Joel Osteen – Knowing You Are Loved

Joel Osteen – Knowing You Are Loved


[MUSIC]>>JOEL OSTEEN: WELL, GOD
BLESS YOU. IT’S A JOY TO COME INTO YOUR
HOMES, AND IF YOU’RE EVER IN OUR AREA, PLEASE STOP BY AND
BE A PART OF ONE OF OUR SERVICES. I PROMISE YOU WE’LL MAKE YOU FEEL RIGHT AT HOME. I LIKE TO START WITH SOMETHING FUNNY, AND I HEARD
ABOUT THIS MAN. HE WAS THE ONLY PROTESTANT IN A LARGE CATHOLIC
NEIGHBORHOOD, AND EVERY FRIDAY DURING LENT, WHILE HIS
NEIGHBORS WERE EATING COLD FISH, HE WAS IN HIS BACKYARD
GRILLING A STEAK, AND THEY COULDN’T STAND THE TEMPTATION
AND DECIDED TO TRY TO CONVERT HIM TO CATHOLICISM. HE FINALLY AGREED. A PRIEST CAME OVER, SPRINKLED
WATER ON HIS HEAD, AND SAID, “YOU WERE BORN A BAPTIST, YOU
WERE RAISED A BAPTIST, BUT NOW YOU’RE A CATHOLIC.” THE NEXT YEAR, ON THE FIRST FRIDAY OF LENT, THEY SMELLED
THE SAME SMELL. THEY RUSHED TO HIS HOUSE, HE
WAS IN HIS BACKYARD SPRINKLING WATER OVER HIS
STEAK, SAYING, “YOU WERE BORN A COW, YOU WERE RAISED A COW,
BUT NOW YOU’RE A FISH.” SAY IT LIKE YOU MEAN IT. THIS IS MY BIBLE. I AM WHAT IT SAYS I AM. I HAVE WHAT IT SAYS I HAVE. I CAN DO WHAT IT SAYS I CAN
DO. TODAY, I WILL BE TAUGHT THE
WORD OF GOD. I BOLDLY CONFESS MY MIND IS
ALERT, MY HEART IS RECEPTIVE. I WILL NEVER BE THE SAME IN
JESUS’ NAME. GOD BLESS YOU. I WANT TO TALK TO YOU TODAY ABOUT KNOWING YOU ARE LOVED. WHEN VICTORIA AND I HAD BEEN DATING FOR ABOUT 9 MONTHS, A FRIEND OF MINE CALLED ME
SECRETLY. SHE SAID, “JOEL, I JUST
TALKED TO VICTORIA. DON’T TELL HER THAT I CALLED,
BUT SHE TOLD ME SHE THINKS SHE LOVES YOU.” MY FRIEND WAS SO EXCITED, SHE WAS WAITING FOR ME TO JOIN IN
THE EXCITEMENT, BUT I HAD A PROBLEM WITH TWO WORDS, “SHE
THINKS.” IF SHE THINKS SHE LOVES ME,
THAT MEANS MAYBE SHE DOES, MAYBE SHE DOESN’T.
SHE’S STILL TRYING TO FIGURE IT OUT. IT COULD GO EITHER WAY. SHE THINKS DIDN’T GIVE ME ANY
CONFIDENCE AT ALL. IN FACT, IT MADE ME THINK, “I
NEED TO PERFORM BETTER. I NEED TO DO MORE, TRY TO
IMPRESS, BE GOOD ENOUGH.” SHE THINKS PUT ME UNDER MORE PRESSURE. EVENTUALLY, I’M HAPPY TO SAY VICTORIA CAME TO HER SENSES,
AND SHE WENT FROM “I THINK” TO “I KNOW,” AND THAT WAS
OVER 30 YEARS AGO. BUT WHEN YOU KNOW SOMEBODY
LOVES YOU, IT PUTS YOU AT EASE. YOU DON’T HAVE TRY TO PERFORM, AND IMPRESS, BE GOOD ENOUGH. YOU CAN RELAX, BE YOURSELF. YOU’RE COMFORTABLE, YOU’RE
SECURE. BUT A LOT OF PEOPLE LIVE WITH
THIS “I THINK HE LOVES ME MENTALITY” WHEN IT COMES TO
GOD. THEY BASE IT ON THEIR
PERFORMANCE. “I WENT TO CHURCH LAST WEEK. I DID GOOD. I THINK HE LOVES ME. I VOLUNTEERED AT THE HOSPITAL. I WAS KIND TO MY NEIGHBOR. I RESISTED TEMPTATION. I EARNED HIS LOVE.” THE PROBLEM WITH THIS
APPROACH IS WHEN WE MAKE MISTAKES, WE GET OFF COURSE,
WE DON’T PERFORM PERFECTLY, WE THINK GOD GOES AND FINDS
SOMEBODY ELSE TO LOVE. AFTER ALL, IF YOU DON’T LOVE
ME, HUMAN NATURE SAYS I’M NOT GOING TO LOVE YOU BACK. BUT GOD IS NOT LIKE PEOPLE. PEOPLE CAN LOVE YOU
CONDITIONALLY. IF YOU DO RIGHT, PERFORM
RIGHT, TREAT ME RIGHT, THEN I’LL LOVE YOU. BUT IF YOU LET ME DOWN, I’LL GO FIND SOMEBODY ELSE. WHEN WE MAKE MISTAKES, GOD DOESN’T CHANGE HIS MIND. YOU CAN RUN AWAY FROM GOD, INSTEAD OF TURNING THE OTHER
WAY, GOD WILL COME RUNNING TOWARDS YOU. QUIT TRYING TO EARN THIS LOVE. THERE’S NOTHING YOU CAN DO TO MAKE GOD LOVE YOU ANY MORE OR
ANY LESS. IT’S A GIFT. JUST RECEIVE IT BY FAITH. SOMETIMES WE’RE TRYING TO
