Sermon for today by Joel osteen: BELIEVING GOD CHANGES EVERYTHING



What if, when the angel came to Mary, the blessed virgin, she had limited God. The angel Gabriel came and said, “Rejoice,
highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are youamong women!…

And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus.

He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Himthe throne of His father David. And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom  there will be no end” (Luke 1:28, 31–33).

One can easily understand Mary’sresponse: “How can this be, since I do not know a man?” (v. 34). To which, the angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that
Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God” (v. 35).

What if Mary had said, “Now, look, Gabriel, you look bright and beautiful and full of authority. But this has never been done before, and I don’t know anybody else who ever had a message like this.

You realize I’mgoing to be accused of
having an affair with a man and going around here pregnant not even being married.

Why are you trying to get me into
trouble? Wherever you came from, go on back.”
This word fromthe angel Gabriel was not natural; it was supernatural. She could have doubted him, but thank God she
didn’t. Thank God, she received the seed of God, the Word of God into her womb, and Jesus was born, and now He is our Savior and our Lord!

What if Moses’ parents had limited God when the Egyptians were killing the newborn Jewish boys? Baby Moseswas so beautiful, and they could see destiny written on his face. What if they had said,

“Well, it’s no use. He’s going to be
killed like all the rest of the babies.” But they didn’t limit God.
They said, “God, we’re going to trust You.” They took creative
steps to save their child, hiding himaway in a little basket down in the Nile. Not only was Moses not killed, but God found a way to get him right into the heart of Pharaoh’s palace through Pharaoh’s daughter.

She took him for her own child and raised himas a prince in Egypt, and he became the mighty deliverer of the Jewish nation.

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