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Blessed by Your Enemies

2020-05-08 | 🔗
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. You’ll be inspired to trust God no matter what you face!Your best days are still ahead, and together we can make a difference in this world with the message of God's hope and love. To give visit JoelOsteen.com/GiveHope
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Hide this adjoining dictatorial thanks for downloading our pod cast. We enjoy spending this time with you. I hope, you'll leave. Inspire, makes your used inscribed to get new messages every week. We appreciate your support and help keep the ministry going enjoy them is about bless, you always a joy to come into your homes and if you're ever Our area please stop by and be a part of one of our services. I promise you it will make you feel right at home. So much for tuna in. Thank you again for coming out today. I like to start with something funny. I heard about pastor? He was in the lobby after service greeting people. He saw this man, We haven't seen in a long long time, Poland Where did the side said, sir? You need to do
the army of the Lord men said. What are you doing could about. I'm in the army of the lure pester said well. How come only see you on Christmas and Easter, he whispered back in the secret service. Hold your bible say it like you mean it, this is my bible. It says I have This is all I can do what it says I can do today we'll be taught the word of God, boldly confess. My mind is alert. My heart is receptive. Never be the same, Jesus, nay God bless you I talk to you today about blessed by your enemies. We all know that God can bless us We can show us favour promoters healers We don't always realise God can you
our enemies to bless us. What you may think is a disappointment. A person walked away friend betrayed a co worker is trying to make me look bad. You may not like that, but you couldn't reach your destiny without them. It's all a part of God's play and to get you to wait. You're supposed to be David would only be known as a shepherd boy. If it wasn't for Goliath, Goliath were strategically placed in David's Pat, not to defeat him, but to promote him without Goliath. David would have never taken the throne. Don't complain about you. In these. It may look like a setback, but really it's a set up for God to get you to your throat. After all, God could have used King Saul to promote David soul. Had the
already. He could have moved on solves heart, told him promote tat young man, but God chose to bless David, not through his friends but through his enemies. That's why we don't have to play, two people try to convince them that, like us, openly they'll, give me a good break. No God doesn't have to use your friend. He can use your enemies, your critics, the ones that are too. The push you down, he can use them to push you and it's interesting when David defeated Gulf you never hear any more about Goliath. Goliath was created for David purpose. Part of his destiny was to establish who David was just, as God has divine connections land for you people to encourage you push forward, he's also lander people that will try to stop. You discourage you trying to make it look bad
There are Goliath ordained to come across your pants and if you don't understand this principle, you get Discours God. Why is this happening to me that opposition was it meant to stop you it will meant to establish you when you overcome You will not only step into a level of your destiny, but everyone around. You will see. The favor of God is on your life. In two thousand and two: we received word that the Houston Rockets, basketball team was moving out of this building in the city was thing about selling it we A larger auditorium when I heard that something came along on the inside. I knew it was supposed to be ours.
Got out in the city that we were interested in. It knows all kinds of debate as to what should happen to this building and a friend of mine was at a business lunching sitting with some high powered executives. One of these executives, a very influential man, found out that my friend attends lightwood. He started talking about the compact centre and about how against us he was about what a terrible thing this would be for the city. Now no church would ever have this building on and on some other people at the table joined in Canada, laugh in making fun talked about how Lakewood didn't
a chance in the world to get it. Finally, this executive looked at my friend, said very sarcastically. It will be a cold day inhale before Lakewood ever gets that building. My friends call me afterward and told me about the conversation said thanks a lot for the Good NEWS Pritchett that encouragement, but the truth is that conversation was ordained by the creator. He was one of those Goliath, Godhead strategically placed in our path. When I heard about how against see was. I was already determined, but something rose up in me. I had a wholly determination, I had a new far a new resolve. Every time things gotta look like it wasn't gonna work out. I would be tempted to get discouraged. Here that phrase a cold day inhale, get my passion right back. Wouldn't take me five seconds
sometimes God will put in me in your life to keep you start a heel. Allow critics doubter discourages even some hay so when you feel tired and think you want to give up you'll keep pressing forward. Shaken at all, not because you feel like it, but because you I want to give your enemies the joy of she knew defeat not address by not out of pride. It's a wholly determination. God uses the negative to keep us Garda NET Business leader was so against us. He doesn't realize it, but God used him more than he use my friends. He was one of the most instrumental people in us. Getting this building. The funny thing is he wasn't for us. He was against us. God used our enemies to bless us. If I ever see that