CLEAN OURSELVES UP, GET GOOD ENOUGH, THEN WE’LL BELIEVE
GOD REALLY LOVES US, BUT TAKE THE PRESSURE OFF. GOD LOVES YOU RIGHT NOW. HE LOVED YOU WHEN YOU WERE
WRONG, HE LOVED YOU WHEN YOU WERE OFF COURSE. PAUL SAID NOTHING CAN SEPARATE US FROM THE LOVE OF
GOD. YOU ARE A MARKED MAN, A MARKED WOMAN. GOD PUT HIS LOVE ON YOU. NOW, YOU ARE PERMANENTLY
LOVED. THE PSALMIST SAID, “IF I GO
DOWN TO THE DEPTH OF THE OCEAN, GOD, YOU ARE THERE. IF I GO WAY UP INTO THE HEAVENS, GOD, YOU ARE STILL
THERE.” YOU CAN’T GET AWAY FROM THIS
LOVE. “WELL, JOEL, I’M AN ATHEIST. I DON’T BELIEVE IN GOD.” HE STILL LOVES YOU. “I’VE MADE MISTAKES. I’VE HAD A ROUGH PAST.” NOTHING YOU’VE DONE HAS CHANGED GOD’S LOVE. “I HAVE AN ADDICTION. I STILL STRUGGLE WITH MY TEMPER.” THAT DIDN’T CANCEL THIS LOVE. THE SCRIPTURE TALKS ABOUT THE
GREAT LOVE WHERE WITH GOD LOVED US. IT WASN’T A LITTLE LOVE, AN I THINK LOVE, A CONDITIONAL
LOVE. IT WAS A GREAT LOVE, AND WE THINK ABOUT HOW MUCH WE LOVE
GOD, BUT WHAT’S MORE PROFOUND IS HOW MUCH GOD LOVES YOU. BEFORE YOU WERE FORMED IN YOUR MOTHER’S WOMB, GOD KNEW
YOU. HE TOOK TIME TO PLAN OUT ALL
OF YOUR DAYS. HE KNOWS YOUR THOUGHTS BEFORE
YOU THINK THEM. HE KNOWS YOUR WORDS BEFORE
YOU SPEAK THEM. JESUS SAID THE HAIR ON YOUR HEAD ARE ALL NUMBERED. NOW, I LOVE VICTORIA, BUT I HAVE NEVER TAKEN TIME TO
NUMBER HER HAIRS. NUMBER DOESN’T MEAN THERE ARE
54,623, THAT’S COUNTING. NUMBERED MEANS THIS IS HAIR
NUMBER 21,238. EVERY TIME YOU TAKE A SHOWER,
EVERY TIME WE LOSE A HAIR, GOD HAS TO RENUMBER. THERE WAS A POPULAR BOOK
TURNED INTO A MOVIE A FEW YEARS AGO, IT WAS CALLED,
“HE’S JUST NOT THAT INTO YOU.” IT WAS ABOUT GUYS NOT REALLY LIKING A GIRL. CAN I TELL YOU GOD IS JUST THE OPPOSITE? HE’S WAY INTO YOU. IF HE’S TAKING THE TIME TO
NUMBER YOUR HAIRS, TO KNOW YOUR THOUGHTS, TO PLAN OUT
ALL OF YOUR DAYS, DO YOU REALLY THINK THERE’S ANYTHING
YOU CAN DO TO CAUSE HIM TO STOP LOVING YOU? BUT HOW GOD MUST FEEL WHEN WE GO AROUND THINKING, “I THINK
HE LOVES ME. I THINK I’M GOOD ENOUGH. I THINK I HAVEN’T DONE TOO MUCH WRONG.” GET RID OF THE “I THINK” MENTALITY AND START HAVING AN
“I KNOW” MENTALITY. IT’S VERY FREEING WHEN YOU
CAN SAY, “I KNOW GOD LOVES ME. I KNOW I’M THE APPLE OF HIS EYE. I KNOW HE’S SMILING DOWN ON ME.” VOICES WILL WHISPER, “NOT YOU. YOU’VE MADE MISTAKES. YOU LOST YOUR TEMPER. YOU’RE NOT RELIGIOUS ENOUGH.” GOD DOESN’T LOVE YOU BECAUSE YOU’RE RELIGIOUS, OR GOOD
ENOUGH, OR COME FROM A CERTAIN FAMILY. HE LOVES YOU BECAUSE YOU ARE HIS CHILD. HE BREATHED HIS LIFE INTO YOU. WHEN YOU RECEIVE THIS LOVE, YOU’LL LIVE WITH A
CONFIDENCE. WHEN YOU GO FROM I THINK TO I
KNOW, YOU’LL QUIT TRYING TO EARN IT, QUIT TRYING TO BE
GOOD ENOUGH. YOU’LL LIVE SECURE, KNOWING THAT YOUR HEAVENLY FATHER
LOVES YOU. IN THE BIBLE, THE BOOK OF
JOHN WAS WRITTEN BY THE DISCIPLE JOHN. WHAT’S INTERESTING IS HE NEVER REFERRED TO HIMSELF AS
JOHN. WHEN HE TALKED ABOUT HIMSELF,
INSTEAD OF USING HIS NAME, HE SAID, “THE DISCIPLE WHOM
JESUS LOVED.” IN JOHN 13, HE WROTE, “THE
DISCIPLE WHOM JESUS LOVED WAS SITTING NEXT TO JESUS.” HE COULD’VE JUST WRITTEN, “JOHN WAS SITTING NEXT TO
JESUS.” WHEN MATTHEW, MARK, AND LUKE
WROTE THEIR BOOKS, THEIR ACCOUNTS OF THE GOSPEL, THEY REFERRED TO THEMSELVES USING
THEIR OWN NAME. CAN YOU IMAGINE IF THEY
WOULD’VE READ JOHN’S ACCOUNT? THEY WOULD’VE THOUGHT, “WHO
