Don’t Settle For Less | Joel Osteen

Don’t Settle For Less | Joel Osteen

[music] God bless you.
It’s a joy to come into your homes, and if you’re ever in our
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We’d love to have you be a part. Thanks for tuning in today.
I like to start with something funny, and I heard about these
three men that were out in the wilderness.
They came upon this violent, raging river.
They needed to get to the other side.
The first man prayed, “God, please give me the strength
to make it across,” and poof, God gave him big arms and strong
legs. He was able to swim
across in two hours. The next man prayed, “God,
please give me the strength and the tools to make it
across,” and poof, God gave him a boat.
He was able to row across in 30 minutes.
The third man prayed, “God, please give me the strength,
the tools, and the intelligence to make it across,” and poof,
God turned him into a woman. She looked at the map, hiked
five minutes up the stream, and walked across the bridge.
And yes, that was sent to me by a woman.
But here we go. This is my Bible.
I am what it says I am. I have what it says I have.
I can do what it says I can do. Today, I will be taught the Word
of God. I boldly confess my mind is
alert. My heart is receptive.
I will never be the same. In Jesus’s name, God bless you. I want to talk to you today
about “Don’t Settle for Less.” All of us have dreams that we’re
believing for and promises that God has spoken to us. At one time, we were excited
about them, but too often, when it’s taking longer than we
thought, because our health hasn’t improved, we didn’t get
the promotion, our child isn’t making good decisions, we get
discouraged and quit believing for the fullness of what’s
in our heart. It’s easy to water down what
God’s promised us. I don’t like this job,
but at least I’m employed. It’s good enough.
I was believing for a nice house, but I guess this
apartment will do. I was hoping to get well,
but I’ve learned to live with this sickness.
I guess I’m at least okay. No, okay is not who you were
created to be. Good enough is not what God
promised you. The enemy can’t stop God’s plan
for your life, but he’ll do his best to convince you to settle
along the way. And if you’re going to become
all you were created to be, you have to keep a fire in your
spirit. There has to be a holy
determination, a resolve that says, “I refuse to settle
for less than what God’s promised me.”
You have to make up your mind you’re not going to be talked
out of it. You’re not going to water it
down. You’re not going to let good
enough be good enough. It may be taking longer than you
thought. It may be more difficult.
The good news is it’s not too late.
You haven’t missed your chance. What God promised you is still
on the way. Not a watered down version, not
a partial healing, not to make do promotion, not a good enough
marriage. No, exactly what God promised
you. What you were excited
about before the delays, before the bad breaks is still
en route. God doesn’t abort a dream.
He doesn’t get talked out of what he’s promised.
He doesn’t water down what he’s spoken to us.
Now, maybe the reason you’re not seeing this favor is you’ve
settled. You’ve accepted that your
dream’s not going to happen. You’ll never get well.
You’ll never get out of debt. As long as you think that way,
it will limit your life. I’m asking you to pull up your
stakes, pack up your belongings. Mediocrity is not your home.
Good enough is not your destiny. Getting by is not where you
belong. You may be there now, but that
is not your permanent location. Don’t settle for an okay
marriage, okay job, okay health, okay life.
Yes, we should be content, but you shouldn’t be satisfied
with less than what you know God put in your heart.
But sometimes, instead of stirring our faith
up and believing for the best, we move the goalposts back
to justify what we’re seeing. I can’t seem to break this
addiction, but if I can learn to manage it that’s good enough.
I’ll never reach my dreams, but hey, I’m doing as good as my
coworker. That’s not too bad.
Instead of justifying it, moving that goalpost to fit what you
think is going to happen, why don’t you leave the goal there
and say, “God, I don’t see how this can work out.
I don’t see how I can get well, how my family will be restored,
how can reach my dreams. But God, I know you wouldn’t
have promised it if you weren’t going to bring it to pass.
I know you have a way where I don’t see a way, so I’m not
going to settle here. I’m going to keep believing.
I’m going to keep dreaming. I’m going to keep stretching my
faith.” That’s what allows God to do
great things. Genesis 15, God told Abraham he
was going to have a son. The problem was Abraham was 75
years old. His wife Sarah was 65.
They’d never had children. She had been barren all these
years. Now she had gone
through the change of life. It was impossible
in the natural. Year after year went by, no sign of a baby.
Every thought told them, “You’re wasting your time.
You’re both way too old. It’s never going to happen.”
Sarah finally told Abraham to sleep with her maid.
She thought that’s the only way they could have a baby.
It seemed so impossible, she watered down the promise.
She reduced it to what she thought could happen.
Many times, we do like Sarah. When God speaks something to us,
instead of coming up to his level, believing
for the unusual, the uncommon, the extraordinary, we bring it
down to our level. When I got word that the Compaq
Center was coming available and the Rockets were going
to move out of this building, something came alive
on the inside. I knew it was supposed to be
