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>> JOEL OSTEEN:

WELL, GOD BLESS YOU.

IT'S A JOY TO COME INTO YOUR

HOMES, AND IF YOU'RE EVER

IN OUR AREA, PLEASE STOP BY

AND BE A PART OF

ONE OF OUR SERVICES.

I PROMISE YOU, WE'LL MAKE YOU

FEEL RIGHT AT HOME.

I LIKE TO START

WITH SOMETHING FUNNY,

AND I HEARD ABOUT THIS COUPLE

THAT HAD BEEN MARRIED FOR 60

YEARS AND THEY WERE SITTING

ON THE FRONT PORCH TOGETHER.

FEELING ROMANTIC, THE WIFE

SAID, "I REMEMBER WHEN YOU

USED TO ALWAYS HOLD MY HAND."

HER HUSBAND REACHED OVER AND

TOOK HER HAND.

SHE SAID, "I REMEMBER WHEN

YOU ALWAYS USED TO KISS ME ON

THE CHEEK."

HE LEANED OVER, KISSED HER ON

THE CHEEK.

SHE SAID, "I EVEN REMEMBER

WHEN YOU USED TO NIMBLE ON MY

EAR."

HE GOT UP AND STARTED WALKING

AWAY.

SHE SAID, "WHAT'S WRONG?

WHERE YOU GOING?"

HE TURNED AROUND AND SAID,

"TO GET MY TEETH."

SAY IT LIKE YOU MEAN IT,

"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 THE POWER OF THE

BLESSING.

WHEN YOU HONOR GOD WITH YOUR

LIFE, THERE IS A BLESSING

HE PUTS ON YOU

THAT GIVES YOU AN ADVANTAGE.

IT CAUSES YOU TO RISE UP WHEN

CIRCUMSTANCES ARE TRYING

TO PUSH YOU DOWN.

YOU WILL RECOVER FROM AN

ILLNESS WHEN THE EXPERT SAID

YOU WOULDN'T.

YOU WILL ACCOMPLISH DREAMS

THAT LOOKED IMPOSSIBLE.

IT WASN'T JUST YOUR TALENT,

YOUR SKILL, DETERMINATION.

THERE IS A FORCE BEHIND YOU

FIGHTING YOUR BATTLES,

OPENING DOORS

YOU COULDN'T OPEN, BRINGING

THE RIGHT PEOPLE.

THOSE WEREN'T JUST

GOOD BREAKS.

THAT'S THE BLESSING

ON YOUR LIFE.

THE BLESSING WILL CAUSE YOU

TO PROSPER WHEN OTHERS

ARE STRUGGLING.

THE BLESSING WILL BRING

PROMOTION WHEN YOU

WEREN'T NEXT IN LINE.

THE BLESSING WILL CAUSE

PEOPLE TO BE GOOD TO YOU

THAT DON'T EVEN LIKE YOU.

THE SCRIPTURE SAYS IN

MALACHI, WHEN WE GIVE OUR

TITHES AND OFFERINGS, GOD

WILL POUR OUT A BLESSING THAT

WE DON'T HAVE ROOM TO

RECEIVE.

IT DOESN'T SAY "BLESSINGS,"

PLURAL.

IT SAYS "BLESSING," SINGULAR.

WHEN YOU HAVE THE BLESSING,

THEN ALL KINDS OF BLESSINGS

WILL COME.

YOU WON'T HAVE ROOM TO

RECEIVE ALL THE GOOD THINGS

GOD HAS IN STORE.

WHEN YOU FACE DIFFICULTIES,

THE MEDICAL REPORT, DOESN'T

LOOK GOOD.

YOU DON'T SEE HOW YOU COULD

EVER GET OUT OF DEBT, EVER

BREAK THE ADDICTION.

ORDINARY PEOPLE WOULD

COMPLAIN.

ORDINARY PEOPLE WOULD BE

WORRIED.

HERE'S THE KEY, YOU'RE NOT

ORDINARY.

YOU HAVE THE BLESSING.

GOD'S FACE IS SMILING ON YOU.

HE'S GOING BEFORE YOU RIGHT

NOW MAKING CROOKED PLACES

STRAIGHT, MOVING THE WRONG

PEOPLE OUT OF THE WAY,

ARRANGING THINGS IN YOUR

FAVOR.

WHEN YOU KNOW YOU HAVE THE

BLESSING, YOU DON'T GO AROUND

UPSET 'CAUSE PEOPLE AREN'T

TREATING YOU RIGHT, WORRIED

ABOUT YOUR FINANCES,

FRUSTRATED OVER A CHILD.

YOU STAY IN PEACE KNOWING

THAT IT'S JUST A MATTER OF

TIME BEFORE THINGS CHANGE.

YOU KNOW GOD BEING FOR YOU IS

MORE THAN THE WORLD BEING

AGAINST YOU.

WHEN YOU'RE TEMPTED TO BE

DISCOURAGED, THINK IT'S NEVER

GOING TO WORK OUT, TURN IT

AROUND.

