Don't just accept whatever comes your way in life. You were born to win; you were born for greatness; you were created to be a champion in life.
The more you talk about negative things in your life, the more you call them in. Speak victory not defeat.
We live in a society that likes to kick people when they're down. Don't be a fair-weather friend. Stick with people. They need you more in the tough times than they do in the good times.
Not every person is going to understand you and that's okay. They have a right to their opinion and you have every right to ignore it.
Make the decision and say, I'm not letting that worry in. I'm done being upset when my plans don't work out. I'm not letting that stress in. Negative thoughts will still come to your mind, but you don't have to let them into your spirit.
No matter what comes your way, shake it off and move forward. When you have a positive mindset, you can't be defeated.
Don't go into the new year holding a grudge from last year. Leave the hurts and disappointments behind.
If you want to know where you'll be five years from now, listen to what you're saying about yourself today.
If you will keep being your best right where you are, you will come into more favor, promotion and opportunity than you ever imagined.
God wants you to have a good life, a life filled with love, joy, peace, and fulfillment. That doesn't mean it will always be easy, but it does mean that it will always be good.
Love overlooks a person's faults. That's not always easy, but love believes the best in every person. Anybody can return evil for evil, but God wants His people to help heal wounded hearts.
No matter how dark it looks, no matter how long it's been, no matter how many people are trying to push you down; if you will stay in faith, God will always take you from Friday to Sunday. He will always complete what He started in you!
You cannot wait until everything becomes better before you decide to have a good attitude. You have to be the best you can be right where you are.
When you serve others, when you make somebody else's life better, when you lift up people, when you help heal those that are hurting, not only are they being blessed, but you're being blessed.
When you reach out to hurting people, that's when God is going to make sure your needs are supplied. When you focus on being a blessing, God makes sure that you are always blessed in abundance.
Send your life to a whole new level! Zip up the negative words and start speaking faith and victory into your future.
Listen carefully to the words and tone of voice you use with your spouse. Are you complaining all the time and telling her what she's not doing right? Or are you doing like Solomon-blessing, encouraging, and uplifting that woman?
Before you leave the house, you need to make up your mind that you're going to stay positive and enjoy the day no matter what comes your way. You have to decide ahead of time.
No matter how many mistakes you've made in the past, or what sort of difficulties you struggle with now, you are destined to live in victory.
God knows the dreams and desires in your heart; in fact, he gave them to you. He will order your steps and take you where you need to be.
When you smile and project an aura of warmth, kindness, and friendliness, you will attract warms, kindness, and friendliness. Happy people will be drawn to you.
This is a day that God has given me. It's a gift. I can never relive this day. And I'm not going to live it angry, in unforgiveness, and mad at somebody. If I don't get my way, I'm going to believe that God's still in control.
Heavenly Father, thank You for Your peace that rules my heart. I choose Your peace today and thank You for guiding my every step. I choose to be thankful today and bless You for Your faithfulness. In Jesus Name. Amen.
Our words have creative power. With our words, we can speak blessings over our future or we can speak negative things over our future.
Selfishness is weakness. But loving and caring for others is a position of power beyond anything we can possibly imagine.
The older I get, the better I understand that every day is a gift. There's no guarantee of tomorrow. And part of my whole philosophy is: this day is too important to live it angry, upset, discouraged or stressed out if plans don't work out. This is life, and I'm going to move on.
Start announcing freedom from anything that's holding you back. Freedom from addictions, freedom from loneliness, freedom from lack, freedom from struggle. You are prophesying your future. Your words are setting the direction for your life.
Your time is too valuable, your destiny is too great, and your future is too bright to waste a single moment. Be a now person.
It's amazing what people will do when you see the best in them, when you honor them, when you respect them. It not only strengthens the relationship, but it will help that other person rise higher.
Never put a question mark where God has put a period. When something is over and done, let it go and move on to the next chapter of your life.
You can't talk defeat and expect to have victory. You can't talk lack and expect to have abundance. You've got to send your words out in the direction you want your life to go.
You won't be free from guilt if you are constantly replaying the negative memories of your past. If you're going to replay anything, replay your victories!
Sometimes you have to put your own dreams on hold temporarily so you can help release a dream in somebody else. What you make happen for others, God will make happen for you.
Life is short. You can't afford to put off what God has put in your heart. You don't have time to live with things holding you back.
You may have had unfair things happen to you, but the depth of your pain is an indication of the height of your future.
Quit wishing you were something different. There's no mistakes. You're not faulty. You have been fearfully and wonderfully made.
