Skip to comments.Today's Word with Joel Osteen - June 24, 2013 [Devotional]
Posted on 06/24/2013 4:14:24 AM PDT by Vision
But he said to me, My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. (2 Corinthians 12:9, ESV)
Today's Word from Joel and Victoria
We all have areas where we need to come up higher. Perhaps youve struggled with a certain area year after year. Instead of getting down on yourself or trying to find solutions on the internet, maybe its time to pray and say, God, I need Your help. Im asking for Your strength.
When you humble yourself and admit that you cannot do it on your own, thats when God can enter the scene. Thats when He can turn it around. A lot of times we think of dependency in a negative light, but dependency on God is not a weakness; its a strength. It enables you to tap into His power. When we yield our weakness, thats when God shows up the strongest. But when we dont turn to God, really, thats a sign of pride. Were saying, God, I dont really need You to help me run my life. Im doing okay. Ive got it all figured out. God will step back and let us do it on our own.
Today, what is holding you back? Surrender it to God. Let Him do His perfect work. Find strength in your dependency on Him.
A Prayer for Today
Father, today I surrender all to You. Search my heart and mind. Show me if there is any area where I am trying to lean on my own strength. I choose today to trust and rely on You knowing that Your strength is perfect in my weakness in Jesus name. Amen.
The fig tree is a picture of self-effort and self righteousness. In Mark 11, Jesus cursed the fig tree. Self-effort and self righteousness are cursed by God from the day Adam decided to take matters into his own hands. I have recently repented and renounced all covenants and agreements with self effort. But the fig tree didn't instantly wither.
The next thing Jesus did was go to the temple and declare that God's house shall be a house of prayer (Mark 11: 17). Later, when they passed the fig tree, it was dried up from its roots (Mark 11:21).
The lesson I've learned from what Joel is saying here and what my brother Joseph Prince has taught, is after we curse and renounce self-effort, we need to become a house of prayer in our person life, thereby allowing God to clean out our "temple" (body/life). Self effort will wither from its roots. The next thing Jesus talked about was moving mountains by faith (Mark 11:23). Our lives become fruitful, powerful and effective in our dependence on and faith in Him, essentially free of the exercise in grief and futility of self effort and self righteousness.