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#665, The Secret Place: a young lady was pulled over by a police officer. She tried and tried but couldn’t find driver’s license. Officer asked what you are looking for. The lady answered – it is a square like item with a photograph like yours. At the end she found one and showed. Officer told sorry – o you are a police officer. Are you ready to experience more peace and joy in your life? Then let Joel teach you in this empowering message how to guard your heart. Proverbs 4:23 says, “Above all else, guard your heart, for out of it flows the issues of life.” Many people live life allowing everything on the outside affect their peace and joy on the inside from stress, hurt, people’s words and attitudes to even simple things like traffic. But there is a better way to live. Jesus said in John 14:1, “Stop allowing yourself to be upset.” Learn how to shut the door on the negative so you can protect your secret place. As you do, you’ll live with more vision, expectancy and faith, and you’ll see God work in your life in greater ways! Water around ship is not problem, in the ship will sink it. Don’t let outside get inside. We may protect our inner sanctuary (place of safety). Joseph was sold by his brothers. Mary (mother of Jesus)’s sufferings. Protect your inner sanctuary. Joseph’s sufferings, David’s hardships. Don’t allow anger to soar inner.
#686, Be a Barrier Breaker: A kindergarten teacher asker her class, anyone who finds self dumm, stand up. No one. After a while little Johny stood up. Mam you are dumm. Many people today are living below their potential because of their environment. But Joel wants to show you that God didn’t create you to be average. He created you to stand out, to go beyond the norm, and to leave your mark on this generation. It doesn’t matter how you were raised or what has been spoken over your life, God has put seeds of greatness in you, and you have potential that’s waiting to come out. It’s time to break past the barriers in your life! You weren’t created to just get by, survive, or stay at the same level year after year. You were created to excel. Let this message remind you of who you are in God and the exciting plans He has for you! Oak seed in 2’ pot cannot grow big. It needs different environment to grow. You can set new standards. Low esteem, poverty, normal, where we are, not who we are. People make us limited, mediocre. Believe in yourself. Don’t put conditions. Flies were researched. Some time lid was there, even after removing lid, flies were not trying to fly. We become contained. Become reconditioned. Life follows your thoughts. You are not at risk, you are at possibility. We accept average. We are destined higher. Joel’s family start. Don’t be easy with average. In jails / seniors. Rise higher, full of joy, blesses, opportunities looking for you. Don’t settle. Possibility is there. Old gentle man, in broken residence – Joel’s father’s friends. Life of defeat. Don’t miss destiny. In a fire accident; a boy who was declared disable to walk, broke world record in fast running. Quit excuses / blame / negatives. Nothing will happen until you change your mind. Don’t adapt environment. A mile under 4 mins. One did. Now many did. Start thinking better. Pave way for your children. 8,000 seat stadium (father). Joel got much more. 5 armies against Juda. How you start is not important – how you finish, matters. The last words of Jesus Christ on the cross was "It is finished." If you're going to start something, finish it. There is a lot of satisfaction in finishing a book, a movie, a play, a song, a sermon, a business, an assignment. If you're not going to go all the way, don't go at all. Zig Ziglar said, "where you start is not as important as where you finish."
Be creative. It's a way of life. Accomplish dreams. F-E-A-R has two meanings: 'Forget Everything and Run' or 'Face Everything and Rise.' The choice is yours. Zig Ziglar. Announcement: Tired of feeling stuck?
#685, Living at Rest: Satan once was found in church. Everybody was afraid except one lady. Satan asked her, are you not afraid of me. The lady replied, no, I have been married with your brother last 30 years. Are you living a life of peace? To live in peace is to live a life of rest. Hebrews 4:11 tells us to make every effort to enter into the rest of God. What this means is that we have to actively guard our peace. You see, life is full of peace stealers. Every day there are people and circumstances that can pull you out of rest. But Joel will show you in this message how to put up boundaries and not allow everything in. You’ll identify the peace stealers in your life and learn how to take care of your emotional energy. Even in the midst of difficulties and trials, learn how God wants to fight your battles for you! All you need to do is rest in Him! Deal with challenges, interact with other people. News, events, bankruptcies, repetitions. Feed your inner with positive, encouraging feelings. Beware what you are inhaling. Comparing with other people is peace stealing. Success is focus on your race. False sense of responsibility. Don’t make yourself a garbage pan. Listening all negatives. Don’t be out of balance. Right /stable / happy /consistent people in your life. If you hang around negative friend, you will get 20% - wrong and right 5 will make 100%. Our energy is limited. Helping people has some limitations. LET me take rest. God is helping everyone. Victoria was hiding car scratched in car wash but son rushed to inform Joel. He didn’t see sign ‘don’t disturb. Remote control in purse but looking everywhere in house. Israelites and Moses on Red sea. God will fight your battle if you behold yourself at rest. Stress results when you carry, you are not supposed to carry.