ours. But even though I was excited
in my spirit, my mind said, “There’s no way we’ll get
the building. It’s too expensive.
The city will never let a church have it.”
I was tempted to water it down. Voices whispered, “Joel, come
back to your senses. Don’t get your hopes up.
It’s never going to happen.” It’s easy to get talked
out of the great things God has in store.
There will be times God speaks things to your spirit that don’t
make sense to your mind. Sarah, you can’t have a baby
at 80. Joel, you’ll never get
the basketball arena. Dodie, you’ll never beat
terminal cancer. Just accept it.
You’ll never write your book. Never start your business.
Never build that children’s home you’re dreaming about.
You don’t have the resources. You may not, but God does. He’s not asking you to figure it
out, he’s asking you to believe. Why don’t you take the limits
off of him? “Well Joel, I can’t think of any
good reason to get my hopes up. Seems so unlikely,
so impossible.” Let me give you one great
reason. The Most High God is on your
side. He is breathing in your
direction right now. You wouldn’t be hearing this if he wasn’t about to do something
unusual, uncommon, something that you didn’t see coming.
You can’t explain it. It didn’t make sense.
People will scratch their heads, thinking, “How did you beat
the sickness? I saw the medical report.
How did your business take off so fast?
You didn’t have the connections.”
No, but you have the favor of God.
You have his blessing on your life.
What he’s promised you will come to pass.
Not a watered down version. Not a get by version.
Not a good enough version. Get ready for the fullness
of what God said. Make room in your thinking
for the abundant, overflowing, more than enough life that belongs to you.
The mistake Sarah made is she reduced what God promised
to what she thought could happen.
“Abraham, I’m 80 years old. Surely God didn’t mean I would
have a baby. Let me find the maid and you can have a baby with her, and we’ll
call that child our own.” No, you don’t have to take
up for God. You don’t have to try to make
sure he doesn’t look bad in case he doesn’t come through.
Let me help God make this happen.
God doesn’t need that kind of help.
He flung stars into space. He spoke worlds into existence.
He’s not at a loss at how to turn your situation around,
at how to bring your child back on course, at how to open a new
door for your business. Don’t reduce it to what makes
sense to you. Don’t let what you don’t have
talk you out of what God does have.
Get in agreement with him. God, this seems impossible
to me, but I know you can do the impossible.
I’m looking at it in the natural, but I know
you’re a supernatural God. You can take me where I can’t go
on my own. When the three Hebrew teenagers
were about to be thrown into a fiery furnace because
they wouldn’t bow down to the king’s golden idol, the guards tied their hands
and feet with cords. They were thrown
into the furnace, bound. They should’ve instantly been
killed. The fire was so hot, when
the guards threw them in, the guards lost their lives.
But in a little while, the king came to check on them.
He said, “Didn’t we throw three men in, bound?
I see four men loosed, and one looks like the Son of God.”
Here’s my point. You may feel like your hands are
tied, you’ve done your best, you’ve worked hard, you prayed,
you believed, but it seems like you’ve reached your limits. It’s never going to work out.
The good news is God’s hands are not tied.
He’s not limited by what’s limiting us.
And I believe today, some cords are being broken.
Some chains are coming off. What’s restricted you
in the past has lost its grip. That addiction that’s held you
back, the sickness, the financial difficulties,
the trouble at work, this is a new day.
The fourth man in the fire has shown up.
Like these Hebrew teenagers, you’re going to come out not
bound, but loosed, free, healed, promoted, vindicated, with that
dream you’re believing for. Now, start seeing yourself free.
See yourself breaking the addictions.
See yourself rising to new levels, fulfilling your purpose.
Your hands are not tied anymore. God is releasing you into new
levels of your destiny. Abraham slept with Sarah’s maid
and they had a son that they named Ishmael.
They loved Ishmael. They were happy to have him,
but he was not the promised child.
No disrespect to him, but Ishmael represents a spirit
of good enough. This is not what I was believing
for, but it’s close. It’s good enough.
I’m not completely well, but at least I’m better.
That’s good enough. I was hoping for that management
position. It didn’t work out.
This other job is good enough. You don’t have to settle.
God is not going to give you a substitute blessing.
He’s not into counterfeits. He’s not into making do.
He has the real thing coming. You may have some good enough
areas in your life, but don’t stop there.
Don’t let that spirit of good enough cause you to be
satisfied. You have to keep stretching,
keep believing for the fullness of what God promised.
Twenty-five years after God told Abraham he was going to have
a son, Ishmael was now 13 years old, God came to him again
and said, in Genesis 13, “Abraham, Sarah is going to bear
you a child.” When Abraham heard this,
the Scripture says he fell down laughing, saying, “God, I’m
100 years old now. Sarah is 90.
How could she possibly have a baby at that age?”
Seems so impossible, so unlikely.
He went on to say, “May Ishmael enjoy my inheritance.”
He was saying, “God, I’m okay with good enough.
I’m okay with the substitute blessing.
We love Ishmael.” What was he doing?
Moving the goalposts. God said, “Abraham, I am not
a God that gives good enough blessings.
