Monday, February 23, 2009

Believing in a Supernatural Year

Notes from a recent sermon by Joel Osteen

Believing in a Supernatural Year

Just because we don't see a way, doesn't mean that God doesn't have a way.

- God can bring one opportunity across your path that can bring you to a new level. He has explosive blessing that can blast you out of debt and into abundance.
You have to get in agreement with God. He has supernatural favor and opportunities for you. God wants to do unusual things in your life.

- You need to have an expectantly down inside you. This is not going to be an average year. It's not going to be a mediocre year. Its going to be a super natural year. It's going to be a year where your going to see dreams come to pass.

When you hear this truth and God is trying to plant a new seed in your heart there is three words you need to say. "Lord I believe".
You may be in debt, but the Lord says "You're coming out". The economy may be down, but the Lord says "Your going to see super natural increase." Explosive blessings! might say "well, I don't know how?" Zip that up and say "Lord I believe". this is your year for far and beyond favor. this is your year to see the fulfillment of your dreams. It's your year for super natural opportunities. You may not see how it may happen, but that's OK, God has a thousand different ways to bring your dreams to pass.

- Get up each day expecting Gods far beyond favor and then you'll see God show up and do amazing things in your life.

There was a lady that belonged to a church that had plans on expanding the church building. So the minister was up in the pulpit challenging everyone to give, but knowing that many didn't have anything to give he said "If God were to supernaturally bless you, would you pledge to give towards to church fund?" One lady rose her hand and said she would.
Three days later she received a phone call from a friend of hers that had just won a very large settlement in court and said to her "I feel led to give you Two Million Dollars". She said "Oh your an answer to my prayer. I'm going to give that money to the church for their building fund." A couple of weeks later the same person called the lady back and said "You know I wanted to give YOU Two Million Dollars, so since you're going to give Two Million to your church, I'm going to give you Two more Million Dollars." A couple of weeks later after that, the person that won the large court settlement received a call from her lawyers saying they had good news. That the Judge also awarded her interest and penalties that the other party had to pay in addition to what she was already going to receive of Four Million Dollars.
Notice that it all started when this lady believed God for a supernatural increase.

- My job is not the source of my income, God is is source. He is Jehovah Jirah, my provider.

Joel's mother went up to his father and asked if they could have a swimming pool. He father said "No way, we aren't getting any swimming pool". But his mom really wanted a swimming pool. Month after month, year after year his mother would go around thanking God for His goodness, thank God for that he was lining up the right with the right opportunities. Every few weeks she would ask her husband "can we have that swimming pool" and he would say "Are you out of your mind, we aren't getting any swimming pool." She kept believing God for a swimming pool. Deep down inside she had the confidence, a knowing that one day she would have that pool.
She even went outside and marked off where she wanted that swimming pool! hahahaha
One day a man and his partner came from out of state to their church service and after the service they said to Joel's dad (the Pastor of the church) Sir, we have come from out of State and we build swimming pools. We want to give you a free swimming pool! Joel's mother took her husband by the arm and said "we have to talk". Yes they got their swimming pool and didn't even have to pay for it! Which was that? Supernatural favor. God said in Psalms 37:4 If you will delight yourself in the Lord, He will give you the desires of your heart. That means if you will keep God first place, if you'll honor Him with your life, He will cause people to want to be good to you. He will cause you to be at the right place at the right time. His blessings will chase you down and over take you.

Why don't you take the limits off of God? why don't you get out of your box and say "God I am ready for your explosive blessings. I am ready for your Far and Beyond Favor."
Acts 2:25 I have pitched my tent in the land of hope. Let me ask you, where have you pitched your tent? What are you expecting this year? What are you believing for?
"Well I never get a break, I'll never sell my house, I'll never get that raise, I'll never get well."
No the problem is you've got your tent in the wrong neighborhood. You nee to pull up your stakes, pack up your belonging and come over to the land of More than Enough, the land of explosive blessings. The land of supernatural health.

-God is longing to be good to you, but you've got to get your thoughts in the right direction. None of this will happen if you don't believe.

Gen 18:14 "Is there anything too hard for me? says the Lord. do you think your dreams are too big for God to bring to pass? Get a new vision. Put on a new attitude. God is saying " I am all powerful, I can turn any situation around. God will give you your desires, even those deep down inside that you haven't told anyone, but you and God. Will you get a vision for it, will you put your faith in Him?

Sometimes we think "Well...I couldn't believe for a swimming pool, that wouldn't be right." or "God has bigger things to deal with than me getting this business off the ground." or "taking this trip over seas to see my relatives, I can't bother god with that, that's not important enough."
No God is just the opposite. God is the one that put the dream into your heart.

I know as a parent I love to do good things for my children. I love to make their day. I want you to get a a revelation of how much your heavenly Father is longing to be good to you. He wants to amaze you with his goodness. Have the attitude "Lord I believe" "God I know you want to be good to me." God wants to give you the desires of your heart.

That's what happen with Sara She was given a child way past child bearing age. She was like "who would have thought". God wants to do some "who would of thoughts" blessings in your life. You might as well get ready because God has some of these "who would of thought" blessings coming your way. You're headed for supernatural increase,, supernatural healing, super natural restoration. God wants to maze you with his goodness.

- Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
Don't try to figure it out. Only believe.

There was this little girl and she wanted a kitten really bad. She asked her mommy if she could have a kitten. Her mom told her no. But this little girl really wanted one and so she kept asking her mommy if she could have a kitten. Finally after being exasperated the mother said "OK, but only if God gives you one." The little girl not knowing any better went out into her back yard and got on her knees and prayed to God for a kitten. With the mom looking on, there falls out of the sky a little kitten a few feet away from the little girl. The mother couldn't believe her eyes. She runs out into the back yard and looks up all over and there are no over hanging trees. The little girl picked up the kitten and shows her mom and says "God gave me the kitten".
A few months later the woman discovers where the kitten came from. Three houses down the kitten was stuck up in a tree on a tree branch. The guy threw up a rope around the branch and tied the other end to his car bringing the tree branch low enough so he could get the kitten. But what happened is the tree branch got low enough to where he thought he could get the kitten and suddenly the rope slipped and the bent tree branch acted like a sling shot and that kitten flew a good 200 yards, 3 houses away. The guy felt horrible because he thought he killed the kitten and he could never find it. God moves in mysteries ways.

God has you in the palm of His hand. He knows every need, He knows every struggle, He knows every dream, every desire. God has it all figured out.
Release your faith for a supernatural year.

That is living a life of Wealth And Riches!

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