Great quotes from Joel Osteen’s Book, “It’s Your Time”
God has strategically placed a person in your future. If you’ll just keep being faithful, you will come across that person’s path. It won’t be an accident; it won’t be a coincidence. It will be a divine connection. God put that person in your life on purpose.
When you follow your instincts and pursue the life that fulfills you, you will never go wrong. Certainly, you have to be wise. Don’t put your family’s welfare at risk on a whim. Prepare yourself. Take care of your dependents. Act responsibly. But when you feel good about making the move, pray for God’s guidance, look for His signs, and dare to take that step of faith. You don’t want to reach the end of your life only to wonder what might have happened if you’d been willing to stretch yourself and reach for your dreams.
“When you’re down to nothing, God is up to something.” When it looks like your crops are being eaten up, God is not on the throne saying, “Oh, man. What will I do? Who let the boll weevils out?” No, God is in complete control. He has a way even when we don’t see a way.
If it didn’t work one way, I will not be defeated and give up. I know God has another way. So I will keep trying. I will keep believing. I will keep pressing forward until I find that right way.
The question is: “Whose report will you believe?” With men it may be impossible, but with God all things are possible. You may be planning on an average year, but God has lined up an extraordinary year. You’re planning on getting by, but God is planning on abundance. He’s planning on overflow.
God knows every need you will ever have. You don’t have to figure it all out: How will you erase your debts? How will you get healthy? How will you survive difficult times? All you have to do is have faith. Dare to believe that God is in control. Believe He’s got you in the palm of His hand. Believe that an anointing of ease awaits you.
The promise God placed in your heart is alive and well. Live with that expectancy. Believe and declare that you will see your dreams and promises come to pass, and they will be better than you expected. God will bring you to a flourishing finish; it’s time for restoration.
But you should never forget you are God’s biggest deal. You are the apple of His eye. You are His most prized possession. Don’t ever doubt that you are God’s favorite child!
But understand, just because you write off your dreams doesn’t mean God writes them off. God remembers you and He remembers the dream He put within you. He remembers the goals, the promises, your deepest desires.
Whenever life grows difficult and the pressure is turned up, that’s a sign that your time is near. When lies bombard your mind, when you are most tempted to get discouraged, and when you feel like throwing in the towel—that’s not the time to give up. That’s not the time to back down. That’s the time to dig in your heels. Put on a new attitude. You are closer than you think.
Believe that God is watching over you. Believe that nothing can keep you from your destiny. Know that you will see God show up and show out in amazing ways. He will give you favor to accomplish your dreams.
I don’t think it’s an accident that the phrase “God remembered …” is found seventy-three times in the Scripture. He wants us to know He’s there for us. “God remembered …” means more than God has not forgotten you. It’s more significant than that. When we’re told God remembers you, it means He will overwhelm us with His favor. He will surprise us with His goodness. It’s time to trust. When God remembers you, He will do more than just think about you. He will show up and show out like you’ve never seen before.
Nothing in your life is an accident. All things work together for your good. It doesn’t say that everything is good. You may be uncomfortable. Things may be taking longer than you wanted. But if you stay in faith, God will use your challenges for your good.
Speak to those mountains in your path. Declare favor over difficult situations. Too often we talk to God about how big our problems are. We should be talking to our problems about how big our God is!
If you wake up in the morning feeling lethargic, instead of complaining, you should declare: “I’m strong. I’m full of energy. God is renewing my strength. I can do what I need to do today!”
I know sometimes you may not feel like attending church. You’ve had a long week. You’re tired, discouraged. Or maybe you don’t feel like turning on the television early in the morning to hear a gospel message. But that’s when you need to do it more than ever. You need somebody speaking faith into you. You need to be around other believers who lift your spirits. We draw strength from each other.
My prayer for you is that you will receive everything God has in store. I speak it over you right now: new seasons of increase. I declare favor over your life. I speak strength into you. I speak health. I speak wisdom. I speak creativity. I speak divine connections. I speak supernatural opportunities. They are coming your way. I declare it in the name of Jesus.
“God, I know You’re in complete control of my life. And no matter how tempted I am to be disappointed, I will not be a victim. I will not be negative, blaming other people. I know You’ve got me in the palm of Your hand. And I believe one day I will look out and see how this has all turned out for my benefit.”