PLACE: Lakewood Church-Houston, Tx, Joel Osteen, Pastor
DATE: Saturday, March 18, 2008
TIME: 7:00 p.m.
Worship Team: Steve Crawford, Da’dra Crawford Greathouse, Cindy Cruse Ratcliff, Choir & Band
Songs: Salvation is Here, Still Standing, Indescribable, Glorify Your Name, Again I Say Rejoice
Scripture References:Romans 12:2
Subject: Breaking Free From Wrong Mindsets
Quick Notes From The Sermon: Pastor Joel said that our own thinking is what keeps us from being our best. Instead of agreeing with what God says about us, we do just the opposite. Pastor Joel admonished everyone to examine their thought life. Have you allowed a stronghold to make you believe you’ve gone as far as you can go? Delete all of the negative thoughts and reprogram your thinking to what God says about you. Make a decision that you are stepping into a new season of divine connections and supernatural opportunities.
Guard your mind and don’t allow negative thoughts in. When thoughts such as “you’re not good enough” come, replace them with positive ones. Substitute thoughts such as:
I’m the apple of God’s eye
There’s nobody like me
I’ve been accepted and approved by God
I can do all things through Christ
God supplies all my needs
God is not mad at me, but madly in love with me
God is opening up supernatural doors for me
God’s plans are for good and not for evil.
Pastor Joel said that we should ask ourselves if we’ve been programmed for mediocrity. He said there is still time for dreams to be fulfilled. You wouldn’t be alive today if God didn’t have things for you to accomplish. You were created to live a blessed life. Until you change your thinking and delete all the negative, you will stay in defeat. Just one inferior thought can keep you off balance and away from your God given destiny. If you don’t have the victory on the inside, you won’t have it on the outside.
Get out of the negative mindset and believe that you can accomplish every dream that God has placed in your heart. Hit the delete button and reprogram your mind with what God has to say about you. A lot of times we don’t know why we think the way we do. It’s ok to ask God why our thinking is the way it is. Sometimes it could be generational strongholds or the emulation of what we saw growing up. The first step to getting free is to understand why we think the way we do. Pastor Joel said that it’s time to step into a new season and set a new standard. He said that God wants us to leave our children more. The way it’s been is not the way it has to be.
**These are my quick notes from the sermon. To get the full effect you can watch this service and other archived services at Lakewood’s website or Pastor Joel’swebsite. You can also sign up for the free podcasts or call 1-800-487-0565 for copies of the sermons.
My sis told me today that she would love to have Pastor Joel right next to her to encourage her throughout the day. That would be great, but since it’s not possible I gave her a couple of options that would make it seem as if he was there. I told her that she could go to the website and watch archived sermons, listen and subscribe to the podcast, sign up for the e-votionals, and of course purchase one of his books.
My vision for Notes From My Church is for others to share what is going on in their church services. I would love to hear what is going on in other places of worship. Let’s all share and encourage each other. It doesn’t have to be long, fancy, or perfect. Just place it in the following format: The Music, The Message, The Atmosphere and e-mail it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’m looking forward to hearing from you! Thanks!