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Stay Committed - Joel Osteen

2017-08-05 | 🔗
We all have opportunities to give up on what we’re believing for and walk away from uncomfortable situations. But Joel wants to show you why it’s important to not give up on the promises God put in your heart or on the people placed in your life. Learn the importance of loyalty and faithfulness and how they tie into your destiny. Elisha received a double portion of Elijah’s anointing when he stayed committed until the end of Elijah’s life. In the same way, if you want to walk in the fullness of God’s blessing and receive everything God has for you, you have to stay committed to what God has in your life.
This is an unofficial transcript meant for reference. Accuracy is not guaranteed.
God bless you thanks for letting us come into your homes. Today we love you and, if you ever Our area. Please stop by and be applied. Of one of our services. I promise you I will make you feel right at home, to start with something funny I heard about this pasture. he was finishing up a fiery sermon on self control. He said with great passion, if I had all the beer in the world and throw it into the river with greater fervor, had all the wine in the world are brought into the river almost at the top of his lungs If I had all the whisky in the world throw it into the river he set down song later came up said closing Song Lessing, three. Sixty five shall we gather
at the river say it like you mean, and this is Above all, I am It says I have what it says. I can do what it says I can do today. I will be taught the word of God, our boldly confessed My mind is a more: heart is receptive. I will now be the same in June, May God bless you? I want to talk to you today about stay in committed. We all have opportunities to give up on what we believe in for walk away from an uncomfortable situation? Slack off not be our best, but if going to reach our highest potential. You have to stay committed, you can't be, but what's not workin out, give up on her child because he's doing what is sure slack off it were cause you're not be entreated right You have to have a made up. My mind that you are for the long haul. It may be difficult,
You have a good reason to walk away. Don't take the easy way out state committed to your marriage steak, to raise those children stay committed to your friends. They may make mistakes, give them some grace, don't be a fair weathered friend be committed in the good times in tough times, stay committed to your dreams, don't give up on the promises God put in your heart. It may be taken longer than you thought, but God still on the throne. He's a faithful guy he's already set the time to bring it to pass stay committed to your church, stay committed to your job, be a loyal person, somebody they can count on day in and day, you're, not always going to feel like it. There will be good days and tough. In these times one is exciting times when you feel like giving up. That's when you have to dig you heels in
say I'm going to do the right thing when it hard. I am committed to this marriage going to love you, even though you don't deserve I'm coming to this job. I'm be best, even though must supervisor is treating me right. I'm committed to my dreams not going to give up because I don't see anything happening, I'm going to keep believing expecting thanking God. I know it's on the way God rewards consistent, faithful committed people, but too many people are wishy washy they'll love you as long as you're perform perfectly not they're out of there they'll be their best. If you keep them encourage keep them, after your pursue a dream as long as they're getting good breaks, their commitment is based on Things go in their way, but when it's difficult, when is taking longer than they thought they give discourage start to slacken. Would you
I don't like my job. They don't treat me right. That's why show up late? That's why I play on the food or have today you not war. can under people you're working under God. He's even the wreckers this if your says promotion doesn't come from the north or the south. From the Lord. What don't pay me enough. I'm devalued if they, Would pay me more, I would do more, but if you dont pass the test of being best where you are showing up on time with a good attitude who, in more than you, have two then you'll get stuck. They may not be pain. You what your worth, but job is not your source, God is your source and, yes, God uses peoples. vavasors companies, but don't get them mixed up with your source. If you see your company as your provider, your boss
as your source, then, in a sense you make then your god you're indeed, control your destiny that determine how how you're going to go, and if some reason. They don't like you they're, not for you too. Bad, your limited, no stop looking to people and look into God. He not only controls your destiny. He can the whole universe, he determined you're going to go now. Parson, no supervisor no company can stand against God. He knows. What's happening, sees what unfair when used they committed to your job. When you keep being best day in and day out, despite who doesn't like you, God, we'll make it up to you. God is your source. He has the final say. Would you all this? difficult to stay committed to my job, committed. My marriage committed dream. Nothin's go on my way.
