Joel Osteen Today’s Word: Bigger, Greater, and More Powerful
Today’s Scripture – 1 John 4:4, NIV – You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.
Today’s Word – We all have times when we feel like we’re surrounded by difficulties, surrounded by a sickness, or surrounded by debt. When you’re in a difficult time, the enemy will do a lot of talking. He’ll tell you, “I have you surrounded. You’re never going to get well. You’ve had this addiction for so long that you’ll never break it. You’re never getting out of debt.
As long as you’re striving, you’re limited to what you can accomplish. The problem is we all face giants that are too big, people that are more powerful, a medical report that says there’s no way. Our strength, our effort, our talent, no matter how hard we try, will not be enough.
That’s why God said, “Apart from Me, you can do nothing” (John 15:5). You can’t overcome that challenge, you can’t break the addiction, you can’t accomplish your dream just with your own will power, your own hard work. You need power from on high.
The longer it’s taking, the better it’s going to be. God is getting you prepared for the blessing He’s already prepared for you. When it’s taking a long time, that’s because the blessing is bigger than you can handle right now.
God is getting you stronger, more mature, more confident. He’s getting other people in place. He’s doing a work in them. Don’t be discouraged because it’s been dark a long time; that’s a sign that God is about to do something that you’ve never seen. It’s going to be bigger, more rewarding, more fulfilling than you’ve ever imagined.
When you feel like you’re surrounded, come back to the place of peace and say, “I know my God is still on the throne, and He is surrounding what’s surrounding me. He’s bigger than this opposition, greater than this sickness, and more powerful than these enemies. I will not be discouraged or worried. The forces for me are greater than the forces against me.”
Prayer for Today – Father, thank You that You know everything that the enemy brings against me and surrounds me with. Thank You that You are bigger, greater, and more powerful than any of these enemies. I believe that the forces for me are greater than any that are against me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.