When someone is rude, keep a smile on your face. When you stay on the high road and keep your joy, you take away their power.
Start believing again; start dreaming again. Start talking like it's going to happen; start acting like it's going to happen.
Hard times may have held you down, but they will not last forever. When all is said and done, you will be increased.
If you don't love yourself in a healthy way, you will never be able to love others in the way that you should.
Realize your potential. Don't go to your grave with your treasure still in you. Keep growing. Keep learning.
You reap fruit from the same kind of seed you've been sowing. You can't talk negative and expect to live positive.
The truth is, somebody is always talking about you, so you have to let it go... if it's not a part of your God-given destiny.
Don't grow accustomed to living with less, doing less, and being less to the point that you eventually sit back and accept it.
You were not created to just get by with an average, unrewarding, or unfulfilling life. God created you to leave your mark on this generation.
I want the services to look and sound like the Grammys. It's not showy, but we represent God, and it should be first class.
I'm honest enough to say I don't know everything. You know, I don't. I don't understand all of God. I don't understand, you know, some kind of why bad things happen.
I'm trying to throw a big broad net to try to get people interested in God and believe that He's for them and has a purpose.
When I hear Mitt Romney say that he believes that Jesus is the Son of God, that He's the Christ, raised from the dead, that He's his savior -- that's good enough for me.
I didn't try to copy my dad or fit into the pressure or the mold that everybody tried to make me fit into.
Sometimes when you take strong stands, if you're not called to do it, you're dividing the audience you're trying to reach.
On Sundays when I speak, I hopefully give somebody something that they can use the next day at work or at home.
I try to speak in everyday language. I feel like God has gifted me to take Bible principles and make them practical.
To me, it's OK to have differences. But we don't have to be mad about it. You know? And I think that's where sometimes we get so passionate that we -- you know, it turns into anger.
I think, for years, people have been pushed down by religion, and I don't say that disrespectfully, but they've been shown a God that you can't measure up to.
Sometimes you need faith and victory spoken over your life. Words have created power. When you receive them into your spirit, they can ignite seeds of increase on the inside.
Just because something didn't work out your way, or somebody disappointed you, that does not change who you are.
I don't argue when people say that my message is simple, but I believe Jesus' message was simple. Jesus didn't go around condemning people.
We can be civil. We can still be friends, and be Democrats and Republicans, and have different views.
See, people are watching you. Especially your children. They're taking in every single thing you do. They are like video cameras with legs. And they are always in the record mode. They learn more from what you do than from what you say.
A lot of psychological principles and even medical principles, you see them coming around to what the Bible said hundreds of years ago: a merry heart is good like a medicine.
You may make some mistakes -- but that doesn't make you a sinner. You've got the very nature of God on the inside of you.
I wouldn't ever say if you're having tough times then there must be something wrong with you or your attitude. Life's a fight. It's a good fight of faith. I encourage people to stay up, stay hopeful, stay faith-filled.
We need to, you know, restore people. We need to show mercy. I mean, because as much mercy as you show people, that's the mercy you're going to be receiving.
I've always been very happy. I've always been easy going and I've always been very encouraging; it's just my personality.
Every day is a gift from God. There's no guarantee of tomorrow, so that tells me to see the good in this day to make the most of it.
I'm not a big believer in trying to jam stuff down somebody's throat: 'You're going to do it my way.' I'd rather show by example and live my life and have people say, 'You know what, I want to live like Joel has. He's got peace and joy, and he seems content.'
A disagreement or incident involving someone who's not that important to you, like a guy who cut you off in traffic or a rude cashier, is something that should roll off your shoulders. Save the effort for resolving conflicts with the people you cherish.
I always try to put a seed of hope into people's hearts. I'm not there to teach them doctrine necessarily, but to let them know that God is a good God, and has a plan for their lives. Hopefully, that will restore their faith, or draw them into faith.
You cannot let where you are today cause you to get stuck. I'm going to be my best right now. That's what faith is all about.
Some people keep God in a Sunday morning box and say, 'Hey, I did my religious duty.' That's fine, but the scripture says to pray without ceasing. And I think that means all through the day you're talking to God. Even if it's in your thoughts.
Most people already know what they're doing wrong. When I get them to church I want to tell them that you can change.
If you are against yourself, you will never reach your highest potential. And when you criticize yourself, you're criticizing God.
People define Christianity differently. I think a large portion of our population are Christians, they're not all growing in their faith, they're not all active, but I believe that a lot of people believe in Jesus and believe that he is their Lord and Savior.
