JOEL OSTEEN SERMONS INVITE GOD INTO YOUR DIFFICULTIES : Pastor Joel Osteen talks to us today about inviting God into your difficulties. Most of the time, we’re praying God get me out of this challenge, get me out of this trouble at work, get me out of this financial setback and there’s nothing wrong with that, but before you get out, you have to invite God in, sometimes the miracle is not in getting out, it’s in what God is going to do in this situation. Instead of just praying God get me out, why don’t you start praying God come in to this hospital room while I take the treatment? Come into this trouble at work, where the people aren’t fair, come into this anxiety that I’m dealing with.
What’s more powerful than God bringing you out is when God comes in and begins to change things, he comes in and gives you favour despite who’s trying to push you down, he comes in and gives you strength that you can’t explain, grace to outlast what should stop you and if you’re only focused on God bringing you out, then you’re going to be disappointed, because God doesn’t do things on our timetable, sometimes it’s taking longer than we thought, but when you ask God to come in, you can be at rest.
God, I know you’re right here with me, you are ordering my steps, and at the right time, you’ll get me to where I’m supposed to be, you don’t have to fight everything, live upset, can’t sleep at night, that happens when you’re only focused on getting out, God is waiting to come in, when you ask him in, you’re saying God, don’t just change the circumstances, change me, help me to not just go through this situation, help me to grow through it, help me to learn, increase my faith, let my character come up higher.
If God delivered us out of everything instantly, we would never reach our highest potential, God works in the trouble, he works in the uncomfortable situations, and sometimes God is not bringing you out yet because he wants the odds to be against you in a bigger way, so when he brings you out it will be a greater miracle.
Voices will whisper God doesn’t even hear your prayers, that’s why nothing’s changing, the truth is God is setting you up to show out in your life when he brings you out, no one will be able to deny that his favour is on you. God said in Isaiah, “when you go through the waters, I will be with you, when you go through the rivers, they will not overwhelm you, when you walk through the fire you will not be burned.”
It’s interesting that God didn’t say, “i’ll keep you out of every fire, you won’t have to face any floods.” no, he said the challenges will come, there will be adversities and things we don’t understand, but the whole key to this verse is when he said, “i will be with you in the fire, in the flood, and in the famine.” Pastor Joel Osteen helps us to understand that trials will definitely come our way, but we must learn to bring God into our problems and as long as he is there with us, the problems will never overcome us.