Daily Readings from Break Out

Daily Readings from Break Out!: 365 Devotions to Go Beyond Your Barriers and Live an Extraordinary Life

By Joel Osteen

I finished this devotional on December 31, 2016. I'm a firm believer that you can never have too much encouragement in your life, and this type of devotional is really good about exposing you to the Word, but also changing your attitude to not just read it, but to believe it, and to stand firm in God's promises. We all need words of faith in our life, and the journey through this devotional will provide the encouragement you need no matter what circumstances you might find yourself in.

"You may think that you met someone just by accident. But one day you will look back and see how God used that person to help you move closer to your divine destiny."
― Joel Osteen - Daily Readings from Break Out!: 365 Devotions to Go Beyond Your Barriers and Live an Extraordinary Life
"Sometimes God will allow challenges just to display His goodness in a greater way."
― Joel Osteen - Daily Readings from Break Out!: 365 Devotions to Go Beyond Your Barriers and Live an Extraordinary Life
"This is what faith is all about. You can't wait until you see it before you decide to believe it. You have to believe it first and then you'll see it. Your attitude will determine the outcome."
― Joel Osteen - Daily Readings from Break Out!: 365 Devotions to Go Beyond Your Barriers and Live an Extraordinary Life
"God meets us at the level of our faith."
― Joel Osteen - Daily Readings from Break Out!: 365 Devotions to Go Beyond Your Barriers and Live an Extraordinary Life
"If you want to see things change, if you want God to turn it around, instead of complaining find a promise you can stand on."
― Joel Osteen - Daily Readings from Break Out!: 365 Devotions to Go Beyond Your Barriers and Live an Extraordinary Life
"One of the greatest abilities God has given each of us is our ability to believe."
― Joel Osteen - Daily Readings from Break Out!: 365 Devotions to Go Beyond Your Barriers and Live an Extraordinary Life
"One of the best things you can do when you're hurting is go out and help somebody else who is hurting. Get your mind off your problems and pain by helping somebody else in need. When you help others in your time of need, you are sowing a seed God can use to change your situation."
― Joel Osteen - Daily Readings from Break Out!: 365 Devotions to Go Beyond Your Barriers and Live an Extraordinary Life
"God sometimes will allow us to face difficulties to increase our endurance, to stretch us so we can reach our full potential. When you make it through, you will not only receive your reward, you also will have an inner strength, a confidence, and a resolve you never had before."
― Joel Osteen - Daily Readings from Break Out!: 365 Devotions to Go Beyond Your Barriers and Live an Extraordinary Life
"God loves you so much that He hasn't answered certain prayers. He hasn't allowed certain people into your life whom you really wanted, because they would have limited your growth. Learn to trust Him. Thank Him for your open doors. Celebrate his goodness. But thank Him just as much for your closed doors, knowing that He is still directing your steps."
― Joel Osteen - Daily Readings from Break Out!: 365 Devotions to Go Beyond Your Barriers and Live an Extraordinary Life
"When you come to a closed door, consider it a test of your faith. Will you become bitter, live in self-pity, and give up on your dreams, or will you move forward knowing that God is still in control? If you pass the test, God will release what He has in your future. And many times it will be exactly what you're praying for."
― Joel Osteen - Daily Readings from Break Out!: 365 Devotions to Go Beyond Your Barriers and Live an Extraordinary Life
"God can see things you can't see. It may not make sense right now, but one day when God's whole plan unfolds, you will see what God was up to."
― Joel Osteen - Daily Readings from Break Out!: 365 Devotions to Go Beyond Your Barriers and Live an Extraordinary Life
"The same God who is in control in the good times is just as in control in the tough times. God will not allow a storm unless He has a divine purpose for it. He never said He would prevent every difficulty, but God did promise He would use every difficulty."
― Joel Osteen - Daily Readings from Break Out!: 365 Devotions to Go Beyond Your Barriers and Live an Extraordinary Life
"There comes a point when you've done everything you can. You've prayed. You've believed. Now you've got to quit fighting it. Quit trying to make it happen your way. Quit trying to force it to work out and just relinquish control. Let the storm take you where God wants you to go. God will never take you someplace where He won't sustain you."
