A few days ago I received a letter in the mail from Joel Osteen Ministries.
As a Champion of Hope partner I receive these letters monthly. They are always inspirational and never fail to give me a sense of connection to Joel and his ministry. I believe that it may do the same for you so I am posting it below for you to read. Joel’s words are in the maroon color. Mine are in black.
I pray my letter finds you positive, healthy, and optimistic about the year ahead and all that God has for you. Victoria and I are constantly praying for you.
And as I write and share with you this month, I have one question I want to ask you…
Do you know who you are–who you really are?
It might seem like an odd question, but let me explain…
I’m not talking about your name, your title, your job description, or what others call you. That’s not your identity. That’s not who you really are.
My prayer today is that you will get these life-changing words down in your spirit.
“I am… who God says I am.”
When you get up each morning, have the faith to declare:
- I am strong. (Joel 3:10)
- I am beautiful. (Psalm 139:14)
- I am healthy and whole. (Jeremiah 33:6)
- I am favored and destined for greatness. (Psalm 84:11)
You may not realize this, but all through the day, the power of your declared “I am” is at work in your life.
What follows “I am” will always come looking for you.
When you say, “I am blessed, I am talented, I am healthy,” blessings, talent, and health come looking for you.
Most people don’t understand that their words can either propel them forward… or set them back. (More about that in a moment.)
I know a man who was told by his high school counselor that he wasn’t very smart, and he should focus on the lowest skilled job that he could find.
As a high school student, this young man’s “I am” became distorted: “I am not up to par, I am not smart, I am only average.”
After high school, he got a job at the local factory. When that factory closed down, he applied at another factory across town.
This company had a policy that you had to take an IQ test. He took the test, and score the highest in the company’s 63-year history.
His IQ came back at a genius level!
He went on to start his own business, and invented and patented two very successful products. Today, he is extremely blessed.
When you change your “I am,” you change your destiny.
Could it be that what someone has told you is keeping you from God’s best, that the wrong “I am” is keeping you from rising higher and meeting your full potential?
If so, I want to encourage you to get in agreement with God today and declare:
- I am an overcomer!
- I am equipped and empowered!
- I am anointed!
- I am a masterpiece!
You may not always feel that way, but that’s what God says about you. And His words are the only words that matter.
Ephesians 2:10 says: “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus…” (NLT). If God says you are a “masterpiece,” why would you call yourself anything different?
In scripture, we see how Joshua and Caleb understood the truth of “I am” when they came back from spying out the Promised Land.
The other 10 spies brought Moses a negative report: “Moses, we don’t have a chance. The people are huge. Compared to them, we are like grasshoppers.” (See Numbers 13:1-33.)
Notice their “I am” was distorted: “I am weak, I am inferior, I am afraid.” And because of this, fear, intimidation, and inferiority followed.
But Joshua and Caleb had a different report. “Yes the people are big, but we know our God is much bigger. We can take the land!“
Their “I am” was just the opposite of the other 10 spies…
- I am strong and well equipped!
- I am confident!
- I am more than a conqueror!
Because of their “I am,” Joshua and Caleb eventually saw the Promised Land, but the other spies didn’t. And the reason is clear…
Your “I am” always comes looking for you.
Those two words–“I am“–have the power to change your life. I want to help you discover how to live in that truth today.
That’s why I am so excited to send you my new book, 2 Words That Will Change Your Life Today, as a thank you for your gift of any amount to the ministry.
This book is so important because many people are actually sending their lives in the wrong direction because they are speaking the wrong “I am.” I don’t want that to be you!
My heart is to show you what Almighty God says about you and help you speak those truths over your future.
In 2 Words That Will Change Your Life Today, you’ll learn…
- The creative power of words
- How to break free from destructive words spoken over you
- The way to seize opportunities you didn’t see coming
- How to speak faith-filled blessings over the people you love
This is one of the most important books I’ve ever written. I can’t wait for you to request yours today.
As you fill out the enclosed reply form, I hope you know how much Victoria and I love you. You are in our prayers!
Thank you for your encouragement and your generosity. Every time you give to this ministry, you are bringing hope to someone and changing lives around the world.
Thank you for your heart to give and for being a Champion of Hope. You are making a difference!
As you go about your day today, don’t talk about how big your problem is–talk about how big your God is.
Remember how much He loves you and all that He says about you. Because of His promises, you can say, “I am confident. I am valuable. I am loved. I am one of a kind. I am hopeful about my future.”
That’s who you are in Christ Jesus–the person you really are.
Living in the power of “I am,”
P.S. What follows your “I am” always comes looking for you. Invite the right things into your life and see all that God will do!
Make sure you request my new book, 2 Words That Will Change Your Life Today. This book will open your eyes to all your “I am’s” and help you see all the blessings of God available to you.
I have always believed in the power of words and I am sure I am not alone. Do you recall this famous quote by author Edward Bulwer-Lytton in 1839?
“The pen is mightier than the sword.”
It is obvious that the author’s point was referring to the words that the pen could produce and not the actual pen itself. If becoming a Champion of Hope (a partner with Joel’s ministry) is appealing to you I would love for you to join me.