“The LORD our God said to us at Horeb, ‘You have stayed long enough at this mountain.”
(Deuteronomy 1:6, NIV)
TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria
Have you been facing a mountain for so long that you feel like you are just sort of stuck there? Maybe at one time you knew you would break that addiction. You knew you would beat that sickness. You knew you would get married. But, you’ve gone through disappointments. It didn’t happen the way you thought.
Today, God is saying to you what He said to the people of Israel. “You have dwelt long enough on this mountain.” It’s time to move forward. God has new levels in front of you, new opportunities, new relationships, promotions, breakthroughs. But, you’ve got to stir up your fire. You’ve got to get a vision for victory. The dreams, the promises that you’ve pushed down and thought, “Oh, it’s not going to happen. I’m too old. I don’t have the connections. I don’t know the right people,” God has it all figured out. If you will start believing again, start dreaming again, start pursuing what God put in your heart, God will make a way where you don’t see a way. Press past the mountain and move forward into victory!
A PRAYER FOR TODAY
Father, thank You for Your grace and mercy on my life. Thank You for empowering me to overcome every obstacle and press past every mountain. I look to You to lead and guide me into victory in every area of my life in Jesus’ name. Amen!
— Joel & Victoria Osteen
Traveling out of the country always makes me reflect on who I am & where I come from. No matter what country I visit, I always return home with a sense of renewal & American pride.
Coming back from my recent trip to Hong Kong made me realize that no matter what color other people are we all share the same emotions and want what’s best out of life. I interacted with people all the way from Singapore, New Zealand and even South Africa. We were all able to laugh at the same jokes and enjoy foreign food together. It’s good to know that no matter where your roots are from, you can always find commonalities with others.
Here are some of the key takeaways from my trip overseas:
- People are the same no matter where they’re from – There are good people & bad people all over the world (think of Mahatma Gandhi or Nelson Mandela). Feelings of anger, sadness and happiness exist in every language in every land.
- It’s good to be from America – Sometimes people are identified not by who they are but by where they’re from. Oftentimes Americans are held in very high esteem based on the liberties we have within this country. They know that of all the places in the world to be from, American is one of the best.
- It’s bad to be from America – People in other countries will always have misnomers about people from the USA. Americans are fat & lazy and should have nothing to complain about, right? Others preconceived notions about who I am based on my passport made me want to represent my country even harder.
- People are people – Underneath the skin colors, bank accounts and religious beliefs we are all the same on the inside. I saw people worshipping Buddha just I worship Jesus Christ. I saw young girls laugh & talk just I like I do with my girlfriends. Reverence & respect mean so much no matter where you go.
- We are a small piece of the big picture – There are over 7 billion people on this Earth. And that’s not including those who have already died. We don’t get an eternity to make a difference in this world. Instead, we get just enough time to leave a lasting legacy.
I’m so glad I had the opportunity to go abroad one more time. It’s always good to meet other people in their native country & experience life as they do. If you’ve never really traveled you should consider getting a passport and see what the world has to offer.