"FATHER, THANK YOU FOR THE

BLESSING ON MY LIFE.

THANK YOU THAT YOU'RE

BREATHING IN MY DIRECTION.

THANK YOU THAT YOU'RE TAKING

ME WHERE I COULD NOT GO ON MY

OWN."

THIS IS WHAT DAVID DID.

WHEN HE FACED GOLIATH IN THE

NATURAL, HE DIDN'T HAVE A

CHANCE.

GOLIATH WAS TWICE HIS SIZE,

HAD ALL KINDS OF TRAINING AND

EXPERIENCE.

HE WAS WEARING A FULL SET OF

ARMOR.

DAVID DIDN'T HAVE ANY OF

THAT.

HE COULD HAVE BEEN

INTIMIDATED, STAYED IN THE

SHEPHERD'S FIELDS,

COMPLAINED, "GOD, HE'S TOO

BIG."

BUT DAVID UNDERSTOOD THIS

PRINCIPLE.

HE KNEW THE BLESSING ON HIS

LIFE GAVE HIM AN ADVANTAGE.

HE WENT OUT WITH A SLINGSHOT

AND A FEW STONES AND DEFEATED

GOLIATH.

AND WHAT YOU HAVE MAY SEEM

SMALL COMPARED TO WHAT YOU'RE

UP AGAINST, BUT A SLINGSHOT

WITH THE BLESSING IS MORE

POWERFUL THAN A TANK WITHOUT

IT.

YOUR TALENT MAY SEEM SMALL

COMPARED TO THE DREAM GOD PUT

IN YOUR HEART, BUT THAT

TALENT WITH THE BLESSING WILL

TAKE YOU FURTHER THAN YOU CAN

IMAGINE.

NOW, DON'T DISCOUNT YOURSELF.

DON'T LOOK AT ALL THE REASONS

WHY YOU CAN'T BE SUCCESSFUL,

WHY YOU CAN'T PURCHASE A

HOUSE, WHY YOU CAN'T BREAK

THE ADDICTION.

ON YOUR OWN, IT MAY NOT

HAPPEN BUT YOU'RE NOT ON YOUR

OWN.

THERE IS A BLESSING ON YOUR

LIFE PUT THERE BY THE GOD WHO

SPOKE WORLDS INTO EXISTENCE.

THIS BLESSING IS NOT NATURAL,

IT'S SUPERNATURAL.

IT WILL CAUSE THINGS TO

HAPPEN THAT YOU COULDN'T MAKE

HAPPEN.

THE BLESSING WILL CAUSE

OPPORTUNITY TO FIND YOU.

GOOD BREAKS WILL CHASE YOU

DOWN, PROMOTION, HEALING,

VINDICATION.

YOU DON'T HAVE TO GO AFTER

THEM, THE BLESSING WILL CAUSE

THEM TO COME TO YOU.

ONE SUNDAY MORNING WHEN MY

FATHER WAS THE PASTOR, I WAS

IN THE TV PRODUCTION AREA AND

RIGHT BEFORE SERVICE, I RAN

DOWNSTAIRS TO SEE MY FATHER

AND PUT HIS MICROPHONE ON.

ON MY WAY BACK UP, I WAS IN A

BIG HURRY.

AS I CAME AROUND A CORNER,

THIS MAN WAS COMING UP.

HE STOPPED ME AND SAID,

"JOEL, MY COUSIN HAS A

CONSTRUCTION PERMIT FOR THE

LAST FULL-POWER COMMERCIAL

TELEVISION STATION IN

HOUSTON.

HE WANTS YOU TO BE A PART OF

IT."

THERE WERE HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE

IN THE LOBBY THAT DAY.

IF I WOULD HAVE BEEN 10

SECONDS EARLIER, I WOULD HAVE

MISSED HIM.

IF HE WOULD HAVE CAUGHT ONE

MORE RED LIGHT ON THE WAY TO

CHURCH, OUR PATHS WOULDN'T

HAVE CROSSED.

GOD HAD US AT THE RIGHT PLACE

AT THE RIGHT TIME.

I WASN'T LOOKING FOR A

TELEVISION STATION, BUT A

TELEVISION STATION WAS

LOOKING FOR ME.

WAS THAT A COINCIDENCE, A

LUCKY BREAK?

NO, THAT WAS THE BLESSING ON

MY LIFE.

I CAN'T TAKE CREDIT FOR IT.

ALL I WAS GOING WAS HONORING

GOD, BEING MY BEST, AND THE

OPPORTUNITY FOUND ME.

WE PUT THE STATION ON THE AIR

AND SEVERAL YEARS LATER, SOLD

IT FOR A HUGE PROFIT.

THOSE FUNDS WERE INSTRUMENTAL

IN US RENOVATING THIS PLACE,

THE FORMER COMPAQ CENTER.

GOD HAS THE RIGHT BREAKS, THE

RIGHT PEOPLE LINED UP FOR

YOU.