I need to buy him dinner, Mcdonald's, probably some enemies I feel like. I need to write them a check. If they had not been against me. I wouldn't appointed so hard They had no made fawn. I would have given up sooner. If I hadn't told I couldn't do it didn't have what it takes might have been complacent, settle where I was. It was their opposition that pushed me forward many times. God will use your enemies to catapult you to success more than your friends. David said: God prepares a able before me in the presence of my enemies noticed when God brings you through the opposition, not going to do it in private he's gonna. Do it we're all of those enemies can see this bill? is located on the second busiest free way in the nation. You can't drive and city very long. Without seeing what God has done, NED
that was against us. I can only imagine every time he passes by something whispered in his ear. It must be a cold I inhale because there they are maybe today, facing some kind of enemy, not just a person and enemy in your hell in your finance is in a relationship. Doesn't look like its ever going to work out. Have this new perspective right now, God is preparing the table. The angels are taken the food out of the oven Gabriel's, putting his finishing touches on that meal. Any moment you gonna hear the dinner Bell ring gods going to say it's your time. Here's the table, here's the meal prepare for you. It's not gonna, be a little fast food meal hidden opened the coroner. Nobody notices, no God is preparing a table like you did for David, like he did for us to wear
Just all of your friend see it, but even those enemies them is, the doubters discourages the ones that said you couldn't do it they're going to see you blessed problem did. Vindicated live in your dreams in a place of honor in influence; in one sense, God use Judas more than he used the other disciples. Judas was ordained to betray Jesus. That was his purpose to try to stop in, and it wasn't just his idea. It was the plain of God at the time it seemed like a bad brain, but if he had not betray Jesus there wouldn't have been a crucifixion without the cross. There wouldn't have been a resurrection without the resurrection we wouldn't have redemption. No salvation we celebrate Mary, the mother of Jesus, giving birth in the manger
We celebrate John baptizing Jesus, the dove coming down from Heaven, but the man who betrayed Jesus, the one who sold him for thirty pieces of silver was just as critical a part of his destiny if not more so than the others. What am I saying? Don't complain about the person betrayed you if they walked away, they didn't set you back I set you up for the fullness of your destiny? If they lied about, you tried to push you down overlooked you. It may not have been fair. But if God allowed it, he knows how to use it for your good. What if Jesus would have gotten upset to God, I'm your son. How could you let this man, but I mean he's one of my disciples, no g
this new, the Judas was going to betray him, but he didn't try to stop him. He didn't try to talk him out of. He knew that betrayal was a part of his divine destiny. Too often we fight against everything that doesn't go. Our way up bitter God. Why is this happening? The longer? I live, the moon, were I realize nothing happens by activity, even the opposition, if you'll keep the right attitude, God will use it to Europe, it was talking to a well known minister. One time for over fifty years, He had gone around the world doing so much good. Most people were very appreciative, but in his home town the local newspaper was never for him. They were always find in fall. He could do a hundred things right. They wouldn't report that they had found the one thing they didn't like make. A big deal out of this went on year after year. He had an interesting perspire
He said. If it hadn't been for that newspaper, I would have never accomplished so much, but what do you mean? He said that newspaper not only kept me or my knees, but it gave me the fuel to keep pressing forward to prove to them that they were wrong. He went on to build a beautiful university in that city. Tens of thousands of young, people have attended toward the end of his life when he was just about done. All of the sudden. The newspaper had a change of heart. They wrote this big front page article celebrating everything that he had done. It was almost like, God waited on purpose. God knew that enemy, even though my friend didn't like it, it was making him better. It was keeping him stirred up, made him more determined, more Visalia and some of the things that we don't like
we're asking God to get rid of it. He removed them right now we wouldn't reach our highest potential. That up fishing is making new stronger those people trying to stop the betrayal the disappointment that cannot keep you from your destiny. God has the final say and if he hasn't removed it, yet that means he's going. Use it for you good. He strategically places the Goliath. The Judas is the opposition. Without Goliath, you can't take you thrown without Judas. You won't reach your highest potential without the naysayers, you wouldn't become all you were created, debate, the book aloof, there's, a familiar story for men carried this paralyzed man to see Jesus when they arrived at the house was too crowded. They had to take him up on the roof. Let him down through the ceiling,
in point, Jesus said that the paralyzed man, your sins, have been forgiven. Some of the religious leaders were offended. They begin to murmur under their breasts and who does he think he is this guy can't forgive, since only God can do that. The scripture says Jesus heard their murmuring. They were trying to do it quietly under his but Jesus heard what they were saying. He said to the men, which is easier. For me to say your sins are forgiven. For me to say, rise, take up your bed and walk to prove to them that he was the Son of God. He told the man stand, the men stood up.
