Sorry I didn’t post yesterday guys! It was a really stressful day, the kind where it feels like everything wants to go wrong. Then I got a really bad headache and had to lay down. But here it is, a day late! Please enjoy!
Well, I promised on my list of awesome Christian books that I would read and review each one, so here I am with my second book review! This one is also by Joel Osteen (the first three are) and is called “The Power of I Am.” I’m going to break down what each chapter is about, but if this sounds like something you’re interested in reading, I strongly recommend you buy it and read it for yourself. He goes into way more detail than I will. I just want to give you an overview of the book and what I think of it.
I’m honestly just interested in wrapping this up today. It probably should have just taken one post, but hey, I’m still learning. I promise in 2018 I’ll be more organized and less scattered! These last few chapters will just be quick overviews. I’m not going into any details. And I promise that my reviews in the future will be better!
Author’s Note: While writing this, it turns out I have a lot to say about these topics so I’m going to break it up into several parts. That will be our series for this week and then I’ll continue my “Love” series.
11. Have an Abundant Mentality
In this chapter, Joel explains how we won’t have a prosperous, successful life if we don’t have an abundance mentality.
For as he thinks in his heart, so is he [in behavior—one who manipulates]. (Proverbs 23:7 – AMP)
And it is true that wherever your thoughts are, that’s where your life will go. I believe words are more important than thoughts, but thoughts are definitely important. If all you think are negative thoughts, you’ll have a negative life. We all get negative thoughts, but we don’t have to let them stay. Kick them out and replace them with faith-filled thoughts.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever isadmirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. (Philippians 4:8)
12. Redeem the Time
Here Joel explains how time is our most valuable commodity. We can always find ways to make more money, but you can’t make more time. We need to be wise in how we spend our time each day, always working toward our goals and accomplishing the God-given dreams in our hearts.
My times are in your hands; deliver me from the hands of my enemies, from those who pursue me. (Psalm 31:15)
Many of us live as though we are immortal. While that is true of our spirits, it isn’t true of our bodies. If we want to hear, “Well done, My good and faithful servant,” when we get to heaven one day, we need to be wise with our time. Not only so, but we will never live a truly contented and prosperous life if we aren’t pursuing God’s best for us.
13. Finishing Grace
We are reminded that it isn’t how we start that matters, it’s how we finish. It’s easy to start things in life but if we want to accomplish our goals and dreams, we have to learn how to finish with the help of God’s grace. As Joel says in his book, God is called the author and finisher of our faith.
looking unto Jesus, the author, and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:2)
God is not a god of starts, He is the God of finishing. When He places something in our hearts, He wants us to finish it. But of course, we can’t do it without Him. And He gives us the strength, the resources, the right people, the finances, He will give us everything we need at just the right time to finish what He has placed in our hearts.
14. You Can Handle It
Whatever we are going through right now, we can handle it. We may think it’s too hard, that there is no way out, that it will never end, but those are all lies from the enemy. God wouldn’t give it to us, or let us go through it if we couldn’t handle it. He will give us everything we need to make it through, and not just make it through, but to come out stronger and better, more prosperous and more abundant than ever before!
No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it. (1 Corinthians 10:13)
The point is, we may not be able to handle it on our own, but we can handle all things through God, who is our strength.
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13)
15. You Are Anointed
Joel explains in this chapter that we don’t have to try to do everything on our own. We don’t need to accomplish our dreams, reach our goals, and become everything God created us to be through our own strength or drive or passion. In fact, we can’t do it on our own. But we can do it with God. He has placed His anointing on our lives.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil;
My cup runs over.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days of my life;
And I will dwell[ in the house of the Lord
Forever. (Psalm 23:5-6)
When we have His anointing oil in our lives, things will go more smoothly, problems will work out in our favor, people will go out of their way to be good to us. We will receive more favor, more blessings, and accomplish everything God has for us in His will and plan for our lives.
16. Trust God’s Timing
God knows what He is doing and He knows exactly when it needs to be done. He is never early and He is never late. He will bring our blessing, our prosperity, our success, the right people, the right breaks exactly when we need them. It might seem late to us, but our timing is not His. Our thoughts and ways are not His.
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. (Isaiah 55:8)
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. (Jeremiah 29:11)
God knows what He is doing even when we don’t. We must strengthen our faith by trusting in His perfect timing and being content where we are until God moves us forward.
17. God Loves Imperfect People
Many people think that they have to be perfect for God to love them. The problem is, no one is perfect except Jesus. God loves imperfect people. If we look at the Bible and the people that God used for His glory, they were all imperfect. Esther was afraid, Moses thought he wasn’t good enough, David was an adulterer, Jacob (Israel) was a liar and a deceiver, Peter had a temper, Paul (originally Saul) murdered Christians. The list could go on and on. Clearly, God loves us even though we are all imperfect people.
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)
We will never be perfect here on earth. God knows we’re going to sin, we’re going to make mistakes, sometimes we’ll even turn away from Him for a time. But He never stops loving us. Never. Nothing we do could ever change His love for us.
38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38-39)
18. You’ve Been Framed
By using the word “framed” Joel is referring to this Scripture:
By faith, we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible. (Hebrews 11:3)
That means that God has His frame around the world, around time, around you. Just as Job couldn’t be tested by Satan without God’s permission, we all have a hedge of protection around us. What God allows is for our ultimate good. So, when we go through hard times, we need to remember that we are still in God’s frame of protection. God won’t allow anything that we can’t handle or that won’t bring out the best for us in the end. We may not see it at the time, but one day we’ll look back and realize that God not only protected us from a lot of harm but what He did allow was all for a reason. Nothing happens to us without God’s permission.
19. Become a Miracle
Sometimes we get so caught up in our own lives that we forget to think about other people. We keep looking for our miracle and forget that we can be someone else’s miracle. We can’t just focus on ourselves all the time. We need to be on the lookout for people we can help. This may be through time, money, prayer, or even something as simple as a smile or a kind word at just the right time. It actually helps us to stop worrying and being anxious if we get our minds off ourselves and our situation and focus on other people. That’s why God tells us to serve.
You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. (Galatians 5:13)
As you can see, I really love this book and I’ll recommend it to anyone who needs positivity, inspiration, and encouragement in their lives. I’m going to write the last part on Friday of this week, so come back for more if you want to know more about this book! But again, I truly recommend that you buy this book for yourself. I promise it will help you improve your life!
I would LOVE to hear your thoughts on this final part of the book. Please post in the comments below!
I’m sorry this book review was so long! I promise next time I will condense it. I love you guys! See you on Christmas! Have an awesome weekend!