If you're going to reach your destiny, you have to stay focused on your purpose. Don't let the fear of people's opinions keep you from pursuing God's dream for your life. It's time to let go of the distractions. Make up your mind to stay focused on becoming everything He created you to be!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
This is an unofficial transcript meant for reference. Accuracy is not guaranteed.
Don't get stuck in tradition, God has blessings. You ve never see increased You never imagined asking you to get rid of any distract more live to please people you're worried about what others think no more fighting battles that don't matter this. Is your this? Is your make up your mind? You're, going to set your face, you're gonna become. Who God created you debate hi. This is Joel in Victoria. Thanks downloading or pod cast. We enjoy spending this time with you. I know you want to leave encouraged and inspire make sure you subscribe to get new messages every week and, finally, on social media to stay connected. We appreciate your support. It helps keep the ministry go
enjoy the message about like it's a joy to come in your home. If you ever in our area, please stop the import of one of our services. I promise you will make you feel right at home now like to start with something funny and heard about this mother. She had two young boys that were known for their mischievous behaviour. Anytime trouble occurred, they were certain to be apart. She decided to take them to see their past your one at a time. Pasture said to the first young boys son. Where is God he sat there silently he ask again. Where is gone, still no reply, Third Tommy asked the boy bolted: the door ran home and said to his brother. God is missing and they think we did say it like this, Bob. I am what it says. I have
It says I have. I can do what it says I can do today. I will be taught the word of God. I boldly confess my mind is alert. My heart is receptive. I will never be the same in Jesus Name, God bless you I want to talk to you today about no more distractions, the older we get, the more we realise we're not going to be here forever. Life is flying by seems like just the other day. I was in high school now that I'm thirty five I think we're has this time gone. On thirty nine when you realize how fast Tom is going. It should bring a sense of urgency. A sense of folk. Your assignment hasn't expiration date. Time on this earth is not unlimited when Jesus
was about to be crucified. The scripture says he set his face, toward Jerusalem, because his hour had come no more go into the desert, feeding the five thousand, no more waiting for the woman at the well, no more stop and Balzac he s house for dinner. Those things were fine for a season, but now he didn't have time. Four distractions, his our head com, God, is saying to you. You're hour- has come if you're going to reach your highest potential. You have to do like Jesus and set your face. You can't be distracted by things that are keeping you from your purpose. You don't have time to waste, worried about what people think about you. Your time is too valuable to respond to every quitting every negative comment
How to convince people that you really are ok, those are distractions. Everyone is not going to like you everyone's not going to accept you quit trying to convince one to understand you? That's determined
to misunderstand GI: some people don't wanna, be for you and that's ok, you don't need them to fulfil your destiny, but the enemy would love for us to spend time and energy trying to win someone over this never going to be won over. You have to set your face, the people that need to be for you will be for you. God is already lined up the right people, people that will celebrate people that would share your people that stick with your through thick in ten, but too often we're trying to convince people to be our friend convince them to spend time with us. But if someone doesn't see the gift that you are, if they don't recognize your talents value, your friendship. Do yourself a favor and move on no offense, but they are not a part of your destiny. You don't have to play it
people. Let them manipulate. You hoped it they call. Maybe they'll include you in. There grew the people God has for you. Don't have to be talked in delight in you. You won't be able to keep them away. Dim light up when you walk in the room. They can't wait to spend time with you. They'll go out of their way to do you favors that don't waste another minute trying to convince someone to like you to call you to come. See me
If you have to talk them into it, they are not for you. They are a distraction. Watch all these people at work or say a negative things about me. They're trying to make me look bad. It's not your job to straighten out late God fight you battles, like God, be your vindicate. You're not supposed to engage in every conflict, don't fight battles that are not between you and your destiny. Most of the things it come against us are simply distractions. You have to keep your face and takes discipline to say I am not going to respond not going to waste my valuable time. I have a destiny to fulfil. My how we're has come proverb says: avoiding a fight is a mark of honour. Its easy to getting conflict upset offended want to pay people back that doesn't take any discipline.
