If you don’t already subscribe to the daily messages from Joel Osteen I strongly urge you to do so. It never ceases to amaze me how God uses Joel to send me messages of encouragement or correction exactly when I need to hear it. I know I haven’t requested prayer, but right now my family is going through a very difficult time and just when you think I my plate is full and I am at my limit, something else gets piled on the plate. I won’t say that God is testing me, but I will say that I am being pushed to my physical, emotional, financial and spiritual limits. I know God is in control and without Him I can do nothing. I look forward to the person I will be when I come out on the other side of the valley. You can click here to sign up for the daily message from Joel Osteen as well as see streaming video or podcasts. Take care and know that God is in control, so surrender all to Him and He will see you through. – Briggie ^i^
“We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation”
(Romans 5:3-4, NLT).
TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria
Did you know that the way you handle your adversities has a huge impact on your success in life? If you shrink back, choose to get bitter, and lose your enthusiasm, then you are allowing the difficulties of life to bury you. You are allowing hardship to keep you from your God-given destiny. But if you choose to keep pressing forward with a smile on your face, rejoicing even in the hard times, you are allowing God’s character to be developed inside of you. You are setting yourself up for promotion.
Did you know that the only difference between a piece of black coal and a priceless diamond is the amount of pressure that it’s endured? When you stand strong in the midst of the trials and difficulties in life, when you allow God to shape and mold your character, it’s like going from a piece of coal to a priceless diamond. Those difficulties are going to give way to new growth, new potential, new talent, new friendships, new opportunities, new vision. You’re going to see God develop your life in ways that you’ve never even dreamed!
A PRAYER FOR TODAY
Father in heaven, thank You for giving me strength to overcome every obstacle in life. I choose to rejoice no matter what may come against me because I know You are working all things together for my good. Thank You for developing Your character in me. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.