YOU DON'T HAVE TO LIVE

FRUSTRATED, TRYING TO MAKE

THINGS HAPPEN, WORRIED THAT

IT'S NOT GOING TO WORK OUT.

GOD IS DIRECTING YOUR STEPS.

HE'S GOING TO HAVE YOU AT THE

RIGHT PLACE AT THE RIGHT TIME

DOWN TO THE SPLIT SECOND.

YOU ARE NOT GOING TO MISS

WHAT BELONGS TO YOU.

OPPORTUNITY IS COMING BIGGER

THAN YOU'VE IMAGINED.

WHEN WE SIGNED THE CONTRACT

FOR THE TELEVISION STATION, I

WAS SO EXCITED.

I NEVER DREAMED WE'D OWN A

STATION.

I COULDN'T FATHOM ANYTHING

BIGGER.

I DIDN'T REALIZE THAT WAS

JUST A STEP IN WHAT GOD

WANTED TO DO.

AS GREAT AS I THOUGHT IT WAS,

IT WASN'T EVEN THE MAIN

THING.

THAT WAS JUST THE WARMUP ACT.

BEING UP HERE, OWNING THE

COMPAQ CENTER, SPEAKING TO A

LOT OF PEOPLE, THIS IS FAR

BEYOND WHAT I EVER DREAMED.

WHAT AM I SAYING?

WHAT YOU THINK IS THE

ULTIMATE BLESSING, GOD

SHOWING OUT IN YOUR LIFE,

CAN I TELL YOU?

YOU HAVEN'T SEEN ANYTHING

YET.

THAT IS JUST A STEP IN WHERE

GOD IS TAKING YOU.

THERE ARE LEVELS THAT YOU

HAVE NOT EVEN FATHOMED,

OPPORTUNITIES FAR BEYOND WHAT

YOU THINK.

YOU MAY HAVE SEEN GOD'S

GOODNESS IN THE PAST.

YOU CAN SAY LIKE ME THAT

GOD'S BLESSED YOU, BUT YOU

HAVEN'T TOUCHED THE SURFACE

OF WHAT GOD HAS IN STORE.

I WAS IN INDIA ONE TIME WITH

MY FATHER.

I MET THIS YOUNG PASTOR THAT

CAME FROM A VERY POOR FAMILY.

THEY DIDN'T HAVE RUNNING

WATER OR A ELECTRICITY.

THEY LIVED OUT ON THIS OPEN

FIELD IN A LITTLE HUT.

THE MAN NEXT DOOR WAS VERY

WEALTHY.

HE OWNED A HUGE FARM, HAD

THOUSANDS OF CATTLE AND MANY

CROPS.

HE SOLD MILK AND VEGETABLES

TO PEOPLE IN THE VILLAGE, BUT

THIS MAN WAS VERY GREEDY.

HIS PRICES WERE SO HIGH THAT

MOST OF THE POOR PEOPLE

COULDN'T AFFORD ANYTHING.

ONE DAY ABOUT TEN OF HIS COWS

GOT OUT AND CAME OVER TO THE

PROPERTY WHERE THE PASTOR AND

HIS FAMILY LIVED.

THE MAN HEARD ABOUT IT AND

HAD HIS WORKERS COME, GET THE

COWS, PUT THEM BACK IN THE

FENCE.

THE NEXT DAY, TEN MORE COWS

GOT OUT, CAME OVER TO THE

PASTOR'S PROPERTY.

THIS HAPPENED AGAIN AND AGAIN

AND AGAIN.

THE OWNER GOT SO FRUSTRATED,

HE FINALLY TOLD THE PASTOR TO

JUST KEEP THE COWS.

PASTOR WAS SO EXCITED, HE

STARTED SELLING MILK AND

PRODUCTS TO PEOPLE IN THE

VILLAGE, BUT HE SOLD THEM FOR

LESS THAN THE OTHER MAN.

BEFORE LONG, PEOPLE WERE

LINED UP AT HIS DOOR.

HE WAS ABLE TO BUY MORE COWS.

HIS BUSINESS GOT SO LARGE

THAT THAT OTHER MAN CAME AND

SAID, "I CAN'T COMPETE WITH

YOU.

WHY DON'T YOU TAKE OVER MY

BUSINESS?"

HE PURCHASED IT FOR A

FRACTION OF THE VALUE.

TODAY THIS YOUNG PASTOR HAS A

LARGE BUSINESS WITH SEVERAL

HUNDRED EMPLOYEES.

IT ALL STARTED WHEN THOSE

COWS CAME TO HIS PROPERTY AND

WOULDN'T LEAVE.

HE COULDN'T HAVE MADE THAT

HAPPEN.

THAT WAS THE BLESSING ON HIS

LIFE.

GOD CONTROLS THE UNIVERSE.

HE KNOWS HOW TO HAVE THE COWS

FIND YOU.

