Joel Osteen: God Will Be Better At Fighting Your Battles If You Remain Peaceful


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God will fight your battles if you remain at rest
and trust in His plan, Pastor Joel Osteen says.

Osteen, the senior pastor of Lakewood Church
in Houston, Texas, one of the largest churches
in the nation, wrote in a recent blog post that Christians should follow the story of the
Israelites at the Red Sea in Exodus 14, when
Moses tells the Israelites to “not be afraid. Stand
firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord
will bring you today. The Egyptians you see
today you will never see again. The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”

As Osteen writes in his blog post, Moses knew
that the fear of the Israelites would prevent
God from doing His job to protect them.

This same approach can be applied to how
Christians handle their daily fears, worries and
stresses.

“God will fight your battles if you’ll stay at rest.
If you’ll quit worrying about the medical report,
if you’ll quit being upset over the contract you
didn’t get, if you’ll quit being stressed by those
people who are talking about you. If you’ll
remain at rest, God will fight your battles,” the megachurch pastor writes.

Osteen goes on to say that it is important to
identify the “peace stealers” in your life and
turn your burdens over to God.

“What’s causing you to be stressed? Are you
carrying a load that you’re not supposed to
carry? Are you allowing someone to dump
their burdens on you, trying to be the savior?
Turn that over to God. Don’t let them pull you
out of rest. Are you allowing traffic, people or a grouchy boss to upset you? They may not
change, but you can change,” Osteen says.

The megachurch pastor concludes his message
by saying that “life is too short to let peace
stealers determine our destiny.”

“If you’ll make this decision with me that you’re
going to live at rest, you’ll not only enjoy your
life more, but I believe and declare God will do
for you what He did for the Israelites. He’ll part
Red Seas; He’ll restore your health, and He’ll
bring vindication, promotion and the fullness of your destiny. He’ll fight your battles if you’ll
remain at rest!” Osteen concludes.

Fellow evangelical leader Joyce Meyer has also
spoken on the importance of maintaining
peace, writing in an Op-Ed for The Christian Post that the best way to keep your peace in times of change is to uphold a positive attitude.

By maintaining God’s peaceful presence in
ourselves, we can pass this attitude on to
others, Meyer writes.

“We live in a world that’s full of anger, stress
and strife. Even though many people have a
desperate need for peace, they may not be
interested in hearing about God and what He’s
doing in your life. But you can share Christ with
them by maintaining a peaceful attitude week after week, and month after month. Sometimes
it takes years, but God will use you in an
amazing way if you will consistently walk in the
fruit of the Spirit,” the evangelical leader and
founder of Joyce Meyer Ministries, Inc. says.

Source: ChristianPost

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