I have just finished reading It's Your Time by Joel Osteen. This is the second book that I read from him. The first book is Your Best Life Now. He is a pastor of Lakewood Church in the USA. The church is considered the largest nowadays.
Joel divides the books into five parts i.e. It's Time To Believe, It's Time For Favor, It's Time for Restoration, It's Time To Trust, It's Time To Strecth.
In general, the book is full of optimism, positive attitude, positive expectation, positive thinking, inspiring stories, and powerful words of God. I like the book very much. I also like the first book that I read Your Best Life Now. I feel that Joel is a motivator of me in a spiritual manner. I believe spiritual motivation is the best way to motivate a person because it combines material and spiritual issues of the everyday life.
It's Time To Believe
In this part, Joel said that our struggle to victory is closer than we think. We are struggling in various ways. Each of us has a target and goal in life. We set plan and we struggle to achieve the goal. However, most of the time it is not easy to achieve the goal. We have to force ourselves to persevere. Many of us will back down when they feel that they cannot make it. However, Joel told us that we are closer than we think. If only we survive and persevere for another month, another half year or even another year, we will see the results. At this moment, do not back down or retreat. We have to move forward and believe that we are closer than we think. We can achieve the goal soon.
It's Time For Favor
We have to pray bold prayers. In the Bible it is said that we do not have because we ask not. Ask and you shall receive. Seek and you will find. Knock and the door will be opened. We know this verse. However, how bold our prayers are? Are we dear to request boldly to our Lord? Let us do not degrade our status as beloved sons of God. It is also important to have faith in all things. Fear always comes upon us. But remember that we have almighty God. Let us choose faith over fear. Faith is all that matters and counts for our life. If we do not have faith in life, how can we succeed? All things are possible to him that believes. Our words are also important. We have to train our words just to say positive words, declaration of faith-filled words, blessing instead of condemning. Words are powerful. Let us maintain our words and only speak for positive purpose. If not, then do not say anything. It is much better than if we spell out negative words.
It's Time For Restoration
Past is the past. Let us learn from the past but do not look at it, think of it any longer. We have to move forward. We have to set goals, targets, and achieve them. We have to walk step by step to our goals. If we are sad because of our past negative experience and if we are affected by it, then we are bound to walk at the same place. If this happens, we cannot move forward. Accordingly, we cannot achieve our goals, we cannot have a fruitful life that we are deserved to have. God can fix your life. What was broken can be fixed. Your life will never be the same again. Trust your life to God. Surrender yourself to the hands of the Lord and he will restore you.
It's Time To Trust
Have you ever experienced or felt that your life is designed by God? Have you ever experienced that all good things fall apart for your interest? These things happen if we expect miracles and trust the Lord. God can manage and arrange all things to be prepared or to be used for your interest at the right time. Maybe we have waited so long for what we intend to have or achieve. The fulfilment of desire is delayed maybe because God has already arranged better time to make it happen. Sometimes we are not aware of it. But, God's time is the best time. He will arrange everything in good order in a proper timing. God always remembers you.
It's Time To Stretch
Follow your heart. However, do not lean to your own understanding. What is your heart-burning desire? What do you want to do? What do you want to be? What do you want to achieve? We all have our own and personal desire. We may want to open our own business, resigning from our post. We may want to be involved in social activities. We may want to establish our own social foundation for the good of all people. We may want to change drastically our profession and career in life. We may want to travel all around the world. Everything is fine as long as it is positive goal. Most of us are afraid to take the steps to change the direction of our life. It's time to stretch. You are growing when you are stretch. If you just walk on the safe path, then you are just like a ship sitting in the harbour. There is no excitement. There is no new experiences. There is no growing opportunity. Yes, it has some risk to change direction in order to achieve you heart desire. But it has its worth. Joel said that we have to reflect our life and calculate the risks. We have to be wise in taking action. If there are signs from God that we truly believe in, then we have to dare to take the first step in faith. God will take care of you. God will open the way for your new journey in life. He will not abandon you all alone. Believe that you have the right to get a blessing from God and you will have it. Dare to take the first step in faith.
I also want to include the conclusion of the book by Joel Osteen:
Remember, you have the DNA of Almighty God. He has equipped you with everything you need to fulfill your destiny. You are full of wisdom, strength, talent, and creativity. In your future are "handfuls on purpose", favor, good breaks, the right connections, the right opportunities. You may not have seen those blessings in the past, but this is a new day.
It's Your Time to believe. It's Your Time for favour. It's Your Time for restoration. It's Your Time to trust. It's Your Time to stretch. If you'll get up each morning with faith and expectancy, praying bold prayers, living a life that honours God, then you will step into one of your moments of favour and instead of believing for a dream, you'll be living your dream, walking in the fullness of God's blessing. Friend, it's your time.
Let us walk in faith through our Lord!