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Don’t Give Life to a Complaint by Joel and Victoria Osteen

Don’t Give Life to a Complaint by Joel and Victoria Osteen

Topic: Don’t Give Life to a Complaint

It’s interesting that soon after the people of Israel had been freed from slavery in Egypt, they started complaining about their hardships in the wilderness. One of their complaints was that they were tired of the manna, the bread that God provided supernaturally for them every single day. They grumbled, “Now we have lost our appetite; we never see anything but this manna!” (Numbers 11:6). That complaint got them thinking about “the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions, and garlic” they used to eat in captivity. They let the food they had become tired of become more important than their freedom from slavery.

God is taking all of us somewhere, and like the people of Israel, we have everything we need right now to get to where He’s taking us. But that’s where the Israelites missed it. They were only looking at their circumstances and what they thought they didn’t have. They forgot to look to their God! It’s so easy to see out of natural eyes that look for problems rather than see out of supernatural eyes that behold the hand of God working behind the scenes, the almighty God who’s providing for all our needs.

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Today, you’re going to have many opportunities to find faults because there’s no perfect friend, no perfect spouse, and no perfect job. Life is filled with imperfections, so we can’t escape the fact that there will be much to criticize. What I want to suggest is that rather than enter into faultfinding that we figure out a way to be the solution to problems rather than complain about problems and find a way to act properly when we feel negative.

You can’t stop all the negative thoughts you have about people and situations, but you can stop giving those thoughts life by speaking them out. You can watch what you say by stepping back and reminding yourself that complaining only finds the worst in situations and other people, never the best, and speaking them out only makes things worse. Don’t give it life! Don’t ruin relationships and situations. Joel and Victoria Osteen

So what should you do? The apostle Paul says, “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen” (Ephesians 4:29). Let’s keep our mouths closed, stay the course, and be grateful to God. Let’s not be faultfinders. Let’s be those who “rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:16–18).

Culled from Joel & Victoria’s Blog

Joel osteen ‘s daily sermons for today : Speak These “I Am”s over Your Life

Speak These “I Am”s over Your Life

Let me give you some “I am”s to speak over your life. Read over these declarations every day. Get them down in your spirit. Meditate on them. They may not all be true right now, but as you continue to speak them, they will become a reality.

“I am blessed. I am prosperous. I am successful.”
“I am victorious. I am talented. I am creative.”
“I am wise. I am healthy. I am in shape.”
“I am energetic. I am happy. I am positive.”
“I am passionate. I am strong. I am  confident.”“I am secure. I am beautiful. I am attractive.”
“I am valuable. I am free. I am redeemed.”
“I am forgiven. I am anointed. I am accepted.”
“I am approved. I am prepared. I am qualified.”
“I am motivated. I am focused. I am disciplined.”
“I am determined. I am patient. I am kind.”
“I am generous. I am excellent. I am equipped.”
“I am empowered. I am well able.”
“I am a child of the Most High God.”

Joel osteen daily sermons for today :Be a Joshua, Be a Caleb

Be a Joshua, Be a Caleb

In Numbers 13, Moses sent twelve men in to spy out the Promised Land. After forty days, ten of them came back and said, “Moses, we don’t have a chance. The cities are fortified and very large and the people are huge. Compared to them we felt like we were grass- hoppers.” Notice their “I am”s. “I am weak. I am inferior. I am intimidated. I am afraid.” What happened? Fear, intimidation, and inferiority came knocking at their door.