DOES JOHN THINK HE IS, DESCRIBING HIMSELF AS THE ONE
JESUS LOVED? JESUS LOVED US ALL. THE NERVE OF THAT GUY.” BUT JOHN HAD AN INCREDIBLE
CONFIDENCE NOT JUST IN HOW MUCH HE LOVED GOD, BUT IN HOW
MUCH GOD LOVED HIM. FOUR TIMES HE REFERRED TO
HIMSELF AS THE DISCIPLE WHOM JESUS LOVED. YOU WOULD THINK, “ALL RIGHT, JOHN, WE GOT IT THE FIRST
TIME. WE HEARD YOU LOUD AND CLEAR. YOU THINK YOU’RE THE ONE HE LOVES, YOU DON’T HAVE TO KEEP TELLING US.” BUT IN CHAPTER 19, HE WROTE AGAIN, “WHEN JESUS SAW HIS
MOTHER AND THE DISCIPLE WHOM JESUS LOVED.” NOW, YOU KNOW JESUS LOVED HIS MOTHER. IN FACT, HE PROBABLY LOVED HIS MOTHER MORE THAN HE LOVED
JOHN. BUT JOHN DIDN’T TAKE THE TIME TO TELL US HOW MUCH HE LOVED
HIS MOTHER, HE JUST REITERATED THE FACT HE WAS
THE ONE JESUS LOVED. NOW, YOU CAN FAULT HIM FOR
IT, BUT I HAVE TO GIVE HIM CREDIT. HE KNEW HOW MUCH HE WAS LOVED. TWO CHAPTERS LATER, JOHN WROTE, “THE DISCIPLE WHOM
JESUS LOVED SAID TO PETER.” IT’S FUNNY, HE DIDN’T SAY,
“THE DISCIPLE WHOM JESUS LOVED SAID TO THE OTHER
DISCIPLE WHOM JESUS LOVED.” YOU COULD TAKE THIS AS BEING
ARROGANT, SELF-CENTERED, BUT JOHN WAS SHOWING US THE
CONFIDENCE HE HAD IN HOW MUCH HE KNEW GOD LOVED HIM, AND
WHEN YOU CAN DO LIKE JOHN, MAYBE NOT ANNOUNCE IT TO
EVERYBODY, DON’T PUT IT ON YOUR BUSINESS CARD, BUT IN
YOUR HEART, “I’M THE ONE THAT HE LOVES.” YOU WAKE UP IN THE MORNING, “GOOD MORNING, LORD, IT’S THE
ONE THAT YOU LOVE.” ALL THROUGH THE DAY, “LORD, I
LOVE YOU, AND I KNOW I’M THE ONE YOU LOVE.” WHEN LAZARUS WAS VERY SICK AND CLOSE TO DEATH, HIS TWO
SISTERS, MARY AND MARTHA, SENT A NOTE TO THEIR GOOD
FRIEND JESUS, ASKING HIM TO COME AND PRAY FOR LAZARUS. JESUS WAS IN ANOTHER CITY. THE NOTE DIDN’T SAY, “JESUS,
WE’RE BEGGING YOU, PLEASE COME PRAY FOR LAZARUS. JESUS, YOU KNOW LAZARUS IS A GOOD MAN. YOU KNOW HOW MUCH HE LOVES YOU.” INSTEAD, THE NOTE READ, “JESUS, THE ONE YOU LOVE IS
SICK.” THEY DIDN’T TELL JESUS HOW
MUCH LAZARUS LOVED HIM. THEY THOUGHT IT WOULD BE MORE
PERSUASIVE, MORE EFFECTIVE TO REMIND JESUS HOW MUCH HE
LOVED LAZARUS, AND SOMETIMES, WE’RE TRYING TO CONVINCE GOD
THAT WE LOVE HIM, “GOD, I WENT TO CHURCH LAST WEEK. GOD, I BIT MY TONGUE AT THE OFFICE WHEN I FELT LIKE
TELLING THEM OFF. GOD, I’VE BEEN PERFORMING
PERFECTLY, WOULD YOU PLEASE HELP ME?” WHY DON’T YOU DO LIKE MARY AND MARTHA, AND SAY, “LORD,
THE ONE YOU LOVE NEEDS HEALING. THE ONE YOU LOVE IS LONELY. THE ONE YOU LOVE HAS A CHILD
THAT’S OFF COURSE.” WHAT MOVES GOD IS NOT JUST YOUR LOVE FOR HIM, BUT
RECOGNIZING HIS LOVE FOR YOU. IT PLEASES GOD WHEN YOU KNOW
YOU ARE DEARLY LOVED. THAT’S WHY THE SCRIPTURE
SAYS, “COME BOLDLY TO THE THRONE. DON’T GO LIKE A WEAK WORM OF THE DUST.” IF MY SON CAME UP TO ME HALF EMBARRASSED, ASHAMED, HEAD
DOWN, “DAD, I HATE TO BOTHER YOU. I KNOW YOU’RE BUSY. I DON’T DESERVE IT. IT’S JUST LITTLE OLD ME, BUT DAD, I’M JUST BEGGING YOU,
WOULD YOU HELP ME IN THIS AREA?” I WOULDN’T FEEL SORRY FOR HIM, I WOULD FEEL BAD ABOUT
MYSELF. AS A FATHER, I WOULD THINK, “WHAT HAVE I DONE WRONG? MY SON COMES TO ME SO INFERIOR, FEELING UNWORTHY,
BEGGING ME FOR A LITTLE HELP.” IT’S NOT MY LACK OF LOVE FOR MY SON, I’D GIVE HIM THE
WORLD. IT’S HIS LACK OF KNOWING HOW
MUCH HE IS LOVED. NOW, I’M HAPPY TO SAY MY
CHILDREN DON’T FEEL THAT WAY. THEY KNOW HOW MUCH THEY’RE
