Joel Osteen 24th January 2021 Devotional – Feel Like You’re Going Backward?
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TODAY’S TOPIC (JOEL OSTEEN 24TH JANUARY 2021 DEVOTIONAL): FEEL LIKE YOU’RE GOING BACKWARD?
Today’s Scripture: John 15:1–2, NIV
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.”
Today’s Word On Joel Osteen 24th January 2021 Devotional
We all go through times when we feel like we’re going backward. Things were going well; we knew we had God’s favor, but then we lost a major client, our child got in trouble, or a friend walked away. We wonder, “What did I do wrong?” But we need to understand that when we have things in our life that are not productive–a friend who is pulling us down or a job that’s leading nowhere–God will cut those things away so we can put our energy into things that move us forward. The only way to get from “fruit” to “more fruit” is to be cut back.
That means there are times when you’re doing the right thing and the wrong thing happens. Instead of getting discouraged, recognize that just as there are seasons of growth, there are seasons of pruning. You may be satisfied to stay where you are, but God is not satisfied. Without the pruning, you won’t become all you were created to be.
Prayer for Today: “Father, thank You for being the gardener of my life. Thank You for times of pruning when You cut back something in my life so I can bear more fruit. I believe that You know what is best, and You’re bringing something better into my life. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”
About Joel Osteen
Raised in Houston, Texas, with a loving family of seven and world-renowned parents in full-time ministry, Joel Osteen never imagined that he would follow so closely in his father’s footsteps. As a young man, his training and interests were behind the scenes in television production, though he was close to his father in ministry.
“There’s no greater feeling than being able to help people rise higher and overcome something and feel better about themselves. I think that we’re all made to help others, to lift people UP.” – JOEL OSTEEN
His father always encouraged him to preach, but Joel would politely decline time and time again until one day in October 1999 when his father was admitted to the hospital with kidney complications. Joel finally agreed to preach the next Sunday, and his father passed the following week. Joel’s first sermon was the last his father ever heard. Joel and his wife, Victoria, were suddenly thrust into full-time leadership of Lakewood Church.