You may be satisfied with a look alike, with a make do,
but not me. I love Ishmael, but I didn’t say
you’re maid was going to have a son.
I said Sarah was going to have a son.
By this time next year, she will give birth.
You are to name him Isaac.” But even though Abraham settled
for Ishmael, even though they settled for having a baby
a different way, God said in effect, “I don’t settle.
I don’t get talked out of what I promised you.
You may have watered it down, but I am true to my Word.”
What God has spoken over you will come to pass.
Not partially, not in an indirect way, not
through your cousin, not to where you say, “This is good
enough.” God is going to surprise you.
He’s going to do it even though it seems too late, even though
you’ve made mistakes, even though you’ve already accepted
that Ishmael is good enough. God is saying, “Get ready, Isaac
is coming.” For some of you, like God told
them, by this time next year, you’re going to see something God promised that you’ve already
written off, something that you’ve already accepted it’s too
late now. You’ve settled, but you don’t
know what God is up to. He said, “Have I spoken it
and shall I not bring it to pass?”
At 90 years old, against all odds, Sarah gave birth to a son.
They named him Isaac. She looked at him and said, “Who
would’ve ever thought an old lady like me could have a baby?” God has some of these “Who
would’ve ever thought” blessings coming your way, blessings you
can’t explain, favor that doesn’t make sense.
Who would’ve ever thought we’d be having church in the former
Compaq Center? Who would’ve thought you would
lead your company in sales? Who would have thought you could
have a baby when you were told you couldn’t have children?
Who would have ever thought you could pay your house off this
soon? What am I saying?
Don’t settle for a watered down version of what God
promised you. There are dreams he’s whispered
to you in the night, things that seemed so big, so unlikely.
You don’t tell anybody. Like Abraham, you could laugh. Me, be free from this addiction?
Everyone in my family struggles with it.
Me, have overflow in my finances?
Have more than enough? Or me be healthy, strong,
in shape, energetic? That may seem so unlikely, you
could easily discount it. God wouldn’t have promised it if
he wasn’t going to bring it to pass.
Don’t do like Abraham and Sarah, talk about how impossible it is.
They settled for Ishmael while God was waiting to bring Isaac.
Maybe that’s why it took 25 years.
Are you settling for Ishmaels, for good enoughs?
Are you watering down what God promised, talking yourself
into it? Isaac represents something that
you’ve never seen. Isaac is more than you can
imagine, the greatness of God’s favor.
What would happen if we would say, “God, I’ve seen Ishmael.
God, you’ve been good to me, but I believe Isaac is coming.
Lord, thank you for the fullness of my destiny.
Thank you for opening doors no man can shut.
Thank you for bringing promises to pass that seem impossible.”
Thoughts will tell you all the reasons why it’s not going
to happen for you. You’re too old.
You’re too young. You’ve made too many mistakes.
You don’t have the talent, the education, the resources.
None of that stops our God. One touch of his favor
and you’ll see Isaac. A friend of mine works
in commercial real estate. She had a large piece
of property on the market for one of her clients for more
than 20 years, right on the main freeway.
The owner wasn’t in a big hurry to sell it.
Over the years, she kept raising the price from several million,
to $12 million, to over $20 million.
People told her it would never sell for that amount.
She was wasting her time. A few months ago, she brought
a large check to the ministry. It was the tithe, the first 10%
of the commission from selling the property.
She said, “Joel, I never went to school for this.
I didn’t have the training, but when this company called
that wanted to buy the property, I met with their attorneys.
I was very nice, but I said our price was firm.”
They said, “Fine, we’ll give you what you’re asking.”
She sold the property. What’s interesting is 15 years earlier, she had given a $100
check to a young man in our ministry.
She sowed that as a seed and said, “God, I want to be
able to do more.” That dream was planted
in her heart. And when she sold this property,
this new gift was a thousand times what she had given that
young man. God knows how to bring Isaac.
He said in Deuteronomy, “I will make you a thousand times more
than you are.” We hear that and think, “There’s
no way, Joel. Nobody in my company makes
that much.” Your job is not your source, God
is your source. Now, you may have seen Ishmael.
You’ve seen God’s goodness, but there are some far
out things God has in your future.
Goals and dreams that you can’t accomplish in the natural, it’s
going to take the supernatural. The good news is God knows how
to do the extraordinary, things that you can’t do on your own,
things that will amaze you. But sometimes the reason we
settle is life hasn’t turned out the way we thought.
We’ve gone through disappointments.
Unfair things have happened. Now we’ve lost our passion.
This is what happened to Abraham’s father.
His name was Terah. He had three sons.
One of those sons, a young man named Haran, died at
an early age. Terah went through this great
disappointment of losing a son. Years later, God told him
to leave the place he was living and move to Canaan, the promised
land. He got his belonging, his
family, and he started out that way.
But when they came to the city of Haran, the same name as
the son he lost, instead of passing through the city,