Clean, healthy, I'm sure those naysayers when they saw him standing there. They nearly passed out. Here's my point: if they had not been murmuring complaining criticising this man may not have been healed. Jesus could have just forgiven his sins and moved on, but because of their murmuring Jesus healed the main. So when people are talking about you trying to make it look bad trying to push it down, don't worry God. Here's the
They are putting you in position, for God to bless you in a greater way. You don't have to straighten them out, don't fight battles that don't matter stay in pee and like this man, God will use your enemies to bless you some of the favor that you're seeing some of the good brakes you had. It didn't happen because of you. It happened because of those people that tried to stop you, they put you in position for promotion. I always thank God for my friend, but I've learned to thank God for my enemies as well, without the murmuring that man may not have been healed without delay, David would have never taken is thrown without Judas Jesus wouldn't have resurrected from the gray. You need to see every enemy so to speak, every disappointment every betrayal. In this new lie. It's not sit to defeat you it sent to increase you
A friend of mine told me out in the lobby do years back how his business had gone down to nothing. He didn't think he could survive to make matters worse. One of its main competitors talked about him on the radio in a very unfavourable light. They were extremely critical of hand talked about how he wasn't up depart. That's why his business was going down. It look like that would be the final blow. To put him, but just the opposite happened when they mentioned him. It drew new attention to his business. New client started call. Out of the blue. The business grew and grew today is stronger than ever. In fact, he's surpassed that competitor that try to talk him down. What am I saying, God can use your critics to promote you. God has all kinds of ways to get you to wait. You're supposed to
He knows how to take what was meant for your heart and turn it around and use it to your advantage. In the early nineteen hundreds farmers in Alabama we're facing a major challenge. A tiny insect called the bull wheedle had migrated from South America was now quickly destroying their crops. They tried everything they could to stop. They exterminated using all kinds of chemicals, even came up with speed your formulas still to no avail visually. All they could do, is sit back and watch their livelihood be eaten away. One day a farmer had an idea. He said these farmer buddies instead of planning our normal cotton crops. Why don't we try peanuts? They looked at him. Luck, he lost his mind.
Pain. We can't make a living off a peanuts overtime. He taught them into. They discovered that the bull wheedle didn't like the taste of peanuts. Their crops took off like I think that ever seen they made more money in a few months, offer peanuts Then they normally made the whole year offer cotton crops. In fact, when the boat we both? Finally left? They never did go back to cotton. They stuck with peanuts fringe. God works in mysterious way. You- may be dealing with some ball weevils right now, my encouragement stay in Faye, peanuts or coming what you There is a setback. Is
May God said he knew what to do something new. Don't complain about the coworker that did you wrong. What didn't work out? You know what that was a ball weasel, something that looks like it was meant to destroy you, but in fact gods going to use it to take you to the next. That person. It were always trying to push. You then always try to make it look man when you They then this week have a new attitude. You just a ball. We you're trying to stop me, but I know a secret It's gonna use you to push me forward. Scripture, says God will make. Your enemies, you're footstool. That means anything that comes against the persecution, the betrayal, the disappointment. If yours. Are in insane. Instead of being a stumbling block to take you down, God will use it as a stepping stone to take. You hire when I was ten years old. I was playing literally
baseball- I was very, small growing up. In fact, people called me peanut I was always the smallest one on the team I was in the middle of this important gain. The stands were full everybody was watching. I stepped out to the plate to ban when the opposing coat saw. How small I was. He came out of the dugout and started hollering to his players in the outfield field. Coming closer coming closer, he was wave in both arms making this big scene. You might as well say this. Kid is a loser. Look out literally, is he can he's not upon all stands were watching as standing there. So embarrassed I felt like hiding the out came in right behind the infield. Nobody was in the outfield. All I could think of his coat must have seen-
the play before, but when I saw that something came, over me. I thought doesn't know who I am he did. Breathe life into me. He doesn't determine my destiny. I am a child of the most toggle. I can do all things supervise the pitcher. Through the ball, maybe small, but ass long like I was ten feet all I gave it every. I had God help me to connect perfectly with that all. We were over their heads to two bounces hit the back fans nobody was in the outfield. I had an inside the park home run here. I want you to see the next time I got up to bed. The coach came out with this name fanfare, the same enthusiasm, but this time He shouted back up back back in the same.