LOVED, AND THEY’RE NOT AFRAID TO ASK. WHEN OUR DAUGHTER ALEXANDRA WAS 10 YEARS OLD, SHE WAS GOING OUT TO EAT WITH HER
COUSINS, AND THEY WERE ABOUT TO GO ICE SKATING, AND SHE
CAME UP TO ME IN THE DEN AND SAID, “DAD, CAN I HAVE $20 TO
GO OUT TO EAT AND GO ICE SKATING?” I SAID, “SURE, GO BACK AND GET IT OFF MY BATHROOM
COUNTER WHERE I KEEP MY KEYS.” SHE GAVE ME A KISS AND SAID THANK YOU. THEN SHE TURNED AND STARTED WALKING TOWARD THE GARAGE,
THE WRONG WAY. I SAID, “WAIT A MINUTE,
AREN’T YOU GOING TO GO GET THE MONEY?” SHE SMILED AND SAID, “I ALREADY GOT IT.” SHE SAID, “I KNEW YOU WOULD SAY, ‘YES.'” THAT MADE ME FEEL GOOD AS A FATHER. SHE KNOWS HOW MUCH I LOVE HER. SHE’S NOT LIVING WITH AN “I THINK” MENTALITY. “I HOPE HE LOVES ME. IF I PERFORM GOOD ENOUGH,
HE’LL LOVE ME.” SHE HAS NO DOUBT, “MY FATHER
LOVES ME.” WHAT IF WE FELT THAT SAME WAY
ABOUT OUR HEAVENLY FATHER? YOU WANT TO MAKE GOD SMILE? YOU WANT TO MAKE HIS DAY? START APPROACHING HIM LIKE
YOU KNOW HE LOVES YOU, YOU KNOW HE’S FOR YOU, YOU KNOW
HE’S LONGING TO BE GOOD TO YOU. IT DOESN’T BRING GOD ANY PLEASURE FOR US TO GO AROUND
INSECURE, UNWORTHY, BEATING OURSELVES UP FOR PAST
MISTAKES. SHAKE THAT OFF AND START
GOING BOLDLY TO THE THRONE. OUR DAUGHTER ALEXANDRA IS IN
COLLEGE NOW. SHE CALLED VICTORIA A FEW
MONTHS AGO AND TOLD HOW THEIR SORORITY WAS HAVING THE BIG
MOTHER-DAUGHTER WEEKEND, WANTED TO MAKE SURE THAT
VICTORIA COULD COME. SHE GAVE VICTORIA THE DATE,
IT JUST SO HAPPENED IT WAS THIS WEEKEND. VICTORIA SAID, “OH, ALEXANDRA, WE HAVE A NIGHT OF
HOPE THAT FRIDAY NIGHT, PLUS DAD AND I ARE SUPPOSED TO
SPEAK AT LAKEWOOD THAT WEEKEND, AND DAD REALLY
DOESN’T LIKE ME TO MISS.” ALEXANDRA SAID, “OH MOM,
DON’T WORRY. I’LL CALL DAD, HE’LL DO
ANYTHING THAT I ASK.” SHE CALLED, AND YOU NOTICE
THEY’RE NOT HERE. YOU KNOW WHY ALEXANDRA COULD
HAVE THAT BOLDNESS? SHE KNOWS SHE’S THE ONE I
LOVE. SHE KNOWS SHE’S MY PRIZED
POSSESSION. SHE KNOWS I’LL GO OUT OF MY
WAY TO BE GOOD TO HER. SHE’S MY CHILD. NOW, I’LL BE GOOD TO YOUR CHILD, I’LL BE KIND, LOVING,
GENEROUS, BUT LET’S BE HONEST. IF IT’S BETWEEN YOUR CHILD AND MY CHILD, I’M GOING TO
CHOOSE MY CHILD. THAT’S MY DAUGHTER, SHE’S MY
FAVORITE. THAT’S THE WAY GOD FEELS
ABOUT YOU. YOU’RE HIS CHILD. CAN I TELL YOU A SECRET? DON’T TELL ANYONE, KEEP IT
CONFIDENTIAL, YOU’RE HIS FAVORITE. YOU’RE THE ONE THAT HE LOVES. I’VE HEARD IT SAID GOD HAS NO
FAVORITES. I THINK THAT’S WRONG. GOD HAS ALL FAVORITES. YOU’RE HIS FAVORITE, YOU’RE
HIS FAVORITE, YOU’RE HIS FAVORITE, YOU’RE HIS
FAVORITE. GOD HAS THE AMAZING ABILITY
TO TREAT US ALL LIKE WE’RE HIS FAVORITE. HE’S NOT LIKE PEOPLE, HE DOESN’T HAVE TO PICK AND
CHOOSE, HE HAS UNLIMITED LOVE. HE DOESN’T JUST SHOW LOVE, HE DOESN’T JUST EXPRESS LOVE, HE
IS LOVE. THAT’S NOT WHAT HE DOES, IT’S
WHO HE IS. WHEN YOU START SEEING
YOURSELF AS HIS FAVORITE, YOU’LL GO TO HIM WITH
CONFIDENCE, YOU’LL PRAY BOLD PRAYERS, YOU’LL ASK HIM FOR
YOUR DREAMS, YOU’LL BELIEVE FOR YOUR HEALTH TO TURN
AROUND, YOU’LL EXPECT NEW DOORS TO OPEN. NOT BECAUSE OF WHO YOU ARE, BUT BECAUSE OF WHO YOUR
FATHER IS. YOU KNOW HE’LL GO OUT OF HIS
WAY TO BE GOOD TO YOU. I GREW UP WITH FIVE SIBLINGS,
AND MY SISTER APRIL IS THE YOUNGEST. SHE ALWAYS FELT LIKE SHE WAS THE FAVORITE OF THE FAMILY. THE TRUTH IS MY PARENTS HAD MORE RESOURCES WHEN SHE CAME
ALONG. MY OLDER BROTHER PAUL IS 47
YEARS OLDER THAN APRIL, I MEAN 12 YEARS OLDER THAN