It was easy. Everyone would do it. Chose you, but He knew you can handle that you have the courage, the strength, the talent, the anointing, you not weak, you're, not lacking. You are full of care and do power. You didn't come this far to stop now the people see, dreams come to pass or the people that state committed. I've heard it said. On the road to your destiny. Halfway through every person will be tempted to go but some turn around go back the others stay committed and keep moving forward. What s interesting is both Poor travelled the same distance one half way back to where they started the other goes. Half way ahead in reach their goal committed people at last, the difficulty,
committed. People stick with the relationship, even though they have a right to walk away, committed people go the extra mile and do more than they is there an area you been tempted to give up in or just lack off. be your best gaudy saying stay, committed, stay faith, stay loyal, committed people reach the fullness of their destinies. My parents started would, in nineteen, fifty nine with ninety people, my father We knew that he would pastoral a chart with thousands God put that dream in his heart. But for thirteen years, Lakewood didn't grow, had less than two hundred people. One reason we're here today is because my father stayed committed, he didn't say I'm committed as long as this growing uncommitted
as long as it's exciting. As long as things go on my way he was committed when nothing will change he preached three times a week to those nanny people lucky was preaching. thousand whenever Mister Service, year after year, no growth no increase, but eighteen. Seventy two. It was, like God, flip to switch people begin to come from all over the city. It grew to thousands and thousands the dreams gods placed in your heart. The promises you're standing on, maybe taken longer than you thought you don't see any sign of it happening, that's a test. Are you going to get discourage, give up or what you believe in four states committed keep do. the right thing- God is in control He sees your faithfulness luck with my father, you going to come into your season, a favor, your dream. This in front of you second king,
chapter two, the prophet Elijah, was about to be taken up to Heaven in a world when he had an assistant, namely lie shop alike was like a son to him alive should took care a b like he went with America where and made sure that he had what he wanted. Inverse Elijah said to Eliza stay here, I'm going to the city of battle Malaysia knew the prophet was going to be taken away, he knew he was come to an end that's, not all right. I'm gonna stay after all, his lights, almost over in, dead. Eliza said to him. Surely as the more lives. I will never leave you. They went together to Bethel in Bethel largest said stay here, I'm going to the city of Jericho, Eliza said it again assured as the Lord lives. I will not leave you. There in Jericho alive.
You told him the third time stay here. into the Jordan River Eliza said this They will not leave you three times. Elijah tried to get rid of three times, he said, in effect, you ve done enough You saw me well all these years you ve been faithful, loyal, takes Tom off. Go relax, Eliza, wouldn't hear of it attitude. Was I am committed to you, I'm going to stick with you through thick in things I was with you in the good times when you were performing miracles, I will be with you in the tough time As you come to an end, noble would a folded Elijah if he walked away his boss, told him too he had a good reason, but wouldn't like all he wouldn't take them. Easy way out. He was committed. he was loyal. He was someone you can count on as they can the Jordan River Ill
just said to him. What do you want me to do for you before I leave? Eliza said I want to double port of your anointing. He said you ask a hard thing but if you see me when I'm taken away, you will have it in a little while, as they were walking along a whirlwind took Elijah up into the heavens. His man fail on Eliza Eliza picked up largest rod- struck the Jordan River end. It parted Eliza ended up performing twice. As many miracles as Elijah here's my point, would have never seen the double portion if he had not stayed committed. If here left the force time. Illogical, To go or the second time or the third He wouldn't have seen the fullness of his destiny. There will be plenty of times we are tempted to walk away, walk away from it.
We spend too long. It's never gonna happen. Walk away from a marriage, walk away from a chair, to walk away from a job. They don't appreciate you. They never tell you. Thank you. You could slack off take the easy way out, but what you can't see is there's a double portion up in front of you. committed when his heart, Do the right thing when the wrong thing is happening, keep love and that man that woman, even though they don't deserve when you stay loyal, consistent, faithful, a double portion is coming double favour, double double resources. God will pay you back for stay in committee, but this double portion isn't, for everyone is common. It's not ordinary. It's for people that do. More than they have to put people that golden extra mile for people there give up. One is
exciting. It's for people like you, people that state committed I can imagine, after Elijah told a lie should stay that third time and he wouldn't do it. I sure must have thought that is one stubborn boy. Will not change his mind. He is determined to take care of me. That's the way you have to be to see gods best. There has to be a stubbornness, commit it did this marriage? being is not an option, I'm committee de my children, no matter what They do or don't do I'm gonna be there for them. committed to be in my best at this job. You don't let people talk out of it, you don't slack of causes. Not fair, your lonely you're, not making progress. You have made up when you stay committed. God will make things happen that you couldn't make happen Suddenly things will turn around.