THE GOOD BREAKS, THE

PROPERTY, THE CONTRACTS, THE

BUSINESSES, THEY'RE GOING TO

COME LOOKING FOR YOU.

"WELL JOEL, THIS IS KIND OF

FAR OUT."

WE SERVE A FAR-OUT GOD.

HIS BLESSING ON YOUR LIFE IS

GOING TO DO FAR-OUT THINGS.

AFTER ALL, IT'S FAR OUT

HAVING CHURCH IN THE FORMER

COMPAQ CENTER.

IT'S FAR OUT THAT MY MOM IS

STILL ALIVE 37 YEARS AFTER

BEING DIAGNOSED WITH TERMINAL

CANCER.

IT'S FAR OUT FOR ME TO BE UP

HERE IN FRONT OF YOU HAVING

NO FORMAL TRAINING.

GET READY FOR SOME FAR-OUT

FAVOR, FAR-OUT BLESSING,

FAR-OUT OPPORTUNITY, FAR-OUT

PROMOTION.

GOD SAID, "YOU WON'T HAVE

ROOM TO RECEIVE IT."

HE'S GOING TO DO THINGS SO

AMAZING IN YOUR LIFE THAT YOU

HAVE TO PASS IT DOWN TO YOUR

CHILDREN.

YOU CAN'T CONTAIN IT ALL.

GENERATIONAL BLESSINGS ARE

COMING, INCREASE THAT GOES TO

YOUR CHILDREN, YOUR

GRANDCHILDREN, YOUR GREAT

GRANDCHILDREN, BUSINESSES,

CONTRACTS, REAL ESTATE THAT

CONTINUED TO BLESS PEOPLE

LONG AFTER YOU'RE GONE.

PROVERBS SAYS, "A GOOD PERSON

LEAVES AN INHERITANCE THAT

THEIR CHILDREN'S CHILDREN."

THAT'S GOD'S DREAM FOR YOU.

GET RID OF A BARELY-GET-BY

MENTALITY.

"I'LL BE SATISFIED IF I CAN

JUST PAY MY BILLS AND MAKE IT

THROUGH."

THAT IS NOT YOUR DESTINY.

THE BLESSING ON YOUR LIFE IS

GOING TO CAUSE YOU TO LEND

AND NOT BORROW, TO HAVE MORE

THAN ENOUGH.

DAVID SAID, "MY CUP RUNS

OVER."

THERE ARE SOME RUNNING OVER

BLESSINGS IN YOUR FUTURE,

BLESSINGS THAT YOU CANNOT

CONTAIN, INCREASE THAT YOU

CAN'T USE UP IN YOUR

LIFETIME.

"WELL JOEL, I HAVEN'T SEEN

ANY OF THESE FAR-OUT

BLESSINGS."

STAY ENCOURAGED, THEY'RE ON

THE WAY.

YOU WOULDN'T BE HEARING THIS

IF GOD WASN'T ABOUT TO DO

SOMETHING AMAZING.

HE'S WANTING US TO TAKE THE

LIMITS OFF OF HIM.

ENLARGE YOUR VISION.

QUIT TELLING YOURSELF ALL THE

REASONS WHY IT'S NOT GOING TO

HAPPEN, HOW YOU'VE HAD TOO

MANY BAD BREAKS, HOW YOUR

DREAM LOOKS IMPOSSIBLE.

IT MAY BE TO YOU, BUT IT'S

NOT TO OUR GOD.

START EXPECTING HIS FAVOR.

START BELIEVING FOR NEW

LEVELS.

START TALKING LIKE IT'S GOING

TO HAPPEN.

"FATHER, THANK YOU THAT

YOU'RE BRINGING ME INTO

OVERFLOW.

THANK YOU THAT GENERATIONAL

BLESSINGS ARE COMING MY WAY.

THANK YOU THAT YOU'RE OPENING

DOORS THAT NO MAN CAN SHUT."

WE SEE THIS BLESSING IN THE

LIFE OF JOSEPH.

AS A TEENAGER, GOD GAVE HIM A

DREAM THAT ONE DAY HE WOULD

LEAD A NATION, THAT PEOPLE

WOULD BOW DOWN BEFORE HIM.

HE KNEW SOMETHING BIG WAS IN

HIS FUTURE, BUT HIS BROTHERS

WERE JEALOUS.

THEY THREW HIM INTO A PIT.

THEY WERE GOING TO LEAVE HIM

THERE TO DIE, BUT THEY SAW A

CARAVAN OF ISHMAELITES

COMING.

THEY SOLD HIM AS A SLAVE.

HE ENDED UP WORKING FOR A MAN

NAMED POTIPHAR.

POTIPHAR WAS A HIGH-RANKING

MILITARY OFFICIAL IN THE

EGYPTIAN GOVERNMENT.

AND JOSEPH COULD HAVE BEEN

BITTER.

"GOD, I THOUGHT THE BLESSING

WAS ON MY LIFE.

WHY DID THIS HAPPEN TO ME?"

