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Keep the Right Perspective

 |  by Victoria Osteen

Tuesday, October 2, 2018
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I know this lady who is always bent toward the negative. If I ask her, "How are you doing today?", I know she is going to tell me all the things that are going wrong in her life. While the facts are true, I also know there's a bright side to her life that she's not seeing. For instance, when she mentions something negative about her husband, I know he's a good man who works hard and has a good job. He loves to take the kids out on Saturdays so she can have the whole house to herself. But instead of looking at the richness in her life, she chooses to look at the negative.

In Numbers 13–14, the twelve spies that Moses sent into the Promised Land all saw the same things—the land was indeed flowing with milk and honey, but there were giants in the land and heavily fortified cities. Ten of the spies saw themselves as grasshoppers and spread a negative report among the two million Israelites that they could never conquer the land. Joshua and Caleb, however, brought a good report that they should go in and take the land at once. They declared, "Do not be afraid of the people of the land, because we will devour them. Their protection is gone, but the Lord is with us. Do not be afraid."

That negative report kept the people of Israel out of the Promised Land for forty years, but God gave Joshua and Caleb a second chance because they were of "a different spirit." One version says, "An excellent spirit." Because they had the right perspective of who God is, they not only survived, but they thrived in the wilderness. Forty years later, Caleb said, "Listen, I'm stronger and more determined than ever to take this land. Bring on the giants."

When Joshua and Caleb were about to lead the younger generation into the land, this was Joshua's leadership vision: "Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve." He was saying, "Every day choose your attitude. Every day you can choose the way you see life. Choose today how you're going to see your journey into the Promised Land." And he added, "As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord." They were going to choose to see beyond their circumstances, to quiet the discouraging voices that would come against them, and believe that God is a big God who would go before them and help overcome every challenge.

If you'll be like Joshua and Caleb, you'll outlast anything the enemy brings you. You'll go in and take the land that God has given you because He is with you!

Shift Your Perspective

 |  by Victoria Osteen

Tuesday, October 9, 2018
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I have two beautiful lemon trees in my backyard, and they're full of fruit right now. I was in the backyard with a friend, and when she saw the lemon trees, she said, "Those are the most amazing lime trees I've ever seen." I started to laugh and said, "Those aren't lime trees. They're lemon trees." She said, "Those look like limes to me." I replied, "That's because the fruit is still in process. They're not finished yet. They're green now and look like limes, but they'll soon turn yellow. Right now, they don't look the way they're going to look."

The writer of Hebrews says, "We inherit the promises of God through faith and patience" (Hebrews 6:12). Just as those lemons are in process, you are in the process of becoming everything God wants you to be. You may not look like you want to look or be where you want to be, but don't devalue the journey to get there. Don't start thinking that the journey isn't worth it. Don't despise the process because you just want to get to the promises. Can I tell you this? The process is what builds your strength and develops you. The process is what makes you become what God's called you to be.

You are on a journey of faith. If you're going to experience the fullness of God's promises, you have to develop the ability to see beyond where you are right now. It's easy to get stuck in a problem. It's easy to see what didn't work out, what didn't happen, the mistakes you've made, or what someone else did to you. It becomes difficult to see the next step sometimes. But when we take our eyes off the problems that are trying to hold us back, we can put them on the promises of God. That's how we're going to rise above where we are right now.

If you find yourself consumed with a problem today, if you're going through a transition in your life, if you're wondering how something is going to work out, it's time to lift your eyes from the problem and set your eyes on the promises. You have to realize that beyond where you are there are greater heights, greater victories, greater strengths, and greater anointings. It's time to shift your perspective to God's promises. I believe that if you won't get stuck, if you won't settle where you are, if you'll continue the process, you will see God's faithfulness and provision. You will see His promises and come to know God in a way you have never known before. You will become everything God intended you to be.

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