When I read today’s message from Joel Osteen, I kept hearing the words to the song, “What a friend we have in Jesus”. I have many friends in my lifetime. I have awesome friends who have been there with me in my ups and downs and I treasure them. And I have had friends that I considered family who when I was having a hard time, turned their backs on me. Jesus, in my humble opinion, is better than a friend, because I know that He will never leave me, nor forsake me. He isn’t going to put His needs before mine or push His opinions on me. He will always overlook my shortcomings, and forgive me when I ask Him to. When I call His name, He’s going to be there for me – no if’s, no ands and no buts.
What A Friend We Have In Jesus – written by Joseph M. Scriven
What a Friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer!
O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry everything to God in prayer.
Have we trials and temptations? Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged; take it to the Lord in prayer.
Can we find a friend so faithful who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness; take it to the Lord in prayer.
Are we weak and heavy laden, cumbered with a load of care?
Precious Savior, still our refuge, take it to the Lord in prayer.
Do your friends despise, forsake you? Take it to the Lord in prayer!
In His arms He’ll take and shield you; you will find a solace there.
Blessed Savior, Thou hast promised Thou wilt all our burdens bear
May we ever, Lord, be bringing all to Thee in earnest prayer.
Soon in glory bright unclouded there will be no need for prayer
Rapture, praise and endless worship will be our sweet portion there.
lyrics courtesy of www.cyberhymnal.org
A message from Joel Osteen
“Be bold, be strong, for the Lord is with you” (Joshua 1:9).
Today’s Word from Joel and Victoria
No matter what today has in store, as a believer, you can approach the day with boldness and confidence. Why? Because the Lord is with you, and in Him is everything you need in this life. That means that if you need provision for something today, provision is with you. If you need wisdom today, wisdom is with you. If you need strength, joy, or peace today, it’s with you. You can be confident today knowing that all of your needs are supplied spiritually, physically, and emotionally because the Lord is with you. And best of all, He’s promised never to leave you. Don’t let lies from the enemy or pressure from the world keep you from taking hold of everything the Lord has for you. Open your heart by faith and receive whatever you need today. Step out in boldness and strength because the Lord is with you!
A Prayer for Today
Heavenly Father, thank You for loving me today. Thank You for Your faithfulness. Thank You for being closer to me than the air I breathe. I receive Your promises today in faith and confidence. I cast all of my cares on You and set my heart on You today. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.