APRIL, AND FROM A YOUNG AGE, APRIL STARTED TELLING US ALL
THAT SHE WAS OUR PARENT’S FAVORITE. NOW, THAT NEVER BOTHERED ME ‘CAUSE I KNEW SHE WASN’T, I
WAS. BUT SHE’S BEEN DOING THIS SO
LONG, NOW WHEN MY MOTHER SENDS US KIDS A GROUP TEXT, IT LISTS OUR NAMES AT THE
TOP. PAUL, LISA, TAMRA, JOEL. INSTEAD OF APRIL, IT SAYS FAVORITE. I HAD MY MOTHER’S CELL PHONE ONE TIME, UNDER THE CONTACTS,
SHE HAS APRIL STORED AS FAVORITE. NOW, THAT’S NOT RIGHT. I CAN IMAGINE IF GOD HAD A
CELL PHONE, YOU WOULD BE STORED UNDER FAVORITE. NOT JOSEPH RODRIGUEZ, FAVORITE RODRIGUEZ, FAVORITE
SMITH, FAVORITE EDWARD, FAVORITE REBECCA. WE’RE ALL HIS FAVORITE. YOU’RE THE ONE THAT HE LOVES. “WELL, NOT ME, JOEL. YOU DON’T KNOW THE MISTAKES
I’VE MADE. I DON’T KNOW THE PAST I’VE
LIVED. WHEN I CLEAN MYSELF UP, I
KNOW GOD WILL LOVE ME A LOT MORE.” NOTHING YOU CAN DO WILL MAKE GOD LOVE YOU ANYMORE. YOU MIGHT AS WELL BELIEVE YOU’RE HIS FAVORITE RIGHT
NOW. NOW, HE MAY NOT BE PLEASED
WITH ALL YOUR BEHAVIOR, BUT THAT DOESN’T CHANGE HIS LOVE
FOR YOU. WHEN WE GO AROUND GUILTY,
BEATING OURSELVES UP, THAT DOESN’T HELP YOU TO DO
BETTER. IT PUSHES YOU DOWN, CAUSES
YOU TO STRUGGLE MORE. BUT WHEN YOU RECEIVE GOD’S
LOVE AND KNOW, DESPITE YOUR SHORTCOMINGS, HE’S STILL
PROUD OF YOU, HE STILL SAYS YOU’RE AMAZING, HE STILL
CALLS YOU A MASTERPIECE, THAT’S WHAT LIFTS YOUR
SPIRIT. THAT’S WHAT GIVES YOU THE
STRENGTH TO DO BETTER AND TO BREAK THOSE CHAINS THAT ARE
HOLDING YOU BACK. LUKE CHAPTER 19, THERE’S THE
STORY OF ZACCHAEUS. HE WAS A TAX COLLECTOR, AND
BACK IN THOSE DAYS, THEY WERE KNOWN FOR BEING DISHONEST,
FOR CHEATING PEOPLE. THEY WERE VERY DISLIKED, EVEN
HATED. ZACCHAEUS WAS THE CHIEF TAX
COLLECTOR. HE WAS ESPECIALLY DESPISED,
LOOKED DOWN ON BY EVERYONE. NOT JUST FIGURATIVELY, BUT
EVEN PHYSICALLY HE WAS VERY SHORT, AND ONE DAY, JESUS CAME PASSING THROUGH THEIR
TOWN AND WORD SPREAD QUICKLY. EVERYONE WENT OUT TO TRY TO
GET A GLIMPSE OF JESUS, INCLUDING ZACCHAEUS. BUT IT WAS SO CROWDED, SO MANY THRONGS OF PEOPLE,
ZACCHAEUS COULDN’T SEE ANYTHING. HE WAS TOO SHORT. RATHER THAN GIVE UP, HE
DECIDED TO CLIMB UP IN A TREE. HE GOT IN PERFECT POSITION, HAD A GREAT VIEWPOINT. IN A FEW MINUTES, JESUS CAME WALKING DOWN THE STREET. I COULD IMAGINE ZACCHAEUS WAS IN AWE. HE HAD HEARD HOW JESUS HAD HEALED THE SICK, OPENED BLIND
EYES, CURED THE LEPERS. NOW, JESUS WAS PASSING RIGHT
IN FRONT OF HIM, IT WAS AN AMAZING MOMENT. HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE WERE TRYING TO TOUCH JESUS, GET
HIS ATTENTION. ALL OF THE SUDDEN, IN THE
MIDST OF THE COMMOTION, JESUS STOPPED. EVERYONE FROZE, THINKING, “WHY IS HE STOPPING?” THEY GOT QUIET, “HE’S GOING TO SAY SOMETHING.” JESUS TURNED AND LOOKED UP IN THE TREE. TIME STOPPED FOR ZACCHAEUS. EVERY EYE WAS FOCUSED ON HIM. ZACCHAEUS KNEW HE WAS HATED, HE KNEW HE HAD CHEATED, DONE
PEOPLE WRONG. HE WAS WAITING FOR JESUS TO
LET HIM HAVE IT, BUT JESUS SAID, “ZACCHAEUS, COME DOWN
FROM THE TREE. I WANT TO GO TO YOUR HOUSE
AND HAVE DINNER.” AT THAT MOMENT, I BELIEVE
ZACCHAEUS FELT SOMETHING THAT HE HAD NEVER FELT. SOMETHING ON THE INSIDE SAID, “ZACCHAEUS, YOU’RE THE ONE
THAT HE LOVES.” OUT OF ALL THE PEOPLE THERE
THAT DAY, NO DOUBT THERE WERE RABBIS, ELDERS IN THE
SYNAGOGUE, RESPECTED LEADERS. JESUS COULD’VE GONE TO DINNER
WITH ANY OF THEM, BUT HE WAS MAKING THIS POINT. YOU DON’T HAVE TO HAVE IT ALL TOGETHER FOR GOD TO LOVE YOU. YOU DON’T HAVE TO CLEAN
