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  • - Words are like seeds.

  • When you speak something out,

  • you give life to what you're saying.

  • When you're in peace, it's a position of power,

  • and when you stay in peace, God will get you

  • to where you're supposed to be.

  • I refuse to be mediocre

  • because people around me are mediocre.

  • What follows the word I am,

  • I believe you're inviting into your life.

  • The loan didn't go through?

  • (audience applauding)

  • You didn't qualify for that new house?

  • Try again.

  • But I'm good about getting up every day

  • and searchin' my own heart,

  • and sayin', am I on the right track?

  • You won't live a victorious life

  • if you're always reliving what didn't work out,

  • who hurt you, the mistakes you've made.

  • We try to make Christianity, faith, relevant and practical.

  • Anybody can give up.

  • Anybody can let it overwhelm you.

  • But you know what that's doin'?

  • Wasting your pain.

  • Some of my enemies, I feel like I need to write them

  • a check, if they hadn't have been against me,

  • I wouldn't have prayed so hard.

  • (whooshing)

  • - He's an American preacher, televangelist, and author.

  • He's a senior pastor at Lakewood Church,

  • the largest protestant church in America.

  • He has written seven New York Times best selling books.

  • He's Joel Osteen, and here's my take

  • on his top ten rules for success.

  • (whooshing)

  • - You are where you are today

  • in part because of what you've been saying

  • about yourself.

  • Words are like seeds, when you speak something out

  • you give life to what you're saying.

  • If you continue to say it,

  • eventually that can became a reality.

  • Whether you realize it or not,

  • you are prophesying your future.

  • And this is great when we're saying things like,

  • I'm blessed, I'm strong, I will accomplish my dreams,

  • I'm comin' out of debt.

  • That's not just bein' positive,

  • you are prophesying victory, prophesying success,

  • prophesying new levels.

  • And your life will move in the direction of your words.

  • But too many people go around prophesying

  • just the opposite.

  • I never get any good breaks, I'll never get back in shape,

  • business is slow, I'll probably get laid off,

  • 'flu season is here, I always get it.

  • They don't realize they are prophesying defeat.

  • It's just like they're callin' in bad breaks,

  • mediocrity, lack.

  • And the Scripture says, we will eat the fruit of our words.

  • You are planting seeds when you talk,

  • at some point you're going to eat that fruit.

  • My challenge is make sure you're playing

  • the right kind of seeds.

  • If you want apples, you have to sow apple seeds.

  • If you want oranges, you can't plant cactus seeds,

  • poison ivy seeds, mushroom seeds.

  • You're going to reap fruit from the exact seeds

  • that you've been sowing.

  • In other words, you can't talk negative

  • and expect to live a positive life.

  • You can't talk defeat, and expect to have victory.

  • You can't talk lack, not enough, can't afford it,

  • never get ahead, and expect to have abundance.

  • If you a poor mouth, you're going to have a poor life.

  • If you don't like what you're seeing,

  • start sowing some different seeds.

  • - Isn't it true that when you look at your life

  • as everything is there to try to raise you

  • to the next level, - That's right.

  • - That things...

  • - Yeah, you can handle it so much better

  • when you're in the difficult times

  • knowin' that somehow it's going to work for your good.

  • Because otherwise, you're always fighting something,

  • you know, (muffled speaking),

  • wow, I'm fighting, I got to get out of this job,

  • or I don't like this marriage.

  • You know, if we don't watch it,

  • we'll go through life fighting.

  • When you realize that God's in control,

  • nothing's happening to me, it's happening for me,

  • God's directing my steps,

  • so even though I'm in a difficult time,

  • I'm going to be in peace today.

  • I'm going to be good to somebody (audience applauding)

  • because, I know this,

  • you stay, you know, when you're in peace,

  • it's a position of power, and when you stay in peace

  • God will get you to where you're supposed to be.

  • Listen, God will move the wrong people out of the way,

  • he'll open up the right doors.

  • (audience applauding)

  • He's in control of our lives.

  • Don't let your mind become conditioned for mediocrity.

  • Don't let that change who you really are.

  • Sometimes, people will try to put us in a box

  • and tell us thing like, you can't start that business,

  • you don't have the resources.

  • You'll never afford a nice place to live,

  • never get well, never meet the right person.

  • Because their thinking is limited,

  • they'll try to put their limitations on you.

  • You have to put your foot down and say,

  • I refuse to be mediocre

  • because people around me are mediocre.

  • (audience applauding)

  • I refuse to be addicted, depressed, have low expectations,

  • I know I'm a barrier breaker.

  • I'm going to set a new standard.

  • It starts in our thinking.

  • Nothing will change until you make up your mind

  • you are not going to accept mediocrity.

  • What follows the word I am,

  • I believe you're inviting into your life.

  • So I think a lot of people don't realize it,

  • but playing in their mind, and even sometimes we say it,

  • you know what, I am slow.