Why the enemy will come against you in your thoughts. He'll tell you things like you'll. Never get well, you'll, never break the addiction. You can accomplish your dreams, you two small, you don't have what it eggs. You can either believe those laws and let him talk you in the mediocrity or you can do. God did as a ten year old boy and say I don't think so. You don't set them it's for my life. You don't determine my destiny. You didn't give me Brad may look small, but I know I'm full of resurrection power the same Spirit Right cries from the their lives on the inside of it. When you rise up in faith like that those enemies won't defeat you, those enemies will promote you. You do that a few times he'll tell his forces backup. Back up, there are more powerful than they look don't mess with they go to lake. Would they know their highly favour? They know their
Torres, not victim. Scripture says don't be intimidated by your enemies, don't be intimidated by what somebody say Don't be intimidated by negative medical report you In God, or a majority, when Jesus out of the grey he took the keys of death and hail He said all power has been given under me in Heaven and in earth. Now I'm giving you that power, you are not weak, you are not lacking. You are full of can do power. The greatest force in the universe is on your side. When the Israelites were in slavery, Pharoah got upset and decided to make it harder on. Then he told their supervisors to take away their material but to force them to make the same amount of bricks each day they took away their straw and sand. Now they had to go
on their supplies on their own work twice as hard. It's very unfair! Something interesting happened. The scripture says the more Pharoah afflicted the more the Israelites multiplied. Pharoah thought he was stopping them, but in fact he was increasing. Sometimes when God wants to promote you, he doesn't send you a good break. He sends you an enemy will cause a Fierro, a supervisor to turn up the heat, make things more difficult, but don't worry the more the opposition, the more you're going to increase the truth is we grow in the difficult times? That's when our character is developed. That's when we
talent, competent curries that we didn't even know we had you Pharoah when he took away those suppliers, he was trying to restrict the people. Trying to squeeze then put them under pressure Have you ever been washing your car at home and you have your water hose? You turn the valve on, and the water comes out. Maybe three or feed, but when you really want to spray your car off, you needed to go further. And if you like me, you don't have a nozzle on the end, then you put your thumb on. Into the host, and you restrict the water. You would think when you were strict did it would come out less, but it's just the opposite. When you restrict that water, because it's under more pressure it she said fifteen or twenty feet. It goes many times further than when it had no pressure in the same way when the enemy puts you under pressure, he thinks that's going to
Are you what he doesn't realise is all that's going to do is call you the shoot out further You feel restrictive when face opposition, dome, discouraged get ready shoot out, get ready for new levels, get ready for promotion. That pressure is not going to stop you it's going to increase you when Jesus was about to be crucified, he stopped by them. Norton of Yosemite, literally translated. That means the place oppressing it was an olive garden Only way you can get the oil out of the autumn is depressing without the pressing you'll never get the valuable oil if you're, never under pressure, you never have to stretch your fate endure. Persevere then you'll never discover the valuable treasures that God put on the inside on Friday. They nail geez
to the cross incredible pressure on Saturday. He went down to the grave and for the forces of darkness restricted, but on Sunday morning he came shooting up out of that great their couldn't hold him. There one message of the resurrection, We use your enemies to bless you. Maybe today you feel restricted under pressure like you're being squeezed it's Friday. Don't worry. Sunday is coming you're about to shoot out.
When you see we're, God takes you the favour, the promotion, the blessing you're going to look back and say like the psalmist, it was good that I was afflicted, see if David we're here, he was tell you. It was good that Goliath, shoulda Jesus would say it was good that Judas betrayed me. I can t it was good. That executive was against us. It may have been uncomfortable at the time, but one day you say this enemy defeat me. This enemy promoted me now stay in fate. God has your back. He wouldn't have allowed the pressure unless he's gonna work for your good may feel. Like Friday now, but I believe and declare Sunday is coming Europe to shoot out stronger healthy, promoted vindicated the fullness of your destiny. In Jesus name. If you receive it
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