YOURSELF UP, THEN YOU CAN COME DOWN OUT OF THE TREE,
THEN YOU CAN GO TO DINNER. IF THAT WAS THE CASE, NONE OF
US WOULD HAVE HAD A CHANCE. WHAT’S INTERESTING IS THE
NAME ZACCHAEUS MEANS PURE ONE. I DOUBT IF ANYONE IN THAT CROWD EVER CALLED HIM
ZACCHAEUS. THEY PROBABLY CALLED HIM
FRAUD, CROOK, CHEATER. ONE VERSION SAYS THEY CALLED
HIM SCUM. JESUS COULD HAVE LOOKED UP IN
THE TREE AND SAID, “HEY YOU, COME DOWN. HEY, MISTER. HEY, SIR.” OR “SOMEBODY GET THAT GUY FOR ME.” BUT ON PURPOSE, JESUS SAID, “ZACCHAEUS, PURE ONE, COME
DOWN. I WANT TO GO TO YOUR HOUSE
FOR DINNER.” THE RELIGIOUS LEADERS NEARLY
PASSED OUT. THEY SAID, “WHY WOULD HE GO
TO DINNER WITH SUCH A NOTORIOUS SINNER?” WE DON’T SEE PEOPLE THE WAY GOD SEES THEM. WE LOOK AT THEIR BEHAVIOR, HOW PERFECTLY THEY PERFORM. GOD LOOKS BEYOND ALL THAT. THEY SAW A NOTORIOUS SINNER,
GOD SAW THE ONE THAT HE LOVED, AND YOU MAY HAVE MADE
MISTAKES, LIKE ZACCHAEUS YOU GOT OFF COURSE, YOU KNOW
YOU’RE NOT WHERE YOU SHOULD BE. BUT IF JESUS CAME PASSING BY TODAY, HE WOULDN’T SAY, “HEY JOEL, COME ON MAN, LET’S GO
TO LUNCH. YOU GOT THAT BIG CHURCH. HEY, SISTER DO RIGHT, YOU HADN’T MADE A MISTAKE IN 33
YEARS, I’M PROUD OF YOU. LET’S GO GET SOMETHING TO
EAT.” HE WOULD PASS BY ALL THE
PEOPLE THAT LOOKED LIKE THEY HAVE IT TOGETHER, HE WOULD
COME TO YOU. YOU’RE THE ONE THAT HE LOVES,
AND YOU MAY BE UP IN THE TREE TRYING TO HIDE, DEALING WITH
ISSUES. CAN I TELL YOU WE ALL HAVE
ISSUES. GOD IS SAYING, “COME DOWN,
PURE ONE. COME DOWN, FORGIVEN CHILD. COME DOWN, REDEEMED DAUGHTER. COME DOWN, FAVORITE ONE.” JESUS’ POINT IN CHOOSING ZACCHAEUS OVER ALL THE OTHER,
QUOTE, GOOD PEOPLE WAS TO LET US KNOW YOUR PERFORMANCE
DOESN’T DETERMINE GOD’S LOVE FOR YOU. “WELL, JOEL, IF I CAN BREAK THIS BAD HABIT, IF I CAN STOP
THIS ADDICTION, I KNOW HE’LL LOVE ME A LOT MORE.” NO, HE WILL BE MORE PLEASED WITH YOUR BEHAVIOR, YOUR LIFE
WILL GO BETTER, BUT THAT DOESN’T AFFECT GOD’S LOVE FOR
YOU. HE’S CALLING YOU PURE ONE
RIGHT NOW. WILL YOU RECEIVE THIS LOVE? WILL YOU COME DOWN AND GO TO DINNER, SO TO SPEAK? OR ARE YOU GOING TO STAY UP IN THAT TREE AND LET
CONDEMNING VOICES CONVINCE YOU THAT YOU’RE ALL WASHED
UP? YOU HAVE TO SHAKE THAT OFF
AND SAY IT BY FAITH, “LORD, I BELIEVE I’M THE ONE YOU LOVE. I BELIEVE DESPITE MY
FAILURES, DESPITE MY MISTAKES, YOU STILL HAVE A
GREAT PLAN FOR MY LIFE.” 1 JOHN 4 SAYS, “THIS IS REAL
LOVE, NOT THAT WE LOVED GOD, BUT THAT HE LOVED US AND SENT
HIS SON AS A SACRIFICE FOR OUR SINS.” REAL LOVE IS NOT OUR LOVE FOR GOD, IT’S GOD’S LOVE FOR US,
AND WHEN WE TRY TO PERFORM TO GAIN THIS LOVE, THE PROBLEM
IS WE’LL NEVER MEASURE UP. THERE WILL ALWAYS BE
SOMETHING WE CAN’T DO RIGHT, SOME REASON WE CAN’T FEEL
GOOD ABOUT OURSELVES. WHY DON’T YOU TAKE THE
PRESSURE OFF AND RECEIVE REAL LOVE, GOD’S LOVE FOR YOU? THAT’S WHAT THE LADY HAD TO DO IN JOHN CHAPTER 8. THE RELIGIOUS LEADERS BROUGHT HER TO JESUS, SHE WAS CAUGHT
IN THE ACT OF ADULTERY. THEY THREW HER AT HIS FEET,
SAID, “THE LAW SAYS STONE HER. WHAT DO YOU SAY WE SHOULD DO?” JESUS SAID, “YOU THAT ARE WITHOUT SIN THROW THE FIRST
STONE.” THEY ALL LEFT FROM THE OLDEST
TO THE YOUNGEST. JESUS ASKED THE WOMAN, “WHERE
ARE YOUR ACCUSERS? HASN’T ANYONE CONDEMNED
YOU?” SHE SAID, “NO MAN, LORD.” HE SAID, “NEITHER DO I CONDEMN YOU. GO AND SIN NO MORE.” HE DIDN’T SAY, “GO AND SIN NO
