Skip to comments.Today's Word with Joel Osteen - October 24, 2013 [Devotional]
Posted on 10/24/2013 6:16:16 PM PDT by Vision
Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith... (Hebrews 12:2, NKJV)
Today's Word from Joel and Victoria
In John Chapter 4, Jesus met a Samaritan woman at a well. He asked her for something to drink. She was a little surprised because in those days the Jews didnt have anything to do with the Samaritans. She said, How can you ask me for something to drink? Jesus said, If you knew who I am, you would ask of Me, and I would give you Living Water.
She immediately began to look in the natural. She said, But, sir, you dont have anything to draw water with. You dont have any kind of bucket or pail. How can you give me living water?
How many times do people do the same thing today? God tells us He is going to do something great in our lives, and we start looking at things in the natural, and before long, we talk ourselves out of it! But we have to remember, God can take something that is ordinary, breathe on it and turn it into something thats extraordinary. With God, all things are possible! Dont just look at things in the natural, look at the greatness of God. Stay focused on what He can do and embrace all He has for you!
A Prayer for Today
Father, today I lift my eyes off of my circumstances and set my focus on You. I know that with You, all things are possible. Show me Your ways. Show me Your love and all of the good things You have prepared for me in Jesus name. Amen.
This is so true.
I know that this isn’t a place for debate, but I think I’m OK because I’m saying something intended to be good and to be wise without disparaging anybody.
A lot of folks have disagreed with various particulars of Osteen’s ministry and even mocked him bitterly. I know little about Osteen myself.
I’ve been trained by the Lord long enough, however, to see past human flaws to the Lord who is working to inspire in the flawed human. And I see Jesus in here. In spades. With a power that is not common among more conventional preachers. It’s my hope that any Osteen critics would give the Lord the according appropriate praise after exercising discernment upon the message. Note that I said give it to the Lord, not to Osteen. Some valid, even important prophets were dicey people both before, during, and after their prophetic ministrry. But don’t let the way the vessel looks bias you as to the contents. God is “sly” that way. It’s exactly what you might expect out of a God bent on blessing. He will get the message through whatever opening He can.
And... I would certainly invite those who are more familiar with particulars of holiness to augment the picture. However holiness does not strangle anything (except of course, sin). Holiness grows and builds and is solid with the very solidity of heaven. And it grows out of great weakness sometimes.
Matt 12:20 He will not break a bruised reed, and He will not put out a smoldering wick, until He has led justice to victory.
Don’t be so quick, folks to judge the ugly, even weed infested garden ground and miss the holy flower which may seem shorter than the weeds. It won’t forever be that way.