instead of continuing on toward the promised land, the Scripture
says Terah settled in the city of Haran.
He started out good, but when he came to the place that reminded
him of the loss of his son, the place of disappointment, he
got so discouraged that he gave up on his dream.
Terah could’ve become the father of our faith.
He’s the original one God told to go to the promised land, not
Abraham. But because of the loss, he
chose to settle. If you’re going to reach your
destiny, you have to dig down deep and say, “Yes, I’ve
been hurt, but I’m not settling here.
I’ve been through disappointments, but I’m
not settling in self pity. I’ve been betrayed, but I’m not
settling in bitterness. I lost a loved one.
It was painful, but I’m not settling in despair.
I know God has beauty for these ashes.
I know weeping endures for a night, but joy is coming
in the morning.” The truth is, we’ve all had
bad breaks. We can all find a reason to live
offended, bitter, angry, but if you’ll refuse to settle,
on the other side of that hurt is a new level of your destiny.
You have to press past the pain, press past the disappointments,
press past those lonely nights, thoughts telling you, “It’s
never going to work out. You’ve seen your best days.” What if my father would’ve
settled in poverty, the way he was raised?
I wouldn’t be up here. What if my mother would’ve
settled in despair when she was diagnosed with terminal cancer?
She wouldn’t be alive. What if Joseph would have
settled in bitterness, betrayed by his brothers?
He would’ve never become the prime minister of Egypt.
What if Ruth in the Scripture would have settled
in discouragement when she lost her husband?
She would have never met Boaz. They would’ve never had a son
that would become the great grandfather of King David.
She would’ve never been in the family line of Jesus.
Amazing things await you if you just don’t settle.
You may have gone through disappointments.
Life has thrown you a curve. You have to get your fire back.
God did not bring you this far to leave you.
Your greatest days in your health, in your marriage,
in your career, in your finances are still in front of you.
But the enemy would love for us to do like Abraham’s father, get
so discouraged, so disappointed that we settle on the way to our
destiny, that we miss the fullness of what God has
in store. He’s okay if you have Ishmael.
He doesn’t want you to have Isaac.
This is what happened with the Israelites.
God brought them out of slavery. They traveled
through the desert, made it next door to the promised land.
God told them he would give them the victory, but when they saw
how big the people were, when they heard all the negative
reports, the Scripture says they became too discouraged
to believe. Instead of going in and taking
the land, they settled in the desert.
Yes, God took care of them out there.
He provided for their needs. They saw Ishmael, but they never
saw Isaac. I believe many of you are next
door to your promised land. You’re on the verge of seeing
a new level of blessing and favor.
The question is, are you going to settle there or are you going
to stir your faith up and say, “No, I’ve come too far to stop
now. These giants may be big, but I
know my God is bigger. I may have had this sickness
a long time, this financial difficulty, this trouble
at work, but I know God is still on the throne.
I will live and not die. I will prosper and succeed.
As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
I know today I’m not looking at settlers, I’m looking
at overcomers. I’m looking at more than
conquerors. I’m looking at victors, not
victims. Now, not settling may mean going
back to school, getting training so your gifts can come out
in new ways. It may mean developing your
business plan, meeting with mentors to bring about
your goal. Not settling for you may mean
joining a support group to help break the addiction, not
learning to live with it, but getting the help you need.
It may mean putting more effort into your marriage, spending
more time with the person God gave you to love.
Perhaps not settling for you is going up to the gym, taking
walks at night instead of watching television, being
proactive to get back in shape. But I wonder where you could be
in ten years if you just don’t settle.
Who knows where God is taking you?
Who knows the doors he’s going to open, the people you’re going
to meet, the dreams you’re going to accomplish, the gifts that
are going to come out of you? A more sobering thought, where
will you be in ten years if you do settle?
What will you miss if you settle in mediocrity, settle
in dysfunction, settle in self-pity, in bitterness.
You will miss who you were created to be.
Friends, what’s in front of you is way too important to settle.
God has your Isaacs. He’s already lined up your good
breaks, the healing, the freedom, the business.
Now do your part, don’t let good enough become good enough.
Get your fire back and go after the destiny that belongs
to you. Our attitude should be, “I’m not
going to settle next door to my promised land, I am going in.
I’m going to become all I was created to be.”
If you’ll do this, I believe and declare Isaac is coming. Something more than you’ve
imagined. New levels in your career,
freedom from that addiction, breakthroughs in your finances,
healing, wholeness, abundance, the fullness of your destiny,
in Jesus’s name. And if you receive it, can you
say amen today? I’d like to give you
an opportunity to make Jesus the Lord of your life.
Would you pray with me? Just say, “Lord Jesus, I repent
of my sins. Come into my heart.
I make you my Lord and Savior.” If you prayed that simple
prayer, we believe you got born again.