MORE, THEN I WON’T CONDEMN YOU. CHANGE YOUR WAYS, GET YOUR ACT TOGETHER, QUIT GIVING
INTO THE TEMPTATION, THEN I’LL LOVE YOU, THEN I’LL BE
FOR YOU.” JUST THE OPPOSITE. HE SAID, “I DON’T CONDEMN YOU,” FIRST. BEFORE HE TALKED ABOUT HER BEHAVIOR, BEFORE HE ADDRESSED
THE ISSUES, JESUS WANTED TO MAKE SURE SHE KNEW SHE WAS
THE ONE THAT HE LOVED, AND WHEN SHE FELT THIS REAL LOVE,
WHEN SHE REALIZED THE ONE PERSON THAT COULD’VE
CONDEMNED HER WOULDN’T DO IT, I BELIEVE SOMETHING HAPPENED
ON THE INSIDE. SHE WALKED OUT OF THERE A CHANGED WOMAN. BUT SOMETIMES RELIGION TELLS US, “CLEAN YOURSELF UP, THEN
GOD WILL LOVE YOU. DO RIGHT, PERFORM CORRECTLY. IF NOT, GOD WON’T HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH YOU.” THAT’S NOT REAL LOVE, THAT’S CONDITIONAL LOVE. IF YOU DO GOOD ENOUGH, IF YOU MEASURE UP, THEN GOD WILL
HELP YOU. REAL LOVE IS NOT ABOUT YOUR
PERFORMANCE, WHAT YOU DO OR DON’T DO. IT’S ABOUT WHAT GOD HAS ALREADY DONE. IT’S NOT BASED ON HOW MUCH YOU LOVE GOD, IT’S BASED ON
HOW MUCH GOD LOVES YOU. WHEN MY BROTHER PAUL WAS A
LITTLE BOY, BEFORE ANY OF US SIBLINGS WERE BORN, MY
PARENTS WOULD PUT HIM IN HIS BED AT NIGHT, AND THEN THEY
WOULD GO AND GET IN THEIR OWN BED. THEIR ROOMS WERE JUST A FEW FEET APART, DOWN A SHORT
HALLWAY. MY FATHER WOULD ALWAYS SAY,
“GOODNIGHT, PAUL,” AND PAUL WOULD ANSWER BACK,
“GOODNIGHT, DADDY. GOODNIGHT, MOTHER.” ONE NIGHT, FOR SOME REASON, PAUL WAS A LITTLE AFRAID. A COUPLE MINUTES AFTER THEY HAD SAID THEIR GOODNIGHTS,
PAUL SAID, “DADDY, ARE YOU STILL IN THERE?” MY FATHER SAID, “YES PAUL, I’M STILL HERE.” IT WAS QUIET FOR A FEW SECONDS, THEN PAUL ASKED,
“DADDY, IS YOUR FACE TURNED TOWARD ME?” MY FATHER SAID, “YES PAUL, MY FACE IS TURNED TOWARDS YOU.” SOMEHOW, IT MADE PAUL FEEL BETTER JUST KNOWING THAT HIS
FATHER’S FACE WAS TURNED TOWARD HIM. CAN I TELL YOU TODAY YOUR HEAVENLY FATHER’S FACE IS
TURNED TOWARDS YOU? YOU’RE THE ONE THAT HE LOVES. YOU’RE HIS FAVORITE CHILD. HE’S NOT COUNTING YOUR
MISTAKES AGAINST YOU, HE’S CALLING YOU “PURE ONE.” MY CHALLENGE IS RECEIVE THIS LOVE. ALL THROUGH THE DAY, “LORD, THANK YOU THAT I’M THE ONE
YOU LOVE. THANK YOU THAT YOUR FACE IS
TURNED TOWARD ME.” REMEMBER, REAL LOVE IS NOT
ABOUT YOUR LOVE FOR GOD, IT’S RECOGNIZING THE GREAT LOVE
GOD HAS FOR YOU, AND IF YOU’LL DO THIS, I BELIEVE AND
DECLARE YOU’RE GOING TO LIVE CONFIDENT, SECURE, OVERCOMING OBSTACLES, RISING HIGHER, AND
BECOMING EVERYTHING HE’S CREATED YOU TO BE IN JESUS’
NAME, AND IF YOU RECEIVE IT, CAN YOU SAY AMEN TODAY? I’D LIKE TO GIVE YOU AN OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE JESUS THE
LORD OF YOUR LIFE. WOULD YOU PRAY WITH ME? JUST SAY, “LORD JESUS, I REPENT OF MY SINS. COME INTO MY HEART. I MAKE YOU MY LORD AND
SAVIOR.” IF YOU PRAYED THAT SIMPLE
PRAYER, WE BELIEVE YOU GOT BORN AGAIN. GET IN A GOOD, BIBLE-BASED CHURCH, AND KEEP GOD FIRST
YOUR PARTNERSHIP MAKES THIS MINISTRY POSSIBLE. YOUR FAITHFUL AND CONSISTENT MONTHLY SUPPORT
MAKES YOU A CHAMPION OF HOPE. THE VISION OF JOEL OSTEEN MINISTRIES IS TO USE EVERY
AVENUE AVAILABLE TO PRESENT THE HOPE OF JESUS CHRIST TO
PEOPLE EVERYWHERE. WE KNOW IT IS THIS HOPE
AND THE TRANSFORMING POWER OF THE GOSPEL THAT
MAKES AN ETERNAL DIFFERENCE IN PEOPLE’S LIVES. TO PARTNER WITH JOEL OSTEEN MINISTRIES, VISIT
JOELOSTEEN.COM/PARTNER TODAY.