Avoiding a fine, not taking the not being drawn into conflict that takes your face being sent the next time. Something comes against you ask yourself: is this a battle worth fighting, or is it simply a distraction that person that cut you off in traffic? Is it worth getting up said over when you're never going to see them again that co worker that leaves out doesn't give you credit? Do you think they can stop you're dead Danny that somehow there are more powerful than what God has ordained for you. There distractions the only way they can hinder. You is, if you get invaded in the conflict best thing you could do it, don't give it the time of day,
when David heard Goliath taunting the Israelites. He asked what the road ward was for killing the giant. He didn't just run out and fight. Him because he was saying negative things. Sure David didn't like that, but he understood this principle. Didn't get involved in battles that weren't between him and his destiny. They told him whoever killed the giant, get the kings daughter as his. Why and their family would be exempt from taxes. With that one victory David's whole family line would change. They would go from a low income families of shepherds to royalty. They would be in the kings. Family. David thought. This is a battle worth engaging. This is worth spending more time and energy. Now, I'm not saying to be passive and don't fight any battles. I'm saying to look at what the spoils
Will it just feed your ego? You paid them back, you made them look bad, or will it propel you into your destiny? We fight too many battles that don't matter they're talking about me, I'm going to go, straighten them out. After you straighten them out someone else who start talking. Here's what I've learned. Nobody talks about, people did aren't doing. Anything. No body tries to discredit someone. Doesn't have any influence. The reason they are talking about you is because you indifference make Europe war or change. They can see. That gives the influence the fever on you lie the brighter the lie, the more the heat, the higher God, takes you
More people are going to see you and sometimes, instead of celebrating you people will get jealous. Try to pull you down, get too into conflict. Don't take the bait. It's a distraction. Keep your face set stay focused on your purpose. Before David face Goliath, His father ask him to take lunch to his brothers that we're in another city on the battlefield, David arrived and gave the lunch today is older brother. He was jealous of David. He said in front of everyone. What are you doing here? David What did you do with those few sheep you're supposed to be taken care of instead of thanking David for travelling several days? He insulted in time to be little here, now David had killed a lion and a bear with his own hands. He was young
was not a weekly, I have no doubt he could have taken care of his brother, but David thought. What are the spoils? What good is it going to do me if I'm embarrassed my brother in front of his peers, like you did me, he realized all that would do with feed his ego. There was no reward. The scripture says David turned and walked away. He nor any one reason we're talking about him. Is he knew which battles to fight he didn't engage in every conflict? Paul sit in Romans as far as you can live in peace with everyone. It doesn't say that you are always going
Have peace with every person? Some people? Don't wanna, have peace with you, David's brother didn't want peace. He was jealous, he was small minded. He wanted to stir things up. David had to accept that is. Brother was not one to be at peace with him. What George should not go? The extra mile should not be the bigger per Yes, but if you do all that- and they still don't want peace, you need removal, you have a destiny to fulfil your assignment is waiting on you. You can't worry about people that don't wanna have peace with you, and I am all for being nice, but at some point you have to put your foot down and say you may have a problem with me. No disrespect, but I don't have time, the problem with you. I don't have time to play pity game to try to convey
see that I'm ok. Life is too short to try to have peace with people that don't wanna have peace with you. Some of your relatives. You love them, but you have to love. From a distance. Don't frustrate yourself trying to make things happen that they don't want to that's not being disrespectful. That's being responsible with the gifts God has given you. My nature is to be a peacemaker. I want everybody to be happy I'll, go the extra mile four hundred times to make peace, but some people have their own issues they don't get along with themselves. How are they go? get along with you. They don't like who they are. How are they going to like? Who? You are
No matter what you do, it's not going to be in their going to fund all the critical try to make you feel guilty. If you keep trying to appease them, keep bending over backwards spend in all your time and energy. All that's doing is letting them control. You be nice, but don't get distracted. Trying to have peace with someone did doesn't want peace. We all have people in our life like David Brother, they don't like seeing you happy rise in higher, going places, snot about you, it's about the theme or on your life, so about the blessing God put on you, don't take it personally. Keep your face and you walk fulfil your destiny.
Your turn to keep everyone happy and some people that make the most withdrawals put in the least deposits there has made in its people? They expect to always be there to help them to encourage them to meet their every demand. But when you need something there, never around there, too busy Friendship is one sided they're doing all the taking and none of the giving you need to make a change. I've heard it said quit swimming course an ocean to be good to someone that would jump across a puddle to be good to you. If they get a Finn.
Of course you don't meet every expectation, they warrant a true friend. They just want you for what you can do for them. Those are distractions. You need to gradually break away from people like that. You are not created to be controlled to never have any time to pursue what God put in your heart, which all what they get up, saying what I heard their feelings I would rather disappoint a few people, then to disappoint guy, because when you come to the end of July, you won't give an account of people of what you did with your time. Your talent, you resources you'll, give an account to God Romans. Thirteen says oh no person anything except to then the only thing you really all people is to love them, but if you think you have to keep everyone happy I've gotta, keep this when cheer up I've gotta call this.
