Like him or not, Joel Osteen attracts crowds and sells out stadiums. The greatest criticism most people have of him is that he preaches a "light" gospel or that his devotional message is generally geared those who want prosperity.
People tune in by the millions each week to get something from his positive messages. Does it work? If you listen to some of Joel's most devote followers the answer is, yes. The answer's are usually vague and rely on ethereal qualities like hope, faith, and a positive attitude. Specifics are never given, maybe because time and effort hasn't been devoted to analysis. One thing is certain those who avidly follow Joel are motivated to the hilt.
I believe there something profound is happening surrounding the phenomena of Joel Osteen. I believe that beyond the words espoused by their leader there is a spiritual congruence with a much bigger power - God.
Let me explain, the heart can hear what the mind can't. At some deep level millions of people are receiving intangible information that deeply inspires them. It is the the innate knowledge that as a created being from God they can do anything. His words may not resonate with some, but for others they are fuel to a spiritual high that keeps them going week after week. This isn't necessarily bad.
The human brain will by default automatically and subconsciously produce thought, words, and actions according to what it experiences the most. With Joel people have an alternative to the world. Instead of being solely influenced by worldly messages, the brain can be influenced by positive messages which rely on faith, a strong spiritual power.
For that reason we decided to distill a list of his top ten sayings that can be easily adopted into your meditative life. Here we go:
1. “You’re going to go through tough times – that’s life. But I say, ‘Nothing happens to you, it happens for you.’ See the positive in negative events.”
This saying can be best described as the Zen of life, which Jesus instructs us to do in Matthew 6:25-34. Negative situations abound in the world, the best thing to do is to be in the present moment with Jesus and work through them, if we have to. The most important part of this advice is that we must keep our eyes on God, not the negative.
2. “If you want success, if you want wisdom, if you want to be prosperous and healthy, you’re going to have to do more than meditate and believe; you must boldly declare words of faith and victory over yourself and your family.”
This is another great devotional saying. I know many people who practice Christian meditation, but rarely act. They have a dream, a need, a vision, but never take action, or if they do, it's backed with little faith and strength. In Luke 9:62 Jesus stated that once we put our hand on the plow we must not look back. Looking forward we keep moving with strength, power, and determination. This type of activity is no doubt accompanied by positive thought, faith, and words that support our vision.
3. “Don’t live worried, frustrated or upset because of what somebody did or what didn’t work out. Come back to a place of peace. It’s not going to work against you; it’s going to work for you.”
Jesus is the place of peace. He is known as the Prince of Peace. As Christian meditators we let the world be what it wants to be and remain in peace with Jesus. We can't force change, but we can pray. We can't change people, but we can love. We can't stop people from doing wrong, but we can forgive. It's all about not harboring negative feelings and bring forth peace around us. We are the peacemakers of the world (Matthew 5:9), and in the inner place (Psalm 51:6) where we seek the LORD we receive His peace (John 14:27) so we can give to the world. Inevitably, giving peace for chaos will benefit us in the long run.
4. “It may look like the difficulty is going to defeat you. But you need to keep telling yourself, “This sickness can’t take my life.” “This cancer can’t defeat me.” “No bad break, no disappointment, no accident can shorten one second of my divine destiny.”
At ChristAudio we pour through reams of scientific studies and share with you amazing facts about God's design of brain and body. Affirmations are not different. Studies have conclusively shown that God created the mind to benefit from intentional "self-talk", especially when we follow Jesus' instruction in Mark 11:24.
5. “No matter what’s happening, choose to be happy. Don’t focus on what’s wrong. Find something positive in your life. Thank God for the small things.”
This saying describes the result of a life cultivated by Christian meditation. Countless studies have shown how meditation brings more joy to life. Even if some experience threatens to bring us down, through the simplicity of stillness we taste and see the Lord's goodness.
6. “Life’s too short to spend it trying to keep others happy. You can’t please everyone. To fulfill your destiny, stay true to your heart.”
This is another essential truth of Christian meditation. People will try to pull us in many different directions when we are truly fulfilled by one thing only, Jesus. The true path of a Christian meditator's life is to please Jesus. Those who honor the Son, honor the Father, (John 5:23) and those who give up everything for the Gospel is rewarded with greater things. (Matthew 19:29). We must stay true to God and no one else.
7. “God will always bring the right people into your life, but you have to let the wrong people walk away.”
God will do amazing things in our life when we let go of everything that hinders our progress. Letting go allows us to fully and completely submit to God with awe and love, that's when miracles happen.
8. “Do all you can to make your dreams come true.”
"Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people." ~ Colossians 3:23
Pick anything God placed in your heart and go for it. Don't look back, don't look at shortcomings, don't ask how it will work, just do it as if you were serving God. Keep you mind clear and free of clutter with Christian meditation, and God will take care of the rest. (Matthew 6:33)
9. “Make the decision and say, “I’m not letting that worry in. I’m done being upset when my plans don’t work out. I’m not letting that stress in.” Negative thoughts will still come to your mind, but you don’t have to let them into your spirit.”
Guard your mind. You must guard your mind and the peace your receive from meditation will help you conquer the inner landscape.
10. “The more you talk about negative things in your life, the more you call them in. Speak victory not defeat.”
thoughts affect everything about your life, even your genetics! Studies have shown that you mind has the power to transform your body, and your thoughts control your speech. Nearly 4000 years ago God's word declared that in the power of our speech is life and death, a concept scientifically proven today. (Proverbs 18:21)
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