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100 Replies to “Joel Osteen – Knowing You Are Loved”

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  2. I tell your for sure God has a purpose let his will be done ..in africa many prechers we get challlenges to umderstand their english and we end up missing the messege but you man of God we are always on point

  3. Not forget to mention when all disciples got stoned, crucified and went throught the worst things ever…only John whom Jesus loved died of old age in peace…just food for your thought!!! while Mathew believed to die in Ethiopia by order of a King, because Mathew Rebuked him…Peter upside down….

  4. This message hit me hard, it was on point for my beginning of my life as a Christian. God is great and it's the best love!

  5. And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin. Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him. Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous. Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.

    1 John 3:5‭-‬7‭
    this joel is a false prophets don be deceive yes god is love but god is also judge

    Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?

    Matthew 7:13‭-‬16
    You all should read your bible so that you know the true

  6. Thank you Joel Olsteen for your most beautiful uplifting messages may God bless you and your family.

  7. Who ever loves god like this and 1 prayer for joel I love God prayers amen 😇😇😇😇😇😇😇😙😙😙😙😙😙😙😗😗😗😗😗😗 like this and I'll do more comets 1 comet per like love you guys give love to your freinds and family 🙂 :)😇😇😇😇😇😇😇😇😇😇😇😇😇😇😇😇😇😇😇😗😗😗😗😗😗😗😗😗😗😗😗😗😗😙😙😙😙😙😙😙😙😙😙😙😙😙😙😙

  8. I am son of God in Jesus Christ , whom Father God and Jesus love the most . I am His favorite, I am His beloved, I am received His love everyday. Daddy good and kind to me everyday, and give me His wisdom. Thank you Daddy God and Jesus, Your love endures forever.

  9. I just dnt feel loved at this moment.. Seems like Ive been disliked since birth. I wonder how many days would it take for someone to realize that I was dead..

  10. Amen ! thank you lord for loving me . I am pure one . I belive ! I am what it says I am . I am a message. Joel you keep me in love with our God I can do all things through Christ which STREGHTENS me. because of listen to you keeps me close and trusting in god . and staying in the word everyday. God bless you Joel .

  11. Pastor I have no to forgive others.if someone made cheated me I was keeping in my heart. I posted my FB .what they did against me.but you had cleared me by the way jackues story .God never looked .as i am consider myself.thanks to open my eyes.

  12. I am a Catholic, I laughed at the opening joke and I laugh at some of your interpretations, but I also appreciate your enthusiasm to make people feel better about their relationships with God. I watch your videos and enjoy them. It’s a start on the right path . God bless you all

  13. Thank you Lord Jesus after all i done you give another chance to be youre child again. Lord Jesus pls heal me from depresion touch me from head to toe to forget the of sgi name.Lord Jesus teach me how to be strong ,,and help me to protect my child ,amen .thank you for sending pastor joel he gave me hope everytime he talk about you my lord .

  14. The God of the impossible everything is possible with you.
    Joel Osteen time after time you exceed on your service to the Lord, thank you for teaching me the meanings of the love of God to me
    God bless you and your family amen.

  15. AMEN 🙏 PASTOR OSTEEN!!
    I believe and Receive!!!
    A New Year a New Me!!
    Thank Jesus for my life and I am GRATEFUL FOR WHAT I HAVE AND WHAT IS COMING!!

  16. My mom used to say "I could not imagine where I would be if I did not have the Lord in my life" Praise GOD!! Rest in peace Mom…😇💞💖💕💕

  17. Gods really loves us thank u so much Pastor Joel you really a great servant of God millions of people will save through your sermon.
    Phil.here God bless u more.

  18. Pray for my husband kevin to give his life to jesus and also pray for my home to be happy pray for me i need a financial and spiritual blessing pray for my cleaning business please ioniecleaningservicesllc
    Pray for my children
    My name is ionie
    My children
    Jacob my son
    Christian my son
    My daughter lydia
    My granddaughter jinayah
    My grandson omar
    Pray blessing upon my home

  19. To kimmo g:after every sermon Joel invites listeners to receive Jesus. Jesus took are of the sin problem at Calvary. If people receive jJesus they r forgiven (eph.2) we rfo

  20. Thank you god for sending Joel to me I was lost until I started listening to the word of god. And I know where I belong after this life! The promise land with my family and Jesus Christ!

  21. God bless you pastor Osteen for allowing me to grow spiritually and I thank you God for loving me. May I return the love your so deserving of Lord. May I train myself to put you in first place. How good are you! Amen 😇💝

  22. God you have shown me heaven on Earth.. truly .. I have literally touched and held a human that came from birth .. I held my son up and said you are my son and the one true king lol.. I have twins so when my daughter came into this world 10 min later I grabbed a towel pulled her out and laid her down on my wife's stomach and learned from my son to push the fluid into her and then cut the cord .. I looked at her an said hi lala .. her name is Layla … I have flown over the polar caps and jumped out of plains an rode motorcycles over 140 .. I have felt love that can compare to none .. .. :- ) just want to say thank you… Joel your the reason I can write this today I got so lost from the beautiful things but you my friend have made me want to be a better man .. :- )

  23. I used to not believe in god. I’m glad he came in to my heart, and has brought me so far since I put my life in his hands. I thank him every day, I know he won’t abandon me.

  24. Do the pastor ever visit the students at the military College San Antonio that would be awesome for the students👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼😁😁

  25. My Grandson been only 2mts old die yesterday at 1033pm so heart braking may he R.I.P. thank God Oliver in God hands 😇🙏😢

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