Suddenly your marriage will improve. Suddenly your business will take on many of you have passed this test. You be committed you been doing. The right thing be encouraged. You are close to your double portion. You are close to a breakthrough close to meeting the right person close to your new level when g This was in the garden of Yosemite He was so distressed. Betty, sweat, great drops of blood on the way to Calvary. He was so beat. And bruised he fell down under the weight of the cross. He could say, God is too much. Did the right thing but these people treated me badly. They mocked me ridicule me neither the cross, I'm done. I've had enough. Jesus stayed committed, he was committed when it wasn't fair was committed when he had every right to give up. No body would afforded him
I walked away, but he was in For the long haul, he was stubborn when it came to fulfilling his purpose, where the people that would do like Jesus and state committed. people that don't give up, because it's not fair pay. They don't slack all cause it's taken longer than they thought people that have a Meda nineteen sixty a young man opened a pizza place in Michigan. He was an orphan that has been raised in a catholic orphanage. You borrowed nine hundred dollars and started this small PETE supplies. He had all kinds of bad breaks. A business partner got into his account and stole several thousand down his life's savings. Nineteen sixty eight, a fire burned is building down insurance company paid him a penny on the dollar, he could have gotten discoverers got. This is not meant to be.
This young man stayed committed to the dream God placed in his heart? He had an idea. Instead of people haven't come get their pizza. He decided to take the pizza to the people He came up with the first delivery service. He called it dominoes started with one restaurant nine hundred dollars today there are over six thousand dominoes. Do ago, Tom Monaghan soldiers, company for a billion dollars, he's incredibly generous, helps underprivileged children around the world, saying when you stay committed, God will We endorse that. You could never open God. will bring you into your double portion. You may have plenty of reasons to give up on your dream. Like him, you ve had disappointments setbacks. That's all a part of the process. When you get knocked down, you have to get back up again
God didn't bring this far to lead. You don't idle for mediocrity. God created you for greatness There is something in you that will cause. this stand out something nobody else has nobody else can do God put a seed in you, so you can leave. Your mark, no people talking out of it. Don't let failures convince you to give. Don't let delays in detours cause you to get discouraged I know a man had an idea for a business was turned down by thirty one banks. Thirty one exports told him. Wasn't a good idea. He was in his time you would think would get the message after authority One bank said no like I share this young man was stubborn, those thanks said in effect. Go away. Leave is not a good idea. He said no thanks, I'm cool.
into my dream when God put to do in your heart. It won't go away. You can try to push it down, dismiss it, but that seed is still alive. This young man went to bank number. Thirty two. They love the idea he started. His business its expanded all over the world, totally taken. All other people may have told you know but when God says yes, his years cancels out, there are no his ears overruled, what people are telling you stay committed to your dream. Do the right thing when it's hard when you have permission to give up on your the bank told me no or you have permission to walk out of a relationship I just said I could go beyond Elijah stay committed, stay, loyal, stay faithful in this John Joseph and Mary were planning their wedding. It was
exciting time. I'm sure there for in family were so happy form. Life was good until God interrupted their plans, My angel appeared, the Mary told her. She was going to a baby without no one, a man, he would be the Son of God, While she was excited, she wasn't forward to Heaven this conversation with her fiance. You can imagine how that went. Joseph some interesting news. I'm pregnant having a baby. No, it's not your child, but don't worry Angel said I'm going to give birth to the Messiah in here Joseph saying, yeah right. What kind of angel was there Joseph was an herbal well respected man. In those days, especially having a baby out of wedlock was a big disgrace. This was going to make him look bad so here
going to quietly call things are not embarrass Mary, but an angel came to him and said, take Mary as your. Why everything she's told you is The true Joseph could have said. That's all fine and good, but I didn't sign up for this. I dont want all this controversy. People tarnish my reputation always talk in bad about me. He had plenty of reasons. tobacco, but Joseph did the right thing when it was hard. He was committed, he was loyal, In relationships with your spouse, your children, your foot and there may be times, you have a good reason to get out. They did things to hurt you they didn't perform perfectly. They let you down you could just about walking away? Nobody would fall to when you are Joseph, when you committed. You show me see you give a second chances.