Every day or they'll get up. There are gonna play up to my co worker, or they will be my friend you are carrying a dad. Did you don't don't go through life trying to please everyone? If you try to keep every person happy, the one person it won't be happy is come out from under that there be nice, go the extra mile, but don't be a people pleaser. This was hard for me because our people, like me I'll, go out of my way. Do everything I can, but some people, no matter what you do is not. The Vienna is the very free when you realize you are not responsible to keep other people happy you're responsible for your own happiness, and I don't mean to live selfish and only think about you.
But don't take that false sense of responsibility. Thinking that other people's happiness depends on you, there was this couple anew years ago. I went out of my way to be. Good. Then they move to another city and I helped him move. I gave them money. I would call in check on them if they needed anything. I was always available, but the feeling I got from them was never doing enough. They were never satisfied, they always had a complaint here. I was going overboard to be kind and generous, but they were constantly fond and four tonnes. Make me feel guilty. I was concerned that they would get upset they weren't going to be my friend what. They are realised. What I'm telling you
we're only making withdrawals, never any deposits. I was nice, but I quit letting them control me. When I stopped you would have thought I'd taken their first born child They tried to make me feel so guilty. So a shame, but my attitude was: I love you, but I don't know you If someone is controlling you, it's not their fault. It's yours, you have to put Europe put down, make a change. This is your our. You cannot reach your destiny dragon people along trying to keep everyone happy. I know people they spend more time worried about What other people think about them, then they do pursuing their own dreams. Engulfs, it's great to get free from addictions free from depression. But one of the greatest freedoms is to get free from people cause? Everyone has an opinion
these days. With those media, it's easier to express than ever. People will tell you what to wear and how to raise. Kids what you're doing wrong and what to draw their quick to tell you how to run your lie? Sometimes they can even wonder online. It's good to take advice, it's good to listen to wise counsel, but nobody, in here? What you hear on the inside other people
may mean well, but they don't know what God put any. They don't know the gifts, the dreams, the calling you have to have a bonus to follow what God put in your heart. You can't worry about what everybody else thinks Joe, what if they get upset or if they don't agree. If someone gets offended because you're not taking their advice, that's not your problem. If you live by the opinion of others, you will never become who you were created to be because people will try to keep you in their box in who they want you to be. There was this grandfather he and his small grandson we're taking a trip in the town. He started off, letting the grandson ride the donkey he was walking alongside someone passed by and said, look at that selfish little boy making that old man walk into
the boy off and put him on the ground. He got on the donkey. The boy was walking alongside somebody passed by and said, look at that man making that little boy walk while he rides. He picked the boy up and put him on the donkey with him. Few minutes, someone pass. How rule of the two of you to place a heavy load on the donkey by the time they got to town the grandfathering grandson work: you're in the donkey. Everybody has a right to have their opinion. And you have the right not to take no more What do you do? Someone is not going to understand our carrying the donkey? Are you being pressured into doing what people want you to do not want to disappoint anything is time to put the donkey down. The donkey look
look good on. You start running your own rice start following what God put in your heart. My father went to be with the law twenty one years ago this week, when I stepped up to pass through the church, I had a lot of people given me advice telling me how to run the church had a minister which direction we should go one minister, that we ve known a long time and very prominent. He call me and told me what I should do he's a good man. I respect him, but nothing he said bore witness on the. Inside have failed pressure to be who he wanted me to be pressure, debate, be who someone else wanted me to be all these good opinions from good people. But deep down a new which direction I was supposed to go,
no he's going to work out, but I was going to be squeezed into somebody else's mole, not told that ministers, that's not what I felt on the inside and he didn't agree He thought I was making a mistake, but I knew when I came to the end he wouldn't be on the throne. I wouldn't have to answer to him. I followed what God put in my heart and God has taken me further than of every don't let people squeeze you into their mould. God is doing a new thing. He is going to take you further. Then your parents, further than those that have gone.