― Joel Osteen - Daily Readings from Break Out!: 365 Devotions to Go Beyond Your Barriers and Live an Extraordinary Life
"There are two kinds of faith. Delivering faith is when God keeps you from the fire, out of the adversity. But most of the time we need sustaining faith. Sustaining faith is when God takes you through the storm, through the difficulty, and the wind is blowing. You are filled with doubt, anxiety, fear, and bitterness. You have all these opportunities to get discouraged. But when you know that God is in control of the storm, you won't be worried. He will make you fireproof."
― Joel Osteen - Daily Readings from Break Out!: 365 Devotions to Go Beyond Your Barriers and Live an Extraordinary Life
"Don't just look for your miracle. Become somebody's miracle. When you reach out to others in need — when you lift the fallen, when you encourage those who are down, when you befriend the lonely — your own breakthrough will come. One of the tests you have to pass is being good to others in the midst of your storm. They were meant to lift you to a higher level."
― Joel Osteen - Daily Readings from Break Out!: 365 Devotions to Go Beyond Your Barriers and Live an Extraordinary Life
"He allows us to be in uncomfortable situations where we're not getting our way, not being treated right, or things are not happening as fast as we would like. This pressure brings to light impurities in our character, things like pride, selfishness, being critical, or easily offended. These are traits we need to get rid of."
― Joel Osteen - Daily Readings from Break Out!: 365 Devotions to Go Beyond Your Barriers and Live an Extraordinary Life
"There is a trust, a confidence, a knowing that can be developed only by going through the fire of affliction. I've learned that God is not as interested in changing my circumstances as He is in changing me."
― Joel Osteen - Daily Readings from Break Out!: 365 Devotions to Go Beyond Your Barriers and Live an Extraordinary Life
"The truth is, God may never remove the irritation, but you will grow to such a point that it won't even bother you anymore. What's happening? Your character is being developed?"
― Joel Osteen - Daily Readings from Break Out!: 365 Devotions to Go Beyond Your Barriers and Live an Extraordinary Life
"Trials are to test our quality. We may not like it, but trials bring to light things we need to deal with. Most of the time you are tested in areas where you need to improve."
― Joel Osteen - Daily Readings from Break Out!: 365 Devotions to Go Beyond Your Barriers and Live an Extraordinary Life
"God is still working on you, and if you will work with God and let Him remove those impurities, He will make more out of your life than you've ever dreamed."
― Joel Osteen - Daily Readings from Break Out!: 365 Devotions to Go Beyond Your Barriers and Live an Extraordinary Life
"God never promised life would be fair. He did promise that if you stay in faith, He would take what is meant for your harm and ues it to your advantage. Nothing that happens to you is a surprise to God. It might not have been fair. But that didn't catch God off guard."
― Joel Osteen - Daily Readings from Break Out!: 365 Devotions to Go Beyond Your Barriers and Live an Extraordinary Life
"You are responsible for your happiness. You need to forgive those who hurt you, not for their sakes but for your own. Forgive so you can be free. Nothing in life has happened to you. It happened for you. Every disappointment. Every wrong. Even every closed door has helped make you into who you are. You are not defined by your past. You are prepared by your past. You may have encountered some great obstacles, but only because God has a great future in front of you. If you will get over what you think is a disadvantage, God will take what looks like a liability and turn it into an asset."
― Joel Osteen - Daily Readings from Break Out!: 365 Devotions to Go Beyond Your Barriers and Live an Extraordinary Life
"God is looking for people who have faith that He can see — not just hear, not just believe, but a faith that is visible, a faith that is demonstrated."
― Joel Osteen - Daily Readings from Break Out!: 365 Devotions to Go Beyond Your Barriers and Live an Extraordinary Life
"It's one thing to ask for God's help, but if you want to get God's attention, take it one step further and put actions behind your faith."
― Joel Osteen - Daily Readings from Break Out!: 365 Devotions to Go Beyond Your Barriers and Live an Extraordinary Life

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