The other two spies, Joshua and Caleb, came back with a differ- ent report. They said, “Moses, yes, the people are big, but we know our God is much bigger. We are well able. Let us go in and take the
land at once.” Their “I am”s were just the opposite. “I am strong. I am equipped. I am confident. I am more than a conqueror.”
What is interesting is that the negative report from the ten spies spread like wildfire throughout the rest of the camp. Before long some two million people were intimidated and afraid. Nobody even
paid attention to Joshua and Caleb’s report of faith. Here’s what I’ve learned: A negative report always spreads faster than a positive report. When people are murmuring, complaining, and talking
defeat, be on guard. Make sure you don’t let the wrong “I am” take root.
The people of Israel were so distressed by the negative report that they complained against Moses and Aaron, “Why did you even bring us out here? We’re going to die in the wilderness. Our chil- dren, our wives, they’re going to be taken as plunder.”
God answered back something very powerful and very sobering.
He said in Numbers 14, “I will do for you exactly what you have said. You said you’re going to die in the wilderness, so you will die in the wilderness.” God is saying the same thing to us. “I am going to  do exactly what you’ve been saying.” Don’t ever say, “I am weak. I’m  intimidated. I’m inferior.” Friend, the wrong “I am” can keep you
from your destiny.
Do you remember reading in the Scripture about a man named  Sethur, a man named Gaddi, or a man named Shaphat? I’m fairly
certain that you’ve never heard of them. You know why? They were  listed among the ten spies who brought the negative report. They  also never made it into the Promised Land. The fact is they were
called to be history makers, just as Joshua and Caleb were. They had  seeds of greatness inside them, but the wrong “I am” kept them from  making their mark.
Don’t let that be your destiny. You may be facing some major  obstacles. My challenge is for you to be a Joshua. Be a Caleb. “I am  strong. I am confident. I am equipped. I am more than a conqueror.
I am well able.” Make sure you have the right “I am”s coming out of  your mouth.
Joshua and Caleb were the only two from that whole wilderness  company to ever make it into the Promised Land.

Joel osteen daily sermons for today :Change Your “I Am”s

Change Your “I Am”s

You have gifts and talents that you’ve not tapped into yet. There is a treasure inside you. Throughout life, negative thoughts will try to keep it pushed down. The enemy doesn’t want you to reach your full
potential. There are forces constantly trying to make you feel intimi-dated, inferior, unqualified. If you’re going to fulfill your destiny, you have to shake off the negative voices. Shake off the thoughts
that are telling you, I am unable. I am unqualified. Don’t invite weak-
ness. Don’t give intimidation an invi-
tation. You may feel unqualified, but before you were born, God equipped you. He empowered you. You are not lacking anything. God has already stamped His approval on you. People may try to push you down, but when you know God has approved you, you realize, I don’t need other people’s approval. I’ve been equipped, empowered, and anointed by the Creator
of the universe!
I know a man who was told by his high school counselor that he wasn’t very smart and should focus on the lowest skilled job that he could find. I’m sure the counselor meant well, but he didn’t know who this young man was on the inside. He didn’t see the seeds of greatness God had planted in this young man. As a high school stu-
dent, this young man’s “I am” was distorted. “I am not up to par. I am not smart. I am very average.” He didn’t realize he was inviting
that into his life, but over time it showed up.
After high school, this man got a job at the local factory and stayed at the lowest level year after year after year. One day the fac-
tory closed down, so he went across town and applied at another factory. This company had a policy that job applicants had to first take an IQ test. He took the test and scored the highest in the
company’s sixty-three-year history. His IQ score was assessed at genius level. He went on to start his own business, and he invented and patented two very successful products. Today, he is extremely blessed.
What happened? He changed his “I am.”
Could it be what someone has told you is keeping you from God’s best? Could it be that the wrong “I am” is keeping you from ris- ing higher and reaching your full potential? Do what this man did Change your “I am.” Don’t let what somebody told you determine your destiny. Get in agreement with God. Know who you are and know who you are not. “I am not lacking. I am not average. I am not inferior. I am equipped. I am empowered. I am anointed. I am wise.
I am a masterpiece.”

Joel osteen daily sermons for today :You Are Who God Says You Are

You Are Who God Says You Are

Romans 4 says to “call the things that are not as though they were.”
That simply means that you shouldn’t talk about the way you are.
Talk about the way you want to be. If you’re struggling in your finances, don’t go around saying, “Oh, man, business is so slow. The
economy is so down. It’s never going to work out.” That’s calling the things that are as if they will always be that way. That’s just describing negative words to you when you were young. But know this: Before
anyone could put a curse on you, God put a blessing on you. Before you were formed in your mother’s womb, God knew you, and He approved you. When God made you, He stepped back and said, “I like that. That was good. Another masterpiece!” He stamped His approval on you. Other people may try to disapprove of you. Don’t
go around feeling less than, feeling inferior. Our attitude should be: I am approved by Almighty God. I am accepted. I am a master- piece. When you talk like that, the seeds of greatness God has placed
inside will begin to spring forth.