  • I am unlucky.

  • I am, you know, not attractive.

  • And I think we're inviting negative things in.

  • I think we're supposed to say, you know what?

  • I'm blessed.

  • I'm strong, I'm healthy, I'm talented.

  • Think you have to invite the right things into your life.

  • A man in the lobby told me the other day

  • how he had a dream to start his own business,

  • and he got it goin', everything was fine,

  • he was so excited.

  • But he hit a series of setbacks,

  • unfortunately it didn't make it.

  • He thought he was done, that it would never happen.

  • No, it just wasn't the right time.

  • Don't give up on what God promised you.

  • Don't let that dream die stillborn.

  • It may not have happened in the past,

  • but you've come into a set time.

  • God has favor waiting for you,

  • ideas waiting for you, the right people waiting for you.

  • Try it again.

  • The Scripture says, a good man falls seven times,

  • but the Lord raises him back up.

  • (audience cheering) (audience applauding)

  • The loan didn't go through?

  • You didn't qualify for that new house?

  • Try again.

  • You're in a set time of favor.

  • You tried to lose the weight, tried to get back in shape,

  • it didn't work out.

  • Try it again.

  • - How do you deal with temptation?

  • And don't say it doesn't come to you.

  • (laughing)

  • - Well, it comes to every person,

  • but you know, just what I teach.

  • You get up every day and you say, God help me

  • to honor you in my thoughts and in my life,

  • and you just, you know,

  • it's just, I think it's a part of discipline.

  • I think it's a part of staying grounded,

  • and you know, one thing I've been good at,

  • 'cause there have been a lot of ministers like me.

  • And you know 'em all (chuckles).

  • That haven't made it long term.

  • But I'm good about getting up every day

  • and searchin' my own heart,

  • and sayin' am I on the right track?

  • And I, too, I think about temptation.

  • I realize, you know, you come down a lot faster

  • than you went up, and we've seen all that.

  • So, I just think it comes from keepin'

  • your own heart pure.

  • We all have had negative things happen to us.

  • People did us wrong, the company laid us off,

  • a clerk was rude to us.

  • It's easy to go through life offended,

  • in self pity, blamin' others, blamin' ourselves,

  • even blaming God.

  • And because we're always lookin' back,

  • reliving the negative, we end up carrying around all this

  • baggage that weighs us down.

  • One of the best things we can learn to do is drop it.

  • Let it go.

  • Whether it happened 20 years ago,

  • or 20 minutes ago, don't carry negative baggage

  • from yesterday into today.

  • You won't live a victorious life

  • if you're always reliving what didn't work out,

  • who hurt you, the mistakes you've made.

  • The reason it's called the past is because it's over.

  • It's done, it's history.

  • Now do your part and let it go.

  • Well, Joel, they betrayed me, they walked away,

  • broke my heart, that's why I'm bitter.

  • That's why I'm upset.

  • Oh, they hurt you once, don't let them continue to hurt you

  • by always thinkin' about it. (audience applauding)

  • As long as you're dwellin' on that,

  • it's going to keep you from the new things

  • God wants to do.

  • - You church and your ministry, obviously, is growing.

  • You're attracting more people, you're in an old basketball

  • arena which is now a church.

  • What is Lakewood Church doing right

  • that other churches are doing wrong?

  • - You know, I don't know, you know.

  • I think that one thing we do,

  • and it's not just our church,

  • but we try to make Christianity, faith, relevant

  • and practical.

  • I think another part of it is it is positive.

  • I mean, there's a lot of things beating people down already,

  • I mean, I've found most people already

  • feel guilty enough.

  • They already know what they're doin' wrong.

  • Not everybody, but most.

  • So, you know, I think when you're,

  • our message is, I try to make it practical, relevant,

  • how do I forgive?

  • How do I have a good attitude?

  • How do I reach my destiny?

  • And so, I think, you know, if there's sometimes

  • when we don't change, and it's just all doctrine,

  • and it's just, I'm going to be beat down,

  • I'm going to feel guilty.

  • I think that's maybe what pulls some people away.

  • The key is what we do in our times of pain.

  • Pain will change us.

  • Heartache, loss, disappointments,

  • they don't leave us the same.

  • When I lost my father, I didn't come out

  • like I was before, I was changed.

  • If you go through a divorce, a legal battle,

  • a friend betrays ya, eventually that will pass.

  • You'll get through it, but you will be different.

  • Now, how the pain changes you is up to you.

  • You can come out bitter, or you can come out better.

  • You can come out with a chip on your shoulder,

  • blamin' God, or you can come out stronger

  • with a greater confidence in God.

  • You can come out defeated, giving up on your dreams,

  • or you can come out with a new passion, a new fire.

  • Excited about the new opportunities in front of you.

  • All of us experience pain.

  • My challenge, don't just go through it, grow through it.

  • That difficulty is an opportunity to get stronger.