You make allowances for mistakes, they may not deserve it, they were guilty, but only the guilty need mercy. State committed to your family state method to your friends, be someone they can count on a true friend walks in when everybody else walk, A true friend will be therefore you're not wouldn't you succeed, but when you fail now realise there are times in a relationship, comes to an end you have to VON, but don't let that be a pattern. Will you be allowed? If they're, not meeting. All your demands living up to your expectations. People make mistakes. Good people can blow it people that love. You can let you down. God rewards people who are consistent,
when life is complicated, people that will stick with someone when they don't deserve people that will be their best when someone else was at their worst years ago, Jim or the former head of the Pd L television network went to prison handling things properly. He admitted he made mistakes. Big scandal all over the news when he was about to be released from prison. Our plan Franklin Graham The grandson contacted him said. The grams wanted to win him a house and provide him a car to dry Jim Baker said Franklin. You can't do that. I have too much. It is baggage. Gibbey can be associated with me. You'll be criticized, Franklin said Jim, you are our friend before you went to prison and you will be our afterwards, the first Sunday he was out Ruth Graham,
Billy's. Why called the halfway house were? Jim was staying. She asked the man in charge for permission for Jim to come to church with their family that Sunday he approved in as he arrived at the church. They took GM down to the front row and set him next Franklin. There were two empty seats next to him Jim didn't know who they were for the right before the service started aside door opened Billy in Ruth Grand came out. damn right next to him. Billy grow was saying to his friend Jim I'm committed to you. You can count on me. I'll, be with you in the good times and I'll be with you in the tough times you can tell who you are? Friends are not one everything's going grain. When you succeed, but when you fail, when you get off course, I'm asking you to be alive. or your person stay committed to the people gods put in your life. They are going to make mister.
They're going to do things, you don't understand, they don't need other judge condemning them, they don't more guilt and shame. They ve got enough that you can help love them back into the homeless. You can be the forum that walks in when everybody else walks out when you committed When your lawyer does it mean Europe proving their actions, you're simply showing them the mercy that you would want. God to show you. you being a healer Store they have enough things pushing them down. Let's be people that lifting too many people today, their fair weather, friends. They love in the good times walk away in the tough times our attitude should be. You can count on me. I am committed to loving? You am committed to being good to you. I am committed to defending you they're all relationships that will go to a new level. If you would quit based
your commitment on bodies, performance and let them know you in it for the long haul through thick and then the good times and the tough times that takes the pressure, there's a freedom, security when they know beyond a shadow of a doubt that you are for then I read about two young man named Jim and Philip? They were best friends in high school, practically inseparable. They went to college and played sports together after they graduated they both join the Marines one day they were in Germany on a battlefield in the to this very fierce battle gunfire. Was everywhere. Bombs will go and all they finally heard the command to retreat as they were running back Jim noticed that Philip wasn't around with him. He began to pay he rushed to the commanding officer and asked permission to go back and look for his friend, the officer said: are you crazy
would be committing suicide. You will have a chance to go back and all that gunfire without missing a b. He turned around and took off running defying his orders. In a few minutes, the officer saw him hobbling back carrying the lifeless body of his friend. The officer screamed you could have been killed. I told you not to go on new. Your friend was already dead. No sir. I got there just before he died. His last words were, I knew you'd come back that's what I want our friends our family to say about us, I knew you'd come back, you were committed, you were loyal, you were somebody. I could is there some area, your tempted to give up in Maybe just lack or not be your best, God, say and stay committed. Keep the right thing. You
see it, but up in front of you is a double portion. Something more rewarding. Did you could imagine? Yes, it may be difficult, but you are well able make up your mind. You are in it for the long haul, bees stubborn, when it comes to not giving If you do, this, I believe Declare like a lie sure you're going to see double favour, double on or double resources, gods, gonna Pandora, no man can shop and take it to the fullness of your destiny in Jesus name. If you receive it can decide amended. I I'd like to give you an opportunity to make Jesus the Lord of your life. Would you play with me just say: Lord Jesus, I repented. Must come in to my heart, make you my lord and insane. You play that simple prayer. We believe you got born again get in a good
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