Words of Hope and Inspiration with Joel and Victoria Osteen

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God wants us to be constantly growing, rising to new levels, and reaching higher heights in this life. He wants us to flourish and excel at whatever we set our hand to. But so many people stay right where they are, day in and day out, settling for less than God’s best simply because they’ve grown accustom to their circumstances. In short, they’ve become comfortable. However, if we are going to experience all that God has for us, we can’t just stay where we are; we have to stretch and step out of our comfort zones.

Reaching new levels isn’t always easy—but it wasn’t meant to be easy. If everything were easy all the time, you wouldn’t need to stretch. You wouldn’t stretch your faith, you wouldn’t stretch your capacity to receive, you wouldn’t increase, and you would miss out on discovering so many facets of God’s character. Every time we step out, we learn more about who God is and what He’s deposited on the inside of us. Every time you take a step of faith, every time you stretch, you are tapping into more of what He has placed on the inside of you.

Remember, stretching is good for you! It’s good for your body, it’s good for your mind, and it’s good for your faith! Stretching builds your confidence. Your spiritual life begins by God doing a work in you, and then you begin to work with Him. The more new situations you experience,

the more you will stretch, and the more confidence you will have. Sometimes stretching is uncomfortable, but it prepares you for the challenges that line the road to your destiny.

Today, I encourage you to stay open to what God wants to do in your life. Be open to the people He’s placed around you, people who recognize
“The path of the righteous is like the morning sun, shining ever brighter till the full light of day.” (Proverbs 4:18, NIV)your talents and want to help you discover your inner strengths. It may not be easy, it may not be comfortable, but it will be worth it! Be willing to step out of that comfort zone because there are new levels of greatness in store for you!

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