Comments (100)

  1. I belive agree and recieve in the name of Jesus Christ❤❤❤

  2. Izak is coming Amen

  3. Amen!! I will not settle!!

  4. Totally feel like he's speaking to me.

  5. I will be great I will grow with god my relationship with my fiancé will be restored

  6. Not settling for a husband who does drugs and drinks alcohol as so many men in our societies. I’m waiting for a pious man, the man I can respect and be proud of and somebody who will be the best role model for our kids. I know he exists and I know God will make us meet soon.

  7. I really needed to hear this! I’ve been so discouraged lately. Thank you for reminding me that if God said it, it has to happen.


  9. I made a cartoon on u mr. Osteen. Please let me know how i can send it to you🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏

  10. God dont waterdown stirup d fire inside

  11. Amen. God blessing to you and your family in JESUS Name. Thank you Jesus. Thank you

  12. I will never settle for less in Jesus Name

  13. Title: For the family of Christ!
    Theme: The happiest sundays!

    Live Powerful Within! Live Wisely, live healthy! Live Strong, Live in Love, at peace with all men. Whether absence or present make your impression and expression…let it be love that flow through your veins, love has healing power. Luvienne Nonord

  14. I was about to settle for mediocrity and give up. I just got my fire back and will go on along the way with a holy determination to fulfill my destiny in Jesus name

  15. Joel Osteen You’re the Worlds Greatest Encourager, God bless your Ministry, Keep Pressing into GOD

  16. I refuse to settle for less than what God has promised me !!!

  17. As for me and my house, we Will serve the Lord…Amen

  18. Everytime doubt drowned me, I listened to Pastor Joel messages and everything become alive inside me again.Thank you Pastor you're God given to remind us how great He is.
    God bless everyone.