INSTEAD HE KEPT BEING HIS

BEST, TREATING PEOPLE WITH

RESPECT, DOING MORE THAN

REQUIRED.

THE SCRIPTURE SAYS THE LORD

WAS WITH JOSEPH AND BLESSED

HIM GREATLY AS HE SERVED IN

THE HOME OF HIS EGYPTIAN

MASTER.

NOTICE, GOD WAS WITH JOSEPH

IN THE UNFAIR SITUATION WHEN

HE WAS MISTREATED.

WHEN HE WAS BETRAYED, THE

BLESSING WAS STILL ON HIS LIFE.

SOMETIMES WE THINK

WE'RE NOT BLESSED.

WE CAME DOWN WITH AN ILLNESS.

WE LOST OUR MAIN CLIENT.

A RELATIONSHIP

DIDN'T WORK OUT.

THAT DIDN'T STOP

THE BLESSING.

PEOPLE CAN'T CHANGE

WHAT GOD PUT ON YOU.

THE FAVOR DIDN'T CANCELED OUT

BECAUSE OF A BAD BREAK.

THE BLESSING IS WHY THOSE

ENEMIES CANNOT DEFEAT YOU.

THE BLESSING IS WHY

THAT SICKNESS CAN'T TAKE

YOUR LIFE.

THE BLESSING IS WHY THAT

SETBACK IS NOT THE END.

IT IS A SETUP FOR WHAT

GOD IS ABOUT TO DO.

DON'T GET DISCOURAGED WHEN

LIFE DOESN'T GO YOUR WAY.

THE BLESSING IS STILL ON YOU.

VERSE 3 SAYS, "POTIPHAR

NOTICED JOSEPH AND REALIZED

THE LORD WAS GIVING HIM

SUCCESS IN EVERYTHING HE

DID."

VERSE 4, "SO JOSEPH NATURALLY

BECAME THE FAVORITE OF

POTIPHAR."

JOSEPH WENT FROM BEING A

SLAVE, UNNOTICED,

INSIGNIFICANT, TO BEING THE

FAVORITE.

POTIPHAR WAS SO IMPRESSED

THAT HE PUT JOSEPH IN CHARGE

OF HIS WHOLE HOUSE.

THAT'S THE POWER OF THE

BLESSING.

WHEN PEOPLE TRY TO PUSH YOU

DOWN, IT WILL CAUSE YOU TO

RISE UP.

WHEN PEOPLE IGNORE YOU AND

TRY TO DISCOUNT YOU, IT WILL

CAUSE YOU TO BE NOTICED.

I'M SURE POTIPHAR HAD OTHER

PEOPLE WORKING FOR HIM THAT

HAD MORE EXPERIENCE, BUT THE

BLESSING ON JOSEPH'S LIFE

CAUSED HIM TO STAND OUT.

AND PEOPLE MAY NOT RECOGNIZE

YOU YET.

YOUR BOSS DOESN'T GIVE YOU

CREDIT, RELATIVES DISCOUNT

YOU, THINK YOU DON'T MUCH TO

OFFER.

YOU MAY BE OVERLOOKED NOW,

BUT THE TIME IS COMING WHERE

YOU'RE GOING TO BE NOTICED.

PEOPLE ARE GOING TO RECOGNIZE

YOUR GIFTS, YOUR TALENT, YOUR

VALUE.

GOD'S GOING TO CAUSE YOU TO

STAND OUT.

YOU'RE GOING TO GO FROM BEING

UNNOTICED TO BEING IN CHARGE,

FROM BEING NOT RECOGNIZED, TO

BEING THE FAVORITE.

HOW COULD THIS HAPPEN?

THE BLESSING ON YOUR LIFE.

VERSE 5 SAYS, "THE DAY JOSEPH

WAS PUT IN CHARGE, GOD BEGAN

TO BLESS POTIPHAR FOR

JOSEPH'S SAKE."

YOU WOULD THINK THAT JOSEPH

WOULD BE BLESSED BECAUSE OF

POTIPHAR, THIS PROMINENT

OFFICIAL.

IT WAS JUST THE OPPOSITE.

THE BLESSING ON YOUR LIFE IS

SO POWERFUL, IT WILL NOT ONLY

CAUSE YOU TO BE PROMOTED, YOU

TO BE NOTICED, BUT PEOPLE

AROUND YOU WILL BE BLESSED.

YOUR COMPANY, YOUR COWORKERS,

YOUR FRIENDS SHOULD BE GLAD

TO HAVE YOU.

BECAUSE YOU'RE THERE, THEY'RE

GOING TO SEE FAVOR, THEY'RE

GOING TO SEE INCREASE.

THEY MAY NOT EVEN REALIZE THE

REASON THEY'RE BLESSED IS

BECAUSE THEY'RE CONNECTED TO

YOU.

GENESIS 30, JACOB HAD BEEN

WORKING FOR A MAN NAMED LABAN

FOR SEVEN YEARS.