Before you, listen to their advice, but be strong to follow that still small voice on the inside, nobody can hear gods direction for your lie. Like you, God will give someone else more insight into your destiny. Then he does you sure some people may see things, but God speak directly to your sphere. Some people won't understand you they'll get upset when you break out of the box. Someone told me George, I like the old days you forgotten. Where we come from. I thought I haven't forgotten. I just didn't want to stay there. God is a progressive god. Don't get stuck in the past, don't get stuck in tradition. What are they going to think? What? If they don't accept me? What if they don't approve me, you don't need their approval. The most high God
has approved. The creator of the universe has already accepted. Now you have to set your face This is your our there is greatness in you got is called in you out of the ordinary out of what you use to. He has things in your future that are going to break barriers. You gonna go where no one in your family has gone going to be unusual out of the ordinary and sure there will be people that find fault, try to discredit, think that you're missing it, that's okay! Nobody has ever done anything great without opposition without critics, without people thinking they were missing. It keep your face. My father had always said that he would never move like wood from the original location. When I became pastor, I wasn't about to move it either
I was new and young. I wasn't going to rock the boat. We needed a bigger placed me. We look. Land in that area, but nothing worked out. Then the compact sinner displaced became available. It's about twenty minutes from original location? I knew it was supposed to be hours. I felt it so strongly in my spirit, but I didn't know what other people would think they. Heard my father say for many years that he would never moved the location, thoughts whispered Joe. This is not right. They're not going to understand you better stay in your box. I felt something so strongly In my spirit, but my mind was telling me just the opposite one day, I've heard something down in here say your father said he would never move it, but
never said you would move it. That's all I needed to hear now. If we were going to pursue the compact centre ninety nine point. Ninety nine percent of the people were four, but there will always be that one jerk in that one person his men came up all bent out of shape. Joy, your dad said he wouldn't move it This is a mistake. If you move it, I'm not going to come. I wanted to say your promise. Some people will not accept the new thing God put in your heart. There are stuck in what was, While God is telling you what is its much vigour. Its new levels, its greater influence, its uncommon favour is something that you ve, never seen. Don't let the fear of what people are going to think keep you in Europe,
This is one reason. King Saul lost the throne. God told him to do certain things. He did impartially when Samuel confronted him solid minute, disobeyed, the Lord's instructions, because I was afraid of the people, so I did what they ask. God had greatness in, so he was going to take him amazing places, but saw didn't want to disappoint the people. He didn't want to walk the boat
You can't be a people pleaser and reach a potential, because people will try to squeeze you into who they want you to be. You may have to disappoint a few people in order to reach your destiny. Genesis, Twill, God told Abraham to leave his country. His relatives and is fathers house and go to the land of cane Abraham gathered up his belongings got his flocks and heard, and he left, but he took his nephew lot with him. God just told him to leave his relatives. I don't know, maybe he thought lot we'll get his feelings her. He may be a thin
Did he knew the right thing to do, but he was afraid some one wouldn't understand when they arrived, the land wouldn't sustain both he and lost all their flocks and urge their shepherd started, arguing that we strive in division all because lot wasn't supposed to be there in the first place. Finally, lot move to a different part of the country. The scripture says after lot left, God said to Abraham look around all the land you see. I will give it to you. It's interesting that God didn't speak until after lot left when Abraham finally did what he knew. He was supposed to. When lot moved away. That's when Abraham stepped in to the fullness of the blessing do have some lots in your line. Are you lead?
the fear of what people think keep you from hearing the new thing. God has for you what if we move the church, where did they get upset when people don't understand? Why don't you get rid of the lots quit being afraid of the people could letting them squeeze. You ended there more, don't get stuck in tradition. God has gone, things you ve never seen in that you never imagined Can you to get rid of any distractions more living to please people know you're worried about what others think no more fighting battles that don't matter, this is your our. This is your tat? Make up your mind, you're, going to set your face, you're gonna become, who God created you to be? If you do this, I believe and declare like with Abraham you're about to see unprecedented favour. New doors are about to open, divine,
connections, breakthroughs the fullness of your destiny in Jesus name, and if you receive it, and today I would like to give you an opportunity to make Jesus the Lord of your line. Would you play with me just say: Lord Jesus, I repented my sins come into my heart. I make you by Lord Insane It deprives that simple prayer. We believe you got born again get in a good Bible based charming keep God first place excited about coming back to New York for our night of hope in Yankee Stadium, going to be a great night of encouragement and inspiration for special gift, Kanye West and the Sunday Service Choir, looking forward to seeing you there may second in Yankee Stadium, for listening to today's message. I hope you subscribe. So you can receive the latest podcast to keep be encouraged,
inspired all do that. We help us to continue this year, the message of hope with those all around the world busy Joel those dean, dot com or click the link in the description to partner with us today. We hope your share this message with a friend and be sure to follow its own social. We were playing for you. I know got best, is still here,
Transcript generated on 2020-03-06.