Start Blessing Your Life. By Joel Osteen, Pastor of Lakewood Church
The Scripture talks about how with our tongue we can bless our life or we can curse our life. Many people don’t realize they’re cursing their future with their words.
Every time you say, “I never get any good breaks,” you just cursed your life. “I’ll never be able to afford that nice house.” “I’ll never be able to break this addiction.” “I’ll never meet the right person.” No; stop cursing your future.
Sometimes the enemy doesn’t have to defeat us; we defeat ourselves. Pay attention to what you’re saying. Are you blessing your life? Or are you cursing it?
I had a classmate in high school who was always very negative even though he was one of the stars on our football team, was always in great shape, and had thick, curly hair.
Every time I asked him what was going on, he gave this standard reply: “Not much. I’m just getting old, fat, and bald.” I must have heard him say that five hundred times. I know he was just kind of kidding, but I wouldn’t kid about that.
About fifteen years later, when I ran into him at the mall, I nearly passed out. He had prophesied his future. He looked old, fat, and bald. Don’t speak that defeat over your life. Our attitude should be, I’m getting younger.
God is renewing my youth like the eagles. I’m getting stronger, healthier, better looking. I’m going to keep my hair. I’m going to stay in my right mind. I’m going to live a long, productive, faith-filled life. Don’t go around cursing your future. Start blessing your life. Prophesy good things.
I know this man who was concerned that he was going to get Alzheimer’s disease because several people in his family had it—a grandfather, a great-uncle.
This man was only in his early fifties, but he constantly kept bringing up what might happen. He told me that he was actually making plans for someone to take care of him, getting everything lined up.
Of course, it’s good to use common sense, to be wise, and to plan ahead in your life where you can. But if you go around talking about when you’re going to get a disease and making plans for it, you probably won’t be disappointed. You’re calling it in. Just like you’re sending it an invitation.
I told this man what I’m telling you: “Don’t say another time that you’re going to have Alzheimer’s or any other disease. Start declaring, ‘No weapon formed against me will ever prosper.
I will live out my days in good health, with a clear mind, with good memory, with clarity of thought. My mind is alert. My senses are sharp.
My youth is being renewed.’” You must prophesy health. Prophesy a long, productive life. Your words will become your reality.
Joel Osteen is the senior pastor of the Lakewood Church congregation in Houston, Texas, which is one of the largest churches in the United States; according to Forbes and Outreach magazine, with 60,000 members.