LABAN PROMISED HIM IN RETURN

THAT HE COULD MARRY HIS

DAUGHTER, RACHEL.

WELL, AFTER THE SEVEN YEARS,

LABAN GAVE HIM HIS DAUGHTER

LEAH INSTEAD.

HE DIDN'T KEEP HIS WORD.

HE SAID, "JACOB, IF YOU'LL

WORK FOR ME ANOTHER SEVEN

YEARS, THEN I'LL GIVE YOU

RACHEL."

JACOB COULD HAVE BEEN BITTER,

STARTED A BIG FIGHT, LEFT

THERE ANGRY, BUT HE TOOK THE

HIGH ROAD AND WORKED ANOTHER

SEVEN YEARS.

HE FINALLY MARRIED RACHEL AND

WAS ABOUT TO MOVE BACK TO HIS

HOMETOWN WITH HIS FAMILY.

VERSE 27 LABAN SAID, "JACOB,

PLEASE DON'T LEAVE ME.

I HAVE LEARNED THE LORD HAS

BLESSED ME BECAUSE YOU ARE

HERE."

FOR YEARS, HE DIDN'T TREAT

JACOB RIGHT.

IT WAS UNFAIR, BUT NOW HE'S

BEGGING HIM TO STAY.

HE REALIZES HE'S BLESSED

BECAUSE OF THE FAVOR ON

JACOB'S LIFE.

YOU MAY HAVE PEOPLE THAT

DON'T REALLY VALUE WHO YOU

ARE AND THEY HAVEN'T KEPT

THEIR WORD.

DON'T BE OFFENDED, BE A

JACOB.

KEEP DOING THE RIGHT THING.

YOU DON'T HAVE TO CONVINCE

PEOPLE TO LIKE YOU, PROVE TO

THEM WHO YOU ARE.

THEY MAY DISCOUNT YOU NOW BUT

ONE DAY, LIKE JACOB, THEY'LL

BE ASKING YOU TO STAY.

THEY WILL REALIZE THE REASON

THEY'RE BLESSED IS BECAUSE OF

YOU.

LABAN SAID TO JACOB, "I'LL

PAY YOU WHATEVER YOU WANT IF

YOU WILL STAY."

JACOB KNEW HIS TIME THERE WAS

OVER.

HE LEFT, NOT ONLY A VERY

WEALTHY MAN, BUT HE LEFT WITH

THE RESPECT AND HONOR THAT HE

HAD NOT BEEN GIVEN FOR MANY

YEARS.

GOD IS YOUR VINDICATOR.

HE SEES WHAT'S HAPPENING.

YOU KEEP DOING THE RIGHT

THING AND ONE DAY GOD WILL

MAKE IT UP TO YOU.

IN THE LATE 1950S, MY FATHER

WAS PASTORING A LARGE CHURCH,

VERY SUCCESSFUL.

THEY HAD JUST BUILT A

BEAUTIFUL NEW SANCTUARY.

HE WAS ON THE STATE BOARD FOR

HIS DENOMINATION.

HIS FUTURE LOOKED VERY

BRIGHT, BUT HE STARTED

TEACHING THE PEOPLE ABOUT HOW

GOD IS GOOD, AND HOW HE STILL

HEALS, AND WANTS US TO LIVE A

VICTORIOUS LIFE.

WELL, THIS NEW MESSAGE DIDN'T

GO OVER WELL.

IT DIDN'T FIT INTO THEIR

DENOMINATIONAL MOLD AND THERE

WAS SO MUCH OPPOSITION, SO

MUCH PRESSURE THAT HE HAD TO

RESIGN FROM THAT CHURCH.

HE AND MY MOTHER WENT OUT AND

STARTED LAKEWOOD.

FOR YEARS, MY FATHER WAS

IGNORED BY HIS PEERS.

HE WAS OVERLOOKED, UNNOTICED.

COLLEAGUES THAT HE USED TO GO

TO LUNCH WITH, THEY JUST

DISMISSED HIM, ACTED LIKE HE

WAS SECOND CLASS, LIKE HE

WASN'T UP TO PAR.

MY FATHER NEVER SAID ANYTHING

ABOUT THIS, BUT I KNEW DEEP

DOWN THAT IT BOTHERED HIM.

THIRTY-FIVE YEARS LATER, THAT

DENOMINATION WAS HAVING THEIR

ANNUAL MEETING HERE IN

HOUSTON.

THE MAIN SPEAKER SAID IN

FRONT OF THOUSANDS OF

LEADERS, "WE NEED TO STAY

MORE OPEN.

THINK WHERE WE WOULD BE IF WE

STILL HAD JOHN OSTEEN WITH

US."

AFTER ALL THOSE YEARS, THEY

FINALLY SHOWED HIM RESPECT AND

ADMIRATION.

AND NO, YOU DON'T NEED

PEOPLE'S APPROVAL.

YOU DON'T HAVE TO THEIR

SUPPORT, BUT GOD IS A GOD OF

JUSTICE.

