Words of Hope and Inspiration with Joel and Victoria Osteen

Words of Hope and Inspiration with Joel and Victoria Osteen


After the Ups and Downs

posted by joel

joel osteen, daily Bible reading, joel osteen ministriesIn Genesis, the Bible tells us about Jacob’s son, Joseph. As a young man, he was wearing a coat of many colors given to him by his father. He had God’s favor. His life was good. He was on an “up.” Then his jealous brothers threw him into a pit. His life went down. He was sold into slavery and went to work for a man named Potiphar. He came back up. Potiphar’s wife lied about him and had him put in prison. He went back down. He was good to the people in prison. Pharaoh put him in charge over all of Egypt. He came back up again.

Year after year for Joseph was up and down, good break/bad break, promotion/setback. But Joseph understood that if he would abide in God and not let his heart become bitter, God would lead him into victory again. He didn’t start complaining or start asking, “God, why is this happening to me?” He just kept moving forward and being his best. One day, he hit that tipping point where God said, “All right, Joseph. You’ve done your part. You’ve proven that you’re going to be faithful, now I’m going to do My part. I’m going to cause you to remain steady.”

A lot of times, people look at Joseph’s life and all the ups and downs that He went through. They notice how he kept a good attitude during tough times, which is important. But what I want you to see today is that Joseph eventually came to a place where he came up and never went back down again. God established him. God set him on high. Understand today that the same God who brought you up can keep you up. You don’t have to get set in your thinking that life is going to be all ups and downs, one good break and one bad break. No, keep abiding. Keep being faithful, and you, too are going to come to that place where God not only lifts you up, but He will keep you up and lead you into the life of victory and blessing He has in store for you!

“He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper” (Psalm 1:3, NKJV).



Previous Posts

It's Time For Some "First Times"
One time at church, I was talking to a college student. She was about to take a very important final exam. She asked, "Joel, would you pray that God will help me make a C on this test?" I kind of laughed and said, "Why wouldn't we want to pray that God would help you make an A?" She said, "Oh, all I

posted 8:57:13am Aug. 20, 2012 | read full post »

Standing In The Place of Power
We all have times when things come against us. Times when we feel cheated, mistreated, wronged or taken advantage of. Maybe you're facing a difficulty today and you're not exactly sure how to handle it. If we look to the Word, we see that Jesus set a powerful example for us to follow. Here He was

posted 8:51:40am Aug. 17, 2012 | read full post »

What To Wear Today
If you're like me, when you wake up in the morning, you start thinking about your day—where you'll be going, who you'll be seeing, and what the weather will be like. Then you go to your closet and choose something to wear that will work for all those different scenarios. But there's one thing that

posted 8:48:46am Aug. 15, 2012 | read full post »

Stay On Winning Side
Right before Jesus was arrested and taken to the cross, He had a conversation with one of his disciples, Peter. He said, "Peter, you are going to deny me three times tonight." But Peter loved Jesus and refused to believe it, "No way! I would never deny You. I'll stand by You 'til the end!" Sure enou

posted 8:46:54am Aug. 13, 2012 | read full post »

Thank God For Generational Blessings
We can all look back through our family lines and see how our parents, grandparents, great-grandparents and others in our family history have affected our lives. Sometimes people see negative things that have been passed down, but the blessing of God is passed down as well. In fact, Exodus 20:6 says

posted 8:37:39am Aug. 13, 2012 | read full post »




Report as Inappropriate

You are reporting this content because it violates the Terms of Service.

All reported content is logged for investigation.