  19. Glory and honor to GOD for such a wonderful word. Be blessed

  20. God says buy the truth and don't settle for less.

  21. This message is for me.

  22. I had though times but just watching a couple of his videos and it is gone and I am 12 years old

  23. I needed this message! Thanks!!!

  24. Christ Jesus gave His All at the Cross and all His best for us to receive…just receive them all His Best…FREELY !!!

    Romans 8:32 NKJV
    [32] He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?

    God bless you abundantly Ps Joel !!!


  26. Yes I will never settle for less ..thank you for the message

  27. 💜I am not going to settle!!! Father you haven't brought me this far for nothing! Despite losing my sister 5 months ago & my mom 24 months prior💙💛 GOD Is about to do something uncommon❣️ Thank You Father GOD 💞

  28. Your Awesome Joel Osteen

  29. God Bless You All And May The Lord Be With You.

  30. Great Pastor, great sermon

  31. Amazing uplifting words 💪🏼🙏🏼🇨🇴

  32. Amen and Amen! I recieved it in Jesus Mighthy name.Hallelujah Thank you Jesus

  33. In Jesus name I believe

  34. Thank you, Pastor Joel, & Amen😇🙌.

  35. What's is the difference between wanting more and greed

  36. In God's perfect time. 🙏🏻

  37. I start my day listening to Joel osteen. Thank you for keep inspiring us.Godbless you and your family.

  38. Thank you, Mr Osteen

  39. Very Grateful that he allows The Lord to give him a word

  40. ÁMEN 🙏!!!!!!!!!!

  41. Please send me the essay l'm syrian 💕

  42. My girlfriend doesn't allow me to watch this.. What should i do?

  43. Awesome word!! Have a blessed week!

  44. Why not say it as it is life is tough and God is a mystery that you cannot put in a box big church or little his ways are not ours how can a person play God let God be god

  45. Thank you Joel, for teaching the Lord's words and also giving words of encouragement, may God continue to bless you

  46. Thank you, Pastor Osteen! You’re an inspiration. I truly needed this message. I will NOT settle, God is working behind the scenes for me. He’s sitting on the throne and no problem/obstacle is bigger than him. Isaac is coming our way in Jesus name Amen 🙏🏻

  47. Why Did Jesus Die?

    This question is of vital importance because your eternal destiny depends upon your answer to it. Do you know why Jesus died? If not, I believe God has sent me across your path to tell you.

    In God’s Word, the Bible, we learn that death came into the world because of sin. “Through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned” (Romans 5:12). “The wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). You and I die because we are sinners; we have forfeited our right to live on the earth. “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).

    Did Jesus die because He had sinned? No. Listen to the inspired Word: “In Him there is no sin” (1 John 3:5); “Who committed no sin” (1 Peter 2:22); “Who knew no sin” (2 Corinthians 5:21). Therefore, death had no claim upon Him. But, blessed be His Name, He “gave Himself for our sins” (Galatians 1:4). It was love to you and me that caused the Lord Jesus Christ to come down from heaven and die on Calvary’s cross. It was love to us that held Him on that shameful cross until He had finished the work of atonement to the glory of God.

    A holy, righteous, just God cannot let sin go unpunished. On the cross the Lord Jesus bore God’s judgment against sin in our stead, as our substitute; and now God is offering not only forgiveness, but also justification to the repentant sinner who believes in Jesus. He is “just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus” (Romans 3:26). God showed His approval of that mighty work by raising the Lord Jesus from among the dead and seating Him at His own right hand in heaven (Mark 16:19).

    There is no other way a sinner can be saved but through the atoning death of the Lord Jesus, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6). “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).

