that believe to keep me in prayer to pray for my strength that God will pull me up and out.

  28. Thank you Pastor Joel for this message. Yes, God wants to work in our life, but we must cooperate by choosing to follow His guide, His Word, the good soil, Life, not being contaminated by the words of death. God bless you!

  29. This is very true and real ppl…in about a year time I had someone close to me be overbearing and negative ..it honestly sucks out the joy from you….
    Protect your space!!!

  30. Oh dear…I am one of those β€œcan’t do it people” towards myself especially during my depressive episodes. Prayers are appreciated πŸ™πŸΎ

  31. God bless you Joel and Victoria Osteen and your daughter Alexandria Osteen This is my Bible I have what it says I have I can do what it says I can do I vocally confess my mind is alert my heart is conservative today I will be taught the word of God I will never be the same God bless you AMEN hallelujah praise God thank you Jesus Christ

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