When you give up yourself, that's when you will feel the true spirit of Christmas. And that's giving that's serving others and that's when you feel fulfilled.
So many people are looking at what's wrong, and I try to encourage them to look at what's right in their life. A lot of people have it a lot worse than you do.
Keep a good attitude and do the right thing even when it's hard. When you do that you are passing the test. And God promises you your marked moments are on their way.
I like to think my dad was easygoing and kind, and I think some of those things have been passed down. I am like him in a sense of being positive and hopeful. He was compassionate, and I've got a lot of that in me as well.
God can cause opportunity to find you. He has unexpected blessings where you suddenly meet the right person, or suddenly your health improves, or suddenly you're able to pay off your house. That's God shifting things in your favor.
Sometimes we look at gay being a bigger sin than being proud or not telling the truth. I don't think God categorizes sins.
We live in a culture that relishes tearing others down. It's ultimately more fulfilling, though, to help people reach their goals. Instead of feeling jealous, remember: If God did it for them, He can do it for you.
I don't think you should spend your life praying for things, but I do believe you should thank God for what He's given you... but I think the scripture teaches us that we can pray for our dreams, pray for the big things... he's not a small God; this God is incredible.
You can change your world by changing your words... Remember, death and life are in the power of the tongue.
I don't mind saying, you know, that I don't take a salary from the church, and God has blessed me with more money than I could imagine from my books. It's been printed all over, so I don't feel like I am hiding anything.
I believe that God has put gifts and talents and ability on the inside of every one of us. When you develop that and you believe in yourself and you believe that you're a person of influence and a person of purpose, I believe you can rise up out of any situation.
Any of us can be happy and have a good attitude when everything is going our way. But I believe it's the real test of your character and of your faith to say, 'Things are not going our way, but I'm still being good to people; I'm still attending church; I still have a good attitude.'
God wants us to prosper financially, to have plenty of money, to fulfill the destiny He has laid out for us.
I think God gives every one of us our own will, and unfortunately, some people choose to do evil things with it.
Bottom line: God will not allow any person to keep you from your destiny. They may be bigger, stronger, or more powerful, but God knows how to shift things around and get you to where you're supposed to be.
The death of my father is probably the biggest thing that I ever faced. Daddy and I were best friends.
I made a decision when my father passed away that I was going to be who God made me to be and not try to preach like my father.
Isn't it funny how babies laugh a lot? I read a toddler, a young child laughs 300 times a day. The average adult laughs, like, four times a day. God put it in them. He put the laugh in us, but I think sometimes we let life get us down, you know, have bad breaks, and we lose our breaks.
Why don't you start believing that no matter what you have or haven't done, that your best days are still out in front of you.
I believe God wants you to have money to pay your bills, send your kids to college and do charity work and build orphanages. There's the teaching that we're supposed to be poor to show that we're humble. I don't buy that. I think we're supposed to be leaders. We're supposed to excel.
God's got you in the palm of His hand. You won't leave one second before your time. If God wants you to be here, then you're going to be here.
When I grew up, the Devil was a reason why I had a headache or the Devil was the reason I got mad today. We always blamed the Devil. I think today when I say the Enemy, I like to make it broader. Sometimes the Enemy can be our own thoughts.
I feel like my message is to let people know that God is a good God, that He's on their side, and no matter what happens, He has a great plan for them.
I don't focus on the critics. Everyone who is making any difference in any field has critics. As long as I feel like I'm doing what I'm supposed to be doing, then I don't worry about it.
It's in the difficult times that we're growing and you can't just rebuke everything hard. We've got to endure it and fight the good fight of faith and pass the test.
It doesn't matter who likes you or doesn't like you, all that matters is that God likes you. He accepts you, he approves of you.
When my dad founded our church, he used either a globe or a map of the world behind him. It was symbolic of what Christ said: to go forth and preach hope to the world. We believe in the cross, but we just continued with the globe.
I purposely don't talk about money, because people are already skeptical about TV preachers. But I do say that I want you to be blessed. To me, prosperity is having health, having great children, having peace, good relationships. It's not about the money.
If we say it long enough eventually we're going to reap a harvest. We're going to get exactly what we're saying.
You can live your life angry, bitter, mad at somebody or even guilty, not letting go of your own mistakes, but you won't receive the good things God has in store.
You're going to go through tough times -- that's life. But I say, 'Nothing happens to you, it happens for you.' See the positive in negative events.