HE SEES WHAT'S HAPPENING.

IF YOU WILL KEEP HONORING

HIM, THERE WILL BE A DAY WHEN

THOSE THAT HAVE OVERLOOKED

YOU, THOSE THAT ARE

DISCOUNTED YOU, THEY WILL SEE

YOU IN A NEW LIGHT AND GIVE

YOU THE RESPECT AND HONOR

THAT YOU DESERVE.

WHEN JOSEPH'S BROTHERS THREW

HIM INTO THE PIT, THEY TOOK

HIS FREEDOM BUT THEY DIDN'T

TAKE THE BLESSING.

WHEN POTIPHAR'S WIFE TRIED TO

SEDUCE JOSEPH, SHE RIPPED HIS

COAT OFF AND LIED ABOUT HIM,

FALSELY ACCUSED HIM.

SHE TOOK HIS COAT, BUT SHE

COULDN'T TAKE HIS CALLING.

SOMEBODY MAY HAVE HURT YOU,

THEY BETRAYED YOU, THEY LEFT

YOU OUT, BUT THEY DIDN'T STOP

YOUR DESTINY.

A MAN TOLD ME RECENTLY HOW

HIS COMPANY LET HIM GO AFTER

MANY YEARS.

SOMEBODY WAS JEALOUS AND

SPREAD ALL THESE RUMORS AND

LONG STORY SHORT, HE UNFAIRLY

LOST HIS POSITION.

I TOLD HIM WHAT I'M TELLING

YOU, THEY MAY HAVE TAKEN YOUR

JOB, BUT THEY DIDN'T TAKE

YOUR BLESSING.

PEOPLE CANNOT STOP WHAT GOD

PUT ON YOU.

YOU KEEP HONORING GOD, BEING

YOUR BEST, AND THE BLESSING

WILL ALWAYS OVERRIDE WHAT

PEOPLE HAVE DONE.

THE SCRIPTURE SAYS, "WHAT GOD

HAS BLESSED, NO PERSON CAN

CURSE."

THE BLESSING ON YOU IS MORE

POWERFUL THAN ANY BETRAYAL,

THAN HOW YOU WERE RAISED,

THAN PEOPLE TRYING TO

DISCREDIT YOU.

QUIT FOCUSING ON WHAT YOU'VE

LOST AND START FOCUSING ON

WHAT YOU HAVE LEFT.

THE BLESSING IS STILL ON YOUR

LIFE.

YOU ARE BLESSED IN THE CITY,

AND BLESSED IN THE COUNTRY.

YOU ARE BLESSED WHEN YOU GO

IN AND BLESSED WHEN YOU COME

OUT.

THAT MEANS YOU ARE BLESSED

WHEN THINGS ARE GOING YOUR

WAY AND BLESSED WHEN THEY'RE

NOT GOING YOUR WAY.

YOU ARE BLESSED WHEN YOU'RE

IN THE PALACE AND YOU'RE

STILL BLESSED WHEN YOU'RE IN

THE PIT.

HERE'S THE KEY, THE BLESSING

DID NOT COME FROM PEOPLE SO

IT CANNOT BE TAKEN AWAY BY

PEOPLE.

IN NUMBERS CHAPTER 22, THIS

KING WAS TRYING TO PAY A

PROPHET TO CURSE THE

ISRAELITES.

THREE TIMES THE PROPHET TOLD

THE KING, "NO MATTER HOW MANY

YOU PAY, I CANNOT CURSE WHAT

GOD HAS ALREADY BLESSED."

WHEN YOU UNDERSTAND THIS, YOU

WON'T LIVE UPSET 'CAUSE

SOMEBODY'S TALKING ABOUT YOU,

FRUSTRATED 'CAUSE YOU HAD A

BAD BREAK, OFFENDED BECAUSE

THEY LEFT YOU OUT.

YOU KNOW EVERY FORCE THAT'S

TRYING TO STOP YOU IS

POWERLESS TO CHANGE THE

BLESSING ON YOUR LIFE.

IN THE 1500S, QUEEN ELIZABETH

I WAS BORN.

HER FATHER WANTED A BOY SO

BADLY THAT HE CURSED HER AT

BIRTH.

THE POPE DECLARED HER

ILLEGITIMATE BECAUSE HER

FATHER HAD BEEN DIVORCED.

HER HALF SISTER FALSELY

ACCUSED HER AND HAD HER

IMPRISONED IN THE TOWER OF

LONDON.

ALL THESE PEOPLE CAME AGAINST

HER FROM CHILDHOOD, BUT

PEOPLE DON'T DETERMINE YOUR

DESTINY.

WHAT THEY SAY ABOUT YOU

CANNOT STOP YOUR PURPOSE.

AND ELIZABETH HAD A ROUGH

START, BUT THAT DIDN'T KEEP

HER FROM BECOMING WHO SHE WAS

CALLED TO BE.

