I read a book by Joel Osteen every morning while I drink my morning coffee called I DECLARE! It is a compilation of 31 days of declarations. I read it every day every month to help jump start POSITIVE energy and thoughts flowing in my brain. If you get caught up in the world today you can be consumed by negative and I make a decision each and every day not to bath myself in that negative karma. Here is the declaration for Day 25. I encourage you to go to Amazon and get this book. You will not regret it. My hope is that you will have a blessed day and an even MORE blessed year ahead!
I DECLARE! I will not just survive, I will thrive! I will prosper despite every difficulty that may come my way. I know every setback is a setup for a comeback. I will not get stagnant, give up on my dreams or settle where I am. I know one touch of God's favor can change everything. I am ready for a year of blessings and a year of thriving. This is my declaration.
Here is the commentary. This book has a daily declaration and follows up with commentary which helps to explain the declaration and give examples of the thought behind the declaration.
Some people lock in to survival mentality instead of a thriving mentality. They watch so many troubling reports they decide: "It's so bad. How will I ever make it?"
Just like you can be talked into surviving, I want you to be talked into thriving. I realize we need to use wisdom with what God has given us. But I don't believe we're supposed to pull back to where we're not pursuing our dreams anymore so that we don't expect increase or favor. I don't think we should just be holding on, or trying to maintain. That is a survival mentality.
Remember this: as God took the five loaves and the two fish and multiplied it to fee thousands of people, He can multiply what you have. He can multiply your time and help you get more done. he can multiply your wisdom and help you make better decisions.
God is in complete control. When times get tough don't hunker down and think, Oh, its so bad. If I can just hold on and make it through another year...
NO, dig your heels in and say, "I'm not just surviving, I will thrive. I'll prosper despite this difficulty.."
A young lady told me that she had struggled in her marriage for a long time. She had done her best to keep it together, but it just didn't work our. She said, "Joel, well, at least I survived." She was happy to just make it through, but I could tell the wind had been taken out of her sails. She was a beautiful girl, but she had lost her fire. She's lost the sparkle in her eyes.
I told her what I'm telling you: You made it through but you can't keep that survival mentality. God has new seasons in front of you. He has new doors He wants to open. He wants the next part of your life to be better than the first part.
A survival mentality will keep you from God's best. Shake if off and say, "God, You promised what was meant for my harm You would use to my advantage. I may have been through the fire, through the famine, through the flood, but I know it's time for my favor. It's my time to see more of Your goodness in my life.
Keep your faith out there. I want you to start expecting God to increase your in a greater way. Start expecting this to be your best year so far!