The Power of I Am. By Joel Osteen, Pastor of Lakewood Church
Joel Osteen's Power of I Am will help you think positively about yourself and focus on your qualities rather than your mistakes. God wants you to look with hope, since He works to make it better every day.
Lacy was a beautiful young lady who seemed to have everything going for her. She was smart, attractive, and came from a loving family.
As we visited in the lobby after a service, she was friendly and had a pleasant personality. I thought if anybody would be happy, it would be her. But I soon realized it was just the opposite of what I thought.
Lacy began to describe how she wasn’t fulfilled; she was lonely and she perceived her coworkers as more talented. She made statements such as, “I am unattractive. I am unlucky. I am a slow learner. I am always tired.”
After five minutes of listening to Lacy, I knew exactly what was holding her back. Her “I am”s. What follows those two simple words will determine what kind of life you live. “I am blessed. I am strong. I am healthy.” Or, “I am slow. I am unattractive. I am a lousy mother.” The “I am”s coming out of your mouth will bring either success or failure.
All through the day the power of “I am” is at work. We make a mistake and out of our mouth tumbles, “I am so clumsy.” We look in the mirror, shake our head, and say, “I am so old.”
We see somebody who we think is more talented and whisper under our breath, “I am so average.” We get caught in traffic and grump, “I am so unlucky.” Many times we wield the power of “I am” against ourselves. We don’t realize how it’s affecting our future.
Here’s the principle. Whatever follows the “I am” will eventually find you. Whatever follows the “I am” will eventually find you.
When you say, “I am so clumsy,” clumsiness comes looking for you. “I am so old.” Wrinkles come looking for you. “I am so overweight.” Calories come looking for you. It’s as though you’re inviting them. Whatever you follow the “I am” with, you’re handing it an invitation, opening the door, and giving it permission to be in your life.
The good news is you get to choose what follows the “I am.” When you go through the day saying, “I am blessed,” blessings come looking for you. “I am talented.” Talent comes looking for you. You may not feel up to par, but when you say, “I am healthy,” health starts heading your way. “I am strong.” Strength starts tracking you down. You’re inviting those things into your life.
The good news is you get to choose what follows the “I am.”
That’s why you have to be careful what follows the “I am.” Don’t ever say, “I am so unlucky. I never get any good breaks.” You’re inviting disappointments. “I am so broke. I am so in debt.” You are inviting struggle. You’re inviting lack.
You need to send out some new invitations. Get up in the morning and invite good things into your life. “I am blessed. I am strong. I am talented. I am wise. I am disciplined. I am focused. I am prosperous.” When you talk like that, talent gets summoned by Almighty God: “Go find that person.” Health, strength, abundance, and discipline start heading your way.
But how many of us, when we get up in the morning, look in the mirror and the first thing we say is, “I am so old. I am so wrinkled. I am so worn out.” You are inviting oldness. You’re inviting fatigue.
Do us all a favor; stop inviting that. Dare to say, “I am young. I am energetic. I am vibrant. I am radiant. I am fresh. I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” That’s one of the best anti-aging treatments you could ever take, and it costs you nothing!
"The Power of I Am" by Joel Osteen will help you to focus on the good things you have, and not be discouraged by the negative things, since our good God continues to work in each one of us, his work perfects it day after day , the good potter knows how to make his children better every day!
Joel Osteen give a list of positive declarations over you life
Speak These “I Am”s over Your Life
Let me give you some “I am”s to speak over your life. Read over these declarations every day. Get them down in your spirit. Meditate on them. They may not all be true right now, but as you continue to speak them, they will become a reality.
★ “I am blessed. I am prosperous. I am successful.”
★ “I am victorious. I am talented. I am creative.”
★ “I am wise. I am healthy. I am in shape.”
★ “I am energetic. I am happy. I am positive.”
★ “I am passionate. I am strong. I am confident.”
★ “I am secure. I am beautiful. I am attractive.”
★ “I am valuable. I am free. I am redeemed.”
★ “I am forgiven. I am anointed. I am accepted.”
★ “I am approved. I am prepared. I am qualified.”
★ “I am motivated. I am focused. I am disciplined.”
★ “I am determined. I am patient. I am kind.”
★ “I am generous. I am excellent. I am equipped.”
★ “I am empowered. I am well able.”
★ “I am a child of the Most High God.”