SHE WENT ON TO SERVE AS THE

QUEEN FOR 45 YEARS.

SHE REFORMED THE JUSTICE

SYSTEM TO MAKE SURE PEOPLE

RECEIVED A FAIR TRIAL.

PERHAPS PEOPLE HAVE TRIED TO

HOLD YOU BACK, FAMILY HASN'T

SUPPORTED YOU, YOU COULD BE

DISCOURAGED, SETTLE WHERE YOU

ARE, BUT LIKE HER, SHE

BLESSING ON YOUR LIFE IS

GOING TO OVERRIDE WHAT'S

TRYING TO STOP YOU.

GOD SAID IN PSALMS, "TOUCH

NOT MY ANOINTED."

YOU ARE HIS ANOINTED.

WHEN PEOPLE COME AGAINST YOU,

THEY'RE NOT JUST MESSING WITH

YOU, THEY'RE MESSING WITH THE

GOD WHO PUT THE BLESSING ON

YOU.

THE GOOD NEWS IS YOU DON'T

HAVE TO FIGHT THOSE BATTLES.

YOU HAVE A DEFENDER.

DON'T TRY TO DO IT IN YOUR

OWN STRENGTH, STAND STILL AND

YOU WILL SEE THE DELIVERANCE

OF THE LORD.

I HAVE NEVER SEEN ANYONE

WHO'S TRIED TO STOP ME,

DISCREDIT ME, KEEP ME FROM MY

PURPOSE, CONTINUE TO SUCCEED.

IT MAY HAVE BEEN A YEAR, FIVE

YEARS, TEN YEARS BUT

EVENTUALLY THEY FADE OUT AND

I'M STILL STANDING.

IT'S BECAUSE THE BLESSING IS

MORE POWERFUL THAN THE CURSE.

WHATEVER'S COMING AGAINST

YOU, WHATEVER PEOPLE ARE

TRYING TO STOP YOU, THEY MAY

SEEM BIGGER, MORE POWERFUL.

THE SICKNESS, THE ADDICTION,

IT CAN BE INTIMIDATING.

STAY IN PEACE.

THE BLESSING GOD PUT ON YOU

IS MORE POWERFUL THAN WHAT'S

TRYING TO STOP YOU.

IN THE SCRIPTURE, KING SAUL

WAS TRYING TO KILL DAVID.

DAVID HADN'T DONE ANYTHING

WRONG.

IN FACT, DAVID WAS BEING GOOD

TO SAUL, BUT SAUL WAS

JEALOUS, CHASED DAVID THROUGH

THE DESERT, MAKING HIS LIFE

MISERABLE.

SEVERAL TIMES DAVID HAD THE

OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE SAUL'S

LIFE.

HE SNUCK UP ON HIM WHILE HE

WAS SLEEPING.

HE COULD HAVE ENDED THE

CONFLICT, DEFENDED HIMSELF,

NOBODY WOULD HAVE BLAMED HIM.

DAVID WOULDN'T DO IT.

HE KNEW SAUL HAD BEEN

ANOINTED BY GOD TO BE THE

KING AND EVEN THOUGH DAVID

WAS ANOINTED TO REPLACE HIM,

HE STILL WOULDN'T HARM SAUL.

HE UNDERSTOOD YOU DON'T TOUCH

GOD'S ANOINTED.

YOU DON'T COME AGAINST WHAT

GOD HAS BLESSED.

WHEN YOU FACE OPPOSITION,

PEOPLE COME AGAINST YOU, YOU

DON'T HAVE TO GET UPSET, TRY

TO PAY THEM BACK.

YOU CAN STAY IN PEACE KNOWING

THAT WHEN THEY COME AGAINST

YOU, THEY ARE TOUCHING GOD'S

ANOINTED.

THAT MEANS IT'S NOT YOUR

BATTLE, THE BATTLE IS THE

LORD'S.

HE'S YOUR DEFENDER.

HE'S YOUR VINDICATOR.

YOU'RE LIKE JOSEPH AT TIMES,

WE'LL GET THROWN INTO A PIT,

SOMEBODY MAY BETRAY YOU, BUT

THEY CANNOT KEEP THE BLESSING

DOWN.

THEY MEANT IT FOR HARM, GOD'S

GOING TO TURN IT FOR GOOD.

KEEP YOUR SHOULDERS BACK,

LIVE WITH CONFIDENCE.

YOU HAVE AN ADVANTAGE, THE

BLESSING IS ON YOUR LIFE.

AND I BELIEVE AND DECLARE

THIS BLESSING IS GOING TO

TAKE YOU FURTHER THAN YOU'VE

IMAGINED.

YOU'RE ABOUT TO SEE FAR-OUT

OPPORTUNITY, FAR-OUT

PROMOTION, FAR-OUT FAVOR, THE

FULLNESS OF YOUR DESTINY IN

JESUS'S NAME.

AND IF YOU RECEIVE IT, CAN

YOU SAY, "AMEN" TODAY?

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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.

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