Joel osteen’s daily sermons for today: God Can Even Change Your Name

God Can Even Change Your Name

That’s what happened to a lady in the Scripture named Sarai. She had to change her “I am.” God promised Sarai and her husband, Abram, that they would have a baby. But Sarai was eighty years old,way past the childbearing years. Back in those days, if a wife couldn’t conceive and give her husband a child for some reason, even if it was the husband’s fault, the wife was considered to be a failure. She was looked down on greatly. There was a sense of shame in not being able to conceive a baby. This is how Sarai felt. She was eighty years old and never had a baby. She felt as though she had let Abram down.

Her self-esteem was so low. I can imagine some of her “I am”s: “I am a failure. I am inferior. I am not good enough. I am unattractive.”

Yet Sarai has this promise from God that as an older woman she was going to have a baby. God knew that it would never come to pass unless He could convince Sarai to change her “I am”s. It was so imperative that she have this new mindset that God actually changed her name from Sarai to Sarah, which means “princess.” Now every time someone said, “Good morning, Sarah,” they were saying, “Good morning, Princess.”
“How are you, Sarah?” “How are you, Princess?”
“Would you pass me the ketchup, Sarah?” “Would you pass me the ketchup,Princess?”

She heard this over and over. Those words got inside her and began to change her self-image. Sarah went from “I am a failure” to “I am a princess.” From “I am unattractive” to “I am beautiful.”

From “I am ashamed” to “I am crowned by Almighty God.” Instead of hanging her head in defeat, in embarrassment, she started hold-ing her head up high. From “I’m not good enough” to “I am a child of the Most High God.” From “I’m inferior” to “I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” Her new attitude became: “I am amazing.

I am wonderful. I am a masterpiece.”
And ladies, as was true for Sarah, you may have had a lot of things in life try to push you down—bad breaks and disappointments, maybe people have even tried to make you feel as though you just
don’t measure up or you’re not quite  attractive enough. You could easily let that seed get inside, ruin your sense of value, and cause you to live inferior. But God is saying to you what He said to Sarai, “I want you to change your name to Princess”—not literally, but in your attitude.

You have to shake off the negative things people have said about you. Shake off the low self-esteem and the inferiority and start carrying yourself like a princess. Start walking like a prin-cess. Start talking like a princess. Start thinking like a princess. Start waving like a princess!

Instead of whispering, “I am inferior. I am less than,” you start declaring, “I am one of a kind. I am handpicked by Almighty God.
I am valuable. I am a masterpiece.” When you get up in the morn-ing, don’t focus on all your flaws. Look in the mirror and dare to  say, “I am beautiful. I am young. I am vibrant. I am confident. I am  secure.” You may have had some disappointments.

People may have  tried to push you down, but quit telling yourself you’re all washed
up. Do as Sarah and say, “I am royalty. I am crowned with favor. I  am excited about my future.” This princess spirit got inside Sarah.  It changed her self-image. I’ve learned you have to change on the
inside before you’ll see change on the outside. At ninety-one years old, against all odds, she gave birth to that baby. The promise came to pass.

Joel osteen’s daily sermons for today : You Are an Amazing, Wonderful Masterpiece

You Are an Amazing, Wonderful
Masterpiece

Some people have never once said, “I am beautiful. I am attrac-tive.” They’re more focused on their flaws and what they don’t likeabout themselves and how they wish they had more here and less there. When you say, “I am beautiful,” beauty comes looking for you. Youth comes looking for you. Freshness comes looking for you.
Nobody else can do this for you! It has to come out of your own mouth.