#662, It's the Heart that Matters: An old lady forgot her car keys inside, she found a boy on motorcycle, who helped her to open the car door. She thanked him, you are so nice. He told her, I am professional car thief. She thanked God for sending professional to help her. All of us have made mistakes and have areas that we struggle in. But many people live life feeling disqualified thinking they don’t match up to God’s approval. Let this message inspire you to discover just the opposite. You see, God looks on the inside. Take another look at the Bible and discover the men and women God chose to use greatly. You will discover how we all have weaknesses and areas to come up higher in. The key is to have a heart towards God and to be willing to grow as He takes you from glory to glory. (2 Corinthians 3:18) Instead of feeling discouraged by your weakness or past mistakes, put on God’s approval and press forward into greatness! This message will teach you how to do just that! God is looking (likes) for right heart with mistakes, not wrong heart with no mistakes (perfection). Look good outside (very religious, good performers) but dark from inside; sometimes you observe opposite (labor people). Not live guilty (which makes you worse), learn to live hopeful. Human is not a finished product but it has good connection with Creator. Potter (Creator) is continuously working on you. Sometimes you are disciple of Jesus (Peter) but imperfect. Sometimes ordinary people have better belief. Not focus on your negatives. He called human Masterpiece of Creation; approved (accepted) by God. Failure is an event, not you. You do, not who. Shake off disapproval. God approved us before our birth. I’m growing / improving / +ve / happy. Quit remembering what God has forgotten. God is not recording our mistakes. He is looking for hearts having dependency on Him. Get highest potentials. He is only looking at our good moves (even few). God is will to please with us. With nice heart 4 years kid made dirty the clean car with wet towel, it was hard but my (Joel) son did innocently. Bad fame lady came close to Jesus for repentance with true heart. God is not judging recording past mistakes, He is focusing on right heart. Prefect behavior is impossible. Only one good move can help to please Most High God.
#684, Peaceful On Purpose: Are you waiting for your circumstances in life to line up just right before you’ll have peace? Well, you may be waiting your whole life then! Because the truth is, life is full of ups and downs. Every day we have opportunities to get upset, be worried and live offended. Many people live life worried each day, but most often, these worries never even happen. Instead, all worry does is rob us of our joy, creativity and focus. But Joel wants to show you that there’s a better way to live. Jesus said in Matthew 6:34, “Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will have enough worries of its own.” We’re not supposed to go through life weighted down by worry, stress and anxiety. Let Joel show you how to make God bigger than your circumstance in this practical message. As you release your cares to God and enter into His rest, you will live life with greater joy, ease and fulfillment. Pastor lied to police and told that Jesus changed water into wine again. God is fighting our battles. Our minds need some relaxation. When we leave / relax, God works. God did this for David. Frustration robs sleep / joy / peace. We make problem / sickness / affliction as our God. Good thoughts need to get in. Turn your worries into worship. I came across Professional worriers. Speed humps in street. 4 months got gone in worry, planned planting tree. 2 years later hump was stalled on some other place. No what-ifs. Today is gift. 2 years battle with city; got a law suit for this location. We can only do our part. Worry damages our immune system. God may change situations. Save your creativity, energy. Herald (king) was about to kill Peter. One night before angel caught him in deep sleep. Hit the problem down the throne. Put your God on throne. God, you already know, what I need, I only praise you. Quit worrying. Sheep always at peace; 300 sheeps. Not fast runners; Shepherd takes care; sheeps believe in good shepherd. Let mind at break. SARS changed his mind with one voice when he was on the way to kill Jesus people.
