God doesn’t make any mistakes. When He created you, He wasn’t having a bad day. He didn’t accidentally leave something out, and now you’re at a disadvantage. God calls you a masterpiece. You have royal blood flowing through your veins. He’s crowned you with His favor. You’re not lacking; you’re not at a disadvantage. You have everything you need to fulfill your destiny.
Members of all Christian denominations are taught to seek repentance for their sins. While Joel Osteen does quote scripture and reference the core tenets of Christianity in his sermons, traditional hellfire-and-brimstone preaching never really appealed to him. Instead of telling parishioners to confess and repent, he encourages them to “shake off the shame.”
Discussing the role of Christ with the Church Executive, Osteen said, “When Jesus was here, he lifted the fallen, he restored those who were broken … I believe in sin and repentance from sin, but we’ve all made mistakes. Life beats us up, and I feel like my message is to tell people to get back up and go again.”
Too often we make the mistake of remembering what we should forget—our hurts, failures, and disappointments—and we forget what we should remember—our victories, accomplishments, and the times we have made it through.
You may have made mistakes, we all have, but God is saying, “You’re forgiven.” If He forgives you, why don’t you forgive yourself? As long as you’re beating yourself up, reliving your failures, dwelling on disappointments, that’s going to keep you from your ‘one more time.’ Shake that off. This is a new day. It’s time to say goodbye to guilt, goodbye to condemnation, goodbye to being against yourself.
You may have made mistakes, you may feel like you missed your opportunity or you’ve messed up, but if you listen, God is calling your name. Get your passion back. Shake off the guilt and get ready to take new ground. You can still become all God created you to be.
For some of you, the only thing that’s holding you back is your thoughts toward yourself. You’re focused on your mistakes, how you blew it, how you didn’t measure up. But, you’ve got to reprogram your thinking and get rid of those negative thoughts.
Positivity in lieu of punishment helped earn Osteen the rank of third most influential evangelical in America by Newsmax in 2017, second only to Billy and Franklin Graham.