Ladies, don’t go around telling your husband how unattractive you are. You should never put yourself down, and especially don’t put yourself down in front of your husband. You are his prize. To
him you are the most beautiful woman in the world. Why would you want to tell him anything different? The last thing he needs
to hear is how bad you think you look. Don’t put those negative thoughts in his mind. It’s not going to do him or you any good to
discredit yourself. If you keep telling him how bad you look, one day he may believe you.
But when you say, “I am beautiful,” not only does beauty, youth, and freshness start coming your way, but on the inside your spirit also comes alive. Your self-image begins to improve, and you’ll start carrying yourself like you’re someone special. You won’t drag

Joel ostreen’daily sermons for today :Beauty is in being who God madeyou tobe with confidence

Beauty is in being who
God madeyou tobe with
confidence.

through the day feeling less than or  inferior. You’ll have that spring in  your step, that “You go, girl!” attitude.

Beauty is not in how thin or tall you  are, how perfect you look. Beauty is in  being who God made you to be with confidence. If you’re a size 4,  great. If you’re a size 24, great. Take what you have and make the
most of it.

God made you as you are on purpose. He gave you your looks,  your height, your skin color, your nose, your personality. Nothing
about you is by accident. You didn’t get overlooked. You didn’t get  left out. God calls you His masterpiece. Instead of going around feel-ing down on yourself, unattractive, too tall, too short, not enough of  this, or too much of that, dare to get up in the morning and say, “I  am a masterpiece. I am created in the image of Almighty God.”
David said in Psalm 139, “God, I praise You because You have  made me in an amazing way. What You have done is wonderful.”
Notice David’s “I am”s. He was saying, not in pride but in praise  to God, “I am wonderful. I am amazing. I am a masterpiece.” That  goes against human nature. Most of us think, There’s nothing amaz- ing about me. Nothing wonderful. I’m just average. I’m just ordinary.
But the fact is there is nothing ordinary about you.

You have a fin- gerprint that nobody else has. There will never be another you. Even
if you have an identical twin, somebody who looks exactly like you,  they don’t have your same personality, your same goals, or even your same fingerprints. You are an original. When God made you, He threw away the mold. But as long as you go around thinking, I’m just average. I’m just one of the seven billion people on the earth. There’s nothing special about me, the wrong “I am” will keep you from rising
higher.

Joel osteen daily sermons for today : The good news is you get to choose what follows the “I am.”

The good news is you get to choose what follows the “I am.”

When you go through the day saying, “I am blessed,” blessings come looking for you. “I am talented.” Tal-ent comes looking for you. You may not feel up to par, but when you say,
“I am healthy,” health starts head- ing your way. “I am strong.” Strength starts tracking you down. You’re inviting those things into your life.
That’s why you have to be careful what follows the “I am.” Don’t ever say, “I am so unlucky. I never get any good breaks.” You’re inviting disappointments. “I am so broke. I am so in debt.” You are inviting struggle. You’re inviting lack. You need to send out some new invitations. Get up in the morning and invite good things into your life. “I am blessed. I am strong. I
am talented. I am wise. I am disciplined. I am focused. I am prosper-ous.” When you talk like that, talent gets summoned by Almighty God: “Go find that person.” Health, strength, abundance, and disci-
pline start heading your way.

But how many of us, when we get up in the morning, look in the The Power of I Am 3
mirror and the first thing we say is, “I am so old. I am so wrinkled. I am so worn out.” You are inviting oldness. You’re inviting fatigue.

Do us all a favor; stop inviting that. Dare to say, “I am young. I am energetic. I am vibrant. I am radiant. I am fresh. I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” That’s one of the best anti-aging treatments you
could ever take, and it costs you nothing!

Joel osteen’s daily sermons for today :Whatever follows the “Iam” will eventually find you

Whatever follows the
“I am” will eventually
find you.

Here’s the principle. Whatever fol-
lows the “I am” will eventually find you.
When you say, “I am so clumsy,” clumsiness comes looking for you.

“I am so old.” Wrinkles come looking for
you. “I am so overweight.” Calories come looking for you. It’s as though you’re inviting them. Whatever you follow the “I am” with, you’re handing it an invitation, opening the door, and giving it per- mission to be in your life.