Victoria Osteen Sermon encourage yourself: It says in Exodus 6 that when Moses was going to lead the children of Israel out of captivity, which God had promised would happen, when he went to them to tell them that this was their time. This was the moment, that God was going to cause them to leave this burden of this yoke, this bondage, that they had been too discouraged to believe, they had been under so much discouragement that they couldn’t even believe what God could do for them.
That’s a sad statement, too discouraged to believe but I’ll tell you what it shows, it shows the power of discouragement in our life, it shows that when we become discouraged, we can’t even get the faith to believe that God.
Faith can take us to the places we need to go, to take us over a challenge, through an obstacle, you see discouragement is heaped on us and we can’t see.
When hope rises in your heart, faith causes you to act, faith causes you to move forward, the scripture tells us that David the mighty man of God, who faced challenge after challenge learned this secret, he encouraged himself in the Lord, you see David had a warrior’s mentality, he took this place inside of him that he had built up, this place where he had encouraged himself in the things of God and he was able to take that war chest and encourage himself on the things on the outside, he was able to look at the face of discouragement and say no my God can supply all of my needs, my God can get me through this.
You see at one point in David’s life, everybody had turned against him, even his men that were fighting battles with him, were so down and discouraged that they turned to David and they said we want to stone you, they were looking for someone to blame for the difficulties that they were facing, David had no one around him that could encourage him yet he encouraged himself in the Lord. He is God you know, it’s great when your family is there to encourage you, when your friends are there to encourage you, but what happens when no one’s there to encourage you?
We shouldn’t depend on other people to encourage us, I believe our main source of encouragement should come right from the inside of us, we’ve got to learn to encourage ourselves every day, we’ve got to remember what God has done in our life, we have to understand that, we have to get in agreement with God, that you are made in the image of Almighty God, God created you and he made you and if you believe that about your life, then when you criticize yourself, you might as well be criticize your Creator, the one who made you.
Victoria Osteen says, if you can criticize his creation, then what you’re doing is criticizing the Creator, because he made you, he formed you, he fashioned you just the way you should be.