« Joel Osteen Podcast

Investing In Your Future

2018-09-19 | 🔗
I want to remind you today to spend your time investing in your future, not in the past. Investing in the past is when you relive your pains and disappointments, focusing on who hurt you, what didn’t work out, and the mistakes you’ve made. That’s a waste of time and energy. You can’t do anything about what happened in your past—it’s over with. But you can do something about today. When you focus on what you can change, and not on what you can’t change, that is a good investment in the future.
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Welcome to the dual loose dean. Podcast, helpless. new to share the message of hope with those all over the world visit Joe Augustine Dotcom, Flash, give hope to give a gift. Today I want to remind us to spend our time investing in our future to invest in the past, investing in the past,
Asked is when you re live, your hurts your pains, you're disappointments say it's easy to focus on who hurt you. Why didn't work out what mistake you made? But you know what that is: is a big waste of time and energy. We can do anything about what happened in our past. It's done it's over with it's finished, but we can do something about today and when you begin to focus on what you can change not what you can't change. That is a good investment in the future. You know we work designed to carry around a lot of unnecessary negative baggage and some
times we fill our bags with bitterness resentment heart ache. But can I tell you that you ve gotta get up every day and let that stuff go? Forgive the people who offended you really M, forgive yourself, you see when you are weighed down with all of this junk it's hard to see where you're gully it's hard to even be ready. Yet their one time jewel and I we had scheduled back to back work troops. We really don't ever do this, but this should happen to be an instance that we did this. We had come home from a week out and we came back in and we only had like two hours to be at home and then we'd have to turn around head back to the airport
well on the way home. All I could think about was those dirty close in my suitcase. There was a week's worth of dirty clothes in my suitcase when I got home I'd dumped all those dirty clothes, and I begin to refresh my suitcase something to me This happened where I was tired and anxious on my way home. Just thinking about all that in my suitcase I became refreshed, and you know what I was prepared. Third, to go on my next trip, because I had to change that. dirty close with fresh new clothes. Do you know a lot of times we get so away down. This emotional baggage of clutter, that's full of pain and heart ache
that. We lose our passion and excitement for living. In fact, we're not even prepare we're. God wants us to go we're just to weigh down an anxious. Can I tell you that you need to refresh your emotional baggage everything today you need to learn to travel light, because I can tell you this, where you're going is far more important than where you been, but you can't be weighed down from the past, you two off People don't even enjoy what they're doing today they can enjoy the opportunity that their living and today because they are too focused on yesterday, there was a woman who had been divorced for a couple of years and one day she met this man and he was a very nice man. They seem to be very happy. He was successful. He went to church, she was excited about the possibilities, but she made a mess.
which you went into that relationship. She began to constantly talk about her, hurts and pains at the past. She would describe why she acted certain ways or why she said certain things. It was because she was so hurt, but her first husband. You know, after a while that man till one of our friends, he said you know she so focused on what happened to her. She can't move forward, we're not make
any kind of connection here and I really don't feel like the relationship is right, so he decided that he was just gonna quit see in her because she made the mistake of living in the past. She failed at an opportunity that she had for her future see when you carry negative baggage into your relationships, you can ruin many relationships, see we ve got to decide that it's time to let it go it's time to put it in the past to shut the door to it. One time jaw- and I will go into this like highly secure government building, and so there was two sets of double doors, so we stood in front of the first set of doors and it opened up and we began to walk past those doors to go through the second said, but we noticed
second set, would not open until the first set closed and do you know in life you're not going to be able to walk through open doors into you, close the doors that are behind you when you're holding on to bitterness regret the mistakes you ve made. It gets stuck. It's like a trap. You can't get out of years ago that the way hunters used to trap monkeys was they would take a big barrel. and they would fill it full of bananas and at the end of that barrel they would cut a very small hole, just big enough for the monkey to get its hand and arm through now. The monkey unaware that this was a trap would stick, is
and in their and grab a fistful of bananas, but the problem was as long as he was holding on to those bananas. He couldn't get his hand out of the barrel, you see he could have just simply Let the bananas go taken his hand out of the barrel and gone on his way, but see because he was holding onto the barrel. He was trapped and he couldn't get away see. We can't let yesterday trap us. We cannot be trapped in the past when God has a bright future. Unfair things happen to all of us. We experienced loss, we all make mistakes. People heard us we become offended, but we have to make a decision that we're not going to
Invest in those things you see will have negative seasons. The Bible says that trouble will come. We will have seasons of disappointment, seasons that we don't always care for, but we cannot allow that season to define our life. We can't wear the labels of that season. You see, we ve got to put our foot down and say no more. God wants to give you beauty for ashes the scripture says, but you cannot receive the beauty it Give God you're ash is the best way is to give God you're, hurt your pain and then open up. Why so that you can receive the beauty that he has in store for you? The scripture says this think on these things, things that are good things that are pure things that are trustworthy, other good report.
These are the things we are supposed to set our mind on when we set our mind on the good things that God has for us when we vote, to set our mind or what God says about us, where we begin count our blessings that is investing in our future. That is the best investment that we can make. I want to say it one more time: let it go just let it go if there's anything hold an you back today, it's too high a price to pay, let it go because gods got bigger and greater things in your future and where you're going is more important than where you ve been a man. I just want to take an opportunity right now for every one of us to let go of ashes, to release them to God
You know we can hear a sermon and we can say we're gonna do it, but I just want to take this time right now, because how important it is for us to just give God these hurts and pains to release them, so we can receive our bright future. So right now, just through your eyes, Faithless just pray Father. I thank you right now. We ve heard this message. We know it be true. God we have experienced this phenomenon of living in our path, in how it holds us back in Father. We don't want at any more. We want to close the door to our past so bother. You can open the door to fresh new opportunity. God you said that your mercies, repression knew every single day so father we want pick up those fresh new mercies. We want. I love that emotional baggage, those things that didn't work out and got. We want to refresh our mental aspect in our mental lie. Father. We want to know that you are for us and not against us
no wait layer right now, father as we let go of the ashes, we are receiving your beauty. Thank you, father for good opportunity. Thank you for great families, wonderful relationships. Thank you, father that everything we put our hand to prosper and succeed, because God we ve got a fresh new mental attitude. Thank you that your blessing far out, save anything we ve ever done in the past. Thank you for everything that you're doing and everything that you're going to do in Jesus Name and everyone said
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