#651, Blessed by Your Enemies: Are you facing something that seems unfair? Is there opposition that you’ve been praying would lift but it’s still there? Let this message remind you of the sovereignty of God in your life. What you think is a disappointment—that person that left you, that coworker that’s trying to make you look bad, that friend that betrayed you—can teach you to trust God and His plan through every unfair and unjust thing in your life. Take a closer look at the scripture and see how God uses our enemies and affliction to make His glory known and bring about His plan in our lives. You’ll be inspired to trust God no matter what you face! Not setback, it is setup. God uses enemies to promote you, not your friends with your determination. Knowledge is power. A cold day in hell. Don’t give chance of joy to your enemies with your defeat. Sometimes opposition pushes us forward. Don’t complain betrayals. Sometimes people cry in enmity but God uses in other way. Galaya enemy of David, Juda for Jesus. Jesus healed a disable. Thank God for your promotion. On radio critic but opposite happened. In 1900 peanut crop worked well as compared to cotton due to insect. God makes your enemies your stepping stones. Joel as peanut. Don’t give place lies of enemies in your mind. Backup backup. Don’t be intimidated with –ves. Israelites and firos. Enemy puts you under pressure, you prepare yourself to shoot like nozzle of water. Friday Jesus was on cross, Saturday he was buried, on Sunday he was out back.
#683, Balanced Books: In accounting, the phrase, “balanced books,” means to make up for a loss. If an account is low and there is a deficit, revenue is added to equal everything out. In the same way, God desires to balance the books on the broken pieces in our lives. We all go through things that put us at a deficit in life—a rough childhood, the loss of a loved one, a broken heart, an illness. But Hebrews 10:30 says, “God is a just God. He will repay the compensation owed to us. He will settle the cases of His people.” You may have been through things you don’t’ understand, but get ready because the Creator of the universe is adding up all the deficits. If you will allow Him to work in your life, He will bring you out increased, promoted, vindicated and better than you were before. You can trust God to balance your books!
#656, Who's The Boss? The people that reach their highest potential in life are those that are good at saying no to their flesh. Every day, there is a battle that takes place inside all of us. It’s the battle between the flesh and the spirit. The flesh is our natural, carnal desires that we were born with. It includes things like pride, selfishness, impatience, compromise, and operating in life by the way we feel. But Galatians 6:8 tells us, “He who sows to the flesh will reap ruin, decay and destruction, but he who sows to the Spirit will reap life and life eternal.” If you want to step into new levels, walk in God’s favor, and become everything God has created you to be, then it’s time to choose discipline and self-control today! Allow the Holy Spirit to lead your life each day. Let this message teach you how to do just that! #661, Remember Your Dream: When God gives you a dream and puts a promise in your heart, most often, there is a delay. A lot of people give up in the face of opposition and let their dream become buried under discouragement, past mistakes, rejection, negative voices and failure. But that doesn’t have to be you! Your dream may be buried, but the good news is that it’s still alive. It’s not too late to see it come to pass. God promises in Joel 2:25 to restore to you the lost years. Joseph’s dream came true. It’s time to remember your dream and believe again!
#682, Your Set Time for Favor: In the Old Testament, the Israelites had several different feasts that they had to observe each year. These were special times that God had set aside to bless His people and show His favor. In the same way, there are set times God has already ordained to show out in your life. Sometimes when we’ve been waiting for a long time—for a healing, a dream to come to pass, or for a problem to turn around—it’s easy to get into a wait mode and not really expect anything. But Psalm 102: 12-13 says, “But You, O Lord, are still on the throne. You will arise and have mercy on Zion, for the time to favor her, yes, the set time has come.” Let this message create a new expectancy within you that will refresh your spirit and cause you to live life with a new spring in your step, knowing that there is already a God-given, set time for favor in your life!
#681, Ask Big: When we pray and release our faith—when we ask God to work in our lives—our asking opens the door for His great work in our lives. But, we have to ask. Jabez prayed a bold prayer to God in 1 Chronicles 4:10. Despite his upbringing and surroundings, he dared to ask God for His blessing. “Oh, that You would bless me indeed.” Are you asking big prayers, or are you letting your circumstances, how you were raised, how impossible it looks keep you from big prayers? Don’t let a lack of asking keep you from God’s best in your life any longer! Let this message inspire you to ask big so you can walk in the fullness that God has for you and become everything God has created you to be!