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Joel osteen Daily Devotional February 23 2024

    Theme : A Dangerous Trap

    Today’s Scripture
    Proverbs 29:25, NLT
    Fearing people is a dangerous trap, but trusting the LORD means safety.

    Today’s Word
    It is a dangerous trap to let other people’s opinions of you, whether they will approve you, determine what you do or hold you back from doing what you know you should do. It is dangerous because if you fear people, if you live to please them, you can miss your destiny. Sometimes you have to be brave and go it alone. You have to do it without the approval of the people you thought would be for you. Other people may not see what God put in you. They can’t feel what you feel. You don’t have to have their approval. You and God are a majority.

    The Almighty God has shone His favor upon you. You can hear God’s voice for your life more than anyone else. Other people may confirm and encourage it, but if what they say doesn’t agree with your spirit, you need to dismiss it. Quit worrying about their opinions and get your approval from Him. Set your face like a flint and say, “God, I’m not living to please people. I’m living to please You.”

    Prayer for Today

    “Father, thank You that I don’t have to look to someone else to tell me who I am or what I should do. Thank You that I can know Your voice and follow You whether others approve or not. I declare that my identity and value is securely in Your hands and I’m not looking to others. In Jesus’ Name,

    Today’s Word:

    The way to honor God is not by being down on yourself, living guilty, unworthy. It’s by receiving His mercy. The price has already been paid. All your sins—past, present, and future—have been taken care of.

    God already has it figured out. He knows the end from the beginning. But here’s the key: He doesn’t give us the details. If you knew how everything was going to work out, it wouldn’t take faith.

    When you go through a disappointment, you could be upset and bitter, but when you overflow with hope, you know that what was meant for harm God is turning to your advantage. Weeping may endure for a night, but you know joy is coming.

    There are negative things that have been passed down that now you have to deal with. You didn’t choose it, and you can’t overcome it. That’s when our God steps in with abundance, freedom, victory.

    No matter how nice of a person you are, you’re going to encounter people who are hard to get along with. How you handle difficult people will determine how high you will go. The Scripture says, “You overcome evil with good.”

    Credit : Joel Osteen Ministries website

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