    Why did Jesus die? Have you ever realized that it was your sins that caused Him to die upon the cross, or ever felt your need of Him as your personal Savior? As you read this little message, He looks down from heaven upon you, and He reads the thoughts and intents of your heart. He knows your attitude toward your sins, as well as your attitude toward the One who wants to be your Savior.

    Even if you are a stranger to me, God knows all about you. I urge you not to lay aside this message until you have settled this great question and have received the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Savior. Once you see the seriousness of your sinful condition before God, you will never get rest of conscience and heart until you have trusted the Savior of sinners. He “made peace through the blood of His cross” (Colossians 1:20). We are “reconciled to God through the death of His Son” (Romans 5:10).

    If you do not trust Him now as your Savior, you will meet Him in eternity as your Judge. For God “has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead” (Acts 17:31).

    Won’t you flee to Him now for refuge while it is the day of salvation? “We implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God” (2 Corinthians 5:20).

  48. I will not settle for less..Amen Amen

  49. I beat myself up all week long, on Sundays i need to hear this…❤️😊

  50. Yes but your not breaching orthodoxy …it's a different philosophy…not really took nowhere by Tony Robbins

  51. Amazing stuff as usual.

  52. I'm getting ready to see… Something I've never seen 🎶

  53. Take some time to visit the below link and listen to the talk

  54. Holy Spirit brings me the exact mesage I need through Pastor Joel, God bless you sir!!

  55. Wow the message is profound

  56. Amen I receive I will not settle for less

  57. My soul was yearning for this message. Now I feel contented after listening. Never be good enough!! Very inspiring words. Many thanks ❤❤

  58. God is my Source for the extra-ordinary.

  59. I am Muslim and i love your thoughts and beliefs. God bless you brother. I learned a lot from you.

  60. It’s not about self it’s all about Jesus. Deny self, die to self that’s how it’s done. Live for him not self. That’s what the whole bible talks about. Me, me, me, no him, him, him.

  61. Am humbled by your words man of God, may the Lord continue lifting to be a blessing to the world more and more. I just love it.

    nyc work from Joel my all time favorite motivator… am also a beginner in this field(motivation) guys help me push this through hope it inspires the link

  63. I will no more settle for less, for good enough but for what God promised me, in Jesus name 🙏🏽

  64. Amen‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️

  65. Amen. Such a timely word for me! He spoke about so many things God has been speaking to me over the past few weeks. I praise God for the friend that shared this with me.

  66. God bless you, Man of God.

  67. Amen… my grandma loved him, therefore I love him!

  68. James 4:3 [Or] you do ask [God for them] and yet fail to receive, because you ask with wrong purpose and evil, selfish motives. Your intention is [when you get what you desire] to spend it in sensual pleasures.

  69. Lakewood is an AMAZING place! The people, the classes, singing in the choir is like a huge family, the places you have to serve, the ministries that help you, it’s true … at this church you are loved unconditionally, accepted just like you are and friendships are there! This church is colorblind!!!

  70. Wow….this message was mine am blessed…… Amazing….

  71. You you you you you that's all I keep hearing. When I hear about the selfless life of the thousands that lay there life down for Jesus it opens my eyes.

  72. I listen every day for pass two weeks, am working in faith at the moment. Honestly the word of God is powerful thank you pastor Joe. Love your teaching

  73. Amen 🙏 I trust you God.

  74. O that for sure is an "ear ticking" proposition & that's Prophecy

  75. This fake Christian closed his church doors to people during hurricane Harvey flooding. He is all about the money and keeping his church carpet clean clean! Shame on him!

  76. GOD, I’m so grateful that I am steadfast and rooted in the will you have for my life and I know your timing is the best time in Jesus name Amen!!!!!’n

  77. I'm not give up on me know more.Thank u father 🙏👼❤

  78. Ameeen ..I received it in Jesus name…Great message.. It touched my heart…God bless you Joel Osteen .

  79. Amen Thank you be blessed😊

  80. Great preacher and God bless you Joe Osteen…

  81. I'm thankful for every thing that comes into my life. I thank God every single day for the people who cut me off on the highway, teaching me self-control. I'm thankful for even the bit of money I make, I could not be making anything. I prayed for help and He answered. It took time but I've been doing 100 times better, good or bad days I still smile.

  82. Wow! I just needed to hear this message Thank you Lord God.

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